Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Well, the year is almost over. It has been…a year. Some great things, some terrible things, some in between, and I thought I would just jot down some thoughts about it. (I probably won’t touch on any of the terrible things though. Read the news if you want to hear about that.)

Gobo turned 2 this past fall, and it has been remarkable watching what he has become. He has the best little personality, is (almost) always happy, and is really starting to get his words together. He is even stringing together 4-or-5 word sentences, and I’ll tell ya, you just have to look on with awe when he looks at you and asks a real, honest-to-god question. My favorite is when I emerge from the basement office and he asks, “Daddy, are you all done working?” with a hopeful look in his eyes.

Our 2nd child is due any day now, so it has been a bit of a rough couple weeks here at the Woolcock household. We never found out the sex of the baby, so we’ll see whether it is a Wembly or a Red. Or should it be Boober or Mokey? We’ll see ;-). (probably not Boober…)

Having the baby due at this time meant I couldn’t go to the winter hike this year. Which is disappointing, to be sure, but there really isn’t a better reason to miss the hike than, “I am going to be a father again.” I do kind of hope that the baby comes either in the next day or two, or waits until the 6th or 7th, though I realize that is an incredibly selfish thing to want. I would prefer not to miss the kid’s birthday in the future, but I would also like to continue going on the hike after this year.

I know, I know, selfish.

In philisophical news, this is the year I really started implementing some Stoic philosophy in my everyday life. It has been a great learning experience, and I really seem to have made a lot of progress with my inner monologue. If you are so inclined, go read some Stoic philosophy. I think Project Gutenberg has some Seneca, and Amazon has a bunch of translations of Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. For contemporary stuff, I enjoyed this book, about Stoicism and CBT, and I’m current enjoying A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.

This is also the year I started particpating in the Rust community. I had hung out a bit in #rust a couple years ago, when the language was almost brand new, but lost interest at some point. This year I really got back into it, and started making some contributions to some Rust projects, including the package manager for the language, Cargo. I really hope to be able to do more work with Rust in the future.

(I put a Rust sticker on my laptop, and got a t-shirt, so, you know, I am like, sooooooo committed now)

Oh, I almost forgot. I got a Mandolin as a gift for festivus this year. Anybody want to start a Bluegrass/Newgrass group? :)

- Paul Woolcock, 31 Dec 2014
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