Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I have never seen so much puke come out of something so small.

Cindy last night was reading the kids a bedtime story in Lilly's room.

I am on the phone with my dad about something stupid.

"Critical issue!"

My wife will always be a software engineer -- one part cutie, one part IBM Thinkpad.

I hang-up, walk into Lilly's room and see the 9-month-old spewing puke everywhere. I had never seen anything like it.

She is fine, no fever, I think she just got too full or upset or just doesn’t like blueberries.

I spent my evening steamcleaning her room, the rocker and the ottoman.

Fun stuff, parenthood.

Now if you will excuse me, I have been fighting my gag reflex for the past 24 hours. :)

Pat

Saturday, October 25, 2008

What a wonderful sound you've discovered...

My favorite part of kids is seeing the stuff they discover on their own. With Violet it was airplanes and saying they were "Dados."

Lilly, on the other hand, keeps finding textures and sounds. She will stop and feel the carpet, the tile, the rug, and the bathroom floor. She loves this sound. You always know where she is when you hear the squeak. She sat in there for probably 15 minutes just doing that.

Anyway, this weekend is Cindy's birthday, we got a chocolate cake that is so rich I can't believe it. Tomorrow we are going on a date -- probably go for a hike or something... not sure yet.

Well, I am off to eat dinner...

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm Pat, and I'm a procrastinator

Right now I have a story to write -- I've written two today -- and if I get it done, my life will be sooo much easier tomorrow. But it's the darn Internet with it's funny, gripping and educational pages. How did we survive without it?

Well tonight I have a treat for you. Tired of political ads? I personally love the Hot Dog eating Jeff Merkley one, but here are some ads from a bygone era. I love em. We need more like these.

This is a catchy tune!


Ooo this one is good too. Eisenhower he made America pregnant!


Aaaaand my personal favorite...


OK now, excuse me, I have a regional transportation system story to finish.

Pat

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yay me! DONE!


Finished up all my freelance assignments today. Whew! I was able to get some writing in for my real job today, which was nice. So I am getting a jump on the week. Tomorrow I am stuck in a meeting during Violet's preschool... check this out.

So there is a group that meets that talks about how to solve the south Metro traffic problem -- you know the area from Wilsonville, Sherwood, Tualatin, Tigard and everywhere not covered by 217 or I205. I have been going off and on and the meetings are normally in Portland. Tomorrow? The meeting is being held at the same time as Violet's preschool and it's in the same town even! I think the school and the meeting site is less than 2 miles from each other.

Score me.

Well, I think the rest of the night I am going to nail down this story I want in the bank for the Spokesman next week, and then go to bed early. Hard night last night as the kids didn't want to sleep again. Thank goodness I had caffeine in the house. :)

OK, enough rambling.

When Pat and Cindy fight...

I was surfing around the Internet today and found this clip. It's an example of what a fight between Cindy and I is like.

She is the Hulk.




All I have to say is... BY ODIN'S BEARD!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Violet: Political pundit

If you live in Oregon, this weekend you should have gotten your ballot in the mail. If you don't live in Oregon, then you still have plenty of time to decide who you are going to vote for when it comes to the office of the President of the United States.

Last night, I was talking with Violet and she told me that the economic downturn has hurt McCain, but she feels the experience argument has some merit. She is also glad that Obama has been able to energize young voters, herself included, and thinks that if he can get them to turn out in numbers he is going to be hard to beat. After reading both candidates economic plans.... oh heck... why don't I just let her tell you what she thinks:

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Lack of updates

I took on way too many freelance assignments, and work has been kinda hectic. So I am focusing in on work and not the blog right now. It will be back, probably around the end of the month.

Sorry!

Oh and here is are two pretty funny clips from a recent roast with Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain.



Saturday, October 11, 2008

OK that just looks hard

I was informed this evening that Cindy doesn't like her picture on the Internet. So, I am going to be editing her out and showing off my awesome Photoshop skills. Here we have a picture of Casper the Friendly Ghost reading to my daughters.

Today I woke up and Cindy and the squirts were all dressed and getting ready to go to the Marsh's house. Cindy didn't want to wait around for me, so they left and I had the house to myself today.

I had grand plans. I was going to change out so ballasts in the kitchen for the lights that are buzzing and driving us crazy. I spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out how to get to the ballasts -- including going into the attic -- and finally figured it out. (Don't ask because I am embarrassed).

I looked at the many wires, and whatnot and decided that this was out of my skill set. Plus, playing with electricity with no one around was probably a bad idea anyway. If I had turned the breaker off -- the fridge is on that circuit I think -- and I didn't want to have all our food go bad.

By the time I realized all this, Cindy and the girls came home. So we put Violet to bed and Lilly crashed on Cindy. We spent the afternoon watching Knight Rider (the crappy old school one, not the crappy new one).

Well, girls are going to bed now, so I better go starting cleaning up the house.

Dang it's been cold overnight!

Pat

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I didn't do anything!


So not only did I write two stories today at work, I also worked out, and took pictures of the kids. Yes, I am overachieving today.

Tonight I am going to help Cindy clean up the kitchen, maybe eat some dinner (although I am trying to swear off dinner in my quest to not be 400 pounds by Christmas) and then watch some TV.

Here's a photo for you guys. Sorry, but the lack of sleep and illness thing was killing us.

EDIT 8:36 A.M.: Here is the cutest thing I have seen. It's kinda long, but worth it just to watch Violet do her thing. She is now singing songs.


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Sunday, October 05, 2008

You have a choice

OK, well everyone has been sick this week -- myself included -- I need to start dressing Violet like the "Boy in the Bubble" when she goes to school.

Anyway, no photos this week because I suck. Also, we are starting work on the calendar, so I'm not sure how many photos and videos we will be uploading in the next few weeks. Who knows.

Here are a couple of funny videos I found...

My inner geek told me to post them...

LHC Rap


NASA ISS Rap (a response to the LHC Rap)