January 6, 2012

Another Year Bites the Dust

Well, 2011 has come and gone. It was a pretty good year for me as well as my family. If you don't mind, I'd like to share a few things from my year.

  • This was the year that I finally picked up recreational reading. I have never been one to do much reading for fun. If you saw me reading a book, it was 9 times out of 10 a book having to do with programming. I just never saw reading fiction books as a form of entertainment. Then a funny thing happened... I had to take a business trip to Denver for a training class and since I was going with co-workers I would not have a car of my own to go and explore the city like I wanted. I was going to have to have something to kill the down hours and hotel TV is pretty sketchy and we don't have a Netflix streaming account. Cara suggested that I read a book she had read called Hunger Games. I had never heard of it, but after reading a sample I agreed to give it a try and loaded it on my Nook Color. Little did I know, but I was about start the beginning of what I would later classify as the most entertaining series of books I have ever read. I only hope it will continue and each book I read seems better than the next. Oh yeah, TEAM PEETA!!!
  • I forced myself to be more healthy this past year. The year began with the yearly Crowley High School soccer alumni game (the alumni have won 4 or 5 years in a row, what! what!). I was playing as a defender and in my mind I was the same All-Region player I was back in 1999, but in reality I was a guy who was knocking on crossing the 200 lbs. mark who was huffing and puffing while trying to keep up with kids almost half my age. A week later I turned 30 and realized it had to stop. I now had 2 young sons to look after and growing into a fattie was not going to help that. (Yes, we also welcomed a new son this year, but I will get to that in a bit. You have to save the best for last...) So I promptly changed my diet with the suggestion of trying to limit my calorie intake to less than 2000 a day. A year later I am down to between 170 - 175 lbs. and hopeful to shed 5 - 10 more this year.
  • I learned how to write apps for both the iPhone/iPad and Android devices. My job sent me to training for the iPhone apps and I taught myself how to write the Android apps. I am still very much a novice, but I look forward to improving on both. I just need to get my hands on a Mac so I can really practice on the iPhone apps at home. (So if anyone has a Mac Mini they'd like to send my way just let me know... *wink* *wink*)
  • And now for the most monumental event of 2011... I was lucky enough to become a father for the second time with the birth of Topher. He is just as awesome as his brother. They look so much alike, but a little more of his mom found its way into his genes (I'll work harder on that next time, haha!). He's already almost 10 months old and time is flying by, but I will never forget the day and a half spent in the hospital while Cara was in labor. This little boy was extra comfy in his mother and decided to take a couple of extra week to make his appearance, and even then we had to make him come out. I was so proud of his mom. She was able to go through labor with no pain meds, even after having to take drugs to induce and speed up her labor. I did a lot more work this time around and together we got him here safe and sound. I am so excited for him to be here and could not imagine him not being here!
Well that's enough of my sharing. I really enjoyed 2011 and I hope you did too. Here's to en even better 2012!!

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