Saturday, November 21, 2009

Too Funny

Court found this performance by our local high school. I was in choir in high school and probably sang this song 100 times, but this is much funnier!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Budding Meteorologist

There are a few jobs that I just think are silly. One of them has to be tv meteorologists. What other job can you have when you can be wrong AT LEAST 50% of the time and still have a job. Maybe engineering, but... just kidding guys.

My other least favorite job is statistician. I took statistics in college and I hated it. I'm the type of person that likes a concrete answer. 1+1=2, always, no other question. But in statistics 1+1 might equal 2, but it could also equal 1 or 3. I know, I don't get it either.

Anyway, I digress.

My family is VERY into the weather. That's always a question I get whenever I talk to my mom or grandma on the phone. "So, what's the weather like up there?" There aren't a lot of choices around here... "Well, it's raining." OR "Well, it's a nice day today." (Both those answers could come on the same day.)

So, last year for Christmas, my parents got us a thermometer so we could more accurately report the weather to them. I really do LOVE this thermometer. It's always nice to know how cold it is when I go on my walk (below freezing, I do the Wii Active. I'm prone to slipping on ice. Have I ever told you the story of falling on the quad at USU while reading a newspaper? That's basically the story and I was MORTIFIED.)

Then, a friend of ours bought a rain gauge and that got us thinking. "Hey, wouldn't it be nice to know how much it rains on our little part of the world?" The gardener in me thought this was a great idea because then I could know if I needed to water or not. (A lawn needs about 1" of water a week to remain green. Since the goal here seems to be to keep it a yellow/green, I'm a little less than stringent on this.) So, we trekked all over trying to find a cool rain gauge (electronic, not those silly plastic ones that I already have and that broke last year in the HUGE snow). We finally found one and brought it home. Then, sadly it didn't rain that day, but it has since then. Sunday it rained .74 inches. Then yesterday it rained 2.76 inches. Wowie! I'm so excited about this.

But, the sad part is, now our thermometer is not working. I'm waiting for it to stop raining so I can go out and take the batteries out of the sensor to see if I can get it working again. (That's my "fix" for everything...turn it off and turn it back on. Or threaten to throw it out the window which gets Brent to fix it extra fast. I have quite the temper for electronic gagets!)

So, I've decided to track how much it rains on us this winter. This will be a little difficult while we are in Utah for Christmas, but I'll figure out something. If you would like to watch the running total of rainfall on our deck, just check the side bar. I'll update it daily-ish.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Not the Norm

I started this last week, but then I had to start my crazy week getting ready for the Super Saturday, so it's been awhile. Anyway, I'm finishing it today.

I know I should be talking about Halloween today. I can give you a quick synopsis, but since neither Brent nor I dress up for this holiday, the pictures would be somewhat normal and boring. We also were going to carve pumpkins, but my stupid sickness made that not happen this year.

We did get to hang out with Court and Brad's kids for about 24 hours, so they could go on a BIG date. I hope it was fun for them, and it was fun for us. I wasn't quite up to taking them to a school carnival - that was a little TOO mom-ish for me - but we made some cupcakes and played some wii. It was a fun night. They are the best kids and a lot of fun to be around.

And, we even got about 10 trick or treaters this year. We have NEVER had more than one or two since we've lived here, so that was kind of exciting.

But, today I think I'm going to take some time to catch up on when my parents visited us. So, here is the story in pictures...

The first thing we did was go to Hunter Farms - a pumpkin patch about an hour south of here.

These are my dad's new earrings. It has always been this way with him. Well I remember the cabbage leaf ear muffs, the carrot walrus teeth, etc, etc. I think you get the idea.

We then had a couple of days of running errands and playing wii. (My dad likes to win, so when he doesn't, he will practice and practice and practice until he beats you. This is probably why I'm not a really big game player. But, now Brent's practicing at the wii golf so he can beat dad at Christmas. Awesome!)

It had also been rainy, so that made it hard to figure out stuff to do. So, we decided one day to just throw caution to the wind and go to the zoo, rain or shine.

Unfortunately, it was A LOT more rain than shine. But the good part about being there when it's rainy was that we saw A LOT of animals REALLY close up.

Normally this room is STUFFED, but we were the only ones in it, so the walrus' came over to say hello.

Mom and the walrus having a moment to talk.

My dad swears that he was actually holding his breath the entire time, but I'm not 100% sure. It was really long. Especially since I could only get about 30 seconds!

I just think this is a cool picture of an anemone.

We also went to Gig Harbor for dinner. Doesn't that just look like fall.

We went to the Tacoma Home and Garden show. These shows are quite a bit more fun when you have a house that you can work on. I would definitely go again.

We had a great visit and it was fun to see them. Unfortunately, as soon as they left, I got really sick, so the last few weeks have been somewhat of a blur. I'm back to my normal happy self and our Super Saturday event is over and was really fun! So all is right with the world in our world. Hope it is in yours as well.