Sat 2/08/14 My son O woke me up early and we had a nice breakfast at home. Son drove all the way to the museum without any problems. Operated the PE blimp for a couple of trips today. Made an error by not stopping for a red flag, but am now familiar with the rule for the future. Had a nice Chicken and tortilla dinner with ice cream for dessert.
Sun 2/09/14 Caught up on my sleep. Watched ‘The Music Man’ on Turner Classic Movies which my son also wanted to watch since his high school had also performed that musical. Made all our own meals for the day. Took the dog for a walk. Washed laundry.
Mon 2/10/14 Drove to work today because of work I had scheduled. Removed 3 racks of equipment that was being decommissioned. Enjoyed an In-N-Out burger for lunch. Prepared a new type of document transmittal that I will be responsible for. Spent the evening alone with the pets – scratching and playing with them.
Tue 2/11/14 Woke up early and caught the train to work. Made requests for additional software I will need for work. Kept on learning new skills in the organization and documenting them (which seems to be the organization’s weakness as well). Updated my work schedule based on events now in progress. Had a nice Thai dinner at a new restaurant. Filled up my gas tank.
Wed 2/12/14 Some days just don’t go as planned and this was one of them. Arrived too late to catch my normal train, so drove to another station closer to work and rode from there. Organized my calendar for training being planned later this month. Sent another transmittal. Left my backpack on the train platform going home, and it wasn’t there when I went back 30 minutes later to look for it. Got a lot of contact numbers to report the bag lost, but rode home on my bike as car keys had been in the backpack. At least I could still get home without my car.
Thu 2/13/14 Took train from home to work, but still no word about the backpack. Arranged to have a duplicate electronic key made at dealership. Towed car to dealership at lunch and bus back to work in PM, but key won’t be ready until Friday. Got my software installed at work. Bought lottery tickets thinking there’s got to be good luck somewhere. Got a call on the way home the backpack was turned in and I can pick it up Friday AM.
Fri 2/14/14 Took train from home again and got my backpack back from security guard at the station. Picked up my car from the dealership and now have a duplicate electronic key which costs $200. Created my 2nd project work authorization, so this is getting to be routine now. Surprised Tiwa with a gift and had sushi for an early dinner. Bought groceries for the weekend. Took a nap and a Went back to work late for system testing being done this weekend.
❤ Told Tiwa I love her so much for Valentine’s day. ❤
Wishing you a Happy Birthday and hope you have an exciting time shopping and enjoying a show during your New York visit. Did you look up and notice the lights on the buildings?
Enjoy your special day!
Mon 2/03/14 1. Took the train to work. 2. Got my biking exercise. 3. Ate a really good breakfast burrito. 4. Thought I was going to help inventory new equipment, but mostly spent the afternoon catching up on other things. 5. Went for a walk with my son and dog.
Tue 2/04/14 1. Another day commuting by train. 2. Got my exercise again. 3. Concentrated my efforts today on keeping up with the flurry of activity at work. 4. Got a good nights rest.
Wed 2/05/14 1. Took the train downtown for training. 2. Enjoyed the class. 3. Had lunch with my co-workers. 4. Updated my February Budget.
Thu 2/06/14 1. Had to drive to work…sigh. 2. Created my first spreadsheet to track inventory for the project. 3. Tried a new Thai Restaurant…nice atmosphere but mediocre service. 4. Other staff handled the inventory for me, luckily I brought my laptop so I could keep myself occupied with other things. 5. Went shopping after work, but ended up buying pizza for dinner.
Fri 2/07/14 1. Because I needed to travel at work today, I had to drive again. 2. Got more information and support on a 2nd project I am assigned. 3. Tried another Chinese fast food place but disappointing again. 4. Finished preparing my schedule or the coming week. 5. Made sandwiches for dinner.
❤ Told Tiwa I love her every day.❤
Tue 1/28/14 1. Rode the train to work 2. Got my exercise 3. Discovered a new place to eat. 4.Enjoyed a little entertainment 5. Caught up with friends.
Wed 1/29/14 1. Rode the train to work 2. Completed a training class 3. Mad a new friend at lunch. 4. Bought some home repair items. 5. Had a nice dinner with my son.
