If you like listening to music, you should check out Pandora.com when you get a chance. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, and then you tell it what artists and/or songs you enjoy listening to. The more information you provide, the better. For example, the artists I selected range from Radiohead to Metallica to The Beatles to The Supremes and even Fiona Apple (plus Iron Maiden, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Elton John) . But you can also pick individual songs, too. Pandora then throws all of that into its "mixer" and determines what it is that you like about these artists and songs. It analyzes the tempos and keys of the songs you picked and then starts playing similar songs on your "station." The audio quality is superb, and you can even listen to your station on select AT&T and Sprint mobile phones now (or most Windows Mobile-based phones). I'm out of luck there since my phone is a Blackberry Curve.
We had a very nice time over the past weekend. On Saturday we went to visit friends (Matt & Pam) in Berlin, NJ, so all of the kids got to play together. We brought Dillon & Jason (5) and Adrian (1.5), while Adam & Cherise brought their twin girls (2) and their newborn (5 weeks). Everyone got to play with Ryan (5) and Sean (2.5) and the adults got to engage in some nice conversation and run around outside with the kids. The weather was nice, but it got pretty cold as the afternoon wore on (down to about 25 degrees by 5pm). We had Subway foot longs for lunch (while the kids munched on pigs-in-a-blanket and little pizzas), and then we had pizza for dinner. We had planned on going over for a lunch-time play date, but we went into extra innings and ended up staying through dinner, leaving around 7pm. Everyone had a great time.
On Sunday Angie went to a baby shower for her cousin Mark's wife, Jackie. She had a blast and got a break from the kids from about 10:30am until about…
We spent the better part of yesterday taking down all the holiday decorations. No more Christmas tree, no more outdoor lights, no more garland, wreaths, etc. We packed everything up and found places to store it all (some went in the garage, some went into the basement storage room).
The kids helped out when possible, but we also got them set up with their big Play-Doh set at the kitchen table which kept them occupied for quite a while. Adrian still naps in the afternoon, so we just had to keep the twins busy while we straightened up and cleaned everything after the decorations were down. Then I sat with them and helped make some cool Play-Doh creations.
Today we're looking forward to the Eagles vs. Giants game at 1pm! We're hoping for a really good game (read: the Eagles win).
We had some friends & family over on New Year's Eve, and it was a lot of fun. Our kids spent the night at my parents' house, so Angie and I were free to mingle and engage in some adult conversation. But we also balanced the adult conversation with some Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero competition (courtesy of Paul, who brought all the instruments, the games, and his Xbox 360)! After midnight, Angie decided to start up some Texas Hold' Em in the dining room and broke even by the end of the party. Can't complain about that!
Steve brought some fireworks to launch after midnight, which was a "blast" even though it was freezing and very windy outside. All the trees are still standing and no forest fires were started. ;-)
We had lots of snacks & cookies, along with Cyndi's baked ziti and about 200 Chick-Fil-A nuggets that Angie and I picked up before the party. And of course we had plenty of alcoholic beverages to ring in the new year.