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Winter Blahs

January 22, 2010 1 comment

Icy Branches

This is the kind of crap we’ve been dealing with here in Iowa. Looks kinda nice but I think I’ve had enough winter… this winter. I’m ready for warmer weather. The ice and snow just needs to go.

Icy Branches

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Snow Anyone?

January 14, 2010 7 comments

Forgot to post this last week when I took the pics.

Picnic Table
Anyway, this is what our picnic table looked like at work.

Watch yer head
This is looking up at the pile of snow waiting to fall on some unsuspecting employee.

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Devil’s Tongue Update

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Devil's TongueDevil's Tongue

A quick update to my devil’s tongues. They have had some substantial growth over the summer as you can see from the comparison pics. Surprising that in just a few months, all of them have almost tripled in size! I’m actually hoping the largest one flowers next spring even though it will mean the smell of death for a few days. Oh well, ya gotta have the good with the bad right?

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Floodwaters in Des Moines

June 14, 2008 1 comment

Flood waters at Union Park

The pic above was taken from Union Park in Des Moines. You can see the wall that was built to hold in the water. I’d be pretty frightened if I lived just to the north of this wall. As you could imagine, if that wall fails, there’s gonna be a lot of unhappy people. Not to mention they would all be homeless.

I was not living here for the flood of 1993 but I hear that this year it is supposed to be worse. It’s pretty crazy to see how high the water is by roads that I frequent. At times it seems like I’m driving from one island to another since there is water on both sides of the interstate. I’m actually one of the lucky ones. I’ve had no water problems in my basement nor do the floodwaters impair my trips to and from work. To me it’s almost as if none of this is happening. It’s unfortunate to know that there are people out of homes because of the flood and there are many at a loss of personal possessions. What’s even crazier is that I have overheard people talking of end of days. Now I’m sure these people are somewhat on the chemically imbalanced side but it has made me pause to think about it. Anyway I just hope that things get better sooner than later. Even if it passes quickly, there is gonna be a huge mess to clean up 😦

Another Season

May 6, 2008 Leave a comment

First Morel's of the Season

I finally managed to take a minute to do something else besides work and house chores! That in itself is amazing but I actually was able to go and enjoy the weather for a little bit. I went hunting for morels for the first time this season. Weather hasn’t been ideal lately but it seems that there are some that are growing. Unfortunately the ones that I found are tiny. All of them were about thumb sized. I only found enough to make a small snack but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to sneak out again later this week and get some decent sized ones. Well wish me luck!

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Mice in the Basement

February 25, 2008 Leave a comment

Dead Mouse

I’m currently working on finishing my basement and a part of finishing it is cleaning out what is unneeded. Well this weekend I began taking down the old ceiling tiles and lo and behold I find this rather sad representation of what used to be a mouse. At first I was a little disgusted and upset that at some point in time there were rodents living in my house. After the initial shock though I actually felt a bit saddened by the fact that it was just a dried husk of what it used to be. It reminded me of one of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes comics which you can find here.

We’ll all be in this sad state sometime in the future. Dried and forgotten until some poor sap comes digging up our corpse to make room for a new loft or skyscraper. Lets just hope that we’ll still be in someone’s memory after we are physically long gone.

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The Carnival Freedom

December 27, 2007 1 comment


Been away for quite some time if you haven’t guessed. The holidays are always extremely busy but of course that’s never an excuse. If it’s truly important, you make time. I guess this blogging isn’t so important after all ^.-

Formal Dining

Anyway I was on a seven day cruise in the Caribbean last week. It’s the second one that I have been on and coincidentally, both cruises that I have gone on have been for weddings. Strange but I’m not complaining. I really don’t know what to say about the cruise aside from the fact that it was great! The food was superb. Combine that with the ability to eat all the food you want and not worry about doing the dishes afterwards is priceless. 85 degree weather in the dead of winter ain’t so bad either.

The couple

The wedding itself was beautiful. Of course anything out on the beach with the sun beating down and the ocean to cool your feet is going to be beautiful. The only thing missing was margaritas ^.-

Aimee on the beach

If I break it all down, I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go on my next cruise. I hope to go on a European or West Coast cruise next. For anyone reading this, I suggest you go on at least one cruise in your life… that is of course if you don’t mind boats and the potential for motion sickness.
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