Easter Weekend

May 02, 2016 by Adam in Family

The weekend was jammed-packed, with Sunday the pinnacle of eating, drinking, and conversation at mom's traditional Russian Orthodox Easter bash.

Friday night Joanna and I went out to Pizza Research Institute for food and jazz music.  I always enjoy a little time without kids to have a conversation.  Saturday morning I picked up Sam and Emma while Joanna took the little kids to a series of soccer games, play dates, and birthday parties.  Emma went to help my mom with Easter.  Sam went to help his mom with planting potatoes.  I put the hinges on the little free library and added shelves, including a secret shelf at the very top.  Emma and I managed to sink the post for the little free library in concrete, complete with a smiley face forever etched into the base.  Eventually everyone returned for pizza.  I took Emma to a sleepover at Kate's.  Joanna headed for a book trivia dinner with some friends.

Sunday was equally busy.  Sam's video card died in his computer, so I had to fiddle around to get him functioning.  I took everyone over at noon to my mom's to help set up for Easter.  After a short break at home to recover my strength I headed into the party, bringing Joanna's delicious cake with me.

Everyone in the world was there.  Sam brought Isa.  Cecilia walked over from her latest family's house on 22nd and Jefferson.  Jamie and her friend Deb arrived and everyone wanted to catch up with her.  Yayoe and John made it.  Jenny and her kids made it.  Bob was there, along with Marsha and Steve.  Mom was happy and we ate, drank, and chatted until dusk.

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Happy Easter

May 01, 2016 by Seraph in Cortez

I wasn't planning on doing anything this yeas, then Robbie and Isabell said they missed perogies.....then chocolate potatoe cake.....before you know it we're cooking up Easter!

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May 01, 2016 08:32 PM by Adam
You were missed at Easter, Seraph (and Robbie and Isa). We can't wait to all get together this summer.

Mocha Friday

April 29, 2016 by Adam in Family

I'm heading in to enjoy my mocha in an hour or so.  No one is quite up and about yet, so I'm enjoying a brief moment of quiet.

My mom came over and seems cheerful - it was nice to see her and we have to catch up sometime.  I saw dad earlier in the week.  He brought over a little computer that needed to be brought back to life.  Fortunately he left happy.

Emma is under the weather and Berry has been complaining about not feeling very well this week.  One of the more challenging parenting tasks is to evaluate just how sick someone is.  Sam enjoyed the Portland art museum, especially some of the modern art.  Duncan is his usual cheerful self, continuing to work on Scratch games and animations.

Possible work changes continue.  I got a more relevant resume together and it turns out I actually know how to do a lot of things.  I need to tell my manager about it relatively soon, as word is getting out.  I haven't slept great all week, as I keep thinking about things.

I'm looking forward to the weekend, despite a big work go-live on Sunday.  Hopefully I can sneak out and enjoy the weather a little.

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Mid-Week Update

April 28, 2016 by Adam in Family

I continue to move towards switching jobs, despite feeling nervous about the change.  I need to rewrite my resume and get it security-focused.

Sam's off to Portland for a field trip to the art museum.  I told him he couldn't compare it to the museums of Europe, at least out loud.  Berry says she feels poorly.  Emma stayed home yesterday.  Duncan's fine and making Scratch programs.  Joanna seems increasingly normal, which I'm thankful for.

The little lending library continues to come together.  I continue to apply layers of paint and stain some wood.  I need to put in a shelf, mount it to a post, and put it in some concrete in the ground.  If only all problems were so easily fixed.

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Wonderful vacation!

April 26, 2016 by Sue in Wielesek

What a great time I had with Sadie, Greg and Simon! In spite of the fact that I took my heavy raincoat with the winter lining, there was nooo snow! In fact, I think it was warm every day I was there. Simon is fun to play with, and is talking up a storm. We went out to the farm of their friends, Isaac and Sorrel, who have a little boy about Simon's  age. And Simon and I walked all over the place,  stopping to inspect every piece of construction equipment in Greenfield. You are all going to enjoy him so much at the family get together!
On Saturday I took the train from New Haven to Washington, where Anna and her boyfriend Jimmy picked me up. I had a very nice time with them; I hadn't met her boyfriend before, and I thought he was really a nice fellow. I got to go to the Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Natural History, and stopped at the Art Museum.
But it was nice to pull in to the good old Eugene Airport and see Bob patiently waiting.
Remember that Russian Easter is this Sunday. I think I need some grandkid help on Saturday, but I'll contact you.

