Wednesday, December 14, 2005

•We have a new puppy!

This week we welcomed the cutest little puppy into the family. She was given to us by a family who had too many puppies.

She's looks kinda like the RCA logo dog, ya know, the one with a black spot over one eye that looks at the old fashioned record player. We named her Ariel.

I've already had people ask me if that is a reference to Ariel from the Little Mermaid. No. I've never even seen the Little Mermaid.

The name actually come from two references: Ariel, a character from Shakespeare's The Tempest, and Princess Ariel the Sorceress, a character from Thundarr the Barbarian.

•In other news, we went to two movies on Saturday: the new Harry Potter, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

Both were excellent movies. I'm not going to waste time writing about why they're both worth seeing.

If you are reading this and you haven't seen either one of them yet, well, go see them!

•There's going to be lots of interesting Iowa political stuff to watch over the next month. I'm going to be working on getting some petition sigs for Mom this weekend. I keep watching the blogs and the news...there are some blogs that are pretty okay. The best one I've come across so far is Iowa Political Watch. It's a very thorough blog. The John Deeth Blog is also a solid place to find good info from time to time, especially the Iowa City viewpoint. Speaking of Iowa City, I'm going to be there Saturday to visit the guys.

•I'm starting to use bullet points in my blogs, just because it is annoying to some Iowa bloggers and I happen to like them. Maybe it's the news writer in me (Journalese really is an altogether different language from the Queen's English).

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Aagh, I bumped into a cow on the way home tonight. Snow on the road...going about 40 mph. I saw it and could not stop.

I slid on the snowy road for several feet, and just barely bumped into the cow's rear end as it was trying to get out of the way. Miraculously, there was no visible damage to the cow, to me or to my vehicle. Whew. The cow immediately took off, running away into the ditch.

I'm thinking I really got lucky. I hope the cow is not injured. I called the cops and they're going to find it.

I drive this road so often and see so much wildlife, I always thought I'd hit a deer.

I was coming home from practice at the theater. I'm running lights for the Victorian Stroll Christmas play, and this was the final rehearsal before the show on Saturday. I'll have a full day on Saturday, as I get to take photos of all of the big events in Albia.

My Grandpa is doing much better now, recovering at the Monroe County Hospital from his heart surgery. Mom and Uncle Stephen brought him and Granny down from Mercy Hospital in Des Moines yesterday. He's looking pretty good, and he has his old sense of humor back.

Lots of big news going on around here. A good friend, Brad, visited me today at the office. He's back from Afghanistan for a brief leave. He has to go back there again in January.

I heard that the Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion release is now delayed until March. That's too bad. It was the one game I was really, really looking forward to getting this year. Oh well, I can wait.

A plumber is coming here tomorrow. We're finally going to get the three problems fixed. The issues of toilet flushing will be resolved once and for all!

That's it for now. Bye.