Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
(9:15 AM) Denise: i guess i should try plugging the wipes into my computer
(9:16 AM) Brian: i bet they sound clean
Monday, November 16, 2009
* we've been working furiously on the gabion wall for the last 3+ weeks and finally put the last one in place yesterday in the rain. i have more photos but just haven't got around to posting them. once again i'm reaffirmed what a great team nacho and i are.
* nacho started hockey so i'm shuttling the little one to games now. luckily it's just B League this year so my back is happy about that. sorry ski-feet!
* we got the beach back end of last week. this would be he passing our our annual Fall flood. luckily it only made it up to the sea wall and no threat to the gabion work
* monsters are still spoiled. some things never change. although i think i've found a biking partner in Butterz!
* works SUCKS! i hate my job more and more each day and am beginning to embrace PMS - Potential Murder Suspect. i promise not to post pics of that!
* oh, yeah, and then there's that phone that's been eating up some of my time. i finally joined the 18th century. i miss my abacus!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
P: i've thrown out several shirts cuz they have holes in front of them
P: seriously, i read about this on the internet.
D2: wait! wait! how did you google that?
P: hole in front of shirt
P: there are millions of people out there with this same problem. this is a big deal. i'm gonna go google again.
forget H1N1. we have a pandemic people!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
there were lots of ribs
seasoned vets who hit the grill early
WAY TOO MUCH bag game ('til 1:00am)
none of this (see bag game)
and plenty of man love (picture cropped to protect the innocent)
and money lost (fyi Norm cheats)
but a good time was had by all! Moser and Norm will just have to agree since i'm sure they remember very little of it.
thanks again to the P's for hosting, cooking, and generally tolerating! see you next year!?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
someone used the word lucky today in a description of me. i've heard that more than once. "you're lucky you're thin", "you're lucky you went to collage", "you're lucky to have
before i met nacho, i ended a very significant relationship. one that everyone around me questioned for doing. one that seemed perfect. but one that i knew was going nowhere. he believed in marriage and i did not. and i walked away from that (actually asked him to leave) and i was a wreck for what seemed like forever. but i knew, in the end, i'd made the right choice. i said to a friend, "i didn't put myself through all this crap for nothing. something amazing is going to happen to me this summer!" ask Dave and he'll tell you those were my EXACT words. and i was right. i met nacho that following summer. and when i did, i knew. i knew....he was the reason i'd moved to a college my daddy didn't support and refused to pay for to test me (i won). he was the reason i'd moved 800+ miles away from ANYONE and EVERYTHING i knew. and he was the reason i'd left that person that i'd loved so much. he's the reason i made those conscious, hard choices and stuck by them. and even though timing was not perfect when we met, he was the reason i waited. he was that amazing thing that was supposed to happen to me. and he did. and he's the reason i stayed.
i chose wisely!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
a couple weeks ago, i had to go home for a family funeral. i always stay with my sister Renee when i go home. one of her friends had asked me to take some pictures of some stuff at her house. Renee didn't bother to tell me what i was taking pictures of, just that "Sheila's got something she wants you to shoot." okay, in hindsight, had i known, i would have brought a gun instead of a camera. cuz this is what she wanted me to "shoot".
what my sister didn't realize, is that 2nd only to flying, these things creep me out. it's the number of legs. oh, this is a Banana Spider by the way. seriously, i'm having a hard time even typing this. you can't get a real feel for how big this thing is, but to help you.... hold your hand out in front of your face (arm's length). okay, your hand is about how big this was and the distance between your face and your hand is about how close i had to get to get this photo. did i mention, this one, and about 100+ more just like it were hanging all over the place in and around Sheila's house and barn on the Chipola River back home. i freakin grew up there, but never knew "shit, these things are all over the place around here!" thanks Renee. i took lots of pictures but many were too blurry because i couldn't COULDN'T STOP FREAKIN' SHAKIN'. i couldn't even remain still enough for my IS lens to balance it out - something tells me they don't test phobias out on lenses in the lab. at one point, i had to stand in the middle of the barn cuz Renee thought "it'd be cool to get a picture of 'em all hangin' there!" yeah, that was cool. that photo didnt' turn out. and pardon me for not holding my hand up next to one to give you perspective on size. just trust me on that one. i don't care if "hell, they ain't gone bite you" (again, thanks sis). so you will just have to excuse me for (1) taking so long to post this CUZ I'M STILL SUFFERING FROM PTSD and (2) I'M STILL SUFFERING FROM PTSD!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Daddy: no, i just remember you got in trouble cuz the teacher thought you were looking out the window all the time cuz you had a lazy eye.
