Monday, June 30, 2003

Saturday, I was just about to head out to the beach, when an inspiration hit me. I still had my free pass to Hurricane Harbor, and I never made it last year. So, I headed over there. Really wasn't as crowded as I thought it might be. Had fun on the slides and floating along the "endless river." Then I headed home and got caught up on TV watching.

I read my new copy of Secret of the Mansion this weekend. With all the times I've read it, this was the first time I really dawned on me that Mr. Frayne was Jim's dad's uncle. Yes, I feel very, very stupid. :)

Also introduced Marcus to The Stockmarket Game Sunday. (Yes, he's back this week. Gone again next.) I won, but it seemed to take forever. Of course, it might have helped if we weren't constantly landing on the sell all shares spaces and stock broker fee squares.

And now I really don't know what to do this weekend. I got ahold of Mike, and he said, "Well, I'm going to be very busy, don't know if I have anywhere where you can sleep, but I guess you can come up if you want to." So now what do I do? Especially since I'd be skipping Jr. high Bible study and my ultimate game this week to go. Yet, I really don't want to stay in my apartment all weekend. And, if I go up there, I'm sure I can find stuff to do. I just don't want to be a pain. Any suggestions?

Have I mentioned recently how much I hate making decisions?

And, a quiz from Kathy.

What rating is your journal?

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Why does this not surprise me in the least? :) (Glad I didn't scandilize anyone by getting a different answer.)

Almost forgot! Let me the first to wish you a Happy Fiscal New Year! (Like anyone else is crazy enough to do that, anyway.) :)

Friday, June 27, 2003

Once again, things seemed to go well for worship time having not practiced until the very last minute. This time very literally, too, since we were concluding at 6:40. Then Jared showed up. I figured he'd be able to follow along, but I forgot some of the stuff we'd gone over. Seemed I'd picked all the songs with something I had to explain. But he seemed to fake his way through stuff pretty well. Was kinda hard to tell since he was behind me, of course.

Anyway, we only had about three guys. Dave wasn't there (at the General Association of Regular Baptist Convention in Riverside), so Seth and I took the guys and we went through the chapter of Proverbs for the day. Went very well, and I think we all got challenged from it. Of course, when the last verse of the chapter is "A lying toung hates those it hurts," it's hard not to be challenged.

Murphy seems to be working over time in my life. After I finished Minivan last night (what is it with me and reading the last half of books in a day or two, anyway?), I just couldn't get to sleep. So I started the new Alias novel. And guess what I got in the mail today. My copy of the new Trixie book! (#2 will probably be here tomorrow.) I planned to reread it next, but I guess it'll have to wait. Still, it's so fun. Called a co-worker who also likes the series, and he came right down to look at them.

I'm hoping this will work in other things too. Seth and I had talked about camping again this weekend, but he doesn't think he should. So I finally unpacked my car of all my camping stuff. This would also apply to visiting Lovell at Hume Lake next weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed.

I have to figure out a way to hit the beach this weekend. Wanna come?

I got the name of a mortgage lender that Pete recommends. I'm really serious this time. I'm going to buy a condo. Just need that finally push to get me started on Monday.

Tonight, we have either a Bible study or game night for career group. I think it's games, which will be fun, but I'm going to throw my Bible in just in case since that's what everyone keeps saying.

But I see by my clock it's finally quitting time! I'm off (no comment, please.)

Thursday, June 26, 2003

And here, for your reading and stealing pleasure, is this week's Thursday Threesome. This week, its sponsers are Shakespeare and The Back Porch.

Onesome: Rings- Hmmm.. How are you about jewelry? Do you wear any? ...none? What is your day to day complement. ...and what one particular piece do you save for special occasions?
I guess my poocha shell necklace counts, but other then that, I don’t wear any jewelry. Unless you count a watch. Don’t wear anything special if I dress up, either.

Twosome: Things- Ah, and how about those 'things' about the place? You know, the ones that you cannot throw out, but don't seem to really have a place of their own... Where do they end up? The Drawer? ...or do you have a better place for those bits of randomness that just seem to show up now and again?
The drawer, under the bed, on the table (you don’t actually eat at the kitchen table, do you?) Basically, I’m a lazy saver who just lets things pile up. Not the neatest person in the world.

