Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Winter is officially here...

Well, winter has officially and really finally arrived. Mom-in-law said something the other day about it seemed like our snow had slid south this year cause everyone but us was getting hit. I'm here to tell ya - it found its' way back. I just went out and measured on top of the BBQ grill that was clean this weekend and we have gotten 8" here at the house in the last 24 hours - and it's still kinda trying to put some more down. Also measured on top of the smoker - which hasn't been cleaned or blown off since it really started snowing and there's 14" up there. Had to chuckle this morning when the Transportation Coordinator came in and was all atwitter about the snow chain not kicking in. I tried to tell her that the snow that fell last night was nothing but something to play in for those buses; but she has an altogether different idea about what the snow chain means than I do. And since my idea don't match hers and her desk is bigger...

And - Charlie finally did the big one. No. He is not married. Or engaged. Or hurt. He's one up on both his parents though, I believe. Maybe not on Frank (seems I vaguely remember hearing about something similar happening at some point in his younger days) - but I know for a fact he's one up on me. :) He was going home Monday evening and slid through the stop light at {I think he said}Benson and the Seward Hwy in Anchorage. A full size Ford pickup hit him pretty square on the left front tire and spun him so the vehicles were up against each other and facing the same way. When he called to tell us, the patrolwoman was still sorting things out and he was still pretty wired. The Mazda is totaled (as demonstrated by the pictures above) but he had a minivan in the wings getting new tires and brakes. When I talked to him last night, he was driving that. The passenger in Charles' car (another roomie - Jeremy) wasn't hurt, but the driver of the pickup got checked out by EMT's at the scene because he had a cell phone in his pocket and caught it between his ribs and the steering wheel. I told Charles he and Jeremy were both quite likely to find out just how hurt they were in the next couple days. I know it took 3 days for the ligament strain to my knee and whatever it was that happened in my neck to show up after I got hit in the bus the second time.

Well, it's pushing 8:PM and I have to be in a training session tomorrow from 8-6. We were there today from 8-4 and my brain was fried when I got home. Tomorrow is the budget stuff and payroll and expense cards and such - all the parts I do use on occasion, so I am going to bed.

Good Night,

Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's picture time!!!!

This is from our front porch. It's not as much as we usually have and Dad's truck has been cleaned off repeatedly.

This is Jasher. He's the dog that needs a coat when he goes outside. This picture is a bummer because he has the deepest, darkest, brown eyes I have ever seen on a dog. It makes him look like a teddy bear. Well, a teddy pig (cause of his tusks). He inherited his mother's teeth. I think I'm going to take him in and make sure that his bite is okay. If it's not okay then he may need braces! That isn't a joke folks.
I'll take pictures of him in his coat and post them for you guys to laugh at later.

This is one of my cool toadies. I have four of them. I have to keep them in my room because they creep my mother out. She classifies them as "weird" pets. I don't think they are nearly as weird as the praying mantis' I had before them. Those could be called weird I guess.

This is after Phaedra's Atomic Fireball episode. I told her that it was really, really, spicy hot. I told her that it might hurt her mouth. India told me that she got a big bag of them for her birthday and she had shared them with Phaedra. Since neither one of the girls shy away from spicy stuff I let her go ahead and have one. She really liked it but couldn't finish it. She had almost all of the hot coating off but it kept falling out of her mouth and she was drooling something fierce. As she said later, "It burned mine ips!" As far as I can tell, her lips are just fine now.

Apparently India likes Veggie Tales. Miss Anita gave them these stickers and she couldn't resist the urge to stick them somewhere.

Well, another UFC has come and gone. I am a huge fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championships and have been since 1994. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but it happens to be the sporting event that I love. I could do without the ring girls and the drunk yahoos mugging for the cameras though. I love the sheer energy of the whole thing and the training and discipline of these athletes.
I think Matt Hughes, former welterweight champ, is done in the UFC. It always seems to happen to the guys who claim Christ. Many of these athletes thank God after they fight but very few of them have any kind of testimony. Matt Hughes does. Also, Vitor Belfort does. He was the light-heavyweight champ for a very short period of time several years ago.
Many of these guys tattoo their own names on their stomachs, don't ask me why, but Vitor has Jesus tattooed on his. Granted, I think tattoos are worldly and ridiculous but it was interesting to have his beliefs be so obvious. Matt Hughes wears a shirt that says, "Army of the One". I really like that shirt and the play off the Army slogan. If I wore t-shirts I might consider getting one. Anyway, his website is really interesting if anyone's interested. It's
Okay, my fingers are frozen and my back is KILLIN' me. I've done my best to enter the crippled club this past month. It's a long, painful story that I shall leave for another time.

About Me

We're a family that came to Alaska in shifts. We've been here since 1995 and don't plan to leave any time soon.

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" The government that is big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have."

Thomas Jefferson President 1801-1809
Died on JULY 4th, 1826



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