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By beckysdad on May 23, 2015 at 7:34 AM

Sometimes the wheels come off the wagon and the body says "we'll be sleeping now." It's amazing what a good night of sleep can do for you. So are you going to do anything special to celebrate the holiday? I did my bbqing last night and will eat for a few days off of that. It's a good thing as today I expect I will be playing sloth at the expert level. The Giants had a game with the Rockies rained out earlier this year so they plant to make it up today with a double header. The forecast is for a little more rain but they should be able to get both games in...they had nearly a two hour delay last night before they could finish the 9th inning. We won. So today I'll have two Giants games and a Warrior playoff. If there's any spare time I'll probably solve all the problems in the Middle East. I hope I can get to that but it's possible I won't have time. Boy those bluebirds of yours are getting awfully domestic. She's got him convinced...kids...lots of them...now...and I want a home. Yes, dear. I don't remember what the history of our offshore drilling is. I can't imagine that in our current environment (pun intended) that we'd approve drilling offshore. If you're going to drill in such an environmentally sensitive area, you have a much higher responsibility to do so safely. It sounds like this outfit didn't take that seriously. Bastids!

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By beckysdad on May 22, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Glad to hear it was a good service and well-attended. That's always a big item in funeral reviews that I hear from the oldsters. The cycle escort was a very nice touch. Dad called today and he was having trouble with a sander he'd taken apart. He was wondering if I might get lost in his area some time this afternoon. I told him I could probably arrange to get lost up there and stop by for directions and look at the sander while I was there. I was there for about ten minutes and got the thing put back together again and sorted out an electrical cord issue for him so he could blow all the sawdust out of the garage so he'd have a clean work area again. I headed back home right away as our sports radio guys had some good guests booked. I was in the car an hour to devote ten minutes to getting Dad squared away again but I consider that 70 minutes well spent. Will the weather cooperate and allow you a glass of wine on the deck this evening. I think you've earned it.

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By Suzi_sMom on May 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM

The hairball - it's that cold wet thing stuck under the arch of my foot. Congratzes on your FP _ _ _ tappitty {skwish} tappitty {skwish} tappy tip tap {slidey slidey skwish} tappitty {slip slip stumble} tap tip tap . . . . . .

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By mamawalker on May 22, 2015 at 12:59 PM

I skreeeem!!!!!

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By Chris10a on May 22, 2015 at 8:54 AM

Lolcat Congratz!

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By beckysdad on May 22, 2015 at 4:58 AM

You had a long and tiring day and today will be another one. I hope it isn't too tough to get through and can have a relaxing weekend. You've earned a few days off. It was a great sports day. The Giants game felt better but the Dubs managed an important win. MadBum vs. Kershaw...great pitching matchup. MadBum took Kershaw deep in the third inning. He's a great hitter as well as pitcher. The amazing thing is we had three shutouts against the Dodgers and swept them. I'm shocked. The Dubs game was a nail biter. Harden was awesome last night. He really is an incredible talent. I don't know that last night was the game to point to as evidence that Curry was more deserving as MVP though he played an awesome game as well. There was some more sloppy play by the Dubs...too many turnovers but we got it done. Kerr has the right of it, I think. It's okay to win ugly. It's the playoffs. Nothing is going to be easy. Be happy with each win. We'll see what happens on the school front. I've really enjoyed working with Teach. She's got a good heart and loves the kids. Working with a younger and more tech oriented teacher could really help us get more out of Khan and the kids. It could be interesting.

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By beckysdad on May 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM

You can get a lot done in four hours. I hope that's enough to knock it out. The info shared was more like 5th or 6th date material rather than first date. I guess I just seem harmless...sigh. I got some interesting news this morning. Teach has decided to retire at the end of this year. Evidently the two remaining 4th grade teachers have expressed interest in making me an indentured servant. Teach suggested I reach out to each of them. I've worked with one of them in the past a bit and she's smart and nice. The other one I've probably seen on the grounds in the morning but I've never gotten any sense of great friendliness from the other teachers. I told Teach to give my contact information to Misha, whom I've worked with, and have her reach out to me. Interesting response..."I get along better with the other one...our personalities mesh better..." Teach offered up maybe I spend one day a week with each of them... We'll see how it plays out. I'm open to numerous alternatives. I appreciate you releasing me from feeling guilty about spending my afternoon eating popcorn and watching baseball. I'm feeling much better now!

