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.:: Saturday, June 30th ::.

~ 04:42 PM ~

"...going to pick a fight..."

Neale's big case is over. She celebrated yesterday. She is out buying shoes for Europe right now.

Tonight, we are going to Aya Sofia, which was the anniversary dinner place but they forgot they were closed during Memorial Day weekend. They made up for it by mailing us a gift certificate for dinner.

Maybe Sparrow
Pastor Reggie has a big bang
Well, ok

.:: Friday, June 29th ::.

~ 04:42 PM ~

"...You ain’t a has-been if you never was..."

I did some grading and went to Costco. It is still very wet in STL. I lost a tomato plant (the beefsteak) due to some gnawing. I reapplied the deterrent products. Tomorrow, I am working in the yard so I can fix the bird feeders.

Inning 1
Stagger Lee
Baseball Library

.:: Thursday, June 28th ::.

~ 07:30 PM ~

"...9 versus 9..."

Neale's case is done and my Summer 1 class is over. Good times.

I ate lunch at my favorite Subway and read about this in the RFT.


Deep Red Bells

.:: Wednesday, June 27th ::.

~ 07:45 PM ~

"...her name is Mrs. Coleman and she likes me..."

Ellis and I got a walk in before the rain. Our neighbor's house was visited by a landscape company. They laid some mulch, planted some flowers, and added some curb appeal. Considering the house next to it is going for $234K and a house down the street is close to $300K, the house next to us needs to make an effort. But, we believe it will be a "handyman special" as we have not seen any interior work done and the foundation has visible issues. My battle with the shared fence line has been going on for three years. On a related note, the squirrels have destroyed the bird feeder. I came home Monday and found it in pieces. On Friday, I will begin the rebuilding of the bird house and take it to version 2.0.

Neale is almost done with her big case. Tomorrow should be good.

We found out Fiction Plane is opening for the Police.

Tomorrow is the last day of my Summer One traditional class.

Ellis' cookies of the week
Tainted Feed
Some paneer
F'ed Up or Focused?

.:: Tuesday, June 26th ::.

~ 01:33 PM ~

"...the circle of trust..."

Congratulations to Noel and Cassie regarding their prospective addition to their family. We received the email yesterday that they are expecting. Congrats and good luck!

~ 08:40 AM ~


The park dedication went well. We had dinner at Tony's before the event.

Images that change

.:: Monday, June 25th ::.

~ 08:01 AM ~

"...Does your soul cast about like an old paper bag
Past empty lots and early graves
Of those like you who lost their way
Murdered on the interstate..."

We are going to the Hoffman Gardens dedication ceremony this evening.

World Famous Photos
Severely wounded
Nina Berman

.:: Sunday, June 24th ::.

~ 11:27 AM ~

"...paint it black..."

We ran and walker in the Kirkwood-Webster 5K this morning. I ran better than last week in the Race for the Cure but I had the same time (26:10). Neale and Ellis walked it and did alright. It was not designed for walkers so there was only a few. Ellis was happy to be out for the most part. We went to Uncle Bill's Pancake House for breakfast and it was good (B+), just not as good as Christopher's Pancake House near the Hill. We learned that Uncle Bill's has been in operation since 1961.

Neale is still struggling with her case. It has been difficult.

Yesterday, we went for a ride before the scattered showers. I worked in the yard, mowed, and started to prep our interior doors for staining. We will stain after we get back from Europe. At night, we watched "Breach", which was good.

It was time to renew our cell phone plan so we upgraded our phones. We both have Samsung Sync SGH-a707s, which has the MediaNet free for a month. It is quite nice but not worth the extra $20 a month per phone. The camera is great and it is easy to use. It is my first flip phone and it is massive improvement considering what I had for the last 3 years. Plus, they are world phones so we can be reached in Europe. But, if you an going to call us, please keep this in mind. It is six hours ahead for central time. For example, it is 6:30 right now.

Silent Running
Battery Acid

.:: Friday, June 22nd ::.

~ 08:35 PM ~

"...I'm waiting for my man..."

