Jamie made it back from the coast

January 29, 2004 by Adam in Family

Jamie made it back from the coast. Late morning on Sunday, we discovered that Jamie had hidden a "To Do" list on the refrigerator. Sam and I cleaned up, did the dishes, vaccuumed, and by the time she was came home we had started in on the gourmet dinner (the last item on the list). I tried making ravioli from scratch, which I'd never tried before. The pasta ended up a bit on the thick side - now I know why people buy machines to do it or simply buy the ravioli itself.

The week has been fairly quiet. I go to work each day and play with the kids in the evening. We might have a touch of a cold being passed around, but it doesn't seem too bad.

This Saturday Jim and Judy come down to help with the final painting jobs in the basement. It'll be nice to have it completely done at last.

Sam and I have been hanging out just ourselve...

January 25, 2004 by Adam in Family

Sam and I have been hanging out just ourselves this weekend after sending Jamie, Emma, and the girls off for the coast. We went to the library to stock up on I Spy and Halloween books, then later rented some movies and made pizza. Sam was dead tired at the end of the day as he was up at five in the morning. Hopefully he'll sleep in today.

Mocha Friday

January 23, 2004 by Adam in Family

Mocha Friday. Ahhh.

Jamie and Emma are off to the beach with friends and family tomorrow, leaving Sam and I to fend for ourselves. Hopefully we won't get in too much trouble or play computer games until our eyes pop out.

It's been a fairly uneventful week. Work plods along. Emma was up late one night, leaving us extra tired, but we've muddled through. The kids continue to be funny and giggly, which I suppose is their main job these days.

Jamie and I had some rare time together last ...

January 20, 2004 by Adam in Family

Jamie and I had some rare time together last night, sitting on the couch and watching Down With Love. It combines two of Jamie's favorite things - old 50's romantic comedies and Ewan McGregor. It was a fun little treat and I think she's wanting to take it along with her to the beach this weekend.

Not much to report otherwise. Emma's extremely mobile, pulling herself up to a standing position. She can even stay upright for a second or so if she lets go. Sam loves playing in the basement, running about like the Prince of Persia or fiddling with Legos.

The weekend is winding down to a close

January 19, 2004 by Adam in Family

The weekend is winding down to a close. I was sick for most of it. Nothing terrible, just a bad headache Saturday morning and a stomach ache that lingered until this evening. Now it's time to head back to work.

No exciting events. Jamie's dad and uncle are down, so we had a dinner gathering Saturday night (I mostly hung out in the basement moaning to myself). Sunday we puttered around and took a trip to Amazon Park just to get out of the house. Tonight was Tasty Thai and watching Sinbad. Everyone went to bed early.

The week seems a whirlwind of work and family

January 14, 2004 by Adam in Family

The week seems a whirlwind of work and family. I've been having bike problems, so I've been driving to work. It seems strange after so long biking in. I finally got my flat tire fixed (the first replacement tube blew up when installing it) and hopefully I'll get new brakes and a bike light today.

In a rare moment of forgetfulness, Jamie wandered down at 6:30 this morning asking me to watch Emma around 10:45 so that she could go to the dentist. I'm looking forward to wandering around campus with a baby strapped to my chest. I end up getting way more looks than the college kids with wacky hair or odd piercings.

Sam continues to be a joy to be around. We played a bunch last night, putting together an elaborate Lego parrot. There were also ball throwing games in the basement and assorted bath adventures (he kept pretending the Lego parrot was being attacked by jungle animals). Of course, I was pretty exhausted at the end of the day.

The weekend is coming to a close, with the fa...

January 12, 2004 by Adam in Family

The weekend is coming to a close, with the family tucked in their beds and I soon to follow. It was a pretty good weekend, with a Saturday hike and later having Dave and Kirsten over for some kid playing and impromptu dinner. Sunday had lots of time entertaining Sam and Emma, with a shopping and swimming trip for Jamie while the kids and I ran to the park.

I was pretty happy getting my computer panel all finished up. Sam and I continue to marvel at the Prince of Persia game. There were also plenty of Lego playing for both Sam and Emma, though she gets the big Duplos. I did hear the sad news that Lego would stop making Mindstorms and the movie tie-ins (such as Harry Potter and Star Wars). They evidently had a huge loss last year. Sniff.

