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( Nov. 12th, 2007 12:08 pm)
Well Saturday was interesting.

We took Marcus to his second concert ever. Bro-in-law (Jeankel Johnny, as Marcus calls him) got us tix to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with the intention of him, Colleen and I going to the show and having my parents watch Marcus for a few hours.
As it turned out -- Johnny had a play to do at home, and my parents wouldn't have been around to watch him, so we ended up taking him.
We had seats in the sixth row, center section on an aisle. How cool was that -- best seats I have ever had for a concert. (Mind you, if it was a Floyd show, I'd want, oh... twenty rows back, so that I wouldn't be overwhelmed by the whole spectacle.)
Marcus was pretty good during the first half. He sat and listened to some of the music, and watched the guitars (he loves guitars... I can't wait to get him his first real one when he can truly learn to play). He didn't like having earplugs in his ears, though. He also sat on C's lap, and my lap, and even fell asleep for a couple of songs! However, I don't think he liked the lights so much, especially the strobes. During the second (really loud rockin') half, we ended up walking the ring around the seats of the DCU Center, peeking our heads in from time to time, as Marcus was a bit on the restless side. We had one of those backpack/leash contraptions on him. We stayed through the whole show, so we got to hear everything they played.
All in all, it was an excellent show, and for his second concert, it could have been a lot worse.
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( May. 15th, 2006 12:37 pm)
I know it's been a while since I've posted last with something of substance, so here goes...

I'm not really going to get into doing major updates or anything, but there are a few topics I'll touch on.
Cut for length. )
Out here.
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( May. 1st, 2006 02:22 pm)
Happy Beltaine to all!

So here's the weekend...

Saturday was errands day. We drove out to Bagelmakers in Northboro so we could place an order for Saturday. We also decided to bin the idea of getting deli platters, as it would cost an arm and a leg. (We're talking $30-35 for each platter... three platters... you do the math.) We also hit Trader Joe's, and got more noshes for Marcus. After that was a run to Shaw's to pick up stuff for the weekend, and a few more things for Marcus to try -- bologna, primarily.
That night, we made up some chicken for him to try as well. Seems like the only things he really went after were the diced mango and the wheat mini-pita. He dissed the chicken and bologna. Hmmm.
Experimented with pouch cooking that night, making oriental noodle bowls with marinated chicken tenders.

Sunday was more errands: Living Earth, That's Entertainment, and Whole Foods (Framingham). More Marcus stuff. However, we're still trying to find frozen tangerine juice concentrate for a punch we'd like to do for the party. Might have to substitute something.
Dinner was gyoza soup and chicken fried rice, all homemade. Good stuff. Plenty of leftovers. Marcus was a little keener on the chicken, but tended more with the pita, biter biscuit, and peach dices. I think his teething is giving him some grief. We discovered through reading that when teething, babies can lose their appetite.
Managed to get a set of shelves moved from one room to the other. Also set up a lamp in the office room. Desk is prepped for the new arrival. Will be spending later tonight working on installing it and testing it with a game -- perhaps Dungeon Siege.
The main work of getting things reinstalled will take place during the in-laws' visit, as I'm sure they'll be wanting to play with the kiddo.
However, as far as the UPS online tracking is concerned, the boxes are still sitting at the distribution center in Shrewsbury. Mom said that UPS usually doesn't get to her neck of the woods until late afternoon, so I'm not too worried. However, Colleen made the comment that I'm like a child at Christmas. Well of course I am, this is a big thing here. :)

More later once things are settled.
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( Apr. 24th, 2006 03:03 pm)

A good weekend was had with Mom-in-law up here. She left on Sunday, around noon, and was back at home around 700pm. Not bad driving. She'll be back up in a couple of weeks for Marcus' birthday.

House: We got my computer desk moved from the living room and into the office room. Next major thing will be making room so I can move some shelves in, and start putting my books up.
Tonight I'm going to be cleaning up the laundry room. It will involve doing a couple of loads of laundry each night.
Hopefully I'll be able to start moving shelves this weekend.

Computer: I think I've just about talked Colleen into buying a new PC. I've got a Dell already configured (P4 w/HT, 3.0GHz - 1GB RAM - 160GB SATA hard drive - media card reader - 256 PCI Express ATI Radeon x600 video - Sound Blaster Audigy 2 w/Dolby 5.1 - Dell 2.1 speakers w/subwoofer). Total cost is $767 before shipping. Already planning to finance it. We need a new PC, as I think the PIII/800 isn't going to cut it anymore. Oh, did I mention the 19" flat panel monitor? We've already got a spiffy printer to go with it too.
Now I know some of you out there are saying that I should nix Dell and just build my own.
Arguments for:

  1. I'd be able to put what I want in the system.

  2. I'd be my own support for the unit.


Well, I've got some arguments against that:

  1. I don't have the time to build a new system. It would take me time to run around, find the parts, and get them together, not to mention installing the software. With the new system, I just need to install extra software (like Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, games, Money, music software, etc.)

