Sunday, April 19, 2009

Cold Water and Mushrooms

Had a great day of diving yesterday, cold water notwithstanding! We went to Whitestar Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio. It is a beautiful Sandusky county park with relatively deep (the bottom of the crusher pit hits 75 ft) and super clear water. Visibility was probably 50-60 ft! Jeff got to play with his new gear, a set of 108 steel double tanks and with an OMS Harness, Dive Rite Classic wing and Apex XTX50 Regs. He's wanting to get into the tech side of diving, while I'm going more into the professional side. He did pretty darn good with his bouyancy actually. Had to throw on an extra 5 pounds of weight, even with 3 pound ankle weights and 130 pounds of gear! But, he managed to stay pretty trim. I took a couple of pics and videos too!


Here's Jeff on his favorite Christmas present ever:


video


Good example of the great viz:


Jeff in front of the staircase in the crusher pit:



Jeff demonstrating how to silt up the quarry with the sea scooter:



Me playing on the sea scooter:



Me hanging out on our safety stop:



We also went mushroom hunting Friday evening and today, with no luck. We're looking for morels, a delicious springtime treat! They're the only mushrooms that I really like. We go out at my grandparents' house, who have a couple hundred wooded acres. Last year was a great year, we probably found about 50 or so. I gorged myself on them and still gave a bunch away. Even though we didn't find any, a walk in the woods is always a good time. I just want to know why EVERYTHING is covered with thorns! I ripped a big hole in my jeans and scratched up my arms today. Oh well, maybe later this week we'll get some!

Monday, April 6, 2009

UFO Sightings and Updates

So, update on my grandpa, he's been released from the hospital and is now temporarily (hopefully!) in a nursing home much closer to home. He still needs to gain quite a bit of strength back. At least enough that he can get in and out of a wheelchair without assistance. They believe that the weakness was caused by a combination of his cholesterol medication (simvastatin) and his dialysis. He's been taken off of the statin and will be doing physical therapy to get his strength back, but the doctors are optimistic that he'll be able to go home within the next month or so, all depending on how hard he works. So, good news for the most part. My aunt and uncle brought my grandparents' Chesapeake Bay retriever Emma to see him, I think he was missing her more than anything else while he was in the hospital!

As for working out, I haven't run in about a week and a half=bad, but I did swim last Wednesday and plan to go again tomorrow evening=good! Diet is bad. I have zero willpower to eat right. I do good for breakfast, but lunch and dinner just fly out the window! Oh well...
So, UFO Sightings:
February Lady Sweater:

I'm getting there, slowly but surely. So much for having it done in February! Hopefully I can get it done in April!
Mossy Firestarters:

Had a heck of a time with the chart, still not sure if I'm doing it right, I guess we'll see!

The others... I don't want to talk about... :-) (that means no progress!)

Supposed to maybe go diving this Saturday, all depends on whether Jeff gets all of his tech gear together. His new Apeks regs came in today and he's got his wing and harness. He's still waiting on the metal fabricator in town to finish his backplates. So, we'll see! Hopefully, cause we're probably going to either Whitestar or Gilboa, both great places to dive here in Ohio!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Just so you know...

I am not stoopid! :-)

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Well, at least only 18% stupid!