# Thursday, March 26, 2009

Here she is, helping Mommy make cookies (of which I was the prime beneficiary!)

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And again:

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How cute is that? And the cookies were incredibly yummy, thank you very much.

Post Author: rico
Thursday, March 26, 2009 3:24:31 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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With Ella, in a mid-meal prayer (explained below) I just prayed the following (or something close to it):

"Father God, thank you for yogurt, it is soooooo yummy, especially with cheerios on top! We pray this in Jesus' name, AMEN!"

We've always prayed with Ella before meals, and she caught on early and now folds her hands to tell us it's time to pray. Any time new food is brought out, she folds her hands. When I have the pleasure of feeding her breakfast (which I did this morning), I usually start with the cheerios and bring out the yogurt later so she's not distracted by it. Well, when the yogurt comes out ... the hands are folded ... and it is time to pray again.

Post Author: rico
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:00:04 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's been too long, so here are some recent pictures of Ella. The first was taken in June; the last two on July 4. Enjoy!

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Post Author: rico
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 7:30:04 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Monday, May 26, 2008

Amy and I moved from one house to another in late October. Since then, it has seemed that whenever I want a particular book I'm doomed to find that it is in an inaccessible box in the spare bedroom.

Today we finally got the office together, and books out of the inaccessible spots and onto shelves. Ella loved being around all the books, and she quickly dug into a pile of mine. I had to get a camera and record the event. She actually chose this book out of the pile, though I'm guessing it was because it was the biggest ... not because she had a question about how Philo might've used a particular word.

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Post Author: rico
Monday, May 26, 2008 1:45:32 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Sunday, April 13, 2008

Amy took Ella in for portraits yesterday. We didn't get prints of this one made, but it is hysterical! It is not staged, it is not posed, it is not photoshopped. This is the picture as it was taken.

It is a photo in need of a caption. So please, use the comments to leave your caption suggestions. Any inappropriate comments will be deleted.

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After a few days, if there are enough comments, I'll aggregate them and we can vote on 'em (so make sure I can identify you from the comment; if you leave your email it will be submitted to me but not posted on the blog). Then who knows? I may even have a free book for the winner!

Update (2008-04-14): Great responses, keep 'em coming! For those who don't know what Eli is talking about in his comment, you obviously never watched "The Love Boat" in the 70's-80's. He's referring to this picture of Isaac Washington, the chief bartender on the boat, played by Ted Lange:

Update (2008-04-17): OK, I've taken the comments (Chuck Grantham, I'm only allowing one per, so I went with your first one) and created a poll. You can vote once a day (er, one IP address can vote per day). Heck, link to this post and the poll on your own blog and have your own readers vote too. I don't care how you go about such things. I'll let the poll run through sometime this weekend. The caption with the most votes wins. If there is a tie, I'll simply choose the caption I like best (from the ties). The winner gets a book. I'm not sure which one yet. We're in the process of painting the new office, which means most of my books are in boxes. I'll try to have a few options for the winner by the weekend.

So, treat it like a Chicago mayoral election: vote early and vote often!

Post Author: rico
Sunday, April 13, 2008 7:35:45 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Saturday, April 05, 2008

Here are a few random notes that I think are worth mentioning.

1. The Biblical Studies Carnival for April is now up. Chris Weimer at Thoughts on Antiquity (one of the most excellent group (biblio|biblica)blogs out there) did the duty, and did it well. Yep, I'm a bit late in noting this, but it's been a busy week.

2. Next month's Biblical Studies Carnival will be hosted by Dr. Jim West; so keep yer eyes peeled and submit all worthy posts to his keen review.

3. The SBL needs to ditch MetaPress as its JBL host. I've been trying to get in all morning to check out the latest JBL articles to no avail.

4. A few years back, John Derbyshire said, "Pop culture is filth". I agreed then, and I agree now. Only now I think pop culture serves like a virus, and everything else is getting filthier too. Have you looked at the top stories on any news site with any regularity? It makes me cringe. Well, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, especially since I think Calvin (and his predecessors, like Augustine) had something going with that whole "Total Depravity" thing.

