Saturday, June 22, 2013

Socially-Awkward Socializing

Continuing this year's trend of being all social and stuff, I got to spend a few hours today hanging out with someone I met on Twitter. And yep, tick another mark in the "friends from the internet are cool" column. I drove up to Annapolis to meet my internet friend for an X-Files comic book launch party/signing. We made judgy eyebrows at the other nerds and browsed the comic book store and kept our squealing to polite and ladylike levels, then continued into old town Annapolis for further adventures and lunch. It was a grand time.

Meeting up with Internet friends is fun. The end.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Look at me! I made a game!

This was the final project for my Python class. I made a Doctor Who game!

(Up arrow to move forward, L/R arrows to turn, space bar to shoot. Oh, and the audio won't work in Safari. Chrome is probably the best option, but I've been told the game runs all right in Firefox as well.)

Friday, June 14, 2013

First/Last Day of School

Third year running

We have gone to pick strawberries at Miller Farms every summer since 2011. This morning was our third trip. I took some pictures! I've taken pictures every time, in fact.

Eleri in 2011


Eleri last year

Yeah, didn't get her face that year. Sorry.

Eleri this morning

Growing up!

Soren in 2011

Soren last year

Soren this morning

In years past, we've gone to the farm in late April or early May. This year we didn't make it up there until the very last day of the "pick your own" season. Between the lateness and the fact that we had a huge wind and rain storm through the region yesterday, I fully expected the fields to be a muddy mess with almost no berries left. Rarely have I been so glad to be wrong! This year's weather was the nicest by far, and our haul was the biggest. We came home with just over 5 lbs of berries, all gathered in just about 25 minutes. Impressive!

After our exhausting labor in the fields, we hit the farm store and got some ice cream. All told, a very fruitful morning! ;)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


I forgot to post a link to my Blackjack project for my Python class. Whoops. I'm currently working on a pretty slick Doctor Who-themed arcade game, in the style of Asteroids. I should be able to post a link for that one this weekend. :)

Social butterflies

We've been able to do a lot of visiting with various folks in the last few months. ML was out in early March, then my mom was here, and my friend Amber from high school was in town at the end of the month. In April I got to hang out in person for the first time with Problem Girl and Stimey, some awesome ladies I've "known" online for quite a few years now. And then my friend Mario from California was in town, so the kids and I got to visit with him (he'd never met Eleri and hadn't seen Soren since we moved).

Memorial weekend we spent a bunch of time with a bunch of folks from Unfogged. Tom's been reading that website for years and years, and I read it off & on as well. It's one of those very rare places online where the comment threads are actually worth reading; it's by and large a community of smart, thoughtful people who have interesting things to say. We've met up with various folks from the blog all over the country, and it's always been a positive experience.

So anyway, Memorial weekend, a bunch of folks were converging on DC for a big get-together, had rented a house for a base of operations. We took the kiddos into the city Friday evening, and they of course charmed everyone in attendance. Soren didn't take long to set up a "beer sale" (he would fetch beers from the fridge and deliver them to his customers in exchange for the bottle caps), and Eleri spent a bunch of time stacking and arranging and counting said bottle caps. On Saturday we met up with some people in the afternoon at the National Gallery and wandered from there to the Hirschorn sculpture garden before heading over to the house for another evening of socializing and amusement. Soren started earning actual tips with his "beer sale" and was super chuffed about the whole thing. We didn't get back home that night until super late, but both kids were incredibly well behaved. It was a really fun couple of days.

We were up almost absurdly early the next morning (actually a perfectly reasonable hour, but it seemed early given our late night) to meet up with yet more friends for breakfast. We went to Best Buns Bakery for breakfast sandwiches and holy freaking cow were they amazing. We ate breakfast at a park, hung out for a few hours and let the kids play, and then went back to Best Buns to pick up more sandwiches for lunch. Definitely need to go there again. Wow.

Anyway, that's just a bit of what we've been up to lately. Now that summer's here, I'm sure the kids and I will be out and about a fair bit, so I should have even more to not write about soon. ;)