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January 2010

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-31

January 31, 2010   
  • Wow. I missed work far, far more than I had thought. Crazy! #
  • ALERT: It's girl scouts cookies ordering season. I need a local girl to order from! Let me increase your kid's sale by 8 boxes. Nom nom nom. #
  • Happy 100 days, little babybear! #
  • Crap, forgot to give Alan @bcaudill's present again! #
  • It's really weird when you tweet something, and two seconds later, your husband turns around to you and responds in real life. #
  • I checked in at Le Cheval (1007 Clay St) on #Yelp #
  • @bcaudill That looks delicious. Drooling in progress. in reply to bcaudill #
  • @westcoastbill Ugh, worst apple product name ever. in reply to westcoastbill #
  • @bcaudill I'm telling you, you can take ours for a test drive. 🙂 in reply to bcaudill #
  • @JustPete74 LOL! in reply to JustPete74 #
  • I bet the iPad is one of those things that sounds stupid on paper, but will be drool-worthy once I get to play with it. Pre-want in progress #
  • Wondering what kind of iPad app to try to write… #
  • Looking for Oakland daycare referrals… #
  • It's amazing how cultural norms affect every nuance of a conversation. On the other hand, it's not amazing at all, only obvious. #
  • I checked in at Koreana Plaza (2370 Telegraph Ave) on #Yelp #
  • But most of these are awesome! RT @kraziks2k: LOL! – 20 Baby Products Great For Traumatizing Infants #
  • Doing introductions at #shesgeeky. Recognizing a couple of faces from last year. 🙂 #
  • Grabbed a copy of Tim Ferris's 4hr Workweek at #shesgeeky. I think it's free. If not, someone tell me so I don't accidentally steal. 😉 #
  • Cred! RT @lizhenry: "I'm one of the first million who built the Internet, and I burned my bra for you in 1968" #shesgeeky #geekfeminism #
  • @kasneteler Awesome. Thanks! in reply to kasneteler #
  • Thinking of picking up Designing Social Interfaces. Will add to my amazon list. #shesgeeky #
  • provides the Social Mania decks we pitched our awesome hipster CSA from. #shesgeeky #
  • A photo of our #shesgeeky CSA: #
  • Pumping in the bathroom at the #shesgeeky conference. Wacky. Please, no one be alarmed! 🙂 #
  • RT @shawnapandya: #shesgeeky sess1: "Advice on Start-Ups" with Vicki Zazenga: Looking 4 advice? Ask 4 money. Looking 4 money? Ask 4 advice! #
  • At Translating Geekspeak. Hope to get tips on better communication @ work. Important to clearly convey ideas in teams. #shesgeeky #
  • @emalone I've already downloaded a sample chapter for the kindle of the iPhone. #shesgeeky #geekoverload #
  • Overheard at #shesgeeky: "Firmware is something I wear to keep the jiggles in place." LOLs! #
  • My 15-word description of what I do for non-techies: I am a computer programmer that creates things for people to do on social websites. #
  • @amanofallmen I cry. T_T in reply to amanofallmen #
  • @IreneKoehler Oh, hi. 🙂 sitting two to your left. in reply to IreneKoehler #
  • Uber-geeky discussion of the fundamental difference between "change" and "systemic change". Love it! #shesgeeky #
  • Downloaded a sample of "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by David Cialdini to kindle on my iPhone, recommended at #shesgeeky #
  • The "imposter complex" is the sense you'll be "found out". Affects everyone – even CEOs, phDs, etc. I totally get this. #shesgeeky #
  • Gonna hit up Sexy Social Media session next. #shesgeeky #
  • Tip #1: Consume the type of product you plan to build, become a part of the community. #shesgeeky #
  • Define the brand and objectives. #shesgeeky #
  • Connect with the right people. Number of followers on Twitter is no metric of value/success. #shesgeeky #
  • @emalone I appear to have the wrong URL for ordering Social Mania cards. Can you tweet correct URL? Thanks! #shesgeeky in reply to emalone #
  • 2.5 hours to get home. Boo. #
  • Really? Did I really forget to take pictures at today's food/baby/friendfest?! #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-24

