Reflections on 2015

Well it’s that time of year again where I take a look back at things that have taken place in my life, the world in general you know the score…

In terms of blogging it’s been a bit on the quiet side. While there were some events in the “undercurrents” nothing much reached the surface. In all honesty I couldn’t find anything worth writing about at times.

The bulk of 2015 personally has seen me working on my long-running kitchen refurbishment I started back around this time last year and is finally reaching its conclusion. It’s been something of a labour of love over this time. Most people have their kitchens fitted within the space of a fortnight not 12 months! The reason for this was that I didn’t have all the money up front and had to do things on a piecemeal/as & when money allows which all contributes to dragging out a project.

What was interesting was that I had been using the then free version of Eyelean Pro’s Agile Software to track the jobs as they happened and break things up into smaller more manageable chunks that could be dealt with depending on how important the task was. Going agile in a team of one didn’t make things any quicker but at least I knew where I was in relation to the project as a whole. I suppose the biggest advantage of doing things yourself is that you save on the fitting costs and learn some new skills while you’re at it.

As a result of this we agreed that we would not have a holiday at all this year which meant that I’ve been suffering with “cabin fever” for most of this year. Hopefully as we are nearing conclusion I can look towards booking some time off for a “real” family holiday where I don’t have to do DIY!

I’ve also been busy returning to study. Thanks to my employer both myself and several other members of my team are working towards gaining our Microsoft MCSA certifications. It’s been a long haul but I’ve got both 70-410 & 70-411 under my belt. All that is left is the final 70-412 exam and hopefully I can start to look at developing a specialism as well as branching out my skills into other areas.

This year I also achieved a personal milestone. I have had a weight problem for some time. Early this month I went in for my annual check-up and surprised the Health Care Assistant when I stepped onto the scales and weighed in at 110Kg (17St 4.5lbs) which is pretty impressive when you know that one year earlier I was 125kg (19St 9lbs)! In the last 2 weeks of working on my kitchen leading up to Christmas I managed to drop another 2 kilos!

There were two events that really impressed me. First off was seeing British astronaut Tim Peake go into space to begin his 6 month tour on the International Space Station.

The second event was the SpaceX launch and landing of their Falcon 9 rocket. What impressed me was the fact that they could actually land a rocket just like in 1950’s sci-fi movies. A really impressive feat of engineering considering the fact that most of the other space agencies said “it couldn’t be done”. I wonder what they’re thinking right now…

We also got to witness the post George Lucas Star Wars saga unfold under a new director even if the films plot lines didn’t really break any new ground. Disney will be keen to recoup on their investment so who knows what the future holds in store for Star Wars fans.

It also goes without saying that with each passing year we lose some more iconic peoplewho were our heroes. This year we’ve lost Patrick Macnee, George Cole, Omar Sharif, Leonard Nimoy and of course Lemmy of Motorhead. Another reminder of the frailty of the human condition. I was playing “Ace of Spades” and “Iron Fist” in the car today on the way into work in celebration of Lemmy’s life.

So enough looking back already! What does 2016 hold?

For me my goals for 2016 are:

  • Lose even more weight and cotinue the fitness regime.
  • Gain my MCSA certification in Windows Server 2012R2.
  • Return to Cornwall for a much needed holiday.
  • Restart “movie night” on the big screen with a new projector.
  • And many more things that I can’t think of right now.

So that’s a wrap for 2015! Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!