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Saturday, December 30, 2006

The ficus that decided to live.

3 months after me dared to move the ficus tree, it decided it had the will to go on. I'm SO proud to have rescued the ficus from its own suicide (or herbicide-suiherbicide?)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Favorite Meal Of All Time

Favorite Meal!

Favourite Meal!

The most wonderful Christmas gift of all was, of course, the health and happiness of my family (and friends!!!). But these flautas came in a close second…

It was sad that my sisters and my brother did not come out to Christmas this year. It was strange to be the only one at home for the holiday. But this sadness and strangeness was tempered quite a bit because I did not have to fight with them over the flautas or the guacamole…

I declare this to be my favorite meal of all time.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

To all!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

White Christmas in Denver

Blizzard Folk's House @ 5 PM

Backyard @ Folks's house
Originally uploaded by Pablo Mercado.

I don't fly out till Saturday. Maybe conditions will have improved by then...

beta la fea

Google has finally pulled blogger.com out of beta. What does this mean for us? Nothing! But maybe we can switch? The new blogger does have sweet stuff like comment feeds (which we have due to my email hack, here), and other stuff…

Of course, I will have to upgrade Paper Lantern so that it can handle GData feeds…


300 trailer

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Google Earth

Have ya'll cheched out this program.
It is a free download and it's super cool.
satellite imaging from all the way out in space right into your own backyard.
I recently used it to get the exact coordinated for the center of the field at the FCBarcelona stadium and then I built a collection around the pic and the info.

you can zoom all over the world and see all kinds of amazing detail.

Home and Work, Alexandria VA

Home and Work, Alexandria VA
Originally uploaded by Pablo Mercado.

The new Multiple Destination feature of Google Maps is sweet. I am glad that they finally added it!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Granddaddy of Vertical Gardening

Check out this interview with the granddaddy of vertical gardening, Patrick Blanc. This man is so cool -- he's my muse! He's gone to rain forests to study how plants grow vertically in soilless conditions, and then created living walls for some impressive museums, hotels, and fashionistas in europe.

My living wall goes up in spring -- so exciting!! 40' tall by 16' wide -- I will send pics when it goes up. Here are links to Patrick, so you can start to get an idea of what vertical gardens are all about:

Check out these gorgeous photos!! Incredible!!



Sunday, December 17, 2006


Despite my fatigue I had a very nice time at the Chavez' last night.


Merry Xmas Everyone

Massive Upload
Originally uploaded by killy.
Massive Flickr upload. Massive. 61 photos.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Originally uploaded by TaggartCojanSorensen.
I remember when Adolph first pointed me in the direction of these things and I was very intrigued. After watching others use them I decided they were not for me. Admittedly I am not a spontaneous person. I watch. Watch some more. Then if I have not fallen asleep I do something. The third revision of this product is geared towards my approach. On a tripod. (Really I consider this the third revision because the Second was just a doube ontondra 2 time 2.0 aperature and little else. The Third is a different animal. I wouldnt call it german engineered but I will say there is a bit more design involved. This is my first photo with it.

Mis Hermanos

DSCN2206, Originally uploaded by KunzKlan.

Jarret (left) and Richard have gone to the birds! This photo was taken by my sister during a recent outing to the zoo with Kaenen, The World's Cutest Nephew!. Richard, having dressed appropriately, has obviously done this before.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Computer History Museum

So I have spend the last couple of days attending the Internet Identity Workshop out in California. I won’t bore y’all with any of the details, but I will say that the conference was amazing…

Anyhow, the conference was held in the Computer History Museum. At the end of the conference (today) we got to take a guided tour…

The tour was incredible. The museum has a fantastic collection of computers, from the venerable PDP-1 to amazing and beautiful Cray-1. Of course, they also have a great collection of micro-computers and personal computers, including one my first boxes, the Atari 800...

It was just so cool to see the the computing machines, from the abacus, to the slide-rule, to the gargantuan vacumn tube machines, to the big ass Cray super-computers…

Also, it is amazing to think that my Dad’s first job title was “computer”. He literally “computed” all day long with a slide-rule!

Anyhow, the Computer History Museum is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the Bay Area.

Monday, December 04, 2006

My sister Sara is expecting...