Threesome: and fine array- Okay, so Summer's here (except in the Land Down Under)... What is your "fine array" to clothe yourself in for the next few months? Do you still maintain? ...or do you 'go native' with vengeance? Hmmmm???
With the students gone, I wear jeans into the office. And shorts the rest of the time, now that's it's warmed up. Actually, if I’m just going to be home, I’ll often just wear shorts.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Last night was my third ultimate frisbee summer league game. Ok, second I actually attended since I got into town too late last week. Anyway, we were missing several key players and had few subs. Especially compared to the other team. At half time, we were down 5-9. Then they got two in a row, making it 5-11. We actually came back at that point to 10-11 and traded points back and forth until is was 14-15. Then we must have given up because it was suddenly 14-17 with us loosing our first game.

Seeing as we had few subs, I got lots of play time, but still couldn't manage to get openned. Someday soon.

Reached that half way point in my new novel For Whom the Minivan Rolls when I got home last night. I'm enjoying it, and it gave me a very big question when I quit last night. The main character has quite a sarcastic streak, and he narrates. But it still seems to be a bit much at times. Probably another brush with the editting pencil could have solved that minor problem.

Called Lovell last night, and actually got to leave a message on his voice mail. Hopefully he gets to check it in the next couple days. Of course, if I do head up there Thursday, I'll miss my next summer league game. This extra day off is really messing me up!

Also called Garrick last night. And I'm glad I did, because he's not planning to be home tonight, so we're going to put things together last minute again like we did last week. Which leaves me a free evening to get my car washed and fun stuff like that. I need to go to Trader Joe's, and it's near Barnes & Noble. May just have to pop in there for some reason. My copies are on their way, but still.

I've been meaning to do this quiz for awhile, so here you go.

Which Annoying B-list Celebrity Are You?

Like there'd be an answer to this I'd like. :)
Just posted this at Zap's, will post at Jix in a couple. But I wanted to put it here since it applies to most everyone who reads this. (Hi Donald and Val!)

I realized last night I never posted something like this is September, but I think Thanksgiving is also appropriate.

You see, September marks my five year anniversary at the site. Back then, it was just the main content that Zap still has up. The message board and fan fic were still a year off. We've come a very long way since then.

And it's been wonderful. I've made some friends on this site I obviously never would have met otherwise. And the site has spun off a couple off chutes as well. I'm looking forward to my fourth convention this summer. I wish we could see each other more often, but I enjoy each chance we do have together.

And, with all the message boards I have visited over the years, those in the Trixie community are still the best. Maybe it's the Bob-White spirit, but we actually respect each other. True, we've had some problems over the years, but we manage to work through them and move past them. From what I can tell, that's a very special thing in an internet community.

So, one thing I'm thankful for you all of you. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everyone!


And a quick update on Grandma while I have your attention. She's doing ok. Not great, not terrible. hasn't been in the hospital for a week, but still at her sister's. Hopefully I'll get a chance to really feel out the situation when I'm home this weekend.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Last night, I went over to Pete's for dinner. Then we played Match 4. Basically, it's Connect Four, but 3-d. Usually, I beat him at it steadily, but last night I couldn't keep track of stuff to save my life. Maybe because I was exhausted. I was home, in bed, lights out, by 10:30. Very early for me. Still, a very nice time.

One thing I forgot to mention about my weekend. I also bought another six-pack of impatiens to plant by the front door. Now it looks even less like I had a plan when planting them. But they should grow and fill in withing the next couple of weeks.

Today, they announced they're giving us another holiday, July 3rd, making it a four day weekend. And they couldn't have let us know, say a couple weeks ago, when we could have actually planned something? (Yep, I'm complaining about getting an extra paid day off work.) I'm going to try to get in touch with Mike Lovell and see if I can visit him at Hume Lake over the fourth. Going home isn't an option since they'll be down the very next week. I should stay in town, but I hate to mess up a four day weekend like that.

