Archive for May, 2011

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Never Stop Moving

05/30/2011

What a weekend. I took Friday off work both to accompany MB and Eric to his urologist appointment and to simply be able to spend an even longer weekend with my family. After the debacle that was finding a parking spot and securing the appointment, the three of us sojourned down to the harbor for some lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. We sat outside, despite the heat, because the breeze off the water was fairly nice. The sun was incredibly intense, though, and afer lunch we found ourselves a lot more drained than we anticipated. On our way home, I received a text from my sister warning us of a police funeral that had 695 completely shut down. We intended to avoid the Beltway entirely, which we did, but the spillover traffic backed us up on 83 toward Falls Rd, so we cut off at Falls Rd back south and wound up joining some of MB’s coworkers for some food and drinks at TGIFriday’s. Fun times and a busy day.

Saturday brought about some breakfast, a bath for Cody and some shopping: Plaza Art Supply, lunch at Strapazza, Home Depot (with customer service that ran the gamut from exceedingly nice and helpful to ridiculously rude and inconsiderate), Fresh Market and Giant. We had to get supplies for our cookout the next day.

On Sunday, after breakfast, it was time to mow the lawn. Our neighbors three doors down mowed all of our lawns a couple weeks ago, and I felt it was in good spirit to return the favor. Our next door neighbors and two doors down are also rather awesome, so I took it upon myself to cut all 4 lawns. My only problem, more than the heat, was that my two mower batteries were not 100% charged, so I kept having to cycle them out to charge while the next battery fed the mower. In some areas, the grass was so thick it bogged down the motor entirely. 2 hours later I was done and inside, trying desperately to cool off. The temperature Sunday was in the upper 80s, so it was definitely hot. I had our laundry running throughout the day to stay ahead of things and to keep Monday free. After a quick store run, I showered and got the grill setup for our cookout. MB made her awesome burgers and we had a really good time. The problem was, after having such an active day, I didn’t sleep that well overnight.

Monday, we got up early with Eric and had some breakfast, getting out in the early afternoon to run to a couple stores. We had a rather disappointing kebab lunch at a local Kazakhstan-influenced place. There was a huge party of Russian family there and it was rather clear that those of us in the restaurant who weren’t in that party weren’t important to the wait staff. The temperature kept rising all day and at 5pm, my car’s exterior temperature sensor actually hit 100°. That is incredibly hot for the month of May. On our wayt home we got some Italian ice at Rita’s and had a loungy dinner in front of the TV.

Now, as I write this, I am sitting on the bed with Cody at my feet. Eric is asleep for the night and the AC/fan combination is working overtime to cool us off. I’m hoping to get to sleep soon and rest up for the short week. As I close, I keep thinking the samr thing:

There is no such thing as a long enough weekend.

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Grey

05/23/2011

Today is grey. It’s mild out with a promise to get warmer but the air has a thickness to it that says rain is on its way. The forecast supports this as the entire week shows the possibility of showers and thunderstorms. It figures that the last week we had that was sunny and lovely every single day was also one of the most stressful weeks for me, which meant I couldn’t actually enjoy the weather. Such is how it goes, though, and I hope there will be many more weeks this Spring and Summer that are beautiful and easygoing.

Thanks to Memorial Day, this coming weekend is a longer, 3-day one. I took the opportunity to try to take Friday off so I could extend the mini vacation and got the go-ahead as long as nothing huge comes up. Huzzah for 4-day weekends with my family!

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Well, since I started writing this post, I’ve been gone for 2 hours on a quick install. Now it is sunny out and getting warmer. There is still a hazy feel to the day, rather than a crisp, clear Spring feeling, but I’ll take it over the dreary doldrums of a rainy day.

I’m afraid, as of right now, I have nothing much else to write about, so rather than leaving this post perpetually unfinished, I’ll just close it here and see what the rest of the day brings.

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Flashbacks

05/22/2011

The Rapture came, saw and decided it just wasn’t worth the effort.

The world did not commence its 5-month slide into chaos, death and destruction as the fanatics prophesied, Animal Kingdom did not win the Preakness Stakes and Harold Camping woke up this morning and wondered what Jesus had in store for him before realizing it was just his octogenarian bladder emptying prematurely into his adult diaper. However, I did see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 3D with MB. She loved the movie while I found it mildly entertaining. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t call it a great movie. After 4 movies in the series, everything is fairly predictable. It did make for a nice Friday evening, though.

