Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

It’s been a while since my last post. So long in fact, that the entire winter has almost passed us by! Unlike last year, which was record-breaking for snowfall, this winter has been kinder. We’ve had our share of snow and cold weather, but nothing like last year. That’s been very good for my running, as I have been able to get outside for most of the runs that I wanted to complete. I’m already more than double the year-to-date mileage compared to last year, which should put me in better overall shape for the spring. This year is the year I am running the marathon in the fall, and I really want to give it a solid attempt. So I’ve been focussed on ensuring my running base is stronger than it has been in other years post-winter. I’ve been primarily maintenance running, which for me means repeating the same running patterns and distances, since I am not actually training for any specific event in the near-term. I have also been mixing in some stationary bike work as well, which I think is helping with some additional leg strength. Now I just have to get my diet and sleep working a little better, and I may actually be dangerous!

The Xbox One has been a huge hit at our house, with Luke and I banging through all kinds of games over the last few months. My personal favourite has been Forza Motorsports 6, but I absolutely loved playing through Ori and the Blind Forest as well. I’ve replayed a good chunk of the amazing Rayman Legends, this time on the Xbox One. Forza Horizons 2 is a more recent additional, and has been super fun compliment to Forza Motorsports. I have not yet started Shadows of Mordor, and it continues to wait patiently until I can spend some quality time with it. I love the fact that you can stream your games to a Windows 10 PC, since Tammie often wants to use the TV when I would like to be playing a game. All I need to do is fire up the Xbox One and the PC and then connect from one to the other. We have a pretty good network setup in the house, so it works really well for me. I haven’t really been playing anything new on the PC. When I do pull something up, it has been primarily Diablo 3 or Hearthstone.

A little later in the spring we are headed to Calgary to visit my sister. The plane tickets are purchased and the hotel rooms booked, so that makes it about as official as you can get. I am hoping that the weather is pretty good out there when we visit, as I’d like to take the kids to see some of the mountains in Banff. One particular climb I would love to do with them is Sulphur Mountain, but it is currently closed while they renovate the gondola platforms. Rumour is that the opening date is just before we arrive in Calgary, but I’ll have to check closer to the day. And in other exciting news, we are heading to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! We get to check out one day of that convention, which should be pretty exciting. I have never been to a comic expo of this size, so it is sure to be a new experience. And given the amount of awesome merchandise, it could be an expensive experience too!

Work was a little slower over the Christmas holidays, but has been pretty steady since then. It has been interesting working from home. Definitely a lot more off-site meetings and phone calls than when people could drop by the office. Most of our workflow has been sorted, although some elements are certainly more cumbersome when they transition to completely remote functions. When deep into coding, I would often prop up my Google Nexus 7 and have it streaming music or a movie, but then the thing just died one day! Turns out it was a memory fault, so truly bricked. I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 recently, and while it is certainly a cheaper feeling machine than the Google Nexus, it does the trick. The slightly larger screen is better for Comixology as well, which is one of my main uses!

Okay, gonna go drag everyone outside for a hike or walk. Until next time!

Randy