What I learned last week (#158): ask for stories

Our dog Rubee next to a tree

A weekly selection of what I was reading, drawing, writing, and doing.

This week’s update is a bit late. Everything is feeling behind since last week began actually. My daughter had COVID (and now I do), my wife and I were both trying to work, we had our first full week living with our in-laws, and we were consumed by our house renovation project in what felt like every other spare moment available.

My wife and I did start watching the new season of Cobra Kai though, and it was such a needed escape. Johnny Lawrence is all of us right now.

I am one of the few coffee nerds out there that hasn’t yet owned a Bialetti Moka Express or one of the numerous knock offs out there. This nice little video helped me understand it better (and it is now on my gift list).

I started the year by saying no to an opportunity to get involved in something I was very interested in at work. It was a good opportunity but I knew with everything else going on, it wouldn’t be a good idea. I’m proud of that and I hope that I can do it more. Here is more about saying no that is worth remembering.

Now that we’re sitting around the dinner table every night with my in-laws, I am thinking more about the questions we ask each other. With kids, it is especially hard to ask about their day at school. I have always tried to ask my kids to “tell me about something interesting that happened today” but I also found some good ideas on how to shake things up a bit more.

Last but not least, check out what I’m up to now.

Comments welcome!