Monday, June 30, 2008
1. What does your name mean?
Does this mean Blog Name? (Just in case - Robin means Bright Shining Fame- what a great name) Okay the Geek part is obvious to anyone who has ever met me, but the AbFab part requires a story. (Go refill your coffee, I will wait.) I have two girlfriends (I have more than two friends, it’s just that this story is about two of them) that I meet for dinner with several times a year. Because we are three women dining together we sometimes get snobby waiters that are incredibly rude and sometime we get charming waiters who know that a good tip is just a few compliments away. (Oh and you have to laugh at our jokes too.) One of our favorite waiters of all time bestowed upon us the title AbFab. This of course is short for Absolutely Fabulous and is the title of a British show where well just go to youtube and watch a clip.
2. Where was your profile picture taken?
On a trail ride, then I cropped it and tried to distort it as much as possible. I didn’t want a profile picture, but then another Robin started posting comments to the same blogs as I was and her typing looked suspiciously like mine (gasp I know!). Well I couldn’t let people think that I wasn’t me! Although Middle Geek takes lots of picture, I am not his favorite subject unless he can sneak up on me and get a candid shot and let’s just say I will not be posting any of those pics here. So I looked for a picture but I didn’t have many to choose from (this was an emergency!). It was between the one I chose and this one. (I don’t really like either)
3. What is your current relationship status?
Married to my college sweetheart (almost 25 years, yikes).
4. Honestly, does your crush like you back?
My crush, meaning Mr. Geek? He had better like me back! I mean of course he likes me back, we are still gooey eyed in love, right sugar?
5.What's your current mood?
I am happy.
6. What do you like the most?
I like reading anything, blogs, good books, open letters on the top of your desk.
I like to sing, in choir, with the praise band, in the car to the radio, in the shower.
I like talking with my family and friends and laughing so hard that tears squeak out of your eyes and you crumple into a heap on the floor.
7. What makes you happy?
8. If you could go back and change something, would you?
I would go back in time to when I wore a size 7, look in the mirror and say “Babe, you have a rockin’ body!” I would also tell that junior highschool girl, “Sing out, you know you want to.!” And “Don’t worry the world will catch up to your sense of humor.” You have haven’t you?
9. If you MUST be an animal for one day, what would you be?
Easy, a cat. I would like to stalk the rabbits in the backyard, climb a tree, then curl up in a spot of sun and sleep all afternoon.
10. Something you do a lot?
Say, “Get off the computer and find something to do.” Sometimes I say it to the kids too.
11. What's the name of the song stuck in your head right now?
The HARRIGAN song (yes indeed there is a story with this). See I just came across this video the other day of my friend and Tiny Tim IN HER HOUSE! And if that is not bad enough, when I think of it I remember a song we sang at my sorority – K – A Double –P – A D – E – L - -T spells Kappa Delt, proud of all the KD blood that’s in me. And it goes on and on, and in my head I sing the ENTIRE thing. HELP.
12. Have you ever sung in front of a large audience?
I have been waiting for you to ask that question. Yes I once sang in front of a crowd of 1800, oh yes I did. The crowd was not there to see me, but there they were and I was there. Best day of my singing career (What singing career? Exactly.)
13. Name someone with the same birthday as you.
Cher and Jimmy Stewart
14. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
The look in their eyes, it must be warm and open and used to laughing.
15. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Tall nonfat Vanilla Latte extra hot (I will be waiting)
16. What is your favorite smell?
Right before a big thunderstorm
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Birthdays are fun.
2. ____ is my favorite season because ______.
Winter is my favorite season because I can make ramps out of snow and go like 1 foot in the air.
3. I feel my best when _________.
I feel my best when I am riding Bella.
4. ______ is my favorite food!
Chicken Wings is my favorite food!
5. First impressions are _______.
First impressions are good, I guess.
6. The best piece of advice I ever received was ___________.
The best piece of advice I ever received was I never receive advice.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!
And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to go to sleep, tomorrow my plans include watching TV, and Sunday, I want to work at the nursery at my church!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Birthdays are a time for my family to spoil me (at least they are supposed to be).
I feel my best when I am with friends and family, talking and laughing.
4. ______ is my favorite food!
Food is my favorite food! I enjoy all kinds of food. I love restaurants that use fresh seasonal food. I also love restaurants that make food in new and interesting ways. But I am not always a food snob and I love my share of fried and junk food too. My favorite Junk food would be Chili Cheese Fries.
The best piece of advice I ever received was to stop wearing those big floppy bows that business women wore in the eighties with their business suits. I know you know what I am talking about.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
No running to Swim practice
Laundry – wow, I think I had less than half of the amount of clothes. I know, just wait until they come home with mountains of smelly laundry. (Although I suspect that the same clothes may have been wore for a week straight. Maybe I will just burn them.)
SIGH! I really miss them!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This Tuesday Ten is pretty easy.
First the Electronic Inventions
1. Cell Phones - This week especially I am grateful to be able to hear from anyone almost anywhere at anytime.
2. Computers - Just the word processing alone makes me want to weep with joy (as anyone who had to type on a typewriter will agree with.)
