Sunday, August 31, 2008
Today we slept in. Then we decided to go shopping. We got Cora some material to sew upon. (for Kim)
Then also stopped by the farmer's market. Here is some of the stuff we picked up at the farmer's market.
We also got some groceries...I am amazed at how much prices have gone up in the past year! The lady in front of us had four items and, they were not large items, canned goods mostly, and her total was almost $17! A year ago it might have cost her $10!
I also found "The Fifth Element" on DVD. I love this movie, and I watch it every few months. It is an excellent SF movie as far as I am concerned.
Here are some of our gladiolas that just began blooming! Pretty, huh?
We (read I) moved Cora's sewing stuff to the back room. Today, she wanted to sew. I either had to move all that stuff back out to the kitchen/dining room table, or fix that back room up for her. I chose the latter...after all we bought a TV to put back there. She thinks I want her to be banished to the no-man's land of the back bedroom. What she doesn't know is I want her to be banished to the no-man's land of the back bedroom.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
My sister, Brother-in-Law, Niece and Nephews all came up this morning! We had so much fun that they stayed most of the day! Wii played games on the Wii and the XBox. We read the kids stories! We held the baby and just hung out. Toward the end of the day we were having some pretty competetive Wii games. I also got to play Halo with my sister and Bro-in-law. I have been wanting to play one on one Halo with them for years! (Really, years. We have had the XBox for four years! And ever since we got it I wanted to shoot my sister...well, in the game, I am really quite fond of my sister) I know that this was the first time they had picked up an XBox controller, but I beat them! Both. I got Scott with a sniper bullet, and my sister with a few grenades! Of course, Scott gave as good as he got...given a little while longer getting the hang of the controls, he would havesoon been wiping the screen with my body. I am lucky that the girls decided to play Wii again.
Carrie, Scott! Thanks for coming up! We both enjoyed you and the kids! The ice cream...the ice cream was AWESOME! Homemade and rich. The best! Cora had made some raspberry topping a few weeks ago, and we all had some on our ice cream! We need to get together with family more often! (Everyone loved the Ice Cream, see? Eli is serious about his food.)
We let the kids watch "Signing Time."
At the risk of sounding corny, We flew high today, but never left the ground!
Friday, August 29, 2008
I had a good day at work. Break, break, work, break, break, break, work, break, quit. The guys were not excessively ambitious, and neither was I. I mowed and then I helped the other sub clean out one of the bays. Then I came home and mowed my own lawn and did dishes, before we went shopping for a few necessities.
I don't know if I mentioned it, but Cora's all time fvorite movie is the Princess Bride. We watched it tonight. it is a good movie. Dinner was leftover spaghetti with a nice Red Mountain wine. Kiona is a great wine if you want to try one.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here is a nice picture...well, I prefer the left hand side. Cora is pretty, isn't she?
I had a good day. At work I helped the other sub move some furniture and then went to paint over some graffiti. I got there and realized I had brought the wrong diameter roller cover...didn't even know they had such a large one. So, I went back to the shop, where my Father-In-Law and the Electrician were debating where to have lunch. They asked if I wanted to come along. I decided I preferred new food to old and went along.
When I did get back to the graffiti, I stopped at the elementary first to get a correctly sized roller. It worked well, even though the tone of grey was not quite right. Then I went back to the shop and waited for my Father-in-law to come back from the other school. When he got back, I drove the forklift over to the elementary to put the railroad ties on the trailer that my father-in-law had put on his truck. When we got back to the shop, it was time to go home.
My sister is coming to visit this weekend! Well, the important part is the kids...they are the cutest.
Oh, and Mid-Ohio Valley is a region of West Virginia...if you were wondering...yes, I am State-Baiting! Ha! It's what I do!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Looking North toward Yakima through the gap. (Random picture)
When I first began going out with Cora, her sisters were 11. They were young and sweet, and mildly amusing. I was cruel. One time we took them to my house to visit with my parents. They were full of great questions and somewhat annoying as I recall. We got to my town. My parents live on a hill. I commenced driving around the hill. On perhaps the second or third trip past the same church they began to catch on. We had a great laugh.
One time I told them that the word Gullible was not in the dictionary. They argued with me. I told them, NO, LOOK IT UP! They did...and the humor finally dawned on them. They are in their mid 20s now. I have yet to allow them to live it down.