Sun was out all day today. Was probably around 80. Let the rejoicing begin! At least for me.

Of course, the upside of the cool weather we've been having is the lack of summer fires. Remember, we'd had at least 10 by this point last year.

And Trixie Belden #'s 1 & 2 hit the stores today. Won't be looking for them, because they're on their way from If you haven't pre-ordered or bought them yet, go do so now. That's an order. Unless of course you can't for budgetary reasons.

And, to finish out the day, Mary's Tuesday Two.

1. I’ve been eagerly awaiting both the re-release of Trixie and the new Harry Potter book. Other than these, name something you’ve eagerly waited for.
The second season of Alias. (Not quite there with season 3 yet.) Babylon 5 sets on DVD. The fifth Jerrilyn Farmer book. Finding Nemo.

2. In the very first line of Secret of the Mansion, we hear Trixie tell her mother that “she’d just die” if she didn’t have a horse. What was something you wanted that badly in your childhood?
An Atari 2600. I saved my money, and got one, too. Still works, and I still play it occasionally.

Monday, June 23, 2003

You'll never guess what! Come on, guess. (Yes, I hate it when people do that, too.)

Looks like I haven't posted since Friday. Friday night was a TV night with me watching just about everything I possibly could. Caught the second season premier of Monk. I think I'm going to have to keep up with it this year. I like how they do such suttle things with it, like Monk walking weird, they should you why, and then just keep on doing it. Never even mention it in dialog. (You still waiting for the guess what? Haven't forgotten.)

Saturday was another lazy day. I didn't even get out of bed until 11 because I was reading. Not Harry, of course. But I did read almost half of A Witness Above. Finally finished (started it backpacking.) Got up, watched some TV, came into the office for some internet time, then decided to hit Borders and Barnes and Noble. Lines weren't as crazy as I thought they'd be, but both places were out of HP5 and neither had put Trixie out early. Speaking of which, my copies of book 1 have shipped from today. Wonder why the rest of them didn't. (Is the suspense killing you yet?)

When I got home, I watched some TV I was behind from last week, then I read another book. Ok, so it was the brand new Accidental Detective book, but it still felt like an accomplishment to me. I actually read 300 pages on Saturday and watched several hours of TV. (You'd better not be planning to skip to the end to see what I wanted you to guess on.)

The sun actually broke through the clouds today and is shining right now! That's what I wanted you to guess.

Sunday, I watched the special edition of The Love Bug. Some of the special effects don't quite stand the test of time, but it's a really fun movie, none the less.

Saturday night, Daniel spent the night with me. That would be because Becky kicked them out of their apartment so she could spend a night there and have the jr. high girls over. They're the couple whose wedding I'm skipping to attend Trixie camp this year. Anyway, since Marcus wasn't home, he actually had a bed to sleep in, too. And I spent a few minutes cleaning the bathrooms since they were so bad.

Which lead to Marcus asking me to kill him. I was upstairs with the bathroom fan going, so I couldn't hear a thing. And he walked in and up right behind me. Naturally, scared me like crazy. He was just there for about 15 minutes taking care of a couple things, then heading back to camp. What was so important he'd drive that many hours to take care of, I have no idea, but there he was.

I think that about covers my weekend. Nice and restful. Now, if only I didn't have that lined up for the next coulpe of weekends, I might be happy. (I know, there's just no pleasing some people, is there?)

Friday, June 20, 2003

I'm thinking I need to rename my blog "Random Ramblings from Cold, Cloudy Southern CA." We still have clouds with no rain, keeping the weather in the low 70's at best. This is the beginning of summer. I should be able tIo wear shorts after work without even thinking about it. Makes me really frustrated.

I noticed something wonderful yesterday afternoon. My blister from backpacking had popped while rafting Tuesday, but was still causing me pain everything I tried to walk. Actually, I could walk. The problem was trying to start, stop, or turn. Anyway, it suddenly stopped yesterday. It's so wonderful to be able to walk without pain. The small things you take for granted.

