Archive for July, 2009

Stream stander

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Here’s LRN1 standing by a stream. In 2005. Been a while. Part of my famous Camping series.

Well, LRN26 appears to have gotten it right. He correctly surmised that Monday’s temple picture was taken from high atop the Conference Center. I now remember going up there, so I must have taken the picture there. There’s nowhere else I could have taken it from unless I had chartered a helicopter, which I don’t remember doing. So the Conference Center it was.

No post yesterday. It was Massive Meeting Tuesday. I went directly there from work and went pretty much directly to bed when I got home. Sorry about that, Loyal Readers.

Tonight’s Cruise Eve! It’s the night when all the good girls and boys make their packing lists and check them twice, do their remaining laundry, get out their passports, and generally get ready to go. All but the packing. We’re going to get that done early tomorrow morning.

And that means blogging will be exceptionally sporadic for the next ten days. Keep checking in, though, Loyal Readers, as I hope to find free wifi somewhere in Alaska. I might even pay for it on the ship if it turns out to be cheap enough. We’ll just have to see.

We have some tragic news here on the Morrowlife blog. Brace yourselves. The Weinermobile had a small incident. I think this must be the worst thing ever to happen in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin. Possibly the only thing.

Time to make that list. I’m super double excited to go. See you . . . umm . . . soon. With lots of new Great Art!



Monday, July 20th, 2009

Here’s the Salt Lake temple. Picture taken from . . . umm . . . I’m not quite sure. I took it, though. I’m sure about that.

We’re back! Had a great time at Young Women camp. The girls enjoyed it and so did we adults. I’m exhausted still, and I have about a zillion mosquito bites on my arms, but I can’t otherwise complain. The weather was beautiful and the company was good too.

I had the trailer parked near the exit from the camp in a beautiful, private little clearing. I put the awning up, the carpet out, and a couple of comfy chairs and my hammock in front. Looked particularly inviting. Stupidly, I took absolutely no photos. I also spent essentially no non-sleep time there. Too busy fixing toilets and taking out trash. But it was a great week.

I’m back to work, and things are as usual. There are a ton of things to get done by Wednesday, every one of which is more urgent than all the others. I’ll get it all done somehow. Or not.

And then we’re off to Alaska on Thursday. (Link update: The mystery’s solved!) Really looking forward to it. There are lots of preparations to be made – LRN4 bought the food for LRN1 and LRN2 and is working on our mountain of clothes to wash. She and I both need haircuts. I have to go to Massive Meeting Tuesday. We both need to make lists and pack (the latter of which will probably happen on Thursday morning before our departure). Probably need to gas up a couple of cars. The list goes on and on.

And then we relax.

LRN1 and LRN2 will be climbing Half Dome and doing some boating with the Scouts this weekend, which should be a pleasant diversion for both of them.

Not many comments on my Very Special Vacation Comment Thread. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make at least occasional posts from Alaska. Or the Morrowlife blog may collapse completely. What happened, Loyal Readers?

I wrote a whole bunch more on my iPhone, but it disappeared, so I’m not going to try to recreate any more. Instead, I’ll leave you with today’s toilet news: The Russian space toilet is on the fritz again.

Important update: It’s fixed! For now.

YW camp thread

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Go wild, Loyal Readers.

Happy vacationers

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Here are (a much younger) LRN1 and LRN16 having a great day at the Detroit Zoo, a few years ago. Looks like fun. We need to get together more often.

Pretty good day, not to mention a busy one. Got the pool and pond filters cleaned – badly needed. Also went to Costco with LRN4 to buy a couple of chairs, which we put in the loft where the computer desk had been, which we put in the loft where the bookcase had been, which we put in the game/sewing/exercise/server room. Spent quite a long time getting the massive clump of wires under the computer desk arranged. It looks much neater now. The room looks good too, and there are now more comfortable places to sit.

Didn’t write any talks yet. I need to get that done tomorrow – at least the first one, anyway. It’s still not clear whether I’ll have time to work on the future talks at YW camp. I’m starting to believe in the affirmative. I just need to take my scriptures, a few talks, and something to write on and with. And my hammock. Of course.

We also spent about four hours helping with the Eagle project. Made good progress. They were hoping to be done today, but they’ll need to finish up tomorrow. We can’t make it again, but we do wish them well.

Situation otherwise normal. Looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a great weekend.

There’s some shocking toilet news today. Remember: guns and toilets don’t mix. Reminds me of my former coworker in Virginia. She told me one day that she had dropped three cell phones in toilets. I can see that happening once – accidents will happen, after all. Maybe even twice, after you’re lulled into a false sense of security believing it couldn’t happen again. But three times? That’s just excessive.

See you a week from Monday. Wish me luck at camp! Leave some messages on my Very Special Camp Thread!

Hood ornament

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Here’s the radiator cap from a Model T depot hack. Great Art taken at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. It was a beautiful truck, and beautifully restored.

More Extreme Short Shrift. No excuse tonight, except that LRN1 and I replaced the battery on LRN4’s trusty old iPod Mini tonight. It came in the mail and seemed like the thing to do. The replacement went relatively smoothly and seems to work perfectly. Huzzah!

Anyway. The work week is over and the YW Camp vacation has begun. I feel better already. All I have left to do is to write a Spanish-language talk for Sunday, write another talk for Wednesday morning, write another talk for the following Sunday, help at an Eagle project tomorrow, get the trailer, fix the trailer hitch, pack up, and go to camp. Should be easy.

Oh, and I really ought to clean the pool and pond filters. Plus, there’s plenty of MARV work to be done. That Navigation system won’t write itself. Plus, the Guidance and Autopilot systems need to be designed.

Let’s end with yet more food violence news: Sauce and pickle attack!

See you tomorrow.