Happy Halloween to all

October 31, 2007 by Adam in Family

Happy Halloween to all.

We've had a rough last couple days. On Monday, I ended up sending both kids to their room for not cleaning up. There was a funny moment in the kitchen where Jamie asked politely for a timeout too.

Last night I ended up sick and miserable. Copious amounts of Advil finally made me better, but I felt pretty horrible for awhile. Sam informed me that he didn't like it when I was sick, as it was boring. Jamie kept shooing me away, not wanting me to try and help with the kids. Emma, being the sweet girl that she is, made me a little bed in the play room and made me lie down.

I feel much improved today. I'm going to see if I can go into work a little late and help with Sam's hair. He's theoretically becoming an 80's punk rocker with pink hair and spikes. Should be fun.

Last night I was giving Emma a bath and she i...

October 30, 2007 by Adam in Emma

Last night I was giving Emma a bath and she informed me that she'd always live with us. Even more, we should remind her when she's older that she said so, just in case she forgets. I'm sure her future teen self will heed these words of wisdom most carefully.

Emma also has a new funny behavior. When she's bored and by herself, she'll pretend she's in the middle of an advertisement, trying to sell something. After hearing about it from Jamie, I finally got to see it in action last night. She was brushing her teeth in front of a mirror when she started to pose and say things like, "It's electric!" (meaning an electric toothbrush).

Perhaps Jamie and my obsessive watching of Mad Men has somehow filtered into her brain and she'll turn into a 60's characture of an advertising actress. Oopsie.

I finally took the big test and feel like a n...

October 30, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I finally took the big test and feel like a new person. Seven weeks of tension was released, and as Adam always said (in a remarkable accent) while thrusting his palm against our foreheads as kids, "you are healed!" I am born again, and free of the shackles of standardized examinations.

Thank you all so much for your well-wishing and care packages, cards and phone calls. On the day of the test, I felt like I had already learned everything I needed to know about life; that one must be a hoarder of love.

Sadie took her GRE's today, and I pried her s...

October 30, 2007 by Sue in Wielesek

Sadie took her GRE's today, and I pried her scores out of her,(it's on the internet, so it's an immediate grade) after her usual explanations about she should have done
better, etc, etc. The ave. math score for people applying to
Social Work programs is 548, and hers was xxx. Her verbal was xxx, or the 97th percentile of all people taking the test. I asked her if she were going to pursue her childhood goal of being the Messiah, and she said she could do it if it didn't involve a lot of fractions ("Jesus had one fish and John had two loaves of bread...") Ah, Sadie...I keep waiting for the bolt of lightning. But like Sir Thomas Moore said, He would not refuse one who goes to him with so blithe a spirit. Of course, Sir Thomas was about to have his
head cut off. That's what I call keeping one's chin up!

(Note: I replaced Sadie's scores with X's by her request. - Adam)

I forgot to say that I took Destin, Jordan an...

October 29, 2007 by Sue in Wielesek

I forgot to say that I took Destin, Jordan and one of Destin's friends to the Science Factory on Friday evening for
the annual Hallowe'en party. What a hoot - no pun intended.
I spent yesterday cleaning out the tool shed. A great afternoon - sunny and warm. Tried to palm off plumbing tools on Adam. Not much sucess.

Good Luck Sadie! We love you, and we're send...

October 29, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Good Luck Sadie! We love you, and we're sending brilliant thoughts your way!

Where did October go? In fact, I wonder somet...

October 29, 2007 by Sue in Wielesek

Where did October go? In fact, I wonder sometime about 2007!
I've been trying to spend quite a lot of time in the office, finishing up a last few cases and going through old will files.
I've had an interesting experience. As I've said, I see the psychiatrist once a year to make sure my medication is okay,but I've never had traditional "psychotheraphy". But
with Medicare, it's really cheap, so I asked the psychiatrist if we could do therapy, and he said yes. Our first two sessions have been really interesting. It's
fun to see why I do things the way I do...
One other reasuring was taking one of those internet iq
tests someone sent on my trashy jokes list and coming up with same score as whenever I last took a real i.q. test.
Sadie takes her GRE tests tomorrow; send good thoughts.