I went for a run to warm up for the 5K on Sunday. I did some grading, worked out, got an oil change, mowed, picked up our race packets, and made a new recipe (7 Vegetable curry with couscous). I also worked on our bedroom doors that needed some slight adjustments. So, it was pretty busy for a Friday but it was a Friday in my house as opposed to Bill's, which was a great project but a long one.

Neale is closer to finish on her big case. It has been stressful.

The new flashdrive for the camera and the outlet adapter/converter travel kit came today. Europe is getting closer.

Tomorrow, we are riding early (its getting hot earlier here...summer finally) and getting new cell phones. Our plan expires and we could use phones suitable for European travel too. Also, I am tired of having the "KMart Kid phone" of cell phones. I am thinking a camera phone with some text ability. Luckily, Cingular (AT &T Wireless) had plenty of free phones. We have used them since being in STL. We used Verizon in Ohio.


.:: Thursday, June 21st ::.

~ 08:00 AM ~

"...bright and chipper..."

Today, I am waiting for the stove delivery at Bill's house. Then, we can put the 'for sale' sign in the yard and start selling.

I have updated the bird feeder design and purchased two items designed to keep the squirrels away from my tomato plants. I lost two tomatoes to the wildlife.

There is only a week left in my traditional SOCI 131 class.

What to pack for Europe?

.:: Wednesday, June 20th ::.

~ 09:45 AM ~

" place left in the world..."

Neale had fun celebrating Cristal's birthday.

The Deftones was a good show. The December show was better though. The sound last night seemed way too bassy.

I am getting a haircut today and we are visiting the lawyer to start our will. Yes, we have assets and they need to go places in case something was too happen.

The next concert is the Police, July 2nd at Scott Trade. Since my summer 1 class will be over, I will enjoy an extended July 4th holiday. I feel sympathy for people that have to work and enjoy the holiday on a Wednesday....ouch.

It finally came to me how close Europe is on the calendar. We have outlet converter adapters coming and I picked up a 1GB flashcard for our camera. I have been using a 256 MB card and not had any problems but I want to take as many pictures as I want in Europe and not get concerned about storage.

The Cube

.:: Monday, June 18th ::.

~ 06:45 PM ~

"...he's a guy..."

My car is no longer a rolling toolbox. Yes, we are done at Bill's house and it can be your home starting Thursday.

The Deftones are tomorrow. Mein.

My 5K on Saturday went well. I finished in 26:10. Given I did not train outside and have not been riding since we have been working at Bill's house every weekend, I feel I could have better. The Webster/Kirkwood Connection Run is this Sunday. Neale is walking this year.

Neale reorganized the NLRB picnic and it was a success. There was a good crowd on Saturday and Ellis was well behaved. It was in the 90s but there was a decent breeze.

Southern Baptists vote
8 O'Clock
Fado coming to STL
Orson is grumpy

.:: Thursday, June 14th ::.

~ 08:38 PM ~

"... flag day..."

Hey, no cavities. Ellis and I went for a walk and then I used the Soloflex. Tomorrow, I am painting Bill's basement.

Background Notes
What else could lower approval ratings?

~ 07:58 AM ~

"...eddie mekka..."

I was at Bill's house yesterday. I cleaned and vacuumed the carpets. Then, I laid some poly cover to prevent it getting dirty again. I finished the basement door with a block plane. I cleaned and scraped the windows on the inside. I used Windex Outside on the other side. The basement door lock was forced so the lock was open but the key has long since been lost. So, I took the lock apart in order to fix it. I need some glue to finish the job.

Neale is spending the night out of town on a short trip.

This weekend is the Race for the Cure and Neale's work picnic. Sunday is our last day at Bill's house.

And I'm goin' out west
Where they'll appreciate me
Goin' out west
Goin' out west

....."Goin' Out West" by Tom Waits

Wine Monger
Freddie King
Suitcases They Left Behind

.:: Tuesday, June 12th ::.

~ 01:27 PM ~

" you have gym?..."

I spent yesterday afternoon at Bill's house doing some cleaning, painting, and installing window handles. We spent Saturday and Sunday at Bill's house and we are almost done. We are aiming for Monday, June 18th as the market date. Tomorrow, I am cleaning windows, rehanging storm windows, and finishing an interior door.

