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Apr. 17th, 2006 05:02 pm
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(Yes, I've seen http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html and http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/)
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Many of you know already, but for those who don't....

Rob and I are expecting a youngling of the female variety in August. There! Now you all know.

Back to your regularly scheduled lj.
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Jan 12th:

1838 - In order to avoid prosecution under laws banning polygamy, Joseph Smith, Jr. and his followers leave Ohio for Missouri.
1915 - United States House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women the right to vote.
1971 - All in the Family debuts on CBS.
1991 - Persian Gulf War: An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.

1876 - Jack London, American author (d. 1916)
1951 - Kirstie Alley, American actress
1951 - Rush Limbaugh, American radio personality
1954 - Howard Stern, American radio host
1966 - Rob Zombie, American musician, artist, and writer

1976 - Agatha Christie, English writer (b. 1890)
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When I want to have a *short* conversation with my mother, I should remember to call her while standing on a ladder and painting a wall. Kept the conversation down to 10 minutes or so, as she was afraid I was going to fall off the ladder. :)

Paint paint paint... I'm finally making progess on the living room. Taking a break for food right now, since I reached a stopping point. Then I shall paint some more! No bab5 for me tonight, as such productive moods need to be taken advantage of...
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Rob and I are thinking of going to get fondue tonight, to celebrate anniversary #1 (1st date & handfasting). What's good? Rob's been to one on Van Ness... We'd also like to hear what lj-land has to say about restaurants for the wedding anniversary on the 29th. Nice but not absurdly expensive. Figuring we should branch out from our usual neighborhood standby, Firefly.

Suggestions welcome. Thanks!

Edit: We're hoping for restaurant recs *in* San Francisco. We may go try La Fondue one of these days, but it looks like we'll be visiting Matterhorn tonight. Thanks for the suggestions so far. :)

gmail chat

Feb. 28th, 2006 05:31 pm
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I keep getting little chat windows popping up, not noticing them for a while (because I'm away from the computer or looking at a different window), replying eventually, and then getting the "so&so did not get your chat" message. I've never used chat, so how does the etiquitte of this work? Is it understood that you might not see their chat in time, or do people assume that you're blowing them off? I think I've managed to actually talk to someone once, out of perhaps 6 or 7... Meh.
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Yup, I skipped all three parties I was considering attending tonight. I didn't want to move the car and then need to find parking in this neighborhood late on a Sat night, and the transit options did not seem appealing. Eh, there are worse things than spending an evening curled up with a book.

Sick boy

Jan. 31st, 2006 03:39 pm
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Looks like he might have the flu, poor dear. I'm about to go off and get ginger ale and stuff along those lines. He's feeling pretty miserable about now. :(
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As of this afternoon we have DSL again!

That is all.


Jan. 21st, 2006 03:35 pm
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We're in the process of switching ISPs, which means that everything is FUBARed and we've only got dialup at the moment. If you want to get in touch with me, or there's something I ought to be aware of, give me a call...
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Quite a bumpy flight, but we made it. There was a woman in the row behind us who kept saying things like, "Oh my God..." I don't think she was helped much when the captain told the flight attendants to prepare for landing, but stay in their seats, leading one of them to come on the PA and tell us to put our seatbacks up, etc. Oh, and in the event of an emergency landing, don't try to take any carry-on items with you when leaving the plane...

The new years party was good, though smaller than in previous years. Apparently, the "badger the invitees to send RSVPs" step was skipped this year, plus it was held in a somewhat more remote location. Good to see people (including [livejournal.com profile] sbtorpey, [livejournal.com profile] shabet, [livejournal.com profile] anemone, [livejournal.com profile] fanlain, [livejournal.com profile] hukuma, [livejournal.com profile] oddthink and [livejournal.com profile] surpheon, among others). Not much sleep, but that's to be expected.

I had a pretty good year in 2005, though I've been hesitant to express that. The VAST majority of entries on the subject that I've seen on here have been overwhelmingly negative. I hope all of you have a better year this year than the last.
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Seems that many people on my friends list are either pretty ill (some alarmingly so) or dealing with serious illness in their families. Please take care of yourselves!

In other news, our trip is going fine. We're back at my parents' place at the moment, leaving for Rob's dad's place in an hour or two. Took mom out for an early birthday last night, which was good. Saw my aunt's new apt a little bit ago.

A few more days down in Moorestown, then to the New Years party at the shore, then flying back to SFO on Jan 1...
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Xmas #2 went reasonably well. Present rituals were performed, meals consumed, stories told. I temporarily rescued the step-mother-in-law from a recounting of her driving mishaps by telling the story of the famous pie (which many of you are familiar with). Everyone wants to know about the new place. No big conflicts or dramas. We don't have all that much in common with them, but we all avoid the politics and religion discussions for the most part, and coexist reasonably peacefully.

