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  • ThomasPowell 1:27 am on January 1, 2018 Permalink  

    2017 Year in Review 

    January

    • Pigeon Forge field trip as chaperone
    • Pinewood Derby

    February

    • Double Bridge Run
    • Manatees
    • Mardi Gras Parade in Pensacola

    March

    • New Pergola
    • New Patio
    • New Piano
    • Trip to Louisville to meet Poland team
    • New beds

    April

    • Mad Violin
    • Blueberry Festival

    May

    • Wife quit job
    • Savannah to OBX

    June

    • Lighthouses
    • Sea Catchers
    • Dan TDM in Jacksonville

    July

    • Palafox Application
    • Etsy shop
    • Wife got a new job

    August

    • 41
    • Traveled to Clayton, GA to see total eclipse
    • Sang with bishop installation choir

    September

    • Palafox Market
    • Solar install
    • Hurricane Irma panic
    • Baby Musical accompaniment

    October

    • Solar up and running
    • Hurricane prep and Tropical Storm hit

    November

    • Webelos weekend
    • Pow-Wow for Thanksgiving
    • RubyConf NOLA
    • Blue Angels Homecoming

    December

    • New treadmill
    • Trip back to Louisville
     
  • ThomasPowell 7:22 pm on December 31, 2015 Permalink  

    2015 in Review 

    Monthly Summary

    January

    • 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.

    February

    • 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.

    March

    • 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.

    April

    • Painting, final prep for selling the house.
    • Spent a week with mostly no cell signal in St George Island

    May

    • 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.)

    June

    • 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.

    July

    • 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.

    August

    • 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

    September

    • Emily waited around on callbacks from job applications.
    • Joined in with the Cathedral music program.
    • Went to beaches

    October

    • 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

    November

    • 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.

    December

    • Apparently the A/C can mostly not run in December in Florida.
    • Went back to Louisville for Christmas.

    Media

    Music

    • Quite a bit of Hamilton the Musical.
    • Surprisingly less music listened to at home office than on site. Strange.

    Books

    • 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.
     
  • bqx40 10:56 am on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crash, , life   

    One Month Out, “Normal” Still Seems Foreign 

    It’s been a month since I survived a car crash that demolished my car.

    Since then, we’ve closed on our new home, bought a new car, and spent two days’ worth of effort moving in.┬áBecause of the second car payment, our finances are not as secure as I’d like them to be, but we’re capable of making it–even if the next 6 months will be stressful.

    I’ve gotten back to running to some degree. The last two blips in the graph below represent my “return” the last two weeks, after 4 weeks off. Hardly compares to my normal weeks, or even my “even” weeks before.

    Weekly running totals

    After running 5.5 miles this week and moving things, I realized my ribs aren’t quite healed enough for physical activity. I had been able to quit taking ibuprofen, but I’m having to take it again due to the pain. Picking up anything over 20 pounds aggravates the pain.

    I’m wallowing in a fair amount of self-pity, but, right now, I’m just hoping for a normal, relatively pain-free life–outside of running. Seeing my aunt in her final days of her battle with cancer when she has a brand new granddaughter and knowing that I survived the wreck puts things in perspective, but it doesn’t make the waiting and uncertainty of healing any better.

     
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