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I was wrong

so… we didn’t reach 100 degrees today.  The recent streak stands at 40.

Some unexpected storms popped up to the north west of us.  They collapsed before they got here (so we didn’t get any rain) but they dropped the temperatures none the less.  It’s currently 84 degrees out.

I know I wanted a cloudy day with a chance of rain, but at this point, it is disappointing… we go so close to the record, I was hoping we’d beat it.   And as I mentioned in a recent post, the 7 day forecast made it seem like it wasn’t even going to be close to dropping below 100.

We are back in the triple digits for the next 7 day forecast – but no thanks! Since it’s over, bring on the Autumn weather please!


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Surviving the Heat.

We just got back from Inks Lake and all I can say is Thank the Lord my in-laws have an R.V.   Temps were topping out at 110.  In the afternoon most of us just sat in the RV and played games (or I read books).

For one of the afternoons, we went to the Longhorn Caverns, which was pretty cool (both figuratively and literally).

Meanwhile, back in DFW, the temps held over 100 so Today is day number 37 and the 7 day forecast calls for 100+ so we should tie the record on Friday and then start surpassing it on Saturday. And it’s not like it’s just hovering at 100  causing us to wonder if the streak will hold or not.  No suspense here:

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Still hot…

It’s still hot. Looks like our ‘lowest’ predicted High for the next week is 104.  That will take us to 38 consecutive 100+ degree days.

In other things, I changed our E-mealz plan today.  We switched over to the Low Fat meal plan.  We’ve noticed now that we are eating dinner regularly, we are eating more.  So, we probably need to watch a little better what we are eating and the low fat plan, while encouraging you to purchase Fat Free, Low Fat, and reduced fat items, also creates meals that use less products like butter, cheese, and creams. The first week of recipes, they look pretty tasty, so we’ll see how it goes.

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I don’t like the heat – I’m from the overcast PNW.  We are just shy of 2 weeks from breaking a record.  Today was the 30th consecutive day that temperatures were 100 degrees or more.  The record is 42 days in a row – set in 1980.

I HATE the heat – but the competitive / story teller in me figures “we’ve made it this far… whats another 12 or 13 days?”

Did you hear about tropical storm Don? The cloud cover from Don may have kept us under 100 degrees, IF it would have made it up here.

With the exception of our little pocket of North Texas, all of Texas is in a drought, and a pretty extreme drought at that.  We were all cheering on Tropical Storm Don – hoping for a deluge of rain;  at least somewhere in Texas would benefit.  It hit land, and the hot temperatures evaporated the storm within 2 hours. Basically, little to no rain.  The radar of the storm was amazing. Poof! It just disappeared.


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Wonderful Trip

I haven’t blogged in a while. Partly, because we were out-of-town and I suddenly felt very self-conscious about telling the world our house was unoccupied.

We just got back from a 12 day trip to the Northwest. We had a great time with my parents, brother & sis-in-law, and had the joy of meeting up with several of my friends.

Here are some of the things we did:

*visited Mt. Rainier (69 degrees, sunshine and 20 feet of snow)

*Olympic National Park

*Point Refinance, Chambers Bay

*Seattle (Safeco, M’s game & underground tour)

*Ferry ride into Seattle at night

*played 2 games of Settlers (one game had 6 people, my brother came in last place with 8 points, four of us had 9, and the winner got to 10 first!)

*learned a new game “Dominion” which we really enjoyed and will probably be purchasing

*had a Memorial day BBQ

*Went to the Tacoma Glass Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and WA State history museum

*ate at the new Ivars in Puyallup

It was a jam-packed trip – but we also had a couple of days to lay low, enjoy the cloudy, drizzly weather and sleep in.

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No, it’s not as cold as Fargo here – but it has been cloudy with drizzle for the past three days. Feels like home.  By Saturday, we are expecting 90s.

And just like home, our house is drafty. I don’t think we turn the heater on at all now that it is officially spring.

Hope it warms up for next week – I’m attempting to see the M’s play middle of next week, here in Texas.

