Hi, here I am back in Eugene after a very qui...

November 30, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, here I am back in Eugene after a very quick Monday-after
noon-to-Bend, Wednesday-morning-return with Bob. An old buddy of his called and asked if he were interested in working for the same home builder, in Redmond, his friend worked for, so we drove over to talk with him. His interview was three and a half hours long, and the job does have components that Bob would enjoy. It would also be fun for me to go over and spend a few days at a time, but I wouldn't move there, especially when I finally am getting time to play with mi nietos y nietas.

For those of you who are following Sam's dent...

November 30, 2005 by Adam in Sam

For those of you who are following Sam's dental development, he's started getting his molars in. I haven't tried to take a picture yet, though it might be fun to attempt to stuff my camera in his mouth.

Anna's mother's favorite dessert to make, apa...

November 30, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Anna's mother's favorite dessert to make, apart from tart Oregon cherry pie, is caramel apples. Anna found the particular mother-approved caramel apple wrap brand a few months ago in our local supermarket, and we've been hording them ever since. On special occasions or when I'm not in the lady's favor, caramel apples are made. And since nothing else worth mentioning has happened in Williamstown, MA, let it be known, that we had apples last night, and I am again in the lady's good favor.

This isn't really my project, but Jamie's

November 30, 2005 by Adam in Adam's Projects

This isn't really my project, but Jamie's. Plus I'm not really doing much of the work. Still, I guess it falls under the category of "projects", so I might as well stick it here.

Jamie seems to start up some house remodel every few months. The last big one was repainting the house yellow. The next one is a bathroom remodel. Already she's picked out the tiles, sink, and bought an antique chandler. It sounds like the workers will descend upon the house in a few days, filling our home once again with tarps and dust.

Emma keeps growing up

November 30, 2005 by Adam in Emma

Emma keeps growing up. I'll pick her up and ask "why are you so heavy?" "I growed up!" she'll exclaim.

We moved Emma's bed into Sam's room a couple days ago. The first night was a little rough, with Jamie having to go in a few times during the night. Last night, though, both kids slept through the night without any trouble. Jamie had to go in at seven in the morning to wake them up and get them ready for school.

Jamie's also looking into a daycare style place where Emma could go from time to time. It's fairly short, about four hours long, and she can go any time during the week. We'll see how it goes.

Sam and Emma have been sharing a bedroom for ...

November 29, 2005 by Adam in Family

Sam and Emma have been sharing a bedroom for a couple nights now. It seems to be going generally pretty well. Sam's especially excited about it for some reason. Emma's doing okay with it, never excited to actually go to bed, but adjusting to the change.

Yesterday Sam was balking and doing the dishes and Emma told him that he better be good or she wouldn't sleep next to him. Sure enough, that motivated him to get the dishes done.

Last night was pretty quiet. Jamie went off to get her hair done and I played with the kids. Sam worked on his Neverwinter Nights game, Emma played on the Nick Junior site, and I acted as tech support. We took a break to make pizza, complete with cookie cutter animals to chew on. They ended up a little over done, unfortunately, and neither kid ate more than a few.

This morning while rummaging through the radi...

November 28, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

This morning while rummaging through the radio station's huge vinyl selection, I came across The Point soundtrack. The Point was a short animated film that Adam, one of his college girlfriends, and I watched in mom's basement when I was in grade school. Released in 1971, The Point is an animated feature about a boy with a round head who is banished from the land of Point, subsequently to go on a journey and sing a series of catchy and sad tunes about tolerance. As you can imagine, I was delighted and highlighted the record's narration and song on my show this morning. I am now whistling "Think about your troubles," which is so lovely that I've posted the lyrics below.

Sit beside the breakfast table/ Think about your troubles
Pour yourself a cup of tea/ Then think about the bubbles
You can take your teardrops/ And drop 'em in a teacup
Take them down to the riverside

And throw them over the side/ To be swept up by a current
Then taken to the ocean/ To be eaten by some fishes
Who were eaten by some fishes/ And swallowed by a whale
Who grew so old/ He decomposed, doo, doo, doo

He died and left his body/ To the bottom of the ocean
Now everybody knows/ That when a body decomposes
The basic elements/ Are given back to the ocean
And the sea does what it oughta

And soon there's salty water/ Not too good for drinking
'Cause it tastes just like a teardrop/ So they run it through a filter
And it comes out from a faucet/ And it pours into a teapot
Which is just about to bubble/ Now think about your troubles, now

The great Thanksgiving weekend has finally co...

