January 4, 2019
2018 Review - Kevin McCoy
Looking back at my journal for the year, here are some memories, moments, ideas or other miscellany that stand out.
- 2018 started off with a minor surgery, which turned out fine, no issues with recovery.
- A health scare for my Dad, which in the end turned out to be not as serious as originally diagnosed.
- Coaching my daughter’s soccer team for 2 more seasons. Mostly the same group for 2+ years now. Watching them progress is pretty amazing. Even made the tournament of champions in the fall!
- My son’s soccer team won their club’s tournament this fall and lost in shootouts in the spring. They continue to impress and compete in the Premier (top) division of their age group.
- Stef finished her Masters Degree classes and started student teaching. One semester left until she is finished and earns her teaching certificate. Proud of the hard work she’s put in.
- Our big family vacation this year was to Northern CA, including staying with family in Napa. Great memories. Two days in Yosemite National Park wasn’t enough. San Francisco did not disappoint. Golf in the redwoods was something I won’t soon forget.
- Another family vacation/weekend in Diamond City, Arkansas with Stefanie’s family. Very relaxing, for the most part.
- Kids started 5th and 3rd grade.
- Flirted with buying an accounting practice and going out on my own, but in the end it wasn’t a good fit and I passed.
- Manball 50 with friends. Craft beer, gambling, Cards Against Humanity, foosball, and most importantly - catching up.
- Field Trips with the kids’ classes.
- Built myself a new desk at home. Ikea butcher block counter with legs on one side, rolling cabinet with drawers on the other. Minimal, perfect for the space.
- No Buy July.
- Golf with John & Adam (soccer dads).
- World Cup enthusiasm. With the USA not playing I rooted for Belgium. Watching soccer is fun when you understand what is going on.
- PGA Championship at Bellerive was mostly a bust thanks to crappy weather and parking arrangements, but it was a good experience with my Dad, brothers, son, and nephew.
- Kids’ birthday parties during summer.
- Reading more fiction.
- The sweet pleasure of mid-afternoon Premiere League or Champions League games during the week.
- Hannibal day trip during fall break.
- Top Golf - work outing and Dad’s 70th birthday.
- Started walking the dog at 5:30am every morning, then it got too cold in late November and I gave up.
- Thanksgiving Day breakfast at Cracker Barrel
- November physical - good results after a couple follow up lab tests.
- Third Wheel Brewing outing with friends.
- Main Street Christmas Traditions outing with friends.
- Finishing up some minor (annoying) home improvement projects - trimwork in Master suite, door hardware upstairs, automatic light switch and replace crappy faucet in powder room.
2018 for the most part felt a little stagnant, for me personally. Part of it was temporary and known in advance - as I took on more responsibility at home due to Stefanie being in school 2x/week plus still working full time. I failed to account for this in my early 2018 expectations, so this is mostly my fault.
Part of it is work related, as I find myself doing exactly the same thing(s) I have done since starting in public accounting 20 years ago. I am the kind of person who values self-improvement and finding more interesting problems to solve, so this is my main source of frustration. I don’t want to be writing this in my 2023 or 2028 year-end review.
Another part is health related. As I (rapidly) approach 50 I know I should be exercising regularly, as my doctor confirmed in November. I made strides toward this in late summer with my early-morning dog walks, but the habit fell apart when winter hit. Starting roller hockey again was bittersweet - awesome to be back out there with the guys, but realizing how much I’ve slowed down over the time I’ve been away. This will be a focus area for 2019. Time to dust off the weights in the basement.
As a nerdy accountant, I like to track certain things and see where our money goes.
Here are the top 5 eating establishments we visited in 2018 (number of visits)
- Panera Bread (26)
- Chick-fil-a (20)
- Taco Bell (19)
- Paul’s Donuts (16)
- Tie - Jimmy John’s & Qdoba (14)
Miscellaneous Money Related Numbers
40 - The Starbucks app only goes back to October, but by my guess I went about 40 times during 2018.
128 - Amazon orders in 2018, up from 92 in 2017, including probably 75% of Christmas presents.
$11,555 - We paid off our loan on the Honda early, in anticipation of student teaching taking a bite out of our income. As luck would have it, Stefanie found a student teaching position that allows her to keep her current pay & benefits.
2% - Increase in net worth - mostly due to a late stock market drop at the end of the year. At the end of November it was up over 7%.
I only finished 10 books this year, I got stuck on a certain non-fiction book*, ended up quitting on it, and taking a brief hiatus from non-fiction for the rest of the year. Then got on a David Sedaris kick toward the end of 2018.
Best Decision I Made - started playing roller hockey again, on a team in an organized league. First time in probably 10 years. I am enjoying just playing, not caring about winning or losing.
My son’s favorite moment/memory of 2018 - trip to California, visiting Yosemite and Napa especially.
My daughter’s favorite moment/memory of 2018 - trip to California & riding the Boomerang at the local water park.
Bring on 2019!