Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
This may be hard to believe, but the loose ends of the so called "kitchen project" are still be wrapped up. Today, finally, we got new lights. This is what the light over our table will look like (except the rounded edge will be facing down; it is upside down in this picture). Not a light I would choose on its own, but it looks really cool in the room. All credit to my wife on picking this out.
Here it is compared to the rather ugly looking chandelier that we have now. Big improvement!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
My wife is out until really late for a board meeting so I am playing bachelor for the evening. On the calendar?
- Cook 1.5 lbs of porterhouse rubbed in Arizona spices and grilled over mesquite wood chips.
- Maybe some more wine
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Forgot to post this past one. Been on the car stereo long enough to have been replaced by the next one already. This is back from April. May's was just wrapped up today and June is fast on its heels. 2011 has been a crazy weird year, but lots of good music.
1. We Will All Be Changed ** Seryn
2. Oh My Stars ** Andrew Belle
3. Sparrow and the Wolf ** James Vincent McMorrow
4. Walk On ** G-Love
5. Summer Light ** The Cave Singers
6. I Will Remain ** Matthew and the Atlas
7. Santa Clara ** The National
8. Gifts and the Raft ** The Cave Singers
9. Si Pero No ** Alex Cuba
10. Static Waves (feat. Katie Herzig) ** Andrew Belle
11. Fajar ** Élage Diouf
12. Anna Sun ** Walk the Moon
13. Rio ** Hey Marseilles
14. Winter Winds ** Mumford & Sons
15. Rumour Has It ** Adele
16. Demon Host ** Timber Timbre
17. Under Mountain, Under Ground ** The Lighthouse and The Whaler
18. Tigers ** The Submarines
19. Trouble In Mind ** Erland & The Carnival
20. Born with a Broken Heart ** David Wax Museum
We are secretly being watched in some sort of social experiment. Here is what I know:
- Yesterday, a bike was placed on our lawn with no announcement or intention being made known to us.
- Mid-day, the bike was moved up to the side of our tree.
- I moved it back.
- It has yet to get stolen (or taken back by its owner) and we are running a little over a day now I think.
- It is in good condition.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Jozy had a tough week. A couple days in doggie day care and then one sleepover at Woof N' Whiskers. Weeks like these usually result in what we affectionately call her Woof N' Whisker Hangover. She spends most of the next day or so on her bed and rarely moves.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I was out of town earlier this week for work and then we were in Houston yesterday for the Gold Cup Semifinal matches. We had left out some sunflowers since Saturday that we got from our local community garden and their pollen is dropping on our counter.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I'll always remember doing work on the car with him (that I hated) and his frequent request to "shine the light on the work" or always making sure "you have the right tool for the job." Those two statements, while very specific at the time, stick with me to this day and I find that I can apply them to a great many situations.
He was an excellent soccer coach and created a foundation for soccer in the town that I grew up in, eventually elected to the state soccer hall of fame and having a tournament named after him. I'll always remember the winter soccer months when we would borrow a local gym, bring out the boom box and make 15-18 little kids dribble soccer balls to the sounds of Paul Simon and Rhythm of the Saints. He never played himself, but he knew the importance of the intangibles.
He was a great father and I never told him that enough. Thanks for everything dad - you are truly missed.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
We've lived in our house for over 5 years and have yet to use our fireplace. Granted, it's been behind our TV for 5 of those years so it was hard to actually even consider using it. We finally have easy access to it now though. Maybe this winter.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
What you are seeing here is a relatively common sight around our house. In that upper right corner of my messy closet, you can see it, the piece of a dog toy sticking its head out from under a pile of clothes. Sometimes Jozy just won't give up on a toy, especially her Kamikaze Chicken. This is made worse by those toys that she can tear apart easily and require constant supervision. I had forgotten that ol' KC was hidden up there until I was trying to do some cleaning this past weekend. Jozy has yet to find him but she eventually will, and we'll be treated to long spell of barking up at the toy from her frustrated 4-pawed height.
I didn't see this next one live but heard about it and it is almost as impressive as Hassli's. Given the choice though, I'll always vote for a MLS goal over as Mexican national team goal.
Monday, June 13, 2011
"...was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy. Following Japanese language training, he participated in the interception, decryption and translation of Japanese naval communications during World War II. Following his release from active duty from the Navy, he entered the Foreign Service in 1947, and served with distinction in diplomatic and consular posts in France, Germany, Panama, Japan and at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. In addition to Japanese, Dr. Dur was fluent in French, German and Spanish."
Just like any old house that you move into, there are echos of the previous resident left throughout. The photo above is something we found masking taped to the inside of a hall closet in our house when we moved in over 5 years ago. We've kept it without knowing what it says or what its origin is.
One of my daily feeds, Co.Design posted a potential solution that has been developed by Elham Seyed Javad, an Iranian-born French-Canadian designer. This "sports hijab" is for female Muslim athletes who need/want to take the field in full head-and-neck cover. Personally, on top of its potential to fix FIFA's perspective, I think this actually looks pretty cool. The skeptics are probably out in full force though since FIFA is such a mess when it comes to sounds decision making and other topics such as women in sport.
One can't help but wonder if a Snood replacement might be next in the designer's queue.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saw You First:
Saturday, June 11, 2011
My father used to travel all over the world for his work when I was younger. I don't remember a lot about the trips when he was gone except for a few memories of the souvenirs he brought back or the postcards he would send. I remember one really large postcard in particular with a snow covered castle. I'm not sure what country it was from but if I had to hazard a guess it was Switzerland. I have it somewhere. On the back of that postcard, and probably others, there was one sentence, "Will, Be good for your mom. Dad"
That makes me smile. I think those postcards are what made me start to collect stamps when I was younger.
This souvenir is from one of trips to Mexico I think. I remember playing with it a lot growing up and I'm pretty sure my brother had one just like it. Wish I knew what it was called.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The last set of tickets I bought went unused. We are working really hard to make sure this next set (doubleheader for the Gold Cup semifinals) do not go unused as well. The only thing that we cannot really control is if the US team makes it. Go US!
PS - Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife next week (this is one of a few gifts and I count myself truly lucky that you are such a soccer fan).
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Warning, the following video shows simulated Sasquatch violence.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
I'm savin' all my nickels
And half of every dime
I'm washin' all the blankets
God knows that I'm tryin'
I fixed the gate
We will find each other so they say
In the meantime
I'm lonesome while I wait