Out on the town!

This week saw some rather momentous firsts. Our new nanny, Courtney, started this week, and after a few hours of guidance with Lisa, we took the training wheels off and Lisa went shopping! While she was out in the free world for the first time in nearly 7 months, she stopped off at my work, and we went out to lunch. Together. To a real restaurant . For real Thai food. Mmmmm, yumminy! What odd is that because we go for walks together most nights, and talk so frequently, that we didn’t really have that much new to talk about. We just enjoyed not having to wolf down our food, and didn’t have to worry about a constant demand for Baby Mum-Mums (little rice crackers that our kids just can’t get enough of.)

Yesterday, I got home from work fairly early, and we decided to go for a walk to this little Italian bistro a few blocks from here. We’d never been there before, but we had heard the rumor that they served Gelato there, and we were both up for that.

During the walk there, Lorelai fell asleep, and Reece was in a great mood, so we decided to grab a table on the patio of the restaurant and have dinner. It was the first dinner out with the kids. The food was excellent, and the Gelato was perfect. We forgot to bring Mum-Mums for the kids, but Reece did okay, just sitting there in the stroller. He lasted about 25 minutes before he got fussy, and then Lorelai woke up, and it was time to hit the road. Hopefully, we can do that again soon.

We’ve also started the kids on real human food, i.e. something besides baby food, oatmeal and ground up rice. Last night, they each got pieces of frozen Whole Wheat bagels, and we’re going to try potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes in the next few days as well. It seems like they are getting pretty bored with the current selection of pureed peas, apples, pears, green beans, squash, carrots, peaches and sweet potatoes, and often make a huge mess in retaliation for us feeding them rather evil mixtures of the above fruits an veggies. Peaches, pears and peas all start with ‘pea’, but that doesn’t mean they mix well.

The only down side to the week is the fact that I have been on call since Tuesday for work, and it’s been one of the worst weeks in a couple of years. We’ve lost out production database (twice), one of our production servers (twice) and had a rollout of a major application go really wrong. All these events would have been prevented with a little common sense over the past few years, but that would be a little too much to expect. From joelonsoftware.com, in a review of the book In Search of Stupidity by Richard Chapman, “… success in software is a matter of just not doing stupid things.“. We haven’t had much success lately, and now we know why.

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