We had a small turn out at Bible study last night. But it was a good time as I got to talk to a couple of the new 7th graders. Think it'll be a good year. And Garrick and I did a good job at faking it during the worship time, at least from what I could tell. We didn't get to practice Wednesday night because his back has been giving him major problems and he was at the chiropractors.

My parents left on a cruise today. It's their reward for getting through all of Grpop's stuff, and they're going with my uncle and aunt. Heading up to Alaska. Sure hope they enjoy. Also, it's their 35th wedding anniversary today.

Looks like, after all the debate, I'm not going on the church campout. :) It's this weekend, and I didn't manage to fanagle an invitation. Part of me is really upset, but part of me thinks having a nice quiet weekend at home alone might be a good idea. And part of me wants to stay home but do stuff with friends. Whoever said I didn't suffer from multiple personalities didn't know what they were talking about. Or maybe they did.

And, in an attempt to be more random, I'll remind you that the green cat crows at dawn. (Of course, if I announce that I'm being random, does that defeat the purpose?)

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Stupid boss had some stuff he needed me to get done this morning, so I didn't have time to come back and post the Thursday Threesome before now. I'm here now, however.

This week, it's brought to you by J. K. Rowlings and The Back Porch.

Onesome: Potter- Which Harry Potter character is your favourite? Why do you like him or her?
You see, you assume that I’m familiar enough with Harry Potter, when actually, I’ve seen the first movie only. I own the first two books, so I guess I really should read them. Especially with my quest to read more kid’s books. Anyway, really have no answer to this question.

Twosome: Publication- Is there one publication that you just have to read? A paper you read daily, a magazine you read weekly or monthly? Newsletters? And do you buy it for the articles, or just to look at the pictures? ;) Whatever it is, tell us about it!
This should come as no surprise to anyone, but I must get TV Guide every week.

Threesome: Party!- The festivities begin tomorrow night in bookstores across the US and England, (and elsewhere too, probably!) with fun and games for the kid in all of us. Do you plan to be there standing in the queue when the clock strikes midnight to pick up your copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?
Since I haven’t read any of them, I’ll be in bed asleep. Would be fun if I were a fan, I’m sure.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

And once again, I'm back.

The rafting trip was much more fun. :) We left Monday mid-morning and got to the camp site mid-afternoon. It was pretty primative, but right on the Kern River, so we spent the afternoon playing in the water. That night, I led the singing, and got to use my new lantern (bought when OtherSeth and I went camping last month) to light up my music. Worked real well, too. Only downside? The bugs that were attracked to the light. :)

Tuesday, we got up and broke down camp, then the jr. highers hit the river. We did one stretch four times. At the end of the stretch was a final dangerous rapid, and the first time we went over it, half the boat, including the guide, fell out. :) The second time down, I fell out there. First time I've ever fallen out. But it was lots of fun. I enjoyed doing something different from what we've done for several years now, but would have enjoyed doing a longer stretch of the river. I thought we'd be doing one long trip instead of four short ones. But it was lots of fun.

The bad part is that at some point yesterday morning, my blister popped. Now, my left foot hurts when I try to start walking, stop walking, or turn. If everything I needed to do where just in a straight line, I'd be fine.

And, in spite of all the sun screen I put on, I got a sun burn on my solders and back of my arms. I know I sprayed them, too!

Driving home last night turned out to be an adventure, however. I drove my own car because of all the stuff that meant I could throw in (like chair and lantern, not to mention packing my guitar how I wanted it to be packed). I was following the bus, when all of a sudden, there was a huge tire tread in the road. As often happens, I paniced and forgot to check traffic to see if I could get into the next lane. :) The tire tread had come from the bus. We limped into Mojave, where we were able to find someone to replace the tire. And they only charged an extra $10 for the after hours work, which was a real blessing. Got us back to Santa Clarita an hour and a half later then we'd planned, and I was dead tired. Went home and went straight to bed. I was so out of it, Marcus finished packing and I didn't even notice.