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By beckysdad on May 21, 2015 at 7:35 AM

The party will be on the 6th. Everything is organized so we should be good to go. We're totally off our schedule today. We got out for our dawn walk on time but we were greeted by the parents of one of my students as we left the field where Becky gets to be off-leash. A gabfest ensued where I learned far too much. As a result we just headed home when I was able to break away. I'll have to make it up to Becky when I get back from school. How long are you going to have to spend on the painting today? I'll try not to feel guilty about you slaving away while I'm firmly planted in my office chair watching the Giants and then the Dubs.

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By beckysdad on May 20, 2015 at 9:03 PM

Gosh...missing an opportunity to see BIL or Miss Idaho...that's just tragic. I love the line about being of an age where they love a good funeral. I totally get that after listening to the folks these last few years. Making groceries makes it sound like you're a lot more involved in the process than putting items in a cart. All that effort surely earns them a sweet tea. Did your knee feel better after getting home and resting it for a while? I'm just about done with the photos up at the folks place. I'll finish up next week with no trouble. Tomorrow should be amazing. Giants have a day game and then the Dubs play in the evening. My butt is getting bigger all the time. Have fun with the painting tomorrow.

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By beckysdad on May 20, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Will the services for Auntie bring a good number of folks you don't usually get to see around? That could be a treat or one more negative to an already solemn couple of days. There would be much to celebrate from 92 years on this earth so hopefully it will be a good celebration of her life. A weekend of sloth is a fine reward for getting all the painting done. What else needs to be done to the place before you guys can list it? I spoke to two male neighbors that do substitute teaching today and it really depressed me. It's one thing to bash bureaucracy and administrations and even to bemoan some of the challenges of handling kids you have no history with this late in the year, but these guys were just cynical on kids in general, It really makes me feel bad for the kids. The one guy is fairly new to substituting and really came into a bad situation. He's dealing with high school kids that had their regular teacher go awol about three months ago and they've had a series of subs ever since. I can believe that made for an undisciplined and unruly bunch. That said, the profanity laced descriptions of these kids made it clear that he really has no business working with kids.

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By beckysdad on May 20, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Sigh...sorry about Auntie. She lived a good long life. The thought of her final days being spent struggling through the rehab that would have been ahead was not appealing. Losing someone close is always hard even when it's the more merciful thing. That would have been very interesting to get her insight into that difficult time. It's too bad you never got that chance. The Dubs game was very close. Running through the stat sheet this morning made that very clear if you hadn't watched the game. Harden was every bit as good as billed. Even though our guys defended him well, his touch and talent allowed him to make some incredible shots. And the Giants took game one from the Dodgers 2-0. It was a good day for my teams but they were both narrow wins that could easily have gone the other way. I did get the leak fixed in the bathroom and my fear that I would have a tough time getting the ball cap off proved true. Fortunately, with the help of some Liquid Wrench, I was able to finally get it off without stripping or breaking anything. It was successful but it doesn't make me any more likely to want to take on another plumbing project any time soon.

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By beckysdad on May 19, 2015 at 8:26 AM

Sounds like you have the majority done and a plan for the rest...I like it! I just got through reading the Houston sports section for their take on the game tonight. There were the usual homers noting the lack of respect for the Rockets and how the Rockets will surprise everyone. It was pretty standard fare. What really pleased me was there were no classless Warrior fans trash talking. I hate trash talking. It's true that the "experts" are predicting that the Warriors should have little trouble with the Rockets but it's the playoffs...anything can happen...and they expected the Clippers to beat the Rockets too. It should be good theater regardless.

