It's starting to warm up down here

April 29, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

It's starting to warm up down here. This week we've had lovely 70 weather, with crystal clear blue skies. Everyone is now irrigating their fields, much to the eternal happieness of the magpies and other small birds, who have been playing the excess water while building their nests!
I'm laid up today with the same bug Isa had over the weekend. Uggg... I think I'll head back to bed and see if I can sleep it off this morning, before the days work sets in.

Just a quick hello

April 29, 2009 by Sue in Wielesek

Just a quick hello. With a lot of help from Seraph and Adam, I've been making arrangements for the trip to England.
Almost all the air arrangements have been made, and I'm looking for hotels in London. Apparently London has dropped from the third most expensive city in the world to the 27th.
Thanks, George Bush!

It was 93 degrees here today, which makes stu...

April 29, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

It was 93 degrees here today, which makes studying very, very challenging. Just a week and a bit to go.

I'm making oatmeal and flax chocolate chip spice cookies for our last day of classes. I think the Joy of Cooking recipe is broken, because I have to half the oatmeal and spit in the dough to make them stick together. But they're nice and chewy with my special improvisations.

It's Monday morning and I'm off to work soon

April 27, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's Monday morning and I'm off to work soon. Jamie made it back safe and sound.

Sunday started with crepes this time, and we hung around the house until it was time to go off exploring in the swamps of Alton Baker Park. Sam had a great time, to the point where I had him change his clothes in the car. He had a good time wading through the millrace and exploring tributaries. Emma thought the baby Canada geese were cool.

Just a quick Sunday morning note

April 26, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

Just a quick Sunday morning note. Like Emma, Isa has also had and earache for the last 2 nights. They seem to clear up during the day though. She has also had a stuffed up nose and runny eyes, which I'm not sure if it's allergies or a cold.
We're off on a hike today. Isa & Robbie are going to show me the Santa Barbara area where they hiked a lot last fall. It will be interesting to see how the seasonal differences because our rivers are running really high right now. Anyway, hopfully we'll have some nice pictures to post later.

We've had a very exciting day, making lots of...

April 26, 2009 by Adam in Family

We've had a very exciting day, making lots of things. At the moment, the kids are upstairs, threading spaghetti noodles through hot dogs. I mentioned that someone invented such a thing recently and they begged me to try it. I'll report how it went later.

Emma had a really bad ear ache last night, which seems completely better today. Otherwise we've been having a good time. I made pancakes, bacon, and grapefruit for breakfast, which everyone loved. After that we went to the library, ate bagels, and returned with treasures. On the way home we stopped by Jerry's and picked up some flooring for the shed. Fortunately the instructions say to wait, so I won't be able to work until next weekend.

I best run back upstairs, as I'm not sure how long they'll last on their noodle and hot dog project without me.

Update: They loved the noodles and hot dogs.

Sam has a portable video player, which is gre...

April 26, 2009 by Adam in Sam

Sam has a portable video player, which is great, other than running out of batteries quickly when it's used for a few hours. To fix the problem, I ordered a MintyBoost kit, which basically lets you charge it off normal batteries instead of a USB cable to your computer.

Sam had a great time soldiering all the parts together, gleefully exclaiming that we needed to do more things like this.

Unfortunately, something went wrong along the way and it doesn't work. I'll have to double-check the soldering and maybe redo some parts. Currently it looks like the part that wasn't done right was one of the few things that I ended up soldering. Oops.

I've emptied out something in my AVG clean-up...

April 25, 2009 by Sue in Wielesek

I've emptied out something in my AVG clean-up program called the "Virus Vault", which is vaguely reminiscent of The Addams Family, and I've been chained to my computer. We are gradually munching our way through all the wonderful leftovers, as I wend my way through tons of paperwork. I can't figure out where all this stuff comes from. Each postal delivery and e-mail check seems to have a life of its own, bringing waves of paper which needs to be tended to.
Easter/Passover was delightful; the grandkids seemed to have a particularly nice time this year. The cooks were most competent, as well, and the table was sparkling as was the conversation. It was hard to say good-bye to everyone!
Thank you all for your help!

I'm finishing up my Friday Mocha, after makin...

