Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/14/14: Cassio, Paint, Kitchen

1.  I mailed the power cord to the Cassio electric piano to Patrick.  This was a big deal.  I also mailed the checks for the taxes.

2.  Paint purchased, the painters start their three day job tomorrow.

3.  My bedroom is now the kitchen.  Everything is out of the drawers and cabinets in bags, boxes, and laundry baskets in my room. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/13/14: Moving Forward, Taxes Filed, IPA YouTube Concert

1.  Boxes of kitchen stuff and books flew out the door to Goodwill and then I flew out the door to the back and got after the tons of weeds that have exploded into life since the rains stopped and the sun began shining.  I still have days of work out there to go, but I'm off to a pretty good start.

2.  I filled out the forms many weeks ago.  Now. Taxes filed.  Checks made out.  Relief felt -- just to be done.   Enjoying watching the finish of the Masters sweetened my mood to do this last bit of tax work.

3.  I relaxed after taxes and yard work with the Deke's fine black bean and wheat berry chili, some bottles of Hop Valley Citrus Mistress IPA (love the grapefruit biting my tongue) and a YouTube self-selected concert featuring videos of Paul Simon, Elton John, Ray Cooper, Mark Knopfler, and Eric Clapton.  Lots of great songs and lots of joy filling me up.  What fun!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/12/14: More Stuff Done, Good Time/Lousy Pictures, Great Talk at Sixteen Tons

1.  We keep getting stuff done.  All kinds of stuff from the kitchen going out the door.  Painter looked over the main floor, measured rooms, talked about paint with us.  Gradually our stuff load lightens.

2.  Russell and I had a good afternoon with a fine lunch at Pure and a photo shoot at the Eugene Public Library book sale.  My pictures are lousy (oh well...), but it was really fun to run into Bill T and Jose and Michelle and Shirley.  I'm glad I can take lousy pictures and have a good time, too....

3.  The Deke and I had a great time at Sixteen Tons.  I went on a mini-IPA tour and the Deke got her stout on.  We had a great talk and had one of the best times ever at Sixteen Tons. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/11/14: Breakfast with Terry, Getting Stuff Done, Troxstar at Ninkasi

1.  Started off the day perfectly.  I took a walk in the cool morning air to Cornucopia where I met  Smeltervillian and the Kellogg Wildcat's early 70's hope in the post, Terry Turner (KHS '72), for breakfast.  He was in town helping with some organizational matters for Trout Unlimited and we had the good fortune of both being free for some corned beef hash and eggs.

2.  I continued my campaign to get things done.  Talk to painter.  Talk to yard guy.  Write to the realtor. Check. Check. Check.  The list dwindles and then it grows.  I'm bound and determined to put my big boy pants on and get stuff taken care of.

3.  The Troxstar further brightened up my day with a text message reporting that he needed to go to Ninkasi to buy a keg for his kegerator.  This was a welcome surprise.  While the Troxstar took care of his purchase Spring Reign, I sauntered into the tasting room and began with a tasty pint of Dawn of the Red Ale, the Troxstar joined me, and I finished our short session with a pint of Total Domination IPA.  The weather was perfect, the people watching was excellent, and the conversation first-rate.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/10/14: Foundations, Refreshment, Provisions

1.  I know I provided my students a lot of help with reading the article closely.  It's how I roll in WR 115.  We read slowly.  I give the students a ton of help.  All the same, I'm pleased with how well my students are understanding "Being a Liberal Arts Teacher" and today I tried to help them write an even better paper showing their understanding of the piece.  I know that in future courses they will have to work on this sort of thing more independently.  I hope by working with the students so closely on this now, I'm helping my students read better and that this will carry over to when they have to do it more on their own.

2.  I was very happy that Sixteen Tons was pouring Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Lager (or is it a pilsner?) today.  It is a refreshing, easy beer and made conversation with John, Don, Cliff, and Elliot all the more enjoyable for our regular Thursday afternoon beer/gabfest.

3.  The stuff I bought at the store today makes it more likely that the Deke and I will eat at home more over the next week or so.  We love getting out of the house, getting some food, and gabbing, but it's good for a lot of reason for us to eat at home more and I'm pretty much in charge of making that happen and now I can. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/09/14: Gettin' There, Gettin' Real(tor), Debrief with IPA

1.  I spent much of the day working in the yard.  I yanked, pulled, hoed, chopped, and mowed.  I built more stamina.  I made things look better.  I burned some calories.  It was a great day for yardwork:  moderate temperatures, plenty of cloud cover to begin, and then plenty of shaded areas to work in.  Much is left to do, but I'm gettin' there.

2.  Things get more real every day.  Our realtor toured the house today and we sat down and talked about ways to freshen up the house and yard and talked about timelines.   It's getting more real by the day.

