Archive for December, 2004

Shredding cont’d

Friday, December 31st, 2004

I continued to sort and shred today. I’m now going through old magazines and business papers which include computer graphics, object-oriented programming, and teaching C++/Java programming. I spent all day doing this and now have about 15 bags of chaff. I’m also preparing to sell some of my old magazines on eBay, but I have little hope that anyone would want them, nevertheless I can at least try.


Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

We’ve collected many papers over the years mostly for tax reasons – much of it receipts. So recently we’ve started to get rid of some of these especially ones that are older than 7 years (some were over 20 years old). Nevertheless today I shredded over 3 hours and got all of it done. We have a industrial strength shredder that has a massive cross cut unit above and bucket beneath. When done I had filled five white kitchen garbage bags full of chaff.

It was kind of a nostalgia trip looking at some of the receipts before grinding them up. Such as a receipt from the hospital for “Baby Girl Watt” for the birth of Katie who will soon be turning 20. I think it’s time to get rid of this stuff, but something in me says that I’m destroying part of my history.

Then there was two

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

The holiday season is winding down. Justin headed back to NC today. I’m sad.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

Breakfast, stockings, presents, lunch, family phone calls, munchies, naps, DVD movies, TV movies, light dinner, chocolate souffle, nice comfortable day.


Friday, December 24th, 2004

Justin, Matthew and I went to Creek Camp for a hike today while the women were at work.

Three outta three

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

Justin arrived yesterday afternoon. So the family is now complete. We chatted and joked around the dinner table while eating lasagna that I made in the afternoon and munched on Christmas cookies for dessert.

Goodbye jigsaw

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

When I was growing up I spent many hours down in my basement workshop making things. Among the tools my dad had was a drill press and a jigsaw. At some point when I was older and had my own home I transported the jigsaw to Poughkeepsie, New York. The drill press remained in my father’s home in Orchard Park, NY. Then later I moved the jigsaw to Austin where it’s been in the garage workshop. Since arriving it began to make strange grinding noises. So a few years back I took it apart and found that internally it was severely damaged. Since then it has sat apart and unused. A few weeks ago we were notified of a bulk garbage pickup starting this week. So today I moved the jigsaw and its wooden stand to the street. It makes me sad, because it was something that was my dad’s, it had been a part of my life and I had spent many wonderful hours creating things with it.

Goodbye old friend.

Two outta three

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Matthew arrived home for the holidays. So we’ve got two out of three with us now. Although we’re quiet people, it feels good to have both him and his sister at home. Very nice.


Friday, December 17th, 2004

Home on vacation and just bummin’

Almost vacation

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Well tomorrow I was supposed to begin my vacation. I’d be on vacation until the end of the year, but I have a few things to do so I’m going in to work instead. This means that I’ll take another day off at the end, that is, on January 4th. I’m even considering taking a half day on Thursday too, because I have an important conference call to do, and I’m releasing the very first version of some software then. That means I’ll be back to work on the afternoon of Jan 5th. Even if I’m off I think I’ll do some work at home.