This weekend is Neale's work picnic and the Race for the Cure. I am running in the 5K. I have been training on our treadmill.

Hard to believe Europe is less than a month away.

Hard to Find 800
Some Tees

.:: Friday, June 8th ::.

~ 03:51 PM ~

"...part of the family..."

I worked on the squirrel baffle this morning. Squirrel still not baffled. I will have another go at it after Ellis and I walk. We had some winds and rain last night. There was no damage but a limb did come loose in our silver maple. I am not sure how it will fall.

I did some grading today.

I am making BBQ sauce in the slow cooker.

A Modest Proposal
Most Dangerous Comic

.:: Thursday, June 7th ::.

~ 06:17 PM ~

"...squirrel baffle..."

I installed a squirrel baffle today. The squirrel was not baffled. I will make a change tomorrow. We have 5 tomatoes currently. The plants are doing well. I also planted some dwarf burning bushes.

Sky View
360 Parks
Mr. Rogers...Best Neighbor Ever

.:: Monday, June 4th ::.

~ 08:12 PM ~

"...back in line..."

I mowed the front yard. Neale had a tough day at work and needed some time to decompress. She is better now.

I made a calzone for dinner, which I have not made in some time.

I signed up for the Race for the Cure and the Connection Run. The Race for the Cure is later than last year so the races are on consecutive weekends.

Race for the Cure

.:: Sunday, June 3rd ::.

~ 05:17 PM ~

"...Martin door...garage door..."

We went for a walk in Forest Park that lasted an hour and half. It was too windy to ride. We went to Turtle park via Hampton as the Tam Ave. overpass is long gone. Yes, the words that strike fear in your average STL resident is "Hwy 40 reconstruction". We went up to Skinker and headed back to the Planetarium where our car was parked. Ellis met a STL Police horse. Since we walked for over an hour, we were thirsty and went to the Central West End for a smoothie or something. We found a small organic grocery store and got a water & lemonade.

I am enjoying a new Schlafly beer, the Export IPA. Quite good.

What sounded good for dinner was cheese, crackers, olives, and some artichoke dip from Straub's market.

Neale is watching "the Illusionist" and I am oddly drawn to SCI-FI's airing of "The Stand" mini-series.

We got a lot done at Bill's yesterday. Neale ordered the stove and removed excessive paint from the windows. Thanks to Clayton all the windows open now. We stained some shut during the winter. I worked on the bottom of the door to the stairs, placed the final kitchen drawer knobs, attached the closet door knobs, placed the address numbers, hung the bathroom towel rack, painted the drywall repair spots, replaced outlet covers, and removed the basement sinks. We are getting close to being done. I would have painted outside but it rained. Next weekend, we are going over Saturday and Sunday.

15 (Painfully) Unforgettable Cartoon Theme Songs
EHarmony has no gay love
Joy of Baking
Zippy Web
Public Matters
Square America

.:: Friday, June 1st ::.

~ 04:21 PM ~


The neighborhood is safe.

~ 11:17 AM ~

" amazing night..."

Once again, a lazy Friday. I have to do some grading online, workout, and mow if the weather permits.

I had a container of black beans in the fridge and it was time to do something with them before they got slimy. So, I made black bean soup in the slow cooker late last night. The smell of cinnamon in the morning was quite nice.

Octopus Tap
Stray Matter
How to Talk Like a Corgi
Begging Cat
Being Human

.:: Thursday, May 31st ::.

~ 06:10 PM ~

" it that possible?..."

Home photos have been added and updated. See the photo page.

Ellis just finished his second treadmill session. He has taken to it.

~ 07:52 AM ~

"...I don't know...10?..."

Ellis had his first trip on the treadmill and he did well. He walked for 15 mins. at 1.3 mph. Then, he had a protein shake and a sauna.


.:: Wednesday, May 30th ::.

~ 04:15 PM ~

"...If a tree falls in the forest and claps one hand, what colour is the sound that is produced?..."

The TV is working well. I added caster wheels to the TV stand in the basement so it is easier to use with the treadmill.