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon

October 28, 2007 by Adam in Family

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon. Jamie is upstairs chatting away with her dad and Joanne. Sam's playing Portal with Josh. Dave and Emma are chatting away in the tent. It's weird having a little time to myself.

Friday night was swimming as usual. Emma was a swimming maniac, going halfway across the pool by herself. Needless to say, both kids were exhausted at the end of the evening.

I took Emma to ballet on Saturday, then visited Humble Bagel. We got way too many books at the library, headed home, and watched a show. Sam headed off to an insanely elaborate Harry Potter themed birthday. Emma and I went out again, this time to play with her friend Etta at the park.

We did a massive cleanup this morning, and now are enjoying the fruits of our labor.

I just took another practice test to warm mys...

October 26, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I just took another practice test to warm myself up for the big day on Monday. My verbal score decreased by forty points, and my math score is nearly the same as it was seven weeks ago. Dear god.

Jamie went to the parent-teacher conference f...

October 26, 2007 by Adam in Sam

Jamie went to the parent-teacher conference for Sam this week. Though I offered to beat him more, it turns out it won't be necessary. His teacher says he's smart, funny, and doing very well in school. I think he's gotten pretty close to 100% on all his math and spelling tests.

There's also a writing contest coming up that she's thinking about asking Sam to participate in. I shudder to think what wild creativity may bubble up from deep down in Samuel's noggin.

Happy Mocha Friday to all

October 26, 2007 by Adam in Family

Happy Mocha Friday to all. We got our first frost of the season, making me realize that I don't have an ice scraper for my new car. The full moon was up as well. I stood in stunned awe just staring at it, until I realized that my code wouldn't write itself at work.

Sam and Emma played so well last night. Sam eschewed all video games and instead built forts and did other wacky things with his sister. I was almost bored watching them as they were clearly doing their own thing.

It's swimming tonight, as usual, along with ballet in the morning for Emma. Sam has a Harry Potter themed birthday tomorrow and on Sunday Jamie, Ray, and Sam are going to hear big band music. I haven't decided what I'll do with Emma. I should probably think of some treat or another for just the two of us.

When I returned from an amazing time with Nor...

October 26, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

When I returned from an amazing time with Northern New England Campus Compact VISTAs in Maine, I had received two huge boxes in the mail. One, from mom, exploded with cracker jacks, popcorn, toothpaste, and organic granola, among many, many other small perfectly exalted necessities. The other, from Seraph, overflowed with beautiful clothing (remind me to encourage one of my children to be an apparel designer), Jasmine tea buds, local honey, my favorite magazines, and a new cookbook! I don't know if someone snapped a picture of me and I appeared emaciated, or if someone calculated out my budget and decided that cutting out organic bath salts was out of the question, but I feel completely pampered on the eve of the GREs. Thank you!

I usually use this space to talk about games ...

October 26, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

I usually use this space to talk about games I'm playing and not so much upcoming games. I'd like to make an exception to talk about Fallout 3, which is the third sequel to one of my favorite games of all time. It's a dark, post-apocalyptic role playing game, filled with mutants and rad scorpions. One of the items in the game was the PIPBoy 2000. When I finally started getting online, I chose PIPBoy3000 as my handle for message boards, online games, and so on.

Now it turns out that PIPBoy is back, this time as the PIPBoy 3000. In a strange coincidence, the primary conceptual artist is Adam Adamowicz. Needless to say, I love the way the thing looks.

Though I've done fantasy and Neverwinter Nights modding over the years, I'm sorely tempted to do something for Fallout 3 if the tools are available.

The week continues to move along

October 25, 2007 by Adam in Family

The week continues to move along. At work, I've been chatting with consultants a fair amount. I'm also redoing some of my older web applications, cringing at how ancient they are. I'm strangely looking forward to sitting down and writing some more code today.

Jamie went off with Emma during her school to pick up pumpkins at a little farm in Springfield. Carving the bumpy gourd was the most challenging. Emma got all excited when I suggested a chain saw, but I ended up using a hack saw to take off the top. In the end, it turned out fairly well.

