Half Birthdays

January 21, 2020 by Adam in Family

Duncan and I both had half birthdays over the weekend, a tradition invented entirely by Joanna.  She has a birthday coming up in a few days too, so the celebrations continue.

Emma's around this week as Jamie and Meg are in Hawaii for their honeymoon.  Emma and Ben have been hanging out quite a bit, watching weird anime about blood cells.  I took the two of them to Oregon Art Supply to continue spending their Christmas gift certificates.  Otherwise it was a pretty low-key weekend.  Mom came for dinner Sunday and dad last night. 

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Mocha Friday

January 17, 2020 by Adam in Family

We just shipped a release at work, so we have a brief lull where we can work more experimental features for a little, assuming Chris doesn't discover more bugs for us to fix.  I'm working on a slightly crazy thing that theoretically works, but I guess we won't find out until we do it.

Everyone is generally doing well.  Emma was over last night and we played a lot of Outer Wilds, flying around our little solar system. With Jamie on vacation, she'll be around for the upcoming week.

I spent some time yesterday getting the new version of this website ready to go.  It should generally work the same, though it's using newer technology under the hood.  Hopefully I can bring it up in parallel for everyone to try out.  I also fixed some old embedded videos that weren't always working, as YouTube used to use Shockwave Flash to embed things.  I'm now using a more modern way of linking videos in.

It looks like another low-key weekend for us all.  I'd love to get some starter seeds going, sort of a promise that spring is coming.

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Rainy Wednesday

January 16, 2020 by Adam in Family

Joanna and I went through the cold rainy night to have our date night at the Springfield Cornbread Cafe, which had just opened up.  It was a similar menu to the Eugene location, though with quirky kitch decor.  We read each other questions from the Trivia Pursuit cards left on the table and chatted about life.

Work's been good - I'm in the final stretch of a two month project I've been working on.  The kids all seem to be doing okay.  I had my teeth cleaned and Jenny showed me her new car.  Sadie sent me a link to a bad pun t-shirt.  I chatted with mom in New Mexico.  I read a little more of my Autonomous book.  Life's good.

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Another Fine Weekend

January 14, 2020 by Adam in Family

It's Monday already - work was generally satisfying and I think I'm nearly done with a somewhat complicated feature I've been fiddling with for a couple months now.  Now that Christmas break is done, it's gotten pretty quiet.  Mom's still away in New Mexico.  Dad's not working this week and is at the coast.  I spent the weekend hanging out with the kids, playing video games, and doing a bit of yardwork so I didn't consider myself incredibly lazy.

No big news - just the little things of life.  Ben and Emma watched a lot of Star Trek when I was away.  Joanna's been fermenting apples and cauliflower with her Christmas presents.  Sam, Emma, and I played some video games over the Internet over the weekend - he had the flu but is on the mend.  Sadie sent me a bunch of pictures she dug up from her middle school years.  All is well.

There and Back Again

January 10, 2020 by Adam in Family

After a lovely weekend with the kids, I headed to the airport Monday morning and started my quarterly trip to Salt Lake City.  All went generally okay, with my usual routine being wake up, run four miles, eat oatmeal in the hotel, walk across the parking lot for meetings, have dinner with coworkers, and play Slay the Spire until bedtime.  There were some variations - one day we went to a stained glass place and made little stained glass things.  They did real work there, elaborate stained glass windows for churches, and we admired the cool machinery.

Yesterday Tim and I left around noon to wade through the long security line and make our way home.  I ran into an old PeaceHealth friend, Steve Long, on the flight to Eugene.  It was great being home again and sleeping well last night.

I still struggled with the altitude and dry air.  A nettie pot, nasal spray, and Advil generally helped, and I felt pretty normal the last day.  It always feels good to return home to the valley.

Joanna managed the kids generally okay.  Apparently the routine was to watch Star Trek after dinner every night.  Hopefully I can wrest my computer back again now that I've returned.

I'm working today, back to my routine.  Tonight Joanna and I are going to hang out and play games with other grown ups, which is a treat.

Cocaine Fueled Karaoke

January 04, 2020 by Adam in Family

We're slowly walking up in Portland, looking out over the city from our hotel room.

It's our second stay in the Hotel deLuxe as years ago we also saw a play nearby. Yesterday morning we packed for our journey, waited for Mattie to come and watch Ben, and took Emma to her mom's. Then it was driving through country roads to reach Silver Falls. For some reason I'd never gone there. It was lovely, trails through tall trees and wet cool air. We hiked behind two falls, tons of water crashing over basaltic lava flows. We took our tired bodies back to the cabins, admiring their depression era construction. After some coffee and lentil soup we continued on to Portland.

