Friday, 5 April 2024

Already April, and I haven’t posted much recently. Since my return to routine about a month ago everything was pretty much… routine.

  • The baby is growing, the kids too.
  • The freelance work keeps going strong, I’m now ten month into the game.
  • The banks are prudent and don’t want us to buy that apartment next door.
  • The entire family has traveled to Germany for some Easter chocolate mania.
  • The 16-week-long marathon preparation is basically done, Sunday’s race day.
  • The N26 banking app pushed me to buy some crypto currency, it’s never too late ;).
  • The summer vacation planning has started, including the Tour, the Olympics, and more.
  • The Silberpfeil feels alone, I haven’t ridden a single meter on it since October.
  • The good news: les 7 majeurs are already planned for June with friends.
  • And last but not least: it’s the final year of my Tour de France, Annecy to Paris!

Tuesday, 19 March 2024

One could think I didn’t survive my return flight from the US, but I did. Back to routine work, and routine run since, despite a week with an unpleasant cold. This is the last day of winter, and the weather is improving accordingly. High hopes for yet another beautiful year, with many plans being made right now: cycling the 7 Majeurs with friends in June, somehow being able to have Max join Adam & family and myself for some days with the Tour, and much more that has already its place in my calendar. Spending Easter with family in Germany, by May I planned to have the dormitory in Maupertuis ready-ish, and hopefully having managed to get a loan for a new apartment. It’s happening right now, 2024 starts for real tomorrow.

Wednesday, 28 February 2024 Playa Del

In LA, and inside a massive villa with the entire TopScore crew for retreat number 19 (my sixths). My last one dates back over five years, back than I named our Deep Creek Lake mansion “biggest house ever”, a title that’s now easily been claimed by our current place. Even three days into the retreat I continue to get lost inside the 7300 square foot house with 6.5 baths! I’m having a good time collaborating and working with my TopScore teammates/friends that I haven’t met in person for many years but who still are the coolest colleagues ever! With all year in full-remote mode we’re making best use of our day, collaborative all-hands sessions in the morning, tech sessions in the afternoon and cooking and chatting in the evening. I even managed to keep my marathon preparation up and running, with an early-morning two hours run along the beach front of this massive city. The tourism part has been checked instantly by taking a look at the Hollywood sign, which is visible from our balcony despite being about 20k away. It’s also my first return to the US since leaving Pittsburgh early July 2019! Two more days to go before returning home, and going straight back to my ever more modern cottage with its recently installed remote-controllable gas boiler to be with friends & family.

Saturday, 24 February 2024

Just got back home from a week of vacationing with the kids (Zoo Beauval, Blois, Chambord, Maupertuis), and will be leaving tomorrow morning for LA for yet another TopScore retreat.

Sunday, 28 January 2024

It’s early 2024 and I’m surfing through a beautiful life. Everything’s finally just right (took me 45 years to get there…), I am perfectly happy with how things go with the my old family life. Too bad that the world around is falling apart, but there’s not too much I can do about at the moment. I count on things turning out to best less awful then they look right now, we’ll see what this decade still holds for us. Feels like everything is possible from a third world war to humanity that manages to be reasonable and fair. A week-end of sitting back and relaxing (while continuing with my marathon preparation though) in an almost too fancy hotel inside beautiful Champagne vineyards. Effi is growing (fat) and starting to be less disturbing at night, Max grew already into being a big boy who’s smiling ever more (it suits him). And life with Mathilde continues to be a treat, I feel so lucky to have met her. More to come!