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  1. Monday, April 17, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday night, we enjoyed the non-fluctuating warmth of April with back porch burgers and then watched the OJ Simpson crime show until Rebecca fell asleep.   On Saturday, we met again with our doula to talk baby stuff and then went Ben and Andrea's baby shower in Arlington to baby baby with baby baby baby because baby. We then stopped by my parents' to wish my mom a Happy Birthday and picked up some Potbelly's on the way home.     On Sunday, I worked in the morning, walked 2 miles on the treadmill, cleaned 2 years of accumulated grease out of the grill to prepare for for summer grilling, did a nature walk through Claude Moore, did a propane exchange, bought two shades of paint for the ex-office nurs...
  2. Monday, April 10, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, we went to a dinner party at Michelle's (one of the last before she flees to the West Coast with Stu) and had different chicken and fish stir fry dishes full of ingredients you have to go to weird grocery stores to get. Like many parties involving yoga people, it ended in a giant game of Twister, but we left before it got too rowdy because Rebecca enjoys sleeping more than Twister these days.   On Saturday afternoon, I had people over to try out the Oculus Rift in the basement, where there was more room for Evil Mike to cower in the corner when attacked by robot spiders from every direction. We also played a few games Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and ate ice cream cones.     In ...
  3. Monday, April 03, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Saturday morning, we descended upon the Just Between Friends consignment sale, featuring two hockey rinks full of used baby gear. We managed to spend less than a typical trip to Costco, yet still walked away with tons of items at greatly reduced prices. Afterwards, we went hiking with Sara on the Bull Run trail.     Although the bluebells were just starting to come out in force, the trail west from 28 was a treacherous bog filled with wet sock hazards because of Friday's monsoon. Still we made it over a mile in before arriving at a point where the entire path was washed out by a new tributary, Oregan Trail style. Instead of fording, we went back to 28 and hiked a bit in the opposite direction, racking up about ...
  4. Friday, March 31, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  A few photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Spent the weekend in rural Manassas for a birth class on F 3/3 and S 3/4.    Alice came to visit from South Carolina from H 3/9 - M 3/13. We visited Crooked Run Brewery's new Sterling location and had dinner at Chuy's on F 3/10, then had Michael and Taje over for Game Night on S 3/11. On S 3/12, we introduced Alice to Bonchon.    It snowed weakly on T 3/14 and immediately melted.    We hit our first milestone at work to rave reviews on W 3/15.    We had our local friends over for St. Patrick's Day on F 3/17.    We purged...
  5. Monday, March 27, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday night, we stayed in eating Boston Market and finishing the first season of  Sneaky Pete  (first viewing for Rebecca and second viewing for me).   On Saturday, an eventful morning included a trip to Costco, followed by donation drop offs to the library and a local thrift shop to make extra space in the house for progeny. In the evening, I made grilled tortillas full of strawberries and Nutella, and then we went to Michelle's apartment for Sara's birthday party.     On Sunday, we briefly started putting together a baby registry before getting overwhelmed, then went for a brisk walk in Claude Moore Park followed by a run to Home Depot for baby room paint samples. In the evening we wen...
  6. Monday, February 27, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  A few photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Got my first speeding ticket in about seven years driving down to work in Fairfax on T 1/31.    Had Sara over for grilled salmon and the Appalachian Trail game on F 2/3.    Spent a weekend in Sperryville, with a hike of Little Devil's Stairs, a visit to the Aleworks, and dinner at the Schoolhouse Pub on S 2/4.    Watched the first half of the Super Bowl then turned it off with cataclysmic effect on our assumptions on S 2/5. (Just like the election!)    Had dinner and an appalling sour beer that wasn't advertised as sour at Mellow Mush...
  7. Wednesday, February 22, 2017:
    Happy 222 Day!    To celebrate 222 day, we went in for an ultrasound and now know the gender of our baby. Who wants to guess?
  8. Monday, February 06, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up    Hiking up Little Devil's Stairs near Washington, VA.     Enjoying the complimentary flight at Hopkins Ordinary B&B and Aleworks.     Eating "Eggs Hopkins" for breakfast.     Being hipsters at the new coffee shoppe, Before and After, in Sperryville. 
  9. Monday, January 30, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  A few photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Met up with Holland Marc for burgers at Burger 21 on M 1/2.    Had the 2nd (of 3) Book Club meetings for  Hyperion  on S 1/7.    Had a late Christmas with the Whitmer/Link side of the family on S 1/8.    Had a Taste of Burma / Costco date night on F 1/13.    Had a team meeting followed by dinner at FQB on W 1/18.    Went to a Novetta Happy Hour in Herndon on H 1/19.    Went to a Cake Eating Party at Parry's on F 1/20.    Went to a Puppy Birthday Party at Ghazaleh and Mike's on...
  10. Monday, January 09, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We woke up to more snow than expected on Saturday morning, so I postponed my planned Costco trip in exchange for being warm in the house. I did a few hours of work in the morning and then watched an episode of  Travelers  with Rebecca. In the evening we hosted our  Hyperion  book club, for a book that continues to get less interesting as it progresses. In compensation, we ate three-bean chili and mini chocolate eclairs.     On Sunday, we went out to Taylorstown for a late Christmas with the Whitmer / Link side of the family. We exchanged gifts, sang 1 Christmas carol, and ate even more chili.   Outside of the weekend, 2017 is going well so far. I work about 48 - 52 hours per week...
