2020 for the Groke’s started with exploring our new neighborhood of Solana Beach, mom visiting for a girls trip, Disneyland fun with friends, and dropping pins on new local sushi and Mexican food restaurants. We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary at our wedding venue on a COVID-friendly patio. Post-pandemic we are enjoying the slowed-down pace and lack of commute (yay, for being coworkers!), home workouts, daily walks, and weekly Zoom yoga hosted by our favorite: Yogi Alissa.
I traveled to Japan in February with cousin Jason. This was our third trip there. (Thankfully, It finished just days before the first California shutdown for COVID). In Japan, I enjoyed some favorite and new adventures in food and culture. I’m appreciating new projects at work and writing software code for HP Enterprise. All our work has been done and coordinated remotely since March. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming, 3D printing, and robot building. Kitty (Haley) and I are HQ in Sunnyvale, CA.
Traded long travel this year for many local camping trips. Also in the “year of new hobbies,” Kean and I have picked up rock climbing (until that gym closed) and archery at the local walking course in San Diego. Outside of work, I’ve mastered the art of teaching virtual yoga from my apartment and look forward to our Saturday morning family flows each week. Weekends and evenings are spent writing for freelance clients, watching tv/movies, playing games, and listening to the ever-growing vinyl record collection.
Now Serving. Love.
This year has required creativity to keep the senior residents I work with happy and healthy. I’m grateful to have such supportive family and friends during the long days and ever-changing times. I continue to enjoy my favorite hobbies of crocheting and reading. Highlights this year include camping near Big Bear and our annual Havasu boating trip. My boyfriend, Sean, and I picked up tennis in March and continue to enjoy playing weekly. Maybe next year I’ll win my first set! ha ha
Highlights this year included spending a week in June at Havasu with our kids and their significant others. I’ve enjoyed our many Zoom family games, chat times, and look forward to frequent Saturday morning family yoga flow sessions with a superb teacher, Alissa. In other ways, I stretched my learning by taking three online classes this year in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere. Daily morning walks, online exercise classes, and weekend hikes are my favorite stay well activities.
This year I chose to complete my engineering career at Parker Aerospace. It was a great 35-year flight. I’ve enjoyed additional time with family (including Wood Wednesdays with my Dad), increased church online and AV support, and remodeling the home office with Susan’s help. The functional (and fashionable) face masks I stitched helped keep family and friends safe. I launched Design Craft LLC and will begin process consulting in the new year.