Where did I go? That's a great question. I've been around. Lots of things going on, too many to enumerate, and frankly I don't want to bore you. I'm back, and that's all that matters.
Readers of this blog know that last July was one of the worst for me on record. With the passing of my father, I was without parents as I headed into the great unknown of parenthood. Chickpea has made life great, for sure, but 2006 has been a great year overall. July 2006, however, will likely go down as one of my greatest ever. Why, you ask? Well, let me share:
One of the best ways to end a fight or disagreement is (ladies take notes) to say "well, I might be hormonal because I'm pregnant" and hand the husband the HPT. That one stopped me dead in my tracks. As everyone who knows us knows, it took us a LONG time to get pregnant the first time around. The notion that I went five hole after just two short months of trying, if you even want to call it trying, is pretty cool. Needless to say, the stress of procreation did not exist this time around, and that certainly made for a much more pleasurable experience for all parties involved.
My very first fourth of July with my child. It was so awesome. Getting to do all this "family" stuff with my own child is great. Starting new family traditions is awesome. Watching my wife be a mother is absolutely incredible.
This one isn't for the feint of heart. I had some nasal surgery to fix some problems that I have been having with my nose. For my entire life, I have not had full breathing capacity in my nose. Something on the order of 10-20% air volume. Pretty bad actually. I also had a badly deviated septum, and a host of other issues. I finally pulled the trigger and had a procedure to fix it. To say that the recovery was unpleasant would be doing a disservice to the word unpleasant. Worst recovery process ever. EVER. The sheer amount of crap that came out of my face post surgery was astonishing. However, nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could compare to the sheer audacity of the size of the splints that were in my nose. That's right...in my nose. My doctor (Dr. Eugene Alford - awesome ENT and rhinoplasty if you live in the Houston area) said he had never had anyone ask to keep what he removed from their nose, and certainly no one ever said they were going to blog it. Clearly he had never had me as a patient. I simply cannot believe that those splints were in there. I include the quarter in the picture for reference only. Despite the many attempts by my grandfather to make me believe it, there were no quarters in my nose. That other thing on the left is the splint that was on the outside of my nose.
Finally, I am now CEO of a software company. It took a couple of months to get it all done and finalized, but I raised about $1.2 million of angel funding for a company which will focus on protecting children online. We're not talking much about what we're up to right now, but as soon as we have our prelaunch web site ready (shortly) I will link. I haven't been this excited about work since my first internship at Microsoft. I have an incredible team of developers, and this idea that I came up with is just awesome. Never mind that it will also be a social good...that's just gravy.
As I was saying, July 2006 has kicked ass. Did I mention I'm doing a half Ironman at the end of the month? Kick ass!!