Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bloggerus Interruptus

Hey, genetic derivatives, as soon as I get finished with this entry, I am going to up-pack this G5 and in the morning it will ride with us. Jacqueline was having withdrawal symptoms, and I just want to do something a bit eccentric, for a change. My laptop will require an even more expansive lap than the clock will a mantel. Anyway, it'll do you all good to get to touch a Mac.
Love to all, Vaya con Dios. PapaSem

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Can We Get A Final Head Count?

Pretty Please?? So I know how many we are feeding? Thanks a bunch!

I'll start:

5 Greens....

Time in space continuing

I thought I'd-mentioned da dimensions. W32", H14", D8". As I said, needs a big space for time to continue in.
To elaborate on my comment to Elena, photo's is possessive, not plural. plural possessive would be photos'. singular is photon, and photon is singular. They do, however, like to bundle. No bed, no board, just a qwuarky sight to behold. I hope this is enlightening to you, but that you are never in lightening. Vaya con Dios, Love, PapaSem

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

All-right already!!!

5 X 7
works for me too!!!
that's "webdings" for:
5 X 7
works for me too!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Clock

Susie et al;
I told you the other day about the clock I had built. If I can successfully navigate this arcane system of communication, I will include the pictures of it. I figure it should be worth $500, I've got about twenty hours into it, along with about $175 parts. I'd make more if I can get parts - the wood is local Mesquite, and the face is hand-sawn. All-in-all it was fun to do. I think I will name this one "Storm Cloud over the Santa Ritas", unless someone has a better title. Halene says it looks like a rabbit, and I kinda see a coyote howling over its shoulder. It needs a big mantle to sit on, as you can see from its size comparable to the organ.
I tried, lemme know if you gottem. Vaya Con Dios, PapaSem

Hi, Daddy!

Nah-nah-nah nah-nah nah!

I'm the first one to say "Hi" to Daddy!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

RE: Strings on fingers

For the eleventy-five-billionth time...

DO YOU ALL WANT??????!!!!!!!


Friday, June 22, 2007

Just a little string on the finger...

I SHUTTER to bring this up again, but...


Thursday, June 21, 2007


oh, and good luck with those carrots :-) !!!

(wal*mart makes REALLY cute little frosting carrots to put on THEIR cakes, but whatever you want to do...)

I realized that I need to let you all know about the meals for our day, WEDNESDAY!! Don't know why everyone needs to know in advance, Beeeee-cause... (big breath)

"If I have to sweat over a hot stove all day long to prepare meals for your lazy butts, then you're just going to have to like it or lump it. what was that?... don't make me come over there!! No, you can't have desert before you finish your veggies... I DON'T care if you don't like veggies, they're good for you. ESPECIALLY the carrots!! No not the frosting carrots that go on carrot cake, the real carrots. Have you EVER seen a rabbit with glasses?...."

Oh wow, that was scary! Anyway, here's the plan for now:


Whatever anyone actually feels like eating before the BIG run, or (little walk as the case may be) I'm going to see what Susie suggests as far as what's good to keep the maximum energy levels up.


Since we'll be out and about anyway, I'm thinking that there will be vendors for the 4th of July festivities, or we'll do something like Subway!!


We're going to buy PIZZA!!!!

Forget the homemade betty crocker stuff. Sarah "stewart" can make up for it with her gourmet meal on thursday!! (sounds delish by the way)

Yep, you heard me, pizza, cokes (any flavor you want) popcorn and movies, and I think I'll make a ooey gooey choclatey little debbie cake!!

In other words, we're going the JUNK FOOD route!!

Yay Me!!!

I WIN!!!

BTW, Great idea about the mixed fridge-leftover-clean 'em up day on Friday, Suze!!!

Where DO you come up with these ideas?


Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Carrot cake it is! But it's your job (unless you want to delegate to Ms. $17.29) to go pick all the little carrots for the top. Make sure that you clean them, and leave the tops on, please! :) Okay, so maybe not....

Carrot sounds fine, but do you have a second choice, just in case I can't find a mix that can be reasonably altered to impersonate carrot?

Thanks for the Walmart suggestion, Lenka, but since it's my night to cook dinner (and btw, we are prolly going to switch from Friday meals to Thursday, to better facilitate our travel plans, and so that Friday can be a general left-over day. Hey, don't shoot was Susan's idea!) Anyway...