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Rainy Weekend

April 25, 2016 by Adam in Family

It got cold and wet this weekend and we mostly huddled inside.  Emma was feeling a little down - she continues to wrestle as to whether or not she should switch schools.  In the meantime I continue to debate whether or not to take another job at PeaceHealth.  It's a security related role, which intrigues me.  Plus the pay range is better, which means I could get a raise again.

Emma and I worked on the little free library thing, which continues to look fancy and big.  Emma made cute bear pancakes for breakfast.  Isa came to visit.  We ate pizza and watched Adam Ruins Everything Saturday night.  I played some Dark Souls III.  Emma still feels under the weather.  Duncan had birthday parties.  Berry had soccer games.  Sam and Berry made mac and cheese for Sunday dinner, which was very nice.

Life's okay.

Early Morning Friday

April 22, 2016 by Adam in Family

I was up early this morning.  One of the managers at PeaceHealth called and offered me a job.  There's a bump in the salary range, which would be nice, and learning new things.  I do wonder what would happen if every developer vanished.  I was up at 4 a.m. listening to the thunder storm and pondering options.

The week has been generally uneventful.  Joanna seems a little better every day.  I had a cold for most of the week, though I'm mostly better.  Emma's had it hard this week too.  Sam is preparing for his AP classes.  We watched Fargo a few times this week, and I watched him play Isaac as we often do.  Duncan has been getting back into Scratch and making cool and funny games.  Berry continues soccer and presented her mint and soda science experiment at school.  Emma continues to ponder whether or not she wants to go to Roosevelt next year.

Joanna and I had a date night in, putting the kids in the basement with a movie while we chatted with takeout around the kitchen table.  It was actually rather nice.

Hopefully we can get some down time this weekend.  I'd love to continue working on the little library, which ended up pretty big.

Sunny Springtime Weekend

April 17, 2016 by Adam in Family

It was a beautiful weekend, with temperatures in the 80's today.  Emma is getting anxious for summer.

Friday night Joanna and I dropped Duncan and Berry off at Bounce and then we went to a Charlemagne fundraiser.  We bid on assorted nick-knacks, ate little hors d'oeuvres, and chatted with parents and teachers.

Saturday morning started with Sam joining us for breakfast, which was a rarity - he usually sleeps in.  We also had him Friday night as Jamie was sick.  Later we picked up Emma and Isa came over for a while.  Berry had her birthday.  Pizza and science happened later that night.  Play dates occurred.  Laundry was done.

Today Sam and Emma went to Jamie's after breakfast, as she was feeling better after being sick.  I swung by the hardware store and spent the next few hours constructing a little library as requested by Joanna.  I was happy with how it turned out.  Next weekend I need to sand and paint it, then mount it to a post near the street. 

Tomorrow is work and school.  My mind is still working on trying to figure out this bug I left broken Friday afternoon.

Berry Birthday #2

April 17, 2016 by Adam in Berry

Berry got together with her friends at Putter's, mostly for the laser tag.  They had a good time and Joanna managed it well.  We showed up late after making pizza for dinner, recorded the festivities, and snuck out when the children moved on to play video games.

Mocha Friday

April 15, 2016 by Adam in Family

It's the usual rushing about here at work.  I've got a a couple junior programmers who need some attention.  My mocha is long gone.  I'd like to spend some time doing "nice to do" work, though I'm not sure when.

Emma is apparently under the weather, though my parental senses were somewhat skeptical.  Yesterday was filled with Berry's birthday.  Joanna's schedule is really busy, with an article for the Register Guard due today.  Tonight we go out to a Charlemagne event - not sure if I have to dress up a bit.

Otherwise life is generally pretty normal.  Laundry and dishes are punctuated by occasionally hanging out with kids or playing a little Dark Souls.  The back shed (a.k.a. "The Dragonfly Room") is slowly coming together.  We added some shelving this morning.

We heard from Honoka, who has entered junior college.  Her family also was impacted by the earthquake yesterday.  It was mild where she lives, but her family slept on the main floor just in case and her cousin relocated to a shelter after plates were knocked down.  Fortunately everyone was okay.

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