Yep, Marcus has gone to the camp he works at every summer for the next week and a half. Once again, the wild parties are at my place. :)

So it was back to the salt mine, today. There were some things I was doing that showed I'm still half asleep. But maybe I can relax now and recover from my vacation. :)

I ran across this quiz again, and still got the same result. Although it's very easy to rig the results if you want to. :) Obviously, I need to work on being more random still if I don't want to have to change my blog's name.

How random are you?

this quiz was made by alanna

Back in the morning with the Thursday Threesome (so someone can steal it from me.)

Sunday, June 15, 2003

It's later then I wanted it to me. I really have too many sites to visit on the internet when I've been gone for a day or two. Anyway, let's start with the Thursday Threesome, brought to us this week by Poe and The Back Porch. (BTW, thanks for the mention, Susansuth!)

Onesome: Quoth- Do you use quotations much? all? What is your favorite quote? ...and why, pray tell?
Not in my everyday life. There are certain phrases I tend to use regularly, but we've been over that before. And I really can't think of a favorite off the top of my head, either.

Twosome: the Raven- The symbol of the raven has a lot of mythology and superstition attached. How are you in this area? Do you avoid ladders with black cats perched on them on Friday the thirteenth? ...or do you just toss a pinch of salt over your shoulder and move along about your business? Hmmm?
I try to avoid walking under ladders just because it's dangerous. I'll notice Friday the thirteenth (like two days ago) but that's about it. Not especially suspersitious about stuff like that.

Threesome: Nevermore- ...and the softball of the week: What is it that you've tried that is on the "Nevermore" list? ...and do people even dare to bring it up around you?
I'm not a fish person. Don't like IN N OUT (burger joint here in CA.) But probably the biggest thing right now would be backpacking. (Now how's this for a transition.)

Thursday, we got to Yosemite and camped on the valley floor. That was lots of fun. Friday, we split off into two groups and that's when the unfun stuff started. The group I was in had to hike 5 miles with our packs on our back. Not that big a deal. Except that we had to climb 3000 feet in a mile and a half of that. By the time we finally got to the top, all of us were dying, including OtherSeth and Dave. Which made me feel a little better, naturally.

Marcus gave me way more then I really needed to carry. But the one thing I was extremely greatful for was his walking stick. That thing helped me so much while walking on the trail. Don't know what I would have done without it.

I'm trying to look on the bright side, however. I found out I don't like backpacking for a realitivly small amount of money and no equipement purchase because I borrow so much from Marcus.

Now, I need to get my mosquito bitten body (little Dave counted 14 bites on my left arm alone) and blistered left foot home to unpack and pack for river rafting tomorrow. That should be loads of fun. See you in a couple.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

I got great news. I don't have to try to head over to the Moss's tonight. They're out of town, so won't be there. So I don't have to try to get excited about spending time just working on songs for no reason.

You see, we don't have Bible study tomorrow night because it's the first night of the jr. high/senior high, father/son backing trip. And I'm tagging along. We're leaving tomorrow morning to head up to Yosemite. Yep, after years of not going, I'm going again so soon. And I'll be going again in July.

Pray for me. This is my first trip backpacking. What have I gotten myself into!

So, I won't be here to do the Thursday Threesome tomorrow. So, if you normally steal it from me, just head directly over here to get it for yourself this week. I should be back next week.

Actually, I'll probably pop in and do it myself on Sunday, the day off between backpacking and river rafting. The hard life of youth staff, huh? :)

I had fun and even played about my normal amount at ultimate last night. Discovered that my calves hurt less by running then sitting around. We won 17-15, too. Off to a great start so far.

I'm not nearly as impressed by the new downhere CD as I'd hoped to be. They are definitely a rock band. Of course, the irony of my not liking it is what else I bought yesterday. Stuff like DC Talk and Newsboys. Hopefully, it will grow on me.

And, we've got a new home over at Snark!fest, so be sure to come over and check it out!

I see what Susansuth meant about the changes to blogger. Nice. I think.

And, as a final note, yesterday's Tuesday Two from Mary.

1. Favorite and least favorite cereal?
Haven't tried that many, really. Like granola, and I'm not a big fan of Grape-nuts at all.

