Saturday, June 30, 2007
Back on topic - On Thursday & Friday, Trevor & I went to Klamath Falls to visit the OIT campus. He registered for classes, got his dorm assignment and we sat thru a bunch of Q&A sessions, as well as the financial stuff and general info about OIT. We also drove around K. Falls a bit to check it out. We didn't figure out where the Taco Bells were until after we got back to the room & looked it up.
The campus has various architectural styles. The College Union was where we spent most of our time. It has the food court (with a Subway), as well as the main cafeteria, a bistro and plenty of seating. It also houses the Bookstore, Post Office, the main auditorium, various other meeting rooms/classrooms and the Outdoor Club stuff. The Dean of Students has her office there as well. It's a cool, techy looking building.
The library/Center for Learning was designed by the same guy who built my high school, apparently. I'd have to look it up, but I felt like I'd turned a corner and walked into Ocean View H.S. It was almost creepy! Big ol' cement blocks suspended invisibly with wood accents. Not my favorite style, but okay. My HS was built in 1976. I was in the first graduating class.
The altitude in K. Falls was noticeable when we climbed stairs. It's high desert (elev. 4340), and in Winter it will be VERY cold. As I'm not a big fan of Winter driving, we will most likely have Trevor take the train to Eugene, and then we'll get him from there. The I-5 is almost always open, and if we have some fluke storm that closes us down, we have some friends there that he could bunk with until we could get him.
It was a 3-hour drive to get there - same length of time as going to Portland. Lots of open country, mountains, views of snow-capped peaks, and then Klamath Lake.
I think he's going to like it there. :)
Friday, June 29, 2007
If you'd like to check in and see things from the Germany side, take a look! Diana's Host Mom's Blog
Today she put up pictures of their house. I love the windows that tilt that way. I wish I had some on my house!
Oh - it's written in German, of course!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
She comes across a little excited.. I'm glad her feet are doing okay. We were told to make sure they had good shoes because you can't do much if you can't walk!
I'm actually at OIT in the library, and I wasn't able to do a happy dance when I saw we finally got an email. Trevor is taking his placement test at the moment, so I'm messing around in the library. I'm thinking of getting him a nice vest & jacket from the bookstore - he turns 18 tomorrow, and it would make a nice present.
Yay Diana! (P.S. She is perfectly capable of using capital letters - this is just how they all write nowadays. I blame texting on the cells).
HI MOM!!!!! i am using an internet booth! it is just like a phone booth, but better! i luv you!! i am gonna call too, really soon! so u may get an answering machine message from me! my legs are sore :P tylenol is great. i have made some friends... the ubahn is soooo crowded! i luv u! tell everyone i said hi! love ,Diana!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
These are Bing cherries. Very sweet and tasty.
I went out this morning and it took me about 1/2 hour to get 9 pounds. They were $1/pound (vs. $2.99/lb in the store).
Connor's not a big fan of these for some reason, but Trevor loves them.
If the family manages to get through the 9 pounds in a couple of days, I'll go out again next week and get more. I like to freeze these for later, because they are nice to eat frozen.
The other popular cherries here are the Rainier cherries. Those are more tart, and they also call them "pie" cherries. If I want to do some canning, it would be the Rainiers I'd get.
No news yet from Diana, but I got an email from Leonie's mom, and they are all excited about Diana arriving at their place on Saturday. I think she's in Munich right now -- hopefully taking lots of pictures!
Monday, June 25, 2007
They landed in Frankfurt around 8:30 am (German time) and have already ridden 4 different trains, and a boat. They've eaten a German lunch, and they'll still ride two more trains to get to where they are spending the night.
I sure hope Diana had a chance to sleep on the plane!
Any photos I'm showing here are just copied from the web. I haven't heard from Diana herself yet - probably not until the end of the week unless there's internet access somewhere along the trip before they meet up with their host families on Saturday.
If you're interested: facts about the Cologne Cathedral
Sunday, June 24, 2007
We got up early this morning and headed up to Portland to drop Diana off at the airport.
She was a little nervous and teary when we said good-bye, but everything seemed to run smoothly. We watched her go thru the security checks & all. It looked like everything passed with her stuff.
This is her 2nd flight in as many days. Yesterday, all three kids got to go on a "Young Eagles" flight. Trevor & Diana had done it before, but not Connor. Up until he saw other kids getting out of the plane, he insisted he did NOT want to fly! Once he saw the kids with the big smiles disembarking, he asked if he could touch the plane. Lee said yes, and then Connor asked, "Get in the plane?" So Diana took his hand, and off he went! Yay!
Thank you Dr. Durst for the flight!
Here are the GAPP kids - ready to go! Everyone was on time, and everyone got thru security. We waved white hankies as they went off to their gate.
As I'm typing, they've been in the air for 4 hours. Diana should be bored by now. Or maybe they started the movie...
Hey- I just noticed Lee & Connor on the left of the photo - heh.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
So they started off swimming at the Community College pool (note the George Washington 'do).
Then Amanda joined us to go out to Red Robin for some burgers & dessert (we polished off TWO desserts!!). Renee hadn't been there before, so that was fun.
To work off all that dessert, we went bowling, using the free game tickets they'd gotten at Talent Show. Renee managed to beat out Diana, even in a mini-skirt.
Of course, Diana bowls granny-style, so that's not a huge feat (sorry Diana!).
Then it was back to our house for a couple of movies & a sleepover. Renee & Amanda left earlier this morning, and Mary helped Diana to do the dishes before we dropped her off to work at the Art Fair today.
