I’m not the most patient person, and I get stressed easily. These are things that I’m well aware of, and have myself to remind me of often, but still get plenty of external reminders as well.

There are some days that I don’t even get five seconds out of bed before I start to feel my blood pressure raising. Today happened to be one of those days. Coupling that with a heel injury that I’m still working on resting, and I had the urge to get out of the house for a bit, but unable to do my usual morning jog. A walk was in order.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, my camera is built into the same device as my MP3 player, IM sender, Dropbox storage and impulse Twitter checker. Without having to plan for it, I have all of the tools necessary to do a bit of nature photography. As some of you may know, after I moved out of Downtown Orlando last year, I moved into a house within viewing distance of a nice nature biking/jogging trail. Coupled together, I had the recipe for a pleasant walk to clear my mind a bit, and in turn give me a few photos and an idea for an inspirational blog post.

Take a walk. De-Stress. Contemplate a few minutes on what you are doing before jumping back into the fray and doing it. Don’t let your work and life consume you to the point where you don’t want to be living. Take a moment to breathe, clear your mind, and just be.

I’m trying to do a bit of that consciously every day, until it can become an unconscious, autonomic reflex. My heart, health and mind will thank me, and so will yours.

Yes, that title is grammatically correct.

While I don’t have the creation prowess of some people (even if that video includes instructions), I still love legos, and have since I was a child. The best part of any birthday or Christmas was the new model to put together.

When Lego Mindstorms came out I was lucky enough to get that and some of the expansions, furthering my creativity as well as gaining some valuable early lessons in programming logic through their simple drag-and-drop programming interface. This was also my first experience with Java, when I found an entire homebrew community online that used the IR reader that attached to the computer’s serial port to control their smartbricks. Continue reading “The Best Theme Park for Kids and Me: LegoLand”

With every trip to DC, I find something new to take in. There is so much to see in the city, it is difficult to do a fair amount of any of it in any one trip. Even over five full days as we took over Thanksgiving weekend, plenty of important sights and sites have been left out. We visited a mass of memorials and monuments and museums, saw an assortment of art, partook in eclectic eateries, and visited a sampling of shops. A Jonathan Coulton and They Might Be Giants concert was part of our vacation, as well as a two hour drive to Charlotesville, VA to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home of Monticello. A few trips per day and plenty of relaxation time kept the trip from becoming stressful, and we were never at a lack of things to do. The weather was generally pleasant as well, and overall I would rate it as our best trip to the nation’s capitol.


Daniel is a lucky guy it seems. Both he and I won preshow passes to see The Killers on Friday, at a local club that I’d not been to before. Though we spent about three times as long waiting as the show was, it was an excellent experience. The same day, Daniel won two tickets to day two of Orlando Calling, which we already had day one passes to. We opted not to go to the second day, having plans already, but We did spend the majority of the day at the Citrus Bowl, which probably has no other events coming up there all year. The variety of bands was pretty good, and we got to see sets from several bands that I like, including The Killers again, O.A.R. before that, and Iron & Wine earlier in the afternoon. All in all, it was enjoyable, and I look forward to the return next year.

Just a quick post to say that yesterday we brought a beautiful Australian Shepard home from the pound. Her name is Ginger, and she’s about a year old. She is still pretty skittish and gives off that vibe that she may have been mistreated a bit at her previous home, but does not run from us and allows contact. We’re hoping that she’ll get comfortable and more active soon, but we’re patient and will take the time that it requires.


I’ll update, but in the meantime enjoy this adorable picture of her.

Ginger on the couch
Soft and cuddly!