Good Directions

I took Ariana out for a movie over the weekend. The theater was closed because it didn't have any power. I guess that explained the total lack of cars in the parking lot. So much for that idea.

So, we went to the mall after picking up a couple of smoothies at Jamba Juice. The mall was closed too. I should have know that, since it was Easter Sunday.

We ended up walking around downtown after checking out the local skate park.

That leads me to a funny story. I had never seen the skate park before, but Ariana had been there once with Crystal. I asked her if she knew how to get there, and she replied in the affirmative. She started giving directions, and I started following them.

What were the next words out of her mouth? "Wow. I've never been here before!"

Well, that's good, Ariana! I thought you said you knew how to get to the park.

She did know how to get to the park. We didn't have to turn around or drive in circles. We had just turned a couple of blocks earlier than she thought we were turning. The experience was good for a hearty laugh, though.

Posted by Greg on March 26, 2008 at 4:45PM.

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States I've Visited (Bucket List #3)

Goal #3 on my bucket list is to visit every state in the U.S. I'll track that goal using this map. The table below the map contains some details about my visits in reverse chronological order of first visits to a state. The early ones are approximates as my memory from that far back is a little fuzzy.

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Posted by Greg on March 18, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Canceled Parking Pass (101 Things #26)

I canceled my parking pass at work today. Not only does that mean that I've gotten myself into good enough shape to ride my bike to work every day, it also means that I'll save a little over $21 a month on parking.

Posted by Greg on March 12, 2008 at 9:19PM.

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Bits and Pieces of This and That

Wow, has life ever been crazy over the last few weeks.  We've been busy, and we've been travelling.  Here are a few news bites from the little bit of our lives.

Our fun month of travel started with a photography conference in Napa, California.  On the way home we stopped at the Jelly Belly factory for a tour.  I've checked #50 off of my 101 things list.

Since our twins died, we have been looking to move from our foster agency to a Butte county program called Options for Recovery.  This program only places foster children between the ages of birth and 5 months who have experienced drug exposure.  A combination of bureaucracy, staff changes at the county licensing office, and a few other things delayed us for over a year.  I'm happy to report that we are officially Options foster parents as of the end of February.

We got to see Rachelle for the first time since we dropped her off at her residential treatment program last November.  She's doing very well, and I have written a short trip report over on the Divine Reflections Photography blog: Visiting Rachelle.  From Utah, we went to Colorado to see some old friends of ours.  That means that I can cross #56, visit a state or Canadian province I haven't yet been to, off of my 101 things list.  I posted some photos from that trip over at Divine Reflections as well: Fish Family Fun.

Our laptop died just after we got back from Napa.  Fortunately, I was able to save the data from the old hard drive.  Then the computer that Ariana uses for homework and that Crystal and I had been using for emergency photo editing decided that it would die just after we got back from our Utah and Colorado trip.  We scrambled to buy a new laptop so we could keep working.  That brought Ariana's computer back to life somehow.  I almost have the new computer set up, and now I have the formidable task of organizing all of the pictures from the last few weeks.

Posted by Greg on March 12, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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