Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

While he didn't die in service to this country, he was willing to do so. He was the bravest man I will ever meet and not a day goes by that I don't think about him.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

My Weekend Haul....

When Nan first left Lane Press, we decided to save some money by hauling away our trash and recyclables ourselves.

As we continued the practice after she found new employment, we discovered that the Chittenden Solid Waste District had sheds to drop off other items.

Normally we find moldy encyclopedias or well used camping chairs. This sort of debris does not conform to my usually fastidious cheapness, but this weekend we found two incredible items. First was this Stihl FS45 weed whacker (GAS POWERED!!) that the older lady dropping off said had only been used once or twice.

After about 10 to 15 minutes of tinkering, I got it started up and she worked like a charm! Our electric weed trimmer is more dainty (hence "trimmer" and not "whacker") and has been giving me trouble recently (Sears is 0-for-2 with lawn equipment in my book, after our first mower crapped out on us last year) so this is a welcome addition to my growing collection of "toys".

To balance out the environmentally unfriendliness of this behemoth, we took this push mower that the same woman was dropping off. It works well on the wispy grasses that populate portions of our lawn and gives a good work out at the same time.

We paused briefly to consider why this woman was dropping this stuff off and came up with a positive story of an older couple whose last child has moved out and they have decided to move into a condo so they no longer needed items to help maintain their lawn. I truly hope that is the case.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ben 10: Alien Swarm

According to Wikipedia, Ben 10: Alien Swarm is a live-action film based on the Cartoon Network series. It is a sequel to Ben 10: Race Against Time.

The film is currently set for release in November 2009. According to the network site, the film will be rated TV-PG.

Directed by Alex Winter, the film's cast includes Ryan Kelley as Ben, Nathan Keyes as Kevin, and Galadriel Stineman as Gwen. Lee Majors was offered to reprise his original role as Grandpa Max but he turned it down. The role will be filled by Barry Corbin. The film will also feature Alyssa Diaz as a new character named Elena.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Pool Is Open!

And the first swimmer of 2009 is....

...and he was in for about 45 minutes. The pool water was 65 degrees and the air not much warmer!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Guys Night Out

Logan and I are solo tonight in Hyannis. He had never been to an IHOP and I haven’t been since Grandma Sherman lived in Englewood, NJ (so we are talking at least 30 years...). This is what Logan ordered. He was giddy at the concept of having pancakes for dinner.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Logan's Thoughts....

Logan exclaimed if we came to the mall early and wanted Taco Bell we would have to wait because they are open late. I think that is especially clever for a five year old.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

What I Read....When It First Came Out....

This comes directly from Brad Meltzer's site....

"Here's the sneak peek of the new cover for the paperback (coming out at the end of the month on May 26th). Trust me, I was surprised as you were at the image. I do like it. Skeevy. And I guess they wanted to ride the power of the dog, and so we ride..."

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