We celebrated Optimism’s 2nd anniversary today. After avoiding being sick for weeks while almost every employee and family member got sick at some point, I finally succumbed. I felt super weak and tired this morning. Little did I know that I’d feel much worse in the coming days.
Gay went to the brewery early to help get ready. I managed to get myself to the brewery and have some beers with Gay and Jon, Megan, Matt and Kevin, made a listless speech before tapping the cask of our anniversary beer and tried hard to socialize with other friends throughout the day.
It was very busy all day, with a line down the street before we opened to non-stop beer-pouring. It was our biggest day in beer sales ever: over 2,800 beers poured!
I hope I feel better and can enjoy our 3rd anniversary. Fortunately, we have a great staff that were well-prepared and had everything under control all day.
The kids tried to wake us up at 5:30am but couldn’t. They tried a couple more times and by 6:30am they succeeded. We went downstairs to see what Santa brought.
Later in the day, the Steelers clinched a first round bye in the playoffs with a dominant game against the Texans.
While I was driving home from a couple hours of work at the brewery, snow flurries started. By evening it was sticking and we had the first White Christmas Eve in many years.
Steve (Biff), Renuka, Owen and Claire came over for dinner.
Eva had all her friends over for her birthday today. They painted ceramics, ran around, had cake and ice cream. Happy Birthday, Eva!
Hudson started a new writing unit this week, Persuasive Writing, and so begins his lifelong mission to rid the world of little sisters.
Hudson’s friend Bowie got tickets to Star Wars on opening night for himself and friends. A few days before the movie, someone dropped out so I could go with!
The showing was for 9:30pm (which was way past Hudson’s bedtime) so he got to stay up very late. Hudson and I Uber’d to Blue C Sushi downtown for dinner with Bowie and his family before the movie at Regal Meridian across the street.
Gay and I had dinner at Mamnoon and then walked to The Paramount to see The National’s show on their Sleep Well Beast tour. This is the third time we’ve seen The National, I think Belle & Sebastian and maybe Modest Mouse are the only bands I’ve seen live that many times.
Hudson came home from school without a tooth. He thinks he lost it at lunch while eating and that he swallowed it. He has braces so he didn’t even know it was loose!
One year ago today I got my Peloton bike. 231 rides in the year, or 4 days/week on average. My personal record for 45-minute rides is 1,009 kilojoules, but I mostly get around 920. It’ll be interesting to see if I can do better this next year.
I thought I’d ride mostly scenic rides, which I do like, but I prefer the spin classes despite being told what to do all the time. 😏
It’s been a lot of fun, plus I rode with George Hincapie and Christian Vandevelde as instructors several times.