Monday, October 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Brittany and I came across this scene while walking to dinner one night. At first, we thought the chicken was a coconut. We figured out what it really was after it moved. It wasn't completely dead. Just mostly dead. It was kind of gruesome. So I took a bunch of pictures.
Here are a couple new pictures of Brittany and Jack. Jack's growing fast!
You can see the vicious dogs in the background in the picture above.
This event is so important to me that I wrote and published an entire article all about it. Whew. That took a lot out of me.
I'm so lazy.
Read it here.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Brittany and I are in Kaua'i. I've been reading Breakfast of Champions to Brittany and Jack. I'm a little worried that he's going to become a huge racist. I'm not sure he's able to pick up on some of the subtler points yet. Maybe he can. He seems to be pretty smart for a fetus.
Anyway, it's been mostly sunny. This is the view from our deck at the Mokihana:
We've just been hanging out around Kapa'a since we arrived on the island the other night. We've done a lot of walking. Here's Brittany and Jack in front of some flowers by the Taco Bell drive-thru:
I've taken a lot of flower pictures around the Mokihana. Here's one:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Check out my article on the subject here.
According to a criminal complaint:
Police were called Thursday night after the man went to Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center with what he said was a gunshot wound to the head. He told police his sister or her friend shot him with a small gun.
He was incorrect.
Here's the whole story.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
It had been about a month since I'd last written and published an article, but earlier this afternoon I managed to complete one. Guess what it's about...
Brittany and I went to Ethnic Fest last year, and it was a lot of fun. She bought shoes, and I ate a lot of food. Speaking of Brittany, she is now in her 16th week of pregnancy and showing even more. I'll post some pictures soon.
This week, baby's facial muscles are supposed to develop enough to make it possible for him or her to squint, frown or try other facial expressions.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Census Visits Providing Shut-Ins Once-A-Decade Chance For Human Interaction
Friday, June 18, 2010
The kick-off event for Tacoma's summer reading program is happening tomorrow in the parking lot of the main library downtown.
There will be a fire truck. And a bouncy house. And face painting. And some guy named Gary who blows bubbles.
Friday, May 28, 2010
It all still seems pretty unreal. Maybe it will be easier for me to fully comprehend Brittany's pregnancy when she starts really showing. Maybe not. People keep telling me I wont really be able to understand all this until after the fact, after the baby is born. I'm really excited, but I can't completely wrap my mind around what's going on inside my wife right now. I don't think there's any way to really anticipate the changes that are going to take place in our lives over the coming months.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
While we were at her first doctor's appointment, Skinner decided to eat the pollen out of the lilies. It didn't agree with him, to say the least. We came home to a mess on our bedroom floor, and a sad kitty. But he seemed happy and playful later in the day, so we thought nothing of it. For a while. Not until later that evening when Brittany's parents stopped by for a visit, and they told us lilies were poisonous to cats and humans. Skinner seemed perfectly fine at that point, so we still didn't think too much of it. I just moved the flowers to a place where the cat couldn't reach them.
The next morning I was feeling nervous about the situation, and I started looking up information about lily poisoning in cats. What I found sounded pretty dire. Skinner's symptoms were exactly as I read online. I called the vet, in a panic, and was told to bring him in right away. So, long story short, my first Mother's Day gift to my wife nearly killed our cat.
But, don't worry too much. Skinner should be fine. He spent three days in the hospital hooked up to an IV to flush the toxins out of his system. Cat's systems don't have the proper enzyme to metabolize the toxins of lilies, and that leads to renal failure, which leads to kidney failure, which leads to dead kitties. But, thankfully, the poisons were flushed from Skinner's system in time to save him, and now he's back at home with us.
We picked him up from the vet earlier this afternoon. He's almost back to normal. He wont stop licking the two shaved patches on his legs were the IV was connected, and where his blood was drawn. But I'm sure he's happy to to be able to, now that the cone of shame has been removed from around his neck.
Brittany is early in her sixth week of pregnancy, and she's doing great. We are both very, very excited. Her first doctor's appointment went really well. She has decided to have her pre- and post-natal care done through the Pearl Place Women's Center in Tacoma, which means that she will be able to deliver our baby at the Birthing Inn. Just visiting the Birthing Inn last Monday was a very emotional experience for both of us. We are very optimistic!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I've been outside for the past couple hours because inside, the whole building smells like sulfur. I'm not sure what went on earlier today on the Tacoma tide flats, but whatever took place stunk up all of downtown; it's very unfortunate that the wind has been blowing northeast all afternoon. Now the stink is stuck inside.
I am now officially a federal employee. I'll get a badge soon, or at least an official ID, probably on a lanyard. Now I can scream, “federal agent,” when I knock on people's doors, just like Mulder and Scully. Maybe not; I'm not entirely sure what this census work entails. I've only had one day of training. I guess I will find out the details next week as I will be training every day, Monday through Friday.
I'm still working at the New Frontier. I'm going to try to juggle both jobs. I may even write an article or two, if inspiration strikes. Or if I think of an easy article idea. I wrote this article yesterday. And, surprise, it is actually relevant to people who live outside of Tacoma.
Tomorrow I work at the New Frontier. It will be the first of at least ten straight work days. Sigh.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Yesterday Brittany and I drove down to Portland to visit her Great Aunt Allison. We had a great time and ate a lot of really delicious food at a restaurant called Veritable Quandary, which is probably the best restaurant name I've ever heard of, and at one point in our conversation, she mentioned the fact that current research indicates that people don't fully develop the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions until around age 24. Interesting, right? Maybe that has something to do with why I suddenly became terrified of the sport. I think I have some unresolved feelings, though.
I've been looking through old hang gliding pictures lately, and I've though a lot about how I used to take a lot more risks. And I'm not just talking about hang gliding specifically, I mean in life in general. I feel ready to try something new; I'm getting bored.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
There's a wine tasting tomorrow evening at the Dock Street Sandwich Company. I went to a tasting there a couple months ago, and it was actually a lot of fun. The food was really good, as were the wines, although the pours were not very generous. But it did only cost five bucks. Still...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
My encounter with the The Black Widow was pretty inspiring, I have to admit. Inspiring enough so for me to incorporate the event as a detail in the short story, The Empire of the Owl, which has received mediocre reviews on Trigger Street.
No one worry, though. I was not lured into the web. I did watch a crazy man get into her car, though. But I think that was for some sort of business transaction that did not involve penises.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
We'll have to figure out something else to do Monday nights at the New Frontier now. Maybe a live reggae band? Maybe a trivia night?
It's trivia night tonight at a couple different places downtown. Three places if you count the Engine House on 6th Avenue. The Harmon and Doyle's both have pub quizzes this evening. Here is an article I wrote about Wednesday night trivia in downtown Tacoma.