3. Internet - Whenever I want to know ANYTHING (which happens alot BTW), I turn on my computer, go to google and poof! Just like magic, I now know the difference between a Thinker, Lifer and Mandarin. (See quiz below)
4. Doppler Radar - It is nice to be able to call up the weather during thunderstorms and see how big and dangerous the storm is going to be. It sure beats the old fashioned way of sitting on the front porch and looking at the sky.
Then there are all the household items:
6. Hot Water Heaters
8. Washers and Dryers
9. Microwave Ovens
And most importantly-
10. Coffee Makers - Last winter when we lost electric for a day, I missed this most fiercely. Only after we were able to perk coffee on the camp stove, I was able to stop panicking
Ten On Tuesday
Monday, June 23, 2008
The two youngest Geeks are at camp FOR THE WHOLE WEEK!
(Not to self: They will be just fine. They are with people you have known for years. They are only an hour away and well within cell phone range. Some one will call if they need you. BREATHE!!)
This week took some planning and orgainzation.
Clothing had to be washed and placed in bags so that they would stay dry. (in case of torrential downpours and high winds..and....Breathe....Breathe okay I am better)
Food had to be coordinated so that each boy would have plenty to eat that fits within their diet restrictions. (With plenty of goodies so they won't feel left out during the dessert.)
Here is my Littlest Geek telling me Goodbye (and I Love you MOM!)
And here is the Middle Geek in a self portrait. I think the two of them will be fine. (Just fine I tell you! Quit worrying!)
First Phone Call (Monday Morning) -- Racoons LOVE Fish Oil Capsules! Sending Replacement Supplements.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So Quiz number one (I took this quiz and I don't even know what it means) . It does mention engineering and is accurate about how I feel about boredom.
I'm a Talent!
You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.
Talent: 56%Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.
This Quiz has promise!
I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!
You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.
Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.
Let's see what type of advanced degree I should have...
You Should Get a PhD in Science (like chemistry, math, or engineering)
You're both smart and innovative when it comes to ideas.
Maybe you'll find a cure for cancer - or develop the latest underground drug.
Well that is a relief!!
And the Middle Geek is also addicted to these Quizzes. Here is one he took.
You Would Be a Pet Dog
You're friendly, loyal, and an all around good sport. People love to be near you.
You are very open with your feelings, and you're quite vocal in expressing them.
You are sincere and kind. You love many people - without any sort of agenda.
Why you would make a great pet: You're content to chill out with your friends
Why you would make a bad pet: You always find yourself getting into trouble
What you would love about being a dog: Running around and playing
What you would hate about being a dog: Being left home alone while everyone else is out having fun
Friday, June 20, 2008
1. A smile is __________.
A smile is Always a better option.
2. __________ is my favorite board or card game.
Careers was my favorite board or card game. Farkle is my new favorite Dice Game.
3. I would love to have more __________ in my life and less __________.
I would love to have more laughter in my life and less stress.
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of __________.
My Grandma's Birthday.
5. I just remembered I need to __________.
Pack my son for summer camp (and yet I keep typing.)
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this: __________.
Some people hope for a miracle cure, some people just excet the world as it is. -Billy Joel
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!
And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include getting my sons (that is plural OMG two of them are going) ready for camp, and Sunday, I want to read a book, sit out on the patio and drink a cold beer!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Last night we had a memorable dinner (memorable in a really good way) .
The menu called for Red Chicken Curry.
I should probably tell you that I love cookbooks and new recipes, and sometimes I follow them exactly and other times I use them for inspiration. This leads to some really good dinners that will probably never be repeated in my life time as I am not always sure how I got there. For that reason alone Mr. Geek was excited that I was blogging about this meal, so that there would be some sort of written record and maybe he would see the same meal again. (I agree with him on this, I can't wait to make this again.)
First I sliced the chicken breast relatively thin (about 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick) and cut the slices into squares. I placed the chicken in a bag and added salt (~1 teas) and Coconut Powder (a purchase from the International Food Store, it is coconut ground into a coarse powder). I shook the bag to coat the chicken and pan fried it until it was crispy. (I saved some of the chicken at this point for the picky Littlest Geek.)
After the chicken was cooked, I added a bag of frozen peas and 1/2 bag of frozen mango to the same pan. (Do not rinse or clean this pan before this step.
Then I added one can of coconut milk and a seasoning packet of Thai Red Curry and a bit of water. (I did not follow the instructions on the seasoning packet either, I am that much of a rebel hah.)
I rounded out the meal with some watermelon.
The only thing I would like to do differently next time is I plan to look for plain red curry at the International Food Store instead of using the spice mix. Although the mix is GFCF, I like to keep the amount of processed food we eat to a minimum.
Did you hear that? It was Mr. Geek screaming, "NOOOOO! Please, can't we have the same meal more that once?" heheheheh
This is the first Roller-Bike that the children begin on.
The next phase is a bike with the roller in the back. The rollers allow the rider to get the feel of balance without the fear of falling down.
Mr. Geek and our Middle Geek had the privilege of volunteering at one of the camps last week. It was such a rewarding experience, that Mr. Geek moved his schedule around to be able to return for another day. Middle Geek worked with the younger kids in the gym and bonded with a few boys close to his age. One boy insisted that MG ride on a bike right next to him and there were lots of hugs that day.
