Monday, June 30, 2008

Trick my truck - A/C edition

Whooooo - wheeeee! What a weekend. We have spent the last two weeks on a quest for a new RV. We had some pretty specific wants - economical being at the top of the list - and we were having a hard time finding anything within a reasonable driving distance. I sent out an e-mail plea to pretty much my whole contact list (thanks to all of you who responded!), just hoping to come up with some leads.

My brother let me know about a neighbor of his selling an RV that might fit the bill. We were interested enough to want to see it - 5 hours away. A few problems made themselves evident immediately
  1. It was 5 hours away.
  2. It was a 5th Wheel type RV.
  3. We do not have a 5th wheel hitch in our truck.
  4. It was already after noon on Saturday.
  5. It was 5 hours away.

After many phone calls for advice to my RV extraordinaire, repair anything, purchase enabling cousin Dell, we settled on a plan to use Uncle Dutch's truck (which has a 5th wheel hitch) to make the journey, in case we wanted to tow home a purchase or two. It was only about 10 miles into the journey that we realized that what seemed like two small factors - no A/C in the truck and no trailer brakes - may in fact turn out to have larger impacts than we first imagined. In hindsight, we are thankful that only the first turned out to be of any consequence. But, that's pretty much how we roll in our family, as Chance would say. And, if you got all the way to the bottom of the 200 list a few days ago, you know we've come a long way from the lucky poker hand.

Just to keep the air conditioning thing in perspective, between Matt, myself, and the boys, over the last three days we logged 22 hours in a vehicle - 19 of them in that truck. It topped out at 105` outside / 134` inside today at about 2:00 after Colton's dentist appointment. I am ever-so-grateful for an uncle that would give up anything he had to make someone else's life a bit easier--but like my aunt said, if we'd only told him 2 days earlier, he would have fixed the A/C in the truck for us, and she would have had a much more pleasant trip next weekend when they go camping!!

One redeeming factor was that it was ballet weekend at my brother's house. His two daughters are both beautiful ballerinas, and this was the weekend of their recital. That meant my parents were already over there, both for good company and for Matt to have some solid RV advice from my dad. Because, while I concentrate on the important things like the size of the medicine cabinet and whether or not I had enough storage for a fold-away vacuum, apparently there are other items more important to the male gender, like whether the thing actually has the GVW rating to haul all the stuff we need it to haul. Trivial, I know, but I guess someone has to consider such things.

Now, the additional redeeming quality was the fact that my brother had rented a beach house for the recital guests, and we were lucky enough to partake. I only felt a little bit guilty that I pretty much made his in-laws move out of the house to make room for us and the boys. Thankfully, the feeling was fleeting, and all traces of it disappeared when we awoke to this view...

The cousins had tons of fun on the trampoline. Also, Elyse and Claire were taking care of some reptiles for friends on vacation, so they got a "snake misting" lesson as a bonus!
Oh yeah, and we came home with this. Wooooo Hooooo!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

That's your idea of a vacation?

Our boys just finished with a week at Vacation Bible School - known as VBS to most, and as CBS to Colton.

I don't know if I'd call spending a week with 300+ kids Pre-K through 5th grade a vacation, but Praise the Lord that about 150 volunteer from our church do. It was amazing - they were amazing - the whole darn thing. They completely go all out, and the boys had a great week.

The theme was Choose Jesus for the Ride of Your Life - centered around a Theme Park kind of feel. Each room was decorated to the hilt, and managed to convey the lesson that was spotlighted for that area.

The kids raised enough money to purchase two motorcycles for the pastors that our missionary families support in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Thanks to Pam, Janeil, the volunteers, and the Alliance Church for an unforgettable week.

PS - I only have one question, though. Glitter balloons? Really? You know my kitchen floor will never be the same, right?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Because I'm the assistant to the assistant manager, that's why!

From Chance's excerpts of the weekend at Grandmother's.

Colton got scolded several times, mom. He really wasn't very good. Grandmother had to scold him for not listening, Dennis had to scold him a couple times, and I even had to scold him a couple times.

