Nicole, Madeline and I drove to North Carolina last week to visit SQL Sentry.
Here is about the only interesting thing I notice every time I pass through New Jersey:
We left Sunday morning and headed straight to Washington, DC. We walked around for a few hours, taking Madeline to the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the White House (where we saw Robert Plant stepping out of a limo, but weren’t quick enough to get a pic).
We stopped in Lorton, Virginia for a visit with the Oktavecs. I remember some great chili, lots of rum, and a very comfortable bed.
Next stop: Huntersville, NC. I did some work, we had our annual Christmas party, and the company met Madeline. We also went to the Biltmore House in Asheville. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I’ll just give you one stat to give you some idea of why this tour took 2 hours: this is a 179 thousand square foot home. Pretty interesting example of affluence, abundance and a time when some people had more money than they knew what to do with.
Some random shots from the week:
On Saturday we left Virginia Beach and headed north to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. This is a pretty cool engineering project if you’re into that kind of thing. We didn’t get any pictures because it was really foggy, but it was a cool drive nonetheless.
I’ve always liked the architecture of the GW Bridge, but I think this is the first time I’ve ever made an effort of taking a photograph. It didn’t turn out great – someday I’m going to get out there on foot.
Sunday we visited with the Messiers – had a great brunch and reunited Madeline with her Pepe.
Today, Madeline had her two-month check-up and her first round of immunizations. Some stats (with percentiles):
- Height: 24.25 inches (93.74%)
- Weight: 13 lbs, 2 oz (88.42%)
- Head circumference: 16.25 inches (91.52%)
- BMI: 15.7 (29.25%)
She also has a bit of the sniffles, the doctor agrees probably from climate and humidity changes. My new household title: “snot remover (using the blue bulby thing we stole from the hospital).”
Now we are watching the Patriots slaughter the Texans, about to see their record go to 10-3. If Owen Daniels stays under 70 yards and no scores, I just might pull off a very unlikely fantasy win too:
And I think that leaves you pretty up-to-date!