Duncan and Berry Head To New York

July 29, 2015 by Adam in Family

Duncan and Berry are off to New York today, heading out the door momentarily.  I gave them hugs and farewells before I left for work.  They were both pretty wonky and on edge yesterday, with Joanna going a little crazy from the bickering.  They were super excited to see Kevin, who stopped by last night.  This is all very typical of transitions in the past.  They usually settle down in a few days after they get to Rochester.


Joanna's doing a church service tonight, leaving me in a quiet house alone.  I figure I'll do some laundry and water the gardens as it's going to be a hundred degrees today.  It might be nice to have a little time to myself, though I miss all my wayward children.

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Istanbul

July 29, 2015 by Adam in Sam

I Skyped with Sam and my mom in Istanbul last night.  They were all adjusting to the time change, despite some calls coming into my mom's phone the night before.  They had a full day in Amsterdam, visiting a couple museums and seeing some of the more famous paintings.  For their first day in Istanbul they spent it at the Mall of Istanbul, which has cyclopes and apparently a cartoon explaining the roller coaster in the middle.

It was nice to see them and chat away, reassuring my parental worry.  Sam's learned the Turkish word for SALE so far.  They were up and drinking coffee as I got ready for bed.  The air is warm and humid, though it'll be hotter in Eugene today.

Today they head into the old city, staying somewhere that hopefully has WiFi.  After a few days of seeing the sights, I think the plan is to fly over to a coastal city, making the jump from Europe to Asia.  I hope they have a great time.






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Is Istanbul ready for us

July 28, 2015 by Sue in Wielesek

Here we are in Istanbul
Home of strong coffee and tea
We are ready for Istanbul
Is Istanbul ready for me

We had a no-glitch trip to Amsterdam, but while changing money in the Amsterdam airport a drunk guy tripped. He fell, hit his head, and peed his pants. We took a train into Amsterdam, where it was pouring rain. Intrigued by the canal system, and the beautiful old houses, we booked a hop-on hop-off canal ride. The ride took us past some of the 2500 houseboats which line the canal system. We hopped off at the Rijksmuseum where we saw artwork from 1100 to 2000 including Vermeer, Rembrant, and Van Gough. We also saw modern art, of which Sam was critical. On the boat ride back to the train station I was falling over asleep.  We caught the plane to Istanbul, and when we arrived, we learned that the hotel shuttle was no longer running(I'm convinced hotel shuttles don't really exist.) However, we made the trip thanks to a taxi. The hotel is lovely. We've had a good night's sleep, and a good breakfast.
Sam alternates between being hysterically funny and maddening. He has edited this post heavily, and it has taken approximately two hours and twenty-five minutes to write it. Additionally, he has explained his freshman and sophomore year grammar course to me in brief but firm tones.
 
Love you all,
Mom
As dictated to and edited by Mister Snarky Butt.

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July 28, 2015 07:25 AM by Adam
It's great to hear from you and Mr. Snarky Butt. I hope the two of you are having a great time in Istanbul and that the extent of your misadventures is limited to public urination.

July 28, 2015 05:19 PM by Seraph
Ahhhh... public urination, one of the many joys of traveling! It sounds like you're having a wonderful time.

July 28, 2015 10:36 PM by Yayoe
You go girl...keep that darling boy close to your side. He may get snagged by some sexy chick and he may become a famous writer after this adventure..keep on posting. We're living vicariously through your words. Go for broke and enjoy..



And They're Off

July 26, 2015 by Adam in Family

Mom and Sam are on the way to Amsterdam at the moment, arriving in Istanbul in some complicated amount of hours with all the time changes.  They have a full day in Amsterdam - hopefully they take lots of pictures.

The weekend has generally been good.  Sam watched me play Metal Gear Solid Friday night, taking absolutely forever to get past the first fight.  I got Emma in the morning while getting ready for Duncan's birthday party at the park.  Hordes of children ran about.  I broke out the drone.  Everyone had a good time.  I returned home, hauling all the birthday stuff, and helped Sam pack for the trip.  The day wrapped up with pizza and Mythbusters.

We did have the bat return again last night, swooping around the living room in circles until it grew tired and hung from the ceiling.  Eventually it figured out how to escape through the double doors.  Berry was excited to finally see it.

Today I got everyone up early and out the door, picking up my mom on the way to the Portland airport.  Sam entertained me with tales of his made-up zombie driving movie, called Dead Driver.  There was a trilogy with a prequel - I don't remember much, but it made the drive go quickly.

After dropping them off and bidding them a safe voyage, I took Emma and Berry to OMSI.  The Ripley's Believe It Or Not exhibit was pretty good, and I was strangely enthralled with the shrunken heads.  We ate at the cafeteria, which had been transformed into a trendy place with tasty local food, and returned to science exhibits.  The drive back was long and traffic was bad, but we finally made it home.





