The truth is life has been pretty normal lately, with both of us working, going out to eat on occasion, watching TV in the evenings, normal people stuff. Entertainment consists of counting the eagles we can see around us in the marina (so far 18 at one time is our record), or checking the nearby mountains to see if the snow level dropped back to sea level overnight.
Entertainment inside the boat is never far away. Our mentally unbalanced cat has decided she will adopt a sleeping schedule based on daylight hours, meaning she wakes us just after 4 am each morning to let us know it's getting light outside, and refuses to follow us to bed before 10 pm. Adorable little critter.
Another fun activity that takes a lot of our time is thinking about baby names. Half our list got thrown out when we found out we are having a girl, but narrowing it down to female names still leaves quite a few choices. So far we are finding it easier to rule out names than to add them to the list of possibles. After getting a dozen or so names on the list, a friend sent us a link to the most common girls names from the past several years. Turns out we are not as original as we thought, four of our possible names are on the top ten lists. Probably not a big deal, as I had the 25th most popular name the year I was born, and Nicole was ranked 15th. Still, we all want our kids to be special (in the good way, not like our kitty is "special") and what better way to start that off than by giving them a one-of-a-kind name, although we need to approach that with caution as well. Wonky Mae Filipek would certainly be original, and wouldn't require much creativity from the other kids to make fun of her name, yet.... Truly random ways of coming up with names, like tossing a hand full of scrabble pieces on the table, don't seem to yield useful suggestions either, unless you want to name your kid Iehkdbf. Possibly the most fun, and equally useless, are the numerous random name generators on the internet, giving me options like: