Well, hello world, how have you been?
Just a general update, because I’ve been stuck in the real world for a while.
On Father’s Day my daughter Henrietta Eleanor Hall was born, a heck of a present. The birth was very quick. A very efficient baby I must say. My wife did well, and was up and around quickly after only a few hours labor. I took a week off to be with her and my children, in addition to continuing renovations on our house. My son and I had a lot of fun, visiting the Rogers Environmental Education Center, and seeing Monster University on opening day.
Rogers was fantastic. I love that my son gets so excited about nature. After we fed the fish the first time, we did the Visitors Center, where they had on display all of the wild life indigenous to Upstate New York. There after we walked one of the trails around the swamp. Towards the end we surprised a stoat, who ran around our feet, up a tree by my head, then shot up the path (all while i was fumbling to get my iPhone out of my pocket, so no pics. Here however is the Wikipedia article for Stoat. Enjoy!). You seriously can’t buy that moment.
My son has seemed to have adjusted well to his new sibling. But he is a loving boy, and I knew that he would. And Etta is just… beautiful. Henrietta is a beloved name in our family, and I think it was the perfect choice.
In addition to the family, I’ve been spending time working on the house and property. This is of course motivated by the arrival of my daughter, so far as the internal work. Our living room has become our new master bedroom, and we have my son’s new room in progress, then his current room will become my daughter’s, which we are really only temporarily patching. After that we stop for the year. The rest of the work is directed at keeping this old girl standing.
My home is old, but I’m not quite sure how old. A lot of the work I’ve seen during demolition to this point suggests 1830’s or later, but we had at one time an old letter addressed to this property from 1812. There are adornments on the house that place it in the late 1800’s, but those were added long after its initial construction. So, something was here much earlier I guess, I just don’t know in what form yet. I drew a diagram of it for a friend the other day, and his reaction was pretty typical: confusion. If you attempted to build this house in its current configuration today, not only would you be denied permits, but you might get committed by the state. We are working on it though.
I’m back at work for these last 2 weeks, and have done some pretty cool stuff with Shell Scripting, and Video Production. The sh script was for our pending server migration, and should make that process a snap. I don’t do UNIX much, but when I do, I have a blast. The video production has centered around preparing clips for a larger project, and special effects on a corporate video. This beat the hell out of my work machine, and gave me lots of render time to… I don’t know… consider life and such.
Tonight, an old car was pulled from a barn on the property. I’m very excited because the barn is in disrepair, and this gives me the chance to save it, and turn it into something useful. If I don’t do this, it falls into the ground after not too much longer. It seems to me, and I’ve been told that I take these things too seriously, that if I don’t do something about these things now, that in the future it will all collapse. We always had this notion of ‘Some day we will get to it’. But with my new addition to the family I’ve been of the mind that ‘Someday’ is today. Its hard work, but our successes this summer are credited to planning. Think before we act, but if we wait until ‘Someday’, we may may be too late. I guess what I’m trying to say is: ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.
This week is my 12th wedding anniversary, and I’m quite happy. My wife is so strong in ways that I am not, and I’m so happy to have found her. Our plans will be limited by the newborn, but it really is a special occasion, and hope we can find the time to have some fun.
All in all, life is good.