Friday, May 29, 2009

The last Friday in May

After talking with Joy last evening, she's not wanting to do the strenuous hiking of Silver Falls, so we'll probably go to Drift Creek Falls, instead. Drift Creek has a suspension bridge over the creek. I'm looking forward to taking some sexy pictures of my beautiful wife in the natural setting. I got her a set of Ben Wa balls to play with in the car on the way--and she'll have a couple of more hours to play! :-)

Over the weekend, we're planning on performing our first seductions using our new book, 101 Nights of Grrreat Sex. It's kind of interesting, because the scenarios are sealed, so Joy's seduction of me tomorrow evening will be a total surprise to me, as will mine for her on Sunday. Our sex life has been awesome, and we're using this to make it even more awesome.

We're sharing some of the sex scenarios with Les & Keri to help add some zing to their sex life, too. There's another similar book in the series, 101 Nights of Grrreat Romance, that we're thinking of giving them for an anniversary present--along with a pair of handcuffs and a blindfold for them to play with in bed.

We had a good exercise last evening with Les & Keri. Les is going to show me some things to do with the weights to help me improve my muscle tone. I guess we're helping each other!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

May is winding down.

It's supposed to be in the mid 80s today, lovely weather. Yesterday, I took a walk with my boss in the sunshine.

I've posted some pictures on Picasa Web of Central Oregon and Southern Oregon, places we went on our mini-vacation last weekend.

Tomorrow evening, Joy and I are going up to Vernonia to see our nephew acting in a school play.

On Saturday, we are going to see the iris flowers at Schriener's. Following that, we're going over to Silver Falls State Park to play and take some waterfall pictures. On Sunday, we're going shopping for a new sexier swimsuit for Joy to wear for our vacations over the next couple of months. It should be a fun weekend! :-)

I'm already getting anxious to head out on the road for our vacations!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Great Memorial Day weekend

On Saturday afternoon, Joy and I went on a jet boat trip on the Rogue River with our friend Les and Keri. It was a fun trip--though we got very wet with the chilly water. We ate dinner on a deck overlooking the river at the Galice Resort Restaurant. We saw lots of herons, osprey, ducks and geese, along with a couple of beaver and a bald eagle.

Sunday, we drove along the Rogue River heading towards to Crater Lake. We stopped to see a fish hatchery, the natural bridge, and the Rogue River Gorge. At Crater Lake, there was still lots of snow around the lodge. We could only drive to Discovery Point on the Rim Drive (the rest of the Rim Drive won't open for a couple of weeks). The deep blue water against the white snow was beautiful. From Crater Lake, we drove up to Bend and spent the night there.

Yesterday, we drove up Pilot Butte State Park and enjoyed the panoramic view of the Oregon Cascades, with the white peaks of Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, the Three Sisters, etc. vivid against the blue sky. We then went to Smith Rock State Park and had a picnic lunch overlooking the Crooked River with the canyon walls beyond. We stopped to see the Crooked River High Bridge and then drove back through Government Camp, arriving home at about 7 pm.

We took lots of pictures. I'll get them uploaded to Picasa web as soon as I get them organized and cleaned up.

I finally got my G1 phone updated with Android 1.5 (Cupcake) this morning. I was too impatient to wait for the OTA update, so I did it manually. It is nice to have the screen rotate from landscape to portrait automatically, along with the onscreen keyboard. I doubt that I'll use the video recorder very often.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Stressful Week!

It's been a busy, stressful week at work. My boss has been on vacation, so I've had to fill in for him at meetings, etc. I sure wouldn't want to be a manager!

I'm so glad that it is Friday -- and that I have a three day Memorial Day weekend to rest up. The weather forecast for tomorrow's jet boat trip sounds very promising. It says it's supposed to be partly cloudy with a high of about 77. I'm looking forward to having fun with my wife Joy and our friends. We're planning to leave Portland at about 8 am.

