Lately, I have been on a bit of a tear, reading zombie books like they were going out of style. Since I got an iPad for Christmas, I’ve been getting a lot of eBooks from the Kindle store. So far, I’ve read World War Z by Max Brooks, Autumn by David Moody, and Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht. I’m reading Plague of the Dead: Thunder and Ashes, which is part II.

I guess I’m just biding time until the Walking Dead on AMC comes back online. Brian at work sent me a link today to the first three minutes of the first episode of the winter/spring season.

I have this idea for a story in my head and while it’stewing, I figure I’ll make sure I’m at least well read on the topic.

Catching up

Over Christmas Break, Lisa and I along with our friends Michele and Greg took the kids into he city to see  the Museum of Natural History, Rockefeller Center (to see the Tree), a short trip to Nintendo World, a stop in the Heartland Brewery and more. While in Nintendo World, I had heard that there was an actual Gameboy in there which had seen combat in the Gulf War. Sure enough, it was there:

I took that picture, but I found a video with some good video footage of the game boy up close. The kids had a nice time in the city. Here is a shot of them sitting in front of the tree:

We also spent some time in Bryant Park on the way back and checked out the outdoor village they have. They have a pretty large ice rink there, but we were short for time as the day was drawing to a close so no-one put skates on.

Sports still dominates our time. Wrestling started but Marco go a bit burned out so we pulled him cause he was getting pretty stressed out about it. Giovanni joined wrestling and is learning it all from scratch. Giovanni hopes to wrestle in one tournament at the end of the season so we hope he does that. Antonio and Marco are doing basketball, which they  love. Antonio is getting really good, regularly scoring each game. Marco has been  in the clinic since first grade and now that he’s in 3rd grade they are starting to play games. He loves basketball as well and is quite the dribbler.

Lisa and I got Giovanni guitar lessons for Christmas and he’s been at 4 lessons so far. The instructor is really great and Giovanni is learning the fourth string right now. He’s doing great and practicing all of the time for fun. When I was his age I took lessons at the same place, it’s been there that long. Only after the 2nd or 3rd lesson, the teacher saw I wasn’t practicing and called me out. I quit right after that.

So, good for Giovanni.

Yesterday, I installed a foosball table in the basement. We’ve played a ton of games and loving the table. My cousin literally gave it to me and we’re so grateful. It came with some extra pieces, which was a good thing since one of the foosmen was broken. Here is a shot of the table in action:

New Year Outlook

No, I’m not going to talk about the way I think 2012 will go. Nothing that exciting. Instead, I’m going to talk about how I create a new Outlook Data file every year to contain e-items for that year. I did this originally because the PST file format had a 2GB limit. This limit has since been lifted, but I still practice this annual ritual of creating a new pst file for the year and cleaning out my inbox. I went and compressed each pst file and checked the sizes. Here they are:

Outlook Archive 2000.pst – 11,921 KB
Outlook Archive 2001.pst – 532,721 KB
Outlook Archive 2002.pst – 1,218,193 KB
Outlook Archive 2003.pst – 631,921 KB
Outlook Archive 2004.pst – 799,817 KB
Outlook Archive 2005.pst – 889,345 KB
Outlook Archive 2006.pst – 1,017,065 KB
Outlook Archive 2007.pst – 1,412,129 KB
Outlook Archive 2008.pst – 1,904,657 KB
Outlook Archive 2009.pst – 3,220,297 KB
Outlook Archive 2010.pst – 5,073,353 KB
Outlook Archive 2011.pst – 3,666,449 KB

I also have a 2010 Alerts folder… mostly automated e-mails I had on for a while, weighing in at 2,694,289.

How’s that for New Year Minutiae!