August 23, 2020
Good Sunday afternoon VFOT fans and followers. It is a beautiful, summer afternoon. I feel guilty about being inside on such a lovely day, but I actually had some work-work that I had to take care of today. It was just a natural switch into writing once I finished the work. It’s still early in the day, so I’ve got time to get outside.
This is a transition day. C and I have been on our actual summer vacation this week, so this is my last day off before returning to work. It’s been a productive day.
Prior to heading off on vacation, I did keep up with my pro-reading. I’ve still been working through Daring Greatly-How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. (Brown, Brenè. Daring Greatly-How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. 2012. New York: Penguin Random House.) I did not pack that title to take to the beach. I did do some pro-dev reading on my Kindle, however.
The 2nd title that I worked through on the beach was Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, by Admiral William H. McRaven (McRaven, William, H. Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations. 2019. New York: Hachette Book Group.) I had avoided picking up this title for some time. I didn’t have a good reason for avoiding it, but I had listened to some recorded remarks by the Admiral as part of a class I was teaching last year, and they didn’t resonate with me, so I think that biased my opinion. That was a big mistake. This is an outstanding book and I should have gotten to it earlier.
While I was on the beach, I finished Perfectly Wounded, by Mike Day (Day, Mike and Vera, Robert. Perfectly Wounded: A Memoir About What Happens After a Miracle. 2020. New York: Hachette Book Group.) Wow! This was an amazing read. Senior Chief Day is an inspiration. His story is incredible. Never mind getting shot 27 times while conducting a raid. The work that he did after leaving the Navy and the lessons that he learned doing this work is incredible. If you’re interested in military biographies, this is a must read.
On our way home, I moved onto Service: A Navy SEAL at War, by Marcus Luttrell (Luttrell, Marcus and Hornfischer, James, D. Service: A Navy SEAL at War. 2012. New York: Hachette Book Group.) I honestly had no idea that Chief Luttrell had written a 2nd book. This one gets into a lot more detail about his rescue at the ends of Operation Redwings. It also contains a lot of stories about other service members that he served alongside. This is also an exceptionally good read.
While we were on the beach, I also read MOB VI, by Justin K. Sheffield. (Sheffield, Justin. MOB VI. 2020. Defiance Press:) When I downloaded this one, I thought it was a biography. Once I started it, I realized that it had been “fictionalized.” I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s a good story.
Other Learning Opportunities
I don’t know that this counts as a learning opportunity, but I’ve been going through a sleep study. I guess I’m “learning” a lot about myself.
On the 1st Thursday of this reporting period, I took part in a day-long webinar on Performance Reviews. I’m not sure how much I learned, but it reinforced many points for me.
I’ve managed to keep up with my Jiu-jitsu training under our new COVID protocols. It’s been a strange adjustment.
This couple of weeks has been marked with some fun. Following my sleep study, I got a nice ruck in on Monday afternoon. I needed that because it was a long day.
For Wednesday night’s date night I thought it would be nice to have dinner on the water. I was thinking of maybe a lakeside bar. C took charge of the reservations and booked us for dinner at the Proprietor’s Lodge. We had a beautiful dinner on their lakeside patio. After that, we had dessert at Cravin’s. After that, it was dancing in the living room.
Thursday was a strange day. It was a bad day at work. I was supposed to train that night. However, we got an invitation to have dinner with some friends and their parents. After my day at work, I made the call to go with the dinner invite. I’m glad that I did. We checked out a new place for me, the Prairie Whale in Great Barrington and had an amazing night with friends. I needed that.
On Saturday, I took care of a couple of difficult chores at the house. After that, I tried my hand at beer can chicken on the grill for the 1st time. That turned out really well.
Last weekend, we headed out for our annual vacation. Normally, we head to Narragansett, RI to hit the beach. COVID-19 made that impossible. We’d have had to quarantine again. So, instead, we headed to Hull, MA for a week at Nantasket Beach. We had a great week exploring a new destination. It turned out really well. We’ll visit again.
Well, that’s enough for now. Be well. Stay healthy. Until next time…