Archive for January, 2005


Monday, January 31st, 2005

Oh my!

Lauren Alexis

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

We’re pleased to finally announce the arrival of our baby girl, Lauren. She came in to this world at 8:11 AM on Tuesday, 18-Jan. She weighed in at 8 lbs, 14 oz and is 21″ long. Mom and Baby (and Dad) are all doing fine. We’ll post more pictures in the gallery after we get out of the hospital.

Get out!

Sunday, January 16th, 2005

We’ve had enough. Our kid has overstayed his or her welcome. It’s time to get out.


Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

The baby is coming! S/he’ll be here sometime between now and Jan. 20. In the meantime, I’m watching the ice and rain fall, the dog sleep, and the dust bunnies grow. The snow plows have driven past our house 4x in the last hour, I think they are just doing circles on the block and not plowing anywhere else in Fairview Park.

Yesterday’s big adventure was getting my hair cut, today, maybe a pedicure. Or maybe I’ll make pancakes. Being week 4 of no work, I can’t imagine how evil life on bedrest could possibly be. I must be pretty lucky, and I’m pretty greatful about it, since I’m not swelling, not in pain, not having any problems, and generally I’m comfortable. Sure, I get stuck on the couch (we won’t even talk about the bathtub), but Ryan’s a pretty good crane, and he’s been really helpful around here for a while now. He even made dinner last night for us.

I think the dog is confused about me being here, and it’s starting to bother her because she doesn’t get all of her daytime sleep in when she’s too busy following me around the house all day. In a way this is good, as she’s sleeping at night without climbing in bed with us, and it’s always nice to not share my blankets with her.

Ryan likes church music?!?

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

So we finally got all the pieces parts to dump the videos from our wedding into the Mac and then (possibly) edit it down into a DVD of some sort. Well, I don’t think Ryan has watched any of the videos from the wedding, but he’s on replay #2 of tape one right now, and I can hear him whistling along with the organ. Funny guy.

Still no baby, but that’s to be expected. :)


Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Still waiting… next time I think we’ll just tell people we don’t know when the due date is, “sometime in January” is easier than explaining that normal pregnancies are 38-42 weeks long to all the people who are sure we should have induced at 38 weeks. Sure, inducing at 38 weeks would have gotten us a tax credit, but Ryan’s child should be stubborn and ornery, and everyone knows that we both suffer from chronic lateness, so why shouldn’t the babe be any different?


Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Say hello to our lovely babies. They can’t wait to meet you.


Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Mother wants a lisa-cam so she doesn’t have to worry about where I am. Ryan even offered to set it up. Now I understand how people become paranoid…


Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Nothing yet. Baby, O’ baby, where are you?

iPod and iBook

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Those people in Asia are fast. For christmas, I ordered my wife a 20GB click wheel iPod. I was given the no-cost option to personalize my purchase by having two lines of text laser engraved on the back of the iPod. OK. What the hell. It adds 1-3 days of wait time to receive my order. This was Friday, 17-Dec-4, a week before Christmas. I really wanted to have the iPod here in time for the holiday, but the wife would understand if it was late. She even said so. I place the order and receive numerous emails from Apple about the status of the item. Apple, by the way, is very good at communicating the status of orders with their customers without nagging. Two emails show up on Friday. Then, when I least expected it, another email from Apple showed up on Saturday morning stating that the iPod had shipped. What?! Already? I look back through my order to make sure that I didn’t select the super-deluxe get-it-here-as-fast-as-humanly-possible shipping. Nope. It says free “parcel/ground” shipping. A quick look at the FedEx tracking number shows the iPod received by FedEx in Shanghai, China. Wow. Ground shipping from Shanghai. An interesting concept. And what is this? To be delivered by 6:00pm on Wednesday, 22-Dec-4. Needless to say, the iPod didn’t ship via ground. In fact, it is quite well traveled having started life in Shanghai then heading to Subic Bay and Paranaque in the Phillipines and onto Anchorage then Indianapolis and finally Cleveland. I’ve been to Indy. The best part of the whole thing is that it showed up before the big snow storm that halted pretty much the entire state on Thursday. Having ordered an iBook last Friday, 31-Dec-4, it appears that my experience will be even better this time.

I come in to work this morning after having off for the last 12 days and open my email to find that my iBook has shipped, complete with base package upgrades, yesterday. This time it started life in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. It’ll be here in a few days. That’s fast service.