2014 is coming to a close and this year sure has turned out very different compared to the way it began. Who would have thought that this post at the beginning of 2014:
But what about my goals for 2014? Well that is pretty simple, but I am going to break it down to 3 parts this year Personal, Fitness & Travel. My Travel goals for 2014 are: * Return to Japan * Visit Maho Beach * Singapore Suites * Lufthansa First Class My Fitness Goals for 2014 is just one: * Half Marathon My Personal goals for 2014 are where what would normally been mixed into one of the other two categories I want to do this to challenge myself some more I guess. These goals are also something that I think if I put them out there it makes me more accountable. So my personal goals for 2014 are: * Jump out of a plane * Go on at least 1 date * Get my weight back to pre USA levels and keep it there!
Well what I wanted to happen and what did happen are totally different things. Looking at these goals I can tell you right now I completed just two of them. I ran my first ever Half Marathon back in May in Vancouver. It was something I worked so hard to achieve and now looking back I am proud of that effort. The other would have to be that date, because obviously that happened. In fact I went on many dates with Heidi and look at how that turned out 😀 To be honest a lot of people criticized me over putting "one date" however I did point out the at least part. My original goal was really just to get out there, to stop being such a recluse. Well it worked and I can't thank a few people more for giving me the push. As for all the other goals. Well none of the travel ones happened. Originally the returning to japan and singapore suites would have happened, but sadly we had to cancel that. I am hoping to tick off Singapore Suites next year but that's another story. As for LH first class, nope never happened and same with Maho. As for the other goals, well about that jumping out of a plane business..... yeah not gonna happen. The weight, well I did knock off at least 20lb but I didn't really put any effort into it for at least 6-8 months, so that is to be expected. My travel this year would have to be my lowest of the last several years. I didn't fly that much at all but what I did fly was worth it. A few trips with Heidi, one for AirlineReporter and a couple of spotting trips made it fun. Some of my favourite momentos of 2015 I might look at later in the week or after New Years Eve. I still love writing for the blog, but spending time with Heidi more and more means that I have less time to write as much drivell as I used to. But don't worry. I can tell you that in 2015, this site will still live on.

Today is Christmas Day (well here in the USA anyway) and to everyone out there in the World, I wish you a very Merry Christmas (whether you celebrate or not, and if you don't well tough luck you will like it anyway). This Christmas is going to be a special one for me as I get to spend the day with my new Wife and her family. Heidi's family has accepted me into the fold and I am greatly appreciative to have a new family over here. Christmas the past two years has been rough. It is the one time of the year when I really do miss my family and sometimes a phone call just isn't enough. I really do wish that I could spend the time with my parents over here but that isn't going to happen (there are complications with my family and travelling). But Christmas isn't just about family, it is also about friends, any kind of loved ones will do (does Booty calls count?). Christmas is a time about spreading cheer and good times, spending that time celebrating the year that has passed, and the year that it set to come ahead. Full of good times, and special foods. This Christmas is going to be a great time and I can't wait to get stuck into some good food, this day only comes once a year. O did I mention there are presents? I <3 presents! But First I have to get them away from Bigfoot B5qqa51CMAAU8yQ From Me, Heidi & of course Bigfoot. We wish you all Happy-Merry-Christmas

I was going to title this the second half of the Honeymoon Avgeek photos, but it is Christmas Eve so it is appropriate to celebrate.
From Honeymoon Spotting
A New Livery Southwest 737-700
From Honeymoon Spotting
A Fiji Airways A330 heading to the parking spaces after a long flight from the South Pacific
From Honeymoon Spotting
A MasAir Cargo 767 (never seen this before)
From Honeymoon Spotting
A JAL 777-300ER
From Honeymoon Spotting
A Mesa Airways CRJ, flying for US Airways Express, painted in the American Eagle Livery (confused yet?)
From Honeymoon Spotting
A United 737-800 with Scimitar Winglets Merry Christmas to you all!!! May you Christmas Day be full of Avgeekiness

It is that time of the year, and that means that it is time to start prepping the Christmas Treats. This time there is more fun to it since I have Heidi's family to add into the mix. But of course it means plenty of good stuff. Like Rocky Road:
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
White Christmas
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
and Rum Balls
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
From Life in Seattle 2014
The best part is making things like cookies, shortbread or fudge, just for the hell of it. This years treats took a solid 2 half days worth of work and it should make so many people happy. Double batches of Short Bread and Rum Balls means that everyone can enjoy a little bit. I have loved that this year I can share out my favourite Christmas treats to so many more people, yet I have so much fun just making it and being able to share a little piece of myself to so many other people.

Since it is a Sunday night, time to share some avgeek porn. Lots of planes from the trip with some spotting in Vegas, Tucson and also LA. I managed to get some avgeek time at the PIMA Air & Space Museum (and you can read about it here) but the first half of the trip the most spotting I got to do (apart from some while we waited for our helicopter flights) was in Las Vegas. My shots during our helicopter flight were pretty crap (Bernie can you teach me your tricks?) so all I have from Vegas is from when I first arrived where I had about 45 minutes or so getting some arrivals as the sun set.
From Honeymoon Spotting
From Honeymoon Spotting
From Honeymoon Spotting
From Honeymoon Spotting
Other than that, the best I got was in Tucson while parking the car at our hotel (which was right by the airport mind you) we managed to score a flight of Arizona Air National Guard F-16s doing circuits. But this is about the best of that set
From Honeymoon Spotting
More later in the week!!

So, it has been about 2 weeks now since Heidi & I got back from Honeymoon and with all the craziness of Thanksgiving, then Heidi's birthday, I finally get a chance to plonk myself in front of the computer to work on some photos.  So up first today are some of my shots from the Grand Canyon... just a couple
From Honeymoon
From Honeymoon
From Honeymoon
From Honeymoon

Dearest Heidi Today you turn a young 27 and it is not only the first birthday we celebrate as a married couple, but also the first birthday we celebrate together. Although I had an amazing birthday back in August when you suprised me with this: IMG_20140805_200431 That card has even made several suprising trips to work:
From Life in Seattle 2014
But rest assured my love that your birthday today will be a special one. Let everyone please wish Heidi a very special happy birthday. I know that today has not been a great one for you (her car broke down, she had to work, had to go to Uni as well and has to do an assignment tonight) but I will do my best to make sure you have at least some specialness. I

It was 5 years ago today that I showed up early in the morning to a small non descript building in Brisbane. Down by the river, in a suburb full of rich residents & lots of up & coming restaurants. But that building and the people who worked there were the ones who changed my life. 5 years ago today I looked like this image O how much has changed since then. Look at me now: image Although I can't say that I am 100% happy with the way I am today, I can say that I am happy the way I am overall. My life has changed a lot since that morning. I remember doing a 2km time trial to see my fitness level. A 2km walk took almost 30 minutes.  Now I can run 5km in less than that. A 2km run on average takes me 10-11 minutes! I have many people to thank and they all know who they are and I have said it many times before. But this time of year truly makes me thankful for everything people have done for me in my life.