Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 1

May 06, 2019

I realized this am on my way to the airport that I had been there a total of 5 times in the last 7 days. I’ve been to NYC, SF and picked up/dropped off 3 times. This is exactly how I like it. Getting to spend 4 days in NYC with my two best friends was way overdue. We plan for a 3 day weekend each year around Mother’s Day to get away from our families and commitments and we’ve been all over Oregon and Washington. This year it was NYC though to hit Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. This trip confirmed a few things I thought to be true:

  1. Family comes first and family time needs to be prioritized. My besties and their families are my family.
  2. I am very set in my ways how I like to travel and explore. I don’t mind red eye but cannot stand kids next to me no matter how adorable they are. I like subways and will take public transit over taxi/Lyft/Uber. I like to walk to places no matter the weather. I need breakfast and coffee before 8am and I get antsy if we are not moving by 9.
  3. If I bring a laptop, I will work. The first day without was a struggle but I truly enjoyed not having it.
  4. NYC is my kind of city. I love to blend in the crowd and not stand out. Speaking a different language here is a rule, not an exception. We stayed in an apartment in Brooklyn and every morning I could hear people upstairs prepping for their day in another language (French?). It felt very homey to me.


  • I needed something easy to read so I picked up Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen at SFO, read it while waiting to board, during the flight and wrapped it up the next morning over coffee. Two stars, would not read again but helped me pass the time and unwind after a full day of meetings. I honestly got quite mad at the female character for being such a bitch to other women.

  • Started reading How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ


  • Wrapped up week 3 of Learning HoW to Learn. It’s comforting to see research studies that prove some aspects of learning I have found out for myself by trial and error over the years. I remember being 12 and making a schedule for my full days in advance so that I could schedule in optimal study time. Turns out who map out their days and make todo lists are more successful n achieving their goals.
  • Making my way through week 1 of Getting Started with Go. This one is slower going as I don’t like the instructor as much but I want to grasp as much of Go as I possibly can before the training I signed up for in June
  • I started a small React.js study group that meets once a week to go over concepts, troubleshoot and rubbery ducky issues we have run into. There’s no judgement, no mansplaining, just collaboration.
  • Afford Anything episode #190. I read The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy years ago and now there’s a new version of the book with some new studies and somewhat surprising results. Definitely worth listening if you are curious about personal finance, social aspects of economics and how/if tech influences the new millionaires.

Worthwhile to read:


  • Completed my first 15 mile hike after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Next up - some elevation grain. Only 2 weeks until our one day Grand Canyon R2R trip. I’m putting together a planning list for us that I might share later in case it is useful for anyone else doing it for the first time
  • I applied for a bunch of Mazama summer climbs but have only heard back from a few. In a way this is great as I need my foot to heal before I venture out on a multi-day climb. I do miss the mountains though!

Lessons learned

  • Keeping lists works for me. Goals, questions, places to see - you name it. I need to be better about my daily goals list though as I’ve been pushing off the not so pleasant tasks.
  • I like to interview people but I don’t like to be on the other side. As long as I pivot it into getting the know the other person I’m fine. If not then I’ll have the worst case of imposter syndrome. Additionally, if I can find some benefit in the conversation to the other party I find it much easier to get out of my introvert shell. This probably also explains why most BCEP students think I am extroverted:P

Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter