Monday, October 22, 2007

Chris K drew a big horn sheep tag this year. Oregon gaming regulations allow for only one Bighorn Sheep Ram Tag in a lifetime - and even at that it is a tough draw with only a handful handed out each year. His succesful hunt ended last Thursday when he shot a 169 ram (inches? pounds? I have no idea). This was the biggest Deschutes ram of the year..
Even the non hunters in the family got pretty excited for him.
Saturday's dinner - in addition to some other yummies we made for a Duck game tailgate (stay tuned for recipes) included Ram's meat Shepard's Pie. I didn't think I ate "sheep treats" but either it isn't bad, or Chris is a very good cook. The dish was flavorful and the meat was tender. The fact that I was so excited to see a picture of a dead sheep head on my cell phone, and that I enjoyed the meal I'll take as evidence that I'm turning more and more into a rural Oregonian everyday.

The Mom Song Sung to William Tell Overture with Lyrics

24 hours worth of mothering in under 3 minutes!! Perfect, what mom doesn't need more time??

Saturday, October 20, 2007


This morning I was enjoying lounging a bit in bed - the first morning this week I haven't had the alarm set for sometime between 5 and 6 am - when Chuck came in shortly before 9 and said, "Come watch Lee put the head on." It cracks me up that was exciting enough to get me to out from under the down comforter and downstairs. Chuck thinks it is because I think Herbstreit is a hottie, which is completely true, but I also just love the excitement on Saturdays during college football season. Here's routing for Brook's Kentucky team. Go Wildcats. We'll hope Lee was wrong with the gator head.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Fish Dance. Chuck and I left work early today to set up a 29 gallon Aquarium in Samantha's third grade classroom. Her teacher was ecstatic and we had fun trying to figure out how to transport the tank, a large percentage of the conditioned water, the plants and its finned inhabitants the few blocks to the school. We ended up using a Coleman cooler, a few household tools and lots of towels. The end result was a very muddy, but up and running setup - now I'm going to magically come up with a third grade level fish biology and care lesson to present next week. Seems almost scarier than talking in front of engineers. This whole project was a fabulous excuse, however, to upgrade the home aquarium to 65 gallons. we are all looking forward to stocking that baby. Lord help me, I'm a fish geek.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Chuck and I had a date tonight to toast the final Friday happy hour at Cedar Bay. Our favorite watering hole has new owners, with plans to turn it into a steak joint. Probably good for the community, but it feels like saying goodbye to an old friend - one who knows what I want to eat and drink before I even sit down. We've had a lot of fun Friday nights there- tonight was no exception.
The past couple of weeks in Portland I have hit the Tryon Grill with several friends. Great cheap food, and nice sports bar. Highlights so far:
- watching Brady order a Garden Burger. With bacon and cheese.
- learning Jones was a freeballer
- learning what freeballer meant
- 2 beers, 2 burgers, 10 bucks
CRM is a happy man today. His new best friend is "Val." Val is the nice young dishnetwork technician that is hooking up a 200 hour HD DVR receiver upstairs and another DVR system downstairs. This is done in conjunction with upgrading our television programming package to "America's Everything", which as far as I can tell is full on pimp daddy tv. This after me complaining bout too much baseball. In my defense - it isn't costing much more than what we already had. Oh never mind that sounds lame. I have no defense. I just caved.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007



The boy may look like his mother, but man seems to have had himself cloned. These two are two peas in a pod. Chuck and I went out to lunch yesterday and had a conversation about how tired Charlie has been since returning form Outdoor school. We both agreed with concern that he needs more rest . I made the suggestion that maybe he shouldn't have stayed up so late on Monday night watching the Padres game. Chuck, on the other hand, accepts it as given that during the playoffs and the world series, Charlie will be staying up late. I suggested we keep him at home out from school today, to catch up on his sleep so that he can stay up this week and watch the games. Chuck nodded seriously and thought that was a good idea. (I WAS TOTALLY BEING SARCASTIC. Even though I couldn't convince either of these goofballs of this fact this time of year, SCHOOL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT BASEBALL!!!)
ADN my DS is going to GAL and discover a special MOOS. OLL I'm not ready for this, PlzKThx. In his mind, he hears YTMND, but to me, his childhood has been SOT. JSUK, even though he will want to KPC, I intend to have the 411 on all the warnings: "P911", "PAL" ,"PAW", "PIR" and "POS". It will MML if DS thinks NALOPKT. I will aslo SGXK with my SO. So wish me GL B4 I am consumed with FUD. BFN.

BTW IPN

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Monday, October 01, 2007


A better picture of Corso as a duck - sent courtesy of the Cal fan who predicted the event as a bad sign.


Speaking of donning heads...

It is a shitty picture from my phone, but watching Corso don the Duck Head during the broadcast ESPN College Gameday from Autzen last Saturday was too much fun. Sadly his pick was wrong (I was warned by a Bear fan standing next to me having the Duck head picked was a bad sign). The experience however, was magical. The excitement in the air was so thick - and despite the heartbreaking last minute loss at the 1 yard line - it is a hard game to hang your head down after, one of the most exciting I have ever seen. Didn't sit down for four quarters and literally yelled "O" through every defensive down. Favorite signs? 'Herbstreet is hot, but Corso is Morso" that and the t-shirt I must find: "Our mascot can kick your mascot's ass."