Taking the Good with the Bad

I’ve been swamped of late and as such haven’t been blogging recently. Not that that’s really an excuse. Enough has transpired recently that I thought I’d start again.

42° 2′ 4.6428″ north latitude, -87° 40′ 56.9424″ west longitude. That’s where I’m sitting right now, as I type on my laptop on the sofa. For the less geeky, that’s 933 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60202. We’ve been settling in and unpacking for 2 months now, and it’s finally starting to feel like home.

Visiting with my family yesterday, I found out that Aaron Gautier, son of Dan Gautier, was recently killed in Iraq. I’ve known Dan for more than a decade, and have been camping with Aaron and Dan numerous times in Luray, VA. The news saddened me, and my heart goes out to Dan and the rest of Aaron’s family. It seems unfair that he wasn’t old enough to drink, but he was old enough to lose his life in Iraq. He was a great kid, and he will certainly be missed.

On the lighter side, my cousin, Julie Edlow is now engaged to one of her former Recipe bandmates, Kris Kehr. Christi and I (and the whole Silver family, really) are tremendously excited for her. And I’m secretly hoping this will give me an excuse to buy yet more camera gear for her wedding.

Late Posting (Part 1)

Before I left AOL I was sure that I’d blog every day until I started my new job. Ha ha! Instead, I’ve been busier since I left than I was all last year. As such, I’m now going to back log the last month of chaos in several parts. Here goes.

We spent New Years in Massanutten, VA, visiting with our friends Karin and Eric, and Karin’s family. For the uninitiated, Virginia, even in the higher elevations, really doesn’t get much snow. So it’s surprising that some businessman would bother to build a ski resort there. We didn’t ski (I’m not terribly good at it, and with a 1 year old who can’t stand, skiing was pretty much out of the question), though Karin’s father skied (or mudded) the slopes.

What we did do was hike and otherwise relax – making the weekend far more enjoyable for us than I think skiing could have.

Wouldn’t be a Party Without You

Last night I had one big final get-together with a bunch of my current and former AOL coworkers at Breaker’s Billiards in Herndon. Beer, pool, food, and friends. Now I remember why it was such a hard decision to leave.

A big thanks to everyone who came out, and to everyone who pitched in for the really really cool schwag. And a huge thanks to Jill for putting it all together. You guys rock, and I’m definitely going to miss you.