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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Another Long Day


Feet Taste Good
I took this picture as Beth was changing her into pajamas. She likes eating her feet.
I spent most of my awake hours today in the tractor. Simple as that. It was a fairly gloomy and overcast day with very little appearance from the sun. Regardless, there's something very relaxing, almost zen-like, about sitting in the tractor all day. It's a good time.

In random bits of news, I discovered another abandoned house nearby. That was kinda random -- it's only readily visible from a certain angle and I happened to be at said angle. More investigation may be necessary at some point in time.

At any rate, it's been a long day and I'm about to head for bed. So until next time...
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

--MZ

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Keeping It Real


Here's Looking At You!
She has such an inquisitive personality already.
Okay, that's a bit of a poor title, but I'm awfully tired and can't come up with anything better right now.

It's been a long day. I started out in the field and did that through the mid-afternoon. Then I came home and read the paper, took a shower, ate some food, and we went in for choir tonight at 7. Not really all that exciting a day, but busy nonetheless.

In other news, I finished burning The War series on DVD this morning. So it's all ready for my viewing pleasure at some point in time -- presumably to start later this fall. Should be good times. I'm looking forward to that.

As I'm running into a bit of a mental blockage right now, I think I'm going to leave it at that and call it a night. So until next time...
"I'll sleep when I'm dead."
- Warren Zevon (1947-2003)

--MZ

Monday, October 8, 2007

Coming Soon To A Television Near Me...


Structural Engineer
She's studying the structural integrity of the creation. And doing some 'stress testing' of it.
So in the last twenty-four hours I've managed to get three of the seven episodes of The War burned to DVD for later viewing at my pleasure. I've got two more ready to go -- I'll do one tonight when I go to bed and set another to go in the morning when I leave the house. So hopefully by mid-week, all seven episodes are burned and I can free up some disk space. 22-some-odd-hours of video eats up disk space like it's going out of style.

There's not much new going on today -- pretty normal or average day. It was good and pretty much 'cold' today -- the high temperature didn't get much above 50, and there was a decent enough wind to make being outside a less-than-attractive option. Combined with the rain and mist, I didn't manage to get any of my outdoor projects done (short of play with the dogs for a minute or two while I fed them).

I managed to take a bunch of pictures tonight, but most of them didn't make the cut. I was trying to catch various actions of Kirstin, and that can be a difficult task. But it's fun, and it's interactive, so I do it. :) Perhaps one of these days I'll invest in a tripod so I can do more artistic types of stuff and not just take copious amounts of pictures of Kirstin and the cats. :) We'll see. I'd also like a DSLR, but that's not going to happen in the near future. :)

Anyway, that's pretty much my ramble for today. I'm quite tired, so I'm heading for bed now. Until next time...
"When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

--MZ

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Peaceful Times


Peaceful Times
She so quietly fell asleep tonight in the bouncer just prior to getting ready for bed. She usually stays awake and plays, but today must've been too big a day for her. It's tough being a baby, you know.
It's been another busy weekend, and I skipped another day's post. But I was quite tired when I got home (I ended up out in the field for most of the day -- which was a good time as always) and had to make spaghetti salad when I got home.

So by the time I got around to where I would make a post, I had all I could do to keep my eyes open any longer. I was plain shot.

Today's church service was for 'Mission Fest,' which is an annual event in which mission work is the center point. This year we had a pretty good presentation, although I have to say that the guy's vocal quality could've been worked upon. He had that calming quality which is often nice and comforting to hear, but can be difficult to stay attentive with (especially in the morning for me).

Regardless, we had a big potluck afterwards, which did not fail. Always a good time eating large bunches of quite varied foods. Good Times!

I spent the evening today working on getting 'The War' on to DVD for viewing later. I managed to get episode #1 recorded and verified. I have episode #2 ready to go, but I'm going to let that transcode and burn while I'm sleeping tonight. It takes about 125% of the time it takes to view a video to transcode and burn it on to DVD. At least it does for me. So a two-hour video takes somewhere between two hours and fifteen minutes to two-and-a-half hours to complete. Not bad, but it doesn't lend itself to doing other things at the same time.

So I'm going to do episode #2 overnight, and get #3 ready to go (yet tonight) so it can be done in the morning when I leave.

And that's about it for now. Another work week begins, and so far it proves not to be overly boring. :)

So until next time...
"The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head."
- Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

--MZ

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