Happy Birthday to me :)

I know it’s probably not cool to wish yourself happy birthday, but I’m not much for rules :)

I opened my birthday presents this morning and was surprised to see some cool toys, yes they were toys I’m still a kid at heart. Here’s what I got:

A Logitech Driving Force™ GT wheel for the PS3, this will make it more fun to play Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
Logitech wheel

I finished F.E.A.R. and really liked it so now I get to try the second version – F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin game for PS3
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin

I also got Motorstorm Pacific Rift to continue honing my racing skills :)
Motorstorm

The children got me some neat stuff too. Marco picked out Star Wars Commanders Battle pack Unleashed:

Adan got me “The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” DVD:
The Mummy

And finally, Iliana got me Star Wars Neimoidian Shuttle diacast vehicle:

I’ve brought the Star Wars toys into the office to decorate my desk. I’ll have to post pictures later.
Now to enjoy the rest of my day.

Memorial Weekend

I had a great Memorial weekend. Thursday night my sister-in-law, Jacquie came to visit us from New York City for the weekend. I love having visitors at the house.

On Friday where I was stressing about the surprise party I had planned for Liz’ birthday. I had to dodge the ‘where are we going to eat tonight’ question and make runs to the grocery store to get ice for the coolers without her knowing. It was quite a challenge. The party was, in my opinion, a success. Folks had a good time and the kids spent almost the entire time outside playing. After the party, we went to see Adan’s coach pitch baseball game.

On Saturday, Adan did his First Holy Communion he did great, we are so proud of him. Afterwards, we all went to celebrate with breakfast. Unfortunately, Adan got one of his ocular migraines, so he didn’t enjoy it. But Liz made him his favorite, scrambled eggs, after he woke up from his nap.

Also on Saturday, we got a surprise visit from my parents who drove down from Maryland to see the kids. They brought my Aunt Rosa and my second cousin Hunter Lee, who I don’t think I’ve met in her eleven years of life. It was great seeing everyone. We played a little ‘baseball’ in the backyard, ok my yard isn’t big enough for a game :) we simply pitched and hit the ball with the kids. Though the adult’s inner child came out as we all gave hitting a try. The best part is keeping the adults from breaking the neighbors’ windows.

I made waffles while Liz made the sausage and bacon for breakfast. Chatted a bit with everyone before my parents hit the road back to Maryland. They wanted to avoid the Memorial Day traffic. Later that afternoon, we ordered pizza from Mellow Mushroom for dinner. MMMM! Then we braved the thunderstorms to get some ice cream from  Cold Stone Creamery.

After the exciting weekend, Monday was a lazy day. Liz took Jacquie to the airport around 11am. I put the kids down for their nap / quiet time and I played F.E.A.R. on the PS3. After nap, we had lunch and watched the “Land of the Lost” marathon on the SciFi channel. I was surprised that the kids would like the show considering it was from 1975 with cheesy 1975 graphics. But they loved it. Adan was singing the theme song this morning :)

Monday evening I FINISHED F.E.A.R.! It was a fun game which I’ve been playing off and on since I got it in January. It is a very creepy game but still fun. I’m now looking forward to getting and playing F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. That summarizes my wonderful weekend.

Visit to Adan’s technology class

Today I went to talk to Adan’s 2nd grade technology class. It was great. I tried to start them early on what open source is and Linux :)

I talked about what I do at Red Hat, a brief explanation of open source and collaboration (working together for the 2nd grade audience). They LOVED the videos:

I got to share how we have as much fun at work and they liked Adan’s picture of him visiting me at work.

Adan wearing Captain Spalding helmet

Adan wearing Captain Spalding helmet

I also talked about the OLPC which they LOVED! I used the Speak activity to show that it can be quite entertaining.

Speak activity

Speak activity

The technology teacher also teaches Spanish, so she was impressed with the ability for the Speak activity to speak Spanish. The children found the videos and OLPC very entertaining. I felt like they had a good time and hopefully they learned a little something in the process.

A special thanks goes out to Greg for loaning me the XO to show off.

Madagascar 2

Grandpop and I took the boys to the movies to see “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa“. The movie was quite entertaining and I think they did a good job picking up where they left off. The boys were laughing hysterically. It helps a sequel when the original actors are also in it. All of the character voices returned: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, and Sascha Baron Cohen. If you have kids I recommend it.