Are we ready for the next snowday?

20 12 2008

Snow Day!

We’ve just finished our first solid week of freezing temperatures in Seattle. Given that it’s very rarely below freezing around here, this is extremely unusual. What’s more unusual is we’ve been getting a lot of snow. Our first snow was last weekend, then it snowed on Thursday (just a couple of inches here in the University District, but our friends on the other side of Lake Washington had between 6 and 11 inches), and as I write this, everything outside has disappeared underneath our most serious snow to date (and one of the biggest snowfalls I’ve seen in my 12 years here). Even the nighttime seems to have vanished with the snowfall; there’s this eerie orange glow everywhere from the reflected streetlights.

So far, Alex hasn’t really enjoyed the snow. I blame that on bad clothing. You can see him here for Thursday’s snow in just sneakers and regular pants. He was complaining of the cold after about 10 minutes. On Friday, Molly managed to get to REI to get snow pants and snow boots for Alex. Hopefully he’ll learn to like playing in the snow, because it looks like we’re going to have a lot on the ground in the morning.

My 10 Best Pictures of 2008

17 12 2008

I’ve been going through my photos of the past year to figure out which ones to print, and in the process I arbitrarily picked the 10 pictures I like the best. Here they are.

iPhone Wallpaper Update

16 12 2008

I haven’t added any iPhone wallpapers to my collection. However, I just downloaded the new Windows Live software and I’m impressed at how nicely they can show photo albums in blogs. I just had to show off.

You can get the new Windows Live software at (I use Windows Live Writer to author this blog since its inception.)

New home for my iPhone Wallpaper collection

12 12 2008

I’ve moved my iPhone wallpaper collection here.

One change from older versions is I got rid of the annoying copyright notices at the bottom of the message.

A couple of things to note. First, if you want to grab all the pictures, Windows Live lets you download everything in the set as a single ZIP file. That’s under the more menu. Second, if you use an RSS reader, you can subscribe to the RSS feed when new pictures get uploaded.

Patrick’s first real food

1 12 2008

In honor of Thanksgiving, Patrick ate his first “real” food on Friday. While everyone else ate turkey leftovers, Patrick munched on sweet potatoes from a jar. He didn’t seem to like them that much, although that may be because we forgot to heat them up. (Alex eats everything, no matter what the temperature, so I think that’s why we forgot this step.)

The original plan was to feed Patrick some of the sweet potatoes from our Thanksgiving meal, but we forgot to set some aside before they got covered in butter, sugar, and spices. Even I, normally not a sweet potato person, thought Molly did a great job with them this year. And surely Patrick would have loved them. Too bad we have to introduce one food at a time.

Patrick's First Food