Hooray!!!! So, they do not know the gender or genders. But they do know that the twins are fraternal, not identical….

Friday, December 01, 2006

Simple Pleasures

I wrote this in February of this year, and I just rediscovered it in my notebook this morning:

Oh, Antonio of round and ruddy cheek,
How could I have guessed before you came
That there would be such simple pleasure
In being your one and only "Mama,"
A word you say from deep within your chest
So that it sounds like a sacred Buddhist chant:

I treasure the sound of your voice
Filled with irrespressible jubiliance
Over things I forgot to notice long ago.

"Ball!" you exclaim, never tiring of its
Infinite roundness and unfailing bounce
Against the world's hard surfaces,
Although you have not yet come to
Understand its lesson of resilience
In the face of your own tumbles.

But my favorite times are when we
Laugh together over some silly sound
Or a face I make to get a smile.
Once we start to laugh, it's hard to stop.
It's a contagious itch, and I love
To hear the sound of your laughter
Coming from deep within your belly:
The sincerest utterance of joy I have
Ever heard.

Oh, Antonio, of fine and flaxen hair.
I press my nose against your sweet
Toussled head and am filled with an
Aroma as full of new promise as a
Spring morning, and I close my eyes
To think again of your laugh - a
Raucous, robust sound that bursts,
Unrestrained from deep within you.

I live for that laugh. I dance to its
Cadence and timbre in my ear; and
When you throw your arms around
My neck and kiss my cheek, I know
How very lucky I am.

I love your wildness. You are the
Spark that rekindles my interest in
The world anew each day. It simply
Isn't true that we humans are better
Off the more we know. You are the
Proof that the greatest joys of life
Lie in the simplest of pleasures,
Those things that have been here
All along right under our noses:
Ball, mama, cookie, tree, car, daddy,
What more does anyone need, really?

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Doctor Visit

I had a yearly-checkup last week. They did the usual poking and prodding and cough-inducing. Also, they took a bunch of my precious blood.

I got the results of my blood-work today. Everything is ok, but the results indicate that I am “borderline anemic”. WTF? I suppose this explains my chronic fatigue…

Anemia, from the Greek meaning ‘without blood’

Monday, November 27, 2006

Jésus y El Horno

IMG_0785.JPG, Originally uploaded by tcserpa.

D and i had a nice hill country getaway this long Thanksgiving weekend thing. First we popped in to Buda for turkey-eating and family-seeing. Then, after some time bumming around Austin (in the fancy new second street district, where a Ducati dealership recently opened), we headed west.
We found this kooky little guest cabins in Lakeway, and stayed there from Friday to Sunday. 'Character' is the word that springs to mind when considering the pink-dominated color scheme and plethora of south american knick knacks. Included in said knick-knacks was 'tour guide Jesus', shown here pointing out the location of the stove.

The set starts here.

Friday, November 24, 2006

600,000 atoms

I listen to a lot of audiobooks on my drives to and from the city. If you haven't read "a short history of nearly everything," by bill bryson, I highly recommend it. He writes about every aspect of science, from astrophysics to paleontology, in a way that is so engaging and fascinating. You won't want to set this book down (or turn the cd player off in my case).

One interesting point he makes is that each of us contains approx 600,000 atoms that were once part of shakespeare, or jesus, or buddha, or picaso!

How's that for enlightenment?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Hello everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for many things, not the least of which is the friendship that we maintain, even at a distance...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I'm Back

Hello everyone, I'm back to my desk after a busy year! I've missed this 'lil blog and all of you.

So I'm looking for ways to keep busy this winter -- I found a philosophy class at the local university on "metaphysics and eastern studies" -- sounds intriguing.

Also am volunteering to work for the nature conservancy to help preserve endangered species in local parks.

I hope to take a few yoga classes this winter, if I can make the early 9:30 class and get Antonio to daycare in time.

And, Antonio and I are going to storytime at the local library and work-outs with other 2-year-olds (a necessity for a boy with boundless energy) on the jungle gyms at Gymboree...

Looking forward to seeing the first snowfall, since I think this year Antonio will be able to really tear it up out there on the sled, since last year he was still getting his bearings on the whole walking thing.

