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!

Annual recap: 2016

(being a digest of all the monthly recap posts this year)

  • Started running again this year, did the San Francisco Half-Marathon
  • India (New Delhi, Bekal) trip in March
  • Wrote a trippy mini-novel
  • Tara grows up (toys, Duplo, play-doh, chalk)
  • Not a lot of movies/tv (some Midsomer Murders), but some audiobooks
  • Mexico (Puerta Vallarta) trip in June
  • Saw “Finding Nemo” with Tara
  • Weekend staycation in San Francisco in July
  • Started a “write 750 words daily” habit
  • Moved to a new house and sold the old one
  • New York trip in September
  • Fractured left leg in October
  • Did most of a 1000-piece puzzle
  • Recovery and physiotherapy in November and December

Monthly recap: November 2016

driving-in-the-rain

This month was mostly about healing, with a lot of help from my wife and dad.

Resumed a bit of normalcy, in terms of eating out and driving around, etc (and this was a rainy month, see the photo above).

The big event was Tara turning two. So there was decor, and gifts, but I couldn’t help out much 😦

I was gifted a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, which is really too much (did quite a bit while I was on leave, deferred the rest for some time next year when I’m more mobile and can do this at nights), will post a pic when I’m done.

Started physiotherapy and it’s going well, the major milestone at the end of the month was being able to stand on two feet!

Monthly recap: October 2016

broken-leg
My leg, for at the next eight weeks

A lot of other stuff happened in October, but the main event turned out to be a silly accident. At some point I’ll share the X-ray, but basically I had multiple fractures in my tibia/fibula.

Book-wise, I really liked “Hyperion” and since I have, er, more time at home, mostly lying down, went through the sequel (“Fall of Hyperion”) too, but didn’t like that at all. Next up is a list of books by Tony Judt.

Good news is that NaNoWriMo is upon us, so time to make the most of my situation.