Weeknotes: March 18-24, 2023

Spring is here — it was a big wildlife week in the neighborhood! Heard coyotes howling in the greenbelt and the frogs started their evening chorus, saw a doe in the backyard and a hummingbird out front, and spotted the first bees cruising. But, allergies also hit me hard 🀧

I downloaded my Google Takeout data. I’d forgotten they own Blogger and was delighted to discover they had atom feeds for all of my old college blogs! No photos, but still funny to see what I wrote about twenty years ago. I’ve marked the date of my very first post on my calendar so I can celebrate the anniversary come September 😁πŸ₯‚

I’ve been working on keeping fewer tabs open on my phone. I was doing pretty well till yesterday but left six tabs open overnight πŸ˜‚

Stuff I Did:

  • About eight hours of consulting work
  • Developed a new revision plan for my novel
  • Started exploring webfonts for my consulting website
  • Went to Homebrew Website Club
  • Watched a webinar about home design
  • Walked with a friend twice
  • Baked scones
  • One appointment


  • ReadΒ Alien Mercenary’s Destiny by Mina Carter and re-read The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
  • Started reading Effortless by Greg McKeown
  • DNF’d Breath of Life by Jocelynn Drake and Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
  • Added five books to my TBR

Words I looked up / concepts I learned:

New newsletter I’m trying out:

Pretty things I saw:

  • Ryan Swierczek of Swierczek Design Co — I like the color palettes, especially the photo tints, and the photo collages on their posters
  • Roland Kraemer on — lots of neat abstract natural photo series, and I thought the inverted cursor overlay was cool looking (although the size changing was a little confusing)
  • Parag Sahasrabudhe on — a series of colorful doors in Puerto Rico

Website Changes:

New organizing section!

I created a new section called “Big Questions” which organizes a lot of my notes and reading under broad questions that I’ve been thinking about a lot over the past couple years:

I got some good ideas at Homebrew Website Club that I’ve only started implementing on the ‘balanced lifestyle’ page, so these still have some work to do. I also need to figure out what system I’m going to follow to update them since it’s all manual πŸ˜‰

New page

I also finally published a page collecting “neat websites” as an addition to my pages for interesting people and cool artists and blogroll. I’d been sitting on it, feeling like it needed more content before I could post it, but whatev, may as well post now and can keep adding πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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