August 7th, 2008



I've no clue why the hell I've been so tired this week.

We slept in on Sunday. And didn't do much of anything all day long. Personally, I also took a nap -- so I guess you could say I slept most of the day. (smile)

Monday we (finally) had our Cousin Linda over to visit -- which we've been discussing for ages now. Then in the afternoon Marilyn mistressmarilyn had to work, which was okay. She's actually used to working on her vacations. I can't think of many over the years where she didn't end up doing some kind of work, so it's actually the norm...

And she has a ton of dedication anyway for the festival, so that's cool.

Tuesday we planned to drive to Wildlife Safari, which is located in Winston, Oregon. If you check the map below, you can get an idea of the drive involved, which is more than 3 hours one way.

Portland, Oregon to Winston, Oregon - map

Map of Oregon

Well, as you can see here, it's a long drive that pretty nearly takes you from the northern border of the state (Portland) straight south toward the southern border of Oregon. (Okay, it's actually around 5 hours from Portland to the southern border of Oregon, but you can get the idea...)

Anyway, we got about half way there (we figure) and just decided not to continue on. We just turned around and came back home. We were both feeling tired, and really not in the mood for the long drive there and back. Besides, it was getting late and we wouldn't have been there very long before closing.

We were supposed to maybe hook up with June and Jim, who were taking June's granddaughter Kelsey there the same day, but obviously that didn't happen! (But they did go.)

Today we slept in again. And we've done little or nothing all day long, except for some necessary shopping for groceries (etc.). It's been a totally lazy day. I had yet another nice nap in the late afternoon/early evening. Marilyn woke me to see "Jeopardy." Currently the Tournament of Champions is airing, which finishes up tomorrow night.

After watching it, we headed over to Washington state to go to the Super Wal-Mart. Then we drove from there to Jantzen Beach. We wanted to go Barnes & Noble to look for a book, so we phoned Sister Sue and had her meet us at the connected Starbucks.

I need to tackle the garbage and recycling still -- and it's past 1:30 a.m. But what the hell. We're on vacation, after all...

You might well ask: "What's your excuse the rest of the time?" GOOD question! I seem to always be doing this chore in the middle of the night, don't I? Or late, anyway.

Tonight when we went to Starbucks we actually sat outside while having our drinks. It was a lovely, warm summer evening -- the kind we don't get all that many of here in Portland, I'm afraid.

It's been a week (!!!) since I last wrote in my blog, so I have a ton to catch up on, aside from what I've shared here. Time certainly flies!

I've played a little bit (very little, so far) with our new Flip video camera, but haven't made any additional YouTube vids, yet. I did make a couple of short vids over at June's house, while showing her how it worked. I'm going to encourage her to get her own YouTube account, and then we can share them there... (The one of lights in her garden in the dark is actually pretty cool.)

The always-generous Tom recently got us each of us (Marilyn and me, that is) a Boondock Saints flask. So very cool!!! (As most of you guys already know, from THIS ENTRY, Marilyn and I are fans of "The Boondock Saints" -- and so is Tom, as I recently discovered! He got himself a flask, too...)

Boondock Saints flask

He also brought over a carton of Cracker Jack, which Marilyn loves (and I also enjoy now and then). And more chips (he's so good about that). What would I do without Tom? Such a sweet guy and good friend!

Well, I've stalled as long as I can. (heh) I need to go get the work done so we can head to bed. Marilyn actually needs to be UP tomorrow morning, so no sleeping in for us!

Hm. I wonder what happened with the lawn guys today (???). I had to cancel them last week, so I'd been sure they were coming this week! I need to phone Hector about that. (sigh)

Marilyn is Such a Trooper!

Marilyn mistressmarilyn is such a trooper. I'm not kidding. I'm just amazed by what she's able to do...

She was literally SICK all night long. (I personally am convinced it was food poisoning, and that I know exactly what food -- but that's another story.) I sat up with her until right around 6:00 a.m. before I finally decided to lie down. She was sleeping at the time, but from what she said to me as she was leaving the house to drive to her meeting, I gather she didn't remain asleep... (I did get up several times to check on her, before ending up dead to the world... grin...)

Anyway, she woke me around 9:00 to tell me she was heading to her work-related meeting. She knew she'd be there late, but at least she'd make it there!

I'm a little worried about her driving with so little sleep, but hopefully she'll be okay. She plans to go to the meeting and then come home and sleep, so I'm sure it's all good.

I've been out to bring in the garbage can and recycling roller. I was going to put out seed for the birds (we had a huge blue jay out back), but we're out of seed. That needs to go on the shopping list for sure.

I'll probably go out now and water the plants.

I'm sleepy.

I can actually do fine on a few hours of sleep, normally. And I did get a nap yesterday. But as I noted in my last entry, I've been tired recently.

charlie 2012 beige

Computer Books I Really Want (Need?)

I love books, as I'm sure you all know. I love to read. I don't think a day goes by in my life without me reading, even when I'm super busy or deathly ill.

I was talking to Marilyn mistressmarilyn about the fact that I have tons of 'comfort books' -- which are the reading equivalent of 'comfort food,' I guess. (smile)

So, aside from the slews and slews of books I read all the time, I have piles of these 'comfort books' that I'm constantly re-reading...

I was amazed to discover that I currently don't have just a 'book' icon, so I made one:
book icon

Of course, I did have this one (in tribute to reading):
reader icon

When we were at the bookstore last night (before meeting up with Sister Sue), both Marilyn and I browsed all over the store, going from department to department. Naturally I had to dash over and see the computer books. And I was holding a $40 book in my hands, ready to buy it then and there. But I reminded myself that I needed to check at Amazon.Com, because I get such deals on the books I buy there!

So today I did just that. And I found the following four books that I really, really want. Yes, it's close to a total of $100 for all four, not including the postage. But I might need these as much as I want them. They'd be very helpful for my website work.

If you're interested, you can click on the image of each of the following books for more info.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)  HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)

HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition (Visual Quickstart Guide) (Paperback)  Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition (Paperback)

Life is expensive, isn't it? (grin)

As I said to Marilyn, I'll actually read these books -- probably cover to cover. And it's possible I'll read them over several times. (I've been known to do that with computer-related manuals.)

You might note that one of the books above is mentioned in THIS ENTRY (and maybe other entries, too). The book is: "HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS"

I already have the first release of this (amazing) book, but I've been coveting the 2nd Edition forever!

So, I have to decide whether or not to spend $100 (plus for postage) on these books. Or maybe only get one or two of them now.

Note that I do TONS of research on books like these -- so they're never random choices. In fact, if you've ever wanted to learn CSS (which I highly recommend, if you don't already know it), then I'd personally suggest you think about books two and three above.

So, we might be having Sister Sue and Nicole over tomorrow, I guess. There's also been some talk about going to the Clark County Fair with Mitch, but I don't know if that's going to happen or not. (It runs through August 10, this coming Sunday.) We've gone to it with Mitch for two years in a row (which you can see in THIS ENTRY).

Marilyn is feeling better, but I don't think she's 100% at this point. (She had very little to eat today.)

So, on that note, I'm off to watch "Frasier" -- and then I imagine we'll head to bed. I still need to catch up about last week (very busy days), when I can find time...