D E M E N T E D P E N G U I N . N E T

September 26, 2008

Why is it so hard to find the time?!

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I do try to keep up with this blog, but I just can’t seem to allocate enough time in the week to do my twice a week posting schedule. How does that happen?


I have updated my other blog, with a how-to on how to build a grey water filter. I had a lot of other things I was hoping to accomplish last weekend that I was going to post on that blog about, but it turned into a garage cleaning adventure instead. That’s okay tho, because now we have plenty of room for our two wheeled rides, as well as a workout area too. A few more weekends and it should be finally cleaned up!


Nickey has been loving her new “Scoot”. She’s been riding it as much as possible and it really has been saving us some money in gas. Unfortunately tho, if it’s outside of a few mile radius then she can’t take it (top speed = about 42mph), so she has had to use the car a little more than we had hoped. I’ve been riding my motorcycle to work every day for the last few weeks. The only days that are bad are Fridays, but I have started riding down the lane divider when traffic is really bad. I just had to bite the bullet one day and do it. It is a bit intimidating but not as bad as I thought it might be. Also, I finally got my endorsement on my license yesterday. The DMV’s here seem to be really booked up and it was hard to get an appointment quickly. I had to drive out to Thousand Oaks (about a 40 minute drive on the freeway from home) to get an appointment this month. Now I can drive on the freeways, at night, and with a passenger!


Hayden has been doing great in school. He does the obligatory battle over homework sometimes but that isn’t very often. He was able to get the teacher he really wanted this year, but unfortunately she just took a new job at a school closer to her home and today was her last day. We’ve been reassured that his new teacher – a recent third grade teacher at his school who lost her class due to an attendance drop – is just as good as his current teacher was.


Hayden is really getting excited for his birthday. He’s going to be six on October 4th. We were planning on throwing him a party but Nickey had a different idea that she proposed to him. He could either have a party, or we could take the money we would expect to spend on the party and instead let him go to Toys R Us and have a shopping spree. He opted for the shopping spree and has been making a list of, what seems like, everything he sees. I swear, he want’s every single Bionical and Lego set out there. He’s also getting really excited for Halloween and Nickey has been putting up some really gory decorations for him. We even have bloody footsteps up our front steps. Spooky!


The weather is showing signs of changing. It was in the 70’s to low 80’s for a little over a week after Mom and Bob left, but now it’s back up to the high 90’s again. Our pool dropped six degrees during the “cool spell” and has been hovering around 75 degrees since. It’s getting close to the time to close down the pool for the winter. This winter we are going to drain the pool and resurface it, which it’s been in serious need of since we bought the place. I’d really like to tile the whole thing, but I’m not sure what that would involve and I’m not sure I could do that myself. We’ll see tho.

September 15, 2008

The two wheeled family

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Since getting a new job farther from home, I decided to finally bite the bullet and get a motorcycle. Something I never thought I’d do. It seems, however, that I’m not the only one overcoming their fears of the two wheeled motorized mode of transport. Last weekend we went to a scooter dealer out in Irwindale and bought Nickey a new 50cc scooter. I’ve gotta say, she is really cute on that thing! She’s got a half helmet, leather gloves, and her movie star sunglasses.


We opted for the 50cc because then she wouldn’t need to get her endorsement. It’s only for around the neighborhood so she doesn’t need a lot of power, and can get up to just over 40mph while getting 70-90mpg. It’s got quite a bit of storage – a trunk, storage under the seat, and even a glove box type of compartment up front. It also has room for a passenger so Hayden can go along with her. It took him a while before he’d even sit on it while it wasn’t running, but now he’s like a dare devil on the back shooting people with his finger (for some reason) while he rides and he almost refuses to hold on to his mom, even though she is quite adamant about him hanging on to her. She loves to ride it whenever she can, and even makes up reasons to go to the store just to ride it! On the weekends we usually go places together – her and Hayden on “Scoot” and me on my motorcycle. Here’s a picture of Scoot and my Harley together:



I’m not sure what’s gotten into Hayden lately, but he has really turned into a TV kid. He never wants to go anywhere anymore, he just wants to watch tv, a movie, play games on the computer, or play video games. We are starting to curb this as much as we can, and are going to implement a “No TV or Computer” time zone on the weekends, probably between noon and 6pm. We tell him he needs to turn off the tv and go out and play, but his response is “It’s boring!”. Sheesh! He’s not quite six years old yet and he already sounds like a teenager!!


My Mom and Bob came to visit us last weekend and, as I feared it would be, it was really hot. I know we had a great time and I think they did to. They took us out for almost every meal and watched Hayden a couple of times while we went on a date and while we ran some errands. We got to spend a lot of quality time with them catching up on family events. Apparently my mom hasn’t changed much in the humour department, because – as she liked to do when I was a kid – she cannon balled me in the pool while I wasn’t looking. I got her back without even trying tho, because the water was a lot colder than she expected it to be :). As misfortune would have it, the very day they left to continue on their journey up to Fresno the temperature dropped down from the mid-90’s to the low 80’s for the rest of the week.

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