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2005-06-30 20:40:53

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 09:31 PM

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2005-06-30 20:27:23

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 09:29 PM

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2005-06-30 09:44:45

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 09:19 PM

Last Roll
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2005-06-30 10:42:43

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 09:18 PM

Last Roll
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2005-06-30 10:43:12

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 09:14 PM

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2005-06-30 10:43:22

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 09:12 PM

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SAHD triumph

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 08:57 PM

Today was a good day, the first day that Josie and I shared that did not end with crying, there were no meltdowns(excluding two meltdowns in the car, but that's only because she was had to go to work)

It's amazing how good naps, make for a rage-free day, and a rage free day makes for a happy and relaxed daddy and a happy and relaxed Josie. And with happiness and relaxation comes a feeling of all being right in the universe.

Highlights of the day:
• A morning Jog, the new stroller is awesome!
• Making lunch for Mommy (Tabouleh) We should put that recipe up . . .
• A great big 2 hour and 30 minute midday nap
• A trip into Newark to visit the gang at the Star Ledger

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Toughness

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 07:04 PM

I often wave to our neighbor Dave in the mornings when we're both heading out. I'm prancing about the neighborhood with our infant in the Baby-Bjorn at 6:30, Dave is often loading up his blue chevy TRUCK to go to WORK.

Right now Dave is danglig 75 feet above the ground using his bare teeth to fell a tree. Meanwhile I'm boiling water to make wild mushroom couscous, which when sprinkled with a little ginger will be a delightful accompaniment to our organic soy sausage, of course that will be served with a side of homemade tabouleh (leftovers from the lunch I made for Nicole). Dave could have used his chainsaw to fell the tree, I've seen at least three different ones in his yard, and he does have one tied to his waist as backup in case his arms gets caught on something and he has to saw it off(it's okay though, Dave is tough enough to just grow a new one.)

Morals of this story: 1) Dave could kick my ass. 2) it's time for me to move laundry around.

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A new Goblin?

By Hass :: June 30, 2005 @ 02:56 PM

Josie has been a wodnerful sleeper today, if you don't count the failed nap attempt this morning. and Hass has used that time to whip up some modifications to MapGoblin. Funny, everything still looks the same. well, changes are in the work. Here is the new working prototype, I haven't tested it in any browsers other than Safari, so give me a yell if there are any horrible browser display bugs. Hopefully we can populate the rest of the site with this look and roll out a fresh new site next week.

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A guest photographer

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:45 PM

Jesse and Miles Garnier of Stone Hopper fame were in Town this weekend and stopped by. They also managed to snap a few keepers. I you think, this site gets behind on updates, you might want to check out theirs, as it was last updated 14 months ago. But here's some cute Josie.

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2005-06-26 14:46:03

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:29 PM

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he he he

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2005-06-26 14:45:38

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:28 PM

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MIles in the Sky

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2005-06-26 14:38:25

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:28 PM

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Jesse, what big shadows you make on the wall.

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2005-06-26 14:37:00

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:27 PM

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you call that entertainment?

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2005-06-26 14:32:37

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:17 PM

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Daddy! you're never in any pictures.

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2005-06-26 14:28:42

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:16 PM

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Just kidding, I only read good books.

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2005-06-26 14:28:13

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 07:14 PM

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Yes, I read those books in the background

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Riding in Style

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 09:05 AM

Josie's new ride showed up yesterday, and we went out for a test drive this morning. To everybody's delight an relief, she loved it!
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Planning for the future, we opted for the 2 seater. Future you may ask? nope, there is no bun in the oven and there won't be anytime soon, but we're planning to use the the stroller for the next 5 years and we don't plan for the J-dog to be an only child that long. The neat thing about this two seater is that Josie can jsut sit right in the middle until she has some company.

oh in case you're wondering why the Cougar 2 looks a little different from other jogging strollers, it's because it's not just a jogging stroller! We can also ski, hike, bike, and stroll. And when we're out and about we own the sidewalk in this thing. I've had apartments that are smaller.

The other great thing about using it is the compulsion to run with it! we're planning to get back into our jogging routine this weekend, after a year long pregnany and tendinitis induced absence. We just took it out for a walk this morning, but the feel of a padded handle bar in my hands brought out the desire to run. 50 yards later, that desire was gone.

