A Week Long Adventure in the Mountains

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnaila few days (What do you want, we’re a lot busier now…) A month and 1/2 ago, we spent the week at camp. It was intended to be a 50/50 split of vacation and work and that’s just about what it was.

We were able to get the rooms framed in and prepped for electric and insulation. Now the real work can begin. Looks like we might just be able to make it usable this winter after all.

On the vacation side of things we had some fun.

    • Delilah spent some time playing in the stream
    • Took lots of four-wheeler rides (and Delilah got hooked)
    • Spent some time at the beach at Higley Flow State Park
    • Went geocaching and found a really nice new spot very close by along the Raquette River
    • Took Delilah on her first mountain climb up Arab Mountain
    • Went out for Ice Cream
    • Played on the playground (where Delilah learned her new love of old-school metal slides)
    • Ate lots of great grilled food (including lots of corn)
    • Built Delilah a house out of a large cardboard box

All in all it was a great week. Love getting to spend some quality time with our family.

UPDATE: Since this post was written a month and 1/2 ago and just posted today… more progress has been made on the camp. The insulation and electric work is complete, all corners/windows have been framed with rough cut (and painted) 2×4’s and the siding is going up.

What Happens, Happens. Breath

We’ve had a lot going on lately.

  • In February we refinanced our duplex.
  • A the end of February we bought a new car.
  • In March our offer on a new house was accepted.
  • We close on the new house May 10th.
  • We’re in the process of finishing work on our apartment.
  • We’re in the process of renting out our apartment (we’re keeping our duplex).
  • My Photography business is just getting started.
  • I started a new Outdoors Blog.
  • Our first baby is due June 4th.
  • Rachel has been put on bed-rest until the due date.
  • Stressful things are afoot at work (some that I like, some that I don’t).

With all that’s going on I constantly need to remind myself to just slow down & breathe.  It’s hard sometimes.  There’s a lot to get done and it often feels like I’m not getting anywhere.  I get tired of people telling me about it though, I’m fine.  I take it all in stride, and whatever happens happens and we’ll deal with it as it comes.

Ze posted a song a while back that I had totally forgotten about until today, when he posted the story of how he made it.  It resonates with me perfectly.  I get it.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer.swf/track=397380065/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

Hey, I’m Ok.

I’ll be fine.

Just Breathe.

The Great Lamp Caper

Quite possibly the funniest email thread I’ve ever seen(update: link removed to protect the innocent) is being passed around work lately. This is how it starts:

Subject: my Lamp

The lamp from my table disappeared when I was on vacations. Could you please help me to return it back?

Thank you

~Alex (Developer)

Names have all been changed and, besides possible leads on the great Lamp caper, there’s no company confidential information in the entire thread so I have no problem sharing it. To understand why this is funny, you need to know who the 2 parties involved are.

Alex is just a low level Software Developer. Possibly been here a few years, maybe not.

His email is addressed to Dave aka CEO who responds below, and the conversation continues from there.

Dave (CEO): I’m sorry about your lamp. What would you suggest I do?

Alex (Developer): I do not know… as I understand some service people removed lamps from a lot of desks. Some people did not allow them to do this, but I was on vacation. Probably you can tell me who did this, by whose order or/and who is responsible and what I have to do to request the lamp back…

Dave (CEO): On the assumption that you are serious, I have copied Carl in our real estate group who can look into the great lamp caper. I wish you all the best.

Alex (Developer): I sent these emails mistakenly not looking at where I send them. I am so sorry. Please accept my apologies.

Dave (CEO): Don’t apologize. It’s ok. Chris will sort it out.

I find it awesome that he responded and I love the responses, but I sorta feel bad for the guy because it’s been passed on to EVERYONE.

Mystery Candy


Our Christmas gift at work was pretty lame this year. They gave us orange reusable grocery bags with the company logo on it. Yes, exactly like the reusable Wegmans bags you can buy for $.99.

At first I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Someone made the comment that it was supposed to be a Halloween present and they were just late. Not to be deterred in obtaining candy of any kind I hung it on the outside of my cube wall as a joke.

After a few days there was a lump. CANDY! Candy then started appearing fairly regularly. First a hotball, then some dum dums, a kit kat bar and now this…

I’m not really quite sure what to make of what appears to be homemade candy.

1 – I have no idea what it is
2 – I have no idea if it’s poisoned
3 – I have no idea who made it

Candy keeps appearing and as long as I know what it is and it’s sealed I’ll probably keep eating it (or giving it away).

If I knew who kept leaving it perhaps I’d say thanks… For now, anyone want some homemade candy?

The Mercedes Maybach

My friend Emily E-mailed this to me and I figured I’d share it here.

The car pictured in this note is a Mercedes Maybach. Notice the ‘recliner’ rear seats and the ‘electrostatic’ sunroof. The sunroof turns from opaque to crystal clear depending on the passengers preference.

Maybach 1

Maybach 2

Maybach 3

Maybach 4

Maybach 5

Maybach 6

NOW, STOP DREAMING AND GET BACK TO WORK! (BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT)!

Maybach 7

Life In The Country

Sunrise in Marion My parents are off on another adventure. This time they’re in Florida. I wonder if this will become a recurring theme now that my Father is retired? My mother claims that she’s going to work forever just for the health insurance benefits she gets through Wegmans so maybe not. I can’t imagine she’ll hold out quite that long, especially at this pace, though.

I’m happy for them. They’ve worked their whole lives and now get to reap the rewards. I hope they take even more trips so I can see the pictures. Or maybe next time they’ll take us with them? Or maybe we’ll take them with us.

While they’re gone this time we’re watching the house, well not the house really but my 17 year old dog Chewy. She was born in the middle of the Ice Storm of 1991 and is probably the healthiest 17 year old dog you’ll ever see.

I never realized while growing up here but the scenery is quite beautiful. My parents live in Marion Ny in the same house that I grew up in. While I was growing up it was completely surrounded by fields, valleys and farms. now there are 3 houses across the street instead of fields, and they mostly block the view. Even so the colors of the trees on the other side of the valley are always gorgeous and I had forgotten the sunrises were often so amazing. I woke up to a beautiful sunrise Thursday morning. What a wonderful way to start the day.