May 2005

In response to popular demand, I’ve posted instructions documenting how we make the giant cardboard animals at work. You can find a step-by-step pictorial guide in the work photo gallery area of my site.

This particular “build” was a pig for Tim’s birthday. Why a pig? Well, they had pink fabric on the dollar rack at Wal-Mart, so that’s what we went with.


Happy birthday, Tim!

I’ve got another interesting link today. This is a site I found at work that basically consumed us for about two weeks (on our own time after hours, of course). The site shows you twenty-six logos for a particular theme, but instead of the whole logo, you see just one letter, and you have to guess what all of the logos are. Most of the themes have one logo for each letter of the alphabet. An example theme would be logos for breakfast cereal. Some are easy and some are actually pretty hard.

Our favorite themes were movies, video games, tech company logos, web sites, and fast food restaurants. The only one that we did not eventually get every answer for was “Shopping for Singles”. If you know the answers for I, J, P, R or V, please post a comment!

Happy birthday, Jennifer!


I was reconciling my favorites links between home and work and came across this crazy game that Carrie found one day. The basic idea is that you are an abominable snowman and you try to whack a penguin with a baseball bat as far as you can. We can be a little competitive around the office, so besides just going for absolute distance, we found a few other criteria to try to outdo each other. If you play the game for a little bit, you will notice that sometimes the penguin lands on his belly and sometimes he lands in a nose dive. We kept records for the longest and shortest belly landing and the longest and shortest nose dive.

My best scores so far are:
Longest belly landing: 323.5
Shortest belly landing: 65.4
Longest nose dive: 207.6
Shortest nose dive: 189.8
Please post a comment if you get a score that beats any of these.

Happy birthday, Chris!

Now that I’m actually posting again, I have to mention the cast recording for “Wicked”. I’ve had the CD for quite a while now, but I just got around to really listening to it about a week and a half ago. I love this show! I listened to it three times on the way to and from Atlanta for the user conference, and I’ve been listening to it constantly around the house since then (just ask Joy). I know the show isn’t exactly a deep philosophical journey or anything, but as fun entertainment, it’s pretty hard to beat. I really want to see this show live some day.

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth are absolutely wonderful. I had heard Idina Menzel before on the cast recording for “Rent” (she played Maureen), but on this recording she is just on a whole different level. She is phenomenal.

My favorite songs from “Wicked” (at least right now) are “The Wizard And I”, “Dancing Through Life”, “Popular”, “I’m Not That Girl”, “Defying Gravity”, and “For Good”.

Wow! This past week and a few days with Charis has been quite an adventure. I never dreamed it would be so much work to take care of a newborn, but I also never would have guessed that I’d love it so much. I think I could just hold her and stare at her for days on end. It’s almost impossible to believe that Charis has only been here a little over a week. It seems like she’s been a part of our lives forever.

Joy and I are starting to get out and about a little bit this week. Yesterday we took Charis by the office where Joy used to work and today we took her by my office. I think everyone really enjoyed seeing her and I know that Joy and I really liked the chance to get out of the house for a little while.

Charis Anne was born at 12:14 this afternoon. She weighs 9 lbs, 5 oz and is 21 inches long. She and her mom are both doing great. I’m still not exactly sure how I’m doing. I’d call it excited, proud, and overwhelmed all rolled into one.

Last night Joy and I watched “The Thin Man” (1934). I didn’t really know what to expect from this one going into it, but it turns out I love it! It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy and their banter is just magnificent. I can’t recall the last time I saw a movie with such clever, quick dialogue. Highly recommended!