Annual recap- 2020

Me:

  • “Company kick-off” cruise in the Bahamas
    • My first (and probably last) ever
    • In retrospect, very happy this didn’t turn into a COVID super-spreader event
  • Started tiny daily meditation habit
  • Travelled back from India with Tara at the beginning of the year, spent a week with her (minor achievement)

Tara:

  • (Yes, enough content for her own section)
  • Went climbing at Planet Granite (or rather, barely got the hang of it, before everything shut down)
  • Missed the dance classes in pre-school, had to do her performance virtually
  • (Virtual) preschool graduation
  • Got a new scooter
  • Learnt to ride her bike!
  • Began physical school (kindergarten), in the last quarter (yay)
  • Read
    • all of Ivy & Bean
    • First four Magic Treehouse
    • Harry Potter (Sorceror’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets)
  • Watched
    • Nutjob 1 & 2
    • Equestria Girls
    • Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
    • Scooby Doo (the 2012 series, the original series, the Scrappy Doo series)
    • Nightmare before Christmas
    • Mu Little Pony: The movie
    • Kung fu Panda
    • The Hobbit (old animated version)

Family:

  • WFH changes (duh)
    • Home layouts
    • Haircut experiments
  • Some repairs and replacements at home
  • Events
    • Tara turned 6
    • 10th wedding anniversary
  • Trips
    • Some hikes, some picnics
    • A weekend staycation in Capitola
    • SF Zoo (!)
    • Sanborn County Park (a new discovery)
    • Beach visits (Waddell, Rockaway, Greyhound, Pacifica)
  • Family board games became a thing!

Reading/Writing/Exploring/Learning:

  • Watched (Movies)
    • Fantastic Fungi (!!)
    • The Hobbit
    • Parasite, Knives out
    • 10000 BC, 2012 (repeats)
    • Brittany runs a marathon, Outbreak
    • Logan Lucky
    • Trip to Greece
    • The Bookshop, Little Women
    • The Vast of Night (!)
    • Social Dilemma
    • Struggle: life & lost art of Szugalski (!!)
    • Tenet (!!)
  • Watched (TV)
    • New season of Lost in Space
    • Messiah
    • Tiger King (!)
    • Money Heist
    • Vida
    • The Crown (season 4)
    • Killing Eve (season 3)
    • Hinterland (season 1)
  • Read
    • Lexicon (bought it at the SF airport, very original)
    • Three-body problem (whole new world of SF)
    • (Comixology) Witcher, Locke and Key, Alita

Review from last year:

  • I did complete a puzzle (never got around to collecting and sharing pictures)
  • I did scratch the “make a small app” itch
  • No small book, but … there are some collage-ish scribbles I’ll pick up some other time
  • No 10K, but … I did run 15 minutes (nearly) every Sunday morning

Tentative Resolutions:

  • (this is a bit pointless, unless revised during the year, but still …)
  • Sustain what little exercise routine I have!
  • Try (or keep trying) to get a good sleep routine
  • Complete one more puzzle
  • In general, create and share more

Monthly recap (Dec 2020)

Sunset at Pacifica

Major updates

  • A stay-at-home end-of-year vacation
    • Lots of driving around or walking around locally

Minor updates

  • A day trip to San Francisco (chocolates at Ghirardelli, having coffee outside Ferry Building)
  • A trip to Barnes & Noble (the only one in the whole year!)
  • Tara’s first (and second) tooth came out
  • A “christmas drive-through” at Tara’s school
  • (Finally) got a ergonomic setup going at home for a protracted WFH period (more on this later)

Watched/made/played/read

  • Queen’s Gambit
  • Tenet (!)
  • Several episodes of Hinterland
  • Read up to the first four Magic Treehouse books with Tara

Monthly recap (Nov 2020)

Fall leaves in a plate

Major updates

  • Tara turned six !!

Minor updates

  • Lots of social trips
  • Ergonomic improvements (more on this soon)
  • Sleep schedule has not been great
  • Visited Barnes and Noble (after a year!)
  • Visited SF Zoo!

Watched/made/played/read

  • Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix
  • Read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with Tara
  • A season of a British baking show on Netflix
  • Some Minecraft on Youtube
  • A new family game: Connect Four

Monthly Recap (Oct 2020)

A tesseract in 3-D, with Magnatiles

Major updates

  • Gradual “actual physical school” transition for Tara
  • Halloween!

