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Started work on a solo project at work that pretty much gave me lots of experience building something from end to end.
Working from home 2/3rds of the time to work out any kinks for a possible move to Florida.
Thank yous going out to people who helped fund Emily’s medical mission to Kenya.
Emily is gone for 10 days on a trip to Africa.
I have to dress the kids by myself exactly one day of her absence.
…because the kids were off school due to snow the entire following week.
The small solo project goes into “User Experience auditing” mode and I get help actually meeting the demands.
The kids were off school due to snow (for entire week?) again.
Painting, final prep for selling the house.
Spent a week with mostly no cell signal in St George Island
Broke news to parents officially that we were moving.
Sold the house then listed it. (At least that was the order the offer versus official listing happened in.)
Packed up the house, closed on the house, vacated the house, and flew off for the Philippines in a span of 5 days (with our 12th wedding anniversary in between.)
Last times accompanying at various churches in Louisville.
Went to the Daluyon resort on the island of Palawan in The Philippines.
Celebrated my grandmother’s 100th birthday with the rest of the family in The Philippines.
Realized the madness that is flying to/from and traveling in a foreign country with very picky eaters as kids.
Flew back to the US, tried to adjust to jetlag in 2 days, drove our belongings not packed in a trailer to Florida in two cars (one with a broken A/C).
Scrambled to find a rental house that accepted a big dog in the school district we wanted, signed a lease, moved in (in a week from arriving in Florida)
Officially began my 100% remote work life.
Sister-in-law brought our dogs down.
Kids started at their new school.
I wilted on runs in the Florida sun and heat.
Transferred our licenses and cars to Florida officially.
Went to beaches
Emily waited around on callbacks from job applications.
Joined in with the Cathedral music program.
Went to beaches
Actually saw a decent amount of the area on foot–running.
Not so much with the beaches.
Emily started a new job!
Olivia made All County Chorus
Failed at Monkey (intentionally bailed at 11.5 miles, may have missed my bail out point a couple times.)
Drove back to Louisville, had good times, but way more hectic than expected.
Apparently the A/C can mostly not run in December in Florida.
Went back to Louisville for Christmas.
Quite a bit of Hamilton the Musical.
Surprisingly less music listened to at home office than on site. Strange.
72 Books. Getting into Hamilton the Musical led me
Chernow’s biography of Hamilton. Excellent book, very dense read. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke and the Space Odyssey series were also exceptional (though I was a bit disappointed in 3001).
In following the post-apocalyptic/YA-ish series reads of past years, I got into the
Extinction Point series by Paul Antony Jones …less impressive was the
Defiance trilogy (CJ Redwine), probably due to the believability of an alien race doing astounding things versus ordinary humans accomplishing futuristic feats in a world thrown back to the Dark Ages.