Sophie’s here!

Exactly one week ago at this very hour, our daughter Sophie was born into this great big world of ours. We're so thrilled to have her. She's a joy to behold and a joy to be with: peaceful and lovely, an enchanting little angel. We were a couple before and now we're a family. And [...]

Big news at home!

We're expecting a baby! 🙂 Ligia's three months into her pregnancy and we're soon going to be parents! We don't know and we don't want to know whether it's a boy or a girl (I want a girl) until the birth. Two more tidbits: we're raw foodists, which means the baby is going to be [...]

The winter of 1998 in Romania

It's snowing outside as I write this. It's been a wacky winter season so far. One day it feels like spring, the next it's winter, the next is autumn and it's raining and then it all freezes and winter moves back in. I've been going through some old photos, taken back in 1998, when I [...]

Happy Birthday Tataie

It's my grandfather's birthday today. He died just a couple of weeks ago after a painful struggle with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. He'd been coughing for a few years. It was a persistent cough, but it wasn't a severe cough. He coughed here and there, and especially after he came [...]

Merry Christmas!

I know Christmas isn't celebrated by everyone, but if you're one of those who does celebrate it, Merry Christmas! Even though the origins of the date are pagan, the meaning we have chosen to ascribe to it over time is certainly worth celebrating. For those among us who are Christians, it means our Savior's birth. [...]

How houses get built in the DC area

I thought that when I lived in Florida, the construction there was shoddy. I was wrong. At least there they used concrete pillars and floors for the houses, and the building code was so strict everything was anchored properly, especially after Hurricane Andrew. When I moved to the DC area, I thought construction would be [...]

The reason behind our trip to Romania

You may recall that I mentioned a recent trip to Romania in a few of my posts. The occasion for our trip was a joyous one, thank goodness: my wife's sister got married. I would have loved to post a few photos of them, but she and her husband would prefer to stay off the [...]

Windows Family Safety

Windows Family Safety (WFS) is a new offering from Microsoft that aims to offer protection from questionable or indecent websites to families or individuals. I tried it out for a couple of weeks, and found it to work fairly well, except for a few hiccups here and there. It is a software-based internet filtering mechanism. [...]

My grandfather's garden

My grandparents on my mother's side always had a garden, no matter where they lived. They were city folk, and even when they lived in an apartment, they managed a nice little plot of land in the back of the building, where they grew fruits and vegetables. Later, they moved in a house with a [...]