Monthly Archives: June 2010

Moving

This weekend, I am moving. It’s really just across the street. If I was tall (like Paul Bunyan tall), I could probably see one place from the other.

I’m moving from a two bedroom apartment into two bedrooms of a friend’s 4 bedroom house. So we’re losing a lot of space, and a little bit of freedom, but the savings on rent will make it SO worth it.

Most everything is packed. There’s still random stuff here and there. Alexander has the most stuff, of course. I don’t know where all these toys came from. (Yes I do: grandparents.)

Most of the furniture and things I won’t need or won’t have space for, my parents will store for me. Last weekend, we built a little loft in their… outbuilding is the only word I can think of. It’s like a garage, I guess, though no car has ever been in it that I know of. It’s a laundry room workshop storage place. Maybe we should have a garage sale though. Downsizing is good.

If you all want to come help, you’re welcome. We’ll start over here at 9am, but my brother, parents, and my friend Amy will be here helping. I won’t say no if you want to help, too.

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Father’s Day at 400 Feet

Alexander and I had breakfast at Panera Bread, and then went up 400 feet in a balloon today over Downtown Disney for Father’s Day.

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And another one!

I started a third blog to tell my grandfather’s story – in his words! It will tell of his days as a wild youth in Idaho, and then his time in WWII and beyond.

Check it! http://claudesstory.wordpress.com

Another blog!

I started a new blog in memory of my grandmother who passed away last year. It’s going to be of recipes that she shared with us in a book before she died.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

http://hoskinsfamilyrecipes.wordpress.com

The weekend

  • The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  ~Bill Watterson
  • The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.  ~Chuck Palahniuk

For those who were dying to know after my last blog, my parents ended up getting a 37” Vizio E370VL 1080p LCD HDTV.

They are quite happy with it so far. The difference for my dad’s vision from their little tiny 13″ RCA TV is amazing, of course.

We went to the Magic Kingdom and saw the Main Street Electrical Parade Friday night. This is my favorite picture of the night:

I was trying to be creative with the camera.

Saturday, we went and saw the new Karate Kid movie. Alexander and I both really liked it. It was longer than I expected at almost two and a half hours. But those two and a half hours were good. There were some slow parts, though. If they’d tightened it up during editing, I think it could have been even better. The beginning of the movie, I don’t think they made the emotional connections deep enough – like why the kid would fight at first – but after a while, it’s easy to root for the hero. The writing was okay, but the directing was pretty good. The mother annoyed me at times, though. I think an issue may have been the age of the characters – the main character is 12. In some ways, it helps, like the relationship of student to teacher, but it seems the script would have been more appropriate for a kid who was 16, which I think was the age of the character in the first movie. Still, it’s worth seeing, especially at the cheap matinee like we saw it.

The rest of the weekend has been filled with shopping and packing. I bought Alexander some new Converse, because his Airwalks were falling apart. They were only 2 months old, too, and had holes in the soles and in the canvas sides. I think the Converse are better made. And we got them at the outlets, on clearance, so they were affordable. Orlando can be awesome for outlet shopping. We hit up Target a couple of times – most recently for packing tape.

Did I mention that I was moving in 2 weeks? My lease is up at the end of the month, so I’m moving into a friend’s house. She’s renting us 2 out of her 4 bedrooms for cheap. We’ll be able to save money and pay off debt – maybe even get completely out of debt. It’s worth a little loss of freedom.

So that’s our weekend! I hope you’ve had a great one, too!

Hello, Helicopter.

Happy Friday, dear reader.

Today begins a string of 11 three-day weekends for me as I spend more time with Alexander while he’s out of school for the summer. We may be able to get away for some day or weekend trips, but we’ll just have to see how things shake out. This first day, we’re going to spend some time with my parents and see if we can find them a new TV. Continue reading

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If you have noticed, I seem to be quite horrible at regular blogging. I want to tell you fun things, or interesting things, but never seem to sit down and actually do it.

And I can’t do it now because I have to get ready for work.

But you can help! I need you to nag me. Fill up my comments or Twitter account with nag after nag encouraging me to write soon.

And if there’s something you want me to write about, let me know, because I have one of those grade A USDA slabs of writer’s block.