Monday, July 30, 2007

Woof! What a day.

(Originally posted on Sunday, July 29, 2007 by Tim)

Today was a busy day. Cathy and I finished off our work hours at Dalton?s day care by putting up a ceiling fan. It was much more of an ordeal than I expected and I?ve learned to expect ordeals with these sort of things. We were replacing a fluorescent light with a ceiling fan and the old electrical box was plastic and held in place by one nail to a sixteen inch joist. Of course, I couldn?t tell this when I was trying to pull it out. All I knew was that I had a plastic box that was fixed into the ceiling in an unknown manner. I did not discover the nail until I had the box 90% out (1-2 hours later, I wasn?t counting). This was followed by hours shopping for a new electrical box, cutting a bigger hole, installing the box, obsessing over the leveling of the fan, hunting for tools, and frenzied cleaning of a room that will be filled with toddlers tomorrow. All in all it was a 6 hour experience.

The silver lining is that we were at least being ?paid? by the hour. We?re all caught up with our hours for Spring and we now have a few finished for the Fall.

I really hate demolition work. It?s especially bad with you have to do the remolition work afterwards before you can be finished. It?s not very rewarding to be tearing something down. The fruits of your labor are a mess.

To reward myself on the way home, we stopped off for ice cream. We also went out for ice cream last night. Both times Dalton was all over it eating as much as we would put in is his little mouth. This is a change as he didn?t quite know what to do with ice cream a few months ago. I think it was too sweet for him as he?s always loved frozen peas and frozen blueberries. He?s apparently gotten over that and his Dad?s sweet tooth is growing in.

He had his first year checkup last week. He?s 50% for weight, 75% for height, and off the charts for head size. Would you believe that both his parents have trouble finding hats in large enough sizes? Cathy followed the chart back and he?s always been big headed. I guess it helps to explain the long arduous pushing phase of her labor a year ago.

Surprisingly enough, the ceiling fan work was not the low point of the day. While I was taking my shower afterwards (I had drywall in my pants), dogs managed to kill a cat in the backyard. Cathy and I got to spend the next couple of hours talking with all the near neighbors to see if they had a black cat with white socks. I thought I had found the owners at one point. The father came over to our house, identified "Mr. Purrty", and brought him back to his house. I was of course very apologetic and was grateful that he was reasonable as the cat was killed in our fenced yard. The story did have a happy ending for him. Shortly after, he called and said that it wasn?t his cat as his had showed up right before he got home. We never did find the owners. Cathy is going to let animal control know tomorrow in case someone calls looking.

Being parents of a one year old, the cat ended up in a closed Huggies box during the various phases of transport. I know if I was a better physical chemist that I'd have a good Schrodinger joke here. I guess I'll have to teach that class next summer.

The silver lining is?well there is no silver lining. The dogs smell like dead cat.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Finally! More sleep!

(Originally posted on Saturday, July 28, 2007 by Tim)

I?ve not posted in a long time. My excuse for the last month is that I?ve been teaching Organic Chemistry 2. I?ve always wanted to teach the course and an opportunity came up to teach it in the summer. It ended up being more difficult than I anticipated. Lecture was 2 hours a day and the lab was 3 to 5 hours a day. After that, I would go home, eat dinner, and then work on lecture notes and grading. I was running 5 to 6 hours of sleep for the whole month of July. I submitted my grades last night and got 9 hours of sleep. Hooray! I barely knew what to do with myself today.

My reason for teaching the class was to get to know the material better and I really had a good time from that point of view. I will have to seriously think about it before teaching future summer classes for the first time. It took a lot out of me.

I?m going to try to get posting again so I?m going to give myself permission to keep these short. However, before I sign off, I want to share something funny on a poster "promoting" the writing center where I taught. This is the sort of thing that happens when english majors try to make science and math jokes. The poster had the following equation on it:

(You + Idea)/writing center = paper

Sooooo?the writing center makes my paper worse, no?

Friday, July 27, 2007

So is that a yes?

(Originally posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 by Cathy)

I wrote to Boca, to ask if their veggie burgers contain ingredients from China.

I said: Does Boca use any ingredients originating from China?

Here's the response I got:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns.

We have been actively monitoring the activities related to the FDA and USDA investigation of melamine and melamine-related compounds in pet food and have reviewed sourcing for our products. Based on our review of these ingredients and suppliers, we have no reason to believe that any of our products are impacted by ingredients implicated in the recent pet food issue.

Please be assured that from ingredient procurement through finished product, we take a number of precautions to assure the safety and wholesomeness of our products. We will continue to monitor this situation closely, review our practices and will implement appropriate safeguards wherever necessary.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. If you would like more information about our safety and quality efforts, please visit the Quality and Food Safety section of our website

Kim McMiller
Associate Director, Consumer Relations

Is it just me, or is that a non-answer?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

A very special treat

(Originally posted on Saturday, July 21, 2007 by Cathy)

Today, we have a very special treat for you. Not quite Dalton's first walking, but about 2 minutes after:

And for a second movie attempt:

In other news, my glasses broke today. 3rd pair (two different styles) in the last two years. I will -never- buy another pair of Ralph Lauren glasses again. My warranty is up, so it looks like I'm on my own for the next pair. Blah.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Another movie

(Originally posted on Sunday, July 8, 2007 by Cathy)

Dalty's finally figured out how to turn with the push toy. Click the link for a movie.

Friday, July 6, 2007


Click on the title above for Dalton playing with his birthday blocks from Grandma and Grandpa S.. (Warning: 54 MB file. Go get coffee or beer or something.)