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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Janie's pregnant!

We've already told some of you (all two or three who read this, in any case), but Janie is around three months pregnant with our first proto-baby. She's doing well, being pregnant makes her both elated and miserable, which I hear is par for the course for this particular biological operation. I'm hanging in there, trying to read up on all the things I know I'm going to need to know, and wondering about all the other things I'll need to know that I don't know about yet.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Date night win

Janie and I have been trying to institute a policy of taking a night off to just spend together, at least every other week. The fact that we have to schedule such things probably informs the reader as to how busy we tend to be. Unfortunately, this also means that we rarely get to put much thought into these outings, as they don't creep into our consciousness until our PDA's bleep at us fifteen minutes before the start of date night.

But last night, I did good. Alerted to date night by checking the calendar to see if last night was free for other activities, I stopped by the grocery on the way home and picked up the fixings for a giant plate of nachos, which I began preparing after cleaning up the kitchen a bit. When Janie walked in the door, I was well on my way to finishing the nachos, served 'bowling alley' style, i.e. on one giant platter piled high to share.

After the nachos, we proceeded to Wii bowling. J won a game, I won a game. We then cuddled up on the couch and finished Speed Racer, which J had started but never finished. Love that movie. All in all, it was a pretty excellent date night for us. J was happy, which made the evening perfect.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Work, work, work

My job has been evolving from QA person to Utility Drone. In addition to testing, I now have to launch new sites with the web app we've been building. The schedule is ridiculous, and no matter how hard I try, every day a couple of sites don't work and I've got to spend time figuring out what went wrong and fixing it.

On the plus side, in order to take advantage of the east coast folks, I may start coming in at 6 mountain and going home and sleeping at 3. Oh, who am I kidding. The 360 got back from Microsoft yesterday. I'm due some serious game time.

Monday, November 10, 2008

I miss my xbox!

Of course I miss it because of the games I can't play. It would break right before all the biggest games of the year were due to come out. But now, more than that, I realize how much it's the hub of my entertainment center. My in-laws are visiting this week, and dad loves to watch movies. Unfortunately, without the xbox to stream them too, I had to jury rig plugging a laptop up to the TV. I hadn't had a chance to test this, and we ran into all kinds of fun problems, from inactivity timeouts where it would exit the movie playback and go back to the 'this computer is locked' screen, to program popups which would also interrupt playback. Of course, the laptop is also my work machine, so I couldn't leave it there for dad to watch movies while I'm at work. I ended up going back to the first DVD player I had ever bought, back in July of 1999, and rigging that up. Of course, this also means that we're back in the dark ages of remote use. I've got a Harmony remote I use to control all my devices. With the xbox gone, we either had to resort to individual remotes, or in the case of the old DVD player, getting up and pressing buttons. I count the minutes until my 360 is returned.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Last night, I sat on the couch with my friends, and watched my country elect its first African American President. I watched my state join the blue column. I watched John Stewart call the election, and actually teared up. Things aren't great in America right now. And although I believe things can get better, I know it will be difficult. But for the first time in a long time, I felt two things last night. Pride in my country, and hope.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Back from Santa Fe

Got back Sunday night from another Halloween with the Ferbers. Had an amazing time. Highlights included Tim and Jeryn as The Man in the Yellow Hat and George, Curious. Sherri had an spot on Starbuck costume from BSG. AB pulled his usual trick of going to the grocery store and finding a child costume to wear. This year, he went as Hannah Montana. Because of the scruffy beard, we dubbed him Hannah's stunt double. There were wings aplenty with Nina as goth fairy, and Bex as naughty librarian fairy? Both were excellent. There was definitely a fall motif, with at least three fall themed costumes, including Janie's aspen tree.

The rest of the weekend was spent recovering, being badgered into DS Mario Kart matches with Vincent, and relaxing with friends. I wish Halloween happened more frequently. Only time it's socially acceptable to dress like my sci-fi heroes.

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