Monday, May 25, 2009
We had a fun weekend playing games with friends and cooking out and doing a lot of house stuff. Lucie has been working hard on the basement. I helped Elliott produce a DVD for school tomorrow with his friend. That came out OK.
We watched the movie "Australia" this weekend. Pretty good. Nice story but almost 3 hours long!
More employment roller coaster ups and downs. Really believing for a breakthrough this week. I made some calls this weekend and got a few emails that are encouraging.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
A little while after I got started, Jasmine came up with a dead mouse in her mouth. Or so I thought. Turns out a bird had made a nest in the corner of the fenced in pool area. Obviously very low. By the time I got over to it, the dogs and decimated the nest and killed all the little birds but one. About 5 of them. I moved the nest out in the woods with the one little survivor but I think that one is a goner too. Kind of sad.
My game at hoops tonight was sad too. Poor shooting, two times in a row I threw away the inbounds pass, weak rebounding. Ugh. I hit a few jumpers and did have a couple of nice full court passes. But I was drained from working in the sun all day.
Ashleigh went to Nathan's senior prom tonight. They came home and changed and went to the after-prom party at the school. Lucie tried to stay up but didn't make it.
We went to her Cambridge honors banquet last night. That was fun. She and the other students were recognized for their achievements and hard work. Pretty fun.
At the security luncheon I went to yesterday I got a lead on an Investigator job. It didn't pan out due to the experience required and distance. Back to the drawing board...
No plans for tomorrow or the weekend except to sit around the pool I suppose...
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tomorrow night is her Cambridge program banquet. That is the advanced program she is in at school.
Elliott used his savings to buy an iTouch yesterday. He is loving that.
Buttercup the snake re-appeared today. The other morning we had deer in the woods behind the house. That got the beagle all riled up.
Tomorrow I am meeting a friend for coffee, then going to a security luncheon to earn continuing education points, and in the evening is the other banquet.
I am still wrestling with some timing issues regarding some decisions. No clear definition on which way to go or when to do things. I can see both sides of the decision but can't figure out which way is the "right" way to go. Keep Lucie and I in prayer.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Pretty chilly around here today. But nice and sunny. We had a good weekend - cooked out with friends, went out with the church group after church Sunday night, Lucie went to a Scottish games festival and A&E had friends over. Busy but good.
Buttercup the snake is missing in action. I am sure it hasn't gone far and probably was burrowed away somewhere because it was chilly out.
We are finally catching up on some season finales - we watched 24 tonight and saw Fringe and The Office earlier. We still have Heroes and Lost and Terminator to catch up on. Although we just found out Terminator was canceled so I that is not high on the priority list now.
Lacrosse banquet tomorrow night.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Elliott had his 8th grade graduation dance/party last night. The school rented out a big place and he got all dressed up and had a good time.
The snake, that Elliott has now named "Buttercup," has become a fixture in our front bushes. It suns itself during the day on the bushes out front and moves from bush to bush.
We spent another long day in the basement yesterday. Made two trips to Goodwill with stuff, threw out a bunch of stuff, and re-organized the basement. Lucie did the bulk of it. But then again, most of the stuff is hers...
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I missed snatching it on my first grab and it scurried around under the bushes. I went in after it and finally found it again curled up in another bush. When I grabbed it, it tried to bite me over and over but it didn't get through the gloves. I put it in the container, put the lid on, and then poked some holes in the lid so it could breathe. We took these pictures and I sent them to a professor at UD who has helped me identify snakes I have caught before and he said it was an Eastern Garter snake. I kept it in the garage until Ashleigh could see it and then let it go. About 2 feet long. I have other pictures of it on Facebook.
Elliott had more X-rays today and another appointment with the surgeon. There is calcium starting to fill in the break in his finger and the doctor was happy. He doesn't have to go back for a month now.
It was senior night at Ashleigh's lacrosse game last night. She scored again! That is four straight games she has scored. She is very tenacious on defense and when she gets the ball on offense, she charges in and scores! The people in the stands were yelling and on the next play, they were saying, "Pass it to Ashleigh!" The best part was the announcer, which is normally not at the games, saying over the loudspeakers, "Newark goal. Ashleigh Hale. Unassisted. Time of the goal was..." And her name is in the paper. She has two more away games and then is done for the season.
