Friday, June 30, 2006

Hiking photos

Despite the fact that this photo shows him looking wet, miserable, and maybe a little afraid he is going to fall off the back of that bluff, he really was having fun.

The view was lovely, but I seem to prefer to look straight down at nothing.

What he does after a long day of hiking in the rain. Or anytime.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Quote of the Week

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Random thoughts

I don’t know how it happens, but every week I get to mid week and realize that I haven’t posted. It isn’t for lack of ideas either. I just never get around to typing them out, or if I do, I find them boring and erase them before they ever make it to the editing department (Sergio). So there is a backlog of things that we have done that make for boring posts but that I want you to know about anyway. So a quick update.

Last weekend we went hiking at Pea Ridge Military State Park. It is a ways up the road from us, but it is a lovely flat easy hike with beautiful scenery. We have tried it before but had to turn back due to seed ticks. This time we armed ourselves with lots of bug spray and hoped that the steady rain would keep the bugs at bay. Halfway through the hike we realized that the mutant seed ticks of Pea Ridge Battlefield were immune to our bug spray and walked the rest of the way on the Auto tour road. The best part of the hike was near the end, we were drenched from the rain and at the site formerly occupied by Elkhorn Tavern, a tour guide was staked out to tell us about the area. He had a little mixed breed dog that Eliot wanted to play with, and he filled us in on some history in the meantime. He was a retired gentleman decked out in period clothing and talking with him was a pleasure.

This weekend we ate at a new restaurant in Fayetteville called Greenhouse Grille. It serves only organic meats and vegetables and is one of a kind in this area outside of the natural foods store. It is in an old Pizza Hut building and you wouldn’t think much of it from the outside, but inside they have turned it into a cozy little bar area. The food was excellent. I had black bean enchiladas and Sergio had a jerk chicken dish. I wanted the buffalo burger but they had run out, I think they are still trying to get their feet under them. They also get at least some of their supplies from Old Soul Organics here in Fayetteville which is owned by a friend of a friend and should also be supported.

It has been very hot in Fayetteville lately and working out has been hard. Yesterday, however, we went swimming with my niece and it never hit eighty. All the kids were shivering and the lifeguards were wrapped in multiple towels for warmth. In contrast, it was 100 degrees in Portland.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Quote of the Week

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

87 things about us

For those of you who don't read many blogs, which I think is most of you, there is a common post among other bloggers called "100 things." Unfortunately, I couldn't think of that many and stopped at 87.

1. Sergio studied both Landscape Architecture and English in college.
2. His degree is in Anthropology.
3. Dawn started college studying business.
4. She wanted to study Art History but thought it wasn’t practical.
5. Her degree is International Relations.
6. Total number of jobs between them since college? 7
7. Number of jobs that are relevant to degrees? 0
8. Sergio pretended to be blind for several weeks in the third grade.
9. His teachers said he was bored and skipped him a grade.
10. Dawn was in the hospital for several days when she was five for a ruptured appendix. She remembers watching Alf on the hospital television.
11. If Sergio had been a girl, his name would be Stephanie.
12. If Dawn had been born a boy, her name would be Todd.
13. Dawn has needed corrective lenses since the third grade.
14 Seven inches from her face is the last place she can see something clearly.
15. Sergio has 20/15 vision.
16. Sergio has one fake front tooth. Car accident.
17. Dawn has one dead front tooth. Ice skating accident.
18. Sergio’s favorite food is his mother’s menudo. Hominy and tripe soup.
19. Dawn tried this the first time he took her to his home.
20. His mother always makes her a separate dish now.
21. Dawn has had two bad bike wrecks in her lifetime.
22. The last one was a year ago.
23. She can still see asphalt under her skin.
24. Sergio and Dawn married on March 13, 2004.
25. He proposed on a hike in Devil’s Den State Park.
26. They had the best food at their wedding.
27. One of Dawn’s five uncles is a chef.
28. They honeymooned in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
29. One of their favorite places in the world is Vancouver, BC.
30. They also really like Taos, NM.
31. Sergio is an only child.
32. Dawn has one older brother, Daniel. He is married to Amanda.
33. Dawn and Sergio have a six yr. old niece, Samantha, and a nephew due in August.
34. Dawn has never voluntarily spoken on videotape.
35. The only beer Dawn really likes is Blue Moon with lemon. An orange is ok if there are no lemons.
36. Dawn and Sergio both dream of a vacation that revolves around unpasteurized cheeses.
37. Sergio and Dawn both hate hot weather.
38. But Sergio has a Jekyll/Hyde thing going when the weather changes.
39. Sergio was one of the most competitive people Dawn knew when they met.
40. Dawn is not competitive.
41. Though if she has beaten someone at something already, she would prefer not to play again and chance losing.
42. Sergio has mellowed with age.
43. Dawn has read every Jane Austen book, but still likes Pride and Prejudice the best.
44. She dislikes Mansfield Park.
45. Sergio and Dawn both prefer a rainy day to a sunny one.
46. On a sunny hot day you can find them in a cold dark movie theater.
47. They will still watch anything Adam Sandler makes.
48. They have bought The Wedding Singer twice.
49. Dawn is over two months older than Sergio.
50. Dawn normally has short hair.
51. As a freshmen she cut it very short and was asked no less than ten times that year if she was a lesbian. Such is life in the south.
52. Dawn could not learn to use her sewing machine and thought it was broken.
53. Sergio looked at it to see if it was broken and made a teddy bear.
54. Dawn just can’t sew.
55. Dawn is learning to knit.
56. She has made several long rows of stitches and called them scarves.
57. Sergio was on the football, track, and tennis teams in high school.
58. Dawn was a cheerleader and played golf.
59. Dawn and Sergio name their dogs for Presidents and Authors.
60. They had a lab named Abraham Poe.
61. Eliot is Eliot Adams
62. John Adams is Sergio’s favorite founding father.
63. Sergio and Dawn worked at an after-school program for at-risk youth in college.
64. Then they both worked for the children’s shelter.
65. If they worked together at the shelter, Sergio always watched the boys while Dawn got stuck with the babies.
66. She was twenty and was only somewhat sure how to make a bottle or change a diaper.
67. Sergio and Dawn have not shopped at a Wal-Mart store in well over a year.
68. They live one town away from Wal-Mart headquarters.
69. There are only three stores in Fayetteville that aren’t connected with Wal-Mart.
70. Sergio and Dawn both voted for Kerry and were devastated when he lost.
71. When they visited Vancouver, they arrived on Canada Day and were given Canadian flag magnets. They sang the Canadian national anthem on the bus from the airport. It only got better.
72. Sergio says it is ok that we have a miniature black poodle because Eliot has a beard.
73. Sergio wants an Irish Wolfhound one day.
74. Dawn adopted a slight British accent her senior year of high school because her closest friend was a British foreign exchange student. Hi Louisa!
75. Sergio was the Homecoming Captain in high school.
76. Dawn and Sergio don’t know if they would have gotten along in high school.
77. Sergio told Dawn when they first began dating that she was the only girl with whom he had ever had to share an appetizer equally.
78. Dawn visited her British friends home when she was eighteen and fell in love with hot water bottles…and pretty much all things English.
79. Sergio lived in Death Valley as a child.
80. And Germany.
81. Dawn and Sergio were robbed three days after they moved into their apartment in Little Rock.
82. Dawn and Sergio’s favorite place in New Orleans is a used book store.
83. One of Sergio’s favorite movies is Legends of the Fall.
84. Dawn thinks this movie is unnecessarily sad and usually refuses to watch it with him.
85. They do not own a coffee pot or anything with which to make coffee.
86. David Sedaris can make Dawn laugh out loud every time she reads his work, even if she has already read it five times before.
87. Sergio once spent an entire day emailing Dawn in Haiku.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Quote of the Week

I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.

Alice Walker

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

Necessito un lapiz, gracias, de nada.

Hello. Let me start by apologizing for our absence. We tried posting a few times last week, but Blogger was slow and repeatedly lost our posts. And then we were too busy over the weekend to try again.
What were we busy doing? Gathering up our junk to put on display in our friends neighborhood, you know, having a garage sale. I didn’t know much about the whole process, but I think I have a pretty good handle on it now. If you are interested in having a garage sale, here are a few tips.

  • Gather everything you don’t need that isn’t terribly broken from your home, especially old clothes and electronics.
  • Don’t bother hauling out large furniture or breakable dishes. You will haul them home again
  • Place these items in a neighborhood with families, sidewalks, and garages. In our case, we took them to a friend’s house as our neighborhood lacks these essential items.
  • Don’t bother pricing anything.
  • If you do bother with pricing, price everything a few dollars over what you think it is worth.
  • Don’t price any of your clothing items over four dollars. Not even your very expensive brand name jeans that you spent $100 dollars on. Chances are these particular pants will sell for $2 or $2.50 if you want to haggle for a while.
  • Do sell your old VCR and VHS tapes, even if you thought nobody used these anymore and it was a waste of your time to bring them. Gold, pure gold.
  • Do sell any archaic electronic item in your home. Someone will want it and know how to fix it.
  • Realize early on that getting $1 dollar for an item that is worth $4, is still better than taking said item back home again.
  • If you hold your garage sale in a neighborhood with a large Hispanic population, remember to brush up on your Spanish or drag along your Spanish speaking husband, so that you don’t stare rudely at your customers as they ask prices and answer with nonsense. Example.
    Customer (in Spanish): How much is this bowl?
    Me (in broken Spanish): Thank you! I need a pencil. It is raining and cold. It’s nothing!

I couldn’t remember the words for sunny, hot, or humid, or part of that might have made sense.

Actually, the yard sale went really well and we were able to help our moving fund quite a bit and get rid of things without the guilt of throwing them away. We can rest easy that our items found good homes, and that a huge step was made toward getting ready to move.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Quote of the Week

"Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak...Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win."
-Cesar Chavez

Thursday, June 01, 2006

My Eight Year Old Chocolate Dog is Trapped in the Closet

JUNE! What happened to May or April for that matter? I can’t believe how fast time is moving. Usually when you are waiting for something big to begin time crawls, but we have just over two months now until we pack our few belongings into a trailer and move across the country. Which means it is time to start cleaning out the drawers, closets, and bookshelves. We began last night with our books.

I should note here that I am a pack rat. My mother can attest to this, as she had to force me to clean out my closet and personal junk drawer every year. The arguments would go something like this.
Mom: Don’t you think you should throw out the half melted chocolate dog now?
Me (with horror): Throw it out?! But someone got me that for my 6th birthday and I couldn’t possibly part with it, ever.

Sergio, on the other hand, holds almost nothing sacred. When I met him he had just built a lovely mission style bed. When it came time to move, he took the whole thing and threw it in the dumpster. Minutes later it disappeared into the neighbor’s house. I think Sergio’s motto is if he can’t use it in the next week, then he doesn’t need it anymore.

So with these two opposing views we began our book purging. Don’t panic, we are selling them; no book will ever be thrown away in our house. I had already come up with maybe twenty books that could go. Paperback romance novels and mysteries mostly. That would still leave maybe 80 books that we would pack up and move. When I came home, there were twenty books left on the shelf and two boxes full of books to be sold on the floor. Breathe Dawn.
Me: How can we sell this classic? Nobody gets rid of this.
Him: Do you even like that book?
Me: No.
Him: Are you ever going to read it again?
Me: No.
Him: Well.
Me: Blank stare.

Far too much logic for me. What about all the hurt feelings the books will have? Or the people who bought it for me 17 years ago? What about that?

This is going to be hard.

Quote of the Week

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

-John Adams, Letter to Abigail Adams (May 12, 1780)