Mon, Aug. 2nd, 2010, 04:09 pm
I've been over-socialized lately. I love to know people, but I'm definitely an introvert and it takes a lot of energy to be around them. And the last week has been massive doses of people. Dates, talks, parties, meetings. Not to mention a sick kid to take care of.
So today has been a quiet day, thank god. Kids gone to day camp, Hollie gone to post-birthday celebratory spa day, house to myself. Telecommuted to work. Went our for Thai for lunch and read a book in the restaurant (one of my favorite ways of asserting my by-myself-ness). Sunned myself in the backyard while working on my laptop.
Introvert Man's Batteries Recharging. beep ... beep ... beep ... DING. (That's a Wall-E / Apple startup chime reference. LJ posts should really come with sound effects and background music.)
Thu, Jul. 22nd, 2010, 11:15 pm
Celebrated tomorrow's birthday today, by going out for sushi. Much enjoyment was had by me, including far too much sake. Fuzzy now. Birthdays are generally meaningless - life awesome before, life awesome after. Milestone - pshaw!
Great excuse for having too much, though.
Tue, Jul. 20th, 2010, 07:52 pm
Went above and beyond the call of parenting duty tonight and made dinner with a theme. And that theme was "Things That Are Cut Up". Then we went to Baskin-Robbins and I got 'em sundaes guaranteed to sugar 'em up enough that they'll never ever sleep again.
PLUS, I actually fixed a sink drain today, which is HUGE. Generally I let Jason be the 'handy' one, whereas I am more normally referred to as the 'lazy' one.
In short, I expect my nomination for the prestigious, if little known, Nobel Prize In Husbanding is currently winging it's way to Oslo even as I type.
Sun, Jul. 18th, 2010, 08:53 am
We went to our WoW guild's yearly picnic at Matthew's Beach yesterday. Yes, twenty-odd people sitting around reminiscing about the first time we killed Ragnaros back in the old days. It's the nerdiest you can be while out in the sun barbecuing with friends - which is to say, really not all that nerdy in the grand scheme of things.
It was also awesome to see a couple old friends / former coworkers whom I only see once a year at this event. Hi Rick and Ryan! (Neither of whom are on my friends list and so will probably never see said "Hi"s, and so aforementioned greetings _actually_ serve the purpose of informing others who may actually be reading this and may also know said people that I did, in fact, see said people. And it's not the current Ryan or that other Ryan. The original Ryan.) (Also, to said people: Rick has a brand new three-month old son! Super cute!)
In any case, the picnic also served Blizzard's own nefarious purposes. It reminded me that I actually _like_ these people, and that I hadn't played World of Warcraft in over three months. And so, (I can hear you out there gasping and crying out "DON'T DO IT!", exactly as if you are watching the girl about to go outside and investigate the strange noise in the horror movie)... last night I logged in and played for about four hours.
Yes, I'm afraid so.
Thu, Jul. 15th, 2010, 10:16 pm
Been spending my evening trying to justify my life in writing. Well, just the work part of it, really.
Aaaaaaand they need it tomorrow, and I forgot I took tomorrow off, and so I really should have done all this earlier, but no, I guess I have to do it now.
I need to write out answers to this emailed "interview" from our accountants in an attempt to prove that what I do is mostly (or at least partly) R&D. Because if you can use the magical code phrase "R&D" when it comes to what I do, then the company can apparently deduct my salary from their tax liability.
Except I don't actually _know_ what the tests are for whether something is R&D work or not, and I JUST CAN'T STAND IT when people say things like "there are no right or wrong answers". Obviously there ARE right answers, ways in which I ought to be describing things that will make all the accountants click their pens and nod seriously at each other underneath their green tinted head visors. (Your stereotypical accountants would use those, right? It isn't just people who want to look like they are casino card dealers?)
Things to say that will convince the number crunchers that MY MASSIVE ENORMOUS oh, I couldn't possibly tell you the number because I'm so humble PAYCHECK ought to be tax free to my employers. Because not only do I happen to _like_ my employers, but hey, if its tax free, they can afford to pay me more.
But really, none of that matters. It's really that it just bugs me that it feels like a test that I have to take where I don't know the right answers. And may never know the right answers.
Thu, Jul. 15th, 2010, 04:43 pm
Dinner at the office tonight is
Gazpachoooooooooo Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooup! *explodes*
* This has been a test of the Emergency Obscure Reference System. The bloggers of your area in voluntary cooperation with the FCC and other authorities have developed this system to keep you confused in the event of reality possessing any passing similarity to any past quotable entertainment program.
Wed, Jul. 14th, 2010, 04:47 pm
Look at me. Look at him. Look at me again. My towel is green. Women want a man who smells like Lush Sonic Death Monkey Shower Gel.
It's early and I'm feeling insufficiently caffeinated and kind of anti-social (a bad combination for a long drive to visit family for a wedding...), so this post may be a little short and inelegant.
Today is my wife Hollie's birthday. I've known her since before she could drink, and now she's 35! She's changed and grown increasingly awesome as the years have gone by. What hasn't changed is that she's the best part of my life and the best person (as a person, not just for me) that I've ever known. I'm thankful every day that she's here, and I hope that she will be for many many years to come.
I turn 35 today.
Which I guess is one of those stereotypical ages where you are supposed to feel older. Not a biggy like 30 or 40, but still, one of those ages. And I'm here at midnight coding for fun in the dark and destroying my eardrums with heavy metal through the headphones. Just as I did for most of my late teens and early twenties. And I feel younger lately than I have for quite a long time.
I think it's that for the first time in six years I don't have a baby to take care of. Beth is three and a half and an actual kid finally, and there's a huge difference in time investment. Two kids still aren't easy, but it's actually possible to have a _life_ with kids, whereas it's pretty much impossible to do anything else but take care of the baby and survive when you've got a baby. And it's the return of a life that has me feeling younger.
Love you all!
Fri, Jul. 11th, 2008, 06:48 pm
It's been forever (well, a couple months) since I've posted anything. I get busy, and writing on LJ is one of those things that tends to get forgotten. (I still read and comment occasionally though.)
Also, I dunno why, but I tend to hesitate to post good news. I'm over-careful about the idea that I might be bragging. But I can not do otherwise the way life is at the moment, so quick update:
Over the last couple of months I've been doing all the user interface coding for OmniFocus for the iPhone. Went to the Apple World Wide Developer Conference down in SF in June, where I met a bunch of cool people, drank a whole lot, and had an absolutely wonderful time. The aforementioned app I've been working on won an Apple Design Award. Had my yearly review at work a few weeks later - everyone (well almost) loves me. Got a giant raise. The iPhone app store opened up today. My app has been as high as #3 in the top sellers, but is currently down to #10. Lots of great reviews and happy people.
The kids are wonderful. We have them in daycare for 3 days a week over the summer and having Beth able to play with other kids her own age is wonderful. Miles is growing up fast, and is becoming a really thoughtful, nice kid. (With the occasional period of being a little stinker teasing his sister.)
Having the kids in daycare has been wonderful for Hollie and I too. We can do things like go out to lunch and actually talk. We're both really happy.
I'm making it to Seattle once every couple weeks or so these days, which is great for work, and also for seeing friends and being social.
Life is good.