Last night was MB’s 10-year reunion rom Catholic High. It was nice seeing all the faces I knew from when she was in school. I am the only guy still around from back then. That was a cool feeling, just like at my 10-year reunion last year; we are the only couple that has stayed together for so long.

This morning was amazing. The sun was shining through the windows, MB was sleeping soundly next to me and Eric was asleep on my chest. It truly felt amazing. Right now, as I’m typing, Eric is crawling back and forth across the bed, trying desperately to make a contribution to this post. I’ve had to delete several strings of consonants and vowels that have resulted from his playful grasps at my laptop.

My family shows me how very lucky I am every single day.

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Weekend Warrior

05/20/2011

This weekend should prove to be a busy one, although not as busy as I would have hoped. We have had to pull out of our plans to go down to DC on Sunday evening due to it being a work night. I am rather disappointed but I suppose it is a wiser decision for our well-beings. Oh well, such is life. The rest of the weekend will make up for that, though. Tonight we are catching the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 3D and tomorrow we have a rather full plate: MB gets her hair done in the afternoon and that evening we are headed to her 10th high school reunion. That much of it should be fun.

So, a little technophilia for those who care: last week I rooted my Droid X. I finally bit the bullet and took the dive and [insert other clever cliché here], downloading z4root and successfully achieving SU status. I removed a bunch of the bloatware that came preloaded on the phone and overclocked it t0 1.15GHz. Holy crap what a difference. It feels like a brand new phone. I have no desire to flash custom ROMs onto it, as I am happy with my standard OS and LauncherPro homescreen replacement. I have, however, installed a few app replacements that have made it even better.

One such replacement app is QuickPic, a gallery app that runs so much smoother than the stock Gallery app. The other app, which isn’t so much an improvement over the stock one but a necessity to enable LCD Density scaling on a rooted phone, is DialerOne, a replacement for the stock Dialer. For some reason, when you adjust the LCD density, the stock Android Dialer app crashes on launch every single time. DialerOne does not, so installing it and using it as my default dialer allows me to scale the LCD density and make better use of my screen real estate.

My only speed bump will come when Verizon finally pushes out the Gingerbread update for the Droid X. Now that I am rooted, I am not “eligible” for OTA updates. I will have to pursue looking for a rooted GB build or, perhaps more likely, unroot with z4root, update and then reroot. We shall see.

I am eagerly anticipating the summer. While MB is home, I hope to be able to have more time to walk Cody in the mornings. He has his post-surgery checkup on June 1st and I am hoping he is cleared for full activity then. I’d love to ramp up my own efforts to get more exercise while allowing Cody to finally expend the pent up energy he’s had since his first surgery and Eric’s birth. His knee is healing very well and this morning was his last dose of Cipro for his infected toe. Very much looking forward to a 100% healthy, pain-free pooch.

I should get back to work. This morning’s meeting didn’t involve a whole ton of things and my plate is fairly light today, though I do have some things to take care of. It is almost lunch time, so if I budget my time well, I should be nicely occupied until it’s time to leave for the weekend.

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Broadside Face of a New Morning

05/19/2011

I went to bed last night feeling low. I woke up this morning still feeling low.

It’s been with me for the past several weeks, this feeling of dragging a weight behind me. Last week was one of the most difficult weeks since Eric was born, and it was all because of situations at work. Some of it was dealing with new developments at the office, which seem to be better resolved now; some of it was dealing with a major mistake of mine that should never have happened. No details are necessary but, suffice it to say, it was a big one that had me beside myself for many days. It was not until Thursday, midday, that I was able to put it behind me. Given that the mistake was discovered on Monday, it made for a very long, laborious week. Thankfully, I did make it through relatively unscathed but it was not without much anxiety, stress and lost sleep.

This week has seemed better in terms of professional stress but my mood has continued to darken. I suppose it will go away with time.

I will be treating this blog as a natural word vomit from my head. Sometimes I may be introspective; other times I may be commenting on something I experienced. MAybe I’ll be opinionated and inflammatory, or perhaps I will be passive and nondescript. I don’t expect much traffic or attention, but I still would like a place to share my thoughts.

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