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Tardy posts

Posted in Cincinnati, Family on April 19, 2010 by andyzilch

well 12 months and 3 posts isn’t that great a record.  The last year has been pretty hectic.  Sarita took 12 months off work, I took 2.  We built a house in Montgomery.  We moved.  Now we’re selling our amazing house in Hyde Park.  We’re really going to miss it.  That location, just a 5 minute walk from the square is really unbeatable and we’ll cherish memories of the walks with Maya when she was just born.  If you know anyone, the place is great – there is no other home on the market in Hyde Park with the same combination of location, level of finish (nearly 100% of the home has been remodeled and all new mechanics), and 2 car garage.

Our new home is amazing.  In fact, many of the things we liked about our Hyde Park place went into the design of our new home and the choice of location.  We’re still walking distance from a downtown; Montgomery’s Heritage District.  We really did our homework when selecting our builder  John Hueber Homes.  I can’t say enough positive things about the people there, the quality of work they do, and the professional way they handled our project.  We’ve heard some horror stories from friends building with other custom home builders, but we really hit the jackpot with JHH.

We’re still in the process of finishing the house because we started out just going for a simple LEED Certified rating of the home, but when we finished we were closer to Silver than Certified so we’re updating our landscaping plans with the help of Marvin’s Organic Gardens to get us more points in water efficiency and materials & resources.

Hopefully more to come now that things are settling down a bit more. I know I have many thoughts about the building process, my plans to get involved in Montgomery, and many ideas I got about my career when I spent some time away from work.


Christmas Card Photos

Posted in Family on December 31, 2009 by andyzilch

These are the photos we chose for this year’s Zilch family Christmas card:

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Happy Birthday Sarit

Posted in Family on March 8, 2009 by andyzilch

We are celebrating today! Sarita is having a birthday today. Won’t say which one but it is a good one. 🙂

Maya and I got her an iPod Touch (so awesome, I think I might let her play with it soon) and a new pair of earrings.

Need help, Cincinnati Time Warner subscribers!

Posted in Cincinnati, Family, Friends on February 12, 2009 by andyzilch

Time Warner Cincinnati is hosting a Cutest Baby contest and Maya wants your help to win and she asked me to appeal to you personally.


In January I submitted the five photos below which will be turned into an on Demand video on the local channel 1111. Between February 14 and March 31, the baby with the most views will win a prize (you need at least 100 views to even be considered).

If you’re a TW digital subscriber in Cincinnati, please watch Maya’s video over and over and over!

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Andy Zilch,

Thank you for submitting the pictures of your baby for our Local on Demand Cutest Baby Contest!

Viewing of these videos on Local on Demand channel 1111 will be between February 14 and March 31. Remember, you’ll receive one vote each time someone watches your baby’s video during that time. The baby video with the highest number of votes will be awarded. Prizes will also be awarded for second, third, fourth & fifth place vote totals.

Want to give your baby an edge? Talk to your friends, neighbors and relatives – especially relatives! Anyone who has Time Warner Cable digital cable! Beginning February 14, tell them to tune to Local on Demand Channel 1111 and look in the category: Cutest Baby. Vote early! Vote often!

And while you’re on Channel 1111, check out some of the other interesting videos available.

More fun with Maya

Posted in Business, Family on February 6, 2009 by andyzilch

Recorded a couple more videos, click on the “more” link to check them out.
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Fighting Sleep with Both Eyelids

Posted in Family on January 19, 2009 by andyzilch

Maya tried to fight sleep today. Sleep won.

What it’s like

Posted in Family on January 16, 2009 by andyzilch

So alot of my friends are asking me “so how’s it going, dad?” and “what’s fatherhood like?” This is how I often describe it:

Amazing. Totally amazing. Though so totally exhausting. Even on good days a baby is alot of work; on bad days, when she’s fussy and grumpy, she’s alot of work plus it’s like having the most painful noise in the world playing through headphones that are sewn into your ears.

The best way I can describe it is to imagine the most precious thing you’ve ever had in your life (for me before family I would say that was like my car – which I equate to freedom – or my camera – which is kind of how I tell my stories). Now imagine that you can never let that thing leave your site. In fact, you can never take your hand off that thing. At first you don’t care cause it’s novel and you’re still figuring out how it works so there are constantly new challenges. But eventually you want to put it down and eat or shower or go to the movies.
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