We’ve been in the same appartment complex for the past 4 years, and the neighbors keep getting crazier and crazier. We’re moving to a house next month and we can’t wait. The dogs and kid will have a yard, and I can get back to my eco projects once again.
August 14, 2014
April 22, 2014
So many things have happened over the past year, I’ll see what I can remember.
We moved from our three bedroom apartment to the two bedroom…right next door, Felix is now a biiig boy and weighs about 90 pounds (puppy on the left in the Halloween picture below), Nickey cut her hair short and then decided to grow it out again, I went to Brazil last October for BGS again, my company took everyone to the Dominican Republic, Hayden has been home schooled (unschooled) since the beginning of the year, Seahawks won the Super Bowl!, we bought a brand new 2014 Ford Explorer, bought a boat finally, I’m moving to a new department and getting a bigger team at work, Hayden and I have been fishing more in the past 12 months and the whole family (dogs and all) went camping a few weekends ago, and Nickey and Hayden are going to see Grandma in New Zealand next month for three weeks. While they are in New Zealand Felix is going to be off to puppy university to learn a few things and hopefully come out at the end as a therapy dog.
I know there’s so much more, but that’s all off the top of my head. At least it’s a post….
Just realized that I had a “Coming soon” page up for who knows how long that was hiding all of this highly valuable information. Now it’s open to the world once again.
February 25, 2013
So what’s new…..
We moved a month ago – to the apartment right next door. Why? Because we only drop from a three bedroom to a two bedroom, which since we started purging extraneous junk we found we don’t really need anymore, which saves us $600 a month. Seems like an easy decision. We bought all new furniture after we moved so it’s almost like a whole new life. The dogs have less space but they don’t seem to mind.
Hayden has been doing really well this year in school and we’re seeing a marked improvement in his grades as well as information retention. Because he’s been doing so well we finally broke down and got him XBox Live last weekened. We haven’t seen much of him this weekend…unless he needs food.
Nickey has her hands full with three dogs, a kid, me, a whole apartment to manage, taking Hayden to Jujitsu, puppy training class for Felix, and now she’s training to run a marathon. She does a great job, but sometimes I have no idea how she does it. She gets up at 6am usually so by the time my day is really starting to kick into gear (6-8pm) she’s about to fall asleep. Our anniversary is on March 4th which will make eight years. Unbelievable. I’ve never liked anyone enough to hang around them for that long so that’s gotta tell you something.
Me, I’m still growing out my winter coat and trying to figure out this manager thing. Don’t let the picture fool you, I’m not homeless:
October 31, 2012
Maybe Nickey will get one with Hayden in there as well, but for now here’s our three puppies dressed up in their Halloween costumes.
October 7, 2012
Since someone recently prodded me to update my blog in an unpublished comment (sorry), and I have a moment, I thought I would.
In the past 2+ years I’ve been fortunate enough to travel, literally, around the world for my job. The only part that stinks about it is that I have to leave my family behind for extended periods of time. We try to fix that as much as we can with daily calls and emails tho. So far I’ve been to Frankfurt, Singapore (2x), Phillipines, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and now Brazil. Funny to think that 3 years ago I had never been outside of the country.
Anyway, the family is doing well and I’ll have to post a picture of our new puppy, Felix, who we first fostered first from Angel City Pit Bulls and are now about to finalize the adoption.
Hopefully another update to come soon, but I am supposed to be working while I’m here 😉
September 3, 2011
What makes a man? There are the obvious choices – money, possessions, power. Not for me – I love my wife, my son, my dog, and my job; and in that order. If I were to lose any of those four things my life would be drastically impacted. Unfortunately my job seems to take up most of my waking hours, which is unfair to the other three. Thank goodness for having such a forgiving family, but it pains me that they have to be in such a situation. I am now in the transition to becoming a manager, and I still have my previous systems admin responsibilities on top of that, so I’m afraid of what will come from all of that. In the past two weeks I’ve worked until at least 5am 4 days, and at least until 2am the rest.
I am currently on vacation for just shy of a week. Since I’ve started on my vacation I’ve been checking and responding to work email, and took the family to work today for our bi-weekly “show-n-tell” where everything current in the company is showcased. I did that because I knew Hayden would like to go (he is so proud of anything to do with me and Riot Games), but is it a sickness, dedication, or an addiction? I’m pretty certain it’s at least a combination of two, if not all three of those.
In addition to work, we also went to Paradise Cove beach in Malibu today, then to Hayden’s jujitsu class. Tomorrow we are going to Knott’s Berry Farm and then to a Judo competition for Hayden on Sunday in the OC. Not sure what the rest of my vacation will bring, but I’m hoping to do some stuff with my new solar panel and planter box (post coming soon on ecoexist), as well as maybe make it to the Getty and/or the beach again.
