2011 was a rather exciting year for me, although from my posts (or lack of it), you wouldn’t have guessed that.
I had the honor of my cousin (who is a Priest-Monk) visit me early on in the year and we made a trip to Universal Studios and NASA. Towards the end of January, I started preparing for the Gasparilla 5K run which motivated me enough to run 3 days a week for 5 weeks and I managed to finish the 5K in just under 24 minutes (when I started, I took 30 mins). I also managed to cut off 10-12 pounds. After the first couple of weeks, I calculated, I would lose way more weight and finish the 5K in 20 mins but it obviously got harder to lose weight and shave time off my runs. Runkeeper was an excellent motivator and I had the awesome FeatherSound loop which was a little short of 5K. My running reduced to once a week and became non-existent a few weeks later.
After that, my parents and my in-laws visited us around my son’s second birthday and we made a road-trip to Tennessee and had a blast white water-rafting. My mom also joined us and that was her favorite part. We visited the Coke museum in Atlanta and saw the Stone Mountain in Georgia. I forgot to visit a Trader Joe’s in Georgia though since I wanted her to taste Mochi Ice Cream for a long time and I hadn’t ever found it in Florida.
After we got back, we went on a cruise to the Bahamas with my parents and it was a very relaxing trip with a lot of eating. We all got tanned (not that we needed it) and my parents left for India soon after.
In June, my wife and son left for India to prepare for my sister-in-law’s wedding and I headed to Palo Alto and stayed with my best friend. It was a fun trip and it was like living in a college dorm with 2 other guys… err.. geeks.
I got a great job opportunity while in California and accepted it. At the time, it was a tough decision to make since we would have to leave all the friends we made, move across the country and leave a great job. Anyway, I gave my notice and headed to India for my sister-in-law’s wedding. The wedding was beautiful and very well-planned. Most people who saw pictures weren’t sure if the wedding was held in the US or in India. Kudos to my sister-in-law for the months spent planning it. I had to cut my trip short and leave after the wedding to help transition my role.
After returning, time just flew by and my wife came back as scheduled, we spent time packing and getting rid of stuff. It is crazy how much you can accumulate over the years. The good thing with a move, is that it gives you motivation to get rid of a lot of it (though not enough).
I started my job at eBay in mid-September and we stayed in San Francisco for the first month and although it was a great experience, the daily commute of ~1 hour was a killer especially since I didn’t have much time left at the end of the day to do any additional reading. After days of house-hunting, my wife finally found the semi-perfect spot for us which resulted in a 10-minute commute (against the traffic). We are so much closer to a lot of places, compared to our Florida house and despite the gas prices here being higher, our fuel expenses work out to be about the same.
We got to see the Fleet Week air show with a great view and also explored San Francisco and discovered Mama’s breakfast joint (my mouth waters when I think of it). There is so much to do in California and besides loving the weather, I also love the views of mountains in the background after having spent years seeing the flat lands in Florida (although I sort of miss the (warmer) beaches).
We also visited a couple of museums, thanks to Bank of America’s Museum Sponsorship. In December, we made a trip to Monterey Bay and the surrounding areas for our anniversary + Christmas weekend. My wife had looked forward to the US-1 drive and it was as beautiful as expected. We visited the Pfeiffer Beach, McWay falls, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea and did the 17-mile drive. Needless to say, 2011 was an expensive year.
As for my job, I love it and have some awesome and really smart co-workers and we have a lot of fun (which may or may not involve drinking). We get to use a lot of technologies which was quite overwhelming initially, but an engineer’s dream. Anyways, I better stop now… gotta get some rest before our work trip to Tahoe next weekend…