Dave came by last night to play with the kids for a little. Jamie and I watched the last episode of Mad Men for the season. It's brilliant and sad and epic, as usual. I continue to be amazed at how much can change in a generation.

Soccer is over

October 23, 2007 by Adam in Family

Soccer is over. Sam and I hiked Spencer's Butte and then went off to his last game Sunday afternoon. Though it wasn't raining, he managed to wallow in mud and return home without a dry stitch on. I got him showered, combed, and we celebrated with the other kids and parents at a pizza party.

The girls made it back safe and sound from Portland. Emma brought back a Princess scrap book, which she's been playing with the last couple days. Jamie felt vaguely guilty at the gifts showered upon Emma and bought some socks for Sam. Of course, they were pirate-themed socks, which unfortunately don't fit me.

The week has been chugging along. Emma's school is going to a pumpkin patch today. Sam's getting out early. Busy, busy.

I'm headed up to Maine for a retreat with the...

October 22, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I'm headed up to Maine for a retreat with the Northern Campus Compact VISTAs. I'll be facilitating a workshop on community organizing and learning circles, two of may favorite subjects to train on. It will also be a perfect time to visit Maine. I haven't traveled up there since Seraph and I were on our road trip twelve years ago!

It's Sunday morning and Sam is cheerfully pla...

October 21, 2007 by Adam in Family

It's Sunday morning and Sam is cheerfully playing with Legos next to me. I think he's reenacting scenes from a video game.

It's been a quiet weekend without the girls. Friday we went swimming, though mostly Sam played with a friend from school. Saturday was the library and the soccer game. It was raining hard, so everyone was soaked. In the afternoon we hung out, played on the computer, did homework, and watched a movie.

Today I'm trying to go hiking, though Sam doesn't seem quite ready yet. He was also disappointed that the sun came out, as he was hoping for a rainy march through the mud.

I just finished Half-Life2 episode2

October 20, 2007 by Sam in Sam

I just finished Half-Life2 episode2. Last week I finished Portal. They were both really fun. My favorite part of portal was that it was funny. Half-Life2 episode2 was fun because of the physics puzzles.

Another Mocha Friday

October 19, 2007 by Adam in Family

Another Mocha Friday. How could I ever get tired of it?

The kids were especially goofy last night. Sam dressed up like a creature, which involved strapping a rubber chicken to his face. Emma was more subdued, scribbling away in her notebook with a pink pen.

We have a full weekend ahead of us. Jamie and Emma go to Portland. Sam and I are being bachelors, though our schedule is pretty full. Tonight is swimming, tomorrow the library. Both days we have soccer games, followed by a pizza party to celebrate the end of the season. I'd like to try and sneak in a hike or something similar, but we'll see how much time we really have.

Sue, I would like to throw "whatever" into th...

October 18, 2007 by Betsy in Betsy

Sue, I would like to throw "whatever" into the hat as a banned word. Please!

Sam had his last soccer practice of the seaso...

October 18, 2007 by Adam in Sam

Sam had his last soccer practice of the season, and quite possibly his last soccer practice ever. As tradition would have it, we had a kids versus parents scrimmage. Emma joyfully directed me while on my shoulders. After awhile she got bored, though, and went to pick mushrooms and dandelions.

This weekend is Sam's last set of soccer games. After that, I want to look into fencing and see if he likes it. It would be fun for me to practice along side of him. I'm not sure how we'd manage the Emma watching - hopefully Jamie would take her most of the time, but we'll see how it goes.

Yesterday I received an unusual envelope in t...

October 18, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Yesterday I received an unusual envelope in the mail, tri-folded with different handwriting for the return address, from the hippest coffee shop in my neighborhood. It was almost as is someone had sent a stamped, addressed envelope to the coffee shop within another envelope. Enclosed was a gift certificate to said coffee shop. Upon closer examination of the mysterious envelope I discerned Seraph Cortez's handwriting, and remembered that I had mentioned that the most difficult thing about being momentarily impoverished was the lack of frivolous coffee drinking at hip coffee shops like White Electric, where the tattoos, tight jeans, and coffee tie together the West Side strong social scene. And, of course, Seraph heeded my silly plea, because she loves me.

