Archive for August, 2016

Summer

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Interesting summer.

  • Kids
  • Work
  • Parents

Ultimately, that’s it. 100% of my summer. Translated, though, it’s more like this:

  • Happiness
  • Stress
  • Insanity

K’s getting so much more verbal, and able to express complex thoughts. Sometimes those thoughts seem crazy, but it’s mostly because I don’t think he has quite enough vocabulary to describe the amazing things he’s thinking about.

J’s had his first summer, and it was full of camp. He did Avid 4 Adventure, which was a rotating list of activities – biking, hiking, kayak, and stand-up paddle, which is pretty amazing, interspersed with bunch of craft and art.

For the bulk of summer, he went to Sarah’s Science, which has been pretty amazing – outside all day at Robert’s Recreational area doing crafts, projects, experiments and the like. Pretty amazing stuff. I think there’s also something to be said for a couple days just lounging around the house doing nothing, and maybe next year we’ll be able to swing some of that. But for now, a lot of our summer was also…

Work’s been … interesting. The team’s great, as always. Some stress as we learn to communicate with each other (yeah, even a year later, it’s always a learning experience), but we’ve made tremendous progress. We just released what amounts to a full-blown 2.0 update for Give Me Fuel – a top-down revamp of the in-game UI that totally changes the experience. And hopefully makes it more accessible to new users.

The funny thing is, if you ask me, “How’s it going?” the answer is, “I don’t know.” Because ultimately, this is a really big swing at the plate, but until we start to see how it impacts our game’s performance, you really can’t tell how we’re doing, and right now, whether we’re moving towards sustainability & survival is completely unknown. We’ll know in a few days, but for now, it’s still up in the air. So it’s been a whole summer of uncertainty and stress…

And that’s been compounded by the situation with my parents, which has been really difficult. It’s a situation of fairly serious uncertainty – there are so many¬†potential avenues to pursue, all of which are extremely expensive, but very different. So it’s a weird situation where almost no matter what we do it’ll be incredibly expensive, and some are easily alterable, and some aren’t. And there’s so much stuff that needs to happen to get anything to happen that it’s just … overwhelming at times.

I’ve been incredibly grateful to friends who have reached out to help. So many people have lent a hand, and it’s been a really amazing help in a really bad time. I love you guys.

So yeah. That’s maybe where things are at at the moment. Maybe everything will be totally different in a few weeks. We’ll see.