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Sat, Apr. 3rd, 2010, 09:55 pm
Exultet

This is the night
when first you saved our fathers:
you freed the people of Israel from their slavery
and led them dry-shod through the sea.

This is the night
when the pillar of fire destroyed the darkness of sin!

This is the night
when Christians everywhere,
washed clean of sin and freed from all defilement,
are restored to grace and grow together in holiness.

This is the night
when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death
and rose triumphant from the grave.

Sat, Mar. 20th, 2010, 07:08 pm
Landscaping

The landscapers have finished most of the work. There are still a few plants to go in here and there, but we LOVE it!


Click here for more pics on my Flickr page

We've been good. Visitors have started to arrive, with my brother and his family due next, in a little over a week. That's the same week as my spring break (right before Easter).

School is good. I'm going to try teaching all my classes on MWF next fall, which would cut about 150 miles a week from my driving. It will make for long Mondays and Wednesdays, teaching 4 classes between 9:30 am and 8:40 pm. That will be more doable, knowing that I don't have to turn around and come back Tuesday or Thursday.

Sat, Jan. 16th, 2010, 04:39 pm
School Lunch

A woman is eating school lunch every day: http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com/

Fri, Jan. 15th, 2010, 05:23 pm
So you say I'm not married?

OK federal government -- I just found out that since you don't recognize John and I as married, he can claim the first-time homebuyer tax credit. (He wasn't an official owner of our Rockford house.) That's $8000 we didn't know we would get!

Mon, Jan. 11th, 2010, 06:49 pm
Earthquake

Just had a light earthquake nearby: http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/Quakes/ci14571828.htm

Mon, Jan. 11th, 2010, 04:27 pm
House Pics

This is us in front of our pool (it still seems weird to type that) on closing day. We need to do lots of landscaping, and the back wall needs to be stuccoed (is that a verb?).

Us Pool 2

I've posted some more pictures of the house behind the cut. We've done more to the house than these pictures indicate, and we have a lot more to do, but it's a start!

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It's been so much fun getting settled. We put up track shelving in the computer room this weekend for sheet music storage, and I raked and spread winter grass seed this afternoon.

Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010, 09:46 pm
Rockford fun

We had fun visiting friends in Rockford. Here are two videos from a party one night.

The first is our friend Harry receiving a gag gift from our other friend Tim, who is playing the Casio keyboard. The gag gift is related to an actual gift Harry received for Christmas.



The second is Harry telling they story behind the gag gift. It was a lot of fun!

Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010, 08:46 pm
The New Year

Life is good!


  • We love being in the house and Palm Springs. More pictures to come.

  • We went to Rockford for my great aunt's birthday at the beginning of November.

  • A good friend stayed with us Thanksgiving week. We visited him in Sacramento the weekend of December 4-6.

  • I finished my first semester at MSJC, with my last final on 12/17. I received a very complimentary evaluation, which is always welcome!

  • My parents visited from Las Vegas the weekend of 12/11-13, and then from 12/22-23 with my sister.

  • We went to Las Vegas to be with my sister and parents for Christmas. Our cat Squeaky came with us!

  • After Christmas, we flew to Milwaukee with my sister and visited friends in Rockford and Saugatuck, MI. It was snowy and cold.

  • We got back to Palm Springs with our cat on 1/5.

  • Now we're enjoying the beautiful weather and working on house projects. Classes don't resume until 1/25!

Tue, Nov. 17th, 2009, 11:17 pm
Fall is falling

The desert is amazing. It seems cold, although highs are still in the 70s. It does get to around 50 at night - but still, that's nothing.

The new house is great! We're getting settled, although we wish we had a basement for some of the boxes!

A very, very good bear friend (and bear bondage porn personality) of 15+ years just lost his (legally in CA) husband to pancreatic cancer. We hope he will stay with us for a few days next week - and are open to his presence for the next few months if he needs...

We want to do Thanksgiving in our house this year - even if it's just us. We have some local friends who might join us, but we'll be happy even if it's just us.

Fri, Nov. 13th, 2009, 11:33 pm
First Friday

Very cool first Friday in our house.
Having a bunch of fun playing our keyboard equipment.

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