I'm still waiting for the Android 1.5 upgrade (Cupcake) for my G1 phone. It was supposed to have been pushed out a week ago, but they delayed it due to some bugs. I know what that's like.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A hot, sunny weekend...

We had a great weekend in Portland. It was sunny and hot; yesterday, I think it got to about 90!

Star Trek was a great reworking of the story--but they also introduced some significant changes that make it pretty much a completely new time line, with the planet Vulcan being destroyed. Naturally, Kirk ended up in bed with a green, Orion woman. A twist was that Uhura and Spock were an item.

We took it easy on Friday evening and Saturday, watching some DVD movies, including The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries II: Royal Engagement, Father's Little Dividend and Murphy's Romance. Joy and I spent some time going through our pictures, deleting blurry ones and putting more of them onto our digital photo frame.

Yesterday, we all got up at 6 am and worked, getting a lot accomplished, including weeding, washing cars and clothes, and organizing our bedroom and computer room. We then went to a matinee showing of Angels & Demons, an exciting action flick. I liked the book better--as usual, but they did a pretty good job of turning the book into a movie.

It's back to work time, but we'll have a 3 day Memorial Day weekend coming up soon!

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Middle of May

It's Friday, May 15. May is to the halfway point. TGIF!

The weather forecast for the weekend looks great. It's supposed to be sunny with a temperature in the 80s!

This afternoon, I'm going to see Star Trek with a friend and my son John. I've watched the show periodically since college in the 70s. It will be kind of strange to have a ship that is supposed to pre-date the Enterprise from The Original Series, but is lots bigger.

It sounds like we might go see the Redwoods with Les and Keri over Memorial Day Weekend, instead of Crater Lake. Both would be pretty to visit, so it doesn't really matter to me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May's almost half over

It's already May 13. The month is going by fast.

On Monday, we went to LA Fitness with our friends Les & Keri. It was fun swimming and hot tubbing with them. We're planning to take a trip to southern Oregon with them over Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, May 23, we're going on a Hellgate Jetboat white water excursion on the Rogue River. We'll spend the night in a motel in Grants Pass. On Sunday, we're going to drive up to Crater Lake National Park; according to their Current Conditions Report, almost all of the rim drive is still closed due to snow, so we'll probably just be able to see the south side of the lake, near the Visitor Center and Crater Lake Lodge. Oh, well, it should still be pretty with the deep blue water against the white snow. After Crater Lake, we'll probably drive to Bend or Redmond to spend Sunday night. We might stop at Newberry National Volcanic Monument to see the Big Obsidian Flow, too.

My G1 phone still hasn't been updated with Cupcake. I'm anxious for it to arrive!

Monday, May 11, 2009

A good Mother's Day weekend.

On Saturday, we went to the Oregon Zoo. It was a beautiful day, so it was pretty crowded, but we got some good pictures of Samudra, the baby elephant. He was pretty cute walking around.

We then met our friends Les and Keri and went to the Rose Gardens. Very few of the roses were in bloom, yet, but it was still pretty with the green foliage against the blue sky. We sat and visited with them, then went to Baja Fresh to eat dinner together. We put some tentative dates on the calendar for some summer and fall excursions together.

Yesterday, Mother's Day, we went to eat brunch at Hometown Buffet. There were 8 of us enjoying a good breakfast. In the afternoon, James and John started to detail Joy's car. Last evening, we went to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Wolverine was an entertaining movie, but not one that I want to buy or see again and again.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

A Sunny Sabbath

The sun is shining brightly through my window. It should be a nice day for going to the zoo.

Yesterday, John passed his drivers test so he now has his learning permit. He took his first drive on the main roads last evening as we drove to Cold Stone Creamery to get some ice cream for a celebration. Joy and I were both a little frightened; John isn't putting the brakes on soon enough and he is also tending to stay way too far to the right in his lane. Oh well, he'll learn. For now, we're just going to let him drive our old Subaru, until gets lots more practice, before letting him get behind the wheel of our new Ford Taurus!

