Monday, September 20, 2021

Labor Day Weekend

I am fast hitting burnout.  I don't know that Labor Day could have come at a better time for me.

It came right after a busy quarter end at work, a quarter end that was busier than we'd seen in a while since business is finally picking up post COVID again.  It was rough, and I was burned out.

Saturday, I had to get out of the condo, so I headed down to Santa Monica and the beach.  Yes, I just sat on the beach and read most of the time, but it was so nice to be able to do something like that outside the condo for a change.

Sunday was the usual - church and ultimate Frisbee.  We had a very small turn out for ultimate - only four of us.

Then came Monday.  My friend who hosted the BBQ for Memorial Day hosted another one for Labor Day, so I went over there and hung out with his friends again.  And I had another great time.  Again, it was nice to be out of the condo and just relax around other people.

As much as I do love working from home and have no desire to go back to the office again, I do find that I enjoy social contact more when I am out.  It makes sense in a way - you are around people you know and like and are choosing to be around.  Not to say that I haven't made friends with co-workers over the years.  But it isn't the same.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Parental Visit

My parents came down for a visit at the end of August.  They'd postponed the trip from earlier in the month, so it was great to finally have them come.  They stayed with me at the condo.

Because they hadn't driven enough on Friday when they were coming into town, we went further south on Saturday to visit some family friends.  It was the first time seeing some of their kids and a while since we'd seen the most recent.  They've grown.  Visit friends with kids is different from all being adults, but it is still so good to catch up with everyone.  Wouldn't have changed that visit for anything.

Sunday we stuck around town.  Went to church in the morning, then came back to the condo and played some games.  I even won my fair share, something that rarely seems to happen when we play games.  I was happy with that.

Monday, they left to drive home, and I got very busy at work since it was time for another quarter end.  (It's like those come around every three months or something.)

Saturday, September 11, 2021

20 Years

Hard to believe it has been 20 years.  Memories of the day are still so vivid to me.

I had just flown home from the second Trixie Camp.  We were in Williamsburg that year, and I flew home on 9/9.  Some others had stayed in Williamsburg a few extra days and got stranded there.  Others had gone to New York City.  Yes, they were all safe, but it was still scary.

I was home that morning getting ready for work when I got a call from my friend asking me if I had the TV on.  When I said no, very confused, he said I should turn it on.  Being in So Cal, the second plane had already hit by the time I turned the TV on.  I watched the coverage for a few minutes in complete shock.

Yes, I still went into work.  Yes, I got a few things done while also searching the news for the latest.  And trying to make sure my friends who were supposed to be traveling that day were all safe.  That evening, I actually did go look at an apartment I would move into in about a month with the friend who had called me that morning.  Then I went home and watched as much news coverage as I could handle before putting in my DVD of Toy Story.  I needed something fun to take my mind off all of it.

I also think back to how united we were as the United States at the time.  And I look at how divided we are now.  It saddens me that there is so much hate, so many calls for those we disagree with to lose their jobs and be shunned in society.  I pray we can find common ground again without another horrific day like this to bring us together.

Friday, July 09, 2021

A Fun Fourth

I know, two posts in a month.  I haven't done that since the beginning of 2020.  But that's because I had to talk about the 4th while it was fresh in my mind.  I actually went out and did stuff!

Okay, so the first thing I did Saturday wasn't as fun.  My life group was cleaning the church, so I started there.  At 8 in the morning, too.  But the fun started quickly after that.

I headed out with another member of my life group to try paddle boarding on a lake near us.  She's been doing it this last year, and I've always been curious to try it.  With my sense of balance, I didn't try standing.  Instead, I knelt for about half of the time and then sat for the second half.  It was fun.  I got one of my weird sun burns.  It was obvious where I had and hadn't applied sun screen.  I'm just now starting to peel, so that will be fun this next week.

Sunday was back at church to do the PowerPoint for the service.  We couldn't get a group together for ultimate Frisbee that afternoon.  Just when I was planning a quiet evening at home (or as quiet as I could have with fireworks going off around me), a friend invited me over.  We spent some time trying to find a good place to watch fireworks near where he lives and then we hung out for a while.  It was a lot of fun.

Monday, I actually got to sleep in!  It was a quiet day around the condo, which was nice after the busyness of the previous days.

Friday, July 02, 2021

Summer Time!

 It's summer!  Time to celebrate with a dip in the pool.  I know it's been hot all over the country.  It's certainly been hot here in So Cal, but I don't feel like it's been that much worse than usual.

Work continues to drive me crazy.  I keep thinking things will slow down, but that doesn't seem to be happening.

Since my last post, I got to enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day BBQ hosted by a friend.  We ate.  We played spike ball (sometimes in the sprinklers) and we ate some more.  It was a generally fun day.  It helped that the person I teamed up with for Spike Ball and I went undefeated.

We went into the sanctuary at church this last Sunday for the first time.  It was getting much too hot under the tent.  Although they added misters under the tent, and it was surprisingly cool under them, as I learned after the service was over.  I think it would have been fun out there, but that does mean watching it on a big screen TV instead of in person.

As we are getting out of the pandemic, the stress is really beginning to get to me.  I can tell.  Normally, when I get this moody, I can hide it better than I am these days.  Hopefully, things will ease up soon, or I will get a break of some kind that will help me continue, but with a much healthier level of stress.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Checking In

I'm getting really bad about updating this blog, aren't I?  Of course, it's hard to come up with too much to report.

I'm still working, and still working from home.  A little bit of the office will be opened in July, but it sounds like we won't be back in the office with any regularity until fall some time.  Personally, I don't want to go back.  I've gotten very spoiled working from home.  I love it!  Yes, there are times I wish I could talk to someone in person, but the rest of the time, it's nice to be able to do my own thing without being distracted/interrupted.  I do still think that training someone new would be harder virtually than from home.

Last time, I had mentioned my church was going to start meeting in person again.  That's going well.  We are outside under a tent.  Some weeks have been windy, but it's been good overall.

I've gotten to see my family a few times in the last couple of months.  They came down this way in March - my parents to visit me, and my brother and his family stopped by when they were headed down to San Diego.  Then I went up in April to visit them for a weekend.  All of those visit were nice.

Can't think of much else to report.  Hopefully, things will open up again soon, and I will start to have more to talk about again.

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Hello 2021

 And yes, I realize the irony of posting "Hello 2021" as a blog title when my first post of the year is the beginning of February.

I figured I should post something to let you know I'm still here and breathing.  Not that I have that much to talk about.  Like most of the world, I'm still getting out and doing very little.  I'm still working from home and will be for another couple of months at a minimum.  I'm very happy to report that things are a little calmer, which is nice.  Probably ramp up again at the end of February, but I'm hoping it stays this calm for another week or two.

My church is gearing up for meeting outdoors in person on Sunday mornings, which will be an adjustment.  Like so many, I've gotten a little spoiled with working from home and going to church at home.  I don't set an alarm either day of the weekend any more.  There are some nice parts of being home.

I do miss being out and seeing people, however.  That's the thing I miss the most.  And for an introvert like me to say that, that is really saying something.