Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Preston's 21!

Good afternoon, it is Wednesday.

Yesterday was a milestone for sure! Preston turned 21! Happy Birthday Preston! Preston doesn't head off to college till this weekend, so he got to celebrate with all of us. Along with John, Carol, and Stef, who drove down from Redmond to hang out for dinner and drinks!
Preston started the day sleeping in. Well, he did snap a fun photo of him enjoying a beer at 12:00 am, the minute he turned 21. Hah! Then it was off to renew his drivers licence. Say cheese!
Stef helped Preston choose the perfect fancy drink. And yes, the wait staff carded Preston. Then the bartender came over to double check all the paperwork! Oh my, I guess they don't want to mess up with the 21 year olds.
Happy Birthday dad selfie.
Yes! The mom of the 21 year old maybe deserves the very biggest drink of anyone!
How about a Coldstone ice-cream cake to round out the celebration? Indeed. I'm sure Preston will continue his birthday celebrating once back to college in a few days. Well, maybe in between classes? And studying? Happy Birthday Preston.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Fair!

Good evening, it is Saturday.

Thursday night was the fair! As in the Puyallup Fair! Well, it is now the Washington State Fair, but you know the song: You can do it at a trot, you can do it at a gallop, you can do it real slow so your heart don't palpitate, just don't be late, do the Puyallup.
We went on a weeknight, so we kind of did it at a gallop. Played lots of games, ate some ice cream, walked all over, listened to sales pitches, and had a nice time. We didn't see anything extra this time, like hypnotists, art centers, or really any animals. Oh well, can't really do it all in just a few hours. A few years back Hansen won a giant hot tamale that was bigger than a human on this ring toss game, so it is a favorite. No winning this time.
Well, on the ring toss. I did win this green gecko by hammering a frog into a basket. I've always won at the Frog Toss game.
This game seems rigged to loose! I wish I could just play some of these games over and over without pay to figure out the trick. I think this one you actually need to toss the ball up into the wall so it bounces up rather than out.
We even played BINGO! And lost...
What is this!?! Yup, I accompanied Maren and Lillie to the mall today to shop for Lillie's first ever Homecoming dress. These two had a great time! We also learned that Macy's is not always the most expensive store for such shopping, in fact Lillie found a great dress and shoes for a price that dad even approved of. No sneak peaks at the dress here, you'll get to see it in a month...

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Good evening, it is Tuesday.

This afternoon we finally had to put our cat Ranger down. Ranger has been one of our cats for over 15 years! That's right, since before Lillie was even born. Joe and Ranger were adopted on March 4th 2002, even Preston hardly remembers a time without Ranger. But Preston does remember the day we adopted Joe and Ranger, he [Preston] was sick and dehydrated, and will tell you about the 11 times he barfed, including at the house we adopted the cats from. But that is a different story. Joe died about a year ago.
This is the last photo I ever took of Ranger. He had pretty much stopped eating a few days ago and was not a healthy cat. But he was always very nice. Preston came with me to the veterinarian clinic. The clinic was very nice, but it never easy to put a pet down. Here are a few photos that Maren or the kids took of Ranger:

See you tomorrow.

Friday, September 08, 2017


Good afternoon, it is Friday.