Jimmy (to me): you know, i would have been a great tennis judge at Wimbeldon. i could have watched the whole game and never moved my head!
I DO NOT MAKE THESE UP!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
okay, this is some important part of the process. it has something to do with crimping. i paid so much attention when nacho was explaining it that i got too excited and now can't remember all of it. but it's important i'm sure.
and this is another important thing that i can't explain. but it has something to do with ferrels and turn buckles and bears, oh my!
put them all together and you have this....
and after 3 years of putting them together, you have this....
and that's a little thing we like to call FINISHED! that's right Moser....F I N I S H E D!!!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
i guess i should clarify that she had knee surgery yesterday. but that sure sounds better than my kashi and soy milk right now! i wonder what the advertisement for her breakfast would look like.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
oh, and for anyone wondering, i haven't done a thing to it cuz i thought it was a weed. so i have completely ignored it all summer! new gardening mantra.....let it be!
Kicking the bottle will save you big, experts say.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
An individual who approaches someone's desk or workstation in a work environment almost immediately after sending them an email, usually to confirm that the email has been received.
Bill: I just sent you an email. Did you get it?
Mike: Probably, I haven't checked.
Bill: Can you check?
Mike: Uh yeah, looks like I got it.
Mike: My immediate thoughts are you're an email courier and a douchebag.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
TJ was kind enough take time out of his precisous schedule when he did finally visit us, and hang out with nacho for he afternoon and teach him how to work this thing. sadly, that's the only time he's had it out so far. but there will be more and of course i'll be there to not take pictures and not post anything about it! hooray me!
some of you may remember the time we used interior molding for railing. let's see that was the winter 2007. the year we started all this. the 2nd winter saw string (i'm not kidding) string as the railing. yeah, JT, that really was string. and now, in summer3, we are well on our way to an actual, real life, something close to a dictionary definition, railing! nacho has been working his but off the last 3+ weeks and here's what he has to show for it:
First up: You have to train your top rail!
You can't just set the boards up there for cryin' out loud. so you lay them across the posts (stainless steel works best!) and you let them sit out in the sun so they sag. this creates a "memory". then when you turn them over and they bow up, you attach the support bar to them and it forces the to straighten out. but won't they just sag again? nope! the "memory" and the support bar keep that from happening. fyi, this was an actual conversation. oh, and i want to be sure to mention that nacho drilled out all the holes for the posts without a single mess up! good nachos!
Next Up: this rule does not apply to the stair railing
there was no training going on here. just straight up support bar underneath and attaching them to the posts. all the railings attach to the post by this cool little sleeve (that i also didn't take a picture of). it's a smaller diameter piece of post, with a square peice welded on top. it fits in the post and the railing screws into the square plate. done!
Finally: yes, this is actual stainless cable
but no, it's not permanently in place. not to get ahead of himself, nacho strung a few sections just to see how it would look. and it's going to look awesome. he's encountering some engineering issues though...so Korby & Moser, please call him and make him talk to you about this so we can pick another brain. the simple fix would be to buy the $25.00 turn buckles that already do whatever it is that needs to be done. but we need 50 or so of those and, well, that ain't gonna happen.
there are plenty more pictures. i just have to find them (ahem, take them) and post them. i swear there is an Extension and i will show it considering the pain in the butt it was to add. but it has made for the most awesome hammock hangout. Arnie is planning her deck with a hammock cave too!
and i cannot say enough about how impressive this has all been in that nacho has done so much with the help of friends, but also so much totally on his own. it has really given me a huge appreciation for his patience and persisitence. i would have hired this out a long time ago and probably not gotten something i like as much as i know i'm going to like this!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"A blog lets you define yourself, whereas on a social network you are more likely to be defined by others. Sure, blog readers can write comments — but the blogger can delete the comments, or disemvowel them, or turn them off entirely. Sure, a blog is dependent on the links you point outward and those that others point in; but it has its own independent existence in a way that no amount of messaging and chat and interaction on a social networking site can match. A blog is not necessarily better than a Facebook profile, nor is it worse; it is, simply, different."
-- from "Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters," as posted on Gawker "Was Blogging Just a Fad?"
Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
of course this all started with a video from some other geeks that had done the same. since Brian can't be out geeked he set out to create his own. this was flight #2. flight #1 was probably just as good, but we'll never know since no one bothered to turn the camera on before they released the balloon. fyi - the balloon for this flight was released in Washington, IL and picked up somewhere off 155. you can read more about the whole thing here.
so what do you do with your free time?
Monday, June 29, 2009
also left us without power for about an hour (nacho says 20 minutes but i think an hour lends more drama to the story). and much to his glee, he got to hook up the generator and we were in business and "off the grid"!
