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Monday, April 27, 2009

Well, that was fun...

My company just announced an across the board reduction in summer work hours, with a corresponding pay cut. In theory, we get full pay again starting next year. But I'll believe that if it actually happens, and if I'm still employed here come January 1st.

At least there weren't more layoffs to go with this announcement. The idea is that by everyone taking a pay cut (and hey, at least they're giving us some days off to go with it), that more layoffs won't be needed. Once again, we'll see.

It's just interesting times. Janie and I have been doing backflips to ensure that we could be ok on my salary alone if needed, so that when the baby arrives and J takes some unpaid time off to extend her maternity leave, we'd know we could get by. Now that just means we'll be stretched that much thinner. I'm not sure how yet, but I believe we'll be ok.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Our Blueberry Girl...

J and I have long called our yet to arrive baby 'the blueberry', because back when we first found out we were pregnant, one of J's pregnancy books told her that the baby was the size of a blueberry. It seems to have stuck. So it felt a bit serendipitous that this book came out a few months before our daughter is due. It was written by Neil Gaiman, the author behind everything from the Sand Man comic books to Coraline. He wrote this poem for a friend's daughter, and then turned it into a book, a prayer for a girl to have a wonderful life, filled with the experiences necessary to make her a lucky, brave, amazing woman. It arrived last night, and both J and I teared up reading it.

My mother, for as long as I can remember, would always buy me books, for my birthday, for Christmas, just whenever. And she would always write me a little note on the inside cover, telling me why she thought I might like this one, why she picked it, just a little message to me. Every so often, I'd go back and read through some of the notes she left, and it made me feel so special, not to mention how much of an emphasis it placed on reading. I've loved books my entire life, and it's a passion I hope my daughter shares. So I'm going to continue my mom's tradition, and I'll be leaving notes for my daughter, starting with this book.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chicken Tikka Masala

So apparently my blog has devolved into 'look what I made for dinner'. That said, this turned out really well, especially with the home made naan bread. We came down to Denver on Saturday to hang out with Janie's parents, who were up visiting, and I spent all afternoon putting this together.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Homemade apple tart

I don't know if I've ever seen Janie happier.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Homemade pan pizza. So good.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Follow up on the tauntaun sleeping bag

According to a note on the site, which you can find here, due to the overwhelming love Thinkgeek's patrons have shown to this fantastic idea, they're going to talk with Lucasfilm and see if they can get a license to make em! This makes me so happy! Lucasfilm, grant that license! Thinkgeek, don't make it cost $200!


So, Fort Collins has a lot of foxes. Janie and I always see some running through our neighborhood. Well, there's a good reason for that. I'd embed the video, but the local paper has that functionality turned off, so click here and watch the video on the resulting page. Janie and I may have to take a walk over there, the old farmhouse in the video is just outside of our neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April 1st

Since the dawn of the internet, April Fool's Day has taken on increased significance, as purveyor's of internet news hold themselves to a lesser journalistic standard than many print publications, and let's face it, probably have a better sense of humor these days. Thinkgeek, providers of all things dorky, have become famous for their new product offerings for April 1st. And this one does not dissapoint.

A tauntaun sleeping bag. Complete with lightsaber zipper pull and intestine print lining. Please, this product must be made.

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