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Posted this to del.icio.us.
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Ate fried chicken at Kingfish.
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Ate a tongue sandwich (!) at Salumi.
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Nathan hasn‘t thrown up in over 12 hours.
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New bay window, now with 99.44% less heat transfer.
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400 mL saline
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Sick. Feel like ass.
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That terrible sound you‘ve been hearing is the boy practicing his new screaming technique.
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Slept! For! Nine! Hours! Straight!
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Gorgeous day; walked with the boy to a playground and two parks.
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Tyler: \"By the power ironically vested in me by the state of Washington, I pronounce Guillermo and Carrie husband and wife.\"
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Home network redesign seems to have made the inexplicable connection dropout issue (with the new wireless base station in bridge mode) go away. Yay, but I hate voodoo.
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First PC death, gutted by a horrific dinosaur.
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Red Mill with Meghan, Nathan, and Leah. I like bleu cheese/bacon burgers; Nathan likes fries.
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Pruned the apple tree with neighbor Roger. It‘s sooo much smaller, but still charismatic.
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Anchovies are the secret ingredient in Italian cooking.
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Topless for the first time this year.
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Lunch with Meghan, Nathan, Gordon, Leah, and Ilana. Ate guinea fowl confit.
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Tooth #10 finally came in, after which \"with extraordinary quickness, [Mr. Hyde] ... disappeared\".
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Lunch with Mom, Meghan, Nathan, Greg, and Jocelyn.
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Day trip to Portland. On the way back, the engine died and they had to find a new one.
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PCs returned to Kraken‘s Cove, and found more horribly mutated foes.
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Finished \"Purity of Blood\", the second Captain Alatriste novel. Excellent. I need to read more Spanish-language literature.
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Bought \"James Brown Live at the Apollo\", only 44 years late. Dynamite!
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Zapfino, you‘re on notice!
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Lunch with Meghan, Nathan, and Katie, after which Katie babysat for the afternoon.
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Outside with the boy.
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Last meetup at #304
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Renewed NPR membership.
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All-nighter! Good times!
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Spaghetti with onion/mushroom sauce.
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Renewed web site subscription.
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All-nighter! Good times!
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Walked three miles, with the boy in the stroller pointing at dogs and birds, and then napping.
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Corned beef and cabbage.
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Oh, and he nonchalantly cut an 11th tooth.
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Settled on an acceptable replacement for the Taco Bus.
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Received new refrigerator, replacing the ancient avocado green energy suck.
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Renewed web site membership.
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Ate fish & chips with Meghan, Nathan, and Billie; felt vaguely unhappy later.
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Mowed part of the lawn (the part not covered by apple tree branches).
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Helped Greg and Jocelyn move.
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Acrobatic assassins striding on stilts and flinging fire.
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Bought \"Pocket Symphony\" (Air) and \"Ritual de lo Habitual\" (Jane‘s Addiction), maintaining the careful balance of the music collection.
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Got \"My Name is Roosevelt Franklin\". Dude.
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Saturday in the park, I think it was the ... 7th of April.
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Fremont Market with Meghan, Nathan, Katie, and Billie.
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Rabbit confit and nettle risotto at Avi‘s.
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Dead battery. Yay AAA!
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Found a \"used\" copy of \"Mastering the Art of French Cooking\", with no spills or stains or anything. Score!
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If your toddler throws up in the car seat, consider simply throwing it out and getting a new one. (The car seat, not the toddler.)
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John Hodgman‘s \"Areas of My Expertise\" (except for some of the hobo names). Quite possibly the perfect book.
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Brazilian-style collards, with sausage and lemon rice.
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Threw out the car seat and got a new one. I am not joking.
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Some kind of alternator/mounting bracket/timing belt calamity, which will surely be inexpensive to repair.
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Housewarming at Nathan/Miller/Kevin/Erika‘s new place in the CD.
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Shorter; new style.
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Greg and Jocelyn cooked leg of lamb, asparagus/mint risotto (!), and baby artichokes, with mango for dessert.
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The pan sauce came out better than the meat, though that was probably the fault of the meat more than the cook or the recipe.
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Park with the boy.
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Bullywugs invade Vanderboren Manor!
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Steps. Steps!
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Asparagus soup and an off-the-cuff pappardelle bolognese. Quite pleased with myself.
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Car works now.
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Finished \"The Omnivore‘s Dilemma\". It‘s not really an exaggeration to say that if you live in the U.S., and you eat food, you should read it.
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Went to park with the boy. Went down the big slide with him; sent him down the little slide on his own.
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Bump on the head. Sadness.
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Picked up the remaining apple branches, and mowed the exposed lawn (and all the rest while I was at it).
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Veal scallopini with sauteed oyster mushrooms and shallots, and broccoli rapini with orange tapenade. Meghan sliced some strawberries and put them on crema gelato, with chocolate sauce.
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Meghan made spaghetti with broccoli raab, peas, and pancetta. Yes!
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Went to the park with the boy; saw mallards and teals in the ponds.
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Fever is viral, not pneumonial.
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Helped a lost old lady get where she was going.
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Still sick.
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Planted crocosmia (from Tom & Elle), and (to replace winter casualties) thyme, sage, and oregano. Also got rid of the damn dusty miller after only 2-1/2 years.
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Burgers and Anaheim chilis on the grill, with Greg and Jocelyn.
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Virus *and* ear infection. No wonder he was so sad.
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I am a sexy bronzed XSD/Java/JAXB god.
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I am a sexy bronzed XSD/Java/JAXB god.
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I am a sexy bronzed java.lang.reflect.* god.
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I am a sexy bronzed java.lang.reflect.* god.
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Gradually improving.
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Sliced off part of my finger while mincing garlic. (No blood got in the food!)
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Spider-Man 3
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Meghan and Brian replaced the brakes. I can stop now.
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Climax of the battle: Two consecutive death-dealing critical hits from an NPC. Next, a nice, quiet boat trip ... to the *Isle of Dread*!
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\"Volta\", Bj√∂rk. I‘d even enjoy a Bj√∂rk album if it were nothing but a capella song constructs.
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Il Fornaio with Meghan and Nathan. The guy ate a ton of bread (with oil and vinegar) and gnocchi (quatro formaggio), and some lentil soup too. (The place really has some surprisingly non-Americanized things on their menu.)
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Meghan made a Thai salad, which rocked because it included the secret Thai ingredients. ... ... Okay, they‘re fish sauce and ground toasted rice.
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Picknicky lunch with Meghan, Nathan, Billie, and Katie, plus cat-petting, raccoon-watching, stair-climbing, and papa-hugging. Best Sunday ever.
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Updated Billie‘s still-on-dialup computer by downloading software updates to my computer over my own connection, then took my computer over there, then local-network-copied them to her computer, than ran them. Easy.
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Edged.
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Daube Provençal. The boy asked for seconds, and finished them.
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Mowed.
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Left work a little early to go to the zoo with Meghan and the boy. Jaguar, giraffe, wild dogs, birds, elephants, ....
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I can already tell that Pink Martini‘s \"Hey Eugene!\" is going to be permanently associated with this period of my life (q.v. \"OK Computer\", \"Play\", \"Combustication\", \"Pop\", etc.).
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Left early on Friday, but still had work to do.
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Left early on Friday, but still had work to do.
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Reel mower (as an experiment).
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The line between the two ships was sabotaged!
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University Village with the boy.
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Signed up with a CSA, so all our produce will be organic *and* local.
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Grilled veggie quesadilla at the farmers‘ market.
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Burgers at Jonathan‘s. Caught up with an old college roommate for the first time in years.
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Maibock and fajitas with Meghan, Nathan, Brian, and Nathan.
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Mowed the lawn with the new mower. Learned a lot. It‘s great.
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Got an unreasonably-nice HDTV on semi-permanent loan.
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Leisurely coffee and croissant with Meghan and Nathan.
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Butterflied chicken breasts, sauteed, topped with herby olive oil.
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One day I was not middle-aged, then I was.
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The boy is allergic to eggs.
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Finally.
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Upgraded music server to latest stable version.
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Upgraded wiki to latest stable version.
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Something is deeply wrong when video cables are cheapest at the Apple Store.
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Homemade meatloaf.
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\"A Hard Day‘s Night\". If you didn‘t live through Beatlemania, this seems like a good way to understand it.
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Followed up a coffee shop lead; initial indications are promising.
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Disappointed with the TV‘s VGA-in \"capabilities\". (Can it really only do 640x480? Really?)
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Mowed part of the lawn (Meghan mowed the rest, since she doesn‘t need to start a cold gas mower.)
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Fixed kitchen light and (maybe) back yard light.
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And the fence latch.
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Dug up SimCity 4. What a great game. Makes the laptop run a touch hot, though.
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A nice gentleman came to the door during the rain shower to let us know that I‘d left the top down. Oops.
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A blue slaad exploded from poor Father Feres‘s body.
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The boy is producing snot at a rate of approx. 1 gallon/hour.
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New top for the car. Hottt.
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At Whole Foods, a friend told me we had been standing next to some guy called \"Dave Matthews\". Huh.
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The snot evolved into (or foretold) an ear infection. Drugs have been procured.
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Beet-rosemary roesti; beet greens braised with onions and garlic and topped with apricots and feta; and, because that was too vegitarian, prosciutto.
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Decadence: Humboldt Fog wrapped in prosciutto.
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Finished \"1491\". Well-written, important, somewhat sad-making, enjoyable, and very informative. Highly recommended.
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Laundry, laundry, laundry. And laundry.
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The dude is recovering.
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I have a cold.
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Lawn is partly mowed.
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Running Safari on my Windows box at work. That‘s weird.
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Did a generic-brand Dimetapp shot on Meghan‘s advice, and then was chastized for it.
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Weirded out by a former co-worker being charged with child molestation and rape.
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Meghan made salade niçoise.
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\"His Majesty‘s Dragon\", a cheesy concept (Napoleanic Wars, with dragons!) done to perfection.
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Good design discussions.
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Good design discussions.
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Bok choy. Why haven‘t we used the wok on the gas stove before?
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iWork ’06.
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Double espresso and grilled chocolate truffle sandwich for Father‘s Day.
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An enormous flotsam ooze pulled Harg and Xianta overboard.
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The White Stripes, \"Icky Thump\". Yes.
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The boy does not want to sleep.
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Mowed most of the lawn.
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Meghan and I finished mowing the lawn.
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Made cocktails at work. Does this count as \"alcohol\" or \"work\"?
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\"Throne of Jade\" by Naomi Novik. More dragony excellence.
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Pasta primavera (if \"primavera\" means \"whatever vegetables we have in the fridge\", in this case, carrots and broccoli and a red pepper). With butter-fried prosciutto.
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Chocolate port as a digestif.
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Nathan and Miller‘s baby shower.
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Pacific Science Center with Meghan and the boy, to see dinosaur fossils (\"a-na!\") and butterflies.
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Sick and/or teething.
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SEA-JFK. He sipped water every 30-60 seconds after takeoff, then fell asleep after five minutes. Successful flight.
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Brooklyn Children‘s Museum was closed.
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Zoo!
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Dinner with Lora, Meghan, and Nathan. I had a mixed grill o‘ meats.
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Massive thunderstorm while Meghan drove the BQE.
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Zoo!
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Meghan drove us into Manhattan at rush hour (!!) to meet Julie. She‘s getting good at this whole New York driving thing.
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Took the glass elevator down from the glass cube into ... a normal-looking (but large) Apple Store. After seeing a line down the block and around the corner, waiting for iPhones.
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Lunch with Dave, Paige, Meghan, and Nathan. The kids ran around the play area.
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Ice cream for dessert, after getting drenched in another thunderstorm.
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Visited Dave and Paige.
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Massive line outside AT&T store in lower-middle-class Williamsburg.
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Lunch with Dave, Paige, Meghan, and Nathan. The kids ran around the play area.
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The line at the Forest Hills AT&T store was for preorders.
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Excellent! pizza and cannoli and tiramisu and chianti with Dave, Julie, Paige, Meghan, and Nathan.
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\"Black Powder War\" by Naomi Novik. Dragony excellence continues.
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Wandered Bedford.
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Italian-American at Lombardi‘s with Lora, Meghan, and Nathan (the latter of whom charmed the ladies and put away the food).
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Fed a walrus, thanks to Lora. Saw sharks, stingrays, penguins, otters, an octopus brooding over her eggs, etc. etc. etc.
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Fed a walrus, thanks to Lora. Saw sharks, stingrays, penguins, otters, an octopus brooding over her eggs, etc. etc. etc.
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To Philly! As we crossed into New Jersey, \"Woke Up This Morning\" came on the radio.
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Apparently a store in King of Prussia has some new gadget thingie. (Hopefully it‘s not in his appendix, har har.)
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Found our old barista. Such good coffee. *Such* good coffee.
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Electronic device acquisition transaction successful.
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Sabrina and Shane are married!
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The Internet connection was down.
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Took Sabrina and Shane‘s gifts to their house.
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Electronic device activation transaction complete.
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Sweet, sweet coffee!
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W-ASH-ING-TON, baby, DC!
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Pot roast with Megan, Kiril, Anna, Lora, Meghan, and Nathan.
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And vodka, a quadruple-bock, and limoncello. (We‘re visiting a Russian.)
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Bouquet is difficult to use on a particular electronic device running Safari on an EDGE network, perhaps because its Safari implementation doesn‘t cache images, forcing a ton of downloads on /admin/add. One or two solutions suggest themselves, none of them appealing.
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Off-the-cuff bolognese, to feed about a thousand.
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Hung out with Megan, Anna, Lora, and (later) Kiril.
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Can I delete an entry?
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\"A sheep! This is the best parade ever!\" (And she was right.)
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Hung out with Megan and Kiril and Anna.
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Kiril made barbecue ribs, slaw, and bread. Corn was, of course, also served.
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Using this thing got *even better*.
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\"A sheep! This is the best parade ever!\" (And she was right.)
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The boy said his first sentence: \"Bye meh!\" (Translation: \"Bye, plane!\", said to a massive Korean Air jumbo jet he watched take off from Sea-Tac.)
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Home. An excellent vacation.
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Lemons to lemonade: The jet-lagged boy was up *way* early, so we went and got coffee together.
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And then to the zoo.
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And then to the zoo.
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Sat for an hour and a half to get the chance to renew my expired driver‘s license. Most of my soul drained away in the process, restored only by a double espresso and a grilled chocolate truffle sandwich.
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Got Optima and Zapfino (and probably other typefaces) working on my system again.
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Grilled flank steak.
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Park with the boy.
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More poison, then into a newly-discovered ruin in Tamoachan!
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Outlook Web Access is no worse on an iPhone than it is in Firefox.
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Commute is now driving to the park-and-ride and bussing the rest of the way.
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Hot. No, not by east coast standards, but still. Hot.
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Finding myself oddly shy about using the new phone.
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\"Revelation Space\" by Alastair Reynolds. Very good hard sci-fi, with a liberal dose of horror.
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He played with Imogen at the wading pool at Greenlake.
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Excellent Campari soda, and a perfectly acceptable dinner, at BluWater.
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Strolled the Greenlake side streets looking at houses (getting extra info on the phone).
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A two-year-old was rolling a giant ball of yarn through the hallways at lunch. I totally want a giant ball of yarn.
