Six Little Birds

On April 9th the first egg appeared in a nest hidden inside a hanging plant on our porch. On May 12th the last baby bird flew the nest. In between we learned they were House Finches and that the 6 eggs would be laid roughly one day apart, hatch in around 2 weeks, and be fully grown in 2 weeks.

Our bird tenants (and their parents) stuck to the script beautifully. When I could, I snapped some shots. Please enjoy as the whole process was joyous to share with our kids, friends & family who stopped by.

One Little Egg

First day, first egg

Two Little Eggs

Second day, now two eggs

Three little eggs

Third day, three eggs

Six little eggs

Sixth day, six eggs

Six little birds


Six little birds

All in a row

Can’t believe they snuggled down like this. Getting too big for the nest.

Last to leave the nest

His parents called & called until eventually he too flew the nest.

The day the wifi changed

For Mother’s Day I got Jenn a new router. The old one was flaky and didn’t really provide ample coverage of the whole house. 

In the process of installing it, I had to change a bunch of stored passwords. Here’s the current list. 

  • My phone 
  • Jenn’s phone 
  • Rae’s phone 
  • Owen’s phone (no cell service) 
  • Apple TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • My Mac
  • Jenn’s Mac 
  • Downstairs Nest thermostat 
  • Upstairs Nest thermostat
  • 3 iPads 

Yet to be updated: 

  • Another iPhone (no cell service) 
  • Another iPad 
  • My work laptop
  • Jenn’s work laptop
  • My Kindle
  • Rae’s Kindle
  • My work Android phone
  • An old PC laptop
  • An older Linux netbook
  • An even older B&N Nook

So, yeah, modern life. 

At least Netflix is faster when we go four wide. 

Until next time. 

The Universe Is Telling Us To Get To Work

First, this Tristan Walker tweet.

Second, a great first-person career narrative from Hiroshi Lockheimer on Medium.

Every day I’m excited by what’s possible, and much like the teenage me, I’m eager to create and build products that feel like magic.

So, as I often do via the blog, I’m re-dedicating myself to doing more & doing it more often.

Because, obviously, in honor of Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), one must heed the advice of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back – Do or do not; there is no try:


My Year of Running

At the outset of the year I’d made the conscious, though not publicly-stated, decision to run 1,000 miles in 2016. So here it is officially: I’m attempting to run 1,000 miles in 2016.


I have steadily increased my mileage over the past several years from 600-something in 2013 to 700+ in 2014 and finally topping 800 miles this past year. I’ve done this by running more often throughout the week and by stretching my average weekday run distance from about 5k to about 7k and my weekend run distance from 5 miles to 10k.

In January Mashable ran a post about Mark Zuckerberg and his commitment to promoting running with the seemingly-simple goal of running 1 mile per day this year. 366 miles – it’s a leap year, after all – seems like an achievable first step for most folks who either haven’t run ever or don’t run consistently.

I joined the Facebook group for his efforts the day I read the article.

I don’t normally listen to anything – music, podcasts, nothing – but another Facebook post sent by my brother-in-law motivated to share my year-to-date mileage today.

All of which is to say, I’ll likely be even more annoying about my running for the remainder of 2016. If you don’t like the beer blog updates or tweets, you’re sure to be annoyed by these.1

Until next time, I’ll see you out on the streets.

  1. If you want to see my previous attempt at being very descriptive about my running, you can check out this Google Doc, which I’d intended to be an actual book cataloging my first full year as a runner (mid-2010 to mid-2011). I ultimately got too busy and shelved the whole project, called “Around the Year in 365 miles”, mostly because I couldn’t remember how I’d felt during each run.

    A much better example of an interesting running diary/log is the excellent Poverty Creek Journal. I’m only halfway done with the prosaic poetry (non-rhyming and paragraph form), but it’s a fantastic artifact of a runner during a similar timeframe recounting how his runs carried him through a calendar year.


A few Springtime beer thoughts

In no particular order …

  • If I’ve only had 3/10 of the beers on this list, how long should I give myself to finish?
  • Canned beer season doesn’t really begin, for me, until Summer, but I’m willing to make exceptions.

  • Normally I’d apply Betteridge’s Rule to the headline “Bored by IPA?” but there are other styles out there.
  • In my household Creature Comforts’ Athena is always welcome, but we like Gose’s too, especially Westbrook’s. I also dig Saisons, Creature Comforts’ Brettomatic, Wakatu Sour and anything else sour or funky (from Spring to Fall, it just seems right).

    And yes, even a hop-head like me gets tired of drinking nothing but IPAs.

  • Not all sponsored content should be made. Case in point: Guinness
  • I get it. The first dark beer I loved was also Guinness Stout, but this was in an era before craft brewing became the norm and Pete’s Wicked Ale was hard to find. If you really love dark beer (and craft beer for that matter), you’ll take the point of the second link and drink some great Bocks & Doppelbocks. I’d imagine the same sponsored content from someone like Shiner would be better, but maybe that’s damning with faint praise.

Until next time, prosit!