Currently, I am using the treadmill in the morning. Neale is using it in the afternoon. Ellis had his first experience yesterday and does not quite get the "keep walking" aspect of the treadmill yet. We will practice with him tonight.

Ellis' fav bones of the week
Wine Doctor
Casino Lore
It still up
I don't a whale in a box or a bag

.:: Monday, May 28th ::.

~ 11:18 AM ~

"...why we fight..."

Dinner was great at Portabella. Bailey's Chocolate Bar was very good. Overall, great night. Thanks for all the calls and cards.

Today, we are seeing "Pirates" and dropping off gifts for our nephews.

We purchased our new TV yesterday at Circuit City. Best Buy had nothing in our price range and size. We decided on a 40" Sony Bravia, which I spent an hour hooking up yesterday. The digital channels are not being recognized yet but Neale is out getting another cable that should solve that problem. Our Charter DVR does not have a HDMI input nor does our DVD system but there are solutions. Overall, the picture, sound, and quality are excellent. We were torn between an LG, Hitachi, and Sony. Later, we will upgrade the DVD system.


.:: Saturday, May 26th ::.

~ 07:59 PM ~

" across the diamond..."

We went for a walk, Sweet Tomatoes, and to Mount Pleasant. Ellis did well and it was a decent crowd but less than usual on Saturday. The weather had cleared but storms were in the area. We stayed about an hour and noticed a dark cloud bank coming in. So, we headed for home, feed Ellis, and went to the Greekfest, which was better than last year. Despite the spotty storms, the winds kept the humidity from being a problem. We stopped at Trader Joe's for some cider and wine to enjoy while watching Pan's Labyrinth.

Currently, the Mets are winning.

Our tomato plants are going great. One of our rose bushes is not doing so well. I made need to replace it.

Ain't no fun in fundie
Divorce Myths

.:: Friday, May 25th ::.

~ 10:00 AM ~

"...Hear the sound of music
Drifting in the aisles
Elevator prozac
Stretching on for miles..."

This weekend is our anniversary weekend. We are having dinner on Sunday. Seeing "Pirates" on Monday, going to the Greekfest Saturday, and shopping for a TV at some point. If the weather permits, we are going out to Mount Pleasant to listen to some music.

I have an open Friday, which is nice. No grading, no schedules, and no home improvement that is needed to be done. I will stain the closet door and trim piece but that takes seconds. We bought that home. The deadline on the house is June 11th.

Since the forecast calls for a wet Memorial Day weekend I mowed yesterday. Ellis discovered the joys of a backyard tennis ball. I discovered a squirrel is chewing through the thistle bag string so I am upgrading to wire.

I am watching the remake of "The Bad News Bears". It is nowhere near the original. But, it does make me want to visit a batting cage.

Ballpark Digest
How did we survive?
Neat Sites
STL Greekfest
The Beaver is acting out

.:: Wednesday, May 23rd ::.

~ 02:56 PM ~

"...go raiders...."

Summer 1 is in session and I have adjusted to the new schedule.

Our new treadmill arrived Monday night and it has already gotten use.

The birds and squirrels have fully discovered the feeder. I believe a squirrel tried to chew off the thistle bag.

I discovered no one in my traditional class watches "Idol". We have voted for Jordan.

Homer for President
McJob Crew
All My Favs
Map of Springfield
Where us Private Jemison?
9/11 still kiling

.:: Sunday, May 20th ::.

~ 07:10 PM ~

" love the zing of raisins...."

We found someone that enjoys the feeder. A finch also stopped by. Enjoy...Matrix Squirrel.

Short film of the event....3.8 mbs

~ 05:47 PM ~

"...the lady of the refrigerator...."

We went for a ride and tried to eat at the Lakehouse, which is the restaurant at the lake we bike around. The service was lacking in the dining room. The patio, which was full got all the attention, so it took 5 minutes to get a menu. Then, there was no options for me really so decided to leave. We went to La Salsa, which is currently second in my burrito rankings. The beloved Baja Fresh shines best among them all. We recently got a Chipotle but their chips are over salted. After lunch, we stopped in at the 2nd Wind Exercise store, which is in the same strip mall. We intended just to look but the salesman (Mark) was great and the deal was good. We purchased this. It has an orthopedic belt so Neale's ankles are better protected. The installation will be on Tuesday.

