Photo by Steve Holden**
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.
I have been trying to document my adventures in bourbon!
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.