After settling into our rooms we changed into city clothes, which were only slightly more formal versions of our normal attire. Powell's books was nearby, so we picked up a few treasures and ate veggie pot pie and a cherry peach pie for dinner at a vegan, gluten free place. The play was held in a conference room in the Tiffany building, decked out to look like a Scottish pub. The play happened all around us, a bizarre and hysterical modern day retelling of a Scottish ballad involving a love story with the devil and cocaine fueled karaoke. It was quite memorable, especially the actors in their underwear jumping on tables.

Soon we're off to Fuel for breakfast, then fetching Duncan from the airport. It's been a lovely getaway.


January 02, 2020 by Adam in Family

I got a little mixed up with my various vacations and it turns out I had New Year's Day through the end of the week off.  In our traditional fashion, Ben, Joanna, and I drank virgin pina coladas and watched the Japanese Jonny's Countdown, followed by a quick switch over to watch the Times Square ball drop.  We watched random Japanese commercials until it was time for bed - a fine way to ring in the new year.

Today was pretty low-key.  I finished Disco Elysium, which was a great detective game.  Ben played assorted video games.  Joanna and I went for a long hike.  I ran and watched The Witcher on Netflix.  It was all quite lovely.

It's been a bit of a whirlwind week.  I worked a couple days, had dinner at Jenny's, and managed to go have tea with Seraph and Robbie before they left.  Mom's in New Mexico for a couple weeks.  Jamie took Emma to the beach.  Joanna and I will be having a night in Portland this weekend, catching a play, and then getting Duncan from the airport.  Next Monday I'm off to Salt Lake City.  Hopefully life quiets down a bit after that.

Last Day of Vacation

December 30, 2019 by Adam in Family

It's late on a Sunday and I return to work tomorrow.  It's been a whirlwind vacation, with lots of visiting with family, playing games, and eating massive meals.  Joanna and I hosted a Boxing Day meal that started at two and continued late.  Joanna was amazing with organizing everything and we had about fourteen people around the table.  The next morning I made breakfast for the same crew, plus Seraph and Robbie who flew in the night before.  Skye picked up Sam and they flew back to Austin the next day.  The weekend was otherwise pretty quiet - playing board and video games with Ben and Emma, going to the library, and taking them both to redeem their Oregon Art Supply gift certificates.

Hopefully I remember how to work tomorrow morning.

Merry Christmas

December 26, 2019 by Adam in Family

I got out of bed fairly early, with Sam and Emma emerging from their bedrooms about the same time.  We went through stockings pretty quickly, getting out the puzzles and quirky Asian candies, much to everyone's amusement.  We played a little more Trine 4 until Joanna texted, asking for tea, then eventually got up and woke Ben up.  I'd made cinnamon rolls the day before and had them ready, along with Joanna's slightly more healthy oatmeal dish.  

We all had a pretty good time.  Sam got pants and wads of cash.  Ben ended up with various art supplies.  Emma got much of the same.  Joanna got a bunch of puzzle and cooking related gifts.  I ended up with clothes and books.  I may have had something to do with a bunch of board games surrounding our tree.

I whipped together a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and sausages.  After a quick shower we played Photosynthesis - a game about growing trees.  Ben won soundly, mostly through some daring opening moves that none of us were brave enough to try.

Eventually Sam and Emma wandered over to their mom's house.  Joanna and I went for a walk.  We managed to video chat with Duncan a little.  Now we're calling assorted Chinese restaruants, looking for some place to pick up dinner.

All-in-all it was quite the successful Christmas.

Christmas Week

December 24, 2019 by Adam in Family

It's New Year's Eve.  I've been having a great time hanging out with kids, playing games, hanging out with Joanna, and generally enjoying myself.  There's a lot of running about.  Sam and Emma went up to Corvallis on Saturday to see Jamie's side of the family.  The kids have been splitting their time between the two households, spending the night there last night.  At other times we've been playing Trine 4, a cooperative physics puzzler for three players.  Yesterday we roped in Ben and played a really hard "Escape the Room" boardgame you can only play once.  Emma was pretty burned out after we escaped, some two hours after starting play.  The unique part was tearing up the game in the process of solving clues - we ended up using a fair number of hints, though we solved quite a few on our own.

In my brief downtimes, I've been playing Disco Elysium, an amazing dialog-heavy game with immense humor and style.  It makes me long to make a text-based adventure of my own one of these days.  We'll see if I actually follow through.

This morning I made a hearty breakfast for Joanna, Ben, and I, then slowly started in on the baking for the next couple days.  Tomorrow morning we have Sam and Emma for Christmas and the next day we're hosting everyone for Boxing Day dinner.  I think we'll try to do a Friday morning breakfast, in part to try and get Sam, Seraph, and Robbie together before Sam returns to Portland for his flight out.  I'm mostly playing it all by ear.

It's been a great vacation so far and I'm hoping to briefly escape to Portland with Joanna before my Salt Lake City trip.  We haven't had time to vacation with just the two of us and a small getaway sounds lovely.

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