10:31 AM Friday, June 30, 2017
Random note, I've started just wearing the Sport Band on the Apple Watch all the time now. I was using a Nike band for a bit while biking, and switching over to a Classic Leather Buckle after biking to work and showering. But just lately switched back to the Sport Band and not switching at all. Kind of nice. Still wish there was a Charcoal Gray version. Still rocking the iPhone and iPad without cases. Still nice. All the way up to middle of Season 6 for Game of Thrones. Will probably finish up in the next couple of days. Altered my commute route, going over to Lincoln to bypass the resurfacing of Southport. Not sure when that's going to be done. Jackson hasn't been sleeping well, and not wanting to go to his swimming lessons. Not sure if more structure like at Goldfish would have helped at all. Maybe he just doesn't like taking lessons. Hard to believe the year's half over.
4:11 PM Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Found out my parents got and accepted an offer on the house in Woodstock. Still want to get out there just before closing and do the walk through and walk around when it's empty and there's nothing there. Crazy. Happy for my parents too, got pretty close to expected, which is always nice. Last weekend went to Montrose beach with the kids on Saturday, then the water feature at Weisman Park on Sunday, along with Soupbox for lunch, since Lucy wanted hot soup on an 80 degree day. Go figure. Put Brooks Cambium Bar Tape and matching Brooks Cambium C17 both in Slate on the Miyata 610. Monday got a Sackville TrunkSack Small in grey for the front rack and put a double water bottle holder off the saddle. So yeah, the Miyata is in a good spot, except for the rear brakes squealing. Tried cleaning it, but that didn't work. Need to try something else. Bike does need a good overall cleaning too. Lucy's done with 1st grade, last day was yesterday. Already on season 5 of Game of Thrones. Way ahead of the Binge Mode podcasts. I guess after I finish I'll go back to Alias. Kinda want to do Chuck again as well, but I'm guessing I'll be all spyed out after Alias.
3:16 PM Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Not really, but I've started watching Game of Thrones from the beginning. I don't think I watched a complete season, ever. Only really watched when I sat down while Tracy was watching. It's good. I'm also following along with The Ringer's Binge Mode, with a podcast per episode. Somewhat helpful. I'm currently in the middle of Season 3. Donated blood yesterday, Power Red, so was a little tired. Slept early. No bike riding yesterday or today. Next ride in to work would be Friday (working from home tomorrow). It's been hot out. Hopefully it's not the trend for this summer. Don't think I'd like it much. Definitely see at least a 10 degree difference between the 3rd floor and the basement. Hasn't gotten bad enough that I go into the basement yet (except after I biked home on Monday, then I did). Upgraded the home network to all Ubiquiti UniFi gear, moved to a Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway, Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 24, Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8, and a Ubiquiti UniFi AC In-Wall to cover my side of the master bedroom. Tempted to get a Ubiquiti UniFi Cloud Key. But allows me to use the UniFi app on iOS to view network status. Interesting that the 2 access points on the 3rd floor aren't auto negotiated to GigE. Wonder if it's a distance thing. Also, 5GHz WiFi makes a difference when streaming video. I tried watching Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but gave up because of commercials, and timeouts, and official reviews. I didn't even watch Game 5 until I got the notification that the game was over. My hot take on game 4? All the fouls/official review was like unofficial timeouts and plenty of time to rest for the Cavs stars. No chance they would get tired down the stretch because of all the stoppage of play. What's the actual minutes spent playing vs. length of game? Anyway, I'm happy the Warriors won. My hot take on KD? What other team would have maximized his skills?
10:35 AM Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Did Bike the Drive on Sunday. Late start, so only got on at Addison at 8:30 and made it down to Grant Park by 9. Hung out there for a bit, and by the time we wanted to head back out, they had closed the drive off. Biked around afterwards, went to Floriole for breakfast and pastries, then a couple playgrounds, before getting caught in the only 20 minute downpour of the day. Got a nap in with Jackson. Friday night went to dinner at Maple & Ash with Tracy as a belated anniversary dinner (thanks Mom and Dad for watching the kids). Then watched Logan at home, because the only available reservation was at 5, and we made it home while it was still light out. Saturday biked down to Pump It Up for Marcus's birthday party. Monday more biking, more playgrounds, and a trip to Oberweis.
12:32 PM Thursday, May 25, 2017
Been thinking all week that the day was actually the next. So today, I thought was Friday. Also seems to be working in reverse. That yesterday was Thursday and not actually Wednesday. Either way, annoying. Decided to watch Alias from the beginning. Goes all the way back to 2001, before iPads and iPhones, so it's interesting. Also interesting to see the female empowerment that I must have not noticed or paid much attention too, but completely notice in this day and age. Also knowing the 5th season twist is interesting when watching from the beginning. Not to mention seeing Bradley Cooper in a supporting role on a TV show. Hoping the weather holds up for Bike the Drive on Sunday. At the same time, kinda hoping it rains because then I'll go out by myself without Tracy and the kids, and it would probably be pretty empty.
5:29 PM Friday, May 19, 2017
Got snipped a couple weeks ago. So haven't been biking to work and back. Do bike a little bit with the kids on the weekends though, and dropping off/picking up Jackson. But otherwise still taking it easy. Might start up again next week, since Bike the Drive is in a week. nuke and paved my iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad. Been having some issues, so figured it's time. Also decided to start going without a case again, although it seems like I'm just playing with fire. It's so slick. But it's so slick, and nice without a case. Feels so much smaller. I've even started using the iPad without a case too. Also feels so much smaller. My parents took the kids for the long weekend after the procedure, so I plowed through the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Took me 5 or 6 days. Kind of floundering on what I should watch next. I do have a huge backlog of podcasts to work through.
12:40 PM Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Had Lucy's 7th birthday party last weekend, actually on her birthday. Made her a giant chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich for a cake. The kids pretty much just ate the ice cream. First time she had a bunch of kids from school over. Went over pretty well. I think she had fun. I'm definitely slacking on the picture taking though. Didn't really have it out. Having the SecuritySpy app on the Apple TV up and running with the basement camera worked out well with parents and kids, when they found out they were on the TV. Entertaining, that's for sure. Took advantage of Take Your Kids to Work day last Thursday, even though I took the day off. When I tried working with the kids in the office, I didn't really get to work much. So instead, just showed them my office, then got the wristbands for free access to the SkyDeck. Third year in a row, and well, didn't take any pictures of them this time. I've had a cough for a while, thought it was getting better, then came back after this weekend. I've been sleeping on the couch because the coughing keeps Tracy up. I thought it was the mucus in the sinus thing, and then I felt it loosen up and drop, and thought I was approaching the tail end, and then it went back up. Annoying. Not stopping me from biking through. Need to keep that up, even if it drops to 40° F like it did today. Started reading The Diamond Age, mostly because I forgot my AirPods in the gym locker. Reading it more for nanotech and culture details, seems pretty appropriate for now.