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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.

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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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#futurethrowback


2yo rockhounds pass the time while their siblings are at school.


Sam accidentally knocked over, then ditched his sister on the way home.

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#notathrowbackyet


Put my laptop up high on a bookshelf to save from 2yos.

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#throwbackthursday


1st day of school, 2013,  Skeptical last year.  This year, incredibly excited--even more so on the 2nd day.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The 7 Faces Of Sadie Mac


Ericka helped Sadie take selfies while eating Mac'n'Cheese.


She experimented with her facial expressions.


Seen that one a few too many times.


Surprise!


Hey there, cutie!


A quick bite.


Too fun!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quick Links

Just a couple awareness things for tonight:

  • Mother Jones: FarmHer documents the badass women who grow our food
  • Everyday Feminsm: Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children

Even though sexism and racism are, of course, nonexistent.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fridayimsotiredblogging


What?


FML.


Ruuuuuuuun!


Well, okay then.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

#throwbackthursday


Won't be long before this is our walk to school.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Dover, I Hardly...


Mary Hogan Elementary, on the way to Mommy's gig.


Still in Middlebury.


Squidward behind the elementary school in Newfane.


Alaska chases Mexico.


Another day keeping the kids alive deserves a nice glass of Malbec, amirite?

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Herding Puppies


Back from Dover, where we met Alaska.  Now Sam wants a puppy, 3 rabbits and 3 "baby chickens."  Because we don't have enough animals.

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PS--Photo credit: ergVT on her new iPhone.

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