Archive for June, 2005

how it happened

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

This is the true story of creation, if you’re a nutter.

quite good and very bad

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Good news or bad news first? OK, bad news. I dropped my previously trusty PDA – an iPAQ running Windows PocketPC – yesterday and now it won’t sync up with my computer any more, so it’s basically worthless. I’ve spent a lot of time reinstalling software and rebooting the device but although it tries to contact the PC it just freezes up every time. Dang. I really rely on it to have my contacts and appointments. So if I never call or visit now, you know why.

The good news – Toby suddenly seems to like taking showers. We have a neat shower attachment which actually has two heads – one fixed and one hand-held, so we use the hand-held one for him. I got some fun foamy soap stuff a few weeks ago and that encourages him to be in the shower. Also around three weeks ago I started using shampoo on his hair, now that he actually has hair, so using the shower is a great way to make sure he’s all rinsed properly, plus I think it’s helped to cool him off in the last couple of weeks with the heat and humidity we’ve been having.

xp power toys

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

If you’re using Windows XP and want to add a few little peppy things, take a look at Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP. I particularly like the update to Alt-Tab functionality, where it actually shows you a preview of each app if you use Alt-Tab to switch from window to window. It saves plenty of frustration if you have multiple windows on the same app open and keep flicking to the wrong one. You’re welcome.


Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Some wise words on summer “fashions” in Slate: When summer fashions go bad

getting going

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

So Toby woke me up at ten to six this morning (at least he didn’t particularly wake us during the night for the first time in ages) and was very insistent that I got up. So I got going, we had breakfast and were set to go really early. When we realized how early we were we decided to get some more things together at home, then we went past the coffee shop for Emma to get something, then dropped Toby off at school just before 8, only a half hour before when we usually get him there. Then when I got to the office, my email wouldn’t launch properly so I had to restart my laptop then run the repair thing to get it all sorted correctly. So I didn’t really get it opened until about 8:30, when I usually get to the office anyway. And now I’m writing a blog post. So after the early start I haven’t really gotten any more done than I usually would have done. Plus I need some tea to keep me going because I had less sleep than I wanted, so that’ll take another 5-10 minutes. Life in the fast lane.

mr ray

Monday, June 27th, 2005

One of the highlights of Toby’s Sunday mornings at church is hearing our organist, Ray Johnston, play the voluntary after the service: “Mr Ray did play the organ, it was very loud. He did use his fingers and also he did use his feet”. It was especially fun for him this weekend – he wanted to sit in on the choir rehearsal before the service, and seemed to really enjoy it. We rehearsed one accompanied piece without the organ at first to get things together – I had a solo and I think it was the first time he got to hear me sing properly. When we practiced with the organ Ray played and also conducted from the organ console. The console faces down the building so if you’re in the congregation you can just about see the top of the organist’s head, and Toby could see Ray’s conducting hand over the top of the console. Apparently Toby thought that this meant Mr Ray was waving at him, so he was frantically waving back most of the time.

from my childhood

Friday, June 24th, 2005

My brother Richard sent me this link a couple of days ago – the house we grew up in is on the market in Aberdeen. It’s really odd to see it described in such non-emotional terms. I was there from when I was 6 to when I left for university, and we as a family moved out when I was about 25 or 26. So lots of memories. In particular doing things in the garden – playing with my brothers, playing with our dog, looking after the cats, getting exam results, coming home from vacations, mealtimes, playing on our computers, my brother recovering from getting his tonsils out, extended families visiting for Christmas and New Year, going to school.

Sounds like the latest owners have done some nice things with doing the hardwood floors. It was all carpets when we were there, my parents must have spent a fortune! I hope the new owners appreciate it and the history it has.

nice plumps

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

We had an amusing moment with Toby last night. I was reading a book to him called the Great Goat Chase where various farm animals try to get three naughty goats out of a turnip field. One of the animals is a cow, and the amusement came when Toby pointed at the cow’s udders, and said, “He’s [he doesn't yet have the concept of saying "she" for a girl] got plumps. Plumps on his butt”. He was very definite indeed about this, and he knew that it was specific to cows. No idea where he got the word from.

darth broder

Monday, June 20th, 2005

It’s my brother Richard’s 31st birthday today, which somehow makes me feel older than it having been my 33rd last week. My other brothers and I got together to get him an authentic Darth Vader helmet:

Not sure how he’s drinking the tea – you never saw DV drinking tea on the Death Star. Maybe that’s why he went over to the Dark Side.

We had a pretty nice weekend on the whole. It was quite hot, but not too humid so actually really comfortable. On Saturday we got a bike helmet for Toby, which he was so excited about he insisted on wearing out of the shop and all the way home in the car. We took him out on his trike in the afternoon and he did really well – he’s getting better at paying attention to steering and is very good about having me help him across roads. Photos to follow.

Yesterday afternoon we went down to Lake Harriet where we met with Paul, Claire, Lauren and Sam for a picnic and lots of little people running around. It was almost 90 degrees but because it was breezy and not humid it was very comfortable – wonderful in fact. Right now however it’s warm and very humid indeed. Looking out of the window I can see a mass of dark storm clouds approaching. The biggest downer is our old house with no central air conditioning – it’s usually only for a couple of weeks a year that it gets really uncomfortable inside due to the weather and this is one of those weeks. We’ll probably have Toby in our room for the next couple of nights if it stays humid, and I’m going to need to hook up our noisy window air conditioner.

very slightly famous

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

I’m referenced and quoted today in the Summer News Briefs from the Diocese of Minnesota online newsletter (scroll down to “St. Mark’s Cathedral Calls New Canon”) due to the fact that we’ve finally finished the search for the third priest at St. Mark’s. It’s the first time I think I’ve had a quote attributed to me with just my last name:

“With his broad experience we feel that he truly understands St. Mark’s dual role as both parish and cathedral,” said Mogendorff.

which makes me seem very grown-up somehow.