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Health Update (Bulged Disk & Bike Injury)
It has been a year since my last major issue with my bulged disk in my lower back. I am back to probably 90% overall, but I don't think I'm ever going to be back to the same level with running. I was running an 8.5 minute mile before the injury, but I'm lucky to get in the 10.5 minute mile range now. Which is OK because my core is about 10x stronger via Pilates, and my swimming and biking have taken off. The new me is frankly more interesting from an exercise perspective. I was tentatively planning my next Sprint Triathlon for the end of July, but that weekend we are going to be off to Napa area for a wedding. Unfortunately, August is not looking good with other conflicts, so maybe my next Sprint Triathlon will be in September.
One issue from the bike fall in February that has been nagging me is pain in my wrists when I flex my hand all the way flat (like doing a push-up). At first they were super sore, and then they got better, but in June they got worse after some gardening (ie. pulling weeds). The right wrist is better than the left wrist, and I spent most of the month of June with a series of different wrist guards on my left hand to keep it immobilized as possible. As I type this things are better, and I haven't worn a brace all day today.
Most of June was consumed by an awesome trip to Europe with my daughter Carson, and my son Conrad. We were gone from June 8 until June 23. The three of us visited: Germany (Frankfurt and Bad Pyrmont), Belgium (Brussels and Ottingies), and France (Normandy and Paris). And then Conrad and I continued our trip to Italy (Rome), The Netherlands (Amsterdam), and back to Germany (Berlin and Frankfurt).
I think between Conrad and I we took over 1000+ pictures. Most importantly was the memories (but as time goes on the journals and the photos will be golden). I hope to blog more about the overall experience sooner than later.
Here is a photo from Normandy:
As I mentioned last month, my son Spencer and I are starting a new project to digitally scan photos this summer using the Epson FastFoto FF-680W Scanner. So far everything I've scanned with this scanner has turned out wonderful.
This carry-on luggage from Travelpro Luggage called the Crew 11 20" Carry-on International Rollaboard (w/USB Port, Black) was great for travelling in Europe. It was easy to pack and easy to maneuver with while on travel. I'm a big fan.
My birthday and Father's Day present was the Sony RX100-VI camera. I used it exclusively in Europe and it is now my "go-to" camera. Very fun to take pictures with and easy to carry. Here is a one photo from Paris:
So on the 4th of July we usually do a 10K run called the Old Pros in Scripps Ranch. I hope to run the whole 10K which will be a big deal for me since my max distance over the last year has been 5K.
Like a mentioned earlier we have a trip at the end of July to Napa for a wedding, and we are also hosting a student from Belgium for a couple of weeks.
Quote I'm Thinking About
“Just because people understand what to do doesn’t ensure that they will actually do it.” ― Marshall Goldsmith,
Health Update (Bulged Disk & Bike Injury)
I attended Mike Foster's Strongest workshop on May 16 & 17, 2019. It was an amazing learning experience and the people at the conference were super inspiring. Mike Foster has plans for another one so follow Mike on social media or listen to his Fun Therapy podcast for updates.
Technology & Tips
Last month I mentioned I was experimenting in the morning with a Panda paper planning system. After about a month thought I've made some adjustments because the written monthly, weekly, and daily planning part for my calendar and other item date specific items was not helping me that much. However what was helping me during my morning devotionals was tracking on a daily basis:
- what I was thankful for,
- what I was looking forward to,
- what God was telling me in my devotional,
- what I could work on as person (these are coming from the Stoic daily reads from the book The Daily Stoic), and
- how I am exercising.
This summer I am embarking on a big project with the help of my son Spencer to digitize 99% of all of our physical photos using this scanner -- Epson FastFoto FF-680W Scanner.
This upcoming next month is going to be completely consumed by:
- Spencer is graduating high school!
- Carson, Conrad, and I are going to Europe from June 8 through June 23 (Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands).
Quote I'm Thinking About
“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.” — Alan Watts
Things have been slowly improving with my back since my bike fall in February (and it is almost to 1 year since my full-on bulged disc incident). I switched my morning runs to morning walks in March by switching my regular "run" days (Mon., Tue., Thu., Sat.) to walk days. Then in April, I moved to running 1 minute and then walking 30 seconds (repeat 20 times) on "run" days. My current plan is to transition to running slowly for ~30 minutes (no stopping) on "run" days in May. I also decided to not do the next couple of San Diego area sprint triathlons, and instead focus on getting to as close as possible to 100% with the plan of doing the next sprint triathlon in July.