I took Ellis for a walk. He dodged his bath at this point.

The Mets are on ESPN tonight.

We measured the entertainment room so Tall Bill, our handyman, can start gathering materials for the remodel. He will work on that while we are in Europe.

We are watching for a Memorial Day sale in order to purchase our flat screen HD TV.

Someday we'll meet again
Just plain weird
Huh? Who knew? You did. Wow.
Bound for Glory
Pedal geek
Live Internet Radio
Sound of Muzak

.:: Saturday, May 19th ::.

~ 08:23 PM ~

"...right where it belongs...."

We went to Sweet Tomatoes for our first meal. We went for a walk and then over to Bill's place. The first task besides admiring the new AC unit was climbing the ladder to the back peak to remove the light fixture. I had a hacksaw that was in need of a new blade. After some sawing and wiggling the light, it was loose. We tried a rope to it in order to direct its fall away from us and the new AC unit. With Neale holding the rope, I went up again with the wire cutters. We turned off the power to the house but did not get a hard confirm from the light as the bulb burned out. So, I cut the wire with a moment of "hey, this is how electrocution feels in my mind". In the end, it came down but there is still a siren up there. Yes, I said a siren. Bill had security measures. We stopped "high ladder time" and focused on the inside. We put the pulls on the kitchen, which looked great after the poly. Then, we put the door hardware on the back bedroom. The hit plate is not quite right so the door is sticking and that will take alittle more time. Lout and Dolores stopped by to see the place. Lout was/is Bill's brother that lives nearby. We also placed the closet handles, which need to stained. We bought some staining materials home so we can finish the door and a piece of trim.

Neale has Penn Stattion for dinner and I made veg dogs.

After four years, we had $16.76 of change in the weird cup we got in Vegas. Quarters were not included because I use those for car washes. CoinStar took 2% for its effort.

Firefox hacks
Christian Brothers
Stuck on You
No Sugar Tonight

.:: Thursday, May 17th ::.

~ 12:28 PM ~

"...The liver duffs a geared satire...."

Graduation went well. It was an hour and a half. The speaker was a local member of the Army Corp. of Engineers. The colonel was in charge of rebuilding the hurricane defenses after Hurricane K in New Orleans.

The rain delay at Shea caused the game to be in the sixth inning when I got home. So, I got to see the game. Also, it is on right now as the Cubs and Mets finish their four game series. The Mets are playing their bench today.

Neale considered a bike ride but it is windy today.

Random Sentence Generator

.:: Wednesday, May 16th ::.

~ 12:55 PM ~

"...rizzo and sons...."

It is a decent day here so I may be heading to the backyard to mow. Yesterday, it rained.

In memory of Mr. Falwell here are some of his words:

“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions”
“AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals”
“Billy Graham is the chief servant of Satan in America”
"The ACLU is to Christians what the American Nazi party is to Jews”
“Textbooks are Soviet propaganda”
"(re: 9/11 attacks) "...throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools, the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad...I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America...I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen."”

Lovely stuff, huh?

Grilled chee and tomato soup
Britney on Physics

.:: Monday, May 14th ::.

~ 11:13 AM ~

"...sleep together...."

I mowed the lawn and Neale made progress on her cases. I decided to add some bird feeder to the yard. There is a bird feeder filled with song bird fee on the big tree, a hummingbird feeder on the deck currently and a bag of thistle seed on the dogwood. The birds have not taken to it yet though. The bird feeder has side slots for suet.

We went for a bike ride. Noel called on our way home. We are watching the Mets/Cubs game currently. Jack Bauer not happy.

Thats a turtle
I like you

~ 11:13 AM ~

"...chicken catchers...."

Neale is working at home today. I got up around 8 and cleaned the house. The fireplace finally got cleaned and I hosed off the fireplace screen. My tomato plants are growing at an alarming rate, which make me very happy considering my failure last year on this project.

