### it's official (aka. "finally, ugh!")

the loan is funded,
the sellers are out.
the house on glenarm,
is ours, no doubt!

come pay us a visit
can't wait 'til you're here!

the privacy hedge in front. the gate looks like it's
for hobbits, but really, unless you're over 6 feet you won't
even need to duck!

so excited about the 5th burner on the gas stove!

contemplating the changes

in front of the garage/playroom

what will we have for dinner out here?!?!?

beer & bbq, naturally

happy homeowners

first family photo in the window seat

Amy Pousson said…
WOOT!!
fayebean said…
Sooooooo AWESOME!!!!!!!! Can't wait to visit!!
Karin said…
It looks beautiful!! I'm so happy for you guys! I can't wait to see it in person some day :-)
Kristen said…
Congratulations!! Looks lovely! Incidentally, I've recently gotten very interested in JPL - so hopefully, I'll be down in the area at some point this winter...
Cafetero said…
Pittsburgh is cold
We hope to swing by
before Marcus grows old
kel said…
So cool!!! Congrats, I can't wait to visit!
Aunt Linda said…
It's perfect! So happy for you guys. Hope to see it some day.
mama mia said…
Linda,
let's make plans to go out to Cali on Spring break!
Marie
Jackie O. said…
I love it! CONGRATS to you all!!!
Laurie said…
Congrats you guys! The house looks beautiful.
blissful_e said…
Yea!!! That is great news!!! We will be buying tickets to come see you as soon as our house purchase goes through next month!!!
Cory said…
Can't wait to visit!! Hopefully soon!
Bonzer said…
OMG..... soooo cute!!! I can't wait to see for myself in December!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!
TheOtherMother said…
Congratulations! Your house looks adorable, and the hobbit door is perfect for Liz! We can't wait to visit at xmas time!
Natalie said…
Love the Shiners on the table. Will
So excited for you all and can't wait to see you and the new digs sooner than later! XO

### On the Height of J.J. Barea

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto).

Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship.

Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes.

So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all.

I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe…

### Finding Blissful Clarity by Tuning Out

It's been a minute since I've posted here. My last post was back in April, so it has actually been something like 193,000 minutes, but I like how the kids say "it's been a minute," so I'll stick with that.
As I've said before, I use this space to work out the truths in my life. Writing is a valuable way of taking the non-linear jumble of thoughts in my head and linearizing them by putting them down on the page. In short, writing helps me figure things out. However, logical thinking is not the only way of knowing the world. Another way is to recognize, listen to, and trust one's emotions. Yes, emotions are important for figuring things out.
Back in April, when I last posted here, my emotions were largely characterized by fear, sadness, anger, frustration, confusion and despair. I say largely, because this is what I was feeling on large scales; the world outside of my immediate influence. On smaller scales, where my wife, children and friends reside, I…

### The Force is strong with this one...

Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1."

I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35."

Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out

x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1)

So $6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48$. That's actually pretty handy!

You can see it in the image above. Look at the elements perpendicular to the diagonal. There's 48 bracketing 49, 35 bracketing 36, etc... After a bit more thought we…