  2. I'd be spending more than $750 to do so. Much more so. Barebones systems can run half to two-thirds of that right there, and that won't include decent video and sound, monitor, storage media...

  3. I'd be my own support for the unit -- no warranties, no parts shipped out express, no outside tech support. I'm it. And sometimes I don't trust my own judgement.

  4. This system has everything I want. And it's fairly up to date.

  5. I happen to like Dells. I've crawled inside them enough times to know what's going on and what goes where. I was Dell certified for a contract job. Plus they have excellent tech support (which I believe is no longer outsourced).


End of argument.

So hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I'll be back online from home. And playing some games from time to time.


Ah well, nothing much else to report.
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( Apr. 10th, 2006 01:53 pm)

Yep, time for another Weekend Update...

Friday: Same old same old. Caesar Salad for dinner, get Marcus to bed, worked on the front room, and watched Doctor Who.

Saturday: Got up, got a plan to move furniture about. Got spaces cleared in the front room. Marcus went off with Mom (Nana) while Dad (Papa) helped us get the dressers, futon and crib into the front room. We got that half set up nicely, and marvelled at how much space and light there was, and how much easier it is to get around. Now I have my shelves and boxes to manage after Colleen gets her gear straightened out in the other room and we get my computer desk in there.
My GURPS order (Banestorm and the GM Screen) was in at That's Entertainment. I have about $35 left in store credit.
We had dinner with my parents, and then came home to relax. I hadn't eaten anything all day, so I just kind of toyed with a lot of my dinner.
Colleen slept in the front room to be there should Marcus wake up. He likes the new setup a lot.

Sunday: Colleen went to mass, and I kept Marcus occupied. Afterwards, we went to the Blackstone Shoppes. We had lunch at Red Robin. Who knew that they had a mascot (read: someone in a costume)? Well, Red came up to Marcus, and Marcus just kept looking at him as Red played peekaboo. But then Red had to step a little closer to Marcus in order to let someone through, and then Marcus started to cry. I think he got a little scared. (Understandably so, as you don't see many large anthropomorphic birds with heads the size of a decent TV in life, let alone when you're only a 2.5ft tall yourself.) However, Marcus was flirting with the women at each table aside us, playing up on being cute. (How could he not?) After lunch, we hit Babies R Us and Target, as well as I Party.
Colleen got her grading done during The Sopranos.

All in all, a busy weekend.

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( Apr. 3rd, 2006 11:22 am)
Welcome to April!

And now for the weekend update...

Friday night was a typical Friday night. We had ceasar salads for dinner (done with Boston lettuce instead of romaine... turned out really good. Added grape tomatoes to Colleen's salad, cheese all around.). We then watched Doctor Who. More on that below.
I was briefed on the Antics of Marcus on that day. Since it was an absolutely spiffy day, Papa (my Dad) took Marcus to Elm Park, where they had a toddler play area, apparently. (It's been so long since I've been to the park.) He had a blast. He even got a hug and a smooch from an 18-month-old girl. (He always had a thing for older women.)
Oh, and he's been sleeping through the night as of late. And he's got four teeth cut on top, two fully in on the bottom with a third just peeking through.

Saturday turned out not to be the Big Move Day after all. Colleen was still feeling the sore effects of a tumble she took on Thursday, I was suffering a bad head cold, and my parents were rather worn out already in the day. However, they did take Marcus to their house while Colleen and I worked. She tackled some more stuff in the front room, while I assaulted my computer desk in the living room. I managed to fill three office boxes with manuals, CDs, and other sundry bits. I dusted and cleaned all the components (printer, monitor, KVM switch, DSL modem, cables, two CPU towers, external ZIP drive, game controller, external old USB CD burner). Tied and secured all the cables. Wiped down the desktop. Started maybe 11am, had a lunch break, kept BBC America on all day (Monty Python marathon), and I was all set with that by 3pm.
Got cleaned up, left the house, drove to That's Entertainment (my GURPS order still hadn't come in... grrrr!), and then to my parents'.
Did our taxes. We're getting nice amounts back from federal and state.
Marcus was getting rather fussy around the time that we had decided upon dinner, so we ordered Chinese from Nancy Chang's. Dad and I left to get the food, so there would be less commotion in the house. By the time we got back, he was sleeping nicely in Colleen's lap. Discovered a delicious new appetizer from Nancy Chang's -- chicken ravioli (bit like a chicken wonton, done like a potsticker; I'm thinking it was either a wonton or gyoza skin, since it was much thinner than a typical potsticker/dumpling skin). After dinner (Colleen managed to eat hers with Marcus still in her lap), Marcus woke up and was happy as a clam. We went home, gave him another bottle, and he went off to sleep without a problem.

Sunday, I spent most of my day with Marcus. First off, I went off to Shaw's to pick up a few things, and was home in time so Colleen could go across the street for mass. She came back for a few minutes, collected her schoolwork kit, a lunch, and was off to work at the school on grading. Marcus and I shared a snooze on the couch for a while, then had a mid-afternoon lunch while I caught up on shows I had recorded on DVR. After Colleen got home, I tidied a few things, did some dishes, and broiled up some honey-lime-marinaded chicken, served with some long grain and wild rice for dinner. We watched The Simpsons and The Sopranos, and then went to bed, still slightly suffering the effects of Springing Forward and losing an hour's sleep.

