Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quiet, For Now

Good morning.

Benjamin is already waiting to come back inside. No sun to roll in, so what's the point in lingering outdoors? Last night's storm gave us whistling wind, and things that went bump in the night. Now it's cold, and the yard looks dashed about and battered. I can hear the chickens, so I guess they managed alright.

Come in Benji... help me get this breakfast going.

Robotics was an all day event yesterday. In the metal shop by eight, and working until nine last night. As long a day as that was, the fun continued here at the Bird House. I heard there was scrapbooking going on after hours too. Go Marketing! I met Alex, Eli, and Geoff in the metal shop because they had so much stuff to bring home, then they got back to work on the mini-bot and deployment mechanism. Even over the rain, the howling wind, and crashing yard bits, I heard them working until midnight. Those Midnight Mechanics were pretty savvy about their team name! Late nights are inevitable it seems.

And here. This. This looks familiar! It would not be a FIRST 2102 Team Paradox build season if there weren't robots on our dining table!

(Heather, I will be re-reading your post about de-cluttering. Often. I hope I learn something.)

Ah, our life.

I see Geoff opened his birthday presents.
And Alex is still producing art for the SDA Gallery he and Suki are exclusively showing in.
Glitter glue and crayons... those belong to Maria, and William. They have been coloring and decorating butterflies. Max put away his Abarat books.
But mostly it's robots. Robots, robots, robots.

Good thing it's a big kitchen. There's space enough for me to make a hot breakfast, something hearty before they take off for another full day of building and testing, before spending the day with fellow robo-enthusiasts: Team San Diego.

They need their sleep... so I have been keeping things quiet. I think these will make a wonderful, gentle wake-up call.

Mmmmmmm... they're smelling so good!

Well... okay...

Rise and Shine! Time to get our gears rolling!


Emily Cole said...

Did you make those croissants from scratch? They look yummy, even not baked yet! Hope you a great day!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Oh Em... get thee to a Trader Joe's! These buttery delectables are in the freezer section. They rise over night and bake up golden and flaky for breakfast. I love that they have pronounceable ingredients. I hope you have a great day too.

judy in ky said...

Once more I say... wish we had Trader Joe's here!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Be thoughtful about where you retire, Judy! When we were planning our move to Hawaii, Geoff would spend time in online forums chatting with other people that were settling into their Island homes and the number one topic of conversation was: "we miss/want Trader Joe's!" Maybe not your first criteria, but maybe a small factor?

Cheyenne -Millie said...

I agree with Em. Those croissants look yummy!

Hi Benjamin!!

PS: I always think of my clutter as an organized mess!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

"Organized Mess!"
I love it. And you know, nothing throws off my pace more than looking for something when I have managed to put it away! Order is so unexpected it confuses me!
Benjamin says "hello" in a casual, yet sincere cat-like fashion. You know how it is.

Anonymous said...

I like how you've memorialized the clutter with photos -- the stuff of real life ;-) Hope the robotic day has gone well for all the participants and the support staff!

Tracy said...

Benji has such a character-full face--he is a beauty! Organized chaos... we can all relate to that. ;o) Trader Joe's... I miss Trader Joe's! Croissants...mmm... save me one! Happy Weekend to you all ((HUGS))

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Nikkipolani, and Tracy! It always makes me smile to read your comments. My dear friends.