Monthly Archives: May 2012

All the fun…

It's been a busy month.  Some of our activities this month have included, in no particular order:

  • A Scientist Spotlight at the Pacific Science Center.  This was my second spotlight where I did my activity on software testing I developed as part of a communication fellowship there. 
  • Cinco de Maggie with our friends Val and Jeremie (and their golden retriever Maggie, of course) in Bellingham
  • A first-aid class.  We are now certified, so feel free to need first-aid in front of us.
  • A visit to Pallets and Pairings as part of a Team in Training fundraiser.  We painted Summer In Paris.  I wasn't happy with my Eiffel Tower, but I think my girl turned out nice.
    Okay, it's a little phallic. You try painting the Eiffel Tower! 
  • Celebrating Mother's Day with Amber's mom.  As part of the festivities, we put together the barbeque we got her for Christmas.
  • Going to the UW Street Fair.  It was wet that day, but that didn't stop anyone, including us, from enjoying the fair. Tasty ice cream sandwich
  • At the fair, and as mentioned in a previous post, I purchased a couple of really cool prints that now adorn my wall.  I can't seem to get a very good picture of them, but they turned out really great framed. These aren't the droids... Arrrgh!
  • Making bagels.  We did a pretty good job on "bake and release" on this batch.  (Thanks go to our friend Anne for sharing the term "bake and release") Step one: boil Step two: place in oven and bake Step three: enjoy!
  • Attending Luau for Love, a benefit for the campaign for marriage equality in Washington.  We had a lot of fun at the event, came home with a few silent auction items, and really felt good about supporting this cause.
  • Hanging out with Amber's nephew.  Amber and he invented pizza cupcakes!  (Yes, that is popcorn on some of them.) I didn't have the popcorn ones. Really tasty.
  • Putting the fully assembled barbeque to good use over Memorial Day weekend.  Now I really want a new grill.
  • Replacing the stereo in my car with a shiny new working stereo.  What happened to the old stereo?  I've been trying to let this go, so long story short, its anti-theft code got messed up somehow and it was pretty much a brick.  The new one has cool features.  Focus on the positive.

I know I'm forgetting a bunch of other stuff we did, but those are some of the highlights from May.  We'll see what June has in store…

New art

The weekend before last we went to the UW Street Fair with our friend Joniwa.  I found a couple Justin Hillgrove prints that I couldn't live without.  These are now framed and adorn my office wall.

Good Grief:

Spare Parts:

You can find these (and many more) in the tributes section of the site.  I highly recommend you take a look, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan.

And you can quote me on that…

Often I find myself shocked at the use of quotation marks in signage.  I spotted this one on the sidewall of the bus today.


Does anyone know who Seattle Metro is quoting?

Cutest proposal ever…

Cutest proposal ever, except for ours.

The video requires flash to view.  You can also view it on YouTube.

Hiking Diamond Head

I'm still looking through photos from our recent Hawaii vacation, but here are some more from our hike of Diamond Head.

DSC02845 DSC02895We stayed our first two nights in Hawaii on Waikiki, then the rest of our vacation at the Turtle Bay resort on the North Shore.  We decided that we would hike Diamond Head as a stop on our way between.

We figured it would be a pretty easy hike, but some of the signs gave us a little pause.




Throwing caution to the wind, we continued anyway.  It wasn't too far before we were able to enjoy some nice views.


And of course, more signs warning us of impending doom.


Ever stalwart, we bravely pushed on and were rewarded with more spectacular views.


Close to the summit, you are given a choice - the short cut up these stairs, or going along the trail. DSC02860

We chose the longer route which afforded more views anyway.

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At the summit, we found a surveyor's mark DSC02874

So we posed for a picture with it to prove incontrovertibly that we made it to the summit.


I’d like to be… under the sea…

I know I've been neglecting my blog lately.  To make up for it, here is a photo slideshow from our recent Hawaii vacation.  Amber booked us on an submersible scooter excursion.  Despite the first few pictures, we didn't see any turtles underwater first hand, but we did see one from the boat, and it was a lot of fun.

They made us do the shaka sign, by the way.

More photos from Hawaii to come.

Portal 2 Video

One of the things that I love the most about the Portal franchise is the humor.  Check out this trailer for the new level editor that is releasing for Portal 2.  J. K. Simmons as Cave Johnson is hilarious!

Portal 2 Video