April 24, 2009 by Adam in Family

I'm finishing up my Friday Mocha, after making some changes to my work's home page.

It's been a generally good week, though we had a few moments here and there. Emma had a bad cold or allergies during the beginning of the week. I came home and found her in the bath, looking sad. She informed me she was sick and "bleeding internally," holding up her finger to show off a blood blister.

Jamie's off to Portland tonight. After dinner yesterday, the kids and I were making a master plan of everything we wanted to do. Jamie was a little sad that we were having so much fun without her. Sam reassured her that it's all things we'd normally do, but since my memory is so bad, we have to make a list. Always the diplomat.

For tonight, it's pizza and Mythbusters. After that, I want to get the kids outside and do a few projects. I suggested to Sam that we put in flooring for the shed. "Hey, I can use area! We're doing area in math," he informed me.

The house project is also in full swing. Earlier this week they poured concrete and yesterday they took down the existing balcony. Before too long, I expect we'll have a new balcony ready to go. We opted not to do the stairs down to the back yard, which I think is a wise decision the cost and room it would take were a bit much.

Back from Eugene and DC and now safe, sound a...

April 22, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Back from Eugene and DC and now safe, sound and typing away. Happy Earth Day and congrats to Seraph, Robbie, and Isa!

We made it back home safe and sound

April 22, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

We made it back home safe and sound. It was amazing to get out of the car to a sky full of stars, amazing fresh air, and millions of frogs singing!
In case I haven't already told everyone a million times, we now have a "sale pending" on our house! Although the next month will be really busy putting everything together, it will be really nice to move forward with all of our plans.
The photo here is what our garden looked like on Easter monring! Now, it's warm and green, and the sheep are grazing in the field.

Happy Earth Day to all

April 22, 2009 by Adam in Family

Happy Earth Day to all. As I was leaving the house this morning, Jamie suggested that the kids go kiss a tree or something. She's always so helpful.

Poor Emma is sick, I think with more than simple allergies. Jamie was over at a friend's last night, so the kids were stuck with me. I did my usual chick patties and mashed potato dinner, and distracted them all with an episode of Mythbusters.

I had a touch of a headache as well, probably from running outside on the concrete. Fortunately it was pretty mild and some quiet and a bowl of cereal hit the spot. I ended up incredibly warm last night, tossing off the covers and throwing open the window. It's so weird that last week it was snowing in town.

I've pretty much given up on Dead Space

April 21, 2009 by Adam in Adam's Games

I've pretty much given up on Dead Space. The scary parts weren't that gripping and I eventually lost interest and drifted on to other games.

Mostly I'm playing Witcher. I had started before and gave up for reasons unknown. Now I'm really enjoying the gritty fantasy world and stop to think over some of the decisions I'm making. There are a few flaws, such as having to run around large areas several times, but it's become one of my favorite RPGs.

Sam and I are playing through my old Neverwinter Night campaigns, which is lots of fun. Emma occasionally begs me to play Wizard 101, which is a pretty basic online game for kids. It's at a perfect level for her, but I find it a little simplistic.

I got a new shiny computer at work, which mak...

April 21, 2009 by Adam in Adam

I got a new shiny computer at work, which makes everything less frustrating. I think I'm nearly shifted over to the new one, my old computer looking a little sad on the corner of my desk. I'm especially enamored of the massive monitors, which are all the envy of my coworkers.

With the wonderful weather, I managed a run outside today. I've started listening to books on tape. In this case, it's an old set of Larry Niven short stories. I have fond memories of stealing Niven books from my dad's shelf as a kid. Even though I know them well, listening to them is like eating cereal. It's comforting.

It's been a wild weekend, with endless partie...

April 20, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's been a wild weekend, with endless parties and family events. Friday night was the grand Firefly party. Poor Emma was nearly in tears on the way over, tired from a busy week. Fortunately she perked right up when we got there and all the kids had a great time playing on the trampoline. It was a rare treat to hang out with my sisters, combined with the fact that I got to play Mal Reynolds, the captain of the Serenity. Any party with nerd references is a success in my book.