All of a sudden some employment opportunities are coming in that may require some decision making on my part. Feast or famine!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Well it was a good day for Ashleigh and her lacrosse team! With just a few games left in the season, I packed up the video camera and set out to record Ashleigh's game. But not only did I get video of her scoring, I captured something else: their team actually winning! It was called a home game but it was played on a local elementary school field. As you can see above, Ashleigh had a nice unassisted goal. And her team won 23-13! Nice!
Beautiful day here so I am going to go enjoy it. Yay Ashleigh!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Finally Oprah Winfrey really did something worthwhile and offered free Kentucky Grilled Chicken coupons online. A friend forwarded the link to me so we printed out our coupons and off we went. Worked out well and we got 3 meals for free! Poor Ashleigh missed out because she was at a school function but they fed her there. Anyway, the promotion is over but we ate well.
Ashleigh's game was rained out today but of course, 10 minutes after they called it, the sun came out! This afternoon a strong storm went through and about 1o minutes later, a wicked bolt of lightning hit a tree out in the woods. KABLAM! Scared me to death. Just like you hear about - the skies were clearing, storm had passed, and then WHAMO. Scared the dogs pretty good too.
I had a very interesting phone call today with someone who has an opportunity for me. Local and right up my alley. Very entrepreneurial but ground level and exciting. I will post more later as this develops. He and I are meeting next Wednesday to go over specifics but this has potential.
Tomorrow Lucie and I are going to move some stuff around in the basement and place the big entertainment center we picked up from our friends' yard sale. It came out really nice and will look good down there.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
And to make it an even better day, her team played the school that beat them 19-3 earlier in the season. This time they did better and only lost by a score of 4-16! ha ha BUT, Ashleigh scored! With about 30 seconds left in the miserable, damp and cold game, Ashleigh whipped a shot in through the goalie's legs. That was a spark!
I was able to work the mower through the soaking wet grass yesterday and get that under control before it rained again. The yard looks great though. I also took away the tree stakes I had used to support the Ash tree we planted 2 summers ago. They say you shouldn't stake the tree more than a year because the swaying of the tree actually helps strengthen the roots. It is really looking nice.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
One of our antique VCRs stopped receiving signals from the remote control the other day. Which is no biggie except the time got out of synch and the only way to access the menu to correct that is with the remote. I knew the remote was sending out signals because I could control other JVC VCRs in the house. So I took the VCR apart, wiggled some stuff around, and it started working! Put it back together and called it a day!
Lucie and Ashleigh went with some friends to Dover this evening (about an hour away). Their phones were eligible for a free upgrade so they got new ones. Pretty nice ones. While they were down there, Elliott and I watched the Celtics game. I pumped the sound through the stereo and it felt like we were there in the Garden. The Celtics got behind by 28 at one point but cut it to 4 and wound up losing by 5. But it was exciting. Then the Red Sox were in NYC playing the Yankees and as I write this, they are ahead 6-4, bottom of the 8th, Papelbon pitching. Should be a win...
If the field dries out, Ashleigh should have a lacrosse game tomorrow afternoon.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Looks like rain the rest of the week. Ashleigh has a couple of games scheduled but they may get rained out.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Meanwhile, at her high school today, a male and female student in a "suspension room" started fighting. The boy punched the girl so she did what any normal high school student would do and stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife. Off to the hospital they go with charges pending against each.
The Celtics lost in TRIPLE overtime last night. What a game! Game 7 is Saturday which they will win by a big margin I predict. In Boston. We had 20 people come out to my Thursday night basketball which was just too many people. I set up 4 teams of 5 people each but that does not make for a good rotation. A few people wound up getting hurt or leaving early so we got the numbers down to something more manageable and had a good night.
Tonight at youth group at church we have a birthday cake staged for Elliott and another one for another friend who is 3 years older. That will be nice. Tomorrow he is having some friends over for lunch, then off to see Wolverine at 3. Looks like a rainy weekend but that is OK. On Sunday he said he wanted to try Red Lobster and we have a gift card for there so that will be where we go for his birthday lunch.