8:43 PM Tuesday, September 16, 2014
So, June, July, August and half of September roll on by without an update. Whoops. Let's see if I can remember what's gone on the last quarter or so. Have I mentioned we bought a house? Back in April. It's a 3 flat we're deconverting to a single family home. Working with Carlo as our architect. Had tenants, they left in June, ended up taking 2 months to get permits, but work finally started at the end of July. Currently getting an extension put on the back. Current estimate is January/February for completion. Should be interesting. Speaking of home repair, finally got someone else to get the front juliet balcony leaking to the 3rd floor fixed, which is good because 3rd floor bought a place of their own and sold the condo. All pretty much within the time we've had our new house. Doing some work on our current place, in hopes of it being ready to sell eventually. Basically it means moving stuff on the deck around while Tracy stains it. Got to use a powerwasher though. That was cool. Plowed through Season 3 of Continuum when it became available on Netflix. Currently powering through Firefly now. Drobo had a couple drive failures, taking around a week to fix itself last time, and still ongoing now. Seagate's suck. Started buying a bunch of TV/Movies off iTunes Store because of it, since there was a chance I'd lost my library on the Drobo. Flew out for Bryan's 40th birthday as a surprise with Mina, Kevin and Akira. That was fun and a trip down memory lane. Started the process for a 10 year reunion at Great Wolf Lodge in February with the gang, kids included. Should be fun. Might be my next post. Also, Idaho was nice. I wouldn't mind going back. Might be hard to talk Tracy into it though. Got a soda maker, so that's been a new fun thing to play with. Best thing so far? Honeydew soda. Malbec, not so good. And the Earl Grey wasn't strong enough. Oh, also started making our own ice cream. But after a handful of batches, moved on from that. Still biking to work, got a tune up so the Pacer's running like a dream, just in time for the North Shore Century this weekend. Had to take a trip to Canada back in June for work, and taking another one next week.
1:12 AM Saturday, May 31, 2014
This time last week we (Tracy, Lucy and I) were rolling through downtown Minneapolis getting to our hotel room. Jackson stayed with the in-laws while we went north for Booter's wedding. Good time. Al, Nicole, and Luke were all in town as well, so the whole family went up. Good times. Didn't actually do any dancing. Did get to go swimming at the pool one day. That was nice. Also, the Westin in downtown Minneapolis is cool because the lobby/bar/restaurant is in a former bank. Driving wasn't too bad. Lucy's a great road tripper. Listened to a lot of This American Life while I drove. Except for that stretch around Eau Claire. No AT&T Data Coverage there. Hard to believe it's almost June. Hung out in Woodstock on Sunday night, picked up Jackson on Monday. More family hangouts on Tuesday, to see Lucy's Ballet Recital (no idea we were supposed to bring flowers), then went to the Shedd Aquarium, followed by dinner at Flo & Santos. And then a very short week at work.
6:23 AM Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I put new tires, Marathon Plus, on the Pacer Sunday night. Had to replace the tires that I had on there for all of 2 months because I had to dig a chunk of glass out of the front one last week I think? And all because I took Franklin to Orleans instead of Canal to Milwaukee to Halsted. Anyway, my favorite tires, because they're bulletproof. Except they make the bike feel like a tank. Much slower it seems. But totally worth it to not have to worry about flats anymore. Hopefully. Also put the Tubus Cargo rear rack on so I could use the Ortlieb Classic Rollers to bring the new suit back from work. Better that than taking the L and carrying it home. So maybe that also had something to do with the slowness. Felt slow. Lots of Half Days this month, today because both kids have doctor's appointments. Next week for Lucy's dance recital. Wondering if I should use the Apple dividends to buy Lucy an iPad. She's started playing with mine again.
11:34 PM Saturday, May 17, 2014
Found out officially that Lucy is allergic to peanuts. Or at least peanut butter. That was a fun night in the hospital. Always assumed, but now it's official, and we get to carry around epi-pens. Got a house, well, what's officially a 3 unit building we'll be deconverting to a single family home. Long process, so not sure when we'll actually get to move in. Finally got some help in the office with a real systems administrator hire. Hopefully will mean we can get more stuff done, and not just keeping our head above water. Not really keeping track of activities/events, so don't have anything to look back on to know what else has been going on. So going to try and start this up again. We'll see, as usual. Jackson's starting solid food, well, more like non bottle food, since it really isn't that solid. Seams to like it. Was hoping to switch to something cheaper than Picturelife for photo management/archive/sharing, but currently that's the best available still. And since I paid annually through November, might as well keep using it. Of course, I might switch again if Apple comes out with a real Photo Stream that works for families.