Spring has sprung!

What a gorgeous day, today!  Definitely the nicest weather we’ve had so far this year.  The skies were crystal clear, a deep blue, and the air was warm (mid-70s) and perfumed with springlike scents.  We were both up fairly early.  Kelly headed out to do some shopping and I got through a bunch of chores.  I did a thorough vacuuming job of the entire downstairs.  I cleaned out the cat litter.  I swept and mopped the floors.  I took out the trash.

Once that was all done, I settled down to read more of In Memory Yet Green, though I was distracted by one thing or another and didn’t make great progress during the day.  Late in the morning, Kelly and I took advantage of the great weather and went for a long, leisurely walk.

Todd came over around 1:30 and brought the crib with him, which we got mostly set up.  I need a tool that I don’t have at home in order to tighten a few things up.  Otherwise, the crib is mostly put together (just not completely secured) in our bedroom.  He also brought up a small collapsable stroller we can use for ad hoc purposes.

After Todd left, I headed over to the grocery store to pick up what I needed for grilling this evening. Earlier in the day, I did a leak check on the grill and the propane tank.  Around 5 pm, I started dinner.  This marked the first time I ever grilled in my life.  I had marinated chicken breasts in a Hawaiian marinade for about 7 hours.  I also made some grilled veggies.  At the grocery store I picked up some coleslaw and Hawaiian rolls to go along with it.  It turned out surprisingly good.  The chicken was tender, juicy and flavorful.  The veggies were good to.  I managed to neither over nor undercook the chicken, which was a relief to me.  I got us cupcakes for dessert.

Sometime after dinner, we went out for a second walk.

I sent off a story to Apex Magazine today.  I now have 3 stories out, one at ANALOG, one at F&SF and one at Apex. I need to get back to some real writing so that as these come back (if they do come back) I can get more stories out there

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.