Borderline Retarded

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bye Bye Baby

We took down new baby's crib this past weekend. He's sleeping on the bottom of the bunk bed now.


He'll be two years old on December 10th.

Not a baby any more!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Last night, November 16, 2007, I saw an Unidentified Flying Object.
No, seriously.

I was walking up to Scott and Wren's condo, parallel to the building, when I saw something floating in the sky just at the tree line. We have an airport in Napa, so I don't always give these types of lights a second glance. But, as I watched, this object looked so strange, that I stopped walking and just stared at it. My first thought was that it might be a comet, but there was no tail to it. And it didn't seem to have a specific course.

My second thought was that someone had let go a homemade lantern or something, and it was light enough to be floating on the air current.

My third thought was that it was a helicopter, but the searchlight seemed to be pointing up towards the sky instead of towards the ground.

The light was bright orange, and flickered slightly like it was a flame, rather than a bulb. It was extremely bright and steady. This light seemed to be at the very bottom, and just above seemed to be some kind of material, like a parachute. It undulated slightly, and was very pale and seemed transparent. It looked for all the world like a plastic grocery bag with a lantern like flame glowing in it.

I stopped watching and knocked on the door. When Wren answered, I dragged her outside to look at it. At this point, it had moved further away, and all that was visible was the actual light. When I told Wren to come and look at something, the first thing she said on her way out the door was that there was a meteor shower tonight. But, as soon as she saw it we both agreed it wasn't a meteor. As we watched, the light stopped moving across the sky, and just seemed to grow smaller. Scott joined us, and a minute or so later, so did George. Even in that span of one minute, the light had grown even fainter, and we all agreed it seemed to be moving directly away from us, straight up. Our friend Mike arrived at this point, and we all five of us stood transfixed. George was capturing it all on his cell phone, but when we re-played it, the screen was completely black and all he could pick up were Mike making smart-ass comments and me giggling like an idiot.

It was all very surreal, but I have to believe there is some very logical explanation. The only strange thing was that it started off kind of lolling about lazily, then shooting straight up until it left the atmosphere and the light winked out. It was very cool, but I never once got a "creepy" sensation, or felt frightened. I guess I've grown up around airplanes too much to ever really believe anyone sees UFO's.

I just wish someone else had seen it at the very beginning, when the rest of it was more visible.

After we were sure it was gone, we started into the house. I did see a shooting star right then, and someone joked it was a man falling to earth. After this, the requisite "black helicopter" stories started. I should pick up a copy of The Napa Sentinel today to see if Harry Martin reports any other UFO sightings from last night.

He must have buzzed the tower one too many times

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I have been one busy little bee.

Normally, I spend time writing on my blog during down time at work. I never usually use the computer at home. Since taking on the new tax responsibilities, I now work a 40 + workweek, and have had roughly ZERO downtime since June!

Three TTB auditors arrived last Monday. Luckily, Maria is still the head honcho as far as compliance goes, so my involvement has been minuscule. Luckily especially because I have been feeling under the weather the past two weeks. I had a touch of the flu, then a terrible hacking cough. I think I could really use a vacation!

Halloween was fun this year. The kids both dressed up and went "Trick or Treating". This was old baby's first time going door to door, and he did really well. They were both cracking me up. New baby had no idea what the heck was going on, but he will follow his big brother anywhere! They forgot to say "Trick or Treat", and just walked right into people's houses. At one house new baby took candy out of his bucket and gave it to the nice people at the door! They had fun handing out candy after we got home too. I was even able to take a couple of pictures before they tore their costumes off! They were ghosts. I bought old baby a costume, and made one for new baby out of a men's long sleeved T-shirt.

We had a potluck at work and a costume contest. I love Halloween; it's hands down my favorite holiday of the year. However, they last several years have found me completely unimaginative and unable to think of a costume for myself. Usually by the time I think to go to a costume shop, it's the night before and all they have left are costumes from the "Playboy" collection. My friend Maria won "most creative" with her Magic 8 Ball costume. She had a spare wig, so I put that on and we decided I was Britney Spears! My friend Keri was dressed as Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Let's see if I can manage to post a couple of photos:

This last picture is our "Way Bitchin' 80's" IT Department.