November 28, 2005 by Adam in Family

The great Thanksgiving weekend has finally come to a close. It was pretty eventful, with all manner of family and other activities going on.

Friday was probably the most quiet of days. Jamie's dad and uncle came over in the morning and we hiked about Hendrick's park in the rain. In the afternoon, Jamie went for a walk with a friend while I played with the kids.

I took the kids swimming Saturday morning while Jamie made wreaths at my mom's house. Jim and Judy arrived around lunch time to give gifts and play with the kids. Dave and Kirsten arrived in the evening to do much of the same.

Sunday morning, we took another hike on Ridgeline trail. I'd been wanting to do it for quite some time, so I really had a good time. Sam seemed ecstatic, tromping through the mud and finding all sorts of crazy paths. Afterwards we did a quick change and headed to my mom's for a birthday party for Robbie. In the afternoon, a couple of Sam's friends came over for two hours of wild play time. Sam was pretty exhausted by the end.

Probably the biggest event of all was saved for bedtime. Emma has now moved her bed next to Sam's and our bedroom is once again quiet. It seems like another stage in life quietly passed by. I only heard Emma get up once, and settle herself back to sleep, though I suspect Jamie might have checked on her another time. It's funny how big these small things can be.

And a happy birthday to Sam! Love, Team...

November 25, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

And a happy birthday to Sam!

Team Superbad.

It continues to sprinkle this morning

November 25, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

It continues to sprinkle this morning. Here is me in front of the house this morning with the Miller family remedy and cure-all. Mmm... Coffee.

Like Adam, we made Challah for Thanksgiving! ...

November 25, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Like Adam, we made Challah for Thanksgiving! Here is our Challah and its suckling babe. Anna was at Thanksgiving, too.

Happy Thanksgiving! Anna, Noah, Leon, Katie a...

November 25, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Happy Thanksgiving! Anna, Noah, Leon, Katie and I had a great feast yesterday, and it even snowed for us.

Leon and Katie are staying at a local bed and breakfast all weekend, and Noah is staying in our guest room. It's a real treat to share Williamstown with them.

I hope you all are having a great rest! I miss you terriby and am so excited to have two weeks with you for Christmas

We had a grand Thanksgiving and Sam's birthda...

November 25, 2005 by Adam in Family

We had a grand Thanksgiving and Sam's birthday combination yesterday. It was quite busy, starting with bread making as soon as the kids woke up. Sam was especially fond of the challa bread, which involved a volcano-like yeast cauldara bubbling over the flour crater rim. That plus the cranberry bread gave everyone their carb load for the year.

Jamie's family began arriving around noon. Emma started getting pretty cranky in the early afternoon, so I drove her a few blocks until she fell asleep and then sat in the car for an hour or so. After she awoke, we rushed off to Yayoe's house, all the time Sam explaining how it was impossible for him to be late for his own birthday party.

It was great seeing everyone and the kids had a good time running around the house. There was birthday cake and presents, which made Sam quite happy. We returned home for Thanksgiving dinner and more presents. Sam opened up his Gamecube, which took awhile to figure out. I think one of the games is going to be too hard for him, though another should work out okay.

As for the next few days, I'm going to avoid shopping and just hang out with family. Maybe I can arrange for a hike to burn off a few of those Thanksgiving calories.

hi,wcweyonw, i'm hwew R SWB;S, WAITING TO GET...

November 25, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

hi,wcweyonw, i'm hwew R SWB;S, WAITING TO GET SOME GREAT PIE. AND I DON'T HAVE MY READING GLASSES ON. HAPPY THANKSGIVING~Friday Post-script This should have said, "I'm here at Deb's". After Thanksgiving at Lohring's and Yayoe's, we went over to have pie(s)-pumpkin and apple, at Bob's former wife's house, with her boyfriend Jeff and their friend, Ming, and of course, the kids. Everyone was in good spirits, and a good time was had by all. Love to all, and a thousand hugs to Massachusetts.

One more thing, not much of a holiday traditi...

November 23, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

One more thing, not much of a holiday tradition, and never
to be repeated..I'm bringing the software from my office and
asking you guys and Adam to sort it through. At some point Seraph, there was something you wanted. I think I have lots of Dick's, too. A thousand hugs, and Yayoe, I'll bring extra wine to make up for this.