2. Whole, 2%, skim or soy in your cereal?
Used to drink 2%. Got out of the habit, however. Definitely don't like soy. It takes horrid, trust me!

Have a great few days and I'll see you on the flip side. (I hope.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

The futhur adventures of the guy who likes to post on laundry.

Yesterday, I got home at lunch time to do a load of towels and found an envelope on my door. It had enough quarters to repay me for the two loads I've tried to dry in the dryer that was broken. I was pleasantly surprised and added them to my laundry stash. Gathered up my load, took it to the laundry room, and put my quarters in a washer - only to discover I'd picked the broken washer. :)

I'm really disappointed with the book I'm reading right now. Feels like a first draft, not a published work. And the thing is, I've liked other books by this author. 35 pages to go tonight, so I hope to finish it before my ultimate game.

Of course, I'm getting my car washed, getting the new downhere CD (Faith would be so proud if she weren't at retreat), and getting a few groceries before I get home.

Frankly, I don't know how good I'll be at ultimate tonight. I decided to do some sets of stairs instead of running yesterday due to the weather (which hasn't improved). Now my calves are killing me whenever I try to walk. But I figure I'll go down since I won't be there next week (just having gotten back from the rafting trip and all.)

And now, it's rant time. Mini-rants, anyway. And three of them.

For the record, Clinton was impeached for LYING UNDER OATH!!!!!!!! I am so sick of people claiming it was a right wing conspiracy or we had no business impeaching him for something that was between him and his wife. If he'd been honest about it when first asked, I'd agree. But, he committed purgery. Anyone else would have been jailed for what he did. I was actually reading a fiction novel at the time where one of the characters was sent to jail for lying under oath. I just had to laugh.

WMD's. IT'S BEEN TWO MONTHS, PEOPLE!!!!! We're talking about a very large area to search. They could be anywhere. And I'd be shocked is Saddam hadn't hidden them. Frankly, I bet he destroyed them just before we attacked to make Bush look bad. And it's working. Or they were smuggled out of the country. If we find evidence that they never existed, I'll be the first one yelling about it. Not that something good hasn't come out of it. But I think we'll find the evidence. It's just going to take lots of time. Not that I expect some people I've met on-line at places other then the Trixie community to every believe anything that is found ever.

Lastly, take a look at this. I mean, come on. Since when has been having multiple choices of any kind you want been a violation of the First Amendment? Giving money to any school chosen is not establishing a religion. If the law read, "Only Christian schools," they'd have a point. But it doesn't. This is just ridiculous.

Stepping down of my soap box now.

Monday, June 09, 2003

What a weekend.

Friday night was career group Bible study. We started a series on the minor prophets in the Old Testiment, which I will miss lots off. I won't be back for a study until August because of being gone three Fridays in July. How did my summer get away from me again?

Got up early Saturday morning and drove the 3 hours to Santa Maria for wedding number 1. Very nice service. Her father married them, and only lost it a couple times. The reception afterwards was fun. And Seth and Kiersten were there, so I got to catch up with them. They're really loving Kentucky. Unfortunately, that was the only chance I had to see them. Seemed to go by so quickly, especially since I wasn't the only one trying to talk to them.

Sunday was wedding number 2, and what an adventure that turned out to be. It was down in Long Beach, an hour south of here. I didn't figure things would be too hard to find, but they are working on the connection between two freeways in town, and things were crazy. It was a good thing I allowed plenty of time to get there. I had so much time, in fact, that I thought I could stop by a used bookstore I've been hearing about. After spending 20 minutes finding it, I decided to actually stop by after the wedding. Again, a good thing, because I spent 40 minutes trying to find the place. It was at a restaurant right on the water, but there was very little else around and I wandered all over the docks. But I got there with plenty of time to spare, especially since the wedding started 40 minutes late. It was a Messianic Jewish service, which I found very interesting. And a nice change from the day before. Then we had a lunch reception, and I got to hang out with Debbie and the gang for that. I think we were the only table laughing and joking while we waiting for the pictures to finally finish, etc.

