Saturday, October 30, 2010
Today, Cora is still down with her cold. I think I will have her take it easy. I'm gonna see if I can shampoo the carpets, since it has been awhile since that was done. Plus, Gypsy seems to be shedding overtime.
I hope to buy a good book and maybe take some pictures, too.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
She got home sooner than expected. Within a few minutes of me, actually. So, I posed her my question. She looked equally as confused. I said I was going to run into town to get whatever our package was. She suggested I pick up dinner, too.
So, off I went. I walked into the FedEx place and handed the lady my tag. She disappeared and reappeared with my computer...well, a computer sized box. I had her tell me where from. She said Hewlett Packard...I dropped my jaw. Unsure of whether to be happy or annoyed. On the one hand they might have fixed it and sent it off. On the other hand, and seemingly more likely, they probably just turned it around and sent it off again without even looking at it.
When I opened it up, it was obvious that things were a little different. The cord seemed different. I looked at the sheet and it seems they gave me a new battery, a new cord, and a new receptacle...free of charge! TOO AWESOME!! I was afraid that I'd be sharing a computer with Cora for another week!
Monday, October 25, 2010
I WOULD like to wish my SISTER a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, though! Happy Birthday Sis! I can't believe you are SOOOO OLD!
So, if you see my sister on the street, wish her a happy birthday and ask her just how old she is! (Hint: OVER 30)
Now, I am off to
Friday, October 22, 2010
Until we got there.
Then within the space of an hour we had about four different people come through and be rude to us. These were not younger people. They were not people who seemed mentally challenged (Though I had second thoughts after hearing them speak). They were not inner city uneducated poor people. These were mature (post 45 years) and probably middle class people. They must not have heard their mothers say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all." (Thumper's Mom was a very good mother, by the way[Remember Bambi?])
The comments ranged from what we've heard before to some that were completely new. "Why China?" is common, and I can answer it well enough. "Why another country when there are orphans here?" is another good one, which I have answers for. I was NOT prepared for, "They kill babies in China." This stated as FACT not hearsay. Then the lady would not listen when we pointed out very obvious proof that that is NOT the case (Chloe's picture). She would hear none of it.
Another came by and said, "My daughter adopted three kids and it was the worst thing ever." (I am paraphrasing) Later, Cora said, "We should have just said, 'oh, thanks for that! We'll just pack up and go home. You just saved us a lot of trouble.'" It seems hind sight makes both of us clever.
Another said, "There are thousands of orphans here." and walked away. He left us blinking at each other in amazement.
On the bright side, though, these people were an absolute minority. It must simply have been chance that all of them appeared within the first hour. The rest of the day saw us meet many people who were VERY supportive! One lady simply gave us a donation! We offered to give her a coloring book, but she would have none of that! Others came and bought color books, color rolls, or expressed definite interest in "That's My Pan."
Overall, I think it has been a positive experience. I am looking forward to tomorrow, it should be busier!!
We were gone for quite some time...when we got home, the kids (Dogs and Cat) swarmed Cora. She was trying to check her email from behind a cat and a dog in her lap, while the big dog lay at her feet.
I would also like to thank all of our wonderful families who support us and love our lovely daughter so much before she is even home! Chloe! You are loved by so many people already, you will have a hard time avoiding hugs when you're ready for them, and even when you are not. We want you home now and we love you.
Long Road to China, took of you on Wednesday, and I just want to come get you, RIGHT NOW. You just don't know how much we love you already! (Thank you Lisa, you have NO IDEA how happy you have made us!)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I had first graders yesterday. What a day! I was on my feet a lot. But, I was happy to know I have never had my hair cut by kids in a class. Maybe a few drawings lifted, but never have I come to personal harm or foul. Not so one of the other subs. Apparently one of the kids used scissors and gave her a little hair cut while she was not looking. Amazing! Either those kids have a lot of gall or she was lousy at paying attention to who was behind her.
Another sub was having trouble with one of her kids and I offered her the option of sending him over to me. Apparently the threat of that straightened him up. Too funny! And I am SUCH a nice guy.
Now, let's all hope for a speedy recovery for my computer!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
It is one thing to disagree over whether it's colder today than last year, we can disagree and be okay with the other person disagreeing. But when you get into religion, politics or some other things, you simply cannot be allowed to disagree with someone, they have to try and turn you or they will be mad at you forever. I don't like that.
