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  1. Monday, June 26, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This weekend was the last one for awhile with activities on the calendar. On Saturday, we took a walk through Sugarland just before it got hot for the day, and then went over to Karolina and Carlos' for an evening barbeque. I also played the new VR game,  Mage's Tale  which is set in the universe of The Bard's Tale and allows you to throw fireballs at goblins.   On Sunday, we did a morning neighborhood walk and then helped Sara move in Reston. In the afternoon, I got introduced to homebrewing at Car & Ben's house -- it was interesting from a hobbyist perspective, but I don't think I'd ever have the patience to do it myself unless the turnaround time for a batch was less than 24 hours. For dinner, we went to Burg...
  2. Monday, June 19, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We're now in week 39 of Baby Watch (or Baby Warning, if we are to use the National Weather Service's terminology). On Friday afternoon, the Ahlbins came up from Fredericksburg with their 4 kids for a night of basement camping and Wall-E, while Ben and Anna got to try out the Oculus Rift. Ben demonstrated his ability to physically dodge a robot with some sort of "sliding into first base" maneuver that took him precariously close to the descending stairway.   Not a lot happened on Saturday -- Rebecca went to a wedding shower in the evening while I ordered pizza in and finished the fourth season of  The 100  and then played  Overwatch .   On Sunday, my parents stopped by briefly in the aftern...
  3. Wednesday, May 31, 2017:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2017  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Went to Rebecca's surprise work baby shower on F 5/5.    Went on a Claude Moore nature walk then tried out the newish Cafesano for dinner on S 5/6 (good enough food with cheap craft beers).    Went to a family baby shower in Taylorstown on S 5/7.    Had dinner at Car's to plan out the 3rd and final baby shower on W 5/10.    Made gnocchi with a garlic cream sauce for Friend Dinner on F 5/12.    Drove down to Fredericksburg to visit the Hickses on S 5/13.    Attended Rosie's First Communion then hung out wi...
  4. Monday, May 22, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This past weekend, we got out of town for our final weekend away before Small Child Uri arrives. We opted for Ocean City even though the weather turned out to be a few degrees too cold to actually enjoy any beaching. Also, it was "cruiser" weekend in town, which is where all of the Maryland meth consumers drive up and down the main strip in their souped up American cars, oblivious to all of the advances in sound suppression and mufflers over the past 50 years, while everyone else camps out on the side of the road all day for a parade of jump scares and carbon monoxide.   We shared a giant crab and cheese omelette at Bayside Skillet for brunch, and then checked into the swank Hampton Inn where we got a massive studio room ...
  5. Monday, May 15, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  This weekend we went down to Fredericksburg to see our satellite friends. We spent Saturday evening with the Hickses and their seven social cats, and then went to Anna's second daughter, Rosie's, First Communion. The afterparty was a cornucopia of old faces, with 80% of the Spellerberg sisters reporting in (4 sisters = 13 kids minimum, plus the kids and dogs of family and friends).     After a dull 2 hour trip back north full of standstill traffic, we reintroverted with our quiet cats and lack of children and prepared for the week to come by doing laundry and making lunches.   How was your weekend? 
  6. Monday, May 08, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday afternoon, I drove to Tysons for a surprise baby shower that Rebecca's coworkers had planned and thrown for her under the guise of a going away party for another coworker. This was not unlike the time Rebecca's friends had her  make her own birthday cake  for a surprise birthday party in 2008.     We took it easy on Saturday because of the rain -- Rebecca made it to the Reston Farmer's Market with her dad in between showers while I weeded 50% of the plant boxes and did various low priority home repairs. In the evening, we had dinner at Cafesano which boasted decent pita, comparable kabobs to every other kabob place in the world, and $3.50 craft beers. Afterwards, we took a late nature walk arou...
  7. Monday, May 01, 2017:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Welcome to May!     On Friday night, we went to Michelle's to optimize the packing of her Prius for a cross-country move to Berkeley, a city that clearly has more hippies than Reston by an exponential factor. On Saturday, I stayed in while Rebecca went to the Reston Farmer's Market (returning home with asparagus and cucumbers but no cow flanks). Rebecca has been on a bird kick recently, so she and her friend, Sara, put up a 2nd-floor bird feeder in the afternoon where it can be viewed by humans and cats alike in the kitchen. No birds have arrived yet.   On Sunday, we went to a work picnic / send-off for one of Rebecca's coworkers who is going back to Physical Therapy school. The heat was oddly comfort...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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?
  17. 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. 
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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