Monday, July 28, 2008

Daniel, don't read this at the dinner table!

So, Ian and I spent the afternoon answering the question: Where does my poop go? He was a little disappointed that it wasn't all stored in the toilet water tank, but luckily he was duly impressed with the talking fish who narrates a video about how the Raleigh waste treatment facility works. I think he's watched it something like 10 times today.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Everyday Food Storage Blog

I just found this blog and I really like it. On the blog she gives recipies and tricks for using food storage. But she makes food you could really eat. No "wheat meat" in sight. I thought you might be interested.

Monday, July 21, 2008

OK, so I beat a few people...

I finished 5th out of 24 novices. I am pleased, especially considering that the course was wet for me in the afternoon and I spun off the course into the grass on my third run. Most people got 4 runs on a dry track, I only got 2. Call the waahhmbulence. I wuz robbed.

I can't link to the results directly, but if you go here and then scroll down to the Sat July 16 event "Points Autocross # 5 Old Sanford Airport Sanford, NC" you can click on "Class results", "Indexed Results", and "Raw Results" and see how I did.

Class results are organized by class (C Stock, Ladies, Novice, etc.) Scroll down to the very bottom for Novice results. (Notice that the first class listed is "old farts" class--a highly entertaining group.) My best time of 77.517+2 means I ran the course in 77.517 seconds and hit 2 cones. Each cone is a 2 second penalty. D'oh!

Indexed results are times adjusted for "PAX". Not sure what PAX stands for, but it is an adjustment factor based on how fast your car is. Sort of like a handicap system, except it adjusts for equipment, not ability. I didn't do so well here--I have a pretty fast car and no actual skill. I'm that guy with Mizuno blades, a Scotty Cameron putter and a 28 handicap. I finished 77th out of 110 in PAX.

"Raw Results" are just that--results unadjusted for anything. Overall, I finished 75th out of 110 entries. bad did the old lady in the Mini beat me? By about 6.5 seconds. That's about 6 and 5 in match play terms. (See the 36th place finisher in Raw times)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Church Memories and Horrible Sundays

When I was little I remember being in Sacrament meeting at the Riverdale chapel and during the passing of the sacrament sitting there by myself. Dad was sitting on the stand trying to keep Daniel quiet. Mom was out in the hall with the baby (that was you Eric) and April and Crystal had gone somewhere. At the time I thought that it was so odd to be sitting there all by myself when my entire family was at church.

My other memory of Sundays as a child is that on Sunday's Mom had a nap. Dad often had a nap sometime the kids would lay down and have a nap but Mom had a nap. I now understand this phenomenon. Today was a horrible Sunday. We all started out tired. Nobody slept well mostly due to the fact that since our vacation to Denver everyone is out of wack. Matt kindly watched the screaming whining children before his meeting so I could sleep a little bit longer, but after he left Noah and Grace were in rare form, dumping cereal on the couches, on my bed, in the bathroom. Dumping flour and dough (we were making rolls) everywhere in the kitchen. Screaming that they did not want to go outside and then that they did not want to go in. They refused baths, and cloths, and lunch. They did finally fall asleep about 20 minutes before church was to start. I let them sleep through Sacrament meeting and then woke them up for sunday school since I was teaching. Grace hates church and must be holding on to me for the entire time we are there. Matt counted tithing today so he wasn't home until late. So all in all it was not a great day.
But I do now understand why on that long ago Sunday I was buy myself. I was because Mom could only cope with so much. and I definitely understand why she took a nap. I just have not figured out how to make that a reality in my life. Which I think is just fine.

I did have a happy revelation today though. Only 5 1/2 more months of afternoon church. Hurray.

Family Autocross Day

So here are some pictures of Ryan at the autocross. He got to drive the course four times. We saw run one and two of his second chance.
It wasn't too far away—a little less than an hour drive. So I took the kids down and we looked at all the cars (it's really just a big car party) and had a picnic lunch. When it was time for Ryan to line up for his run, it started to rain. His group got the raining and wet track, by the time they were finished it had all cleared up. But the kids and I had headed out too. The rain is only so fun until you're wet.

And just because she's too cute for words:

Friday, July 18, 2008


Ian has been loving volcanoes lately, so today we staged our first science experiment with a couple of friends who happened to be here. First Ian taught them how volcanoes worked from his book. Everyone was very excited by the erupting volcano.

This time, its for real...

That's right folks, this time there will be no instructor in the car, times will be recorded, and (gasp!) published on the internet. Yep, everyone will be able to see how the old lady in the Mini Cooper wiped the pavement with me. My goal: beat someone. Anyone.

That beep you hear means: "Warning. You are having fun."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Thanks Brent and Nedra for a fun 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Haiku Contest

Write a Haiku for
about ward pancake breakfast
irreverance is welcome

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bosworth Update

Molly is walking—three or four steps at a time.
Here is a smattering of photos over the last while.