Events, Family, Personal, Software

Working on the Javascripts From Atlanta

Goods news – I survived the two day journey back to Atlanta! My folks offered to help us move (or maybe it was to help their granddaughter move back). We rented a truck, and got everything loaded up Wednesday. After an exhausting day of packing, and cleaning I said good-bye to my Barrington, RI residence and hit the road. After living in the smallest state, its difficult for me to drive long distances, and Atlanta was a long distance destination. The drive was easy, and at the end of the journey I had friends, family, a big house, and my best friend’s wedding reception to make it to. It was the fuel I needed to keep my sanity.

After an overnight stop in Strausburg, VA, I made the rest of the journey with time to spare for the reception. It is amazing how different Atlanta looks form an outsider’s eyes. I got used to the close together houses, and the small, but dense cities of New England. When I got off of I-85 in Braselton, GA and start making my way on backroads to my in-law’s house I started to get shaken. I couldn’t believe how country it really is in rural Georgia. Parts were charming, like the road side tables with local produce for sale, and other parts were just run down and sad. At this point I had yet to see the house that I signed a year and a half lease on in person, and this was swaying my confidence in my decision.

After John and Anna’s wedding reception I called it a night, with move in day starting bright and early the next morning. We finally got moved in thanks to friends and family into our new house. The house is beautiful, and has been truly renovated. We have lots of space to grow into, and Morrigan finally gets a toy room. We have central air again, and a wrap around deck overlooks the tree canopy in the heavily wooded back yard. We are up against a creek, and so far, it has been very peaceful, but the the neighborhood is no Barrington. I missed the cicadas and fireflies.

Over the last few weeks we have been getting to see lots of folks, and are making up for lost time. A lot has changed, but not so much that we can’t catch up. I have enjoyed talking with everyone, and I feel so happy to be back.

Another big change for us has been my adoption of a teleworking arrangement. I am home during the day, working out of my office. It has been great not having a commute, and getting to maximize my time with Morrigan and Kristin. When I would go into work, I would spend most of the day waiting to get back home. Now I have both things, together. Before you cut me down with your death ray stare, it isn’t all perfect. I miss my coworkers, and the opportunity it provided me to get out and break from the routine. I will give a telecommute update in a few months once I find a good rhythm.

In programming news, I have become intrigued with Node.js and developing in Javascript. A client project at work turned me onto it, but the timing was terrible since I was a new, first time dad. I had to let that project go, but a recent Hack Day at MojoTech gave me time to focus my energy on Backbone. I have been slowly building a card game in the browser using Node.js + Backbone + Mongoose. The project is one of love, as I used to play this card game a lot in Middle School, but now it is a dead franchise. More updates on Javascript, and my side project in the days to come.

Computers, Events, Family, Personal, Thoughts

Further Observations on these Northerners

Each day that goes by is getting a little bit easier – thats a good sign that I am going to live to see 2011 after all!

The highlights first. I turned 26 this year! I’ve left the Spring of my life and moved into it’s Summer. For my birthday we went to Moe’s Southwestern Grill in Hanover. After gorging ourselves on queso, we went to see Get Him to the Greek in theaters. The movie was a riot and had me laughing so hard I was crying. Afterwards, we finished the evening off at the Cheesecake Factory at the South Shore Plaza mall (location of Mall Cop). After writing it off because of the name Kristin is now pumped to go back. Good news for me since I love this place (how can you not?)

I got a new netbook computer for my birthday present. The computer is an ASUS eee, model 1005HAB. I love it for what it does. I can sit outside on our nice patio set and listen to nature while surfing the Internet. I miss my old laptop, but I don’t miss its bulk, its pitiful battery or its weight. Ubuntu Linux has also made it wickedly easy to just install and go. We picked it up in Boston’s North Shore after a Craigslist tip, and what a cool area! We will be scheduling a trip back minus the car. This place is the “gold coast” of Boston, and it is so packed with shops it reminded me of Paris, France.

I also picked up God of War: III, which I can’t play yet, because I haven’t beaten God of War: II. I’ll get to them soon I hope. I heard its fantastic, and I will probably bring it in to work for all the 360 folks to check out (then cry over).

Our heatwave has finally broken, with pleasant afternoon temperatures hanging around 70 the last few days. You don’t really need air conditioning up here, save for a few days like we have had lately. When I walk down the street to get my morning coffee from Dunkin Donuts (more on that in a second), I see one house in four with an AC unit. One of my coworkers just moved into a new apartment, and he said that he has lived in a place without AC his whole life. Amazing!

We have added to our lists of places to go for food. We are both pretty tired of pizza and sub shops, which seems to dot the restaurant landscape as abundantly as weeds. In addition to Vinny Ts, and JJ Mulligans (a local pub), the Cheesecake Factory, and Redbones (BBQ place in Somerville) have made the list. Dunkin Donuts has taken a stranglehold on the coffee and donut market here. They probably outnumber Starbucks 10 to 1. Makes since being that this is where they started. I prefer them anyways – and they are winning Kristin over with their frozen coffee.

The wife and I are still adjusting to our jobs. Its all part of the experience of moving I suppose. We miss our old employers. One of my coworkers brought in a CO2 “rig” for carbonating our drinks. I have had so much carbonated water lately that I think my bladder and kidneys are shutting down. I carbonated some lemonade yesterday, and I am looking for other things to try next. I wonder what sweet tea would taste like? Drinking a freshly carbonated drink means swallowing a lot of CO2, which can make you feel giddy for a second or two. I think that is part of the appeal.

I am getting adjusted to my train ride into work. It has certainty solidified my nerves, since I now have to deal with “strange” people steadily. Instead of fearing the worst, I now just accept they are there, and try to ignore them. Its an improvement for me. I am so comfortable that some days I have drifted off to sleep on the train when I am not engaged in a good book. Doing this has made me end up heading to Ashmont because I missed the transfer at JFK U. Mass. I have gotten a lot of time to read lately. I just finished Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Zig Ziggler’s See You at the Top (thanks Joyce!), and I am working on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban now.

Kristin and I are continuing our gardening experiment. Our peas are pushing four feet tall, and our tomatoes and cucumber have started to aggressively grow, but they are still tiny – just a few inches tall. The herbs have been a failure, and the green onion has been met with limited success so far. Its something fun to do though. It is satisfying to see something so tall that you started from a tiny seed. Probably the simple version of having a kid I suppose. We have been exploring local parks with the canines which we all enjoy. It really is beautiful up here, and the weather invites you to come outside rather than hitting you with an invisible wave of heat when you open the door.

And now the best news for last, you loyal readers. I will be flying back to Atlanta the morning of July 2nd to see all of you wonderful people. I can’t wait to see my family, my ex-co-workers, friends, babies, and critters! It has really picked my mood since I booked the flight. Hopefully there are some folks staying in town for the holiday weekend. If you are, lets catch up! Give me a ring, or shoot an email to me! See you all soon!

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I Heart Snow

Levi blinks everytime a snowflake landed on his face. Apparently we never told him that he is a sled dog.

 

Interstate 20 yesterday around noon

 

Downtown Atlanta in our “snow storm”