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Her First Story

A couple days ago La Petita told her first made-up story, front to end. My comments are italicized.

Once upon a time, she started; she knows how to start a tale, there was a little boy name named Chula. She makes up some really strange names. She’s quite good at it and I try to write them down when I can. He ran away from his Mommy and Daddy. He ran into the forest and met a wolf, and the wolf ate him. I asked if the wolf had a name, but not this time. Then, he fell into the ocean (pronounced “oh shan”, BTW) and sharks ate him. The end.

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Someday Eventually Updates

Someday, eventually, I’ll update this thing. It’s not like a lot hasn’t happened in the last year… We’ve moved cross country and I’m at a new, fantastic job, the family is doing well and so much more to tell and write about.

Not today, but hopefully sooner than next year…

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Goodbye October

October wasn’t the best of months for me.

Over two weekends, I helped move our San Francisco office to a new location and set up a brand new office in Denver. I’m willing to bet they’re happy I’m not an hourly employee. The whole process was exhausting and I wish I knew who thought this was a great idea.

Having to work those weekends also means I had to cancel a trip to New Orleans for a friend’s birthday. Flight and hotel were booked and I was looking forward to it. I’m also disappointed that I couldn’t go because another great friend, who I’ve been out of touch with for far too long, did make it out.

When I got back from Denver the battery on my motorcycle died. Getting that fixed was quite the event. Then, worse, the very next week I was in an accident. A guy was pulling in to Gough from an alley and thought it was a two way street so he wasn’t looking in my direction. I had slowed down and was going to go behind him when he stopped suddenly. I remember watching my tire hit the back corner of his rental and then nothing until I was standing up to move out of the way of oncoming traffic. Apparently I did a graceful roll, though, and the fact that I wasn’t really hurt (some minor bruises) is testament to that I suppose.

So continuing on with my October, coffee was accidentally poured on my work computer (the guy feels terrible) and then my home computer’s hard drive died. I have my home computer back up and running (mostly; still need to install StarCraft 2) but my work computer is still getting cleaned.

And finally, sadly, my Uncle (Mom’s brother) passed away. I wasn’t terribly close to him but close enough that it came as a shock.

I am saying goodbye to October. Though Rosa got her citizenship, which is a great thing, it’s otherwise been a month I’d rather just forget.

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New Blog

икони цениAt long last I’ve put up a blog for me and Rosa to talk about our lives and share a bit more personal items. It will be an effort to keep things up for a while; I’ve never done so much one-handed typing before!

Anyways, when you get a chance head over and check out The Nerad Family!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A bit belated but Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from me and Rosa and, especially, Ainara!

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Baby Battleship

A couple nights ago we tried letting Ainara cry herself to sleep. In the course of 15 minutes she cried at every pitch and volume her little vocal chords could manage, and I began to discern something curious. Without her even knowing, I could start playing Battleship with my daughter. Or, at least, she could start trying to sink my battleships…

In Battleship you take two coordinates, X and Y, and guess where the ships are. Ainara’s crying modulates pitch (think musical scale) and volume (in too many decibels). Using pitch and volume for X and Y I could start playing. It would pass the time!

But given how little sleep we’ve gotten, I’d say she already sunk our Battleship…

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More Pictures

Soon enough I’ll be able to blog in my regular-irregular schedule (but at least post some stuff). In the meantime, here are more pictures from September, including the parents visit from Spain and tons of pictures of Ainara!

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Ainara’s Birthday and Homecoming

I’ve finally found some time to post a gallery of pictures of Ainara’s birthday and homecoming. Enjoy!

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Ainara Maria Susan Nerad-Canet

Ainara Maria Susan Nerad-Canet
Please allow me to introduce you to Ainara. Mother and daughter are doing well after the birth. Ainara has a touch of red hair and a healthy set of lungs and it’s a cliché, but she’s just the cutest little thing. She was born at 7:41PM on the 15th at 7lbs 7ounces and 20 3/4 inches. From the moment Rosa broke her water to birth was 19.5 hours, with only the last hour being the pushing.

For those curious, her name is Basque for the bird we call a swallow in English. Maria is for Rosa (the mother of Ainara whose middle name is Maria) and Rosa’s own mother, who is also named Rosa Maria. Susan is my Mom’s name. We decided to do the family name in the Spanish fashion, where the father’s surname goes first, followed by the mother’s.

We’re exhausted but exhilarated. More to follow as we’re even able to come up for air!

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Another Kind of Memorial Day

Though it’s not an official Memorial Day, it is September 11th. Looking back at my posts from 10 years ago (I had barely started this site) I remember how anguished I was, yet how temporarily unified we were as a people. Now I wonder if the only thing unifying us is that that day sucked and that it changed everything. Aside from that it seems we barely have anything to show for it. We’re polarized like I can’t even remember. We have airport security that’s more show than security. Our taxes, better spent at home, have been used to fund two wars abroad (one of them under false pretenses). We’ve strained the economy to the point they are saying it’s as bad as the Great Depression (though I think the Depression was much worse). Has anything, one single thing, gotten better? It seems the answer, for America, is no.

So on to more positive musings. My wife, Rosa, is Catalan and today is the National Day of Catalonia. It’s also the due date of our first child, though she’s being shy and hasn’t graced us with her presence. Soon! Finally, Rosa’s parents are visiting for the birth (their first time out of Spain) and today is their 40th wedding anniversary. We’re all having a good time tooling around San Francisco (slowly, on account of a giant bubble on Rosa’s belly) and we’re looking forward to having the Little Monkey and relaxing, as a family.

These are the memories I would rather have: watching my parents-in-law touch the Pacific for the first time, watching my wife’s belly move when the baby moves, seeing my family on Skype which cuts the distance from them to me, seeing my friends do well and prosper. Let’s remember the events of 10 years ago, but let’s also find a way to move forward in a way that increases life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. After all, that’s the promise of America.

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