One Month In, Tesla’s SA Battery Is Surpassing Expectations

“Following the early success of the SA model, Victoria has also secured an agreement to get its own Tesla battery built near the town of Stawell. Victoria’s government will be tracking the Hornsdale battery’s early performance with interest.”

Imagine an intelligent Australian Government where they put together an energy budget that would fund building one of these in each state, along with a great big solar farm.

Imagine the effect that would have on other Government’s around the world.

Imagine the impact that would have on the planet, the environment.

So for those that have been following along with my back problem this past week, via Facebook, here’s what’s up.

At some point in the last couple of years, I’ve had a herniated disc, 2 weeks ago part of that disc broke off and is now pressing on my S1 nerve, which is what’s causing all the pain.

Soon I will see a spinal or neurology specialist, who will then advise whether it needs to be fixed surgically, or by cortisone injections.

Oh, and apparently the piece that broke off is apparently 1.5cm in size.

So for the foreseeable future, I’m not allowed to lift anything, I’m not allowed to stretch, and I should stick to wearing pluggers. And of course, I’ll have to continue taking my cocktail of Lyrica, Panadeine Forte, and Valium…

Way back in January, when I was full of energy and reading to kick this years ass, I set a bunch of goals for myself and for the first few months I was all over them and making really good progress.

Then work happened, and kept happening, and the routines I’d set all went out the window and since mid-June I’ve struggled to get back on top of everything.  I’ve got all sorts of excuses and reasons why it’s all fallen apart, but at the end of the day there’s only 1 person I can blame, and that’s myself. 

In some areas I’ve continued to improve, other’s I’ve gone completely backwards. I think it’s time for another reset so I can get back on top of my life again. 

Anyway, in the spirit of full disclosure, here’s a progress report…

  1. I’ve just finished my 23rd book for the year, I still haven’t reviewed anything on my blog, however I feel like this is a goal I’ve really made progress on. You can see the full list of what I’ve read, and what I rated it, on Goodreads. (Read 12+ books)
  2. I had every intention of seeing Suicide Squad, still haven’t seen it, apart from that, there haven’t been a lot of movies that have grabbed my attention this year, which makes it a little difficult… I do want to go and see Doctor Strange though, I guess I still have time for that… (See 12+ movies)
  3. So I lost 20kg, then I bounced and put 5 back on, then I lost that, and then I bounced again. Currently I’m sitting at 15kg down on January 1st, which is still quite good, and certainly keeps me still on track for the 20kg for the year mark, but I feel like I keep sabotaging this one and that I could have easily been at 30kg down for the year if I had of stayed on track. (Lose 20kg)
  4. While we were in Fiji in August / September I was walking 10km + every day, I had all the time in the world and I was using it wisely. When I got back to Australia, and back to work, I slipped back into my old routine of being insanely busy and everything went out the window. (Get fitter)
  5. Alcohol…yeh, so the whole bouncing thing with my weight is probably due to me drinking more / too much again. (Drink less alcohol)
  6. I dug another garden bed in the back yard, planted more tropical plants, kept it pretty neat and tidy to date, and we’ve got plans for the next garden bed all sorted. I give myself a pass on this goal.  (Landscape the backyard)
  7. Fiji was fun, that was at the end of August and we were there for 2 weeks. I’ve got a work trip to Switzerland coming up at the end of the month, and I have a week off of work while I’m there, surely I’ll have some fun during that time… (Travel for fun)
  8. I went to Toowoomba a couple of weeks ago, never been there before… (Travel somewhere new)
  9. I don’t recall there actually being anything on that I could’ve attended. (Go to a couple of Trav’s schools events)
  10. We had a fun, sometimes frustrating, season where all the boys improved week after week. Most of the team will be back next year, so I’ll be putting my hand up again to coach them. I’m also booked into a coaching course in February, I’ve enjoyed coaching these kids way more than I thought I would. (Coach / Manage Trav’s soccer team)
  11. We’ve picked up a couple more chairs for the lounge room, that’s about all we’ve done so far though. We do have a plan now however, which is way more than we had before. (Furnish the house)
  12. Yeh…it’s unlikely that this will happen. (Blog 12+ new recipes)
  13. Hahah, same as above, though I did finish the story mode part of FIFA17, that sort of counts, right? (Finish a game on Xbox One)
  14. I’m 1 level away from completing Alto’s Adventure, I’ve been stuck on the same level for 2 months now. And don’t get me started on Pokemon Go, man have I put some hours into that! (Finish a game on iOS)
  15. Nup, not a chance. (Make videos for YouTube)
  16. I was cruising along nicely with Snapchat, never got into Periscope, and then Instagram added Instagram Stories. I love love love Instagram Stories, not just from a consumption point of view, but also making them. (Concentrate on Snapchat and Periscope)
  17. Points at self and laughs uncontrollably. WTF was I thinking… (Blog every day)

When I read through everything above, I’ve actually done reasonably well, all things considered. There’s plenty of room for improvement of course, but overall I’m not that far off of hitting most of the goals I set for myself.  We’re 1 week into November now, with about 7 weeks left to go in 2016, if I go hard at it for the remainder of the year, I can make some solid improvements and get myself all prepped up for 2017.  

Now where did I leave my motivation???

Depression is a wildly confusing, exhausting trip to someplace you didn’t actually ever intend to go. Let’s say you set out for Austria, had in mind a little singing on mountaintops like in The Sound of Music, and you end up getting on the wrong plane and find yourself in Antarctica.

Some days I still get to feeling like this, fortunately since I’ve stopped drinking those days are fewer than they were previously.

You can read the full essay here.