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Moved to WordPress

October 1, 2010 Leave a comment

As reported on CNET et. al. Microsoft will be closing down Windows Live Spaces where I’ve kept my personal musings for a few years now. Microsoft has, however, made migrating a Live Space to WordPress.com a breeze that carries over most everything including posts, images, and categories no matter how old.

It’s a good platform and I’m looking forward to playing around with it. Definitely an improvement, which I’m sure is one reason Microsoft chose to focus their efforts on other projects and leave WordPress handle what it does best.

Picking a name wasn’t easy. When I signed up for Spaces, it was still beta so I could get the name I wanted easily. However, WordPress has been around for a long time so a lot of ideas were taken. I considered a few like “heathing” which my old doctor, mentor, Scout master, and friend used to say I was doing when whatever I was doing was otherwise undefined. Like other ideas, it looked word as a URL. Sorry, Doc.

So in honor of Monty Python – which I my wife just loves (not really) – I chose “lifeofheath”. Unfortunately squatters took several more reasonable names, but what can one do?

So while I continue to post work-related posts about deployment, Visual Studio, .NET and other such topics to http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths; here I’ll post things about what’s going in life with my family and me. It’s not the most exciting life, but I’ve got a wonderful wife, sweet daughter, and joyful (and not always annoying) dog that make it fun.

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Sommer Finally in Her Own Room

December 17, 2008 Leave a comment

When we first found out that Tracy was pregnant, we started working on getting Sommer’s room finished. But it was already our guest room with a inexpensive bed that we added a pillow top to for more comfort. But we’ve been having problems figuring out what to do with the bed, now. I like the idea of having a guest bedroom though I know we won’t need it much. The office isn’t very big and the bed and computer desk won’t fit comfortably in there, especially when you consider luggage having to fit in there as well. I really don’t want to have the computer downstairs either. It’s really more of an “out of the way” computer. I think we’re just going to have to sell the bed (but we’ll keep the pillow top for our inflatable Coleman, which people have already said it’s quite comfortable).

While we haven’t made a decision, there was room to wedge Sommer’s crib in there. Ever since we got back from Nebraska she’s had trouble sleeping and we had read and had been told by a friend that putting her in her own room will help. So we did. And it has. She should also be old enough that we can let her “protest cries”, as our friend put it, go unanswered. It’ll be an adjustment for her, but we’ve already noticed she sleeps better at night. Tracy read that babies can often sense their mother’s milk and being in the same room could’ve been a detriment.

We’re learning. But we’re (usually) loving it. Hopefully with Sommer taking better naps like she used to and needs to she won’t have as many days where she’s just exhausted but won’t sleep and is a crab because of it. I know, I know – as said “as many” days.

We still need to finish furnishing her room. We need to get one of those 3- or 4-in-1 beds. Kyle has one (or two?) and likes it, and it’s a great bargain over buying 3 or 4 different beds. We also need to put up a couple of shelves. Of course, we just need to decorate more in the house anyway. We just can’t seem to find the items we want even after visiting at least a half-dozen stores.

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A Night Off

September 29, 2008 1 comment

A friend from asked – no, demanded – to babysit Sommer. She’s good with Sommer so we had no problem with it. Tracy and I for the first time were able to go out. We made reservations at Benihana for 9:00 and had drinks at Vessel while waiting.

Benihana is a teppanyaki restaurant so we had a lot of fun watching our quite jovial chef prepare our table’s food before our eyes. 6 others sat with us and 4 of those were quite friendly. We stayed and talked with them a bit after about various things including the up-coming winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., just north of the Washington border.

But alas, after all that we were both tired and staying out all night our first night away from Sommer wasn’t the more enticing of ideas. Some other time, perhaps.

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Sommer Rolled Over

July 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Last night Sommer was getting some "tummy time" to help strengthen her neck, and in no time she had rolled over on her stomach! It was entertaining to watch. Her neck is also growing quite strong – she can almost support it herself now.

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Suzie is a good big sister

July 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Suzie has always been so concerned whenever someone sneezes or even says "ow". She’ll come over and make sure they’re okay, waiting to hear "I’m okay" or to get a pat on the head.

But we were a little worried that Suzie – being a bit of a hyper dog, though that is decreasing these last few months – would be a little rambunctious with Sommer. To our delightful surprise, Suzie has actually been a good big sister. Whenever Sommer is crying she gets concerned, and she even gives Sommer little kisses from time to time. We do have to make sure Suzie doesn’t go overboard because sometimes she’ll try to lick our face off.

Suzie watches over Sommer and has even been a bit more protective of our house. Even before Sommer was born, Suzie would stick closely with Tracy. Now she makes sure all those other cats and dogs stay out of our (fenced in) yard.

I think the photo below really shows her concern and her watchful eye.

Our two little girls

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Happy Mother’s Day to all those mothers out there, including my one special first-time mother and beloved wife! Our daughter may not be born yet, but there’s no doubt the child I feel kicking is alive.

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First Sonogram

December 17, 2007 3 comments

We got our first sonogram of our baby! Check it out below. We still don’t know the gender, but probably won’t tell anyway (have to have some surprise).

Sonogram 1

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