Catching Up

Okay, so it’s been almost a month, where have I been?

1. Enjoying the summer. Neighborhood barbeques, going to Eastern Washington, playing with the kids in the yard and going to the park. My Saturdays and Sundays are much busier than they were a couple of years ago. The kids are doing great, learning new words all the time. They love to talk on the phone and it’s fun to call home from work and talk to them. We are now working on the jealousy and discipline stuff, and that’s hard, but hopefully this phase will pass quickly. Timeouts are getting common again, but less for safety issues, and more for trouble caused.

2. Working. I’ve been pretty busy at work, with 3 different projects for 3 different clients going live in the last three weeks. It seems like it all came together in the last 8 days, and we’ve been driving pretty hard for that, and I’ve even been… gasp… working from home at night and on the weekends. That should wrap up after this weekend though and get back to normal.

3. Writing. I’ve been writing consistently (almost every day) since I bought my new laptop, and it’s going very well. Hopefully I’ll have something to show for all the effort by the end of the year, but if not, at least it’s gotten my creative juices flowing again. It does make it harder to sleep when my mind is on all the time, but I’m getting use to it.

I’ve slowed down on my movie watching and reading a bit lately since my spare time has been more spoken for, for here’s a summary of what I have read or watched since the last update.

Book: The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldemann. Ehhh. It was okay, but not thrilling

Book: The Dead Zone by Stephen King. Pretty Good. Made me want to go out and NetFlix the TV series based on the book. We watched the first three episodes. If I was ever stuck on bed rest for a few months, I get more episodes sometime in the second month, but I’m not going to spend my valuable time watching borderline TV right now.

Book: The Wastelands by Stephen King (Book 3 of the Dark Tower Series). I really like this series. King has done a wonderful job with the main characters, and I’m already into book 4 (Wizard and Glass).

Movie: Inside Man – how can good actors just thud so badly? Bad writing.

Movie: Zodiac – Mildly Scary, but good movie, especially if you weren’t around in the early 70s to know much about the Zodiac Killer in California.

Movie: 21 – College Kids from MIT try to break Vegas. Could have been better.

Movie: Collateral – This was on Lisa’s to-watch list for a couple of years and it finally arrived. Not a horrible flick. A Saturday night, just kick back and root for the good guy movie

Movie: The Bucket List – We saw this 2 days before Morgan Freeman’s big car wreck. It was a good watch with some funny lines.

Movie: Death at a Funeral – Some funny moments, but not a brilliant movie like ‘Hott Fuzz’

Anyway, that’s been the last month or so. I’ll try to write more often in the future. As the weather gets bad, it gets easier to find the time, but with the good weather, we’re outside as much as we can be.

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