Archive for January, 2007

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of joining our friends Josh and Kim and their little Reese on a trip to the Newport Aquarium. It was a pretty great aquarium, and highlights included shiny fish, glow-in-the-dark fish, and a shark-ray mix named Sweet Pea. Lowlights included the family who named their children after disney characters (i.e., Ariel, Belle) and ran around the aquarium yelling things like, “If you don’t behave, I’m going to tie you up” (I’m assuming they meant with one of those kid leashes) and, “I’m going to take you out to the car and spank you”. Now, I’m completely aware that kids don’t always listen… but I can’t imagine that yelling idle threats in the middle of an aquarium really solves the problem. The kids, who looked to be between 2 and 4, were just really excited, running from one exhibit to the other. And while they may have run up in front of other people watching the fish, I think the parents running around screaming were much more disruptive.

Anyways, back to the fishes. Here’s some photos.

Jason points out a shark.


The shark is bigger than me!

Jason petting a baby sting ray.

J is a great aquarium accomplice because he worked at an aquarium in college. He’s a pretty good tour guide and knows a lot of random fish facts (or, he makes them up and we just haven’t caught on yet!). And, the aquarium had tons of fish, a bunch of snakes and frogs, alligators, penguins, and birds. The birds were housed in a huge room that you had to walk through, and it was seriously stinky. Those sorts of arrangements always make me a little nervous, since I’m completely convinced I’m going to end up with bird poo on my head.

After the aquarium, we had lunch at an asian fusion restaurant near the aquarium and then hit the Gap Clearance Center and DQ. It was a great day, and fun to get out of town for a bit. I’m sure we’ll be back.

January 25, 2007 at 3:59 am Leave a comment

Snow!

Look what I woke up to this morning:
Yes! Snow!
This is enough snow to close Lexington area schools and churches for the day.

Unfortunately, it was almost completely melted by the time I got home from work…


January 25, 2007 at 3:52 am 1 comment

Lettuce Wins!

An update on the garden situation:

The lettuce officially was the first to sprout, followed by the dahlia and one little onion sprout. This proves 2 things:
1. we aren’t completely inept at planting seeds.
2. the basement isn’t too cold for gardening (we were a little worried that that might be the case, especially since temps have dipped to a cool 30 degrees recently).

Excellent.

An additional garden note: the mole is still at large. Apparently, the poison was a no-go, so now we’re going to try a trap. The only thing is… we can’t tell if it’s a live trap or not. The trap box suggests that we can remove the trap after catching the mole, but we don’t quite know what to expect. Are we going to have to figure out what to do with a live mole once we catch it? Or are we going to pull the trap out of the ground to find the thing smooshed in it? Ahh, the mystery and excitement of it all.

January 24, 2007 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

Another Important Lesson

Earlier we learned to say no to drugs in the hillarious spider video.

Another important lesson (to be learned on YouTube.com, of course) is gun safety. Here, a DEA officer teaches us more about guns. Note that he is, “the only one in the room professional enough to know how to carry” the gun. Excellent.

Just for fun, here are some pics of our living room/dining room.

Living and Dining Room

January 21, 2007 at 1:43 am Leave a comment

A Step in the Right Direction

It snowed* here today! Yes!

The back stairs – slippery when icy.

One of the bushes we planted last fall – safe and sound in a burlap sack.

*and by “snow”, I mean, a miniscule amount of frozen rain fell from the sky. Not such a fun walk to work.

Looks like we may get more later this week:


Few Snow Showers
High
41°F
Overnight Low
34°F
Precip
30%

If anyone understands how the above temperatures + precipitation = snow showers, please let me know. I am baffled.

January 17, 2007 at 3:04 am 3 comments

Diggin’ in the dirt

Today, J and I started what we hope will be an awesome garden. Our goal is to actually grow some of the food we eat so that we don’t have to battle the rotting produce at the nearby Kroger. And, I want to grow some pretty flowers, of course. We’re just hoping that our neighbors don’t find it suspicious that we’ve suddenly got plants and a grow light in the basement…

Pics of our set up:
Jason filling pots with dirt.

Jen planting seeds.

Ready to grow!

Here’s a list of what we hope to grow:

Vegetables:
Green Beans
Carrots
Cucumbers
Habanero Peppers
Green Peppers
Lettuce
Yellow Onions
Cherry Tomatoes
“Big Beef” Tomatoes
Garlic (we haven’t planted it yet, though)

Flowers:
Dahlia
Poppy
Cardinal Climber Vine
Morning Glory
Butterfly Flower
Chinese Lantern
Cupid’s Dart

In other news, we’ve got most of last week’s issues resolved – the car repair wasn’t too completely outrageous, Jason is becoming quite the plumber, and I’m coming to terms with cancellation of the OC (not that I agree with it).

January 15, 2007 at 12:26 am 2 comments

Some awesome things… and some not-so-awesome things

First, the not-so-awesome things:

1. The colds J and I are currently battling.
2. The camry that won’t start (and it’s not a battery problem, so the fix is likely to involve a tow, and some serious labor/parts costs).
3. The hot water heater that is relieving pressure by spewing water on the basement floor.
4. The leaking cold water line on the bathroom sink.
5. Fox, for cancelling The OC.

Now for the awesome things:

We have some great friends in Lexington, I mean, great. Seriously, with this whole car thing, we’ve been lucky to have people close by to help us try to jump the car, take us to pick up thai food, and drive us to the grocery store. And not only that, but it’s nice to get the advice of people who have lived here a while when looking for things like auto repair shops, or when trying to move items that won’t fit in the camry (e.g., dressers).

Also, this video about spiders on drugs makes me giggle. And, if you haven’t seen Ok Go’s video where they dance on treadmills, you should check it out. You will never look at a treadmill the same way again. I am starting to love Youtube.com – no wonder I was Time’s 2006 person of the year!

And, my last awesome thing for today: the Herbie is trying to lose weight. What is the Herbie? Our trash recepticle. Rosie (recycling container) and Lenny (yard waste container) are his sidekicks.

Herbie and Rosie, in all their glory

As much fun as it is to have waste containers that are actually named, it gets better. The other day, we got a little flier in the mail:

Lose 800 Pounds Next Year
Trim Herbie’s waste with a low-garb diet

I am not even joking you. Even better:

“Who amongst us hasn’t vowed that after the holidays we’ll go on a diet! Dieting is no fun and keeping the weight off requires changing our eating habits. In 2007, we hope you will create a diet plan for Herbie… There is no need for the Rosie recycling cart to be skinny when Herbie is so fat.”

I love it. Love it. Thank you Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for making throwing out trash so entertaining.


January 9, 2007 at 12:24 am Leave a comment

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