5. I have too many ideas for books to write (or at least examine writing) and not enough time in which to pursue them. But I have too many other things that are worthy that I don't want to skimp on, like, for instance, spending time with the cutest little girl who happens to be my daughter:

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Post Author: rico
Saturday, April 05, 2008 7:08:48 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Monday, March 10, 2008

That's right, it's time for Ella pictures. I haven't been doing my job as proud papa, so today you get three excellent pictures of our little girl. Enjoy!

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Eating finger foods and gettin' messy!

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Jailbird; how Ella usually greets us
in the morning.

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Isn't she a cutie?

Post Author: rico
Monday, March 10, 2008 12:12:10 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Two years ago today, I asked Amy to marry me. It was the smartest, wisest and without-a-doubt the best thing I've ever done.

The good Lord saw fit to bring us together; surely I've had the most benefit.

I love you, Amy. More today than yesterday.

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Post Author: rico
Tuesday, March 04, 2008 7:37:14 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Saturday, January 19, 2008

It has been far too long since I've posted pictures of my sweet daughter. So ... here you go!

Ella and Amy in the beginning of December, when we had some snow.
I love this picture!

 

Ella in the shopping cart at Wal-Mart

 

Ella in the shopping cart at Fred Meyer

Isn't she a cutie?

Post Author: rico
Saturday, January 19, 2008 1:49:48 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas to you if you're in the US; Happy Christmas if you're in the UK.

Either way, it's Christmas time! And it is a pretty happy time here in the Brannan household. It is Ella's first Christmas, and while she doesn't quite get the whole unwrap-the-presents thing; she sure does know how to play with wrapping paper. Celebrating Christmas will never be the same.

Thanks to all who read ricoblog, whether you've just stumbled here or if you faithfully read and aggregate posts. I'm still overwhelmed when I think that y'all are out there, and flattered that you read what I write. Thank you, all.

Blessings to you and yours as we celebrate the birth of our Savior; the one who gives us hope; and the one who will return to take us home.

Post Author: rico
Monday, December 24, 2007 9:11:12 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Saturday, November 24, 2007

Here's our little sweetie, Ella Kate, and her first experience with "solid" food (rice cereal).

"Yes, Daddy, I'm ready for the new food!"

"YUMMY! Mommy, may I have some more, please?"

"Oh, yeah, I likes me that rice cereal!"

Post Author: rico
Saturday, November 24, 2007 1:51:20 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, November 23, 2007

No comment needed.

 

Post Author: rico
Friday, November 23, 2007 11:06:23 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Tuesday, October 09, 2007

It has been far, far too long since I have posted pictures of our sweet little daughter Ella. So we'll skip the fanfare and go straight to the pictures (because that's what you really want to see anyway, I know).

And, ever since I saw this sign at the hospital (a few months before Ella was born) I've wanted to post a picture of it. This is a real sign, no photoshopping or anything. The 'receiving' part I get ... I'm still trying to figure out how 'shipping' applies ...

Post Author: rico
Tuesday, October 09, 2007 10:31:40 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, August 31, 2007

Time flies. Our daughter Ella is three months old today! What better excuse to post pictures of the cutest little girl you've ever seen?

 

 

Post Author: rico
Friday, August 31, 2007 12:36:01 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Sunday, August 05, 2007

But it is a very good reason, I'm sure all would agree.

Post Author: rico
Sunday, August 05, 2007 10:39:20 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Sunday, July 22, 2007

On July 22, 2006, I married the love of my life. The past year has been nothing but bliss, sweetie. I wouldn't trade any of it.

I love you more today than yesterday. Happy First Anniversary!

Post Author: rico
Sunday, July 22, 2007 8:34:43 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, July 20, 2007

The weekly dose of cute baby pictures for our friends and relatives who read the blog. The second one is my favorite!

Post Author: rico
Friday, July 20, 2007 6:00:25 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, June 29, 2007

More Ella pictures. They speak for themselves.

Post Author: rico
Friday, June 29, 2007 10:25:06 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, June 08, 2007

Our new daughter Ella is so cute, I can't resist posting one more picture. Amy took this one yesterday.

Went to the pediatrician today; all is well. She's gotten over most of the jaundice, she's feeding like a trooper, and she's wigglin' like a worm.

Life is good.

Post Author: rico
Friday, June 08, 2007 4:50:16 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Tuesday, June 05, 2007

May 31, 2007 is a day that will be etched in my mind forevermore. It began at 3:30 AM when my sweet wife Amy reported to me that her water had broke! Eleven days overdue, but we'll take it.

