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Local Warming

November 22, 2006 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

If the weather seemed a little warm in late September or early October, I know why. It was my fault.

I don’t remember exactly when I last used our grill, but it was around a month and a half or two months ago. (Too long!) When I pulled the chicken off the grill, I left the grill running. I usually leave it running for a couple minutes just in case The Missus—who grew up with parents who, in the interest of food safety, burned everything to a crisp—wants her stuff thrown back on the heat. Well, this time I forgot to turn it off until, oh, yesterday. Needless to say, the tank was very, very dry.

Did I mention that the LP tank was full when I started cooking?

Falling Leaves

November 20, 2006 at 4:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The leaves are falling off my oak trees. They aren’t just trickling down, they’re virtually gushing. That is good news. Not because I’m a fan of raking leaves; quite the opposite. Rather, it’s good news, because this means I can get the leaves cleaned out of the gutters before mid-winter, when I have a tendency to put these things off. And that tends to result in clogged gutters come springtime, which results in a wet basement, which results in a very cranky Mr. Wilson.

So here I am, sitting at the kitchen table—oh, did I mention I took this week off work?—watching leaves come pouring down. Each time one hits the ground, I let out a little cheer.

Of course, I still have to go clean them up. Maybe tomorrow…

Robbie Crawled!

November 17, 2006 at 9:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Here’s a bit of big news out of 625 Elm Street: Robbie crawled! I just received a phone call from The Missus, and she said Robbie spontaneously began crawling across the living room. Granted, he made the trek in reverse (seriously), but crawling is crawling. That totally makes up for the fact that he has kept us up the past two nights for no particular reason (teething?). Way to go, Robert!

Unrested

November 16, 2006 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Can I redo last night, please? Because I’m too tired right now to be productive. It all began as Robbie’s fault. For some reason he just didn’t want to sleep. We fed him, burped him, changed him, all to no avail. I laid with him for a couple hours and he slept off and on, but I don’t think it was a good sleep for either one of us. Eventually The Missus just threw him in his swing, turned it on, and shut the door.

That alone would have been enough, but then I just had to go and have one of my stressful dreams. Last night’s dream involved a giant nuclear explosion. It isn’t easy panicking about a nuclear explosion, even while asleep. There was also a dream about running up and down escalators the wrong way, in a bad part of town, no less. Tiring stuff.

Nevertheless, I’m surprisingly chipper this morning. I expect that to last until about 10.

So how was your night?

Bigger Than a Bowling Ball

November 13, 2006 at 5:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Sorry for the lack of posts this morning. I was on daddy duty to take Robbie to a mid-morning doctor’s appointment. He did very well, four shots and all. He is officially bigger than a bowling ball, having crossed the 16 pound barrier by two ounces. He is also getting taller, now stretching 27 inches. But one important note to all you new parents out there: don’t be stupid and schedule an appointment right in the middle of your child’s usual naptime. I sure hope he doesn’t give his babysitter too much grief today.

That Sinking Feeling

November 12, 2006 at 9:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Just now The Missus and I were sitting across from one another at the kitchen table. She was giving Robbie a bottle and reading the newspaper; I was tap tapping away on my laptop. It all felt so familiar…

“B-5,” I said as I looked up at her over the top of the laptop.

The Missus looked up at me and gave me that “What the hell are you talking about” look that she gives me so often. Then it hit her.

“You’re weird.”

Yeah, I know.

What a Day for Football

November 12, 2006 at 8:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Yesterday sure was a good day for college football fans. I missed a good chunk of the day since I had to spend most of it in Omaha at a referee clinic, but I caught the 4th quarter of the Husker game and the entirety of the K-State/Texas game. I predicted a Husker loss when the score was 21-10, and I was very nearly proven correct. Thanks to an impressive two-minute drill and with a little help from an unwise ATM defender, I was wrong. Lordy, I hope we don’t have to pull that sort of a stunt against the Blundering Buffs.

I could tell from the start that the K-State game was going to be interesting. I even called my father right after the first Texas touchdown. “Dad, you’ve got to turn on the K-State/Texas game. Colt McCoy is done for the day, and it looks like it’ll be a doozy.” I was right. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a classic college game. I’m not Kitty Cat fan, but it was nice to see somebody from the Big XII North pull an upset this season.

We may as well begin pondering next week’s big matchup. Who ya gonna pick? Ohio State or Michigan? I think I’ll be a Wolverine for the day.

Kicked out of the office

November 10, 2006 at 6:45pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Now here’s a problem I’ve never had before: I have too many vacation days at work, and I’m being encouraged to get out of the office before I lose some of the days at the end of the year. It’s a nice problem to have.

It looks like I have 8 days to use before next year. What should I use them on? I already (kiddingly) asked if I could take vacation and work at the same time, earning double pay, but that idea was shot down. I will probably take off the three days of Thanksgiving week (Thursday and Friday are covered). That leaves five more days. Take off a whole week? Take off Fridays through the end of the year?

And then there’s the question of what I should do on those days. I always have web work to do. There’s lots of work to be done in and around the house. I could be a bell ringer. Any other ideas?

Robert the Pianist

November 7, 2006 at 1:35pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I shot this video on Sunday:

A Little Work, A Big Audience

November 7, 2006 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I have been doing some freelance web development work over the past month, and I’m preparing to do even more over the winter during the soccer off-season. One of the projects I helped with just went live. I didn’t do all that much work on the project, relatively speaking, but I’m excited anyway. Why? Because the site will probably be seen by a few hundred thousand visitors every month.

The site in question is Power Line Blog’s Power Line News. Like I said, my contributions were pretty small—I chipped in about five hours worth of work—but I’m proud to have helped the lead developer solve a few fairly big problems in that time. For example, I helped set up the system that fetches RSS feeds from other sites, and then automatically creates discussion forum threads based on the individual posts in those feeds. I don’t know who came up with the idea to do that (the lead developer? the client?) but it’s a cool idea that was fun to implement.

I have really enjoyed the freelance work I have done so far, and I’m really looking forward to a huge upcoming project for a guy in San Francisco. I don’t know where this road is taking me, but I’m sure enjoying the ride.

Watchless Sunday

November 6, 2006 at 6:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I have been addicted to my watch ever since I first started regularly wearing one as a kid. I’m not run by the clock by any means—I’m notoriously inconsistent when it comes to getting places on time—but I feel naked without a watch on my wrist. I don’t realize just how often I look at my wrist until there’s nothing there.

So spending much of yesterday without a watch felt very strange indeed, but in a good way. Yesterday was a half work, half rest day. During the working hours it felt great to be driven not by a schedule, but by task-oriented goals. During the resting moments it was a relief to avoid constant “Only X more minutes…” reminders. Every time I looked at my wrist I saw only the long scar I got back in 9th grade when my friend Craig sliced me open with a mechanical pencil.

I definitely couldn’t get along without a watch most days. But perhaps I should make watchless weekends a regular occurrence. That might make for a nice change of pace.

Halloween Photos

November 1, 2006 at 2:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Just a quick post to toss up some photos from last night:

Robbie in his pea outfit

Robbie in his pea outfit

Ain't no dinosaur gonna scare me!

Light Fright Night

November 1, 2006 at 2:40am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It was another light Halloween crowd at 625 Elm Street this year. I counted eight doorbell rings, totaling about, oh, twenty or so kids. I don’t get it; there are lots of kids in our neighborhood. Where the heck are they? Does everybody go to parties and organized trick-or-treating events these days, rather than doing the door-to-door thing?

Oh well, I’m not complaining. The Missus bought some pretty good candy this year, so I guess we’ll just have to take care of it before it goes bad. What a shame.

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