Monthly Archives: May 2016

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.

Week in Review, 2016-W19.

(May 9, 2016 — May 15, 2016)

I was out and about on Sunday and barely remembered what day it was most of the day, and I totally forgot my Sunday social media experiment. I’ll try to resume that next week…

Travel

  • Monday and Tuesday were spent in Pittsburgh. Drove up early Monday morning, had a project meeting on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, and then drove back on Tuesday afternoon. And it was good.
  • And on Saturday, I took the kids up to Washington, DC. On Sunday, we did some sightseeing and went to a birthday party and a Nats game, which was fantastic.
  • Upcoming: Nope, nope, nope. Currently nothing on the schedule until the family vacation in July.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

Family and Friends

  • As noted above, I took the kids to Washington, DC. The occasion was a birthday party, but it doesn’t take much of an excuse to get me to a Nats game and the schedule worked out. Before heading to the ballpark, we walked around the National Mall: Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Which mostly left the kids wanting to spend more time sightseeing in DC. The birthday party was good, too. The game could have turned out better, but otherwise a fantastic day.

Home Improvement

  • The van was not ready for our trip. So we took the rental van.

Health and Fitness

  • Ran Tuesday, Thursday.
  • Weight: 191. Put out with the shenanigans of our digital scale, my wife bought an analog one with a dial. This is going to put a damper on the daily weight tracking, because I can really only read it to the nearest pound, with my glasses on. But maybe it’s just as well.

Week in Review, 2016-W18.

(May 2, 2016 — May 8, 2016)

This doesn’t fit cleanly in one of these categories: I’ve started taking Sunday off from social media. My idea is sundown on Saturday until sundown on Sunday, but I have yet to remember before Sunday morning. Anyway, I like it; we’ll see if it sticks.

Travel

  • Nope
  • Upcoming: Pittsburgh; Washington, DC.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

  • Forgot to mention last week that I’ve started working on my Instapaper queue. I have a tradition of clearing my Instapaper queue in December (and not working on it too much the rest of the year). But I have sent so many articles to Instapaper this year that I decided that a mid-year read was in order.
  • No progress this week on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
  • Watched an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, season 2.

Family and Friends

  • Kids had a school program on Thursday. They were, of course, precious.
  • Took the kids on more errands than usual on Saturday, including some Mother’s Day errands.
  • M sang in choir on Sunday. Proud of her.

Home Improvement

  • Took the van in for repair. Seems like it’s going to be done before our trip next weekend, so that’s good.

Health and Fitness

  • Ran Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Weight: 196.2. I can’t even.

Week in Review, 2016-W17.

(April 25, 2016 — May 1, 2016)

Travel

  • Spent most of the week in Ireland (arrived around noon on Wednesday, departed early Saturday morning). It was a much-too-short trip, mostly spent at a meeting in Belfast (which was excellent), but also cruising through Dublin in both directions to catch up with colleagues and friends there. I’m still deeply in love with that island and her people. So, here’s to many more returns, hopefully less rushed next time.
  • Upcoming: Nope.

Reading, Watching, and Listening

  • Finished Infinite Jest sooner than anticipated because, after all these years, the location numbers in the reading plan for the Kindle edition are still straight up wrong. Am I glad that I read it again? I think so. Would it reward deeper study? Without a doubt. Worth ever reading a third time? I doubt it. David Foster Wallace was important to me at the time that I discovered him. I still love his non-fiction essays dearly. But his fiction may require more than I am prepared to give.
  • Watched Brooklyn (2015) on the flight home and it was quite nice. I never know what movies I should be trying to see, though, because I just don’t pay any attention to movies. I need some adult or recommendation engine or something to put together a list for me and keep it constantly updated for the occasion when I decide to watch a movie. Is that really so much to ask?
  • Watching that particular movie, though, did make me wonder how, in my project of reading Irish literature, I haven’t read anything by Colm Tóibín. May have to try to rectify that, after I read this year’s Dublin book.
  • Started The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and, so far, I am mostly rolling my eyes. But I have some pretty serious tidying projects to tackle this summer, so I’ll try to give it a fair shake.

Family and Friends

  • Family time greatly diminished this week by being on another continent.
  • But since this section is called “Family and Friends“, here’s to Irish friends, especially those who inspire and cook dinner.

Home Improvement

  • Again, I was out of town. But I see serious action here in the near future.
  • Unfortunately, that action starts with taking the car in for repair, after a minor accident while I was gone.

Health and Fitness

  • Did not run this week. Don’t care—a week off is good for me every now and again—except for the fact that I hauled my running stuff across the ocean and then didn’t use it.
  • Weight: 194.8.