Saturday was more low-key. Jamie and Sam went over to my mom's to cook. Sam and Isa built a fort in the backyard while Jamie made perogies. Emma and I went to the library and played in the backyard as the weather was so nice. Eventually we all returned home and had a quiet evening.

Today began with Jamie's fine crepes and fresh fruit. Once fortified, I headed to the back yard to mow and paint. After that, we stayed outside in the sun as much as possible before heading to Easter dinner. There was endless food and chatting. In particular, I felt quite happy getting the grand England trip sorted out.

Hopefully the memories of a fun-filled weekend will get us through the week ahead.

This Friday, I woke to winter blizzard that l...

April 18, 2009 by Robbie in Cortez

This Friday, I woke to winter blizzard that lasted all day long. When I left to go to Taos there was already four inches of snow, and Taos schools were on a two hour delay. I was momentarily worried that I would have to reschedule an observation I had to do for my class that I'm taking. However, my worries were unfounded and I was able to observe both the pre-k and 3-4 year olds. It was really refreshing to see how a proper school was run. The facility was new, and all of the toys, manipulatives, and art supplies were brand new. The kids were wonderful with a mix of both hispanic and anglo. I had several children come over to talk to me, while I was jotting down notes. I didn't mind as I finished my notes early and played a few games with them. If only they could pay me what I made at Dragonfly, I would change!

After my three hour observation, I drove directly to Santa Fe, where they were being hit with a huge snow storm. I was worried about the trip back home, but the snow stopped around 4:30 and the roads were clear. I had dinner at the bistro in Penasco, watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, came home had a Corona, and read Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows until one O'clock and went to bed.

Today I have the opportunity to do anything I want to do. I might go into Taos, or go to Santa Fe to a flea market, the possiblities are endless.

I have had an incredible vacation

April 17, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I have had an incredible vacation. There's nothing like a root canal to make the world a gentler place.

It's remarkable how quickly Emma seems to be ...

April 17, 2009 by Adam in Emma

It's remarkable how quickly Emma seems to be growing up.

She can now read and write, though admittedly she needs lots of practice before tackling a novel. What most impresses me is her willingness to keep trying, even though it's tricky. I think having an older brother pave the way helps immensely.

Sam was praising Emma on her drawing skills. The other day she made a story using an unused present I bought for Sam years ago. We took Emma's story, packaged it up, and sent it off to be turned into a book. That's where the present part came in - it had special pages you wrote on and it came with a free book out of the deal. Now she's terribly excited to see how it'll turn out.

Emma's also gotten into online gaming. When it's a dreary day after school, she'll play Wizard 101 or Club Penguin. Already I've had to fend off requests for her to become a member. Of course, it was so sunny yesterday that we spent the afternoon exploring the yard and finding bugs. That's way more fun than video games.

It's another of those wonderful Mocha Fridays...

April 17, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's another of those wonderful Mocha Fridays, though I've yet to head into work and partake of that delicious ambrosia.

It's been a very full week, with Sadie, Seraph, and Isa in town. Jamie's been busy in the evenings, which I fortunately covered for with an early Mythbuster's night (the rocket sled part was awesome, especially Adam's reaction).

I took yesterday off and Seraph and I got into all sorts of mischief. After a long breakfast at the Glenwood, talking about politics and long-term plans, we embarked on a grand shopping expedition. It was immensely successful and my wardrobe feels entirely refreshed. I ended up with new shoes, shirts, and pants, all of which I was forced to try on at Old Navy to get Sadie's advice. In the afternoon we hung out at home, entertaining Emma, the robot, and ourselves.

Tonight is the Serenity party which should be mad fun. As for the weekend, there's Easter and vacation planning with Seraph. I know Jamie's headed to help with the cooking madness tomorrow. Hopefully in between all these things we can manage a bit of rest and relaxation.

This Friday is art day and lunch at my house ...

April 15, 2009 by Yayoe in Yayoe

This Friday is art day and lunch at my house at noon! Come and exercise the right side of your brain and eat some brain food as well! I'm roasting a mischevious racoon and cooking him with a tofu garnish. Yummm.

