Friday, April 03, 2009

This Might Be Lame

But I saw the DOW today and it made me smile. Over 8000... is it a good sign? Is it a a lie? Are we going to to go down in flames? Hmmm... we'll just have to see.

Who's Who

My dad is an identical twin.  When i was little my uncle and him would switch sweaters and I wouldn't be able to tell who is who.  Some of my "readers" have met my dad.  Can you tell which one he is?

Sunday, March 22, 2009


I didn't bring the cord for my camera but I have taken a few with my phone.  This is the view from the wind swept top of Winter Park ski resort. It's a mile to mile and a half hike from the chair lift to this spot.  The bowls we skied are behind us on this picture.  It was a beautiful day and we did the hike both days.  It was worth it.  I'd like to say this picture sums up the three days I got to spend at my family's place in Colorado.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Almost a Month Late

Here Abbie and I are blowing out my start shaped candles.  My sister-in-law made me a cake and even dinner.  Due to some other circumstances I barely made it up to Tahoe before Abbie needed to go to bed so I had cake before dinner.  Also, the family decorated the kitchen and dinning room for me.  There were blue balloons, "Auntie's favorite color" and streamers as well as a sigh that said "Happy Birthday Auntie".  After the long day and drive I had that night it was all greatly appreciated.    Not to get too sentimental, but i love my family.  Each part, AIAV, Ta, and The 'rents, each are their own individuals and support me in their own way and for this past birthday I needed the support they gave me. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bucket List (from facebook)

Things you have done during your lifetime:
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(X ) Been to Canada
( X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(X) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
(X) Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
( ) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Sang Karaoke
( ) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
( ) Hiked the Grand Canyon
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies
(X ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
(X) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
(X ) Gone snowmobiling
(X) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
(X ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
( X) Seen the Statue of Liberty
(X) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
(X) Traveled by bus
(X) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
(X) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(X) Been to Disneyland/World
(X) Been in a rain forest
( X) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins (almost...there were dolphins all around our dive boat in belize)
(X) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
(X) Walked through a volcano
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
(X) Been water-skiing
(X) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
(X) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(X) Been to a National Football League game
(X) Traveled alone
(X) Received an award
( ) Kissed a stranger
(X) Broken the dress code
(X) Drove or went somewhere on a whim
(X) Been to a large music festival
( ) Been to a large ren festival
( ) Been to a comic book convention
( ) Run a marathon
( ) Read a book in a day
(X) Spent a whole day reading
( ) Spent a whole day in bed, not sick
(X) Jumped off a cliff
(X) Went rock climbing
( ) Went geo-caching
(X) Been to a foreign country (other than Canada and Mexico)
( ) Been on a dig
(X) Performed in front of an audience

I'm not sure I even want to do all of these.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Okay, well I have to admit that my entries have been a bit impersonal lately.  There has been made a request from some to be kept out of my blog.  I understand not everyone wants their personal life viewable on the web.  'Cause of this I've felt "limited" as to what I can talk about, until I realized, I didn't talk about this person all that much so why is it effecting me! Here am, out to try a personal blog.
This past weekend I was at a car event, despite the 100,000 miles my care carries.  I had two students.  My C/D student was my brother's girlfriend and an A student in a Miata, we'll call him Mike.   I've had my brother's girl before and she recognized her timidness but gets bolder as the event goes on.  All is all she greatly improved. 
Mike on the other hand was different.  He's a college kid from Chico who's buddies do other events.  I'm not sure how he got into the Audi Club event, but he did.   As with bro's girl, he improved, but he had built a habit i just couldn't get him to recognize or shake.  After 15-18 min on the track, about 8-10 laps, he's completely stop doing everything I taught him.  He wouldn't brake as hard, he'd hold on track out, he'd slam on the gas and just be rough.  He completely stopped listening to me.  It's like he got immune to my voice.  It was especially frustrating 'cause when he did listen and got a corner right he was faster, smoother, and over all the turn felt better.  He even admitted it.  Ugh. So finally last time out as we exit turn three all wrong 'cause he came in to fast and slammed on the gas, I say "It's funny, in each run group, this is the time you seem to stop listening to me." "Oh, really sorry." He says as he straightens the car out.  We get though turn 5 a bit off kilter with me saying, "Let it track out, let it track out.  The next corner will come to you don't worry." 'Cause it does every time!  Well he got to turn 6 too soon and didn't brake... sum it up.  He spun.  He was luck to have stayed on track, but really what other evidence to I need to say THAT'S WHY YOU LISTEN TO WHAT I'M SAYING.  I'M YOUR I-N-S-T-R-U-C-T-O-R!  God damn EGOS!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The time had come

A month before her 5 year "birthday" Smurfett turned over 100,000 miles.