We had a wonderful time in Texas -- one of these days I will set up a Flickr account and put all our recent pics up there, but for now, here's one of my little cowboy:

Monday, November 20, 2006

I wanted to see

Micheal Jackson's Thriller because i think the dance part is cool
then i found this!
check out the red pleather pants


Originally uploaded by TaggartCojanSorensen.
Day One in Maui. Liz spent the middle of the afternoon learning to surf while I walked up and down the beach swimming, shooting, and picking up pieces of wood that looked like bone.
She stood up and "surfed" several times. Making her dream a reality.

Flushed Away

my first movie with both my children
actually - adolfo's first movie didn't work out too well - madagascar's scene set ups and changes were way too fast for a 3.5 year old to really get into and the gags were not made for kids - so the movie was cut short when adolfo became too bored with it and we took off early - i left feeling that we wouldn't be really missing anything
but this is not a review of madagascar
this is a review of Flushed Away
and the experience was MUCH MUCH different

firstly - he recognized the teeth of the characters as similar to those of chicken run and wallace and gromit - secondly - the characters were great - the action sequences were timed just right - they were long enough so that he was able to wrap his mind around what was taking place but short enough not too bore him - he could quickly tell who was the bad guy and who was the good guy - and throughout the movie he would point out what was desirable behavior and what was not acceptable - the main thing i didn't approve of was the few incidents when "idiot" and "stupid" was spoken - i was pleased that adolfo recognized that these were bad words - but am kind of worried about the intrigue this might cause

at the same time - the story line was good, funny and refreshing - it was filled with intelligent humor and i knew it would be with the opening sequence in the house - the talking army doll referring to "...weapons of mass destruction..." and "...terrorist..." was hilarious - i particularly enjoyed the singing slugs and the imaginative way the city was built - there was also the sad portrayal of americans as naive texans - and the finding nemo reference "Have you see my dad?" had me laughing out loud - and the kids laughed too

adolfo was sufficiently entertained without being talked down to - and i enjoyed the whole thing

there are a lot of people criticizing this movie and aardman for making a cgi movie instead of sticking to his thing - now i totally love claymation and all that - but in reality - cgi is the latest form of animation and there is no reason for a respected artist to not explore a new medium - i'm glad aardman tried this out - i was not disappointed in anything about the movie, the story line was great, the effects were wonderful and the characters memorable

i will buy this disk

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Casino Royale

I caught Casino Royale, the latest Bond flick, the other night. I thought it was great!!!

also, pigeons!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Jamie Lidell, Boston

Holy smokes. I caught Jamie Lidell last year out at the Parish, but his set suffered from technical difficulties. Not so last night. He banged out beats and sang the soulful kind of Soul and made the floor feel the crowd tremble and the crowd feel the floor tremble and oh my gosh it was a fantastic show.

Also, I got to say the Kid Koala put on an amazing set too. 3 turntables and no headphones? WHAT? He is like the robotech master of djs. He played “his mom’s favorite song”, Moon River and made all those notes feel sweet sixteen.

Also, I am visiting Boston for the first time. Its a whole nuther thing out here…

Monday, November 13, 2006


Paola, originally uploaded by Adolfo IV.

Adolfo has taken some pretty spectacular photos. It seems that i was wrong about poopoo-ing the Fischer-Price digital camera for toddlers. This is a public apology. It performs quite well in bright and reasonably bright situations.

I suggest you check the photos out.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

St. Ambrose Fall Festival: My beautiful wife

St. Ambrose Fall Festival
Originally uploaded by killy.
Caorlina and Paola man the ring toss at this years St. Ambrose Fall Festival.

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day
Originally uploaded by killy.
For their service. Thanks.

For Pablo: Saturday Morning Soccer

For Pablo: Saturday Morning Soccer
Originally uploaded by killy.
Coming back from a 7-2 first half, Killy scores an amazing 9 goals! 9 goals! It was a small 4 on 4 game, so it doesn't really count, but it was a good time.

St. Ambrose Field Trip: Me Time

St. Ambrose Field Trip
Originally uploaded by killy.
I managed to get some time away from adolfo to take some 'me' shots.