Finally made it back to the bookstore just before closing. Didn't have too much time in it, but did find one Trixie Belden (paper back 14) and one Meg. They had quite a few resonably priced Happy Hollister books as well. I've heard good things about them, so I picked one up.

Did nothing but lie around on the couch when I got home last night. Watched some TV and read some. I was actually surprised I stayed away, with how tired I was.

What has happened to summer? I doubt it reached 70 all day today. We are having fall/winter weather, and I don't like it! That kind of weather is fine then, but now it's supposed to be hot, or at least warm.

Almost went to a pick-up ultimate frisbee game tonight. But Tommy decided he didn't want to go, and I really shouldn't with my first game tomorrow. Stuff to do and don't want to be too sore. So I'm just going to call the fam and get Dad's Father's day gift ready to mail. Exciting stuff like that.

Friday, June 06, 2003

The saga of the Father's Day gift shopping continues.

I liked the shirt I got Dad, but it was only about half of what I'd spent on Mom, and I started to feel very guilty about that. So, I decided to look at Penny's. After much searching, I found a much better shirt with a price more in line, so I bought that. Which prompted a trip back to Wal-Mart to return the original. And the pair of swim trunks I liked better, too, because it wasn't made right. I just intended to exchange that, but every single one I looked at was the exact same way! Major bummed. So, shopping for Father's Day only took three nights.

Last night was 8th Grade graduation at the Christian school. The only grad cerimony I'm doing this year. Unlike weddings. I've got one Saturday three hours north of here and one Sunday and hour south. And I still don't have the present for the one on Sunday. It'll probably arrive tomorrow, but since I'm having it shipped to work, I won't be able to get it before the wedding. Anyway, this will be a weekend of driving, obviously.

I got an e-mail from my captain this morning for summer league. I'm on team black again, as I was 5 years ago the first time I signed up. I only know and have played with one person on my team before, so it'll be interesting to see what happens out there. First game is Tuesday.

My legs finally stopped hurting this morning. Guess that means I should go for a jog before I leave for Chips's wedding tomorrow. :)

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Since someone is patiently waiting for me this week, I really need to get this posted.

This week's Thursday Threesome is brought to us by Kelloggs and The Back Porch.

Onesome: Rice- Okay, what's the preference at your place at dinner time, rice or potatoes? ...or something else? Hmmm?
Either. I’m not especially picky.

Twosome: Krispies- ...and how about breakfast? If you're a cereal person, what is your favorite? ...or is there something else you'd prefer to start your day with?
I eat a very healthy breakfast. Banana and glass of juice. Breakfast of champions, right?

Threesome: Treats- Has anyone not seen "Finding Nemo"? What treat did you have to buy (or slip in) for it to be a "Theatre Experience"?
I don’t eat anything when I go to the movies. Way too expensive for what you get.

And, BTW, not everyone has seen Finding Nemo. But, seriously, you must watch Monsters, Inc. Great movie (recently reviewed at by your truly.)

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

My legs are killing me! Maybe I was running through someone's mind all night. Or maybe it's just that I ran yesterday. I woke up this morning and couldn't believe how sore they were. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to go running again tomorrow morning.

I was hoping that I could use my friend Pete, I mean his hot tub tonight and that would help, but he has the nerve to have other plans. Which is probably for the best because I really need to do laundry tonight. And finish up Father's Day shopping. And get a bow to use on Chips's wedding present for Saturday. Yawn.

I did get quite a bit of shopping done last night, however. Got Dad a shirt for Father's Day. Probably look for some socks tonight. Boring, but that's all he could come up with, and I need to get it taken care of now. Plus got a present for Becky's wedding. You know, the one I'm going to miss for Trixie Camp! And I finally got a copy of The Rescuers only two weeks after it was released on DVD. Finally saw one. As well as The Love Bug two disc set. That one's on it's way from, but they want $4 more then Wal-Mart wanted! So I blew it there, but figured it would cost more to ship it back. I so can not wait to see that movie again and watch the special features. I love it!

