Five Fun Things Friday – Father’s Day 2012 Edition

Oh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

My last post was mid-March. Since then, I’ve been the busiest I’ve been my entire working career. Problem #1 is that I have a hard time saying no to colleagues. Problem #2 is —one of the main causes of #1— is that I really enjoy all of the projects I’m involved with.

So, after 2-1/2 months of 60+ hour weeks, I’ve scaled back my work-load (thanks very much to my supportive boss & colleagues along with my very talented summer interns). As a result, I’ve had a little time enjoy some cool things in the past week or so:

  1. Father’s Day – This year was terrific; much more than I deserved really. Angela made me a delicious breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes. I got drill press (see the following) from Angela and some swim goggles from the kids. And I got to spend almost the entire day with the family (except when the kids were out shopping for swim goggles & I was playing with the drill press).
  2. Woodworking – As the kids have gotten bigger, they’ve started to out-grow their play & crafts table. So Angela asked me to make it tall enough to store toys underneath & allow them to sit at the table for crafts. So, using my new drill press, I hollowed out some glued-up MDF blocks to create leg extensions I could lag-bolt into the table legs. It’s a bit rough, but was the first thing I’ve got to make in quite a long time.
    Father's Day present
  3. Hunger Games – I completed Mockingjay, the final book of Suzanne Collins’ excellent post-apocalyptic YA novels. I haven’t seen the film based on the first book yet, but I can certainly recommend the books. They are lightening fast to read, thanks to Collins’ choice of first person narrative and her intense action.
  4. Prometheus – Okay, this was technically last week, but I went with my brother, Stephen, to watch Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction. There has been some intense discussions about this movie. I, for one, really enjoyed it. I’ve been a big fan of the Alien series for a long time, including the comics. I can’t quite say it was a perfect film, but it met my every expectation and it certainly one of the year’s best sci-fi films.
  5. Swimming – So, our kids have been taking swimming lessons for the past few summers and Angela recently competed in her first-ever triathlon. As a result, we’ve found ourselves at the pool quite a bit. As our kids are old enough to actually swim around some and Angela has been also learning how to properly swim for a race, I’ve actually gotten to swim some, as well. Admittedly, I’m surely the worst swimmer in the family. However, it’s a lot of fun to get to spend time in the pool with the family and a great way to beat the crazy heat here in TN.

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