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Mike Pirnat

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Ready to Grow Young Again

It's been a very nice, simple, relaxing few days.

A couple major things that I had been working on launched last week, and are so far behaving more or less as desired. Always a nice feeling.

After five years of hearing the "we believe in training and investing in our employees" line, I have finally pestered my way into actually fulfilling that promise--I am going to PyCon 2005 in DC! Hooray for persistence, I guess.

By official decree, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' double album Abbattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus is the winner of my highly-coveted "Best Album of 2004 That I Failed to Buy Until 2005" award. It's been a long, long time since I've picked up anything that is in such mortal danger of having a hole burned in it from over-listening. Excellent, excellent, excellent stuff, worth at least a listen if not a blind buy.

There are new kitten photos!

Julia and Valentine find a new favorite place

Valentine and Julia, ready for their close up

Yesterday, after replenishing our spice rack at Heather's Heat & Flavor, we had a lovely date night at Players on Madison. We split the wonderful beggar's purses (filled with a lovely goat cheese and served with a mixed dark berry goop), a delicious salad of mixed greens, mobay cheese and crispy prosciutto with a balsamic vinaigrette, and shared a nummy pizza laden with smoked chicken, roasted red peppers, and chorizo. Each went marvelously with the nice, straightforward Chianti that we selected. Given the number of other things on the menu that called seductively to me, I really hope that "date night at Players" becomes a regular thing for us.

Today we cleaned out the "Baby Room" and threw some paint samples on the wall to get a feel for what we want to do, decoration-wise, in there. Thankfully, I think we arrived at a good candidate pretty quickly. We'll have to identify the source of what looks like water damage on the wall by the window, but then we should be ready to fire up the engines of renovation once more.

On a completely unrelated note, wine plus Bruce Springsteen plus cranking the volume to eleven equals immense goodness. Rock on with your bad selves, oh yeah...!

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