December 2 , 2006

I can't believe it's been 4 months since I updated this site! It's been a busy 1/3 of a year.

As I mentioned last time, I changed jobs. After a wonderful sendoff party on August 9, I started at Intuit on September 1, exactly 3 months ago. I'd planned on starting a week before then, but ended up having knee surgery during my time between Oracle and Intuit. I'm working on a software product to help consumers manage their healthcare costs. I'm really enjoying working on something for "real people". I'm very much enjoying working at Intuit. While it has a lot of the same problems found at many software companies, the corporate culture is much more in line with my own values: listening to employees and customers, valuing people in general, having fun.

The most gratifying thing that's gone on for us (well, from my perspective) has been the completion of our remodel, inside and out. We got our home theater installed, finished the fireplace (sheet rock the top, new mantle, slate tile on the hearth), got new carpet and a few new lights, and painted throughout. We probably need a few more lights, but other than that, we're done with the interior except hanging pictures that have been in storage for the last 3 years, and of course redoing the kitchen, which will be next year. We also finished the work on the yard. We added a beautiful redwood deck "lookout" near the top of the hill, and winding steps up to it.

Another exciting event is that on November 8, Kate got her green belt in karate. If you don't mind downloading 300+ MB, you can see a video of the event here.

We also have an exciting event planned: Mom, Susan, and I are planning our bat mitzvah, and have our date: August 18, 2007. We have a lot of work to do to prepare, but we're really excited about it.

The girls have embarked on a movie-making adventure. They made one, which I'm calling The Princess Rescues Her Dragon, on 9/16, and another, which I'm calling The Dragon Rescues The Animals from the Evil Witch, on 11/24. Haley starred as the princess in the first one, and Kate played all of the other characters, as well as being the writer and director. I was the camera operator and had a cameo role in the first one as "the finger". They both starred in the second one, and Kate once again wrote and directed. You can see them in their entirety online, although they are huge (about 300MB each):

As usual, we've been busy over the last few months:

We're looking forward to some fun holiday time with the kids, with friends, and family.