September 24, 2009

The Silence

It's been a little quiet around here lately at My Name is Rob. In real life things have been anything but quiet. Nearly all my time at home has been occupied by our little bundle of joy, Will (now six weeks old).

Six weeks

On top of that I've been busier at work than I've ever been before. I am in the middle of seven projects at the moment (up from the usual two or three), one of which has completely monopolized my time for a month or so. The other six haven't gone away, they'll still be waiting for me when I finish this one. Needless to say, things have been pretty tense lately. It's no wonder Will has been able to post way more to his blog than I have to mine.

As I write, I am putting off packing for my weekend trip to Chicago for a software development conference. I really should get back to that.

Oh, and what's the deal with the damn soy aphids?

Muggy and buggy night

September 3, 2009

The Swing-a-majig

We were lucky enough not to be the first of our generation of friends and family to have a child. As a result, we've been fortunate enough to receive many hand-me-downs. Will loves his little hand-me-down bouncer.

Big shoes to fill

Melissa's sister was nice enough to give us (among other things) a nifty swing. There was a slight hiccup with the swing though, when I started to assemble it I realized the entire assembly was there except for the seat... which I could not find anywhere. I searched the house high and low. Finally, Melissa asked her sister if she happened to sill have the seat. Her sister couldn't find the seat.

Melissa started looking on Craigslist for swings. After a few days she noticed someone selling the exact same swing for a reasonable price, with the caveat that it didn't run on AC power (battery only). Well, since it was exactly the same swing this limitation didn't really matter because we could just take the seat off this one and attach it to the one we already had. We got the swing, swapped the seat, and Fig was good to go.


A day or two later we got a call from Melissa's sister... she found the seat. Oh well, now there's an extra. A day or two after that, a brand new swing (the exact same model) arrived at our house via UPS. My mom (who was well aware of our earlier dilemma) was kind enough to get the swing for us. In less than a week we went from zero functioning swings to three!

Well, I returned the new one, we're using the pieced together swing, and we have still enough spare parts to build an entire new swing, should the need arise. We are fortunate enough to have many wonderful people who care about us enough to help us out in these stressful times, and for that we are truly grateful.

September 1, 2009

The End of August

Big news

The big news, of course, was Fig's arrival on the 12th.

Who the devil are you?

In case you're interested, you can follow William's blog here, or his Twitter updates here.

Photo of the day

August 2009 photo of the day


Fun run

The second best news of the month is that my knee injury is finally all better and I'm running and cycling again.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January109.34 Mile1010.934 Mile
February55.83 Mile77.97571 Mile
March108.792 Mile1010.8792 Mile
April74.85 Mile89.35625 Mile
May64.5669 Mile97.1741 Mile
June7. Mile17. Mile
August16.3 Mile53.26 Mile
Total436.678 Mile508.73357 Mile

Sure, those five short runs aren't helping my yearly average (which was was hovering around 9 miles per run), but I've long since stopped caring. I'm just glad to be at it again.



August 2009

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Bianchi69. Mile164.3125 Mile
Pocket Rocket5.8 Mile22.9 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird201.14 Mile450.285 Mile
Total275.94 Mile2212.5427 Mile

January - August 2009

BikeDistance# RidesAvg per Ride
Bianchi463.9 Mile1024.54804 Mile
Big Red12.07 Mile43.0175 Mile
El Fuego54.42 Mile77.77429 Mile
Pocket Rocket206.97 Mile316.67645 Mile
Thundercougarfalconbird1458.2 Mile3541.6629 Mile
Total2195.56 Mile17912.2657 Mile


I had a good week of swimming, then completely stopped due to time constraints.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
January1.87452 Kilo Meter30.62484 Kilo Meter
February14.9504 Kilo Meter62.49174 Kilo Meter
March19.5224 Kilo Meter72.78892 Kilo Meter
April13.3502 Kilo Meter62.22504 Kilo Meter
May12.7806 Kilo Meter71.82579 Kilo Meter
June17.15 Kilo Meter82.14375 Kilo Meter
July15.55 Kilo Meter62.59167 Kilo Meter
August7.9 Kilo Meter32.63333 Kilo Meter
Total103.078 Kilo Meter462.24083 Kilo Meter



My boy loves to go on walks, so I've been more than happy to oblige.

MonthDistance# WorkoutsAvg per Workout
February3.75 Mile21.875 Mile
April8.51 Mile42.1275 Mile
May6.7 Mile41.675 Mile
June11. Mile33.66667 Mile
July29.52 Mile102.952 Mile
August35.02 Mile142.50143 Mile
Total94.5 Mile372.55405 Mile