I don't, personally, usually consider myself as having a sacred area upon which others may not tread.
Until this morning, when I realized my coffee was weak. Weak is an understatement. It was more of a coffee flavored tea. In fact it was lightly coffee flavored. So lightly flavored that my taste buds, armored from years of drinking strong coffee, failed to register ANY coffee taste. Obscenely tasteless, really, more like hot water. In fact not coffee at all, this was brown water. I don't like brown water. In fact, I HATE brown water. This brown hot water in my cup was NOT coffee! I was suddenly filled with rage at brown water!!
This constituted a deeply personal and gravely important problem. In those three seconds where I took a sip in the dark in front of my computer screen, I flashed upon all the things I had just done. I saw myself grinding the shit out of the fresh beans, I saw me placing a generous helping of ground beans in the filter, then adding a wee bit more for good measure. I saw me adding fresh water to the reservoir. I saw me turning off the light and going back to my chair to wait for it to brew, and start up the computer to check my email. I saw me pouring that first cup in the dark. I saw me tasting it right then. I then imagined me standing up forcefully and becoming a Godzilla-type monster and throwing a super-big mega-atomic world-class temper tantrum.
I realized right there, I may have found my sacred place. My moment that must not be messed with. This is my sacred cow.
Thou shalt not screw with the morning's first sip of coffee, for it is written that Jim will become unhinged!!
As it turned out, my emergency filters (the ones I use when I run out of or cannot locate the regular filters) are just a little too large and when the hot water rushed out of the port, it pushed the filter over so only a portion of the water actually mingled with my finely ground coffee. The water, thus bypassing the coffee, came out a sickly looking brown color. I would have noticed this if I wasn't accustomed to pouring my coffee in the dark.
I'm really quite good. I have noticed that I can safely pour almost to the rim simply by listening to the sound of the coffee as it enters the cup.
So, now I know what is truly sacred in this world.
Monday, October 18, 2010
My sister has been pregnant…for about 9months. Well, yesterday, she finally became “un-pregnant” and gave me another nephew! Let me just say, I called the day. Just like my adorable niece, some almost seven years ago, I called the DAY! HELLO! I AM awesome! Of course, with her, I also called the sex. This time, I was only mildly disappointed with my psychic abilities. At least I got the day right. So, with no further ado, let me welcome Jonathon to the world!! He shares his uncle’s good looks, and hopefully, his uncle’s love of airplanes. For those interested, he was nine something pounds and is pink, which I am told will stick with him for awhile, but he will eventually attain a more manly color. As to other details? I heard the important ones: BOY, Born, nine something, something, something, Jonathon.
So, there you have it! I am an uncle again, and you won’t believe how much effort I expended to become such! I strained and I heaved and I texted my sister to ask her when my niece was coming (OK, I already said it, I was right about the important part: the date). That wasn’t hard work you say? Well, I did it several times! Yeah, I did. I even have sore muscles! you ARE welcome, little Jonathon!!
Now, on to me. I am awake at a quarter after 1AM. Why you ask? Well, in the aircraft industry, I have developed what they call a flutter. An aerodynamic flutter to be exact. When I breathe in, especially when I may have some minor allergy or cold symptoms, certain parts of my breathing apparatus develop a flutter, creating a buzz at a fairly slow frequency. This buzz, when heard by my beloved wife, is described as a snore. It doesn’t really matter what side I sleep on, the aerodynamic flutter sets in when I approach REM sleep, and then her sleep pattern gets disrupted. As does mine, really, since I woke myself up with the flutter last night. So, in the interest of a happy marriage, I took a sudafed and some cold meds before bed time…I was out of night-time meds, so took day-time…well, that wasn’t enough to counteract the sudafed’s effect of waking me up. So, here I am awake.
Hopefully, I will tire in a little while and go back to bed, otherwise I may have a miserable day ahead of me. On the bright side, this is excellent practice for having a baby, right?
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I got an email a few weeks ago from a fellow wreck chasing enthusiast, asking me if I wanted to go find that P-38H wreck that managed to elude me last summer. Of course I said, “Yeah!”