But wait! That was not the only gesture of complete attentive love and devotion that the family showed their prodigal daughter yesterday! Mom sent me an amazing box of frivolous favorites- hand-milled soaps, lemon verbena lotions, sachets of lavender, and, of course, chocolate. It was the perfect end to a night that I otherwise would have spent studying for the GREs. Thank you!

Hi, all, we Grandmas three had a nice lunch y...

October 17, 2007 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, all, we Grandmas three had a nice lunch yesterday at Marche. Yayoe suggested that she and Hanni take me to lunch
at my birthday, and it was now Hanni's turn. Hanni brought pix from their trip to Germany, and a darling picture for each of us of Isa. A good time was had by all!
I've been cleaning up from the summer's dirt for the last week. The kitchen is really the worst. I wonder if a mud room/laundry outside the back door would be a sensible idea.
Have to recommend "Knocked Up". Other than my disgust that everyone says the F word when they can't think of any other
noun (I don't give a f...!), verb (F... you!), adverb (I don't f...... know) Interjection (Oh, f...!), or adjective (the f...... tire), it was a charming movie. Someday, English teachers will rule, and the F word will be banished other than its usage as a verb. Love, the ex English teacher in the fam.

I finished up Episode 2 last night

October 17, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

I finished up Episode 2 last night. The final combat section was okay, sort of a logical conclusion to things, frantic and tense. The last scene in the game had a Deus Ex Machina feel, though in this case it was "Dog of the Machine".

It's interesting comparing this game to Portal. Though Portal was much smaller in size and scope, it seemed the more original, emotionally gripping game. I'm sure part of it is the newness of the thing, though I suppose the takeaway for game developers is that sometimes simple is best.

In terms of my next game playing adventures, I have this odd urge to become the Peggle Grand Champion. Peggle is another very simple, engaging game. I picked it up for $10 and the kids and I have all had fun playing it.

School is going much better for Emma these days

October 16, 2007 by Adam in Emma

School is going much better for Emma these days. It's fun seeing the things she learns sneaking into her brain. She'll often sing her ABC's, usually in French, and can recognize many letters and numbers. Last night she was playing Cooking Mama on her Nintendo DS when she suddenly stopped and grabbed a paper and pen. It turns out she wanted to copy the letters on the screen, which brought a proud smile to my face.

I suppose I should actually have something to...

October 15, 2007 by Jamie in Jamie

I suppose I should actually have something to say on my own behalf, being an international traveller and all. The trip to Italy feels like a wonderful dream..being so far outside my daily reality. It was a great trip and I enjoyed travelling with my mom who so often thinks the same things I am....scary. We went to Florence and Venice, both of which I recommend. Now I am really enjoying reading "Room with a View" which takes place in Florence and the countryside outside London. And a couple of days ago I chanced upon the movie "Casanova" set in Venice. It helps me relive the trip to recognize those names and places. Our next adventure is in just a few weeks, Disneyland...and Emma's first plane ride, and probably the first Sam remembers since he was so young when I took him to Nebraska.

The weekend is over already

October 15, 2007 by Adam in Family

The weekend is over already. I'm not quite sure what happened, but I remember laying my head on the counter Sunday night, mumbling that I needed to go back to work so I can get some rest.

Friday was swimming, which was great. I did a bunch of errands on Saturday, picking up a new power supply for my computer, taking in a bunch of recycling, and getting the kids' computers upgraded.

Jamie went to Pat's Saturday night, leaving me to manage the kids. There was sock throwing, spaghetti making, dancing around to Code Monkey, and general hijinks all around. The kids went to bed, tired but happy. Of course, now Sam and Emma will spontaneously start singing the Code Monkey song at odd moments.

Sunday was a bit more low-key. We went to Oakway mall to see Angie and Winnie, while I ran around Borders with the kids. Dave came over in the evening while Jamie and I watched Mad Men. At night there was movies, though Jamie and I mostly slunk away to hide and be quiet for a few minutes.

