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Saturday, February 27th, 2016

I’m feeling more reflective on this birthday than I normally do. There are reasons for that — the last year or so has been rough. There were some wonderful moments and events to be sure. My daughter was born 8 months ago. My son has blossomed into a clever kid with a ridiculous sense of humor and an eager curiosity. My wife has relentlessly impressed and humbled me.

There were some dark moments. We had two miscarriages. I always thought of that sort of thing rather abstractly until it happened to us. It’s hard to describe what it does to you (and anyway, I don’t want to describe it) and I hope most folks never have to deal with anything like that, though it’s distressingly common.
But driving around town today with my kid, fresh off a vacation spent with old friends from high school and college, it was hard not to feel like things have really clicked into place. I have a sort of happiness and comfort I don’t think I’ve had since childhood. And it really snuck up on me in a way that depression used to. This is way better, obviously.
I’ve been thinking more and more that I’ve let many friendships wither on the vine. I’ll try to correct that soon. It’s still difficult (because life), but I’ll try hard to carve out time.
Last year reminds me of 2010 in some ways. In that year, 2 friends of mine killed themselves. Kelly’s uncle killed himself as well. Kelly and I ran into heartbreaking difficulties conceiving. But the 2011 brought the birth of our son.
Now we have our daughter too and we have the family we strived for.
Plus, Star Wars Ep 7 came out and it kicked ass.

A Girl

Friday, June 19th, 2015

I haven’t posted here in a very long time.

In a matter of days I’m going to be a father again. We’re going to have a baby girl. She’s going to shape and change my life, Kelly’s life and Julian’s life.

I couldn’t be more proud of my wife. It’s been a long and difficult road. We’ve been through things I wouldn’t wish on anyone. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready to talk about it all. But our family is about to be complete.

Every day my wife and my son teach me what it means to be a human being. I both fear and love the challenges ahead for my little boy. He’s going to have to learn to share us with another person. I hope he remembers this time as his parents loving him to pieces while welcoming another person into our lives.

I hope I’ll live up to the standards I’ve set for myself. I hope I do even half as well as my parents and Kelly’s parents did raising us.

Here’s to the future, to love and to family. And thank you to our family for loving us and supporting us despite our (mostly my) flaws.

I know this is a bit saccharine. But this is how I feel, and I couldn’t be more happy and hopeful.

Geek Code

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

I found my geek code circa mid-late 1990s.

Version: 3.1
GL/CS d- s: a-- C++>+ UL++++ P++ L+++ E--- W++ N+ o?
K w-- !o M V PS+++ PE Y+ PGP+ t 5- X++ R-- tv b++(+++)
DI-- D++ G e h r% z+

So, for fun, I put together my current one, though the geek code parameters are sorely out of date:

Version: 3.1
GL/P d-(--)?>+ s: a C++(+++)$ UL*+++ P+(++)>+++
L+(++) E---(--)>- !W+++$ N>+ !o-- K>- !w-- !O M++
V-- PS+ PE Y+ PGP t 5 X+ R-> tv b+ DI D+ G e++ h---
r+++ y+++>+++++

New House (and floors)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

You know how when you get a new iPod or car or whatever and you’re afraid to get that first scratch? That’s how I feel about our new floors. I can’t bring myself to remove the taped-on covering yet. Granted, there’s 2 more things to move in.

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