Monday, August 5, 2013

Silver Liningness, the Sequel

Since weeks aren't just about weekENDS, and my Silver Liningness posts are meant to recap the whole week, I need an add-on.  Despite the fun of it, camp trips don't get to hog all the silver.

With summer winding down, things are lining up for the fall.  Chaco and Wolfgang's housing situations are looking pretty set and to everyone's likings.  Chaco will be in a more apartment style "dorm".  He's with the same friends from last year.  They'll have a kitchen.  Hmmm...

My schedule is falling into place too.  I think I've got a good idea of how much tuting I can handle while doing the back-to-school thing.  Fall is a busy time for the test preppers.  I had two more slots left in my schedule when an administrator from the school where I did ACT camp called to set up separate tutorings for her twin sons.  How convenient is that??  ALAKAZOOM!, I'm all booked for September prep!

On Saturday, Wolfgang and some friends ran in a 5k, Race for Rwanda.  They really haven't run a whole lot since track season ended, so they weren't looking to be in the winner's circle.  With that in mind, they decided to make it "fun".  As they tried coming up with fun things to do, they realized that, since it's for a cause, they didn't want their fun to come off as distasteful.  So they ended up painting their torsos like the Rwandan flag (which they had to google).

Their efforts got them on the local running store sponsor's facebook:

"Run for Rwanda this am. These Rampart kids sure know how to run in style!! Rwandan flag!"

Moral of the story?  If you can't beat 'em, paint your torso!

In news of the wild kingdom, I went out and hired a new plecostomus to take the place of Hot Lips - may he Rest In Peace - the previous tank custodian.  The good news is, the new guy's still alive.  Oh, and he's being and awesome neat freak too, definitely towing the line.  

Additionally, Reese the snake has been with us for a year now.  He's just about outgrown the original tank we got for him, and Meego found a nice big one at a good price.  A friend of his had a large Boa Constrictor that was fed live mice.  I won't go into detail, but one of those mice turned out to be Mighty Mouse, and... well... no more Boa Constrictor.  Tank for sale!


As if on cue, Reese shed his skin this morning.  Napolion lives up to the title "curious cat".  No snake skin gets thrown out without a full inspection.



  1. Tell the boys - Nice paint job. It fooled me. I must admit that I wondered who would manufacture a running shirt that fit so tightly.

    Could I ever get used to a snake? Would I ever want to?

    I see you're still rolling along with your academic and professional pursuits. Kudos!

    1. I like how the three of them combined to make one Rwandan flag rather than each do individual flag bodies.

      I never foresaw snake ownership or going to events like "ReptiCon", but it's actually kinda fun.

  2. A great week for ALL the AbbyNormal crew! And I can't believe Reese is a year old already. They grow so fast, don't they? I'm curious what Napolion thought of the snake skin.
    Love the torso artwork! I'll have to remember their motto....
    Congrats on filling your final tuting spaces. Just be sure to leave an opening in case YOU need it. ;)

    1. I know, our little snake is getting so grown up! Next, he'll be wanting to take over an entire floor of the house and having friends over for wild parties. I don't know if it's curiosity, or Napolion's apparent OCD. I think he wanted Reese to put the skin back on.

      I liked the inspired "flag team" too. Yes, something to consider for that next race?

    2. Not until my abs look like theirs.

  3. I didn't even realize the shirts were painted on. Nice improv!

  4. Congrats to Wolfgang and friends on achieving local celebrity status! I love the way they made the race fun for themselves and others.