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June Part I

Chilkoot had school photos. He dressed up nice for photos, and they put him in a cap and gown.

We started KrisDi’s 40th birthday celebrations. I organized a brunch cruise, with about 20 people attending (see above). We cruised around Lake Washington, ate and drank. We had the cake I made her — ugly but delicious. The next weekend, A False Alarm, Pixel Chick, and Mrs Pope took her out to an improv show, dinner, and drinks. They started out with a shot, and visited the Gum Wall (what the heck is the Gum Wall?).

Chilkat had her Girl Scout bridging ceremony — she went from a “Daisy” to a “Brownie”. Chilkoot decided to wear his lederhosen to school for culture day.

Chilkat and Chilkoot finally expressed enough interest in my old robots for me to do something about it. I ordered a new Arduino Mega, dug out Kiki, cleared out space on my desk, and started working on it. I had to cut off the old control board (replaced with the Arduino powered by a cell phone charging battery) and remove the old cobbled-together motor battery (replaced with a giant lead-acid UPS battery). I was able to dig up the old project report that Ska Yo Yo and I wrote and figure out the motor controller boards pinout to connect them to the new power source and the new controller pins. We got Kiki moving again, but not very well –one wheel moves faster than the other, so she has a tendency to list off to the side.

 

KrisDi chaperoned Chilkat’s Alki Beach field trip. They saw lots of creatures from various habitats. KrisDi was duped into studying a ~80 slide presentation so she could name the creatures for the children (Alki Beach?)

For the first time (at least since kids), we decided to go to the Washington Brewers’ Festival’s “adult’s only” night. Mom was kind (and brave) enough to watch the kids to allow this. It was disorienting to have both hands free and no one screaming at me. We used Uber on the way out and Lyft on the way back. I got to try my first glitter beer. Someone saw me drinking it and asked if you have to drink it with your pinky up — I said that’s not fancy enough, you need to put three fingers up! And then I demonstrated. He asked me to pose for a photo in the sunlight to accentuate the glitter, and pose I did…I wish I had a copy of that picture.

Finally…Moonface selfies…because?

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May 2018

Man — it has been a long time since I actually posted anything.

Mother’s Day came and went. KrisDi got breakfast in bed, little sculptures from Chilkat, and a blue ring with a red heart from Chilkoot. Chilkoot painted a silver ring blue with nail polish to achieve this. We also did a color run 5K (where they throw colored chalk powder at you so you come out colorful and filthy). Congratulations, Mom, on your first 5K!

We “ran” with the Popes. We separated into two groups: Those who could move sufficiently well to run a little bit (KrisDi, T, Chilkat, and Chilkoot), and those who could not (Pope with a severed achilles tendon; his young daughters; Mrs Pope to herd the three of them, Mom because she’s old, and myself with a “disc issue”). The slow group was almost exactly half as fast as the fast group. Chilkat took a faceplant almost immediately, and despite initial freak-out, survived and finished the 5K. Then we went to dinner at Flying Pie and had terrible service but got a free calzone.

We had our 9th anniversary. I got KrisDi a nice Waterford vase and a flower arrangement based on her bouquet at our wedding. KrisDi got me a Softopper (totally her idea — “Hon, this is the kind of top I’m thinking about for the truck because I can install it and remove easily without help.” “Happy anniversary!” “I hope you were serious because I just bought it.”)

The O family from Oregon visited us; Chilkat and Chilkoot played in a piano recital. They were cute. They were also nervous.

We finally cashed in on the free hotel night KrisDi won in a local community photo contest (we have incredibly cute children and a nice camera). P Dubs and T Dubs watched the kids while we stayed at the Woodmark, wandered around getting food and beer all over the area. It was nice.

I’m sure I missed something. But, I can live with that.

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