Monday, April 30, 2007



I'm testing a new blogger feature which allows you to post text and pictures from your phone. I found a picture of two sleepy foreign chicks sleeping in my car that I took on my Motorola Q to test with... I could actually do a whole series of pictures of AFS exchange students sleeping in my car... but it would get me in trouble with my resident rent-a-kid, so I'll just stick to this one for testing purposes.
After a long and ridiculously exhaustive search spanning from one end of the country to the other, we finally got our hands on a Nintendo Wii, the desire for which was instigated by Cousin Daniel (now on my bad list). Even Chuck and I, neither of whom like video games, had to admit this is a fun toy.

What makes the Wii vastly superior to the other arsenol of video game systems we possess (Xbox, PS2, GameCube) is that there is no half an hour exasperated explanation required by a 10 year old telling the ignorant adult to push the X button three times and then the triangle and Start to get your guy a special force shield or whatever.. You just pick up a wand and starting flinging it about. Like a tennis racket, a golf club or a fishing rod.

But - this is embarrassing part - after something like 25 Wii tennis matches this weekend, I have a really sore elbow! Video game injuries are decidedly dorky and uncool, right?

Friday, April 20, 2007

Charlie, his grandfather and his dad spent almost 9 hours fishing yesterday. This was one happy boy. He came home bragging, "MOM! I caught the first, the biggest and the most!" (I smell a fix - or at least some friendly older men handing their rods over to the newbie).
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Oh baby Sofia, you melt my heart!!! I got to see this sweet baby and her wonderful mother today. so, so hard to let them go.
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I learned an important parenting lesson today.

It is very hard for my kids to accept visiting Lake Anna when it isn't swimming weather. We came for Thanksgiving a year ago and they nagged me for days about getting in the lake. I dismissed it as an absurd idea, but not without listening to whiny "please mom?"s more times that I could count.

When they asked me today if they could go swimming, mid April, warm air temps, but still while the lake is quite cold, I decided I didn't want to fight it this trip and said "have at it, but give me a second to grab my camera."

I figured they couldn't last long and I was right. If their father hadn't promised the .50¢ to jump in and stay in the water from 30 seconds, they never would have lasted.

Poor Charlie won't quit, but was in actually visible PAIN. But guess what? No one is prattling on and on about swimming anymore!


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As the end of the school year approaches, one thought keeps going through my head about Lina Maria... How are we going to live without her?
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Monday, April 16, 2007

The Portland management team at Qualcomm is all taking the Myers Brigss personality assessments to better able to communicate with our teams and our customers. There is a free online assessment here:
http://www.eggheadcafe.com/articles/mb/default.asp

I tested as an ESTJ. Amongst the more interesting potential careers for such a personality was “mafia don." Much more frigtening than that however, is that included in the list of famous people on Typelogic's website who are apparantly also ESTJs, is George W. Bush. GAAAAAAAAAAAAG. (although it is kind of cool to be in the same class as Lucy (from the Peanuts gang)

I raised a concern when our VP broached the subject that a whole complex new form of judinging people would evolve as these profiles were shared. I may have been on to something - I read an email today that included the insult: "You're such an SJ."

Friday, April 13, 2007

a post from Lumpy Chickennose

You should check out this name generator built in the spirit of the childrens book "Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants" by Dave Pilkey.

The evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... and according to the website, I am "Lumpy Chickennose." The other members of my Chickennose family are:

Husband Dorkey
Daughter Pinky
Son Poopsie
and our exchange student - Zippy Livertush

Monday, April 02, 2007

Our family makes resolutions together every year.... we submit ideas and then vote as a group. This is what Chuck, myself, Charlie, Sam and Lina came up with in January:

Play more golf
Clean and organize the house
Become expert fish keepers
Save money and spend less