My wonder wife Christy and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. It was pretty low-key, but we are looking to go on an adventure later in the year.
My daughter and I were able to see Chvrches in-between their Coachella shows at Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, CA. The concert was awesome, the road trip fun, and Pappy & Harriert's is a very unique venue to see a band (highly recommended), and the food & drinks were pretty darn good. It was also a treat to meet-up with other Southern California Chvrches fans (second set of photos by Chris Rubalcava).
The weekend after Easter, my family and I held my Mom's Memorial (Saturday, April 27, 2019) up in the Sacramento area. It was a blessing that we waited until the Spring, and all-in-all it went well It was simple and uncomplicated, with a lot of time to remember, share, and support each other. Another major blessing was being able to connect with her many friends that she touched and did life with.
Technology & Tips
One thing I have been experimenting with over the last month is using a Panda paper planning system to scope out my monthly, weekly, and daily plans right after my morning devotionals. So far it has been pretty positive. This is the one I purchased.
I used these ear protection plugs for the Chvrches concert. They worked out better than expected. I could clearly hear all the music, but being in the front row, my hearing wasn't impacted like it has been in the past.
If you are looking for some water proof headphones for swimming, then you should know that these are the best I have used -- HydroActive Headphones.
There is a lot going on in May:
- The next Avenger's movie Endgame is out already, but I'm probably not going to see it until May 5th.
- Christy and my son Spencer are going on a trip to Costa Rica.
- I am going to attend Mike Foster's Strongest workshop.
- I finally have enough material to teach another Getting Things Done (GTD) course at work in May.
Quote I'm Thinking About
"When annoyed count 10, before you speak, if very angry, count 100." - Thomas Jefferson
Marlies was wonderful mother, loving wife, devoted Omi (grandmother), and a friend to many. She met Marion “Ray” Holden (USAF Retired) in Germany and they were married on January 4, 1963 in her hometown of Bad Pyrmont, Germany. She immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in May 31, 1966. Once in the United States, they lived in Nebraska, Wisconsin, and then settled in the Sacramento, CA before moving to Roseville, CA in 1973. She graduated from American River College with a degree in Nursing in 1978, and became a Registered Nurse (RN) working at Roseville Hospital until 1992 when she retired on disability.
Marion (her husband) preceded her in death in 1993, and her mother, Helene, passed in 1973 and her father, Ludwig, died in 1942 (Battle of Stalingrad). She leaves behind her daughter Michelle (Citrus Heights,CA) and her three kids: Taylor, Riley, and Joshua; and her son Steven (San Diego, CA) and his wife Christy, and their three kids: Conrad, Spencer, and Carson. In addition, there is a deep loss by her brother Ludwig and his wife Crystal, and their daughter Gabi (and their extended family in Germany).
Marlies had a very active in retirement. She traveled with friends and family, and hosted many friends from Germany at her house for extended vacations. She loved to play the game Mahjong both on the computer, and also with physical tiles with a weekly game day. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Widowed Singles, and several other organizations. She often served in many leadership positions including creating monthly newsletters and calendars. Her house was always open for her grandchildren, and she took care of them with great love.
Marlies was a huge dog lover. From Rusty to Pepper to Chew-Lin to Ling-Ling to Emma, dogs played an important part of her life. She loved them all and she was an amazingly patient dog owner.
She will be eternally loved, and deeply missed by all who knew her.
Currently there are plans for a Memorial Service on April 27, 2019 in the Sacramento/Roseville area. You can get more details by contacting Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org). In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation in Marlies Holden’s name with Special Olympics.
Sorry I never got around to posting in March 2019 ...
Getting Back To Healthy
I went a little backwards on my back injury (bulged disc), and issues with my left leg (sciatica) since the last post in February. The week before my last sprint triathlon I hurt my back trying to lift something that I shouldn't have. I took the next 6 days off, and then I did the UCSD Triton Sprint Triathlon (actually it was Dual-atholon -- 1.5km run, 21-km bike, & 5-km run -- as they had to cancel the swim because of rain run-off health concerns). The bad news is that I fell off my bike in transition and hurt my knee, hip, elbow, and hands. I was able to push through it during race day, but by the following day I couldn't run at all. So, I've pretty much taken the full month off from running, and did a treatment of steroids to get me back to how I felt back in late October (run 60 seconds, walk 30 seconds, repeat 28x times). Thank goodness for a good stretching routine, walking in the morning (instead of running), Pilates (2 days a week), and swimming (3 days a week) during this non-running time. Hopefully April will be a month of full run recovery, and then maybe another sprint triathlon early in May.