January 24, 2010   
  • @drspam congrats! What an amazing moment for you! in reply to drspam #
  • Took over baby duty from @helava who had been up since 4:30am. Turns out baby is still congested. 🙁 Plan to let @helava sleep until 11am. #
  • @so_yun Loved that movie! Such heart and passion, not to mention awesome dancing. 🙂 in reply to so_yun #
  • @eisfore 🙁 Feel better soon, lady. in reply to eisfore #
  • More baby laughter! #
  • At pediatrician, wondering why big kids aren't taught to cover their coughs. Hope the little guy doesn't pick up something else here. #
  • @amanofallmen My mom is still telling me! Heh. in reply to amanofallmen #
  • No ear infection, no fever. Great! Weighed in at approximately 14lbs 9oz but with his onesie and diaper on. #
  • Egads! The sky is falling off! #
  • This baby is teething in earnest now. His munching is hard on the knuckles! 🙂 #
  • @Ryuhi Please wish Tonia a happy birthday for me! 🙂 in reply to Ryuhi #
  • @luciuskwok Beware of delayed flights. I can't imagine anything taking off or landing in this weather out here. It's insane. in reply to luciuskwok #
  • @luciuskwok Not clear, as the weather is bound to mess up all flights on all carriers. I wonder if San Jose is doing better? Oakland isn't. in reply to luciuskwok #
  • @JustPete74 You can also omit the conjunctive adverb if the two independent clauses have a strong relationship, usually a contrasting one. in reply to JustPete74 #
  • Holy Thundercats and lightning bugs, Batman! #
  • The house actually rumbled with the last thunder. Should I be worried? #
  • @veraciousjess Yeah… Really depressing. in reply to veraciousjess #
  • Question: are playpens actually useful? I'm contemplating getting one. #
  • @bcaudill I thought so too. Didn't he confirm the kid was his eons ago? in reply to bcaudill #
  • Friday Night Lights = (boy band + sports manga + Korean drama) * (great acting) #

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First cold

January 18, 2010   

Our little babycakes had his first cold this week. He didn’t run a fever but had an alternately runny and stuffy nose all week, since early Monday morning when he woke up in the wee hours, all congested.

We did everything we could for him, but minutes after we’d help clear his nose, he’d be stuffed up again. Even with the runny/stuffy nose, he was his usual cheery little baby self, except when it was time to sleep. Wednesday morning, he was having so much trouble sleeping that I put him in the sling and sat up for three hours just to help him sleep half of it, as his more upright position in the sling helped him to breathe better.

He’s a tiny bit congested today but it’s clearly the very end of the cold. It’s been rough on all of us, as Seppo and I were sick as well. None of us got enough sleep, and Seppo still had to work while fighting the cold and caring for the baby as well. Most days, we were able to get the baby to nap a bit to catch up but he definitely didn’t get as much rest as he usually does.

As I said, he still maintained good spirits, while having no way of knowing why it was so frustrating to breathe and sleep, nor why his parents were torturing him with drops and bulb syringes in his tender, red, sniffly nose. He still giggled and smiled and babbled all day long, giving us extra energy when we were at our worst.

I adore him. Just couldn’t love another as much as our little one. My heart ached knowing he didn’t know why he felt so terrible yet not being able to do much to change the situation. When he cries, we are the only ones who can help him. And not being able to help him was one of the worst things I’ve felt. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be if he were suffering from something other than just a simple, uncomplicated cold. Bleh.

Luckily, that’s all it was. He seemed to get much better Thursday night. On Friday, he ended up taking a 5.5 hour nap, followed by two hours of cheery wakefulness, followed by another 2.5 hour nap. I freaked out about how much he was sleeping, but he was far less congested and much better all around both awake and asleep, so I let him catch up on many nights of poor, fitful sleep. He seemed all the better for it.

The first cold is a milestone of sorts, I suppose. I’m just glad he’s better.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-17