Any parent of a child will tell you that watching your child ride independently on two wheels is a big big day. Now think about if you had tried in some cases for years without success, or perhaps you thought that riding a bike was just one more activity that would be unachievable for your child, and then one day you see them riding free. Imagine the joy of these parents and kids!
Friday, June 13, 2008
So if you have stumbled onto this blog from google. (First-- Welcome I LOVE visitors.) This is what I know about Dianthus: They have a pretty flower AND the sign said they were perennials. I love perennials because as an engineer, I am all about saving time (I am lazy) and energy (I am cheap).
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I was close to Tennessee, but far, far away from Switzerland, I was in Rural Missouri and at Lambert's Cafe . This restaurant is famous, I mean FAMOUS in this part of the world for country cookin' (no g on cooking, EVER) and (this is the most important) when you want a roll, you put up your hands and the roll boy fires a roll at you from across the restaurant.
I was a bit apprehensive about visiting for lots of reasons (never mind the cow bell decorated vehicles) but because it looked very much like a family establishment and I was eating alone. But how often am I going to be in this part of the world (don't answer that question, something are better unknown)? So I bravely marched past the arcade room, past millions of license plates, past this:
And asked for a table for one. He asked, "Would you like to sit at the bar?" Where's the bar? (I thought this was a dry establishment.) He laughed and said, "Well you can't drink there, but right there is the bar." So I took a seat right up front where I could look out over the entire restaurant and employees wandered by to make small talk with the over the road truckers. A PERFECT seat!
They serve all beverages in oversize mugs. I asked for water to drink and as the boy walked up with this humongous plastic mug he tripped and spilled it all over me!!! But wait, the mug was empty. It was really corny and funny. A girl comes by before I even ordered and offers me some fried okra. I said, "I don't have a plate." The guy at the bar said, "Just grab some of those paper towels fold them up and she'll put them on there."
I was torn, should I order meatloaf or Chicken Fried Steak? I asked the waitress, she says, "Just a minute" and leaves. Next thing I know here she is with a serving of meatloaf. "There try it and let me know."
I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak and mashed potatoes, turnip greens and fried apples. After I received my food, more people kept coming by, "Would you like some fried potatoes? Would you like some stewed tomatoes and macaroni? Would you like apple butter or sorghum for your roll?" It was like visiting a huge group of long lost relatives. I ate until I was miserable, and still left so much food. "Don't you want to take that with you?" To bad I was too far from home, because I could have made several more meals on what was left.
What a great time and a great restaurant!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Me: (Coming home after being gone) Did anybody call?
Boy: (It doesn't matter which boy) No
Me: Did the phone ring at all?
Me: (Scrolling through the CallerID) When Grandma called at 7:00, what did she want?
Boy: She said to call her back when you got home.
Me: Oh, Thank you for giving me the message.
Another strange occurrence made possible by CallerID.
I scrolled down the numbers and saw that Time and Temperature had called. You know Time and Temperature-- "At the tone the time will be ....." When did they start calling people? Is this some sort of service that I signed up for? You know, please call me every Tuesday at 10:00 am. Or maybe, please call me every time the temperature is exactly 92 degrees.
I of course asked the boys, "When Time and Temperature called, what did they say?" The answer---I dunno.
Monday, June 9, 2008
First, here is my tomato and pepper garden. The tomato plants haven't grown much, I think I will fertilize them.
Now take a look at the lettuce garden, it has come a long long way from March. In fact, all of this lettuce has to be harvested in the next two weeks. So if you live close by consider this an invitation to come and get some. (After the lettuce s harvested, it will be my zucchini garden. The plants are already growing, can you see them?)
And we can't forget my pride and j0y, my herb garden. My basil reseeded itself, so I have lots and lots of basil growing. And do not make fun of my gnome! Every year I ask for an angel for my garden, and every year I get one for a birthday or mother's day present. And every year I have to throw away an headless angel (a victim of a soccer ball or baseball bat accident). Mr. Geek was tired of the carnage and didn't purchase one this year (sob). The gnome survives because it is made of cast iron!!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
And put on my practical (and ugly) boots.
Geek Alert! To find the elevation of a building first you have to know the exact elevation of another spot. then you connect that known spot to the floor of the building and measure the difference in height. Hopefully this know spot is not too far and the measurement can be done relatively quickly. If not, there is alot more work involved. (Yes, this will be on the test.)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Updated to add: See my present from Jules! This is so neat!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Here's the short story in pictures.
If you are unfamiliar with a triathlon, here is how it happens.
First, you have to have your number assigned.
The first race is the swim.
Followed by biking. No picture of Mr. Geek, I was in the pool area.
The last part is the run.
Time starts from the beginning of the swim so transitions are very important.
We chose this triathlon for the littlest geek (LG) because it was a mini-tri (a little bit shorter) and we thought it would be small. We were right the size and crowd was perfect. They started in six person heats and LG went and introduced himself and shook their hands.
When he saw he had won third place though (yes out of three, what is your point?) he was very happy.