Friday, April 28, 2006

You Have A Type B Personality


You're as laid back as they come...
Your baseline mood is calm and level headed
Creativity and philosophy tend to be your forte

Like a natural sedative, you have a soothing effect on people
Friends and family often turn to you first with their problems
You have the personality to be a spiritual or psychological guru

73°f outside. what a glorious day! it is here. warm weather. i could have year round weather like this. i absolutely love it.

i went home for lunch today and when i was getting into the vehicle, i walked through a spider web, from the side mirror to the top of the truck. so, i'm standing there, waving my arms, trying to get this "invisible" stuff off my face and hair. a spider spun a web in just a couple hours.

so, i get home and watch rin as see finishes up making some rainbow cookies for the girls. i look outside and the girls are playing on the swing set and just enjoying being outside, not couped up in doors. i tell them that it is time for lunch and b asks if we can eat on the patio. "sure, why not."

as we finish eating, rin spots a yellowjacket in the grass. she goes to kill it and it flies away. i then go inside and get my secret weapon. it looks like a tennis racket, but it is electrified. i go after the acursed beast. but then, i see another one. great, getting tag teamed. one lands on our maple tree and i go in for the kill. i zap it and it falls on the iris. i zap it again. it gets up and flies away. the other one is nowhere to be found. cowards. . .

Thursday, April 27, 2006

sunday we went to the grand coulee dam. took this image away from the dam. i tried making it look like an old pic. what do you think?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

the dogwoods are flowering. spring is finally here. the snow is off the closest mountain, so now i can plant. yesh, i am excited about that.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

yesterday, i put together a swing set for the kids. i started at about 1 o'clock and ended a little after 5. rin helped after a couple hours, so if she didn't help, it would have taken a while longer. why so long? let me explain.

i pulled all the items out of the box and they were covered in loose plastic with the items number/letter on it (ex. u1). after everything was pulled out, i grabbed the instructions and started reading them to find out where to begin (yesh, i am a guy who reads directions and instructions...shocking, i know). so, i got the first two pieces and fit them together and screwed them together and so on with the next two. afterwards, i was supposed to put the combined pieces together to form one long frame. they don't fit. what?!?!

so, i grab in instructions again and read them over. did that, did that, did that. they should fit. so i look closer and see that one is a little bigger than the other. so i take everything apart and redo it (what i like to call, "the right way") and lo and behold, it fit. two of the pieces were mismarked. so that set me up for the rest of the assembly. a couple pieces were bent, so i had to reshape 'em. i got the frame work finished a little later and started putting braces on and again, the directions weren't written the correct way, so i had to go back and redo them, again. rin asked me if they were written in chinese and translated to english. "nope" was my reply. "it was written by someone that has no comprehension of the english language." actually, what i think happened is there is a large, windowless room where sweaty, nerd like gnomes write the instructions booklets and crack themselves up, thinking up ways to confound those that buy their products. . .

Friday, April 21, 2006

tuesday was the annual awana skate night. it was enjoyed by all and held many. above is a pic that i got from the "whoever is standing by the line" race. it's kinda blurry, but that was the effect i was going for. . .

Thursday, April 20, 2006

japanese art
the weather is finally getting warmer. today, it is supposed to be 71°f. but, the weather is suppose to turn bad again until monday. i am also the last person on my street to mow the lawn. everyone seems to be jumping the gun on this. spring just started. give it some time. rin wants me to mow on monday, so i suppose i'll be doing that. i have to dig out some tree wells for all the trees we have too. we are going to be planting clematis on each tree, so there has to be a barrier between grass and plants.

yeah, this sounds pretty boring to you, i know...but i love yard work. there is something about it that just helps relieve stress (i don't have much, but it helps). there is also a relaxation to it. i know my yard shouldn't take me three hours to take care of, but once i get outside and start looking at things, i begin to see how they should look. this rose bush needs pruned here, the wisteria needs to be strung this way, this tree is leaning too much, the bonsai needs a quick snip and wire, etc. yesh, i love the spring/summer months. if only they could stay around year long. . .

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

yeah, i know it's kinda cliche, but these have to be my favorite flowers. the hibiscus. i took this shot at the home and garden show last month in spokane. we were going to get some, but decided to wait until they get some different colors. since they are a tropical plant, they have to be inside due to our winters. i am going to get the hardy hibiscus. the drawback to the hardy is that the colors are limited. tropical colors rawk!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

happy resurrection sunday...

Friday, April 14, 2006

today is good friday. why is it good? it's the day that Christ died on the cross for our sins. why is that good? because of His death and sacrifice, we are now washed clean from our sins (previous and future). we are now able to stand clean in front of the Lord.

sunday is the day that He rose from the dead, defeating death and living forever. if we accept Him as our personal savior, we will reign with Him and live with Him.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

pick up lines...

use at your own risk

hi, my names granati. but you can call me tonight.

are those space pants, 'cause your booty is out of this world!

did you have campbell's soup today? because you're lookin' mmm... mmm... good!

