30 January 2009

Home improvement update: fascia and soffit

We have had a few delays due to weather. And despite Austin Energy cutting the power for several hours to trim trees next door, Neil's crew was able to finish replacing the fascia and soffit that had rotted behind the old aluminum siding. It looks spiffy now. Next week the entire house will be reroofed.

Direct link to YouTube video.

27 January 2009

24 January 2009

Strolling through New Orleans, November 2008

Throwing the ball (at 9 months)

This is my first attempt at doing a movie in iMovie. Note the nifty title at the beginning. As you can tell from the title, this is BabyBoy's first time playing catch with me at 9 months. Not to brag or anything, but I think that this was advanced for a 9 month old.

Hope you enjoyed that. I'm new to this iMovie thing, so expect more, and better, and mo' better stuff later. I have a lot of video to sort through!

23 January 2009


"It's very cold outside. We must bundle up!"

"I don't care if it is 40 degrees. I don't want to wear the sweater and the jacket."

"Smile, Mama!"

Ew! I think that's a typo!

From babycenter.com.

20 January 2009

Patriotic butterfly wings

At 11th and Lavaca near the state capitol, I saw this guy riding a bike and wearing patriotic butterfly wings. I took this from my mobile phone from the car. I love Austin, Texas.

15 January 2009

Today is a new day!

Yesterday, I was laid off from my job at Phurnace Software. It was a short but good run at that startup company. It was a bummer to be laid off for a second time in less than a year. I guess that is the economy these days.

But today, I have a renewed sense of hope that something good is on the horizon. I worked on my resume last night, and I'm ready to hit the pavement running. Thanks for the nice thoughts and wishes friends and family have already sent me via email, phone, and Facebook.

12 January 2009

Home improvement update: framing

We have been having many delays on our project. The foundation took much longer than we expected. Last week, after much anticipation, the lumber was finally delivered to our house.

And then on Friday, the framing began.

I think the cat ate the cake

Last night, I left the cake uncovered after dinner while I was getting BabyBoy bathed and ready for bed. I went back to the kitchen to finish cleaning up and found this. Uh-oh. (Or as BabyBoy would say, "uh-uh".)

11 January 2009

BabyBoy's First Birthday Part 2

Saturday, we had a few family and friends over to celebrate BabyBoy's birthday. This was the real party. He got some cool toys he really enjoys, like the Sesame Street T.V. remote, a pull-along puppy dog, and a drum and percussion set. He also got some clothes. I think he was oblivious to the clothes as usual.

This morning, even though it was a bit chilly, we went outside on our driveway and pulled the puppy along. And this afternoon, there was much drumming going on.

08 January 2009

BabyBoy's First Birthday

We went to Hey Cupcake! after we picked up BabyBoy from school and each got a cupcake to celebrate his first birthday.

06 January 2009

BabyBoy has a new pair of shoes

Last weekend we went to a specialty children's shoe store and bought a new pair for BabyBoy that actually fit his narrow fit. These are Tsukihoshi brand and are narrower than most of the baby shoes you find. I was so proud of BabyBoy when yesterday morning he actually handed me his shoes to put on, instead of the usual daily protest. And he kept them on all day long.

03 January 2009

Trekkie in training

Star Trek shirt was a Christmas present from J. He was very squirmy (as always), so in case you can't read it, it says, "Resistance is futile" which every Trekkie should know.

02 January 2009

Updated Xmas 2008 photos

I updated the Christmas 2008 slideshow with some of my mom's photos: Christmas 2008. It includes this photo, which I call, "I AM the camera!"