Archive for March, 2003

blazing

Thursday, March 20th, 2003

You’re probably not going to notice, but I am using my computer right now at high speed. We finally got around to getting broadband access at home, on a good trial offer, so we’ll see if we like it. No minimum contract, which is excellent, and free installation too. So far it’s working out really well, but I’ve been online for the last two hours and I should really be unpacking… But it meant that I could finally enjoy my friend Robin’s somewhat feature-heavy, but very nice website, including a short film about a bloke in England who restored a steam-driven car from the 1920′s.

started

Thursday, March 20th, 2003

So it’s started – the war to liberate/invade Iraq. There was of course tons of news about it while we were back in the UK – lots about how Tony Blair was doing (papers were split over whether or not he was doing the right thing, but universally admiring of his leadership), and it was a little strange/nerve-inducing making a journey by plane yesterday.

However, it seems there is now no going back with the war itself, and that US and British troops are comitted. I can only hope that collateral damage is small, as is any potential backlash from terrorists. I hope this isn’t providing them with recruiting material, or extra support.

But it’s a strange feeling now that something is happening. We’ve been waiting and waiting for so long on the brink and it has all been so inevitable that I feel guiltily relieved that there’s finallly action, even though I have massive doubts about the morality and wisdom of it. It’s my hope that this really will be a liberation rather than invasion and occupation of Iraq, and that it will be quick and clean. But I also know that this is something of a naive hope.

back in the usa

Thursday, March 20th, 2003

We were away for the last week staying at Emma’s parents’ place in Folkestone, Kent. Wonderful time, and Toby was a wee star, while travelling and with all the relatives. While we were there I realized that I should have had his photo pages set to be toby.mogendorff.com, so I’ve now rectified that, as well as adding a link to some photos from his Uncle Richard. Feel free to bookmark it. We have plenty pictures, and as usual I’ll be slow in scanning them in, but I’ll do my best.

the horror

Tuesday, March 4th, 2003

I’ve often thought about buying one of those remote controlled blimps, but this tale gives me caution.

even so

Monday, March 3rd, 2003

This morning I got up in plenty time to be at work early, but despite this I got to work at around the usual time. How did this happen? Well, Toby was wide awake when I got back to the bedroom with my coffee, and he was doing his morning exercises (lying on his back, kicking his legs). And the cool thing was that he was smiling a lot. He had been giving us little smiles before, but they would never really last and were usually followed by spitting up (from him). However it was like someone flipped a switch last night and this morning he was clearly smiling because he was enjoying playing with us.

early

Saturday, March 1st, 2003

I woke up this morning at about 6 to change Toby, who slept very well last night. And for some reason I just couln’t get back to sleep, so I got up. One of my many tasks for today is to catch up with financial paperwork, getting it into the computer and filing the paper copies, and I’m hoping that this will be a good head start while the rest of my family is catching up on sleep.