Thoughts on the new house

Well, we’ve been living in the new house for *checks watch* wow, 2 months now! So here’s how it’s going:

the house itself is pretty great! We haven’t had any major problems, and it still has that new house feel to it. Vanessa loves her playroom and will happily play in there by herself for a short while, although she also seems to enjoy just running around ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve been enjoying all the extra drawers/cabinets in the kitchen area.

the house is big, like pretty darn big. We successfully hosted most of David’s family for Easter, which is one of the reasons we made the house so big. I do feel somewhat guilty about it, though…

the commute in to work takes right around 20 minutes if traffic is reasonable. I realize in the grand scheme of things this really isn’t bad (hi, friends in Bangalore!) but it is noticeably worse than the seven or so minutes we were used to.

there’s a park really close to our house, which is amazing! We’ve already walked there like ten times with Vanessa ๐Ÿ™‚

living in the suburbs has taken some getting used to. I like living in cities, and while Pflugerville is close enough that I can still claim to live in Austin, it’s even further away from downtown and such. Not that we, like, go to downtown more than once in a blue moon, but something about the idea of living in a suburb bothers me. (I’ve been slowly working through this)

we live right down the street from the Mendezes, which is pretty great!

we live further away from everyone else, which is sad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

you can see lots of stars at night and it’s really quiet, which is a nice change from the old house!

not real thrilled about Oprah 2020

I think this sums it up best:

Look, Oprah seems great. (and to be clear, she’s not officially running for President as of right now) But if we’re going to turn elections into popularity contests we’re halfway to Idiocracy.

Yeah, one of the President’s many jobs is to drive issues and to communicate with the American people, and Oprah would be great at that! But there are so many other parts to it. One argument is “well, she could just pick good, qualified Cabinet secretaries and let them do their thing”, but that’s ceding a lot of power to people who aren’t elected.

My 2017 in review

2017 was pretty similar to 2016 – not great for the world but pretty good for David and me.

– Vanessa is, as expected, older now! Hard to believe she’s 16 months already. She has developed a personality, is walking all over the place, and is working on learning more words.
– With Vanessa we went on a vacation to Virginia Beach and a vacation to Disney World!
– We are building a house in Pflugerville! (that’s almost done!)
– I got more involved in politics: tried to explain why essential health benefits are important for health insurance, celebrated Obamacare’s survival, and asked y’all to call your senators about healthcare (yay!) and the Republican tax plan. (boo!)
– I also wrote a little about why the whole crowd size at the inauguration was a big deal (man that feels like a long time ago, right?) and why the “women in tech” screed was bad.
– I did have some time to work on some projects and added expected runs per inning to my baseball win expectancy finder and rewrote ThumbnailCopy for the new and improved Firefox.
– I bit the bullet and switched from Windows Phone to Android.

2018 promises to be a busy year between moving, Vanessa, and a work reorg!

Call your senators: oppose the tax cut for millionaires!

Yup, it’s that time again! There are many valid reasons to oppose the bill; since my Senators are conservative Republicans, here’s what I went with:

Hi, my name is , and Iโ€™m a constituent of Senator . Iโ€™m urging to oppose the tax bill in front of the House, as it would balloon the deficit by over a trillion dollars to provide tax cuts for millionaires.

Call today! It just takes a minute!

The tax bill is not particularly popular, so this is something we can beat, or at least convince them to make less terrible!

Here’s a helpful chart about the plan, and who wins and loses under it.

Senator Cornyn’s numbers are: (512)469-6034 (Austin office) and (202)224-2934 (DC office)
Senator Cruz’s numbers are: (512)916-5834 (Austin office) and (202)224-5922 (DC office)