Monthly Archives: September 2006

A home run for the Scooba

Damn this Scooba is amazing. Easy to use, easy to clean, and cleans hardwood floors amazingly well. Had some dried ink staining the floor and it picked it up first pass. All while I was playing the XBox.

If I was smart I would have hidden it from Amy and only pull it out when she’s out of the house. When she gets home I do a “see what I spent hours scrubbing?” and earn some get-out-of-chores credit.

Bring on the Irish

So far my confidence placed in the Lions has been truly misplaced… perhaps I should be placing it on the undefeated Boilermakers? The game of the year on Purdue’s schedule is tomorrow, when Purdue travels to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. Last time Purdue visited they broke a 30+ year drought of winning in South Bend (by 25 points no less) and Amy and I were there to witness it. All of us (our tailgating crew) took time to enjoy the victory afterward as we pondered whether we would be alive the next time Purdue wins in South Bend.

Maybe it’s because Purdue is owed some W’s after outplaying the Irish in 1998, 2000, and 2002 yet still coming away with a loss, but I have high hopes for this game. Not that I think Purdue is a better team this year – they aren’t. But they are due to win a game they aren’t supposed to.

Geaux Saints!

Enough said. Glad to see the team back in New Orleans.

I predict a Lions W today

About time 🙂 Hopefully the Lions can send Favre a retirement present of three picks… his usual when he visits Detroit.

Garrett the rock climber

One of the interesting consequences of Garrett learning to walk in the Pacific Northwest backwoods is that he is already very well adjusted to the outdoors. He navigates rocks, hills, streams amazingly well, simply because that is all he knows. Today we went on a bike ride, and I stopped to find a couple caches along the way. Before I knew it he had climbed a small mound of rocks. Very cute, and he has a ball doing it.

I imagine he will climb Mount Si someday… I don’t mean hike, I mean climb 🙂

Garrett at Play Group

This is for Amy, if she has web access in Nashville.

Garrett had a pre-pre-school play group this morning at the same pre-school Spencer attended last year. About 9 kids in it, and Garrett had a good time. An hour and a half, mostly ad hoc playing, but they did read two books, had an art project, and had snack time. Good mix of playing / structure (2:1 by my estimation).

All in all I liked it, and I actually met a neighbor who lives on the street. Hopefully she and I Amy can set up some playdates for Garrett and Mason.

Big test for Purdue tomorrow

I don’t talk about Purdue football on this blog. Not sure why, perhaps I’m trying to bury that fateful day in 2004 when the 5th ranked Purdue Boilermakers with their Heisman-leading QB gave a game away that started them on the current two year downturn.

Things are not looking good for Purdue this year. Giving up 31 points a game to Indiana State, Ball State, and Miami of Ohio. Ouch. They get Minnesota tomorrow. Fortunately in West Lafayette, but still, will take a big turnaround on defense for Purdue to pull this off.

Spencer’s "Curriculum Night"

Last night Snoqualmie Elementary School held curriculum night, a time to come in, see the school and classrooms, meet teachers, and learn more about the education environment.

Spencer had a blast showing me everything – and I do mean everything – in the school. “Here’s a calendar, and here’s another calendar, and here’s a blue piece of tape, and here’s a purple piece of tape, and here’s the blue area, and that’s a yellow circle, and …” It was so great to see him that excited about school. He even introduced me to his teacher, and did so very politely. It was great to get a tour of the entire school by him and see what things stand out to him.

Spencer playing soccer

Spencer started his first soccer “league” a couple weeks ago, and so far he is having fun. Rather than keeping track of the number of goals he scores, we keep track of the number of times he actually kicks the ball. Very interesting… after years of teaching him to share, now we’re asking him to run up to people and take the ball away. He’ll run up to the ball, and rather than kick, he’ll look at whoever has it. Very cute. I’ve attached some pictures, but hard to pick Spencer out.

I get to have a little fun as I get to referree Spencer’s home games. Pretty funny for the parents to watch me run around, I’m sure. No pictures of me 🙂

Maybe I’m sick…

but I always get a kick out of stupid criminal stories. This one about a defendant on trial for stealing computers… goes ahead and steals the courtroom’s computers.