Ella’s 9-1-1 dream

Ella had learned about fire safety in school, and a couple days afterward she told me “I had a 9-1-1 dream last night”.

When asked about it, she described it like this:

“Well, its kind of a funny story, but only because of the ending. I was in a burger-house* and already had a burger in my hand, when all of sudden there was fire. I crawled out under the smoke. Then when I got outside I played on a trampoline with my cousins.”

*I asked why she called it a “burger-house”, she said it was like McDonald’s but she want sure if it was or not.

It was sad that she was having scary dreams, but i’m glad she was able to do the right thing and add a happy ending!

Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

Geez, I just realized I had not posted since October! I swear I have had some blog-worthy thoughts and moments since then, just lazy I guess.

Stupid Files: Gap Card sends us a 24 cent check

So, I have started saving up really stupid things companies do, and this is Exhibit A – a check that our Gap Card sent us for 24 cents! So, lets think about this, they paid someone in accounting to process a payment, the check was printed on fancy stock, stuffed in an envelope and postage added. So they spent at least a dollar when everything is considered, just to send us a a 24 cent check that we will never waste our time or gas to go cash. All they had to do was leave this tiny credit (or any size credit) on the card until Erin buys the next cute GAP outfit for herself or the girls. Crazy.

Amazing Time Lapse Video

Landscapes: Volume Two from Dustin Farrell on Vimeo.

Brown County photos

Jobs: Death is Life’s change agent

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech
(See full speech video here)

Pop Culture Sweaters

Hear them roar….

Happy 7th Anniversary

Today is our 7th Anniversary, its hard to believe our wedding was that long ago already! Last night, we went out to celebrate and had a really great time. We dressed up a little more than usual for our date night of dinner and a movie, so we wanted to get our picture taken. The photo booth at the theater was our only option, but I think its a pretty accurate portrait. It so nice to get out and not be rushed. Marriage and kids is a busy life, but its been a wonderful 7 years, not to mention the 7 carefree years before that when life was a bit simpler. Thanks for sticking with me, honey!

DINNER: We tried Baker Street finally and it was “awesome” – both the food and service were exceptional. I ordered Escargot appetizer in remembrance of the snails we ate on our honeymoon cruise. Their special was bacon-wrapped Mahi atop parmeasan risotto with grilled asparagus. Yum, it was to die for. We also ordered a bottle of wine I had been wanting to try – beaujolais-villages, it was delish. After dinner we enjoyed our complimentary chocolate cake.

MOVIE: We saw Contagion and now I am extremely paranoid of novel viruses, and want to move to the wilderness to avoid society’s germs. Besides that, it was a pretty good flick – reminded me of Soderbergh’s 2000 hit, Traffic.

Ella’s self-portrait