I'll be in Honolulu from April 21-29th and will have my cell phone so feel free to call 541-554-5089 if something comes up. I'll take pictures of Rob, who will be 2 on Saturday! Hope to see you on Friday...
Aloha for now

A big "oops" from me, as the site was down fo...

April 14, 2009 by Adam in Family

A big "oops" from me, as the site was down for several days. I finally got into my router and did the necessary brain surgery. Hopefully all is working again.

It was quite the exciting weekend, extremely ...

April 13, 2009 by Adam in Family

It was quite the exciting weekend, extremely full of events. Friday night was pizza and Mythbusters, with Jamie going out for dinner with friends. Saturday we headed out with Sadie to pick up Firefly-themed outfits from Goodwill. We also ended up dyeing eggs, with Emma being fond of of my candy-corn colored one.

Easter had the kids hunting for eggs around the house, but otherwise just hung out and enjoyed the lazy day. Towards the evening we headed over to my mom's for Easter dinner.

Good times.

Post Part 2: Happy Good Friday! While we di...

April 11, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

Post Part 2:
Happy Good Friday! While we didn't eat fish, Robbie did participate in the annual pilgrmige to Chimayo. He walked 10 miles (along with several thousands other people), and Hanni, Isa, and I met him at the church.

Post Part 1: Isa and I get into PDX on Tue 4...

April 11, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

Post Part 1:
Isa and I get into PDX on Tue 4/14 around 4:45pm. I think we'll stay the night and head to Eugene on Wed. We fly out again on Tue 4/21. I can't wait to catch up with everyone!
Sadie - I don't know anything about Firefly!! You have to give me a crash course, and let me know if there's any particular costume theme I need be thinking of for my character.
Dad & Jenny - I bet we can round up a truck and get the table and chairs down there whileI'm in town. You will have a table to eat at - I promise!
Adam & Mom - I can't wait to start getting England ironed out. I promise at least 1 coffee & bagle as we all hash out details!
Yayoe - think art times that might work for you!!

The kids were fighting the other day and I ma...

April 10, 2009 by Adam in Emma

The kids were fighting the other day and I made the apologize to each other. Sam's apology was pretty weak, so I pointed to Emma as a model of good behavior. "That's the way you should apologize, Sam."

Emma then decided to demonstrate how it's done for Sam. She punched Jamie hard in the stomach, put on her most apologetic face, and sweetly said "I'm sorry."

We all laughed, which I'm not sure sent the right message.

Ah, sweet Mocha Friday

April 10, 2009 by Adam in Family

Ah, sweet Mocha Friday. This has quickly become a favorite day for Sam as well, as the day wraps up with pizza and Mythbusters. Both the kids are out of school today, and Jamie has a day of activities lined up. I think Friday is Jamie's favorite day of the week too, as it marks the transition to having a break from the kids for awhile.

The week has gone along fairly well. Sam continues to work on memorizing the multiplication table, doing sevens and eights this weekend. Emma's reading and writing continues to improve. This week she took a picture of her class and colored them all to look like wizards from her favorite game, Wizard 101. At the top she wrote "WIZRD".

I'm horribly excited to see my sisters this weekend. Tomorrow morning the plan is to go out and get costumes for the party and hopefully take Sadie and the kids swimming. I'm trying hard to leave Jamie in a quiet house for a few hours, something she hasn't had much of this week. Once Seraph arrives, I want to get the England trip dates nailed down and get that as planned as possible.

I hope everyone memorizes a few choice Chinese phrases for Sadie's Firefly party. Ai-yah. Tyen-ah.

Generic Heading

April 09, 2009 by Jamie in Jenny

I think Jenny meant to say Isa, not Emma ;-)

Hi, up to Portland tonight to pick up Sadie

April 09, 2009 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, up to Portland tonight to pick up Sadie. Happy days!

Message from Skynet below: I'm searching for...

April 09, 2009 by Lohring in Lohring

Message from Skynet below:
I'm searching for my brothers. Contact me here.

Please pass on to the family robot.

