Monthly Archives: September 2011

Flu shot

I got my annual flu shot today. As usual, I should have the flu next week.

Date night

We finally went to dinner at Cascina Spinasse, a restaurant everyone keeps telling us to try. Our usual date night is Tuesday, when they’re closed and in March we tried going for Gay’s birthday but missed our reservation. After waiting so long, it was disappointing. They make their own pasta, but the pasta wasn’t especially good. The menu is in Italian with English translations but even those are somewhat indecipherable. The bar is limited, just one bourbon, one gin, etc. and only wine, not even an Italian beer. The rabbit meatballs were excellent, though.

Dinner at Cascina Spinasse

Rare Apple Bad UI

Should I set my alert for 324 hours before or 18,735 minutes before? I can’t decide.

Finished the garage handrail

It took me a week, but I finally finished the garage handrail. While waiting for one piece to be welded by Ballard Sheet Metal, I finished the last bit of perforated aluminum sheeting on the walls and added some trim in the corners to finish it off.

Garage Handrail Part 1

On to the next project…



Eva is 9 months old

Eva is 9 months old now. She has 4 teeth, can give kisses if you put your face close to hers, gives high-fives, will clap her hands and just started waving good-bye. She may be left-handed, at least she favors her left hand when eating. She scooches around on the floor and can do it quickly, and is starting to realize that she should get up on her knees to go even faster.

Eva at 8 months, 7 months6 months5 months4 months3 months2 months and 1 month.


Recycling Paper is bad for trees

People seem to think it’s a given that if you recycle paper, we will have more trees on the planet. The opposite is true: recycling paper reduces the number of trees on the planet.

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Vision test

I’ve noticed that I need to hold things farther away from my eyes when reading, so knew I’d need reading glasses soon. We went to our friendly neighborhood Costco for a vision test this afternoon and I got a prescription for reading glasses, picked out some frames and for just $117, should have my glasses next week.

I learned that I have astigmatism, but otherwise, my eyes are healthy and I don’t have a need for full-time glasses yet.


Havana’s 1st day at preschool

Havana’s first day at Parkside was today. Gay and I went to parent orientation last Thursday evening to learn all the ins and outs of the school. She went to Parkside for a couple weeks of summer camp in August.


Laurelhurst Beach Club

Our friends, Steve & Renuka, live in Laurelhurst and invited us to the beach club there on Lake Washington. I assumed that it was just a beach, but you can actually go in the water. In fact, they have lifeguards, a floating diving platform and diving boards out on a dock! The place was packed with families. I had no idea such a place existed in Seattle!


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Lawn Mower from Home Depot

The neighbor kid who was mowing our lawn hurt his foot while training for long-distance running, so had to stop mowing the lawn. I don’t mind, I like mowing the lawn so it was an excuse for me to get a new lawn mower. I ordered one from because they had free shipping for it and said it’d be here in 3-5 days. It ended up taking 10 days to get here and when it did, it was broken. The bolt that holds the handle was bent, preventing it from being tightened.

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