We were pretty much nonstop today, although I will note that I woke up late. Mmm. Sleep.

Team Geek went out on our first Multi-Cache today (er, Saturday), Edith’s Trunk. Very challenging, seeing that we parked across the freeway from it and we were walking around for a total of close to 3 hours (including in the wrong park entirely!). But we found it… rather, Andy found it! The first one that he had found himself.

We came straight home to meet Asa for a nice little Barbeque in our backyard. Mmm. Asa made some kickass burgers with our bottle of Ring of Fire BBQ Sauce. Good stuff, adds a nice kick.

Then, it was poker as usual. Except… Andy and Michelle didn’t bring along the poker chips and cards. So we improvised!

We used Lego blocks as our poker chips. They stack pretty well, and you can make cool things with your winnings. Look here for pictures from tonight’s poker game.

I think it’s time to sleep.

Friday Five 28-06-02

Today’s Friday Five: When was the last time you…

1. …sent a handwritten letter?
I dunno about letters, but I send cards and postcards a lot. Want one? Send me your address.

2. …baked something from scratch or made something by hand?
I cook a lot. I dunno if making dinner counts. I made garlic mashed potatoes for last week’s GeoPicnic, and before that, I made Tiramisu from scratch for Michelle.

3. …camped in a tent?
Sadly, I can’t recall. It’s been that long. Years.

4. …volunteered your time to church, school, or community?
Hmm. Not too much lately, since moving and all. I did recently donate some money to Wil for the Breast Cancer Walk-a-thon (which is currently waaaay over goal, a good thing). I think that time is definitely a good thing to donate to people… I just have to make it.

5. …helped a stranger?
I think that we all should do something small for a stranger every day. It could be as minor as holding a door open, letting someone change lanes in front of you, or picking up something that was dropped. I consciously try to do these random acts of kindness often, albeit minor ones. Just because I know how it feels when someone else does it for me. 🙂

East Bay Hijinx

I had lunch with Robyn today, in Emeryville. This is the first time we’ve met IRL (in real life, for you non-acronym peeps). Too bad, since he’s about to move to Seattle. I met Robyn on the FARK Forums sometime late last year. A good guy, I wish him luck in the Starbucks State… er, I mean, Evergreen State.

Robyn gave me a couple of great California books… one on CA Hiking, which will be a great help when geocaching, for sure. And a generic California handbook. You can never know too much about your home state. 🙂

I was to meet my mom later at IKEA, but had a few hours to kill after lunch. So of course, I geocached. Duh.

Scoped out, but didn’t find, the “No eGrets” cache… it was ugly anyways. Not a good sign when you find packets of condoms and syringe packaging, is it? Went on to find the Berkeley Pedestrian Bridge cache, which was really easy. Nice walk, that bridge.

I then headed to IKEA and met Mom for a bit. Got some throw pillows, display shelves and mortar & pestle. Nothing too exciting. They were still out of an item that I’ve been asking about for months now. Grr.

Straight from IKEA back to the Berkeley for the New Stinky cache. This one is a toughie, but I found it! Lots of bricks and concrete about to scrape my legs and knees up. Luckily, I left a little first aid baggie for the next visitor.

I think I’m gonna stay on this side of the Bay tomorrow.

Monday Mission 2.25

Today’s Monday Mission is all over the map…

1. Do you wear glasses/contact lenses? If so would you consider going through Lasik surgery? (Or if you already have, please tell us about it)
Nope. I’m the only one in my immediately family that doesn’t wear corrective lenses. I guess that means I’m not too far behind.

2. Did you ever have to wear braces? How are your teeth? (any cavities, any pulled teeth, root canals, etc.)
I wore braces for about 3 years in my late teens/early 20’s. Sorry to say, I don’t wear my retainer as much as I should, and my bottom front teeth are moving. I got my wisdom teeth pulled a few weeks before I got my braces, when I had to get 4 more teeth pulled. Ouch! Haven’t been to a dentist in a couple of years… I know I need to.

3. What (if any) recent movies have moved you emotionally? Which one and how so?
I can’t remember any really recent ones, but Grave of the Fireflies is an anime that moved me more than any other live action movie. Very true to life, and doesn’t hold back. It’s touching and at the same time, very somber and sad.

4. Would you rather live the remainder of your golden years in a rest home, or pass away before it came to that?
It depends on how swanky the rest home is. 😉 I don’t think I would mind, as long as I was in fair physical and mental shape. If I had to have a caretaker, I think I wouldn’t like that very much. I’m pretty independent.

5. What natural creation or phenomenon just flat-out leaves you with a sense of wonder?
There are a lot of nature’s creations that I am astounded by, but I should really answer this question with something I’ve seen in person. A lot of the landscapes in Hawaii are just amazing. The Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island… oh my! That whole park is amazing… some parts are like a completely different planet. Haleakala on Maui as well. Wow. Amazing stuff, this earth.

6. Have you ever been in a fist fight or a situation where you had to get physically violent with someone else? How did that come about? Any consequences?
Not that I remember. Does that mean I was KO’ed?
Does scuffling with my sister when we were kids count? 😀

7. Are there any recent happenings that you wish you would have handled differently? What happened and what do you wish you’d done?
The only thing I would’ve done differently is getting this damn house unpacked. We stopped after our initial unpacking and just left it alone for a while. Someone, please, kick our asses!