I'm loving Episode 2

October 14, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

I'm loving Episode 2. Not just for the great storyline, fun gameplay, and so on, but for the little things. Here's a touching scene from a moment where Alyx reunites with Dog, the robot, who has just fetched, well, a brain. Even better, the brain was an interactive 3D object which I cheerfully picked up and proceeded to show to everyone. Alyx patiently kept talking about getting the car, but I was too busy admiring the floppy part of the brain stem as I twirled it about.

I tried to take the brain with me, but without success. I tried jamming it next to the engine of the car, but it fell out after a few simple maneuvers. If only there was a way to keep it with me, perhaps on a shelf somewhere along with the other body parts of enemies I've strewn about over the years. A spleen or two, perhaps.

HL2, Episode 2 continues to impress me to no end

October 13, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

HL2, Episode 2 continues to impress me to no end. I just got this really cool muscle car after working for nearly an hour to get it. There was a crazy physics puzzle at the end which involved tipping a massive bridge by repositioning cars, culminating with a Dukes of Hazzard style jump over a chasm. Good times.

Sam's been playing Portal, occasionally voicing his frustrations with exclamations of hatred. As soon as I get him on the right path, though, he's hooked again. Since it's short, he'll probably finish up this weekend. Then I can play him the song from the credits, which I've burned to a CD.

Another sweet Mocha Friday

October 12, 2007 by Adam in Family

Another sweet Mocha Friday. Since the caffeine hasn't hit my brain yet, I think I'll try to summarize the week through various anecdotes that struck me as amusing or interesting.

I was up at 4:30 this morning, playing newly released computer games. I've been doing that every day since Wednesday, reveling in highly-polished video goodness.

Emma and I played a game where she was a pig and I was a farmer. My favorite part was cooking and eating her, which she didn't find too amusing. Eventually Sam joined in after I declared I was a vegetarian farmer. When we were assigning roles, I told Sam he was a carrot, and promptly cooked and ate him.

Sam's been reading Hardy Boy books, reading them at a rapid rate. Wednesday he took a field trip to mount Pisgah with his class. He was most impressed by a cougar kill of a deer, remarking on how long the spinal cord was.

This week our dish washer has been on the blink, the heating element stuck permanently on. We shut it off at the fuse box, but have been doing dishes by hand. It's strangely satisfying, soaking in warm water on a cool Fall evening.

Jamie's been busy, managing a sick Sam early in the week, working Wednesday, dealing with house issues, and today Sam's off school again. Hopefully tonight I can take the kids swimming and run around outside this weekend. Good times.

If you've ever wondered what other Smithies d...

October 11, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

If you've ever wondered what other Smithies do to change the world once they've graduated, check out my friend Alexis, fighting the good fight in solidarity with the people of El Salvador! By the way, she's Anna's room mate in San Francisco.

All is well in Providence. I just finished the first in a series of workshops I'm facilitating about framing Campus Compact VISTA work as a community organizer. Good fun.

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Happy Anniversary to us, Happy Anniversary to...

October 11, 2007 by Robbie in Cortez

Happy Anniversary to us, Happy Anniversary to us, Happy Anniversary Robbie and Seraph, Happy Anniversary to us! We made it, we made to our ten year anniversary. It seems like we just got married yesterday and now we have been together for a decade.

We are heading up to Timberline Lodge for the day. We are dropping Isabell off at school and heading up to rest by the fireplace, read books, converse (by ourselves), and having a nice dinner. My mom is coming up to watch Isabell and her friends after school. I believe Isabell and her friends are planning a belated party for my mom, since my mom's birthday was on Monday.

We are off to seize the day!

I finished Portal last night

October 11, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

I finished Portal last night. It was quite short, but extremely awesome. The final battle was one of the most memorable and there was a brilliant streak of humor throughout the whole thing. The song at the credits was amazingly hysterical.

It's a giant spoiler, but you can evidently find the final song right here. Sadie would love it.