January 17, 2010   
  • I'm at Lakeshore Cafe (3257 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland). #
  • It seems my laptop battery is dead. It's been trying to kill itself for the entire time I've had it. It may have succeeded. #
  • Just bought the Glee and (500) Days of Summer soundtracks. The iPhone makes it way too easy. #
  • RT @NBB1: What could be better than Al Gore & Fonts? RT @mattyglesias "Seems like a good call on Al Gore's part:" #
  • @veraciousjess Sheesh, I couldn't bring myself to finish reading. You'd think the writer's family was kill by lettuce. in reply to veraciousjess #
  • Went to Walgreens and failed to get h1n1 vaccine and lotioned tissues for baby's little red nose boo. Will try again tomorrow for vaccine. #
  • @veraciousjess So very exciting! Near so many great food options! in reply to veraciousjess #
  • It's heartwrenching to see the baby sick and not be able to do anything substantive to help him out, except wipe & soothe. Sucky first cold. #
  • @veraciousjess @vyrin @abecedary Also dangerously close to Jaguar Karaoke!!!! 🙂 in reply to veraciousjess #
  • It is clear to me that my own husband and child have infected me with their illness. The betrayal… #bewarethezombieapocalypse #
  • @kraziks2k Ledasha is one of those urban legends, like Nosmo King. 🙂 in reply to kraziks2k #
  • Friday Night Lights seems to be an amazing show, 5 eps into season one. I wonder if I'd like it even more if I cared about football at all? #
  • Haven't felt this wrecked in a long time, due to taking care of baby + being sick myself. @helava's really sick too but pulling night duty #
  • Sitting up in bed, baby in sling. At least he can breathe and is finally back to sleep. I don't think I'll be so lucky. #
  • Suddenly ravenously hungry. I feel like Pac Man. #
  • Ooh, I wonder if @helava and I could go… @birbigs is at the San Jose Improv next month! (via @Ealasaid) #
  • @MJ :O Wow! What a huge milestone! I can't wait to see her show off her skills next time. 🙂 in reply to MJ #
  • Support Team Conan, add a #twibbon to your avatar now! – #
  • Baby takes epic 4hr nap. News at 11. Seriously, baby is catching up now that he can sleep without congestion. I too feel mostly human. Yay! #
  • What's he thinking about? #
  • @amanofallmen You've had such a rough last few days. Hang in there. Hopefully, you blew through all the bad mojo for the rest of the year. in reply to amanofallmen #
  • Average cry count per Friday Night Lights episode: 2. Why is this show so good? #
  • I checked in at Samurai Sushi Boat (3336 Grand Ave.) on #Yelp #

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A family that laughs together…

January 11, 2010   

I’m sure no one except us will be entertained by this video, but we sure had a great time laughing it up! 😀

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-10

January 10, 2010   
  • @Glennia Boots & Kimo's 4 breakfast and Tokkuri Tei for sushi & izakaya. B&K: no wait @8am. TT: no wait at opening or make reservation. in reply to Glennia #
  • I love our dog, but sometimes I wish I could shave him bald. :-p #
  • It would be useful to locate the cleaning head of the floor cleaning system. Having the stick and spray cleaner does no good without that. #
  • Where should we buy nice lined curtains? #
  • Battle over gay of decade celeb Twitter war is awesome: via @ActuallyNPH #
  • @NBB1 @AngryChad So… The blue lady has a wiener? in reply to NBB1 #
  • It's pretty terrible that I think the Rock as a tooth fairy is hilarious. Someone help me! 🙂 #
  • @AngryChad What did I ever do to you to deserve that image?! 😀 in reply to AngryChad #
  • I'm 98% sure that the baby has inherited @helava's freckles. Will have to catch in a photo to be sure my eyes aren't fooling me. Cute! #
  • Er… I meant dimples. DUMB. Heh. #
  • @ActuallyNPH Word Ace (Hold 'Em + Scrabble agaonst online friends on Facebook or Pre) for game and Mint for personal finance/productivity. in reply to ActuallyNPH #
  • @ActuallyNPH Oh! If you like labrynth-type games, check out Taxiball — labrynth + Crazy Taxi, if you remember the Dreamcast game. 🙂 in reply to ActuallyNPH #
  • @NBB1 Heh, I try. in reply to NBB1 #
  • While reading Malcolm Gladwell's latest look, a throwaway reference to Au Bon Pain reminds me how much I love their almond croissants. Yum. #
  • @hja Sling is our kid's. Makes it so hard to transfer him to bed without waking. in reply to hja #
  • @hja Do you also slip the baby out or leave her partially in it? in reply to hja #
  • 14 lbs. Nice. #
  • @amanofallmen Lol. He sure is a little fatty. in reply to amanofallmen #
  • Abruptly woken up by baby giggling in his sleep. How cute! I wonder what kinds of happy dreams he has nowadays. #
  • @ActuallyNPH Congrats! The whole battle was exciting and awesome. 🙂 in reply to ActuallyNPH #
  • The new echofon app ain't half bad. #
  • Hugs her man and boy. They've both had a rough night. #
  • Thinking about attending She's Geeky again. Anyone else? #
  • Twitter said, "You cannot retweet this tweet because you've already retweeted." Heh. Want to add "this tweet" for maximum tweetage. #
  • @amanofallmen Are you gonna try your hand at development? 🙂 in reply to amanofallmen #
  • @bcaudill By "love it" I assume you mean, "call my 'fixer' to teach them a life lesson". That blows. Sorry people suck so much. in reply to bcaudill #
  • @Ealasaid Cool! I might as well. 🙂 in reply to Ealasaid #
  • Rushing to finish a hoagie means you sometimes have to eat a little paper napkin. #
  • @Mark_Salling I can't take up your challenge because I'm curled up under my desk. I'm not sure if it's in fear or from ROFLing. in reply to Mark_Salling #
  • @amanofallmen Check out blog because they hint at the new stuff in progress. You already have card ace? Updates available #
  • @amanofallmen Card Ace is actual Texas hold 'em, features same as word ace. Also in-game gifts have been released. in reply to amanofallmen #
  • @hja I both love and hate those days! 🙂 in reply to hja #
  • @veraciousjess Agreed! Totally bizarro and amazing at the same time! in reply to veraciousjess #
  • I've coined a new word: tinormous. Is it impressive in its tininess? Or is it the biggest tiny in its class? #
  • Damn. Urban dictionary already has the word "tinormous" from over two years ago: #
  • @hja @aaa Add "or bored or gassy" for our kiddo. in reply to hja #
  • @aaa Heh, more like distractions. And I can burp him or hold him upright. in reply to aaa #
  • Heading out to Vik's Chaat to meet up with T for lunch! #
  • Looks like Yayu Ethiopian Restaurant is replacing Vine Wine Bar on Lakeshore Ave. #
  • Baby is excessively drooling, lunging for his knuckles, and pulling at his ears, all classic signs of teething. Seems early but I guess so! #
  • <3 new features! RT @selfawaregames: Card Ace v.1.1 for the iPhone/iTouch! Approved in an astonishing FOUR HOURS! #
  • @StephDecker Photo! in reply to StephDecker #
  • @bcaudill That's the only thing that bothers me about the new echofon. in reply to bcaudill #
  • Hilarious how many people stop to comment how beautiful Mobi the dog is. If only they knew what a grumpypants he is! 🙂 #
  • I'm at Grand Lake Farmers' Market (Splash Pad Park at Lake Park Ave, at Grand & Lake Park, Oakland). #
  • I'm at Trader Joe's (3250 Lakeshore Avenue, at Lake Park Avenue, Oakland) w/ 2 others. #
  • @amanofallmen Heh sorry. in reply to amanofallmen #
  • OMG Taste of Joy delivers from their new location. I'm gonna get fatter. #
  • (500) Days of Summer was beautiful. #

