Weeknotes: May 20-26, 2023

large furrowed tree trunk of a deciduous tree beside bright green backlit leaves on the lake edge, the water barely visible between gaps in the foliage
A beautiful afternoon at Saint Edward State Park! I was annoyed by a lone jet-skier, why do they have to be so loud? There must be a way they can have fun without disturbing everyone in a mile radius 🤔

Stuff I did:

  • 3.25 hours writing
  • 2 hours consulting
  • 17 hours business development! 😲🥱 I decided to apply for another roster with a deadline next week 👀 so I’m packing a bunch of work I’d planned to complete over the next month into a week 😱 My holiday weekend may not be much of a weekend 🤷‍♀️
  • Organized sample works in my portfolio and updated my resume
  • Baked blueberry pancake cobbler from Smitten Kitchen Keepers
  • Rode my bike for the first time in a while and walked once with a friend
  • Headed up to Saint Edward State Park for a warm afternoon walk with my husband 🥰
  • Finally gave in and ordered new sneakers online

After investments came up twice in one day, I updated my investment portfolio spreadsheet, which I try to do quarterly-ish. This reminded me that I’m paying a $25 quarterly fee for my old employer’s retirement account, which is cheap as a percent except I don’t have any control over the funds in it, so I might prefer to roll it over somewhere I could invest in index funds instead of whatever the fund is doing. But I have a Roth IRA, not an IRA, so I’d need a new account (How many retirement accounts does a girl have to have 😑 Good problem to have, I know.) So I may want to set up a new self-employed 401(k) sooner than later.


  • Roasted veg couscous bowl (Israeli couscous, roasted eggplant and bell pepper, crisped chickpeas, carrot salad, feta and a hard-boiled egg)
  • Burgers and fries 🍟🍔😍 First time ordering delivery in months!
  • Spanish chickpea rice pilaf 👍 + roasted garlic eggplant + castelvetrano olives
  • Fried eggs, Pillsbury crescent rolls, baked beans and cheddar cheese bites
  • Gnocchi and parmesan cream sauce + steamed broccoli
  • Not-great burritos from a new taco truck *sad trombone*
  • Cheesy mushroom toast


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By Tracy Durnell

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

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