What’s your story

Whenever I go to the grocery store at odd hours I tend to wonder what is going on with people shopping at odd hours. Today I went to Kroger at around 11 PM. There is this guy who is checking out in front of me. He is all sweaty and wearing a camel back. He only has one item: A large can of tomatos.  As I’m leaving I see him sitting on a picnic table outside the store, with his large can of tomatos.

There must be an interesting story there.

Did he sit down and eat the tomatos?

Why buy the tomatos? If you are out biking or running, maybe go for some gatorade?

How did he get to Kroger? Did he drive? If so, why the camel back?

Why is all of this taking place at 11 PM?


Ice Cream Social

I had a nice post written up about the Ice Cream Social at Eli’s school (Ann Arbor Open/Mack) but it got lost in my phone somehow.

Here is the short version. Eli went on a few rides, we had various snacks, saw lots of friends, and Eli won a round on the cake walk. He selected the cupcakes, to the delight of his mom. I think she might have suggested them as a delicious option. Notice Parke participating in the cake walk. Once she saw the cupcakes, she had to take a chance.

Tech Night at the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum

We went to a fun event at The Hands on Museum tonight. The local tech community put on a Tech Night. It featured many of the local tech companies and was a great way to learn more about some of the interesting things these companies are doing. But it was really a fundraiser for the museum.

Parke and I took Eli while Oliver stayed home with his Nana. It reminded us how much simpler things are with one kid vs. two. The highlight of the night was a scavenger hunt. Eli was actually quivering when he found the last treasure. It was great to see the museum without all the crowds. Hopefully they’ll do something similar again next year.

Maple Fest

Welcome Maple FansWe had a warm spell two weeks ago and the sap started flowing, so we headed out to Snow’s Sugarbush to enjoy some maple goodness. We went with our friend Carol and her kids. Oliver slept through most of it, but Eli saw all of the steps of the process from the buckets in the trees to the boilers and to the kitchen where they turned the sap into various yummy treats. The most interesting part for me was to taste some raw sap. It was surprisingly watery with just a hind of forest to it. It is hard to imagine that it eventually is turned into sweet maple syrup.

Eli and Chase each enjoyed a pony ride and we all took a ride in a cart that was pulled by a pair of donkeys. But the most fun that Eli and Chase had was running around a big concrete circle in the parking lot like maniacs. That was way more fun than all the maple happenings.

When we finish up the supply that we bought, I’m sure we can pick up some more at the local farmer’s market. The Snow’s Sugarbush folks are usually there.

Looking for sapTasty fresh sapHaving a tasteDriving an assSave some gas …Running around like maniacs

In case you’re wondering how my day is going……

…………..Here’s an email I just wrote to my mom’s group a few minutes ago:

From: Parke Wiegman [mailto:parkew@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 2:49 PM
Subject: Anyone have a snake???

Soooooo. Eli got a pet mouse for Easter. Actually, he got the equipment for a mouse from the Easter bunny, and then went last night to pick out his pet mouse. He wanted a boy mouse, and named him “Squeaky”. We got him home, put him in the cage, and discovered two problems: 1) the cage the Easter bunny brought was more of a cage for a rat, and had bars that were wide enough for Squeaky to escape from. Within his first, oh I don’t know, 5 seconds in the cage. So we put him right back into the cardboard box that he came home in. And the second problem? He smelled. SO BAD. The cage is set up in the boys room, and Ryan could smell the mouse as soon as he walked in our front door, he said the house smelled like a pet store. Awesome. Did a little googling, found out that boy mice are notoriously smelly. Way to do your research, Parke and Ryan… We talked to Eli about the smell, and suggested that maybe we could take Squeaky back to the store and get a girl mouse. No Go. He was already attached to this boy mouse. So (I am hanging my head in shame here), I went back to the pet store to get a new, made for a mouse, escape-proof cage. And brought Squeaky along to “help pick out his new home”. Yes, I admit, I took him back and exchanged him for a similar looking, slightly fatter, but much less smelly female mouse. When I got back home with the new cage and the new Squeaky, Eli asked if I had replaced his mouse, and I totally danced around the question and then changed the subject. I know, I am terrible. At least I didn’t lie to him and tell him it was the same one. Anyway, Squeaky seemed more interested in building a nest than playing last night, and most of today. He/She finally came out to explore the cage for a bit, and I noticed she was looking slimmer….then I noticed the nest was still moving, even though she was no longer in it. Yup, you guessed it…..Squeaky had himself some babies some time between last night and this afternoon. Sigh. I was totally busted, although Eli didn’t directly accuse me of switching his mouse, he is now totally aware that Squeaky isn’t a boy. And we also have the additional problem of what to do with the babies. I don’t have the heart to kill them, but we cannot keep them for long. Some might be boys and they will start smelling and making more baby mice. I wonder how long it takes for a baby mouse to reach sexual maturity? Probably about 3 hours….. So if anyone has a snake, and needs some baby mice to feed it, please feel free to have ours!!

New escape proof home, now with bonus mice!!!!

Winter Break…Episode Four, in which Ryan’s oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookie doesn’t even last until 11 AM

Not too much to say today, I’ll let the photos speak for themeselves…if you’re dying for something to read, here’s an amusing exchange between Ryan and myself this morning:

From: Parke Wiegman
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:13 AM
To: McGee, Ryan (R.A.)
Subject: I tried to stop myself….
I really did. 

But I couldn’t do it.  Your cookie is gone.  Sorry, dude.  But seriously, you can’t leave something that yummy just lying around and expect that it will still be here when you get home.  J 

From: McGee, Ryan (R.A.)
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:18 AM
To: Parke Wiegman
Subject: RE: I tried to stop myself….

I actually mentally wrote that off just a few minutes ago.  I’ve known you for a while now.

Ryan McGee
Supervisor, Vehicle Controls Architecture and Algorithm Design
Sustainable Mobility Technologies
Research and Advanced Engineering
Ford Motor Company

  Oliver in a track suit.  Too cute.oliver worries if this monkey eats babiesEli starts the morning with a little computer timeEli might be getting a litte tired of having his photo takenBig lunch to fill up for the afternoon’s activitesYou’re never fully dressed unless you’re wearing your Barbie watch

Decorating a present to take to the partyReady for the birthday boy….Birthday party at Jungle Java…bring on the mayhemLots of room for mayhem.