Saturday, August 9, 2008

Nicole's birthday

Here are some pictures I had forgotten I took (sorry Nicole!) from Nicole's birthday brunch at Threadgill's.


So very full


Me and Ryan


Jason, Juan, and Nicole

Olympics: Day 2

Perhaps it is Olympics: Day 1? It's the first day of competition, second day of Olympics.

We watched the opening ceremonies from Beijing last night and almost made it through the entire event. The performance portion was amazing, with thousands of Chinese citizens participating. Things slowed down when they got to the parade of athletes. While it was interesting to see all the countries, many of which I'm embarrassed to admit I'd never heard of, that part took about 2 hours. It was amusing to note the slow decrease in enthusiasm of the bouncing girls whose job it was to line the marching path and cheer on the athletes. Also hilarious was the shot of George Bush checking his watch. We sadly didn't make it to the torch lighting, but it was impressive:


That's alotta fireworks

This morning I'm switching channels between NBC, MSNBC, and USA. NBC is showing women's volleyball, with team USA doing unsurprisingly well against Japan (sorry, Japan). We have a girl who's 6' 7''. Awesome.
Update: Japan is making a comeback in the second set. Touché, Japan.

MSNBC is showing handball, which I've never seen, and USA (the network not the country) is airing Dressage, or as I call it: Horsie Dancing. I'm kind of mesmerized by Horsie Dancing. How do you teach a horse to do that? Do you just throw on some Kenny Loggins and see what happens?


Kick off your Sunday shoes


Mel's sideways gait makes him a natural for Dressage

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I'm not the only one

Sounds like the stay-at-home wife phenomenon is growing in popularity. This article, detailing the lifestyle choice of non-working childless women, hit close to home. There are probably situations (I'd like to believe) where the man is the chosen homemaker, but this article focuses on women. In most cases, couples are in enough of a financially stable situation that one of them can stay at home to focus on household chores. This frees up the working half of the couple from having to deal with laundry, groceries, etc. when they come home.

Granted, my situation is a little different. Although they do mention health being one of the reasons for not working, most times this a deliberate lifestyle choice to relieve stress for both parties in the marriage. When I quit my last job three years ago, I had every intention of seeking new employment. I had spent 7 years on and off working as a software engineer and had concluded programming was not my life's calling. I was in the middle of desperately trying to figure out an interesting new career path that would not require me to go back to school when I went back on dialysis. While the first time I was on dialysis I worked full time, this time I just didn't have the energy.

On more than one occasion I have heard, "what do you do all day?". Dialysis makes this a tricky question to answer. Three days out of the week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) I dialyze in the morning and don't get home until around 11:30. I have some lunch, take a long nap, and never completely recover the rest of the day. So my answer on those days is usually: "nothing". Tuesdays and Thursdays are when I feel ok enough to walk the dogs, grocery shop, do the laundry, some cleaning, and handle bills (mostly medical). Any appointments I have I try to schedule for these days, too.

Oh who am I kidding, we all know what I do all day:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

She & Him

She & Him is the musical collaboration of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward and until yesterday I had never heard any of their music. I'd heard Zooey sing before in Elf and thought she had a remarkably different sounding voice. Intrigued by a good review of their first single, I looked up the video.



Most times I don't have the nerve or money to take a chance on an album I've not heard most of, but on the strength of this song alone I purchased their debut, Volume One, off of iTunes. What I've heard so far is a refreshing mix of a gorgeously playful voice and fantastic laid back guitar. It's great to hear a band that sounds so relaxed - like they are playing for the pure joy of making music.