Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Tomorrow is the last day we have to pack before the movers come on Tuesday. Are we ready? Ha! We've spent roughly 50% of our packing time throwing out things that should have been thrown out years ago. Don't do this to your kids, parents: tidy as you go! Don't leave them a giant life-draining Jawa Sandcrawler of junk to deal with. Just say "no" to clutter!
We'll make it, but it's going to be a rugged 24 hours...
Friday, April 22, 2005
How much junk in our lives is just "stuff we walk around"? We don't need it, use it, or really want it...it just becomes a collector of dust and a burden to weigh us down. Moving every once in awhile is good for the soul if it does nothing more than force us to get rid of the excess baggage.
We've had a 19" monitor sitting in the living room since I got my laptop. It was on the floor, just out of the way enough to keep walking past it every day. I finally moved it this week because I needed a new monitor at St. Ned's. The empty space it left has me wondering what else is in my way that I just step around. How long does it take for something to stop being annoying and just become the Way Things Are? (entire post here...)
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Only four more days of packing left. Can we do it? Yoda sez, "There is no 'try', there is only 'do'." OK, boss...
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
On to the garage (and kitchen, bathroom, office...etc.)
I realize that this move is not going to solve all of our problems and make life a bed of roses, but there will be certain tangible improvements: no more police/fire sirens practically every night/morning, no more people racing up and down our street with sub-woofers blazing irritating non-music, no more yappy neighbor dog accross the street barking and barking at nothing, no more neighbor's house alarm going off at odd moments, and no more stench of un-buried dog poop in the yard adjoining our back yard in the Summer heat. I'll miss having a Trader Joe's within walking distance, but that's one of the few things I'm going to miss about living here.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
It's a good thing the current owners of our new place are just the opposite of the above individuals. They're letting us turn out the horses as soon as we get there, and the movers can just deposit all of our worldly goods in the nice new three-car garage. Luckily, my folks live about 8 miles away and have a huge place, so we'll just stay with them (as usual). Meanwhile the Roths are packing as fast as they can to move out so we can move in (they found a great place in Eastern WA at last)! Yes, it's a Chinese Fire Drill all around.
We meet with the movers tomorrow, and I'm hoping and praying they can get us on their schedule on such short notice! It's time for full-on packing mode....
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Eric the Red (aka "The Large") believes that ladders are built for two. He also enjoys crunchy baskets as a way of adding extra fiber to his diet.
The finished product: a box of four long, smelly white leis sitting in the fridge. I feel so artistic...now it's back to packing...
Friday, April 08, 2005
Now the great news: The wedding invites for Gordo's #1 kid just came in the mail! Yay! Funny how little pieces of paper make things "official". It's a western culture thing, I guess. Asians just laugh at our obsession with getting things in black & white. When I lived in Japan a buddy of mine there told me about going to see "Little Mermaid" (yes, this was a few years ago) and how the Tokyo audience roared with laughter when Ariel signed the contract with the Sea Witch...you know, like it's a big deal or something (stupid gaijin).
Hm, that puts me again in mind of the person who stole from us for some reason. Feh...enough with the negative waves already, I hear wedding bells. Luckily, Liz is cool and I don't have to get her anything from here.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
So what if only a few cavalry turned out, we still rode rings around the infantry...
The studly fellow on the right (in wide hat and leggings) is me in "Squire Bob" mode. (That's also "Bob" second from the left above)
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Here's Gordon conditioning the horses to the smell of a just-fired wheel-lock pistol. Remember: real sports involve horses and/or weapons, everything else is just kids' games.