Wearing hunter orange for safety.
Above is a cylinder case, the five plus inch cylinder ran up and down this!!
Below is the exhaust manifold from one of the engines.
I’m not positive, but this might be part of a machine gun.
Below is what seemed to me to be the channel for the flaps.
This next photo is of something that was very exciting for both of us. It’s one of the turbo-superchargers!!! This took exhaust gases and used them to compress incoming air into the carburetor, allowing the aircraft to fly higher and faster. It appears to have been still spinning when it hit the ground.
The big find of the day was this:
It is the head from half of the engine. There are still plugs in it.
This is definitely part of a machine gun.
below are a few rounds from the machine guns.
We probably hiked about three or four miles, up and down a VERY steep hill side. We climbed down from the top, descending about 3-400 feet, possibly more! I am pooped!
Cora and her sisters were shopping. I assume emptying the bank account on baby items…of course, they may have been registering at Target, like she said they were. Whatever, she let me have my fun! AND I DID!!!!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Yesterday, was my second day back to one of the local schools. I was met with more love and affection than I expected! It was nice! My fifth grade class was awesome, too. The staff was a pleasure to see, and it was just a good day.
A friend of mine was in a severe accident this last weekend. He is in Harbor View Hospital on the West side. It sounds like he is going to be ok, despite many broken ribs, a punctured lung, and an arm broken in two places. The guy just can't catch a break. This spring he broke his foot/ankle when a horse stepped on him.
We cleaned all weekend and I worked on it further on Monday. The house is looking good. I also added some baby proofing to the cabinets. I soon disabled some of the baby proofing because, let's face it, it's annoying not being able to open things when you want. And, it may be a couple months before the bay gets here. I guess I jumped the gun.
Music for me for the rest of the week, the usual!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
It is difficult to believe that some 16 years ago today, I took a gorgeous redhead to a movie for the first time. Who knew that five years and one day later I would marry her? Still, it has been a most rewarding 16 years. Thanks Cora, for sixteen wonderful years!
The pictures, by the way, are brought to you by my wallet. I keep these pictures with me at all times. These were taken shortly after we first met.
Yesterday, Cora and I signed our Letter of Acceptance!! Signifying our willingness to adopt Chloe!! We cannot wait! It seems only a matter of months before we will have her in our arms. After so many years, it’s almost surreal. Cora’s coworker snapped this photo of us just after we had signed it. Cora did not waste any time sending it back! She went to FedEx during her lunch hour.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I got to sub for first graders yesterday. It is fascinating to see the relationships between kids. I had one kindergärtner a couple years ago, and I had his younger brother yesterday. Amazing the similarities in appearance, but as usual, they have such different personalities that you could never mix them up. Both were quiet, but the older brother was a little more prone to acting out toward his peers. Maybe little bro has a better idea of what is expected from watching his older brother make the wrong decisions...or maybe he's just naturally better at interpersonal relationships. Hmmm, probably a subject better left to people who care. Sorry for ruminating.
Yeah, so, anyway, back to this oppressive dark coming season: I am ready for spring.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I came home and began working on cleaning the house...which saw me turning on the Netflix and watching documentaries...err-I mean working on the house until Cora came home.
We keep getting closer to being parents. I can't wait.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
OK, a friend of ours called a local radio station and won some tickets to the 8th Annual Fresh Hop Ale Festival. She doesn’t drink, but offered the tickets to us. We do drink. So, we took the $35.00 each tickets and went to see what it was all about!
We are not exactly outgoing people. We don’t go out to concerts. We don’t go out to bars. We don’t party. We are just boring people. Still, it’s good to try something new. So, we went and had a few beers! We also had dinner. I had a brat and Cora had some Thai food. I went and got us both a beer.
They had live music. It didn’t last as long as it should have. It was fun getting out for the night. And can I just say, it was hotter than it should have been on October second! We came home and it was HOT in the house. We sat outside for a good hour watching Jupiter rise above the neighbor’s house. The animals sat out with us and we enjoyed each other’s company. It was nice.
We began by watching the first part of “Inglorious Basterds” and we are now watching “Zombieland” yet again…how can you not fall in love with this movie? It is fricken cool!
I hope your weekend is as good as mine.