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May. 24th, 2015 @ 06:10 pm Maddy
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When she tries to recall the name of MLK,she says...

King Arthur Lutend Junior
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Feb. 17th, 2015 @ 07:44 am Gwen
When Maddy tells her we're going to IKEA, she thinks it's another posession grab so she'll respond with "MY kea!"
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Feb. 15th, 2015 @ 07:02 pm Gwen
Gwen is now 2 and I haven't recoreded anything yet! When she means to say "ice cream" she actually says something that sounfs like "ox scheme". It sounds like she gets excited or ahead of herself anx tries to say the beginning of both words at once.
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Feb. 11th, 2015 @ 10:22 am (no subject)

  • Maddy changed schools from Faxon to Lanigan.  Not only did she change schools, but she changed them in 2 days.  Monday, Faxon.  Tuesday, out (for good reason!  there would have been little supervision for her on that day, and it's part of the reason we left!).  Wednesday (today), Lanigan!  Faxon, while Maddy learned a lot there, was one which was not a good fit for us.  It needed a lot of parent support and we weren't willing to help out.  We just didn't have time with 2 full-time parents working.  They needed more help than they had, which resulted in less communication and more lax policies. It also resulted in a less secure school.

  • We had plumbing work done in the basement to finally fix the drain with high water level which would sometimes come up.  Going into the job, we knew one of the exiting lines, the drain tile line, before it came together, was broken.  What we didn't know was that this drain was tied into this line.  There was so much water pressure that it was coming back into the pipe and there wasn't a lot of relief of the water around the foundation.  So they put a pump onto that broken line to get the water switched over to

  • Mike Chachich left DENSO, which was a huge shock.  I will save his letter at the bottom for posterity.

  • It was announced that Spider Man, an entity of Sony pictures, will be a part of a Marvel Comic Universe movie in the future.  Super exciting!




Brett,

You will probably be surprised to learn that I resigned from DENSO today.
I didn't intend to time it with the vacation but it just worked out that way.

I know you're trying to find direction in your career. Even at my advanced age I go through the same thing.
I think DENSO is a great company but ultimately I think I found a better match for me elsewhere. We'll see.

As it stands I'll have just two days back in the office. Naka said he'd arrange a lunch for me but in any case we can get together any time.

I've enjoyed working with you and watching you grow into the responsible family man that you are.

You have my number. Don't hesitate to call if you ever need anything. Or just want to chat or get together.

Best regards, Mike
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Nov. 10th, 2014 @ 11:03 pm 21 Days of Gratitude
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: Foghat - Slow Ride
Slow ride!  Doo doo, dee dee, dee'dee'dee!  Take it easy!

What do we have here?

Today, I had 3 ounces of coffee.  3.  Ounces.  And it slammed me!  Hard.  Boom.  Pow.  Right in the kisser.

  1. I'm grateful for my work campus.  They're always looking for ways to improve things.  Every time I look up, there are always extra plans for how the campus layout is going to be improved.  Last week, it was speed bumps, added to ensure people were driving safely.  This week, it's a new awning running between buildings 30 and 40.  Finally, coming in the next half year, we've got drastic remodeling plans for Building 40.  It really is an exciting time on the campus.  :-)

  2. Alright.  I'm out of positive things to say about work.  I'm moving on to other things.  I'm grateful for my children.  They have changed me in ways I could not have predicted.  I could not have foretold the things that I would go through.  Also, the fact that Lindsey and I have made such amazing kids tells me we were meant to be together.  They really are that great.  There's no limit to how sweet, and caring they seem to be.  Just tonight, Gwen comforted Maddy, who was crying.  She rubbed Maddy's back, wiped her tears away, and held her hand.  Maddy was so stunned, she forgot why she was sad!

  3. I'm grateful for my wife.  She's given and given so much since day 1.  In a previous journal entry I was reading from 7 years ago, I read about how she didn't stop moving and stayed with me to help get our first apartment furnished.  This was before we even started living together.  What can I say about her?  She's been here for me, listening to me complain about things from day 1.  Even through years of talking constantly about eating better, focusing on mood, focusing on improving work, repeatedly complaining about work, then coming back for more waves of good moods, bad boods, good work, bad work.  it's no small wonder that she's stayed through all of it and tried to hard to work at our relationship.  All the while, we've built this incredible bond with inside jokes, inside sounds, and many more things.  Love you so much.  You and the girls are the best things I have going for me.  You are what motivate me the most! 

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Nov. 6th, 2014 @ 10:12 pm 21 Days of Gratitude
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: Tired
Current Music: Adagio for Strings, Op 11a
Today was a fairly good day.  I don't need to stinkin' coffee!  I did have a glass of green tea a couple of times this week at lunch, which lit a fire for sure.  But other than that, I've been caffeine free.  Can't wait to see how much better I get over time.  I haven't been this caffeine free since probably middle school.  I'm excited to see what I can accomplish without the reign of caffeine.  Or, who knows?  Maybe I'll realize humankind is just better on caffeine!

  1. I'm grateful for the skills I now have to rely on.  The ones I can't think of but now rely upon every day.  Excel tricks, vision for a finished product, planning and scheduling.  Things that make life easier at my job.  This may seem weak, but I believe that we take these things for granted each day.

  2. I'm grateful for a workplace that is somewhat safe and secure.  Doors lock.  They're unlocked with remote cards, and not with magnetic strips.  Laptops are secured at all times.  I've also never heard of a case of stolen equipment or belongings, at least not in my department.  Things are really laid back there.  I guess that leads me to my last gratitude item.

