Monday, September 29, 2008

Just Delightful

I love being an honorary "Ellis sister." I have a brother, but no "real" sisters. I met Kristin Ellis at Eckerd's Drug Store. I was in the 11th grade. A senior, she'd started working at Eckerds before I did--she seemed glamourous. We've been friends since. Kristin has two sisters whom I adore. They are such fun women that every time I see them I wonder why I haven't seen them sooner?!

Last weekend Rick, Collin and I had dinner with Stacy, Erin and her family. Erin's husband, Jeff, is the fireman whose station we toured last December.

Erin, Stacy and I sat on the back porch, sipped wine and shared. Like me, Erin's been thinking more about doing things that matter like spending time with people you love. She's even taking guitar lessons! How did we all get so distracted by work? How nice is it to just sit and talk? To just be-- it was delightful, I can tell you.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Surfing at the Mall

Yes, you can surf at the Mall in Orlando. Adrenalina, a store in the Florida Mall, has a wave rider. For $20 (and the cost of a towel if you forgot one) you can surf or boogie board! Rick and I surprised Collin one Sunday with a ride. Check out that smile!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Such a Chicken

I spent a little time exploring Second Life tonight. I visited ISTE Island, Literature Alive! and a few other spots in-world. I took a balloon tour. I jumped. I read billboards. I explored. I was showing a teacher friend with whom I'm staying for a conference Second Life and telling her about going to virtual workshops in-world. I wanted to find a place with people talking, so that she could get the full experience, but I didn't happen across any people. My friend went to bed, but I kept exploring, flitting here and there (literally teleporting is the command in Second Life) when I finally came across a group of people talking.

There were at least 3 voices, 2 men and a woman and they were talking about how you control the movements of your avatar. I thought, Yes! finally a conversation that I can learn something from! But where are the people? My mini-map in-world told me that they were next to me. Really, my "you are here" yellow dot was surround by the green life dots of other in-worlders, but where were they? I spun around. I looked up? I walked to what looked like the edge of a deck. I couldn't find them. Finally I flew. I like flying in Second Life because I can see more from the air. Once airborne, I realized I was above the people. They were inside a ground floor room that was open to the outside which was why I could hear them. I relaxed. I landed on the roof. I kept listening. In the middle of their conversation about camera controls, I heard one say,
"There's someone on the roof."

Someone on the roof I thought spinning around I looked as I felt my heart rate kick up a notch. I spun around looking. There wasn't anyone on the roof--well, anyone but me that is. I was on the roof. And of course I'd felt quite safe on the roof listening to this conversation. Suddently, another voice said, "we can aim our cameras and see up on the roof, then." And that was all it took. My heart sped up and I quickly escaped.

Click,click, I X'd out of the program and ran into the next room here (in real life) laughing about my close call. My close call as a Second Life wall flower. You'd think it would be easier to meet virtual people than it is real live, but it isn't. You'd think you could just strike up a conversation and say, "hello!" Not me. I am such a chicken!

And the cherry on top? When I go back in-world, I will reappear right where I was. Poof, she's there. Poof, she's gone. Let's just hope that when I do go back, I'll introduce myself, right?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


We have eggs! The Spice Chickens
  • Basil (a.k.a. Yoda),
  • Cinammon,
  • Nutmeg,
  • Honey,
  • Sugar, and
  • Old Salty
are finally laying. We are aiming for routine egg collection. It's like we're egg addicts or something, always checking the nesting box for any incoming eggs. We check in the morning after our walk, after school and in the evening time. My fear is we'll miss an egg or too and develop "egg stick" in the chicken tractor. You know with 90 + degree weather it can't be good for an egg to sit around all day waiting to be collected, can it?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's Nothing

We have a little mold where the water came in during Tropical Storm Fay. We think we can just cut out that portion of drywall, replace it and then redo that section of molding. That should . Honestly, it's nothing. Have you been folllowing what's happened in Haiti? Haiti's flooding as a result of recent storms has wiped out hundreds of families' homes and taken many lives. Here are a few images I culled from the web (linked back to original source)

What do we have to worry about really?