St. Ambrose Field Trip

St. Ambrose Field Trip
Originally uploaded by killy.
This past thursday, i chaperoned adolfo's first field trip to Dewberry Fams. There is a lot to write, but i don't have time. Just look at the photos.

Friday, November 10, 2006


some futbol fotos!!!

I think it is great that y’all are playing indoor. I want to see some video or foto coverage. Please!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Worth a look see

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Paola Isabel - One month!

For those of you who read this blog early, i'm heading to the store to buy a good size chunk of meat to smoke today (brisket). Anyone who is interested in helping out or just stand next to a nice smoky fire please stop by on this cool and most beautiful day. I could use some company.

I'm also going to try and whip together a homemade bbq sauce.

For those of you who don't know, we are having a little get together today, Paola's one month birthday/anniversary/ whateveryoucallit. Stop by if you get a chance. We'll be here all day and i'd love to get a game of chess on with someone ... anyone.

One month! Woohoo!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


so how lucky were we with adolfo
we never knew until these past couple of weeks
paola has infant acid reflux
Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
the meds to treat this cost 150.00 more or less
so i purchased only 2 pills for 14.00 until i find out what my insurance will cover
she's asleep now
after some maalox
that's why killy and i have not really been around lately


garba pindasana part A
Originally uploaded by bindifry.
Last night Taggart and I joined Andre and Zoe for an intro Ashtanga yoga class.
What a trip! We are really going to try to stick with it.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

---- : ----

---- : ----, Originally uploaded by Pablo Mercado.

I hereby demand more drawings of socially awkward, slightly sheepish robot-type-people!

get it done.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Snow Day

Originally uploaded by TaggartCojanSorensen.
I am not quite sure how this is going to effect my work week.
I only have to shoot interiors today, but tomorrow calls for exteriors.

First Field Trip... cancelled

Adolfo Fidel Chavez IV
Originally uploaded by killy.
Adolfo's first field trip, first school trip on a yellow schoolbus and first visit to a farm was cancelled today. I was so looking forward to chaperone-ing this.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Joining the Club

My Sister, Paola
Originally uploaded by Adolfo IV.
Armed with a Fischer-Price digital camera, Adolfo IV enters the world of photography. Please check back as he'll be updating his flickr acct regularly.

A Certain Neighbor's Note

A Certain Neighbor's Note
Originally uploaded by killy.
A lady stopped by the house today. She lives a block away along Costa Rica, directly across from Scarborough High School. I didn't recognize her - she was carrying two lunchboxes in her hands.

"Recently, we had a garage sale and your little man wanted these," she explained. You can read the note she left him in one of the lunchboxes here. That's far better than me retelling it.

I find it amazing that he is already making trails into other people's lives, however small, as his own person.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Problem Solving

Paul always beats me at chess. Always. It's the most frustrating thing because i know all the rules and the basics of strategy; however, after about the fourth move I am overwhelmed with moves, uncertainty grips me and i choke. I hate and love playing chess with paul.

Recently, i began a new flash project for Dr. C - it came to me late and i spent the first day trying to figure out how to approach the project - do i do it all xml-ly and cool? Do i construct it author-time? Uncertainty gripped me. It wasn't until the next day that i finally started putting the pieces together in flash - mocking up menus (i ganked the look of the access wayfinding 'dot' although not nearly as expertly) etc...

I have a tumultuous problem solving process. It's like a hurricane of uncertainty, fear and doubt inside of me, so when i came upon this cool problem solving chart i thought there may be some hope for me. Some process that i can follow to help me overcome the whirlwind of emotions that paralyze me at the very thought of doing/making decisions/etc...

Anyone else have problems with this?

p.s. - cool link:

View your flickr photos fullscreen in safari!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by TaggartCojanSorensen.
OH MY LORD, what has the world come too.


When I lived in Mexico city and was part of the tumbling horde of subway riders I would fantasize about somehow harnessing the power of the millions of daily footsteps. And now it seems my fantasy has become reality! nice!

Tokyo ticket machines powered by footsteps (via BoingBoing)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Go Back and get it.

Light Vertical
Originally uploaded by TaggartCojanSorensen.
Killy. Go back and wait for the light to come on.
Assignment #1

This ain't your middle school break dance competition

These two videos are insane.
The web sure brings us some outrageous stuff.



