Thursday, June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
2. I got a text from Camille yesterday saying, "Fergus Murphy is the chair for Nadal's match right now." Wimbledon is going on and Camille and I like to keep each other up on anything noteworthy so the other doesn't miss it. And Fergus Murphy is noteworthy to us. We saw him call a match at Indian Wells a few years ago and he was charmingly sassy. He's been our favorite ever since. Having a favorite chair umpire means that we've hit a new level of crazy for tennis. So be it.
3. There was a weird battle going on the other night at Las Brisas. The gross neighbors across the way were loudly using every swear word in the English language while discussing what to have for dinner. Because you need to. But their upstairs neighbors were having their Bible study and the praise band was out and I think they had microphones. This is such a brilliant tactic. And it worked. The gross neighbors clammed up and went inside. I'm going to play really loud hymns on the piano the next time they start up.
4. I've had a popcorn kernel stuck in my throat for 3 days now. It is obnoxious and I'm afraid that my throat is going to close around it and I'll die. Farewell, cruel world!
5. My car was sluggish to start this morning. Same yesterday. It had all the signs of a dying battery. So I sucked it up and drove over to Wal-Mart, even though I have bad feelings towards it. But the convenience, you know. Anyway, I turned it off and went to go talk to a guy and then tried to turn it back on and it was dead. Which means that for once in my life I actually sensed a problem with my car and fixed it right away instead of ignoring it and praying that it disappears. What a grown-up!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Our tech support is in Salt Lake City. If you need something you just call and they can remote into your computer. But there's no one you can call to say, "What are all these wires for? How come I have more cords than holes to plug them into? Can you fly someone out to do this for me?" You just have to wing it. This is the old Pioneer Spirit. My theory is that when you work for a church with a history of making-do, of just pushing through and figuring it out because the mobs are after you and the ague killed off half your neighbors and the crickets are coming to eat your crop, they're not going to send someone out to put a computer together for you when you have a brain and two hands. I mean, the pioneers didn't have tech support when their handcart wheel busted in Nebraska. They just had to figure it out. So I figured it out. And while technology in general is my weak spot, reading comprehension is my strength so armed with nothing but 15 pages of instructions written mostly in Swahili I dived in and several hours later turned on my computer. And it worked. And I was beyond proud. I even wrangled all those wires in the back with twisty ties so it's nice and tidy back there.
I'm off to girls camp. Katie and I are in charge of crafts this year. The thought of camp without any of the responsibilities of previous years is making me lightheaded. You'll find me relaxing in the craft cabin braiding leather.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Also worth mentioning: the former mayor of HB was there and he said "Keep your mitts off our pits!" which, by the way, is the name of the band that will open for Just Lips on the world tour.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Remeber how I wrote about Newport Beach banning wood fires in their pits and how riled up I was about it? Well the fury has not subsided. And now there's something we can do about it.
A bill is being voted on tomorrow in the state Senate that would make it harder for cities to pull this kind of chicanery. But the good senators need to hear your opinion on it. So why don't you give them a call.
Senator Jerry Hill (Committee Chairman) (916) 651-4013 *important to call Sen. Hill*
Senator Loni Hancock (916) 651-4009
Senator Hanna-Beth Jackson (916) 651- 4019
Senator Mark Leno (916) 651-4011
Senator Fran Pravley (916) 651-4027
Senator Ted Gaines (916) 651-4001
These are the senators on the committee voting tomorrow. If you want to help save the pits call them by tomorrow at 9:30am and ask them to support AB1102. Voice mail is fine if you don't get a real person.
Remember all those s'mores you've had around the bonfire! Remember how happy all of your friends and family looked silhouetted on the fire light! Remember how, when your body is going into minor shock from your sunburn, the fire warmed you up. We need those pits! SAVE THE PITS!
Monday, June 2, 2014