A bunch of stuff has been going on that has been really cool:
- Sold my Mini-Cooper! I am sorry to see it go, but my left "clutch" leg & knee is feeling much better.
- Saw Resurrection Radio in concert at Helix Brewing Company!
- Marshmello featuring Chrvches released a new song called "Here With Me"
- My daughter Carson turned 16 and is one of the actors in the Spring Play at her high school.
- My son Spencer got Honor Roll last semester (award ceremony in Feb).
- Two recent trips to DC for work were pretty productive.
- I just got more training material to deliver future Getting Things Done (GTD) courses at work.
- Christ Lutheran School's annual Gala was last Friday and it was a ton of fun, and we raised nearly $100K.
Technology & Tips
I have tried several waterproof headphones for listening to music while swimming. These are the best so far: Underwater Audio's HydroActive Short-Cord Waterproof Headphones.
Since Apple started supporting podcasts in iTunes, I've always used some sort of Apple iPod for my own listening. In my quest to simplify my life, I decided to retire the Apple iPod Touch I've been using the last couple of years with my Android phone. This decision was basically about having one less device to care and feed. After testing several Android application options, I finally made the switch to using Podcast Addict for Android. (Support) So far, so good!
Bourbon & Whiskey Update
If I had to rank these, then it would be in the following order: #1.) Longbranch, #2.) Basil Hayden's; #3.) IW Harper; #4.) Buffalo Trace; #5.) Cooper's Mark; #6.) Elmer T. Lee; #7.) Old Grand-Dad, and #8.) Sunshine Rye Whiskey (not really a bourbon - distilled in Ramona, CA). The only one I wouldn't buy again is unfortunately the Rye Whiskey.
** Another bourbon that I've tried that I didn't take a picture of yet is Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. It is by far my overall favorite bourbon. #1.
Craft Beer Update
There is a lot going on in April:
- Carson's play is also playing again next weekend, followed by her Sweet 16 Birthday party the following week.
- Christy and I are celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary this month!
- Carson and I get to see Chvrches on April 18, 2019.
- Finishing up Lent and celebrating Easter!
- We are doing my Mom's memorial on Saturday, April 27, 2019 in Roseville, CA. (RSVP)
Quote I'm Thinking About
"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present." - Bill Keane
Slowly Improving To A Better State
Per previous posts (Nov Dec Jan) -- my Mom's sudden and unexpected passing on October 31, 2018 -- is still consuming a great deal of my energy and attention. Things are slowly getting sorted out, and there appears to be on the horizon some resolution on her house and the rest of her trust. I am definitely learning a lot about patience and prayer.
Things are pretty stable with my back (I haven't had any pain since mid June), and my core strength has really improved with Pilates. I am swimming on average three times a week and I started to run a full 5K on my run days vice run a minute then walk for 30 seconds (repeat 28x times). Hopefully this will continue to be status quo. I have signed up for a Sprint Triathlon in February, and look forward to trying out my new swimming wet suit (my previous race used my boogie boarding suit which worked but isn't ideal for swimming).
I had a safe trip to DC this past week. My original flights had issues, but in the end everything worked out for the best. And I was able to flow with the changes without getting myself super frustrated. I think that might be because of the book on stoicism that I reference below, and some of the mindfulness training using Kevin Roses' Oak app that I mentioned last month.
Our family hosted two Australian students for a couple of weeks at the beginning of January. They were a great addition to our family and we got to do a bunch of cool San Diego things together.
Technology & Tips
As I mentioned last month (Jan) ... I switched my main Personal GTD "external brain" to Nirvana. It is a really solid product, and I have to say I am very happy with it. Check it out if you get a chance. I'm still using Google Keep for tracking checklists and reference material.
I am really enjoying the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from Basil Haydens.
My recent upgrade to the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has really increased my daily reading. The two books I'm reading daily for this year are: Unshakeable by Christian Cain (this is part of my morning devotional), and The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman (I read this in the afternoon when I take a break around 3 p.m.). I also just finished the following book Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School 2nd Edition by John Medina.
I have another trip to DC the first week of February, and then a bunch of meetings and a conference the 2nd week of February. And then my UCSD Tritonman Sprint Triathlon which should be challenging but fun! Summer vacation planning is also starting to come together and it looks like June I'm going to be able to attend GTD Summit in Amsterdam.
