A new year

So here I am back from the whole Jewish New Year experience. It’s certainly my favorite holiday in the Jewish calendar, but I’m not really sure why as I generally don’t do what I’m supposed to: contact people that I may have wronged during the previous year (generally by either taking a long time to reply to their emails, or not writing emails when I should have) and be sorry for it. What I end up doing is just thinking of my year in a much more abstract level, trying to identify what I shouldn’t have done and be sorry for that.

Many things happened this year. Certainly the biggest one is that I decided to get engaged (even though many of my friends and family already consider me married). But there were other smaller things that happened (and I’ve blogged about many of them in the past). Here are most of them in no particular order:

* I bought a house. It’s been so long that I almost forgot that this was still this last Jewish year.
* I joined a Jewish choir, which has been an interesting experience
* I have decided to start working on a robotics project with a co-worker, which made me remember a lot of my undergrad education (actually it reminded me that I’ve forgotten a lot of it). It’s still pretty early in the project, but just going through the state of the technology today has been quite exciting. I’ll probably post more about this in the future when I have more to write about. Right now most of the things that I have done have been more in the “experimentation” realm and a little boring for the rest of the world.
* My older sister and her husband moved to Australia where they are enjoying their time amid sand storms and economic downturns.
* Work has been quite “exciting”. Management changes, lots of hiring activity, a lot of time spent on future planning, and a lot more still to come (in all those areas, maybe except for hiring – we only have one position left).
* Trips? Not too many. Went to New York about a few weeks ago, drove around the Olympic Peninsula earlier in the year, hiked up Mount Si, and certainly a few others.
* Cooking? A lot of different things, including making Cheddar and Brie (the Brie didn’t work so well, the Cheddar was ok, it had a strange sharp taste to it), I’ve subscribed to many cooking magazines but lately have been having more fun mostly inventing my own recipes.

There must be other things I should list here, but I’ll stop now. I feel like if I try to be complete I’ll never finish my post. I probably need to go to bed right now and continue my recovery from the 10+ hours of mostly standing that I did yesterday (Monday, actually).

Cheers! And I’m sorry for not communicating much. I need to learn how to just let go of the hundreds of things that I want to read/think and do something. Consider that my resolution for this year (although there isn’t such a thing as an year resolution in the Jewish tradition, just an yearly reset of all your promises).

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