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July 2012

@abulsme Updates from 2012-07-25 (UTC)

  • Mom just left heading back to Ohio. Nice staycation over. Back to the normal routine starting… Now! Uh… Or maybe in the morning. :-) #
  • RT @danfrakes: It’s official: Mountain Lion tomorrow. (From Apple’s financials PR.) #
  • RT @ppppolls: For the first time ever in our weekly national tracking for @DKElections Obama doesn't lead- tied at 47: #
  • MT @JohnJHarwood: Huge diff in NBC/WSJ poll among 300 cell phone resp (Obama +13) and landline resp (Obama +3). Reflects O edge among young #
  • MT @MarkDice: More people die every year from slipping in the shower than from mass shooting sprees. Do you want more shower regulations? #
  • Reading – How Much Will the Supreme Court's Obamacare Decision Cost the Federal Government? (Kevin Drum) #
  • Reading – Uninsured Aurora shooting victims face financial devastation (Xeni Jardin) #
  • Reading – Al Qaeda Insinuating Its Way Into Syria’s Conflict (Rod Nordland) #
  • Reading – State and National Polls Tell Different Tales About State of Campaign (Nate Silver) #
  • Reading – Compliance At Swordpoint Is Still Compliance (Ken from Popehat) #
  • Reading – Prediction: Romney Will Not be the Republican Nominee (Paul Abrams) #

Mom Visit Tuesday

Almost done with Tut (Photo from Mom)

Really, Alex, almost done! (Photo from Amy)

It is OK, I forgive you for boring, upsetting and scaring me. (Photo from Amy)

Of course, there is still an IMAX movie…

Not happy about this IMAX of which you speak.

Oh wait… there is popcorn? Why didn’t you say so?

40 minutes in the dark => Nap in the Grass (Photo from Mom)

And playing in sculptures (Photo from Mom)

And pictures of the same.

Alex has to try too.

Have to make one of those squished penny things.

And a ride on the monorail!

The monorail!

Even got to watch the driver on the return trip!

Gotta watch everything!

Then home to walk the dog with Grama Ruth

And 17 hours later, time to play with trains some more!

And Grama Ruth makes a big fort to play cars in!

Sister said give her a kiss!

And we’re fixing up my fish bowl!

@abulsme Updates from 2012-07-24 (UTC)

Mom Visit Monday

Grama Ruth and Alex at the Zoo (Photo from Amy)


Walkin’ at the Zoo! [With you know who cropped off the side since she doesn’t like pictures]

Peacock! (Photo from Mom)

Looking at the Hippos (Photo from Mom)

See, Hippos (Photo from Mom)

Tired again though (Photo from Mom)

But not too tired for a stick of candy!

OK, maybe too tired for a stick of candy after all!

14 hours later, playing with Grama Ruth again

Coming through!

Reading a book with Dad (Photo from Mom)

Rough housing with Daddy (Photo from Mom)

Brandy’s Alex Head on display, Daddy, and Alex (Photo from Mom)

Looking over the edge… (Photo from Mom)

At a fountain. (Photo from Mom)

Amy at LGBTQ Resource Center where she volunteers

Getting ready to jump with Grama Ruth’s help!

Off to see the King Tut Exhibit (From Mom’s Camera)

Where there were many Ancient Egyptian things (Photo from Mom)

But Alex was not impressed… (Photo from Mom)

and really wanted to leave! (Photo from Amy)

Amenhotep IV said we should stay longer though. (Photo from Amy)

As did Psusennes I.

My mom was more impressed than Alex.

And we couldn’t miss the stomach coffin!

@abulsme Updates from 2012-07-23 (UTC)

Mom Visit Sunday

Train Ride Continued (Photo from Amy)

Amy can’t stop taking portraits of Alex (Photo from Amy)

One more looking out the window of the train (Photo from Amy)

Grama Ruth helping Alex off the train

Walking with Grama Ruth

Dad takes a last look at Thomas (since Alex wasn’t interested)

Cause it was time to play trains!!

And then to head back to the car

Come on Grama Ruth!