And a Thanksgiving wish for those folks out in radioland -
for at least a moment over this holiday, find peace and love
with your family and friends. And try to ignore those $!**!!#% ninnies running our country these days. (Ohhh, whoops. Peace and love...peace and love...say it with me, People of Love.)

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all

November 23, 2005 by Betsy in Betsy

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. Sounds like you guys are going to have a busy get together. Love, Bets and the boys

It's my sort-of Friday, the Wednesday before ...

November 23, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's my sort-of Friday, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I decided it was close enough and treated myself to a mocha. I'm looking forward to today being relatively quiet here at work. Many people are taking the day off, so hopefully the odd requests will be minimized.

Seraph brought up a question about the Christmas name draw. I think I'll be bringing the mystical box of names over to the Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, with strict instructions from Jamie as to its proper use. So far I've picked Robbie and am busy assembling the entire collection of Britney Spears CDs and memorabilia for his gift. Fortunately he never reads this site, so I think the secret is safe.

Emma and I had a hysterical bubble bath last night. I need to upload the picture for it, but I'll describe it in the meantime. Emma was getting bored while bathing, so I hopped in and she suggested bubbles. Soon enough, she was applying globs of bubbles to my nose and declaring me a monster. She also gave herself a beard and exclaimed, "I'm Santa! Ho, ho, ho!" We called up Jamie who started laughing and took a few pictures.

See everyone tomorrow at Thanskgiving.

We head down to Eugene this afternoon/evening

November 23, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

We head down to Eugene this afternoon/evening. It will be nice to wee everyone, even if I have have an eye on homework throughout.
I heard word that the grand Christmas name drawing is going on, or has hppened. If so, we'd love to know who we picked.
I'm also getting excited about the winter break. It looks like I'll be able to take a full two weeks off. Even though I have some Senior collection planning to do, it will be nice to keep my own hours for a bit.
Love to all, see you soon.

Hi, I had a nice phone chat with Emma this mo...

November 22, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, I had a nice phone chat with Emma this morning, describing to
her why Mischa is a bad kitty these days. I switched him from dry cat food to canned food, which he now likes way too much...so much that he comes up in the middle of the night and rubs those ticklish little whiskers across my nose and mouth so I'll get up and feed him. Or maybe he just wants me to stop snoring...

How about a Christmas tree trip to the farm on Friday morning? Also, I'm going to make up wreaths in advance, and thought a wreath decorating soiree on Saturday morning for an hour might be fun, around tenish. Tenish, anyone? All and sundry are welcome. Yayoe and Hanni, this definitely includes you.

Sadie, thank you for your sweet message, glad the greens arrived. Have a good Thanksgiving with the Levitts, and hugs for Anna.

We got a new computer game that Sam really enjoys

November 22, 2005 by Adam in Sam

We got a new computer game that Sam really enjoys. The name is Fable, and one of the central ideas is that you can be either evil or good and your character changes depending on your actions. Initially he started good, but he's since gone back and is been somewhat more shady. He announced his morality as "evil in the sense of stealing things, not killing people", though that hasn't been always reflected in the game either. So far he's a little bad, but he still does good things from time to time as well.

He wanted to play so much, that he came up and asked for work so that he could earn thirty minutes of computer time. It's part of our new reward system, something like the third version that we've tried. I had him putting away dishes, cleaning the playroom, washing the bathroom, and vacuuming the floor. After all of that, he got his thirty minues of time.

"You've been really good, and now you can go be bad," I told him, referring to his approach to the game's morality. He thought it was pretty funny.

Robert Greenwald, the maker of Wal-Mart: The ...

November 22, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Robert Greenwald, the maker of Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices spoke in Eugene to a crowd of over 700 at Lane community college! I showed the movie with the Williams Greens at Images Cinema, and it had a great reception. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a great film!

The day is winding down

November 21, 2005 by Adam in Family

The day is winding down. We just returned from an afternoon at the wave pool, so everyone's pretty beat. Emma in particular has been quite wacky, not wanting to give in to her afternoon nap. They had a great time at the pool, though, celebrating the dual birthdays of John and Natalie.

Yesterday was relatively uneventful as well. We took a long walk to the store. The kids and I played while Jamie picked up some groceries. Jamie's family briefly descended upon the house before the Civil War game.

Gotta run. Emma's on the loose again.