I started in on Half Life 2, Episode 2 this morning. It was nice to reunite with Alex and the rest of the Half Life crew. I just finished up a great "base defense" area with two wise-cracking would-be heroes. There was a great sense of suspense, tension, and quick-thinking. Brilliant stuff so far.

Day 10: 2006 Well, this is the last song I'm...

October 10, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 10: 2006
Well, this is the last song I'm posting, on the eve of our anniversery. As you'll notice, I'm sneeking in one more country song. I first heard this song a year or two ago, and always thought it would be the perfect anniversery song.
Even though our lives are as hectic as ever, it feels like we're finally getting the hang of this marriage thing! As I (frequently) say, if you plan on being married for 60 years or more, what's so big about the occasional bad day/month/year in the grand scheme of things? In reality, we've just made it through the infancy of our relationship, and I can't wait to see what's next!

P.S. This musical count-down would not have happened without Adam's help - so many, many thanks again!

We came to the conclusion last night that Sam...

October 10, 2007 by Adam in Sam

We came to the conclusion last night that Sam likely needs vision correction. We were testing him on the oven clock and his guess as to the time was way off. We'll get him formally tested and hopefully get him some glasses and/or contacts relatively soon.

Sigh. I was hoping this one would miss the whole "blind as a bat" thing that seems to be the family curse.

It's starting to be that magical time of year...

October 10, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

It's starting to be that magical time of year when it comes to computer games. This morning Portal and Half Life 2, Episode 2 unlocked themselves on my computer. I was up at 4 am and played for two hours straight.

I've been wanting to play Portal after playing the student game Narbacular Drop a year or two ago. Basically you can create two portals and move yourself and other things through them. This results in all sorts of wacky physics puzzles. For example, you can put a portal on the ceiling and floor, then fall repeatedly through them. Another bonus is that you can see yourself through clever positioning of portals.

To top it off, the story and humor is great. Sam will likely want to play tonight, but I'll hopefully sneak in a few hours when I can.

The week slowly moves along

October 09, 2007 by Adam in Family

The week slowly moves along. Sam's sick, sniffling his way through yesterday and today. Jamie got virtually no sleep Sunday night, though fortunately managed to recover last night. I got my flu shot, so my joints ached for awhile.

I'll probably down a third cup of tea this morning, if only to kick my brain into high gear.

Day 9: 2005 I was fully entrenched in shcool...

October 09, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 9: 2005
I was fully entrenched in shcool during this time. It felt like we rarely saw each other - the proverbial ships passing in the night...
You continued to shoulder most of the day to day work, while I kept promising this part would be end soon.

Day 8: 2004 This is when we moved to PDX

October 08, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 8: 2004
This is when we moved to PDX. Life was chaotic but good. I have so many happy memories of that first summer, spending all of our time in the rose gardens, playing in the fountian, and picnicing under the Alice in Wonderland trees.
You were again brilliant in the way you found work at Hillside, chatting everyone up and charming many mom's along the way.

The weekend has come to a close and we're bac...

October 08, 2007 by Adam in Family

The weekend has come to a close and we're back to the daily grind of work and school. It seems that I spent most of the weekend cooking or taking Sam to a soccer game. On Saturday I made the lasagna, biscotti, and fruit salad. Sunday was the bread, soup, and actually cooking everything. In general, I think it was a rousing success. Probably the most fun was making the little heart lasagnas for the kids.

Jamie took Emma to her ballet class on Saturday. I think she's loving it, dancing around the kitchen from time to time. I took Emma to Sam's first soccer game, where she played with Natalie and Sidney. On Sunday, it was just me and the other parents. It'll be odd when soccer is over for good, though I'm sure we'll find other physical activity for the boy.

We did do one big project Sunday morning. I disassembled Emma's old bed and moved it into the craft room. Jamie's now turning it into a guest bed, though it's awful comfortable to just plop down on it while Sam does homework.

Now it's time for a shower and getting my work stuff together.

Day 7: 2003 Ok, I don't even know if you've ...

