2019 In Review, Look ahead to 2020

Every year I post a review/resolutions blog post, usually within the first week of the new year. I look at what I had said I would do the year before, and I set out some goals for the coming year.

  • Take care of my health
  • Take care of our financial health
  • Succession plan for NorthIQ
  • Be more present

Take Care of My Health

Fail. While I took care of the problem that was killing me and ended up out of commission for most of April, I ended the year in worse shape than I started it. I have to make a doctor’s appointment soon to get all my levels checked, and I’ve made significant changes to my diet.

Take care of our financial health

So much pass! Debt gone, and now we can start building up our “rainy day fund”, plus our damn roof probably needs to be replaced in the next couple of years.

Succession Plan for NorthIQ

This doesn’t belong here, but I’m working on this right now, it was a fail for 2019, but it will happen this year.

Be more present

I think I was better at this? I don’t know. I try to hang out with the family, I am home every night at 4pm, so that is pretty cool…but I could do better.

Things for 2020

  • Take care of my health
  • Take a good vacation
  • Make more art

Take care of my health

I need to get in a shape that is not round and lose some lbs. Both of these are currently underway.

I’d like to be able to run a 5k in the spring. That’s my current goal. After that happens, maybe I’ll run more, maybe I won’t…we’ll see.

Take a good vacation

We haven’t been on a decent vacation since Disney World. The kids are getting older and soon won’t want to vacation with us. Let’s go somewhere cool this year (pending the world not ending because the Cheeto doesn’t like the cut of someone’s jib somewhere in the world).

Make more art

I plan on drawing once a week, with a goal of having 52 finished drawings in 2020. I’m not going to limit myself to only drawing on paper or digitally, anything will do so long as I am drawing. Heck, a good sticky note drawing is better than nothing!

Bonus – Write more

I’d like to write some more blog posts. I used to update this site monthly, if I could even get to quarterly that would be better. Maybe show off some pictures of the family, and post the occasional drawing over here.

At some point writing became work. I enjoy it, but I write over 2000 words a month at Manage Comics, and I write an additional 500-1000 words a month for NorthIQ. I need to get some joy back into writing.


My brother-in-law Chris

My little sister’s husband passed away on Thursday January 31st. I got a call at 7 in the morning from my mom, but my phone was in the basement and I missed it. Char missed a second call, and as I got to my phone my mom’s voice was on the other end saying “Chris is gone”.

Chris was a big guy. Not just big in stature (although he was that), but big in every way you can think.

He had huge hands. Hands that were refined by decades of manual labour, he was a mechanic, and could twist a bolt with ease that would make me give up.

He had a huge presence. He filled a room with his booming voice, and his big personality, but he could also fade into the background and just observe those around him.

He had a huge heart.

It’s no small irony that it was his huge heart which finally gave out.

Unexpectedly at home on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 Chris Fullard passed away.  Beloved husband of Annette Fullard for 16 years. Loving son of the late Liselotte and Anson Fullard.  Loved brother of Maureen Fullard, David and his wife Judy Fullard and Peter and his wife Michelle Fullard.  Dear son in law of Margaret and David Garside. 

Dear brother in law of Brian Garside and his wife Charlene. Loved nephew and Godson of Trudi and John Krebs and family.  Uncle Chris will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and his family at Ken’s Auto Care. 

Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street, London on Monday evening from 5-8 o’clock.  Funeral Mass will be held at Mary Immaculate Church, 1980 Trafalgar Street, London on Tuesday morning at  11 o’clock.  Interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery.  Donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation – Cardiac Care Program ( would be appreciated.


Development Setup – For Mac OSX High Sierra – 1 of 2

I wrote a guide about this about five years ago – Ruby Newbies – My Ruby on Rails Recipe – but in the meantime, life has changed.  We’re now on OSX High Sierra (about to introduce Mojave, so this will be obsolete in a couple of months), and because of that, everything is different.

Here’s what we are going to cover in this really simple guide.

  • OSX Command Line Tools
  • Installing HomeBrew
  • Installing Zshell
  • Fixing your terminal so you look like you know what you’re doing