I'm sad to see it go. I will miss this... time. Goodbye, time. It was good to see you while you were here, but now, *sigh*.
What did I do during this era, you ask? Good question. VERY GOOD QUESTION!!! I'm glad you asked it. I like that about you, with the questions, and the asking, and the being all sharp like that.
Oh, wait. You wanted me to answer the question!
As my son Tommy would say, "That's a good idea!"
As always, my favorite... I'll build this list in reverse chronological order, because that's the way it's stuffed into my brain, and that's the best way to get it all back out. So...
Lately, I did the following things/items/deeds/crimes/people:
- Wrote this LJ post.
- Created several "Collections" to organize my Flickr photo sets (which were becoming too numerous to manage or browse or think about or look at without suffering psychological harm): http://www.flickr.com/photos/zhmort/collections/
- Uploaded my backlog of photos from various events the past 9 months to Flickr. (I had already uploaded some during that time, but quite a few were still unprocessed and unuploaded and unbeholden for one reason or another, if by "for one reason or another" you mean "because I am lazy or tired or a Dad".
- Took a mini-vacation-within-my-leave-of-absence thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law who came to visit with her mother and promptly took over most of my part of the preschooler- and baby-wrangling for a couple of days.
- Watched all 3 seasons of Lost (the first 2 on DVD using my snazzy new Blockbuster Online membership (sorry Netflix... I loved you, but this returning in store for a complimentary movie AND sending the next one on my queue simultaneously just can't be beaten) and the most recent one via iTunes because I couldn't bear to wait 4-6 months). I really tried to hold off on Lost until it was all over and could be viewed in its entirety on DVD. I held out 3 seasons! Then I, uh, lost. (Ouch.) Great show!
- Gave notice to my Leave of Absence. In this case, that means pretending to tell someone that I will have to quit being on leave, and instead go back to work. All good things must eventually lead to going back to work, dammit!
- Watched most of the first season of Six Feet Under with Mary.
- Changed the baby. Burped the baby. Swaddled the baby. Shushed the baby. Held the baby. Let the baby sleep on me. Baby, baby, baby.
- Went to many parks with Tommy. Went hiking with Tommy. Spent time with Tommy. Took Tommy to Kids Park and picked him up from Kids Park. Bonded with Tommy. (I love you, Tommy!)
- Started thinking about what it might be like to live in a place like Cary, NC instead of here. Talked about it a lot with our friends G and M who are seriously thinking about moving there. It's got a lot going for it. I don't know how likely it is we could end up there, but it's definitely the first time I've seriously thought about an alternative to Silicon Valley and found the idea nearly completely appealing. Sadly, proximity to friends and family would be its biggest problem, and that's a big deal. Hard to say what would happen there, but the thought has Mary and working on our lists of what we want in a Dream Home and a Dream Home Location, and also on 1.5 year and 5 year financial plan. (The 1.5 years is because that's when our current lease expires, and that would be the first/nearest opportunity to make any kind of change. We wouldn't want to move any faster, particularly given our current arrangement with my mother and sister and neice sharing a house with us.)
- Helped Mary while she had a baby. Rejoiced in the goodness of Annie.
- Took 6-week leave of absence from my job using California's generous Paid Family Leave Act, which turned into an 8 week leave due to the extra week of vacation I took at the beginning, and the 1-week delay from the date of birth prior to benefits kicking in. I've been with my current company 7+ years now, and had plenty of sick pay saved up which can be used to supplement what is paid by PFL. And I felt secure enough and the timing was right. So this has really been almost like a sabbatical. Not quite, but almost. Of course, it would have been even more sabbatical-like had there not been, oh, I don't know, all that stuff to do about the babybabybaby. But still, not going to work is not going to work. It's good for the soul, and my batteries are definitely recharged now for more reasons than because I got to spend such wonderful time with my family.
- Watched 3 seasons of Grey's Anatomy and House in about a 3-month period. Grey's Anatomy in particular became my favorite show. It's filled with beauty, tragedy, heroism, love, conflict, and growth. Also, hotness. I didn't think I would cope well with having my death-and-dying emotions triggered repeatedly (basing this on my decision after a couple of season to stop watching E.R. because it was just too hard to go through), but this is different. The heroism and the love make up for the death and dying. And maybe I'm just more ready to deal with my emotions about death and dying these days. I don't know. I love it, even though it predictably makes me cry once or twice every episode (more easily so if I've had any booze, of course :-).
- Got hooked back into my friend thenisaid 's life by getting her hooked up with our private IRC server. Very happy about that, and so are my other IRC friends who universally find her to be a breath of fresh air.
- [ Some other stuff happened in here, but I'm getting tired now, and I think I'll write about some of it later by linking to some of the photo sets I've uploaded during this Era. But one more thing to mention... ]
- Moved from our house in San Jose to a new rental house in Santa Clara. This was in December. We weren't expecting to have to move. It sucked. But we're certainly much happier in the new house, despite the incremental cost and hassle of moving. We prefer this area, for one thing. There were a few nicer things about the old house, but (to me, anyway) there are even more nicer things about the new house. We're not looking forward to moving again any time soon, which is why we jumped at the chance to take a 2-year lease here. It would be so nice if next were the last time. I can always dream, can't I?