Thu 1/30/14 1. Rode the train to work. 2. Completed my 2nd training this week. 3. Had sushi for lunch with a co-worker. 4. Met with 2 old co-workers and some possible interesting developments I am interested in. 5. Tried to resolve an issue regarding my transportation reimbursement, will have to review at the end of Febraury.
Fri 1/31/14 1. Addressed a newly assigned project in a meeting. 2. Had a nice Indian buffet for lunch and was full. 3. Updated my calendar for next week. 4. Updated my budget for next month. 5. Made Spaghetti for dinner. 6. Watched Looper with my son which he swears I have seen before, but I wasn’t crazy about the movie or its unbelievable vision of time travel.
Sat 2/01/14 1. Called my mom. 2. Watched Silver Linings Playbook and thought it was so-so, not the oscar winner it was. 3. Worked on my 2013 taxes. 4. Had an afternoon siesta. 5. Scheduled all my bill payments for February.
Sun 2/02/14 1. Watched “Upside Down” with my son who had never seen it-Pure fantasy but compelling. 2. Watched the Super Bowl…Seattle seemed to be sober while Denver seemed to be stoned – Even the commercials were mostly forgettable. 3. Had veggies and chicken legs for super bowl entries. 4. Made up a new chore schedule for February. 5. Organized for the coming week.
❤ Told Tiwa I love her every day.❤
1. Had to drive into work due to meetings I had to attend, but the traffic was not heavy.
2. Discovered my DeltaCare Dental coverage was not what I expected, meaning none of my family had coverage with our preferred dentists. I felt a little deflated, but will make due for this year until I can choose the correct PPO coverage for next year.
3. Had a productive meeting with the team designing the new operations center. Initially everyone had agreed on reducing the requirements in the contract, but were advised that there was probably 0 cost savings in doing so, therefore although not needed, the facility will be overbuilt unless the contractor offers savings to my company along with cutting his costs. The big wave is all the equipment that will be arriving in the coming week as part of this project.
4. Tried a vegan Thai restuarant near my work. Was good and spicy too.
5. Watched an online Netflix movie “Frank & Robot” about an older burgler who enlists a robots help to steal things. It was an interesting little film to eat my dinner by.
6. ❤ Told Tiwa I love her. ❤
My increasing workload at my new job and changes in my daily life did cause me to stop updating this goal for a while, but I have achieved quite a bit so far.
Although it not worthwhile to try to remember what I did every day this month, here are 10 items I did achieve in both my professional and personal life:
1. Get involved in the network planning for a new operations center
2. Get training in several systems critical to my new job’s success.
3. Get experience in the field seeing systems I have been receiving training on in action.
4. Get caught up reading manuals on new systems coming online in the next few months.
5. Organize and plan out commuting options that creating time for reading, resting and reducing stress.
1. Re-organize my home & decluttering.
2. Finished another bookcase for storage.
3. Got tree service done on my house.
4. Getting more exercise from regular bike commutes to and from work. Without rain or winter weather, I am pretty spoiled here. (But I wish it would rain because California really needs it)
5. Created a new chart to monitor house work & other goals my son has done so we both can keep track of what he has accomplished.
6. Make time to spend with Tiwa, even when our schedules conflict.
Since I bought my home more than 15 years ago, I have not done any major tree trimming even through I have 5 large trees on my property. Except for the pruning that I have done myself, I have been thinking about how I want the property to look both while I am living here and when I am ready to sell my home.
In the picture, you can see the 4 tallest trees including a California Sycamore, Mediterranean Cypress aka Pencil Pine, Washingtonia robusta aka Mexican Fan Palm, and Norfolk Island Pine aka Star Pine in the back yard. It’s been the Star Pine with it’s leaning truck that I’ve been worried the most about. It has strong roots, so I wasn’t worried about it falling, but it takes up a whole side of the back yard and reduced the light where I wanted to plant my garden and drops lots of needles, so I had been thinking of removing it. In the past, when I had gotten estimates from tree trimmers, I had been given quotes of $3,000 just to remove the leaning star tree so I have held off on spending a lot of money so far.