--Chance, why are you scolding him?

Because, he deserved it!

--But you are not the boss of him.

Well, I was right then.

--Oh, really?

Yeah. Dennis was out and grandmother was sleeping, so obviously I was in charge.

--(laughing) How does that make you in charge?

Because, I'm the third oldest, that's why.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Okay, so I'm headed to the art show this weekend and stop at Safeway to get some Chili Cheese Fritos and a Diet Dr. Pepper. The first paradox of the day - somehow the dietness of the Diet Dr. Pepper wards off any extra fat calories from the Chili Cheese Fritos.

As I'm in line at the checkout, my eye is predictably drawn to the magazines which line the check-out stall. Low and behold, the Prevention magazine of the month is about Flat Belly Foods! And, underneath this headline is a HUGE picture of chocolate. Paradox #2 - Chocolate is a Flat Belly Food!?????

I grab the issue of Prevention, immediately interested in any Flat Belly Diet boasting chocolate as an option.

Then I feel guilty.

Surely Chili Cheese Fritos are not on the Flat Belly Food! list. What do I do? Can I buy the magazine and still buy the Fritos? Will the check out lady think I'm psycho or just bi-polar? Maybe she'll somehow know I'm going to start this Flat Belly! quest on Monday - because all good diets start on Monday, right?

Then I realize that I have an inordinate amount of time to ponder this decision. Wow, the person in front of me is taking a long time. What is taking so long?

Oh, I see. It's because she's trying to figure out which groceries to PUT BACK because she doesn't have enough money for her cigarettes.


Good thing mine's not as bad as hers. I look like an angel now! I'm set - I'm buying all three - the Diet Dr. Pepper, the Chili Cheese Fritos, and the Prevention Flat Belly Foods! magazine. I've got to read up before I start on Monday . . .

PS - If you were wondering - it was the bacon, lunch meat, John Morrell sausages, and cases of Coke that met their demise in favor of two packs of Ultra Light 100's.

PPS - You know I'm kidding, right? I totally know the food paradox is just as bad as the cigarette paradox - we're both psycho in the end. Thankfully neither is as bad as the alcohol paradox . . .

Friday, June 20, 2008

Honoring Him . . .

We are off to another art show this weekend. Yikes! I'm ready for a break.

Until then, I'll attempt to honor God while I'm there.

Honor God in Your Work
by Max Lucado

Heaven’s calendar has seven Sundays a week. God sanctifies each day. He conducts holy business at all hours and in all places. He uncommons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrines, caf├ęs into convents, and nine-to-five workdays into spiritual adventures.

Workdays? Yes, workdays. He ordained your work as something good. Before he gave Adam a wife or a child, even before he gave Adam britches, God gave Adam a job. “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it” (Gen. 2:15 NASB). Innocence, not indolence, characterized the first family.

God views work worthy of its own engraved commandment: “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest” (Exod. 34:21 NASB). We like the second half of that verse. But emphasis on the day of rest might cause us to miss the command to work: “You shall work six days.” Whether you work at home or in the marketplace, your work matters to God.

And your work matters to society. We need you! Cities need plumbers. Nations need soldiers. Stoplights break. Bones break. We need people to repair the first and set the second. Someone has to raise kids, raise cane, and manage the kids who raise Cain.

Whether you log on or lace up for the day, you imitate God. Jehovah himself worked for the first six days of creation. Jesus said, “My Father never stops working, and so I keep working, too” (John 5:17 NCV). Your career consumes half of your lifetime. Shouldn’t it broadcast God? Don’t those forty to sixty hours a week belong to him as well?

The Bible never promotes workaholism or an addiction to employment as pain medication. But God unilaterally calls all the physically able to till the gardens he gives. God honors work. So honor God in your work. “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good” (Eccles. 2:24 NASB).

Here is the big idea:
Use your uniqueness (what you do)
to make a big deal out of God (why you do it)
every day of your life (where you do it).
At the convergence of all three, you’ll find the cure for the common life: your sweet spot.

