Obligatory 2010 Recap and 2011 Predictions

Although a bit belated, this is the type of post most others with blogs have already made. Screw those people; I do what I want, when I want.



I’m still very happily married, so nothing really new there. However there is happy news for some of my friends. Most recently, Becky and I attended Josh and Jamie’s wedding. A little before that, John proposed to Paige. Lastly, Ben and Kara are having a baby. So yay to all that.


This year it seems like we went to more sports games than any other year. Royals games, Chiefs games, K-State games. So much fun.  The teams themselves had varying results. The Royals still suck. The Chiefs made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The 2009-2010 Men’s K-State basketball team made the Elite 8.  The 2010-2011 team is currently 11-3 and ranked 17th. Some disappointing losses in there, but still quite good. Hoping for another deep run. Fantasy Football this year was good for me: second place.  Sadly, this is the same result as last year. Perhaps even more sad, I could have won if I had started some of the people I had on my bench.


XTEC is still pretty much the same. There were a few notable changes, however. At some point, I don’t recall when exactly, I decided to change my working hours from 8-5 to 7-4.  With Becky usually getting home around four-ish, it just made sense for me to try and match our hours a bit better.  After the initial dislike of getting up getting up about an hour earlier, I’m quite happy with the decision. I think Becky is as well.  The other change is some newer software we’ve been working on.  I’ll spare everyone the nerdy details, but I enjoy it.


My birthday is August 8th. Horrible date, really. When you’re a kid and your birthday is during the summer, you never get the school birthday parties or the assembly recognition.  I’ve heard this has changed since I was a kid, too late for me, though. Anywho, to celebrate my birthday we decided to go on a float trip.  Awesome decision, if I do say so myself. After Becky and I’s float trip the prior year with Josh and Jamie, we were really excited to go again. I’ll go ahead and leave out details of the trip, but suffice it to say it was a glorious time. This has already been decreed an annual event.

The other fun thing we did was finally go on our proposal hot air balloon ride.

I’ll quickly tangent into a summary of how my plans for that day went completely awry: I took Becky to lunch at Noodles and Company.  While there, I call up the balloon guy to confirm we’re on for the secret balloon ride later in the day.  He tells me it’s windy and he’s sure we’ll be able to go; he calls it 50-50.  I say I kind of have big plans for the day and we’ll risk it. By the way, balloon guy lives like 3 freaking hours away.  Fast forward three hours and we’re in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  It’s windy. I call balloon guy and the short version is “It’s too windy, can’t do it.”  Which, I pretty much already knew, but didn’t want to accept. He says he can come show us the basket we would have been riding in had we actually gone up in it. For some reason, I think this is ok and say sure. In retrospect, what is the fucking point? Seems like rubbing my nose in shit.  Whatever.  Anyways, at that point I inform Becky that I was going to take her on a balloon ride and she’s happy, but also disappointed.  She doesn’t yet know the grand plan.  So, we leave the parking lot with the promise that we can go up at a later date when it’s not so windy.  A shitty consolation prize, but a prize nonetheless. We decide to tour the grand cityscape that is Parsons, Kansas. While driving around I’m desperately trying to figure out a plan. We find an arboretum, but it’s December, so it pretty much totally sucks.  We leave to continue our tour. We find the city park and decide to go play in the playground.  Becky, in her infinitely childlike wisdom, decides that the the green T-Rex rocking thing should be played on immediately.  She also demands I ride it with her.  I, of course oblige her. While sitting behind her on this stupid green thing, I reach in my pocket, slyly pull out the ring box, open it, and reach around her, and ask her to marry me.  She says yes, which I totally expected.  But what I didn’t expect was that when she tried to put the damn ring on, it wouldn’t fit.  Despite telling the jeweler her ring size, they apparently decided not to size the ring.  Fucking. Awesome. Could my day be worse? So, all my plans totally went to shit, but she said yes, so I guess that’s the point I guess.

Tangent over.

Anyways, so we finally got back to Parsons, which incidentally was home to the last place on earth where you could find an official Kodachrome development facility.  We finally get our balloon ride and Becky couldn’t have been happier.  I actually enjoyed myself as well.  I guess I haven’t mentioned, I hate heights.  A lot. The things men do for women.


I had my 10 year high school reunion this year.  It was an interesting event to say the least. I actually won an award.  The title was something like Most Technically Saavy.  Basically I’m the biggest nerd.  I may have campaigned for this title.  I may also have been incredibly drunk and I may also have wore a pink boa for a while.


I kind of had a lot of plans for bettering myself in 2010.  Most didn’t really come to fruition.  I did manage to continue keep my weight down, which I suppose is a good thing.  I kind of stopped going to the gym, which is beyond pathetic.  Also, I completely failed at making any postings on this site since May I think.  That kind of sucks too.  What’s the point in having a blog if you don’t post to it? I blame Twitter.


My big plan for 2011 is the whole health bit. This is just like everyone else I suppose. I’ve been working out a bit already with the the weights I have at home, but it’s no real substitution for an actual gym. I’m also going to try and limit my alcohol intake during the week.  This will be somewhat challenging.  It’s hard to deny the allure of the of a good white Russian.  Also, Becky and I are really, really, really hoping we can buy a house this summer. We’d love to be out of our town home. My other goal is to make more posts here on this blog.  I enjoy having a blog, but when you’re lazy, you’re lazy.  I’ll change that.  In general, though, my plans are fairly simplistic and quite attainable.  That being said, we’ll see how this year goes.

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