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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
9:47 am
Adventures in Similac...
Fussy Baby...

Why is baby fussy?

Is it that poop and gas is no fun?

Is it that OMG....these colors and these flailing hands (wait? are they attached to ME???) are just overwhelming?

Is it frustration that you can't quite grab the green seahorse in your activity playmat?

Is it that tummy time is a cruel and inhumane act of torture?

Do you just hate naps?

Why must baby cry?

Orange Similac Sensitive = yum! 4 ozs possibly more plz
Blue "normal" Similac = (after 1 oz) WHAT IS THIS SWILL YOU PRESENT TO ME....THE BABY???

I get it, Z-dude....it's not a 2000 Chateau Margaux, but for you it must be like that (or basically lactose intolerance).

In any regards....don't let this go to your head. You're gonna like Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts.
Saturday, March 6th, 2010
1:59 pm
Like Father, like Son
Well, mrdorbin is off running errands while i'm here accompanying the Z-man while he's napping. Z-man and I have already done our errands this morning...a trip to Petsmart, Home Depot, car vacuuming, and Vivace stop. For the most part, Z-man loves the car....although i noticed today since the sun's out in force the reflection of the sun off of another car and when the sun itself is directly shining through the back...yeah, just a bit annoyed. But really, his annoyment is more of a "nghuuh" that a meltdown of high shrill proportions.

Z-man is enjoying 70s soft rock...it's a great way to get a nap of him (which he's doing now as Maureen McGovern is singing "There's got to be a Morning After"). Which of course, i'm enjoying. Some of the earliest songs I remember be on the radio were "Bennie and the Jets" and "Don't go breaking my heart" by Elton John, "How Long" by Ace, "Lay down Sally" by Eric Clapton and "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot.

Speaking of Gordon, I myself am getting a deeper appreciation of him as i've bought "Race Among the Ruins", "Bitter Green", and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".

.....and now Sir Paul is asking me to "Listen to what the Man Said". so I guess I should.
Saturday, February 20th, 2010
6:24 am
Bad combination...

Bad combination of an appletini, lack of sleep, and spicy turkey bacon shrimp. I had a hard hard crash last night (which thank you mrdorbin for taking the long shift). The sleep is more caught up on (notice the non-absolute there) but I woke up feeling the effects of the meaty thing.

I started eating white meat again when mrdorbin went on South Beach (was already eating fish). ...and it's been a mixed bag.

Well, I'm up and Zach had his 530a feeding and looking sleepy which means car ride time for him. Trips to Thriftway (which do me well for coffee and conversation) seem to do him well as well (warm car and cuddly car seat time). ...even so, that last about two hours. We the next feeding comes, it's "YOU better have that bottle ready for me now and we're my sleeping basket???" Remember the baby in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Well, Zach not him, but you can tell....there's a personality showing up down there.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
9:18 am
...also going on record.
While mrdorbin was having his colonoscopy, I took Zach out for his first mocha. His goal: just stare at the cup, bud, just stare at the cup! (those first day goals of coordinating the eye muscles are tough).
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
10:07 pm
I have homework...a lot of it.
Why am I posting? back to reading and signing and writing.
Friday, October 9th, 2009
10:20 pm
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
10:38 am
Buy Ref 71 airtime in SE Washington....it's cheap.
Yes, you too can buy airtime for the Approve Referendum 71 campaign. Go to www.amiprotected.org (a redirect to www.equalrightswashington.org/airtime/ ).

ERW is buying time on KING5 here in Seattle, but more importantly CNN in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver WA, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, and Yakima.

...and airtime in Eastern Washington is cheap....and getting an approve vote in Eastern Washington would feel a lot harder won (speaking for myself).
Monday, October 5th, 2009
2:25 pm
Another look at history....
One of my classes this quarter is a History of American Minorities class. For the 12 week quarter, we are moving through the Hispanic/African/Native/Asian - American experiences. Overall about 700 pages of reading plus daily lectures. (Let's put aside the LGBTQ / Deaf / Woman's experiences, among others, which this class should go into....and how do you bundle Asia as one experience).

The current subject is the Hispanic experiences. I'm reading a book called Harvest of Empires which is been interesting so far for its more than descriptive look at the US meddling in Latin America. Some of history we were taught. I do remember one of the 'alternative' approaches to the Panama Canal was to be a canal through Nicaragua using Lake Nicaragua. Well, what wasn't in our books is we (US and US citizens) also managed to meddle in Nicaraguan affairs deeply enough that they are downline ties to the Somoza dictatorship and then the Sandinista revolution. Furthermore, in Panama, to build the canal, we cross-migrated Carribean 'workers' to build the canal....creating a 'caste' that didn't really exist.


...and now I'm hearing Paul Harvey's voice with "...and now you know the rest of the story. Good Day!"

What ick we have wrought in the name of whatever momentary fascination we had!
Monday, September 21st, 2009
4:44 pm
Next week...a trip to Libby, MT
I posted awhile back that I lived in Libby MT in the 1990s and had some exposure (albeit limited I think) to the asbestos disaster that Libby has become .(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libby,_MT)

I scheduled an appointment for next week (Mom's is sometime this fall). I received a 19 page questionnaire of info to fill out to take to my appointment. WOW! 19 pages.

