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- Friday, March 11, 2022:
List Day: Currently...
Currently listening to... Hadestown: Original Broadway Cast Recording.
Currently reading... Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldtree.
Currently playing... Fallout 76 .
Currently considering buying... a permanent sliding cover for my work laptop's webcam so I don't have to keep cutting out Post-it notes.
Currently creating... nothing.
Currently planning... a trimming strategy to allow our new-kid-on-the-block fig tree to gradually take over the space occupied by ugly box hedges.
- Monday, November 01, 2021:
Vote BU 2021
Having trouble deciding on your elected officials tomorrow? Write me in! Here is my eminently actionable platform, which I'm sure we can all agree upon:
Videos will not be allowed to leap free of a webpage and follow you down the margin.
Every time VDOT construction lane markings cause an accident in the rain or darkness, all Virginia drivers get $25 added to their EZPass account.
The teens will be renamed for consistency and ease of learning: ten, ten-one, ten-two, ten-three, ten-four, ten-five, ten-six, ten-seven, ten-eight, and ten-nine.
Logging in using Single Sign On will no longer flash through every page on the Internet in an epilepsy-...
- Friday, January 15, 2021:
List Day: 10 Vetoed Baby Names
Russel Sprouts Uri
Mormon Tabernacle Uri
Brown N' Serve Uri
Thick Sliced Uri
Mellow Yellow Uri
With The Fringe On Top Uri
Brother Bear Uri
- Monday, January 04, 2021:
List Day: 2021 Resolutions
Go into a restaurant and have a pint.
Put gas in my car.
Finish the last 2 puzzles in Puzzle Boat 7.
Visit my new office in Herndon which opened in April 2020.
Restart Monthly Poker Night.
Drop Maia off at the grandparents' for a week, month, or year.
Smell the BO of someone outside of my family.
Enter a Costco without feeling like I'm an extra in the prologue of an outbreak movie.
Have at least 1 barbeque.
Go down a grocery store aisle any damn way I please.
- Wednesday, December 09, 2020:
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...
- Friday, November 06, 2020:
Maia Battle Report: Year 3 Month 4
Maia at age 3 is showing small signs of brilliance, like asking what's going on on the other side of the world when the sun goes down, or making a connection between something brand new and something we learned and forgot months ago. She is into a rhyming phase where she likes to string rhyming sounds together like "hocky, blocky, docky". She has definitely entered the WHY?? stage of life which is more irritating than I thought it would be. All it's doing is training me to hold back the reason for something I say so I'll have a follow-up ready for the inevitable WHY??
We're working on her joke abilities, and she has over a 50% chance to guess the punchline of jokes following a known pattern, like animal sounds...
- Friday, July 17, 2020:
List Day: 5 Fun Songs Written During Quarantine
I'm Good? by Hilltop Hoods
Parmas in June by Illy
Bored by Tessa Violet and Misterwives
All Together Now by OK Go
Wash Ya Hands by KT Tunstall, featuring Grace Savage and the Freelance Hellraiser
- Friday, July 10, 2020:
List Day: 10 Unlikely Perils that Childrens' TV Prepared Me For
Fake roads painted on walls
All of the animals escaping from the farm
Trains approaching while I'm in the middle of a bridge
Trains derailing because the track switch is toggled to the wrong side
Convicts trying to steal my vault of gold
Friends pressuring me into smoking cigarettes
Trapped in a cage with the key just out of reach
- Monday, June 15, 2020:
List Day: COVID-19 Cause and Effect
We used to use paper towels for everything... It became undesirable to shop at Costco for a couple months... Our paper towel supply ran low... We were forced to purchase name-brand paper towels in the grocery store whenever they weren't sold out... We found that these paper towels don't have the option to tear at 1/2 size so they're overkill for double duty as napkins... We bought napkins so we don't waste full-size paper towels... We bought weighted napkin trays so they don't blow away on our screen porch... We are now a napkin family.
I used to get enormous, fresh-baked bagels for breakfast at Safeway twice a week... During the early days of quara...
- Wednesday, June 03, 2020:
List Day: 10 Children's Books You've Never Read
An instructional text for young readers, reminding them that everyone occasionally gets constipated -- it's perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Light-hearted pictures illustrate the various ways to combat a backed up drainpipe, from bran muffins to enemas.
Gently normalizes the lifestyle of a single mother and her daughter as they flee from state to state, avoiding unsympathetic judges, and the custody rights of a deadbeat father.
A cautionary tale of a puppy's encounter with childhood obesity, from playing too many video games and watching Blue's Clues.
- Monday, June 01, 2020:
List Day: Screen Porch Features and Configurations
Elevated table fronts window to basement, allowing pass-through of food trays and drinks without having to open heavy doors one-handedly.
Plastic, lightweight chairs allow for quick rearranging based on where the sun is during the day (rollup shade for potent sunset sun still in shipping limbo somewhere between here and Georgia).
Minimal permanent furniture allows for easy conversion to summer yoga studio.
Small plastic bin for easy access to paper plates and plastic silverware rather than a permanent garishly wicker cabinet.
Overhead fan has 3 settings and a seasonal switch that goes from suck to blow.
Pleasant view of fores...
