Monthly Archives: April 2010

Happy Birthday, Havana!

Havana turned 3 today. Tomorrow is her party.

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While running this morning with my iPod on random, this song came on and I couldn’t help but think of Havana on her birthday:

What a beautiful face
I have found in this place
That is circling all ’round the sun

What a beautiful dream
That could flash on the screen
In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
Soft and sweet
Let me hold it close and keep it here with me

And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly
From the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see

As an adult, it’s easy to forget how short life is and how you don’t even know how much time you have. Kids haven’t yet learned to think about time, the past or the future so they enjoy now. I hope both our kids never lose that.

Havana, I hope you’re as happy and have as much fun at 30 as you do at 3.

The National's High Violet

The New York Times has an article about the making of The National‘s new album and they’re streaming the entire album today through Tuesday. The single, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”, is available free for download too. I’ve been waiting almost 3 years, since their brilliant album “Boxer”, for their next album. Just 18 more days to wait.

Eric is off again

We met Steve & Renuka and Eric at the tiny “How To Cook A Wolf”:http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/howtocookawolf/ in Queen Anne for dinner and to see Eric before he left for Burma/Myanmar. Good food and a nice night out.

Preschool auction

Havana’s preschool had their annual fund-raiser auction tonight. Megan & Jon agreed to be our guests and Gay volunteered her and I to work the auction. Gay was a cashier and I helped clear the tables after each silent auction ended, which allowed me more time to mingle with Jon and Megan.

I won the auction for the very stuff we donated: a box of big beers, 2 beer glasses and a beer book. That really means that we paid for it twice, but it’s for a good cause, and I really like the glasses. I also bid on a trip to Walla Walla, Washington’s wine country and Gay’s college town, for a couple nights at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and a weekend of wine-tasting. I won that too. I’m travelled-out for a while but now we have to schedule a trip to Walla Walla.

iPad

We went to the University Village Apple store this morning to get our iPads. We got to the store after 11am, 2 hours after it opened, and there was a long line to get in. Oh no, I thought. But that was the line for people who didn’t reserve one. We did reserve ours so we got right in. Ha ha. They assigned a guy to us who made sure we understood the iPad and offered to sell us any accessories. How nice of him.

We got out 15 minutes later and went next door for lunch thinking we could play with the iPads. They require connecting them to iTunes before you can use them so we just had lunch and went home. It took an hour and 15 minutes to sync it before I could use it.

It’s pretty amazing. The big screen makes all the difference! Reading web sites has never been as good, it’s finally like having an electronic book/magazine. And I’m typing this on it with the WordPress app for the iPad.

Updated April 5: After using it for 2 days, here’s my short review…

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