Friday, May 30, 2008

Belly Update

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Hello, and welcome to our photo tour of our Memorial Day excursion into Boston.
This is Rachel's fashion show...
as we walked to the T.
We did an errand on the way,
and stopped by the tallest stop sign in the world.
We got on the train and crossed the river into Boston,
and ended up at Charles Street.
It's a very nice neighborhood and the weather was perfect.
Here are the most awesome shoes my little girl could have.
We made our way to the oldest Public garden in America.
We lay under the trees
and had lunch,
got attacked by a squirrel
and posed for the camera.
We saw the bridge, by where I proposed to Rachel, and the swan boats,
we saw some horse butt
we didn't feed the birds
but we did get an Italian ice for Rachel.
We also saw this really cool old house but don't know its significance.
Thank you and come again.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

General Update

- The cubby is now ready to be carpeted and the carpeteers are coming on Monday morning to measure out the room and stairs.
- We had a stacked washer/dryer delivered last week and it was the wrong one. Today they came back and did the swap and I spent several hours installing it. Several hours because I needed to go to 3 different hardware stores twice in order to get the fittings for the gas line to the dryer. At least I did all of this driving around on the bike. It's all hooked up now and I am doing the first load of laundry as I type.

- We inherited some more baby clothes from our friends the Weinstiens. Thank you very much.
- I have been playing around with the flash on our point and shoot camera.

2 layers of scotch tape:

- I have received the first part of my new used toy. An old but hopefully still great Digital SLR camera body. I used to take a lot of photos on my step dad's all manual SLR Pentax film camera, which I thought about stealing from him over this past Christmas, but I didn't. This camera should take great pictures of our new baby, among other things. The lens should be coming soon. Thanks eBay.

- Even though my Harley babe wife is in the seventh month of pregnancy, she's still got it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Cubby Update #6

Remember when you were younger and you used to let your room get really cluttered and messy? Now do you remember when your would clean one little section, maybe you cleaned off your desk, and suddenly the closet looked awfully messy. Once that was clean the floor looked dirty. This is how the cubby project went for me. Once I took down the ceiling I wanted to take down the slanted part of the wood siding. Once I painted the ceiling and molding the walls looked horrible. The walls showed their age with holes and stains and scratches. That being said, I painted the walls, which was not in the original plan. SLP, you were right all along.
Here are some photos:

Thanks to Carl for helping out on Saturday. We were rewarded with a wonderful turkey dinner on Sunday with a dessert that inspired me to continue working.

Just one more day for clean up and then we can call in the carpeteers.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My Second Craving


I thought I was going to lose my mind if I did not have any meat. Know this. I really don't eat meat. Yesterday it was my new bff.
Sorry little buddy, you sure are cute, but I had to munch you up.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

WinFlip for Windows XP

This post is for all you windows users out there (you can give yourself a collective "hallah!"). If you use the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to move between open applications, I use this all the time because I love keyboard shortcuts and I hate moving from keyboard to mouse, keyboard to mouse....., you will want to look into this little program called WinFlip. It will display your open applications in a cascade, not unlike Windows Vista. Now before you poo poo on Windows Vista, Vista did bring about some cool looking features, even though Vista crashes when trying to render these cool looking features.
Here is a screen shot of WinFlip:
I have set this up to use the Start+Tab combo, which allows me to keep the original functionality of Alt+Tab. I have also set it up so that I can use only the scroll button on my mouse. Another cool navigation feature is quick type. Each window is assigned a letter and once WinFlip is engaged you can type the letter of the window to go directly to it. It's cool, perhaps more in appearance than actual usefulness, but this is appropriate since it is mimicking Vista.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

For mother's day we went to Newport Rhode Island and had a wonderful lunner (lunch/dinner) at 22 Bowen Wine Bar and Grill. Here are some snap shots of our day.

The first thing I saw when I walked into the restaurant (pineapple vodka for a drink called Stolie Dolie):

Happy Mother's Day, mothers:

Rachel had the prettiest food:

The men after lunner:

Rachel after lunner:

And the result of all that jumping:

Us on the wharf:

Us, really cold, in front of The Breakers mansion:

And finally:

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Happy 25 weeks, baby.

So, does this mean she is already starting to talk back to us?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Lovely Lady Lumps

Here are Marissa and I flaunting our lovely lady lumps. We are less than a month apart. I am due in August - Marissa in September. The cookies take care of mommy cravings just fine.

Friday, May 02, 2008

How to control other drivers.

Here is a marvelous way to control other drivers around you.
Rachel and I used to get annoyed at this human phenomenon, but have since embraced it and now use it to control others around us.
Have you ever been driving along on the highway and there is a driver on your side and back a bit, usually in your blind spot. You want to get over so you put on your directional. Have you noticed what happens next? Does the car slow down? not usually. 98+% of the time that driver, especially if male, will speed up and pass you. Like I said we used to get annoyed with this, but now I use it to get idiotic, unaware drivers out of my blind spot. It also helps me prepare better for getting off the highway. This tactic seems to work even better on the motorcycle.
I haven't been able to put it into words yet, but drivers get comfortable with driving the exact same speed as the person in front or to the side of them and they create this invisible link. At this point their vision glazes over slightly and they zone out a bit. A flashing directional will eventually wake them from this stupor.
I hate it when drivers drive in my blind spot, especially when I am on the bike (smaller rear view mirrors and much higher fatality rate).
Tip: Do not drive in another's blind spot. It is dangerous. They cannot see you. To quote a big rig's rear end, "If you can't see me, I can't see you."
To fix this problem, I put on my directional and wait for them to pass me then I turn off my directional and keep driving. Problem solved.

I have empowered you, use this power wisely and you will be amazed the control you have in these situations.