Then 21 hours later… time for the zoo! With Penguins! (Photo from Mom)

But more on that in the pictures for Monday (Photo from Amy)

@abulsme Updates from 2012-07-22 (UTC)

  • :-( RT @brendanloy: :( RT @glenasbury: Somehow, I missed that President George H.W. Bush, now 88, has contracted Parkinson's. #
  • +1 MT @UGAProsecutor RT @JonahNRO Dear [insert news organization], no I would not prefer to download the iPhone app. Please stop asking. #
  • Reading – The Declining Culture of Guns and Violence in the United States (Patrick Egan) #
  • Reading – A Wakeup Call in the Persian Gulf (Roshan Alemi) #
  • Reading – The Next 48 Hours Summarized For You in One Short Post (John Cole) #
  • Reading – Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses ( Rebecca J. Rosen) #
  • Reading – New Poll Looks Bad for Gay Marriage (Dominic Holden) #
  • Reading – The Vetting Search for Mitt Romney's Vice President (Jason Zengerle) #

Mom Visit Saturday

Amy in Bunny Suit (Photo from Amy)

Alex making cookies

Sam and Alex, playing Trains (Photo from Mom)

Alex and Mom on the play house thing

Alex climbing the slide with Grama Ruth watching

Once more down the slide

Me and Alex on the way to the surprise (Photo by Amy)

The surprise is trains! (Photo by Mom)

What is the surprise Alex? (Photo from Mom)

The surprise is Thomas! (Photo from Mom)

Amy got a Diesel 10 tattoo (Photo from Amy)

Watching model trains (Photo from Amy)

Getting ready to board the Thomas train (Photo from Amy)

Are we really sure we want to do this? (Photo from Amy)

Deciding to be brave (Photo from Amy)

On the train! (Photo from Amy)

Why do you keep pointing the camera at me? (Photo from Amy)

Looking out the window (Photo from Amy)

There is a lot to see! (Photo from Amy)

Deep in thought

Still concentrating (Photo from Amy)

Wide eyed (Photo from Amy)

The photographer

A fun day! (Photo from Amy)

But lots to think about… (Photo from Amy)

Are we done yet? (Photo from Amy)

Grama Ruth gets to see too

Getting tired…

But then, a view!

A view? (Photo from Amy)

Seriously… are we done yet? (Photo from Amy)

Cause I’m kinda done… (Photo from Amy)

@abulsme Updates from 2012-07-21 (UTC)

  • Reading – Weeping Angels have “developed” in Series 7 (DWTV) #
  • Reading – Colorado shooting: Picture emerges of chaotic scene, suspect James Holmes (Brad Knickerbocker) #
  • RT @jaketapper: wow. read the last blog post of Aurora shooting victim @JessicaRedfield > chilling #
  • Reading – Could a Brave Citizen With a Concealed Weapon Have Prevented the Aurora Shootings? (David Weigel) #
  • RT @kevinrose: Rethink Digg website is live! #
  • RT @cmdrtaco: The Spice Girls will be performing at the london 2012 olympic closing ceremonies. This is happening. #
  • RT @mattyglesias: The big background story is that the US murder rate has halved over the past 20 years: #
  • MT @samsteinhp: Debate on MSNBC is if you can restrict certain type of guns. Debate on Fox is if you can ban certain costumes at movies. #
  • +1 RT @jeffjarvis: Wolf Blitzer declares theaters' no-costume policy "very, very smart." No, it's not. It's as dumb as cable news: kneejerk. #
  • RT @sirwheaton: @wilw Just realized the irony in Wheaton's Law… isn't your first name Richard? #
  • RT @wilw: @sirwheaton You JUST realized this? Son, I am disappoint. #
  • Reading – The real reason we’re upset about Sparrow’s acquisition (Rian) #
  • Reading – RNC confirms Ron Paul will be up for nomination (Mason Buran) #
  • Reading – Blowing up the Death Star (Mitch Prothero) #
  • Reading – The Reason for the iPad Mini (Ryan Jones) #
  • Reading – How the Eagle Landed: Grumman Construction Log, and a message to space (Xeni Jardin) #
  • Reading – An adult conversation about guns (Darcy Burner) #

Mom Visit Friday

Alex Arranging a Cars Meeting (taken by Mom)

Lounging Roscoe (taken by Mom)

Sam and Alex Racing Game (taken by Mom)

Alex Awake in Car (taken by Mom)

Alex Asleep in Car (taken by Mom)