Quote I'm Thinking About
“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.” – Robert Orben [THOUGHT: That’s why time is more about compass, then clock.]
Per my November and December posts -- my Mom's sudden and unexpected passing on October 31, 2018 -- this event is still consuming most of my energy and attention. I wouldn't be functioning though if it wasn't for the support, prayers, comfort, and help I've been getting from my faith in Christ, family, life group, church, friends, co-workers, CHVRCHES Podcast Fans, etc. Thank you all very much. I recently found this picture (it was a 35mm slide that I converted to digital) of my Mom with her brother Ludwig in Germany (probably early 1960s before she left German for the United States):
As I post this, my daughter and I are making a trip up to Sacramento/Roseville to work on a couple of key projects, and spend time with my sister's family before driving back to San Diego later in the week.
One of the micro stories I vaguely reference last month that was a blessing, but is both sad and happy. When I called my one of my childhood friend's Mom about my Mom passing, she had to share that her husband had passed away unexpectedly earlier in October, and his celebration of life service was the same weekend I was up there. It was wonderful to attend, and spend time with friends I have not seen in years, and reflect & share about both unexpected deaths. God does work in ways that baffles me at times.
December was great. I love, and my family loves, Christmas ... so we made the most of it all month. This year's Christmas Party at our house was one of the highlights. I made four crock-pots of chili, and most of it was gone by the end of the night!
I managed to end 2018 with a heartfelt CHVRCHES Fan Podcast. In November, Chvrches releases a great acoustic EP called the Hansa Sessions that I adore. I already knew this (I'm a little bit bias), but for an electronic synthesizer centric band -- they are really talented.
I believe I have had a bit of a breakthrough thanks to regular pilates classes and daily stretches as the numbness in my left foot related to my bulged disk (L5-S1) [see July Update] has gone away completely some days. I haven't figured out a pattern, but as I write this, I currently don't have any numbness that I use to have all the time.
There is not a lot on the horizon for January 2019. There might be a work trip back to Washington, DC, and our family is going to host some Australian high school students at our house for a week or so. That should be exciting!
I can't say more about trying this Hof Breathing Method that Kevin Rose posted on Instagram if you are feeling stressed out, or want to go to sleep after practicing the steps. It has really worked wonders for me.
One of my most read and reference blog posts I have ever posted is "How I use Google Keep to do Getting Things Done (GTD) in my personal system." As of yesterday though (Sunday is my weekly review day), I moved my Personal GTD system to Nirvana. And I am not looking back! More updates probably next month, but if you are struggling with your GTD tool, then you might want to try Nirvana. Here is a link to a recommended setup guide ($10).
Quote I'm Thinking About
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi
**This photo was taken on December 26, 2018 at the San Diego Zoo. There is a new walkway near the large birds of prey that links the pandas (at the bottom of a hill) to the polar bears (near the top of a hill). This was part of the walk way. It was very new (less than a week old?).
World Upside Down
Like I mentioned at the start of last month's monthly Thoughts & Tips blog post (November 2018), my Mom passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2018, and since then that has been my main focus (grieving, family, planning, paperwork, coordination, decisions, etc). The love and support of God, my family, my Life Group, my church, friends, co-workers, CHVRCHES Podcast Fans, etc. have been a complete answer to prayer, and have given me a great deal of comfort. I am still hurting. I am still very sad. I miss her very much.
The picture in top left is me with my Mom and her Mom (my Omi) in my backyard at our first house on Palm Avenue in Sacramento. The top right picture is us visiting Hawaii to see my Uncle Lucky. The bottom left (B&W) has a great Mom smile, and bottom right is me on the first day of being adopted by my Mom and Dad.
There are so many little micro stories of blessing and thanksgiving around my Mom's passing. I need to process these more, so I can't share them yet, but every time I think of them, tears come to my eyes.
My son Conrad and I went up to Roseville, CA to work on donating as much as possible from my Mom's house a couple of weekends back. We made a lot of progress, and took one afternoon off to go out to Folsom, CA for some distractions. We had a good time learning more about the first power plant in the area that sent most of its power to Sacramento:
Another great distraction this month was at a concert hosted at the conference my wife goes to with her school co-workers ever year just before Thanksgiving. This year it was in the Palm Springs area. The evening band was Checker'd Past (Facebook), and they were an amazing 80's Cover Band:
If you get a chance to see them, then take it! Here is a link to their setlist!
