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”
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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)

Monthly recap (July 2017)

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.

Minor updates:

  • 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
  • Saw the 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!)

Monthly recap (June 2017)

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).

Minor highlights:

  • 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.

Movies/shows watched:

  • 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.

(Rewatched):

  • Midnight in Paris (2011); never gets old.

(Finished reading):

  • Reality is not what it seems (Carlo Rovelli); finally someone who might match Feynman in both breadth and readability.

Monthly recap (May 2017)

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.

Movies shows/watched: Arrival (2016), Pacific Rim (2013), John Carter (2012), Miss Sloane (2016), Tron: Legacy (2010)

Monthly recap: April 2016

  • Big highlight: our trip to Japan (will have to write a separate post on this!)
  • Tara started some swimming (well, no: the two of us went into a pool twice … but it’s still something)
  • Attempting to get up early and do some workout-ish activity. Two weeks in, if I can somehow keep it up for six months, I’ll be happy.
  • Picked up on the puzzle from last year that I’d given up on. There are about 100 (of the original 1000) pieces left, so I’ll see if I can get it done within the month.
  • Movies/shows Watched: ”Bombay Velvet (2015)”, ”Hero (2002)”, ”Fundamentals of Caring (2016)”, ”Light on Earth (2017)”

Monthly recap: March 2016

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)