Hello to every one

April 09, 2009 by Jenny in Jenny

Hello to every one. Hey now that i have a new computer that works, things are good. The bad thing is that dad's computer doesn't work yet so he's always on here. Hey Seraph if you read this, Dad is leaving on 4-15-09. I was just wondering if you would be here on the night of the 14. If you are we would love to have you for dinner. Maybe dad could come pick u and Emma up and get the table. I also wanted to see if you and Emma wanted to come stay with me and the boys? We have plenty of room.

Current Cast List of our dress up party: Mal...

April 08, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Current Cast List of our dress up party:
Malcolm Reynolds: Adam
Inara: Jamie
Dr. Simon Tam: Sam
River Tam: Emma
Zoe: Jenny
Jayne: Destin
Badger: Jordan
Shepherd Book: Mom
Wash: Bob
Adelei Niska: Dad
Kaylee: Seraph
Mrs. Reynolds/Saffron: That's me

Goodwill run on Saturday!

Sue has been posting for me of late about Bob...

April 07, 2009 by Betsy in Betsy

Sue has been posting for me of late about Bob and as I have ten seconds before my next appointment I thought I might step up to the plate. Bob saw the Pulmonary Oncologist yesterday and although he does have cancer it is small cell that is "limited" meaning that so far it has not spread to other parts of his body. They are optimist and will be starting chemotherapy tommorrow. You can say all the cliches about "cherish everyday" and stuff like that but I prefer the mantra--Don't Smoke. (Bob quit 10 years ago after smoking for 30 yrs.) Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I truly believe in their power! Love, P.

I got three fantastic and one bum filling on ...

April 07, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I got three fantastic and one bum filling on my last dental tourist trip to Eugene (not a terrible rate of return for my plane ticket). Due to a combination of stress, tooth pain, and nervousness that my bum filling is going to fall out of my mouth, I clench my jaw. I've clenched my jaw for three months now, and surprisingly, my jaw hurts all the time. I've had a jaw ache for thirty six hours. Ugh. Dad is cleaning me up on Friday, so I should be cheerful for most of my vacation in Eugene. Hoorah!

The weekend has come and gone and I'll soon b...

April 06, 2009 by Adam in Family

The weekend has come and gone and I'll soon be pulled away into a work meeting.

Friday night was our usual pizza and Mythbusters. Saturday I managed to finish our taxes, go to the library, and paint much of the hidden part of the shed. Towards the evening, Jamie went off with Angie and the kids and I had another round of Mythbusters after dinner.

Sunday was mostly spent frolicking about in the sun. In the morning, we power washed the porch and patched concrete. Jamie went over to Angie's in the afternoon and the kids and I made fairy houses out of plant parts. In the evening Jamie and I walked to Turtles for a great dinner while Josh watched the kids. Good times.

Hi Dad- I'll have the exact travel details wo...

April 06, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

Hi Dad- I'll have the exact travel details worked out tomorrow evening, but it looks like we'll get into PDX on 4/14 and leave 4/21. Let me know if you need to pick up the table at any other time, and I can let you know where the key is.

I've been spending a lot of time with the rob...

April 05, 2009 by Adam in Adam's Projects

I've been spending a lot of time with the robot lately.

It started with Sam really wanting to get a Lego Mindstorm robot kit. After a couple weekends of frantic playing, it fell by the wayside. I'd been reading about various things you can do with the Mindstorm kit and decided that I'd hook it up to a web page, which you can find here.

The setup is actually very complicated. Clicking the buttons on the control page sends commands to my personal computer, which sends Bluetooth messages to the robot to do things. I've also got a webcam hooked up which drops jpg files every second on to the web server. There's also a page where people can post log messages in the robot's name.

Up until a few days ago, the main problem was that the batteries kept going dead. I decided to do my part to help the global economy and bought a new lithium battery pack and recharger. It now stays plugged in at all times, so robot power shouldn't be an issue.

Range is limited, though, as it has both a webcam and power cable hooked up. It would be fun to get one of those tiny, cheap laptops and hook up Skype to it. Then people could talk through the robot and move it around without the need of power cables. It's probably too frivolous to get past my self-imposed practicality, but it's fun to think about.

As I started plugging tons of USB cables to my 4-port hub, I quickly ran out of space. I ended up buying a new one and assembling a steampunk-style hub. This one has an LED in the base that cycles through the colors, giving the entire contraption an eerie mad scientist glow.