Tomorrow we're going back up to my parents' place for a day or so. The plan is for us "kids" to take my mom out for her birthday, as her 60th (shhhhh, don't tell anyone) is on Jan 11th. She's apparently picked some seafood place in NYC to go to and the reservations have been made.
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A pleasant, if hectic and crowded, xmas eve with my family. First the mad preparation, then the influx of waves of relatives and family friends (16 of us total, so not *that* huge), then several phases of far too much good food, presents, then dessert. Of course the fact that the sit-down dinner for 16 people took place in my parents' not-that-big 2 bedroom apartment contributed to the sense of chaos. Once the guests left, we cleaned up and then Mom, Dad, Ted, Ali, Rob and I sat down to open our presents to each other. We made my dad wait two minutes to open the first present so that'd be xmas.

On to xmas #2 in 9 hours or so. Rob's dad is going to pick us up and bring us the 1.5 - 2 hours to their place. It'll be much more laid back, and there's a whole present ritual. Large house and only Rob's dad, stepmom, stepbrother + wife, stepsister + fiancee, me and Rob.

Tired Krys. We're getting picked up in 8.5 hours or so (he gave us a 1/2 hour time-window). Sleep sounds like a good idea, but I don't know if I'd be able to get to sleep this early. Meh.
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Yup, made it to NJ today via the expedient of paying more money for the train. We did go through Penn Station in Manhattan, just didn't have to get off and deal with any irate commuters. Seeing as how we were going through there close to rush hour, I was not unhappy about this.

So the train continued on to Penn Station in *Newark* where we were greeted by chaos and traffic snarls, as it seemed that half the world was waiting to pick someone up from the station. My parents were trapped somewhere a couple of blocks back in the pack, but we were eventually united and loaded into the car. Off to dinner, which was not very good, as the restaurant my parents wanted to go to couldn't be found and we ended up picking semi-randomly.

Then back here, where we were enlisted to do reams and reams of data entry for my parents (yeah, it really needs to be done and they're not computer-competent enough to do it). After some chatting we set to it and they went off to sleep. Data entry's not really high on my list of "things I'd love to do over the holidays," but we've made a start on it, though it's barely a dent in the pile.

Got some knitting done on the train. I think that's been the highlight of the day so far. Oh and the nice, hot shower I just took. I think I'm going to become more horizontal and do a bit more knitting...
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The primary reason to go to Boston this year was to see my HS friend Laura and her new youngster, Isabella. Otherwise we might've skipped Boston this year. Unfortunately, Isabella, Laura and her husband Erik have all been felled by a "disgusting stomach virus" in the last few days, so I shan't be seeing them. Rob had made seperate plans for lunch today with a friend of his, who called this morning to say that *she's* home sick today. Hopefully the dinner plans with Rob's college friends won't be thwarted by an outbreak of plague.

Tomorrow we'll be taking some sort of transit down to get to my parents' place. The usual plan is to take a bus down to the Port Autority in NYC and have a parent pick us up. Usually the drive from their place is something like 20 minutes, but the transit strike in NYC is causing us to reconsider our plans. Looking into taking a train directly from Boston to somewhere in NJ, or perhaps ferry across the river.... Meh. We'll get there somehow.
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We were about to leave for the airport, but I just checked and our flight is delayed by at least 40 minutes. Soon though. Flying into Boston first for a whirlwind day of visiting with HS and college friends. Sort of possible we might make it to the Monday club over there, but unlikely, I think. Then on to the mad NJ family visitations. It's really the visit scheduling that can be mad, the families less so than many. Looks like we'll be in northern Jersey 12/21-25, central Jersey 12/25-27, northern 12/27-28, central 12/28-1/1. Just in case anyone wants to coordinate. I've been really bad about planning with non-family types after the Boston portion. :( Rob and I will both have our cells with us, so they're good for coordination, though we don't want to run over on our minutes again.

Must put a few more things in luggage, and close it up. Hopefully the house doesn't fall apart in our absence...
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We flew back from Vancouver yesterday, and a week from today we leave again for the mad east coast holidays trip. Vancouver was nice as usual, and it was good to see some of the people I know up there. Sorry to've missed seeing [livejournal.com profile] phyxius, but I completely understand the woke-up-at-7am-for-a-final thing. The club wasn't all that exciting, anyway. Worse music than previous years, more amusing stuff on the tv screens, lower creep-factor, more people I knew (or had met a few times at least). Went skiing one day up at Whistler. Better conditions than last year, though last year was so bad that that's not difficult to accomplish. Pretty icy, with a bunch of rocks and exposed patches.

So very much to get done here before we run off again. We're so not unpacked or organized here. We've done enough to make the place marginally functional, but there are huge numbers of obstacles sitting everywhere. Meh. We really need to figure out how we're going to organize the closets/storage spaces upstairs, so that we can put stuff away. And then there's all of the xmas gift stuff for the family members. Both getting stuff for them, and figuring out what they should get us, which is the harder part. Must be very specific with directions to them, or we'll end up with much wrongness.

Okay, enough procrastinating. Going to get things done, really I am...
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We want to switch away from SBC/PacBell for our DSL service and we're trying to figure out what to replace it with. Right now Rob's debating between Sonic.net and DSL Extreme. Anyone have good/bad experiences with either of them, or with some other company? We just want a standard dynamic IP (1.5-3.0 mbps), for a reasonable price. Ideas?
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Very skewed towards major cities )