Penniless Tim

December 4, 2011

Christmas 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tim @ 11:46 pm

Dear Family, friends, neighbors, and all who believe everything they read on the internet,

It’s been a very quiet year for the Scotts, unless you count quitting your job, selling the family house, moving to North Carolina, and starting a new career as something out of the ordinary. Selling the house was a piece of cake (739 showings with 1 lowball offer three times over) and the new job gave Tim more jitters than his first date with Michelle (but he couldn’t bring his friend along with him this time). The house miraculously sold (prayers answered), Tim’s jittery scale is down to ‘Michelle 3rd date’, and the Scott’s now live in Mayberry with a touch of granola (not a single stop light, five lakes, and a country ice cream, movie rental, fishing bait, and Thursday night wine tasting store).

Gavin’s, Luke’s, Laurel’s, Sophia’s, and Amelia’s Mom (aka Michelle in a previous life) has adjusted nicely into small town life despite the daily 5:07 PM major traffic jam (Aunt Bea pulling out of her driveway). When not busy watching kids, cleaning house, reviewing homework, making dinner, cleaning the garage, walking the dog, changing diapers, or washing clothes, Michelle likes to do something (she just can’t remember what because it’s been so long).

The kid’s Dad (aka Tim in a previous life) still struggles with his verticality – the kids are catching him and Michelle refuses to slump. Luckily, he’s very tall for his height and actually reached the salt shaker on the highest shelf (looking fabulous in Michelle’s leather high heels). In his free time, Tim likes to do whatever Michelle is doing in her free time.

Our eldest, Gavin, devours both meat and books in his free time. During Thanksgiving, he gorged three turkey legs (a stool turkey) and ate the Chronicles of Narnia (fiber keeps him regular). For desert, he gobbled two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree. Note to readers – invest in meat (teenage years ahead).

Lego Luke has no idle time. Santa’s elves are hard pressed matching Luke’s productivity. Just last week, he built a mock Lego school bus and eight kids actually boarded (three were kicked off for throwing spit wads and all were late for school). Next week he’s working on a Lego time machine, but we already saw it last week.

Laurel is our mountain climber and adrenaline her middle name. With pony tails flying, she hit 80 driving Luke’s Lego bus (they were late for school). In cheerleading, she volunteered to be at the top of the pyramid (the coach and girls didn’t even know they were doing a pyramid). Amazingly, she always performs her acrobatics while giggling (Cirque Du Soleil shall not be calling).

Sophia is still, well, Violet (as she calls herself). She is the family’s leading scorer in vocabulary, singing, time outs, big kisses, mischief, and bathroom pit stops when travelling. Sophia knows where she wants to go and it’s usually where Mom and Dad don’t want her to go. Although only four, she’s a natural born leader and loves to practice her skill set on two year old Amelia.

Amelia oozes affection. A normal day includes multiple bear hugs for Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, and Sister Lulu (beloved dog) and that’s just her breakfast routine. She really warms up for bed time! Although not yet three, La Li (as she calls herself) loves playing with her siblings. She reads with Gavin (nearly lost a hand); rides shotgun with Laurel (two speeding tickets); travels with Luke (no need to watch the upcoming super bowl). She is Christmas bundled with Easter wrapped in polka dot pajamas!

May God continue to bless us all!

The Scott Family

November 5, 2010

Vapid Vaporizer – not!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tim @ 8:16 pm

Amelia has bravely battled a cold the last few days (as opposed to cowardly battled a cold). Each night, she’s decided to wake up around 12:30 AM or, to be more precise, exactly when Mom and Dad are just falling into a deep sleep. Amelia has a nasty little cough and I decided to save the day by climbing into the attic and retrieving the steam vaporizer.

Setting up the vaporizer as Michelle soothed (or attempted to) Amelia, I filled it with water and plugged her into the wall (vaporizer – not Michelle or Amelia). Laying on the floor, half asleep, I awaited the magical steam, but none came out of the darn thing. I could feel heat coming from the heating element, but no steam. Finally it hit me, put salt in the water. It would be easy to claim scientific brilliance (sleeping through five semesters of physics finally paying off), but I’d actually read the directions several years before in a moment of weakness.

