Sunday, July 27, 2008

Everybody, Please Help

Could you please tell Jeremy that the baby DOES care if her dust ruffel and comforter are wrinkled.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Nursery

This week the nursery was ready to be cleaned and to have stuff moved in. So that's what we did. On Thursday I put together the dresser/changing table. It took about 3 hours... 3 hot, muggy, headband wearing hours.


The directions were horrible so it's good that I am relatively handy and could piece things together. Here is Toodee on the changing table.

Last night I put together the crib. This only took me about an hour and the instructions were marginally better than those for the dresser.

Here is beautiful Rachel trying out the sling we ordered from sleepingbaby.net thanks to SLP's recommendation.

Here is a belly photo from 36.5 weeks.

That's right we are almost 37 weeks. 37 is to term and means she could blow at any moment. We still need to put together our hospital bag. I will also be doing a dry fit of the car seat very soon. We are really getting excited and the nursery helps us feel that excitement.

On an unrelated note, the Remote app for the iphone is really cool. It isn't something that you can't live without but it is cool.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I Had to Have It

Swarovski crystal binky. I have been pretty good about not going "over the top" but I could not stop myself on this one. Jer tried, he put up a good fight, but it was just one mouse click away...cute and funny at the same time. How could I resist.

For Those Who Requested a Baby Bump Photo


35 weeks...We are at 36 weeks now but that photo came out wierd and i look wierd enough with needing to have a photo to accent that. PLUS I love that shirt - totally worth the maternity duds splurging I have been so good at avoiding.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Dark Knight


I can't wait to see this - Rachel





Thursday, July 17, 2008

JibJab and Bob Dylan

My friend Gabe did the voice for Barack in this video. Give it a listen and also listen to how tremendous Bob Dylan's song form is on this song (time are a changin). Brilliant.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

All Geared Up

Here is our stroller all set up - test baby and all.


Monday, July 14, 2008

iPhone plus General Chow's spicy update

As most of you know already, the new iPhone 3g came over the weekend. Like many fools (my brother to name one) I waited in line early on Friday morning with the hopes of getting my hands on a new iPhone for which I had waited over a year and saved up two birthday presents and one Christmas present. When I got there at seven in the morning the AT&T employees did a tally and I was a shoe in for a new iPhone and a blackberry pearl for Rachel. Two hours later I was five people away from the door when we were all informed that they had sold out of iPhones. I left fuming. I was in a bad mood for about four hours there after.
To make a long story short, the next day I went to the Apple store in the afternoon, purchased an iPhone on an individual plan, and then proceeded to the AT&T store to add a line and purchase Rachel's crackberry. It worked like a charm and I even got a AAA discount. I have been neglecting my wife ever since and have been making great use of my phone. It's the best PDA ever made in my opinion.

The spicy update is that Rachel is now 35 weeks and is starting to get uncomfortable. She still looks great and as beautiful as ever.

Submitted from my iPhone. Now that I have done it I don't have to post from my phone again.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Shoei RF-1000

Last night I received my new motorcycle helmet (thanks Greg). It looks cool:

But it wasn't until I rode with it for the first time, this morning, that I realized how special this helmet is. I pulled out onto our street and I felt this odd yet wonderful sensation on the top of my head.......wind. This helmet has amazing ventilation, so much so that I can feel the wind coming in through the front and flowing over the top of my head and out the rear vents. Here is a picture of the air channels on the top of the inside of the helmet:
A funny story... This morning I wanted to try the helmet out at highway speeds. traffic.com said that the second half of the drive was backed up but the first half was clear. Against my normal traffic M.O. I took the highway and found that the helmet worked great under 10 mph. I never got above that during the 20 minutes between two exits that are only 1 mile apart. I then got off the highway and took back roads like I should have done in the first place. The vents work magic.
For a more in depth review you can visit webbikeworld, which if you have been reading this blog you would know that this is one of my most frequented sites.
Another cool feature is the visor lift/lock. This little lever lifts the visor just barely to let more air in onto the face or when turned the other direction locks the visor in place so that it doesn't fly open when cruising at 130 mph (don't worry mom, my bike doesn't even go that fast).
I have found that having the visor open using this lever brings more air in than having the visor in the first open position.
Another handy feature that Shoei (among other higher end helmet brands) is known for is a strap retention snap:
It works great.
This isn't a cheap helmet and it was immediately apparent once I was on the hog. If you are in the market for a new full face helmet you should give this a try. If the shape fits your head, buy it. It is a great helmet. I never realized how much better a good helmet is compared to a mediocre helmet. It was mind blowing (pun only slightly intended). The webbikeworld guy stated that with other brands he sees minor to major blemishes on the helmets he reviews, but with Shoei the workmanship is impeccable.
Lastly, if you are in the market for motorcycle apparel, check out Cycle Depot. They offered this helmet $100 cheaper than the local store and $50 cheaper than online.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Cuteness

Andy and Emily: Congratulations!


