nothing much happened this month)
Went to Barnes and Noble with Tara for the first time (fun!)
Zume pizza party with our ex-neighbors
Meeting some friends
Kick-started journalling habit
Some old Star Trek episodes
Part of a documentary on H. R. Tiger
Went for a 5K run. Very slow, and a sore afterwards, but the first run of
any sort after a year.
Tara’s daycare was closed for three days, and we went to Happy Hollows and the Children’s Discovery Museum on a non-weekend
Had a movie date with my wife and saw “
Baby Driver”, one of the most amazing movies in a long time. Saw
“Kong, Skull Island”, which I initially thought would be just another B-grade “monster movie”, but turned out to be surprisingly better. Finished the
Hobbit trilogy (not bad!) Finally watched
Jodorowsky’s Dune (had been putting it off for about five years)
Highlight: I’d got tickets for the Monterey Bay Aquarium back in December, but finally went this weekend, at the end of July. Visiting after three years, and my favorites are always the jellyfish and the octopus, but it’s all good. It’s all really good.
Went for my first 5K run in a park
A cold windy walk in Pacifica
Weekend visit to New Jersey, mini-adventure on a hop-on/hop-off bus in New York when it started raining
Hobbit movie, and it wasn’t as bad as I expected (will watch the rest this month, when I get time …) Had an annual eye checkup, and my power
went down (still confused) Got a Birthday surprise at Nola’s (wonderful to see everyone that showed up for that!)
Big highlight: Tara’s cousins were visiting.
We went to San Francisco over a weekend, then drove further up north to a small beach town near Bodega Bay (my second good AirBnB experience; slightly less skeptical now than I was a year or so ago).
Put the first thousand or so miles on the new car
The rest was the usual fun hangouts for us these days: Happy Hollows in San Jose, Magical Bridges Playground in Palo Alto, etc.
Continued on a nominal 3-day workout schedule, we’ll see how it goes.
House of Cards (season 5); meh, but had to watch it just to “tick that box” … reality surpassed this particular fiction some time ago.
War Machine (2017); very funny in the beginning, had me laughing out loud, but by the end I understood why the humor was necessary … without that, it would be just another tragic documentary.
Midnight in Paris (2011); never gets old.
Reality is not what it seems (Carlo Rovelli); finally someone who might match Feynman in both breadth and readability.
Big highlight: finally finished
the 1000-piece puzzle I had been working on (will share a full album later).
Sold my 7-year old second-hand Civic and bought a new Subaru Outback (so we can finally take long trips with Tara without worrying about luggage tradeoffs).
Went to Seattle for a couple of days for a work summit, met up with an old friend, and (this is sad) went to a Barnes and Noble after many years.
Arrival (2016), Pacific Rim (2013), John Carter (2012), Miss Sloane (2016), Tron: Legacy (2010)
Tara’s first library haul
A few miscellaneous highlights:
Prepared for a trip to Japan (more on that later) — very smooth application process.
Jogged on a treadmill for the first time in five months.
Took Tara for her first library trip and checked out some books
Installed the “Tinycards” app and memorized basic Hiragana and Katakana
Had a picnic brunch with some friends
Went to the “Magical Bridge” playground
Things I read or watched:
Saw “Manchester by the sea”, “Martian”, and “Moonshine”, via Netflix DVD (that’s how I watch movies these days)
Finished listening to “The end of Tsarist Russia” by Dominic Lieven, on Audible
Read the “Showa” pair of books by Shigeru Mizuki (quick and fun reading)