Looking back at 2017

Another year, another late-ish post looking at the previous year!

But this time I have a very good excuse, as we were away for three weeks on our honeymoon trip (!). So let’s inevitably start with the big personal highlight of the year: we got married! My last year’s wonderful partner is now my wonderful spouse. TA-DA! 🎺

Other personal achievements:

  • Cycled 228 trips, for a total of 1170 km over 73 hours, all in London (for a sense of scale, Barcelona is 1137 km away)
  • I ran way less: ~150km versus the ~400km of 2015, but…
  • … I have a personal trainer now! This 1:1 supervision has helped me in various ways:
    • I understood what working in tech is doing to my body
    • I am also weight training now, so my strength is not all just on my legs (as when I was just running/cycling). I was also curious about this for a long time, and I’m very excited about getting stronger!
  • I also started doing yoga, which has been very fulfilling–not only in the immediate sense of being grounded and calm after a session; but witnessing the progression from “kinda OK” to “not only can I do these complicated bindings but even hold myself in the air for a while, wow” has proved me that practice pays off. Next goal: headstands!
  • I taught myself to swim, front crawl style. Again, it took me many failed attempts but eventually something “just clicked”, and I DID IT! Before, I was terrified about getting my nose under water, thanks to some horrible swimming ‘lessons’ that traumatised me when I was 10. It’s never too late! All it takes is some determination, a quiet, shallow pool in which to fail as many times as you need, and lots of patience with yourself.
  • I kept meditating. This was incredibly useful, specially in various tense situations last year.
  • I took a considerable Twitter break (it’s very good)

Work wise:

  • Moved to work full time in the DevTools team
  • Learned more about Firefox’s and DevTools’ internals (there. is. so. much.)
  • Committed code to DevTools (example)
  • Kept my focus on DevTools, by rejecting all invitations to speak at conferences–this takes a disproportionate amount of time if you want to do it well! (And I want to do things well)
  • Was hiring manager for two positions, and involved in hiring for other positions – my interviewing/hiring skills went up by ten or twenty notches!
  • I’ve finally had the time to start learning React and Redux. I’m still a beginner though, but I can see why people can be so excited about it… and why things can go wrong so fast too! I’m using them to write a tool to manage and query lots of data, client side, so it’s an interesting problem

Things I did for the first time:

  • Visited: Cambridge, Cornwall, Antwerp, Philippines
  • Successfully baked muffins, also my own granola and protein-y bars!
  • Learnt to cook yummy Indian food. An immense amount of dhals have been cooked and consumed this year.
  • Played gamelan instruments (during a workshop at the Southbank Centre)
  • Went to Thorpe Park 😱🎢
  • Went underground and aboard the Mail Rail
  • Visited the London Olympic Stadium (for the Summer athletics)
  • Found where to buy Valencian horchata in my neighbourhood – all my needs are fulfilled now 😂
  • Went all the way to the end of one branches of the Metropolitan line: Amersham! ZONE 9! Spooky 👻 (I went to Watford in 2013)
  • Flew BA001 (the old Concorde flight number!) albeit on a more modern Airbus aircraft (boo!)
  • Didn’t drink a sip of Coke in the whole year, and hardly any fizzy drink at all

Finally, things I did for the first time… and hopefully the last:

  • Had a bike accident involving a pedestrian – she was not harmed (thanks to my braking skills), but I was unable to cycle for a month! HARRUMPH!
  • Dropped a 25lbs weight plate on my foot (gaah)
  • Rode a Segway (not for me)

🎉To 2018! 🍹

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