Friday, June 26, 2009
any comment about how hot it is. really? hot? in June/July? imagine that. well, back home that's a little thing we like to call SUMMER PEOPLE!!! and later on when it gets "really cold", SURPRISE! we'll call that WINTER! seriously!
i've been witness to and part of some diverse perspectives on several personal and political issues the last couple of weeks. here are my top 3:
said to me: "well, since you got religion". oh really? and when did i get said religion? and (1) what are you talking about and (2) what business would it be of yours anyway? if you think i've all of a sudden gotten religion and you feel threatened by that, i say, go with that feeling. cuz whether or not i've gotten religion, you should feel threatened by me. so let's talk about you and your choices!
said in a meeting: "anyone who's too lazy to work deserves to die". wow! i simply don't know what to say to that! last time i checked, one of the fundamental differences that sets us apart from so-called lower forms of life was a little thing called compassion! if you need help looking that up, let me know.
said to a friend: "you're not the same person" (or something like). you damn right he's not. let's sit back and enjoy the show shall we? popcorn anyone!?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
our day marker is 179.0 so you'll need to do the math if you want a higher or lower marker for yourself.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
It didn't go exactly as planned and she took ALOT longer than we thought. but Momma and kids finally left the nest at 5:30 this morning (Wed, 27th). This was the only shot we were able to get cuz the flood made it much easier for them to slip away. good luck guys and, as usual, we'll miss you!
more photos to come. mom is off the nest right now "talking" so they should be on their way in about 2 hours i'm guessing. lucky for us i have today off so i'll try to gets pics as they leave.
Friday, May 22, 2009
(625 ILCS 45/57) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3157)
Sec. 57. Restricted areas. No person shall operate a watercraft within a water area that has been clearly marked by buoys or some other distinguishing device as a bathing, fishing, swimming or otherwise restricted area by the Department or a political subdivision of the State or by an owner or lessee of property in accordance with his or her rights to the use of the property, except in the manner prescribed by the buoys or other distinguishing devices. This Section shall not apply in the case of an emergency, or to patrol or rescue craft.
No person shall operate a watercraft within 150 feet of a public launching ramp owned, operated or maintained by the Department or a political subdivision of the State at greater than a "No Wake" speed as defined in Section 512 of this Act. Posting of the areas by the Department or a political subdivision of the State is not required.
The Department and other political subdivisions of the State may, within their discretion and after issuing an administrative rule in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, designate certain areas by proper signs to be bathing, fishing, swimming or otherwise restricted areas, or eliminate, alter or otherwise modify existing areas. The Department or a political subdivision of the State shall further have the authority in order to fully carry out the provisions of this Act to place signs, beacons and buoys in designated areas controlling the flow of traffic.
It shall be unlawful for any person to deface, move, obliterate, tear down, or destroy, in whole or in part, or attempt to deface, move, obliterate, tear down or destroy any buoys or signs posted pursuant to the provisions of this Act, except as authorized by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 92651, eff. 71102.) (625 ILCS 45/512) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3157.5)
Sec. 512. A wake is defined as a movement of the water created by a boat underway great enough to disturb a boat at rest, but under no circumstances shall a boat underway exceed 5 miles per hour while in a posted "No Wake" area. "No Wake" areas shall be clearly posted with buoys or appropriate signs except as provided in Section 57 of this Act. All buoys or signs posting "No Wake" areas shall meet the specifications as prescribed by the United States Coast Guard or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89445, eff. 2796.)
but i was really surprised when i spoke with Petty Officer Shuey (sp?) with the Coast Guard Sector Office in St. Louis. he reiterated what i'd already learned and stressed how serious they take it. guess there was someone this week that went out and got their cruiser stuck in the middle of the river.....THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER....and they are laying into that one. and as the press release states, the fines range from $32,500 to $250,000 for violating the closure. WOW! oh, and the number to report that to is 314-269-2332 for those interested. St. Louis works with the local DNR and as Shuey put it, they will be out in full force this weekend and working with local law enforcement. i'm running our of WOW's!
one last note: as Jerilyn told me, remember this is ALL recreational traffic. KAYAKS INCLUDED!!! so does that mean i can't leave for work when we're flooded? can't take TheMonsters for "bi-ness"? well, it does mean we can't check out the islands during a flood and the premise being, not the wake, but safety. i can live with that!
