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tom & sheila

October 5th, 2004  · stk

Summer is over, school has started & many are thinking about Holloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas (how many shopping days left?) NOT Tom & Sheila! This dynamic duo, who started hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, leaving from the Mexican border on April 12th, are setting their sights on the Canadian border as I write this. That's correct, they're still hiking! We just received an email from them, saying that they've made it to Steven's Pass, in northern Washington. (Fortunately, they passed Mt. St. Helens without difficulty, but they did run into a blinding snowstorm in the Goat Rock Wilderness. Get this - they were hiking at 11 PM, with head lamps on, struggling through the whiteout, on very dangerous terrain. They were miserable and wet for nearly a week, but they're toughing it out and still on the trail. They're expecting to make Canada between the 15th & 17th of this month. That's a LONG HIKE!

For more information, you can read their journal(no longer online) by clicking on the link.

We're rooting for you, guys and wish like hell that we could be there at the border to meet and help you celebrate (but it doesn't look like it's gonna happen with Rachel in school).

Jan 2005 EDIT: Tom & Sheila DID make it all the way to Manning Park, right when they said they would (October 16th). Though poor weather plagued them, they perservered through the rain and fog. Congratulations guys!!

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Alex is One

October 5th, 2004  · stk

Alexandra had her very FIRST birthday on October 3rd, just two days ago. While the meaning of the occasion was all but lost on our little girl (it was more a celebration involving Mom & Dad), she DID enjoy eating ice cream & cake. She also had fun 'reading' her cards (many cards had images of animals on the front - which Alex interpreted as either a DOG, or a CAT, making the appropriate sounds. Some of the DOGS, however, WERE CATS and visa-versa. Hey ... it was HER birthday & she was gonna cry if she wanted - (which she did only once, in a frustrated temper tantrum that fortunately didn't last long!) She also enjoyed her presents, the clothes and the toys. (Of course, the wrapping paper kept her amused for a great while, as well, ripping it up into tiny shreds - CONFETTI!) Our landlord, Laura & her daughter Mairin, stopped by, bearing a Pooh dish & cutlery set, staying part of the afternoon, helping Alex celebrate. Because Alex LOVES company, it was a nice treat for the birthday girl, in lieu of family. Of course, the celebration was scheduled around Alex's morning nap, and as a result, was conveniently limited to her awake time - 2 to 7 PM. She and Marin had fun together and all-in-all, Alex had a very good birthday. By 8 PM, however, she was ready to go to bed, tuckered out from all the excitement & activity.

It's hard to believe that our baby girl is now one year of age. Seven teeth, an expanding vocabulary, a pleasant disposition & just on the verge of walking ... she's growing up right in front of our eyes. Scott put together a slide show that chronologically covers Alex's first year - (over 100 photos!) View it Here. (Note: You can always access this show from the banner menu, oddly called "Slide Shows".

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New Shop

October 5th, 2004  · stk

We're still settling into our new home & Scott has been dying to get the garage organized. (It's been a junk pile ever since we have arrived, boxes strewn everywhere & hardly any room to walk around). Now that the Honda is in Edmonton, we're planning on storing it in the garage & it's become a priority to free up some space. So Scott has been working on designing and building a set of shelving units that we can break down, move and use in ANY living situation (we're finally getting wise to the ways of moving, having made six moves in the last two years!) As weather permits, he's been out measuring, cutting, hammering & applying polyurethane to the six 4-foot, stackable shelving units. One day last week, shelves completed, we moved EVERYTHING out of the garage & onto the lawn, installed the shelves and moved EVERYTHING back in. WHEW ... what a day! He's since added florescent lights, but there is more work to be done - organizing, insulating, installing electrical outlets ... BUT he's really glad to have a place to work & play 'tool man'!

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Nurse Rachel

October 5th, 2004  · stk

No, she's not a nurse yet, but she's well into her first semester at the University of Alberta. She's taking "Medical Mike" (aka Medical Micro-Biology, which Scott refers to as, "Medical Bob"). It's her most interesting course. The other course is (in the parlance of University-speak) "Nursing 306", which is a 6-credit course "Nursing & Health Assessment". It's kind of like an Intro to Nursing course, which has a lab associated with it. She brought home an infant blood pressure cuff and has been practicing on Alex. Scott is a little worried that they're going to learn about giving injections & drawing blood. ;)

It has been difficult to adjust and carve out a new schedule. We've been sharing cooking duties a lot more and have instituted a weekly menu plan (needed when you have two cooks in the kitchen). We shop once a week - mostly it's still Rachel that shops, as Scott detests shopping. But he did go last week (what a zoo! You really got to pick your times to go to avoid a crowd.) Rachel went back to work when Alex was just two months old, so he's used to being Mr. Mom, but now, as a student, when Rachel returns home, she has homework to do & he's used to relinquishing childcare duties when she pops in the door. Finding the time to study is something that Rachel is finding difficult. The Oop goes to bed at 8 PM, so that's a logical time, but often we're tired and ready to veg out then. Gradually, we're coming up with a new dance, one that has Alex taken care of & allows both parents their needed time. Now all we have to do is carve out some "us" time! (Our 3-year wedding anniversary is tomorrow, by the way).

Happy Anniversary Honey! :)

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Alexandra

Autumn in Edmonton

October 5th, 2004  · stk

We weren't the only ones that freaked out when it snowed on September 9th, as most of our neighbors said such an early snow was highly unusual. Fortunately, it hasn't snowed since then, but we have had a killing frost (recently, there was a particularly cold night that got down to 25°F). Days have been very pleasant lately - sunny & in the mid 60's to low 70's. The leaves are falling & it seems that every other day, Scott is out raking leaves with Alex (who loves to "help"). The leaves are bagged, then left our for the garbage people. Ultimately, they're composted and the resulting compost is sold to local farmers & anyone who wants it.

The Edmonton Waste Facility had an open house, one weekend in early September and we decided to drive out and have a look. Wow! Edmonton has the largest composting facility of it's type in the World. It's 8 football-fields in size, cost $100MM, and combines 200,000 tons of residential solid waste with 22,500 dry-tons of biosolids (poop) into 80,000 tons of compost each year. That's a lot of compost. We got to go inside this huge facility (it stinks), but is really amazing. There is also a Material Recovery Facility (recycle plant) that processes 40,000 tons of recycled materials, collected from residents, each year. Who knew that as far as waste goes, Edmonton is a World leader? Take an online tour here.

With winter right around the corner, we've been working at doing all of those things needed before the snow & cold come. One of those tasks, was to install a block heater in our mini-van. California-boy (Scott) is very apprehensive about a winter so far north that one needs to install a heater so that the engine block doesn't freeze and CRACK! (That's too COLD for him). He's been dragging his feet about installing the block heater, thinking that denial is the best way to ward off the upcoming weather. Well, when he finally got around to purchasing one and when he went to install it, received a pleasant surprise - the van ALREADY has one (the cord was just buried in the engine compartment). Apparently, ALL Canadian-manufactured autos have one. Good deal!

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