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By beckysdad on May 19, 2015 at 5:24 AM

Painting has a nasty habit of taking on a life of its own. Rooms that look acceptable before suddenly seem drab once the adjoining room has a fresh coat of paint. I hope that doesn't happen in your case. I get to play plumber today. I've got a leaky faucet in one of my bathrooms. In theory, it shouldn't be a difficult repair. Faucets have always had a nasty habit of stripping parts when I try to take them apart so it often becomes more involved than replacing a washer. Good luck with the painting.

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By beckysdad on May 18, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Sigh...sad about Auntie. It's rare that you get a good outcome when you break a hip at 92 so I was more surprised by the positive signs at times along the way. I hope she goes easy and the family can take comfort in her enjoying a good long life. I was very surprised to have our power go out last night. It messed with my normal schedule but the extra sleep was nice. I don't know what I'm going to do with myself tonight...no Dubs...no Giants... But then tomorrow night is the first game of the Western Conference Finals and the the Giants host the Dodgers. It's feast or famine I tell ya. Again our local radio folks can crack me up. The Dodgers are solidly in first place (my take) but "if we sweep them then we'll only be 1 1/2 games back..." Yeah, if we only sweep them. Granted we swept them earlier this season but taking 2 of 3 let alone sweeping them is a pretty tall order. Do you expect your painting to start tomorrow?

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By beckysdad on May 18, 2015 at 7:34 AM

Catmapolitan!!! Love it!

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By beckysdad on May 18, 2015 at 7:33 AM

We must have had some pretty severe sunset last evening that caused us to lose power about 8:30. I'd been feeling a tad nappy just before it happened so I just went to bed. It came back on about 10:30. I have know idea why. I didn't mind the extra sleep. Are you headed to FIL's place today?

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By beckysdad on May 18, 2015 at 6:32 AM

A Brady reference just seemed appropriate there. I heard some great selective statistic sharing yesterday in the Giants post-game show. The Giants are the hottest team in baseball over the last 24 games (16-8). We all know the famous predictive power of the trailing 24 game record statistic. I wonder who the 23 or 25 game leaders are. Pence definitely delivers an emotional lift to the club. He's great fun to watch, too. Talk about breaking the off year trend is waaaaay premature. It has been more fun to watch them lately though. Was there any more ugliness from the storms? I still see t-storms in the forecast at various times this week. That's got to be getting old.

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By beckysdad on May 17, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Din din was waay good. A respectable, if not spectacular, rib eye and a nice wedge salad. That's right...I said it...a nice wedge salad. You probably didn't expect to hear that from me. I did learn the end of the Clippers game...very surprising. LA has to feel awfully deflated about now...Tom Brady probably loves them at this point. I think the Dubs will do quite well against the Rockets. The Giants won today. I just got home and can now watch the rest of it. Open walls are far more gratifying than the tight confines of painting in a bathroom. Even when the rain doesn't do you in the humidity is there to make sure you're not really comfortable. You just can't win.

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By beckysdad on May 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Ah, BIL...the gift that keeps on giving. One of these days you'll have his influence behind you. That's something to look forward to for sure. If it's just painting then you'll mostly have a fairly rewarding time (though not a great deal of fun). It's all the prep work that precedes painting that's a real pain. I'm not a fan of cleaning, patching and taping. Actually applying paint isn't too bad. We'd have an easier time beating Houston but it would be more rewarding and fun to give the Clippers a beat down. Even though they're playing in Houston I expect the Clippers will win today.

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By beckysdad on May 17, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Good to hear from Syl, eh? It was much as we expected. That really is sad about Chuck's friend. How are things looking at FIL's place? That was an impressive win for AP. It was a near thing for a long while and then he just opened it up. That probably bodes well for the Belmont. If he's got more stamina than the rest of the field it's all over. Taking shelter today sounds like a good plan for you. My brother is taking the folks and me to dinner tonight with his family. I'll be headed up there later this afternoon. The Clippers and the Rockets have game 7 today. I'll watch the first half here and then head to see the folks. I'm really curious to see who we face next.

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