Live from Tampa, FL

Yes, we are alive — although we’ve been healthier! We’re leaving Florida shortly, so more news later…

In Green Bay, WI

Green Bay folks are quite proud of this place. I gather other people like it too. Apparently the Packers are quite popular — although I looked them up on Google, and they’ve only won one Super Bowl since like 1912 or something, so they can’t be that great. Nonetheless, I went there with the gang…

Calm Down. Release Your Cares. The Stale Taste of Recycled Air.

It starts pretty mundane: you and a hundred other people shuffle down a hallway and load onto a cramped metal tube, jamming your possessions into tiny bins and taking your seat next to two strangers who are no more comfortable than you. After a seemingly pointless wait the tube begins to move — like a…

Leaving on a jet plane

I’m just realising that its SO much hard to go away on a business trip now that we have a baby boy at home! Not that it’s not hard to leave Nic, but I know she’s not going to change much while I’m gone. Benjamin, on the other hand, seems to learn something new every…

The Social Stages of Young Adult Humans

I’ve observed the following steps in social development among myself, my peers and our younger friends… Stage 1 – Bar Hopping In this stage most of the social circle is single. By some tortured logic, they somehow believe that they’ll find a mate in a bar, so they spend their weekends going from bar to…

"Because all the names and places I have taken from real life…"

Friends, family, ladies and gentlemen of the Internets… Wave hello back to Abigail Joan Wise, our daughter — who will arrive in March, or so. Abi is 8oz, healthy and definitely not a boy. We can’t wait to meet her! Those of you who guessed it would be a girl. Congratulations! There are no prizes,…

If ingested, contact Poison Control immediately

Now that Benjamin can get around on his own, the requirements for our jobs as parents has gone up a notch. He’s been crawling for awhile, and its still his primary mode of transportation. But when he combines his crawling skills with his standing skills, he can suddenly get into a lot more trouble. The…

A good night's work

Yesterday there were three different warning lights on my dashboard, and my speakers kept cutting out at random whenever I hit a bump. Today there are no lights, and my stereo sounds (and looks) great. There’s just something satisfying about taking care of your own car — maybe its the money you save by not…

The Monotony Train…

…with stops at Routine, Repetitiveness and Cabin Fever, is now out of service! It’s taken nearly 2 months, but we’re finally back in charge of our lives and making things happen again. Routine, as boring as it can be, is always a useful tool in establishing a baseline. Its from a foundation of effective routine…

Changing Meta Types in iTunes Files

So I’m off on a road trip next week, and I’ve downloaded a number of “spoken word” MP3s to listen to while I drive (it’s an 8 hour trip). The only problem is that now they’re mixed into my iTunes library, and when I hit shuffle on my iPod, every 3rd or 4th song will…