April 23rd, 2006


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Finally!!! :D

After a week of pure sunshine... mother nature hands us a weekend of rain.
We went to the house for a visit.

And, of course, there's a new video linked off the house web page... [ :: Casa de Corto Web :: ]
... and lots more pics in the gallery.

(the kids sing a little "lets get out of here" opera towards the end...)

Sunday, April 23

Smile... somebody loves you. :)

My parents came home from Cuba yesterday... well, last night. :) Safe and sound.

It's a rip off weekend with rain and ... cold! But we're all making the best of it and getting some good puttering in. :)
We had "dinner and movie" last night ... We all went ot Mongolian Village (they're getting tooo expensive...!!) and then home to have a party for some bears (explain later) and then ... we flicked on the new King Kong movie. We didn't finish... it got too late, but flippen crap man... talk about scaring the bejeebers out of the boys... gah!!!! After Kong turns into "good guy kong" it gets way better... but for a while there... Edward was under a blanket saying "No way am I watching this!". haha. :D

~ black ftls
~ blue jeans
~ gray t and a warm sweatshirt... (it's brrrr! today)
~ up with the kids at 9:00 (hahaha... they're good sleepers)
~ homework with Edward...
~ watch neighbor kids come over... and see my kids vanish. :)
~ clean clean clean clean...
~ sit down at computer... and it's NOW. :)
~ later? meet my bro at "the house" and be a show off...
~ go to my moms art show and take some pictures...
~ no plans for dinner
~ and definitely watching tv tonight. :) (new Desperate and new Gray!)
~ for sleep_walker to enjoy beautiful days...
~ that my inspirational friend, thisismostlyme... finds her way to sleep!!
~ to point out that balljar... is a wonderful journal to watch ... so many beautiful pictures...
~ and on the subject of pictures... Go go sirenity... you can definitely make a go of photography!
~ oh, and wishing I had more time to read fp's... :( I know I'm missing a lot guys...

Birthday moments...
A very happy birthday out to mrssuperbad!!! May you find great pleasure in the year ahead sugar... and I hope you make some good memories today. :)


So as it turns out... yesterday was "gray bear" and "Cats" birthdays.
These are Edwards constant (at-home) companions.
He was quite adamant that we celebrate.
So.... I thawed out a layer of a white cake (I bake up layers and freeze them ... because we rather enjoy... CAKE!!)
Edward helped me make white chocolate custard for the middle, and caramel icing for the outside...
Suz helped him wrap presents and make party hats...
And presto.
We had a birthday party for the bears between dinner and the movie. :)

It was so darn cute, suz and I were pretty close to exploding. :)

Ok... gonna go clean a bathroom.
Fun eh. :D

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in the MECH WAR!!

Today started out like any other...
A short trip in the car, errands to run, places to go...

Never could I have guessed that today...
I would become a soldier in the war against the Mechs!

As I drove away from my home... destined to meet my bro at "the house"...
My little honda... simply died ... in mid stride.
Lot'sa gas... plenty of battery...
All the chuga-chuga I wanted when I turned that key.
But, alas... earwax!
No dice.

So I locked it up and walked the few blocks home...

I got suz's car... and did my errands.
Towards the end of that... I called CAA.
Best money I've ever spent on a car ... The CAA membership.

Then I met No Tow Joe. A clandestine recruiter for the SAMs (Soldiers Against Mechs).

He and his tow truck pulled up and said the magic words... "Lets have a look!"
He sprays this stuff all over the place on the [ :: engine :: ] ...
(big metal thing under the hood of the car... um... the gas goes in one end, and zoom comes out the other. grok?)

He tells me to try and start it up while he watches the engine.
Instant reaction from him.
We trade places after he tells me where to watch...
And low and behold, as he cranks the car... ARCING MINIATURE BOLTS OF LIGHTENING shoot out of this spot.
(see "right here" on the image below)

He offers to tow me to where I had said I wanted the car to go...
But then he got all "recruiter like".
He explained that I could buy a "Cap and Rotor" kit at Canadian Tire (store) and replace this myself.
He explained how to remove the cap and the rotor (almost) and assured me I could do this...
30'ish $ compared to all associated costs of my Mechanic waking up with my car in his lot tomorrow and doing this for me...
Dude... every time the mechanics touch your car... you pay!

So we got my car going... but sputteringly... and he followed me home.
Then drove me back to get Suz's car...
And bid me farewell...

Off to CT I go and home again with the mystical parts...
I got my "cap" off... but the screw holding the rotor in place was ... no where to be seen.

After a quick call to the CT garage... and asking ever-so-nicely for the guy to yell over to a mechanic (ahhhh!) how I'm supposed to turn the rotor when the things taken apart...
Apparently all I needed to do... was give'er with the key for a split second and then check for the screw...
It either rotates into view ... or not.
Six tries later... BINGO.

A few minutes later... and total presto time.

New parts installed and the car starts ... just like it should. :)
And no bill from a mechanic!