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)
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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)

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)