Sunday, October 15, 2006

Almost Normal

This weekend, as a whole, came together pretty nicely. Friday night was my first back at work (Katz) since we had Paola. I worked on project after project for five hours. Carol kept adolfo busy and Paola slept.

Saturday morning i woke up, showered the sleep off my body and met the Katz guys at UH for a soccer game. The UH field was chosen after Rodrigo lightly twisted his ankle and a few others had taken some nasty spills on the field on Fairview, which we had moved to after having gotten kicked off the fields on Stella Link. I went into the game strong, with two solid goals, but lost my energy after 30 mins or so. The last 15 minutes i was useless. I passed as soon as the ball was given to me.

From there i sped home and picked up Adolfo IV for his 10:00 soccer game at the YMCA. We showed up right before halftime. It's a good thing he isn't really enthusiastic about playing or else i would have felt pretty bad about that. The problem is, he only wants to play soccer with his daddy. When he tried to play with the kids, he gets angry at them for taking his ball away and at his worst, throws a crying fit on the practice field. At the last practice (wednesday) i had to hold his hand while we were on the field in order to get him to follow the crowd of running little people that ran after the ball. It was positive, i think; he was laughing and enjoying himself.

When we got to the game, the ref blew the halftime whistle and while the rest of the kids ran in for a break, adolfo and i practiced together out near one of the goals. He kicked it in the goal and yelled GOAL! and threw him in the air (he loves that). When the kids ran back onto the field coach Ron Charle put Adolfo in. He had a good two minutes - he even managed to get his foot on the ball, but after a bit he just walked back towards his daddy on the sidelines. I wasn't going to let him get away with that so we played together there on the sidelines, until he just wanted to sit and watch the other kids play.

Liz and Taggart showed up while i was napping off my soccer game. What a pleasant surprise that was. It felt wonderfully normal. Adolfo was running around the backyard pretending to be Samurai Jack and Paola was, again, asleep. Infants are so easy.

What happened the rest of Saturday escapes me at the moment, prolly because i was really happy with how Sunday turned out. I woke up around 8, ironed shirts for both adolfo and i and we went to church. I hadn't been to church in awhile. It was oddly comforting - I guess cause i spent a good portion of my childhood in church with my mother finding particular comfort and support from it. We were heavily involved. I was a star altar boy (of course i was), an usher when i came of age, and eventually president of the youth group. My mother was a coach for the girls softball team for a number of years, she eventually became a reader, and then an euchaistic minister. She also happened to meet my step-father, Bob, there who was also a familiar face around the church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and did all the BBQ-ing for various church functions, and i believe had a hand in the Bingo at St. Mark's before it went away. Sitting in the pews with Adolfo fidgetting next to me i indulged myself in these memories.

Back in the car Amber&Adolph called for a breakfast meet-up. We met at El Rey just down the street from their place. (Mental note: i'll be spending more money there). They looked great. Amber has such a wonderfully bright, freckly, smily face. Sitting there i realized i really had missed adolph. I'm looking forward to hanging out.

We managed to hang at his place just long enough for carol to feed Paola and Adolfo to run up and down the stairs a few times. We got back home just in time to take carol's parents to church for the spanish mass; for me to build a contraption to take holga type pics with my D80; and for us to be here for a visit from Sara Cress who brought us yummy homemade blueberry muffins.

It was a good weekend.

Visit to Richmond...

I finally made it down to Richmond to see my sister Susan and my new nephew Christopher (Dutch). I took the train. It was a about a 2 hour trip through some beautiful country…

We had a great time visiting the National Folk Festival and eating good eats and going to the park and just doing family stuff. It sure is nice to live close to my sister…

I put some footage of the trip up on youtube

Saturday, October 14, 2006

We're Back in Houston!

