Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Tidbits

Hi Blog!  You feel like a long-lost friend I haven't seen in awhile.

I'm going to make this quick (HA--I always say that) so I can go to bed at a decent hour tonight.

I'm already on my very last week of my summer job!  The job was only four weeks long, but it went by so incredibly fast.  Thursday is my last day, and then after that, I'll have about a week-and-a-half to get ready for the new school year.  Last week we went to UCSD, and the campus was both enormous and gorgeous.  Here's a few random pics I took of things that I found interesting:

 The Singing Tree (plays music all day and night)

 Some bird thing on a green arch thing


 Woods in the middle of a university--this is only interesting because I live in the desert


 Alphabet letters made from chicken bones (or some other little bird's bones)


A house perched precariously on top of a building

I had pics of miniature pianos, a go cart made out of junk, an archived book room that we weren't allowed to go in, the Theodor Geisel Library (aka Dr. Seuss), and a collection of old kazoos--but for some reason none of those pics are coming through, so I'll just leave it at these.  I'll admit, that last picture I swiped from google images, because mine didn't come out.  That little house is definitely my favorite.  It's actually a sculpture of sorts put up there by an energetic group of artists on campus, and students are allowed to tour the little house during certain hours.

Oh, I just looked up the bird thing, and I guess it's actually supposed to be a sun god.

Overall I have enjoyed this job so much, and I'm hoping it's something I will be able to do again next year.

In addition to work, we went to the park for the kids' promotion ceremony in karate this weekend.  Elijah earned two stripes on his brown belt, but Trin is pretty much stagnant right now.  She tests for her black belt the last weekend of July, so right now it's just a waiting game for her.  I know I'm going to be a nervous wreck that weekend (my little girl is going to be in the woods for four days!), but for now I'm just putting aside thinking about it.  During the karate picnic on Saturday, Clint had to lead the game of baby oil dodge ball, and that was hilarious.  I played the first game and was doing fabulously well until I shot the ball at one of the kick-boxers, Bill (we were targeting each other the entire game), and although I nailed him with it, it bounced off of him and hit me.  So of course, the incredibly tough ref (Clint) declared me out.  *stomp/pout*

On Sunday we drove two hours to pick up a new baby bird for Trin to replace the incredibly tragic loss of Dimples, her hand-fed baby cockatiel (Dimples' heart stopped during the fireworks).  The new bird is a baby pineapple conure named Loki.  I'll have to write about him another time.  Upon my very insistent prompting, Clint constructed an awesome cage for Trin's new bird, so I'll post pics of that on my next entry.

Oh, our house is over-run by ants again.  I think they all get together every summer and vote to holiday at our house.  We're like the anthropod-Hawaii.  On the up-side, their crash visits always prompt me to clean every surface of this house from top to bottom.  My counters are actually glowing right now.  Glowing, but still occupied by transient ant stragglers.  Teri stopped by to meet Loki yesterday, and at one point she rested her arm on my lovely clean tile, but then pulled it off quickly and pointed out, "You guys have ants."  Our response was a resounding, four-voiced, almost bored "Yeah, we know."  Like, duh, it's summer.  What else is new.