Weekend With An Only Child

August 02, 2015 by Adam in Family

Emma has enjoyed being our only child this weekend.  It was crazy hot Friday night - we went out to Tasty Thai for dinner, keeping the outdoor visits to a minimum.  The three of us enjoyed chatting away in between the Pad Thai.

Saturday morning was a leisurely breakfast and then off to various errands.  The first was the music store where Emma returned with a ukulele.  Next was REI, with Joanna bringing home new hiking boots and walking sticks.  Finally we headed to Saturday Market for lunch and fresh vegetables, then returned home to collapse.  Emma practiced her ukulele, I played Life is Strange on the computer, and Joanna worked on brewing projects.  I gathered up the camping supplies and am mostly packed for next weekend's hike.  Eventually we ate pizza and watched science shows, as is the way of our people even with fewer kids.

This morning was dutch babies and a tasty mocha.  Joanna went off to church while Emma and I got an old rotary phone working in her room.  I had to fiddle with the wiring to the phone jack in weird ways, but it worked like a charm and Emma was very excited to have a phone in her room.  Later we did art while watching Wil Wheaton play role playing games with attractive funny people.  It was highly entertaining.

The weather had turned cool and cloudy for a change and Joanna wanted to try out her new boots.  We hit the Ridgeline Trail at Hendrick's Park and chatted away, snacking on blackberries along the way.  Eventually we turned around and returned home.  I puttered more on the computer and played with walkie talkies with Emma.  Emma continued her Supernatural binge watching.  Joanna made cute labels for her cider.  Now she's working on a delicious pasta sauce made entirely of local vegetables.

I haven't had any calls from work, so presumably the go-live went well.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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August 01, 2015 by Adam in Emma

Joanna showed Emma her ukulele the other day and she was so taken with the instrument that we went to the music store and she bought one. We happened to shore up right before a free ukulele lesson, which we all enjoyed.

Since then, she's been practicing different songs and chords. My favorite so far is a song from Adventure Time which was both cheerful and funny.

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Hello From Istanbul

July 31, 2015 by Adam in Wielesek

This came in via email from mom, but I wanted to post it here:

Hi, everybody,

We had a good day today, It's still hot, but we can find our way around better, and have finally figured out that walking around between 2 and 5 in the afternoon is a terrible idea. We got up early and walked to Topkapi Palace. The building itself is beautiful, and the jewels and weaponry amazing.

Tonight, the night of the Blue Moon, we took an evening cruise through the straits of Bosphorus, and watched the moon rise. But the heat during the day is pretty exhausting.

I saw the emergency fire restrictions, Hope you all well. We'll write more tomorrow.

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Mocha Friday

July 31, 2015 by Adam in Family

The last few days have been pretty quiet, full of watering the plants in 100+ degree weather and catching up on house work.  Last night Emma came over and reveled in being our temporary only child.  I hopped in the pool with her and enjoyed the bathtub temperature water.  After a delicious curry meal Joanna made we watched Mean Girls and I got her off to bed.

It's the day before the big go-live at work, so everyone is a little tense, a weird mix between quiet and odd help desk calls.   Hopefully the weekend is quiet.

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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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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,
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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