Week in Review, 2016-W25.

(June 20, 2016 — June 26, 2016)

At least I’m getting this posted in a timely manner. Right?

Travel

  • Nope.
  • Upcoming: Quick trip to the DC area for a vehicle transaction.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

  • Well, I’ve been adding a bunch of stuff to the ToRead list. That counts? But seriously, this is a mess.
  • Missed our Friday night TV again, too.

Family and Friends

  • Kids in three different camps last week, which I think they enjoyed, but that’s a lot of running around. C at Cub Scout Day Camp; M doing an art camp; N doing “Busy Beaver” which is art and crafts, games, water play, and so forth.
  • Took the kids to Salem Red Sox on Sunday. Traffic in Salem was a general nightmare, and then we arrived to find that the Salem Fair was occupying more than half of the parking area with setup. This was unpleasant. But the Red Sox won, mostly through a 6-run 6th inning, which we got to see. So that was fun.

Home Improvement

  • Hung another ceiling fan in a child’s room, with quite a trek through the attic required to do so. One more of those to go.
  • Finished a little personal project, about which more later.

Health and Fitness

  • Ran on Tuesday and Saturday. Really struggling with schedule. Early morning was not working: I’m too impatient or rushed to adequately warm up, but sufficiently stiff that I worry that I’m going to injure myself if I don’t—old man problems.

Week in Review, 2016-W24.

(June 13, 2016 — June 19, 2016)

My latest post yet. I am unimpressed.

Travel

  • On Monday, we went to Dollywood. The kids really enjoyed it, and I think we’ll go back. Depending on other plans, we might even get season passes next year.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

  • I haven’t made much progress on reading again, and I don’t know why.
  • We missed our TV date, too.

Family and Friends

  • I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was my first experience of annual conference and, even though I’m posting this late, I’m still digesting it. Things are challenging in the United Methodist Church right now. We sit on the precipice of a schism, narrowly avoided last month. And yet the way forward is unclear. Be not afraid.

Home Improvement

  • Not this week, because of spending the weekend at aforementioned conference.

Health and Fitness

  • As predicted, I didn’t get much running in. I ran once, on Wednesday.

Week in Review, 2016-W23.

(June 6, 2016 — June 12, 2016)

Travel

  • On Sunday (June 12), we traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Main purpose was to meet up with my sister, who was in from Texas with her baby boy. We decided to take the kids to Dollywood, a staple of my childhood. And if you have a one-day ticket for Dollywood, then you can get in free after 3p the day before. So, we did that on Sunday afternoon, but maybe more on that next week.
  • Upcoming: Only the completion of the trip above.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

Family and Friends

  • On Saturday, Charlie rode his bike about two miles to the mall for ice cream and back with his Cub Scout troop. He reported that it was a long way. I wanted to go with them, but we had too much going on. Tentatively planning to try to do the same ride with just my own kids, but would like to get the youngster off his training wheels first. I’m not sure how that’s going to go.

Home Improvement

  • Completed and installed the headboard. Intended to write a bit more about it here, but haven’t yet. You can see a picture, however.

Finally finished our new headboard. Finally.

A photo posted by Allen B. MacKenzie (@mackenab) on

* Put up a ceiling fan in aforementioned youngest child’s room. He got the first one because he’s closest to the attic access (and I had to change out the ceiling box to one that was fan-ready). The project ate up much of the day, but it went more smoothly than I expected overall.

Health and Fitness

  • Ran four times this week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Saturday, I even did 10k, though I was lagging by the end. Next week will be back to my slacker ways, it appears.

Week in Review, 2016-W22.

(May 30, 2016 — June 5, 2016)

The Sunday social media fast experiment continues to be successful. It doesn’t have quite the same benefits as longer breaks, when you can actually decondition yourself from “checking” constantly. But I think it’s still good to have a more frequent break from it.

Travel

  • Nope.
  • Upcoming: East Tennessee with family.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

Family and Friends

  • Finally held M’s birthday party on Saturday. (For various reasons, other weekends closer to her birthday didn’t work.) We went with a turnkey party at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. It was fun, a lot less work than handling all the details ourselves, and not really much more expensive.

Home Improvement

  • Our new headboard is almost finished, and will be installed for-sure before the next weekly update. I still haven’t taken a picture.
  • Some progress on other home projects, too.

Health and Fitness

  • Only ran once, on Monday. A big work event threw me off schedule during the rest of the work week, and then the weekend was taken up with other commitments.

Week in Review, 2016-W21.

(May 23, 2016 — May 29, 2016)

Actually stuck with the Sunday social media fast today, and it was good.

Travel

  • Nope.
  • Upcoming: Nope.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

  • Didn’t make much progress on the Instapaper queue this week. Too much professional reading, and…
  • I am reading the Book of Reports for the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, to which I am a delegate in about three weeks. And it is electrifying reading, let me tell you.
  • Still listening to quite a bit of baseball, but also gradually working my way through the archives of the Cortex podcast. Which I may or may not have mentioned here previously, but is really enjoyable.
  • A rather old episode of This American Life aired recently, but it was amazing and had me cackling on the porch.

Family and Friends

  • Pretty quiet weekend at home, finally. Though my daughter had a little performance with the youth choirs today, and it was good.
  • Spent much of the weekend on those long-delayed home improvement projects.

Home Improvement

  • Finished preparing the other raised bed for vegetables.
  • Finished assembly of the headboard, and I should post a picture, but it is too dark. Need to sand it and prepare it for painting, then a couple of coats of paint, and then install it. I will post a picture at some point.
  • My brother-in-law gave my daughter a bird feeder for her window. I installed that, and we put some seed in it. The bird feeder is sorely lacking in squirrel defenses, but we’ll see how it does.

Health and Fitness

  • Ran Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Ran a 10k on the weekend, and it mostly went well, though I started off too fast and wound up having to walk a bit.
  • Weight: 190.

Week in Review, 2016-W20.

(May 16, 2016 — May 22, 2016)

The Sunday social media experiment resumed this week, although once again, I didn’t remember it until sometime mid-morning on Sunday. Setting a weekly alarm right now.

Travel

  • Nope.
  • Upcoming: Nope.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

Family and Friends

  • This weekend, I danced with my daughter in her dance recital. It was, quite literally, probably a unique opportunity to see me dance on stage. And (most of) you missed it.

Home Improvement

  • I actually think that I did this in W19, but forgot to include it. I cleared and added soil to one of our raised beds so that Becky could plant some vegetables.
  • Did some prep work on getting other projects moving again. So that’s exciting.

Health and Fitness

  • Ran Thursday, Saturday. Think I’m going to start running in the morning again. It’s summer, so the sun is up early. And it’s just so hard to work it into the schedule at other times.
  • Weight: 190.