I’m still missing this blog a lot. But then, I say that every year. Various updates:
Quick updates on the projects mentioned a year ago: Project Surround: partially successful, but incomplete. However, I learned enough to know what I need to know, and it’s “just” a matter of execution to get it done. Project Hurricane (phase 2) is underway and going well. Project Rock Star seems to be dead (boo). Project Matte was a success, at least initially. It’s something I can also go deeper with, though, so I’ll keep working on that in the upcoming year.
Sad news this year was that my father died in May. It was not wholly unexpected, but neither would I have predicted it would happen when it did. I do not, I have learned, tend to grieve publicly much, but I am grateful to those who have listened when I’ve wanted to talk about it. I am also so glad that TLG (now 6) was old enough to know and remember him, and is showing such thoughtfulness even now as he continues to process it all. My mother’s birthday was just this week and TLG told me he was sad for her because he wishes my dad could be there to go to dinner with her for her birthday.
Big logistical news for us this year was that we moved from a townhouse into a single-family house. (A pretty generic colonial only a mile from where our townhouse was — I’ve obviously got nothing against generic colonials; quite functional!) There’s a fair bit of backstory to that move (and loads of pros and cons that, obviously, ended up weighted toward the pro-move side, but it was a hard decision.) We are loving the extra space. Spouse and I each have our own offices now, for one thing – and since we both work from home a lot, that is a huge benefit.
TLG is doing well. He started piano lessons this past summer and has really taken to it. He loves his piano teacher and clicked with her from our first meeting in a way he hasn’t with any other teacher or instructor so far. He participated in his first recital last night and did well – it’s been fun to watch him zoom through the early curriculum. His teacher is using parts of Alfred’s Premier Piano Course and supplementing that with a few other things. It’s a much more integrated and thoughtful course than what I learned on when I was a kid. I’m even learning a few things myself from the theory portion he’s doing.
I’m not going to comment on current events in this post – you can scan my twitter feed for the usual outrage at the horribleness there.
These lyrics from Frank Turner’s “Photosynthesis” have always resonated with me, and struck me again recently as a pithy summation of reckoning with middle age:
Well I guess I should confess that I am starting to get old
All the latest music fads all passed me by and left me cold
All the kids are talking slang I won’t pretend to understand
All my friends are getting married, mortgages and pension plans
And it’s obvious my angry adolescent days are done
And I’m happy and I’m settled in the person I’ve become
But that doesn’t mean I’m settled up and sitting out the game
Time may change a lot but some things may stay the same
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up