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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. 27th, 2006 05:26 pm)
Right, brief updates...

House: Comic boxes moved from front room to space between desk and wall in office.
Will be making a path to the shelves next, along with space.
Need long extension cord, 1-2 power strips, and RJ11 phone cable.

PC: En route, left UPS in Greensboro NC this morning. Could arrive in the area tonight. They say that delivery is rescheduled for Monday 1 May. Don't know why. Might arrive Friday.

That's it.
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( Apr. 25th, 2006 01:24 pm)
Woof, I'm stuffed... Those of us at work who were not so lucky as to be in Las Vegas for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) trade show put together a potluck cookout. I supplied the pickles, mayo, and baked beans.

Eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new PC. (See previous posts for what's on it.) I'm debating on the name... Stormcrow seems innocuous enough, if I'm sticking with wizardly names. Mithrandir as well. (Look 'em up... same person.) Or I could just recycle Dresden. (Someone suggested Bob. My reaction was, "It's a computer, not a woman pretending to be a man." Then I realized that Bob is, in effect, Harry Dresden's computer, since a real PC would just blow up in his face. Ah well...)

Bro-in-law is coming up middle of next week to spend time with Marcus before his birthday. Mom and Dad-in-law will be up either Thursday or Friday, can't remember which.

Gaming: Getting more ideas for GURPS games. Still want to run a fantasy game, modelling it after D&D 3.5e, but keeping it "real." Also still working on the "normals stuck in a very odd situation" game that I'm redoing.

House: I'd like to be getting more done, but during the week, it's not really possible, since what I need to do involves my stuff that's in Marcus' room. Can't work in there while he's asleep.

More later as news warrants.
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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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