As I write this, Diana & Trevor are flying overhead viewing our town from above with the "Young Eagles" program. We set it up for Connor, but Lee just called & told me Connor wasn't up for it. We'll try again next time!
Next post: Diana leaves for Germany!!!
Friday, June 22, 2007
The show has been running for 10 years. It was never on a network channel, so a lot of people missed it.
This was a great show. The premise was that there were tons of Stargates all around our galaxy, that were put into place by a race of Ancient people. Humans are their descendents.
The show took off from the movie, which starred James Spader and Kurt Russel. Ex-McGyver, Richard Dean Anderson took Kurt Russel's role, and Michael Shanks took James Spader's. The movie was a lot more drama & action. The series had a LOT of comedy in it. That's what made it so endearing to me.
The photo below shows the current cast, since Richard Dean Anderson retired to be able to spend more time with his family. Looks like he does a cameo for the finale however.
I think Michael Shanks gets some kind of award for being "dead" and then coming back to life more than anyone else on TV Daniel Jackson on Wikipedia. For a while there, he was out of the series, because his character had (like the Ancients) ascended to a higher plane of existence. But he came back (yay!). Daniel was my favorite character.
Apparently Amanda Tapping (with the series from beginning to end) will continue in the spin off Stargate-Atlantis, which is starting its 4th year next season, I think.
I'm going to miss this one, however. This was one of those shows the whole family would watch together with popcorn. Since SG-Atlantis was right after SG-1, we'd kind of have a little double-feature going.
A little trivia - Christopher Judge (Teal'c) with the golden seal thing on his forehead was also on the show for all 10 years. Before that, he played football for Diana's future college - University of Oregon :)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
They tasted great tho. Connor & Trevor came along to help, but Connor (while he actually picked some very nice berries) was more interested in getting his croc clogs stuck in the mud and yelling, "Help me! I'm stuck!"
Trevor still hasn't found a job, so he accompanies me on these other "work" type things. It counts as time, and while he's not the best berry picker, it was at least 1/2 a bucket that I didn't have to pick! Cherries will be easier for him - he's taller than I am!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Front left side is Renee. She graduated early last Sunday with Trevor's class. She is waiting to hear back about starting boot camp for the Navy.
This was today at the Rod & Gun Club, where we went to help with a Barbeque for our sister city, Shobu, Japan. This is an exchange thing that spun off from the middle-school student exchange. It continues the Sister City relationship we have with Shobu. This exchange is open to teens & adults - it's also with couples (spouses, friends, parent & older child).
Our job today was to prepare the tomatoes, onions and lettuce for the hamburgers (we did that at my house), and then to help with setting up the picnic area and maintaining the buffet line. After everyone had eaten, it was our turn with whatever was left over. This year they also had a community college band come to sing "American" song from a bunch of genres - jazz, show tunes, R&B, etc. That was fun.
We had another troop with us, also four girls, and we were given a donation of $100 ($50/troop) for coming to help. We also got any leftover food items, from the extra ketchup to tubs of potato salad. The watermelon wasn't great, so while there was bunch left, we didn't keep it.
Not all the girls could stay till the clean up, but Diana & I did, along with two girls and a co-leader from the other troop. Last time, we'd left after the food was cleaned up, but we stuck around this time to hear the little speeches from the Japanese people and their hosts. There was a translator to help everyone understand each other's language, so this took a little time. Diana & Stephanie were especially interested in listening to Japanese. It's not taught at their High School, but Diana is the president of the Japanese club, while Stephanie has been a member since she started High School. Both girls would nod and say things to each other to see if the other one had caught something. It was cute.
At the end, Diana & I were talking to the guy who had invited us (for the 2nd year now) to come and help with the food. When he found out how interested Diana is in Japan, he said he'd give us specifics about their next trip (October 2008?) in case she wanted to come along! Diana is thrilled! When we got home, I told Lee about it and he'd like to go too! It's only a 10-day trip, so that would be pretty dang cool for them to do together. We're okay with Diana missing school for it!
They gave us too many tomatoes & onions to prep tho. I need to figure out what to make with pre-sliced tomato & onion. Salsa?
This is what we're really like - pretty much all of the time. We're gonna miss Renee next year.
Monday, June 18, 2007
I was going to have him go to the community college, but the class he was going to take is being offered at a satellite campus, right next to my school. This is where the people go who couldn't manage High School when it was free. Some come in drunk or high, and it's not really the atmosphere I was thinking to have Trevor experience. So, we cancelled that idea. He can work instead.
Diana is leaving for Germany on Sunday. She will be going through her room & cleaning up, as well as packing for the trip. She needs to carry everything for the first week, as they'll be traveling all over before they meet up with their host families. She still needs to buy a few things, but it's coming together. We also need to get her the traveler's checks and the pre-loaded ATM card. Her teachers have copies of all the passports & birth certificates, in case anyone loses their papers.
Connor is just enjoying "School's out!" The weather right now is actually pretty overcast & cool, so he's not bugging me about swimming yet. Once it gets warmer, I'll get the little pool out for the backyard. I don't know if I'll do the college pool thing again this summer. We will start summer school again in July. He'll be at the same school where I work, but in a regular education class. If Trevor isn't working by then, he can assist in Connor's room (not paid). We are there from 8:00 to noon, 4 days a week.
I'm thinking I'll use the early part of the morning for the next couple of weeks to pick fruit to freeze. I can make jam if I have time now, or just freeze the fruit until later. Strawberries are on right now. I think cherries are too. Blueberries should be coming up pretty soon as well. I have a ton of yard work to do as well. I'll keep you posted!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Pop Kiester got the first & third shots.