I haven’t had a ton of time to blog yet this year. That might be the one thing that I haven’t done on my 2016 resolutions list that I’d consider an accomplishment. I’ve played a lot of drums and I’ve also bought some recording equipment. I decided to cut back on my ambitions of recording 10 songs to recording 4 songs. That has made the project much more manageable. I’m hoping to get those songs mixed and mastered at the end of July and to release them in August sometime. Fingers crossed that actually happens.

We’ve had some high goals of making a few larger home updates. Every time we get close to making them happen something comes up. We want to make our front yard a xeriscape area. This is one way we can contribute to saving a bit of water. After getting our quote on how much it would cost to do the front yard, we decided to wait a bit longer and save some $$$.

Making life simple is always on my list. The older I get, the more complex and complicated life becomes. I travel one hour to and from work so automatically my days are 10 hours instead of 8 hours long. At the moment, I’m looking into Amazon Fresh, which allows one to order groceries online and get them delivered to the house. I want to do this in order to make up time that I’m losing on the road everyday.

Recently, I’ve been learning Gulp. I want to move on to React to replace my Handlebar usage for templating. The React framework methods kill me on the inside. Using JS for CSS feels odd. I’ve considered Angular as well. They just came out with version 2 and I want to see if React or Angular wins before investing too much time learning.

I’ve been to a few concerts this year. Goo Goo Dolls, Motion City Soundtrack, and Bastille. Hopefully I get to see a few more concerts before the end of the year. Blink 182 is on tour and I’d love to catch them live again.

Lastly, I’ve finally started eating healthier. This has by far been the hardest goal this year. What can I say, I’m a fat kid at heart but will continue to strive to lose a few lbs and live a healthier lifestyle. Just this week we signed up for Lifetime gym memberships. By the end of the year I want to be down 10 more lbs. If I make it, I will consider this year a success.

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