Hi There

April 04, 2009 by Yayoe in Yayoe

Hi There..It's been a long time since I've written so here goes..Sue, Hanni and I went to Portland last weekend to work on the Cortez garden. We had a fun and productive day weeding and raking. I also had time to visit with Sayer, Sasha, Jackson, John Jones and his lovely fiance and Sharma and her new baby Amir.

I'm still working and developing a private counseling practice. Tomorrow I'll be at the Willamalane Senior Center plugging the services of Village Health, the integrative medicine clinic where I now work. I'm still playing my uke with my friends...we have another gig planned for Churchill Estates..Our last gig was playing for my friend's BUNKO group..Remember, we're available for gigs..we'll pay you to have us! Last but not least I'm off to Honolulu for Rob's 2nd birthday toward the end of April!

I'm going to a recession wine party tonight, ...

April 03, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I'm going to a recession wine party tonight, with the requirement that our wines are under five bucks. I've slightly altered my fine Spanish table wine to mimic a Cru Les Millades... and such a good year.

Procrastination is a virus that eventually sp...

April 03, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

Procrastination is a virus that eventually spreads to each of my favorite work spots. For the first semester, I could sit at my desk and the living room table. This semester, I've burned through the living room couch and kitchen table. I think lying in bed eating oatmeal and doing work has lost most of its utility, too. I'm trying out the Waltham library now. Like most New England libraries, its old and beautiful and very quiet during the day. During the afternoon, high school kids come to use the computers and re-hash the three hours they were marginally separated by class schedules. Sometimes they open their homework and lay graphic novels over it. There's nothing quite like a public library.

It's another Mocha Friday, though that delici...

April 03, 2009 by Adam in Family

It's another Mocha Friday, though that delicious elixir is long gone. I had to switch coffee places this morning as my typical one closed. I ended up going to a Starbucks, which was suitably caffienated.

Friday night has become a new favorite in the household, as that's the day we eat pizza and watch Mythbusters. Both kids are enamored of the combination of cheese and explosions, I suppose.

The week has generally been good. It looks like I'm getting some money back from taxes, so our house project may restart (though perhaps slightly modified in terms of cost). Sam had fun at fencing yesterday and seems to be enjoying school more. Emma is sweet as always, waving goodbye to me from the upstairs window.

I'm not sure if we have any exciting weekend plans. We haven't gone swimming in weeks, which I miss. A library trip is a certainty, especially with Emma starting to read. It's been really exciting seeing her discover the wonders of written language. She's very fond of writing little notes to everyone these days.

Seraph Are you coming on April 10 when Sadie...

April 03, 2009 by Lohring in Lohring

Are you coming on April 10 when Sadie gets here? Jenny and I want to get your table, so we need to make arrangements. I'm leaving April 15 for Meadville.

Hi, fam

April 02, 2009 by Sue in Wielesek

Hi, fam. Is there anyone who still has clothing, books and toys appropriate for a very bright 2 year old? My worker guy, Richard, and his wife Elizabeth, have a two year old who is Gerber baby cute. We gave them some of Aric and Anna's old toys (big non-"tricky" Legos, for those of you who still remember Sam grappling with the small Legos and Adam reassuring him that those small ones were "tricky".) but my Candyland game is long since gone. Also, he has turned out to be an amazing worker - his dad is some sort of contractor in Peru, and he's doing sheet rock in Adam's old room downstairs. I'm only paying him $10 an hour, and I'm going to raise it next week to $12.

Also, I'm thinking about buying the slum house next door. The house is almost a tear-down, and the owner wants 200K, basically for the lot. However, I'm not sure that I can break even. But it's presently an eyesore, and is disintegrating (it has an oil furnace, and the girl who's one of the tenants said that they hadn't had the heat on since 1999.) The neighbors deputized me to talk to the owner about the condition. I feel like a Republican, trying to clean up in a bad real estate market.

There are some sentences you don't want a not...

