2019 Things I Learned

Every year for the past… ummm… wow, it’s been a lot of years. The first of those lists was from 2014 and it’s still the last post on my previous blog site.  The lists started because the radio program that I listen to most mornings ends their daily broadcast with “what we learned”. They go around the room to each of the hosts and get a funny remark/synopsis of the day’s funny happenings.  Mine sort of started off that way. Then, they got more personal and meaningful.  Here’s my list for 2019. Many of these only have meaning to me. Some have been redacted because they were too personal or could expose me to issues that I’d rather not face in public yet… or ever.

You may notice a “Work Week” row in there, too. Each week, on Friday, I write down a few things that I accomplished at work that week. Then, when it comes to annual review time, I have 45 or so entries to look at instead of combing through a year’s worth of emails trying to figure out what the fuck I actually accomplished. It works great. And, if you have a weekly catch-up with your boss, it’s great to bring up to him/her during that call. Your weekly catch-up becomes 30 minutes of you bragging about what you accomplished.

This year, in addition to recording a “thing I learned” each day, I also added three positive things/thoughts to my daily recordings.  This was something that I adopted from my friend Catrina. Not sure exactly how it came about or how she uses it, I just know that she was my inspiration (as she often is). I may post that list too. I’ll have to see how much of it is too personal to share when I review it.

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A Visit with Jenna and the Kids

Yesterday, after work and after an awesome kite session, I went over to Jenna’s house for dinner. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day – all things considered.

Aiden wasn’t fussy the whole time, but he had his moments.

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World’s Luckiest Pappy

I just might be the luckiest man on the planet.

Tonight, Jenna and Michaela came over for a celebratory dinner.  Jenna got back into the nursing program in the fall and Michaela passed her stats class with an A.  They both brought their babies… Braelyn & Aiden with Jenna and Sadie with Michaela.

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