First 10 Songs

Instructions: Go into your media player of choice (iTunes, Songbird, Winamp, etc.), arrange all your songs alphabetically, then list the first 10 that show up. And be honest.

  1. A&E – Goldfrapp
  2. A). Shepherds of the Northern Pasture – Joy Electric
  3. Able to Love – Benny Benassi & The Biz
  4. Acquiesce – Stavesacre
  5. Adagio & Transfiguration – Final Fantasy Movie
  6. Adagio for Strings – DJ Tiësto
  7. Agnus Dei / Worthy – Third Day
  8. Alive – Daft Punk
  9. Alive – Drain S.T.H.
  10. All Around Me – Flyleaf

Your turn.

New job & New skills

I started my new job last Monday and I’m really excited about the things I’m going to learn while here. It’s strange to ‘grow up’ in my IT skills at one location for 9 years and then end up in a place where things are pretty different. There’s much less reliance on Windows servers, little to no Outlook use (yes!), and I actually get to work on web development projects. It’s bizarre to walk through the hallways and see so many Macs amongst the Windows machines. It’ll be interesting to get my feet wet supporting the Mac side of the force.

There’s a lot of *nix server management that’s being done w/ vi. I need to get much more comfortable w/ this editor. It’s pretty awkward to use right now. Though, I do admire it’s power. I need to make myself a command ref. I can stick to the side of my monitor…

Movie age limits

Well, I have the good fortune of fighting a cold today. Thankfully, the kids have been in good moods and Martha’s been sweet enough to let me sleep in and has assumed most of the load of entertaining/directing the kids.

I started watching the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring while they were napping. I made it an hour in before Joey came out and asked permission to ‘wake up’. I, of course, paused the movie and began mulling over when the right time would be to introduce him to the Lord of the Rings series and even Star Wars. He knows of Star Wars… I have too much licensed product in my house for it to be avoided. almost enough Star Wars stuff and he’s asked me who a few characters are, what ships are called, etc. But he hasn’t seen any of the movies.

I’ll confess that I long for the day he digests the Star Wars and Lord of the Rings movies with me. They’ll be important days in the geekling’s life. They’ll be planned out, scheduled for, and celebrated.

But before all that, I have several questions to ask myself. I figured I’d share mine and perhaps collect a few from you.

  • How much stock to I put in the rating system that’s already in place? (G, PG, PG-13, etc.)
  • How much violence is too much? Is there such a thing?
  • When do I want to talk to my son/daughter about killing in movies/stories?
  • When do I want to talk to my son/daughter about the need to kill?
  • How many years of love will my kids need under their belts before they face the likes of the Lidless Eye or Darth Vader killing Kenobi? Or Luke’s whining, for that matter?

I’m sure I’ll come up w/ more. How will you decide when to expose your kids to these stories? How have you decided? Thoughts?

Dream job?

Ran across my dream job (I think) at the U of A’s College of Pharmacy last week.

ssuajobIt sounds like many of the IT responsibilities I had in the past – w/ the added focus of web development. I’ve been wanting to get into the development side of things for a long time now. It’s exciting to think that this could be my ‘in’.

If you’re the praying type. Please pray for 1) an interview opportunity, and 2) that I’d accurately represent what I bring to the table in that interview.

Diary of a Singl-ish Dad – Day 6

Today began as most of the others this past week, but with one small difference. I knew she was coming home today.

That colored everything I did today. Grammie was very sweet and took both kids Christmas shopping with her this morning. Then they got to play with Papa and Uncle James for a while in the afternoon. That gave me a lot of time to rest and get some things done for my sweet love around the house – uninterrupted! It was awesome.

I was really looking forward to surprising Martha with the Christmas lights I’d put up on Thursday. And her reaction was better than I expected. I wasn’t expecting anything overwhelming – but I could tell she was touched and it put a big smile on her face. Merry Christmas indeed.

We – unfortunately – had to say goodbye to Uncle James tonight. He’s heading to San Diego tomorrow to sign papers and begin the ‘move in’ process. Though, even with the looming goodbye, we had a ton of fun with him and are looking forward to being back together in a few weeks for Christmas.

Ahh… she’s home.

Diary of a Singl-ish Dad – Day 3

What a difference a day makes?

Sadly, the news from up in Vegas wasn’t good today. Lang’s struggling through a bad day. Keep praying.

The kids and I stayed in pajamas until nap time. And even that was late. I finally got them settled down to rest at about 3:30. On the bright side, I did actually pull off something productive and got my shelf installed when I should have been making the kids’ lunch. 🙂 Now I just have to decide what to put on the shelf.

I’m hoping to switch gears post-nap and have a really pleasant – and non-slackery – night. I think oven-baked pizza and Charlotte’s Web is on the menu.

Diary of a Singl-ish Dad – Day 1 & 2

My beautiful wife left town yesterday with her good friend. They headed up to Las Vegas late in the afternoon to lend support to my friend Lang’s fiancée as she waits on his healing. Sounds like Lang’s taken a turn for the worse and that’s weighing on us all… Keep praying.

Yesterday was an interesting day. It marked the end of a nine year career in IT for ADE/KLA Tencor. It was the first time I’d lost a job. I’m guessing it won’t be the last. Offshoring could easily hit me again. It was sad to walk out of our building with my friend and former boss knowing that we’d never leave that parking lot again. And sad to think that there are some co-workers that I’ll likely not see again. I hope we all find work soon.

The comforting thing is that I know I’ll see the friends I made again over the years. My former boss happens to be one of my closest friends; it’ll be hard not to see him. Some folks I’ll be able to stay in touch with over IM or Facebook. Hooray for the webitron.

In a way, I was kinda spared yesterday from thinking too much about my predicament. With Martha furiously packing and trying to get ready for a sudden five-day trip, I didn’t have time to wallow or really even reflect. I did my best to help her out the door and then turned my attention to wrangling these two kids that keep hanging around here.

Speaking of kids… I think my daughter’s rash is either slowing down or starting to fade a bit. We discovered it Sunday morning while getting ready for church. She’s had a rash similar to it before and it turned into some crazy hot tub virus or something and she had to be treated w/ some scary antibiotics that kept doctor, pharmacist, and parents concerned for a while. Thankfully, she got seen rather quickly this time and has already got 3 doses of non-scary antibiotics in her. I’ll be praying that the spots are gone before Thursday.

This morning, Abby and I did some shopping while Joey was in preschool. It was strange to go shopping the day after I lost my job, but the vast majority of our merchandise was bought with gift cards of some sort. I picked up a new Dewalt drill that was going for a crazy sale price. I loved my previous drill, but the Makita battery packs are hard to find and expensive. The Home Depot trip was really only a time-killer until we could get into Costco. Abby was really well behaved and pulled off many smiles from strangers. If only that would work as currency… that’d come in handy.

With grocery shopping out of the way, we went to pick up Joey. We stopped to make a quick sea turtle in the wet sand outside his classroom. It’s amazing how quickly wet sand will claim a previously clean 2 year-old’s outfit.

I then raced through three chaotic projects at once… prepping the kids’ lunches, cleaning out the freezer, and putting the groceries away. Whew…

Then we made these:

Now… I shall nap.