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A two-year-old was rolling a giant ball of yarn through the hallways at lunch. I totally want a giant ball of yarn.
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Park
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Coffee at Seven and brunch at Pete‘s Eggnest, with Amy, Meghan, and Nathan.
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Tacos, sopitos, quesadilla, and horchata.
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Chinese with Greg, Jocelyn, Meghan, and Nathan.
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New office.
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New office.
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Deeply weird dreams, for a second straight night.
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Dinner on Amy‘s mom‘s boat with Nathan, Amy, Amy‘s mom, and the other Amy. Nathan loves boats.
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Gave a good presentation.
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Gave a good presentation.
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Meghan made an awesome salad, and snow peas sauteed with about a ton of pancetta and garlic, for Corinne and Nathan and me.
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Risotto with carrots, broccoli, peas, garlic scapes, basil, and thyme.
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\"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time\" by Mark Haddon. Good.
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\"Harry Potter and the Can o‘ Whoop Ass\".
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Chicken-and-veggie stir fry.
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Lunch with Billie, Katie, Meghan, and Nathan.
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Mid-afternoon nap while Billie and Katie played with Nathan.
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Excellent cafe doppio, chocolate sandwich, and hot chocolate made with bittersweet chocolate and habañero-infused water.
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Instead of throwing the idol to Ordo, they threw Ordo to the idol.
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Pink Martini at the zoo. So excellent.
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\"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows\". Every bus I‘ve taken this week has had several people reading it.
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Tricia and Doug are married!
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Big ol‘ post-wedding lasagna feed at the Rabels‘.
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Got voice mail from Nathan re Mabry!
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Met Mabry! She and Nathan and Miller are doing quite well.
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Meghan made a wilted spinach salad and a beet/blue cheese salad.
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Starting to use this service for my iPhone polaroids, “Flickr”, perhaps you’ve heard of it.
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Two upper canines. Cranky.
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\"The Sun over Breda\" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. Maybe my favorite so far?
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The weekend took a toll; I‘ve overslept three of four days this week.
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The phone does not appear to be bricked.
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Awakened in the middle of the night to help investigate a possible site upgrade bug. Twice.
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Awakened in the middle of the night to help investigate a possible site upgrade bug. Twice.
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Made daube Provençal for Nathan, Miller, and (rather indirectly) Mabry.
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Park with Meghan and the boy.
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Nice salad with olives and tuna and a lemon vinaigrette. (Alas, the “Oregonzola” blue cheese had turned.)
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Meghan is taking the cat to the vet.
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Spontaneous dinner at Nathan & Miller‘s, with Kevin and Erika and Noah and Suzanne, and little Nathan and Theo and Mabry of course.
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Noah realized that he and I went to high school together.
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\"Gates of Fire\" by Steven Pressfield. Intense.
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Got the first issue of a new magazine subscription. Do I need *another* magazine? The answer would appear to be \"yes\".
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Hunting for a memory leak -- always good fun.
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Hunting for a memory leak -- always good fun.
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To Portland, to Portland!
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He loved Grandma Jean’s toys (a.k.a. papa’s toys when he was little).
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After getting in late the night before, he woke up at 7:30am to play with the “gur” (digger).
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To the farmers’ market with Grandma Jean.
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To the park with Grandma Jean, Jeffro, Sarah, Jason, Emmie, and Mia.
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Napped. For. Three. Hours.
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Invented a basil-lemon mojito, only to discover that other people had made the obvious leap. Not patentable.
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After going to bed late the night before, he woke up at 7:30am to play with the “gur” (digger).
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Coffee with Jeffro.
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Back to Seattle.
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During the trip back to Seattle, he napped. For. Three. Hours.
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I-5 traffic wasn’t bad when we got back to town.
😀
Good to be home.
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Dinner with Tom, Mari, and Amia.
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Dinner at Nathan and Miller’s with little Nathan and a cast of thousands.
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\"Red Seas Under Red Skies\" by Scott Lynch. Excellent fun.
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Walk to U Village with Meghan, Nathan, and Corinne.
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Cable to connect phone and laptop (as opposed to cable to connect dock and plug). Big spender.
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Now with 75% less hair.
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Ticket to Ride.
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Laughed.
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To the cabin.
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French toast etc. with Tom, Elle, Conner, Michelle, Laurent, Imogen, Meghan, and Nathan.
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Nathan, Conner, and Imogen spent So Much Time playing.
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Lunch of quinoa salad, white bean salad, and bread, for the gang.
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Nathan spent the afternoon moving rocks from one place to another.
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Lamb, bean salad, wilted spinach, and corn bread, with the gang.
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Tired-and-low-blood-sugar meltdown. Things were better shortly thereafter.
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Ticket to Ride with Tom and Laurent. We all made rookie mistakes; Tom won.
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Oatmeal with fruit, bacon, and fried eggs, for the gang. So much oatmeal.
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The kids played themselves into exhaustion.
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Tomato/mozarella/basil sandwiches and tomato soup, with such of the gang as weren’t alseep.
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Home.
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I have the pager! Excellent joy!
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I have the pager! Excellent joy!
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A vicious stowaway turned out to be a face from the past!
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Got paged.
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Got paged.
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Sick.
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So much sleep.
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What do you do with tons of basil from the CSA? Make tons of pesto!
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Orecchiette is an excellent pasta for toddlers to eat by themselves.
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I only have caffeine withdrawal symptoms for a day, but man do they suck.
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Finally figured out how to enable font smoothing on my work machine, making my life about 400% less unenjoyable.
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Finally figured out how to enable font smoothing on my work machine, making my life about 400% less unenjoyable.
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So much basil. So much pesto.
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The dude did not sleep well. Thus, neither did Meghan and I.
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Went out looking at construction sites, to the toy store, and then (for papa) coffee.
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Apparently there‘s some kind of embargo on import of Duplo diggers to the U.S.; placed an order with a small Danish outfit in the hopes they can smuggle it in.
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Moved his crib out of our bedroom. Anxious about tonight‘s sleep.
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Lamb, zucchini latkes, and arugula-peach-mozarella salad, at Greg and Jocelyn‘s.
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U Village with the guy.
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Got replacement headset for the phone. No more annoying left-ear crackle.
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Got about five minutes of sleep before I was awakened.
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He slept decently in his own room, but woke distressed.
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The Danish Duplo smuggler (or PostDanmark, whichever) wanted to charge DKK 261,00 for shipping, up from the quoted 60, for an item that costs 169,75. Too much; starting over.
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He slept decently again, but woke distressed again.
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Now considering a courier to smuggle the Duplo thingie past customs when he returns from France.
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Better sleep.
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First scratch on the screen. It‘s actually kind of annoying.
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Broccoli with garlic and anchovies (pretty good; stalks undercooked) and roasted fresh corn (oh my God awesome).
🛍️
Bought lottery tickets; considering taxes, the odds are roughly even, or perhaps even in favor of purchasers.
🍴
Meghan made fettucini with fennel bulb, tomato, cream, and pancetta. Which was awesome.
👶
Played with the dude all evening. Pretty awesome.
👶
Spent all day with the dude.
🧑‍🍳
Spaghetti aglio e olio, a staple which I haven‘t made in forever.
💿
Ripped \"Master and Commander\" and \"The Maltese Falcon\" to iPhone-friendly files.
🧑‍🍳
Blueberry pancakes!
📱
Caught up with Mom via videoconf.
🍽️
Ph·ªü at Ph·ªü H√† near the taco bus. Tasty, and the small wasn‘t too large.
🧽
A few dishes, a little laundry.
💿
Ripped the first four episodes of \"The Sopranos\" (season 1), no thanks to copy protection or something. One-hour-long shows are going to be great for my one-hour-long bus ride.
🧽
Half-assed vacuum. So much cat hair.
🧑‍🍳
Yellow beet and rosemary roesti, and leftover pot roast.
🎲
The PCs dished out an impressive amount of damage on a sea hydra, and the paladin punched Avner in the face.
💿
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 5-8.
🧑‍🍳
Breaded squash slices, leftover aglio e olio, fresh sliced tomatoes, and fresh and oh-so-sweet raspberries.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 1. It‘s weird watching a scene in Bada Bing when you‘re sitting next to a stranger on the bus.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 2.
🌳
Took care of the dude for the morning; mostly just went to the park.
🧹
Kid-proofed the last couple of cabinets.
🌳
Park. No kids his age, but he had fun anyway.
🍽️
Phở at Phở Hà with Meghan and Nathan. The dude likes Vietnamese.
👶
When I told him that Conner was going to come over, he wouldn‘t stop saying \"Co‘er\".
👶
When he saw Connor get out of the car, he ran to the front door.
🍸
Basil/lemon mojitos, vino da tavola rosso, and chocolate port with Meghan, Tom, and Elle.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made eggplant with cheese and a nice Turkish spice blend, fried tofu, and a Big Salad with fennel and olives; Elle made tomatoes with basil and balsalmic vinegar.
👶
The kids played so well together.
🎈
Grown-up conversation with Meghan, Tom, and Elle, not all of which revolved around the kids. A very good evening.
🎵
Nathan and Conner danced to Pet Shop Boys and Propellerheads.
🌳
Saw a digger, then walked to the park. Met Ilya and her mom, and saw Mary and her mom and dad.
🧹
Patched a hole in the ceiling from when we installed the microwave and removed the old vent, so we can blow insulation into the attic.
🛌
Slept poorly. This seems to happen more often on Sunday nights.
🧑‍🍳
Tomato sauce (with garlic, oregano, thyme, pepper, and cinnamon) on penne.
🌳
Leisurely walk around the block.
👶
Read \"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel\" for the third time in less than two waking hours.
🍽️
Excellent work lunch at one of the best Chinese restaurants I‘ve been to.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 3.
🎈
Party for Lora at Melissa and Steve‘s. Saw Joe, Rachel, and Annie; Annie gave Nathan a big hug and kiss.
👶
Nathan kept talking about Annie on the drive home.
📚
\"Chasm City\" by Alastair Reynolds. Hard-sci-fi about drugs, identity, and paranoia, a la Philip K. Dick. Very good.
💿
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 9-13.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 5.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 4.
🍸
Scotch with a departing co-worker.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 6.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 7.
🍴
Delivery from Suny’s.
🧹
Resumed the Great Insulation Installation Project of ’06.
🍽️
Taco bus.
👶
Nathan and Conner videoconferenced.
🛍️
iLife ’08 Family Pack for ~$8, including tax.
🍽️
Acceptable sushi at Blue C, with Meghan and Nathan. The dude likes eel and seared tuna.
🌳
Inter-drizzle walk with the dude.
👶
Haircut. Traumatic, perhaps because of lack of sleep.
🎲
The PCs‘ ship is mired in an ominously-hungry sargasso.
🧑‍🍳
Penne with sausage, onion, fennel, and beet greens.
🛌
Out-stubborned the sleep-defying dude over the course of an hour, but it was close.
🟢
Feel hung over from lack of sleep.
🛍️
Bought Lineform with a 30%-off sale coupon thingie.
🧹
Turned on the furnace.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 9.
⚙️
A coding digression from a few weeks ago paid off a huge dividend today. Sweet.
⚙️
A coding digression from a few weeks ago paid off a huge dividend today. Sweet.
📺
\"The Sopanos\", 1, 8.
🎈
Ate dinner at Tom & Elle’s, with Elle’s mom and (of course) Connor. The guys had a blast.
🍸
Glenmorangie.
🍽️
Lunch with co-worker Greg.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 10.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 11.
🎈
Ran into Susannah on a random side street; talked, and watched Caroline stand.
🍵
Espresso and chocolate sandwich from Seven.
👶
The dude’s cold is making him produce about a gallon of snot per hour.
🛍️
Got out of the house; bought books.
🌳
Walked around the neighborhood until he fell asleep.
👶
Croup = bad sleep for all!
🌳
Foster Island with the dude. Only saw one heron, at a distance.
🧑‍🍳
Salmon with tomatillo salsa, salad with apples and apple balsalmic vinaigrette, and sourdough.
👶
Was vomited upon.
⚙️
Sometimes you laugh so you don‘t cry.
⚙️
Sometimes you laugh so you don‘t cry.
🛌
Sweet, glorious sleep.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 12.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 1, 13.
🧑‍🍳
Creamy-fried tofu.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 2, 1.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 2, 2.
📚
\"The Clan Corporate\" by Charles Stross. Not as enjoyable as previous books.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 2, 4. Furio!
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 2, 3. Fuckin‘ Richie Aprile.
⚙️
Weird work event trying to sell me a credit card. At least they had free beer.
⚙️
Weird work event trying to sell me a credit card. At least they had free beer.
🍼
Saw Jon and Sarah and baby, briefly.
🌳
Saw boats leaving the locks with Nathan.
🍽️
Lunch at the Other Coast Café with Meghan, Nathan, and Katie.
🎈
Saw Jon and Sarah and baby.
🛍️
Bought and constructed a cheap expensive pen.
🎲
Jon was out; the rest of the group found the Mother at the heart of the sargasso.
🎈
Good conversation with Meghan, Miller, and Nathan.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 2, 6.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", 2, 5.
📱
Videoconference with Mom.
🎈
Brought dinner to Jon and Sarah and Nan (and, indirectly, Elliott); Tom and Elle and Connor were there, too. Nathan and Connor got a case of the \"eeeeeee\"s.
📚
Stayed up late to finish “Redemption Ark” by Alastair Reynolds. Best of his novels so far.
🍵
Coffee at Seven.
🎈
Visited Jon, Sarah, Elliott, and Norma.
🧑‍🍳
Corn and tomatoes with onion, garlic, and oregano, with refried black beans, on rice. Success.
👶
Tooth #16 is coming.
🎈
Elle’s birthday party, with a cast of thousands of two-year-old boys and two girls.
🧑‍🍳
Pancakes!
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made cabbage with onion, walnuts, and gorgonzola.
⚙️
Annoying bullshit.
🍽️
Pork butt with cinnamon makes everything better.
👶
Seasonal cold #2.
⚙️
Annoying bullshit.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made wild rice/leek gratin. Yum.
🎵
Radiohead, \"In Rainbows\". First listen is quite good. (If you’re wondering, they’re 160Kbps MP3s, and the purchase and download is much faster than the “front” of the site.)
🎵
Rediscovered Radiohead’s “Kid A”, which is really good, and not entirely unlike “In Rainbows”.
😷
Meghan’s back was super-messed-up, so I stayed home from work.
👶
Went to preschool with the dude; was adopted by little Haiden.
🌳
Went to the park with Nathan. Met Trez and Mary while stopping for a booster shot; Nathan and Mary played.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made Swedish apple pie.
🧑‍🍳
Chickpeas with onions, garlic, and bacon; steamed cauliflower with gruyère.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made lentil/potato soup.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan baked the best chocolate chip cookies in the universe (Big Bang through heat death).
🍴
B√°nh mi. My face melted after I ate a big slice of chile.
🌱
Mowed most of the front lawn.
🌳
Walked in the woods.
🍴
Pagliacci.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made fusilli with chicken, good ham, peas, and a really nice cheese sauce.
🌳
Went to the farm to get a pumpkin, with Susannah, Dan, and Caroline. Watched a trebuchet misfire.
