Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Goodbye 2015

2015 was an up and down year for our household.  My first born started third grade and my second born started first grade.  They both continued with piano.  In addition to the core of gymnastics and swimming, they also tried roller skating, parkour and rock wall climbing.  Both of them can finally swim across the pool.  We also got out for a few days of skiing at Eldora.

We took 4 family trips this year racking up another chunk of frequent flyer miles.  The highlight of the year was our Disney Cruise.  Our trip to Michigan was a lot of fun as well.  We also took two trips to Florida.

Professionally, 2015 was a year of fits.  I reported to 4 different managers over the year, but felt like I ended on a good note.  I have really enjoyed developing a new skill set.

I maintained some community involvement.  I am Treasurer of the MacArthur Park HOA.

My hobbies were heavily CrossFit focused.  I trained at CrossFit Undeniable and MBS CrossFit.  I also tried yoga for the first time at CorePower Yoga and that has been an incredible path.  I also started playing tennis again and that has been a terrific change of pace as well.  I only did 3 endurance races during the year and did not miss it much at all. 

I dropped my officer role with the Arvada Triathlon Club for 2015 and did not serve as a 3W Race Ambassador.  I did stay involved with the Jeffco Aquatic Masters Swim Team.

I maintained my interest in coins adding a dozen coins and several auction catalogs and books to my numismatic library.  I attended the January F.U.N. show and participated in some major auctions.

I got out for 4 days of downhill skiing and 1 day of XC skiing.  I also got in 5 days of scuba diving, including 3 local dives and dives in Nassau, Bahamas and West Palm, Florida.  A big new adventure was joining a rifle club in 2015.  Although I didn’t participate as much as I would have liked, I did learn a lot.

My favorite novel this year was the “Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson.  Honorable mention go to the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi.  In terms of nonfiction, my favorite was “Shadow Divers” by Kurson.  Honorable mention goes to “Open:  An Autobiography” by Agassi.

We only got to the movie theater 5 times and my favorite was “American Sniper.”  On video, my favorite was “The Imitation Game.”

My favorite race this year was My Way or the Tri Way.  Although I only did a few events, this one was quite memorable.

My best purchase for the year was the Amazon Echo.  Despite the limited utility, this has been a really cool tech gadget and I have enjoyed it immensely.

Best wishes for 2016. 

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