June 6, 2011
I am less than exemplary at keeping this blog up-to-date, and it seems to be noticed from time to time. So here’s an attempt at an update that will hopefully keep people happy for at least a little while.
I love my wife and son – they are the two best things to have ever happened to me. A close third would be our dog Zoe. My wife takes better care of me and my son than anyone has ever done, and way better than I ever expected anyone to. She’s borderline Stepford wife at times – but in a good way. And Hayden is awesome. He is constantly teaching me new things and, occasionally, a teaches me to have a heightened sense of patience. He’s 8 and all he talks about is Halo, other video games, the video game he’s designing, and guns. All of which are topics that are very near and dear to him, but way outside of the things I’m typically interested in. Sometimes I find myself not giving him the credit he deserves for his creativity and passion for his video games – both the creation of and the discussion of. I keep reminding myself that I need to appreciate him now, because in 5 or so years he won’t want to spend so much time with us.
I’m leaving for Singapore again on the 12th and will be coming back on the 19th. We’re going to do some on-site work to get things cleaned up and converted to a state that we can better support them, and for one of our new Operations Managers to get to know the Garena crew. I’m excited to go, especially to see the Garena guys again, but I’m not looking forward to the heat and humidity.
We recently went on a company cruise to Ensenada Mexico. It’s the first time I’ve been to Mexico, or on a cruise for that matter, and it was an interesting experience. Nickey and I went to the La Bufadora (a.k.a. the blow-hole) and ended up walking through my own personal hell – about an 1/8th of a mile of street vendors doing everything they can to get you to come into their shop. I ended up buying a straw cowboy hat and a small ukulele like guitar (it has 6 strings otherwise it would be a ukulele). We gorged ourselves on the boat and drank a little. I’d say the highlight of the cruise was the last night we went to a comedy show and saw one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. I really wish I could remember his name – I’ve tried to google for it but didn’t find him. That’s unfortunate. During the cruise there was a skeleton crew of people that stayed behind and moved the office from the old location in Culver City, to the new location in Santa Monica. It’s a lot bigger and has some cool perks, and is in a really nice place. So far it’s been good.
Since my last post I’ve been “promoted” to lead, and am in charge of my own group of minions. I think it’s been going well, at least much better than I expected, and I’ve even been approached to escalate my position again – but that’s still in the discussion phase. I have to say that I never really expected to be in any kind of lead/product owner/manager position, but it seems I’m heading in that direction. It’s a stray from my nice and safe systems administration functions, but sometimes we need to challenge ourselves and try out new things. That’s really the only reason I’ve agreed to the current discussion of my next proposed leadership role (proposed only, not definite). We’ll see where this goes.
Other than that, I’ve been working on some eco projects, as can be seen on my eco-blog, and I hope to be able to get my very own, and very first, full sized solar panel. Hopefully I can get it and have a place to put it….
January 10, 2011
Unfortunately on my last update I was in a rush to finish my meager post because I was almost out of wifi range at the airport. Now that I’m back home again I can take a little more time to fill in more details.
It has been a very busy past few months. In October I flew to Germany for a few days for Riot Games, in November I went to San Jose for the LISA conference, in December I went to Dallas to install some Home Exchange servers, and then this month (as I posted previously) I went on a trip to Singapore, Philippines, and Taipei for Riot. I’ve been told that there are going to be a lot more traveling opportunities in the near future, but we’ll see if that pans out or not.
Hayden has been doing a great job in school this year. They have a card system where if their card “gets turned” it changes color. It goes from green, to yellow, to red I believe. He has only had his card turned twice all year long. He does so much better when he has a stable and consistent school environment. He had a great Christmas, and I think he got everything he asked for – including a pair of Guinea Pigs named Cloe and Sage. Sage is very friendly and likes to explore a lot – he looks like one of the beavers from the Angry Beavers cartoon. Cloe is much more reserved and skittish, but she’s cute.
Zoe has been a very spoiled dog lately. She got a huge bed for Christmas which is really fluffy. She hardly ever gets off of it because she loves it so much. She’s been getting a lot of attention, has been going on car trips with us more often lately, and has been our hiking buddy too. For her it truly is a dogs life.
Nickey has been making a few friends lately, which she has really needed. The people in Los Angeles are so hard to get to commit to anything, so “friends” are very difficult to come by here when you didn’t grow up here. I got her an official sock monkey for Christmas which she has sort of turned into her mascot on her new blog site – http://penguinpaperie.blogspot.com/. I think she’s been very happy lately with life in general. Hayden has been doing well, Zoe’s happy, Loki is hopefully in a happier home (and isn’t causing us grief anymore), and she and I have been a lot closer lately. It’s a good life.
January 7, 2011
Just doing a quick update from the airport in Taipei while I wait to board the plane. Today ends a six day tour of Singapore, Manila, and Taipei.