Minor updates

  • Introducing card games to Tara: War, Go Fish!
  • Misc maintenance
    • replacing hood and range in kitchen
    • AC repair
  • A new pen: TWSBI 580
  • Using Obsidian and liking it

Watched/read/made

  • Finished reading Harry Potter & Sorceror’s Stone with Tara, started on The Chamber of Secrets
  • Watching: Enola Holmes, The Old Guard, Serious Men, Rebecca
  • A few episodes of The Great British Baking Show and Somebody feed Phil
  • Lima beans science experiment for Tara’s school

Monthly Recap (Sep 2020)

A unicorn, with its notebook, I think.

Major updates

  • Trip to Capitola

Minor updates

  • A new family board game: Labyrinth
  • Re-activated my Facebook account, mostly to follow Tara’s school account
  • This month went by … really quickly
  • Created a separate place to record all the fragments I keep finding

Watched/read/made

  • Watched Vast of Night (Amazon)
  • Away, Social Dilemma, Pets United, Struggle: life & lost art of Szugalski (Netflix)

Monthly Recap (Aug 2020)

Working from home …

Major updates

  • Tara began (virtual) kindergarten (!)

Minor updates

  • Garage cleanup
  • Finished my fourth 1000-piece puzzle
  • Haircuts
  • Some dentist trips
  • Trips: Pleasanton to meet friends, SF/Sausality day trip

Watched/read/made

  • Read nothing, sigh.
  • Watched more of Someone Feed Phil
    • Watched The Bookshop, Shakuntala Devi, Baby’s day out, Little Women

Monthly Recap (Jul 2020)

Chalk painting in the driveway

Major updates

  • Tara “graduated” from pre-school
  • Bunch of day trips (Rockaway beach, Sanborn county park, Waddell beach, Seascape beach)
  • I became a year older 😐

Minor updates

  • Assembled a new standing desk and kitchen island
  • Tara got her first two-wheeled scooter (deprecated the toddler one)
  • Had a couple of dentist appointments! (All mask and gloves, layers of sanitization)
  • Brunch at Hobees after a long time

Watched/read/made

  • Finished reading (with Tara) all of the Ivy & Bean series, started reading the Magic Faraway Tree trilogy
  • Watched: Nutjob (1 & 2 !), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (btw, nearly 20 years old now!), Trip to Greece

Monthly Recap (Jun 2020)

Dry-erase pens on dry-erase board …

Major updates

  • A few interesting excursions (picnic in Lexington reservoir and Loch Lomond, an afternoon at Greyhound Rock Beach.
  • Trips to parks (Tara playing, farewell to a close friend, some social-distanced meeting up)

Minor updates

  • Fun on 10th wedding anniversary, fathers’ day
  • Got done with taxes this year
  • A bit disconnected in general
  • Some gardening progress (added a trellis, some seeds, stay tuned)

Watched/read/made

  • Reading My Little Pony graphic novels
  • Lots of Scooby Doo (a movie, and then the old series, from the 70s)

On the “Quilt” activity

I managed to dig up a pic of “the original quilt” 😀

Sometime last year, we were at a restaurant where they were nice enough to provide paper and crayons for my daughter, but the paper didn’t have the usual “shapes to color in”, and the crayons were an odd mix (can’t remember exactly, perhaps … brown, purple and orange?)

I came up with a way to play on that paper, and this has since become a regular-is game for us, so I’ll try to describe it here.

  1. Draw a grid, not too large (8 by 8 or 10 by 10 seem to be a good sweet spot), with small squares.
  2. Take turns picking a random square, and doing WHATEVER you want in it.
  3. No rules at all, about what to draw. It’s okay to fill it with one color. It’s okay to fill it with two colors. It’s okay to make a single circle or square within it. It’s okay to have a wavy patter. Whatever you like.

The result ends up looking quite nice, and when we play this, we call it “making a quilt”. So yeah, try it out sometime 😀

Aerobie

Stumbled across one of these in a small gift shop and picked it up. I have to admit my ignorance at not coming across this before, but it flies amazingly smooth.

I mean frisbees fly too, but you have to flick it just right, and you have to teach kids how to throw it level. This in the other hand, flies pretty much however you throw it.

I was wondering why it does, and came across this old news article (1985, so 34 years old today!) about its invention.

As he looked into the Frisbee, Adler discovered that no one knew exactly why it flies as well as it does. The thick edges create turbulence which somehow makes the platter fly in a stable fashion (if you throw it correctly). But the edges also create considerable air resistance, or drag.

Apparently, The only way to fly straight and level is to get the center of lift over the center of the disk !!

The current form of the “Aerobie” is a later iteration of one big change: replacing the frisbee design with a shallow cone !