We watched "Survivor" outside last night. In the basement, we have a small Emerson TV (which was a gift from Bill) and I still have some rabbit ears. We lit the torches and candles so we were bug free. Also, we played "Koosh", which is a paddle game Neale found in her mom's garage. Debbie was cleaning out the garage and attic.

Our neighbors children cleaned out his home, which has been sitting empty for over a year. They recently had the siding refreshed and the backyard was tamed. But, there is still alot of work to do over there.

We worked at Bill's yesterday after brunch at Britt and Kelly's place. I polyed the kitchen cabinets and Neale stained the closet door & frame. We are about 90% done and I have only a handful of items on the punch list, which are my responsibility.

I will mow soon and need two bags of mulch. Also, I may add a finch & bird feeder.

Hold the cheese
Forever Stamp

.:: Sunday, May 13th ::.

~ 09:17 AM ~

"...there are black players....there are white players...."

The LC faculty picnic went well. Ellis played well with small children. He also impressed the people with his good natured curious attitude. Then, Ellis visited LC and saw my office.

Neale's full tea went well. Debbie really liked it.

We went to the BrewFest via the Metro. It was at capacity (5000 people). With the purchase of a ticket (buy in advance), you get a wristband, a booklet about the event, and a 3 oz. tasting glass. We tried about 7 or 8 styles. Since we got there about 7, a quarter to nine caught us quick and we headed out. We wanted to avoid the crowd and we had our fill. There is only so many people you can tolerate for "free beer" it turns out. As for the beer, the smoked ale was the best for me and Neale liked the peach ale.

Today, we are having brunch at Kelly and Britt's place. Yes, we had planned on eating at a restaurant. Afterwards, we are heading to Bill's for a few things.

Dogs have prostates?
You're a demon

.:: Friday, May 11th ::.

~ 11:00 AM ~

"...three seed...."

Grading no more.

Today, Neale having full tea with her Mom at the Ritz. Ellis and I are going to the LCCC faculty picnic and stopping by my office. Then, Neale and I (sans Brew Dog) are going to the STL Heritage Festival. Hey, lower the beer tax?

Last night, we went to Costco and tried Noodles, which was decent. Neale picked up "Dirty Dancing" Ultimate Edition...where is the Swayze?

Vegas Retro (Not Safe for Work)

.:: Friday, May 11th ::.

~ 11:00 AM ~

"...If you didn't care what happened to me,
And I didn't care for you,
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
Wondering which of the buggars to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing...."

Grading today.

Random Art

.:: Thursday, May 10th ::.

~ 01:40 PM ~

" this the end?..."

The selfish, they’re all standing in line
Faithing and hoping to buy themselves time
Me, I figure as each breath goes by
I only own my mind

The north is to south what the clock is to time
There's east and there's west and there's everywhere life
I know I was born and I know that I'll die
The in between is mine
I am mine

And the feeling, it gets left behind
All the innocence lost at one time
Significant, behind the eyes
There's no need to hide,....
We're safe tonight

The ocean is full cause everyone's crying
The full moon is looking for friends at high tide
The sorrow grows bigger when the sorrow's denied
I only know my mind
I am mine

And the meaning, it gets left behind
All the innocents lost at one time
Significant, behind the eyes
There's no need to hide,....
We're safe tonight

And the feelings that get left behind
All the innocence broken with lies
Significance, between the lines
(We may need to hide)

And the meanings that get left behind
All the innocents lost at one time
We're all different behind the eyes
There's no need to hide


.:: Wednesday, May 9th ::.

~ 08:17 PM ~

"...what will never be..."

We worked at Bill's house. There was more staining done and I painted the peak. So, me hanging off a ladder is almost done.

Here is the amp:

Quick review as I have only had a hour to explore it...there are Fender like cleans...glassy reverb...each notes sounds individually and sustains...picking dynamics affect the sound greatly so it is more responsive than previous amps. I am very happy with it.

~ 11:51 AM ~

"...nature boy..."

Alton came to Alton.

My amp has arrived. Neale said it was there at 7:30AM. I was already on my way to work.

Say No

.:: Monday, May 7th ::.