B. ZONE 7 (MM 145.6-180.9 ILR) IS IN THE RECOVERY PHASE FOR HIGH WATER CONDITIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILR WAP ANNEX. ALL TOWING VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PUSHING INTO OR LAYING UP ON LEVEES AND ARE REQUESTED TO TRANSIT THIS ZONE WITH CAUTION AND AT THE SLOWEST SAFE SPEED TO MINIMIZE WAKE DAMAGE ESPECIALLY PEORIA (MM 165.5 - 178.0 ILR). ALL RECREATIONAL VESSEL TRAFFIC IS PROHIBITED FROM TRANSITING IN THIS ZONE.
btw, the day marker South of us is 179.0.
so where did this all come from? well, every time we flood, and there is a river closing, there's still those few boaters that insist on going out. so several of us have wondered this week, how that information gets out. i must say, for someone not versed in terminology, agencies, etc., i didn't find locating this info easy at all. i had ideas of where to start only because of nacho. but without that head start, i don't know that i would have had the patience to find it by myself - course that's my issue isn't it? and it is not safe to assume that just cuz you own a boat, you know boating - didn't the Hardin boys teach us anything?
so then i got to thinking, why don't they handle this like the beaches back home? you go to the beach and you know it's dangerous surf, and in some cases prohibited to go in the water, based on the flags displayed. well, actually, they do distribute the info. as Anita from IVY Club was so kind to discuss with me. she said that someone from the Coast Guard came and gave them a press release - most likely the full release that i pulled the above info from. she also said to keep their members informed, they make copies of the release and post it in various places at their club (bar, door ways, etc.) and spread it word of mouth. i asked if she finds most members heed the restrictions and she said "yes". of course i guess i could have asked her if they do anything to stop people from leaving port, but i didn't think of that and i guess you can't really stop someone from boating on a closed river. i do have a similar call into East Port Marina so i'll be interested to see what they have to say. and it's got me thinking about posting notices at our club. i like to think all our members are pretty versed, but you never know! of course, when the river's closed, the club is so flooded you couldn't get a boat in anyway, but it's not really fair to expect something from other clubs that we don't hold up ourselves. that's called a double standard people!
probably the biggest point is as someone living on the river, i've bought into a certain lifestyle and culture - ignorant or informed. and i've finally accepted that it's not really the fault of boaters for creating a wake when my place is flooded. blame the Coast Guard for not shutting down the river in some instances. but that's just your opinion an not necessarily reason enough to shut down the river. and, as nacho reminded me, a No Wake Zone is only150 feet from the signage (although i have yet to find the definitive word on that distance but i'll keep looking for that one). while the ultimate argument seems to be that most people lack common sense and courtesy, there's no test or sign for that. and after boating for about 10 years with nacho, i am starting to support the notion that you should have to take an exam and get a license to operate a boat. but as the Journal Star pointed out the other day:
- While the state requires education courses for persons 12 to 17 years of age, statistics show the majority of accidents actually involve older boaters who are not required to take any safety classes.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
beyond that, it's all just water!
oh, and a post script....i now have a folder titled Flood09 for my pics. and in that i have 3 folders: Jan09, March09, May09. any bets that's the last sub-folder i create in there? a wise man once said to me "And you know this!"
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
i do a fair amount across the river as it is, but now i have 1 more reason not to shop in Peoria county. i finally discovered they have a PetSmart. some time ago i gave up Kohl's, Lowe's and Schlotzsky's in Peoria. okay, sometimes nacho and i will hit the Schlotzsky's on North Knoxville. but today i had to go out on my lunch to get food for The Monsters. out of shear habit, i started out for the PS in Peoria, then remembered there's one in East Peoria. it's not a tax issue, mind you, it's just actually closer and less of a traffic nightmare than traipsing all the way across town. now if East Peoria ever gets a Target and a LaBamba, that will be the icing on the cake!
Monday, April 13, 2009
however, it did remind me that we don't have a name for her. i wanted Tipsy, but Todd has that taken for the Hobie. so i'm interested in any names that anyone can give me for the girl. winner gets a hardy handshake and a pat on the back!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
North beach (between us and Kim's)
South beach (no, not Miami! between us & Ray, aka Fiero house)
i believe by this level we could walk in with our hip waders, but still couldn't drive in. the only thing difference now is there is no water on the "land" side of things, the water on the beach is only down about 2 feet and we burned most of the debris on the North this past weekend. oh, and that big white metal thing is some old fuel tank. most likely off a farmer's field. Kate just had to have it for her dad. and wouldn't you know it, he just loved it. sick sick people!
we still have tons in front of the house on the beach, and on the South beach. there's easily 5 Trees...full trees people, not some small trunk...sitting on the South end. this cleanup is and will be hell for a while. i'll try to get some shots of what remains of my yard, if you can call it that. it's pretty much gone, and i mean GONE! as in, didn't you guys have a yard at one time?