30 revolutions of the sun

What a long strange trip it’s been… This last year has been one of fantastic blessings and opportunities for me. Where to even begin?

In the last year Cait and I started going to concerts again, regularly. We’ve seen Umphrey’s McGee a half dozen times, Phish, Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and so many more. Dancing to live music is probably my favorite thing about this year, all told. If I could properly express the joy I feel being moved by the music, you’d know what I’m talking about.

I started a new job. It’s pretty much the best thing ever.

My daughter turned three. Going on 13. Jeez. Seriously though, she’s fantastic. I love this age — she’s alight with joy at experiencing the world, and she brings so much pleasure to our family.

I went to industry conferences in Florida, Tennessee, Illinois and Minnesota. I even spoke at one of them!

I got to meet all of my coworkers at a company retreat in Montana. We participated in a high ropes course, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and a bunch of games together! Hooray for team building!

Did I mention I started a new job? Yeesh, this place is fantastic. At SitePen I build enterprise JavaScript applications and work on Open Source Software projects like Dojo and Intern, all from the comfort of my own home. Or local coffee shop. Or friend’s house. Whatever.

For real though, working from home is challenging. I am learning a great deal about myself through this experience. Maintaining motivation without coworkers physically in the same space is difficult sometimes. Managing distraction is a constant process. Recognizing self-imposed expectations, comparing them appropriately to my team’s expectations and letting myself stop for the day is really really hard some days… This is such a rewarding process though. I look forward to my thoughts on the matter in a year.

What else…

I bought a 1971 VW Type 2 Westfalia. Or, in the common parlance, a VW Bus. A camper, at that, with the pop top, sink, fridge, fold out bed, etc. It’s a work in progress and its name is Roofus. Seriously. What a serendipitous experience, finding this thing. I’m really looking forward to finishing the brake system and making it safe to drive, then camping a LOT. We’ve already gone on two outings with some other bus folks and are greatly looking forward to joining in the festivities with our own bus.

My wife is doing fantastically in grad school, and finally figuring out what she wants to do with her life and career. She’s really getting into education and building curriculum, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Also, anxiously awaiting her full time salary so we can continue on our financial goals. It feels good that we’re finally in the “home stretch” with regards to our debt-payoff. Once she’s working, she can finally take care of her student loan debt. That’s been a source of anxiety for a number of years now, and we’ve been excited at the prospect of being free of them.

In short, life has been fantastic. Completely, utterly, delightfully wonderful. I am so fortunate and grateful today.

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