I obviously took the weekend off from blogging; although we were in town and I spent some time on the computer, it was nice to take a break. The weekend was very pleasant, although it's been surprisingly chilly.
I was pleased to spend a lot of time with my daughters. Before the onset of the cool weather, we made it to a park for a while Friday evening. Saturday a couple of Cecilia's friends for the neighborhood came over for a few hours; it was chaotic but fun. We also went downtown yesterday afternoon just to walk around the Circle; Cecilia was hoping the fountains would be on, but enjoyed the time anyway. The evenings afforded a certain amount of badly needed chill time for myself and my lovely wife; we were able to indulge in several of our favorite recreational activities, including watching movies and reading.
We were going to attent the first birthday party Sunday for our good friends Joe and Jennifer's little boy Cooper, but alas the poor little tyke took ill. Cooper has our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
While shopping for his present, I picked up a couple of clearance-sale games for the PlayStation: We got Cecilia a Blue's Clues game, which she really seems to enjoy (and has learned to play with astonishing speed and practically no assist from us), and I grabbed Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Alas, I find that my MK3 skillz have deteriorated over the years...
Another devlopment over the weekend was some tweaking I did on our computer. I installed a new optical mouse (easy) and a new 48X CD-RW burner (still easy, but not as much). (In the process, of course, I took reasonable but not drastic precautions against static.) The new CD-ROM burner is a good and necessary development, as the old one appeared to be going bad, but I seem to need to make some further tweaks to the system, as it fails or hangs infrequently, but more often that it should (i.e, never). Even more pleasing than the equipment is the Nero Express software that came with it. In a distinct improvement over the version of Nero Burning ROM I already had, it allows drag-and-drop VCD creation. Essentially, it converts video files to MPG format, instead of requiring them to be already converted; thus, the process takes quite a while, but it's been fairly bulletproof so far. It even lets me create nifty onscreen menus with text and graphics! Sw33t!
I also passed one of those cheapo DVD roadside vendors. Since I gave up DVD buying for Lent, though, I declined to stop by.
I have some thoughts I may share this morning, but I also have several projects pending, so blogging may be light until this afternoon.
Update: I'm embarrassed that I neglected to mention one of the weekend's most pleasant events: Our friend Onye dropped by Sunday night for tea and conversation. We enjoyed sharing the time, Onye, thanks!