Friday, May 21, 2010

Taller Still

We pick on Shana a lot, teasing her on the fact that M is taller than her. But - Dad had better watch out as M is gaining on him as well.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

M Has a Leg Up on Mom

Something Old, Something New

Surprised to receive this old picture of M and the Dude from Aunty Amy today. She snapped it at the Mall of America YEARS ago. When was the last time they sat that close together!

Here's a new photo of the little garden by the end of the driveway - with Duke making an appearance on the right. I crouched down for a "cool" angle - but it just looks like the garden is growing up to swallow the house. Very poor perspective - there is still plenty of lawn to mow.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Oliver - Update

There was a great deal of excitement in the Hobbled Household this weekend as the kids and I learned that we have parts in Oliver .

I'll be in the chorus and will be a vendor, doing what vendors do best, “selling wares in the street scenes” according to the email instructions I received Sunday.

M will also be a chorus member. In addition she will play a pick-pocket, working for Fagin. The Dude is upset – as he wanted to be a pick-pocket so bad. Instead he will be a chorus member and an orphan appearing in the opening songs with Oliver. Being in the opening scene sounds cool to me but I think he just really likes the pick-pocket song, “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” – which is what we danced to during try-outs last week. (It was a cool dance – but given my Shipoopi experience in Music Man, I’m think Vendor is more my speed.)

Thursday, May 13, 2010


On our post-dinner walk this evening, Duke I encountered this note on the ground. It simply said "for focus". The back side was blank. I took it as a sign.

An example of my lack of focus, twice today while toggling between applications on my PC, I forgot why I had toggled(from Word to Outlook, or IE to Outlook). I sat there dazed and confused. Once I just gave up trying to remember, and found something else to work on.

Another fun pic - though I don't know why I didn't snap a photo of the entire bike - but license and bumper sticker (or fender sticker) were so cool I just had to take a shot. The bike was quite old - as the 1964 Minneapolis Bike license would attest. Dig that Ready Kilowatt sticker. Ready was the mascot for a number of power companies. Locals recall him as the mascot for NSP (Northern States Power) - now Excel Energy.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I've become that sort of person

. . . the kind of person who brags about all the un-open emails he has.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, I left work with over 200 unopened emails in my In-Box. Despite being at the office from about 7:50 am to 5:15 p.m. the problem had actually gotten worse. I started the day at around 150 - and it just kept growing despite my best efforts to keep up.

The problem is staffing - the person who reported to me until last week has left the company - so I'm kind of flying solo. I'm in meetings almost all day acquiring new tasks, while emails keep flowing in assigning me new chores as well.

Last week I thought I'd lose my mind but somewhere along the way I've crossed over to "the other side". That's the side where you just gotta laugh - the alternative is crying - at the unreasonable demands placed upon your time.

Today I actually sat down at the 9:00 am "Stand-up" meeting. Everyone kept asking me questinos and assigning me stuff - stuff I had to write down. As I have never perfected what I call the "Reporter's Stance" (writing on a notepad while standing up), I just gave up and sat down. There had to be 14 people in the room - all standing but me. It felt almost like an act of civil disobedience on my part.

It will get better. The bosses have freed up a colleague to assist me - and that feels good. This afternoon, I learned they had approved filling the position that reports to me so that job will be "posted" internally in the next day or so.

With all the extra time I have, I should be able to interview and hire in no time.

Oliver - Here We Come

Well I did it - tried out for the Rosetown Playhouse's production of Oliver I was hemming and hawing these past few weeks over whether to do it or not. Last year's production of the Music Man - my very first experience on stage - was great! But this year things are different.

Work is crazy busy. I already knew I'd have to miss one performance for business travel (though as a townsperson sort of role, you can conceivably miss a show), and I just wasn't looking forward to it.

But - It felt like the right thing to do. So I left work around 5:15 despite 214 emails in my In-Box, and met Shana and the kids over at the Middle School. When I saw the old gang - director, choreographer, etc - it all came back. I knew it was the right thing to do. Perhaps it will provide some balance in my life?

Now we wait to hear whether we are in or not.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Moms and Kids

Happy Mothers Day. Here's a photo from this afternoon with the Moms and kids after M's church choir spring concert.

Shana can no longer be in denial about who's tallest.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Storm Clouds Ahead?

Actually they were receding - perhaps a good omen?

Duke and I got a little wet on our post-dinner walk, but had dried off by the time we got home expecting to yell at kids to, "Do your X#$% homework!"

Surprise - they were still working hard on their assignments, the Dude even attempting to craft a poem out of his spelling words - not an easy task:


I'm too tired to try - but go ahead - I dare you!


I think I need to take up smoking - anything to force me out of my cube several times a day to go outside and take deep breaths.