Ultimately, you’re luck you got an email last week because I did it early. After I had the email prepped I buckled in for a regular night of handling kids, and then one of them got sick enough that I spent until 2am in the hospital. She’s fine, but that was a long 20 hour day of being awake and meant I took the next day off work.
> If you think you can just press pause on your relationship for a decade or more while you both focus on raising children and having careers it’s likely that you won’t have a relationship to pay attention to when you’re finally ready. – [Startup Life](http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COF37MW/?tag=blogcurtismchale-20)
If you were on the email list you’d be reading about some ideas to help keep your marriage/relationship strong in the face of all that life throws at us. From jobs to kids, to bad jobs, and kids that are tough, to friends that aren’t friends, it can be a tough go to have energy to put into your marriage.
But, if you can you’re much more likely to be able to give the rest of your life the effort that’s needed.
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## I Shipped
[Monday I shared the current backpack I’m using, and why I didn’t stick with the Peak Everyday messenger](https://curtismchale.ca/2020/02/17/peak-everyday-pack-retiring-peak-messenger). I should add to that, today I was out with my Everyday Backpack and needed to reconfigure it to carry more books and it was as easy as swapping around the dividers in the bag and I was off to the races. I love that bag.
As I was setting up recording on Tuesday I knocked over a pile of books that was waiting until the end of the month for a book haul video. Instead I [just recorded one for the month so far](https://curtismchale.ca/2020/02/18/mid-february-book-haul). If you’re interested in what I’m getting and reading then watch. I also got Ready Player One from the library today, which at 50 pages in is decent.
[If you’re working in git and using branches for each feature then I put together a video on how to remove branches you don’t need anymore](https://curtismchale.ca/2020/02/19/deleting-local-and-remote-git-branches). I prune branches about a week after a feature is done and if I need to open a new Github ticket for a bug, I just open a new branch to go with it instead of working on some feature branch again.