Mom - did you see that Maron Alsop was one of...

November 19, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

Mom - did you see that Maron Alsop was one of the featured women in Newsweek at the end of October? So who really cares what Baltimore thinks, we'll always welcome her back!

I've been having some annoying problems with ...

November 18, 2005 by Adam in Adam's Games

I've been having some annoying problems with my computer lately. Fortunately I figured out the problem was due to bad memory. A few days later, I'm up to 1.5 GB of memory and all is good.

I also picked up Fable: The Lost Chapters and Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault. I loaded up Fable last night and Sam played for a bit. It's interesting how you start as a boy and are forced to make moral decisions as you go through the world. Sam's being completely good, though we'll see how long that lasts.

I'm not sure if it's revolutionary, but it's entertaining so far. I like being able to crank up the resolution and anti-aliasing with my new video card, watching it on my new big LCD. It puts consoles to shame.

Nice going, Seraph, now all Adam's gamers kno...

November 18, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Nice going, Seraph, now all Adam's gamers know he has a mother who can't add, subtract, or keep track of her kids!
Looking forward to seeing Robbie and Isa this weekend; we
are going to the Hult for Dora the Explorer with Jenny and the boys, and possibly Hanni.
Bob and I went to the symphony last night; just lovely. Did you all read that the Baltimore Symphony was poopy to Maron
Alsop? Sexist pigs. I introduced Sam to theexplodingwhale.com. Men with dynamite! Ya' gotta love them.
Sadie, I sent the holly a couple of days ago, and I sent the wreath this morning. Much love from the old folks at home.

It was another productive day at work

November 18, 2005 by Adam in Family

It was another productive day at work. I'm getting close to releasing a new version of a wildly popular tool I made. Hopefully people will ooh and aah appropriately.

My mom came over to watch the kids last night while Jamie and I went out to Ambrosia. It was a treat to get away for an hour or so, though I was strangely eager to get back to the kids. Fortunately my mom did a wonderful job with them. Emma was smiling and eager upon our return.

It looks like I'll be off to work in a few minutes. We've got a few things happening this weekend. We're all going swimming on Sunday for one of Sam's friend's birthday parties. I've got to pick up a new swimming suit as my last one vanished. I think we get to see Jamie's family briefly, before they head out to the football game. Same ol', same ol'.

Sadie-in regards to the Weight Watchers Cards...

November 17, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

Sadie-in regards to the Weight Watchers Cards, I bought a collection of McCall's recipiet card at the church's holiday baazar for $0.50. there were puplished in 1973 and are great fun to look through. I was actually thinking about having a tacky 1970's dinner party were I actually made things like a ham ring and jello molds!

Yesterday was a bit more cheery, though not w...

November 17, 2005 by Adam in Family

Yesterday was a bit more cheery, though not without the occasional missteps. Work continued to be fun, wrapping up a neat little program that should make some doctors happy (and patients as well). The kids and I had a great time after work. Emma put her fists on her hips and declaired that she was "super girl!" The started off a game where I was a monster and they were super heroes. It's always a treat to be able to throw the kids around the room with abandon.

Unfortunately the first casualty was myself. Sam's knee landed on my big toe, bending the nail in odd directions. Emma then became greatly concerned, wanting to dab at the blood with some toilet paper. A couple band-aids later, I was fine and we settled into some quiet computer games.

The rest of the evening was fairly uneventful. Emma nearly fell asleep at the table due to no nap, and we all pitched in trying to keep her up until her normal bed time. Sam and I worked on his homework, coloring pictures based on math equations and coming up with silly sentences for him to write for his spelling homework. Good times.

Yesterday had its ups and downs

November 16, 2005 by Adam in Family

Yesterday had its ups and downs.

I started feeling a cold coming on, so I was feeling a bit achy by the end of the day. Jamie and I got into a tiff, seeming to involve getting Sam to eat a well-balanced meal for dinner. Emma was having a hard day as well, complaining of her legs hurting, probably due to growing pains.

There were some highlights as well. Emma came to visit me in the morning at work, and was very fun to take around. Sam continues to do well at school and is a bright and thoughtful boy. I talked to Sadie for nearly an hour, which was a rare and wonderful treat. I worked on a fun project at work, getting a chance to ooh and aah over something I made. At the end of the day, Jamie wandered down the stairs and we had a nice long talk.