But the work needed to be done eventually and wanting to do the work while the trees were more dormant (never completely dormant since cold here is still 50F degrees). I do love the shade, but it was time to do it and after getting estimates from several different tree services, I found one that had a fair price and could start work the next day.
Since changing jobs in December, I have far fewer stairs I have to climb at work these days. There is one small stairway of about 12 steps to get to my office that I use about 4 times a day, but other than that about 6 steps to climb at the train station and other than that just curbs and things like that.
My ultimate goal for this is to complete a climb of 1,700 stairs at this event:
STAIR CLIMB FOR LOS ANGELESKETCHUM-DOWNTOWN YMCA
Friday, September 19, 2014
So I do plan to do some training to get in shape as the year progresses. I’ll figure something out and report back here.
This is just one of the cases of a simple task taking way way too long to finish. The motivation was organizing to get my taxes done this year and my son also wanted to earn some money to spend in his online game. So we finally got all the parts out and assembled this bookcase that had been laying around for 3 1/2 years. My son O did all the work with a little supervision from me to make sure all the parts were aligned right which was a bit confusing in the beginning. But the bookcase is now built and being used for filing and I could not be happier!
Mon 12/23/13 I wanted to commute by train today, but didn’t get ready early enough and was forced to drive instead. Also looked at alternate commuting options besides the train if needed. Did some more exploring of the area around work and lunch and had a delicious Indian meal with chicken. Filled up the tank with gas. Made sandwiches for dinner.
Tue 12/24/13 Biked to the train station, but missed the train by about 5 minutes. Took the bus instead on a 2.5 hour journey to work, but did pass a lot of scenery on the way there and could have been reading or sleeping if I wanted to. I got to work on time, felt successful getting there without a car and love the exercise on my bike and making that part of my daily routine. Updating my commute schedules with my new information. Got out of work early for Christmas Eve, so ate a burger for lunch before catching the train back home.
Wed 12/25/13 My boys spent Christmas with their mom, so I used the day to watch some college football games, play some video games, call and talk to family, cook all my meals and basically enjoy the day.
Thu 12/26/13 Biked to the train station, but missed the train by about 1 minute this time. Bought coffee and a doughnut and rode the bus again to work this time testing a different route that actually took a few minutes longer than my first attempt. A lot of people took the day off, so there wasn’t too much work to do and I updated my 43things, ate lunch with a couple of co-workers, and explored some new files I was given access to. Took the train home and logged all the bike commuting I have been doing this week.
Fri 12/27/13 Drove in to work and enjoyed a breakfast burrito along the way. Continued reading though project documents to keep myself occupied. Found a new traffic app for my Android phone called Waz and I really like it as well as downloading some other productivity and interesting applications for my Android. Ate lunch at my desk. Traffic was heavy going home, but the Waz app correctly directed me around the traffic problems. Made plans with my sons for lunch tomorrow. Made turkey burritos for dinner and cleaned my fridge.
❤ Told Tiwa I love her each and every day. ❤
Our next destination was Quincy, California with a couple of stops along the way at the Plumas National Forest Ranger Station and a stop at Plumas Eureka State Park where we took a look at the camp sites, but not impressed with the $35 a night camping fee and remoteness from where we wanted to visit. The park is all about California’s gold mining history, but we had covered that all before, so we continued on. After checking out available campgrounds, we chose a NPS campground without water called Snake Lake. It was a beautiful campground next to the lake with only 2 other vehicles in an otherwise large campground. The attraction (besides the fact it was free to camp there) was the large equestrian camping areas for horse riders, but alas there were no horses there during our stay. We made a trip into town to fill up our water bottle, get gas, and had some delicious burgers and ice cream cones that evening.
During the night, our dog spotted raccoons which came pretty close to the campsite and there were some deer grazing in the early morning as well. We learned that a special kind of lily was introduced to the lake in gold rush times by the Chinese and is used to make a soup. There are still people who come to collect it to this day. We were slightly bothered by mosquitoes each dawn and sunset, but we really liked the natural setting that this campground provided us for 2 nights.
