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Monthly recap (February 2019)

A rock collection of sorts

Major updates:

  • Finished my second 1000-piece puzzle (details later)
  • Disney on Ice with Tara

Minor updates:

  • Trying to get Tara familiar with Checkers
  • Daily 5-minute meditation for a month

Watched/read:

(I realized this section is really not very useful, since it only tracks the end of something, but … that’s as good as it gets)

  • Watched Fahrenheit 11/9, Burning, The Kindergarten Teacher (Netflix)
  • Re-watched bits of The Prestige (do this from time to time :/)
  • Finished listening to The Square and the Tower, started on Sapiens (Audible)
  • Finished watching episodes of The Good Place (season 1 was good, then meh) and The Romanoffs (favorites: episode 3, 1, 8, in that order)
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Monthly recap (January 2019)

A random arrangement of toys and other artifacts

Major updates:

  • None?

Minor updates:

  • Getting back from India
  • Low fitness …
  • Quarterly trip to Barnes&Noble, some new books
  • Fun pottery outing with team at work
  • Cold weather, down with the flu
  • Put up a bunch of new paintings from Mixtiles

Watched/read:

  • Read Zero to One, Entangled Minds
  • Finished episodes of The Kominsky Method, Altered Carbon, The Good Place and The Nineties on Netflix
  • Watched Fahrenheit 11/9 and Burning
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Short-form blog posts

It has to be okay to write one-paragraph posts, otherwise I’ll never end up getting what’s in my head out somewhere.

I just don’t happen to be an essay-writing kind of person, I can’t bring myself to write long blog posts, it isn’t something that comes out of me naturally, seems like a lot of work to make happen, and what’s the point1 of second-guessing myself or waiting till I have the “right amount” to write, when the whole idea of having a blog in the first place (for me, at least) is to de-clutter my mind and (secondarily) to share what I’m thinking with anyone who cares?

There has to be something between the pithiness of Twitter and the multi-page topical essays that other people seem to favor … for me, it’s a 1-3 paragraph thought form, and I’m content to reuse this blog to host them.

  1. On the downside, this may be perceived as spamminess, but that’s for you to decide. I guess every post should be greater than 280 characters 🙂
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Monthly recap (December 2018)

Dramatic cloudy sky on the cab ride back from the airport

Major updates:

  • Trip to India to visit parents/friends/relatives
  • A unicorn-themed birthday party for Tara at home!

Minor updates:

  • A first movie night for me and Shivi (i.e. also a first for Tara being babysitted): watched Bohemian Rhapsody. An absolute delight!
  • Caught up with a lot of movies/reading this month

Watched/read:

(This is how I catch up on the movies of the year!)

  • Rewatched Raiders of the lost Ark (always good)
  • In the plane: Mission Impossible: Fallout (wow!), The predator (2018) (yuck), Avengers: Infinity War (okay), The Meg (okay), The house with a clock in its walls (okay), Ready player one (good), Bad times at El Royale (wow!)
  • While on vacation: 15:17 to Paris(okay), Andhadhun (wow!)
  • At home: Masters of the Universe (fun), Civilizations (okay)
  • Read Zero to One, Atomic Habit; finished reading The Prague Cemetery and The power of full engagement after many months
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Annual recap: 2018

Me/Family:

  • I moved from Google to Pure Storage
  • Went for a memorable Warriors/Cavaliers game
  • Ran a 10K
  • Shivi moved to a new team in engineering
  • Experiments: gave up coffee for a month, did a 3-day fast
  • Travel: San Diego, Monterey, Sydney, Melbourne, Maui, Cabo, Delhi

Tara:

  • First bike
  • First board game
  • Made some shirts for her on Zazzle
  • We went on a couple of hikes
  • Kite-flying
  • Watched Disney on Ice

Review:

  • I did get to run a 10K
  • I didstart sleeping earlier (I used to routinely sleep past midnight earlier!)
  • I haven’t really become a morning person yet 😐

Tentative New Years’ Resolutions:

  • Wake up earlier in the morning
  • Write more frequently, share more of what I’m thinking, doing, learning
  • Run two 10Ks
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Honey Yogurt

I had slowly gotten used to the flavored Chobani yogurts (strawberry, peach ….) but the one I liked most of all was the honey flavored one.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have easy access to this anymore … but I did have plain yogurt around, and I did have honey, and … I mixed them together and it tasted pretty good!

So — I’m clocking in at a few times a day now, gotta slow down, but — this is my new addiction!

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Monthly recap (November 2018)

 

Random train tracks …

 

Major updates:

A week in Cabo!

  • A lot of hanging out at the pool
  • A lot of eating
  • Wandering into the towns, encountered some music
  • A boat ride and just randomly walking around (nice and warm)

Minor updates:

  • Adventures in fixing a faucet and water heater

Watched/read:

  • Read The power of full engagement
  • Watched Season 6 of House of Cards (meh)