October 07, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 7: 2003
Ok, I don't even know if you've heard of this song! I heard it in the car a while back, and it reminded me of us. We're both dreamers with ever revoloving dreams.
Spurred on by the events of the year, this was when I decided to go back to school. It took another year to get there, but you were with me all the way (well, after a few months of my nagging)!

Day 6: 2002 We joked once that we each wante...

October 06, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 6: 2002
We joked once that we each wanted to out live the other because of the funeral music choices. You knew I'd pick sad country-western songs, and I knew you'd pick sad Erasure songs!
Anyway, here's my country-western tribute song. Even with everything was stacked against us, you're still the one.

I signed up for Netflicks today, and my old r...

October 05, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I signed up for Netflicks today, and my old room mate Janet has taken control of my cue with helpful hints. She currently has these must-watch movies on my cue: the worst witch, mystery train, bon voyage, henry fool, home movie, fierce creatures, breakfast on Pluto, 24 hour party people, the puffy chair, kontroll, i am england, and Dracula: pages from a virgin's diary. I have heard of zero of these movies, but as she is a professional film snob, I must trust her judgment. It feels a bit like living with her again, when I'd come home and sit down in the middle of an obscure Korean independent film, and end up falling in love with it.

Seraph, I love hearing your anniversary count-down!

On an aside from the musical countdown - I st...

October 05, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

On an aside from the musical countdown - I started my vacation today. I stayed late at work last night making sure any lose ends were tied up, and feel resonably confident that the children's dept will hold together without me.
Not much is planned for the week. I think I'll try to hang out at a spa and do some pampering, but I'm also looking forward to reading and practicing my viola a lot. It will also be nice to walk Isa to school each morning, and generally hang out with my family.

Day 5: 2001 We had a 1+1=3 year, as Isa was ...

October 05, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 5: 2001
We had a 1+1=3 year, as Isa was added to our lives. It was a long year filled with sleepless nights, but also filled with little miricles. At the end we changed places, when I wnet back to work, and you became Mr. Mom.

It's Mocha Friday, and I just finish my last ...

October 05, 2007 by Adam in Family

It's Mocha Friday, and I just finish my last drop of that oh-so-tasty elixir. I was in an unusually bad mood last night, which is rare for me. Sam was a little grumpy, my computer was having issues, and I ended up giving myself a little timeout before rejoining my family. Fortunately I resolved my computer problem, made up with Sam, and all is well in the world.

This weekend promises to be filled with maniacal cooking on my part. I'm doing a seven-course Italian dinner this Sunday, which will likely span most of the afternoon. Tomorrow is the big cooking day, getting the biscotti, fruit salad, and other things ready. With luck, all I'll have to do is pop things in the oven periodically and bring them out to everyone in an apron.

I'm trying really hard to go swimming with the kids tonight. Various things have kept us home during swimming classes and we haven't gone for a long while. Swimming is one of the things I've done with the kids since Sam was a baby. Now Emma's nearly swimming herself, but I still love to play around in a warm pool at the end of the week.

I just went back and read Seraph and Robbie's...

October 05, 2007 by Sue in Wielesek

I just went back and read Seraph and Robbie's website from
January, 2001. It was fun to see Isa's baby picture!

Day 4: 2000 Ok, this is probably the sappies...

October 04, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 4: 2000
Ok, this is probably the sappiest song on the list! Sorry if I am offending anyone's ears : )
This was the first time I've ever felt like my resolutions came true. We settled into work at EEI, bought our house, and found out Isa was on the way. This were looking up.

Ooo, Seraph, this is a walk down Memory Lane ...

October 04, 2007 by Sue in Wielesek

Ooo, Seraph, this is a walk down Memory Lane for all of us.
I remember that you wore a black top and a gold satin skirt to the Opera and afterwards to the party at Tony and Ilona's on New Years Eve. You two made a handsome couple!
You've done a good job being married!

Day 3: 1999 This was a tough year for us

October 03, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 3: 1999
This was a tough year for us. We learned that each win brought a loss. I remember resolving on New Year's Eve that 2000 would be better.

I got a bonus at work and took some of that t...