👶
Nathan didn’t nap, and that plus farm exhaustion made him fall asleep at 6:30pm.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made beef/chard enchiladas.
😷
Cold + parents of new babies = no game.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made tofu/mushroom/chard soup with rice.
👶
The dude was weird this evening.
👶
He laughed when I told him to stop hitting me. Also, he‘s almost 2.
🍽️
Dinner at Il Fornaio‘s risotteria. Nathan liked insalata Caprese and gnocchi (\"nlo-kee!\") Bolognese, and charmed all the waitresses.
💈
Opportunistic haircut.
⚙️
Someone forgot to top off the generator, so the office was shut down shortly after the power outage.
⚙️
Someone forgot to top off the generator, so the office was shut down shortly after the power outage.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made potato/chard/sausage soup.
🚗
To Portland!
👶
The dude was barely awake, but he still remembered where the toys were at Grandma Jean’s in about 0.5 seconds.
🍽️
Lunch at Newport Seafood Grill. Not bad.
📚
\"Absolution Gap\" by Alastair Reynolds. Started weird, and oh my God the terrible copyediting, and overall not quite as good as the previous, but still a very satisfying conclusion.
👶
Good sleep (!).
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made pumpkin soup.
👶
The dude likes to play with Grandma Jean.
👶
Good sleep (!).
📷
Rode light rail downtown.
🤳
Rode light rail downtown.
🍵
Booster shots for the grownups; Nathan had “hot chocolate” (not too hot, not too chocolatey).
🛍️
Powell’s.
🚗
Back home. A fast drive.
🎲
The party slew the Mother of the sargasso, then was shipwrecked on the Isle of Dread; Harg jumped on the tyrannosaur‘s head to save Vaego from certain digestion.
🚗
Top down for perhaps the last time this year.
📚
\"The Great Gatsby\" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Wow. Great, great book.
🎈
Lovely dinner at Tilth with Jon and Sarah. Phones were watched for calls from babysitting parents.
⚙️
Email quota more than doubled. Such a minor thing, but such a significant quality-of-(work-)life improvement.
⚙️
Email quota more than doubled. Such a minor thing, but such a significant quality-of-(work-)life improvement.
🎈
When the dude was done at Nathan and Miller‘s party, he said \"Play animal. Play Lego\", then walked to the front door and tried to put on his boots.
🍽️
Lunch at Masala.
🎈
Hung out with Lora. After she left, Nathan went to the window and asked \"More Lora?\".
👶
Carved a \"lack o lan ur\" with the dude watching. I think it blew his mind.
🏋️
Company outing: I shot 1 under par; apparently my close-to-the-hole putting is consistent.
👶
Meghan brought Nathan to the office for kids‘ trick-or-treating. He was shy at first, then bold; he identified an inflatable bouncy room as a train car, and got to pet a dog.
🍽️
Sushi with Tom and Elle and Connor, who turned out to actually be Jon and Sarah and sleeping Elliott.
🚗
Paid more than $35 to fill my tank, the most ever.
🧹
Got home too late for trick-or-treaters. House was not TPed.
👶
Excellent evening playing with the dude. Learned that the animals, rather than eating the guy in the digger, are looking at him.
👶
He now pronounces \"gurdłwą\" as \"digger\".
🔵
Frost on the windshield. Time to shut off the outside faucets.
🛍️
Scratched an obsessive-compulsive itch.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made shepherd‘s pie.
👶
Oh, and the dude has apparently had tooth #17 (a molar) for quite some time.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made buffalo stew.
🎈
Katie came over.
🧹
Fall cleaning.
🎲
The PCs saved a baby diplodocus from a flock of terror birds.
👶
The dude said “I love you” to me tonight, completely unprompted. I died.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made French onion soup.
👶
Had lots of fun with the guy (who was wearing ladybug wings when I got home).
🍽️
Excellent dinner at Place Pigalle.
👶
Grandma Billie came over to watch the dude.
⭐️
Five-year wedding anniversary!
🟢
Set up a hot composter, which will either give us the best compost ever, or will drive people out of the neighborhood with the stench.
🍸
Excellent cocktails at the Zig Zag.
🎈
Greg brought us bahn mi and pho.
👶
The dude had bad croup overnight. Not great sleep for anyone.
👶
Croupin‘ cuz.
👶
\"Holy. Cow!\"
🛍️
Got a thing to entertain the dude on the upcoming flight.
👶
So much better. So much more sleep.
🚗
New record fill-up total.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chicken broth.
📺
Finished season 2 of \"The Sopranos\".
🧳
Leaving for L.A.!
🧳
Got in to the hotel late. The dude was wired and weird.
🍽️
In-N-Out. I had a Double-Double; Nathan had (and loved) his first cheeseburger, animal style.
🎈
Pizza at Darin and Beth and Jacques‘s. Nathan and Jacque got along great.
🍵
Worst espresso I‘ve ever had.
🌳
Capistrano Beach. The dude likes beaches. The ocean, not so much.
🌳
Doheny Beach.
🍵
Worst espresso I‘ve ever had.
📷
Long Beach Aquarium with Burke and Anna.
🤳
Long Beach Aquarium with Burke and Anna.
🎈
Spent a little time with Anne and Adam.
🍽️
In-N-Out.
⚫️
Went into Papa Bear mode; got mad at aunt-in-law.
🍵
Worst espresso I‘ve ever had. Orange County has a lot to answer for, as if I didn‘t know that already.
🎈
Beth and Darin are married!
🚗
Drove up the coast. A hazy day.
🌳
Seal Beach.
🎈
Dinner with Lee and Ronnie.
🌳
Doheny Beach. Saw a pelican.
🌳
Manhattan Beach.
🧳
Flight home. What an exhausting vacation.
🛌
Slept hard.
🚗
Put a new (two months old!) In-N-Out location guide in the car (replacing the seven-year-old one), so he‘ll know where to go if he ever gets that far south again.
⚙️
job.apply(this);
⚙️
job.apply(this);
🧑‍🍳
Helped Meghan make pancetta/porcini/crimini stuffing for tomorrow.
🎈
Mom, Billie, Katie, Andre (!), Greg, and Jocelyn.
🧑‍🍳
Turkey breast butterflied and rolled with the aforementioned stuffing, fusilli with mushroom cream sauce, rosemary mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli.
😀
Greg and Jocelyn brought apple/cheddar bread pudding; Billie brought apple/cranberry upsidedown cake with whipped cream.
☹️
The Chartreuse had weird floaty bits, so I couldn‘t make Champs Elys√©es cocktails.
🍸
Made sidecars instead.
👶
The dude was so wired that he had trouble going to sleep.
😀
Mellow morning.
🛍️
Mac OS X 10.5 \"Leopard\"; brandy and Chartreuse; spur-of-the-moment Christmas shopping that the retailers love so. U Village was surprisingly not crazy.
💻
Upgraded my computer.
🧑‍🍳
Shepherd‘s pie.
🍸
Champs Elysées cocktails.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies again.
👶
Good times, and a few frustrating times, with the guy.
👶
Mostly sunny with occasional thundershowers.
🧑‍🍳
Orechiette with cream sauce and vegetables.
🎲
Garethson was poisoned by a gargantuan centipede and diseased by an animate dessicated corpse. (The bug-squeamish should *not* follow the link.)
👶
Nathan likes rap videos with breakdancing sharks (\"lark!\") and tigers (\"tiger!\").
👶
He tried to get me drunk. It was completely unfair; I was drinking a milk stout, but he was only drinking milk.
💻
The \"one to three day\" Macbook repair took less than three hours. Apple Store for the win.
🛌
Tiny little nap.
🎈
Kid-friendly happy hour at Nathan & Miller‘s.
⚙️
Up all night for a site upgrade. Good fun.
⚙️
Up all night for a site upgrade. Good fun.
🔵
Snow.
🛌
Tiny little nap.
👶
The dude prefers that the snow stay outside and he stay inside.
🟠
Skipped the company holiday party.
🎬
\"The Bourne Ultimatum\" at the $3 theater up the street. Excellent.
🔵
Snow!
👶
Took the dude outside, whereupon he went straight to the sandbox (sheltered from the snow by the fir tree).
🍽️
Jamjuree, first time in ages. Still good.
🧹
In Jon‘s cellar, first time in ages. Found the thing.
🔴
Flu shot. Arm aches a little.
👶
Nathan asked his first question: \"Wer Nenno?\", translating to \"Where [is] Juno?\"
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made spaghetti and meatballs.
🛍️
Got a minifridge for work, which can also run off a car charger.
🧑‍🍳
Made \"hammerburgers\" on the stove.
☹️
Attempted to celebrate Repeal Day, but the cork was dry and much of the brandy’s alcohol had evaporated.
🍸
Celebrated Repeal Day, successfully.
⚫️
Why does checking a train‘s ETA require a fast-expiring session? Terrible, terrible design, probably left over from 1997 or so.
🎈
Picked mom up from the train station.
👶
Nathan is two.
🧑‍🍳
Banana pancakes.
🎈
The Children‘s Museum with Tom and Connor.
🎈
Family birthday party!
🔵
Snow? Really?
🚗
Took mom to the train station; Nathan enjoyed watching it all.
🟢
Tree, first time I‘ve gotten anything other than a noble fir.
📺
\"The Sopranos\", season 3. Grim ending.
👶
The dude was snuggly, and had a slight fever, and (from various other signs) is probably feeling side-effects of Monday‘s vaccination.
🛌
Oof.
💈
Finally.
⚙️
Turned a scalp tingler into a can of silly string and a ball of yarn.
⚙️
Turned a scalp tingler into a can of silly string and a ball of yarn.
🎈
Jenni and Bill are engaged! (Festivities at Nathan and Miller‘s.)
📚
\"Empire of Ivory\" by Naomi Novik. Are Napoleon and his dragons on the verge of conquering England!?
⚙️
Wasted a whole day fighting with Perforce‘s 255 character path length limit when running on a Windows server.
⚙️
Wasted a whole day fighting with Perforce‘s 255 character path length limit when running on a Windows server.
🧑‍🍳
Veggie risotto.
📚
\"A Soul in a Bottle\" by Tim Powers. Like a standard Powers novel, the main character is an alcoholic who encounters the supernatural.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made the traditional fish taco dinner. Excellent.
🎈
Nash family Christmas at Billie‘s.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made brunches for the Bunches.
👶
what the hell
🎲
Ambushed on the cliff by gargoyles, Vaego cleaved to great effect.
⚙️
Recognized for contributions above and beyond.
⚙️
Recognized for contributions above and beyond.
🛍️
Oh yeah, Christmas shopping.
🛍️
Hard drive for Time Machine, plus misc. upgrades to the laptops.
🚗
Slid into the oncoming lane at a 30° angle. Fortunately there was no traffic.
⚙️
Man, it is dead here.
⚙️
Man, it is dead here.
👶
Frustrating all day long.
😀
Cried, in a very good way.
🎈
Resch family Christmas, much smaller than last year because three of the four Poulsbo cousins got married.
👶
He loves his grandmas.
🧑‍🍳
Threw together dinner of sausage, canned tomatoes, canned beans, and token herbs, with bread.
🧑‍🍳
Made Egg McMuffins for breakfast, if Egg McMuffins were invented in Italy and made out of Good instead of Evil.
👶
The dude has a cold, big time.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made panforte, fruitcake as invented in Italy and made out of Good instead of Evil.
🧑‍🍳
Lemon-balsalmic chicken, quinoa stuffing, butternut squash risotto, root vegetable and squash gratin.
🔵
As we arrived at Greg and Jocelyn‘s, it started to snow.
🎈
Christmas Day with mom and Billie at Greg and Jocelyn‘s. Nathan made out like a bandit.
👶
He did pretty well, considering the excitement and lack of sleep and having a cold.
🔵
The snow had melted off the streets by the time we left.
📷
In-hindsight-ill-advised outing on the bus to downtown.
🤳
In-hindsight-ill-advised outing on the bus to downtown.
💻
Time Machine started up and workin‘ great.
👶
The dude is sick.
👶
The dude does not have an earache.
🎵
Earworm at the grocery store.
☹️
I heard the news today, oh boy. So we lit candles, ate good Indian take-out, and listened to \"Love\".
🍴
Lunch from Le Fournil.
👶
The dude grabbed his ear, hollered \"Ear!\", and started crying. Does he have an earache?
💻
Laptop ‚Üí 2GB, but broke one of the latches that seat the chips. So far so good....
🧑‍🍳
Andouille sausages for dinner.
☹️
Woke up out-of-sorts and without coffee beans.
🍵
Went to Seven for espresso and beans.
💻
Meghan‘s laptop ‚Üí 2GB; hard drive ‚Üí 120GB. Did you know you can recreate user accounts from a Time Machine backup?
🟢
Absinthe-flavored chocolate bar. Quite tasty, if you like anise.
🟢
Ineffectual errand-running, but did recycle a ton of plastic bags.
🧑‍🍳
Tofu and snap peas on udon noodles with almond-tamari paste.
🛍️
More memory for the server, and an enclosure for the leftover drive
👶
Extra-adorable.
🧑‍🍳
Ground beef with my new meat grinder!
🧑‍🍳
Spaghetti with onions, tomatoes, and fresh-ground beef!, with braised kale.
🕹️
Rediscovered Strange Adventures in Infinite Space. Explore the galaxy … in 20 minutes or less!
⭐️
Weeded through some books; made a sell/donate pile.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made roasted pumpkin soup.
🍽️
Hankerin‘ for Red Mill, but they were closed. Zak‘s instead.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made vegetable stock.
🧽
Took the tree down; initial vacuuming. The dude pointed out all the ornaments we missed.
👶
At least one, maybe two (the last!) molars are coming in.
🎈
Open house at the Bunches. Brought panforte. Nathan was a little hyper.
🎲
The gargoyle chief was tougher, but the PCs knocked his flunkies out of the air with almost contemptuous ease.
🚗
Black is white, Republican is Democrat, and the 520 was faster than the 90 this morning.
🍴
A Pagliacci kind of evening.
👶
He would eat nothing but spinach, a ton of peas, and a single slice of bread.
☹️
The pig circus in Phinney was sold out.
📷
Went to the Seattle Aquarium instead.
🤳
Went to the Seattle Aquarium instead.
🍽️
The Crying Pig.
💻
Server RAM ‚Üí 896MB, a rarely-seen amount. Exact RAM configuration left as an exercise for the reader.
💻
Turned the old laptop hard drive into a cute little USB drive.
🍽️
Pallino.
💻
Performed powerful voodoo to upgrade the server to Leopard.
💻
Took Meghan‘s laptop back to the Genius Bar for a flickering backlight. Got it back while they wait for parts.
⭐️
Only one bag of trash for the week! Yay New Year‘s resolutions!
🔵
Snow, not (yet) sticking.
🕹️
Strange Adventures in Infinite Space.
👶
He dictated a note: \"Woman. Woman. Man.\"
🤳
The bus driver took whatever route she felt like, but ended up at the park-and-ride pretty much on schedule.
📷
The bus driver took whatever route she felt like, but ended up at the park-and-ride pretty much on schedule.
📚
\"Un Lun Dun\" by China Mi√©ville. Fun young teenagers‘ urban fantasy novel.
