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)

Monthly recap: February 2016

February was the last month of any formal recovery; my physical therapy came to an end, and I can pretty much do most normal things now (except for climbing down stairs, that’s still a work in progress).

To celebrate my walking without a cast, we went to the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose (and ended up getting an annual pass; it remains to be seen whether we end up using it).

The big event of the month was our trip to San Diego (my first after the leg fracture in October), for four days.

We went to the zoo on the first day, which was lucky because after that the next two days had surprisingly stormy weather. We spent a great day at the Children’s Museum the next day, and at my brother’s place the next two days. Much fun was had by all 🙂

Monthly recap: January 2017

I went back to work, and things are slowly (but strangely!) getting back to normal.

I can almost walk up and down stairs, which is the last “normal” barrier. I even dropped Tara to daycare and picked her up.

The big downer of this month was some sort of big “norovirus” attack that all three of us have been down with for the past three weeks, on and off.

One achievement is that I’m slowly becoming a morning person, actually getting a few minutes to sit and think and write before starting the day. Let’s hope it continues!