Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Funny Folder

Just for fun I was going through my folder in my inbox where I keep everything funny that people send me. Here are some jokes I thought were pretty good.

"Always keep several get well cards on the mantle - if unexpected guests arrive, they'll think you've been sick and unable to clean."

A man is in bed asleep with his wife when there is a rat-a-tat-tat onthe door. He rolls over and looks at his clock, and it's half pastthree in the morning. "I'm not getting out of bed at this time", hethinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. "Aren't yougoing to answer that?" says his wife. So he drags himself out ofbed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is manstanding at the door. It didn't take the homeowner long to realizethe man was drunk."Hi there." slurs the stranger, "Can you give me a push??""No, get lost. It's half past three. I was in bed," says the man andslams the door.He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened and she says"Dave, that wasn't very nice of you. Remember that night we brokedown on the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from thebaby-sitter and you had to knock on that man's house to get usstarted again? What would have happened if he'd told us to get lost?""But the guy was drunk," says the husband."It doesn't matter." says the wife. "He needs our help. The rightthing to do would be to help him."So the husband gets out of bed again, dresses, and goes downstairs.He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere heshouts: "Hey, do you still want a push??" He hears a voice cry out,"Yeah, please."So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts: "Where are you?"And the stranger replies: "I'm over here, on your swing."

My wife and I, both graduate students, recently celebrated the arrival of our first child. At my wife's insistence, we had paid our entire medical bill and were now worried about meeting other payments. We were discussing our sad financial situation one evening when our son demanded a diaper change. As my wife leaned over the baby's crib, I heard her mutter, "The only thing in the house that's paid for, and it leaks."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Link by link or drop by drop?

God bless us, everyone.

(I just finished watching the Christmas Carol with George C. Scott.)

This year has been a year of all kinds of emotions. I've found deep joy in my professional life, and also my home life. Yet it has been one of the most challenging years as well.

I've gotten to travel a lot, and that is fullfilling to me. In May we took a giant graduation trip to California and hit a few National Parks on the way back. We went to the beach, Disneyland, Mohave National Preserve, Grand Canyon, (camped in the middle of nowhere near Jacob Lake), Zion National Park, (camped in the middle of nowhere near Bryce National Park), and Bryce. For my project I've been throughout Arches. When my project changed to Canyonlands I explored a large part of the Needles District (while pretty pregnant).

The hardest part of having a baby is the reduced mobility. I feel an invisible leash of guilt whenever I go anywhere for long.

My family has done very well. My hubby continues to find more and more ways of making himself feel secure of his ability to support us. He excels in school and ultimate frisby and is even getting pretty good at the stock trade. Liz has learned a lot from her daddy. She just learned to blow spit bubbles.

Liz has grown (as expected) in two months. She talks to us in her two syllable language and is starting to get enough muscle in her neck to hold it up by herself.

So, even though this blog isn't suppposed to be a newsletter, I thought I would put some year's end summary for those who really don't have much else to do. Have a positive, bright, wonderous, killer Christmas (killer?). Oh, and enjoy your egg nog.