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the moon

I tried to stay up, but got too sleepy. When nothing had changed at 11:30, I went to bed. I woke up at 2 am, and my husband was still up, watching / taking pictures of the moon. I ran outside and looked at it. It was orange. I was disappointed. Thought it was going to be black with a white outline. Guess I should have read the news stories so I would have had a more accurate idea of what to expect.

Then I went back to bed. And now it’s Winter. Not too exciting. 🙂

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My car, the gigantic piggy bank.

Have you ever left the sun roof on your car open? Have you ever left it open in an uncovered area and it rains?

After a lovely drive Saturday afternoon, I parked my car in its spot (on the street) rolled up the windows, battened down the hatch, and went in for the night.

Late that evening I thought “oh! Did I close the sunroof completely? Yep, I know I closed it. I remember turning the dial.”

The evening came to a close and I went to bed.  At about four in the morning, I woke up to rain. Not just any rain, but extremely boisterous rain. A beautiful, yet treacherous melody.

Sunday morning, my car, the window, and the rain must have been on my mind because the first thing I did when my alarm went off was look out the window. To my despair, I saw my car, sitting in the rain, sunroof cracked open slightly. I just stood. And stared in silence. After a minute or so, I got dressed, grabbed a stack of towels and went out to inspect the damage.

Expecting the worst, I discovered no evidence of water in the vehicle. Shocked and also very relieved, I turned the car on and moved the dial from the last setting to the closed setting. Operator error as I must have not turned the dial all the way.  I also noticed a very shiny penny sitting on the passenger seat. Odd. I guess it could have fallen out of my purse the day before. Funny I didn’t see it Saturday afternoon…

As regular readers know, I collect pennies for “Pennies for Debra” – a fund that takes unwanted, homeless pennies and gives them a new purpose, paying off my loans…

As I drove to church, I heard what sounded like coins sliding around. I discovered another penny. Hum…a suspicion grew in my mind. Did ‘someone’ decide to take advantage of the open sunroof and pretend that my car was a giant piggy bank?

I relayed the story to my roommate and we both agreed that it would not be an action all too surprising from our friends who happen to live next door. I didn’t say anything to them about it, as I didn’t want to look foolish if I was wrong, nor was I ready to acknowledge the brilliance of such an idea if my suspicions were correct.

Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon, I finished work and got in the car to drive home. It was a gorgeous day, so I attempted to open the sunroof. It would only tilt up in the back, but it was stuck and would not slide open at all. I was, at first, discouraged with the thought that perhaps the rain did do some damage after all.

I got out of the car, looked around at the top, tried to find if something (such as a leaf) was preventing the roof from sliding. As I reached up on the interior, my fingers came across a Penny. A penny jammed in the space between the glass and the metal. Pulled it out – no luck, still stuck.

I texted my neighbors letting them know I was onto their scheme, but both denied involvement.  As I drove home, each red light, taking a moment to trace the window track above my head, fingers getting grimier with each attempt, I found two more pennies. Removed each, retested the window. No luck.

I got home. Got out of the car and started my search.  One more penny stuck, this time in the actual tracking of the window. Successful removal of the penny. Successful reinstatement of working sliding window. And all was right with the world. Plus, I had a total of 6 more pennies to put toward the fund.

As far as the ‘culprits,’ I did have the one who thought up the idea, acknowledge that fact. He also explained how they stopped due to getting some stuck in the window, though I have yet to discover who his accomplice was.

And the number of pennies, that is unknown. I found one more, so there were at least 7, though he couldn’t give me a definitive number. I’m betting there are at least a couple more Pennies lost, sitting kittyWampus, somewhere in the interior of my car, er…I mean gigantic piggy bank.


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#51 – 9 years – 200 hits

As you know, I had a blast at the Mariners Double Header (in-spite/because of the rain). Here are the best of the best of my pictures from the night (yeah… that does mean the “best” of hit 200 is blurry)

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Rain Delayed (actually postponed)

So last night M’s game was postponed. And the weather today looks even worse… SO…… I took advantage of the bad weather and bought a ticket to Sunday’s Double Header! Two games for the price of one!  I’ll miss the start of the first game as I have some commitments at church that will keep me there until game time, but it will still be  a great afternoon.

I’m pumped for one last chance in 2009 to watch the M’s play and I really excited to see Hernandez pitch the second game.

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