Month: July 2010

4 day weekend

IBM gives me a certain amount of floaters each year that they pretty much assign to you.

What this means, for the most part, is that they make 3 day weekends 4 day weekends, and that’s what’s happening this weekend.

Tara and I plan to make the most of it really. Firstly, I’m going to wire as much of the basement as I can. Right now the main wire is coming from the fuse box to a spot on the ceiling. I’ve installed half the boxes, now it’s just a matter of running the wire. It’ll take a full day I think, but shouldn’t be rocket science. Then I’ll go get the permit and have my inspection. Or I might just hook it all up myself and be done with it. Hard to say really.

Then it’s baby room stuff. I’ll have to employ some additional help to move stuff, but I think I can get that done. I have some shelves and a desk to move out still. That should take 30 minutes. Then I should get around to repairing the holes in the wall all this moving has caused 😉

Tara and I also plan to have a picnic day. We’re thinking Tuesday as everyone else would have to be back at work, and therefore virtually any place we go would be pretty quiet. In theory.

This leaves us a couple of days to do…stuff. I should mow my parents lawn on Saturday, and get around to playing some StarCraft maybe on the Monday 🙂

And some sleep, it would be nice to get some of that as well.

What is everyone else doing on the long weekend?

StarCraft

With the releaes of the new StarCraft looming, I came to the relization that I hadn’t actually played all the single player stuff in the first version. In fact, I think I’ve only completed the Terran portion. So I don’t know a lot of the story going into the StarCraft 2. Not that it’s necessary to enjoy the game, but it would be nice. That, and it fires up the nostalga engine a little 😉

We all bought StarCraft very soon after it was released. It was from Blizzard, and Blizzard made WarCraft 2, something we were already hooked on. So it made sense. I can’t remember which box art version I bought, I’m thinking Zerg, but it’s possible it was Protos. I was still in college and it was able to run on my nice new Pentium 100, with 16megs(yes, megs) of RAM on my 1gig hard drive. BTW, that set me back $2000 at the time.

I started to play the single player missions, starting with Terran, just to get the feel of it. The new units and environments were really cool, and I feel right into the game. But let’s be honest, you don’t buy this for single player, it’s a multi-player game with a decent single player campaign.

Because of Shayne, I was getting pretty good at Warcraft 2, enough so that when Doug and I played, it was pretty painful for Doug. Shayne would kick your ass three ways until Sunday, but, and this is important, would tell you what you did wrong and tell you how to correct it for the next time. I got better. So much so that when Doug and I played our first SC game, I was cocky. I assumed that my mad skills at Warcraft would allow me to mop the floor with him in StarCraft. Boy howdy was I wrong. And apologies to Doug, I was a really sore looser.

Anyway, while I was printing the Thank You cards(yes, they are coming) I fired up SC and started on the Zerg campaign. Boy did this bring back a rush of excitement. Hearing that I needed more overlords just reminded me of the days in college. Playing this game for all hours; winning some, loosing some, and generally just seeing how badly you could stomp the other person. It got my heart racing, and then I remembered, this game *really* used to get my heart racing. As in heart attack like. I would twitch click, eyes moving rapidly between various parts of the screen, knowing that at any time a wave of Terrans could be knocking at my door. I would break out into a physical sweat, adrenalin pumping and just wishing that my brain would move a little faster. In my experience, if you didn’t play fast, you kinda died. And it did get to the point where as soon as the game started, my heart rate would jump up and never let up until it was over(or until it was obvious that I was going to loose, and then I would kinda mellow and take it all in).

Granted, at the time, I was also smoking and drinking a lot more, so that could have been it too.

So I’m looking forward to SC2. I suspect I’ll play the single player more than the multi-player, only because I’m going to be a father soon and don’t want to die of a heart attack when “Nuclear Launch Detected” sounds over my speakers.

Ahoy there!

On Monday, I took the day off and Tara and I went boating!

It was all Tara’s idea, and it was an awesome one. I’ve never really been boating. I’ve been on boats, but never really driven one.

We packed up the car and the dog and went down to PickerelBay to rent us a pontoon boat. While expensive, we thought it would be the best for us. It gave a lot of room to move around and was the least likely to tip over because, well, let’s face it, I’m a little bit of a clutz. That, and we had the dog.

It started out as a lovely day on the water. We got on the boat, headed out to sea* and just loved the wind in our faces. We stopped off a little later for lunch. It was nice to just park the boat, let it drift a little, and eat and enjoy our surroundings.

After lunch, we boated. We just went, no real direction(although trying to remember our bearings so as not to get lost) and just loved the idea of being in a boat. I think I have a greater appreciation for why my Dad goes fishing. It was so nice and calm out there. Nothing to do but be.

We stopped off again and sat with our feet in the water. This was great until the black flies showed up and bit Tara. And me. So we boated off again. But we soon realized that, everytime we stopped, the flies would show up. We wondered if they could just smell the water on our feet. So we just puttered along at a leasurly pace.

And this was fine until we spotted the rain clouds on the horizon. And the rain wall that was coming towards us.

Throttle up!

And we zoomed(as much as a pontoon boat can zoom) towards the marina. But not until we were totally soaked.

It did cut our day short, but we vowed to return. Maybe with friends next time. There was plenty of room, and we think we could pack about 10 people on that thing. Not sure if you would want to do that mind you, but there’s room.

Or, we could just buy our own. It’s on our ever growing list of things to get now 🙂

*actually, it’s a lake, and an enclosed one at that I think

Cat’s out of the bag

We found out the sex of the baby last Monday. Tara wanted it to be a surprise, but as soon as the tech said that she knew, Tara had to know 🙂

And it’s not like I encouraged her to keep it a secret or anything.

I told my mother later that day, but for some reason kept forgetting to tell anyone else. But, since I was at my nephews birthday party on Saturday, and told everyone there, I’ll tell the world now.

We’re having a boy 🙂

His name will be William [something] Fuller. Liam for short as to not have him be confused with his father. 😉

Now we get to start decoraitng the room 🙂

Mind you, it would have been a gender neutral theme anyway, but maybe I can slip some boy stuff in there 😀

Cat's out of the bag

We found out the sex of the baby last Monday. Tara wanted it to be a surprise, but as soon as the tech said that she knew, Tara had to know 🙂

And it’s not like I encouraged her to keep it a secret or anything.

I told my mother later that day, but for some reason kept forgetting to tell anyone else. But, since I was at my nephews birthday party on Saturday, and told everyone there, I’ll tell the world now.

We’re having a boy 🙂

His name will be William [something] Fuller. Liam for short as to not have him be confused with his father. 😉

Now we get to start decoraitng the room 🙂

Mind you, it would have been a gender neutral theme anyway, but maybe I can slip some boy stuff in there 😀

Official Wedding Photos!

They’re finally in!

Actually, they’ve been in for about a week now, I’ve just been lazy in posting about it. But they’re also online for your convinence.

Head on over to billlovestara.ca and hit the gallery link.

Clicking on the small pics will take you to the full sized ones.

Warning, the full sized ones range between 5 and 10 megs, so they might take a second to load properly.

Enjoy!