CARD (Center for Asbestos Related Disease) states in their letter they are collecting information on everything (sleep pattern/stress/tobacco/depression/occupational exposure/did you fish in certain streams/did you burn firewood/did you interact with mine workers).
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
5:12 am
Story told to me yesterday in Austin...
From my younger Sister (full Hispanic) at the University of TX cheer tryouts

(slightly paraphrased)

So, I was at cheer tryouts and there was this one other girl there who was Hispanic. I went over to talk to her and find out where she was from and just "shoot the shit." This white girl comes over to us and says, "Wow! That's so cool! Y'all are related , right? Cuz y'all look so much alike!" We looked nothing alike except for both being short. I thought about it for a second....I wanted to say "So, where's your sister? You know, I can't tell you white people apart!"

southplains comment: All day yesterday was a dose of what I consider Texas liberalism. Central Texas is probably the most progressive part of the state. Yesterday started off visiting a friend who works in city government in a suburb of San Antonio....gay, and still has to downplay his relationship somewhat. Then my sister mentions her run-in (that wasn't the only one) with racism at UT. (Side note - lunch was at a BBQ place where our server was an ex-vegan where a shirt saying "Scaring vegetarians since 19XX").

It's was just a big day of "Wow!"
Sunday, September 6th, 2009
3:08 pm
How I read and a question on synonyms....
I've begun buying books for the Fall Quarter. This history class is going to be a bit intensive as I've bought 3 out of 4 books and so far have 580 pages of reading on the Minority Experience ahead of me. One, I'm not particular an easy heavy content reader...how-to books OK, Socrates, well, honestly not for me unless in shorter digestable chunks.

In the meantime, in prep for my Spanish class...I bought a Spanish native-written trashy gay novel so I could build vocabulary. There's formal written language, and then there's how it is used in vernacular...and I thought this would be an easy way to approach that.

So far, I'm 50 pages in and have vocabulary notes scribbled all over...but have found i can read it fairly well the first time through. It has brought up a question though...more of an overall language and literary question.

Synonyms or synonymic phrases...
75 ways of saying the same thing or not?
- Approaching someone v. go up to someone
- Pining away for someone v. longing for someone
- Annoy v bother

Why pick the words we do (or how), be it written or spoken? In verse, there is poetic licence. But spoken, is it common use and daily reinforcement? Or maybe synonyms aren't exactly identical but add emphasis in different aspects of the same idea?

just curious...
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
9:53 pm
New discoveries on the property in Usk...
Apparently we have Wild Blackberries, not the big plump side of I-5 type, but tiny, compact berries like a raspberry (but County Extension said it was a blackberry).

Also, this tree/bush started producing a green 'tomato-ish' looking thing. I pulled it off and peeled back the green pieces to find a nut....a Hazelnut. How in the heck do we have a Hazelnut tree? in NE Washington? on a piece of property never having been previously lived on? I'm going to confirm this discovery tomorrow with County Extension.

Funny that I've owned this for 9 years now and only now were these found....and they're not really in hidden locations.
7:38 am
Little in Usk...
she's doing fine and is hanging out in a cool spot between my boxes and the wall. No errant pee-ing and she reports that she's not a fan of thunderstorms or Mom's dog (Aspen).
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
8:17 am
Feeling bad for the folks on the Westside...
This isn't a rub-in as much as an I really don't get this.

Newport is currently 10 degrees cooler than Seattle and is only getting up to 87 today. How did the East side end up cooler than Seattle? Trade off, we had a thunderstorms.

While driving back from Coeur d'Alene last night, I could see the pretty heat lightning in the distance over Newport. Then I had to drive through it. It....started off with lightning all around and ground strike (not the normal heat lightning cloud-to-cloud) then it progressed to honest-to-God hail (quarter-size, not the truck damaging golf ball size, but bigger than Seattle-size).

Endtimes, I tell you, endtimes

Little is adjusting. She has slept with me each night but spent her day roaming around the garage and hissing at Mom's dog.
Monday, July 27th, 2009
5:15 pm
Skalkaho Pass
Drove over to Missoula to drive Skalkaho Pass, a local mountain road. This is one of my "want to accomplish" before child trips and since all the work/meet and greets I need to do in Usk are Tue / Wed / Thurs....hell why not?

So Skalkaho Highway....WOW! The signs forewarn you for what awaits. After 15 miles, there is a 25 mile section, gravel, and nothing longer than 20 feet advised. At the beginning, the road seemed innocuous, but then begins to climb. And the climb becomes something like the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park, except it's not really wide enough for two passing cars in spots, and it's gravel, and there are no guardrails. It take quite a bit for me to feel my legs wobble and this did it. Near the top, you're treated to Skalkaho Falls cascade off the mountainface and in front of the road. It's not some wispy narrow fall either...not huge, but not wispy. Pics on Facebook in a few days.
Sunday, July 26th, 2009
10:23 am
Over the hill and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go...
T-minus 1 hour 30 mins before Little's departure.

We're heading to Spokane/Usk the scenic route over the North Cascades Hwy, through Methow Valley, and by Coulee Dam which Mom has never seen.

As a final present, I have one final pee-ing disaster of Little's to clean up.
Friday, July 24th, 2009
9:33 am
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
1:19 pm
Farewell to Little...
Saturday is Little's last day in Seattle before heading off to live with Grandma in Texas. It's going to be a bit traumatic for her. Cross-State drive to E. Washington, then a week there, then the 3-day drive to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Feel free to stop by and give her a good kitty scratch.
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
12:37 pm
Ruminating about Libby...
A lot of you have heard about the asbestos 'disaster' that took place over a 70-year period in Libby, MT. In case you haven't....well, I'll spare you the links....just type Libby asbestos in youtube.com.

Anyway, well, my Mom and I lived there in 1991 - 1992. Apparently, we're eligible for a free lung screening.
Monday, July 20th, 2009
1:39 pm
Ruminating on Fingerprints...
As I'm running down mrdorbin and my fingerprint forms to the Adoption folks, I'm noticing my fingerprints have way way way more cracks than mrdorbin's.

...I wonder if that's due to the housebuilding and other manual labor?
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