Hailey's First Thanksgiving

The goal for today was to start the morning with Brianna’s dad in
South Austin, move on to the Hill Country in the afternoon to see my
parents, and complete the day in North Austin at Brianna’s Aunt and
Uncle’s house.

I think we could have done it, but we didn’t get to find out because
my mom was scared Hailey might get sick with the flu if we came to
visit. Autumn has had a fever at least three days, the doctor’s office
said she had the flu and would be contagious until 24 hours after the
fever was no more.

Because of this, we took the trip to the Hill Country from our
itinerary. We will see my parent’s tomorrow when we trek to the famous
city of East Texas, the renowned [Paris, Texas][1].

I made [Alton Brown’s Brined Roast Turkey][2] for Thanksgiving
dinner. It was delicious.

Flashback 2002: [Last Thanksgiving][3] was the start of Hailey’s
landing preparations

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[1]: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087884/
[2]: http://foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_8389,00.html
[3]: /archives/2002/11/28/ready_or_not_not_ready/

More Pictures

We found an old roll of film the other day and had it developed. We
didn’t get a photo CD with the development, so I have been meaning to
scan them. The scanner doesn’t work in Linux so I have to reboot into
Windows to do the scanning and I have been putting it off, but today
seemed like a good day to get it done.

I didn’t want to spend all day in Windows so I installed the scanner
software on my laptop, then I hooked the laptop to the scanner and
used `rdesktop` to remotely connect and control the laptop from Linux.

Scanners are made to scan photographs but they don’t do a good job. If
you are not very careful when placing the picture and closing the lid,
your scans will be crooked. I had a lot of pictures to scan and didn’t
have a lot of time to be careful. I needed something else.

First I tried holding the pictures up against the edge while I scanned
but my fingers showed on some of the scans. So I tried to copy the
pictures with my digital camera but I couldn’t find a good light
source. Finally, I made a picture scanning jig out of some masking
tape, a clear ruler, and a square. It worked out pretty good.

This roll of film had pictures from everywhere. I think the roll
started while Hailey was in Houston for her EEG monitoring. Here we
see that Hailey can look pretty even when she has many electrodes
attached to her head.

There are a lot more pictures [in the album][1]. This is one of my
favorites, it looks like Hailey has a mission.

[1]: /photo_albums/hdj_20031001

First Day care Portraits

The day care photographs arrived yesterday. Neither pose was very
good. Hailey was crying in both of them. We had to buy the pictures
anyway because they are Hailey’s first photographs. There could be a
bit of a scam going on at the day care. The photographers don’t have
to be good because they know you will buy them anyway. They also don’t
have a fixed package. You buy by the sheet, $15 for the first, $10 for
additional, and they already have printed out the sheets for you once
you get there. You can buy all the sheets they have for $70. I decided
to only get the larger prints, four sheets total. So they were left
with some already printed sheets, I think they were also about to try
the up-sale of overpriced frames, but I would have none of that.

When I went to scan the photographs, I found this picture sitting on
the scanner, I think I was going to scan it a while back. I must have
gotten distracted. That happens a lot these days. Anyway, here is
Dr. Brinkman and Hailey D. Jones (The D is for Dr. Brinkman, really it
is for Diane but that is still Dr. Brinkman, so there). Hailey is
wearing her authentic Hawaiian dress from Meredith and Lisa’s trip to

Off of Work

Last year at this time, we had a mandatory shutdown for the week of
Thanksgiving. This week there is no such mandate, I did decide to take
off of work anyway though. I have managed to …

* Bought a bucket to brine the turkey
* Cleaned and sanitized bucket
* Repaired and replaced wind damaged shingles
* Repaired loose picket on fence
* Delivered one smoked turkey to Brianna’s office
* Cleaned out the filing cabinet
* Filled a large outdoor trash bag with shredded documents
* Completed and put away the rest of the laundry
* Discovered that we do not own enough hangers for all of our clothes,
they only fit in the closet if some of the clothes are dirty

And I Still Don't Shop There

The lowest prices everyday can cost more than you think. [Fast
Company][1] discusses [The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know][2].

>Wal-Mart wields its power for just one purpose: to bring the lowest
possible prices to its customers. At Wal-Mart, that goal is never
reached. The retailer has a clear policy for suppliers: On basic
products that don’t change, the price Wal-Mart will pay, and will
charge shoppers, must drop year after year. But what almost no one
outside the world of Wal-Mart and its 21,000 suppliers knows is the
high cost of those low prices. Wal-Mart has the power to squeeze
profit-killing concessions from vendors. _To survive in the face of
its pricing demands, makers of everything from bras to bicycles to
blue jeans have had to lay off employees and close U.S. plants in
favor of outsourcing products from overseas_.

_Emphasis mine_. I haven’t been there in almost three years.

[1]: http://www.fastcompany.com
[2]: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/77/walmart.html

Cabbage Patch

This one time, Rob Short brought his mom’s Cabbage Patch Doll over to
my house when we were younger, like 16. I can’t remember why he had
his mom’s Cabbage Patch Doll, more importantly, I can’t remember how
it ended up in the oven, but or some reason we put the doll in the
oven. Later that night the oven got turned on and the rotten smell of
charred Cabbage Patch Doll filled the house. Right about then, we
remembered that the Cabbage Patch doll was in the oven.

I wonder what Rob told his mom?

The Hailey Jones Orchestra

The Hailey Jones Orchestra, conducted by none other than Hailey Jones
herself, continues rehearsal. Having mastered the four key piano, she
has moved on to percussion. Her latest instrument is the stainless
steel bowl.

The instrument is best played with a plastic spoon.

Picture Day

Despite the glaring signs at the day care. I did not realize that
today was November the 12th or, more importantly, Picture Day at day
care. Hailey wasn’t dressed for the memorable first school
pictures. I’m not sure what she should be wearing, but I’m sure
today’s outfit wasn’t it.

Some more photos of Hailey from the digital camera. Fun on the Farm is
fun for parents and children, just not for very long.

The grandpas have been fully documented now, here is Hailey with “Papa
“,my dad, and “Grandpa”,Brianna’s dad, and Aunt Victoria.

You know how much Hailey loves Natasha. Well, Natasha loves Hailey
right back. Natasha watches over Hailey while she plays and Hailey
stalks Natasha while she sleeps.

Hailey likes to play with things that are new or different for
her. Anything she can reach for is good. She is lured, like a bass, by
bright and moving things.

On Sunday, Tina came over and helped Hailey experience the joy of
hair. Here is Hailey with pigtails. She has been eating something
orange. All baby food is orange for some reason, as the stains on the
carpet attest. You must feed the baby to keep her happy and in the

The Grandmas bought a digital camera for their trip to San
Francisco. Here is a picture of Hailey at the mall. Doesn’t it look
like Hailey should be at a bar with a mug of beer instead of the sippy

Hailey missed Tuesday at day care because of a fever. Yesterday and
today she has been very irritable. For the first time I can remember,
day care has even mentioned how irritable she was.