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2017 in review

Until the end of November, I was brimming with words about all my experiences this year and could not wait to write this post. As the month of December rolled by with its holiday charms and end of the year reprieve, I found it to difficult to articulate, even internally, all of those words and thoughts. So I began writing this piece a little ahead to compose my thoughts and self.

Break

Life took quite the turn this year after I had decided to take a brief break from my career and stay at home to spend time with my son.

For the first few weeks, it felt like a really bad move. I could feel the walls closing in around me. My mind was attuned to being in a day job regardless of the productivity. The withdrawal period felt quite intense. I could see a few familiar dark places again and was well on my way into stepping into them. Familiarity with the situation helped me look for an out, several of which I have learned to seek for in moments such as this.

After stumbling for a while, I found my rhythm. What helped me most in taking care of activities is to break down each activity into a series of steps, kind of like an algorithm, and then optimize for efficiency each time something hit me. There were a number of situations where I lost my cool and calm, but having an understanding spouse made those times better. It took me from thinking "Oh no!" over and over again to searching for possible bright sides to attaining peace and calm.

It was a slow realization that my situation was incredible. It made me realize that even when I am in a bind, I could eke out a bit of a productive time on a regular basis and slowly build a habit out of it.

This experience taught me that it is important to acknowledge family time as it comes and let everything else become a second priority. It has also helped me realized all the things I was missing in life.

Netflix

Having a lot of time on my hands this year, I turned to Netflix. I caught up with a lot of shows I was meaning to watch for a long time.

I binged the following shows in about two months.

  • The Office (US)
  • Breaking Bad
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Arrested Development
  • Master of None
  • Better Call Saul
  • New Girl
  • House of Cards
  • Black Mirror
  • IT Crowd
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Ozark

A few shows I started watching, but couldn't fully complete.

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Community
  • The Good Place
  • The West Wing
  • The Vice Principals
  • Mad Men
  • The Wire

After being out of the loop about so many jokes and quotes, I could finally retroactively understand tons of Reddit comments after completing The Office and Arrested Development. That was a weird high.

Eagerly awaiting new seasons on Better Call Saul, Black Mirror and Ozark, and a few other shows.

Django

Earlier this year, I started learning Django to build an application for a friend. I followed the official tutorial and few other guides to get started. I am loving every minute of learning Django. Coming from an ASP.NET MVC background, it felt refreshing. In the coming days, I hope I could write a bit about the things I learned.

2018

I have no clue what I would do. Let's wait and see.

Since 2016, I started writing down a list of things I have done in the current year rather than setting up new goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. Keeping up with that tradition, here is a short summary of this year.

  • Became a stay-at-home dad
  • Learned Django and kept working on an application
  • Binged on a bunch of TV Shows

Current distraction list

React, Webpack, Typescript, .NET Core, C++, Python, D3, VueJS, CSS.

Goodbye 2017. Hello 2018!