Penny also performed in a class play called the Penguin Play. We'll have a video of that coming shortly, so watch for it!
Also, Harold has been busy potty training all month. We had him going to preschool full time during the month so the staff there could help out with it, and he is essentially paper pants free now (though he does go to bed with pull ups.
Wrapping up the month with Memorial Day, we had plans to go to Tahoe, but they were scuttled due to weather. Forecasts called for freezing temperatures, and the family cabin was still shut down for the winter, and we did not want to risk having to deal with broken pipes. So we decided to staycation it this year. We spent this past Saturday on a morning family bike ride, then Sunday took us to Oakland's Children's Fairyland, and Monday was out to breakfast at Stacks, too much time at Fry's where Rita picked up a new Android phone, and then hanging around the house.
Is it really nearly June, with the year nearly half over? Geez.
The penultimate Space Shuttle mission, STS-134, began this morning as the shuttle Endeavor blasted into orbit this morning at a few minutes before 6AM PDT.
As usual, I was planning to be up and watching the launch via spaceflightnow.com, but their site seemed to be experiencing difficulties. Perhaps they could not handle the load? Plan B was to go directly to the source, nasa.gov and navigate my way to NASA TV. As I tuned in and full screened the video feed, I saw that I arrived just in time. There were only 30 seconds left on the countdown clock!
I knew right away that it wasn't going to be a picture perfect launch. Lots of low clouds were covering the Florida sky.
The launch went without a hitch, as far as I could tell, and within minutes, they were down range hundreds of miles, on their way to low earth orbit, and the ISS.
Over the next two weeks of the mission, I plan to monitor events as closely as I can. It's exciting stuff, and it's really too bad, a shame, really, that it will really end this year.
UPDATE: I took all the trailer's times and wheels in to a tire shop this morning and had them remove the tires from the rims so I can clean up and paint the rims. They're in dirty, surface rusty, kinda ugly shape. The balloon part of that ruined tire is on the inside, too. I didn't snap a pic, but it seemed like there is an internal bladder in the skin of that tire which is holding air of its own. Tire guys were in awe of that bulge too!
One of the tires on our trailer ballooned up really bad. It looks perhaps what an aneurysm looks like.
It happened after I spent all day working on fixing an electical short. After I tried moving the trailer with the tow vehicle, it felt like there was a tire chock on it. I kept looking for it, couldn't find it, kept rolling slowly, and this thing finally showed itself. It was on the inside of the tire, so it was not easy to see.