on 2012

what a year. this is not a sappy end-of-year recap, but I needed to take a step back to see just what an epic year it’s been. in rough chronological order:

  • a bunch of LMS-related activities, to try to kickstart discussion about what to select
  • traveled to mexico to watch my niece get married on a beach
  • got the all-clear after a potential cancer scare
  • Northern Voice conference (likely my last)
  • rode my bike a lotBanff Gran Fondo and Highwood Pass (twice) and a bunch of other great rides. over 5000km throughout the year. woohoo!
  • Open Education conference (hopefully not my last)
  • got to ride in an ambulance
  • almost lost a parent (heart attacks suck)
  • lost a friend, mentor, colleague (heart attacks suck)
  • realized that winter bike riding freaks my wife out, so decided to cut back on that. cue trainer. less woohoo, but still…
  • finished my thesis, passed oral exam, completed MSc.
  • continued working on the cat herding that is the LMS upgrade project, but stumbled closer to completion.

still working on the whole work/life balance thing. the loss and near-loss (and cancer scare and ambulance ride) kind of kickstarted a focus on fixing that. I struggle with maintaining a sense of perspective. the oldest surviving post on my blog, over a decade ago, is about the same thing (back then, triggered by impending dad-hood). so, yeah. balance.

2 thoughts on “on 2012”

  1. I love these posts the best, links to how this space as been a narrative of your life. Not edited, just real. You have always brought the authenticity to these spaces, and you just keep on doing it. Good for you. I’m just glad we all had another year to reflect on: I’ll take the good, the bad, and the ugly over nothing at all any day 🙂

    1. thanks, jim. if it’s worth sharing, it’s worth oversharing #amiright?

      it was a hell of a year, both good and bad. wouldn’t trade this for anything though. and I’m extremely glad I’ve been documenting stuff (both here and in photos online and offline). and, grateful to have friends such as yourself – even though I never get to actually see you…

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