Wow, I've been doing these for five years now? Time flies, people grow, and goals progress.
Longboarded over to Cupid's Span and threw down a time-lapse of the sunrise as I practiced handstands, jammed to some favorite tunes, and ogled the sky.
Also caught the sunset before dinner in a floating island lighthouse as the sea lions beautifully belched.
I did not, in fact, get totally ripped over the past year. I was making good progress for the first three months, and then I decided that with my increased startup boss workload and Max's erratic sleep patterns causing complete chaos in my nighttimes and mornings, something had to give, and that something was hitting the gym in the morning. So actually I just did bodyweight stuff at home and stayed almost the same measurements over the past year, until two months ago when I started lifting again now that Max is sleeping consistently once more, so now I'm putting on mass. Let's try this again. I can't promise that I won't decide that sleep or work is more important than the gym, but at least for now I'm making progress, so let's see where I get to next year.
44 push-ups, +6: fast, strict, chin touching the ground.
17 pull-ups, +1: fast, no kipping, chin above bar.
I had hiked to the max in Golden Gate Park the day before, so I did a combo longboard ride plus walk in the morning, and it was great.
I reread Ender's Game while sitting in Yerba Buena Gardens and was thoroughly in its thrall. Now there's a book with some good examples of characters being strategic about their lives.
I ordered the same blood tests from last year from DirectLabs. Every single test was in the normal range. Boring is good. Don't have elevated iron this year, cholesterol is even better than last year, and Vitamin D isn't quite as good.
Replaced/upgraded a lot more things than last year, while thinking about them less than ever. Loving the quality of life improvement from my new high-end wireless gaming headphones. Simplified my T-shirt selection process with more solid-color T-shirts from Uniqlo.
I increased my savings less than I expected because of even more aggressively investing profits in my businessess and trying to trade even more money for time.
(If you're me, you get to see finance stats here. Since you're not me, you see nothing.)
Looks like Choice Reaction Time, Mental Rotation 2, Sorting, and Verbal Learning 2 are getting slightly better with age (well, more like practice) still, and Finger Tapping continues to decline with age (or maybe lack of practice, since I only had four data points this year: 30, 30 and 1 month, 30 and 11 months, and 31. Was just not doing it in between, but even with a probable lack of practice and aging, we see no decline (and in fact the last two data points on Finger Tapping were above the trendline, so any decline was in the first couple years.) So yeah, not mentally dead yet!
Good calls with Mom, Dad, and Bro. Lined up some visits, too.
Chloe took me out to Forbes Island, which is apparently the world's only floating island? It has a lighthouse on top and an underwater restaurant on the bottom. We randomly saw some of her friends there. It was romantic, although I can see why they don't make more of these given the combination of eating food and swaying in the sea!
I sat down with my journal and evaluated three areas: what went well, what didn't go well, and how my relationships are now. Summary: CEOing your growing, early-stage startup while parenting a toddler takes big, messy bites out of everything else. It was all I could to keep everything from backsliding too much while moving forward on career and family this year.
Not that great. Closer to George since we are making more time to regularly hang out, both to play video games and board games, and now recently hanging out with also Scott a bit more with the biweekly brobreks, so that's a bit better than last year. Of the other people I like to hang out with, I saw most only 0-2 times this year. For family, I did pretty good at refreshing everyone over the winter, and about to do the same thing again but with fewer people and only one trip out of us. Won't see bro or any Montana relatives, but will at least see Mom, Dad, Helen, and Chloe's parents.
I didn't have time to do this, as the day got packed!
For a while, I was reading tech news to keep current to help with understanding the space around fundraising, but I've decided I've had enough of that, so I unsusbcribed to all my sources of news apart from two focused about coding educational technology.