Sat, Feb. 10, 2007 - Belly
5 months along.
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The Sprint has a new pair of shoes. I decided to try out a new brand this time, a pair of Continental RoadAttacks. They seemed to be well reviewed, and they were pretty cheap as far as motorcycle tires go. My first impression was good, taking them down 101 and back up the Avenue of the Giants. But given that new motorcycle tires are pretty slick the first 50-100 miles, and the fact that the roads were wet and covered in moss, I took it pretty easy. The Sprint goes through rear tires in about 5000 miles, so if I don't like them, at least I'll get a chance to try something else soon.
The rain continued today so it was a perfect day to finish up the crown molding project in the music room. Previously I put up the middle section, and today I put up the top and bottom sections. Everything went up pretty good and I was pretty happy with my miters. Having the compound miter saw made that part easy, and I got to try out a new tool, an air powered brad nailer which made the project go a lot faster. One of the best $19 I ever spent (great sale at Harbor Freight). Really makes you feel like Norm Abrams too. Just a quick one handed 'toof' for each nail, rather than bang, bang, bang, etc.
When the daffodils and crocus start blooming, I can't help but smile. Not only does it mean that there is color in the yard again, but it's a sure sign that spring is approaching. We even saw the sun today for a couple of hours this morning before the fog rolled back in shortly after noon. Last night it was pretty cool as it was pretty foggy around our house but the sun lit it up right at sunset so it turned pink. I probably should have gone out and photographed it, but the cats seemed pretty content where they were and so was I.
Today FVFD had their annual Fireman's Games, and since I was recently promoted to Captain of Company 1, that meant another dunking. I'll never get used to how cold that water is. It really didn't help that today was one of the coldest days that we've held the games. I had to put the camera away after the first two events because I was losing feeling in my fingers from having them exposed to the rain and wind.
Unfortunately, my debut as captain left a lot to be desired. We were pretty short staffed in Company 1 and I had trouble with 2 of the 3 runs of the hose lay, which put us in last place, so we ended up the day cooking hamburgers for the rest of the department.
Every once in awhile we have to post a kitty picture, because, well, they're just so cute. Ricky still likes taking a nap with his mom every once in awhile, and what better place than in front of a sunny window. Made me sleepy just looking at them.
I was on my way up to Crescent City for a business class, passing through Arcata when I came to this patch of snow on 101. If the trees on the left side of the freeway weren't there, you'd be able to see the ocean, so the elevation here is pretty low. I was surprised to see the snow down this low. It was just this one area, unfortunately Ferndale didn't get any right in town. There was plenty of snow though at higher elevations.
The Small Business Development Center screwed up though by posting the wrong class on their web site, so after driving for two hours up to Crescent City I found that the class being offered tonight was the same class I just took a few days ago in Eureka. So I turned around and drove home..
When I got home there was a clear night out so Lori and I drove up to Monument to take pictures. I loaded my 645 medium format camera with a roll of film, first time I've shot film in at least a year. Night shots are still better on film, one of few strengths of film in my opinion. I set the camera for a 15 minute exposure to try to capture the star trails. About half way through the exposure the clouds rolled back in and at 13 minutes it started snowing. So I only got the one exposure and who knows how it'll turn out. Might try it again tomorrow night if the weather holds.
Lori and I went back up Monument this morning to take sunrise pictures in the snow. We were blockaded in our efforts by this group of frozen cattle. They didn't look at all happy to have to get up and move out of our way. Once we got past them we went out to Kinsman Pond, and I got lucky as the sun made a few brief appearances between clouds and fog. Then it started snowing so we headed back. There was one spot on the way back that I wanted to take pictures and even though it was snowing at the time I stopped. Again, I got lucky, and the snow stopped and the sun came out. I'll get a few of my favorites up from this trip later after I've had a chance to sort through them.
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