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  1. Monday, August 19, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday morning we drove to Fredericksburg to visit the Ahlbins and exceeded all previous records for the trip, taking 3.5 hours from driveway-to-driveway.   Maia ate lollipops with Felicity.     She also resolved to get better at Guitar Hero than Vegas Mike.     Maia had her first experience climbing up a bunk bed and announced that "Sister Bear sleeps in the top bunk, Brother Bear sleeps on the bottom, and Brother Bear eats honey in bed".     On Saturday afternoon, I spun up an impromptu Dungeons and Dragons game for the kids, where they had to invade the castle of Neightwang to get his treasure.     On Saturday evening, we visited the...
  2. Wednesday, August 07, 2019:
    Maia Battle Report: Year 2 Month 1  Maia is still alive!      She enjoys wearing dresses and dancing for delicious foods like mac and cheese or pancakes. She has started embracing pretending games, and will utilize each tool in her animal clinic toy set appropriately ("Maia works at animal clinic and Mommy works at people clinic"). One day, we must have spent 20 minutes pretending to be asleep in bed then waking up.   While packing for our trip to Pennsylvania, she pulled Rebecca's rolling suitcase and said "Just like bunny", in reference to a cartoon of a bunny pulling a suitcase for a vacation, a card that had been out of sight for at least 3 weeks. She also knows all sorts of trivia ("Amber is a calico", "Daddy drives fast", and "Da...
  3. Wednesday, July 31, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Maia got another fever overnight going into July on M 7/1.    Father-daughter dinner date at Miller's on T 7/2 (kids eat free).    Independence Day in Taylorstown amidst the thunderstorms on H 7/4, followed by fireworks-watching from our front porch.    Maia's second birthday party on S 7/6, followed by a mini birthday with Mike and Ghazaleh in the evening. The kiddie pool popped during a freak thunderstorm.    Had Hannah over for dinner on S 7/8.    Family dinner at Fireworks Pizza on M 7/8.    Father-da...
  4. Monday, July 29, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania in the tiny town of Mill Run.     We drove 180 miles north with Maia on Friday in a reasonably non-annoying trip through Maryland, only stopping twice (once at a rest stop with a playground that Maia completely dissed and once at a Subway in Cumberland). We arrived at a fun farmhouse in the middle of a working farm with cows and friendly dogs. Our friends, Sayak and Elisa, drove in from Columbus, OH shortly after. That evening, we had pasta and salad on the wrap-around porch while watching the lingering fog from an afternoon thunderstorm.   On Saturday, we walked all over Ohiopyle State Park. Maia liked the waterfall and riding in Rebecca's toddler backpack (which ...
  5. Monday, July 22, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  Since the best thing to do in a heat wave is drive farther south, we picked this weekend to head to urban heat bubble known as Richmond. Mike and Annie flew in from Vegas early on Friday and we all piled into the trusty Accord to brave the I-95 S vacation traffic. We arrived at the Sam and Kristen's house a little after noon, following a brief visit to the Virginia Welcome Center / Rest Stop so Maia could get out of the car seat a bit (70ish minutes seems to be her threshold before requiring outside entertainment).   On Friday evening, we grilled some burgers and stayed close to home. Maia got the experience of being the middle child between Owen (3) and Brooklyn (almost 1), and enjoyed jumping on the air mattress the mos...
  6. Monday, July 15, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  On Friday evening, the continuing hotness (regularly 100 degrees on our sunny porch in the evening) convinced us to stay in and have Joe's Pizzaria for dinner. Maia did not nap this day, which is why she has a 1000-yard stare in the picture below.     On Saturday morning, Rebecca and Maia drove to Arlington to visit with Ben, Andrea, and their daughter Amelia while I stayed home and did things like put air in Rebecca's car's tires. In the evening, we went to Cascades Overlook for dinner. We returned to the new ramen place (Marumen), this time making sure to avoid the giant rice bowls that are about 80% rice. The pork buns and sushi rolls were good, but the fried tofu had too much volume to be tasty on the insides....
  7. Monday, July 08, 2019:
    Maia Year 2 Battle Report  We've made it two whole years!     Maia is now 32" tall and 22.4 pounds (she was carrying her favourite bunny when she stepped on the scale, but also had a helium balloon, so it probably balances out). This past month, she has balanced on the razor edge of constant whining, just as likely to teeter left into giggles or right into tantrums. Everything important (like brushing teeth) still gets done, but takes 30% longer with the added rounds of "no no no!" and the fleeing and the stalling.     Her favourite things this month have included little backpacks, dresses, sandals, splashpads, and riding in the grocery store cart. She enjoys helping Rebecca water plants outdoors and ate her first homeg...
  8. Friday, June 28, 2019:
    End-of-the-Month Highlights Day  New photos have been added to the  Life, 2019  album. Google Photos sucks.       Events   Friends Dinner with Car and Ben (pasta with homemade pesto and mojitos) on S 6/1.    Popeyes dinner with Rebecca's dad during a thunderstorm on S 6/2.    Family dinner at Bungalow Lakehouse on M 6/3.    Visit to the Uri grandparents on H 6/6.    Went to Rebecca's work picnic at Lake Fairfax on F 6/7.    Visted Joe and Katie for dinner in Fairfax on S 6/8.    Solo dad dinner at The V on S 6/9 after a rainy morning at the Cascades farmer's market.    Had parents over for porch burgers on W 6...
  9. Monday, June 24, 2019:
    Weekend Wrap-up  For Rebecca's 36th Birthday weekend, we took a family trip to Weatherlea Farm in Lovettsville, a working sheep farm that was just far enough away to be "away" without travel hassles.     On Saturday, we had brunch at Market Table Bistro (deviled eggs, a white gazpacho, mac and cheese, and an overly decadent pork belly hash). In the evening, we drove out to Harper's Ferry Brewing for the views, bluegrass music, crabcake sandwiches, forgettable beers, and soft-serve.     Among the animals at the farm was a cat named Castor that welcomed himself into the cottage and our adventures.     Maia enjoyed seeing the dog, cats, 2 horses, and a herd of 18 sheep being guarded by 2 goo...
  10. 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.    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 weekend in Richmond with the Edwardses and Catanias.   &n...
  11. 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, ...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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 .     
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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