Archive for September, 2007

Pic of the new Jeep

Posted: September 30, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in automobile

Man, I totally dig my new Jeep.  2 weeks later & I’m still finding new gadgets that it has!  (I just found that there are stereo controls on the steering wheel the other day.)  Here is the promised pic (the one posted by the previous owners to Craigslist (I haven’t taken any, yet)).

My NEW Luxury Jeep

We’re Expecting!

Posted: September 29, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in baby, family

I was asked not to blog about it, but the news has now been leaked to my wife’s MySpace page, so… We are expecting our 2nd child in late May ’08! We are very excited but, for me, it doesn’t quite seem real, yet. I’m sure that that will take care of itself before too long! Natalie is just barely starting to show and I hope to keep updated photos to share on Flickr (if she agrees). Anyway, stay tuned for all of the latest news!

My First Day

Posted: September 25, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in automobile, work

Hey… I made it through my first day at my new job today!  Everything went well and it was really nice to be so warmly welcomed.  I met many new people and I am feeling a little intimidated at the prospect of remembering them all, what they do and where their workspace is.  I guess the good news is that all of this will come in time.  I haven’t really found any aspects of my new job that was unsuspected and I feel really excited that I will be able to hit the ground running.  I think this position will be a good fit… both ways. 

In other news, we purchased a new used vehicle over the weekend!  We got a ’97 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.  It is super-loaded with gadgets, bells and whistles… a Geek’s dream!  I’ll post again with more details later.

Anyway, thanks for reading…

Bike Rides

Posted: September 17, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, home videos

We have recently been allowing Grant to ride his bicycle around town as we go for evening walks.  Up to now, pedalling has been difficult for him but he really is getting the hang of it now.  This video is his first ride and he has gotten progressively better since.  It is fun to watch the progress he is making!

Oregon Duck vs. Houston Cougar

Posted: September 16, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in games, school, sports

OK, I’m a Duck fan, admittedly, but I find it hard to believe that they benched their mascot after the hijinks in the video above.  After watching the video, it is pretty clear to me that there was absolutely no harm done to the cougar.  The cougar was also responsible for taunting the Duck prior to this faux-beatdown by mimicking the pushups after a TD (in the Duck’s house).  The way I see it (this is my blog, afterall), we have 2 performers entertaining a stadium full of fans, some enjoyed the pushups, some enjoyed the beatdown.  So, why in the world would you suspend the Duck for showing school spirit? 

Leave your comments below if you want to chime in…

Grant’s 1st Day of Kindergarten

Posted: September 11, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, school

As you have been reading, we have been preparing Grant for Kindergarten and yesterday was his first day.  He did great!  He walked right in, put away his backpack, found his desk and began a conversation right away with another boy who shared the experience of going to the Oregon Zoo with him.  I was so proud of him.  Below is a video of the morning…

My new job…

Posted: September 8, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in work

It is official.  I have resigned from my current position and have accepted a new one across town.  I am finding it amazing that I will soon be paid more to be responsible for a LOT less!  I feel the stress level coming down already.  I’m not exactly sure that I want it posted on the internet where I work but if you’re interested, leave me some feedback & I’ll get back to you.  Thanks for your words of encouragement!

A New Restaurant Coming to Our Mall

Posted: September 5, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Chuck E. CheeseWhile at the mall last weekend I happened to notice a boarded up area and a building permit.  I was stoked to read what is coming… Chuck E. Cheese!  We have taken Grant to the one in Vancouver, WA a couple of times & we have had a blast.  I can’t wait to have one in our backyard!  Here is a link to the cities website showing their permit… $800,000 worth of “tenant improvement”!  I haven’t yet heard an estimated opening date, but I emailed their PR/Marketing  Department.  The permit was issued mid-July, so maybe Christmas?  I’ll update if I get a response…

Bohemia City

Posted: September 1, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in automobile, family, travel

Last standing structure at Bohemia CityYesterday, we took the Jeep out for a drive in the hills to an abondoned mining town called Bohemia City.  This is the origin of the Bohemia Mining Days in Cottage Grove.  Although the road is very rough on the way up, this is one of my favorite drives.  For some reason, it is odd to me that there are still MANY active mines in this area.  I would love to know more about the mining in this area.  There is a Bohemia Mining Museum in Cottage Grove that I have been meaning to make it to for a few years now that we will have to visit now that it is fresh in our minds. 

Here is a link to a map showing where Bohemia City is… thank goodness for the Jeep, I would not have wanted to get here in the “old days”!

Oregon Zoo

Posted: September 1, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in family, travel

On Wednesday, we drove up to Portland to visit the Oregon Zoo.  We saw many animals and had a great time.  I really like how the Oregon Zoo makes their displays intereactive so that you are not just viewing animals in a cage.  Grant’s favorites were the bats, the bald eagles and the bird show.  Natalie liked the giraffes and I liked the new Cascade Canyon Trail.

Speaking of animals, my mother-in-law recently introduced us to Africam (  This is a free web cam showing an African watering hole.  It is really interesting to see a different continent in real-time.  Remember that there is a time difference, so for best viewing, visit the site late in the evening in North America.

Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, you have to go watch the Battle at Kruger… you’ll never believe how this one ends!