A belated Happy Easter to all. We had an amazing, and ultimately exhausting, weekend with family. Madison thinks she can really get behind this Easter Bunny thing, though isn’t quite clear on why he didn’t come again on Monday. Since I ended up polishing off what was left in the basket Sunday night, I think once a year is best. 

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A nice day and a thoughtful gift made for a great excuse to get out the camera. Loved the shadow in this shot. 

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I love fall. It’s football, and fires, and sweaters, and stews. An explosion of color before all goes gray. For me there is no better season. It’s flawless. 

Summer is Papa Bear, too hot. Winter is Mama Bear, too cold. Spring is ok, until it takes an hour away from you while you’re sleeping. I guess that makes Spring Shady Uncle Bear.  But Fall is Baby Bear. It means you no harm, it just wants to cuddle. 

And since this is our little baby bear’s first real fall (the other two having been spent in SF, where every season, amazingly, is fall) we couldn’t wait to be outside. DSC_0063

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That’s “outside play” for those that don’t speak 2-year old. No way mommy was letting us inside looking like this. 

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A plague has befallen NJ. The return of the 17-year cicadas. I have to admit, though, that this is nothing like the scourge I was promised. So far I’ve found them to be pretty tolerable. Cute even. Very photogenic. 

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Summer fun. Beatin’ the NJ heat. What started out as a car washing effort quickly became the Madison show. More fun that way anyway. 

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DSC_0330Since being outside with an occupied toddler is vastly more pleasant than being inside with a bored one, these days you’ll find us in the yard just about any time the sun is shining. Plus, it gives me an excuse to break out the camera; something I’ve been meaning to get back in the habit of. 

Screen Shot 2013-03-18 at 5.14.43 PMSitting in an all-day meeting the other day, my mind wandering off in search of any form of amusement, I think I devised the perfect plan for disruption. A prank for the modern office. It’s potentially diabolical in its conceit, but ultimately harmless in its execution. And it’s practically guaranteed to work, since most of these meetings seem to be taken very seriously.

First, get a recording of that sound it makes when someone dials in to a conference call; it’s kinda like ‘boop beep.’ Then, play it randomly during your next telecon. 

It’s that simple.

“Hi everyone. Thank you all for coming, I think we can go ahead and get started.”

 <boop, beep>

 “Did someone just join us? Hello? Is someone there? Hello? Did someone just join?”

 “Sorry guys, anyway, as I was saying…Welcome…”

 <boop beep>

 “Hi. Is someone joining us?”

 “Guys, do we know if we are expecting anyone else??”

<boop beep>

 “Is someone there? Hello? I think your line is on mute. Unmute your line. Are you there?” 

 <boop beep>

“Is that Mike? Was Mike going to call in?  Helloooooo. Did someone just join?”

<boop beep>

Not sure how many times it would take to reach a full-on meltdown. But I’m pretty sure it would be the best meeting I ever attended.  

DSC_0351Madison adapting to being back East, and adopting the local cuisine enthusiastically. Can’t blame her. I don’t know if anyone has ever satisfactorily explained why NY bagels are better, but I’ve never heard anyone even attempt an argument for why they aren’t.