Since it is my night to cook, and I had the bright idea of using Jacq's upcoming birthday as the excuse du jour for eating ginormous quantities of cake (not that we need an excuse, but excuses can be fun!) , I have decided that I am going to make, and decorate, the cake. I didn't pay all that $$ on cake classes just to hire Walmart, LOL! Not to say I'll do much of anything terribly fancy--and you can scrape off the cream cheese icing if you dare--but I do wanna make the cake.

I'm planning to use a mix simply because I don't know how the kitchen will be stocked, and I don't care to buy or bring all the separate ingredients necessary. I may already have to leave one of the kids behind in order to have room for my cake decorating supplies, LOL!

I promise, if the oven is reasonably functional, the "BOX (shudder) cake" will be at least somewhat edible. ;-)

"eh....what's up, doc?"

Ok, the votes are in and the results are:

(trumpets blaring)

get out of here, chad.

Ok. CARROT CAKE!!!!! mmmmmm.

With, of course, ooey, gooey cream cheese frosting and little frosting orange and green carrots on every piece.

You owe me $17.29. You know who you are. :-)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Well,... Now, if THAT doesn't just take the CAKE...

It appears that she wants to have her CAKE and to eat it too!! But it's OK with me, 'cause it'll be a CAKE-walk no matter which flavor of CAKE we have!! I say just CAKE it on there and we'll all enjoy it!!

... HEY, it really does work... I have NO IDEA what CAKE means now, either!!!

(P.S. the recipe in the picture makes the most awesomeist cake EVER!!!)


CAKE!!!! CAKE! cake cake cake cake cake cake.

I *heart* cake.

mmmmmmm cake.

Oh, um. I don't care what kind, but since I get to pick, I will be taking money (OBO) for cake choices.

cake. cake.



Saturday, June 09, 2007

News from The Weird....

...Sister, that is!

First things first: Earl, I have been intending to make a comment on your method of name totally cracked me up, and of course, I would expect nothing less from you. I keep coming back here with the intention of leaving a witty, clever comment, but then I read it again and my jaw goes slack and i end up cleaning drool out of the keyboard, LOL! Anyway, thanks for the laugh, even though it was the uncomfortable kind of social laugh that generally indicates that one has absolutely no comprehension whatsoever, but still wants to avoid looking entirely know that laugh, right? The same one you use when Jacq makes a music-nerd joke! Yeah, that one.


Second, we are so looking forward to July! I can't wait for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and if I have to struggle through Wednesday in order to get to those other days, well, so be it! Looks as if some fool* put us in charge of Friday's meals, so following Susan's example of "full disclosure" (is that a fancy way of saying "eat at your own risk?") here's a preliminary menu plan:

Breakfast: If everyone is super nice to me and doesn't tease me about my finish time (indeed, if everyone pretends to be suitably impressed with my "outstanding effort"), then I might be persuaded to break from the continental trend and bake breakfast quiche. Lenka, that's "keeesh" to you, not "quicky".

Lunch is going to be a bit more haphazard. Prolly more in the way of cold-cuts or leftovers or buy your own (we'll provide at least basic sandwich stuff, but you'll have to provide the prep work).

I promise to make up for lunch with dinner....I'm thinking pasta (I have a fantastic recipe I think everyone will like!) and shrimp, salad. garlic bread, etc. I think there's enough Italian in all of us to make that work rather nicely. For dessert, I propose Birthday cake in honor of Jacq. Not because she's special, but just because she provides a good excuse to have cake. Jacq, lemme know what kind of cake you'd like. You can have any flavor your sweet little heart long as Duncan Hines puts it in a box! :)

Any food aversions or allergies I need to know about?

* er, um, that'd be me, I s'pose....

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Christmas Names.

I like to make things complicated. And you all have to follow my thought process, I'm the baby after all, and you HAVE to love me. SO:

To determind Christmas Names, I used Excel.

First, I listed everone's names, and using the RANDBETWEEN (which returns a random number from a specified range; in this case 1-8) Gave everyone a number.

Since there are double 3's, and we have a 4 but no 5, Jaqueline becomes 5. Also, because she is his better half, Sarah retains rights to 6, bumping Michael to 8.

Then, taking each person, 1-8 (in numerical order) and using the RADNBETWEEN function again (discarding duplicates,) we return a value (1-8) for each person, i.e. the gift-ee.

Roger - Earl
Earl - Susan
Susan - Michael
Josh - Elena
Jacqueline - Roger
Sarah - Josh
Elena - Sarah
Michael - Jacqueline

Note: I had taken a bunch of really cool screen shots of me doing all this, but have decided I'm too lazy to publish them on here...