Friday, April 28, 2017

End-of-the-Month Highlights Day

A few photos have been added to the Life, 2017 album. Google Photos sucks.

  • Events
    • Went to a crazy baby consignment sale then hiked the muddy banks of the Occuquan River with Sara on S 4/1.

    • Got a flat tire in Herndon on H 4/6.

    • Had a Dinner With Friends at Michelle's house on F 4/7.

    • Hosted a VR Party with Evil Mike, Tom, Annie, and Sara on S 4/8 then had Ethiopian food at Enatye that gave me smelly fingers for the next two days.

    • Updated our TDAP shots then had dinner at Mellow Mushroom on T 4/11.

    • Met with our doula, went to a baby shower, then stopped by my parents' for my Mom's birthday on S 4/15.

    • Went to Michelle's Moving To Berkeley party on S 4/22.

    • Met up with Rebecca's parents, the Wrights, the Edwardses and the Mueller-Catanias on S 4/23.

    • Had a sonogram on W 4/26 that confirmed the ongoing presence of girl parts on our child.

    • Planning to see Michelle one last time on F 4/28 before her cross country drive in order to optimize the packing of her Prius.

  • Projects
    • Painted the Nursery Formerly Known As Office in Easter colours.

    • Did baby preparation stuff like picking a pediatrician and assembling a crib.

  • Consumerism
    • Got to level 635 in Overwatch, with 652 hours played and a 51.7% winrate. Also enjoyed the VR game, Keep Talking and No One Explodes.

    • Enjoyed watching The Night Manager and listening to newly discovered music by Bryce Vine.

April's Final Grade: B+

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken 40 years ago in 1977.

My dad and my sister are sitting on the front stoop of the childhood home on Pickett Street, back when it was still festooned in overgrown shrubbery helpful only for concealing burglars. I will have to recreate this picture in 2018 if I can find some identical pants.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up

It's been raining nonstop around here, assuaging any guilt for not going outside or doing lawn-related chores. We overloaded our weekend with 3 separate social gatherings, starting with a going away for Rebecca's yoga friend, Michelle, on Saturday night, for which I made my signature bean chili.

On Sunday, we had lunch with Rebecca's parents and the Wrights, and met Patrick & Erica's 5 1/2 month-old, Will. From there, we went straight to the Edwardses to catch up with their 1 year old and celebrate the newly engaged Mike and Annie. In the picture below, you can see everyone showing off their monochrome fashions of the early 2000s (I went a different direction with a daring shade of blue).

In the evening, we returned home to Sterling to eat leftover bean chili, make lunch sandwiches for the week, and do laundry. We also ordered a crib so we can get a head start on populating the Nursery Formerly Known as Office with real furniture.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Better Call Saul, Season Two:
I may be in the minority with my opinion, but this show is at its best when it's not focused on building the world of Breaking Bad. The little moments and wry asides stand alone very well, and it's almost a distraction when the main plots start to fall into the areas already established by Breaking Bad. It's held back a little by its very deliberate pacing -- it's easy to get impatient when I just want to know how it all comes together in the end, which reduces my appreciation for the development of the characters in the moment. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B+

Dave Chappelle:
I never watched Dave Chappelle back when he was originally popular, although I was oversaturated by my college roommate, Kelley, spamming "I'm Rick James, bitch!" at every opportunity. Chappelle's new Netflix special is 2 separate stand-up routines in a story-telling style focused mostly on race jokes. The first is quite strong, but he seems to get tired and run out of steam during the second one, which was mostly forgettable. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B

Lazy Fair by Bryce Vine:
This album is full of vapid summer pop songs with clearly calculated attributes for maximum radio appeal, but I still can't help but enjoy it. The EP is very short, but each song is an infectious up-tempo market-researched morsel, heavy on pentatonics and nostalgia like Sour Patch Kids. As a bonus, if you create a "Bryce Vine" Pandora station, you end up with a neverending stream of music about 20-somethings living irresponsibly, which you can use as a teaching moment for your college-age child. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B+

The Night Manager:
This miniseries (based on a book I'd never read) tells the tale of a hotel manager who goes undercover to bring down a wealthy arms dealer. Well-paced with good intensity, the show features Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in escalating cat-and-mouse affairs in a very British way. The arc of the story feels complete, and the 6 epsiode duration is just right. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B+

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