Life seems to be returning to its normal busy...

January 09, 2004 by Adam in Family

Life seems to be returning to its normal busy self. Last night we had my mom and grandfather over for dinner. I switched between entertaining guests and my own children back and forth, finally collapsing once everyone was gone or in bed. It looks like sometime this weekend, Jim and Judy are coming down from Portland. Jamie somehow convinced Jim to finish painting the last few things in the basement.

Ah, the indulgent joy of taking a shower in t...

January 07, 2004 by Adam in Family

Ah, the indulgent joy of taking a shower in the morning. Never again shall I take it for granted.

I think we're trying to return to normal today. In theory it's supposed to warm up and simply rain. Sam's school is today and the plan is to get him there. I'm planning on getting to work, though it may be a little late.


January 06, 2004 by Adam in Family

Great. No hot water this morning.

(later . . .)
Well, I managed to take a "shower" by standing between the sink and the microwave, heating up a damp cloth then washing myself. My hair was the most challenging and required a couple cereal bowls filled with microwaved water with a freezing rinse from the faucet in between. I'm feeling slightly more awake, though I'll probably need to down a couple more cups of coffee before I look at the natural gas water heater outside our house. I'm not sure what I can do about it, perhaps poke at it in a manly way with a wrench or something.

(much later . . .)
I never did make it to work today. Instead I worked from home as best I can. It's funny that I've been complaining about no hot water when I've got electricity, a gas fireplace, and a fast Internet connection. I'm a wimp.

I did manage to fix the hot water heater. It turns out that while the heater itself has "frost protection", that does nothing for the exterior pipes going into and out of the unit. I spent a half hour heating things with a blow dryer, which seemed to do the trick. I managed to slip and bruise my knee on the way back. Maybe I can convince Jamie to let me have a long hot bath as spoils of my victory.

The light through the cherry tree looks beautiful. All the plants are covered in ice, so they sparkle like Christmas trees.

It was very icy and cold this morning

January 05, 2004 by Adam in Family

It was very icy and cold this morning. I gave up trying to drive to work when my key wouldn't even turn in the car's lock, so I dressed as warmly as possible and walked in to work. My coworkers over the river were reporting 45 to 60 minute travel times due to extremely slow traffic. Black ice is everywhere it seems.

The weekend was good if uneventful. Sam and I built a snow fort in our back yard with the slushy snow. I tossed a bunch of icy snowballs at it, breaking huge chunks off of it. Eventually it was reduced to a pile of misshapen snow, with a giggling Sam trying to hide behind it.

What a day

January 02, 2004 by Adam in Family

What a day. It started snowing sometime in the middle of the night, and didn't let up until late in the morning. Everyone seemed excited and soon enough Sam and I were out the door, a piece of vinyl left over from the remodel to use as a sled.

We weren't at the park for more than a few minutes when Sam started to feel cold. We headed home but within seconds he started really complaining and crying hard. I think his hands and feet got wet and he wasn't really well prepared for the weather (he was outside before I got ready). Once he got home, there was another fifteen minutes of crying until the circulation returned to his hands and feet. I think he now has a healthy dose of respect for cold weather now.

Jamie braved the weather to go to the grocery store, but otherwise we just hung out at home. Sam and I played Prince of Persia a bunch, with lots of breaks for science experiments in the kitchen, tag in the rec room, and entertaining Emma.

Jenny had a transformer mostly knocked down by falling trees. We had some branches down, as did my mom, but otherwise it seemed uneventful. I did manage to break a broom knocking snow off of the trees. Ooops.

I managed a little time working on my dad's Christmas present for me - the new control panel/monitor that's going into my office wall. It's quite stylish and I can't wait to finish it. I just need to solder some connections then my dad needs to help me get it mounted and cut some holes in the wall. Should be fun.

I'm thinking of going in to work tomorrow and hopefully take care of some things that I've been waiting to finish up. I'll still work from home a bit in the morning to see if the weather improves. I walked to work on Wednesday and may do it again.

Happy New Year's to all of you

January 01, 2004 by Adam in Family

Happy New Year's to all of you. Yesterday was actually fairly quiet at work. A bunch of people watched the Duck game in the break room while I tried hard to get my piles of work done.

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