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Another Snow Day

Another snow day

The snow began falling sometime around 2 or 3 am. By the time we woke up to start the day, schools had been closed, which made the kids happy. My office is open, but the roads are treacherous, and besides, the kids are home and they require our attention, so it is another snow day for everyone. On tap for today:

  • Finish reading the current issue of Wired.
  • Start on the current issue of Smithsonian.
  • Get through more of ‘Salem’s Lot.
  • Final touches to the new story based on beta-reader feedback.
  • Possibly start another new story.
  • Stay warm.

All of this, of course, in between keeping the kids entertained. Remember those days when it was possible to do just one thing at a time? Did those days ever really exist?

Winter Sunset

Numbers often provide objective measures of performance. In baseball, sabremetricians have been using the vast numbers produced by the sport to improve performance for decades. It seemed to me that I could do the same with the data that I produced. But I set a fairly specific scope when I started out: I'd focus on objective measurements; that is, things for which I did not have to make a judgement call. I'd use only data that could be collected automatically, without me having to do anything beyond my normal activity. The things that fell into this category--the low-hanging fruit--was, for me, things like physical activity (walking, sleeping), writing (word counts), computer activity (how long I used various applications throughout the day

I noticed a particularly nice winter sky this evening, one of the nicer ones I’ve seen so far this year. So I thought I’d share it.

For #TBT: Why So Serious?

This one, courtesy of my mom. I love this photo, which had to be taken around 1976, I think. My only question is, why am I so serious-looking in it?

TBT Why So Serious

For #TBT, A View From the Top of the World

This photo has been staring at me most of the day today, and I was hesitant to post it, given that today also happens to be the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. But I realized that while I still have trouble looking at photos from the day of the attack, photos like this one, which I took in 1995 or 1996, remind me of just how awed I was at the view from the top of the World Trade Center, and how I remembered thinking that it took an enormous amount of varied talents and skills to design and build a structure that reached for the sky in such a blatant way. When I think of the World Trade Center, this is the picture I try to keep in mind.

#TBT World Trade Center 1995-96

The Adorable Little Miss, Three Years Ago #TBT

On Tuesday, the Little Miss turned three years old. So for Throwback Thursday this week, I thought I’d give everyone something to smile about. Here is the adorable Little Miss about three years ago, one week after she was born.

Little Miss

My Makeshift Writing Space This Week

I posted a similar picture on Twitter a little while ago, but I figured I’d share it here as well. This is another view of my makeshift writing space for this week. When you look at this picture, keep in mind that rumor that the writer’s life is a lonely, angst-ridden one where every word on the page is difficult, and finding inspiration is nearly impossible. We cultivate these myths carefully, and so far as you are concerned, they are absolutely true. You never heard any different from me.

Writing Space

A Selfie In Miletus, July 2007 #TBT

I thought I’d go international for Throwback Thursday today, and take you to the ruins of the ancient theater in Miletus, Turkey, where I took a selfie in the 105 ºF heat, in the days before selfies were called selfies.

Miletus Selfie

If you want the full story of that day, you can check out the post I wrote while I was there. (I have been blogging for a long time, folks.)

The Panda in the Trees

Summer might have started off gloomily here, but it made for great panda viewing weather early this morning at the National Zoo. I snapped this photo of one of those cute looking creatures, and I really like how it came out.

Panda

Kitchen Remodel, Day 23 Photos

Today was Day 23 of the kitchen remodel. The job was estimated at 3 weeks and it looks like it will be pretty close. As of today, the bulk of the work is finished. The backsplash has been installed, lots of additional odds and ends were completed. The appliances were moved back into place. The crew will be back tomorrow to finish up those odds and ends (which mostly involves painting and replacing outlet covers). But here is what the kitchen looks like as of a few minutes ago.

Kitchen Remodel Day 23, North 1
Kitchen Remodel Day 23, North 1
Kitchen Remodel Day 23, Northwest
Kitchen Remodel Day 23, Northwest
Kitchen Remodel Day 23, North 1
Kitchen Remodel Day 23, North 1

I am blown away by what a difference the backsplash makes. Just take a look at Day 18 for comparison. It was totally worth the cost for the backsplash. I’m also glad we decided to extend the backsplash to the end of the breakfast bar.

We have handles for the drawers that are backordered, so we picked new ones today, and those should be installed in couple of days. That will probably be the very last thing. But as of today, the kitchen is usable once again. It will be wonderful start using it, and moving all of the stuff out of the living room and guest room.

Kitchen Remodel, Day 18 Photos (With Granite!)

The granite countertops were installed this afternoon, and I think the granite looks very good with both the floors and the wall color. The new sink was also installed. There is still work to be done. The next big thing is the backsplash, which I think will really clean the room up. Then there are just minor things, touchups, running through the punch list, and we’re done. So without further delay, here’s the kitchen with the new countertops.

Kitchen Remodel Day 18, West 2
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, West 2
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, West 1
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, West 1
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, North 2
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, North 2
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, North
Kitchen Remodel Day 18, North

Kitchen Remodel, Day 17 Photos

The last few days have been relatively quiet as far as the kitchen remodel goes. On Tuesday, the granite crew was here to do the final measurements for the counters. The counters are (theoretically) being installed today. Yesterday, the painters were here and got started on repainting the kitchen with the color we selected. I think we both like how it turned out, and I think the color will go very good with the countertops and the darker backsplash that we’ve chosen. I took pictures after the painting, and here is how things looked at the end of Day 17 of the remodel.

Kitchen Remodel Day 17, North
Kitchen Remodel Day 17, North
Kitchen Remodel Day 17, East
Kitchen Remodel Day 17, East
Kitchen Remodel Day 17, West
Kitchen Remodel Day 17, West

At this point, I suspect the job will be finished early next week, Monday or Tuesday maybe, and we will have our kitchen back.