Tag: special occasions

Valentine’s day in Albany

I gave Kelly her Valentine’s gift yesterday, since we had a busy day today, and she gave me not one but two cards this morning, which made me realize that I hadn’t gotten her any cards.  Nevertheless, we had a very nice Valentine’s day–our first as a married couple.  I was up at 6 AM to feed the cats, came back upstairs and told Kelly that I was probably just going to get up, since I was already awake.  I then promptly fell back asleep for another hour or so, which she found very amusing.

We flew out of Reagan/National and once again, it’s great living so close to that airport.  The flight to Albany was less than 1/4 full.  In fact, there were 19 people on a plane that holds 80.  It was quite possibly the emptiest flight I’ve ever been on.  We left the gate 10 minutes early and arrived in Albany nearly half an hour early.  strausmouse  was there to meet us, and we piled into his car and headed to a nearby mall where we met rmstraus  and their little dude for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.  Then it was back to their house to hang out, and where lots of talk about babies took place.

Eric made an excellent dinner that consisted of pasta with sweet potatoes, to say nothing of a side salad with some homemade dressing.  And there was some pumpkin ale to go along with it.  Yum!  For dessert, there were chocolate-filled strawberries and ice cream.  We ate dessert while playing a few games of Apples to Apples.  Ryane won the first game and Eric somehow managed to win the second game.  It’s hilarious to watch those two play any game together.  Around 10 PM, Kelly and I called it a night.

Happy Birthday ANALOG/ASTOUNDING (and a related dream)

If I am not mistaken, today is ANALOG/ASTOUNDING’s 79th birthday.  For those who don’t know, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION is the longest continuously running science fiction magazine around.  It started up in 1930 (when my Grandpa was 10 years old!) and is still going strong today.  (In the 1960s, the name was changed to ANALOG).  It is usually considered to be the "major" science fiction magazine market.

On a related note, I have a story that’s been out at ANALOG for 31 days now (that’s longer than any story I’ve ever submitted there, but I attribute that to the holidays).  Last night, I had a dream that I received a "rejection slip" from Stanley Schmidt, editor of ANALOG for 30 years now.  What was strange about it was that it was a long, handwritten note (several pages) with questions about the story scrawled in between references to various articles on the science contained within the story.  There was not a word saying that the story was accepted or rejected.  This is interesting because mabfan, in a radio interview, described getting a similar letter from Stan and not knowing whether this meant Stan wanted a rewrite or not.  To me, it’s just a sign that the submitted story is in my mind.  One other thing about the dream:  in his note, Stan asked "What happened to Norman?" (Norman is the protagonist in the story)–implying that the ending was not clear.  This is contrary to the actual story where it is very clear (to me) what happens to Norman.

Heading off to go shopping now.  Hoping to get some writing in later today. 

A quiet New Year’s Eve

Kelly and I headed over to Sarah’s house at around 8 last night.  There were a total of 6 of us there and it was a nice, quiet evening.  I made my apple, ale and cheddar soup (this time using chopped apple and less cidar) and I thought it came out good.  People seemed to like it.  We sat around talking, watching Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve (with Ryan Seacrest), and shortly after midnight, we headed home and fell into our bed.

Happy New Year, everyone!  2009 is looking up! 

Christmas Day, 2008

We were up early and even Logan was up early in anticipation of opening presents this morning.  As always, it was a lot of fun.   I got Kelly some Christmas movies that she was missing (Elf, and some Charlie Brown Christmas cartoons).  I also got her this little silver elephant whose prehensile trunk can be used as a ring-holder.  Her big gift this year is a new MacBook, which we will pick up this weekend when we are back home.  She got me lots of little things too: new gloves, a scarf, a Yankees desk calendar, a baseball game for Wii, a cool little tripod for our digital camera, a couple of new shirts.  My big gift was a new pair of Oakley sunglasses.  My old pair lasted a while, but got a bad scratch in the left lens.  So it was time for a new pair.

Kelly’s parents got us a bunch of baby books, Goodbye Moon and others like it.  I also got a gift card to Barnes & Noble, which always comes in handy.  Jason and Logan got us a really nice-looking stroller for the baby.  We saw a picture of it (the actual stroller will be delivered to our house).  I got a new sweater and there were lots of other little gifts.  Logan really made out.  We got Kelly’s parents a Garmin GPS.  It was a fun Christmas morning.

Kelly’s aunt and uncle came over around 1 PM and we had a pick Christmas dinner that included turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and corn and green bean casserole, and rolls, you name it.  It was delicious!  By the time they left, somewhere around 6:30 PM, we were tired and Kelly was exhausted.  So it’s off to bed!  We have a whole day to rest tomorrow, before we head home on Saturday.

Happy Birthday strausmouse, etc.

First, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to strausmouse .  For your birthday, I give you warmer weather than you’ve been having lately. You can thank me later.


I know, it’s been a few days.  I’ve had intermittent wireless access and limited time.  Nevertheless, I’ve got the backdated posts  mostly written and should get them posted shortly.  Just a few quick items of business.  Doug has a blog!  (And kruppenheimer  will be happy to see just how much the content of Doug’s blog entries take after his big brother’s.)  I have passed the halfway mark in The Hard SF Renaissance.  More on that shortly.  No writing today, but some notes and ideas down on paper and maybe I’ll squeeze in a little bit of writing sometime tomorrow.  Along with the aforementioned backdated blog posts.

G’night, all!

My holiday newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

I’m sure you get lots of Christmas and holiday newsletters so I’ll keep mine brief: 2008.  There.  All done.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Much Love,


(P.S.: Next year’s newsletter will likely include the obligatory baby photo.  If you just can’t wait, here are pictures of someone else’s baby.)

And the winner is…

My company had the holiday party this evening and Kelly and I arrived there at 5 PM.  I received numerous comments on my clothes.  Kelly made sure that I was sharply dressed.  It was a fun evening, good food and drinks, and good company too.  At around 7 PM they started the raffle (each person attending had a ticket).  They worked their way from the smallest prize up to the grand prize.  About halfway through, they called my number and I walked up to the front of room and accepted a $25 gift card to Champps.  (When I got back to the table, I joked with Kelly that if our other number was called, she’d have to go up to accept the award.)

Our other number was called for the grand prize.

And so, Kelly walked up front and accepted our prize, which was 2 free meals at Chevy’s and 1 weekend night’s stay at the Residence Inn in Arlington.  How cool is that!

We were home at 8 PM.

Today was payday, which is always nice.  Not much reading today.  I’m 70 pages through The Hard SF Renaissance, and about 55 pages through A Man on the Moon.  The latest issue of NEW SCIENTIST arrived yesterday and I’m working my way through that as well.

We have some last minute holiday shopping and errands to do tomorrow morning (early, to avoid the crowds), and then we’re having brunch with AJ and Denisse.