Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Radical Homemaking

This article had me laughing out loud many times. One of my favorite parts was about the tiny goat-moms and their K2 SUVs. I've never tried canning, and I have no desire to start.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Flying Car

Oh, hell yes. Flying car. Sign me up. No more traffic jams. Yeah. Seriously though, that thing is just adorable. Like maybe you could put it in your pocket.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


One of my soccer friends entered a fishing tournament last week and told the tale of someone who lost 1.2 million dollars because he forgot to get a fishing license before the tournament. Youchza. Here's the story.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day Update

I was going to sleep late on Sunday, but since it was Father's Day, Emma and Jane woke me with breakfast in bed. Man, those two kids. They made a nice tray with a glass of flowers and proudly paraded it into the bedroom. Emma had cooked scrambled eggs with bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese. She had also harvested basil and parsley from our herb garden, diced them, and tossed them in with the eggs. The kid's got talent. This was much better than sleeping in.

More House Stuff

While I was on the roof trying to shove in pieces of drip-edge to prevent more wood rotting in the future, I discovered that the shingles are cracking and falling apart as I grab them. So I'm thinking about a new roof (just shingles, that is). No rush, but I'll probably start collecting quotes. If you have recommendations, gimme gimme.

House Stuff

Tony helped me with some carpentry at the house today. I'd always been a normal wood putty man, but today he told me about a thing called Bondo. After he left, I went out and bought some, brought it back and used it to patch some rotten wood. Whoa, it's serious stuff. You can shape it and use it like putty, but it starts to harden in about 4 minutes.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Birthday Party

Our friend Don Hartman turns 80 today. Sunday he had a party and there was cake and ice cream and people sang and played the piano and there was, get this, a clown. A real clown. Who did magic.

World Cup

Saturday afternoon I took the girls along to the Speakeasy so I could watch World Cup soccer. They alternated between reading from their big stack of books, running around outside on the ATC lawn, or sharing snacks with me (calamari and chips & salsa). Denmark surprised me by beating Cameroon.

The Fugitive

Just as remarkable as the frequency with which one finds The Fugitive on a late-night TV station is how good it is, every time. I've channel-surf-tripped over it dozens of times, and I'm always mesmerized.

Grandma Katie

Kimberly was in Wichita last weekend for her Grandma Katie's funeral. It was a mixture of sad and happy, as such things go. The family took Grandma Katie's ashes along for one last wagon train ride.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mexico Won!

I just watched the highlights of today's France Mexico World Cup game. You may hear people bellyaching about how the Mexican player was offside before he scored, and if you hear this, tell them I authorized you to bellow a hearty "bullshit." The French defender was employing an old trick called the "offside trap," and it is the epitome of a chickenshit maneuver. Instead, the defender should have played actual soccer and worked to defend against the attacker. The linesman responsible for monitoring this was correct: no offside call was warranted.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Dead man's cell phone rings inside coffin.

Great Wolf Time

We'll be trekking to see family up in New Jersey in August, and on the way we're staying a night at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. It's the night of August 12th. If you go that night, enter code WOLF at checkout and it knocks the price down a bit.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Two Things

Today after camp, Jane was in the backseat of the car telling Emma that old yarn about how if you get rabies, you have to get 20 shots in the stomach. I remember people saying that when I was a kid too, but (without Googling), I'm going to go out on a limb and say that doesn't make sense. Injecting medicine in the stomach area shouldn't get it into your system any more quickly than a shot in the arm or leg.

I've been watching only snippets of World Cup games, as time permits. A soccer friend sent this lego summary of the US-England game.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


The "cable" TV package we buy from TimeWarner is the $17.00 bare bones option. No ESPN, Comedy Channel, etc. But Lawd Hep Meh, Univision--which is part of our package--is showing every World Cup game live.

Monday, June 7, 2010


I just finished watching L'auberge espagnole. It was cute and fun, but sort of "fluffy," I guess, if that makes sense. Not super interesting. Light. Nifty. Something like that.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Two Things

We made the late-night scene at Bey├║ tonight. There was fun and yumminess.

Tomorrow night the girls will be performing in a piano recital. I just asked them how they feel. Their answers: "Nervous, excited, and a bit, and I'm wondering what's going to happen, and if I'll get my piece wrong or get it right and um and if I, and hoping the people will like the music, and that it's a good recital."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Now that the Shannon Road branch library has re-opened, we'll be at the library much more often. That it's within walking distance from our house is most helpful. Last week the kids finally got their own library check-out cards and have started tinkering with the self-checkout stations.

And then just today I read this article at Salon. Books. More books. Go get books.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Accord

Because the trunk of Kimberly's Honda Accord would fill with water after every rain, I had the good gentlemen of Crown Honda lay on hands. Ah, the gaskets around the tail-lights need replacing, they said. So they did that. Then the leaking continued. Back I went. Ah, said the dude after a few hours, I found where a drainage tube had come loose and so I stuck it back in there and glued it on. Then the leaking continued. So I took the car back and the same dude spent three hours with it but couldn't get water to leak into the the trunk.

So he tells me he says we know this guy, and he's really really good with water leaks into cars, and I can get him here next Tuesday for you. Okay. Today was Tuesday, so last night we dropped the car off and today the really-really-good-with-leaks guy had a crack at it for a good five hours or so and says it's fixed. He says it was part of the sunroof drain system that was leaking. Okay. So here we are, waiting for the next rain to find out. Fingers are crossed.