Monthly recap (January 2018)

Children's Fairyland, in Oakland
Children’s Fairyland, in Oakland

Major updates

  • I guess the biggest highlight of this month was that it turned out to be my last month at Google after nearly eight years (!) there (might write more on that separately).

Minor updates

  • Came back with a bad (week-long!) cold after vacation (but so did pretty much everyone else, from what I can tell!)
  • Tara got a ukulele and a harmonica, and likes to play them
  • I managed quite well with her for a few days when Shivi had to travel
  • Finally got a mysterious roof leak fixed after many months(!)

Watched/Read

  • Watched Dunkirk (thumbs up), The Mummy (thumbs down)
  • Re-watched an old episode of Yes Minister and The IT Crowd
  • Trying to focus my reading for this year, got a bunch of new books I’d like to go through, we’ll see how that goes.
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Annual recap: 2017

(forgot to do this a couple of weeks ago! life was busy … anyway, a summary of highlights from 2017)

Me:

  • Went back to work after my injury in 2016
  • Finished the 1000 piece puzzle I got in December 2016
  • Baby steps towards a regular weekly workout schedule

Family:

  • Bought our first new car: Subaru Outback
  • Nice Kitchen automation going: Rotimatic, Nespresso, Instant Pot(s!)
  • Unusual amount of travel: Tokyo, Hawaii, San Diego, New York

Tara:

  • Started swimming classes
  • Moved from small to big car seat
  • Moved from high chair to booster seat
  • Potty trained (lol)
  • Graduated from a crib to a bed (!)

Tentative New Years’ Resolutions (☺️):

  • Become a morning person
  • Proper regular workout
  • Get back to running (try a 10K, or even a half-marathon again!)

Monthly recap (December 2017)

Morning fog
Morning fog (taken by my dad on a trip outside Delhi)

Major updates:

  • Spent the last week of December and the first week of January in India (also, a couple of days in Singapore). Mostly fun. Caught up with a lot of people.
  • Tara’s birthday party! A lot of fun.

Minor updates:

  • Christmas Market with Tara

Watched/read

  • Alien: Covenant, Valerian and the city of a thousand planets, In Zeiten Des Abnehmenden Lichts (flight)
  • Pete’s Dragon (hotel)
  • Frozen, Croods (tv with Tara’s cousins)
  • Crown (tv, binge watched)
  • Showa 3 (book (manga), left with part 4 now)
  • Phantom, The Hundred Foot Journey (tv)
  • The big short (Netflix, with parents)

 

Monthly recap (November 2017)

Wikki sticks at a restaurant near Poipu
Wikki Stix at a restaurant near Poipu

Spent a week in Kauai. The first few days were surprisingly windy and rainy, but … improved a lot towards the end.

There is nothing better than floating on your back under the sun (can come pretty close to a sensory deprivation tank, IMO). The next-best thing was building strong sand structures with Tara (arches, and yes, a pyramid 😀).

Minor updates:

  • Pilot “waking up early” that had partial success, but still not there yet 😐
  • Tara’s first “trick-or-treatin” experience (good fun!)

Watched/read:

  • Finally watched “Stranger Things” (both seasons)

Monthly recap (October 2017)

Some ups and downs this month … leaving out some things.

One surprisingly good movie I saw this month was “Never let me go”, based on a book by the recent Nobel-prize winner, Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s already seven years old, and I’m surprised I never heard of it before. What’s more, it turns out another similar (in some ways) movie I saw a long time ago, “The Remains of the Day” was also based on a book written by the same guy (movie: 1993, novel: 1989) !!

Minor updates:

  • For various reasons, decided to make a will with my wife (not done yet, but got started on it)
  • Got another tooth extracted in preparation for an implant (long story, I have bad gums, need a bone graft and sinus lift, blah blah blah, painful and pointless)
  • Participated in a “Girls who code” event at work, which was extremely gratifying
  • Took a “mini train trip” with Tara (a few stops on the Caltrain)

Watched/read:

  • Logan (finally! it was good!)
  • Ghost in the shell (finally! it was good too!)
  • Bought Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco (finally! but won’t get to read it for a while …)
  • Our souls at night (Netflix)

Monthly recap (September 2017)

(nothing much happened this month)

Minor updates:

  • 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

Watched/Read:

  • Some old Star Trek episodes
  • Part of a documentary on H. R. Tiger
  • ”Kill Command”

Monthly recap (August 2017)

Some train tracks from Ikea

Highlight:

Went for a 5K run. Very slow, and a sore afterwards, but the first run of any sort after a year.

Minor updates:

  • Tara’s daycare was closed for three days, and we went to Happy Hollows and the Children’s Discovery Museum on a non-weekend

Watched/read:

  • 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)