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  1. Monday, June 10, 2019:
    List Day: 10 Imminent Events  Within the next 90 days:     Our little family (sans Amber who will stay home sleeping on the big bump in the bed) will fly up to Rhode Island to visit my sister's family.    We will spend a weekend a (brief) distance away in Lovettsville at a farm rental house with sheep for Maia to baa at.    Rebecca will turn 36.    We will book October plane tickets for a 10th Anniversary Weekend in Montreal.    We will go to another barn dance in Taylorstown.    I will earn another Amazon Web Services certification (#7).    Maia will turn 2 years old and have a party with all of her little friends.    We will spend a ...
  2. Friday, June 07, 2019:
    Maia Month #23 Battle Report    Maia is almost 2! A couple weeks ago, she weighed 21.8 pounds though she feels much heavier when she goes sack-of-potatoes on my arm. She enjoys assisting with our routine, from putting away the clean dishes to watering the plants outside with her own personal watering can.   Her brain continues to word associate -- when I pointed at a bench, she mentioned the statue of frogs sitting on a bench drinking coffee at the grandparents' house. When I said Rebecca was tall, Maia said "long neck giraffe". She also likes to remind us to finish unfinished tasks or rectify unresolved situations by saying things like "shoes off", "put shirt on", "close gate", "put back". Other recent likes include riding on my shoulders, ...
  3. Friday, May 31, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Rebecca and Maia went to visit the Gillis family in Oklahoma City, H 5/2 - T 5/7. I had a staycation, with dinners at Miller's, The V, and Burton's.    Visited my parents with Maia on H 5/9.    Family walk around the Pidgeon Hill pond on F 5/10.    Planted tomatoes and had Kathy over for dinner on S 5/11.    Family dinner at Mellow Mushroom on S 5/12.    Rebecca dropped her phone in the pool on H 5/16. Verizon briefly turned off mine somehow while trying to transfer her phone number to an old phone.    Im...
  4. Monday, May 27, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  It's Memorial Day!   We spent our holiday weekend at home in a low-key way. On Friday, Maia and I met Rebecca at the yoga studio and then headed over to Cascades Overlook for dinner at the new Marumen Ramen restaurant. I ordered the "Hot Stone Pot" dish, which, in retrospect, was perfectly honest advertising since the food inside stayed too hot to eat for the entire visit. I'm indifferent about trying the place again (I feel like noodles can be done just as well at home) but it was nice that Maia could roll around in the astroturf like a golden retriever while we ate nearby.     On Saturday, I wanted to try something new on the grill, so I bought swordfish steaks with an Italian-esque marinade (and salm...
  5. Monday, May 20, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday afternoon, we had the entire Ahlbin family over (Ben, Anna, Ella, Rosie, Kathryn, Isaac, Felicity, and now, Gideon) for a pizza lunch and toddler dance party. They can no longer fit into normal cars and now drive a vehicle that holds 11 and looks like a cross between a SWAT team truck and a hearse.     On Friday evening, we had a family dinner at The V and then started a new puzzle (canals in Amsterdam).   On Saturday, Rebecca had to work, so Maia and I went to a nearby playground in the near-90 degree weather. I tried to teach her to express her displeasure with climate change by saying, "Boy, it's hot!" but she could only say, " Oh  boy! It's hot!" We're still working on it. In the e...
  6. Wednesday, May 15, 2019:
    15th Work Anniversary Swag Day  I reached 15 years at my company last month (adjusted slightly for the 11 months I spent in the zany world of software startups) and was awarded with several thousand "points" to spend on an online Awards website. The website was clearly from the Web 2.0 years since its primary interface was Flash-based and the "mobile" version consisted of HTML tables showing 6 pieces of swag at a time. This was actually a huge limitation since there were multiple categories of prizes and way too many pieces of diamond jewelry to wade through.   Several thousand points was actually very generous of my company -- even after signing up for the big ticket items, I still had over half of my points left over. It got to the point where I was j...
  7. Wednesday, May 08, 2019:
    List Day: 10 Things I Appreciated On My Solo Staycation    I took four days off of work and only used 24 hours of leave.    I put everything away and it was still tidy 24, 48, and even 96 hours later.    I didn't use the dishwasher all weekend and the drying rack only contained 1 plate (for bagels / sandwiches), 1 knife (for cream cheese / mayo), and 1 goblet (for Magic Hat #9 / Old Bust Head English Pale Ale / Water).    I kept the A/C up at 78 F all day and night long and my feet were finally warm.    I watched TV at 9 PM with the volume up and subtitles off.    I turned off a video game because I felt like I had played enough and it was time to do something else.    I went out to a resta...
  8. Monday, May 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #22 Battle Report    Maia is 1 year and 10 months old today. The picture above was actually taken 3 days ago -- she's still visiting the Gillis family in Oklahoma City and between Daylight Savings Time and time zones, Rebecca apparently flew into the future on her jet plane.   This past month has been great from a child-care perspective. Although Maia is much less likely to play on her own these days, she's very amenable to whatever sort of activity we think up as long as we're nearby. Activities have included "playing with measuring cups and water in the sink", "filling a bucket with dirt", and "acting as a  Chaos Monkey  while we work on 1000 piece puzzles". Puzzles, the Berenstain Bears, and baths are her recent favouri...
  9. Friday, May 03, 2019:
    Staycation Day    Rebecca and Maia got on a plane to Oklahoma City last night to visit the Brian and Emily Gillis family for an extended weekend, leaving me and Amber behind for a nice, quiet staycation. Things I did on my first solo night:     Grilled a rare 1 pound steak on my new grill and ate it while having an Alexandria beer.   Took a bath and started rereading  Wool  by Hugh Howey.   Got to level 49 on my Purifier (a 2-handed ranged character that can both tank and drop bombs) in  Grim Dawn .   Watched 2 episodes of the third season of  Colony .     
  10. Monday, April 29, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to Lake Anne for afternoon walks on W 4/3 and H 4/4, and bumped into our old neighbors, Casey & Amy.    Rebecca went on an overnight trip to Columbus on S 4/6. Maia and I went to Frying Pan Park and then had my parents over for a dinner of cilantro lime flank steak.    Had a solo dad dinner at The V while Maia and Rebecca ate Indian food with Car on S 4/7.    Family dinner date at Burton's on W 4/10.    Hit 15 full-time years at Novetta (adjusted for my brief intermission) on F 4/12.    Rebecca and Car took the blue...
  11. Wednesday, April 24, 2019:
    List Day: Labelled Years  As an update to my  last attempt , here are the years of my life with summary labels.         1979:  The Year I Was Born    1980:  The Year I Came to America    1981:  The Year I Lived Next Door to the Fishers    1982:  The Year I Was Naturalized    1983:  The Year Rosa Started Babysitting Us    1984:  The Year I Started Kindergarten    1985:  The Year I Started First Grade    1986:  The Year I Started Second Grade / Skipped a Grade    1987:  The Year I Started Fourth Grade    1988:  The Year I Sta...
  12. Monday, April 22, 2019:
    Picture Day  We had planned to host a toddler Egg Hunt on Saturday morning, but Rebecca unexpectedly got sick the night before. Instead, Maia and I joined the Uri grandparents at Lake Newport in Reston for a walk around the lakes. Here are some pictures my dad took on the hike.   Maia starts her public relations internship at Twitter:     Maia prepares to go belly-and-feet-first down the long slide:     On the Blue Trail in Reston:   
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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. 
  18. 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...
  19. 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, ...
  20. 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...
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