October 03, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Projects

I got a bonus at work and took some of that to upgrade the various computers in the house. All the parts arrived last night, and I promptly disassembled my computer and replaced the guts with stuff from cardboard boxes. Amazingly enough, everything turned on with my first attempt and after all the drivers were installed, most everything worked. The exceptions were the CD-ROM drives and the second hard drive. I just fixed the CD-ROM drives this morning and will eventually get around to the second hard drive. I hardly use the thing as my first has so much drive space.

In terms of the performance, I'm pretty happy. Things that took awhile are now quite snappy. I had to test out Bioshock at the highest resolution and it was a smooth as silk.

Sam got a paper cut on his finger last night

October 02, 2007 by Adam in Sam

Sam got a paper cut on his finger last night. It was sore while he was having a snack. "Can I have a placebo?" he asked. I whipped up a mixture of salt water and lemon juice. He wasn't impressed.

Day 2: 1998 Life was good, and we were ready...

October 02, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 2: 1998
Life was good, and we were ready for grand adventures! This song was out before 98', but we still had great fun joking about some of the lyrics.

There was a Design a Perk contest over on the...

October 02, 2007 by Adam in Adam's Games

There was a Design a Perk contest over on the Fallout site. I'm a big fan of the Fallout games, so I couldn't resist adding Robot Love:

Robots have an unnatural affection towards you. They are nearly always friendly, sometimes overly so. Even when they turn hostile, they never aim for your pretty little face. Computers flirt as well, though with a sadness in knowing their feelings can never be consummated.

Day 1: 1997 Robbie - As a count down to our ...

October 01, 2007 by Seraph in Cortez

Day 1: 1997
Robbie - As a count down to our anniversary, I have enlisted Adam's help to post a song each day. 10 songs for 10 years. Many of these are completly sappy, and relate to us, or a particular year of our marriage.
Day 1's song is acctually from our dating days. I'm curious if you remember; )

What a weekend! It seems all a blur now, but...

October 01, 2007 by Adam in Family

What a weekend! It seems all a blur now, but I'll touch on the highlights.

Sam had soccer Friday night. There was no rain, but it was very chilly. My mom joined me to keep my mind off the shivers, and we admired Sam's running about. Saturday brought Emma's first ballet class. She was so excited, dancing around like all the other little girls. There was a tear in her tights near the bottom zone, which gave her a touch of 80's Madonna.

In the afternoon, we had Barbara and Zoltan over. Our kids all played together, making the expected mess in the play room. We adults traded wedding stories and generally ate our way over several hours. We had a bit of chocolate mousse to finish it up and everyone headed home.

Saturday was much more low-key. Angie brought over Winnie for a bit of play time, and Victoria stopped by. In the afternoon we went to Tom's Apple Orchard and stopped by 5th Street Market to get pizza for the kids. Jamie and I went out for dinner while my mom watched the kids. The first two places were closed, so we ended up at the place where Humble Bagel resides during the day.

I did my usual exercise and cereal later that night, and headed upstairs to find Jamie watching the finale of Rock of Love. It's not nearly as good as Mad Men, but there's striking paralells as to how disfunctional relationships between men and women can get.

Now it's moving day for me in cubicle land. I'm stuffed into a little-used cubicle while trained cubicle technicians reconfigure my workspace. I would have done it in 15 minutes with an allen wrench, but I suppose this way is far more scientific.

I was so inspired by Sam, Emma, and Adam's wi...

October 01, 2007 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I was so inspired by Sam, Emma, and Adam's witch jars that I decided to make my own. This weekend I bought a pork tail (witch jar label: Hungarian Wolverine Tongue) and a bag of dried sardines (witch jar label: Peruvian Shark Fetuses). In addition, I canned Fallen Angel Feathers, Veritaserum (if you've read Harry Potter, it forces the recipient to tell the truth), and Love's Labors Lost (reconstituted). The Hungarian Wolverine Tongue is in the freezer at the moment, because I'm not sure how to preserve it. But it should keep until I figure it out. I'll see if I can post a picture of my beautiful, evile project soon.

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