Believe You Can and You’re Halfway There

— Theodore Roosevelt

I’m all the way up to five simultaneous books now. Yikes! The one I just started, Go in Action by William Kennedy, Brien Ketelsen and Erik St. Martin, is for a new project I just started at work. So all the other books I’m reading will be on the back burner while I try to plow through this one as fast as I can. It’s a huge project, it will be incredible for my career. The CEO of my company gave it to me personally, which feels wonderful, but it also makes this a very weighty undertaking. I really have to give it my all. So that means the other books I’m reading — Unlimited, The History of Japanese Mathematics, Teach Yourself Swift in 24 Hours, and The Elephant Whisperer — will be shelved for a bit. Go in Action doesn’t look like a particularly big book, so I might get through it pretty quickly, but it is a book about a programming language, so it’s probably fairly dense. The Elephant Whisperer was for a book group that I was supposed to go to this morning, but I was only about halfway through the book and didn’t feel really well, so I missed that. But that means getting through that book isn’t something that’s particularly urgent anymore anyway.

Outside of work, life has been pretty exciting, too. I joined Bumble back in December initially in dating mode, since I broke up with my last boyfriend back in August or so. But I had some bad experiences on dates through there, so I switched it to something called “Bumble BFF,” where you’re introduced to people of your same gender for friendship rather than for anything romantic. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I’ve been chatting with gobs of women through the app, and have even met a few in person. I’ve had a really great time with the women I’ve met in person, and chatting over text has been pretty fun too. One of the women even has started reading a book I recommended to her, The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. I hope she enjoys it! I feel like I suddenly have this huge social life; I hadn’t had many friends still from college, and I don’t really hang out with my coworkers outside of work, and I hadn’t really met many folks through other outlets. So I was getting pretty lonely. I must say, this technology has changed my life. That’s not an overstatement.

So my life is very full these days. It’s such a great feeling. Hope you’re doing well too.

At Myzen Ramen in Sunnyvale, where I went with one of my Bumble BFFs

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