Genius always rears it’s brilliant head when you are half awake at 1 AM. I grabbed a salt shaker downstairs, came back into the bedroom, and picked up the heating element out of the water (still plugged into the wall). Trying to determine if it was working, I turned it sideways. Suddenly, I was fully awoken when boiling hot water ran onto my leg. I felt like McDonalds had just served me coffee. Lucky for me, my trusty jeans saved the day and I only received a slight singe. I’m just happy I wasn’t trying to see if the motor was actually running – steam into the ear would be tough to explain and still look tough at the emergency room.

Speaking of staying up all night, here is neat little video: Stay Up Late

October 24, 2010

Fall Tradition

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tim @ 8:50 pm

Iowa migrant workers visit Georgia

In keeping with our fall tradition, we picked apples in Ellijay, GA and brought home two pecks of Mutsu and Rome Delicious.  At only $12 per peck, $5 orchard entry fee per person (Centenarians and under 4 weeks free), $3 per soda, and $10 hay rides, they were practically giving away the apples.  After adding gas expenses, those apples were only about $3 each.  We wanted to go Blueberry picking as well, but unfortunately the bank loan didn’t come through in time.  Luckily, we’re eligible for a stimulus grant (saving 5 jobs – see picture above).  The next time I need to max the credit cards, I’ll just take the kids to an Atlanta Braves game or buy some popcorn at the movie theatre.

October 23, 2010

Christmas 1998

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tim @ 10:45 pm

Call me silly, sentimental, or just supercilious, but I’ve kept all my old Christmas card letters.  Not ones sent to me, mind you, ones I’ve written.  In some narcissistic way, I’m thinking they will be used by some future Tim Scott biographer – documenting the life and times of the world’s most famous something.  I was always certain my famous something was going to really be something, but now my famous something may be not being famous for anything.  Sometimes something is better than nothing even if your something really was nothing.  Wow, my logic sounds like a politician!  And by the way, does anyone know the definition of supercilious – I heard some smart guy use it once and liked the s sounds.

Anyway, I thought it would be funny if I posted an old Christmas Card letter from my ancient past.  Now all of my loyal followers (the two people I email about my blog post) can get a chuckle from how quickly my life has taken a different course.  Here it is:

Dear Friends & Family!
We shall be experiencing our 2nd Christmas as a married couple in Carson
City, NV – staying with Tim’s older (and not nearly as athletic) brother Tom and his six kids (and very busy wife Mary).  We shall enjoy the on the job training with Tom and Mary’s kids before we hopefully make the plunge ourselves in the near future (a year 2000 baby – Mille Enium Scott).

After Christmas, we’re driving to California for two weeks of adventure in San Francisco, Monterey, and Wine Country.  They say California is like a bowl of Granola -if it is not a nut, it’s a flake (I wonder where Michelle and I will fit in).  Neither one of us has ever stayed in the Northern California area and we’re extremely excited about our trip.  If anyone has suggestions for the area, your more than welcome to call us before we leave on December 22 – of course, we¹d be ecstatic if you called us for any reason (but don’t try
to get us to change our long distance carrier).

Michelle is continuing to enjoy life as a freelance graphic designer with her office in the house.  She is keeping extremely busy and enjoys being her own (as well as Tim’s) boss.  Some of her projects range from graphic identities for retail malls, to logos, to company brochures.  The stress level is a whole lot lower than her Olympic projects and she
actually has time to work out, paint (pictures – not the house), and enjoy life with her husband (which makes us both happy).

I (Tim) am continuing to run my own copier/fax/printer business.  It’s been quite an exciting year even though I haven’t gotten any smarter in my business – just a whole lot more knowledgeable.  I’m seriously considering whether to try and expand the business during the upcoming year (and essentially eliminating any free time) or sell my share of
the company to my partner and pursue different avenues (and not work for myself).  It’s a tough choice, but I’m extremely excited about the new year no matter which route I pursue (if anyone knows a job with extremely high pay, lots of vacation, and little work required – I’ll definitely sell the business).

Michelle and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas with Santa making three stops at your house and a Happy New Year full of nothing but happiness, humor, good health, and winning lottery numbers.

Happy Holidays!
Michelle and Tim S

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