December 23rd to 29th... (because as randomly as I post it's easy to lose track of what week is what.)
Life is good. Life is good! I spent most of the week with my parents and sister in Wisconsin. Perhaps the last Christmas in Wisconsin as my dad is planning to retire from full time work and move to the west and south. On Monday my sister and I went with my mom to the cancer treatment center in Milwaukee so she could have chemo. The chemo has been two different types, and she is now about 2/3rds of the way through the second type of chemo. The first type was really harsh. My mom looked sick and tired all the time. This round of chemo she just looks a little tired, but not really sick any more. It's pretty exciting how much better she seems to be doing!
For years my immediate family has played games, like Monopoly at holidays. It's "fun". So after a little negative emotion at Thanksgiving I went out and bought Catan. We played several games while we were all home and it went really well! At least three of us won games. Depending on the board layout games took 45 minutes up to 2.5 hours, with each one being different. Plus, what I really like about the game is that everyone is in the game until it is won. Monopoly on the other hand is a process of elimination, where people lose one by one, which is kind of depressing. In other words, in Monopoly you win when everyone else has zero money. In Catan you win when you have ten points, even if the other people all have nine points or two points (you start with two points and they can't be taken away).
I ran 21.5 miles, and would have gone farther, but I came down with a little bit of a sore throat and I like to take it easy. So after flying back to Colorado on Thursday I spent basically all day Friday in my apartment watching Grey's Anatomy. Friday I ventured into the mountains, and didn't even make it to the trailhead of San Luis Peak.
I didn't really work this week. I did check into our company chat system a few times to see if anything happened, and except for a test on Christmas Eve Day which hit 96% power, nobody really worked the rest of the week. Our company doesn't have a formal shutdown or anything, and we only have five holidays I think, so everyone was just mutually using vacation.
When I made it back to colorado I did check in finally with the local airport flight school to start arranging flight lessons. I've talked to the instructor, his wife, and the front desk people, now, but nothing is scheduled yet.