ArchiveJune 2005

Swimming Lessons


Thomas and Jacob started two weeks of swimming lessons yesterday. Amy took the kids yesterday and I had the opportunity to take them today. Yesterday, Thomas had a rough time. His left leg is still weak and that makes it tough for him to swim well (not that he’s ever been a really strong swimmer.) He did much better today and consequently seemed to enjoy it much more. Jacob is just having a...

The Da Vinci Code


!(floatLeft)2!:1 I just finished reading “The Da Vinci code(The Da Vinci Code)”:1 yesterday. I have mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand, it’s a wild ride and has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. On the other hand, the hostility toward the Catholic church is troubling to me. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but the essential gist...

The Making of a Newsletter


We produced our 4th newsletter for the tea-room over the last week. Amy had been writing the content throughout the month of June. She did a rudimentary layout and I cleaned it up early last week. On Wednesday we started printing over 1,100 copies to be mailed to her customer base. I spent all night Wednesday (until 2AM or so) printing the first 700 copies. We wrapped up printing of the initial...

Father’s Day 2005


Father’s day has been good so far. We don’t have much planned for today which is exactly how I wanted it. I made a mug much like I did for “Mother’s Day(Mother’s Day 2005)”: but unfortunately when I made the photo montage, I made a typo on the year. So it’s 2006 rather than 2005. Of course I didn’t notice until Thomas pointed it out while looking at...

Lost meets Zork


!(floatLeft)2!:1 Growing up with computers in the early 80’s wasn’t exactly the most graphical experience in the world. At the time, we definitely thought the graphics were cool, but let’s face it, a “Commodore-64(Commodore’s 8 bit computer with 64K — yes, K — of memory)”: looks like crap these days with it’s 16 colors and 320×200 display...

Thomas is a 4th Grader


Thomas finished the 3rd grade on Thursday. This has been one exceptionally rough year for him between switching teachers mid-year and breaking his leg. Through it all, he’s done a fantastic job and I’ve been really proud of his resilience. Mrs. Simms was the teacher he finished out the year with and I only wish that he could have had her for the entire year. She’s definitely an...

Preschool Graduation


Tonight Jacob had his pre-school graduation. All of the kids were really cute. The teachers had a nice program with singing and dancing set up for a packed house of family and friends. Jacob is so excited to be going to kindergarten and he’s ecstatic that school is over for the summer. Jacob spent 3 years at Heritage Park Preschool and that is the same preschool that Thomas went to. The...

Does Howard Dean Help the Democrats?


Okay, disclaimer time. I am aligned politically with the Republican party. Not so much because I agree with the party platform 100%, but because I am more closely aligned with them on most issues (although I’m more libertarian – with a small ‘L’, not the kooky Libertarian party.) I was never too impressed with Howard Dean during the campaign leading up to the 2004...

BBQing Goodness


Ah, warm weather. I hate it. Give me cold any time. I think the fact that I dislike the heat so much is the fact that my office temperature approaches 90 degrees during the summer. This year I bought a portable AC unit that helps, but still can’t cool the room enough. But enough of that… The barbecue. I use mine year round, but it gets much more use during the summer months. About 2...

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