Why, Hello, 2019

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I blinked awake at three this morning.

After going to bed at ten ish.

And let’s just say that the early morning of 2019 were not the most ideal way to start the new year. And also let’s just say that this post is about poop.

You’ve been warned.

As I said, I blinked awake at three, went to the bathroom and instead of going back to sleep, my body said, “NOPE.”

I laid awake for almost an hour.

Nothing was wrong.

Except I was wide awake.

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What Was Your Biggest Lesson From 2018?

A fellow Toastmaster wrote a piece about her biggest lessons learned in 2018 which I promptly forwarded. #transformation #change

But then she turned it around on me.

“Thank you for sharing K Rain Leander! Love to know – what was your biggest lesson from 2018?”

~ Sangbreeta Moitra

And, yup, I have been mulling over that one off and on ever since.

Sure, it’s only been four days, but dayum, you’d think I could come up with at least one lesson learned.


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Gather Round, Kiddies – Mama Has A BedTime Story

Once upon a time Papa had a wonderful opportunity to work in the Netherlands and Mama could work from anywhere in the world, so the Leander Family moved to Groningen where they were very happy and while they couldn’t fly home for Xmas, they found a new tradition of flying down to a very warm island and that suited them just fine.


Too far.

Lemme start over.

Once upon a time there was a Swedish papa and an American mama who lived in the Netherlands and had a wise brave boy, S, and a pair of twins, L and G.

Every December, the Dutch welcomed SinterKlaas and his helpful Pieten. Sint, as he was known by his friends, would come early in the month, bringing toys to the good girls and boys and any child who was bad would be kidnapped by the Pieten, thrown in their bags and taken to Spain where Sint and the Pieten lived the rest of the year.


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What Day Is It, Anyway?

Tuesday, THURSDAY, Leander.

Not Tuesday, Whenever The Fuck You Get Around To It.

But sometimes we miss a deadline and it’s shockingly not the end of the world, eh?

This is one of those moments.

I’ve managed this morning schedule for a few weeks now:

Up at 06:45, make two bottles, prop the twins, set up the four year old, S, with filmpjes, brush teeth, shower, and dress myself in three point four two seconds, dress S and get him downstairs eating breakfast, grab a twin, dress them and buckle them into a carseat with a cookie, repeat with the second twin, make S’ lunch, pack his backpack, get shoes and coats on everyone, and pile into the car.

S and I get dropped off at school – P takes the twins to daycare and continues with his day – I trick S into embracing his fate and then walk to a local cafe for breakfast, entirely too much caffeine and a couple of hours of writing.



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Do All The Things Right Now

Around this time of year, a few of us are thinking about what we might pledge to do differently in the new year.

“Starting next year, I will…”

  • go to the gym regularly
  • eat healthy
  • drop kilos
  • lower body fat
  • get super fit
  • study more programming languages
  • build some apps in said programming languages
  • throw them online with an open source license (The license matters, people.)
  • publish regularly on groningenrain.nl
  • get more organized
  • develop my influencer status to become a top thought leader in my industry
  • stop using so many fucking buzzwords
  • figure out the rush hour plans
  • read mary’s book (OMG IT’S NOW AVAILABLE IN KINDLE EDITION!! !)
  • figure out my #DevRel career path
  • nail down routines
  • collaborate with more people external to red hat

Strangely specific list is strangely specific.

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