August 3rd, 2004


Porpoise Boy

We went swimming last night, the way we usually do.

I'd had a full day at work, but felt better compared to the colds I'd been having. I also was kind of tired, but decided that the exercise would only help with that. Jet cooperated quite happily by going to "toys" and watching Bob the Builder cheerfully.

Then we went swimming. Jet started swimming. Last time at the outdoor pool we'd told Jet about reaching and pulling with his arms to get more speed and he took the lesson to heart. Today he was windmilling his arms quite happily, and getting great speed and distance for his efforts. He'd actually get his head down, his body up, and he'd swim. We went around and around the Lazy River, and all I was doing was giving him an arm to grab when he really wanted it, and if he wanted to ignore it he could and did and would go around the current with great gusto. He'd kick off into the fastest current and come up for air when he needed it and keep going when he didn't. He went down the big slide with both John and I, and then was so hungry he asked to eat.

It amazed me. We'll have to find some kind of swimming pool when we're in San Diego and let Mom and Dad see how Jet's doing in the pool. Might even be fun to go to Kathy's condo and go swimming there. Jet loves hot tubs. I need to ask.

Afterwards we went to Ichi-ban and had "rice and sauce". Jet dug through a whole bowl of short grain rice, stole most of my flying fish roe, and then ate a few of our tempura'ed vegetables to boot. MMmmm... haystacked carrots.

We went home, played some P2 games, and then Jet went to sleep and didn't wake up until 7:30 this morning. John didn't get up until 8, which was fine by me. He'd been letting me sleep in for so long it seemed appropriate. I got in a little later than I wanted to, but got plenty done today, so I'm happy. I should ask Kathy about a P2, too, or if we should just rent one from the local Blockbuster or something.


Has been good, all in all. I'm finding my strength and pace, and while I'm making mistakes, people are letting me learn from them and I'm definitely improving with the work. I've been given what feel like really big responsibilities and the best thing is that I've been able to follow through on them and deliver.

I think that, more than any words, has improved my self-esteem. Delivering things that people find value in and find helpful to their everyday decision-making and work is great.

I am definitely a generalist, not a specialist. I like tackling the really big problems (asking developers of a 100 different applications, what should the organization's strategic direction be for the next six months?) and doing the intuitive work rather than the specific fingers-to-the-code work.

I do, however, miss Jet. So I'm definitely going back to part-time by September. I just miss my one-on-one time with him, and just being able to interact with him all day. So I'm glad that I can go back to that.
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Deep purple "green" beans turn green when you boil them.

Guess I won't do that again.

There's a bird that's developed a taste for lettuce in our backyard, and now all my grown lettuce is tattered and torn, even the seedlings are being eaten up at a tremendous rate. Dang.