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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday Walkblogging


We went on an expotition to find flowers.


The Greenway (aka our driveway) is looking a bit less green.


Bog Road, looking south.


The Bog, looking north.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

A Whole Half A Decade


Somehow, this kid is 5 today.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Outsideblogging


4.4kft? Pffft.


Climb!


And back to Jeffersonville for dinner and a crescent.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dirty Face

This is clearly about Sadie:

Where did you get such a dirty face,
My darling dirty-faced child?
 
I got it from crawling along in the dirt
And biting two buttons off Jeremy’s shirt.
I got it from chewing the roots of a rose
And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.
I got it from peeking into a dark cave
And painting myself like a Navajo brave.
I got it from playing with coal in the bin
And signing my name in cement with my chin.
I got if from rolling around on the rug
And giving the horrible dog a big hug.
I got it from finding a lost silver mine
And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.
I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears
And from having more fun than you’ve had in years.

Shel Silverstein.

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Thursday Walkblogging


Down Bog Road.


C exhorts Zoey to follow us.

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#throwbackthursday


Bucket hat retired, warm hat returns for season.  Not a long throwback: this was from Boyz Week in February, when Ericka and Sadie were in PDX.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What The...?


I am, in fact, ridiculous and an idiot.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quiet Time

Can't come soon enough today.  Everybody's a bit out of sorts for various reasons.

Yesterday was rather blissful and calm because our kids are still not quite adjusted to our home time zone and sleeping like crap, and one of my extra charges was feeling under the weather--quiet time was extra long and unusually, actually quiet.  C's better today, fortunately, but Sam was a pip last night so 75% of the family only got a few hours of sleep (whilst Sadie slept like the dead through it all).

All that said, this morning hasn't been too bad on the whole.  Naturally some acting out--not just by Daddy--but mostly building and wrecking and rebuilding cozy forts, which is one of my favorite things, especially on a chilly, cloudy day.  Now if I can only get everybody to nap in them for, like, 5 hours...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Backtoschoolblogging


Sam was very excited to tell everybody about the fire, volcano and zoo.


Mila photobombed, but stayed in the woods whilst Furio followed us all the way.

A fine, crisp, autumnish morning just before Fall officially begins.  The way I like it.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#throwbackthursday


Before leaving for my Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip to Mt Katahdin back in '87.

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Thursday Volcanoblogging


Sam can tell his classmates that he was on a stratovolcano, and higher than Mt Mansfield.


Damned government programs, giving people jobs and building stuff that generates local revenues.

We were in the cloud line, which made for an eery Shining feel but no glorious vistas.

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Containment

#36pitfire now 30% contained, with a whopping 810 fire fighters battling it (passed their command center last night on the way home from Ericka's bro's house, and it's huge).  We enjoyed a day of blue sky in PDX, this morning I smelled through the bedroom winow that the wind had shifted and once again there's a familiar haze in Estacada.  Planning on a trip up Mt Hood ("A VOLCANO!" shout the kids) to get above the cloud/smoke line to see the vistas.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Photobombblogging


Some damned kids kept getting in the way of my shots.


See the big, big fish!


Cheetahs don't look fast when chilling.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's been a long way, but we're here.


On the plane yesterday.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Monday Walkblogging


Team walking.


Bye bye, bubberfie.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

People With Children Should Never, Ever Travel

Saw this digby post about a survey on air passenger "rudeness" on FB yesterday:

I can sort of see why why people are unhappy when the passenger in front of them reclines their seat but the rest of this seems like a people who don't understand that the world doesn't revolve around them...

[Y]es, people have children. Children are not robots and they will act badly in public sometimes. (In fact, I'd just bet that most of the people who are complaining were terrible brats...)

Thank Dog we have no connecting flights this week, and there's WiFi on the plane so the kids can watch their tablets.  Regardless, we understand that our family should live in a cave until Sam and Sadie are functioning adults, and apologize in advance for being out in public with our spawn.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

What's Air Travel Like These Days?

Long gone is the epoch when I found myself in multiple airplanes almost every week.  In fact, I haven't flown in 5 years--Sadie has experienced air travel more recently than I.

So next week I'm gonna feel like a virgin.  We'll be in PDX for 10ish days (the 11th to the 19th once you take away travel days).  Perhaps I'll see some of you Portlandia types.

Blogging will hopefully be the same level of shitty as always, what with WiFi at 30k feet and at Grandma's & Grandpa's, not to mention my general anti-social behavior.

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Business Time


Ah, shit, it's Thursday.

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Family Sarnath

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Yeah, this is how most mornings go.

ntodd

PS--There are only interpretations.

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Not A Drop To Bucket Challenge With

First World Problem: the other day I was cleaning a pitcher so I could make some lemonade (since it was going to be hot this week) when suddenly the water just stopped.

Oh.  Shit.

Did our pump give up the ghost after two decades?  Not likely that the well ran dry, but I suppose it could be possible.  Pipe weakened by all the freeze/thaws caused by Al Gore's global warming finally spring a leak?  Is it time just to burn the house down and move to the wilderness with new identities?

Nah.  Mike from Chevalier (yes, pronounced correctly, not in Vermont fashion) came over this morning and in less than an hour had swapped out the bad controller and horrifically gross pressure gauge.  Thank the fuck christ it wasn't anything major.

About 36 hours without working indoor plumbing.  And we had big jugs of spring water to tide us over.  American privilege (not exceptionalism) at work.

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