Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
About two months after Doug and I started dating, he moved into an apartment that had a washer/dryer connection and so I went with him to buy this set...
...the basic Kenmore washer and dryer, no frills, just wash and dry the laundry. And really, considering we've moved this set 8 times AND put them in storage for a couple of years, they had held up pretty well. Until about 6 months ago, when the dryer started leaving brown streaks on things. And it started taking two cycles (three for towels!) to dry a load. Also, the start button broke a couple of years ago, and so the dryer would automatically run while the door was closed, but if you took anything out mid-cycle, you'd have to turn the dial to stop the dryer. And the door started not closing very well, so to close the dryer, I'd have to kind of lift up on the handle and push it closed with my knee. And then a couple of months ago, the washer would stop mid-cycle. It took a few days for me to figure out that the sensor was going bad and it wasn't recognizing that the lid was closed. So I would have to weigh down the lid with the detergent bottle to get it to run a full cycle. All of these things made doing laundry a little inconvenient, but the final straw for me was two weeks ago, when two kids were home with the flu and I was trying to wash a load of towels and the washer stopped. I thought maybe I had forgotten to weigh down the lid, but I hadn't. So I pushed down on the lid really hard and I heard a click and the washer started again. But then I went to do another load and it stopped just after the wash cycle again and no amount of weight or pushing down would work. As a last ditch effort, I jammed some scissors into the little sensor area and it worked. Of course, scissors made the lid open too much, so Doug came up with this solution...
It totally rocks living with MacGyver!!
Ahem, anyway...this was the final straw and I practically insisted that we go the very next morning to buy a new set.
(cue angels singing...) And now...
Aren't they beautiful?!
Monday, March 23, 2009
And here is what the playset looked like...
This will be getting a fresh coat of paint soon, but we did go ahead and get the new cushions...
There are still a few things to finish...like some of the support beams underneath the deck still need to be stained. And we're going to be putting a few plants in pots on the deck. And the lower platform of the playset will be torn out. I really like the darker color, more than I thought I would. Jack likes it too. In fact, he was standing in the kitchen yesterday, looking out the window and remarked, "Wow, the playset looks awesome now! It's awesomer than a wet dog!!"
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
First off, I got my second semester schedule for school ( Ha, new tongue twister, folks!) And I can really say I don't like it that much. I have Keyboarding as a subject now, and I can say with conviction that I don't like my Keyboarding teacher one freakin' bit. His name is Mr. Dunston. and he is really strict. This is my first day in his class:
( We just walked in. Enter Mr. Dunston.)
Mr. Dunston: Hello everyone. I'm Mr. Dunston ( he looks around at the class) I can say I think this will be my best class this year. ( Looks around again and smiles a smile that plainly says: Oh goody, Fresh meat!)
Hmmmmmmmm not quite reassuring...
I could make a list a mile and a half long on complaints about Mr. Dunston, but I must press on.
I have read some pretty good books since my last birthday and I must say that since Harry Potter ended :(, my all time fav right now is The Phantom Tollbooth. It's pretty much like Alice in Wonderland but this time it's a boy and he enter a strange land through a tollbooth not a rabbit hole. It's really funny. Or should I say, a funny play on words such as:
- the Watchdog is a dog with a clock on his side
- The Spelling bee is a bee that spells pretty much everything he says.
- The Whether man, who decides if something will happen or not.
- The Mathmagician does trick having to do with math
Aunt Holly gave it to me for my 11th birthday and so I must say thanks again.
I am FINALLY taking a serious career in acting, ( two plays coming up. 8 performances of one of them!) I just hope that I don't forget my lines in front of the audience!
And I FINALLY got contact lenses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am soooooooooo happy! at last!
All in all a pretty good year so far. Thanks for reading! Bye!
- Ryan Miller
Monday, March 2, 2009
I cannot tell you how thrilled the kids were when they woke up this morning to SNOW! And an honest-to-goodness SNOW DAY! With enough snow to actually PLAY in!! By 8:00 am they were begging me to go out...because they know that snow doesn't hang around here very long. So we went out early. Emily started to shake the branches on the tree to make it snow again, while Ryan and Jack started in right away with the snowballs...
I sure hope this poor tree bounces back...
Jack couldn't wait to make a snow angel!
Emily sits atop her giant snowball...
Ainsley was very excited about the snow...oh, except she didn't want to step in it. Or touch it. Basically, she just wanted one of us to hold her. Maybe next time...
We played outside for about 45 minutes or so and then the sun started to come out. By this afternoon, most of the snow in our yard had melted, but the big hill in the Erb's backyard still had snow, and they invited us to go sledding. By the time we were through, the kids were sledding down a hill of snow into a giant puddle of mud, but no one seemed to mind. Finally, a fun snow day!