Friday, August 28, 2015

End of summer.

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Today is the last day of summer!  I'm so excited for the kids to go back to school and for the regular schedule to fall back into place.  The past two weeks have seen our work schedules compressed because Edda's not in camp and our childcare hours diminish.  Jeremy usually ends up going into work an hour late, I end work early and all the errands I usually can fit in in the middle of the day eat into my work day and then I have to shift some hours to the weekend and blah, blah, blah.   So boring!  Who cares?  No one.

Jeremy and I have different perspectives on this summer - Jeremy will tell you it was a fabulous summer and I will tell you it was stressful and it seemed like I could never catch my breath. This is the fundamental difference in our personalities.  Jeremy only remembers the good stuff, I only remember the stressful stuff.  Really, the summer was wonderful, the stressful stuff was just the regular stressful stuff which I feel silly to even complain about.

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Our neighbor rented this bobcat to move a lot of dirt around on his property.  All week, we've watched him drive it around his front yard and his back yard.  Today I asked if we could try to drive it around - here's Vince taking it for a test drive.  We've spent some time thinking of all the feline names we could think of: lion, tiger, bobcat, cheetah, puma, leopard, jaguar, cougar.  To me, besides the lion and the tiger, the rest are all the same animal.  Except the cheetah which is the fastest.  Hmm.  I guess I need to add mountain lion to the list too.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Is it the weekend yet?

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Vince is hosting the last sleepover of the summer.  Jeremy made hamburgers.

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We've been entertained by the neighbor pouring a new concrete driveway.  It's nice to have construction equipment nearby.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We have visitor(s)

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We had three visitors today and they were not welcome.  Mom tried to chase them off but they were not afraid - just like pests.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Last week of summer.

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Kids are both home with nothing to do.  Vince has resorted to blowing bubbles into slime.  He should be doing his summer reading and math packets.  Ha!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Oddness.

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I'm trying to practice my French braiding skillz.  Inspired by Keyla, I'm trying to do Edda's hair with more effort and care on the weekends when I'm on hair duty.  I don't know why it's taken this many years to feel embarrassed about Edda's weekend hair.  I think it's because Keyla's abilites are so jaw dropping that the difference between Edda's weekend hair and weekday hair was getting to be just too much.  It's like if you ate only creme brulee on the weekdays and on the weekends had half a dog biscuit.  Keyla taught me the most important trick which is to wet the hair before plaiting.  The wetness helps one grip all the different strands and also prevents flyaways when it dries.

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When Jeremy and I got married, he was the more talkative one.  I was the quieter one.  But over the course of our marriage, I've gotten more talkative and Jeremy less?  Kind of.   Sometimes at parties, I talk more because I think I've gotten better at making small talk and Jeremy doesn't like making small talk, he likes talking about energy policy or transportation policy.  Anyways, this Saturday, we hosted a party and then went to a party where I thought we'd wouldn't at all talk policy, but it turned out that at both parties, Jeremy spent hours talking about biofuels and driverless cars.  I actually sat there and was baffled that we were going to head into the 2nd hour of (both!) parties with all participants gung ho about energy policy (except me).  The first party, I excused myself to try to talk Edda into a taking a nap (she didn't nap).  The 2nd party, I excused myself to go for a swim (she napped).

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Our neighbor is replacing his driveway.  On his own.  Total DIY.  He rented that bobcat and asked if he could run over our lawn with it.  We said OK.  Maybe tomorrow I will ask him if I can drive the bobcat.  Sometimes I pat myself on the back for replacing a toilet or fixing some drywall, but I would never think to replace a driveway by myself.  Props to him!

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We had a baby over for dinner tonight.  The dogs were delighted to have a steady stream of chili dog droppings fall to the floow.

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Caltech

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During our family re-union, of course, we all together visited Caltech where Jeremy and Doris spent their chemical graduate studies years together.  We also revisited the hall where they got married.

Our Cruise to Pacific Mexico

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After family re-union, Rena and I visited Pacific Mexico by cruise.  We visited three cities and, we think, they are much cleaner than their border towns and Atlantic Mexico.

We had a wonderful time.  After that, I drove back to Washougal, WA directly from Long Beach, CA with only one hotel stop.  This may be the first time I think the driving is too long.  May be my age is finally catching up on me :)

Note:  The arch is near very south end of Baja California.


We also went to see "Cliff Diving".


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tomb Sweeping

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Since this year's family re-union is at Newport Beach, CA and it is close to the LA Rosemary Hill Cemetery, one afternoon, we all went to do the "tomb sweeping (tidy and pay respects)."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Tired Saturday.