More "Tales from the Art World" when I get back. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Because if tens of people that you don't know can't stop the procrastination, who can?

So, BooMama is holding a little Good Housekeeping meets HGTV session for all of us procrastinating bloggers who would rather sit in front of a plasma screen and type than finish our to-do projects at home. The thought is that putting the goal on the screen, and joining in with the Mr. Linky will hold you accountable to your greatest DIY desires and finally make you complete that project that's been on the back burner for weeks (months . . . years . . .).
I love it. Just my kind of thing. If my kids' gentle reminders about the project weren't enough (and they aren't), then maybe the peer pressure of actually having Before and After pictures ready to present on July 25th is. I have high hopes.
Earlier this year (much earlier), I wrote about the fabulous quilts my mom made for the boys. We've had them since December. It was at that time we decided to change up the decor of their bedroom, which until this point had been a fun, cowboy motif.
I hunted down and found old-fashioned baseball wallpaper borders to go with the quilts. I've ordered a baseball silhouette wall hanging, framed the lyrics of Kenny Rogers - The Greatest.
I sold the cowboy decor in my last eBay spree.
Then, I looked like two times in the Home Depot mis-tinted paint section for something appropriate to paint the walls. Didn't find anything. Too cheap to buy full-priced paint. Haven't had a good reason to go to the Home Depot lately. Wallpaper border rolls collect dust in the corner. Fabulous quilts look out of place in 1/2 cowboy room.
Somehow the blog lives on.
But, now, thanks to BooMama, this will all change by the 25th of July. The boys' room will be:
  1. Thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Dresser changed out.
  3. Old wall paper removed.
  4. Painted.
  5. New wallpaper put up.
  6. New decorations put up.
  7. Beds made to show off beautiful quilts.

I'm well aware that the moment I take the After picture will be the only nano-second that the room looks that good, but it will still be fabulous.

Thanks for the idea, BooMama! Anyone else have home projects going on?? Join in, if you dare!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

See It, Say It - Corporate Lesson for Your Everyday LIfe

In my previous job, I held a supervisor position - which just goes to show that being told you are bossy on your 1st grade report card will take you places in life. Thanks, Mrs. Kendrick! Anyway, once blessed with said position, I got to attend a week long "Manager Boot Camp", to be trained in the corporate world of HR, political correctness, kudos, reprimands, and the like.

One of the courses was modeled around the "See It, Say It" concept that you don't have to wait until a performance review to let your employees know they are appreciated or doing a good job. If you see something good, say so right then.

This weekend, we were at an art show. And, on a side note, we are about halfway through our little "show circuit" season, and this is about the time that I start to loathe the inventor of Kettle Corn and wonder whether every Thai Noodle shack is owned by the same guy, or if maybe 50 brothers feel it was their calling to sell expectant show attendees the exact same plate of skewered chicken nestled in a bed of top ramen and vegetable delight. Anyone know??

But, I digress . . .

During the show, as I walked down to the parking lot one afternoon, I followed a young, 20-something couple that had obviously not gone to either Manager Boot Camp or Relationship Boot Camp, cause this poor guy was fighting a losing battle. Here's about where I started eavesdropping (also called "lurking" in the blog world, so don't judge me!):

Her - You never say that to me.

Him - Sure I do.

Her - No, really, you never have.

Him - I know I've said it a couple times. At least once.

Her - Really - NEVER. And, it's not like you haven't had the opportunity. Like this morning, when I said "that's because you're so handsome." You know what you said? "Nuh uh." That was the perfect opportunity for you to tell me you think I'm beautiful.

Him - I said "Nuh-uh" cause I don't think I'm handsome.

Her - Whatever.

**Insert reallllllly long pause. At least 10 seconds. Okay, maybe 5.**

Her - Don't even say it now! In fact, don't even say it in the near future, because I'll know it's just out of obligation, and it totally won't mean anything.