  3. The atmosphere is peaceful, calm, and quiet.  Aside from pressuring Japanese philosophies of progress, it's extremely chill.  I'm grateful for an atmosphere where I can relax and focus on work.  Not loud distractions.

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Nov. 5th, 2014 @ 10:03 pm 21 Days of Gratitude
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Chrono Trigger OST 61 - Last Battle
Today, I realized even further how great my life can be without coffee.  I feel so much more balanced and generally energetic.  I feel like I can assert myself.  I have positive moods often enough to let me be me.

After reading the most recent chapter in my current book "18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get The Right Things Done", I saw the best quote ever: "Don't settle for being less than you are. It won't serve others, and it won't serve you."

Coffee won't allow me to be me.  It changes who I am.  I don't need to change who I am.  I'm great the way I am.  That, or it will lead to me changing career paths.  I'm finally ready, emotionally, to accept that.

With that, away we go!


  1. I'm grateful to have a laptop.  A nice enough laptop with long battery life that I can use at home.  I also have Special Hibun priviledges, VPN, and even can check my e-mail from a phone.  We honestly have what we need to balance work and life.  It's really nice.  I don't think we show our appreciation for it enough.

  2. I'm grateful for my window seat at work.  I get healthy sunshine on my face in the morning.  I can see the weather and leaves change outside.  It brightens my day but I really don't notice it anymore.  It's time for that to change.

  3. Casual Fridays.  They don't even enforce the no t-shirts rule all the often.  I can be comfortable in t-shirts and jeans once a week!  How cool is that?  Fridays are great.

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Nov. 4th, 2014 @ 09:53 pm 21 Days of Gratitude
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: The Sims 3 which Lindsey is playing
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If you missed yesterday's post, this is a 21-day goal to write 3 gratitudes each day in an effort to train the brain to focus on the good in my life.  This is learning a skill which will hopefully make me a happier person.

Today was a day like any other.  I had great aspirations, only to have those aspirations dashed on the rocks by too much internet browsing and office chatter.

  1. I'm grateful to have an assistant (co-op) at work who is smart, cares, and catches on quickly.

  2. I'm grateful to have a co-worker/friend in Kenny at work who reminds us all to take it easy and not take life too seriously.

  3. I'm grateful to have a large desk which I can expand my work to so as not to feel cramped.  I don't have to spend precious focus time keeping it clean.  It means I can enjoy a lower impact day each day until I'm ready to take the plunge and clean up (about once every 10-14 days).


Note to self: Tomorrow, visit the skills you've learned.  Dig up some good ones and cite those to be grateful for being able to rely on.
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Nov. 3rd, 2014 @ 10:39 pm 21 Days of Gratitude
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Finghin Collins - Gymnopedie No. 1
Welcome to a fresh, new take on the journal, me. Welcome to a purpose-driven journal. Yes, that's right. I DO have a purpose. I just need to uncover it. The key to doing that is first to find happiness. True happiness inside. The way to do that is to embark on happiness-generating activities.

One of these, and the first I will take on, is 3 Gratitudes in which you document 3 things which you're grateful for each day. The point of it is to focus on the good things for 21 days. After that point, the brain has learned to scan the world not for the negative, but for the positive.  What better time to take this on than in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving?

So here you have it: Day 1 of 3 Gratitudes.

  1. I'm grateful for the support I find in even the most unusal places.  Mike, my boss, came over to me today and sat down at the desk next to me to help me to understand what I should do as a next step in my career training search.  Inoue-san, through the last couple of years, has tried to offer his advice on how to tell a "good story" when creating a presentation about something.  Naka came down to my ADD level and explained to me that I don't have to feel afraid to talk about my shortcomings at work.  I can feel more comfortable at DENSO.  Work is a part of life, and when we die we're only going to remember the stress or ease of it all.  Not whether it was work or not.

  2. I am so grateful to have a workplace which is so nearby my house.  Really, I am.  It allows me to go home at a moment's notice and start or stop the crock pot, eat lunch, or meet contractors who plan to come to my house to perform work.  It's something I take for granted far too often

  3. I would be extremely remiss to leave this out: I cannot overstate how grateful I am to have bosses and co-workers who have been so extremely forgiving of my shortcomings.  I mean those entire weeks where I am so depressed, I can't function.  I mean those days where I'm so grumpy with the Japanese man who barely speaks English on the other side of the phone, I want to slam the phone down in their face.  I mean that boss who repeatedly has to hold me back as an E2 and prays, I can tell, that I move up to something bigger and better in our department soon.  I am so grateful for the level, forgiving atmosphere.  I will never be able to repay them, except in being equally forgiving of my associates later when they exhbit the same symptoms.

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Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 08:14 pm These Nights
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I love these nights, the ones where we're all together as a family.  Tonight we all went out to dinner to the Korean restaurant near downtown Farmington, followed by a quick run around the pavilion are downtown. That turned into "potty time" in Cold stone, which led to ice cream.

 

Gwen was born 12/17/2012. She's such a happy little baby! So well-mannered, just as her sister was. 

 

13cy is almost completed, after much panic and bugginess. I am borrowing the GX this weekend for some post-JIRA bug reporting (about 3 months straight of it!!)

 

I have to go now because I don't really get time to myself anymore.  you know what, though? I LOVE IT!!!!!!

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