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10 Months

Maggie is becoming a little person with her own personality. She’s pretty bossy and demanding for someone that likes to play with tissue and empty boxes. It’s hard to remember sometimes that she’s just a baby.

She loves to drum. She loves playing peek-a-boo. She likes to dance. She loves to eat. She enjoys throwing her balls around and letting us chase them around.

Her first word “up” she learned about a month ago. She has  since decided she doesn’t need to learn many more words. Instead she has mastered it and abuses it constantly to relay a number of commands. It means everything from, “pick me up,” to “I’m done with dinner,” and “give me that object that is just out of my arm’s reach.”

Maggie still refuses to crawl, but she can slowly scoot around on her butt to where she wants to go. Watching her you’d think she was immobile, but if you leave the room for a minute you’ll find her magically on the other side of the room. It looks like she might skip crawling and go straight to walking. She’s getting better at standing every day and is learning to pull herself up and move her feet under her to support her body.

Time is flying by so fast.

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Don’t grow up too fast, baby!

Still in a Northern California Daze

This week has been rough so far. We went up north for two weddings on consecutive weekends. Coming home Sunday night after ten days with Maggie has been tiring. We’re still trying to catch up on rest. Here’s the quick photo rundown of our trip. Sorry for the poor quality. I almost always only use the iPhone to take photos, and there is no time to post process photos anymore.

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Since we have to stop every two hours for Maggie, we took the 101. There are more places to stop, including Firestone Walker.

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Stop #2 was also Firestone Walker but a different location. Maggie enjoyed learning about barrel aging beers.

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Maggie met her cousin Myla, who played around her rather than with her.

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Maggie also got to meet her cousin Joshua. Basically none of them really acknowledged each other.

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Maggie did get to play with a pool noodle lightsaber.

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My cousin Jessica got married in a beautiful ceremony and reception that I would call ” very similar to ours but nicer.”

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After spending time in the San Jose area, we headed down to Monterey and Carmel for a little bit, stopping by the aquarium.

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Jellyfish are so cool.

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Maggie was happy as a clam.

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The open ocean tank was huge with sea turtles, tuna, and hammerhead sharks.

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We cruised the 17-mile drive and got to see The Lone Cypress.

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Point Lobos State Preserve.

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China Beach.

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After Carmel we raced to SF just to head out again across the new Bay Bridge.

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We got to go to Pixar! Unfortunately there’s a pretty strict “no photo” policy on most of the campus, so pictures are limited to the lobby areas.

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Most displays were for Monsters University since it was their latest release.

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Luigi and Guido from Cars.

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Who could forget these guys? Oooooooooooh!

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Maggie got to play in her first playground.

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She also got to enjoy oysters.

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This guy got married. There was a lot of crying.

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Maggie drove us home after a long trip. Holy crap I look exhausted.

I need a vacation from this vacation.

Stop Advertising to Friends on Facebook!

I normally don’t care what people do on their social networks, but when it starts spilling over onto my feed, it bothers my inner geek. So I’m going to help you become less of a market research target for Facebook, but mostly I’m going to fix you so that you stop annoying me.

1. Click on the down arrow in the upper right corner of your Facebook page and click on Privacy Settings.

2. Click on Edit Settings on Ads, Apps and Websites.
3. Click on Edit Settings on Ads. (Remember to come back and edit the Apps as well. I’m sure you’re not playing most of those Facebook games or taking those surveys anymore.)
4. Click on Edit third party ad settings.

5. Select no one from the drop down menu and press the Save Changes button. This should return you to the previous page with a notification that the changes have been saved.
6. Click on Edit social ads setting.
7. Repeat step 5.

These steps should stop allowing Facebook to push the ads to your friends’ news feeds. You should also manage the ‘likes’ content. This is what Facebook reads to push social ads to news feeds. Clean this up. Everyone knows you love Target and Amazon, but these big brands are most likely to push the advertising.

1. Go to your timeline
2. Click on the Likes unit (in the section under your cover photo). It is now showing pages for groups/products/famous people you like broken down by year.
3. Click onto any of the years.
4. Click onto the page of any of the things you have liked in the past.
5. On that page, you should see a button showing ✓ Liked. Click on that button and press Unlike.
6. Repeat for other pages.

A lot of people enter contests that require you to ‘like’ their Facebook page. I’d love to tell you just don’t enter, but that’s not going to happen. Just try and remember to clean things out once in a while. It’s better for your privacy and for keeping your friends…online.

Time for baby to start earning some money!

I was sitting around dreading how much money this baby is going to cost us and hoping there was a way for us to offset some of the costs. Then it hit me. Gambling! We could let people place bets on our baby’s gender. It’s no crazier than people betting on the coin toss in a Super Bowl.

With some help from my cousin, we came up with a way for people to place bets into a Google Docs spreadsheet with variable odds based on the betting field.

Unfortunately Michelle didn’t like the idea, so we had to scratch it. Looks like we’ll just have to subject the kid to doing commercials to pull in that extra income. Baby, it’s time you started pulling your own weight around the house.

It’s a…

Michelle had a special doctor’s appointment today with the high resolution ultrasound. We’re not at eighteen weeks just yet, but we thought we might be able to determine the gender.

Our baby looks healthy and was moving the arms and kicking the legs like crazy. The baby either really loves the vegetable juice Michelle drank before the appointment or really hates it. Unfortunately the gender results were inconclusive. The ultrasound technician didn’t want to give a firm answer of her guess. As far as we know, it’s a girl…or he takes after his father. Heyo!

Michelle was a little bit disappointed not to be able to determine the gender. She was really hoping to see genitalia today. I told her the day’s not over yet. Double heyo!

Our baby is waving hello!

Who’s your daddy?

If the video wasn’t self explanatory, I was not hiding in some random woman’s ultrasound appointment. I’m going to be a dad! Michelle is going to be a mom! A young Padawan is on the way!

Gone Fishin’

I haven’t blogged in a while. There hasn’t been anything exciting lately. I work. I sleep. I eat. I turn that food into poop. Repeat.

This weekend, I got to go to Mammoth and do some fishing with the family. It’s been about eighteen years since I’ve been to Mammoth. As you can see, I haven’t lost my touch.

Catching fish…like a boss!

I cooked this.

Gumb0-style stew from scratch. I do regret not picking up the Andouille sausage, because I was lazy.

Goats are back!

The city has once again brought in goats to clear brush on public land to reduce the risk of fire hazards.

They brought in hundreds of goats once again.

Daddy goats, mommy goats, and even baby goats.

White ones, caramel-colored ones, dark brown ones.

This goat did not like me taking pictures of her and her kid.

She looked at me as if to say, “You’re lucky this electric fence is here.”

Baby goat pee!

Fortunately they’re hard to hear when we’re inside.

I ate this stuff.

Here is a post dedicated to some of the stuff I have eaten but never got around to posting. I don’t even remember when or where I ate some of this stuff, but I did my best to write down what I could. Hopefully it gets you all excited for lunch.