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  1. Friday, June 08, 2018:
    Maia Week #48 Battle Report    Maia is now 11.0466 months old and reaching the end of the phase where everything is rigorously documented -- the next Battle Report will liking come out in 2035 and cover her angst in choosing between Virginia Tech and an out of state school because all of the other in-state schools will no longer exist due to inferiority. Maia still weighs in the 16 - 17 pound range and crawls all over the place. She can clamber onto platforms less than a foot off the ground and then use that perch to get elsewhere higher, but cannot yet go up stairs on her own. She has one more front tooth growing in from above now for a grand total of 3. Like her father, she is already adept at accidentally biting her lip between these teeth.  &n...
  2. Wednesday, May 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Spent the weekend with Anna and family in Fredericksburg on F 5/4 - S 5/5.    Took a solo dad date to Miller's for dinner on S 5/6.    Rebecca got sick and Maia got to visit Aunt Carol on H 5/10.    Brian caught Rebecca's sickness on F 5/11.    Weeded the gardens and got dinner delivered from Siam Spice on S 5/12.    Had a Mother's Day afternoon with Rebecca at Copperwood Tavern while her parents watched Maia on S 5/13.    Lightning struck everything during a crazy storm, frying a router, a graphcis card,...
  3. Monday, May 21, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Saturday morning, I dipped my toe back into the world of cloud certifications by passing the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam with a 970/1000. This is the beginner cloud cert so it would have been embarassing had I not passed, but I wanted to start easy before renewing all of the actually hard ones.   In the afternoon, we had a barbeque of PTAs (Katie and Hannah) and neighbours (James and Patty, and Aaron and Vanessa) where I grilled my  seasoned steaks recipe . It finally stopped raining midday, but was still too damp to do anything outside during the BBQ. Maia enjoyed playing with 3 other kids (2, 1, and newish) and the plastic kitchen we inherited from Kathy was a hit.     On Sund...
  4. Wednesday, May 16, 2018:
    Storm Day  There's no real update today because I spent yesterday recovering from the devastation of the almost-tornado-based lightning surge that decimated my computer zone. Maia helped figure out what needed replacement.     Internet was out for 19 hours and we had power brownouts for 3 hours on Tuesday morning. The $200 router, already weakened by a spilled Belgian beer in February, gave its last gasp and needed to be replaced. Also, the $200 Geforce GTX 960 peculiarly failed as well though I have no idea how it got surged but nothing around it died. It is now replaced with a Geforce GTX 1050 Ti.    Update : The laser printer also died. 
  5. Friday, May 11, 2018:
    Maia Week #44 Battle Report    Maia is now 10.126 months old and still right around 16 pounds. We need to fatten her up soon as her preferred brand and size of diapers just doubled in price while the next size up remains the same (no doubt some strange Amazon algorithm that has deduced we have a never-growing baby). The photo blocks we bought only have one "4" on the 12 faces, which is why there is a Pinterest-quality 4 added to one of the blocks.   Maia is rapidly accumulating new skills along an exponential curve, to the point where we started a list on the whiteboard to capture anything new. She plays the game where she'll hand you something and then expect it back, although she's something of an Indian giver half the time. She also turn...
  6. Monday, April 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Got sick with something Maia had on Easter, S 4/1.    Flew to Rhode Island to visit my sister and the nephews for the weekend on F 4/6.    Maia got her 9-month-old vaccines on T 4/10.    Went to a Happy Hour for my departing boss at American Tap Room on H 4/12.    Maia got sick and passed it on to me on F 4/13. Hiked in Algonkian and had Car over for dinner.    Sat on the back porch and in the backyard with Maia to enjoy some spring weather on S 4/14.    Rebecca and Maia went to the Farmer's Market and made...
  7. Friday, April 20, 2018:
    Maia Week #41 Battle Report    Maia is 9.43561 months old and oscillating around the 16 - 17 pound range depending on the distance between the Earth and the Moon. She is an adept crawler now, capable of closing the distance between rooms fast enough that I no longer bother picking her up when I move to another room myself -- she'll be by at her leisure. Everything tippable has been bolted to the wall now, so each room has about a 2:30 minute buffer where I'm comfortable turning away momentarily without the fear that the house will explode in my neglect.   Maia can also get back into a sitting position after crawling now, which is super cute but also makes naps take longer to begin. The crib has transformed from a place where there isn't much ...
  8. Monday, April 09, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    Maia enjoys the plane ride (90 minutes) north.     Introduction to Chickens: A Survey Course     Fresh eggs!     Pretty sure this travel crib is haunted.     A cold walk along Calf Pasture Beach. 
  9. Friday, April 06, 2018:
    Maia Week #39 Battle Report    Maia has made it to 9 months on the dot, so she's been out almost as long as she was in. Over the past two weeks, she has perfected her army crawl which is mainly an elbow-based method of mobility. She can also open bottom drawers and pull herself up on them (though she can't get herself from a crawl to a sitting position yet). Lastly, she makes clicking sounds with her tongue constantly like she's learning a tribal language.   To stay one step ahead of her, the house has slowly been baby-proofed. Outlet covers have been on since Ella came over to visit in 2007 so that was a no-brainer. The stair gate went up in early March and strategic barricades have been erected between her and various power strips or oily t...