Things continue in a positive direction with regards to being physically active and working out regularly. I do enjoy morning Pilates classes at my local YMCA, and then a swim workout in the pool before work twice a week. I am diagnosed with a bulged disk (L5-S1) [see July Update], but at this point it is not negatively impacting my day to day life.
The new Kindle Paperwhite is great. I highly recommend it -- lighter, water proof, and faster.
I'm a big fan of Chromebooks. My main computer has been based on Chrome OS for several years. I just upgraded to the Acer Chromebook Flip 13 as it supports Linux, which my current Chromebook does not. I am also enjoying the touch screen and need to try out the Wacom pen some more. It does have a fan which is weird to hear go on and off as it tries to cool the processor.
We are now into the full Christmas season and we typically have a jammed packed Holiday season: church services, parties, and family events. December is always full of things to do and memories to make. If you are reading this, then I hope you have a marvelously amazing 2018 Christmas and Holiday Season. If you are not, and need someone to talk to, then please call me at 619-631-4433.
Given all the stress this month, I've really been using this Hof Breathing Method that Kevin Rose posted on Instagram.
Quote I'm Thinking About
"Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come." - Anonymous
**The wood is from Christy's Dad's backyard. He cut down a tree at his house that needed to be removed, and got some great options for a future project. I think the logs could be worked into a foundation for a glass table.
Like I mentioned in my November Update, I recently watched this great documentary about bourbon called "Neat." This got me started on a deep dive on bourbons (and whiskeys). I'm going to update this post throughout the next month or so until I reach a good point of wrapping up my getting started story.
A little timeline introduction (sorry it is going to be sad -- see top of November Update). I was in Omaha, NE for work, and traveling with some co-workers. Several of them are really into bourbon (I mean really). And they recommended I watch the documentary Neat to learn more about bourbon. I happened to get a $5 credit from Google Play Video recently, so I used it to rent the documentary and loaded on my laptop to watch as we flew home on October 31, 2018. I actually watched it twice on the plane, the second time I took about three full 3x5 cards of notes (which I'm still working on getting through). Here comes the really sad part. Later that evening on October 31, 2018, I learned from my sister Michelle that my Mom had unexpectedly passed away on Oct. 31, and I was on the first flight up to Sacramento on November 1, 2018. More on updates in my December Update (posted on Dec. 1, 2018).
I tried it 'neat' first, but didn't really like much, so I then had it 'on the rocks.' Which I liked a lot better. I'm probably going to be leaning towards 'on the rocks' as my standard delivery method as I like the ice cooling the bourbon, and the mixing with water as the ice melts. I need to come back to trying Four Roses again as I left the bottle up in Roseville, and "someone" drank it all (enough on that topic).
The next bourbon I tried was Woodford Reserve that I bought at Costco after coming back from Sacramento since it was highly recommend and well covered in the Neat documentary:
I also tried this one 'neat' and then 'on the rocks,' and I'm definitely becoming a big fan of 'on the rocks.' I am still (thank God) slowly still sampling the Woodford Reserve (1.75L). I did use it to make Old Fashioned on Thanksgiving for family members (which turned out great), but there is still a good amount in the bottle. [NOTE: I also recently priced a bunch of bourbons in stores near my house.]
The next bourbon I tried was back on a Southwest flight to Sacramento the following weekend -- after the first trip -- with my son Conrad to work on settling my Mom's estate/trust/house. I tried the Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon on the rocks (no pictures). It was not as smooth as the Four Roses or the Woodford Reserve. It did get better as the ice melted, and the last sip was really good. Since it is 101 proof I think that is why the taste was so foreign to me. Most of the bourbons listed above were a lower proof.
The next tasting came the following weekend when I got to go out to the Palm Springs area with my wife and her co-workers. They went to a conference, and I tried to get organized and relaxed after two+ weeks of not being relaxed at all. This led to a tasting by the fire pit of Bulleit Rye Whiskey:
I really like the first picture by the fire. The second picture was the pour at the bar which had me second guessing ordering it. First it was pretty darn expensive, and second it was a lot of whiskey (most of my own pours were in the 1 oz. range). Luckily we were at the fire for a while (listening to Scott Carter -- he is excellent), and talking. I really like this whiskey and can see myself getting a larger bottle in the future. The flavor was great (probably because of the rye), the color was lighter than the Woodford Reserve, and didn't have that super strong flavor like the Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon.
