Thursday, May 22, 2008
We're rolling up on Memorial Day weekend and the gas prices are just continuing to rise. I see people driving around town like it's not effecting them. I'm cruising around under the speed limit coasting as much as possible and only driving when I have to. How far will it go and what will be the breaking point. Melinda's last day at school is next week so that should help us out this summer. I heard Barrack Obama said that if he was elected as our President that he would get gas prices down to .99 a gallon. No word on how he plans to do so. I've voted Republican in the past but I'm not sure what to do this time. I'm really not impressed with any of them right now. I normally don't like to talk politics but I think there are a lot of things that need to change in this country and it's not just gas prices. I would like to see us using alternative sources of fuel that aren't as harmful to the environment.
Some good news, Melinda's school district is in the process of building 2 new schools. They've yet to hire the vice principals. They've been calling our house campaigning for Melinda. She has become the most wanted vice-principal in the Washington County school system. Everyone wants her at their school and I can understand why. She gives 100% percent at her job and really looks out for the less fortunate kids. Her job can really be stressful sometimes and it's taken a toll on her in the past but I am very proud of what she does and how hard she works.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Yesterday Melinda and I took the dogs out on a hike yesterday and poor Jackson, well he tends to be a little clumsy now and then and if anyone is going to get hurt doing nothing it's going to be him. He was trotting through the woods and hopped over a small log but accidentally stepped on a branch and it snapped under his weight and down he went. I don't know if it was the same branch or a different one but it caught him right under his eye. Poor guy I know it had to hurt but I told him if he's lucky he'll have a tough looking scar.
Here is our newest little tree that Melinda planted up in the backyard. It's some kinda Autumn Maple, I can't remember the proper name but the leaves do turn red in the fall so it should look really good.
I think we're close to being done back here, we've still got a few touch ups to do to the walk way. It's not completely level yet. but the gardens turned out great after we finally decided on a design.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The original pedals were actually heavier than the new ones I put on which are nothing fancy. They're actually some used pedals I picked up at Norris Bicycles last week for $5. I was checking on the status of Melinda's Schwinn Breeze. Everytime I go in and check on it, Dave gives me the same excuse. "Man I've been slammed and I haven't got a chance to work on it, check back with me this weekend" That the same line I've heard for 3 weeks now.
Pretty cool skull huh, too bad it won't be visible. I always flip the bell upside down so it's not in the way on the Monkey.
Speaking of the Monkey, here she is hanging on the wall where she's been patiently waiting until my back will allow me to take her to the trails again. Yes those are flat pedals on it, I put those on it when I took a friend from work on the CRAWL and let him ride it. Not a good experience, he had a little to much to drink and could keep the Monkey upright. He also got a little whiny and started getting on my nerves. I guess some people just aren't cool enough to ride a KM. He did say he loved the bike and said he wanted one which is what I usually hear every time I let someone ride it. My brother in law is currently try to build one up now.
Melinda did get some new wheels for her ride and I do say they look pretty sweet. (I lost the front one after our last CRAWL.)
I plan on getting on my bike today to run some errands today. My back is feeling alot better and I think I'm making alot of progress. I'll have to post some more pics up tomorrow of the backyard projects. We made a few more changes and Melinda got some plants in the ground as well as the other Maple tree this weekend while I was at work. It's really starting to look good back there.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
It's hard to keep Jackson out of the photos but here is the hole I been working on for a couple of days. It's tough to dig a hole on the side of an embankment.
After a bit more digging and some dirt transplanting I got our new little buddy out of his pot and in the ground. Notice the #8 on the wheel barrow, it's a fast one I have to admit.
I finally got all the peppers in the garden. Watch out for the pepper garden watch dog, she takes her job seriously.
I thought this was a cool picture of Moonshine.
Melinda's little tomato plant
In other great news my sister and bro in-law had a baby boy Eli yesterday. Eli weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs. 6 oz. I'm still hold the record being the biggest in the family. Is that something to brag about, hmm not sure, but I think it sounded funny. Anyway I'm excited about Eli, he's the first boy born into our family since me. It's about time! Being the only male of my generation to bear the Carr family name my Mom reminded me that if I don't have a son the name will stop with me.
Here he is, Eli Teilhet
The whole Teilhet family.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Last year we decided not to do anymore projects to the house because we didn't think we would be staying there long but the last couple of weeks at home have kept us pretty busy. With the current hosing funk and our lack of desire to go house hunting I think we might stay put for just a while longer. I knew the "no new projects" wouldn't last long. Melinda is always thinking of new things to do to the house. She would probably make a good landscape or interior designer if the whole school thing doesn't pan out for her.
I proceeded to dig a giant hole in the ground today for our new tree that has been waiting patiently in it's little black bucket. Normally I would have already planted the tree but we're digging a new garden that will be the resting place for our new tree and half of it is on a slope. It's kinda hard to dig a hole on the side of a hill, Especially when I'm working night shifts.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Here I am under the needle, the sitting took a little over 2 1/2 hours. I had to take a couple of breaks not really from the pain but my leg was giving me a bit of trouble and my butt was falling asleep.
Although it appears to have red in the clouds, the tattoo is all black and grey. To keep with the existing theme of the sun and the Celtic band I decided against color. As it heals the clouds will soften to a light grey and the rest of the tattoo will blend and match my older tattoos. Actually the "M" (for Melinda) inside the sun is only a couple of months old. So you can see what it should look like when it's completely healed. A big thanks to Tom at 2 Ton Tat 2 for putting up with me and my indecisiveness. I decided to go with Tom since he is a fellow mtn biker and I had heard nothing but good things about his business and his excellent artwork. He totally lived up to my expectations and I would recommend him to anyone. I can't wait until it's fully healed I can can post some pics here.
Now I guess I'm a cyclist for life which is no problem for me. Cycling has changed my life. It's made me healthier in mind and body and I totally plan on being that grey haired or bald old guy that people talk about in the parking lot at the trailhead. "Did you see that old guy out there riding? I can't believe he's still at it."
I'm sure my parents would like to hear me say this is my last tattoo and it may but I can't help but ponder on another idea I have brewing in my head.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Speaking of bikes I went ahead and bought Melinda a whole new wheel set, same wheels (Mavic Crossrides) but these are a little nicer than her last set and they don't have the goofy UB sidewalls for rim brakes. Who uses rim brakes?
I have been wanting to lose some weight, not that I'm overweight I actually weigh what I'm supposed too for my height and build but I've been wanting to trim down and strengthen my core and upper body so that is what I've decided to focus on. I'm going to try and start eating healthier and eating less, which has been easier since I've not been working out I've been less hungry.
Painting, something I used to do before I got heavily into cycling. Now that I wont be riding my bike as much I think I'm going to try and do some painting this next week. Guess what ideas I have running around in my head right know? Bikes of course.
Today is tattoo day, at least I hope. I haven't seen the new artwork yet and as of Tues there was no artwork but I do have an appointment today at 2 Ton Tat 2 for 3:00. I plan on calling Tom today to see what he's got for me.
I know I promised a few pics from the last CRAWL so here you go.
Alan honoring the mandatory PBR stop
Brandon watering the shrubs
I need one of these on my bike, would a basket look gay?
Scooby & Angie and their new rides
Brad & Sara and the new/old sweet rides
Hope you enjoy!