Front Porch
Originally uploaded by Amber & Adolph.
It feels right to get back to the gulf coast--the humidity, the greenness. This morning I took a few photos. Even though we hired folks to put stuff in the truck and out of the truck, I'm pretty exhausted from staying up late packing boxes and moving stuff around. The place and the neighborhood are cute beyond belief. For breakfast we walked down to El Rey. I was worried about finding a good taco/coffee place. When I spied a Rancillo machine my final quibble about Austin over Houston evaporated. Our internet link won't be set up until Monday but there are a few open wireless links connectable from here (thank you whoever you are!). Hopefully they won't step on the WDS connection to the APE.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Warner Rules Out Run for White House in 2008

Saturday, October 07, 2006

We're Home

We're Home
Originally uploaded by killy.
We left the hospital this morning at about 8:30 or so. She is blissfully asleep in her new bedroom.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Adolfo Fidel Chavez IV (Big Brother) and Paola Isabel Chavez (Little Sister)

i wasn't sure what to expect
but again was dealing with a strange sense of
what's the appropriate word
loss is not it
but something similar
something sad and private
when i checked in
killy was gnawingly nervous and excited - my mother was dutiful - my mother-in-law was electric with anticipation
and there i was - sort of forlorn and sort of reverential (???)
in any case
checked in
and taken through every step of registration, admission and prepping quickly and without any problems
the anesthesiologist was very nice - talkative, not overly friendly nor inapporpriately personal - simply a genuinely nice guy - competent, knowledgeable and warm - and quite tall too - he and killy started talking camera - my nurse was named poppy - and she looked like one too - teeny, delicate and sweet with the most straightforward gaze i've come across - it made me aware of how much her surgery mask hides from view - and it made me wonder if with that strong gaze she could see the mysterious sadness i felt - maybe she could tell me what it was
i was splayed flat on a table bed
killy was placed to my right amid wires and guages and beeping machines
i couldn't feel a thing
everyone was smiling
so was i
it was my auto-response to strange situations - try to make everyone comfortable - smiling ensures everyone that i am ok and do not require any special attention
i took a personality test once - my main color was yellow in conflict - i tend to become friendlier in difficult situations in order to avoid conflict
so there i was - smiling a bright yellow smile - trying clearly toidentify and place each and every emotion that was ricocheting all around inside of me
anesthesiologist told killy - twice - stand up stand up and look
he pulled down the blue curtain and killy stood up
he had a full view of the doctors actually pulling her out of me
and he got those shots too
and then i heard her
and all i could see was blue and killy's chin under his camera
and tears welled up in my eyes
then killy was sitting again and i looked over at him - he was crying too - soft deep personal sobs - almost not even there they were so quiet
then killy whispered
carol look
carol look
the curtain was pulled down lower - i stretched my neck to look aover the top
and there she was
they let me look at her
and i couldn't see anymore
there were too many tears

i was aware of an emptiness

i held her while they sewed me up

when adolfo came into the room later - he was wearing his school uniform - i'd made careful arrangments for mamalynda to be the one holding paola so that adolfo wouldn't freak out - i didn't know what to expect

he walked straight towards her in his grandmother's lap - he didn't even notice i was in the room - he approached her and said something like
there's paola my little sister isn't she beautiful
and he rubbed her head

all my sad feelings disappeared

here is my son holding his little sister and here is my beautiful daughter - together in this world

everything is complete

Camera RAW Photoshop Plug-in 3.6

For those of you who own a D80, Adobe has released a Beta Version of the 3.6 Camera RAW plug-in. Get it here.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The birth of Paola Isabel Chavez

The birth of Paola Isabel Chavez Originally uploaded by killy.

I was right! Babies are hardwired for screaming!

Congrats to Carol, Killy, L'il Killy and the various and sundry grandpeople on the timely arrival of Paola Isabel Chavez, all happy and hairy!

The Morning of the Birth of Paola

The Morning of the Birth of Paola
Originally uploaded by killy.
i slept fitfully this morning - i 'd like to say that it was the anticipation that kept me tossing and turning at three o'clock in the morning - but it was something less exciting and more torturous - i was plagued by indigestion and reflux again - but then this has become a nightly (daily) ritual for the last 3 weeks - i'd almost forgotten about this - the best part of my pregnancies - it's the part when modesty is a forgotten and impractical concept and all you can do for comfort is stroll around scratching your belly in the glorious familiarity of your own skin - regardless of who is around - it's a good thing you all stayed away

but now - in the romantic and soft misty morning - killy hovering like a nectar intoxicated drone is going over the final checklist - diaper bag, overnight bag, magic marker - my mother and father quietly bickering back and forth about the health pros and cons of oatmeal (translate: mucho popo in the coco) - and paola - roiling around in my belly, silently screaming for food - it is becoming all too real

