August 31, 2013

Lego Chima Speedorz arena

Today I took Corbin to Lego KidsFest in San Jose, CA. Here he tries his hand at the Speedorz arena (again). Still needs work.

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Lego Legends of Chima Exhibit

Today I took Corbin to Lego KidsFest in San Jose, CA. Here is one of the display cases they had throughout the exhibit hall. He really liked the skeleton creatures.

posted to Corbin,Watch This! @ 4:34 pm

January 14, 2013

Goodbye Mom we miss you already

Last week was Colleen’s Memorial for the family (and very close friends). I’ve never been to one before and I don’t know what is considered “normal” but this one started with a couple readings by my dad and my sister. Then the floor was opened up to everyone else and a Pastor friend closed the memorial. This was all followed by a late lunch. Here are the recordings I made of the event. unfortunately I missed recording the early parts but most of it is there.

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November 28, 2012

I thought I’d get to hear your voice again

This past weekend has been a tough one for me and my family.
Thursday I turned 40 (yes, 40) and while that isn’t tragic what followed is.

Part two of our SoCal trip was to visit my parents. My mom was diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma cancer. Because of her age, health and severity of cancer, they decided she should not undergo treatments (more harm than good) and she was not expected to last long. By the time of our trip she was bed-ridden and getting hospice care at home.

We wanted our visit to bring some joy into her day by seeing us and the boys in person. We went to great lengths to make sure the boys didn’t get sick so as not to cause my mom any problems but despite our efforts Corbin managed to get sick (a rare thing indeed). Since we were already there we couldn’t change plans but it didn’t matter since she was never awake or alert enough to know we were there.

My dad thought it was a reaction to her first dose of morphine (5 mg?) but a call to hospice suggests she is entering the next stage of her cancer meaning she has a couple a weeks like this then the final stage which last a few days. Then we will say good bye. We did not expect her to see Christmas. She ended up passing Monday morning.

She loved her Red Hatters group and Christmas decorations (she used to sell Christmas Around The World ) so to make her more comfortable, my dad dug out all the best stuff and decorated the whole house from top to bottom in Christmas decor. He even bought a new pre-lit tree (with colored lights). It was a wondrous sight, especially since he and a couple Red Hatter ladies did it all in one day and before Thanksgiving.

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I had some old voicemails in my Google Voice account so I downloaded a few to share with anyone who also misses her voice.
Catchup 5/30/12
Money for dad’s gift 6/11/12
Hacked website 3/22/12

For those interested, Julia Shiras wrote a brief account of my mom’s last six months. It brings me joy to see so many happy pictures of my mom, the way I remember her. For me, hearing her voice is a sweet reminder of a wonderful woman.

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September 28, 2012

You know how sometimes you know a word and use it regularly in thought and conversation…

You know how sometimes you know a word and use it regularly in thought and conversation but when it comes time to write it, you have no idea how to spell it correctly…

And then you try finding it by searching the web only to find out your spelling is far too close to other words so search suggest is not helping at all…

Me either

Penchant: A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.  As in My boys have a strong penchant for pirates and swordplay

Pirate Red Felt Chemical Elements Pillow image via:
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I brought home some "end of roll" paper

I brought home some "end of roll" paper from our large format plotter at work for the boys to draw on.  I figured they'd have fun drawing on such a large sheet of paper.

I was right.

Corbin colored his own mural and +Julia Shiras taped it on his wall.  Benjamin was the project's Foreman.

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August 15, 2012

This looks interesting but demonstrates how surveys and polls are so unreliable and…

This looks interesting but demonstrates how surveys and polls are so unreliable and misleading. 

First, I lived in Southern California for over 30 years and everyone I knew called it Coke. I was the odd ball who called it soda/cola and that's because I was tired of hearing the server say "is Pepsi okay?" (I didn't care)

Second, while 120,464 respondents sounds impressive and a good size sampling, that means there are on average around 40 respondents per county. That's hardly a suitable number when you have counties with populations in the 2-3 MILLION range.

So before you go quoting that study, check to see what their data is based on and if you could stand behind those numbers.

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