Friday, May 08, 2009

It's Friday!!!!

It's Friday, May 8. The weather has improved; it's supposed to be nice all Mother's Day weekend. On Sunday, we're taking Joy, my mom and Joy's mom out to brunch (at either Sweet Tomatoes or HomeTown Buffet) in honor of the day.

I've spent the last couple of evenings clearing a relative's computer of a nasty rootkit virus, Win32:Rootkit.Gen. I ended up downloading the Avira AntiVir Rescue System, a linux-based application. Using that tool, I found and eliminated the rootkit and after it was gone, Windows based tools got rid of the rest of the malware. Now that I've discovered this tool, I'll keep that in mind for the next time I run into a badly infected system.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Waiting for Cupcake!

I'm eagerly waiting for the next version of the Android OS, 1.5, to come out for my G1 phone. With a nickname of Cupcake, the new software will support application rotation for most of the applications, (e.g. the browser). It will also have an onscreen keyboard option, along with video recording. This update has been rumored since I got the phone; T-Mobile finally formally announced it yesterday.

I'm finding myself using my phone as a browser much more than I expected. It is very functional, so there are only a few things that I would need a full computer for.

I had a good lunch at Ochoa with my friend Roger. The salsa was marvelous, as usual.

I'm glad that it is Thursday. It is supposed to be a pretty nice Mother's Day weekend. Maybe we'll get to the zoo on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

When I lived in Eugene, I had a friend and co-worker from Mexico. I'd always thought that Cinco de Mayo was something like our July 4, the Mexican Independence day. Diego told me that instead it was to celebrate a battle that Mexico won in a war that they ended up losing a year or so later.

Even though I'm not of Mexican descent, I love spicy food, so I always enjoy this day. We've been going out to La Isla Bonita, a local, non-chain restaurant on May 5 for a couple of years. They have some of the best guacamole that I've ever eaten.

My office is also having a lunch-time party, so I'll get a double dose.

On Thursday, I'm going to Ochoa Brothers with a friend from Serena, so hopefully, I'll have my fill of spicy Mexican food for the week. I love the variety of freshly made salsa that they have!

Monday, May 04, 2009

A busy weekend

We had a busy weekend. Friday evening, we watched Finding Forrester. On Saturday, I had multimedia duty at PVC, including an Investiture for the Pathfinders in the afternoon. After that, Joy and I watched 3 of the movies in the Love Comes Softly series: Love Comes Softly, Love's Enduring Promise, and Love's Long Journey. They were good, wholesome shows.

Yesterday, after my weekly checking for virus and spyware on our 7 computers (for 3 people!), I went over to help our friends Keri and Les with some work on their computers, too. Keri bought a new 23" monitor and a 1 TB Western Digital My Book backup drive to use in her home business. It only cost $99.99 for the drive; my first 40 mb drive cost much more than that many years ago. I helped her get them all configured. Joy was at PVC helping with a women's ministry event. She drafted John and I to come help with the cleanup last evening.

The swine flu epidemic is in the news; some schools are closed here in Oregon and SW Washington. It seems to me that the fear is being overblown, though.

Now, I'm back at work. Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo--yummy Mexican food!

Friday, May 01, 2009

May Day!

It's May Day, 2009. The weather forecast is for another nice day. This weekend, however, it is supposed to rain. Oh, well.

Joy is planning on going to a tanning salon this month to get ready for our summer vacations. I'd go, too, but I don't tan, just burn.

Yesterday, Joy and I rode our bikes along the Springwater trail again, this time for about 6 miles. It feels good to be able to ride without feeling totally out of breath.

At work, I'm hooking some perl scripts into the Big Brother monitoring software for use by one of our customers. It's the first perl that I've done in several years. I'd much rather be using python, but at least I have a job.