April 02, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

There are some sentences you don't want a note from a housemate to begin with. It's true, My Liz threw a glass of red wine on my white couch. And I should have realized that the huge painting she recently completed of the couch was stained with a deep crimson color was an omen. But I'm sure the cleaner can get it out. And she says we get to bring the paintings from her show home, so even if the couch has a big wine stain forever, it will have its 2D twin for company.

Robbie sanitized the baby lamb story a lot

April 02, 2009 by Seraph in Cortez

Robbie sanitized the baby lamb story a lot. I'll save the humor and gory details until you're all sitting around eating :)

New Mexico spring has arrived in a flurry

April 02, 2009 by Robbie in Cortez

New Mexico spring has arrived in a flurry. We have had some blustery windy days, stretches of beautiful weather, and snow, all wrapped up in one week. Seraph has been quite busy up at the ski area, as Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and a number of other southern states were on Spring Break. She worked for ten days straight, and she greatly anticipated the last days of skiing.
I went up skiing on March 22nd, and the snow was trecherous. A wrong turn could really mess up your knees, and I had no intention of already messing my knee up again. They desperately needed new snow, and the snow gods answered with a huge storm on Thursday and Friday. Since I had Friday off for the beginning of my Spring Break, I went up skiing again. This time the new fresh powder snow was to my liking, and I made friends with a man from Arkansas, but originally from the Czech Republic. We both were really good skiers, so we skied for most of the morning.
Later that day I picked up Isabell from school, and we went up again to ski. For just her fourth time up, she has amazing natural abilities. We took the lift up to the top, and with some fatherly intimidation, I was able to get her to come down. She was a little hesitant and scared, but I convinced her not to be scared and come down. I would ski a few yards down and encourage her to ski to me. Once her fear evaporated, she was able to make her turns down the mountain. What's great about her is that she is very cautious and she won't endanger herself. I called her my "Racing Snail", as it took us an hour to come down the mountain, but she is an amazing skier, and next year she will be out gunning me.

Saturday, was the pond skimming contest. Skiers and snowboarders swoosh down the mountain and try to ski across an eighty foot pond and hope for the best. When we got up there Isabell was not feeling good and very tired, so Seraph and I took turns watching macho men and a few women try to skim across and ice cold pond. One man actually crossed it twice, and on his third attempt he sprayed the audience. Maybe next year I will try to do this with a whiskey in my system.

I'm sorry to say that Isabell became really sick the next day with a fever and body aches. She tried really hard to be cheerful as we drove up to Taos Ski Valley to have a look around. She was wrapped up in Seraph's shawl as we ate at a restaurant over looking the ski area. By the time we came home, she was shivering and sleeping the afternoon away. She has been sick all week long, with a monstorous cough, and now her stomach muscles hurt from all of the coughing. She's tried going to school, but doesn't last long. Today, she is missing her field trip to Santa Fe to see puppets at the Museum of Folk Art.

Last week, she helped Seraph rescue two newborn lambs. I got a frantic call from Seraph asking for Arlene's phone number since she was not there to help. The momma sheep was a spring lamb herself and had no motherly insticts. The two lambs would have probably died if Seraph and Isabell didn't rescue them. When I got home I found Seraph, Isabell and Arlene were in front of the woodstove with a baby lamb wrapped up in blankets in front of the fire. It was the cutest scene ever, and Isabell was in love. We have several pictures of Isabell holding the lamb and I will post them soon. The other lamb was a bit healthier and was able to stay outside, and eventually the mother remembered to be a mother and took in the lamb.

I got real glasses today

April 01, 2009 by Lohring in Lohring

I got real glasses today. I hope that ends the saga of my eye surgery. Jenny has been organizing like a mad woman so the front house is almost normal. My room is still a work in progress. I hope to get more unpacked this weekend and figure out how to connect to the internet from back there.

PS Why did I turn out to be the most evil bad guy in Firefly?


April 01, 2009 by Sue in Wielesek

Details. We want details.

I'm working on a policy analysis for a clas...

April 01, 2009 by Sadie in Sadie & Greg

I'm working on a policy analysis for a class about federal STEM education promotion programs. In the case of policy analysis, twelve ounces is never enough. Gregory Caswell and I are planning for cohabitation next year. That's all the news that's worth reporting from Waltham.

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