A New Masthead

I threw together the new masthead in about 30 minutes tonight. I decided to be impetuous and actually upload it without testing how it actually looked as part of the page. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. What do you all think?

My biggest motivation behind changing the masthead was to use a picture of a guitar that was actually MY GUITAR. The previous masthead used a stock photo of a guitar that was very similar to mine. I also wanted to ditch the “Musings” bit from the title of the blog. “Musings” implies something a bit more philosophical or metaphysical than what I do here.

Here it’s just babies and dogs.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Snoozing at the Nats GameSo I can sleep! Simon spent the first 3 innings or so of the Nationals/Dodgers game snoozing like a champ. It was a long day for Simon, with tailgating before the game, nine innings, and then the trip home. He needed several little naps like this throughout the day so that he could make it through.

The Nats lost, but much fun was had by all. The seats my coworker hooked us up with were great, and at one point, Simon even made it on the jumbotron! My son is famous! Er, kind of.

Nationals vs. Orioles

This past Saturday Tim and I went to the Nats/O’s game thanks to the generosity of a co-worker who didn’t need his tickets. Needless to say I was torn. I grew up rooting for the Orioles, but I’m thrilled to have the Nats in town. I found myself, at various points in the game when one team would do something good, I’d cheer. Then a little bit later, the other team would do something good. And I’d cheer again. I also noticed that I wasn’t the only person in the crowd doing this.

I took the camera with me. The following series of shots was taken from waaaaaaay up in the 500 section (yellow seats) of RFK stadium. Good zoom!

Alfonso Soriano

We’re going to another game this Saturday, courtesy of another generous coworker. They’re playing the Dodgers, so there will be no rooting conflicts this time. It will be Simon’s first baseball game, so I guess that officially makes him a born fan of the WASHINGTON NATIONALS. Hear that everybody? A WASHINGTON NATIONALS FAN!

Casey the dog entertains Simon the baby. And vice versa.

I think this is really encouraging, because eventually they’ll just be like two whirling dervishes tearing through the house knocking over plants breaking glasses, and generally causing all sorts of mayhem. But for now it’s just flat-out cute. As always when I post a movie, this is a large file. Those with dial-up connections will only run into frustration trying to view it. Sorry!

This is actually a good deal smaller than the video that came off of our camera (120MB). But the quality has suffered noticeably with the compression.

Simon & Casey Play
(WMV, 12.2 MB)

Taking Pictures with a New Toy

The Canon Powershot S3ISNot to go all Ken on you, but I am totally loving geeking out over the new camera that I finally picked up on Sunday. It’s taken some mighty fine pictures of Simon already. In fact, it’s taken almost exclusively pictures of Simon, but that’s only because he’s by far the most photogenic thing in our house. Yeah, we don’t get out much.

I’ve been waiting for this camera to be released for a couple of months, after our trusty A70 bit the dust. We could have picked up a less feature-filled (and cheaper) model, but I’m glad we waited for this one. I’ve been really happy with it so far, and I have lots to learn about how to use it to it’s fullest potential.

One benefit to the camera that I didn’t anticipate is that it takes fantastic little video clips. I don’t think it would serve well as a camcorder replacement for things like plays and concerts, but for the short little clips that we want to take of Simon and Casey, it’s perfect. I’ll upload some video in a couple of days for you to check out.

This camera seems to be the right middle ground between what we had before and upgrading all the way to a DSLR. I can’t wait to get outside at some point (maybe to Great Falls or downtown DC) and see what kind of pictures it will take outside.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it is because of the generosity of both of our parents that we’re able to purchase such a fine camera. Thanks Mom & Dad (both sets)!

There’s not nearly enough time.

First of all, the Book Club has decided on our next book. It will be Nickel & Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich. That being said, I’m a bit frustrated. I’m currently reading two books, with a third in the wings (Life of Pi), and now a fourth for the Book Club. I think I might have a problem.

It seems like there’s just not enough hours in the day. Leaving the necessary items (work, caring for Simon, chores, etc.) out of the picture, my problem is that I have too many leisure interests that I would like to pursue. Reading books and blogs, watching movies, playing games, getting exercise, playing the woefully neglected guitar, and learning to play the recently acquired ukulele – the list goes on and on. I guess that it’s really a matter of prioritization.

Actually, that’s not even really true. I’m lazy at heart. So when it could be a matter of prioritization, it’s really more a matter of convenience. Why put forth the effort to get up off my butt when I can thoroughly enjoy myself sitting in front of the computer or television? Or pick up the book that is just an arms-length away? So it seems that the activities that I pick are the ones requiring the least effort. That’s not true across the board, but it is certainly a trend that I need to work on. Does anybody else have this problem? Or am I alone in my leisure-of-convenience mentality?