So we're at Monday again. I'm still under the influence of the nasty head cold (and I forgot my cold meds too).
All in all, though, I think I feel pretty okay.


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( Mar. 13th, 2006 02:01 pm)

And so another weekend falls behind us, and the work week looms ahead.

What did I manage to accomplish?
Well, I got my side of the bedroom sorted out. Clothes off the floor and sorted through, floor vacuumed... now it's the Ton of Laundry that needs to be dealt with.

*sigh*

Just one of those days now... work is work. Cohort isn't here today on account of a sprained knee. Did it yesterday, but he decided to wait until today to go see someone about it.
Me, my tum's not feeling so hot. Been kind of off since before lunch. Not sure why. Might just have a bit of a bug.

Out here.
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( Mar. 6th, 2006 01:46 pm)

First off, I would like to wish Marcus a Happy 10-month Birthday!

Right, on with the weekend...

Friday night: usual stuff -- Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis. DVR'd Monk and NUMB3RS.

Saturday: Got my car inspected a few days late. I went to a gas station a stone's throw from my flat, but their machine was down again. So I thought to go to my regular place, the Getty on Southbridge Street. Drove past, didn't see a sign to mark the queue for inspections. Kept driving, saw that the sign noting inspections had been painted over. So, I kept driving. Ended up at Webster Square Tire and Battery. This year was just the safety inspection, so that was good.
After I got home, we got our act together and went to Friendly's in Northboro, the one by WalMart. We had a good lunch, and Marcus was entertaining, even to some of the other patrons. We then hit WalMart, then Wholly Cannoli (after seeing them yet again on the Phantom Gourmet that morning) to get cannoli and dynamite sticks.
We relaxed that evening while watching Fever Pitch. It's a cute movie.

Sunday: Took Marcus out shopping to That's Entertainment, Shaw's and Price Chopper. At PC, he was singing and babbling up a storm, delighting some of the other customers. When I got home, Colleen went up to the school to take care of a few things for accreditation, then came home. During her absence, I worked on cleaning the dining room so I could keep an eye on Marcus as he played in his area in the living room. When C got home, he was asleep on my chest, snoozing away. We set him in his crib to continue the nap and went to work on straightening the bedroom. When Marcus woke up, C watched him while I continued on. When I was done with my part, I watched him while she worked on hers.

Really exciting stuff, eh kids?


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( Sep. 12th, 2005 10:46 am)

And so Monday rears its ugly head in our direction once again, so I guess it's time for another update on what happened during the weekend.

Friday night was a Friday night. We spent the evening cleaning a few things up, watching the Red Sox get trounced by the Yankees. I recorded Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis on DVR, since I wasn't able to really watch it whilst cleaning.

Saturday morning I did a couple of errands so we could make pie for a cookout (see Sunday), get my comics, and munchies for the game. We had our first RPG session in about six months, hosted at our flat. A good time was had by all. I really missed getting together and just hanging out and gaming. We were supposed to have a new player join us, but he had to work a double shift and couldn't make it. We'll get to meet him next week.
Marcus was extremely well-behaved through it all, too. Very little fussing. He managed a slight snooze in his swing, but managed to stay awake through the whole day.
Saturday evening, my parents came over for Chinese food. Mom and Dad helped with getting Marcus to sleep, and they didn't stay too long themselves, as they were just as tired as we were.
After they left, we made a couple of pies, letting them sit in the freezer overnight (as they are supposed to do -- they're made from Cool Whip, lemon-lime KoolAid mix, lime juice and condensed milk), and went to bed.

Sunday was the day of the cookout over at [livejournal.com profile] sfogliatella and [livejournal.com profile] silent_iniquity's place. They brought the big-screen TV out into the yard so we could watch the Bills stomp all over the Texans. It was like a huge tailgate party. Marcus was a hit, and very well-behaved through it all. We didn't really have dinner, as there was lots of food to ingest.

And now we come back to the regular work week. Blah.

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( Jul. 25th, 2005 05:23 pm)

It's been a long Monday here, so I'll do a quick catch-up with the weekend.

Saturday's main event was a get-together with [livejournal.com profile] sfogliatella and [livejournal.com profile] silent_iniquity at their house. They finally got to meet Marcus, who behaved himself very well. The gathering started early in the afternoon, and lasted until well after dark. If I may say so, a good time was had by all. [livejournal.com profile] silvara77's dessert (sort of a key lime margarita pie except for one ingredient) was a big hit. Now she's contemplating other flavor combinations that can be done with the pie.

Sunday was the typical day of errands: BJ's (where I found two new books and paid less than the cover price of the hardcover for both of them), WalMart (where I found two new patterns of Pink Floyd sleep pants to go with my Dark Side of the Moon ones), and Price Chopper. In the span of three hours, we did a lot.

So now we come to Monday, the start of yet another lovely work week. Blegh.

See? Short update.


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