June 24, 2005
Rest of the Bama pictures uphere.
High Annabel content, as expected.
June 23, 2005
(Hat tip to Elaine.)
June 20, 2005
You Shall Not Have This Day
My father-in-law's test results came back on his lung cancer.
There is no evidence of it in his body. Not in his lungs, not in his brain. They're going to give him a few more chemo treatments and some radiation, but that's it. He's beaten cancer yet again -- his second beatdown of lung cancer in 15 years.
I don't know if this is a miracle or if it's just him stubbornly, rockheadedly refusing to die. (Did I mention his last name is Stone?) Probably both, honestly.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
June 18, 2005
And back again
Returned to Seattle tonight via the five hour ATL-SEA nonstop. You don't know how nice it is to walk off a plane and not be met on the jetway by air as hot and sticky as an overturned flaming maple syrup truck.
Annabel is a remarkably good flier; people on the plane even commented on remarkably well-behaved she was. This was good, since I was so tired and cranky from the short layover in Hartsfield(-Jackson), so pissed at the Soviet bread line long lines at the food court places in the airport (and the incompetent staff running them), and so appalled at the airline food portions so small that kids in Darfur would feel gypped, that I would have met any Ben Wiseley type "I hate your screaming baby" people with an act of physical violence that would have combined the action of deboning a fish with the method of preparing an Egyptian pharoah's brain for burial.
In fact, I may still do it to Ben the next time I see him. In Christian love (TM), of course.
June 15, 2005
Daisies of the Alabamy
(I put up this picture to remind Ben that there's a big difference between a cellphone shot and an 8 megapixel dSLR, and if he still disagrees, he should talk to Kat.)
Anyway, here's the Alabama photoset.
(And here I am with the worst Internet connections -- 28.8 modem, $2/hour wireless connection -- and yet I've blogged three days in a row.)
June 14, 2005
I'd almost forgotten about them. The open area behind the in-laws' house was filled with them tonight in a 15 minute extravaganza of blinking lights.
In Seattle (and the whole Northwest) there are no lightning bugs. There's also no poison ivy, poison oak, venomous snakes, scorpions, or centipedes.
I guess it's a fair trade. And our out-of-control vines produce delicious berries. Take that, kudzu.
Tomorrow is Quest For Wireless Hotspot, wherein I shall upload the 100 or so pictures I've taken in the last three days.
June 13, 2005
Howdy from Bamaland
It's HAWT. And it's HUMID. I spent the first 18 years of my life enduring this sort of weather, and over the last 14 I've forgotten just how HAWT and HUMID it gets down in South Central and the Southeast. I can't get back to gloomy and 68 soon enough.
The long flight to Atlanta was OK, and Annabel was a good, quiet baby until the last hour. The pressure change really got to her on the Birmingham flight, though.
Annabel is going crazy exploring her grandparents' house and their 18 acres. It's hard to keep up with her and keep her out of the poison ivy, fire ants, and clouds of anemia-causing mosquitoes.
My father-in-law is OK, though quite bald from the chemo.
If we can get out this week I'll find a free wireless connection and upload the pics I've took. Unfortunately, my in-laws only have 28.8 out here in the country, and they don't use it all that often, and the telecoms see no need to invest in rural broadband services.
June 11, 2005
I think it's smiling.
I wish I didn't feel like a poseur with it, though. I'm just not enough of a photo geek... yet.
I'm using Flickr now for pictures. Here's my site. Eventually this will be hooked into the redesign.
June 06, 2005
June 03, 2005
Music Baton Memeness
Total Volume Of Music Files On My Computer: Somewhere north of 40GB. I've moved to an almost entirely electronic music collection. I still have more than 600 CDs, but I don't think I've listened to an original, non-mix CD in at least three months.
The Last CD I Bought Was: months ago. I don't really buy CDs anymore. In fact, I believe it hasn't changed since the last meme. So, let's make it... Last album I downloaded: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (from eMusic). I guess I'm behind the times on these guys. I keep reading these fawning reviews of their music, but I was unsure. Then they appeared on eMusic and I downloaded it. Brilliant, and yet very eccentric.
Favorite song from the album: "Holland, 1945." It's a kaledoscopic mash-up of Nick Drake, garage rock, and a mariachi band that's equally massively flawed and massively brilliant.
Song Playing Right Now: "Black Star," Gillian Welch (yes, a Radiohead cover)
Five Songs That I Listen To A Lot (Or That Mean A Lot To Me):
- "I Didn't Know I Was Looking For Love" by Everything But The Girl. It's one of those pretty little love songs that's kinda the theme song of my love affair with Susan. Yes, it's sappy, but it's also impossible to find in the US! HA HA! Ever the music geek am I! (And irony too -- Susan hates the song.)
- "No Surprises" by Radiohead. Also known as the song I play when I'm really depressed and feel like I need to be sent where there are no alarms and no surprises.
- "We Float" by PJ Harvey and "Time (The Revelator)" by Gillian Welch. In the days after 9/11 I kept coming back to these two songs over and over again. I think it's because the two songs have a similar message of the rules of the game changing.
- "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack. Five years ago I was burning myself at a dotcom in the final days of the boom. Eventually, it wore me down so much that I ended up walking out one afternoon and not coming back. I was listening to a lot of Massive Attack back then, so this song is now an audio cue for me to remember not to work myself to death for an unnoble cause.
- "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William DeVaughn. Because it's a damn fine 70s soul song.
- "Black and White Town" by Doves. On the list because I've been listening to it regularly of late. I'm a sucker for both Brit-Pop and Motown rhythm hooks, so you mix the two and I play it to death on the iPod.
(Yes, I know that's seven, but I could probably list 30-50 without batting an eye. Note, though, that this list is different from the original list. HA!)
And now... TAG!