3.  The Deke and I needed to debrief after talking with Simon, so we headed over to Sixteen Tons and I did a mini-IPA tour.  First a half a pint of Georgetown Lucille and then a can of Ballast Point Big Eye IPA.  We then crossed the street for a bite to eat and I tried McMenamin's 7Cs IPA.  Each in its own way, each of these IPAs was tasty, especially as my tolerance for hops increases and as I start to experience a little more the different kinds of taste hops can bring.  More me, the more citrus tasting, the better, but if the IPA is more on the piney side, like I thought Big Eye IPA was, it just takes me about four ounces of sipping to get used to it.  I enjoyed my little IPA tour and, even more, enjoyed the pep talking the Deke and I shared as we keep each other feeling good about the big move we are in the process of making.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/08/14: Writing During Class, Getting Real, Cornucopia Courtyard

1.  My students took time in class today to write about my piece, "Being a Liberal Arts Teacher" and I was happy that no one finished their writing in ten minutes, but all of them worked for at least a half an hour, many longer, and many of my students seemed to be diligently going back to the article, rereading parts of it, working to accurately demonstrate that they understand what the articles says about current trends in education, what is the matter with them, what I see, in contrast, as a better purpose for education, what's good about it, and what the article says I hope for in my students' attitudes toward learning and education.  We'll work more on this on Thursday.

2.  I contacted a realtor.  I made an appointment with HR at LCC.  The Deke and I see our financial person next week.  It's getting real.  We are working at getting a realistic picture of what we'll be taking with us as leave Eugene and head east.

3.  The Deke wanted to grade some papers in the Cornucopia courtyard and I walked over to join her and on one of the first sunny warm days of spring, it just seemed perfect to enjoy a couple of Cornucopia's unusually citrusy and unique tasting and most refreshing margaritas with a rice bowl that blends black beans, brown rice, chopped Romaine lettuce, chopped cabbage, black olives, guacamole, salsa, cilantro lime sour cream, tortilla chips, and maybe some other stuff.  It's a meatless dish and with spring arriving, somehow I'm getting better again at cutting back on the animal protein.  I lost some of my dietary discipline during the winter -- for a variety of reasons -- but I'm getting back to it. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/07/14: Work Session, COMPASSION, The Troxstar is Stateside

1.  Even if it's only a relatively small bit of work, every session I spend in the yard pulling weeds and cleaning stuff up makes me a little stronger and makes the yard look a little better.  I was happy with the work session I had today.

2.  I took a very pleasant walk to SELCO and back, about a mile both ways, and took a few pictures.  I want to return to the site of this picture more often and see if I can do more with the planter that has "COMPASSION" written on it.  Not much is happening in this picture, I admit, but, I see potential...unless the City or someone erases the planter's message....:

3.  The Troxstar has taken a break from trotting the globe and is going to hang out in Eugene for a while and go to work most days of the week and we got together today at the Pour House and both enjoyed Falling Sky's Belgian strong ales.  The conversation was good, too.  The globetrotter trotted well.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/06/14: Stamina, Pint Chat, Lucky Rice Error

1.  Time to build stamina.  Time to see how much work I can do and not offend my toes.  So, I pulled weeds and worked on both of these things.  My stamina is not great, but it will build.  My toes held up well as I worked at an easy pace, but got quite a bit done. 

2.  The Deke and I decided to go for a late afternoon pint to Sixteen Tons and we had a good time, talking about our move, trying to sort things out, continuing to figure out what we need to do.  Yes, it makes my stomach tighten a bit. Nerves.  But, we are working it out. 

3.  So that we would be sure to eat at home after our time at Sixteen Tons, I fixed dinner before we left and it was tasty: tofu, onion, ginger, garlic, red pepper, mushrooms, bok choi, cilantro over white rice (which I bought my mistake at the bulk bins).  The Deke was particularly happy I made this mistake and repeatedly told me, "I love white rice!"  Heh.  A fortuitous error, then.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Three Beautiful Things 04/05/14: Moving Books, Ton Katsu Donburi, Saturday Market

1.  As we get ready to move, we'll deal first of all with books and so today the sorting and deciding began.

2.  My bowl of Ton Katsu Donburi at Pure was a perfect blend of black rice, onion, egg, red pepper, other vegetables, and tender deep-fried breaded pork.  I experienced it as a bottomless bowl of wondrous flavors and had the pleasure of never wanting to be done with it while, at the same time, feeling like I'd never finish.  It was a generous helping.

3.  Russell and I sauntered over to the Saturday Market after lunch to take some pictures and things were jolly on the park blocks.  I tried to focus on happy faces and people hugging as I snapped away. This picture meets neither criteria, but is one of my favorites of the day: