Descriptions of Family for Scrapbook

Jane wrote some nice descriptions of our family for a Hyatt Family Yearbook or something, and I thought I would paste these descriptions here.

Susan Louise Johnson is the 22 months old daughter of Dick and Jane Johnson. She spends most of her time playing with her sister, eating (she’s the messiest and most prolific eater) and caring for her “babies.” She also likes feeding the dog. She can be very serious but also makes silly faces, shrugs her shoulders and throws herself off ladders, etc whether Mom is ready to catch her or not. She loves going to the beach.
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Sally Danielle Johnson is the 5 year old daughter of Dick and Jane Johnson. She starts kindergarten in August and is (slowly!) learning how to read. She is a ballerina princess who must change her costume 7 times a day. She is very sensitive and feels responsible for her sister. She is glad that she prayed harder than Mommy so that our next baby is indeed going to be another girl. She loves going to the beach and the library storytime.
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Thomas Henry Johnson is married to Jane Olena Hyatt Johnson. He is 31 years old and the proud father of Sally, Susan and Zoe/Adeline?. Dick is a technical writer for Raymond James in Florida; he teaches a composition class at ITT Tech and does freelance writing/editing. He’s very in to blogs and wordpress.com right now and also started fishing recently. He still plays basketball (of course), where his team has been the league champs a couple seasons in a row. His website is www.idratherbewriting.com.
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Fishing Lure Site Finished

I finished creating both copy and a website for Flickerbait, which is the name of a Japanese fishing lure that a guy wanted to sell.? This is the first website that I actually created and was paid for. Usually I just write the copy only and don’t get to also do the website.

I was planning to create the site using WordPress, but I found that integrating a shopping cart into WordPress proved to be either too difficult or just not technically feasible, so I created the site using Sitebuilder and using Yahoo’s merchant plan. The guy I made it for really liked it, and so do I.

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I especially like the green gradient sidebar, which is a color I matched using photoshop’s eyedropper tool on George Bush’s green shirt as he was rallying the troops in Iraq. That or from a green glass ball from the sea that was for sale on eBay. I can’t remember.

Here’s a closer look at the banner. Those are actual fish that I caught (2 with the flickerbait lure, and 1 with just a regular spinner). I think the fish look pretty cool, especially the one coming head on at you.

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STC president — an incredible opportunity

I was recently asked to be the next STC-Suncoast chapter president. There are about 140 technical writers in the Tampa Bay area, and my job will be to lead the group in this area.

It’s a role that I hardly understand and don’t have time for, but I felt it was a career opportunity that I could not pass up. This role will not only help me develop my knowledge of tech comm, learning new skills and deepening my understanding of different concepts, but it will also help me expand my connections with other top-notch professionals. I want to put as much into this as I can.

Here’s a picture of the old president, Joanna Castner, on her last day at STC-Suncoast. As it generally works, she’s extremely happy to be leaving, and I’m extremely happy to be arriving. In time she will be sad that she left, and I’ll probably be sad that I’m president.

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Preparing for Shannon’s return

Jane and the kids come back on Tuesday. Hooray! I am truly excited to receive them back into my life, or rather to be a more prominent part of their lives again. These last 3 weeks have given me a glimpse into the life of a bachelor, or at least? the life of a? solitary individual. Here is what I have learned:

  1. There is a sense of emptiness in the single person’s life.
  2. Things are much more quiet, so quiet that the stillness is at times soothing.
  3. I have little motivation to clean when I’m doing it just for myself.
  4. Life is more reflective alone, but less satisfying.
  5. I didn’t seem to have any more time being alone than I did with my family. It seems that I filled up my day either way.
  6. There is the physical side that bachlorhood lacks.
  7. I have been amazed at the depth of food in our cupboards. I’m finding all kinds of stuff to eat, even though I haven’t gone grocery shopping in 3 weeks (except to buy milk).
  8. I wish I had more pictures, even a scrapbook, to look at and think of the faces of my family.
  9. It disturbs me to know that I could die and my kids would fill in the gap with some other male parental figure, such as a grandpa or uncle. It helps me remember that we are blessed to be stewards over our children for a time, and then they are gone. It is not the other way around, meaning, the children are not blessed to be under our parentage for a time.
  10. It is much more fun to watch a movie with someone than to watch it alone. This carries over into life. It is much more fun to do things with people rather than to do them alone. Sure it may be more cumbersome to do them with others, but really the central truth I have learned about life is that our existence is defined by our relationships with others, more than anything else. I know that’s abstract.
  11. Jane is the only woman I have ever met with common sense. Yes, that’s quite a statement, but there it is.

That about wraps it up. I have been pretty busy, so it’s not like I’ve been sitting around doing nothing. Basically my life is overly busy right now, and I need to cut back on some of my activities. Only thing is, which do I possibly cut?

  • Elders Quorum
  • STC
  • Basketball Team
  • Fishing
  • My RJ job
  • Freelance jobs