Monday, July 29, 2013

And another thing: old school arcade

We went to the West coast's best retrocade: Ground Kontrol. With our SAS pal Michael Branch.

Grab-Bag! What's been going on, mid-summer edition.

  • We saw Weird Al Yankovic in concert at the Oregon Zoo. My favorite songs were "White & Nerdy," "Party in the CIA" and "Another Tattoo." But my most favorite was "White & Nerdy."

It was a little sunny at the zoo.

We have been house-sitting for various people, including our friends Patty and Matt. They have a dog named Goya. I cuddled him and we walked him and fed him. One of my favorite parts was when I called him silly names like Goofy Doofy Old Man. Cuz he was pretty old, like 14.

My brother and I went to 2 sleepovers. One of them was with our cousins. The most important part about the first sleepover: we watched TONS OF TV. The other was with our grandparents. The most important part of the second sleepover: I got my own skateboard. Thank you to Larry and Linda.

Photographed in SkateVision. (Just turn your head.)

Something new has started. We have been doing family meetings to plan the week. I am excited (me, Emmett) that we are planning the week. At the first meeting we ever had, I said "Skyping (my friend) Mia" is something I want to do this week. A couple days later, I Skyped Mia and so did Desi. It was nice to see her.
The Meeting (Mom is rocking a To Do list in Evernote on her phone)
The Skyping

A couple weeks ago we went to look at someone's trailer, called a Go (his name was Kani). We found out how to use it, then we ordered one. Yesterday, we saw it. It was awesome. The awesomest feature is it pops out to make a tent. We are going to be living with it on the road. We are going to be home schooled. Yaaay No School!

Kani's (such attentive listeners!)
Ours (pardon the dorky smile)

I have been creating a book on this app called Explain Everything, on my iPad mini. It's about me as an alien. The working title is "Emmyloulou from Snarfgrass." Look for it on the blog soon.

Monday, July 22, 2013

OutFitting the Fit

Crossing 'Merca in a Honda Fit: Crazy, you say? 


But it's less crazy now that we have some rails and a cargo box. 

Ryan at Rack Attack treated us well. Our Chinook Book coupons saved us over $100, too. Up next: trailer hitch.

Kickball in the park

So we were staying at Katie P's new house last week. (Thanks for that, Kate.) It's right next to a park. One day, Desi says "What can I do?" so we send him to scope out the scene at the park. He comes back with the news that there's a kickball game and they need more players. I thought he said PLAYAS, so I went.

Anyway, it was fun and we ended up adding a couple more walk-ons. Including a guy who runs the neighborhood's blog. He filmed some action. Here it is.

We're loving our new house- and dog-sit. Details soon.

BTW, the trailer for our Field Trip has been ordered. Here's the website, if you are curious.

Shanghai shipment arrives tomorrow. I'll be hanging out in our new storage unit all day. Maybe I'll bring some of these.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

God Bless (the libraries and parks and water fountains in) America

Since we have been back in the states (one month!) I have re-learned to re-appreciate the things that make life in America so grand. As I sit here in the library, hogging free wi-fi, thinking back on Desi's epic 3-point barrage on the court at the park on Tuesday, I count my blessings as a 'Mercan.

Then I get up for a drink at the fountain. Clean water, served ice cold. People, this is huge! (Of course, in Portland, it has no fluoride in it, thanks to the crazy hippies. But that's OK because democracy is, um, pretty good too.) Coming from China, where water and air and food

Anyway, enough politics. You all already know that this place rules. Now, on to the specific parts of it that ruled in the last couple weeks.


We hit Juneau for less than one day. Flew there in a plane that was half-cargo. First row for humans was row 17. Kinda neat.

The main attraction for us was Mendenhall Glacier. Which sits in the largest national forest in the US: Tongass.

The water you see Emmett testing here used to be glacier. Thirty years ago, it would have been almost close enough for him to touch. (or was it 50 years? anyway, not that many). Before too long, the glacier (which is miles long) will be invisible from the visitors' center.

We walked and took the public bus, which was fine until it started raining. Which prompted us to go into the bus shelter, which smelled strongly of pee. I was jumping around to dodge mosquitoes, and in and out of the shelter to balance staying sorta dry while breathing non-pee-reeking air, and I thought: Mother Nature bats last. Nevermind the melting glacier I had just seen, which is as good a demonstration as any of how ocean levels will keep rising and drown us all!!! (Not that humans are, ahem, responsible for global warming, mind you. I promised No More Politics).

Nature could very well kick my ass in the next year. Which is why we went to the army surplus store today and tried on... 

a sweet flight suit... 

...and head to toe camo. Neither of which we actually bought. 

("Playing dress up in a store and then putting the clothes back 
on the rack is more fun than summer camp!" 
--Gary Pearlz)


Anyway, Juneau was cool, and super small. Nice people, too. And that makes 2 state capitols we have visited so far, after Ho-HI.

From Juneau we boarded a ferry and had a great time floating down to Washington.

Here we are about to board. (Stefan and Jen--Note the duffel bag that saved our marriage. Thanks again!)

The views were gorgeous. 

We had lots of time to play. We did our new puzzle.

Saw a few other boats.

Helped out with the safety demo.

Gazed wistfully at the many islands in the Alaskan inside passage.

Did the puzzle again.

After we got off the boat, 3 nights later, we drove to Portland. Some of us tried to fight off the nap.

But sleep won out in the end.

Coming soon: Tales from the beach trip! Love you all.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I love the beach, this beach

Here was our welcoming committee as we pulled into the driveway at the beach.