🍴
Peanutty kung pao tofu with peanut sauce and peanuts from Whole Foods.
👶
The dude is fine.
⚫️
We are terrible, terrible parents.
🔵
Light dusting of overnight snow on the lawn, which was pretty much non-existent 15 blocks downhill.
😷
Meghan rode with Nathan in the back of the ambulance on the way to the Children‘s E.R. to treat anaphylactic shock.
⚙️
In to work late.
⚙️
In to work late.
👶
\"Lady buy back mean dore\" = \"The lady buys black beans at the store.\"
🎲
The characters are trapped in a demonic jungle.
👶
He saw a picture of the beach from our last vacation, and demanded to go. We went to a park with a sandbox instead, which was great fun.
🛍️
Bought mini-TOSLINK-to-TOSLINK cable, mini-DVI-to-VGA adapter, and VGA cable, in anticipation of HD announcements from Apple.
🔵
Snow messed up the drive home. But very pretty.
💐
The phrase \"demonic jungle\" has 69 Google hits, the top of which is this site.
👶
He saw a snow plow (\"Nopow push no off road!\") and had to have a toy one. Fortunately, the \"dreet weeper\" could be converted with minimal effort.
🔵
Black ice. When the bus parked behind 4 others at the bottom of an icy hill, I walked the rest of the way to the next bus; for all I know, it‘s still sitting there.
🔵
Two distinct layers of ice on the windshield this morning.
🍽️
Il Fornaio.
👶
No peanuts, no tree nuts. We can do this.
👶
\"We took you to the doctor today so he could figure out what foods make you sick.\" \"[serious thoughts] ... Meanut. ... [serious nod] Make lick.\"
📱
Auto-locate is hotttt.
💻
Signed up for Jott. Not quite \"discoverable\" (e.g. like good Apple software -- though I‘m not sure how Jott could do that), but definitely deeper than your first impression.
🍽️
Fish for dinner.
🛌
Everybody slept in ’til 9:30.
🚗
Drove to Portland!
👶
Fun with Grandma Jean’s toys.
🎈
Dessert: Various pastries.
🎈
Lazy morning.
🍽️
Excellent lunch -- cheese, salami and prosciutto from Salumi, vegan cream of mushroom soup for Nathan, and interesting beverages.
⚫️
The soup was based on cashew milk. ... Of *course* it was based on cashew milk.
👶
Call paramedics, go to the doctor at the urgent care center, etc. etc. etc. All is well; no reaction worth noting.
🛍️
Went to Powell’s to get a book on food allergies. Nathan was quietly obsessed by a book about doctors.
🍸
Greg and Jocelyn came over; Greg made much-needed sidecars.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made potato soup Provençal. Comfort food.
👶
Fun with Grandma Jean’s toys.
👶
Played a lot with the dude.
🎈
Lazy morning.
🚗
Drove around the new south waterfront development.
🚗
Drove home!
😀
So nice to have been in Portland; so nice be here now.
👶
Clingy.
🤬
Annoying fly buzzing in my window. All. Afternoon.
😀
Photosynthesis doubleplusgood.
👶
He cried because the sleeping dinosaur in the book wouldn‘t open its eyes.
👶
Still with the eyes needing to be open. Meghan and I managed to deflect most of his angst.
🍽️
Fatburger with bacon, egg, and cheese.
🟠
The bus broke down (headlights stopped working) on the 520.
🎈
Enjoyable lunch with former co-workers.
🎲
The party was nearly wiped out by demonic apes, and then again by an animate statue of Demogorgon, but they persevered.
👶
Bus ride to and from the mall.
👶
So needy.
👶
Fun afternoon, after the nap.
🔵
2-3\" of snow, plus more forecast = stay home from work.
🎿
Made a small snowman for the dude. He directed me to give it ears.
👶
Children‘s Museum.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made black bean/tomato/sweet potato casserole with avocado, and a quinoa salad. Rockin‘.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made everything-free (including peanut traces!) chocolate chip cookies which were pretty dang good.
🍵
I used to think my favorite beans were from Nicaragua, but now I‘m thinking maybe I prefer harrar.
🍽️
Agua Verde with Greg, Jocelyn, Jocelyn‘s sister Katie, and Katie‘s son Asher. As good as I remembered, and now they apparently do natural/sustainable products where they can.
🛍️
Birthday shopping.
🎈
Meghan celebrated her birthday at the ceramics painting shop, while Nathan and I hung out at the bookstore. Then Meghan found an awesome pair of jeans for $12.
⭐️
Dentist. Lookin‘ good, feelin‘ good.
🔴
Not that I‘m a conspiracy theorist, and not that I don‘t trust our upstanding government which has the resources to accomplish this, but I‘m a little unnerved that Iran has been severed from the Internet after three undersea fiber optic cuts in two days.
🍽️
Dinner at Pallino.
🧹
Billie spent time with the boy while Meghan and I started hanging more shelving in the laundry room.
🎈
Amy came over for breakfast.
🍽️
Pies and Pints with Billie (Katie couldn‘t come because she has the flu).
🧑‍🍳
Among other things, Meghan parboiled some sunchokes and then broiled them with oil and parmesan. Good!
😀
Lazy day, aside from the dude not sleeping well enough last night.
🎲
The characters rocked a TPK (Total Pirate Kill).
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made cauliflower/cheddar soup with miscellaneous extra veggies. Very good.
✅
*Still* can‘t decide who to caucus for. This hour, I think I want Clinton to be Obama‘s Cheney.
🧑‍🍳
Penne with pesto and peas. Nathan wolfed a bunch of food down for the first time in days.
🍸
Can I really be hung over from two glasses of wine? This cannot, must not, be allowed to stand!
✅
Caucused.
👶
He and a girl flirted at the caucus; she also owns \"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel\", which makes her super-cool.
🍸
Operation: Exercise the Liver got off to a so-so start with a Belize beer, which would have been perfect on a 90° July day.
👶
Alternating sweet and cranky. That, plus other symptoms, probably adds up to tooth #20.
🎈
Connor‘s 2nd birthday party, starring Connor and about a zillion other kids. Connor hugged me when I walked in.
👶
He decided that the weird bug thing I assembled was a baby. He fed it milk and water, and had it carry a smaller toy person around on its back.
🤬
Apple should spend more than ten minutes on quality control for iTunes on Windows. Shameful.
😀
Heard birds outside this morning as I was getting ready for work.
😷
Croup --> difficulty breathing --> blue-tinged lips. To the ER for steroids and observation; home later that night.
👶
He has produced more snot in the last 18 hours than could reasonably be expected to fit within his body.
⚙️
Checked in fixes for about a zillion bugs I wrote over the past two weeks.
⚙️
Checked in fixes for about a zillion bugs I wrote over the past two weeks.
💈
.
👶
As autumn turns to winter, so does the cold turn to croup.
👶
Dr. Krober says we did the right thing, and to watch for the same thing again tonight. He pretty much rocks.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made penne with pesto, spinach, cannellini, capers, and lemon juice. Even the sick boy liked it.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made roast chicken with lemon and rosemary. Yum.
😷
Cold.
🎈
Mom in town!
👶
Tooth #20 has finally made its official appearance. Once it‘s all the way through, we‘ll be done, until age 6 or so.
🧑‍🍳
Chicken salad sandwiches.
👶
He really likes playing with his grandma.
🧑‍🍳
Green risotto (broccoli, chard, peas, pesto)
💻
Moved the computer to the new bookshelf; need to drill holes in the back for cords, so they‘re dangling in front in the meantime.
🎈
Pancakes etc. with Mom, Greg, and Jocelyn. Excellent.
🛍️
Toy store.
👶
He has already memorized much of the book, having seen (and read) it for the first time today.
🧑‍🍳
Helped Meghan make mac and cheese, with a roux and Emmenthaler and such.
⚙️
Interview. Didn‘t totally scare them away.
⚙️
Interview. Didn‘t totally scare them away.
🎲
Too tired to run a good game, but tried anyway. Lots to do before the Crimson Fleet arrives to sack the village, and maybe not enough time to do it all.
🔴
Watched the moon. The dude was interested, and kept going back to the window to look at it.
💻
Found an apparent bug with Leopard, screen sharing, and fast user switching, which I think means I have to haul the big old CRT out of the cellar.
🛍️
Gave my brother a thing that he‘s wanted all his life that he didn‘t even know existed.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made halibut-cheek soup.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made rag√π Bolognese and gnocchi from scratch. So good.
🧑‍🍳
Made potato/parsnip/lentil/apple/pesto soup, that managed to work quite nicely.
👶
He knows the word \"rag√π\".
👶
Took him to the fire station open house. It was super-crowded, and he must have gotten shy, as he didn‘t want to get out of his stroller.
🍽️
Blue C is a good kids‘ sushi place.
🛍️
He fell in love with an \"animal doctor\" and his four pigs.
🌳
Park with Greg, Jocelyn, and their dog Annie. Great fun; Nathan wanted to sleep afterwards.
🎈
Katie came over.
☹️
Had a bad dream where President Obama was assassinated early in his term.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made Moroccan lamb stew with couscous, amazingly tender and flavorful.
🚗
Almost forgot that I‘d taken the car to work, which would have been an unpleasant surprise when I ended up at the park-and-ride.
💻
Got iCal publishing set up again after the Leopard upgrade. Next step: replace that with a CalDav server.
⚙️
Went to the office this week to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I was all out of bubblegum.
⚙️
Went to the office this week to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I was all out of bubblegum.
🎈
All-ages happy hour at Nathan and Miller‘s, with Miller‘s mom as special guest. Great time.
👶
Downtown library. Read two digger books and one dinosaur book.
🧽
Tucked all the computer cables away.
📚
\"Why, oh why, my little siu mai, why do I love you so? What treasure hides, jing cha siu bao, pillowed in your dough?\" Over. And. Over. Again.
🌳
Park, with boy and ball and shovel.
🎈
Tom and Elle and Connor came over!
👶
The boys played well together, for two-year-olds.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made two quiches; Elle made sesame asparagus.
👶
Nathan wanted Connor to stay. \"Connor play toy\", he stated/demanded.
🎲
Discretion is the better part of valor, especially when dealing with the most ornery T-rex on the Isle of Dread.
🍽️
Sushi with Meghan, Nathan, and Katie.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn over for dinner! Nathan loves them.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chili. Mmmm.
🎈
Met Corinne and Benjamin at the farmer‘s market; ran into Avi.
🌱
Helped Meghan plant two blueberry bushes.
🤬
The ground smelled like oil, and I just learned that the previous owner worked on his car back there. (We planted the blueberries where the ground smelled fine.)
👶
The dude is cuddly, and has a mild fever.
🌱
Got a tiny bit of mowing done.
🌳
Walked around the yard with the dude, showing him rosemary flowers and moss and buds on trees.
📱
Videoconference with mom on her birthday. Nathan vamped.
👶
He was sad when the Brown Bar-ba-loots had to be sent away.
👶
Runny nose.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn over for breakfast! Nathan loves them.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made wooly pig bacon, duck eggs baked in onions and cheese, an applesauce cake, and whole wheat sourdough toast from Avi‘s girlfriend‘s dad‘s bakery. So full.
🏋️
Walked off some of the breakfast.
🤬
Why is there suddenly so much dog shit in the neighborhood?
😷
Bronchiolitis, not croup. The difference is medically interesting, but not practically, at least not from a parent‘s perspective.
👶
Croup, damnit. Meghan caught it early and we went to Urgent Care rather than the ER, but still.
📚
The trick to reading \"And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street\" is to realize that he mixes up the rhythm.
🛌
...
👶
Follow-up with the doctor. The vaporizer mask he wore was shaped like a triceratops face, which helped make it kind of okay.
🚗
Smog check. Passed by such a large margin that I wonder what it would take to fail.
🛍️
Why do I feel like I need a camera beyond the one in my phone?
💻
Meghan‘s computer was declared a lemon, so swapped out the added RAM and hard drive in preparation for tomorrow‘s trade.
🛍️
Bag for new laptop.
🍽️
Suny‘s. Nathan‘s cheeseburger was turned into a ketchup sandwich, after which he picked the cheese off the meat. In his defense, the burger was kind of overdone.
💻
Meghan‘s new MacBook is better than her old one in all respects, and better than my MacBook Pro in most.
👶
Walked up the street to the library. Read lots of books. He liked Audrey, but not so much as to share the little toy people he brought.
🧑‍🍳
Veggie risotto with pesto.
🌳
Walked Greg and Jocelyn‘s dog Annie, with Meghan and Nathan, and got hot chocolate up the street.
👶
The dude seemed to be scared of going to bed. Very sad.
📸
Fiddled with Meghan‘s camera.
🎵
The networked music player ignored the remote after three or four presses. Perhaps it was due to batteries, rather than a sudden firewall issue.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made fennel/potato gratin.
👶
Walked up the street to the library with Meghan and Nathan.
🎲
The party assuaged the couatl‘s concerns, and was granted access to a cache of weapons.
🛍️
Wireless upgrade.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made wilted spinach salad with a warm bacon/shallot/vinaigrette dressing.
👶
Sadness, crankiness, and unwillingness to sleep all make sense as side-effects of an apparent ear ache.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made quesadillas.
🧑‍🍳
Late St. Patrick‘s Day dinner: Meghan corned a beef, and cooked that, potatoes with bacon fat, and cabbage with apples.
🍸
And Guinness.
🧑‍🍳
Made tortilla soup with Meghan. The dude likes lime juice in his, and also more lime juice. And avocado.
🍸
Margaritas, and none of that blender nonsense: We‘re talkin‘ fresh citrus and a shaker. 1-1/2 oz. tequila, 3/4 oz. Cointreau, 1/2 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz. lime juice.
💻
Replaced my computer‘s network card (802.11g to 802.11n) and hard drive.
🛍️
Miscellaneous stuff at Fred Meyer (plastic eggs, floss, Rubbermaid tub, network cable, garlic).
👶
Library. As soon as I suggested that we check out \"Katy and the Big Snow\", he turned and walked to the front desk.
🌳
Sandbox, until the wind got too chilly.
💻
Finally got the music server working, for real this time, as long as nobody looks at it too hard.
👶
The ease with which he found most of the Easter eggs was eye-opening.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made ruben sandwiches.
💻
Wireless backup victory! I now have a sluggish network connection! (722MB of 39.3GB, and counting.)
🛍️
USB cable and shaving soap.
👶
Meghan went to see a movie; we smoked cigars, drank scotch, and played poker.
💻
Wireless backup victory part 2 (Meghan‘s computer).
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made a nice, light Vietnamese-style curry soup thing.
🔵
what is this weather
🎈
Mom in town!
👶
Mom had barely stepped in the door before Nathan brought her a book to read.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made a vaguely Provençal chicken stew; I was soux chef.
🧹
The microwave repair guy gave ours a clean bill of health. Score!
🧽
Misc. housework.
🛍️
Sky Nursery.
🧽
More housework; satisfying.
👶
Library; checked out \"Duck for President\" and a bunny puppet.
🍽️
Brunch at Tilth with mom, Meghan, Nathan, Greg, and Jocelyn! So much good food.
🍸
Also, a peppery heirloom tomato bloody Mary.