So, life continues to be interesting, if tricky at times. I woke up with a headache this morning, but after some Advil and tea, I'm feeling much perkier. So it goes.

I finally bought my ticket home for the holidays

November 16, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I finally bought my ticket home for the holidays. I'm arriving in Eugene on Thursday, Dec 15 at 9:58 pm and leaving on Friday, Dec 30 at 8:17 am. Hoorah! Let the orch battles and snuggle fest begin!

Like most grand romantic gestures, mine began...

November 14, 2005 by Adam in Adam

Like most grand romantic gestures, mine began with a mix-up, followed by hardship, and eventual doomed failure.

I forgot to bring my workout gear this morning, so when lunch rolled around, I realized this and headed out for a walk. After a few minutes of aimless wandering, I decided I'd head home to greet Jamie with a kiss and silently return to work. Well, it took quite awhile to get there, and it turns out she was gone. I ended up sadly leaving a note, which hopefully mystified her.

I got back to my desk with five minutes to spare before my meeting. I never did completely finish my lunch. Ah, well, it was worth it.

Happy Happy belated birthday, Seraph! I ha...

November 14, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Happy Happy belated birthday, Seraph!

I had a great time at Highlander this weekend, although the Smoky Mountains look quite a bit like the Berkshires. It made me feel very very lucky.

I'm heading back to work shortly after a rath...

November 14, 2005 by Adam in Family

I'm heading back to work shortly after a rather nice three-day weekend. After three days, it makes returning to the daily grind a bit difficult. The kids were generally in good moods and we all had a good time.

Friday was my "all day with the kids" day. Well, not exactly, but it felt like it. We walked to the movie store to pick up some videos. Emma was in the back pack and Sam trudged along. It's a few miles there and back, but we amazingly made it in a pretty good mood.

Saturday we walked to the library, returning with even more videos and books. Sunday we went to the playground by Oakway, the kids getting pretty soggy bug enjoying themselves.

All-in-all, it was a family-filled weekend. We didn't do anything terribly exciting. There were movies, art projects, playing in the basement, running around outside, and the like. It was generally relaxing and often pleasant.

Seraph, Happy Birthday, shame on you! Look a...

November 11, 2005 by Betsy in Betsy

Seraph, Happy Birthday, shame on you! Look at that sweet little (according to her Grandmother) scampy girl and loving husband, I would say that your life has been exciting since 18!!!!
Sue may have shredded curtains but I lifted my dress and scratched my butt in front of the Normalville United Methodist Church during the Christmas paegent. Gotta love the Steane/Jones genes.

Actually I turned 18 in Rome, not much exciti...

November 11, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

Actually I turned 18 in Rome, not much exciting since.

Happy birthday, dear Seraph, happy birthday t...

November 11, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Happy birthday, dear Seraph, happy birthday to you. 29! I can't believe it! Do you remember celebrating your 21st birthday in Rome? What a fine young woman you turned into!
All the way home Sunday evening, I thought about how much
I'd like to have a coat like your design. How about doing a line specifically becoming to older women - not fat clothes necessarily, but for the 63 year old, had a buncha kids kind of figure. Where is it written that my size 12 figure is the same shape as some young miss's size 12 figure? Well, it may be the same weight, but mine is rearranged, and lower.
Tell Isa I almost sat on her baby pig, because it had crawled down to the bottom of my bed, but fortunately it oinked in time.
I was sitting on the edge of the desk watching Sam and Emma
draw. She's not supposed to use the smaller magic markers if she pokes with their end because it ruins the points. I scolded her a couple times. Finally she looked up at me and said, with her best Bambi eyes, in an endearing voice, "Go
away." I couldn't help laughing, and asked her if she wanted
me to go away so she could do something naughty. Without skipping a beat, she looked up at me with a look of sheer scampiness, and nodded her head.
Love to everyone from someone who shredded the curtains because my mom made me take a nap! Glad my DNA hasn't disappeared completely from the gene pool. Heh, heh.

The kid's illnesses continue

November 10, 2005 by Adam in Family

The kid's illnesses continue. Sam hasn't been in school all week and if last night's coughing continues, he may not be in today either. Emma seems better, though she seems to be having problems sleeping. I've noticed a sniffle this morning, so I'm expecting the worst.

I'm taking tomorrow off by request from Jamie, so I'll likely be puttering around the house and taking care of kids. I'd like to take them to a playground or for a hike, but I'm not sure they're up for it.

