Monday, October 20, 2008

Billy Goat Trail, MD


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We went on a hike yesterday, PJ, Sam, and myself. The weather was magnificent. Look for PJ in the gray, and you can just catch Sam in the bottom left climbing around on the rocks.

Friday, October 17, 2008

nothing to write about

Anna was looking at my blog tonight, going back to posts I have made when she was four year old and laughing about them. She was reading some of the quotes to PJ and Sam, and they were all cracking up.

Its hard to remember to write stuff down. Something happens and its funny or cute or poignant, and you think "oh jeesh, I've really got to write that down" and then you blink and its two weeks later. Then its too late to go back and write about stuff that's already happened.

So there has been a lot happening, actually a ton of interesting stuff, so much that I don't know where to start. PJ and Sam have been doing little league, Anna has been in lacrosse. My job is changing, after a contractual dispute gave me basically two weeks paid vacation to stay at home in my pajamas with a mug of coffee and avoiding anythign productive. Every morning I would wake up and go downstairs, and Sam would ask me, "daddy, could you help me play Paper Mario?"

I would think to myself, "well, I could say no, but I really don't have anything else to do" and so I would say yes and I would 'help' Sam -- really this just means he wants me to watch him play, and occasionally read words for him.

I had a rush to the emergency room last week, thinking that I had a kidney stone. No one actually ever figured out what was wrong with me, and after a couple of hellish days i got better. Then the next week my finger got infected.

I had a chance to hang out with some friends in Las Vegas for the weekend of fun, and two weeks later Kathleen and a friend had a 'Thelma and Louise' weekend down in Charlottesville, leaving me to do further solo bonding with the children. I cut a lot of corners when its just me with the three of them, I say stuff like "you can brush your teeth when your mom's home" or "you can eat vegetables when your mom 's home."

But my vacation is over now though, and I start at my job on Monday. Kathleen's brother Edward is getting married next weekend down in Roanoke, this will be our first wedding with children in tow. Halloween approaches, one more blink and we'll be there and past into Thanksgiving. But that's all there is going now. Nothing much really. Blink.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I'll take words that mean 'said' for 800$,Alex!

Finally got the kids to bed around 9pm tonight, after a long day of hiking, followed by a wonderful barbecue with friends. But I am whipped.

"Dad" Anna was yelling down the stairs at me.

"What is it Anna?"

"What does ejaculate mean?"

What? Many thoughts raced through my mind at once, all carrying bleak connotations. "Just stay calm" I thought to myself.

"What is the context, Anna?" I said, and bounded up the stairs in maybe three steps. The context turned out to be a passage early on in the book, Pollyanna. The passage went:

"'What is going on here?' he ejaculated, waving his hands in a gesture of impotence."

So it turned out only to be a case of an author looking for just the word to replace 'said' and using something that may have had slightly different meaning when the book was written in 1913.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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There is something different about these last two pictures - can you spot it?

Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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If you look closely, you can sometimes see the elusive toe-headed wine-dwarf skulking about in the distance.

Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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Anna borrowed my camera and took some photos of sunflowers.

Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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Anna borrowed my camera and took some photos of sunflowers.

Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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Anna borrowed my camera and took some photos of sunflowers

Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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Samson State Park - Labor Day 2008


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