After leaving Donner Pass, we drove down the 50 miles to Reno, the Biggest Little City in the West or so their motto is. After eating a barely passable spaghetti dinner at the Cal-Nev ‘Resort’ (in name only) we scouted a couple of auto repair shops that would service my radiator. In the end, I chose the NAPA repair shop for it’s nationwide service network and good online reputation. I also found a reasonable hotel within walking distance and planned to bring in the car early in the morning to get repaired. O and I used the hotel time to get caught up on internet activities that night.
The next morning I drove the car over, filled out the paperwork and walked back, but they did not work on my car at all that day meaning we had to stay over another night. I did pass the time finding my 2nd geocache at a nearby post office, went bowling with my son in the afternoon and found the 3rd geocache together. I took a bus downtown and gambled a bit in the evening. Also had to find the Credit Union ATM which was in a pretty run down part of town a few blocks from downtown. But aside from me not winning any money despite playing craps for about 2 hours, the evening was uneventful and the gambling bug was out of my system for the trip.
The next morning my car was repaired and the radiator was replaced with a quote of about $800 for the total work. But when I went to pick up the car I did complain about the repair taking an extra day and some charges on the bill which I had discussed at the time of the estimate which the owner had said he would discount. So he did recalculate my bill and I saved $100. I still felt I over-payed, but at least I did save some money and the repairs were guaranteed. Also the hotel had been very nice to let us stay until the car was ready so we didn’t have to drag everything around with us, and I did get to do some swimming that morning as well.
As of New Years Day, 2014:
247 cheers – Marry Tiwa
244 cheers – raise my children well
Both of these goals have been on my list since the beginning of my journey on 43Things in June 2009 and in one sense I want them both to be complete and off my list, but in the other sense I am happy and thankful for all my 43 Things friends that have cheered and supported me as I strive to achieve these very important goals.
9.03 Total Hours
3,764 Total Calories
December did continue my November slump due to starting my new job, but after receiving my transit pass, I did begin using my bicycle to commute to work and I am very excited to be doing so. I only reached 42% or 214 miles of my 500 mile goal, so I was disappointed in that, but have turned around to set a new goal of 500 miles in 16 weeks that I believe I can achieve as well as 50 workouts in 12 weeks. I’m not dwelling on December at all but looking forward to 2014!
32.07 Total Hours
10,629 Total Calories
November’s numbers reflected significant changes in my life this month from preparing to change employers to Thanksgiving vacation with family at the end of the month. I stayed busy two weekends volunteering for the “Day Out with Thomas” event but overall my numbers dropped because our Thanksgiving visit focused on my mother who had recent surgery. I am way off the mark for completing my 500 mile goal by 12/31/13, but I will continue to make progress as often as I can.
After being on 43 Things for 4 1/2 years, I succeeded in cheering a goal twice today on 2 different occasions. Here it is demonstrated in the entry “training for a 10K” by besidequietwaters:
The problem seems to be a delay in the process of sending a cheer after you press the cheer button, which allows you to press the button again and send another cheer before the first cheer is added to the database. I wonder if anyone has been able to cheer the same entry 3 times this way… hmmmm…
Thanks everyone for all the cheers today!!! I had no idea I would reach this goal so fast! And so for the countdown to my 15,000th cheer is as follows:
14,996. The entry another wonderful year by buffalosnowangel
14,997. buffalosnowangel on 43Things Secret Santa 2013
14,998. Straha on Give 7000 cheers
14,999. How to make my 2014 New Year Resolutions by Straha
and my 15,000th cheer went to:
How to enjoy life by Beetty
Congratulations and Happy New Year Beetty on reaching your goal and I have reached mine as well!
I am only 31 cheers away from this goal. I hadn’t really been keeping track too closely, but now that I am so near I am excited to reach this milestone. I wonder which of my 43 Things friends will get this very significant cheer??
Mon 12/16/13 I realized this morning that I’m running out of dress shirts and ties to wear for work, so I need to go shopping for some more soon. This morning at work I was on my own since the management staff were all in meetings most of the day. Used the time to create some forms for tracking various activities related to the work. Joined a retirement luncheon for one of the project managers and had a very easy afternoon listening to many old stories about his career. Drove home and ate my luncheon leftovers for dinner.
