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Sunday, May 9, 2010
We weighed it at about 4.5 lbs. It was monstrous! Who knows how big it will be the next time he pulls it out. The girls got home shortly after that and we headed out to go to the cheesecake factory for lunch. mmmmm... just let that thought sink in... Unfortunately, they were booty-packed, so we had to go to Johnny Rockets instead. Not the end of the world... they have good burgers. After that we all went our separate ways. L, K and I stopped at the Edinburgh outlet mall and took care of some neccesary things. When it was all said and done, we didn't get home until about 10, so again, K had a late night. She was good the whole weekend though, as always.
It was great seeing Mark again... It had been awhile. Linds and I both had a great time together and with our friends. It was good to get away together. She will probably post more pictures and write about the weekend on her blog at some point, so keep checking hers.
I am staying at home w/ K this morning while Linds goes to church to see our friends' baby dedication. We all had a waffle breakfast together this morning for Mother's Day (yes, I cooked). K has green paste coming out of her nose and is coughing like a 80 yr smoker.
Mom, Happy Mother's Day! You are amazing.
Well, time for a tea party... peace out.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Anyway, I went down to get some training on using our survey grade GPS while helping with a baseline monitoring survey for a stream. I'll try to explain that... Some other firm designed and oversaw the construction of a stream. Now we have to monitor the site for several years to make sure it stays reasonably stable.
In the past, we have surveyed with a total station, which is what you have probably seen surveyors looking through on the side of the road at some time. It's an instrument that shoots a laser at a prism that send it back and it can tell how far away it is and what angle up, down, or sideways. That is much better than stretching a tape and using a level and rod, which takes forever and is not very accurate at best. Well, now we can use a GPS (sort of like what is in your car) and just walk to whatever point we want and hit a button and it will get your position and elevation extremely accurately. So, I learned how to use that, while driving an ATV around the two mile site. When not on the ATV, we walked about 5 miles a day surveying and assessing the newly constructed stream and the veg monitoring plots around the site (we have to monitor planted tree survival). Below is a sample of what it looked like.
That was the first I have been out in the field since the turn of the year, so it felt really good to get out, even though the travel wasn't the greatest. I missed KC and LK.
The next post I will talk a little about the book I read during my travels.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This is going to be really rough and I will probably post a lot more about it in the coming days… Please pray for him and our family.