Work's been busy in an odd way this last week. The interruptions and meetings continue non-stop. Rarely do I actually do what I had planned to do when I arrive in the morning. Fortunately I actually got some work done yesterday. Just talking about how we're going to do things can get a bit wearying.

Best to head to the shower and start getting ready for the day . . .

It was a glorious fall morning, the kind wher...

November 10, 2005 by Seraph in Cortez

It was a glorious fall morning, the kind where it's so sunny you don't know whether or not to hide or bask! Unfortunately I was home with Isa this morning, who decided to come down with some flu-like bug last night (rather messy one too). Poor girl is doing her best.
I headed off to a mid-term exam when Robbie finished work, and need to turn in a project from a class I missed this morning. While home I did manage to make a good dent in cleaning my desk, which has become a black hole of doom lately. I was also able to review some babyhood video for a friend of mine who is doing his senior movie about the family dog when the new baby is born. I'm trying to find any bits a pieces that might help.
Robbie and I enjoyed a quiet, and not very productive last weekend, actually getting to go to the theater to see War of the Worlds with some friends. Thank you to everyone who helped watch Isa. She really enjoyed herself.

Oh, my, God, Sadie

November 09, 2005 by Jamie in Sadie & Greg

Oh, my, God, Sadie...you just made my day! Thanks for the great laugh therapy ;-)

Sam got a new fish for his tank last week

November 09, 2005 by Adam in Sam

Sam got a new fish for his tank last week. It's an alge eating fish, promptly named "Croco" by Sam. It's been doing a great job eating the slime from the fish tank, with even Jamie mesmerized by the cleaning power of the little critter. I think she's secretly hoping to train an army of the little guys with special water helmets and turn them loose on our house, cleaning every surface as they go.

Sam's doing really well in school these days. He's gotten 100% on every spelling test and quickly picks up math as well. His reading still needs work, though he's so much better than he was at the start of the year. If he sets his mind to it, he can figure out most words. At this point, he just needs practice.

Please, dear family, stop me from advancing m...

November 09, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Please, dear family, stop me from advancing my career in telemarketing.

The Office of Community Service is running a winterization project of local homes, which involves me cold calling fifty families a day to try to convince them that I'm giving them something, not selling them something. Sigh.

Nevertheless, it's going well enough so that talking about it on TV tonight. We've had local paper articles and such, which is nice. When I say "TV", I mean public access. I'm becoming one of THOSE people on public access, droning on about legalizing ganja and giving out guns. CNN 2, here I come!

The funniest thing I've ever seen: Weight Watchers cards from 1972 on www.candyboots.com

It's been a bumpy week

November 09, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's been a bumpy week. Sam was out of school for the last couple days, not horribly sick, but not well either. Now Emma's starting to get the cough and sniffles. She was up a lot last night and I ended up coming to work late so that Jamie could get a little sleep this morning.

Despite all of this, the kids and I have been relatively cheerful. We've had some great times playing in the basement, coming up with all sorts of silly games. We replaced the batteries of Sam's little remote control car. Emma loved driving it all over the place, at one point "giving me a haircut" by driving it on my head.

Sam and I had a little time to play on the co...

November 08, 2005 by Adam in Adam's Games

Sam and I had a little time to play on the computer together last night. More often than not, we've been gravitating towards Garry's Mod on Half-Life 2. Basically it lends itself towards very open-ended gameplay. You can spawn in enemies, objects, and you have a variety of tools for manipulating them. We dropped ourselves into an empty map and proceeded to play.

Initially I spawned a bunch of zombies for Sam to dispatch, just to warm up. He was getting a little frantic towards the end as I had made a huge mob. Fortunately I also dropped in a ton of explosive barrels for him to cause havok with.

After that, we decided to go after each other in interesting ways. Sam's preferred method was to drop down a bunch of barrels and then say "come over here, dad". Other time's he'd simply spawn in a massive shipping crate and drop it on my head.

I was going for the more elegant methods. I spawned in a car and attached thrusters that I could use to control its movement. It was a little tricky to use, basically a mini-rocket that bounced about on the ground. A later version was airborne with dozens of balloons attached to it, though it was basically impossible to get through doorways.

Good times.

I'm beat

November 07, 2005 by Adam in Family

I'm beat. It's Sunday evening and everyone has gone to bed. The guests went home. I'm ready to hit the sack myself.

