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  1. Monday, April 08, 2019:
    Maia Month #21 Battle Report    Maia is now 21 months old and 22.4 pounds. She likes to live dangerously by climbing on things and can get into chairs and on beds with ease. She recently learned that she can move things (like stools and elephants) to reach higher places, and goes down the slide on her own volition now.   Maia has no particular favorite foods and there is a 50-50 chance that she will consume an entire meal like a black hole or leave it all on the plate and ask for "toast" instead. Staples include yogurt, cheese sticks, all the berry-based fruits, and a neverending Costco bag of Italian meatballs.   She regularly strings together two-word phrases that are mostly intelligible like "get on, put back, close gate", so i...
  2. Friday, March 29, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Had a rainy, family dinner at Chuy's on F 3/1, just in time for the free queso bar.    Sara and Karl came to visit from Minneapolis on S 3/2 (through S 3/6). Had Car & Ben over for dinner that evening.    Went to Tammy's for lasagna on S 3/3.    Had tacos and beer with Karl, Sara, and her parents on T 3/5.    Drove out in the wintry mix to a rental house in Harpers Ferry on F 3/8.    Hosted Jessika and Hannah at our rental house on S 3/9 and had a pasta dinner with giant meatballs.    Visited Old Town Har...
  3. Monday, March 11, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We spent the past 3 nights at a VRBO rental in Harpers Ferry, just on this side of the Shenandoah River. While we had a nice stay, it was nowhere near the top of our list for best rentals. Two key features we weighted our decision on were unavailable: a fireplace and WiFi. In spite of that, it was nice to arrive in the snow and leave in the spring. Maia enjoyed the small playhouse in the back.     There was a classic Brookstone-style massage chair in the den which actually worked quite well.     Jessika and Hannah came out for parts of the weekend with us and we passed the time cooking, trying to repair the WiFi, and doing a 1000 piece puzzle. On Sunday, we took a trip into Old Town Harpers Fe...
  4. Wednesday, March 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #20 Battle Report    Maia is now 1 year and 8 months old and exactly 21 pounds. She can say individual words although they may not be intelligible to you unless you're around her all the time. Her recent obsessions are balloons, umbrellas, and really anything that is held up in the sky. She still likes reading books and has taken a particular liking to the Berenstain Bears books (we have a complete set from the early 80s).   Maia is pretty self-sufficient now and enjoys sitting around the kitchen making "soup" with a pot, a spoon, and all of her animal magnets while we putter around above her. She's a fan of cars and trucks and having all of the stuffed animals in her bed. She HATES changing out of her pajamas when waking up in the ...
  5. Monday, March 04, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday night, we had a family dinner at Chuy's and got there in time for the free queso and beef dipping bar.     On Saturday, Sara and Carl came to visit after a four hour flight delay from Minneapolis. We celebrated with Car and Ben by drinking creme-brulee-themed craft beer and eating fancy cheese.   After a dinner of stuffed peppers, the night got wild with a 1000 piece puzzle full of earth tones. Maia acted like a Chaos Monkey in the logical sorting of puzzle pieces.     On Sunday evening, Sara and Carl were out and about so we went to Tammy's for a lasagna dinner amidst the rain-that-should-have-been-snow. 
  6. Wednesday, February 27, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Tried out Senor Tequila's for dinner on F 2/1 (not bad for Mexican food, but that is 98% of Mexican restaurants).    Worked through a minor flu-like cold on S 2/2 while Rebecca held a playdate with her library friends (and a homemade quiche).    Had the Jacksons over for dinner on S 2/3 on what happened to be the Super Bowl.    Had Ghazaley and Michael over for dinner on F 2/8.    Went to Jax's 2nd Birthday Party on S 2/10.    Had a family dinner at Cafesano on T 2/12.    Visited my parents with Maia on W...
  7. Monday, February 25, 2019:
    House Anniversary Day  I've been so heads down in work this month that the 15th anniversary of living in Sterling passed without fanfare. I'm pretty sure that I count as a local now.   To mark this occasion, here is an excerpt from my 2004 Home Inspection Report -- the house had been on the market for three months in an age when houses were flipping in a matter of days, so an inspection was key.     The inspector did not test the birdbath. Fifteen years later, it and 2 surrounding dead trees have been removed, maximizing the available space for front yard bowling and/or lawn darts.   The first half of the inspection was not particularly alarming:     The second half was a bit more worrisome, ...