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Bite me

By Hass :: June 29, 2005 @ 08:52 AM

I think we've found the root of Josie's recent restlessness and persistent rage, little chompers are coming in! She's teething. A big developmental stage for everybody, Josie gets to test out a new body part, and the parents get to test out their patience.

The discovery of teeth came at about 4:15. Josie had been in a persistent low-grade meltdown for about 75 minutes. Daddy had already been counting down the time until the 5 p.m. bath —a sure fire happy maker, but only good once a day— since 1 p.m. . And the fusing was only escalating. Nobody is really sure how the teething realization was made, the cat is partial to the Monolith theory, Hass thinks he was just smart, Cole says she had already known for days. Anyway you slice it, Hass ran down the hall, grabbed the frozen teething ring, shoved it in Josie's mouth and it was like an exorcism. The foul demons were gone and the happy baby had returnned.

Armed with knowledge, we have been able to treat Josie's excessive pissed-off-ed-ness. A little tylenol kept her sleeping through the night, with a completely acceptable 2 wake ups. Mommy on the other hand was up 6 times to check on her. Daddy slept, and was even able to sleep in until 6 a.m., making up a house full of happy campers.

It just goes to show, knowing is half the battle.

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The cutest dad on the block

By Hass :: June 28, 2005 @ 12:45 PM

Josie and I have already made it out for two walks downtown today. When she's fussy and cranky, getting out of the house and being carried about just makes her feel good.

After yesterday's disappointment over few gawking moms at mall, we were very excited to find the streets of Madison filled with lunchtime Josie noticers. It might have had something to do with the flowery pink oversized sun hat Josie was wearing, or the musky sheen of sweat beadeing on Daddy's hatless forehead, but the two of us were head turners, and traffic stoppers. We had at least 5 total stranger complimenting us, 3 greetings from disaffected teenage youth, 2 conversations(oh, I think she looks more like mom, really; and how old are you?), and about 80% turnned heads on cars driving by.

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SAHD, day 2, noon

By Hass :: June 28, 2005 @ 12:25 PM

Two days in, and everything is peaches and sunshine, not. Josie has been sleeping like the undead(so has Hass, but that's another post). Her night sleep has been poor, with extended periods of awakeness around 4 or 5. but then once she gets back to sleep at 5:30 she stays asleep until 7:30. And that is the heart of the problem. When nap time rolls around at 9:30 she's cranky and warn out, but not sleepy. So I get her down to sleep and 30 minutes later she is wide awake and cranky, as opposed to waking up 2 hours later ready to tackle the afternoon. Then the afternoon nap is screwed up and then she's cranky and doesn't sleep well, repeat.

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SAHD hits the mall

By Hass :: June 27, 2005 @ 04:09 PM

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We made it back safely from our trip to the mall and the apple store. In the past I have rarely made it to the mall early on a weekday afternoon. I had expected to see crowds of baby toting moms swooning over the cuteness of Josie, but alas it was really just the regular crowd with a slightly higher strollered percetage. Time to run, a hear another diaper filling.

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SAHD, day 1, hour 3

By Hass :: June 27, 2005 @ 07:59 AM

I think we're alone now. After making breakfast for mommy, Josie and I kissed her out the door, and began plotting our fruit salad.

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So it begins(SAHD, day 1, hour 0)

By Hass :: June 27, 2005 @ 05:06 AM

The board is set and the game is in motion. Nicole returns to work today, and Hass uses FMLA to become a SAHD for the next 8 weeks.

Josie was so excited about spending time with daddy that she woke up at 5 and took a massive poop to express her excitement. Daddy was so excited that he woke up giddy at 3:30 and did the same.

In addition to naps, bottles, changings, spitting up and the like, We're planning a trip out to the Apple Store and Josie wants to work on a bit of a redesign of the mapgoblin site.

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Hello computer

By Hass :: June 23, 2005 @ 08:49 AM

Works like a charm! especially if you're a babbling 3-month-old filled with cooing noises and shrill screams of joy.

Yes that's right, Josie has a higher success rate with voice commanding the computer than daddy. Seems like her and the computer have a close personal bond allowing every sound she makes to be recognized as an important instruction.

I think it's time for plan B, a microphoned headset sot he computer can only hear my whsipers.

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Josie sleeps . . .

