A change of pace
Friday, July 29, 2005 ~ 01:49 p.m.

Connor and Sydney, Todd's nephew and niece, and Todd's mom are in town for the weekend. Todd took today off of work and took everyone over to the Botanical Garden's Waterworks. The kids splashed around for a while, although it wasn't nearly as cool as advertised. Since I'm stuck at work today, all I could do was meet them for lunch at McDonald's when they got done at the Botanical Gardens. After careful experimentation (using me as the test subject), Sydney and I determined that chicken nuggets are not an effective hair-styling product.

Tomorrow, if the weather cooperates, we're taking the kids to the Space and Rocket Center. I haven't been since my Freshman year, so it'll be neat to see what they've added. I think Connor will get a kick out of it.

Also, we've discovered a terrific workout program for the cats. Take one excited 5-year-old, throw in an even more excited 2-year-old, add your three nervous cats, and close off most avenues of escape. I don't think Stitch has run this much in her entire life.

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And someone actually thought this was a good idea...
Monday, July 25, 2005 ~ 09:25 a.m.

"Write News Editors: Check the boxes of up to five newspapers that you would like to write to, fill in the form below and send your letter in support of President Bush today!"

You can go in, select the issue you want to bitch about, fill in a form, and it writes your letter to the editor for you. No actual thought or effort required!

What's next, machines that vote for you?

Oh wait...

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UAH is Growing Up
Thursday, July 21, 2005 ~ 02:09 p.m.

*grin* Only an engineering school would have a webcam set up so you can watch on-campus construction.

The Applied Sciences Building is really just the first step in UAH's new 5-Year Plan to improve the campus. In a couple years, UAH isn't going to look anything like the school I attended. It's kind of depressing.

In other news, after spending the last two days outside working on a drill rig, I have to say I'm pretty thrilled to be back in the office today. Nothing like a heat index of 104 degrees to make you really appreciate flourescent lighting and mind-numbing paperwork.

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Good news
Monday, July 18, 2005 ~ 09:59 a.m.

My dad is coming home from the hospital today!

Now begin his six weeks of excruciating boredom. At some point my mom will probably come home to find a sheet laid out in the backyard with "Send DVDs" scrawled across it.

Of course, he'll probably be smothered in cats from the moment he walks in the door, so it might be a while before he can get around to being too bored.

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Thursday, July 14, 2005 ~ 11:14 a.m.

I snapped this picture yesterday as I was leaving the house to head back to the hospital. My dad grows the most gorgeous lilies. Black and white with poor focus doesn't exactly do them justice.

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Feeling a bit helpless
Monday, July 11, 2005 ~ 01:30 p.m.

Although his first two days out of surgery were good, my father has been having some trouble the last few days. I'm not clear on everything that's going on, except that it's not exactly good. My mother has been staying at the hospital with him, but she's still very tired from her own surgery only four weeks ago.

Having both parents in for major surgery in less than a month is more than a little scary. My mother's was well-planned, but my dad's was completely out of the blue. I find myself pulling out my cell phone every half hour or so, wanting to call for news. Usually I manage to restrain myself, because the last thing my mother needs is me hounding her from afar. Still, I'm on edge.

Tonight I'll be heading back up to Hendersonville. It's not that I really think I can do anything to help, but it's better than being nervous and out of the loop here. Yergh.

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Everyone, say hello to Dennis.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 ~ 09:14 p.m.

It's going to be a busy week...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2005 ~ 12:29 p.m.

To ensure that our 4th of July was properly celebrated, Todd and I drove out to Leighton last Thursday evening to purchase fireworks from some friends of mine. Troy and Kim Henderson, owners of Southeastern Drilling, own three fireworks stands in the Florence area. It's about an hour out of our way, but they promised me a good deal. In the end, we bought a ton of fireworks for around one-third the price they would have cost us in Huntsville. Very happy with our purchase, we headed home.

So, here we are, heading back to Huntsville on Highway 72 out of Florence, when something zips by us, going the opposite direction. I look back to see a very large, very sunburned, shirtless man zooming along on a bright purple four-wheeler, one hand locked on the steering wheel, the other clutching his straw hat to his head. That, my friends, is the epitome of Redneck. If only I could have snapped a picture...

Anyway, Friday evening saw us scooting along to Altanta with a trunk full of explosives. We spent most of the weekend either eating or swimming, and the fireworks were a big hit both Saturday and Sunday nights. Thanks to Amy, Brian, and all the rest, for a fun holiday weekend.

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