  8. Wednesday, February 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #19 Battle Report    Maia is 1 year and 7 months old now! She likes having control over her outfit, from necklaces and hats to fancy clothing and the pair of Christmas pajamas she keeps discovering and insisting on wearing all day long. She is definitely quick to express her frustration at being out of control of things in her environment, like coming inside from her beloved outdoors, not getting enough crackers, or not being able to turn her baby carriage around in the narrow bathroom.   She also cries when you don't give her enough stuffed animals at nighttime -- the current record is somewhere around 10. During a recent nap, she threw her favourite bunny out of the crib and started bawling. When no one had come in after a minut...
  9. Wednesday, January 30, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Visited the slowly-decaying Reston Town Center (thanks, paid parking!) in the evening on T 1/1 and had dinner at Potbelly's.    Had food truck food for dinner at Old Ox Brewery on F 1/4 and let Maia dance around someone's 40th birthday party in the back room while listening to Coldplay covers.    Rebecca went to Literary Cocktails with Hannah and Marc on S 1/5.    Rebecca, Maia, and grandparents took a walking tour of Meadowlark's Christmas light show while BU had a solo dad date at Miller's on S 1/6.    Maia got to visit the Uri grandp...
  10. Monday, December 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Watched Maia while Rebecca taught Advanced Yoga Teachers about anatomy on S 12/1. Had Siam Spice for dinner.    Put up our outdoor Christmas lights and had dinner at Chuy's on S 12/2.    Finally got around to taking our Christmas card picture on H 12/6.    Had a family dinner at Mellow Mushroom on F 12/7.    Went to Ghazaley and Michael's Christmas party at their new home a mile down the road in Herndon on S 12/8 (everyone cool is moving to be near us these days).    Rebecca and Maia had a playdate with Carolyn and Fiona...
  11. Friday, December 28, 2018:
    2018 Timeline   A smattering of events from 2018    January :  B-    Spent New Years with Sara, Car, and Ben.   Visited lots of friends with Maia in between gentle bouts of snow.     February :  C+    Got sick with a brutal sinus cold via baby germs.   Introduced Maia to the Winter Olympics.   Purchased a new oven that had less of a chance to burn down the house.     March :  B    Flew to LA for Mike and Annie's wedding.   Alice visited us for a weekend.     April :  C-    Got sick again from Maia (twice this month).  ...
  12. Friday, December 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #17 Battle Report    Maia is now one year and five months old, weighing 21 pounds and walking up a storm. After months of getting a feel for how long it will take her to crawl down the hall after you, she can now startle you like a nascent ninja by coming into the room right behind you. She has 3 teeth on the bottom and about 8 on top. Maia reads on her own less than before, but still sucks in knowledge like a sponge. She can identify things by color, continues to refine her animal sounds, and learns a million new things at the library every day.   She has two stuffed animals, creatively named Bear and Bunny (one is a bear and one is a bunny, and they both identify as such), that she takes wherever she goes. She sometimes cries if s...
  13. Friday, November 30, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Maia and I met up with Michael and Sachin at Mellow Mushroom for Happy Hour on H 11/1.    Went back to Deer Haven in Edinburg, VA with Car and Ben F 11/2 - M 11/5. Followed up with a family dinner at Cafesano on M 11/5.    Voted for liberty on T 11/6.    Visited my parents with Maia while Rebecca went to an all-day symposium on F 11/9.    Did some raking and had a family dinner at Red Robin on S 11/10. Rebecca taught anatomy to advanced yoga teacher trainees.    Had our first snow event with about 2 inches on H 11/15.&nb...
  14. Monday, November 26, 2018:
    Treadmill Rehabilitation Day    In January 2012, I bought a treadmill for the basement because running in the real world is incredibly boring, everyone is watching you, and at some point, you have to run all of the way back home. For over 5 years, the treadmill played a key part in my exercise routine as well as my "watch shows that are good enough to watch while running but not worth devoting precious single-tasking time to enjoying" routine.   After running over 500 miles per year, the treadmill eventually started to decay. The ball bearings in the rear roller wore down and started rattling as I ran, giving off a virtual reality feeling of exercising on a rickety pirate ship. Its unnecessarily loud beeper, which activates whenever you change...