Him - But I do think that, so now what am I supposed to do? I can't win, can I?

Her - Whatever.

Oh my - See it, Say it. For executives and young up-and-comings alike. Poor guys doesn't even realize that he just had to spend a week at "Manager Boot Camp" and he could have totally avoided the situation completely. Wonder if he's told her she's beautiful yet? Is 3 days long enough to wait after a conversation like that??

Friday, June 13, 2008

To the moon, Alice!!

Oh my, life in these parts is exciting these days. The sand dunes near a town that is near the town where we live (say that 5 times fast) has been hosting the most fabulous and most intelligent minds from NASA this week. Because, based on the ones I got to talk to, they certainly sent the best and the brightest. And the nicest, too, by the way. They have been testing many varieties of Lunar vehicles, prototypes of the very wheels that will next explore the moon. Much wow-ness, let me tell ya.
This is a land surveying robot. They had two of these running around, collecting unimaginable amounts of data, images, etc. Colton thought they were looking a bit like R2D2.

These are some of our fabulous friends that made the trek to the barren desert this weekend to help us witness these events.

This is the spacesuit trailer at the site. The guys is getting onto a platform that will lower him to the ground, because stairs are understandably very hard to navigate in a 200 pound spacesuit with limited movement.

This is one of the NASA engineer dudes who answered lots of questions for our kids, and allowed them to cross the yellow, taped-off "Do Not Cross" tape because they are "America's next generation of engineers", and they should be able to see this stuff up close. Apparently, this guy was in charge of things, but you wouldn't have known it by his attitude.

This is another one of the robot vehicle thingies, I'm sure collecting very important data. It was being commandeered by some college students, and we did not get too much info on it.

Wednesday we went back out, and got a tour of the Space Suit Trailer (see above). They explained lots about the different suits, answered they boys' questions, and let them look around. They stopped short of letting them try it on, though!

The other 1/2 of the Space Suit Trailer is command central for the sand dune operation. Colton was enthralled with watching these guys. There are cameras everywhere outside - on the robots, on tripods, etc - so in that room, on one of the million or so screens, you can have a view of everything that's going on. Including seeing their own backsides thanks to the camera above the space suits - which was just as enthralling as the robots!! Chane counted 24 laptops in this room. Wow.

NASA for camper. Looks cozy, huh? I wish my camper hooked up to my friend's campers. Okay, take back, I don't. Unless they were in charge of cleaning the place.

There are two "astronauts" - or engineers pretending to be astronauts - on this vehicle, but it is being controlled from Houston. By a chick. How cool is that?

One of the most interesting things to me was that they are taking back buckets and buckets of our sand. They have done this at several of their desert research locations. To make some big sandboxes. For Mr. Armstrong. So he can jump around in them and see if it feels like the stuff on the moon. And everyone is confident that he'll remember! I'm extra-impressed. I can't remember what I ate for lunch yesterday. Guess that's why he works for NASA.

Thanks for the opportunity, NASA muckity-mucks. My kids will remember this forever. You were extra accommodating, highly informative, and most of all, just plain nice. Good luck to you all - can't wait to see our robot friends on the moon!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

When "Thank You" is again, inadequate

We got to see a pretty cool thing yesterday. The American Veterans Travelling Tribute of the Vietnam Memorial Wall made its way to Moses Lake yesterday, and on the way, passed by on the freeway about 1 mile from my work. By chance, our boss saw the procession out the window, and came out of his office saying "It's almost here - let's go!" A bunch of us jumped in vehicles and sat by the freeway to watch the procession.

This is the procession as it went through Moses Lake

They estimated up to 1500 bikes would accompany the wall. They had to have been close. The escorts were first, followed by the trucks carrying the wall, then bike after bike after bike. We watched a procession of bikes that last about 7 or 8 minutes. It was HUGE! There were fire trucks and emergency vehicles along the route with their lights on, and lots of people watching from the nearby overpass.

