Friday, July 24, 2009

Ah! Where am I? How did I get here? Where have I been this whole time?

Good questions, all. Another quick rundown, methinks.

Last weekend was some wedding madness. My friend Brad got married down in Deckers, so we had that going on. The week before was his bachelor party, where I got to play some paintball and some poker. Thankfully I am better at shooting than at cards.

Antonia was doing much better and then seemed to have a relapse. She's looking stronger now, and trying to eat on her own again. We're not letting that fool us, though. Last time she did that we just et her eat and I think she just wasn't eating enough to stay healthy. So now we're letting her eat, but we're still force-feeding her three to four times a day. it's gross and unpleasant for all involved, but it's what she needs.

We went back to trivia and were joined by some new friends. A lot of new friends, actually. We ended up splitting into two teams, with Fogey Force (Adj and Charlie) showing us whippersnappers what for. They ended up taking 3rd, while we tied for 5th. This is yet another example of why we are better as a complete team than we are separately. Winning is fun, but so is seeing all our friends, especially some we haven't seen in a year or more. So overall, I'd say it was well worth it.

Let's see...what else have we done? Well, we went to our book club, which is always a good time. I've been slacking off on jiu-jitsu for the past few weeks, unfortunately. I was going to go last night but we're camping this weekend and had quite a bit left to do. I'm definitely going to head back next week and make it to all my classes. I've got my 20, so I just need my stripe and all that jazz. My last class was really fun. I got to wrestle a brown belt (the instructor) and a blue belt, and did well against both of them. I didn't win by any means, but I also didn't make a fool of myself.

Speaking of camping...we're camping! Should be fun. We've got a good group together, we've got a good site (from what I hear) and should have a very good time. We're bringing about a billion things, and I don't even really know if everything will fit in the car. We'll see, I guess. We're doing some fun stuff this trip, for sure. We're bringing archery gear to shoot arrows at things, and we're going to try some homemade lanterns and stuff that Dave and Jax put together. We're also going to try to do some of the stuff we've read about in various survival manuals, just to see how well we can make it work for real. I'll let you guys know how well it all works.

Also, I've been really keen on making bows ever since reading this: Dies the Fire So I found some cool tutorials online and am now putting my shop in some semblance of order. It's not easy, but it's much nicer to have space to work, so it'll be worth the effort. Here's the link to the site I'm using primarily. I've talked with the guy and he's a really nice dude. Anyhow, here's the link: Sam's Bowmaking Site

That's about it, I guess. I'm going to try to keep up with my blog better than I have been recently. I'm slacking off, and that ain't cool. As I get closer to making actual pieces and parts for the bow-making process, I'll be updating my other blog with pictures and stuff. I'll make note of it here when I do that, so you know.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Quick Update

Hey guys, sorry I've been away for so long. A lot has been happening, and I've been really busy at work so I haven't been able to talk much about it.

First off, our cat Antonia is sick. She's got hepatic lipidosis, which means we have to force-feed her to try to get her body back to processing food. it sucks, but she's our baby and we need to do it. We're really hoping she gets better soon. Thanks to everyone for all of your support, it means a lot to us.

Secondly, we went on a trip to Glenwood Springs, CO to celebrate our first anniversary (earlier this month). We had a really great time. It was honestly one of the better trips I've been on, and I think Jenna agrees. We got to eat lots of good food, stay in a cool old hotel, walk around a lot, look in neat shops, soak in a giant hot spring pool, and ride a train. Really, it couldn't have been better. Hopefully I'll get a chance to post some pictures.

Also, we both read Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling. It's a pretty good book (the writing isn't great and the premise is a bit weak, but the story and the situation is enough to keep me interested) and it has inspired us to try to practice some archery. It has also inspire me to start making more bows and arrows. I have three bows already, one of which I made myself, and I'd like to increase significantly that number and my skill at making them. I've since made a Flemish string jig to help me make bowstrings, and made one for a fiberglass bow I already had. The whole process is very interesting and there are a lot of great sites on the internet that are very helpful.

Anything else? I'm sure there is, but I'm a bit rushed at the moment. I'll try to be a bit better about posting over the next week to keep everyone informed of how everything is going. Thanks for reading!