Thursday, May 31, 2007

It Worked

I just had to post from the road, (I'm in Elkhart, IN tonight) because I just couldn't let my last post linger at the top of my blog for too long. :)

Turns out the midwest isn't as vile as I remember.

I don't even mind the slow drivers so much anymore. They're a relief when you're trying to navigate a family filled Chevy mini-van along the I-80. Looking out on green trees and fields is a refreshing change from the typical California landscape. That and there is just so much space.

The wedding in Chicago went well. This was our first wedding where we took the kids along: It changes everything. Forget mingling at the reception, you're just trying to keep the kids from knocking over the cake and running into the kitchen.

The A-man got the virtual phone number of the flower girl, just 12 days his senior. He even got a kiss. I gave him a pointer, I told him to compliment her dress. He looked at me a little incredulously, but he tried it. I watched from afar, as the walked onto the dance floor, worked up the nerve and said: "Your dress is very pretty." She blushed and said "Thank you!". At which point he turned and shouted to me: "It WORKED!"

Monday, May 21, 2007

Boogers, Vomit, Poop and Parenting

The last two weeks have been very eventful on the kid front. I got vomited on, big time. Our precious little E did the duce in the bathtub. The A-man woke up screaming with a nightmare at 3am. Susan got peed on. The whole family got a cold at the same time, requiring an emergency call to the in-laws for more kleenex. And we had a chicken pox scare, that would have upended our next 3 weeks of travel.

All I can think about is: how much fun it is to be a parent.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Did you try Reboot?

The weather has taken a turn for the warmer here in "God's Country", also know as Sunnyvale, California to the less fortunate who don't live here. Not just warm, down right hot. Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Only our AC is on the blink, literally. The computer thermostat was blinking red-blue-red-blue and displaying "Call for service" and a 1-800 number. I have to admit, my first reaction was "Cool! My thermostat can do a self diagnostic. Star Trek here we come." Then the temperature hit 92 degrees outside. Very un-cool.

So what do I do? I power cycle the AC unit at the circuit breaker. No good. Time to call the repair man.

Two days of record heat later, the repairman arrives, and what does he do? He power cycles the furnace. Problem solved.

Now why didn't I think of that.