Aber & In

I've been thinking lately that a more appropriate blog title for the current phase of our life would be "Aber & In".  We've settled in to the 8-5 routine, bought a house, and baby number one is on the way.  While life as we know it will change forever as we enter parenthood, we're still looking forward to getting out and experiencing the world with our kiddo in new and different ways than our previous globe trekking, off the grid, late night techno music fueled adventures.  We've decided to share our thoughts and family updates with the world through this blog in an effort to veer away from Facebook as a platform to share all our news.  Not to say there won't be a flood of pictures and Facebook baby bragging going on at first, but I think ultimately blogging will provide a classier, more therapeutic, and concise online presence for our family.

With baby Rose due in December I will be taking a break from engineering and trying out motherhood as a career for the time being.   It's quite possible we'll initially have a big pause in blog updates while I try to figure that role out.  Our life is going to change in so many unforeseen ways we just want to step back, soak it all in, and tackle the challenges as they come.  Luckily the baby wave is ebbing all around us and we've got lots of friends and family with little ones ready to see our ship off with full sails of experience, help, and advice.  This is going to be one exciting voyage.  Yikes the sailing references!...we are currently reading Treasure Island aloud at night and it is clearly on my brain.

The pregnancy has been surprisingly pleasant so far despite all of the worries and fears that come along with growing a human inside your stomach.  What I can gather from my birth club forum on TheBump.com is that I am one of the lucky ones that the other moms love to hate for having such an easy pregnancy.  No complaints here!  I also stopped reading said pregnancy forums about half way through my pregnancy.  No need for the naysayers and constant paranoia wondering if you are doing everything right.

We're trying to enjoy these last six weeks and get everything in order as much as possible.  Hopefully this means lots of dates, taking advantage of as much free sleep and shower time as possible, and getting some freezer meals made.  I got a slight curve ball being diagnosed with gestational diabetes so we'll be adjusting to that whole rigmarole too.  Nothing like being on a diet for your last month of pregnancy and Thanksgiving.  All that aside, we are looking forward to what will be the BEST Christmas ever.  I've really been on the fence about putting up our Christmas decorations this year knowing that I'd be taking them down in a sleep deprived stupor with a one month old on my tit.  However, I think we'll just do it so we can enjoy the full splendor of the season in our home since we may not be getting out all that much.  Just don't be shocked if you find the tree still up when you visit in July.


Google Camino View

We're famous! At least, as much as being on Google Street View makes you famous. As luck would have it, as we were walking on the Camino last year, the Google Street View car cruised by us a couple of times. I knew what it was right away since I had seen pictures of it online before. So we made sure to get on the pictures and note the exact location that we saw it. We have been checking that spot from time to time on Google Maps and had just about given up hope that they were going to use those pictures. But then a couple of weeks ago they actually updated the imagery. It's pretty awesome that the only place we're on Street View is on some random rural road and hanging out with some cafe con leche at a local bar in Spain.

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KC Beer Blog

Well what do you know. This whole blogging thing seems as if it's panning out. Looks like I'll be writing for the KC Beer Blog now. The current manager of the blog was just too busy to keep it all going by himself, so he put out a call for contributors. There are three of us new guys that will be blogging away about beer now. One guy will handle all the brewery news and new beer releases, one guy will be talking about homebrew news and community, and then...there's me.

I guess I'm just going to be writing about whatever brews up in my head. The staff opinionator, I suppose. Which, when I consider I should probably actually write something once a week or so, it's a pretty daunting task. It's easy to write whenever something pops into my head, but to coax words out of the depths of my mind on command? That's just a whole different deal. So I call on all of you out there! Give me ideas and ask me questions! About beer, brewing, or...whatever!

You can see my first post here!


The Aber Taphouse

It's been a while, Internet Friends. We haven't posted much lately not for lack of goings on, but frankly because there's just been too much going on. Not to bore you too much with all the details, but the house is starting to look much more like a home ahead of Lauren's baby shower that she is hosting there for our friend next weekend. This was always the big deadline to get lots of our projects done so that the house looks presentable to a bunch of random relatives and friends of friends. Now that we're just a week off though, things are finally seeming somewhat manageable. The patio floor has been grinded clean of ancient carpet glue and sealed, the house has been painted, lawn seeded, artwork hung, and furniture arranged. Just FYI, I'm pretty much a pro at grinding concrete now. So if anyone needs help with any grinding work, I'll be at home, screening your phone calls and hiding from you. Let me know.

The most important thing to take place was the installation of some new outlets in the utility room so that the kegerator could be plugged in. The house officially became a home as homebrewed beer was first tapped about a week ago. Only the garage and the shed still make it look like we're hoarders. I think about this every time I'm tooling around in the garage with the door open and some perfect looking family scowls at our disorder from the sidewalk over the top of their stroller and german shepard. Well, maybe they're only scowling in my mind. Our neighbors seem pretty great for the most part.

My biggest concern at this point is now that our deadline will soon be passed, all those other things on the to-do list are just going to float away, never to be finished. Then again, maybe this is the essence of owning a home: the ability have selective vision and simply not notice anything wrong with the house. Maybe some day I will get bored and just start working on the list. I find this unlikely at least until after the new year though, as I think I've had enough home improvement work for at least the next couple of months. And afterall, its brewing season, hunting season, and holiday season. Which basically means...it's drinking season! (AFTER the hunt, anyway.)

I know it's foamy, damn it! I was in a hurry!

'Tis the Season

'Tis the Season to drink and wear Oktoberfest Trachten! Prost!