I have always been VERY serious. I never joke around and am always the guy who brings reason and logic to the situation. Not long ago, I discovered a coworker's vehicle...and I had just finished weeding a particular area. I decided that his car was too obvious, so I decided to camoflage it with the weeds I had just pulled. I was not quite finshed when he came out of the building...I am a fairly fast sprinter, which is fortunate, since he is a 6 footer.
I like to draw and like to lighten up our surroundings. I have left some drawings for my coworkers. Just last week I left a picture of a gorilla on a white board for one of my coworkers. (it looked more than a little like him).
One time I was working as a custodian at the elementary. As I worked my way through the classroom, I noticed something. The teacher had drawn a semi-malformed picture of a brontasaurus(apotosaur for those of you who know such things) for the kids. I found the appropriate dry erase marker and replaced hers with one of my own. Satisfied, I turned out the lights and left the room. A few days later, I saw the teacher and she asked if I had drawn the picture. I sheepishly admitted drawing it, and she complimented me and told me the kids had been mystified as to where that drawing had come from. Since then, I take advantage of such opportunites. So far, the teachers like it.
Here are a couple words to consider: Democratical and debation.
Democratical as in: The Democratical Convention took place this week.
Debation: When congess is trying to decide something important, they can spend hours in debation.
Our other sub gave us these beauties this morning. We usually get made-up words from another coworker. This guy thinks Rush Limbaugh is the Bee's Knees. This guy has given us many gems, like: "Spermacize," "Bat out of Fire," and "Castrator."
Spermacize: When the Fish and Game people want to make baby salmon, they take salmon eggs, then they SPERMACIZE them with sperm from a male salmon. (we mere humans use the word "fertilize.")
Bat Out Of Fire: When the lights went out on John, he came out of the basement like a BAT OUT OF FIRE. (Most of us normal people would probably say "bat out of HELL.")
Castrator: When you go into the hospital for surgery, they will put a CASTRATOR in you so when you pee it goes down the tube and ino a bag. (I think the word Einstein was looking for was "Catheter.")
Another genius I work with has been in the position I am in, that is, he was a maintenance sub. He worked in mainenance, though how he did so without killing someone else or himself is beyond me. Now he is in a safe place. He is a custodian.
One assumes he used the same equipment I do everyday. He had to ask me how to take down the gate on the van the other day...a little experimentation reveals a six year old could do it. One time he was supposed to glue down some carpet...it was gorilla glue in a tube...(tell me if you have heard this one)...he could not figure out how to get the stuff out of the tube. He kept reading the tube for specific directions. The little gun thingy has a rod on it for breaking the seal. His coworkers have several other stories of dumb.
Last week I was in a hurry. He pulled up in his truck with a coworker. He got out and asked me if I knew how to operate the forklift. I said "yes" and started to push past him. He said can you show me how? I said "push forward to go forward and backward to go back." I went off toward the van amid accusations of being grumpy. I stopped for half a second and asked his corworker: "Can't he drive a forklift?" She said, "Hell, he can't drive a truck."
Fortunately, I do have a few people at work who are mentally functional. Still, the ones that are not...functional...are at least entertaining. We cool kids marvel at their stupidity.
We noticed Gypsy has started doing something a little different, lately. She has recently been a fan of the window, but until the last couple days has remained on the floor on all fours. Yesterday, Cora noticed she had taken Toby's normal post...the chair! Here is the one picture I could get before our shy girl vacated her position.
And, of course Toby...he isn't spoiled.
Monday, August 25, 2008
What do you think of this picture of a kitty?
I found out about the kitty in the well from a neighbor of the school. He said he had been hearing it for several days...3-4...and only today realized it must be down our well. I attempted to give the kitty something to climb up, but she (I don't really know if it was a girl or a boy) was too weak. I finally located a piece of rope, created a noose and looped her neck, despite my preference for looping a leg. I pulled her up and held her close. I took her to the shop and gave her an entire can of Oprah's food...Oprah was not pleased. The kitty, Helena, ate the entire can. And before I sent her to her new home, she ate another half! One of the Food Service ladies took Helena home with her. I believe she will live happily ever after.
The teachers are back...which seems to mean more work for me...maybe I should hope for a bunch of sub jobs...
Look, Toby can swim!
Oh, and for dinner, I made alfredo again...Cora approved.