🧽
Laundry isn‘t everything, it‘s the only thing.
🧑‍🍳
Leftover extravaganza.
🎲
The party recovered their ship and returned the idol to Zotzilaha.
📱
Talked to birthday girl Sabrina.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chicken stock and mushroom/potato/wild rice soup.
👶
Screaming.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made fettucini with butter, sage, and parmesan.
🎵
The little guy likes to listen to \"Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band\".
⭐️
Hacked together a fast Wikipedia search UI for the iPhone.
📸
Finally uploaded some manual settings practicework, some of which I really like.
⚙️
Paged out of bed.
⚙️
Paged out of bed.
🎈
Spent the day at the Rabels‘, with special guests Carrie and Isabella in from Peru.
💻
Almost two years ago, I made a configuration decision that I thought was subtly elegant. Turns out it was subtly wrong; I just found and eliminated a silent 403 error.
💻
Fractal geekery.
🛌
Slept in.
🌳
Park, with only light sprinkles. But the wind was So Cold.
🌳
Park again. Wind still So Cold.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made rice pilaf.
⭐️
Quoted or referenced by Robin Laws and John Gruber today.
🧑‍🍳
Spaghetti con pesto. The pesto we froze last fall is lasting us quite well.
🚗
Top down for the first time this year.
🍽️
Dinner at Chipotle, which isn‘t as bad as you might think, plus they‘re entirely nut-free.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made a casserole with beans, sweet potatoes, onions, and tortillas. And she also made mango lassi.
🛌
The dude woke at 7, but then went back to sleep until 9.
🌳
Park. Every kid in the neighborhood was there.
🌱
Pulled up some lawn.
🌳
Park again. Still beautiful.
🍸
Hoegaarden for strength.
🍸
Lovely day for a Hoegaarden.
🛌
The dude woke at 7, but then went back to sleep until 8:30.
🛍️
Lowe‘s.
🌱
Pulled up some more lawn.
👶
The dude napped on me for an hour.
🧹
Meghan made better curtains to block out light from the dude‘s room.
🍸
My goodness, my Hoegaarden.
⚙️
If my documentation needs a complete rewrite, that‘s fine, but it sure would have been nice to know that more than a few hours before the meeting in which we present it, especially if you‘ve been sitting on it for a week and a half.
⚙️
If my documentation needs a complete rewrite, that‘s fine, but it sure would have been nice to know that more than a few hours before the meeting in which we present it, especially if you‘ve been sitting on it for a week and a half.
🌳
Post-rain walk around the block with the dude. We saw two worms, some puddles, a cat, a dog, a pickup truck, and a few flowers.
⚫️
One of Those Days, part XXIV: The pop can exploded on its way out of the machine, spraying Coke all over my leg.
💈
.
🎵
\"Modern Times\" by Bob Dylan.
🍽️
Pallino with Meghan, Nathan, and Katie.
🎵
\"Last Night\" by Moby and \"Accelerate\" by R.E.M. AmazonMP3 is cool, and would be even cooler if I allowed Safari to auto-launch downloads.
🚗
A poor commuting decision got me onto a bus that took 25 minutes to get onto the freeway that I can easily see from my office window. The rest of the trip was not much faster.
🍸
Ephemère hot chocolate with Cointreau.
🔵
Snow in mid-April, of course.
🍸
Hoegaarden makes you stronger.
👶
Made a snowman with the dude.
🕹️
Wishbringer, with Meghan.
🕹️
Wishbringer, with Meghan.
🧹
Tried re-sealing the kitchen faucet.
👶
The dude napped on me for an hour and a half
🍸
Hoegaarden is good for you.
🎲
Pirate attack! Didn‘t finish; have to deal with the flock of vrocks next time.
👶
Several days ago while reading an alphabet book, I mentioned that I wasn‘t any good with a yo yo, but his Grandpa Paul had been. Today, reading the same book, he asked for \"Grandpa‘s yo yo\". I teared up a little bit.
🛌
Dude woke up every hour and a half.
👶
Dude woke up at six with croup symptoms. Isn‘t cold season supposed to be over?
🕹️
Wishbringer with Meghan.
👶
Sleeptalking: \"Itsy bitsy spider went up spider spout.\"
⚙️
One of Those Days
👶
(Looking at the Sgt. Pepper‘s album cover hanging in his room) \"Those are Beatles. Those are Ringo and Paul and George and John and Paul.\"
⚙️
One of Those Days
🌱
Mowed.
👶
Walked to the library.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made a simple pot of chickpeas, tomatos, and leftover chicken.
🌳
Went for a post-dinner walk. Nathan: \"Nathan want see dog. With fluffy tail.\"
🎵
\"Flight of the Conchords\" by Flight of the Conchords, and \"The Mix-Up\" by the Beastie Boys.
💻
Installed and ran a virus checker for the first time in over two years of owning this computer, for no compelling reason other than to be ahead of the curve when a virus actually shows up. I love OS X.
🧑‍🍳
Fridge cleaning: Made a tasty hash from linguiça, onions, spinach, and (for the potatoes) tater tots. (\"Except for the tater tots, that looks like a Thai salad!\")
👶
Sang \"Old MacDonald\" (taking animal requests). He listened and watched with bright eyes, (unconsciously?) mouthing \"E-I-E-I-O\" along with me.
🎈
Dinner at Jon and Sarah‘s. Nathan passed out on the way home. (And how did Elliott get so big?)
💻
Just realized it‘s been years -- literally -- since I visited Slashdot, and I don‘t miss it a bit.
👶
On skateboards: \"Nathan want be older.\"
🎵
\"Accelerate\" is really, really good -- like \"New Adventures in Hi-Fi\", coincidentally my favorite of theirs (though Accelerate may overtake it).
👶
He insisted that we read the \"about the authors\" blurb on the inside back cover flap. When I read that they wrote \"Trashy Town\", he started talking about \"Mr. Gilly\". It took some research to determine that yes, he is the main character in that book, which we read once or twice at the library, well over a month ago.
🎮
I seem to have won a PS3 copy of \"Grand Theft Auto IV\". Now if I just had a PS3.
🎨
I don‘t know if I‘ll ever be able to look at Optima with quite the same affection again.
🎈
Corinne!
👶
Library. Lots of other families escaping from the rain.
🍽️
Pizza and soup.
🧑‍🍳
And tacos and sweet potato salad!
💻
Upgraded the Flickr export plugin to fix an annoying bug.
🛌
Everybody slept well last night.
🌱
Mowed a little bit of the lawn. Tore up another little bit of the lawn.
🍽️
Suny‘s for burgers, then called Greg and Jocelyn down on a whim.
🎈
Greg‘s and Jocelyn‘s after burgers. Nathan didn‘t want to leave.
🤬
Fighting with iCal/iPhone syncing.
👶
While discussing glasses (\"you might wear glasses when you‘re older\"), he said \"Nathan want be a papa.\"
🎲
The party defended Farshore from the pirate attack led by their patron‘s literally-demonic brother.
🛌
Overslept.
👶
Restless night.
👶
Went to the park after dinner. It was busier than I expected, but then I realized there were two kids‘ softball games going on.
⚙️
Lakshmi, paraphrased: \"*Now* I understand why you‘ve been so grouchy this last week; [internal product X] is terrible!\"
⚙️
Lakshmi, paraphrased: \"*Now* I understand why you‘ve been so grouchy this last week; [internal product X] is terrible!\"
🛍️
Toy store. Bought a tractor (with a trailer) and a family.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn came over.
🍸
Greg made an as-yet-unnamed cocktail with gin, lemon juice, and huckleberry liqueur, in the classic sidecar proportions.
🧑‍🍳
Lamb glazed with mandarin jam and coriander, quick lemon/garlic rice, steamed carrots, and cioccolato e mango gelati. Oh, yes. The dude ate so much.
👶
Mellow waking-up-at-nine morning.
🎮
Handed off GTA4 to someone who can actually play it; watch this space for his updates.
💻
Brought hard drive full of software updates over to the island to patch mother-in-law‘s dialup-only computer.
🎈
To Bainbridge for Mother‘s Day.
📱
Phone tag with Mom.
🌳
Bloedel Reserve.
🌳
Nathan stayed at Grandma Billie‘s house, while Meghan and I went on a date to Bainbridge Gardens.
📱
Talked to Mom for about two minutes before I lost the connection.
🍽️
Stopped and ate at Dick‘s.
🧑‍🍳
Tomato risotto.
📱
Fixed email problem (stupid). Now just need to figure out why iTunes isn‘t aware of calendars I‘ve subscribed to in iCal.
🎵
Can‘t. Stop. Listening.
👶
He likes \"It‘s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)\", and does not like the Man in the Moon. (He hasn‘t heard \"Man on the Moon\"; we‘ll try that next.)
🎈
Parents and kids at Laurent and Michelle‘s. Nathan and I were the only non-French-speakers there.
⚙️
Kicked XPath and took namespaces. We will not discuss the programming language used for implementation.
⚙️
Kicked XPath and took namespaces. We will not discuss the programming language used for implementation.
👶
The dude is definitely not an extrovert. He had fun with the other kids, but perhaps more fun by himself.
🌳
Playing outside with the dude. (70° before 10am? What?)
🌱
Finished mowing.
🌱
Weeded front beds. Where did all the fir seedlings come from?
🌱
Tore up more lawn in the back.
🌳
Walked Greg and Jocelyn‘s dog Annie with Nathan.
🎈
Met Meghan at Becky‘s house; saw Shannon for the first time in ages.
🍽️
To Jalisco‘s with Meghan, Nathan, Becky, Shannon, and four or five other friends of Becky‘s.
👶
The dude did not want to nap.
🎬
Trailers: \"The Love Guru\" (offensive in about a dozen ways, and I‘m an atheist gringo), some thing where Adam Sandler quits the Israeli special forces to become a sexxxy hairdresser (hilarity ensues), another thing by M. Night Shamalalsnynn, the Hulk (eh), Batman (looks good), Indiana Jones (disconcertingly unexciting).
🎬
\"Iron Man\"; an excellent comic book movie, and a pretty good action movie.
🌱
Cleaned up some trash.
🧑‍🍳
Lamb kebabs with about a ton of garlic, sweet potatoes with butter, honey, and lemon juice, and steamed asparagus.
👶
The dude is sick Yet Again, but we can‘t say we didn‘t see it coming.
🎲
The party bribed the dragon turtle to let trade ships pass unmolested, and tricked it into venting its wrath (and blasts of steam) on pirates instead.
🛌
Nobody slept well, except possibly the cats.
🌳
Walked around Greenlake with Meghan, Nathan, and Katie.
⚙️
Talked about my group‘s code to about a hundred devs and testers. Didn‘t quite lose my voice.
⚙️
Talked about my group‘s code to about a hundred devs and testers. Didn‘t quite lose my voice.
⚙️
My spoofer, on the other hand, leaks like the Titanic.
⚙️
After various trials and tribulations, it turns out that our new service has only one real performance issue, and that is pretty well isolated. Nice.
⚙️
After various trials and tribulations, it turns out that our new service has only one real performance issue, and that is pretty well isolated. Nice.
⚙️
My spoofer, on the other hand, leaks like the Titanic.
📱
Accidentally left my phone at work. Got very twitchy on the bus ride home.
🧑‍🍳
Rice with tomatoes and chicken. Simple, tasty.
👶
Zoo! Saw flamingos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, snakes, &c. Glorious weather.
🍵
Booster shot at Seven.
🌱
Mowed the front lawn.
⭐️
Looked in on Jon and Sarah‘s cats with Meghan. Nathan required me to read \"Yawn Like a Hippo!\" five or six times.
🌱
Mowed most of the back yard.
👶
Putting him down for nap and bed was like pulling teeth, only more annoying.
🧑‍🍳
Oh, and soy/sesame/garlic/ginger halibut on a bed of broccoli raab. The dude asked for fish at lunch, declared that he didn‘t like fish when he realized that I was going to cook it instead of play with him, and then cleaned his plate and asked for seconds.
💻
When did Google Maps start doing the cool thing with the pictures of certain steps?
👶
We woke up to hear him reciting \"Machines at Work\".
👶
Good spirits. He read \"Machines at Work\", a dump truck book, and an animal book with his bear and Knuffle Bunny.
🎬
\"Indiana Jones and the Satisfactory Franchise Installment\" (alas, I didn‘t come up with that).
🌱
Finished mowing.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chicken lemon vinaigrette salad.
📱
Tried to videochat with Mom, but the connection was so slow that her picture kept breaking up.
👶
As he was going to bed tonight, he kept talking about how \"Gramma Jean was breaking\". I had to explain, many times, that her picture was breaking up, but she was fine.
👶
The dude gave me diggers, and even let me play with them if I did so in the prescribed manner.
⚙️
Just received the emergency pager, which is now a Blackberry. Terrible, terrible, terrible user experience, from on-screen presentation to tactile.
⚙️
Just received the emergency pager, which is now a Blackberry. Terrible, terrible, terrible user experience, from on-screen presentation to tactile.
⭐️
Perfect square.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made marinated lamb and cucumber/tomato/kalamata/feta salad, with pita, hummus, and retsina.
⚙️
Several simultaneous crisis-level performance issues.
⚙️
Several simultaneous crisis-level performance issues.
😷
I wonder why I can‘t turn my head all the way left or right?
⚙️
Deflected all pages.
⚙️
Deflected all pages.
⚙️
Tracked down and eliminated the memory leak; have some leads on other performance issues.
⚙️
Tracked down and eliminated the memory leak; have some leads on other performance issues.
🎈
Greg over for dinner!
⚙️
Uncovered a database deadlock.
⚙️
Uncovered a database deadlock.
🎈
Mom‘s in town!
🧑‍🍳
Meghan and I made salade niçoise.
🎈
Ran into Avi and Genevieve; caught up for a few minutes.
🧑‍🍳
Pollo arrosto con rosmarina, asparaghi con aglio, pane, and a damn good strawberry/rhubarb pie.
🛍️
U-District farmer‘s market: poulet nouveau, √ºber-fresh milk, fresh spinach pasta, strawberry/rhubarb pie, and gorgeous flowers.
🧑‍🍳
Fresh pasta with sage/parmesan/butter sauce, and steamed corn.
👶
Zoo! Saw a female jaguar, toucans, various monkeys, gorillas, a tiger, orangutans sleeping under burlap, siamangs, and an elephant. When we finally reached the zebras, he lifted his head, put it back on my shoulder, and was asleep in seconds.
🎲
They met a troglodyte, who is going to lead them to the source of Shadow Pearls
⚙️
Handed off the pager before I *totally* lost my will to live.
⚙️
Handed off the pager before I *totally* lost my will to live.
✏️
Rant.
🛍️
Picked up re-soled shoes.
⚙️
MET PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS WE ARE AWESOME NEED BEER NOW
⚙️
MET PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS WE ARE AWESOME NEED BEER NOW
👶
Turns out that pedaling a tricycle is not intuitively obvious.
💻
Helped Mom deal with a possible phishing email that was actually a legitimate, if overly-technical, request to change email settings.
🍸
Some awesome cocktail whose name I forgot, with Buddha‘s-hand-infused vodka, orange juice, and saffron.