From there, it was straight to the hospital. The contractions began pretty much immediately. She was admitted around 4:00 AM.

Requisite calls were made to family members, who began arriving and assembling in the waiting room. Amy's labor progressed quickly, which has its plusses and minuses. She was incredible to watch during the whole process. What an amazing woman the Lord has blessed me with!

At 2:11 PM on May 31, 2007, Ella Kathleen Brannan was born! 9 lbs 10 oz of the cutest little thing I've ever seen in my entire life! Here she is, minutes old, already hamming it up for the camera:

Needless to say, Mom & Dad pretty proud. She's a healthy girl, though she's had some jaundice issues which contributed to a longer-than-normal hospital stay for the family. But we're home now, and life is good. Here are a few more pics:

Amy was nothing short of incredible during the labor and delivery. This was a 9lb/10oz child! Gentlemen, I can only say that your love and appreciation for your wife will grow beyond what you could consider when you see her holding your daughter or son. Mine certainly has. I love you incredibly, sweetie.

Post Author: rico
Tuesday, June 05, 2007 8:08:07 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I've been wanting to post this one for awhile. Amy is at a ladies' meeting at church, so I have a little time to do it now. This was taken at the Royal London Wax Museum in Victoria, BC. We went to Victoria for an overnight stay as part of our honeymoon trip.

Montgomery is over my right shoulder; Eisenhower is far too far in the background for my liking. If you like to read about WWII, I can highly recommend Rick Atkinson's Pulitzer-prize-winning book, An Army At Dawn (amazon.com). It is the first volume in a planned trilogy and focuses on the allied effort in northern Africa.

Also: Had some site difficulties this morning and ended up losing a comment to this post. Apologies for that. Feel free to re-comment if you'd like (because I agree with you!)

Post Author: rico
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:35:48 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, December 22, 2006

It was five months ago today (on July 22, 2006) that Amy and I entered into the state of wedded bliss. And bliss it is. I love you, sweetie!

Here are a few pics since I haven't posted any from the wedding yet.


Signing the wedding license to satisfy the guv'mint


Smoochin' my sweetie ...

Post Author: rico
Friday, December 22, 2006 1:44:19 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Thursday, July 06, 2006

I was digitising some images earlier tonight for a slideshow thinige that'll run during the wedding reception. Here are some of my faves of my former self.


My second birthday. Wasn't I a cutie?


I was convinced I would get cooties from
putting my arm around my cousin. Can't you
tell from my expression? But the pic made
the grown-ups happy. And I remained
blissfully cootie free.


Look at those pipes! I was a wonder to behold,
wasn't I?


Must've been a cold day at the beach.


I'm in the brown coat waving. The guy in the
red is my older brother, Chuck. I have no idea where
this photo was taken.

Post Author: rico
Thursday, July 06, 2006 10:02:28 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Monday, June 19, 2006

It was two weeks ago today (er, Monday ... yeah, I'm postin' late) that my sweetie and I put the wedding invitations in the mail. And tomorrow (that's Tuesday) we'll be going to the county auditor's office to pick up the marriage license! Did you know that the state of Washington has a three day waiting period for marriages? And that the license is only good for 60 days? And that they're more expensive than drivers licenses, even though they're only good for a 60 day window?

In recognition of all of this I figured I'd post some pics of the mailing of the wedding invitations. Enjoy!


That's the happy couple, with scads of invites!

 


We mailed the invitations in Lynden, WA ... so this
Dutch boy had to get a picture under the sign with
the wooden shoe and tulips!

Kudos and thanks to my future father-in-law Ted for taking the pics and for passing along the files!

Post Author: rico
Monday, June 19, 2006 11:14:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Thursday, June 01, 2006

The sweet woman I love pointed out to me the other day that in June we can say, "we get married next month!"

So to celebrate that fact, I post one of my favorite pictures from our engagement picture session. Hey, I didn't know you took 'engagement pictures', but it's what all the kids are doing these days.

The wedding is on July 22. Until then, here's a pic* of the happy couple:


* Aaron Nelson of Evantide Photography is our photographer. He's a great guy who just got married two weeks ago!

