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Music, painting, and alcohol

The last couple months of 2019 were both joyful and frantic. I had a surprising volume of pet portrait orders for Christmas which was all a new business to me, so I just buckled down and spent my evenings and weekends cranking them out in time for the holidays. It was exciting and scary and …

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2017- another chapter

I’m writing this as I listen through the baby monitor to Skyler singing “Wheels on the Bus” to Layla as she attempts to rock her to sleep for her last afternoon nap of 2017. Their sweet interactions don’t happen often enough, but when they do I am warmed with joy and visions of them as …

To 2016 – it’s been real…

A lot of people are pissed about 2016, with the election of Donald Trump as president and so many celebrities dying. While those things are a bummer, they didn’t really shape my year as none of those people have much impact on my life. But 2016 was a funky year for me. Not one of …

Wow, 2011.

I can confidently say I nailed this year! In so many ways, it could’ve nailed me. But I got the best of it. I’ve done these recaps on my blog for the last few years (2010, 2009, 2008), and this is by far the most fun year to answer the same questions. 1. What did …

Let’s Do This

My plans and resolutions for 2011: – Learn to do 15 consecutive pull-ups. I’d like to do that in the next 3 months. After that, make pull-ups a regular part of my workout routine. – Continue chipping away at my running pace. Take 1 – 2 minutes off my current best 5K race time. – …

2010 Recap

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before? Family vacation with Skyler, including, riding in a Bentley. Ran my best pace in a race. Negotiated down the price of a car, all by myself! 2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Halfway. …

Accountability 2010

Like everyone else, it’s always part of my New Year Resolution to “get back in shape” or “lose weight” or “exercise more.” The problem with these resolutions is they don’t follow good goal-setting rules. They are kind of measurable, but not really. I mean, “get back in shape” – what shape? The shape that fits …

2009 Recap

It’s that time of year again, so I’ll review 2009 with the following quiz that I posted last year… 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? Ronnie and I raised money and rode the motorcycle together in Bikers for Babies. It was awesome and probably one of my most memorable …

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