Saturday I took the kids swimming, and then Sam and I watched Batman Begins. Ray and Dave came over to visit for a bit, with Ray passing out all sorts of Huskers-related clothes. Sunday was all about getting ready for the party. Dave and I fixed the light, Jamie cookied, I made biscotti. The party itself was lots of fun, with the kids going over to Dave's house while the grown-ups remained to eat, drink, and chat.

Poor Sam had a bad fever today, throwing up in the morning and not eaching much the rest of the day. He was feeling better by the time he went to Dave's, but he's still pretty worn out. We'll see if he's in good enough shape to go to school tomorrow.

Another full day of meetings with meadville c...

November 04, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Another full day of meetings with meadville community leaders. Amazing. I'd love to set up Community Development Corporations when I grow up.

Friday morning, and a great weekend coming up

November 04, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Friday morning, and a great weekend coming up. I'm having lunch with Hanni and Isa, and then Isa and I are adventuring. We are going to AdamandJamie's for afterschool work with Sam on the spy play, and for dinner. Tomorrow Isa will play with Jordan and Dez during the game, and Sunday afternoon is the great Wallace and Grommit movie adventure. I will take Isa up to Portland Sunday evening; it just occurred to me that I should trade vehicles with Bob and take up the shelves. Love to all, om

It's been a rather busy morning here at work

November 04, 2005 by Adam in Family

It's been a rather busy morning here at work. It was a Mocha Friday, fortunately, which helped alleviate the frantic nature of some of the issues that popped up. The problems were typical computer ones, things not working as expected, new weirdnesses popping up, and patchings causing problems. I suppose it's all job security.

The weekend is mere hours away, something I'm looking forward to quite a bit. I think the kids and I will do some swimming, and the Batman Begins movie is wating for us. On Sunday night we have a "grown-ups only" dinner party. It's been a long while since dinner hasn't involved squabbling over how much food has to be eaten before dessert can be handed out.

Emma had a bad cough last night, which kept waking me up. It seems like she basically slept through it all, though. I think everyone else has recovered from the sniffles, and Emma seems fine other than the occasional cough or sniffle.

Meadville is a much more complex and rich cit...

November 03, 2005 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Meadville is a much more complex and rich city than I remember it as a ten year-old. I'm sitting in an old bank now wireless cafe and gallery after siting in on a city planning meeting, community leader meeting, and interesting talk by Jody Ktezman, whose simple message can be summed up by "find what makes your community's glass half full instead of half empty." A profound shift for many communitites, Meadville included.

Seeing Danica, Dorothy, and Amara has been such a blessing. I feel so lucky to be able to put this family roots trip on the college's bill.

We made it through Halloween

November 02, 2005 by Adam in Family

We made it through Halloween. It was fun to watch Emma figure out the whole "trick or treat" thing. She kept saying "let's try that house" after each one. Of course, we now have massive amounts of candy in our house and Emma knows it. She'll claim to be hungry during dinner and then ask for candy.

Everyone's been a bit blah these last few days. I think they're sick or tired or some combination of the two. I think I need to get the kids out of the house for awhile, perhaps swimming or something.

Thanks all for the Birthday greetings

November 02, 2005 by Betsy in Betsy

Thanks all for the Birthday greetings. Don't feel a day over 100! Hope you all are well. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! This year was the first in 17 years that I didn't go in some capacity. Bummer!!!

This pretty much says it all

November 02, 2005 by Adam in Adam

This pretty much says it all . . .

For the curious, this is the Penny Arcade folks being on their best behavior, writing a comic for Forbes.

Happy belated birthday, Betsy! I finally got ...

November 02, 2005 by Sue in Wielesek

Happy belated birthday, Betsy! I finally got a birthday card into the mail. Inspired by the Egyptian sections of the
British Museum, I made a couple of quick stops last night as Queen of the Night, one to see Emma and Adam. Emma was a little leery of me in a fright wig, black make up, and that long cape your dad made for me during the 60's, which has seen duty as a hallowe'en costume about as often as his old tuxedo. I went up to Bob's - his street is flat, and he gets quite a lot of Trick or Treaters. To our amazement and delight, Judy, Caleb and his wife, their little boy, and Jacob all stopped in. Judy and Lon knew Bob and his wife
from when the latter lived on Riverview. Good to see Judy,
and of course, to see the kids.

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