I have a first. I recorded nothing from TV Land and don't plan to watch anything when I get home tonight. Just reading. BTW, guess I forgot to warn you to be sitting down so you didn't get hurt from fainting at the news. Sorry about that. Of course, I'd rather be hanging out with someone. Maybe Marcus will actually come home tonight.

Something else I bought last night were two new swim trunks. I desperately needed to replace the ones I had. Now I'm anxious to go swimming, but Pete says he won't be up to it tomorrow, so I'm not sure when I'll get to go. Not that the weather makes we want to jump into a pool. Who do I know who has a hot tub....

All this talk about Seseme Street leads me to a confession. I bought their Christmas CD off a couple months back. I know they've added at least one song to the record we had when I was a kid because the song has Elmo on it, and there was so such thing when I was a kid. I can't figure out if it's just an add-on or if they replaced something to do that. Either way, I'll be enjoying it in 6 months or so.

That's the great thing about this group. None of us have ever truly grown up and we get that about each other.

Ending today copying a forward I got from someone at work. I thought it was histerical, hope you do, too.

Subject: History

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli and cauliflower, spinach, green, yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's and Krispy Creme Donuts.
And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said "Yea," and woman said, "and another one with sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds.

And God created the healthy yogurt that woman might keep the figure that man found so fair.
And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane, and combined them.
And woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad."
And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing and garlic toast on the side.
And man and woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them."
And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then brought running shoes so that his children might loose those extra pounds.
And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to get up to change the channels.
And man and woman laughed and cried before the flickering light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite.
And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And man replied, "Yea! and super size'em."
And Satan said "It is good." And man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created HMOs.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Hey, I thought I'd try something new and do Mary's Tuesday Two on Tuesday this week. :)

1. Besides Trixie, what children's series did you read over and over and over?
Over and over again? I read the Little House books a couple times. Chronicles of Narnia twice. And Alfred Slote's My Robot Buddy books multiple multiple times. Then there was the year of so I was obsessed with Little Pilgrim's Progress and read it cover to cover multiple times.

2. Are your fingernails painted today? If so, what color?
I'll give you one guess.

Wrong, I didn't paint my nails today. :) In fact, for some strange reason, I've never painted my nails.

Pete's feeling better, but still recovering, so we didn't swim today. But that's ok because we it's really cold out there. We had fog (yes, fog) most of the morning. But I did run today for the first time in weeks. Fells kinda good. But I can tell my legs are already a little sore.

Monday, June 02, 2003

Saturday, I made it to the Reagan to find they've really changed things around in the last six months. Closed off a whole section to remodel and add the wing where they will house the old Air Force One. And I can't wait until that opens next year sometime. But, it meant that they had little room for the Bob Hope exhibit, which turns out to be for the best since I had very little time to view it. Now, I just need to see something he's been in or a special or something. Now the name, but that was about it until Saturday.

Then I made it to Mysteries to Die For for a book signing. Lots of fun. And I only spent $33. Of course, that was on 5 paperbacks, but still. Just what I need, more books to read.

Actually did sit down and read lots starting Saturday night. As in 200 pages in about 24 hours. Have 60 pages left in Whirlpool, and I can't wait to finish it. (Thanks again for the recommendation, Susansuth!)

I know I'm being petty, but this really bugs me. I lost another of my new plants to the idots who insisted on standing on them to work. And I'm not completely sure what I'm going to do because it's going to look kinda funny to have those two missing considering where they are. Really don't want to try moving the plants around. And I'm not convenienced that I have room for too many more plants.

Got an e-mail from Kiersten this morning. She and Seth will be at Chips's wedding this weekend, so I'll get to see them again! Unfortunately, they plan to hang out in town on Sunday (Eric's wedding) and Thursday (I'll be backpacking by then), so I won't get to see them more then that, most likely. But something's better then nothing.

And, to finish off the day, thought I'd do a couple quizzes. First up, the one everyone's doing on herbs.

You Are Lavender
You Are Lavender!

What Herb Are You?
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Think that's a new one.

And, speaking of new. Here's one that I haven't seen on any blogs yet....

You're a simple rain storm. You're calm and serene
and you love to be with other people.

What type of storm are you?
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