The show of support was amazing. It's awesome to watch people from all different backgrounds come together to support something they believe in. Hearing the comments from the Vietnam era Vets in our area lets me know it's appreciated. My favorite quote from the day was this one:

"We must always separate the war from the warrior and be never failing in our support for our men and women in the armed forces."

So, I say THANK YOU. It seems inadequate, to thank men & women who do their duty, whether they agree or not - whether we agree or not, so that I and many others around the globe can enjoy freedom. It's a small offering, but a heartfelt one.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I want to take my carbon credits back . . .

These are pictures taken yesterday, in a town about 150 miles from ours. A town that, like us, should be slathering on the sunscreen and running the air conditioning this time of year.

Be careful, folks.

We may be headed into a global freezing of proportions not yet known to man. And all the while we've been worried about the warming. Who knew??

Darn that we haven't cloned that woolly mammoth yet - I think they are the experts in this field. Cause our current experts in the field of global temperatures are leaving me wanting . . .

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wedding present - free; Babysitter - less than he deserved; 100K worth of wedded bliss - Priceless!

Well, we attended the "Fairytale Beginning" of the century this weekend - at least for these parts. It was really fun. I'm not sure I witnessed the rumored 100K wedding, but I was enlightened by the most elegant reception ever to grace a high school gymnasium. It was very, very impressive.

The walls were hidden by curtains, similar to those you would see at a trade show, only lots taller and more elegant. The ceiling was draped with fabric, and large hoops of brown silk hid baskets and other unsightlies. Each table was covered with a turquoise table cloth, with a rich chocolate brown runner connecting each place setting across from each other. The chairs were covered in rich chocolate brown, and there were tiered displays of turquoise and brown M&M's about every 3 place settings. Then, there were calla lillies - everywhere! It was absolutely gorgeous.

This is our table, before we sat down and ruined all the pretty displays - not to mention ate all the M & M's.

This is one of the round tables that was set up.

This was the menu at each place setting. Prime rib, 3 selections of salmon, potatoes, salad, and vegetables. A cotton candy machine for the kids (young and old), and 3 chocolate fondue fountains with any sort of dipper you can imagine, from strawberries to marshmallows to lady fingers. Yum, yum, yummmmmm!

My only regret? I should have taken the boys. There were lots of kids there, the cotton candy machine was to die for, and they would have probably had a good time. It would have been stressful, corralling Colton amidst the luxury, but on the other hand, they'll never learn how to conduct themselves in that environment unless they're exposed to it. So, lesson learned - the next 100K wedding I attend, those boys are coming with me!!! Remind me, okay, because by then, I'll probably forget, opt for sanity, and ask Kevin to watch over them again!

PS - Matt made their wedding present. Not necessarily free, but close to it, and better than anything I could have found at the Wal-Mart. Thanks, honey!!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

200 List

My good friend and neighbor, Neighbor Jane Payne, used her 200th newsletter to challenge us with a list of 200 things - we are to bold (and maybe expand on) the ones we have done. In reading others, I think that what you haven't bolded speaks almost as much as what you have! Congrats, Neighbor Jane, I love your newsletter!

200 Things
1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars - ahh, the joys of sleeping outside.
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper - more than I can count.
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity - never seems like more than I could afford once it's done, though.
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it - Everyday
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise - ACS Vertical Challenge - what a fun night!
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game - I'm assuming NCAA playoff basketball counts here.
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope - I'm really terrible at it, though - if I can find the moon, we're doing great
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill - don't all sickdays once your a parent come only when your kid is sick?