Post Author: rico
Thursday, June 01, 2006 11:33:12 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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I took this photo (and many others) atop Chuckanut mountain in Larrabee State Park at sunset a few weeks ago. From Chuckanut, take Highline Road, and then ascend up Cleator road (one-lane gravel, fairly well maintained) to the viewpoint at the top.

Post Author: rico
Thursday, June 01, 2006 9:05:27 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Thursday, May 11, 2006

I took a bunch of sunset photos on Chuckanut Drive last week Thursday (May 4). I finally got around to uploading them tonight.

Check 'em out if you're interested, though I've posted a few below:

 

 

 

Post Author: rico
Thursday, May 11, 2006 7:11:49 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Saturday, December 31, 2005

[Apologies to those who follow ricoblog primarily for my semi-informed blathering on about Greek stuff; this post is of a more personal nature. And I've been on holiday this past week (It's been awesome; thanks for giving me the time off, Bob!) so it is only fitting that my normal blog posting should take a holiday as well. If you want Greek blather, check this out.]

The time away from the office has been good. Outside of the obvious fun times that Christmas festivities provide, Amy and I were able to (finally!) get to Port Townsend for a day. Port Townsend, for those who don't know, is a small little town on the Olympic peninsula of Washington state. It is at one end of a Washington state ferry run, which makes it easy to get to from Whidbey Island (where I grew up). I know Port Townsend for artsy-type stuff and also for antiques; I also know there are a few bookstores in town. Until now, I've only been interested in one of those three things, but Amy has seen fit to educate me and expand my horizons.

So we parked on the Whidbey Island side, and hopped on the ferry as walk-on passengers. On the way over to Port Townsend, we were able to see a massive US Navy submarine (Trident nuclear sub? I dunno. Maybe.) with two Coast Guard escorts plowing its way through the sound, likely to Bangor or Bremerton.

Once in Port Townsend, we headed right down the main street, ducking in just about every door we could find, whether we were interested in the store or not. We stayed away from clothiers and restaurants, but went in just about everywhere else. One place we stopped -- and where Amy let me linger for a goodly portion of time -- was William James Bookseller. I found an awesome commentary on First Peter: The First Epistle of St. Peter: The Greek Text with Introduction, Notes and Essays by Edward Gordon Selwyn. And it was only $12.50!

After that we hopped in some more shops; most of them artist co-operatives with things far too funky or spendy for any sane normal person to want to put in their house. Then it was lunch at a Chinese food place. That was yummy.

Then we proceeded back down the main street, enjoying ducking into about any door we found. And then back up the next block, but it started to rain. So we went into a massive antique mall. I had no idea these things existed! There are a bunch of stalls; each likely rented out to an antique dealer, each stall full of all sorts of things. I mean there are tons of stalls. Here is where I received my education for the day. I learned all sorts of stuff; it was awesome. Have you ever noticed how when someone you care about is interested in something, you can take on that interest as well? I'd never really experienced that before, but now I see that it is true. Futzing about that antique store with Amy was some of the most enjoyable time of the day.

Then it was time to brave the rain (thankfully Amy had brought an umbrella so we both stayed relatively dry) and head back to the ferry. While at the terminal waiting, it was time to take a few pictures to prove we'd really been there.

And then we boarded the ferry. While on board, we learned that the dock in Keystone (Whidbey Island side of the ferry run) had been bashed by the ferry (the Quinalt) on previous landing. We rode an alternate ferry (the Klickitat) and by the time we arrived, the dock had been inspected and approved by the Coast Guard, so we had no problems. We hopped in the car (we'd lucked out with a primo parking spot) and went back to Oak Harbor to talk with a friend for a bit. Then we had some dinner; then we boogied on back to Bellingham.

All in all, a fun day. Who'd've (is that a word?) thought antiques could be so fun?

Post Author: rico
Saturday, December 31, 2005 4:41:37 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Thursday, December 01, 2005

Brandon Wason (Novum Testamentum) has posted some photos from SBL. He's even got one of him with me.

But the all-time best photo from the SBL conference is below. Walking back from Monday night dinner in Chinatown (Mmmmmmm ... crispy duck!), I noticed a particular store. I knew I needed to have a photo taken in front of it the next morning. I borrowed Bob's camera, and Eli obliged in snapping the classic pic:

How can this not be the best picture from the recent conference?

