Lazy rainy Sunday.

I think I finally got out of bed around 10:30 or so. It was raining pretty hard here. Frankly, the only motivation to get out of bed was that's where the coffee was.

Toughest yoga workout yet!


There has to be some reason why our instructor loves to put us in downward facing dog so much???

Today's session was one of the toughest, but best, 80 minute classes yet.


Not really sure what the problem is. Possibly just getting back into the groove of normal life after a week of 2nd shift, a week of visitors/vacation, and a week of anticipation of the wife's new job. 

The two of us have alternated between not being able to sleep and total exhaustion.

It's Friday!


My wife just got hired on at a university!

In this economy, even with her skills, it was a challenge. I'm very proud of her for being persistent and not getting discouraged.



Dentist Appointment

I had my last dentist appointment for a while today. All filled, capped, drilled, flossed, scraped, and cleaned.

Hunter S. Thompson



I love after work dinner and drinks. Tonight was the first time in quite a while. 

H&R Block Appointment

Taxes done!
Maybe got enough back to pay for our weekend in Tucson. No complaints. Well...

"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one."

-- Elbert Hubbard

Back to work...

After one week on 2nd shift, then a somewhat unplanned week of vacation, tomorrow it's back to work.

Home made limoncello

I made this with some of the lemon peels from our harvest. Steeped for 5 days total. It's strong (made with vodka), but really tasty!



The week-long visit of the mom- and sis-in-law ended today. A week is just not long enough. It was a good time, with everyone enjoying the Grand Canyon, eating street-tacos, stealing oranges, squeezing dozens of lemons, and getting lots of sun. The weather was mid-high 70s and sunny all week. Once they left today, it was in the low 60s and rainy. The wife said Arizona was sad...and so were we.



The Prince of Darkness signing my book!

Hot fruit!

A house across the street has been empty for a while. And I keep noticing their orange tree hanging over the fence, with HUGE oranges on it. Well, I couldn't stand it any longer. The sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and I went on a raid after dark...

Mill Ave.


Strolled along Mill Ave. yesterday. P.F. Chang's for lunch. It was mid-70s and beautiful!

What the....?!?!?

Walked up on this in the "Contemporary" section of the Phoenix Art Museum.

"Discipline is simply giving up something you want now for something you want even more in the future."

from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Lemon Harvest - 2010

It was lemon harvest day. Some of these things were huge!

Grand Canyon, Day 2

I want to hike down next visit. The trails were ice-covered this trip. Figured -- probably not a good place to slip...

Grand Canyon, Day 1


You see pictures all the time. Yet you cannot grasp the beauty and magnitude of the Grand Canyon until you see it in person. Truly amazing...

Farmer's Market

Before that, and hour and 20 minutes of yoga. Afterwards, lunch with friends. Followed by more cleaning, cooking (ham, garlic smashed potatoes, and roasted asparagus with Parmesan). Picking up the family in about 45 minutes. WHEW!

Last night of 2nd shift!

I'm really glad that is over. Now it's time for a 3-day weekend!

Family comes to visit tomorrow!

The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.

-- Dodie Smith

OZZY book signing!

I just purchased two tickets to a local signing of his book!

Clock: whatever, I'm late anyways

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BevMo 5 Cent Sale Time!

Challis Lane Cabernet '08

I really scored last sale. This was a good Cabernet, for what amounted to $5 per bottle. I'm happy they have it as part of the sale again. I'm picking up my case tomorrow!

Mythbusters Poster


Keith Olbermann

This is awesome!

'Deadliest Catch' captain Phil Harris dies after recent stroke

'Deadliest Catch' captain Phil Harris dies after recent stroke

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Yard work

This is the back yard when we moved in. In the year and half since, the grass has grown in, and so have the bushes.

I spent the morning scrubbing the pool, trimming bushes, and drinking coffee.

Then, off to the office.

"One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching."


Second Shift


I started a week of second shift last night. For a bit, it was rather busy. Later on in the evening it seemed as though the end of shift would not arrive.

"The more you depend on forces outside yourself, the more you are dominated by them."


Shawshank Redemption

After a psychotic cleaning session yesterday, I collapsed and the couch and watched my favorite movie. No matter how many times I watch this, I still feel my spirits uplifted afterwards.

A little sore...

Yes, we are both sore from yesterday's yoga. Feel great, though.

Hal Holbrook

Last night we went to see Hal Holbrook on stage in 'Mark Twain Tonight!' Academy Award nominee Holbrook has been doing this one-man show since 1954. It was a very good show, by a very good actor. I'm glad we got the chance to see this one.

Yoga at Inside the Bungalow

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We attended our first Saturday yoga session at Inside the Bungalow. It was an hour and twenty minutes, and whoa -- did it kick a good way. It was probably the best yoga class that I have ever done. I can't wait to go again.

Cheap Veggies!

I found this place on Yelp. Being on a mostly-vegetable diet, I was intrigued by the reviews. After my first visit today, my wife and I have determined that this will be our weekly vegetable shopping place. Awesome prices!

"I am thankful to all those who said no. It's because of them, I did it myself."

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It is time to reform the Patriot Act!

This month, key parts of the Patriot Act expire. We cannot let fear-mongering and scare tactics be an excuse for continuing the outrageous abuses that are being perpetrated under the authority of the Patriot Act.

Tell your members of Congress that it’s time to reform the Patriot Act. Click HERE.

I hate cleaning!

The week wears on, and the Spring cleaning continues.

Picture perfect!

I want the entrance to my property to look like this!

Stop competing with others. Start competing with yourself.


Spring cleaning, continued

After a dinner of sushi and Sapporo, it was back to cleaning. I really could afford a cleaning person, couldn't I?

I could retire here...


Every Day is a New Day

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The Greatest Pleasure in Life is Doing What People Say You Cannot Do.


Zombieland Release Date Today!


Happy Groundhog's Day!

Six more weeks of Winter. I guess I shouldn't care -- it's going to be in the low 70s today...

I love this movie! I need to own this, if I don't already.

Spring Cleaning

It's Spring cleaning time! In anticipation of multiple guests in the next 6 weeks, I started a massive cleaning effort today. This is going to be a week-long adventure.

If at first you don't suceed...


Treat every person...

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