Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekly Weight (8/18)

259.3
I didn't get to the gym as much as I hoped. But I am recommitting now and getting my training on for the Army Ten Miler in October as well as the annual APFT (probably in November for OER reasons).

  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 (July)
    • 259.4-261.7
  • Month 3 - Week 1
    • 259.2
  • Month 3 - Week 2 (now)
    • 259.3

Steps:
  • Last week 
    • 119k
  • First week August
    • 173k
  • July
    • 124k-90k
  • June
    • 123k-93k

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My Son Turns 1!

Happily stealing my wife's collage of pictures, this represents the first year of the life of my son, Sean. He is a happy kid, who loves pretty much anything anyone else is doing (in particular his sister). He started walking fairly early (10ish months) and continues to a be a joy. I am excited that he has managed to reach this benchmark and cannot wait to see what sort of a man he eventually becomes. I am so happy for any amount of time I can spend with him and his sister (though the flight to Orlando later this month with both of them and just me is going to be.... interesting...).

Happy birthday Sean!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Weekly Weight (8/11)

259.2
Considering that I just got back from 10 days in Las Vegas (for Black Hat and DEFCON) I consider this an accomplishment. It helped that I was getting around 30k steps (15 or so miles) on most of the days out there. I even went to 3 buffets while I was out there (Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan was the nicest of the batch) and ate (and drank) well. Back to reality now (and back to a better gym, I definitely took a hit in my strength during this trip)

  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 (July)
    • 259.4-261.7
  • Month 3 - Week 1 (now)
    • 259.2

Steps:
  • Last week 
    • 173k
  • July
    • 124k-90k
  • June
    • 123k-93k

Monday, August 01, 2016

July Shows

Slowly getting back into the groove.

TV:

  • Babylon 5 - Finally finished!
  • Star Trek - Now to piss off the Trekkies/Treckers.. I am watching in chronological order... Starting with Enterprise ;)


Movies:

  • Finding Dory - OMG, I saw a movie in the theater! And it was good!
  • Deadpool - Finally got to see what everyone else already saw
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane - Alien Invasion (maybe ;) plus the locked room situation... Solid entertaining movie




What my Daughter is obsessed with:
  • Team Umizoomi - An addiction I heartily endorse.
What my Son is obsessed with:
  • Anything his sister has
  • Anything he can eat
  • Pretending everything is a phone
  • Walking, everywhere

July Reads

Longer car trips plus more walking plus more working out equals more books read.
  • Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars #4) by Jack Campbell
    • I have been reading books of this series for a long time (I remember reading some of the first books of the Lost Fleet series way back in 2008). I still enjoy them and find that this spin-off series, "The Lost Stars", adds an interesting element to the universe. The characters aren't just "naturally" (yes, that is an over/underwhelming explanation of Jack Geary's skill set) good like Jack, and this tells the stories from the nominal bad guys. At this point I find myself cheering (the non-snake) leaders of Midway as they attempt to forge and "alliance" and move past their Syndicate past. Complicating that are of course the remnants of the Syndicate, Enigma's and an honest to god Pirate Queen. Overall a fun read and I look forward to more if there is room in there for another story, though the ending wrapped things up fairly neatly if this is the last book the series.
  • The Atrocity Archives (Laundry Files #1) by Charles Stross
    • The first of the Laundry Files series (7 books and counting). Bob Howard, computer geek, works for the Laundry, a super-secret organization that fights and suppresses "magic" across the UK. Magic in this world is interesting, as suddenly becoming a Computer Scientist or Mathematician becomes really dangerous as the advanced math opens holes into other worlds. Anyone who poses a threat get subsumed into the Laundry, a very british governmental organization that involves a lot of make-work. Bob aspires higher and wants to be a field agent. This leads to a lot of interesting situations that drive this story along.
  • The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files #2) by Charles Stross
    • More Laundry. So good that I have come back to re-read it.
  • The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files #3) by Charles Stross
    • Even more Laundry. It has been years since I have read them and I wanted to listen to them again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Financial Housecleaning

So in another week or so my birthday will wind around (I like birthdays, they are a sign of accomplishment of living another year). This one is pretty notable as it will be my 40th (crazy to me... I know I just said birthdays are accomplishments but... It is hard to believe we are more than halfway done with 2016 already).

One thing I like to do is step back and look at my financial state (I read blogs like this (which address how you should be investing at certain ages) and use tools at Personal Capital, like their retirement calculator. As I get older and the target window for retirement (I am planning on a hard stop at 62.. that's when I can start drawing my full FERS retirement from my government job). I will give an example of what I just did for my Thrift Savings Account (TSP, 401k for the US Government workers), without any real dollars behind it (I overshare a lot between social media and whatnot, but I have not reached the point of sharing my net worth with the world... I think the only person other than my wife that knows my full net worth is my broker team at Personal Capital (that and Google... but they swear that they won't do evil)).

At the beginning of the 2016 it was 40% C, 15%G, 20% S, 25% I. In March I started the long road to more stable assets, with the plan to decrement C, S, I (subtracting C twice) and slowly build up G and F every six months. So now I am at 38C, 16G, 1F, 20S, 20I. Adjusting both the contribution amount as well as the actual balances. I also did the same with another account (Betterment)  decreasing my total exposure to stocks by 2% there (with a bump in bonds to compensate).

Yes, I know that swinging slowly to more stocks will decrease my potential gains, but it also decreases my total risk exposure, which at this point in my life since I have been a prolific saver overall (not as good as I could have been but I also lived life) means I have a fairly large amount to protect.

So overall, birthdays are a good time to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Weekly Weight (7/21)

259.4

A pretty good week from exercise and activity. Even with all the heat and the PF still going, it was a solid week.
  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 - Week 1
    • 261.7
  • Month 2 - Week 2 
    • 259.9
  • Month 2 - Week 3 (now)
    • 259.4

Steps:
  • Last week 
    • 105.5k
  • Last week -1
    • 90786
  • Last Month (weeks)
    • 123k-93k






Friday, July 15, 2016

Weekly Weight (7/14)

259.9

A drill weekend (which always seems to involve less exercise than a non-drill weekend), feeling off and the continues visitation of planar fasciitis in my right foot, but somehow a drop....
  • Day 0
    • 260.9
  • Month 0 (May)
    • 257.8 - 263.1
  • Month 1 (June)
    • 262.5 - 261.8
  • Month 2 - Week 1
    • 261.7
  • Month 2 - Week 2 (now)
    • 259.9

Steps:
  • Last week
    • 90786
  • Last Month (weeks)
    • 123k-93k