Tue 12/17/13 Discovered a problem with my time being calculated incorrectly on my last paycheck from my old job, so contacted a couple of people to try and resolve it without success. Also still trying to fix some problems with network access on my new laptop with the IT group. Took a tour of the existing operations center with my supervisor. Continued reading project documents to help bring me up to speed. Went grocery shopping after work to pick up sales items from the ad ending tonight.
Wed 12/18/13 Woke up early and had cereal for breakfast. Got to work on time, but researching public transit options once I receive my transit subsidy. Attended several presentations this morning. Drove over to the company holiday potluck and bought some fried rice to share. Everything at the potluck was delicious and it didn’t take long for me to get full. Again I ran into the CEO as well as the director of HR who checked in on me. I mentioned some of the IT problems I was having with her promise to follow up for me. Drove home from work after the party with one stop to pick up some toiletries O and I needed and then slept pretty soundly after getting home.
Thu 12/19/13 Woke up later than intended and picked up breakfast on the way to work. Attended a large technical review meeting in the morning. Also the HR director had gotten IT to follow up with me and escalate my network access issues so that I could get them all resolved this morning. This also helped my supervisor who was also having the same issues with his computer. Stayed in for lunch today, but bought Chinese food for dinner and shared with O. Also started defrosting the Turkey for cooking this weekend.
Fri 12/20/13 Traffic had been getting worse every day this week and used my time this morning to plan out my commute into a spreadsheet to compare cost of gas and time when commute by car versus train and bus. I plan to try it out next week. Work was a bit slow today because there were decisions being made at the executive level and the staff mostly had to wait. I did send a thank you email to the HR director who made sure my IT problems were taken care of. I stopped by the grocery store to buy snacks for work and again stayed in at lunch. Got access to more online project documents and spent the afternoon immersed in them. Traffic going home was the worst that it has been since I started the new job and luckily I got off the freeway and saved 20 minutes taking surface streets.
Sat 12/21/13 Committed myself to volunteering at the museum today because another operator was sick and could not work. It was the Santa Train this weekend at the museum and I enjoyed talking to the kids and parents and also gave a tour during the day to interested visitors. There were enough volunteers that we had time to go and buy Subways to eat for lunch with O driving. After putting all the trains away, I stopped by the outlet mall and bought more dress shirts and ties for work.
Sun 12/22/13 Woke up O and prepped the turkey for cooking in the broiler. Between playing games and watching ‘Pawn Stars’, the turkey cooked and I also prepared the stuffing, mixed vegetables and gravy. Had a delicious turkey dinner in the afternoon. Did laundry. Cleaned up the dining room and kitchen.
❤ Gave my love to Tiwa every day.❤
Thu 12/12/13 1. Met the CEO at a company meeting. 2. Turned all my HR paperwork turned in. 3. Had an OK Chinese lunch. 4. Listened to more fallout from the software failure. 5. Cut open the Tillamook Smoked Cheddar Cheese for dinner – the taste is like manna!
Fri 12/13/13 Traffic was light today and I had time to stop and get a french toast breakfast on the way to work. Final decisions about the software failure were being made at work, but at a higher level than me so I just spent my time reading work documents pertaining to the project. Found a really nice Thai restaurant close to the office with fancy decor and the pad prik king gai was quite good. Filled up my tank with gas since right now I burn as much gas in a day as a used to in a week at my old job. I actually skipped dinner tonight since I was more tired than hungry.
Sat 12/14/13 1. Updated my budget for this week. 2. Cleaned up the living room for people that would be coming by this weekend. 3. Ate a nice lunch at our local Chinese buffet. 4. Went with O to see ‘The Hobbit’ and liked the movie although again I thought the 3D was just not that great or worth the extra cost. 5. I just had a snack for dinner since I had to fast tonight.
Sun 12/15/13 The phlebotomist arrived at 7:30 am to complete my life insurance paperwork and exam and it lasted 1 hour. Afterwords had cereal for breakfast. Watched a couple of movies on TV including ‘The Front Page’ (1931) and ‘The Last Picture Show’ which I hadn’t watched all the way through before. My friend stopped by after dinner and we talked for a while catching up on things.
❤ Told Tiwa I love her.❤