Mocha Friday

April 21, 2017 by Adam in Family

It's been a somewhat challenging week.  Joanna visited the chiropractor on Tuesday and ended up hurting her back.  I've been running kids to school, enlisting Sam to help cook meals, and generally helping out.  Kudos to mom for helping take people places as well.

Otherwise life keeps moving forward.  Work is challenging and interesting.  I'm headed to Salt Lake City next week, though I have my usual angsty feeling that it'll interrupt getting the work done.

Joanna and Duncan theoretically go to Portland tomorrow and Emma is off to Corvallis.  We'll see if Berry, Sam, and Isa want to go hiking or bike riding or something.

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Easter Come and Gone

April 17, 2017 by Adam in Family

We had a pleasant three day weekend.  We celebrated Berry's birthday on Friday as I ran around on my day off to various places.  Berry's birthday parties went well - she liked her presents and everyone was worn out by lazer tag.  I got really tired at the end of the day, though fortunately my mom was around to pick up Isa.

Saturday was dad's surgery, which went well.  Jenny reports that he's in good spirits, but tired of jello already.  Sam ran a D&D campaign for Emma, Isa, and I with Lego characters, which was fun.  I think Sam's been accepted at the U of O - they keep sending post cards.  More things to sort out.

Duncan was a social butterfly this weekend, with a sleepover and friends coming to visit.  I think he was the only kid who got a reasonable amount of sleep as he seemed coherent when I picked him up.

Easter Sunday involved a lot of egg hiding after a hearty breakfast of french toast, sausages, bacon, and mocha.  Emma and I played a little Divinity.  I worked on my little Unity game, getting a computer bootup sequence just right.  Joanna whipped up a big Easter dinner.

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Mocha Friday & Berry Birthday

April 14, 2017 by Adam in Family

We wished Berry a happy birthday, though the festivities will continue throughout the day.  Health Catalyst is giving me the day off, which makes for a pleasant day.  I helped take Berry and Emma to school, went shopping with Joanna at Target, and picked up eggs from Pam at PeaceHealth.

Dad's in surgery at the moment, which makes us all a little nervous.  Hopefully he'll be done soon and then Jenny and I can go visit.  We might be keeping an eye on him tomorrow when he recovers and Jenny is out at a concert.

Other than Berry's birthday, things are relatively quiet this weekend.  I'm puttering on my computer today, working on a game project.  Joanna is reading on the coach.  Life's good.

Tuesday Already

April 12, 2017 by Adam in Family

The weekend has come and gone.  It was pleasant and fun and generally lazy.  We had some breaks in the weather and went for a walk through the neighborhood to fetch chicken eggs.  Spring is sneaking up on us - I'm really enjoying working from home and being close to the rain and growing things.

Joanna and the kids generally seem to be doing well.  Work continues to be fun, if very technical and specific at times.  Lots of things to learn still.

Mocha Friday

April 08, 2017 by Adam in Family

My mocha is long gone - I fixed it for myself this morning and headed out to the shed to code away.  I continue to enjoy what I do, which seems to be arcane and technical things - logging, Telemetry, and error notification today.  Hopefully next week I get to work on some more application-specific things.

We mostly survived the windstorm from last night, despite it waking people up with banging and roaring.  It's been occasionally nice, in between the torrent of rain.

No exciting weekend plans.  We're all being pretty lazy tonight.  I picked up Emma from school, which I think will be an every-other Friday afternoon thing. It's nice to be in this part of town.

Wednesday Already

April 05, 2017 by Adam in Family

School has started up again, with Sam in his final term before graduation.  I'm crossing my fingers, hoping he makes it to the finish line.  The other kids seem to have settled back into the routine relatively well.  Duncan has a couple new electives - a class where he just reads and another where he makes movies.  He likes them both, so it should be fun for him.

I've been writing tests the last few days at work.  It's vaguely interesting, and sometimes challenging.  I think I'll switch to logging and telemetry today.


April 03, 2017 by Adam in Family

It was great seeing everyone the last few days.  We continued to wander over to my mom's house to cook, chat, and hang out.  Eventually a horde of people arrived latest Saturday and we ate good food and chatted until it was time to head home.

Yesterday was very much a hang out and relax day.  There was a brief trip to my mom's house with Emma and Berry to see Isa while the older crowd talked about inheritance stuff.  Sam spent most of the day playing video games - his muscles were still sore from helping (his) Isa and her mom move.  We did manage a short trip to Down to Earth.  Joanna and I played in the garden, setting up cloches to keep tomatoes warm and planting peas.

I finished Wolfenstein: Old Blood somewhere in there and got pretty far in the new Torment game.  Emma and I continue to play Divinity, slowly working our way to the end.

I'm back to work momentarily, which I'm strangely looking forward to.  We're starting a new sprint, and I'm curious as to what work has been assigned to me.

Friday Preparations

March 31, 2017 by Adam in Family

We're getting ready for Russian Orthodox Easter tomorrow, scheduled slightly differently than the official date.  Sam and I headed over to my mom's, meeting up with Emma to help clean up her patio.  It was a fun, cheerful experience, and it was nice to see the kids be helpful and entertaining.  Sam and I came back home to take it easy for a little while.  The plan is to later set up a repository for his code and get his quirky game working properly again. Right now his little simulated people build a house and then sit in it until they starve to death.

I took yesterday off work as well, spending some time with Seraph, Robbie, and Izzie.  I also managed to do various errands, such as filling up on 20 gallons of kerosine in case power fails again, and replacing my ancient car battery.

I strangely miss work a little bit.  My code made it to the master branch and I have some ideas for the security system I want to try out.  Fun, fun.


March 29, 2017 by Adam in Family

It's been a somewhat eventful last few days.  Monday night Honoka came to dinner - she's visiting the US and staying with her friend Megan.  Honoka got pretty teary-eyed seeing us all again and visiting her old bedroom that I've since turned into an office.  She seems to be well, going to junior college and learning about nutrition, while teaching English to middle school kids on the side.  It was nice to see her, and Berry was especially sad to have her go.

Yesterday I had breakfast with mom and dinner with dad, which was a nice treat. I think they're all generally doing okay, though dad has surgery in a couple weeks.  Theoretically he should recover in a week or so.  They both seem excited to see Seraph and her crew, who landed in Eugene last night.

Work has gotten a little busy, which is a good thing I suppose.  Jonathan is asking me to put my security hat on and build a security-related application as a demo project.  I'm also trying hard to get my source code reviewed and checked into the master branch.  It's one of those milestones that means I'm actually contributing.

I have the next couple days off.  Hopefully I can hang out with the kids and Seraph, Robbie, and Isa as much as possible.

Rainy Weekend

March 27, 2017 by Adam in Family

It was a good weekend, hanging out with kids excited for spring break.  The weather was pretty rainy, though we managed to take the whole family down to Alton Baker Park to walk around and play with a couple Frisbees.  Other than that, it was the usual pizza, big breakfasts, and playing around.  Berry and Joanna aren't feeling great for whatever reason, with Berry having a nasty cold.  Hopefully they improve soon.

I'm working three days this week while the kids are out of school.  Thursday and Friday I'm hanging out with Seraph and crew.

Sam's working on a new game that involves little creatures finding food, mating, and fighting.  I had him restructure his code and we spent a few frustrating hours getting it working again.  It's surprisingly funny - with the little creatures standing around until they die because their needs are fulfilled, or various morally questionable mating practices.

Emma and I played more Divinity.  Joanna worked.  Duncan and Berry played on their computers.  I set up a new security camera and got them all working the way I wanted.  Life moves on.


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