Sweet Home Alabama

Well, as I write this, I’m sitting in an airport bar in Huntsville, AL and I just watched Pedro Martinez win the 200th game of his career on ESPN Monday Night Baseball. I’m here on a business trip for my company, meeting with a customer tomorrow morning. I’m also using the WiFi feature on my laptop for the first time ever and I love it! I can’t wait to install it in my own home once the basement work is complete.

Lots has happened over the past week. Speaking of the cellar (the “official” designation on the permit), the mud-and-tape guy finally made an appearance Friday morning and, as of this afternoon, the first coat of mud are on the walls. According to my conversation with Tiffany this evening, the new family room is actually beginning to look like a room!

Saturday, we went to our first Sox game of the season; of course, it was the one game out of a four-game series against Seattle that Sox did not win. Tim Wakefield pitched a complete game and was near-perfect for eight of those nine innings. Unfortunately, an ugly top of the third plated three Mariner baserunners and the Boston offense was shut out for the first time since a 1-0 loss to the Yankees last September (thank you, FenwayFanatics.com for the quick reference!). However, that game was sandwiched between two well-pitched games by Curt Schilling and newcomer Josh Beckett and then a great game this afternoon that saw Mark Loretta hit a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth after Big Papi had already tagged two home runs earlier in the contest.

Of course, Jakob also turned three last Tuesday and he now clearly understands the terms “birthday cake” and “presents.” He also had his annual check-up at his pediatrician and now stands 37 inches tall and weighs in at 31 pounds. Meanwhile, Lea is working on two new teeth and has started grinding her upper and lower teeth together, which probably sounds worse than it is.

That’s about all for now! Oh, and I did take photos of the work in the basement so I have no excuse now. They will be posted soon, I promise.

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