Monthly recap (January 2020)

Glorious sunsets seen from the ship
Glorious sunsets seen from the ship

Major updates:

  • Visited Kennedy Space Center! (only got a few hours, but still …)
  • Went on the first cruise of my life (in the Bahamas … also, learnt that I’m not really a “cruise person”)

Minor updates:

  • Came back with Tara and spent a week with her (and then she spent a week with Shivi later)
  • Went snorkeling for a bit and saw a Ray of some sort sitting in the sand, got a little freaked out …

Watched/read/made:

  • Read Lexicon (picked up at SFO bookstore, loved it, found echoes of Snow Crash in there …)
  • Watched the 1979 animated version of The Hobbit with my dad and Tara (highly recommend)
  • Second season of Lost in Space

Annual recap: 2019

Me:

  • Moved from Pure Storage to Confluent
  • Started and finished my third 1000-piece puzzle
  • Annoying tax related issues, car battery trouble
  • Tentative steps towards backyard gardening (Marigold, Moon flower)

Family/Tara:

  • Blood draws and an endoscopy later, learnt that Tara is intolerant to Gluten
  • Trying out some new board games (Zingo!, Race to the treasure, Monza, Robot Turtles)
  • Shivi got a big promotion at work
  • Went on a few hikes
  • Disney on Ice
  • A friend’s mom passed away, attended her funeral
  • Watched Dolphins in the water, 4th of July fireworks
  • Watched Beat bugs and Rapunzel at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
  • Tara moved to the last preschool class, and turned five this year!
  • Got the kitchen floor tiled
  • Trip to Berkeley, discovered Berkeley Bowl
  • Team offsets from work: pottery and sailing!
  • Tara’s first Lego sets
  • Trick-or-treating with Tara 🙂
  • Spent a week home alone with Tara
  • Pumpkin painting (at home, at her friends’)
  • Birthday party at Pump-it-up
  • Watched with Tara in the hall: Secret life of Pets: 2, Toy Story: 4, Lion King (the new one), A beautiful day in the neighborhood, Angry Birds: 2, Frozen 2 (with friends)
  • Travel: Asilomar/Pacific grove, Maui, Laguna Beach, Kauai,

Misc:

  • Watched: The Kominsky Method: Season 1, Altered Carbon, The Good Place, The Nineties, Fahrenheit 11/9, Burning, The Kindergarten Teacher, The Good Place, The Romanoffs, After Life, Behind the Curve, Umbrella Academy, Gully boy, Gad Elmaleh, Ronnie Cheung, Vice, Killing Eve, Stranger Things: Season 3, Sacred Games, The Last Czars, Chernobyl, End of the tour, The 2000s, Modern Love, Oceans, Death dive to Saturn, Dark Crystal, Modern Love, The Kominsky Method: Season 2, The Crown (latest season)
  • Listened to: The Square and the Tower, The world was never the same, Sapiens, The ascent of money, Homo Deus,
  • Read: Deep Work, Seveneves

Review:

  • Well, I did zero 10Ks, but I did start running for 15 minutes every week (a tiny thing, but a slow start)
  • Collected a bunch of haikus into a book

Tentative New Years’ Resolutions:

  • Do some random acts of making (e.g. see what mobile apps are like these days: make a small little app 😀)
  • One more 1000-piece puzzle (!!)
  • Write a small book about … something
  • Run a 10K (🤞)

Monthly recap (December 2019)

Panda at Ikea
Panda at Ikea

Major updates:

  • Tara’s birthday at Pump-it-up
  • Finished my third 1000-piece puzzle (more later)

Minor updates:

  • Shivi’s Holiday party in SF
  • Car tire punctured by a random nail on the road
  • Gingerbread house making party with Tara at work (!)
  • Dealing with some mind-numbing tax follow-ups …
  • School visits
  • Getting ready for an India trip

Watched/read/made:

  • Ronnie Cheung on Netflix
  • Lots of random ebooks piled up … and unlike physical books, I can’t even throw them away ☹️

(this one is a week early because I won’t get to it while on vacation … Happy new year!)

Monthly recap (November 2019)

Door on the back of a trailer parked by Seabright beach in Santa Cruz
Door on the back of a trailer parked by Seabright beach in Santa Cruz

Major updates:

  • Tara turned Five! 🙂
  • Went for a Frozen 2 viewing with her and her friends
  • A pump-it-up party 😐

Minor updates:

  • Home maintenance: dryer had to be repaired, added a trellis in the garden
  • (finally) visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito

Watched/read/made:

  • Watched It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood on Thanksgiving

— Watched Modern Love and The Kominsky Method on Netflix

Monthly recap (October 2019)

Leaf in my driveway

Major updates:

  • Home with Tara for a week
  • Trick-or-treating with Tara 😀
  • Poor sleep discipline 😔

Minor updates:

  • Finally got a “Real ID”
  • Met up with friends a couple of times
  • Diwali, Halloween
  • Pumpkin painting (twice)
  • Experimented with Airtable for a few inventory-ing tasks

Watched/read/made:

  • Random books in half-read stage
  • Watched (on Netflix) The 2000s, Modern Love, Oceans (one of the best documentaries ever), Death dive to Saturn, Dark Crystal (whole separate post on this …)

Random synchronicity

  1. There’s a particular house with a very elaborate Halloween setup, with movie scene recreations, and a screen playing various scenes. I take a few pics when I pass it once, about a week ago, setting out for trick-and-treating with my daughter.
  2. Passing it on my way back again, I notice a black-and-white scene playing on the screen, and there’s an air hostess and … someone I recognize, is that, hmm … William Shatner? (as in … Star Trek, and, uh, Priceline?)
  3. I make a mental note to look this up, but then forget all about it.
  4. I’m browsing Netflix, for “recommended shows”, and I like to pause at every suggestion, because I watch a few seconds of whatever “clip fragment” ends up playing, sort of gives me a flavor. After a while, I’m not really looking at the titles, just the clips.
  5. I come across a black-and-white scene, with an air-hostess walking back towards … huh? … yes, it is William Shatner, and he’s looking out, and then he sees … something or someone, on the wing.
  6. It’s literally a continuation of the scene I was watching a week ago, picking up right where that left off. It’s an episode of the Twilight Zone
  7. This isn’t some random Twilight Zone episode, it’s one of the few episodes that I actually remember, with the weird creature on a plane’s wing.

(P.S. the title for this post really should’ve been a ‘tag’, but what could I possibly put as a title then?)

Quick rules for personal technology

(Edit: found this while cleaning old posts, must be about 2-3 years ago, but seems very relevant still 😀)

Bunch of suggestions from me, take it or leave it:

  • get off social media
  • no more free games on your phone
  • no news apps
  • no notifications (as much as possible)
  • use “do not disturb” aggressively
  • turn off ads everywhere
  • make something instead of “swiping away”: doodle, write gibberish, whatever
  • write a small journal everyday