Cora and I finished the geocahce that my parents had laid. That one step was a doozy. The grass was taller than me and you needed an elephant to navigate...as it was I had Cora calling "Marko" for me so I could figure out the best direction to get to her...you would really just have to have seen the grass to believe it. The rest of the chase was fun and fairly simple...and there were no mosqitoes trying to kill us...At the end was a pound of coffee! Fun and rewarding!
We did the shopping. I stopped at the farmers market in town and picked up some vegis. When we got home, I made a batch of potato salad and a fresh batch of Salsa Verde. We eneded up having Tacos for dinner.
Cora worked on some sewing and I read a little and watched the last of the Olympics.
Today marks 16 months that we have been loggd in in China...only a few more years to go. Of course, more recently, we have joined the Burundi program that our agency has opened. Hopefully we will be parents sooner than later. The expectation is that we will be parents before Christmas...but, with time running out for us to have dossiers within a month (expected to have been the month of August) that may fall back a bit...but, we will eventually have kids!
The Teachers come back to school today..which is usually celebrated with a large breakfast that all employees of the school district attend. It is followed by lectures, insurance info, and other fun stuff...since I am a sub, I have never had to sit through them... I get to fix a tractor today. That large football playing loaf I was whining about last week burnt up a belt on the mower and failed to tell anyone...and he spelled mow MOE...how's that for brain power? He must have an energy saving brain: low wattage.
Next week, School starts and my year as a Substitute begins again. Which means easier hours and less exhertion, even though some might argue that the most exhertion we go through is the effort we take to reach our coffee.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Happy Birthday Grandma! I am sure you are aware, but you share your birth-year with Mickey Mouse...not a bad stable mate. Mickey debuted in an animated short called Plane Crazy. I thought the similarity between that and the name of my blog seemed to mean something, so I thought I would throw that in!
I have known Grandma since shortly after Cora and I began dating, back in 1994. It was probably 1995 before I actually met you, though. Nevertheless, you seem as young and sprightly as ever! And dare I say more computer literate than me! Happy Birthday Grandma! And thanks for being my Grandma, too.
We managed to put the crib together last night and it looks fantastic! Cora put the mattress in and she had already put a sheet on it...I sware she had planned it like that. It actually seems like we might become parents now...or the weird people on the block who have a crib with no baby...let's hope it is the former.
Cora has been blogging for a YEAR today! Congratulations Cora!
The Governor of Montana is Brian Schweitzer. Montana is Big Sky Country! The state flower is the Bitterroot! The state tree is the Ponderosa Pine. Known as theTreasure State, Montana is also known as "Land of Shining Mountains," "Mountain State," and "Bonanza State." The highest point is Granite Peak in the Beartooth Mountains! Montana State University is in Gallatin Valley!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
And then there is Google. Search engines are great, since they bring people who are searching for weird things...every once in awhile I attempt to bait them. That is what I am doing tonight, I am baiting google for Montanans...montanians? Mountains? Montanananananans? I hope I am lucky, I will let you know.
We took the Crib back today...well, parts of it. They had been rubbed during shipping which had made the smooth portion rub off...and for what we paid, you would expect a nice, clean,smooth crib. So, we called the store and they said bring the affected pieces back! So we did and they replaced them. It was EASY! They were friendly! and I HEARTILY recommend BABY DEPOT at Burlington Coat Factory. They were nice and exceedingly easy to deal with. So, here is to you Joel, Andrea, Maria, and Desmaris! Thanks!
We shopped a little, but mainly were there for the crib. Now we get to put it together. It was a good day.
My parents left another geocache/treasure hunt for us...we did not finish it due to the dwindling light and other circumstances beyond our control. We plan to finish it tomorrow and we will certainly let you know how it went. Personally, I think it is some sort of torture...so far...well, I will get into that more tomorrow... in the meantime, here is a photo of my dad next to the USS Tripoli at Mare Island Naval Base, bck in 2004. Now, that's a tall ship!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is Cora under the Cherry Tree!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Well, not quite, but we do plan to relax and enjoy ourselves. Today it is supposed to reach 106 degrees...at least. I think, since we have had an odd summer (usually hottest in the first week of August for us, but this year it has remained cool), we deserve to enjoy this little piece of it. We are going to go to my sister-in-law's house and swim in her pool and maybe have a BBQ. I plan on taking large Rib-eye steaks, anyway.
this is the landscape closer to home...