  10. Wednesday, April 04, 2018:
    2018 Plans Status Check    With the first quarter of 2018 complete, how am I doing on my  2018 plans ?      Consume more new content : I read a 1900 page fantasy trilogy last month and have restarted my long stale Netflix queue (currently watching  Colony, Season Two ) so I award myself a passing grade here.     Get back on the treadmill : I'm failing at treadmill time for two reasons -- (1) given the choice between exercising my body or my brain, I always choose my brain, and (2) when I'm on the treadmill in the early morning, I feel like I'll wake the baby up (directly upstairs) if I run too hard. However, I'm still walking with Maia every single day and my pants still fall...
  11. Friday, March 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Survived a crazy wind storm on F 3/2.    Rebecca took an exam in Aquatic Therapy and then Marc came over to join Rebecca at yoga on S 3/3.    Dropped Amber off for her stay at the Smiths on M 3/5.    Flew for 6 hours with a tiny human on T 3/6.    Went hiking along the Pacific Ocean at Corral Canyon then had dinner with the Edwardses at The Stand on W 3/7.    Ran wedding errands and went to a Maggiano's rehearsal dinner on H 3/8.    Went to Annie & Mike's wedding in Topanga on F 3/9.    Ate ...
  12. Friday, March 23, 2018:
    Maia Week #37 Battle Report    It has been an eternity since the last battle report at Week #32, and Maia is now 8.515 months old. She finally broke the 16 pound threshold but is not so close to the 18 pound line that we have to worry about her quickly outgrowing her bulk box of Size 2 diapers or reporting her to the local fishing warden.   Much has changed in the intervening month. She started shrieking again back in Week #33, but thankfully that was very short-lived. In Week #34, she caught the gross sickness that both of her parents had suffered through, to the point where her voice sounded like an answering machine message from the 80s and she oozed phlegm all over her crib like a confused snail. This sickness cleared up just in time fo...
  13. Friday, March 16, 2018:
    LA Travelogue Day     Tuesday 3/6:  Maia's first plane ride went as well as could be expected, and she was easily tied for least annoying baby on the plane. She slept for about 2 of the 5 hours in the flight. I had to watch  Wonder Woman  soundlessly on two other peoples' screens and decided that that movie looks dumb as hell. In LA, we got our rental car and drove through LA traffic to Topanga Canyon. We gave Maia lunch in the State Park and then did some grocery shopping while waiting for our AirBnB check-in. Around 4, we arrived at our two-room cabin, guarded by two big friendly dogs and up an incredibly steep driveway at the end of long, winding Puerto Rico-like roads. We made fish tacos for dinner and then the women conk...
  14. Wednesday, March 14, 2018:
    More Pictures from Topanga Day    Our AirBnB bathroom and shower had a windowed side that overlooked a private bamboo grove. We pretended that no one had drilled holes through the fence to stream our poops on the Internet.     We enjoyed the short hike in Corral Canyon over Malibu, especially the port-a-potty that was pressure-washed with disinfectant minutes before we arrived -- definitely different than our last PCH port-a-potty experience outside of Santa Cruz where there was a mound of poop 3 feet higher than the seat.     On the day of the rehearsal dinner, Maia did not cry until she met the groom. To be fair, this picture was taken at midnight Eastern time.     This picture of the ceremony is sli...
  15. Friday, March 09, 2018:
    Topanga Day 4  Attending the wedding of Mike Catania and Annie Mueller at the 1909 in Topanga.   
  16. Thursday, March 08, 2018:
    Topanga Day 3  Sunset in Topanga Canyon at the end of Muerdago Road.   
  17. Wednesday, March 07, 2018:
    Topanga Day 2  Having kosher fishy meals for lunch at Fish Grill in Malibu, after hiking 2.5 miles in Corral Canyon.   
  18. Tuesday, March 06, 2018:
    Topanga Day 1  Having a late lunch (fresh off the plane) in Topanga State Park in California.   
  19. Wednesday, February 28, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Had our neighbours, Aaron, Vanessa, and Jaxon, from across the street over for chili on S 2/3.    Welcomed the Edwardses over for a snowy visit on S 2/4.    Maia got her flu booster as a 7 month old on T 2/6.    Watched the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on F 2/9.    Rebecca's parents watched Maia so we could go on a Valentine's weekend date, first to a chocolate-beer pairing at Old Ox Brewery and then to Ford's Fish Shack for an early dinner on S 2/10.    Rebecca went to the graduation of the newest batch of yoga teac...
  20. Friday, February 16, 2018:
    Maia Week #32 Battle Report    Maia is 7.36438 months old and 16.4 pounds wide. Mobility-wise, she is on a roll like Evan Jones, but rarely finds the reason or impetus to go anywhere. There's still no crawling or swim-like motions yet but she looks pleased when I make her stand up and lie to her face that she's standing all by herself. She also rolls in her crib, and took her first nap on her stomach on February 1, clearly not familiar with the modern guidelines on how babies should sleep.   Naps in general remain the sticking point in her otherwise pleasant routine. The typical day now looks something like this:     Wake for boobs around 8:30 AM.   Get put down for a nap at 12:00 PM but usually just cry through ...
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