We're crashing out and taking it easy for the rest of the day.  I think Emma is on the treadmill, watching Wil Wheaton DMing some gaming session with attractive funny poeple.  Berry and Joanna are playing Carcasonne.  Duncan is doing Minecraft legos.  I'm cleaning up and getting ready for work tomorrow.

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July 27, 2015 06:05 PM by Adam
After I posted this, the bat came back once again, hiding in Berry's backpack. I think we're going to have to be more diligent about closing doors, or give up and get a bat box for the front yard. Maybe it'll keep the mosquitoes down.



Birthday #2

July 26, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan had a good time at his birthday party with his friends.  We headed down to Washington Park and I brought the drone for some aerial shots.  Joanna made a YouTube themed cake at Duncan's request, which was both tasty and hip.


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I Am Batman

July 24, 2015 by Adam in Family

My mocha is slowly percolating away in my belly on this last work day of the week.  Things are quieting down somewhat in the week before the big Epic go-live.  I'm enjoying working on some of my back burner projects.


An interest in getting Emma and Summer together turned into a bunch of the old Web Services team coming over for dinner.  Summer and Debbie came from out of town, along with Glen, Dave, and his wife Lorraine.  It was a fun get together and we chatted until late that night.

Later on while Sam, Joanna, and I were watching 30 Rock, a bat emerged into the living room, apparently having snuck in while chatting with my coworkers and leaving the patio door open.  It flew around in circles, but brave Sam drove it out.  Joanna hid under a blanket and I filmed the whole thing.

We have a busy weekend ahead.  Duncan has a couple friends coming for a sleepover and then is throwing a birthday party at cheese park tomorrow morning.  Sunday I'm taking mom and Sam to the Portland airport so they can go off to Istanbul.  I'm also bringing the girls so we can visit OMSI while we're there.

My life is a constant adventure.

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Danica Visits Greenfield

July 23, 2015 by Danica in Dorothy Miller

I spent a lovely weekend with Sadie, Greg and Simon last Fri.-Sun. It was wonderful to see them all and finally meet Simon. After seeing the photos from the family gathering I was feeling very left out, so decided not to wait any longer to get to Greenfield. We had good food, good conversations and fun at the Greenfield Street Fair. Sadie caught me up on everyone's news. Simon was wonderful of course - the perfect baby! He indulged my need for cuddles and pointed out everything important so I didn't miss a thing. On top of that he impressed us all by taking several *long* walks! (6 feet at least) I have to say he's the first baby I've ever seen walking on his knees as well as his feet! I'm looking forward to seeing Joanna in Rochester at the end of the summer, and maybe Duncan and Berry too. I guess I'll have to be content to see everyone else at another time. Here are a few photos from Greenfield. NB: Simon was fascinated with my camera - Sooooo many buttons! He took several great photos! (two included - one of me, one of his mom). Love to all --





























Birthday Boy

July 21, 2015 by Adam in Adam

Here's a slightly belated video from my birthday celebrations.  The cake Joanna threw together was incredible.





10 Years Old

July 21, 2015 by Adam in Duncan

Duncan is ten - it's official.


We put together a little birthday celebration for Duncan yesterday, one in the morning with Emma and then later that evening with my mom around.  He got a good haul of books, Mad Libs, pool toys, and online classes in graphics development.  He was very excited about the latter - he's very much a computer boy.



Happy Birthday Me

July 19, 2015 by Adam in Family

It's my birthday, which has so far been celebrated by packing up from our Crater Lake trip and driving back to town.  I still have things to unload and clean, but I've taken a shower and things are somewhat organized.

The Crater Lake trip continued to be an adventure.  Saturday morning we tried to visit the nearby Agency Lake, to no avail, so we returned to our rental to wake up Sam and head to the park.  We stopped by several great views on the way to the boat ramp, then hiked down the long and steep path.  Poor Emma twisted her ankle as soon as we set off, but stoically limped down. 
 

The bottom was cool and the lake was pleasant.  Quite a few people were swimming, despite the chilly water.  We hopped on the boat tour around Crater Lake, which ended up being rather pleasant.  The ranger was chatty and funny, Emma got off her hurt ankle, and the little kids each had a chance to ride in front.  The lake was actually quite interesting, and I'm glad we took the trip rather than getting dropped off on Wizard Island.

The hike back up was exhausting, and the nearest restaurant was busy until nine.  Fortunately they made us a couple pizzas to go, Joanna fetched drinks from the nearby store, and we fed our exhausted bodies with seemingly delicious pizza. 

This morning we packed up, cleaned up, and headed out of town, stopping by a little wetlands preserve on the way out.  The drive was mostly uneventful, with a stop for lunch at a quirky restaurant up in the mountains.

Joanna is preparing presents and cake for the birthday boy (that's me!).



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