Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's Not That Complicated

When we moved, we bought a fancy washer and dryer as a gift to ourselves, to celebrate the new chapter we were embarking on.

The dryer has a lot of settings.  One row of choices reads
  • Very Dry
  • More Dry
  • Normal
  • Less Dry
  • Damp Dry
Sadly, none of the choices are "Dry"  This is the setting I want, this is the setting the dryer seems incapable of providing.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


from Leticia...

God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God "Where have you been?" God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds, "Look, Michael. Look what I've made."

Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance."

"Balance?" inquired Michael, "I'm still confused."

God explained, pointing to different parts of earth. "For example, northern Europe will be a place of great opportunity and wealth, while southern Europe is going to be poor. Over there I've placed a continent of white people, and over there is a continent of black people. Balance in all things,"

God continued pointing to different countries. "This one will be extremely hot, while this one will be very cold and covered in ice."

The Archangel, impressed by God's work, then pointed to a land area and said, "What's that one?" "Ah," said God, "That's Washington State, the most glorious place on earth. There are beautiful mountains, rivers and streams, lakes, forests, hills and plains. The people from Washington State are going to be handsome, modest, intelligent, and humorous, and they are going to be found traveling the world. They will be extremely sociable, hardworking, high achieving, and they will be known throughout the world as diplomats, and carriers of peace.

Michael gasped in wonder and admiration, but then asked, "But what about balance, God? You said there would be balance."

God smiled, "There is another Washington. Wait till you see the idiots I put there."


So we were downstairs in the basement watching Shaun of the Dead. It was near the end when they were in The Winchester. Well, I had to pop upstairs to the main level and change Ben's diaper. To come into the kitchen and see the windows open -- and it was dark outside -- it gave me pause. Even though I've seen the movie several times before, I guess I was quite engrossed.

I do have to say this was the first time I'd seen it not on cable, so all the cussing was still in, as well as two other scenes I didn't care for... the specific demise of one of the characters and a cheesy little promo for a TV show. I did appreciate how they explained away three plot holes.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Keep Moving

I read this quote recently and really liked it.
"When in doubt, do something. If you have two paths and you're not sure which is right, take the fastest path. It's easier to keep moving and change course than when you're sitting and thinking and thinking."
- David Glazer, Google

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Holographically Delicious

Drool... makes that flickering Death Star in that old movie look cheesy. (Though it is apparently 2D... can't see the other side by standing somewhere else.) Still, freaking cool.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


For I don't know how long now, I've enjoyed vacuuming.  You have to clean up the room (especially the floor) reasonably well before you start and when you're done, you know that it's a nicer place to walk around barefoot.  (Not that I do.   But I also know I can lie on the floor if I want.)

Lately I've started doing some of the handwash.  It piles up and so I've tried to chip in a little bit.  And I've found that I kind of enjoy it.  You can't rush it, or you get water all over your shirt and pants.  And when done, there's a sense of accomplishment at the pile of now clean dishes waiting for Lori to notice and put away.  Of course, I don't do the complicated baby/kid stuff and I sometimes leave other stuff, and occasionally Lori will pick something up and immediately move it back over to the other side for re-washing.  But it's kind of nice.  It's a solitary activity done while looking out the window at the mountains, trees, clouds, rain, whatever, and listening to iTunes. Also reminds me of my Little Caesar's days.  A simpler time, but I wouldn't have believed you if you had told me at the time.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Any DMB Fans?

Ok, so random question tonight.  Audience participation strongly requested.  If you are a Dave Matthews Band fan... if you got dropped onto an island and sand got in your iPodand started causing songs to disappear, which three DMB would you be begging the iPod not to erase?

(DMB haters need not waste your time or mine, this is all moderated and they won't get through.)