Friday, December 21, 2012

Goodbye 2012

2012 has been an interesting year for my household.  The kids are growing up and my first born started kindergarten.  My second born idolizes her and it is thought provoking to see life through the eyes of a younger sibling.  They compete from time to time, but I try to let them have their own activities.  They both enjoy the water, gymnastics and dance.  My wife has had one of the most stressful years on record.  In addition to dealing with me, she has changed jobs and has suffered through challenges with her parent’s health.

Based on 5 family trips and a few individual trips, our family has logged about 60,000 miles in the air.  I feel like our relationship is closer with extended family and we are becoming quite the savvy travelers.  Taking a solo trip to visit my parents was a long overdue idea.

We have also taken on some home improvements.  The largest since our basement remodel in 2009.  Home ownership is described as a wonderful experience.  I am starting to take more pride in our home.  In the past, it has felt like a place to eat, sleep and store stuff.  Slowly it is becoming a place that feels very comfortable.

Professionally, I have faced some terrific career challenges that are having me more hopeful than ever for a happy 2013.

My hobbies have drifted all over the map.  I had a full race calendar this year.  I maintained a membership with the Arvada Triathlon Club, Colorado Master’s Runners Association and Jeffco Aquatic Masters swim team.  I also spent a lot more time researching and collecting coins.  I did not play softball this year.  I have also decided to step away from gambling.  I did not hit the slopes this year, but with new boots, I have high hopes for 2013.

My favorite novel this year was “The Art of Fielding” by Harbach.  I also enjoyed “The Hunger Games” trilogy and started on the “Fifty Shades” trilogy.  In terms of biographies, my favorite was “In the Water, They Can’t See You Cry.”  Honorable mentions include “Running for the Hansen’s” and “Boy Racer.”

My favorite movie this year was “The Bourne Legacy.”  I have enjoyed all of the Bourne movies and hope the franchise is sustainable.

My favorite television event of the year was the 2012 Olympics and US Olympic trial.  In terms of television comedy, my favorite was "Modern Family."  The revival of the 30 for 30 franchises deserves an honorable mention.

My favorite race this year was my destination event, the Germantown Half Marathon.  My biggest athletic achievement was a 24:51 5K in June.

My best hobbies purchases were Gogglemates (swimming), Giro Aeon helmet (bicycling) and Saucony Optimal Top (running).  These products exceeded my expectations in every way.  I also highly recommend the Go Nonin Pulse Oximeter for anyone who is interested in their daily resting heart rate.

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2013

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