- Monday, April 27, 2020:
List Day: 10 Pandemic Business Ideas
Magic Pandemic Balls : Ask the Magic Pandemic Ball a question when you need trustworthy advice on adhering to competing local, state, and federal pandemic guidance.
Peek Costco : Take all of those "watch an eagle raise a family" webcams abandoned since 1999 and point them at Costco entrances. Charge people for online access to the camera at their local store so they know when the lines are shortest.
Flop Ten : Use an algorithm to unearth 10 awful TV shows that your streaming company really needs to recoup losses on, then advertise them on your homepage as "Top Ten in America Right Now!".
NO U REVERSE :...
- Wednesday, April 15, 2020:
List Day: Currently...
Currently listening to... Eyes Wide, Tongue-Tied by The Fratellis.
Currently reading... Network Attacks and Exploitation by Matthew Monte.
Currently playing... Elder Scrolls Online .
Currently considering buying... some delivery for dinner.
Currently creating... a work training session on using Slack.
Currently planning... to digitize my CD collection.
Currently watching... Money Heist, Part Four and Undone, Season One .
- Monday, March 16, 2020:
List Day: 8 COVID-19 Impacts in our Life
The line to get into Costco wrapped around the building last Friday (with an orderly queue enforced by two Loudoun County Sheriffs), preventing me from stocking up on corned beef and Guinness.
We ordered meals from our favourite local pizza place (Joe's Pizzaria) on two days in a row.
Rebecca did a 90 minute yoga class through her studio from the basement, streamed online over Facebook Live.
I did a 7 AM grocery run at Safeway on Sunday to find shortages in fresh greens, eggs, milk, and cleaning supplies. It was quiet, other than the ruckus over the stocker who had just run over his foot with a giant pallet of water and was awaiting an ambulance.  ...
- Wednesday, January 22, 2020:
List Day: My 6 Worst Bulk Purchases
12 Fresh Bagels : A dozen soft, fresh bagels may seem like a wonderful deal, but you're guaranteed to lose half to mold before you have a chance to eat them at a regular pace.
6-Pack of Aluminum Foil : I use tin foil for everything, from lining pans to reheating leftovers in the toaster oven, so this seemed like a worthwhile purchase. Six years later, I still had four rolls left.
300 Butterfly Clips : Unless you're a professor making hard-copy packets for a bunch of college students, these will sit in your drawer for years until you throw them out yourself.
200 Styrofoam Bowls : These are great for easy-cleanup of all t...
- Wednesday, January 08, 2020:
List Day: 10 Things to Appreciate in the Next Decade
Being able to describe the era briefly as "the twenties" in casual conversation and never having to say "the aughts" or "the teens" again.
Our new screen porch. No bugs allowed!
A new satellite work location just down the road in Herndon, eliminating the need to drive in Tysons.
The full payoff of our mortgage (between 1.5 - 4.5 years away, depending on how much money we throw at it).
Between 1 and 3 new Presidents.
Upbeat party themes based on 100-year anniversaries, such as Prohibition, the Russian Famine, the Rise of Mussolini, and the Great Depression.
Maia reaching the age where she can p...
- Wednesday, January 01, 2020:
The Tens: Decade Highlights
2010 : Conceived and released my first open-source library, DDMSence . Saw Muse in concert. Rebecca bought her current car. Visited Puerto Rico, Spokane, San Francisco, Emerald Isle, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Rebecca stopped selling custom T-Shirts. I played Minecraft.
2011 : We visited Arkansas and the Outer Banks. Rebecca went to Peru and started Physical Therapy school. We overhauled our entire kitchen. I played Skyrim.
2012 : I worked on government data standards and bought a treadmill. I bought my current car. We visited Quebec and Montreal. I played Diablo 3.
2013 : Rebecca graduated from PT school and ...
- Friday, November 15, 2019:
List Day: 8 Minor Things I'm Thankful For
I have never had a food allergy so intrusive that it forces me to question the meals put before me.
I live in a neighborhood with an HOA that can't be bothered to interfere in anything.
I have never worked in a job with fixed start and end times.
I have a backlog of new shows to get through.
I have never needed to be in a hospital, except to visit other people.
The most negative thing that happens to me on a regular basis is when I open a yogurt and the pressure from the lid spatters yogurt on my dress shirt at work.
I have never lived in a place where I had to move my car in order to have guests park.  ...
- Monday, November 11, 2019:
List Day: Currently...
Currently listening to... My Name is Michael Holbrook by Mika.
Currently (re)reading... Ash and Silver by Carol Berg.
Currently playing... no games in progress.
Currently considering buying... this year's batch of Christmas presents for the family.
Currently coding... updates to Sparkour .
Currently planning... to plant a tree in the front yard and launch our screen porch effort in earnest.
Currently learning... more about machine learning.
- Monday, November 04, 2019:
Vote BU 2019
In need of a write-in candidate for tomorrow's election? Look no further! Here are a few of the benefits you are GUARANTEED to claim if I am elected to any office anywhere in Loudoun County for any amount of time.
A stimulus will be provided to local Safeway grocery stores to make them look less like Greyhound bus stations on the inside.
All the new "me too!" streaming services must license their exclusive TV shows to Netflix after 6 months.
New data centers must be built completely underground, with walkable commercial areas at ground level, and hipsters living one floor up (the cool suburban hipsters with scruffy beards that microbrew, not the whiny urban hip...