24. Built a snow fort - When Carl ran the snow plow, there was always a massive snowpile at the end of main street to make fabulous forts.
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath - in the creek.
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse - Our shop teacher let us take the welding helmets out and check it out.
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun - Do chicks sound better with an accent the way guys do??
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment - I'm there.
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - If you're not already there, more money ain't gonna do it.
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow - 1st grade field trip.
47. Alphabetized your personal files - my life is alphabetized
48. Ever worn a superhero costume - if Underoos count.
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business - actually, I think we started a hobby and ended up with a business :)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch - although not enough - Colton thinks they come from a tube or a tub.
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason - I have a fabulous husband.
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone - verbal only
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did - cause winning the family farm in a poker game is significant
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone

78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing - on the way back from Washington DC my senior year. I was on the outside of the middle section, and slept through a lady climbing over me and then back again after going to the bathroom.
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi - never thought this one would happen.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you - see below.
101. Had a booth at a street fair - see above.
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep - one of life's greatest pleasures.
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people - I can only hope.
108. Brought out the worst in people - unfortunately, I'm sure I have.

109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket - a couple.
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train

123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need - isn't that their job?
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant - I think there are some pics in my dad's archive of this happening at a circus. I hope I'm not lying.
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise - a significant raise - the counter-offer was a quarter. Lessons learned, lessons learned.
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class - by accident - they overbooked the plane.
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment - a work in progress
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter - probably to NKOTB
149. Spent the night in something haunted - at least, my friend said it was haunted. Not really sure.
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane - 1/2 Great Dane, 1/2 Camel.
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks - or on the pier bench and fed the seagulls
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers - with leg-warmers!

167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle - This was how we got rid of Chance's baby bottle.
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier - Oh, I can count back change with the best of them.
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible - ahhh, the gold old days, right Matt?
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

Great idea, Jane! Let's see some of yours, you lurkers out there . . .

Saturday, June 7, 2008

The week in review

With a handy, bullet-point list!

  • Fabulous art show in Spokane last weekend. Not so fabulous weather, but a great weekend for us, none-the-less. Some of my favorite snippets of the weekend - "Honey look, they have a garden gnome - he's so lifelike!" And he is, very lifelike, if you live in a Travelocity commercial. / From a group of twenty somethings perusing through our offerings, "Dude, check it out, a gnome on a 'shroom." Not sure this was our intended audience, but hey, I guess it works. / This pattern has been a fabulous seller for us. I make no judgement as to whether the lady is clothed or not - she is having fun in the privacy of her own garden, so who am I to say. The amount of comments we've gotten on this one item alone could fill a blog post - and maybe someday will - but a unique one came our way this weekend in the form of a wife talking to her husband - "Oh my gosh, that looks just like your mother! Should we get it for her, or would she be offended?"
  • This week marked both the last day of school and the last games of baseball. And I'm not even one bit excited. Or maybe I am. It's been a great season for both boys, but this was the first time I had a taste of having both boys involved and each one having a different schedule. It's been a challenging couple of months, in which the sandwiches and cold pizza for dinner far outweighed anything resembling a home cooked meal. I hope I remember how to cook.
  • Chance ended the "fastest school year ever" with the "best teacher ever" this Tuesday. I am so thankful for the year he has had - it's by far his best school experience yet. He had a very structured teacher, who had set measurable goals that he could thrive under, and taught the kids with more imagination and innovative ideas than I've seen in awhile. What a blessing to have such a positive 3rd grade experience - thanks Mrs. Anderson!
  • Last night we went to see Narnia: Prince Caspian. Oh, it was fabulous. I love the writings of CS Lewis, and I've been impressed with the two films thus far - they have stuck to the story, didn't water down the message, and brought wonderful graphics, imagination, and detail to the scenes. This book/movie is filled with symbolism, and it was so fun to talk about it with Chance afterward, who is finally old enough to understand a lot of it and go deeper than just the surface of the story.
  • Today, we head to what is purported to be a $120,000 wedding. I have no idea what a wedding of that magnitude looks like. Especially not in our little county. I am feeling like my Wal-Mart outfit isn't quite a fit for the occasion, but I've no time, inclination, nor funds to head to Nordstrom, so I guess I'll have to do! If it's reportable, you'll hear about it next week. However, it's more likely that you'll hear about . . .
  • . . .the Lunar Lander that NASA is testing near our town, which we are going to see on Sunday. Doesn't get much more exciting than this for us small-town folk!