Dixon Family Chronicles

Monday, October 18, 2004

Beltway Update

Ok, I haven't been keeping up with the reading but I caught up tonight.

As far as the NFL goes, I'm watching just about every game that comes on. I've been a little discouraged since this season has been like backwards-day extended into 6 weeks for just about everyone except New England. I'm not yet a serious NFL fan, since I've only really been watching for about 1 full season now, so it's tough for me to appreciate these lopsided underdog upsets - it's more like watching teams lose than watching teams win.

As far as my job goes, I'm making progress and getting up to speed, but I'm still being driven insane by my "learning experiences". I got to examine a sane application last week and was shocked - it took me less than a day while I was dosed up on Dayquil and more. My "normal" cases take me about a week to decipher the insane ramblings and machine-translated almost-English, so it was a nice glimpse of what the job will be like when I'm done "learning".

And I recovered from the cold without going to either the doctor or the ER - big accomplishment for me.

Coris and I plan on flying to Michigan for Christmas, though we've been slow on finalizing the plans. Her company likes to schedule her to work inconvenient hours, so we'll see how it works out. Of course, the Fed lets me off whenever I want and I live about 30 minutes from 2 or 3 major airports while Coris lives 2 and half days from civilization, and I never miss a chance to point out the irony.

I don't have much else going on. I've been continuing the home makeshift recording studio stuff but it's nothing but a hobby.

Oh, Coris and I went to a shooting range last weekend. Coris hit the middle of the bull's eye on her first clip. She loved it. We rented a .22 but she wants to try something larger. I don't think we're ready for that but it was still lots of fun and something new.

Well Monday Night Football is on and I haven't eaten yet. Talk to everyone later.

~Jason

Saturday, October 16, 2004

30 Days and Counting

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 7 on DVD starts shipping on November 16!

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Emery

OK. Now I know that I'm not the most organized person in the world.

But I do seem to recall a certain neice having a birthday on the 6th of October.

What? No pictures? No details of the big birthday bash?

Come on, Bets. I'm dying over here!

Love,
Carol

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Farm Fest

Well, this weekend was the Kawartha Farm Fest weekend. Doug and I spent a whole $5 each on tickets so that we could then choose which farms to visit. There were about 20 sites to choose from.

So Saturday, which was rainy and windy, we went to the Lindsay Farmer's Market, in part because we had ordered an amazing amount of garlic. Got there too late, and everyone was going home. Not surprising, really, since it was so cold.

Next we went to Fleecefest. Way cool farm with sheep (duh!), a donkey, a llama, goats, ducks, and pigs. It was so much fun. The animals KNEW that we had food for them in our hands, and man, did they want it. Even the llama came and sniffed at me. Later the owner was telling us that the llama NEVER voluntarily touches people. Way cool. The goats were too cute. There was even a mother hen and her brood of chicks wandering around the barn.

So then Doug and I gave up on Farmfest because the weather was too bad.

Today, Carrie and I went to a horse farm ... they had horses, ponies, a pair of wild boars, and rabbits. Carrie was most anxious to bring home a baby bunny, but cooler heads prevailed.

Next we went to an alpaca farm. Yes, an alpaca farm. Guys, I'm totally in love with alpacaa. They are adorable and soft. The wool is warmer than sheep's wool, and non-allergenic. And the sweaters! Totally awesome.

So now I'm trying to convince that we need an organic lawnmower, that also does self-fertilization for the yard.

Didn't fall for that?

How about a couple of large, strange-looking dogs?

Anyway, they are totally amazing animals and I am trying to figure out how I can finagle myself a pair of alpacas.

Finally, Carrie and I stopped at a cheese-tasting, followed by a stop at a road-side fruit and vegetable stand. Where Carrie got to pet and hug a very large dog. With permission and an introduction from the owner.

Not 15 minutes later, the dog had taken a huge bite out of some kid's arm. Frightening, yes? And what I find most amazing ... the dog was absolutely placid with Carrie. Later I saw it in a hatch-back car, just gazing calmly around. I didn't actually see the bite, but heard the growling and scuffle. When I ran outside the store, the dog was back laying peacefully in the car. Needless to say, Carrie didn't go back to say good-bye. I suspect the kid was teasing the dog, or possibly trying to reach into the car to get something and the dog was just protecting himself or his territory. Poor dog.

Anyway, you've heard the adventure of my weekend. It was great, weather notwithstanding.

And I'm still trying to figure out if I can persuade the neighbours that my new pets are ... um ... rather large and unusual dogs.

Love,
Carol

Chuck here

I just wanted to let everyone know that their posts were being read. I don't have much news to post, however. Life consists of work and sleep mostly. I haven't done any sailing since Rick and I went to Lake Michigan a few weeks ago. I'd like to get in a few more outings before it gets too cold. As the weather turns colder and wetter I am volunteering for more weekend overtime to make up for the lack of work during the week, and to help get caught up on some bills. Had a nice day with Betsy, Rick, and Enery at the zoo yesterday. It's the first time I'd been to the "Wild Africa" exhibit, and really enjoyed it.

Friday, October 01, 2004

October

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Emery and David,
Happy Birthday to you.

And happy birthday to you, Mom. I miss you.

Love,
Carol