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2018, one second everyday

one last post about last year:

looking at the whole year like this brings on a wave of gratitude and happiness for these treasured memories. so many smiles and friends — old and new. almost six years later, i’m still happy to have taken on this task to record one second of video every day.

2018 was a good year. onwards to new adventures!

one second everyday — december 2018

for the first half of december there was lots of english practice with dani over facetime ahead of her exam, christmas card writing and packing before heading north.

after that, it was they typical whirlwind of christmas, with lots of family and friend’s visits, two races for paulo, a tile painting workshop in porto, and a lot of packing for our flights today. oh, and socks! i finished knitting my first socks ever, and i’m mighty proud of the wonky result. hurray!

100 gym visits in a year!

that was item number #30 on my list, and this was the year it got done!

i’ve been tracking this goal on beeminder since march and making steady progress on it. after long breaks in july/august and then again in october, things got tight towards the end of the year… so i stepped up the game to include some more swimming and ended up hitting the goal yesterday with one last swim — just in time!

the back is still dodgy, but at least it’s moving a little. onwards! :)

one second everyday — november 2018

november was good, the way months spent at home usually are: quietly productive, with long-term plans moving forward. the days were mostly the same mix of work-gym-eat-work, and as a result, i ended up forgetting to film quite a few seconds, but that’s ok.

the highlight of the month was having dani stay over for a few days, studying for her upcoming ielts exam and preparing for her first job interview. we also launched the new profile pages on postcrossing, i joined a knitting club and got started on my first ever pair of socks, and had friends over for “friendsgiving”. :)

echeveria setosa

the setosa came to us unexpectedly (like most of our plants) when some neighbors about to move were looking for homes for their plants. we kept a few of their vases, and in one of them came this furry fellow.

we stuck it in our front garden between some rocks, and it’s been doing great ever since. as they go about reproducing and slowly dominating the patch of garden we gave them, the older leaves seem to dry out and drop, while the plants keep growing upwards.

i noticed it doesn’t need to shed leaves to propagate though: new “babies” just appear from the stem or the flower itself.

cute!