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Edda, on the loveliest day this week, went to the fair and got to have ice cream,  her face painted and have her hair adorned with a beribboned tiara.  I think she went on a few rides, but she's not telling me.

Boba, my dearest love, is visiting me this weekend and sharing my pillow.

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Jeremy biked to the farm stand and picked up fruits and vegetables and fully loaded all his gear.

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Then we went to Wegman's for dinner.

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Jeremy bought me this electric toothbrush as a sign of his love and affection.  I'm the last person in the family to get one.  I'm a little frightened of it, it's very loud.  I have this thing with oral hygiene - I feel this slight resistance to doing it.  I can tell when I'm in a foul or depressed mood because the first thing that goes is teeth brushing.  Jeremy thinks that electric toothbrushes are amazing and will make me want to brush my teeth more.  I'm afraid it will make me want to brush my teeth less.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday wrap up.

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At the beginning of the summer, I had all these plans.  Little plans like ramping up my work, reviewing Chinese words with Vince, making orthopedic appointments for Edda, taking vacations with Jeremy (by ourselves!) and decluttering the house.  Of that short, not very ambitious list, the only thing I managed to do was to get 5 trash bags full of old clothes to Goodwill.  Everything else has fallen off of the shelf and been kicked under the furniture where they now live with dusty Legos, old dog toys and a couple of pennies.

This week, we've been dealing with not only impressive driving infractions and the MoCo county fair, but also with infrastructure outages and maintenence.  The water was out on Wednesday when the plumber replaced the main indoor sewer line going out of the house because shit was leaking out of it onto the electronic hub of our small household operation (router, server, unused security system and various other pieces of plastic encased items with blinking lights).  On Thursday, a very kind gentleman knocked at the front door an announced that the power would be out for two hours while they installed a new transformer on the street.

Since I do need electricity to do my job, Edda, Keyla and I took this enforced break from work and headed towards Montgomery Mall where I discovered that you can sell saltwater in a spray bottle for $32.

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And I also found out that Montomery Mall has this new, delicious food court.  Full of light and nice, modern furniture, the food court did not have that slightly greasy feel most mall food courts have - although it did have a popular McDonald's outlet. We are eating waffle sandwiches.

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The fair continues.  Vince is determined to reach the 120 hours of work necessary to obtain Ironman status.  Last full day tomorrow and then a few hours of clean up on Sunday will bring him to a total of 121.5 hours.

Jeremy went to work at the fair yesterday (Thursday).  Normally a very busy traffic day because of the demolition derby, it was actually very quiet because thunderstorms rolled through.

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Jeremy's all prepped with plastic encased shoes.

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Storm rolling into command center Baker...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The fair continues.

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Hello loves.  I'm looking forward to the 2nd half of the week when I don't really have to think about anything except polymer chemistry.  Vince has been going to bed at 11:30 and getting up at 7:15 and working in the hot sun all day.  So he often looks like this in the morning.  I forgot to wash any of his troop shirts last night, so today he had to go to work in a shirt that has already been sweated in for 15 hours. Whoops.

I worked Monday and Tuesday nights.  Here's Vince at the command post Baker.

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I don't know why he is wearing a trash bag.

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Here we are ready to direct traffic.  I had a 14 year old boy teach me how to drive a golf cart.  He said that he had already taught another adult how to drive the golf cart earlier in the day.

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Take-down and wrap up at the end of the night.

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The fair at night:

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Charlie wearing all of Jeremy's crazy safety gear.  Note the flashing LEDs on the vest!

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Shhh, I grumble about the fair, but I do really like going and helping out (but it's better if I've had enough sleep).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Costco.

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Having Vince work the fair all the time is almost like having him at sleep away camp for a ten days.  We don't see  him for any meal.  We don't hear from him - nothing!  It is so hot today, I'm tempted to let him sleep in tomorrow and then drop him off later in the morning, but we'll see what shape he's in when he gets home.  It was in the mid 90s today, he's going to be wiped out.

Jeremy has had trouble reading in bed because his bifocals don't focus in the right place for reading when he's sitting in bed.  So we went to Costco to get single-vision reading glasses.  These are the pair he picked out:

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Edda slept during the choosing of the glasses, she gave Jeremy no input.

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We normally don't go shopping at Costco (we got our membership really for the optical services), but since we were already there, we went ahead and did some bulk and impulse shopping.

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Jeremy bought 20 frozen spinach cakes.  (!?!)

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Jane is leaving for college this week.  Sunday dinner will not be the same without her.  To new adventures!

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