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Week In Review – I caught six fish!

I had an awesome talk this morning with
Jamie Golden about foster care and adoption.
I can’t wait to put it up on the podcast!

I spent the weekend at my parent’s house on the
river, near the Chesapeake Bay, and it was really great.
And I caught SIX fish yesterday. I was excited, because SIX.
Okay, well, they were little 4 to 6 inch bait fish,
but they still count!! SIX, you guys.

So when the recipe says to sauté the onions
before I put them in the crock pot,
I should go ahead and do that.
And even though onions are totally awesome,
twice as many onions as the recipe calls for
is not necessarily twice as awesome.

You know how you see odd things out of the
corner of your eye, but they’re gone when you
turn your head around to get a better look?
Or how things dart by and you just catch them
in your peripheral vision and you can’t figure
out what it was and it’s just really weird and creepy?
I realized today that probably the real reason
I got a cat was so all those things will be real now
and not just me being crazy.

I had another great chat today for the podcast.
Kim Cox talked to me about being a professional
organizer, and the psychology of collecting clutter.
Too bad I couldn’t relate to any of that stuff.
Oh wait, I forgot you guys already know me…

I finished a big cleaning job at work today!
I threw out four carts of trash and removed three
more carts of items that belonged elsewhere.
I love to clean and straighten and organize!
Unless I’m at home.

I woke up this morning to a dream come true!
Yeah, last night I dreamed I was styling my hair in
spikes and when I got up today it was standing on end.

River Vacation (or How I Almost Died)

I’ve been spending my vacation at the river house!  The first few days was just my dad and me, before some other family came in.  On my second day, we heard there were huge waves out on the bay, and we decided to “just go see” after checking the crab pots.  We were in the wrong boat, but the temptation was too strong.  

As soon as we got a little ways into the inlet, we could see the waves just rolling at the entrance.  Surf was up!  But we went a little further…you know, just to see.  As we got closer to the end, it became apparent that this was a fool’s mission.  But we had gone too far and there was no way to safely turn the boat around.

Looking out at that rocking water, I was torn between really wanting to experience the adventure of being out among them, and really not wanting to get wet.  In any case, I had no choice, and we had to go through.  So that’s what we did.

I’ll admit that I was a little scared.  It wasn’t so much that I feared for my life; I never thought we were in any real danger of death.  I was more afraid that we’d be really, really inconvenienced.  It’s just so much nicer to be sitting on a boat than it is to be thrown off a boat.  And also, I didn’t want my camera to fall in.

There were a couple of times when I thought the boat could conceivably be rolled, and my dad had to maneuver just right to turn the boat at the safest time.  After that, he just chose a wave and surfed it back into the inlet.

Even though we were probably in no more danger than that of being sea sick, I still reserve the right to refer to it as “the day I almost died”.  I don’t have a lot of excitement in my life, so I take what I can get.  Also, that sounds so much more interesting than “the day I almost got wet”.

I’m working on a crabbing video for next week, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures:

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Weekends at The Rivah

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Remember when I told you that Fredericksburg is about two hours from just about anything you’d want to do?  Well, I’ve already taken you west into the mountains, and this time we’re headed almost exactly two hours east, to the Chesapeake Bay.  Now I don’t like to brag, but the Chesapeake Bay is kind of  a big deal, so pay attention class.

(Technically, this wasn’t a day trip, but I’m not making any more logos.)

I spent the past two very enjoyable weekends at the river.  For as long as I can remember, weekenders have been flocking to “The Rivah” at the first hint of warm weather.  And this time I was one of them. continue reading…