👶
Meghan and Nathan and I met a bunch of preschool friends at Greenlake. Nathan and Imogen hugged and played together.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn babysat the dude!
🍽️
Txori. Amazing braised lamb, among other things. \"Dessert\" was chorizo with shaved chocolate.
🎈
Katie‘s fashion opening. One piece already sold.
⭐️
Made milestone.
⚙️
Worked all day, longer than a normal workday.
⚙️
Worked all day, longer than a normal workday.
⚙️
Worked from home.
⚙️
Worked from home.
👶
The dude said \"Papa is not going to work\" this morning as I was getting ready for work.
🤬
Today is apparently F*ck You Monday!
💐
(Can I say that? Is this a family webapp?)
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made sausage/white bean soup.
🧑‍🍳
And cookies.
👶
Quite contrary.
⚙️
Went gold.
⚙️
Went gold.
🍸
On a related note: Hoegaarden.
📱
The T-Mobile customer service dude has a script for people who suggest they may jump ship for a different phone. \"It has all the same features!\" Except if you count \"UI that doesn‘t make me want to hurl it across the room, or just hurl\" as a feature.
⚙️
Deployment fiasco.
⚙️
Deployment fiasco.
⚙️
Cleaning up after deployment fiasco.
⚙️
Cleaning up after deployment fiasco.
⚙️
Much pre-re-deployment work.
🎈
Hung out with Greg and Jocelyn.
⚙️
Much pre-re-deployment work.
🍽️
Burgers with Meghan, Nathan, Greg, and Jocelyn. As is the current fashion, Nathan demanded a hamburger, then demanded that we remove the meat once it arrived.
⚙️
First light.
⚙️
Deployed without a hitch.
⚙️
Deployed without a hitch.
🛍️
New camera, for birthday/father‘s day/release celebration/impulse purchase/retail therapy.
⚙️
First light.
🍸
Celebratory beer.
👶
Holy cow is this guy 2 or what.
🌳
Park. Watched skateboarders, scooped wood chips. The usual.
🍴
In the face of a quiche debacle, we ordered pizza. Quiche turned out okay after all, so we‘ll have that for lunch or something.
👶
Coughing excessively.
🌳
The dude watched boats and seaplanes, met Callie and Junior the Australian shepherds, \"threw\" a frisbee for them, and invented a game called \"rock oper\" (spelling, rules, and actual pronunciation unclear).
👶
Bad sleep. Almost certainly sick.
🎈
Brunch with Meghan, Nathan, Evan, and Kristen in der Bundesrepublik Seattle.
👶
Walked around the block after lunch; saw ants, a slug, a few bees, some different-colored maples, and a toy house.
🌳
Park. The dude ate some bird poop.
👶
Still asleep after 2-3/4 (!) hours.
🧑‍🍳
Quiche and salad at Gas Works Park.
⚙️
Is there a German word for \"the pleasure of passing the buck to a team that couldn‘t deserve it more, while making your own group look like it‘s totally on the ball\"?
👶
It‘s a month containing a vowel, so the dude must be sick.
⚙️
Is there a German word for \"the pleasure of passing the buck to a team that couldn‘t deserve it more, while making your own group look like it‘s totally on the ball\"?
🎲
Erik failed to slip away unnoticed with the roper‘s treasure.
🔵
Looked at pictures of me, ages 0-3. Nathan identified some of them as him. I don‘t know if he believed that it was me, or that his Grandma Jean was in some of them, or if he understood who Grandpa Paul might have been.
🎵
\"Lifes [sic] Rich Pageant\" by R.E.M. Time to start going through the back catalog, most of which I haven‘t heard since college.
💈
Long wait, but at least they were rocking the Black Sabbath.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn came over!
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made root vegetable and chicken curry over cous-cous. Mmm.
👶
Distracted the dude while Meghan packed.
🍽️
McMenamin‘s. Had to figure out the spelling before we could figure out if it was 21+.
🧳
Train to Portland!
👶
Played with Grandma Jean‘s toys.
👶
Played with Grandma Jean‘s toys.
🧑‍🍳
Back at Mom‘s. Meghan made triofi puttanesca, and green beans with crisp-fried prosciutto.
🚗
Drove to Cannon Beach!
🎨
Hey, Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1995 called and wants its home page design back.
🎨
Hey, Cannon-Beach.Net, 1994 called and wants its home page design back.
🛍️
Stopped at a roadside stand for strawberries.
📷
Parked a block and a half from the sand.
🤳
Parked a block and a half from the sand.
🛍️
Turns out I left my sweater back in Portland; bought an overshirt. Who knew the Oregon beach weather could be cool and overcast?
👶
The dude plopped down on the sand a few feet from the stairs and refused to move, though there was a wide-open expanse of sand where he wouldn‘t get tromped on by other beachgoers.
👶
Super-crazy at bedtime, complete with flopping and hitting.
🎈
Visited Pete and Jane; Caroline and Eric were also there. They hadn‘t met the dude yet.
🎈
Visited Polly and Jerry. They hadn‘t met the dude yet.
🧑‍🍳
Leftovers, and the most flavorful watermelon I‘ve ever had.
🤬
The dude was super-crazy at bedtime; he kicked Meghan in the stomach.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made French toast with strawberries!
🍴
Gyros from Suny‘s.
⭐️
Helped Greg move some shelves. He had one of my books I‘d been looking for!
📸
Unpacked the new camera.
👶
Mellow playtime.
🧳
Train to Seattle.
😀
Nice to be home.
👶
Fun playtime while Meghan gardened.
📱
The phone has stopped taking pictures, or rather, stopped writing the resulting image files. Have a lead, but haven‘t read through it carefully enough to proceed.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made lamb/vegetable stew on couscous.
👶
Again with the hitting.
📸
Missed a bus, so experimented with the camera. Learning lots about composition, but still not licensed to use any manual settings.
⚙️
Service went live on our [REDACTED] point of sale. Successfully handled [REDACTED] transactions with a few bugs but no major failures. Provisional success!
⚙️
Service went live on our [REDACTED] point of sale. Successfully handled [REDACTED] transactions with a few bugs but no major failures. Provisional success!
👶
He sat through a 64-page book. Doubt he understood everything, but he did like the snowman the mice made.
⚙️
Ran around making sure that smoke coming from the service was just smoldering, not actually burning. Most of it seems to be due to not gracefully handling other peoples‘ problems. So far, so not-too-bad.
⚙️
Ran around making sure that smoke coming from the service was just smoldering, not actually burning. Most of it seems to be due to not gracefully handling other peoples‘ problems. So far, so not-too-bad.
🎈
Helped Greg and Jocelyn unpack books.
🍴
Oh my God that pizza al tonno is so good. It‘s like if salade ni√ßoise were a pizza.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made pasta primavera.
🎵
\"Birth of the Cool\" by Miles Davis. Every high school jazz band wants to sound like this; none do.
📷
Ballard Locks. Explained locks to the dude; saw steelhead heading upstream. The dude got too hot.
🤳
Ballard Locks. Explained locks to the dude; saw steelhead heading upstream. The dude got too hot.
👶
Left for a shopping-and-Ballard-Locks trip. The dude fell asleep in less than a mile. Returned for a nap.
🛍️
Camera bag which holds *everything* I could need (USB cable, battery charger, lens cap, etc.).
⚫️
Also, the dude (not having had a nap) got wound up pretty easily, and threw a box at Elliott, hitting him in the forehead. Not Cool. More our fault than his.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan and Sarah made a kind of salade niçoise, quinoa with tomatoes, olives, and fresh cheese, and awesome garlicky grilled veggies.
👶
Note for posterity: The dude does not like being in the sun, at least not with temperatures above ~80. Frankly, I can‘t blame him, though it will make his apparent future career as a beach bum more difficult.
👶
Fun morning.
🌱
Trimmed trees whose branches were screeching against the carport roof.
🟠
Helped Greg move a cedar chest. (In hindsight, should have helped him move tons more.)
🎈
Jon, Sarah, and Elliott! Haven‘t seen them in like forever; much catching up.
👶
Nathan doesn‘t get that Elliott isn‘t as quick or capable as he is; Elliott is fascinated by this talking whirlwind.
🎲
The party did not want to strike a bargain with the ancient aboleth.
🧑‍🍳
In a last-minute change of plans, Meghan made potato salad with bacon and homemade mayonnaise, which the dude enjoyed immensely.
👶
Exceptionally cuddly and good-natured. Is he getting sick?
👶
Went around the block after a thundershower.
📸
More picture-takin‘.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made peach/apricot/cherry crisp.
🎵
\"Ray Charles—The Best of the Atlantic Years\".
🎈
Picnic at Benjamin and Corinne‘s. Lots of kids, all of whom had a great time.
🛍️
Bacon and fresh king salmon.
📷
Rode the bus with the dude to Pike Place Market.
🤳
Rode the bus with the dude to Pike Place Market.
🍽️
Crumpets.
⭐️
Gelato (fragola e limone).
👶
The dude fell asleep on the bus back, as is normal.
🌳
Went around the block with the dude on a tricycle.
🧑‍🍳
Salmon with strawberry sauce; steamed broccoli with butter; sourdough bread.
👶
Drew careful lines on the page, as opposed to his normal scribbling or demanding that we draw something for him.
🌱
Mowed some exceptionally-tall grass. Push mowers weren‘t designed for this, and ours needs sharpening.
🌱
Got over two gallons of debris out of a 15‘-long stretch of gutter, including several saplings (two of which were over 8\").
🌳
Walked around the neighborhood with Meghan and a be-tricycled dude.
🛍️
Farmer‘s market with the family.
🎵
\"Maiden Voyage\" by Herbie Hancock. Amazon MP3 Deals, how I love/hate you.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made lemon rice and grilled beef skewers and squash. The dude ate more tonight than he has for the last several days.
⚙️
I am still an Accredited Travel Agent.
⚙️
I am still an Accredited Travel Agent.
👶
The dude totally drenched himself in U Village fountains.
🍽️
Merely-adequate sushi, which isn‘t really adequate.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made strawberry jam (thanks for the canning equipment, Sarah!).
🍽️
Farmer‘s market, then Dick‘s.
📱
As hoped, 2.0 cures my phone‘s weird camera problem, as well as my eczema.
📱
Fully-legitimate iPhone 2.0. Got several Microsoftian \"-9383\" and \"-4\" errors over the course of the morning, but compulsively retrying made them eventually go away.
👶
Greg and Jocelyn babysat the dude!
🎬
\"Batman Begins\", which I missed the first time around. Quite good.
🍽️
Agua Verde with Greg, Jocelyn, Meghan, and Nathan. Spicy catfish tacos on the deck.
🎈
Post-dinner walk along the ship canal.
🧑‍🍳
Made bacon (almost burnt), eggs, and toast with strawberry jam.
👶
The dude declared that he wanted undies and a new potty. Shopped for the latter, didn‘t find any in the boutiquey places I went. Next stop: Target or Toys R Us or the like.
🎲
The party needs to get inside a ziggurat swarming with enemies.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made penne with an excellent cheese sauce and broccoli.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made apricot/cherry crisp.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made meatballs for the spaghetti and tomato sauce.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made lamb stew with sweet potatoes over cous cous.
⚙️
Called in \"not coming in\".
⚙️
Called in \"not coming in\".
⚙️
Instead of watching \"The Dark Knight\", stayed to cover an extra shift at work for the dude who didn‘t show up. So that was cool.
⚙️
Instead of watching \"The Dark Knight\", stayed to cover an extra shift at work for the dude who didn‘t show up. So that was cool.
🎈
To Bainbridge for mother-in-law‘s birthday.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made lemon bars.
🍽️
New Rose Cafe. The dude accidentally ate a jalapeño seed, which made him very unhappy.
👶
Tons of fun playing with Grandma Billie and her toys.
🌳
Saw an osprey.
🍎
Installed updates on mother-in-law‘s computer.
👶
Several moments after sneezing with bread in his mouth: \"Nathan eated a bless-you.\"
👶
Painting. All paint, on paper and in dishes, rapidly became a uniform muddy brown.
🛍️
New couch to replace the not-so-old one in the office. If you want (or know someone who wants) a leather hide-a-bed with a small number of cat scratch marks, let me know.
👶
He practiced using pronouns \"I\" and \"you\", and possessives \"mine\" and \"yours\", and was proud when he got it right.
📚
Reread \"The Dark Knight Returns\" by Frank Miller. Parts are dated, parts are still very good.
🎬
\"The Dark Knight\", making up for last weekend. Relentless.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made quinoa salad.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chicken stock.
⚙️
Renewed vow to not let work problems interfere with my family.
⚙️
Renewed vow to not let work problems interfere with my family.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chicken salad with the stock leftovers.
🎈
Mom in town!
👶
When I got home, the dude Kramered into the kitchen, then ran back into the living room.
🚗
Lost my if-you-lose-it-you-owe-us-$lots bus pass. Then called the coffee shop, which found it.
🛍️
U District farmer‘s market with Mom, Greg, and Jocelyn.
🧑‍🍳
Slow-roasted pork shoulder, orange/jicama salad, tamales, and lumpia, with Mom, Greg, and Jocelyn.
🎵
\"The Best of Nina Simone\", and \"Modern Guilt\" by Beck.
🛍️
Preordered the reprint of the Baron Munchausen RPG. Can‘t wait.
👶
Warning to parents of toddlers: A day after your child eats mostly blueberries, supplemented by raspberries, cherries, and the occasional bite of tamale, you will find something very reminiscent of meconium. I will provide no link.
🧑‍🍳
Breakfast of bacon, fried duck eggs, and sage biscuits.
🌱
Cleaned the rest of the gutters; pulled more saplings out of them.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made chicken/tomato quiche.
👶
Great playtime; the dude was variously a baker and a banker.
🧑‍🍳
Fresh capellini with a simple tomato sauce.
💈
Didn‘t wait too long, for once.
👶
First successful use of the potty.
👶
Hung out with the dude at U Village, particularly the train table at Barnes & Noble. He shared trains willingly.
💻
Explored -webkit-transform.
💻
Got another Mediawiki thing up and running.
🛍️
The dude got two new pieces of track.
👶
And a haircut, finally.
🌳
Park with the dude.
👶
He had good playtime with Meghan.
🧑‍🍳
Grilled salmon and lemon rice. The dude likes the idea of salmon more than the reality.
🛍️
Coffee beans and groceries, with dude in tow. Makes everything >2√ó harder.
💻
Slowly forcing Mediawiki to bend to my will.
👶
He looked around the table at everybody talking and laughing and eating, and said (something like) \"These people are all friends.\"
☹️
Office minifridge started making a horrible rattling noise.
🎈
Lora, Amy, and Dave at Capitol Club!
🎈
Dinner at Nathan & Miller‘s, with Mabry, Miller‘s parents, and another half dozen or so others. The dude charmed.
🎈
Listened to Brian talk about how he found a particular 600-year-old manuscript, perhaps the oldest copy of a 1000-year-old work and previously only rumored to still exist, in a library in Istanbul. Alas, it did not involve fighting Nazis or swinging across a chasm with a whip.
🚗
Drove the car to work for the first time in I don‘t know how long.
⚙️
Would like a do-over for today please thanks.
🎈
Dinner with Greg, Jocelyn, and Lora at Suny‘s.
