I'll admit it: I was feeling sorry for myself. I'm the lead for a major project at work, and that project doesn't launch until the last week of July. Until then my summer's going to consist of a never-ending series of meetings, reports, and general cat-herding aimed at making sure everything goes perfectly in high summer.
My family's big Christmas present this year was an Xbox One. The kids and I are loving it -- I'm battling my way through the Halo: Master Chief edition, and the kids are questing for the Lonely Mountain in LEGO: The Hobbit.
Unfortunately while Halo looks great and the voice controls are very 21st century, the damn thing unexpectedly turns itself off for no apparent reason. No overheating warnings, no next generation Red Ring of Death, no debug on restart telling me something bad happened.
In December 2014 I decided to post every day for a month. I had two goals: get back into the habit of daily writing and establish a baseline "active month" for Nuketown in Google Analytics. My secondary goal was to increase traffic to the website (both year over year and month over month) but I wasn't sure what percentage was reasonable, but I wanted to see increases in unique sessions, unique users, and unique page views.
About a year ago I became a Markdown convert. It's a simple markup language that's meant to make web documents readable and scannable. It's plaintext with a few niceties added in, and I've been using it to write most of my work notes and Nuketown articles since Fall 2014.
Santa's come and gone, leaving behind a small armada of games for us to try out: Zombie Dice (and Zombie Dice 2) and the Mars Attacks Dice Game, both by Steve Jackson Games, and Star Fluxx by Loony Labs.
Christmas Vacation is finally here. After long days and longer nights of working to make sure everything got done before I left the office, it's Christmas Eve, the college is closed, and I think I can relax. I'm off from December 24 through January 4, and we've got all manner of family fun planned, including watching Guardians of the Galaxy with my parents (something the kids are eager to do) and some family skiing (which I'm eager to do).
It's the night before the night before Christmas ... and I have a cold. It seems to be a fast moving cold -- it hit me yesterday afternoon, and made last night miserable, but today I'm half human and I expect to return to the species full tomorrow.
I went into the fall with the informal goal of losing some weight. Over the last two years or so my weight's been bouncing around 223 lbs. I've had a few stop-and-start exercise regimes but this summer I got into a solid routine of walking/running with my dog Indiana in the mornings, and I got my weight down to 218. That's a consistent 218, which felt like a step back from the brink of 223.