It’s the new year and a fair amount of stuff has already happened

Acquired a dehydrator

For xmas I got a dehydrator and Nia and I have been using the hell out of it. Literally we haven’t turned the thing off since we’ve gotten it. We eat the fruits before they’re even done. And when things are finally done, we eat them all in basically one sitting.

It’s so easy to eat through 2 lbs of dried strawberries because it fits in a standard size sandwich bag. You don’t even know you just ate that many fruits.

So we stocked up on apples and cherries, pineapple, strawberries, everything.

Strava report

My strava report shows these stats for 2014

  • Total Distance: 4153 kilometers
  • Elevation Gain: 32,225 meters
  • Total Time: 200h, 28min; 268 cycling activities, 29 running activities
  • KOMs: 1
  • Biggest Climb: 423 meters
  • Longest Ride: 146 kilometers
  • Kudos Count: 61

The whole thing can be seen here

Nia had a great year too considering that she was new to Strava and re-beginning her healthy lifestyle. Here are her stats.

  • Total Distance: 470 kilometers
  • Total Time: 63h, 1m; 10 cycling activities, 97 running activities
  • CRs: 11
  • Longest Run: 10 kilometers
  • Average Run Distance: 5 kilometers
  • Total Achievements: 50

Her video can be seen here

For 2015 I have some bigger goals.

The end of 2014 was a very trying time for me because I took a new job, and was also involved in a cycling accident that kept me off the bike for 3 months with a fractured rib.

I moved to Seattle, the land of rain and cycling though, so I want to put more miles on the bike; specifically in the form of elevation.

We live on a hill in Seattle and 5 reps up-and-down the hill equates to 1000 ft of elevation. I want to put in 1000 ft a day; it’s really not that bad.

In total that would put me at 365,000 ft of elevation for the year.

Why that far? Well, because,

  • I think it’s do-able given my current fitness
  • Also do-able given my time constraints around life and work
  • It’s beyond what the US defines as “space” but just short of what the general international consensus for space is.

In the US, "space" begins at 80.4km (50 miles), or 264,000 feet. General international consensus sets a similar limit for the start of space as 100km (62 miles), or 380,000 feet. "Low Earth Orbit" (LEO), where many satellites live, goes from 160km (100 miles, 525,000 feet) to 2,000km (1,240 miles, 6.5 million feet).

Ain’t gonna be climbing 6.5 million ft any time soon :-P (just for the record that would be 97.9…let’s just call it 100 miles…up my current route…every day)

Mortgage

2015 is going to be the year that I really focus on the mortgage.

The end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 saw a combined ~35k worth of principal paid off. As of today I have ~114k left and it’s within the realm of possibility that that number could dip below the 50k mark this year.

All said and done I project that I have a total of 1.5 years until the balance reaches zero but who knows. Times might be for the better or for the worse; the plan remains.

My current LTV is 95.9%. This isn’t the first time I’ve been under 100% (obviously when the loan originated I was under by some percentage). However it is the first time in recent memory.

I want to reach the 80% LTV so that I can attempt to have PMI eliminated. I realize it is only ~$71/month, but that’s real money that could instead be applied to my principal balance. Every little bit helps.

Work

I switched jobs this year and moved to Seattle to work for F5 on Oct 14th.

The transition has been extremely difficult and stressful on me. The whole reason to move out here was to work with a good friend I knew from undergrad; Michael Earnhart.

Unfortunately for me, he conn’d me into moving out here.

A month after I started, he left our group; saddling me with the mess he had created with a product that I have little-to-no interest in; something called “hype”.

Our group has no infrastructure support; yet we support hype for co-workers Our group also has no formal experience in automation, software engineering, computer security, cloud scale support or infrastructure monitoring. Of course, I do, and I bring that all to the table.

Trying to convince the group, and anyone for that matter, that I have this expertise has been a consistent thorn in my professional side.

It’s as if people just don’t believe me when I open my mouth. Yet, time and again they are proven wrong by the results I produce.

I want to have the authority to do what needs to be done with this product and in my group, but I’m very bad at political correctness. When I tell you your idea is lousy, it’s because I have been down that road before. I’m not interested in repeating the same mistakes. It’s a waste of my time and sets us back on producing quality goods.

Suffice to say, I currently hate my job. The problem is that they’ve roped me down with compensation and benefits that I’m unlikely to get from other companies in the area. That is, however, until I’ve satisfied those obligations to F5 (a minimum of 2 years of work).

Further more, that’s just to satisfy the “give money back” requirements. I need to remain for 4 years total to be able to keep my full 401k employer contributions as well as receive the full set of RSUs I was given upon hiring.

The bright side of the RSU deal is that after 1 year, the remainder of the RSUs begin vesting quarterly. So it wouldn’t be a total wash if I jumped ship after 2 years of work.

I dunno.

I think I need to stick it out and learn to work better with my colleagues and the company but man is it going to be a rough two years.

Health

Over the next year I want to continue to focus on my healthy lifestyle as a foundational pillar in my life.

Nia has been such an inspiration in sticking to our healthy eating lifestyle even in the face of holidays and events. I’d love to be more like her.

I’d like to be able to turn down more offers for socially eating. Both because I don’t care to spend the money on it, and because there is rarely a place we visit that is plant friendly.

Co-workers and friends are just not worth going out with. Which brings me to…

Friends

I no longer care to be friends with Michael. His lifestyle and behavior towards others is not something I care to be a part of. I wish him the best of luck in what he wants to do in life.

I do want to find more cycling friends and more friends who are reliable and treat me with respect. Friends that are interested in the lifestyle I’ve chosen as opposed to friends who I continually need to battle with.

Meetup is a great way to go about doing this, but does require that I figure out my work situation (said unrealistic amount of time I spend there) first.

I really want to have a closer friendship with Jesse. He’s a cyclist as well, and while we don’t see eye-to-eye on food. I believe that he would respectfully agree to disagree with me and eat at places that work for both of us.

Reading

There are a number of books on my kindle that I want to eat through that I have been delaying reading because of work.

Games

I have a number of Steam titles that I want to play through that also keep getting put off by my lack of work/life balance.

Conclusion

See a recurring theme here? It’s, again, all about work. I’m just too interested in computers to turn myself off. It’s a nightmare for my personal life and things that really matter; I don’t know how to fix it.