📱
Got my first game for the phone.
👶
The dude suddenly and calmly threw up. Seems to be doing better now.
⚙️
Would like a do-over for today please thanks.
👶
Successful in-potty poop.
📱
As is recommended to occasionally do, I allowed my iPhone battery to fully drain. By which I mean I bought Galcon. Man, that game has the \"just once more\" thing down pat.
⚙️
Meghan was sick, so stayed home from work to take care of her and the dude.
⚙️
Meghan was sick, so stayed home from work to take care of her and the dude.
👶
Fun with the dude.
🤳
Went downtown for Meghan‘s haircut.
📷
Went downtown for Meghan‘s haircut.
🍽️
Never go to the Crumpet Shop at noon on a weekend. What was I thinking?
🧑‍🍳
Baked bread. Oh my God so good, and so easy.
🧑‍🍳
Fusilli with comfort-food tomato-and-meat ragu.
🎲
The party snuck into the fleshy ziggurat and killed the high priest of Demogorgon and his pet bilewretch.
📚
\"Musicophilia\" by Oliver Sacks. Interesting, as are all of his books.
⚙️
Trying to cover other peoples‘ bases, and leaving mine open as a result. Good times.
⚙️
Trying to cover other peoples‘ bases, and leaving mine open as a result. Good times.
😷
Sick. No good.
😷
Recovering.
👶
He was terrible at bedtime, and so we didn‘t read books. He was very mad.
👶
He doesn‘t like the eyes in the moon, so we taught him to see the rabbit instead.
😷
Recovering. No work.
🎵
The dude started dancing manically to a snippet of \"Smells Like Teen Spirit\" on NPR, but when I turned on the stereo, he demanded \"Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band\" instead.
👶
Much better at bedtime. He talked about how he‘d misbehaved last night.
🟠
Ups and downs.
🍵
Felt caffeine headache starting this morning as I was making coffee, after skipping it for two days straight.
👶
So much great, creative play today.
⭐️
Greg and Jocelyn took the dude to a farmer‘s market.
🎈
Going-away party for Avi and Genevieve.
🛍️
*Cough* Bellevue Square *cough* for Legos for the dude.
👶
He pretty much did nothing but play with Legos all day. He had such a great time, and you could see his creativity bursting. It was so awesome. We should give him a new set every day.
🧽
Cleaned the kitchen.
🚗
Errands.
🎵
\"Let‘s Get It On\" by Marvin Gaye, \"My Favorite Things\" by John Coltrane, and \"In a Silent Way\" by Miles Davis.
⚙️
Tried to get some work done in the evening, but a server crash blocked me.
⚙️
Tried to get some work done in the evening, but a server crash blocked me.
⚙️
Tried to get some work done in the evening, but a server crash blocked me.
📚
\"The World Without Us\" by Alan Weisman. Would have enjoyed it more if there hadn‘t been chunks repeating \"Guns, Germs, and Steel\" and \"Collapse\". It was simultaneously too short and lacking focus.
⚙️
Tried to get some work done in the evening, but a server crash blocked me.
🌳
To the Arboretum with the dude to look for herons. Barely even saw any ducks. At least the lilies were blooming.
👶
Also, the whole \"I‘ll pick at my food a little bit\" thing that‘s been going on the last few weeks? He‘s back to the \"eating us out of house and home\" thing again.
🧑‍🍳
Desperate for dinner, I made fried eggs and pancakes. The dude also had chocolate milk. GREAT PARENTING A+++++
⚙️
Got some work done in the evening, thanks to having set something up for the brief moment when the server was healthy.
⚙️
Got some work done in the evening, thanks to having set something up for the brief moment when the server was healthy.
⚙️
Tried to get some work done in the afternoon, but a server crash blocked me.
⚙️
Tried to get some work done in the afternoon, but a server crash blocked me.
👶
The dude is definitely aware that people eat animals, and that some animals eat each other.
👶
Very sweetly retold \"A Color of His Own\" as we flipped through the book, reciting parts and paraphrasing others. I died a little.
🍽️
As I should have expected, the work cafeteria‘s fajita plate turned out to be a plate of sadness and regret.
🍽️
Acceptable sushi. The dude ate a ton.
⚙️
I don‘t really want to talk about the bug we found, but suffice to say that a customer is going to be getting some free product from us.
⚙️
I don‘t really want to talk about the bug we found, but suffice to say that a customer is going to be getting some free product from us.
😷
Totally twisted my ankle running for the bus.
🔵
Missed lots of good speeches over the last few days; downloaded them and synced them to my portable audio device.
🔵
Listened to speeches. Just need to find Kennedy‘s.
👶
Morning tricycle around the block.
🌳
To the park with the dude.
📚
\"Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight\" by Chris Onstad. A great way to reread the story, though I don‘t know if it makes any sense to people who don‘t already know the characters.
🔵
Turned on the furnace. Early this year.
🕹️
Oolite, a slavish recreation of old-school space trader Elite.
🕹️
Oolite.
🍼
Heard a heartbeat!
🕹️
Oolite. Leveled up, from \"harmless\" to \"mostly harmless\". Eat hot beam laser death, pirate scum.
🔵
Dad would‘ve been 72 today. And man, would he have been delighted by this presidential race, the whole thing, top to bottom.
⚙️
Farewell lunch for 22% of our dev group.
⚙️
Farewell lunch for 22% of our dev group.
🛍️
To Lowe‘s with the dude. He had fun.
🧹
Repaired one of the dude‘s loaders.
🕹️
Oolite.
👶
The dude played in the sandbox with his repaired loader.
👶
The dude played in the sandbox with his repaired loader.
🎈
Corinne and Benjamin‘s baby shower at Nathan and Miller‘s!
👶
The dude played in the sandbox with his repaired loader.
🕹️
Oolite.
👶
Two days ago, his left nostril gushed snot for about an hour. This morning, he woke up crying, holding his left ear, and complaining that his neck hurt. Doctor‘s verdict: ear infection.
💻
Created a Flickr account for the dude, so we can fave pictures for him, and so we can upload his pictures when he gets a camera for his birthday.
🎲
R&R in preparation for scaling the central plateau‘s 3000‘ cliffs.
🛍️
Bel Square for personal hygene products and a little toy for the dude.
🍽️
Acceptable sushi with Meghan, Nathan, Greg, and Jocelyn.
😷
Dentist. No problems.
⚙️
Annual Keynote wrangling.
⚙️
Annual Keynote wrangling.
📱
2.1. Not bricked. Feels faster on first use; placebo or actual change?
📸
Bought lightly-used lens from co-worker. (This is how it starts, right?)
🍴
Lunch from Le Fournil (pâté forestier sandwich, blueberry tart). Awesome, as always.
🍽️
Dinner at Ha-lee-sko with Meghan, Nathan, Jon, Sarah, and squirmy-grabby Elliott.
🕹️
Oolite.
🎈
Met Corinne at the farmer‘s market.
👶
Went to U Village with the dude. Had a good time. He ate his entire bowl of pasta, which must have hurt.
🕹️
Oolite.
🌳
The dude was crazy in the house, so went to the park.
🕹️
Oolite. Leveled up; ship is almost totally pimped out (just need military-grade shields).
⚙️
The monitor fairy left a new display on my desk over the weekend. Score.
⚙️
The monitor fairy left a new display on my desk over the weekend. Score.
⚙️
Good presentation.
⚙️
Good presentation.
👶
“Common mispronunciations (as of September 2008)”
👶
The dude combined his weird obsession with eating sharks with his newfound friendship with Tigger. Result: He has decided that tigers eat tiger sharks.
🎈
Ran into Nathan at the coffee shop. Talked, each missing our next bus.
📚
\"Case Histories\" by Kate Atkinson. Really excellent; highly recommended.
👶
Greg and Jocelyn watched the dude.
🎈
Farewell-to-Jenny-and-Bill dinner with Meghan at Tilth. Highlight was probably the sous vide egg.
⭐️
Knocked on someone‘s door to tell them their car had rolled down their driveway and into the street.
👶
Dude has a cold; snot flow approx. 1 gal./hour.
👶
Cold --> croup BUT NO, we brought him into our bed so our pillows could elevate his head enough to keep his sinuses drained enough.
🛌
The dude tossed and turned all night; I slept very poorly.
👶
The dude apparently fell out of our bed this morning.
👶
And was diagnosed as having mild croup. (Sigh.) At least we didn‘t have to go to the ER last night.
👶
Totally sick dude. So sick he took an extra nap and preferred being held to playing.
☹️
Stayed home from the wedding to take care of the dude.
🕹️
Oolite.
👶
Up bright and early!
💻
Caught up on a whole ton of web reading. Discarded most news articles from before mid-September, because, like, totally different era.
🕹️
Oolite. Have become more of a bounty hunter than a trader.
🚗
Someone sliced through the Miata‘s top overnight while it was in the carport. And took my pea coat.
📱
Filed police report and insurance claim. Surprisingly efficient on both counts.
📱
Talked to claims adjuster.
🛍️
Tried on a couple of suit jackets for the upcoming wedding.
👶
Very sweet bedtime reading, including a big family hug after reading \"Hug\".
💻
Downloaded a bunch of software updates for Meghan to install on her mom‘s dialup-only computer.
🤬
Wrote my senators and representative.
🎈
Ran into Nathan and Miller at coffee. Miller is teaching up the hill from my office.
📸
Change of a season‘s enough of a reason to want to get away. Where by \"away\" I mean \"down the street for a few pictures\". I‘m kind of a homebody.
🎈
Mom in town!
🍵
Nathan at morning coffee.
🍽️
Dinner at La Carta de Oaxaca with Meghan, Nathan, Mom, and Katie. Dude, really good.
🛍️
Bought a suit with Meghan‘s help.
🍽️
Lunch at Faire with Meghan, Nathan, Mom, Greg, and Jocelyn. Also quite good.
🍴
Mom, Greg, and Jocelyn over for dinner.
🕹️
Oolite.
🔴
Found pretty solid evidence of larger-than-mouse rodents in the cellar.
📸
Took pictures while going up the street for coffee.
🧹
Fixed motion sensors on carport and back yard lights.
🎈
Then Miller on the bus.
🎲
Instead of climbing the 3000‘ cliffs surrounding the central plateau, the party flew up, and found a band of Pelor-worshipping lizardfolk.
🍵
Nathan at coffee.
🌳
To the park with the dude for playing, picnic, and more playing.
🔴
Am told that we probably had a transient rat, not a bunch of residents. Regardless, traps will be placed.
⚙️
Investigating a scary but interesting bug.
⚙️
Investigating a scary but interesting bug.
💐
Feature request: Something that would let me answer questions like \"when was my last haircut?\" or \"when did the dude last have croup?\".
⚙️
Mostly nailed the bug.
⚙️
Mostly nailed the bug.
👶
The dude composed his first song, \"Strawberry Song\". Presumably composed in honor of his strawberry yogurt breakfast, it consisted of the word \"strawberry\", repeated over 100 times at various pitches.
🎵
\"Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane\", yet another Amazon MP3 $1 deal.
😷
Meghan and the dude both have colds. Not cool.
✅
Deposited insurance settlement, got coffee beans, picked up suit.
⚫️
Saw a young teenager going into anaphylactic shock at the grocery store. Ran to the car to grab my EpiPen; later, was shaking and remembering Nathan being carried into an ambulance.
👶
To urgent care with the dude. \"Reactive airway\", another respiratory diagnosis to add to his growing collection.
👶
Woke the dude up at 3am for medication via inhaler. He was not amused, but he‘s breathing more easily.
👶
As seems to happen in rough periods, the dude‘s brain has grown a size; play is more imaginative, and sentence structure is now far more grammatical than that of certain VP candidates.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made spaghetti and meatballs.
👶
Grumpus matutinus maximus.
☹️
Melancholy household.
🚗
To Portland!
👶
Late to bed.
🛍️
Received the Gentleman‘s Edition of the Baron Munchausen RPG.
🛍️
Scouted wedding site; bought pulp fantasy reprint and #13 in a nautical fiction series (from elsewhere in the store).
🎈
Dinner with the wedding party at the Kennedy School. The dude had a fabulous time running through the halls with Aiden.
👶
Rough night; early to rise.
🎈
Reception at Wildwood.
👶
The dude had an inconsolable post-nap sleep-and-food-deprived breakdown.
☹️
Jocelyn rear-ended by crazy woman after the wedding.
😀
Officiated Greg and Jocelyn‘s wedding. So completely awesome.
🍽️
Lunch with Greg, Jocelyn, Amber, Mom, Meghan, and Nathan at Kornblatt‘s. I like saying \"Kornblatt‘s\".
🚗
Back home!
👶
Another huge language jump. Now asks questions with follow-ups (\"Do you have a cat or a dog?\" \"Do you know what your dog‘s name is?\"). Rejects steamed broccoli (\"This is just a plant\"); when pressed to sample, says \"This is no good.\"
🎲
The party doled out the harshness, and learned that the central plateau is ruled by an aspect of Demogorgon.
🍎
Lust.
🔵
After Meghan and I finished talking about the debate, the dude wanted to talk about Meghan voting for Obama.
📷
The dude and I went to the zoo. Great fun.
🤳
The dude and I went to the zoo. Great fun.
🧑‍🍳
Garlicky pasta. The dude ate a ton.
👶
Morning diaper smelled *exactly* like garlic.
🌳
Got pumpkins at Jubilee Farm. Missed the trebuchet launch.
🧑‍🍳
Veggie risotto.
🛌
Dreamed that I was trying to pick my Cabinet, and having trouble explaining how I‘d gotten elected.
🔵
Voted.
⚙️
Discovered that a database is using 60GB of RAM, and growing.
⚙️
Discovered that a database is using 60GB of RAM, and growing.
📸
Walkabout with the new(ish) lens.
🍽️
Pallino, U Village. Apple Store wasn‘t open yet, but is as I write this a day later.
🍴
Taco bus, oh yeah.
🔵
Yard signs for Obama and Gregoire.
🌳
Babysat Elliott with Meghan. Went to the park.
🍽️
Massive inexplicable Krispy Kreme cravings.
📷
The dude and I went to the zoo again. Saw a wolf and an alarmingly-well-camouflaged tiger.
🤳
The dude and I went to the zoo again. Saw a wolf and an alarmingly-well-camouflaged tiger.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn over for dinner and pumpkin carving.
👶
Greg: \"Nathan is the cutest little boy *ever*.\" Nathan: \"The cutest little boy ever is *Elliott*.\"
👶
Possible first dream/\"monsters under the bed\" incident: After seeing two arctic foxes at the zoo, the dude has twice told of seeing one in his room, once after his nap and once upon waking up in the morning.
🎲
The party explored the tunnels under Taboo Temple, and stepped in a patch of green slime.
😷
Mild dizziness this morning.
⚙️
Pretty wretched day.
⚙️
Pretty wretched day.
🔵
Watched Bill Clinton give a great, great speech for Obama.
🛍️
Replaced missing iPhone headset. Seems springier than the old one -- maybe a side-effect of no PVC?
📸
Black and white experimentation. I‘m really pleased with a couple.
⚙️
Huh, I forgot my five-year anniversary last week.
⚙️
Huh, I forgot my five-year anniversary last week.