her bedroom is ready and waiting - killy did a beautiful job and now it's fully stocked (lots of adolfo inspired clothing) - finished up some last minute shopping for the room last night - had to change the lightbulbs and get a bassinet sheet and a couple of other things i can't remember - but it's all there - in it's peaceful pink and yellow - waiting

i'm so tired - and so excited - and worried

will my beautiful boy suffer at all - will i neglect him to care for her - will he grow to hate her because she has taken me away from him

how do i address these things if they come up

she will buy him a bike and will present it to him upon her arrival - he will have a gift for her - a project that his grandmother will help him to realize - when he first lays eyes on her, she will be in his grandmother's arms - he and i will continue our nightly bathtime/reading/prayer ritual which will become our time

i hope it doesn't break his heart

killy buzzes by

so what songs will paola inspire?

here's adolfo's list

- popo in the coco
- baby's got the hiccups, hiccups, hiccups
- baby, baby
- chon-cua-ton
- cheepees

we have a camera, a video camera and all sorts of other goodies to capture fleeting accomplishments

she'll fill a book - just like adolfo

next question - do we spend 45.00 for adolfo's pre-k yearbook?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The night before the birth of Paola

Dad! Come see what I did!
Originally uploaded by killy.
Carol is too excited to sleep, not to mention too uncomfortable. She is double checking our bags, doing last minute tidying up. I hooked up the baby monitors and changed the lightbulbs (20 watt bulbs). I borrowed a lens from the office (a nikon compatible Tonika) and ran a quick test. Results, it's slightly sharper and results in better contrast than both my exisiting lenses (Nikon 24mm and 50mm). Mental note: lenses.

I'll use that one for Paola's birth.

Adolfo came home wth a smiley face on his conduct sheet. We walked home together today, just he and i. We watched for cars as we walked down Georgi Ln, and crushed leaves beneath our feet on the sidewalks. He picked up lost acorns and said hi to the neighbors. I wish i could do that more often...

Traditional Santorini-style Blue Dome

Originally uploaded by brew...beans.
Diana went to Greece. She is still a punk, but she is now a well-traveled punk. She really wants everyone to look at her pictures.

The day before...

Adolfo and his new Helicopter
Originally uploaded by killy.
...Paola Isobel is born and i am at a loss for words. I'm not quite sure what to expect. Some people say it will be easier, others harder. I don't listen to them anyway, i've just allowed myself to be swept away in the whirlwind of life's chores.

Yesterday, Adolfo comes home from school with a 'sad face' on his conduct report and i take him for a talking walk. We walk to the end of the street and i ask him what he did today. He is coy about it - talks softly. I let him get it out and then get on my knees and explain what he did wrong and what he did right. I tell him what not to do and why he shouldn't. I explain his punishment and he sighs heavily like his mother.

I slept in Paola's room last night. It was cool, clean, and inviting. The crib is swollen with pink linens and the changing table is fully stocked with all the familiar supplies. We are prepared for the usual, but as i'm lying there i can't shake the feeling that i am forgetting something; something important. In the dark i realize that i haven't been touching her belly as much as i did with adolfo. I didn't play the guitar nearly as much as i did when adolfo was in carol's belly. I haven't read to her. I haven't spent the time considering what i would do when she was born, I've taken it for granted that i am ready for what she has to dish out.

Soon after that i fell asleep. I didn't come to any conclusions - i'm still not sure if we are ready, but i know for sure we were just as jittery when adolfo's birth neared - i was full of regrets (i didn't have a home for him) and full of uncertainty ...

Yesterday, we bought batteries for this super-ultra-cool toy. He loved it. He was shrieking with laughter in the backyard. Shrieking. Laughing. It was a sound like i'd never heard as potent as his first shrieks of birth. I watched him from inside and then ran out to join him with my camera.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Remote Control Helicopter

A buddy of mine at work acquired a tiny, remote controlled helicopter


I have been having a great time with iMovie lately. Here is some footage of an atypical morning commute, as well as a congratulations to my buddy Skip who, just yesterday, became the proud father of twin boys

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Welcome home Taggart!!!!

