National Espresso Day

November 23, 2015 by Adam in Family

Happy National Espresso Day!  I'm having my second mocha of the day and made a mocha for everyone in the house.  The kids were quite enthusiastic.

It was a good, quiet weekend.  Friday night my mom watched the kids while Joanna and I went out for dinner.  We're a little closer to coming up with a plan for the holiday - California somewhere I think.  

Saturday morning was spent puttering about - I took Duncan on a fun little library excursion to pick up some French comic books.  I also paid off some fines and apparently have checked out 8,750 items since I first got my card as a kid.  Thanks, library!

Eventually Sam and Emma arrived and the afternoon was spent puttering about.  Joanna went off to sing and play the ukulele.  The rest of us watched Jurassic World and tried to estimate the lifespan of certain characters.  I think it was a little scary for Duncan, who left towards the beginning - I had to assure him that mostly it was bad dinosaurs being eaten by good dinosaurs.  

Sunday started with a hearty breakfast.  I took Emma and Berry to get my haircut with a Metropol stop as a reward.  Later Duncan and Berry went to Flynn's for a birthday party.  Sam and I walked to his friend Isa's house, turned around and headed back (she was apparently busy).  Later he walked over to Humble Bagel to chat with her.  Berry dropped a battery down the sink, so Sam and I fished it out - he seems to strangely enjoy plumbing.  My mom came over for dinner and I enjoyed the latest batch of Joanna's cider.  Sam and I studied more math - he did well on his latest test.  I'm hoping he'll work his way back to a B after this retake.

Looking forward to the short work week and long Thanksgiving vacation.

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Gold And Sulfur

November 21, 2015 by Adam in Emma

Emma has been learning about the elements and did this nice watercolor of Gold and Sulfur.  She's done 24 others, each with their own personality that reflects the properties of the particular element.

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November 22, 2015 09:32 PM by Yayoe
Emma's drawing is awesome and well done! I love it.

Mocha Friday

November 20, 2015 by Adam in Family

The week has been slowly moving along, with small bumps along the way.  Berry is sick again this morning, dooming poor Joanna to another day at home.  Hopefully she finds a clever way to get food into our house as we're on our last gallon of milk.

We had a full house last night.  Emma was drawing caricatures of elements and minerals, almost twenty anime style girls with styles that represented the qualities of the mineral.  I suggested she polish it up and make a book about it - they were great.  Duncan completed his elaborate Minecraft animation - it was really well done, with sound effects, music, camera work, and various special effects.  Sam and I worked on math and I remarked on someone called Isa who drew all over his hands.  I attempted to assure Cecilia that feeling lost in your twenties was pretty normal.  She has a couple visits with librarians that hopefully will be interesting.  Berry's been reading in her room quite a bit, still not feeling great.  Joanna continues her usual awesome activities, spinning yarn, brewing cider, and keeping us well fed.

My lovely wife and I head out to dinner tonight where we'll hopefully manage to make some vacation plans.  Jenny suggested I take off the 23rd to hang out with dad.  I've done so - maybe we can watch Star Wars or something and get some quality hang out time together.  I'm also taking some assorted time off and the whole week between Christmas and New Year's.  It'll be nice to have a little break.

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November 20, 2015 08:53 AM by Lohring
I'm assuming that the family Christmas dinner will be the evening of the 23rd at Jenny & my house. I probably won't be working in either the afternoon or all of the 23rd so we should be able to get together. Ana is planning to come over that afternoon for the dinner.

Driving Through The Week

November 19, 2015 by Adam in Family

I headed up to Vancouver again yesterday, leaving the house before sunrise and coming home after sunset.  Hopefully this is the last one for a while.  It was vaguely useful, I suppose, though I had a headache that likely signals the start of the cold that's been going around.  I'm medicating with cafe mocha and Advil, which has me perky and pain-free.

I continue to fret about most everyone.  Joanna's had a cold for a few days.  Berry's been cranky and is staying home sick today too.  Sam and I studied math for two hours last night, hoping to perk up his grades.  Cecilia continues to be uncertain of her life goals and doesn't seem to be enjoying her internship.  Duncan is struggling a little with his French.  Emma . . . well, Emma's generally cheerful and doing well in school, so I suppose there's that.

Still, we're all alive and generally fumbling forward in life.  They do all entertain me in various ways.  Last night Joanna was planning to build her next business venture based on handmade dice.  Dad - we may need to pick your brain on manufacturing techniques.

I left Sam a couple chocolate covered espresso beans when I left work today, along with a note wishing him luck on his test.

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November 19, 2015 11:22 AM by Lohring
Are we talking handmade like a hand made prototype then copies? If so the site below will have an overwhelming number of possibilities. I've used some of their products and plan to use some more. Adam, you have experience with pewter as another possibility.