  15. Wednesday, November 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #16 Battle Report    Maia has made it to 16 months with no loss of limbs or traumatic experiences (apart from getting her chin zipped into her jacket at the cabin). Her favourite food is hummus of any variety, with or without substantial food to spread it on. She knows and can recite the sounds that many animals make, although her favourite is the goat (followed by the fish). Other animals in her repertoire include cats, dogs, cows, chickens, and owls.   Maia walks up to 10 steps at a time before falling to the floor again, but still uses crawling as the most expedient form of traveling. Weekly Tuesday visits from Rebecca's parents and almost-weekly trips to my parent's house (when I can wake Maia before rush hour) are regular parts...
  16. Monday, November 05, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up    This weekend, we returned to  Deer Haven , a getaway cabin in Edinburg, VA, with our friends, Car and Ben. We made it up the steep mountain road just ahead of a monsoon that lingered overnight on Friday.     The cabin was surprisingly baby-resistant without much effort, and Maia enjoyed taking a few solo steps and climbing the stairs. She also enjoyed reading books with Rebecca.     On Saturday, we had pork shoulder tacos, cookies, chips n' queso, and shells n' cheese, followed by s'mores in the fireplace.     On Sunday night, we had chickpea chicken something-or-other, and also managed to set off the smoke detector with our fire (somehow Maia slept thr...
  17. Wednesday, October 31, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Celebrated our 9th Wedding Anniversary on W 10/3 with leftovers and a bottle of black pumpkin stout.    Rebecca and Maia went to visit Andrea, Ben, and Amelia on F 10/5, while I worked and then had dinner at Miller's.    We went to SterlingFest on S 10/6 so Maia could enjoy her second petting zoo experience. In the evening, my parents babysat while Rebecca and I had an Anniversary Date at Port City Brewing and Fat City Kitchen.    Maia had her 15 month check-up and still didn't crack the 20-pounder ceiling on T 10/9.    Elisa came to to...
  18. Monday, October 08, 2018:
    Maia Month #15 Battle Report    Maia is now 1 year 3 months old. Though not noticeably heavier, she's a little more gangly -- able to climb up onto unexpected surfaces or reach things on shelves. It's also clearly easier to transfer the car seat between cars and carry her out, rather than load her up in the car seat in the house and try to carry the whole mass together.   Maia has started standing in brief doses (first real attempt was on 9/24/18) and eats all sorts of solid foods in spite of having just 4 - 5 teeth. She will eat hummus for days, along with boiled carrots, egg and cheese, bananas, yogurts, lentils, and bits of restaurant meals. She takes one far-too-short nap that averages just under 2 hours each day, but also consents to lyin...
  19. Monday, October 01, 2018:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, we went shopping for bifold closet doors to replace the set that's been wobbly and broken for nearly two years. Later, we enjoyed the first cool evening of the year by grilling burgers with Tammy on the back porch. Even the mosquitoes were reasonably calm.     On Saturday morning, we met up with Jonathan, Michelle (previously of Reston), and Stu at the Lake Anne Farmer's Market. Michelle and Stu were in town for a wedding, having moved to Berkeley last summer. Rebecca and Maia ate nitro ice cream and then we all had brunch at Cafe Monmartre. In the evening, we had dinner on the patio at Chuy's and then let Maia enjoy the "greens" at Cascades Overlook.   On Sunday, I mowed the portio...
  20. Friday, September 28, 2018:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2018  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rebecca taught her first yoga class at Inner Power Yoga on S 9/1, followed by a family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse.    Went to the first birthday party of one of Maia's Library Storytime pals, George on S 9/2.    Rebecca took Maia to Baby PT Day at her NOVA program on W 9/5, followed by another visit to my work in the afternoon.    Had dinner from a food truck at Old Ox Brewery on F 9/7 and let Maia climb all over the cornhole station.    Had a dinner out at The V on S 9/9, where the food has greatly improved since the early days but t...
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