Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Goals and 2012 Results

I had some challenging goals for 2012.  Here's how I did.
  1. Lift weights consistently - FAIL.  I lifted once a week for the first 7 months but really never took it to a new level.  Then I got really busy at work and decided to stop lifting altogether.  I am week...but see below for why that won't be for long.  Overall, I'm very happy with my athletic/fitness work in 2012.  Highlights include:
  2. Floss at least once a week all year.  SUCCESS.  Easy, but did it.
  3. Weigh less than 190 lbs by 2/20/12.  SUCCESS
  4. Weigh less than 180 lbs by 5/12/12.  SUCCESS*  5/12/12 was the riverbank.  At the END of the race I weighed 179.5 but I really never weighed less than 185.  I couldn't motivate myself to get below 185. I was successful in maintaining 185 for 2 months.  
  5. Give up pop for the entire year - SUCCESS.  This was tough, but I'm glad I did it.  The only exception I added throughout the year was that I could have pop when I was out of state.  I figured it was a good move as I drove through the night to Florida in March.  Besides Florida I was out of state a total of 6 days so my pop consumption was still minimal.
And now, time for Randy's ridiculous 2013 goals.  Only 2 goals this year but they are whoppers.
  1. DUNK.  Dunk a regulation men's basketball on a regulation 10' basketball hoop.  I have a terrible vertical jump, like 16".  Luckily I'm 6'2".  With a running start I can touch the rim with my fingertips so I figure I have to gain a minimum of 6" on my vertical to have a chance of dunking.  This goal will require several months of painful strength and jump training.  I start Wednesday.
  2. Give up baked goods for the entire year.  Without putting much thought into it I can already see there is a lot of grey area around what constitutes a baked good.  For this goal, I plan to eliminate the following:  cookies, pastries, cakes, pies, bars, and any other obvious home baked good.  My only exception will be if I'm in a social situation where turning down a baked good would be perceived as rude.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas with an enthusiastic wife and 3 young kids is awesome.  We have already developed many strong family traditions and it is a joy to share to Christmas spirit as a family.

In no particular order, here were some great memories from Christmas 2012:
  • Helping foster a spirit of giving, even at a young age
  • Many family parties
  • Evie's first Christmas program
  • Making Christmas cookies (at least 4 times)
  • Sleeping under the Christmas tree with dad
  • Visiting Santa 3 times
  • Elf on the shelf
  • Cousins
  • Staying up late
  • Listening to Evie's Christmas music CD (for her program) more than 100 times

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Monday, December 17, 2012

William and Jack turn 2

Last week we celebrated William and Jack's 2nd birthday.  The terrible 2's have been in full swing for well over 6 months, but overall we have come a LONG way in the last year.  Both boys are healthy, happy, and full of energy.  
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Thursday, December 06, 2012

As usual, I took advantage of wonderful October weather to hang the lights.  Typically I wait until November 1st to turn them on but this year I realized that October 31 is the ideal opening night.  I maximize the audience if I have the lights on for trick-or-treating.  
A picture from my roof while installing lights. 

My improvements this year:
  • Light strip at the peak of my house
  • Lights on the "middle" A frame
  • A new 20 amp circuit for outside
  • Removal of the overgrown tree on the right side of my house 

Terrible 2's

Seriously Naughty.  2 minutes in the other room and we came back to find this scene.  Flour!