Post Author: rico
Thursday, December 01, 2005 10:16:19 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Monday, September 05, 2005

Amy and I went on a cool little drive yesterday afternoon. We went up Chuckanut Ridge. It's really part of Larrabee state park. On your way south from Fairhaven on Chuckanut Drive, keep an eye out for Hiline Road. It is just before the fire station. Take a left, and drive up the paved road. It will shortly turn into Cleator Road, which is a dirt road. This will take you up the mountain. There's a parking lot on top (3.5 miles), a few picnic tables and restroom facilities. Here's a map, if you're interested. Here's a little more info on Whatcom County trails.

And here are a few photos that don't do the view justice. The first was taken from a pullout on the road. It isn't the greatest photo, but it has a warm glow that I like:

Here's a photo looking down on Chuckanut Bay:

That was taken with a telephoto lense. Here's another photo from the top taken with a wide angle lense:

It's a pretty cool little area. Might be a nice spot for a picnic lunch. It's close to town, but not in the main Larrabee state park complex, so it might be a bit less crowded.

Post Author: rico
Monday, September 05, 2005 9:02:08 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Sunday, August 07, 2005

Today was a very good day, but a busy one. After church, Amy and I went to Oak Harbor. My Dad has been salmon fishing for the past week and had some luck, so he invited us down. On the way there, heading onto Whidbey Island through Deception Pass State Park, here's what Amy and I saw:

Pretty cool, huh? This is taken from the Fidalgo Island side. I stopped and took a few pictures. It was pretty bright, so I couldn't really see how things came out until I got home. Digital cameras are cool.

But that's not all. We took off from Oak Harbor around 3:30 and drove back to Bellingham the long way -- Chuckanut Drive. A few months back, I took some photos of some railroad tracks running along the coast. I'd thought since then that it would be really cool to have a photo of a train on those tracks.

Today, as we were driving up Chuckanut, Amy and I heard a train whistle. I immediately thought we might have a chance to catch the train on the coastline tracks. Amy saw the train and said it was heading north, so we just had to beat it to the photo spot.

And we did. More good timing!

That's the back end of the train. I have some other pictures too; this was the last one I took. Thankfully, the train was long and I was able to take a minute or so and get the telephoto lense on the camera for the final few pictures.

Oh, and by the way -- the salmon was excellent, and it's just the beginning of the sport fishing season for pink salmon. I'm looking forward to more!

After that, it was to Amy's house for evening dinner with her family, which was fun too. A nice, relaxing end to a runabout day.

Post Author: Rico
Sunday, August 07, 2005 10:02:01 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Friday, April 22, 2005

It was such a nice evening, I took off for a motorcycle ride. I packed my camera along thinking I'd find a cool sunset picture. Instead of heading south, I decided to head north up Marine Drive and into the Lummi Indian reservation.

I was on Lummi Shore drive, twisting along the coastline when I realized I'd be too late for a sunset. So I stopped, thinking the light was good in the area. Then I saw what was behind me: Mount Baker and some surrounding mountains, a full moon, and lots of water. If you click the photo, you'll get a little larger version (800x600)

Needless to say, I stopped and took a gob of photos. I only took one with the moon in it, and I think it turned out the best. Other photos available on my photo pages.

Update: Responding to my Mom's comment, the black items are rocks. You can see some plants too. I wasn't super-excited about them being in the shot, but I wanted the moon in the upper-right corner and the horizon with the mountains in the middle of the vertical frame.

Post Author: Rico
Friday, April 22, 2005 10:14:22 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Sunday, April 17, 2005

On Saturday (April 16) I was in bathroom-cleaning mode. [Here's my Bathroom-Cleaning Rhapsody Playlist, if you're interested]. As I was starting the dreaded task, I accidentally slammed my left foot, toes-first, into a doorway. It hurt. I jumped up and down on my right foot, holding my left foot. But it wasn't unbearable, so I cleaned the bathroom. We're talkin' full-scale cleaning, top-to-bottom, including a long-overdue tub/shower scouring. The toe right next to my left pinkie-toe hurt a little, but not incessantly. So, I forgot about it.

