Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jack was helping

Put away the silverware. He doesn't have full organizational skills
just yet, but he made his Dad-na proud

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jack now and then

We had breakfast at Wild Mountain this morning. Very yummy. I snapped a pic of Jack and remembered that I had one from there over a year befor. Here's a pic of Jack now and then.

We did the same thing at Gorditos recently. This was jacks first time in the high chair without his car seat, now and then.

Kids grow up fast is another phrase that really doesn't mean much until you see it.

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Took a ride today

I had a day off from work today. I had only one thing to do, ride my bike. Seattle was blessed with some very nice weather this week. In contrast to my northern California co-workers who were immersed in biblical rains. I admit that it has been a while since I rode. Much to long.

I went out for about 2 hours. I hoped to go longer but I had a hard stop to get home by. It was sunny but cold. 2 pairs of wool socks, 2 booties, a wool hat, double layers was how I went out, wearing my Adobe kit. My feet were never warm but it never hurt either.

I would like to say that I maintained a 20 mph pace but I'd be lying to you. Just as well that I got a taste of what I could do. I never got tired but I just lacked that snap and pop that I've had. I knew as much but it was still a little hard to realize. I was encouraged that form and riding style were there. Just need to get out and rude more.

The day was beautiful. I saw Mt. Rainier in all of her glory, as well as Mt. Baker which is rare.

While it is true that you never forget how to ride a bike, your "saddle area" can have it slip it's memory obviously and it will make you pay.

On you left,

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jack's early art

Jack calls this performance piece I-5

Office set up

If you know me well enough you know that I have a "tendency" to rearrange things a lot. My Father tells the story of seeing me make a list once when I was little and commenting to my Mother that he "didn't know it was genetic" so this can be blamed on her, but I think my Father enabled me. I would always be moving furniture in my room, rearrange and rehang posters. It was like this was my little way of creating a happy place.

I admit, I enjoy it. Space organization makes me feel like a Roman Emperor within my little 12 square foot area.

I told my co-workers to expect it. I now get rolled eyes when some one comes over and says "you rearranged again?" I'm sure I'm violating union and facility rules, but my OCD can't be helped. I think I do this often at the beginning of big projects or when turmoil hits. With the things going on at work this year you can gauge how bad by how many times I've rerranged my office. I've done it 6 times this past year. Make your own conclusions.

Below are some pics of my recent set up though, because I think I'm close to nailing my office Zen experience. I have 2 desks that are standing height side-by-side. I have 3 machines that I use, a mac laptop, a win laptop and a Mac Mini. I use 4 monitors to show all this. I use synergy server and client to share my 1 keyboard and mouse across all 3 machines, which is often.

I like standing at my desk because I fidget a lot. Sitting all day never treats me well either. I will readily admit that standing all day long is tough, and I do use a tall chair 40% of the day for about 20 minutes at a time. Still, I find I'm more alert and my back and neck don't ache much.

My latest purchase (self-purchase mind you) was a monitor stand to allow me to place one monitor on top of each other. Here's a picture of what it looks like.

The monitor on the right bottom is my windows laptop.
The top monitor is my Mac Mini.
The bottom middle monitor is connected to my Mac laptop
The right hand monitor is the Mac laptop.
Using Synergy I can scroll across all 3 machines with the keyboard and mouse from my laptop.

What you see above is that Jack completely adorns my desktops too.

Sunday, January 10, 2010