Taggart comes home to the xbox 360

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Good Beginning

I can't remember the last time i took a photo that i saw; a photo pulled out of my head rather than sucked out of the world in front of me. Regardless, here is the first one in a long time. It didn't come immediately, but it did come. I pulled the lights out of the garage and dragged it to the backyard intending to make sure they still worked by taking a few shots of adolfo in back (which i did). The bag was covered with dust and discarded spider webs. I was embarassed of myself for having let such valuable equipment sit for so long. It's still out, set up and surrounding my desk.

It was windy as if it were spring so the lights kept tilting and spinning around until i placed a log on the stands for stability (mental note: sandbags). I took a few shots of adolfo and came back inside. Digital photography is still very much an exposure challenge. It was nice to flex my exposure muscle balancing sunlight and strobe and otherwise (as in this shot with the ambient light much darker than it acutally was - the shot was taken at around 2:30 or 3.)

I'm interested to hear what you guys think. I've already gotten some pretty strong critiques from Pablo and Adolph.

On a related note: Taggart: Could you send me epson printing-related links that would be nice. As well as some digital photography resources (RAW workflow, etc...), please. I've fallen somewhat behind.

Happy Birthday to My Most Beautiful Wife

carolina, pre-adolfo iv
Originally uploaded by killy.
Happy Birthday Carol!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Attention Adolph, et al.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

my l'il nephew

Originally uploaded by tcserpa.
my nephew is cuter than all y'all's nephews.

no contest.

i'll tell you what's astounding

after having moved in Houston about 3 times then to Sugarland and back to Houston and yet again in Houston to our little home
i found my wedding ring
my long lost wedding ring is found again!
woo hoo
and just in time for our 5th wedding anniversary...
does anyone remember what gift that's supposed to be?
whatever it is, in our house it's a camera and a blanket
woo hoo!

Monday, September 18, 2006

This is pretty astounding

The day he arrived in Baghdad, he met with Thomas C. Foley, the CPA official in charge of privatizing state-owned enterprises. (Foley, a major Republican Party donor, went to Harvard Business School with President Bush.) Hallen was shocked to learn that Foley wanted him to take charge of reopening the stock exchange.

“Are you sure?” Hallen said to Foley. “I don’t have a finance background.”

Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq

Who want to go to MIAMI?

Thats right, I have to go to MIami for work.
Sept 24- 27.

Who wants to be tubbs?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pig Roast 2006

Yesterday I went down to Mark Warner’s farm near Fredericksburg to attend his “almost annual” Pig Roast. Joining me there were about 5000 other people.

The farm is really beautiful. I did not get a chance to explore the whole place, but I did get some shots of the goats and horses and such. There were also several huge cows that looked really delicious but my normally irresisttable mooing did not attract them. I think that they must have been foreign cows.

Anyhow the dude also grows grapes on the farm and wine is produced from the grapes so I suppose the farm could also be described as a vineyard.

The most spectacular thing about the place is the river that the land overlooks. I pulled up a chair and sat and listened to the wind bothering the leaves and watched the lazy river roll by and my mind and spirit were soothed and I finally got over that traumatic experience I had back in january when I was stranded on an island with bunch of kids from england and we ate nothing but roast pig for months and months and I liked it at first but then I got sick of roast pig and swore I would never eat it again…

I ate lots of food and this encouraged me to actually socialize a bit, which I am glad for because I had been kicked out of the petting zoo for bothering the goats and there was not much else for me to do.

I had some great conversations. Most of them ended with something like “I am going to get in line for more food” or “I think that there are only 240 hot dogs left. I am going to get another one before they run out”.

Anyhow, it was a good time. I really enjoyed being out in the country. Rural Virginia is so very beautiful.

The Return of Killy

The Return of Killy
Originally uploaded by killy.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

For Sara

Because Cats in Sinks holds a special place in my heart..
THIS is not as cool.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Happy Birthday Adolph and Happy Birthday Tank

yep - today is the grand man's birthday -

appropriately enough - it's also this grand machine's birthday - i can't imagine that this piece of information was the reason our best bud ended up being a tank gunner - i am more inclined to believe Star Wars had something to do with that.

In any case

we all love you!