As the year winds up, there’s a number of traditions that many of us love. For some, it’s the college football playoffs. Others, it’s watching the ever awful Ryan Seacrest drop the ball. According to approximately 0 of my friends, the annual Steve Ressler year in review makes the list.
So how was my year?
Funny you should ask.
Welcome to the 12th annual Steve Ressler update. Yes, you are still stuck with this note versus a pretty Tinycards family photo. But you’ve seen enough photos of me and my family on Facebook this year, I think.
As you get older, the quality of year is almost perfectly correlated to the quality of my wife’s and children’s year. So let’s start there. Eli’s big news this year was she got a new job as Director of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at George Washington University. Yes, this is shocking but for the first time since 2003 my wife and I have jobs located in the same city where we both can work. Pretty awesome. It’s been a blast watching my wife step into DC schmooze mode where she’s meeting Supreme Court justices (Sotomayor), famous authors (Junot Diaz), and I get to be her +1 at fancy Congressional balls.
As far as the children, in the Fall Nico turned 4 and Adrian turned 1. Adrian took his time coming out of the womb and also took his time walking but he’s in full running mode now. He is the one torturing his brother as he weighs almost as much as Nico and constantly needles him. Nico will be in kindergarten next year so we are still enjoying a pretty fun low-key school year thanks to daycare. He’s into everything from Paw Patrol to Blaze to Dora to dinosaurs – his mind changes so much that “Santa” had to go to Toys R Us 15 minutes before it closed on Christmas Eve to meet the changing mind of Nico. With Adrian starting to say a few words, we are now up to 2 Ressler children who speak better Spanish than their father – they like to call each other “tete” which I had to google translate to figure out what it means.
The extended family is doing well. Eli’s mother came over for a month to DC to help with the kids and survived the attack of the cats while sleeping in our family room couch. We went to Spain for a few days in the summer where we got to visit Eli’s brother wine shop and attend her nephew’s 6th grade graduation (where I learned how to play pick-up soccer till 11pm). On my side, my mother, sister, her kids, and us continued a new tradition of meeting up during spring break halfway between Cincy and DC. This year, that meant a fancy vacation in Morgantown, WV which actually was pretty fun. Unfortunately, my step-sister is moving to Richmond next year but we are getting some good hangouts with their two kids (the same ages as ours) in while we can and also enjoyed a good vacation with my father in North Carolina.
So how am I doing? Still reading? The answer is mostly above but a couple additional personal updates. At work, GovLoop continues to grow and there’s always a fun new wrinkle – in early January some of our work will be in an episode of NCIS: New Orleans (not a joke, although I wished it was the NCIS with LL Cool J). Last July, I got to introduce Jill Biden at our annual conference (although most of my hilarious jokes got vetoed). I continue to spend more of my time at our parent company level (CMO for GovDelivery) where it’s been a big year as in Q4 we were acquired by the largest private equity firm for software in the world (Vista) and are merging with Granicus, the 2nd largest gov’t cloud software company (after GovD). So 2017 should be an exciting time of change – so far it’s added work trips to Park City, Austin, & Las Vegas so I can’t complain too much.
What else? Eli & I continue to love living in the heart of DC and walking to work. Our weekends are pretty low-key but we love walking to our Trader Joe’s and meetups at museums/parks with Nico’s best friend Mo. We started to have more friends over for dinner after the kids go to bed & while I’m skipping happy hours, I have a new routine of 830pm drinks with out of town work colleagues near my house (that is, after kids go to bed and Eli is happily checking facebook). This year we’ll likely move up by the Zoo for Nico to go to Spanish bilingual school. My high school best friends (Matt & Phil) and I continued our annual March Madness boys trip. We skipped the tourney this year (although already booked for KC in ‘17) and went to Masters for a practice round instead where we enjoyed a day of no cell phones (outlawed on the course), the cheapest food, the most amazing Disney-esque bathroom lines, & oh yes...walking Augusta the best course in the world.
So what’s in the zeitgeist of Steve’s consumer habits? Amazon Alexa serves as a good timer for morning planks and Nico asking for “farts.” Finally switching off Levis to Bonobos jeans although still lacking a great custom shirts (been hit or miss with Blank Label and Proper Cloth ). Iphone 7plus is everything I dreamed. Spotify shows my music tastes barely change and my top songs are Lumineers, Drake, & Chance (new collabo?). My podcast game has taken up another level and loving Startup, Crimetown, Keepin’ it 1600, SaaStr, & ReCode. I always made fun of folks who used a personal trainer when I worked out a lot – last year’s Christmas gift was a 1x week trainer and was best gift of year and still going once a week.
Life moves fast and there’s never enough time to see friends. If in DC, send me a note and let’s catch up. Coming from out of town, let me know. Same info – email@example.com, 202 445 0084