By Hass :: June 23, 2005 @ 07:35 AM

. . . and I have no idea what to do with myself. The bambino has fallen into a predicatable getting up at 5 a.m. patten. except for this morning, since she is still asleep. I guess I'll just get going with all of the things I try to do every morning but can't because my hands are occupied.

speaking of occupied, I tried out the speach recognition in OSX (10.4.1)last night. I don't know if they improved it recently or in recent years, but it works like a charm. The reason for my interest in this little gizmo is multi-tasking time with josie. I'm finding our 3-month old occupies more hand time than brain time, which leaves me sitting in front of the laptop holding her, wiping spit-up, and feeding her. All the while, the laptop sits there mocking me as it waits for the next command. We never should have installed that attitude extension, it gets so lippy and mean. so now I'm all set up to start speaking my commands, the first step toward developping an omnipitence complex.

speaking of humbleness, I'm getting tired of MapGoblin. not of the name, or the blog, but of the look. I think my first SAHD project will be an undesign of the website. I'm even considering splitting the site into a few individual parts(photoblog, baby/family blog, maps/tech/journalism blog). I'm considering migrating to wordpress too, but I'd like to avoid anything to big to actually get done. If anybody has requests of things you'd like to see let me know. One frequent request from grand parents has been pictures, so I'm thinking a photoblog might help that cause.

we ordered a jogging stroller yesterday,a nd are very excited about it, although josie might not like it.

only two days of work left before I go on leave to do the stay at home dad thing and nicole gives work a try. I'm planning to go with more frequent updates during those days, more of a daily log.

ooooo I hear whimpering, (the early warning sound to crying).

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2005-06-19 07:02:12

By Hass :: June 19, 2005 @ 08:11 PM

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Josie's new ride. A backhanded father's day gift. A reason to hike the A.T.

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Excited like it's 1996

By Hass :: June 15, 2005 @ 05:39 AM

Remember when the web was new? not when it first came out, but when Netscape 1.1 introduced tables. And everything changed.

I've got that feeling again, that we have just stepped outside of the spaceship where nobody has ever been before. There are a lot of things on the move these days, but ruby on rails is just magical.

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2005-06-09 08:06:41

By Hass :: June 14, 2005 @ 09:44 AM

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A day without spikes, is a day without sunshine.

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2005-06-11 08:01:43

By Hass :: June 14, 2005 @ 09:37 AM

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Spike hair is the new curly hair. It's what all the cool kids are doing, besides it make me happy, and isn't that what we all want? a happy Josie.

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2005-06-11 07:53:27

By Hass :: June 14, 2005 @ 09:34 AM

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Ain't nothing wrong with spikey hair.

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2005-06-11 12:19:23

By Hass :: June 13, 2005 @ 09:26 AM

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Sometimes our best made plans go awry. It seems we're not getting a full photo gallery of Josie at 3 months. But here is one shot to keep the screaming masses happy.

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Where have all the goblins gone?

By Hass :: June 07, 2005 @ 09:17 PM

It's been a hectic few weeks for me, but things are starting to wind down.

• Josie has been a perfect little angel, growing, learning and getting ready to celebrate her first quarter of life. (it's been a resoundingly profitable success for all share holders) She is currently working on a leveraged roll-over. yes I know we've been saying for months that she can roll over, but this time it's different. She is getting very close to a more purposefull roll, one that she realizes she can do and use as a tool to accomplish any number of goals. Previous rolls have generally been used as part of fits of rage.

• Why so few posts? Hass has done a poor job of keeping work and life seprate for the last few weeks. It's been more of a strategic decision on our part and Josie now has a few nifty little O.T. checks in her college fund. The extra time for work came straight out of my blogging time. I can't go into specifics about the top secret project I've been working on, but the bossman is doing his presentation on Thursday. As part of this secret project I've been thinking quite a bit about how working at a newspaper feels a lot like being a deck-chair-presentationographer.

• Why so few posts? #2. Expired "fresh" parmessean cheese. to leave out details, the experience left me reflecting that "I need to chew better." after nearly a week, I'm starting to feel normal again. #3 computer problems, 10.4.1 not as pretty as we had hoped. #4 Blog envy, I've been using wordpress for my secret project, and have found it to be much much sweeter than the venerable MT. #4, over expanded iphoto library, too many pictures, makes it too slow.

• To tie all of this together, my head is coming back above water. We plan to do a big Josie at 3-months photo shoot and retrospective this weekend. I'm considering converting MapGoblin to wordpress. And even considering splitting the site into a couple of different blogs, to give us the room to have all of this personal content and my take on the media industrial complex.

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