Mia watching an iPad

It has been awhile. Again. Life has just been busy. But I have a few moments right now to put down a few thoughts.

As I write this, it is Friday afternoon. I’m on the train heading home. I am typing on my new iPad. This new little machine is a joy to work on. It is much faster than the original iPad, which is now Mia’s full-time companion. She uses it as her “mini-tv,” but also has a few story apps she enjoys. Her iPad is protected with the iGuy cover which makes it easier to carry around.

I bought the new iPad with 4G – the Verizon version. I find the wicked machine fast on the Verizon network when I’m able to get a signal, which has been most of the time. There has only been one problematic area when leaving SF on the train. But other than that the machine has been smokin’.

I recently had a birthday. My birthday. Another one. Well, it’s a good thing, right, consider the alternative? I’m not particularly reflective, at least not yet. I’m sure I will have a moment to contemplate the year that has passed. But that moment isn’t right now. Right now I’m wondering what’s for dinner.

I, again, hope to write more soon. I hope to post more photos, soon. I hope to plenty of things – soon. We’ll see what I can accomplish.

Mia Izobel – Hummingbird for Life

Hummingbird for Life

Today was Mia’s last day with the Hummingbirds at 2nd Gen, the daycare at Genentech. She was there for fifteen months under the care of all her loving teachers: Barbara, Cathy, Stefani, Joanna, and Fely. Oh, and so many friends both older and younger. She’ll miss  2nd Gen. But it’s time to move on. We won’t forget the Hummingbirds!

Mia Izobel and Malasadas

Mia enjoying a malasada

I am so behind in posting photos that I have taken this year. I hope to rectify this by posting a photo album every three days until I am caught up. I was going to post an album a day, but that seems a little too ambitious.

The above is a photo of Mia Izobel taken by Farrah on her iPhone 4S at the Waikele Shopping Center. Let’s just say she enjoyed the malasada. 
More photos can be found here.

Vacation Photos with iPhone 4S

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We came back from our trip to Hawaii this past Thursday. I wanted to post a few photos I took during vacation. What’s interesting about these photos is that they were all taken with the iPhone 4S. Yup, I left my Canon 7D at home. We did, however, bring the Canon S90 with us, and I had a Sony NEX-5N at my disposal. Those photos should be up on the photos page sometime this week.

What I found interesting was that we (Farrah with her iPhone and I with mine) were able to capture moments effectively with our iPhones. There were a few missed opportunities, but none I regret in not having my Canon 7D with me. I’m sure if there were more night time or low-lit moments to capture, I would have failed with my iPhone. But most of our activities were in the daytime, making the iPhone a perfect vacation camera.

I also tried out the new version of the Path app. The app has been recently updated for the iPhone and Android. The updated version of Path makes it more intuitive than its previous incarnation, but there is still one thing lacking: people I know using Path.

I have a few co workers using the app, but I would really like other family and friend to use it as well. Honestly, I don’t think many will do so, only having time for Facebook and, perhaps, Instagram. It’s understandable. I found myself posting more to Path (as a test) and Instagram more than Facebook directly.

I’m thinking my time on Facebook will become more limited to pushing data from other sites/apps then direct interaction with Facebook (e.g. logging in and actively posting, commenting, etc.) There are only so many hours in the day. I’m finding that Facebook is taking a significant chunk of that free time I rarely have.

Pearl Harbor and the Zoo

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Today we visited Pearl Harbor to specifically see the USS Arizona. Unfortunately, Mia fell asleep during the short film that is watched before taking the short boat ride out to the memorial. She was also asleep all the time we were on the memorial. It wasn’t until we started to leave that she stirred from her slumber.

Next, we went to the zoo, where these photos are from. Mia loved to see the fish, monkeys, birds, and all the other animals at the zoo. To our surprise, there was so much to see. We’ll need to visit our local zoos to see what they offer.

All in all, it was another beautiful day.

Mia’s First Day in Hawaii – A Few Photos

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A few photos from our first day in Hawaii. The first day was mainly getting Mia acclimated to the new time zone, and for me to recover from my Dramamine hit. Oh, but plenty of good food was eaten yesterday. What’s on the menu for today? We shall see.

Anxiety Sucks

I hope to be on a plane to Hawaii when you read this. I’ll be doped up on Dramamine  which will help me make it through the plane flight. I’ve always has a little trouble getting on a plane, whether it was a short or long flight. But for some odd reason I’ve been getting more anxious about this flight.

I hate this feeling. I truly do.

I am writing about this in hopes of purging all this bad “mojo” from my brain. It really comes down to that, doesn’t it? It’s your inability to stop your mind from thinking discomforting thoughts. You feel the sudden shift of the plane because of turbulence and you think the worse case scenario. Or you feel the air in the cabin is not as fresh and free flowing as it should be, and you feel more enclosed then you really are. Yes, my mind is wandering. My mind is thinking of these things – and more – it should not be thinking.

But why, why now? Am I really thinking of something else?

It’s possible. This is our first flight with Mia. She’s been a pill lately. Either she’s teething or simply closing in on the terrible twos. I don’t look forward to her acting up. I’m getting uncomfortable just at the thought of feeling the eyes of people wondering, “Dude, can’t you control your kid?”  Seriously? You try to stop her from squirming and screaming when she’s in the zone. Pressure. Tough on a five our flight.

So that may be it. I am not wanting to deal with what may happen. But to think more about it you can’t control what may happen.But shit happen. You cannot control everything.  You can only set yourself up for the best result.  Then you need to deal with the unexpected, and adjust accordingly, if it happens.

This is what I need to remember. Deal with it when things happens. And also remember that the Dramamine will kick in sooner or later.