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Hit and run post

January 4, 2010   

Baby & Seppo are sleeping. I should go to sleep as well soon.

It’s the new year. Lots of crazy things happened at the end of the year, much of it negative. I didn’t get to do a retrospective and a resolution post. This won’t be one either.

I do have a couple of to-dos I took care of tonight though. I paid some bills. I bought a ticket for my mom to come out for the baby’s baek-il (100th day celebration) later this month. I started an evite for it, but realized I need to get a guest list together before I send it out.

Things I still have to do: finish the thank you notes from the baby shower, and include a small photo of the baby. I wish I had everyone’s physical addresses on file, so I’ve very slowly been gathering them. The influx of Christmas cards helped, but it just reminded me that I’d like to start sending out Christmas cards as well.

I’ve also been working my way through a will & trust estate planning packet, which I had started before Thanksgiving but never finished. This would be good to finish before the week is up. You don’t want things like that hanging over your head.

The baby is just about 10 weeks old. He’s changing like crazy everyday. He babbles up a storm every morning, after every nap, and any time I try to engage him in conversation. He’s very game. 🙂 He is trying to use his hands now. I don’t think he quite understands what is going on with his appendages, but he’s quite curious.

When you engage him on his activity mat with his feet near a post, he’ll get excited seeing the effects of kicking at the post — the entire set of dangly toys move! He stares at his feet while wiggling his toes. When you put something in his hands, he instinctively pulls it close to his mouth. He used to just touch his hands to his mouth, then he started to suck on his fingers/half his fists, and now he’s interested in getting other things in there.


He didn’t use to drool until about a week or a week and a half ago, but now any time he is intently staring at something or trying to bring it to his mouth, he starts to drool. Haha, what a goofball! Today, he laughed out loud when Seppo blew on his belly! And when I kissed his cheeks! Aww, the small little moments, they make my day.