🍽️
Salumi! Salumi! Salumi!
👶
The dude came to the office for trick-or-treating, but refused to wear his costume.
🍽️
Dinner at La Cocina del Puerco.
💈
Haircut. “Ride the Lightning” was playing.
⚙️
Nasty, nasty-to-diagnose problem that turned out to be Somebody Else’s Fault But Our Problem.
⚙️
Nasty, nasty-to-diagnose problem that turned out to be Somebody Else’s Fault But Our Problem.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made shepherd‘s pie.
🍸
Pinkus organic hefeweizen is not a great example of the form.
🔵
Hung out with the dude while Meghan Got Out The Vote.
📷
Family bus trip downtown!
🤳
Family bus trip downtown!
🍽️
Crumpets at The Crumpet Shop.
🛍️
Kitchen implements, salmon, produce, bread, etc., in and around Pike Place Market. The dude was weirded out by a big squid sculpture.
🍽️
Gelato at La Bottega Italiana, the best in Seattle. I would not be ashamed to send an Italian there.
👶
Dude fell asleep on the bus ride back, but woke up when we got home and wouldn’t go back to sleep.
🧑‍🍳
Salmon, dill cream cheese, red onions, and tomatoes on ciabatta rolls. (But I forgot the capers!) I now have Serious Onion Breath.
🍼
Expecting a girl in late March!
✏️
Election Day.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made excellent ad-hoc potato soup Provençal.
🔵
Victory.
🍸
Celebratory negroni.
🔵
Told a nice Korean-immigrant grandmother on the bus that Obama had won. She was excited.
✏️
California Goddamn
💈
Adjusting my shaving technique, to good effect so far.
⚙️
Took the day off.
⚙️
Took the day off.
👶
Dropped the dude off at preschool with Meghan.
🍵
Coffee with Meghan and not Nathan! (Spent much of the time researching baby names.)
🛌
Evening nap.
👶
Played with the dude. One minute the clownfish toy was playing with the velociraptor; the next, the velociraptor was cooking it and \"the skin [was] coming off\". Now considering vegitarianism.
⚙️
Relatively quiet release night.
⚙️
Relatively quiet release night.
💻
Put a bunch of stuff on Delicious that I‘ve been meaning to do for (in some cases) months.
🛌
Two naps.
🍽️
Trip to Dick‘s with the dude. He sat in the front and devoured his cheeseburgers (minus the burger, of course).
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn over to watch the dude!
🍽️
Anniversary dinner at Txori. Standouts: carmelized garbanzos, house-cured salmon, chocolate mousse, and my wife.
🌱
Mowed the front lawn, trimmed the lavender and rosemary, and avoided the slimy dying mushrooms in the side yard.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made French toast with brioche, topped with homemade plum jam.
🌳
Walk through Hamlin Park with Meghan and Nathan.
🍽️
Taco bus.
👶
U Village expedition.
🛍️
Kid-friendly mouse.
⚙️
Small (but measurable) layoff. Still feel job-secure.
⚙️
Small (but measurable) layoff. Still feel job-secure.
🎲
The party‘s only remaining original member was almost sacrificed to a demon.
🎈
Hung out with Meghan, Nathan, and Katie.
👶
Haircut for the dude.
🎈
Phil in town from Ohio!!
👶
The dude totally took to Phil.
🧑‍🍳
Much cooking for selves and for Benjamin and Corinne (with new baby).
🎈
Susannah and Caroline dropped by! Nathan overwhelmed Caroline with gifts of toys; she was dubious, and assertive of personal space.
🧑‍🍳
Marinated lamb chops with garlic/rosemary sautéed potatoes.
✅
Inbox eleven.
⚙️
Nine hour conference call.
⚙️
Nine hour conference call.
🧑‍🍳
Leftover lamb sandwiches on rosemary bread.
⚙️
Nine hour conference call, day two.
⚙️
Nine hour conference call, day two.
👶
On waking up in the morning, the dude was convinced that he‘d seen a bat (one of his current \"animals of obsession\", the others being owls and T. rex) in the house.
⚙️
Nine hour conference call, day three.
⚙️
Nine hour conference call, day three.
🍴
The dude: \"I don‘t *want* saag paneer. I want *pesto tortellini*.\"
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made spaghetti carbonara. So good.
⚙️
Only four hours today.
⚙️
Only four hours today.
🕹️
World of Goo.
🎈
Ruslana‘s going-away party.
👶
Went to the bookstore with the dude.
📱
Area man upgrades iPhone; relieved to find it not \"bricked\".
👶
We are raising a cheerful cannibal.
🧹
Plugged in first \"ultrasonic\" mouse repeller in the cellar. Its faint rapid clicky noise drove me away; we‘ll see how it does with the (presumed) mice.
🧑‍🍳
Egg/cheese sandwiches for dinner.
🧹
Bailed on the game at the last minute to help with Thanksgiving prep.
👶
The dude pronounces \"archaeopteryx\" better than I do.
⚙️
Mellow day in the office.
⚙️
Mellow day in the office.
🎈
Mom in town!
🧑‍🍳
Meghan did some pre-Thanksgiving cooking.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan did Thanksgiving cooking.
🎈
Billie, Katie, Greg, and Jocelyn over for Thanksgiving!
🧑‍🍳
Leftovers: turkey sliders.
🍼
Feelin’ kicks.
🛍️
“Commander: Europe at War” for 50% off.
🕹️
Commander: Europe at War. Tutorial was German invasion of Poland; it unimpressively took me until late November before Poland surrendered.
🤳
Swanson’s Nursery to see reindeer.
👶
Rough morning. Dude was stir-crazy.
📷
Swanson’s Nursery to see reindeer.
🍽️
Cafe at Swanson’s. The dude ate his first significant meal of the last few days.
📷
U Village. The dude and Oliver hit it off.
🤳
U Village. The dude and Oliver hit it off.
🍽️
Pallino. More comfort food for the dude.
👶
Library with the dude. He checked out a T. rex hand puppet, which he has rarely set down since.
🛍️
Aimless U Village window shopping, first time in many, many months. Very pleasant.
🚗
Mom headed home.
🎲
The party began the climactic battle with the demon lord of the Isle of Dread.
👶
The dude met newly-talking two-year-old Jackson, and taught him to say “dinosaur” (“dinus!”).
🧑‍🍳
Gnocchi with garlic and spinach.
👶
After more than a week of multiple nighttime wakings, I asked the dude about them. He said he was scared of the owls and bats. We talked about them, and looked at pictures of owls, after which he proclaimed \"I am not scared of owls anymore!\". Followed by two nights of solid sleep.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made orzo with chicken, tomato, bell pepper, and chevre. So, so good.
⚙️
Last day in the office complex I‘ve worked in for 5+ years.
⚙️
Last day in the office complex I‘ve worked in for 5+ years.
👶
Took the dude to Vaughn’s birthday party at the zoo. Good times.
🍽️
Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes with gravy and lingonberries. At Ikea.
🛍️
Massive shopping at Ikea. Centerpiece: a new bed for the three-years-old-tomorrow dude.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made “burchiladas”.
👶
The dude turned three today!
🧑‍🍳
Birthday breakfast: blueberry pancakes, fried eggs, bacon.
👶
Much playtime.
🛌
Napped in his new bed. (Hard to go to sleep, but he did it.)
🍽️
Birthday dinner: sushi.
🍽️
Birthday dessert: raspberry gelato.
⚙️
Mostly moved in to the new office. Fine location, nice view; shame about having a cube instead of an office.
⚙️
Mostly moved in to the new office. Fine location, nice view; shame about having a cube instead of an office.
👶
The dude slept most of the night in his new bed.
🧹
Shut off the outside faucets in anticipation of a cold snap (with snow?) this weekend. Tried to wash my hands afterward; discovered I‘d shut off water to the whole house. Went back downstairs to turn that back on and the outside faucet off for real this time.
🧑‍🍳
Baked carrot/raisin spice cupcakes for the dude’s birthday party.
⚙️
Last day of work until 2009.
⚙️
Last day of work until 2009.
👶
The dude played SO MUCH with the tyrannosaurus and diplodocus shadow puppets Sarah gave him for his birthday.
🧑‍🍳
Pork fried rice.
🎈
Dude’s birthday party at Pacific Science Center, with August (and Elizabeth) and Elliott (and Jon and Sarah). As usual, I got fragments of adult conversation that left me wanting more.
🧑‍🍳
Won ton soup.
🎈
Tom came over for Nathan’s family birthday party; everyone else was snowed/iced in.
🎿
The dude is much more excited about snow this year than last.
⭐️
Finally decorated the tree.
🎈
Nathan and Miller stopped by after a night movie at the Crest. Had good conversation over cupcakes and spiked gourmet hot chocolate.
🎿
ABS activated twice on the grocery store run.
🛍️
Fresh tortillas at our grocery store!
🎲
The party barely escaped the demon prince‘s aspect with their lives and souls intact. Regrouping for next time.
👶
The dude’s bowels are acting up. Concerned, but he doesn’t seem particularly bothered.
⚙️
Drove to work to drop off cookie dough for those who bought it. Apparently there was some sort of crisis, which I happily avoided and ignored.
⚙️
Drove to work to drop off cookie dough for those who bought it. Apparently there was some sort of crisis, which I happily avoided and ignored.
📱
Videochat with Mom while Nathan opened his birthday present from her.
💿
“Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Amazing movie.
🧹
Repairdude figured out what was wrong with the dishwasher; now to find the part.
🌱
Scraped ice and slush off the driveway and sidewalk, in case the threatened freeze and snow happens tonight.
📱
There goes my battery.
🧑‍🍳
Pasta with spinach and raisins.
🎿
I am blessed: My son likes to shovel snow.
👶
The dude’s GI malady has moved from low to high. Oddly, he remains in good spirits.
🕹️
Commander: Europe at War.
🕹️
World of Goo. For such a cute game, it can be mighty stressful.
👶
Surprise! The dude’s thing developed into something croup-like last night!
🎿
Grocery run. Our street is pretty bad; NE 145th is plowed and/or deiced.
🎈
Christmas dinner with Meghan‘s dad‘s side of the family. The dude received So Many Dinosaurs.
🎿
Terrible driving conditions (e.g. could not identify lanes on I-5).
🍸
Much snow outside; a little cognac inside.
🔵
Haven‘t seen snow like this since I was 3 or 4.
🧑‍🍳
Lunch: fried egg, with fried ham, with cheddar cheese, on a heated-’til-puffy tortilla.
🎈
Greg, Jocelyn, and Katie braved the snow to visit!
🍸
Greg made old fashioneds.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan, Jocelyn, and Katie made pork loin with some kind of awesome fig/balsalmic sauce, rosemary/garlic potatoes, and a nice salad.
👶
The dude’s GI tract is back to normal, but now he may have a bit of a cold.
🧑‍🍳
Stovetop popcorn. Oh yes.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made penne with pesto and sausage.
🕹️
Picked up Neverwinter Nights after a really hard boss battle put me off the game for like 2 years. Beat the boss, which ironically was a bad-ass frost-breathing white dragon in a snowglobe world.
🔵
Mom won’t make it for Christmas, but planning to come up over the weekend.
🎿
Drove to Ballard for errands. Rough, but doable. Not for fun times.
🍴
Señor Moose. So good!
👶
The dude was alternately a sweet gift-giving dove and a total jerk. Hello, Terrible Threes!
🕹️
NWN.
🟢
Helped Meghan make and wrap the dude‘s presents.
🎿
Snow play with the dude. He likes snow; cold, not so much.
👶
Sweet/jerk again.
🕹️
NWN.
👶
Sweet/jerk.
🕹️
NWN.
🟢
Light Christmas with no guests.
🧑‍🍳
Meghan made eggplant parmesan.
😷
Meghan felt unwell; Group Health helped.
🎿
Car stuck half in driveway, half in street. Dug it out.
🛍️
Braved the melt to go to Third Place Books.
👶
Meghan was sad; the dude tried to comfort her.
🎈
Great visit from Jon, Sarah, Elliott, and Nan. The dudes had a great time together.
👶
Sweet/jerk.
🎈
To Bainbridge for a belated Christmas.
👶
So Many Dinosaurs.
📚
\"The Man Who Knew Too Much\" by David Leavitt. Mixed feelings; did a great job humanizing Turing, but two major off-putting points.
🎈
Mom in town for a belated Christmas!
📷
Took the dude to Pacific Science Center, for more dinosaurs and running the Center House model train.
🎵
“Ethiopiques, vol. 1: Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music”. Very interesting.
🤳
Took the dude to Pacific Science Center, for more dinosaurs and running the Center House model train.
🎲
Final D&D session: The party defeated Khala the Two-Headed, stopping Demogorgon‘s plot to bathe the world in a tide of savagery. Excellent game, excellent ending.
🧑‍🍳
Brunch: Fresh tortillas with eggs, bacon, and cheese.
🧑‍🍳
Dinner: Two different roast chickens, and chard risotto. I dropped one; Meghan‘s rockamendation was to take its skin off.
👶
The dude put a dinosaur puzzle together mostly by himself. He was proud.
👶
More sweet, less jerk.
🎈
Belated Christmas with mom, Greg, and Jocelyn!
✏️
iPhone apps I have known.
👶
It is *so weird* to hear my verbal ticks coming out of the dude‘s mouth.
💈
*Slightly* new style.
🎈
To a party at the house of the dude‘s preschool friend Zac. Fun.
😀
2008 was a good year. Here‘s to 2009.
👶
Helped the dude put his dinosaur puzzle together again.
🎈
Greg and Jocelyn came over.
🧽
Many dishes were cleaned.
🧑‍🍳
Quesadillas with leftover roast chicken. Jocelyn make a rockin‘ guacamole.
🍴
Rockin‘ pizza from Suni‘s.
👶
Helped Dan and Meghan watch the dude, Zac, Noah, and Ruby, while other parents cleaned the preschool.
🎈
Katie came over!
🕹️
NWN. Completed a bunch of quests revolving around the barbarians‘ alliance.
👶
The dude was also fascinated by Hammering Man.
👶
AM jerk, PM sweet.
🍽️
Crumpet Shop for lunch.
🛍️
Pike Place Market for salmon, organic produce, dried fruit, and Italian sundries
👶
The dude‘s attitude towards the market‘s squid sculpture shifted from fear to fascination to (after naming it Mr. Squid) delight.
🧑‍🍳
Salmon sandwiches and broccoletti.
🕹️
NWN. I apparently traveled back in time and conversed with the game‘s main villain, who sucked back then, too.
👶
The dude wolfed down an untoasted crumpet, then threw up shortly thereafter.
🎈
Brunch at B&O for Jenni and Bill being back in town.
👶
The dude got a late Christmas present, a T. rex, which he basically didn’t put down the rest of the day. We now declare an official moratorium on gifts.
🕹️
NWN. Got the second MacGuffin of Power; one more remaining, perhaps guarded by another dragon.
🧽
Massive burst of last-day-of-vacation cleaning.
🔵
Snow (4–5”). WHAT.
⚙️
First day back in the office since before the Snowpocalypse. Went from ~1300 unread emails to 2, both of which are notes to self.
⚙️
First day back in the office since before the Snowpocalypse. Went from ~1300 unread emails to 2, both of which are notes to self.