This led me to think I needed an easy way to try as many bourbons as possible to figure out my personal palette, and not in the expensive way of ordering at a bar or buying bottles that I might not enjoy. I got a recommendation to try out the smaller 0.5 ML sample sizes (like the ones on airplanes - a.k.a. minis), so I checked out BEVMO (a.k.a Beverages and More), and ended up with a pretty good collection just before Thanksgiving:
And second was from Jim Beam:
I liked the Evan Williams better than the Jim Beam. Both of them were very easy to drink from the first sip 'on the rocks.' I thought the Evan Williams was smoother, and it had a flavor that was easy to approach. I wish I still had some Four Roses Small Batch to compare it to, as my memory on that bourbon has already faded a lot.
UPDATE 12/23/2018 ... the next whiskey that I tasted was Gentleman Jack:
From what I can remember I didn't like it much at first, but after about 10 minutes or so with more ice melting it tasted much better. This was followed by the Knob Creek Small Batch:
I liked this one but now it is really getting hard to say it was better than the first four that I've ranked (see below). A couple of days later I tried Markers Mark:
I realized I had this before, but it was really before I was appreciating bourbons. I really liked this one which is good because Costco carries it pretty regularly. I think it is going to the 5th spot in my rankings for now.
The next bourbon I tried was Larceny Small Batch:
This one has a lot of different flavors than the others. There was a hint of spice that I could quite completely identify. Looking online it might be a "caramel" type flavor. Overall though, the Larceny was very good and something I would try again.
The next one was Wild Turkey 101:
Which I have had before (see above), but I liked it a lot more this time. The first time it was really strong (for several sips), but this time after the first sip it was pretty smooth. I think that is because my pallet is changing. It was really good towards the end. Unfortunately I think it is going to stay at #8.
With that I was down to two of the smaller bottles to sample. The 2nd to last was the Bulleit Bourbon:
And I really liked this bourbon. It probably is going to be in my top 5, and it is also one that Costco seems to have most of the time. It started off great and ended strong but mellow. I think though that if Costco has the Bulleit Rye I'd probably get that before the bourbon.
In conclusion (draft as of 12/23/2018) here are my bourbon/whiskey favorites:
- Woodford Reserve
- Evan Williams
- Bulleit Rye
- Four Roses Small Batch
- Bulleit Bourbon
- Marker's Mark
- Knob Creek Small Batch
- Larceny Small Batch
- Wild Turkey 101
- Gentleman Jack
- Jim Bean Original
Very Sad News
The majority of this post was written before I learned that my wonderful mother - Marlies Holden - passed away unexpectedly yesterday (10-31-2018). I am currently at the airport leaving for Sacramento. Please pray for me, my family, and all those hurting right now.
Again ... the Pilates physical therapy courses I have been taking have been making a big difference in my overall physical health. My core is stronger and it has been almost 5 months since my major back pain incident -- basically everything is going better than expected (no pain, no real negative effects). I am slowly getting back to running, but trying to keep that limited by doing intervals of running for 1 minute and then walking for 30 seconds (repeat 28x times).
I just ordered the new Kindle Paperwhite and I'm looking forward to the upgrade. I really like reading on my Kindle vice phone or iPad.
My work related trips in September were good and productive. I really enjoyed the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio; and highly recommend going if you have 4-6 hours:
And the trip to Omaha, NE was great because the weather was very enjoyable (these are pictures from an afternoon run):
We have some tentative plans to go to the mountains the weekend of Veterans Day, and then a trip to Palm Springs area just before Thanksgiving. The week of Thanksgiving should be fun as we always host Thanksgiving dinner, and the family and some close friends play a friendly game of touch football before eating. And then we can also start decorating for Christmas.
I watched on the plane back from Omaha, NE a very interesting documentary called "Neat." Basically it is well done history of bourbon in the United States. It really captured my attention, and I think I going to be deep diving on the topic of bourbon for a while.
If you are using Google Chrome, then I highly recommend checking out the extension Clipboard History 2. It keeps a running log (as long as you want) of items you have cut-n-pasted. I find it really useful to cut down re-typing links or other material when writing. It also is a handy history of what you have been working on. If you cut-n-paste passwords though, you might want to look at the settings around clearing the history after a certain number of items, and maybe not do a cloud sync of your clips. I haven't looked into the security of the data protection in the tool. Better safe than sorry.
Quote I'm Thinking About
“Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell