Monday, June 23, 2008

6 weeks old...

Alex and Brady are 6 weeks old today. Aren't they cute?
Apparently, they aren't ready to smile for the camera.














That's Brady on the left and Alex on the right.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The good, the bad and the ugly

It is quiet here (a rarity with 3 kids and 2 dogs) and so I thought I'd post about life here.

The Good
  • 3 wicked cute boys
  • It's summer and it has finally come (we had a really long spring)
  • Naps every afternoon (even for me)
  • I have lost most of the weight I gained for this pregnancy
  • I can eat whatever I want (hooray for 1000 extra calories a day)
  • Mason seems to finally be accepting the fact that he has to share me with 2 newbies
  • Mason's vocabulary has exploded. In just a few months he has gone from barely saying any words to words I didn't even know he knew (i.e. leaf blower...I didn't teach him that, it's not in any of our books). This means that there is not as much yelling and screaming as before.
  • My days aren't spent in my pajamas (a personal victory)

The Bad

  • Lots of crying (luckily not much from me) and screaming
  • I can't believe how many diapers I change a day. Just in case you're wondering we go through over 100 a week (with all 3 kids in diapers)
  • Mason is starting to come into our bed at night and I'm too tired to do anything about it and when I do, he just comes back a little later
  • Mason is watching tons of TV (hey I try books and puzzles, but I spend over 7 hrs a day nursing)
  • Trying to deal with a 2 year old and not having any arms available

The Ugly

  • Changing over 100 diapers a week
  • My laundry pile (I get the clothes clean, but it's hard to find time to fold)
  • No time to clean, vacuum, dust, etc.
  • Sleep deprivation is part of my life
  • The thought of putting on a bathing suit for a trip to the pool
  • Baby gear has taken over our house

Things here are finally coming together now that the baby boys are finding their routine and Mason is learning how to share me with his brothers. Luckily for me he likes things in twos.

Friday, June 13, 2008

McKinney For President

Where Do I even begin. Most of you know that one of my favorite things to do is argue politics. Whatever it is you are for, I am against. But one area where I am 100% consistent is in my voting record. I always, always vote based on entertainment value, and entertainment value alone.


I have not been this excited since I found "bonus fries" in the bottom of my In-n-Out bag last week. Which I was using to drown my sorrows after Hillary dropped out of the race, even as I cheared "4 more interns" into my radio during her non-concession speech.


So it with great enthusiasm that I not only support but wholeheartedly ENDORSE Cynthia McKinney (Green Party Nominee) to be the next President of the United States of America.

Now, many of you may not know much about Nominee McKinney, either do I and most of what we can learn about her from her website and debates and wikipedia is irrevelant. What is important is knowing that she beat up a member of the Capital Police, the poeple that safeguard the people that safeguard democracy in the nations capital. Short story, she changed her hairdo, cop didn't recognize her (how is that possible, how many people in the capital have crazy hair like this), asked for her ID, she didn't have it so she clubbed him over the head with her bag and ran into the building.


Top 10 reasons to support Cynthia McKinney for President:


1. Jay Leno will be funny again after an 8 year hiatus.
2. Black and Woman, we get Obama and Clinton in a nice little package without the power struggle (although we don't get Bill, so there are tradeoffs).
3. Hair, need I say more.
4. Secret Service might have to protect themselves from her after a trip to the salon (Irony)
5. She might be crazy enough to make either Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich her VP
6. Would Iran mess with this?
7. She would make history as the first female complete whackjob to win the presidency (GWB was the first male).
8. Reader Defined (Send Suggestions)
9. Reader Defined (Send Suggestions)
10. Reader Defined (Send Suggestions)

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. I called Steph the second I found out she was running to be the first no-name blogger to publically endorse McKinney for President. Please show your support by mailing the McKinney campaign chocolate coins wrapped in green tin foil (cause who wastes money on ploiticians? But, at least she gets some yummy chocolate so not all is lost, and this is going to be a long campaign for all 3 of the votes she is going to get, and yes, I am going to convince at least 2 other people in this great nation to support her, as if your well reasoned vote is going to matter anyway.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

BRIG'S BIG CLIMB

AT THE BASE

It is now the moment of truth, I am going to start my assault of quite possibly the greatest climb on earth, The Nose on El Capitan. Although I was not planning to climb it all on this trip, I still don't think I was mentally prepared for the enormity of the Capitan.

I have always had great respect for this great monolith, and have enjoyed reading about the masters of old who conquered the beast with homemade protection, and not a bit of the advanced technology that allows hundred of climbers to scale this great rock with relative ease and safety every year, however this was certainly a project in the works.





UP THE FACE

So here I am leading my first pitch on the nose. It was a 5.11b lie back hand crack, and it was tough. I definitely was feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. I did a mix of aid climbing and free climbing on this section.




FOLLOWING PITCH 2&3

So I did not lead the next 2 pitches, I merely followed and pulled gear.





ON MY WAY HOME

This was on the way down for the day. Still have a long way to go before I get to the top, but we will lead that for another day.

BRIG & NICK

This is nick. I met him the day before we went for a climb. Nick agreed to go for a run up the captain with me, and here we are after our day of climbing. That is El Capitan behind us.