Same as Yesterday

May 31, 2006 on 8:15 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was pretty much the same as yesterday, except that Ethan joined Sean and me for the trip to the gym. When we arrived at the gym, Ethan was definitely tired, and he was cranky for a while, but was well behaved after that. Sean, as usual, enjoyed his gym class. Both kids insist that weren’t tired at bedtime, but both of them passed out moments after hitting the bed.

Back to the Routine

May 30, 2006 on 8:29 pm | In Main | No Comments

It felt a bit different going to the office today, but it did not take me long to get back in the rhythm of a normal week day. That included taking Sean to his gym class, which he enjoyed, and I enjoyed watching.

Another Pool Party

May 29, 2006 on 7:48 pm | In Main | No Comments

We has so much fun with the pool party yesterday, we did it again today, with the same guests. Yesterday, we had ribs and grilled corn on the cob, and today we had hamburgers. It was slightly warmer today, but it was still windy, so it was slightly chilly getting out of the pool.

I did not do much else today, and the weekend for that matter, but I needed to rest and recover from last week’s trip, which I was able to do.

Pool Party

May 28, 2006 on 7:17 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had some friends over today for a picnic dinner and a swim in the pool. Sean had a great time, with kids his age to play with. We had cooler weather today, so Sean and I were really the only ones comfortable with the cooler water. Actually, the water was just fine, it was just cool getting out of the water.

Cortney let me sleep in today, and I had much more energy. I was able to get a fair amount of yard work done and still had enough energy for the exercise bike.

Fun in the Pool

May 27, 2006 on 9:37 pm | In Main | No Comments

I still felt a bit tired today as well, probably from jet lag. I had enough sleep last night, but I still felt tired and drowsy.

The highlight of the day was the afternoon swim in the pool. I took me awhile to get the pool cleaned, but after that, Sean, Ethan and I all had fun swimming. Ethan has finally lost his fear of the water. He kept jumping into the pool to swim to me. And Sean has finally learned how to dive into the pool. I have had him practice a few times, but today he finally put everything together. We all stayed in the pool until we were nice and tired.

Sean the First Grader

May 26, 2006 on 9:54 pm | In Main | No Comments

While I was gone, Sean had his last day of school, so now he is officially a first grader. Cortney says that Sean wanted to start school on Monday, but he will have to wait until Fall.

I woke up a bit tired this morning, and so I decided to work from home. This turned out to be a good idea, because not only did Cortney get a break from the kids, but I also suffered some jet lag. I think I would have been fine if the plane from Chicago was on time, as I would have had a normal sleep schedule. At least now I have a three day weekend ahead of me.

Almost Home

May 25, 2006 on 5:28 pm | In Main | No Comments

I’m writing this in Chicago, where I am wating for my flight to Phoenix. The plane is going to be over two hours late, so I won’t get home until after midnight.

By the time I get home, I will be over 24 hours of travel time. So far, I have just had a brief nap on the flight from London, although I will likely sleep on the flight from Phoenix. At least I have a three-day weekend coming up, where I can recover from this trip.

Last Night in England

May 24, 2006 on 3:59 pm | In Main | No Comments

This is my last night in England. I had a successful day at work, and we had a good dinner this evening, but I am really looking forward to getting home and spending time with the family.

Yeovil, Day 2

May 23, 2006 on 2:03 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was the first day here that approached a normal work day. I went in early, got quite a bit accomplished, and left in plenty of time to enjoy a pub dinner.

I borrowed a rental car from someone else in our group to drive back to my hotel, so I was able to experience driving on the opposite side of the road. On top of that, the car was a manual transmission. The clutch was on the normal side, but the shifter was on the left, which took some getting used to. The roundabouts are challenging too, as well as the narrow roads.

Stonehenge

May 22, 2006 on 2:52 pm | In Main | No Comments

I wanted to work a full day today, but it took us a while to get to the facility in Yeovil. The route from London took us directly past Stonehenge, so of course, we had to stop and check it out. It was certainly interesting, but wind-driven rain made the experience less pleasant than it should have been.

My hotel in Yeovil is very nice. I did manage to get some work done tonight, and we had a nice dinner as well.

London

May 21, 2006 on 11:28 pm | In Main | No Comments

This post appears on Sunday, but it is first thing Monday morning in London.

I had no problem with the flight across the Atlantic, and I was able to get some sleep on the plane. I braved the London public transportation system and took the Underground (subway) all the way from Heathrow airport to nearby my hotel in downtown London. I actually had more trouble finding the Hotel from the subway station, as streetsigns are fairly rare.

I joined up with some of the people travelling who will be going to Yeovil with me, and took a tour bus of London, driving by Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and other London landmarks. And of course, a couple of pub stops.

I was able to sleep normal hours last night, so I think I have mostly survived the jet lag. We will be driving by rental car to Yeovil later this morning.

Sean’s Kindergarten Program

May 20, 2006 on 8:54 am | In Picture of the Week | No Comments

I forgot to mention yesterday that Sean had his kindergarten program. I had to leave work to see it, but it was worth it, particularly since Sean missed the Christmas program due to a stomach virus. The program was good and included singing and a slide show, but I guess a group of kindergartners singing is always cute. Sean seemed to be one of the few kids who understood dancing means more than moving your head and hands.

Here’s a picture of Sean singing (Sean is in the middle, with the light shining on him):

Sean's Kindergarten Program

Packing Day

May 20, 2006 on 8:30 am | In Main | No Comments

I will leave the house around noon today, so I spent the morning packing and getting ready for the trip. I set the alarm for 5:00 AM this morning to better help me get used to losing 8 hours, so I had some extra time this morning.

We all went out for breakfast, at Cortney’s new favorite place: The Black Bear Diner. Cortney and Sean had been previously, and they both liked it. Of course it had a black bear theme, with a country-type atmosphere. Sean and Ethan both ate a big breakfast, so that’s a plus.

I may not be able to post tomorrow, but I should have broadband access starting Monday.

Thinking about Traveling

May 19, 2006 on 8:32 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had a good time at Burger King this evening, and even Cortney joined us, but all I could think about was the trip tomorrow. I will be flying to London via Chicago, leaving tomorrow afternoon and arriving in London at noon on Sunday. I will spend the night in London, and Monday morning I will take a train to Yeovil, where I will stay and work until Wednesday evening. I leave for London Thursday morning, and will make it back home by Thursday evening.

A Good Day

May 18, 2006 on 9:19 pm | In Main | No Comments

In contrast with yesterday, today was a good day. I got up first thing in the morning prepared to call overseas for my trip arrangements, but I found out in an email everything was taken care of, so I took the extra time to ride the exercise bike.

At work, I got rid of my back log of work items, and had no problem leaving work early to attend the conference at Sean’s school.

It turns out Sean is eligible for additional services. He will get speech therapy, occupational therapy, and even help with his math. For some reason, Sean tested poorly in math, even though I don’t think he will have a problem with math.

After work, I managed to pick up a pair of sunglasses to replace the pair I lost last weekend. It was too late after dinner to take the kids in the pool, but I had a nice swim in the pool myself after cleaning the pool. I wasn’t even upset when I found out that the dirt and leaves at the bottom of the pool were due to my swim goggles being thrown in the pool by the kids, stopping the vacuum cleaner from working.


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