I spend so much time with him trying to read him that I’m pretty decent at figuring out if he’s bored or hungry or tired or has a wet diaper. I think Seppo’s getting a little bit sad to find himself less adept at interpreting the cries, since he has less time with him during the day, but he’s doing great in every way. Seppo continues to give me morning breaks any time he can, bonding with the baby while giving me some luxurious sleeping-in time.

I am trying to brainstorm some ideas for work when I have free mental cycles. I had an idea earlier today and I forgot to write it down! Crap, I think I forgot. Ha.

This year, a lot of our friends are getting married. P&C, K&N, and A&K are all getting married in June! Wow! C&S are getting married on 10/10/10. 🙂 We hope to be able to travel to their weddings.

My sister, her husband, and their two daughters want to visit the Bay Area sometime in the summer as a vacation as well as to meet their new relative. I wish my son could grow up near his cousins! I loved having my cousins around when I was growing up.

Yikes, it’s late. I better get to bed. I wish I could remember what the work idea was. D’oh.


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-03

January 3, 2010   
  • First sous vide egg: slightly too runny. Second sous vide egg: transcendent. #
  • It will be good to mark an end to this day. #
  • I can't wait to make dduk gook (rice cake soup) for the baby's first new year! This is the first real tradition I care about. 🙂 #
  • Baby is now wearing stage 2 diapers. So sad how fast things move! #
  • @SwanL Working all day Jan 1st? in reply to SwanL #
  • I need to figure out what to do for the baby's baek-il (100 day) celebration. #
  • @bcaudill Heh, I remember you sharing that recipe a couple of days ago. in reply to bcaudill #
  • Baby LOLed again! The most wonderful sound in the world! #
  • Peacefully napping baby means laundry time. Such sweet peachy little cheeks… #
  • @eisfore I think we will wait until dol for the grabbing game. When are you going to be in the Bay Area again? I miss you! in reply to eisfore #
  • That baby is like clockwork. 7am and he just peed and pooped in the bathroom with @helava's help. He's almost always up by 7am. 🙂 #
  • @bcaudill When you say "this tight" are you saying you caved? :O I'm gonna hold out at least another year, I swear! 🙂 in reply to bcaudill #
  • @bcaudill And 7th grade is the last time for me too. 8th grade was hammerpants & pointy flats. May no one find my pics from then. in reply to bcaudill #
  • Baby purposely reached for and grabbed his first object this morning! Was a link on this cube toy. Wow. #
  • He has almost full neck control now. Not quite there yet, but almost. He also looks for voices and other directional sound now. 🙂 #
  • He also "walks" while lying on his side, Three Stooges style. He can go from his back to side then back again very easily as of this week. #
  • RT @bcaudill: this should be mandatory reading – #
  • All sorts of food sous vide plus a reprisal of truffle mashed potatoes, bread & cheese, and salad for dinner with friends. #
  • Reheating sous vide food isn't great. The company, on the other hand, was fantastic. Thanks for the mac & cheese @bcaudill and Alan! #
  • Going through the entire Beatles catalog, one album every two weeks, is going to be sheer joy for the next half year. Thanks again, @helava! #
  • Cleaning up the last little bits from last night's dinner. Thanks to Joe, there is not much left to do. #
  • Vacuumed for 1.5 hours and now assembling our exersaucer for friend's crawling baby in case she wants to play in it during the visit. #
  • Forgot to give @bcaudill her Christmas present yesterday. D'oh! #
  • Our friend Klay is visiting. We'll have a quiet NYE with shabu shabu and good conversation. I look forward to our first NY with our baby! #
  • @bcaudill Oh no! Poor Dakota! I hope she is ok! in reply to bcaudill #
  • Happy New Year, everyone! Sae hae bok mani badu saeyo! #
  • One of my new year's resolutions is to generate some kickass project/feature proposals to present to @westcoastbill & Mike for work. #
  • Personal resolutions: be the best mother & partner I can be, call mom more often. Be more organized. #
  • @so_yun Oh, your poor baby with so many shots to end the old year! 🙁 I nearly cried seeing ours getting his two month immunizations. in reply to so_yun #
  • WordPress iPhone app keeps on throwing away most of the contents of my drafts. Coincidence or commentary? Will post reflection via computer. #
  • Can't sleep. Combination of caffeine and reflections upon 2009, with both some wonderful highs (baby!) and some really painful lows. #
  • Trying to be upbeat for the new year, but still devastated that someone I cared for seems never to have liked me. How to change… 🙁 #
  • Vote for Word Ace! #

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