It turns out I haven't really made an attempt to update this at all lately. Kind of makes sense. I haven't had a full work week at home since before Thanksgiving.
I'm currently sitting in Des Moines, IA. Holed up while there's some kind of blizzard outside. Last week I was in Omaha, NE, which is a much cooler place than I ever expected it to be. The week before that, I had traveled to both Riverside, CA and Des Moines, IA. The week before that, I was in Kalamazoo the whole week.
That takes us back to the holiday weeks, which are fun, but busy getting through all the family holiday events, and then in December I had trips to Orlando, FL, Rochester, MN, and Madison, WI (which also had a blizzard while I was there).
So anyways, all the travel aside, it's easy to forget what I've been up to. I've been having some good times at hockey. For the fall season, my team won the league playoffs, which was quite fun. We all acted like dorks skating around with the trophy.
Since then, I actually had a hat trick in the first game of the winter season with that team, and although I've had to miss a bunch of games with them for work, the games I've played in have been a lot better.
I think it's actually been thanks to a decision I made to make better use of the hotels I stay in so often. Basically, I've been doing 60 minutes on the stationary bike or elliptical machine every night I'm in a hotel. I'm still exhausted in hockey games, but I've noticed I've gotten back a couple steps I had back when I played in Kalamazoo 25 pounds lighter...
Meanwhile, life goes on. Melissa finally got out of the job she hated and started at the Domino's corporate headquarters. It's been great to see her finally starting her "real" job after all these years. We've been spending more time reconnecting with some old friends and hanging out with some local people. It's been fun although I still have been missing the friends I can't see anymore (well, at least not as often).
Anyways, as far as upcoming stuff, it actually looks like I can stay home next week. Then I'm supposed to go to Phoenix in February for a vacation with my dad, and then I'll be going to MIX again in March to get in my trip to Vegas. I think I'm missing Defcon again this year, which is a bummer, but we are talking about a summer trip to Mackinac that would make up for it. Especially since I really don't like Vegas, but I seem to end up there once or twice a year anyways for conventions.
And since I always need a music clip...
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