Then, since my folks are back from Arizona, I went to Oak Harbor for the afternoon/evening. When I got back home to Bellingham at around 9:30 PM or so I took off my shoes and socks. This is what greeted me:

Actually, it was worse than that. The purple color was deeper. It looked like my toe had died and was getting ready to fall off. "Crud", I thought. "Guess I broke it." So I grabbed the frozen corn from the freezer and started to ice it a bit. After about 20 minutes, I figured I'd better go to the hospital to make sure everything was OK. So I grabbed a book (Van Neste's Cohesion and Structure in the Pastoral Epistles, which turned a few eyes at the hospital), hopped in the car and drove to the ER.

I should stop right now and say that I hate the hospital. I mean, I hate it. "Hate" is a strong word, but I think it is accurate in this case. I've said before that for me to go to the doctor, I either have to be unable to stop the bleeding or unable to bear the pain. Neither of those was true in this case, but I went. The sheer freakishness of the color of my toe convinced me it would be a good thing to go.

So, I went to the ER at St. Joseph's in Bellingham. Talked to the guy behind the front desk a bit, who turns out to be a Music major from WWU with minors in Ancient Greek and Computer Science ... strange the folks you run into. I told him he should apply for a job at Logos. He told me to take a seat, the nurse would check me out. The first nurse took my temperature, blood pressure and pulse. I warned her, "My blood pressure is going to be really high". I could feel my heart racing just from being in the hospital. After she took it, she said, "That's not too bad, after all you're in the ER." Phew. First hurdle down.

Next there was a really helpful lady who took down my information and got it into their computer. One thing I didn't know: There are apparently three other folks in Bellingham who share my name. That's helpful news, I guess. Then I waited some more.

They called my name after probably 90 minutes. I followed some dude down a maze of corridors into another room where I waited. Another nurse then checked out my ugly toe. "Probably broken, the doctor will probably just tell you to keep it taped to the toe next to it." Yep, just what I figured. Another 10 minutes (by this time, I'm into Van Neste discussing the cohesiveness of 1Ti 2.8-15) and the doc looks at it. "Looks like it's broken." He seemed concerned that I was in pain, but I ensured him that wasn't the case. Then some other dude came in and wheeled me in the hospital bed to radiology, where they did an x-ray of my left foot. I told him I would walk no problem, but he insisted on wheeling me. It was a fun ride, we chatted the whole way. Then the radiology dude took my picture:

You'll need to click on it to see a larger picture. Then you'll see this small arrow pointing to where my toe fracture is. You can see a little bone piece sticking out on the right side of the bone, just above the joint, in the toe closest to the "L".

Pretty cool, huh?

On the way out I showed my pictures to the people who helped me in the ER. They were nice folks, generally. All in all not a bad experience. It doesn't change my philosophy about hospitals, though. I still want to avoid them.

I'll probably fill the pain perscription just in case, but I don't know that I'll actually have to use it. If the "pain" persists for a week I'm supposed to go back, but here's hoping that the Dutch blood coursing through my veins imparts its mystical healing powers to my next-to-the-pinkie-toe fracture.

Post Author: Rico
Sunday, April 17, 2005 9:10:24 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00) 

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# Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Amy and I went for a walk along the Padilla Bay shore trail in the Skagit flats this past Saturday. It was windy and chilly, but it was clear. I had no idea there was an old barn/shed/structure out there. Finding a barn away from power lines is a trick (I know, I've been looking as I've been driving/riding through Whatcom county over the past year or so). Unfortunately, there's an oil refinery in the background that you can see a little smoke from.

Next time I'm out there, I'm guessing there will be less wind. I think I'll put on the wide angle lense and get a wider view of the scene. Until then, this should suffice:

Barn at Padilla Bay

More photos (only two more from Padilla Bay) are, of course, on my photo page.

Those interested in photographs of old structures might also like this one from the "English Camp" on San Juan Island. This building dates back to the 1800's. I've really got to get there in the spring or early summer this year, when the grass is green. More photos are available.

Structure at English Camp, San Juan Island

Post Author: Rico
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 10:20:09 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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# Friday, March 11, 2005

Driving back from a memorial service in Oak Harbor yesterday, I took the long way home through the Skagit flats and across Chuckanut Drive. Just north of Bayview, I spied a bald eagle in a tree. I pulled over, put on the telephoto lense, and snapped some pics. This is probably the best one. Too bad I didn't have more zoom and a better angle — it could've been a really cool photo.

More pictures taken that day (a few more pics of the eagle, plus some other shots) are on my photo site.

Post Author: Rico
Friday, March 11, 2005 5:13:33 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) 

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