~ 09:14 PM ~

"...anyway you cut it..."

Neale picked up the Mother's Day gifts. They will be in the mail Wednesday morning.

The backyard fence has been fixed. A-1 Fence of STL did a good job.

We need a brunch spot for Sunday.

Roadway called this morning to schedule the amp delivery. It will arrive Wednesday before 2PM. But, I have to be at Alton High Wednesday morning. Neale was planning to take the day off to get over to Bill's place. So, she will accept the amp and I will meet her over at Bill's place to do some painting.

I spent the day grading online classes, went for a walk, got back to the Soloflex, and finished restringing the main guitar.

Ellis' bones of the week

.:: Sunday, May 6th ::.

~ 01:10 PM ~

"...look at me not the fat ass losers..."

Neale is not feeling well. She says its allergies. So, we decided she should take it easy. But, we not going over to Bill's, which is not a big deal.

We enjoyed some mint juleps during the Derby and then switched to Cinco de Mayo celebrations. But, everyone else had the same idea at Pueblo Solis, which is owned by friend of a hairdresser at our salon. Since we were near the Hill, we went to Italian place that neither of us had been to before yesterday. We ate at Lou Baccardi's, which was empty because everyone was at the Mexican restaurants.

Kitten vs. Husky
Ellis made Google
Fraternal Supply
Unplugged Jimi
Sutcliffe Gallery

.:: Saturday, May 5th ::.

~ 09:41 AM ~

"...feliz cinco de mayo..."

Hey, its not raining. The grass looks great though.

We watched "The Queen" last night. Neale saw it in the theatre during the Oscar push. Good film but not as many corgis (ellis color) as Neale promised.

When got home last night, I was hungry so we went to Enstein's Bagels in Kirkwood, which has not been on the menu since Strongsville days. However, we went just before closing and the staff was ending a rough day. It took them so long to make our sandwiches that we had to make the sandwiches to go so we went to Debbie's house to eat. Debbie was finishing painting Neale's old room. It was damaged in the winter storm as there was a tree limb through the roof. After dinner we went to the Global Market, which had 1.34 pounds of mint for under $2. That is a great deal. There was also a few other things such as cheap pepitas and a Greek dessert Neale likes. The mint is important because I am making some mint juleps for the race. Neale's coworker has family in hospice so he canceled his annual party.

We are going out to a new Mexican restaurant tonight. Neale is going into work this morning.

I staked one of the tomato plants already. It was droopy.

Dunhill Edition
Veg Cooking
Wind Cries Mary

.:: Friday, May 4th ::.

~ 09:07 AM ~

"...People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game

People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Ah, people asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry
I'm just sitting here doing time

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go ..."

Rainy day in STL. I am home doing some grading.

Rome's "Smack Off" is today.

Brothers in Arms

.:: Wednesday, May 2nd ::.

~ 05:55 PM ~

"...what is good?..."

I am making croutons for my homemade vegetable soup.

Neale is working alittle late because she got a priority case for tomorrow morning.

It is raining but I was able to get some more mulch down and finished the planting. One of the tomato plants did not have holes in the bottom of the pot so I solved that with my drill.

I got some online grading done today. I am grading exams on Friday and I may start on their final papers too. I want to be done by next Friday. Graduation is the Wednesday after grades are due as it has been since I worked at LC.

My new amp stand arrived but not the amp.

I got a haircut. A lady almost backed into me as I was pulling into the lot. Close one.

Frank's Ball Parks
Hyper Death Babies

.:: Tuesday, May 1st ::.

~ 07:29 PM ~

"...this ain't a love song..."

Sean, a coworker, made me listen to this. I felt dirty and alone. The radio show is Bob & Tom out of Indy... KSHE is their local here.

~ 06:29 PM ~

"...sick sick sick..."

Rather rainy here. I needed a day off from exercising as well.

Neale had trouble sleeping last night. Odd.

I planted our tomato plants. I also laid some mulch and have the other plants ready for planting. But, I need more potting soil and the rain came.

Ellis is playing with his man. He does this thing where he grabs it, shakes his head, and growls.

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