So guess WHO called today! Not the Governor (THE Honorable and Amazing Pristine Gregoire) but HER office! And guess what they told me? She'd read my recent e-mail and thought I had some very good ideas. She plans to include some of my ideas in upcoming legislation regarding the environment!! And she wanted to know more about my ideas! She wants to hear from me again with more of my brilliant thoughts!! They didn't quite state it that way, but it was close.
Unfortunately, since getting sick my voice is about gone and the bus dropped Blue off at the exact time I was answering the phone, so I was really thrown off guard. I didn't have any good ideas to tell them off the top of my head. And I sounded like an 123 year-old lifetime smoker, with kids yelling in the back ground and a diesel bus chugging away. I had to asked a couple times: "Who's office is this?" "Are you sure?" And then I gushed profusely about her wonderful attributes:
You know, Forbes rated Washington 5th in business climate, 3rd in environmental friendliness and the Pew Center rated Washington 3rd in best managed states. All under who's watch? Gov Gregoire's! Plus Washington continues to provide health insurance for the working poor as well as mental health services and adequate food stamps for it's poor.
Back to the story though, other than being a little embarrassed that I was caught so off guard, I'm about as stoked as I come!
And in other news, if there could be "other" news...
we bought a trailer today to tote Huck's new cider press around with. We have plans with this thing, I tell you, BIG PLANS!!
And Huck, tired of supplication for an Engineering job, couldn't take one more day sitting in front of a computer looking for rejection, hopped in his car (the Old Olds or O.O. pronounced "Uh Oh", and he promised to take my name off the title, and here's a pic of the new car) and headed to the hills on Saturday. And he's been picking pears ever since. He's met a very cool orchard owner who's out in the fields all day with his pickers. And they've hit it off. He's grows old English cider apples and cider pears. And he's experienced in hard cider and is happy to help Huck learn the ropes. So, Huck's picking for $17.50 per ton of pears (that's as piddly a pay as it sounds). Some Engineering companies told him he was over qualified for the tasks they had. But apparently orchardists don't care that you have a Masters Degree, they just need their pears picked.
ALSO, MYD policies are being felt at home: Coyote was apparently poking Blue, so she slugged him. When I intervened she claimed, "He CHOSE it mom! I was his CHOICE to get punched!" Gosh, golly, gee! That school is sure effective at teaching kids!
Coyote invented a new recipe: Tomato Garlic salad. It's a "secret" recipe because it doesn't actually have garlic. You bake the tomatoes, shredded carrots and chocolate chips in a "cake" pan. We realize that most of the things we try to get him to eat probably sound about this bizarre to him. "It's yummy! With tomatoes, and onions, and garlic, and mushrooms, and eggplant! You'll really like it!"