Sadie J Kane : eight pounds and one ounce. July 2, 2008


Monday, July 07, 2008

Foo Fighters in Review

On Saturday we watch some of Saturday Night Live, which was a rerun, with John Bon Jovi hosting and Foo Fighters as additional musical guests. This got me to thinking, the Foo Fighters have been around for a while now and I seem to like of their stuff. Since Rachel and I subscribe to Rhapsody and use it every single day I am listening to the entire Foo Fighters catalog. I do this when I get into a band late. I did this with Radiohead last year.

Foo Fighters Discography
* Foo Fighters (1995)
* The Colour and the Shape (1997)
* There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)
* One by One (2002)
* In Your Honor (2005)
* Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

This post is really a recap of my twitter updates.
I found the album
Foo Fighters to be rather juvenile in both lyrics and harmonic progression.
The Colour and the Shape album was rather blase and uninspired. The Foo Fighters seemed to have gone through quite a few personnel changes in the early years and perhaps it shows in this album.
There is Nothing Left to Lose was a great step forward in maturity of lyrics and musicianship. I would say this album is where the Foo Fighters really fell into their own. The album started out very strong but eventually petered out towards the end leaving after tastes of the previous album.
One by One was on par with the previous album with evidence of a further developed song writer in Dave Grohl and a further cohesive band unit.
In Your Honor was overproduced and somebody turned up the compression way too far which resulted in a wash of sound, which is much different then Pink Floyd's Wall of Sound. For more information on compression and the effect thereof see my previous post. This album seemed lost in the sea of mediocre alt. rock from the early part of this century. This album falls into many cliche patterns of song forming and lyric writing.
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace is by far the most intricate and complex album. This album is definitely the high point in the Foo Fighter's song writing and musicianship. There may be some recentcy effect with this album but I am trying to remain objective and analytical. The Pretender, which is one of the singles from this album, is the most interesting and powerful song. The lyrics, while not telling a complete story do portray a mature sense of defiance to the man. I like the lyrics except for the last phrase "who are you". I don't think it fits and detracts from the emotional peak of the chorus. This album flattened out in the middle. But came back nicely with a song highly influenced by John Lennon, Statues.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

5th of July

On the 4th of July we laid low, relaxed and took care of a few errands...on the fifth we were ready for action. We decided to head out of eat some pizza in Hingham and then go off to Nantasket beach to play this hard-to-describe bowling game. When we got to Hingham there were mobs of people milling about, setting up picnic on the waterfront...FIREWORKS! We ate our pizza and then checked the car, we had all the necessities for a firework show (minus the playing cards), picnic blanket, sweaters & more blankets. We set up shop and waited for the show to begin. It was a great night. Here's to going out and finding the action.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Firefox Add-on: Fast Dial

Today I would like to take a short break from posting about baby stuff (pink, pink, pink...) and post about a Firefox add-on that I started using a few weeks ago and have grown to like.
fast Dial is like having a picture version of your favorite bookmarks. You can have the thumbnails refresh every so often to show an updated mini version of the linked page, but I found this to be way too slow to load 12 pages at once. You can also choose to have custom images display which is what I did. Mac has a great feature, shift+command+4 allows you to select a portion of the screen to create a screen shot jpg. shift+command+3 takes a screen shot of the entire desktop. I used these functions to make the icons that I use on fast dial. I also added the fast dial icon where my Home icon used to be.

Clicking on one of the icons opens that link in a new tab, if you are not using tabbed browsing by now, you do not know what you are missing, it has the same effect as Tivo does on TV watching. As you can see I still have my bookmarks toolbar at the top of the screen but I have been using this less and less and it may soon disappear to create more vertical real estate.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Shower me with babies.

This weekend Susan threw us a baby shower. It was great. The food was great, the decor was beautiful, and the people were very generous (thanks mom). We received all of the big items that are necessary to having a baby in this era. Rachel did a great job of opening the gifts and I did my best to take pictures and not get sucked in to opening all the gifts as well.

As you could have guessed, we got a lot of pink outfits. A really fun activity was the onesie making station. I think it took a while for people to realize what was happening. But once they did they really let their creative juices flow. One of the more notable is one made by our friend Dina.


The thing that wins Rachel's unofficial Cutest gift award is the Booty Socks. You will have to view the Slideshow to see those.

Once again, thank you to all of you who came and to all of you who gave us gifts. We really do appreciate it.