"hey, want to dance?" "did you think i asked you to dance? no! i said, you look phat in those pants."

if looks were against the law you'd be arrested, booked, and jailed for life.

you must be a chef, because you certainly are mighty spicy.

did the sun come out or did you just smile at me?

is it hot in here, or is that just you?

hey, i lost my phone number ... can i have yours?

can you help me ? i was looking for your heart and got lost in your eyes!

if you were a burger at mcdonald's, i'd call you mcbeautiful.

are you religious? because i could be the answer to your prayers.

if i followed you home, would you keep me?

i think i must be dying because i'm looking at heaven.

does your watch have a second hand because i want you to tell me how long it took for me to fall in love with you?

i hope you know how to do artificial resuscitation because you take my breath away!

no wonder the sky's gray today- all the blue is in your eyes.

what's your name? or shall i just call you mine?

i know they say milk does a body good but how much have you been drinking?

hey, you got a cell? my mother told me to call her if i ever saw an angel

i lost my teddie bear, can i snuggle with you???

my love for you is like diarrhea, i just can't hold it in.

your parents must be retarded, because you are special.

it must be a day off in heaven for an angel like you to be amongst us.

i have seen diamonds before, but your eyes are truly priceless.

look at you with all those curves and me with no brakes

your tag says made in usa, but i could have sworn you were made in heaven.

is your father a boxer cause you are a real knockout.

excuse me, but is your last name "gillette"......cause you are the best a man can get!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

saturday was 'rin's birthday. she had a let's say, memorable beginning.

friday night, after we got home from bible study, i went to go put away b and h's jackets. i opened their door, and the room was a disaster. i told b and h that they needed to clean their room. it was getting late and the room was looking worse instead of better, so i told b that she needs to clean her room first thing in the morning.

since it was 'rin's birthday, we turned off the alarm and decided to try and sleep in a little, saturday morning. i woke up to laughing. the first thing that comes to mind in the morning is "why are they laughing?" i've had enough experience to know that they are being, let's say, mischievous.

so i get up and start looking for them. all the doors are closed, but the light is on in the bathroom. i crack the door and see a mound of bubbles rising out of the sink. i open the door more and take one step in and my foot hits something that makes me slide across the floor. i notice an empty bubble bath bottle sitting on the sink. it was a 5 dollar bottle from bath and body works that rin got.

i turn off the water (it is still flowing at full blast) and take h off the toilet. she likes to stand on the toilet cover so that she can reach the counter. her clothes are soaked. i have to strip her down and drop her clothes to the ground. "thunk". clothes shouldn't make a "thunk" sound. her clothes are drenched. b's clothes are the same. she strips as well and her clothes are carrying just as much of water as her sister's.

basically, what they did was finger paint all over the bathroom mirror with bubble bath, spread bubble bath all over the floor, h got it in her eyes (they were red for the majority of the day), bubble bath all over the counters and on the rug. h also used these crayola crayon soaps and wrote o's and p's on the counter and mirror.

needless to say, i had to clean up the mess they made while b and h cleaned their room. what a great beginning to the day. . .

Thursday, April 06, 2006

when we went to the home and garden show, i took some outside shots of riverfront park. here is one of 'em.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

yeah, 'cause i play with laser pointers all the time. . .
time to vote for the next carmex flavor.
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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

ok...i know that this image is blurry, but here is the explanation of it:

we had just gotten rin's glasses, so i wanted her to drive with them to get the feel of night driving. since she was driving i pulled out the camera and decided to do some shutter work. since i kept the shutter open longer, the bouncing of the car made the camera blur the image. if i was using a tripod and i wasn't in a moving vehicle, i think it would have turned about better, but again, i was just experimenting. enjoy. . .
we had a busy weekend. saturday, we went to the home and garden show at the spokane opera house and convention center. we were there for a couple of hours and left to go get our glasses. rin was excited about it. we got there and she got fitted for her's. when it was my turn, the glasses weren't there, so we went window shopping while the workers looked for my glasses. turns out that they weren't finished. so i get to go back when they arrive.

saturday was also rin's grandparents 9oth birthday celebration. about 20 people went out to eat for the bash. afterwards, we went back to rin's parents house and visted with the family. after everyone had left, we talked with jay. he got home from iraq and was showing us video of the life there. i specifically asked him what percentage of american soilders believed in what they were fighting. he said about 95%. and the iraqi's? the same.

sunday, we celebrated rin's, mom's, and grandma's birthdays as well. all the grandchildren played and screamed, so we left around 6 to go home. since it was spring forward weekend, we got that extra hour of daylight on sunday, so i sent the girls outside. i enjoyed that extra hour as well. it was a little chilly, but it was good to be outside. i got the house out and started doing some watering.

yesterday, we went out shopping. we are planning on putting in an irrigation system in the backyard, so i went to the home depot to price things. i never shop there, but i wanted to see how much they were.

i also got and gave rin an early bday present. i took her to go get her (well, i'll let her tell the story). . .

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