Thursday, October 30, 2014
I don't know if I'd necessarily recognize a first date if I saw one.
But I sure wouldn't look for one at the local diner or at the Mexican restaurant.
Why, then, have the last two times we've eaten out were we asked, "So is this on one check?" We've only been together 16 years at this point.
PS It belatedly occurs to me, maybe they think we're "just friends"! What does that look like? Of course Big Frog is my best friend, but still... Curious...
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I remember my dad, who is and always has been an engineer who thinks in engineer and speaks engineer, marveling that my eighth grade geometry class included trig tables. We quickly moved to scientific calculators and then the exciting world of graphing calculators. I remember one of my friends making 6-slide flip books on the graphing calculator in the middle of non-math class, and even "taking notes" on it. (We knew, and the teacher knew, he was drawing. But he actually had English notes in there too, so she couldn't call him on it that time.)
One time I forgot my graphing calculator and borrowed dad's scientific calculator... it threw me for a loop because not only did it have a cord and an adapter, you had to enter your data using reverse polish notation (Instead of 3 + 4 - 5, you type in 3 4 + 5 - ). When he bought it, for several hundred dollars, it was really top end high tech. After all, the whole of NASA when we sent men to the moon had less computing power than a flip phone has nowadays.
Go ahead and start by reading this to get an attitude of gratitude going. We'll wait. Did you read it? I mean it. Go read about "A Whole New & Necessary Way to See Your Messy House" now!
Incredibly thankful for those, and there were many, who helped me purge, and purge, and sort, and organize, and pack Selah up prior to the move. So many boxes! When everything was finally packed, I literally had to edge around the house in the sole pathway from my bed (camping mattress, at that point) to even the bathroom.
Then suddenly, everything was gone, on a van for a month of storage. W-e-i-r-d. All that was left was me, a suitcase, the aforementioned camping mattress, and the dust rhinoceroses who have been lurking in untouched places, growing in the 12 1/2 years we lived in Selah. (And all the sundry things keeping me from flying to NC & having the movers take Titan, my car. And all the random things I needed in the interim, like my tap sneaks and show pants. But without some important but packed things, like toothpaste. In an amusing twist, the same day I emptied Selah to "bare essentials", I made a Walmart run.) We were blessed, incredibly blessed, beyond blessed, by a wonderful cleaning crew of NCF sisters who swooped through, cleaned every nook and cranny, and disappeared a mere two hours later. Left to my own devices, that could have taken weeks.
I drove to NC and, as previously blogged, met Big Frog at Credo, and serendipitously was able to go into the house because the previous owners were picking up some last items from the place. We continued to indoors-camp even after closing on the house while waiting for flooring to be installed -- out with the tortoiseshell cat carpeting, in with the sleek "Oregon Walnut Fog" flooring. The trio of installers Costco sent us, amazingly were able to do the entire transformation in a single marathon day, which given that it was slated as a three day project, gave them a midweek weekend. And gave us a glorious expanse of empty floor (no furniture yet) in which to sock-skate, which is to say, dust by wearing fuzzy socks. Furniture Friday saw our household goods, plus some planned items from my mom (and a few surprises), arriving in boxes and crates.
We also successfully surprised Big Frog with PA artwork autographed by many of our friends. Literally hundreds of our friends kept the secret from him and helped me coordinate it across a number of events, several held under his very nose even before he left PA.
And now most of the boxes are open and we need to fill this hospitality house with friends. One of Big Frog's questions, early in the househunting process, was, "I wonder who'll be first to stay over at Credo?" We certainly have grown as people since we bought Selah. To that end, our Housewarming Party is on Sunday, November 9, 3-6p. Please come, and bring friends, and we'd appreciate if you brought a plate of your favorite cookies as well as its recipe. We're excited to be building our community here in the Triad.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
They gave us crayons at the restaurant (Dame's Chicken & Waffles). I drew either a very large flower, or a very small elephant, or perhaps both.
Although I intended to bring them home with me, I am not a neat enough eater for that.
me: This is better. I'm taking him home digitally.
Big Frog: And sharing him!
me: He could go anywhere in the world, virtually.
Big Frog: That's awesome.
me: To be a virtual elephant?
Big Frog: Yes!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
It's NPR pledge season now, and I recently heard one new supporter say that she changed the channel because it was all pledge breaks, but had back to NPR because she enjoyed even NPR pledge breaks more than the programming on other stations.
But in Big Frog's car he's got a lot of gospel stations programmed, and not a few bluegrass stations as well.
So we're driving around town and talking, and therefore not really listening to what's on the radio. Unexpectedly, both his and my ears do the auditory equivalent of a doubletake when the singer breaks into a chorus of,
"I'm breaking in a brand new pair of shoes Don't look at me like you think I've got the blues 'Cause I'm walking 'round and around and I'm seeing most of the town I'm just breaking in a brand new pair of shoes."
me: Wow. Just... wow... Wow.
Big Frog, tongue firmly in cheek: Wonder what the inspiration was for that one!
me: Wow... Wow.
Big Frog: Bluegrass. Where songs come from life.
There's a lot to get used to, living in the South. Also, this. On a brighter note, here's an alligator video by one of my favorite children's illustrators, Sandra Boynton:
It is from her awesome book-and-CD, Frog Trouble.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
(There are at least two points where the screen goes to black instead of going to station identification; just wait them out or roll the playbar a little ways forward until the show comes back.)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Big Frog: Body parts warehouse...
(Remember, we've just been to the asian market, where they have pig uterus & hog maw (pig stomach) & tripe just as readily as they have chops & steaks. Salt cod, anyone?)
Big Frog: I'm sure they mean car parts!
me: (laughing nervously) Sticking to the main roads!
Monday, October 13, 2014
"People were spending about $38 billion a year on kerosene. The poorest people were spending the most for the worst. You and I complain when the cost of our flip-a-switch electricity goes up to 15 cents a kilowatt hour. The people using open-flame kerosene lighting are paying on the order of $80 a kilowatt hour. Again, these are the poorest people in the world."
Saturday, October 11, 2014
"Do you know what I like about you? Not your talent, because although you are gifted, so are we all. Because you have the desire that makes the difference between success and failure. Those who succeed are the ones who are willing to follow their talent into all of the unknown places it will take them." ~Julian, dance pro in Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
Friday, October 10, 2014
We turned off our feeds.
We focused on conversational catch-up.
And the O's started to come back.
We occasionally peeked over at the scores, and every time we did, the O's were doing better.
So... we don't get to watch the game. Because reasons.
source: Pearls Before Swine, by Stephen Pastis, 1/2/2011 Go Bawlmer birds!
- I'm definitely in the south. Earlier today I saw a fast food lettered sign advertising fried bologna and Velveeta sandwiches.
- My nails are purple, except for my ring fingernails are glitter orange. Without Brenda choosing purple and orange for her wedding (two kids ago), I never would have done this. But I've always drunk orange and purple Kool-Aid, and it's a pleasure to get to drink them both in October. Let's go Bawlmer Birds!
- a quote from WBAL: "With the rain tonight, I hope the fans stick around." "They've been sticking around for 12 or 13 years. They'll stick a little longer."
- Further proof of our God being a God of abundance: My first trip to Harris Teeter today, and I was going to pick up a 2L of Cheerwine (Addicted already. It's like an even better Dr Pepper.). Also unexpectedly found some Maine Blueberry Soda which reminded me of our trip to Thomas WV, and which I unsuccessfully to get Wegmans Mechanicsburg to carry. Charmed, I thought to myself, "God is so good! Wouldn't it be funny if there were Vernor's (a cream-soda-like ginger ale from Detroit) here too?" There was. When I got home, I asked Earl what he thought would be the most unexpected drinkable find in this area. He said Troegs. Whose Troegenator I remember seeing in the Octoberfest beer display, and which ostensibly is also in the year-round beer aisle as well.
- Tangentially but more generally, I'm still thrown to walk around the corner at Target and see a wall of beer. Definitely not in PA anymore.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Instructables on juniper stump removal
Here's one that's a bit more picturesque about the process.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Big Frog got to Skype with his Collab mentees the other day. They greeted him with, "How's the afterlife?" and, "Welcome back from the dead!", which neither he nor I knew anything about. Don't you think that we would know at least something?
Turns out, one of our wonderful relationship-minded Collab friends, who was on the call, had come in the other day, mournfully reporting, "Big Frog died," which shocked her teammates, who had no idea that anything was even wrong with my hubby.
Fortunately, we're all getting better at asking good questions to get to the bottom of the matter. The team quickly learned how much this fabulous, hula-hooping individual appreciated & respected Big Frog. (Completely in earnest, not teasing in the least.) As she instantly realized what a galvanizing effect her words had on the team, she clarified, "I named my fish after you."