Yesterday I did something I've been wanting to do for a very long time. Got a tattoo! Why now you ask? I guess you finally get to an age where if you want a tattoo, you get one. And 47 is that year for me. Plus, Maren and the kids were all quite supportive of finally getting inked.
I put a deposit down a week ago and asked the artist make a celtic band for my right forearm. That I like the breaks and the sharp edges where they come together. He came up with this sketch and talked to me about shading and such.
I really liked all the work I saw on FB and the store website, and after our conversation I knew he would do a great job making this celtic band look very artistic. Here he is copying his sketch to a carbon copy to create a stencil for my arm. This was clearly just an outline, he was super skilled and the lines when tattooing were even smoother.
Here we go. Arm shaved, all the safety precautions checked. And there is no turning back now. The outer patterns were done with a 3 needle set up. This part was amazing, and it didn't hurt too much. I enjoyed watching the outlining. After the outline was done, the tattoo looked great, but his plan was to bring it to life with shading.
If I'm not mistaken, the shading was done with an 8 needle set up. This was true mastery. And a lot more pain if I'm being honest. I watched part of the shading, but really that just seemed to make it hurt even more. So I didn't look. Much. It was still amazing.
The finished product. All told this was about two hours of ink time, and about five hours from start to finish with artwork and everything. Nate did a great job. And it was very fun being in his studio [Maple Valley Tattoo and Piercing Studio]. Nate is also an avid archer and we did talk about archery quite a bit while I was getting this tattoo.
Preston, Hansen, and Lillie even came out to watch for a few minutes. While they didn't stay long, they did get to see how the whole thing went for a few minutes. Preston sent me this photo. So why is the title of this post "Unexpected"? That was my dad's reply to me texting him photos of my tattoo. LOL. Nope, I didn't tell him it was happening, so it's all good. Most of my co-workers really like this tattoo, but one did wonder why I didn't just buy a Corvette! Is this really a mid life crisis tattoo? Nah, not a mid life crisis, more a mid life why not...

See you tomorrow.

Monday, September 04, 2017


Good morning, it is Monday.

How about a crappy cup of coffee? You're welcome.
I picked this mug up from a clearance bin last night. How could a meme like this end up in a clearance bin? I know right! I think it will become a pen/pencil holder at work tomorrow.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 02, 2017


Good evening, it is Saturday.

The unexpected happened today. I was talking to a neighbor before going on a bike ride with a friend, and he was on his way to go to the metal recycling yard, and then the dump. A friend of his gave him an old BBQ that was in just fine shape as to either recycle or sell on Craigslist. I asked him the price, and he said, "for you, free". I told him that I'd like to buy it, as it is better than a free grill. Then he said, "I like IPAs!" OK, I've got that. Preston and I went to Safeway and picked out a middle of the road case of some IPA. I know, I don't really like IPAs, I prefer a lighter beer, or water, or soda, or cider, or maybe even motor oil...
A friendly exchange and I've got this cute 2 burner grill! And he's got a case of IPA. Chicken dinner! When we moved into this house (just over 22 years ago) our realtor gave us a Weber charcoal grill for a house warming gift. I've used that grill for 22 summers! And it is finally about done.
A trip to Home Depot for a propane tank, and a little scrubbing, and this grill is ready to go!
We invited John and Carol over to celebrate, and the grill was working! Maren joking said, "Are you going to do a whole blog post just on this grill you traded for a case of beer?" Uh, yes! This was the best case of beer I've ever purchased. Next beer you ask? Probably in a couple weeks when Preston turns 21!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

1st Day of School...for some...

Good evening, it is Thursday.

Today was the first day of school for Lillie and me. Welcome to high school Lillie, freshman year! I only embarrassed her one time at school today.
Nope, Hansen and Preston don't start today, so they were sleeping while this photo of Lillie and I was taken. Only another 179 school days till next summer. I miss summertime already! No worries, next week the weather will be in the 90's, so we won't be able to forget just yet.
While Preston will not be starting school for nearly another month, he did give Lillie her back to school haircut!
Hi Hansen! This is Hansen just after getting his wisdom teeth removed. Cheeks full of gauze and no idea where his face even is thanks to numbing medication. He looks a little loopy, but trust me, he breezed through this surgery. As in, walked to the car no problem and zero strange anything from the anesthesia. Amazing really. A senior in high school this year, Hansen is missing out on his first day of school because of running start.Not really, he simply doesn't start for another 3 weeks! This running start thing suits Hansen just fine. No school for a nearly a month, and no more wisdom teeth?!?

See you tomorrow.