A Look Back - March 2018

March may go down as one of the shortest recaps of all of 2018. A week into the month I came down with a nasty cold and it took me out of commission for a little over a week. With a good rain storm and not travel plans, March was a pretty slow month. 


The month kicked off with our annual Oscars party for two. We popped open a bottle of bubbly and enjoyed a great Oscar's hosted this year by Jimmy Kimmel. We even had Crack Shack (which just opened in Costa Mesa) delivered via Uber Eats. It was a feast and we had a great time enjoying this year's show. I took home the crown getting 14 to Jenn's 10 correct guesses at who would take home the small gold statue. 

It was the next week that I came down with a cold and it took a good week for me to finally get over it. I spent a lot of that time either laying in bed watching old movies (as you will see below) or working from home. Jenn was amazing and took great care of me. When I was finally feeling up to getting back outside we had an amazing walk down to the back bay. Sometimes I forget how close we are to the ocean and it was mornings like this that make living in Newport such a dream come true. 

March for the most part though was a quiet month. We were both so busy with work that we didn't get out as much as we would have liked. The second to last weekend of the month I thought it would be a good idea to try and make a fully Jewish dinner. I made matzah ball soup, brisket, and latkes. It all turned out fine but it was not my best effort. The brisket came out far fattier then I wanted and the soup lacked flavor. I feel very prepared next time I try to make these dishes.

On the last day of March, we drove down to Riverside to celebrate Passover. It's one of my favorite celebrations of the year. It's become a combination of a traditional Passover seder and wine night. It was another great night and a nice end to the month. 


Can I just say that I love David Letterman's new show on Netflix. So far he's interviewed President Obama, George Clooney, and Malala and they've all been exquisite. We also finished up Altered Carbon, The End of the F***ing World, and Sneaky Pete. A good month of TV for sure. 


Although there was a week in March that I was out of commission I was able to finish up four books in March. By far my favorite book of the month was How to Stop Time followed by Beartown, Leaders Eat Last and Meet Me in Atlantis. 


I watched a bunch of movies while I was sick (500 Days of Summer, Big Sick, Hacksaw Ridge, That Thing You Do and Creed). Jenn and I watched Murder on the Orient Express (which was OK) and Ricky Gervais's Humanity which wasn't his best stand up routine. 


I've finally completed Assassin's Creed Origins. It took me over 60 hours to complete Assassin's Creed Origins and I loved every second of it. It took me longer then it used to 5-10 years ago but I'm so happy I finally beat it. I am thinking about going back in and playing the DLC for the game now. 


I'm modifying this section. Instead of talking about the various stats I'm collecting I thought it would be more useful for me to track how I'm doing to the goals I set out for the year. So here we go:

Goal #1: Read 32 Books: I've read 10 books and am currently 3 books ahead of schedule. 

Goal #2: 250 Days of Perfect Performance on Habitify: 80 days of perfect performance. Ahead of schedule to make the goal. 

Goal #3: Run 300 Times: I've run 82 days (of 89) so far in 2018

Goal #4: Keep Weight Under 140: I've yet to go over 140lbs 

Goal #5: Write 12 Chef Joel & Jenn: I've written 2 so far. Off track. I have two to write up for March. 

Goal #6: Complete Travel Photo Books: I've completed one but have a lot more to do. Starting to fall behind on this one.