Welcome to my 2019 resolutions page and 2018 year in review. This year is the eleventh edition of my favorite creative project of the year. The theme for this edition is a switch experiment where you can select the sections you want to consume one by one or all at once.
2018 had its fair share of ups and downs. We have been doing lots of house projects thanks to my father-in-law and dad who visit throughout the year. The house is starting to come together more and more each month. We paid to have recessed lights installed throughout the house which was a two-week expensive endeavor. We finished the walls of the garage and repaired the damage of putting in all the recessed lights. We also paid to have a new fence for the side yard as well as drip irrigation for the garden. We installed a new kitchen faucet and laundry cabinets as well as took out all of the towel and towel rods. After a year and a half in the home, we also are starting to put some things on the walls which is giving it a more finished look.
The kids are doing great and growing like weeds. Tyler is now in sixth grade and Lizzy started Kindergarten. Tyler continues to enjoy all things Marvel and joined a soccer team over the summer which was fun to watch. Tyler's superpower seems to be computers and science. Lizzy is still obsessed with all her stuffed animals. She continues to take rock climbing classes and just recently started Taekwondo. Lizzy straight up beat me at checkers the other day. Yeah, that happened.
On a sad note, in 2018 was we lost our 15-year-old dog, Wilbur to cancer. He was with me before both of the kids and always present through the most difficult of times. Through the good and the bad, he was always and I mean ALWAYS the first and happiest to see me. He followed me everywhere and boy did he have a good life. I still miss him a lot but time heals or at least softens most wounds. He was the best dog ever and those were the last words I made sure he heard. A big thanks to Christina for being there for us through that period. For now, we are going to hold off on bringing more animals into the house so we can stabilize things a bit and do some more traveling.
We're settling in here in Colorado and starting to venture out even more on the weekends. I got a chance to travel a bit in 2018 starting with a much-needed family trip to Orlando, FL. We had a blast and in 2019 I hope we get the opportunity to take another big family vacation again. For work, I got the opportunity to travel to Sacramento, San Antonio, and Cumberland. I got the chance to try an escape room a few times which was fun but I'm pretty horrible at puzzles so you don't want to be on my team. We also continued exploring Colorado with visits to Estes Park. Finally, speaking of travel, I am also happy to report a big milestone in 2018 which was my Honda Civic passing 200,000 miles in October.
From a resolutions perspective, 2018 got away from me like most years. Travel and technology project related resolutions were more in my control which reflects why they are complete where others aren't. Time or priorities seem to be getting in the way of progress but I don't think I'm alone with that challenge. At the very end of 2018, I just recently started dabbling with Bitcoin and have found it challenging. I've run Ubuntu as my personal computer operating system for fifteen or more years and have run a 256GB SSD for six or seven. Just installing and updating the blockchain is difficult given its current 184 GB size. I'll soon fix the installation constraints and have Mastering Bitcoin from O'Reilly checked out from the library. I wish I had more time for the family but that always seems to be the case. Traveling and getting out has been more of a priority of late which has been great for family time.
Here's the 2018 Resolutions Rundown:
Below are some of my favorite purchases in 2018. Yes, I am including a fiber supplement on the list. :)
For as long as I can remember I have been a YouTube addict. 2018 was no different and below are some of my favorite videos from the year.
For years I have kept a Google Doc of random thoughts or often, observations of what I see regarding the personal and professional world around me. Over the last month, I put them into a database which I may use as a framework for a book or two. Some may not be complete thoughts but again, they are often random things I have jotted down for 10+ years. If you have the patience to read enough of them you'll probably notice a few may have even come from my interactions with you.
For now, this is an unprioritized list of places I want to see, accomplish, and a few things I've always wanted to have. The list is getting longer and the days shorter, but I am a "list person" through and through.
Most of my resolutions this year are going to be about consuming or learning more. I can't help creating little web experiments here and there and then sharing what I learn but in 2019 I want to take a lot more time for myself. I reused a few resolutions I didn't complete from last year as well.