Monday, June 29, 2009

What Stinks???

So Amy and I put up a compost heap. I was worried about it because of the stink, but amazingly it doesn't smell. We dump all of our non meat food stuff, through the sliding roof I built, and walla! No food trash.

We are also recycling which cuts down on our trash. Usually I fill the dumpster with trash bags. Recycling has cut our trash in half. Just another wonderful change my wife has made and I love.

Walnut Canyon

After summer school, we took a field trip to Walnut Canyon. I made two trips around the Island route, as one of the parents didn't want to take her group. Little Riley Moody came with me both times, and was tuckered out around lunch time.

Coolest Thing: The view and chance to see more of Arizona.

Weirdest Thing: Besides the kids....getting hit in the head by a twig that flew through the window on the bus ride home.

Saddest Thing: Forgetting my sunblock and hat!

Renovate Slave, Renovate!!!

Amy and I are renovating the restroom! I'll post pictures as they come.

The before picture. It is a small bathroom, so there isn't a lot of room to shoot. Notice the green wall color. We put that there and are changing it to blue. Everything is going to be gutted!!!

The walls with one coat of paint up. The cabinet above the toilet and sink are gone, dismantled by moi! The white lightens everything up and suddenly our bathroom looks bigger!

No more time for me to do this!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Addiction of FarmTown

I told Amy, "I don't want to play"
but she made me an account anyway
now I sit at the computer and harvest crops
deciding where to put animals, and other such props
trying to take breaks to clean the house and eat
but tearing away becomes quite the feat
as the time goes on, there is more to plant
decisions to be made and leave I just can't
so my farm prospers and slowly it grows
if I pay close attention, I can buy more hoes
of course I'm talking about the garden tool
if you thought the other you are playing the fool
so get your mind out of the gutter, and boogie on down
to share my addiction in Farm Town

Monday, June 8, 2009

Look at that Glass

Amy and I took a small vacation to the valley a couple weekends ago. One of the coolest things we were able to do was attend the glass exhibit at the botanical gardens. I was a little skeptical at first, after all an exhibit is an exhibit and glass is glass, but I ended up having a blast. Not only was I able to spend time with my beautiful wife, but we were surrounded by amazing work on every side, both natural and manmade.

The glass seemed to blend into its surrounding. They were placed in the desert landscape, in water, surrounded by trees, and surrounded by cacti.

Some of my favorite sculptures were the blues. I loved the way that they contrasted against the greens and browns of the desert. They sun seemed to bounce off of the blues with extra vibrancy (spelling?).

Of course, the natural surroundings were just as amazing as the glass. One of the first pictures I took was of a dragonfly that caught my eye. It was huge! The ground squirrel things, lizards, plants, and California King Snakes made sure that anyone watching knew that God was the first sculptor.

And then there were the bizarre. The scuptures that didn't quite fit in, but were fun none-the-less. I enjoyed them for their chaotic nature, but if you know me you know I like things that are linear.

With any luck, all of these pictures will load. I apologize if I crashed your computer, but there were just too many beautiful things to choose from. Thanks, as always, for being one of my readers.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Becker Time!!!

Much better than Hammer Time, it is Becker time. Amy and I were able to spend some time with Dan, Kath, and Lil yesterday. It was a blast. We talked for a couple hours, always good to know that distance doesn't kill a friendship. Lil, Dan, and I went to the park while the ladies went out to forage for some food. We had fun in the park, catching up with Dan and trying to keep caught up to Lil. She was everywhere!

So the ladies came back with some awesome Thai food...something to put on our list of great restaraunts. We ate, laughed, talked, watched some SNL, and then took off. I really appreciated the time and hope to do it again soon.

Oh goodness! Abby just breathed on me...I know I didn't feed her skunk. Have to go find the carcass. :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pause my playlist before playing!

More Cowbell

Recently we were able to get together and play some Rock Band with Kim and Alonna. It was a lot of fun!

Kim rocked the drums. She slammed out most of the songs, taking a break every once in a while to play the guitar. I'm actually surprised her foot didn't fall off. The pedal can be a menace after you play a couple songs. She is vacationing in England...getting ready for Rock Band : The Beatles!

Alonna was a lot of fun. She switched off on the mike and guitar, and really belted out some great lyrics. Her laughter is infectious. In fact, Amy and I get to spend some time with her tonight while Kim is gone to England. It should be fun!

Amy is tremendously cute! She rocks the guitar, the drums, and sings beautifully. She really gets into the guitar, having played before we got married. It is a lot of fun to see her dancing and grooving to the music. Very cute!

My favorite song is "Don't Fear the Reaper" by the Blue Oyster Cult. Now, I know they didn't play it originally, but I love the song. Maybe the only one I can carry a tune for. The belly is a tribute to the SNL skit with Will Farrell. It is by far one of my favorite skits ever...sorry I had to put my belly on for all to see. :)