  11. Friday, December 30, 2016:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  A few photos have been added to the  Life, 2016  album.       Events   Went to the Cranes for pizza and  Christmas Vacation  on F 12/2.    Ate enchiladas and played games at the Smiths on S 12/3.    Put up our Christmas lights and an extra deer on S 12/4.    Went to a housewarming party at Parry's on F 12/9.    Gained Titan for a week on F 12/16.    Went to a Potluck and Cookie Decorating Party on S 12/17.    Visited both sets of parents on S 12/24. Had stir fry for lunch and dim sum for afternoon snack.    Went to Fredericksburg to see the Hickses and the Ahlbins on...
  12. Wednesday, December 28, 2016:
    2016 Timeline   A smattering of events from 2016    January :  B+    Spent New Years in Sperryville.   Went to my first DC nightclub, for the company party   Snowbound in a big blizzard.   Finally got a smartphone.     February :  B+    Conceived and launched a new open source project,  Sparkour .   Rebecca became an officially trained yoga teacher.   Lots of snow and ice, paving the way for extra time with the Overwatch beta.     March :  B-    Learned to hate Windows 10.   Had a big St. Patrick's Day party.     Apri...
  13. Monday, December 26, 2016:
    Christmas At the Ahlbin's  
  14. Friday, December 02, 2016:
    Happy December!  I've been spending two hours a day driving to the temporary office of my new job, so I haven't had any time to write today's update, which was  supposed  to be about how little my life has changed since I finally got a smartphone last January.   Instead, here is a gfy of a cat wearing a tiny Santa hat.      
  15. Wednesday, November 30, 2016:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2016  album.       Events   Did an all-day coding exercise to interview for my new job on F 11/4.    Did my annual fall cleaning on S 11/5, then tried to get takeout from Pattaya Thai, only to learn that they had closed (probably for being too slow to fill orders). Ate food from Thai Thai instead.    Had dinner at Jackson's on S 11/6 to celebrate the end of Rebecca's weekend-long PT class, then bought stupid trinkets at Paper Source, which is the weirdest store ever to have employees work on commission.    Rebecca taught her first real yoga class at Sportrock on M 11/7.    I accepted ...
  16. Monday, November 21, 2016:
    New Job Day  After almost 14 years of working full-time for FGM (later renamed Novetta), I have a new job as a senior software engineer for a tiny commercial startup. This will pull me back into the trenches a little bit, away from the ivory tower architecture and proposal writing that I've been mostly focused on over the past couple of years. My last day "in the building" is today, and I start the new job on Monday after Thanksgiving.   It's a little scary to leave stability and awesome benefits behind when your entire career identity is intertwined with a single company, especially for a risk-averse individual such as myself. However, I felt like this was better to do on my own volition  now  than at some unforseen point i...
  17. Monday, October 31, 2016:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2016  album.       Events   Celebrated our 7th Anniversary with a trip to Aslin Brewery and Barcelona Wine Bar on S 10/1.    Visited the Ambrognes for their daughter's first birthday party on S 10/8.    Made bean chili for Rebecca's yoga friends who volunteered to take a trial yoga class with her on F 10/14.    Went to my 20th High School Reunion on S 10/15.    Our across-the-street neighbours sold their house and moved out on F 10/21.    Spent a weekend in the countryside at Deer Haven in Edinburg, VA, F 10/21 - M 10/24. Hiked to Woodstock Tower and Duncan Knob, hot t...
  18. Monday, October 24, 2016:
    Cabin Weekend    We had a three-day weekend at "Deer Haven" in Edinburg, Virginia, a cozy cabin (with essentials like WiFi) up a steep mountain road that would be impassable to my Honda Accord in the winter. During this trip, I saw 3 deer, hiked Duncan Knob, Woodstock Tower, worked on a puzzle, and made two fires. 
  19. Monday, October 17, 2016:
    Reunion Day  This past Saturday, Rebecca and I attended a 20th Reunion for my high school graduating class. While there were events throughout the weekend, I opted solely for the closing event: a meetup at Capital City Brewing in Shirlington. Reunions are a little unnecessary in the age of Facebook where I already keep up with everyone I want to keep up with, but it was interesting to see who came out (both locals and a surprising number of out-of-towners).   Of the thirty-ish people that showed up, no looked dramatically different than they did 20 years ago. Their faces were immediately recognizable, but detached from any specific memories or deeper knowledge that I might have had about them long ago (not unlike a persistent database...
  20. Friday, September 30, 2016:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2016  album.       Events   Went to Anya's housewarming party in Leesburg on S 9/4.    Went to the Lowry's for Labor Day on M 9/5.    Converted to a standing desk on H 9/8.    Had lo mein at Cheng's on S 9/10.    Turned 37 and had breakfast at Virginia Kitchen on H 9/15.    Went to a Lusitanian horse demonstration at Creekside Winery, sampled beers at Mad Horse Brew Pub, and ate fancy local foods at Market Table Bistro on S 9/17.    Visited my parents for a birthday dinner of salmon on S 9/18.    Ended the weekend with a steak and mushro...
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