November 19, 2015 11:23 AM by Lohring

November 19, 2015 07:11 PM by Adam
Cool! Thanks, dad.

Brief Stop in Normalville, PA

November 19, 2015 by Danica in Danica Miller

A couple of weeks ago when I traveled through PA on my way to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Nob, I couldn't resist a stop in Normalville. We really were hoping for one of those fancy, big signs announcing the small town, but had to make do with this instead. The PA countryside is truly beautiful! Loved visiting the Wright houses, and of course took lots of photos.

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November 19, 2015 05:32 PM by Seraph
Sigh, makes me homesick for PA in the fall!

November 22, 2015 09:30 PM by Yayoe
impressive photo of the house!

Tuckered out

November 16, 2015 by Sue in Wielesek

For the last couple of weeks, I've skittered around among the raindrops trying to get all the fall gardening finished before it really starts to pour. The hard work has been a mixed blessing.In some ways I feel good, getting back some muscles. On the other hand, I'm sometimes so tired at night that I just sort of melt into a blob and watch old X Files. Looking forward to having everyone for Thanksgiving!

Cosplay and Chess

November 16, 2015 by Adam in Family

The weekend is over, odd and quirky as usual.  We had everyone for all three nights, so it was a full house.  Saturday morning Joanna took Duncan and Berry off to a chess tournament.  The kids didn't do as well as they'd like, but I think they had an okay time.  Emma helped me replace the basement heater, and later the storm door.  Sam had a really lousy math score, so we spent a long time going over a retake review sheet.  Eventually we took a break to play Space Engineers.

I was getting stir crazy late afternoon, so I hauled Sam and Emma down to the river for a walk.  They had a surprisingly good time, wandering around at dusk and climbing around under the bridge.  Joanna took Berry for more bike riding - she's still working on it, but she's got the basics down.  The evening wrapped up with pizza and science, as always.

Sunday morning was pretty low-key.  Other than the usual house chores, I managed a bit of Fallout playing.  Sam and Emma didn't want to go to the Eugene Comic Con, so we ended up taking Duncan, Berry, and Cecilia.  It was surprisingly fun, though Joanna was feeling pretty sniffly.  The little kids drew for a long while.  I had a good time wandering the booths, people watching, and making snarky comments about American culture to Cecilia.  I picked up a few Christmas presents, took a few pictures of cool cosplayers, and we headed home.  The day wrapped up with more math studying, a little Binding of Isaac with Emma.  

We had a small catastrophe with the basement flooding.  Once again the sewage injection pump became clogged.  Sam volunteered to help and soon he was scooping out weird stuff and getting things working again.  I was very proud of him.

Fallout and Planets

November 15, 2015 by Adam in Adam's Games

Fallout 4 arrived last week.  I took the day off to celebrate.  While it's a very familiar experience, it's been compelling.  There are some new pieces that work really well, though they took some getting used to.  Building settlements is new - making farms and running power lines around.  Apparently you can make some elaborate machines with a bit of work. 

It's full of rewarding set pieces - emerging from the Vault to hear The Wanderer broadcast over the radio, getting your PIPBoy 3000, and battling a Deathclaw in power armor.  Good times.

Sam and I have been also playing Space Engineers lately, as they just added planets to the game.  I spent twenty minutes yesterday trying to find his crashed lander in my still operating one, then we set up an arctic base and began drilling for ore.  Eventually we built a little buggy, which Sam immediately flipped after putting a couple wheels on backwards.  We rigged up a piston system to tilt it up and then a thruster to flip it completely over.  He had a great time.

Mocha Friday

November 13, 2015 by Adam in Family

It's been a nutty week, remarkably busy and sprinkled with illness.

Monday I went up to Vancouver for an all-day meeting, returning late and worn out.  Tuesday was my "Play Fallout 4" day, where I returned to the wasteland and had a great time, occasionally helping with the kids.  Wednesday was off work as well, taking care of things as best I could with a sick Joanna.  Sadly our date night was cancelled.  Thursday had the full crew and I spent the day trying to dig myself out of the pile of work.  Today Emma's home sick and Joanna is mostly on the mend.

I'm going to spend today trying to get slightly less crazy at work.  I've got another Vancouver trip next week.  This weekend I need to help Sam study for a math test retake.  There's a heater to install.  Theoretically ComicCon is going on, though we'll see if we can manage to go.

I did have fun with the kids on their day off on Wednesday.  Nearly everyone made little clay things.  Berry and Emma made cute elves to hide in the garden.  Sam made a disemboweled elf with a monster eating it.  Ah, children.

Happy Birthday Seraph

November 10, 2015 by Lohring in Lohring

I can't believe it's been 39 years. You're allowed to stay this age forever.

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