Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Gabriel is getting better. He didn't have a fever at all today, and he was back to sort of a normal sleep schedule. He is also back to fussing when he is falling asleep, but it isn't as bad as it's been in the past. We continue to hope that he gets to sleep more and more easily. Patty, on the other hand, had a case of exhaustion today for no apparent reason. Maybe there is a tired virus being passed around our household.

We had an initial consulation with a financial advisor today. We are trying to decide what to do with our house and whether we will be able to continue being a one-income household. We need a little help going over all of our options, since we will potentially be making some big decisions here pretty soon. We were pretty happy with the way the interview went and may shop around a bit, but we will likely use the services of someone or other. We really need to start getting smarter about our future. We do prefer to live simply, but we'd like that to be a choice, not a necessity.

It's time once again for our

AR7 Watch

Warning: spoilers ahead!

These are getting shorter and shorter!

This week had some interesting challenges. The place where they had the columns task was amazing. We couldn't figure out why it's common to weigh people in the square - is it like a guess-your-weight booth at a carnival? Let's go through the short list of teams:

Uchenna and Joyce: They seem to be getting stronger as a team the longer the race goes on.

Meredith and Gretchen: How are they still in it?! Oh yeah, it's Rob's fault. Because he joked about an earlier flight to Istanbul from Jodhpur, they checked and actually found one, even though R&A and R&K were told by several different agents that there wasn't one. We are proud of Gretchen, but does she have to have a running stream of negative comments? "Oh geez, oh gosh, oh, we're going to lose..." SHUT UP! We keep expecting to see them give up.

Rob and Amber: We thought it was funny how Rob kept talking about how "stupid" U&J and G&M were, and then it was his stupid comment (which seemed like a good idea at the time, even to us) that almost got Ron and Kelly kicked out of the race.

Ron and Kelly: Warning - self-destruct ahead! Does she really think that he intentionally crashed that helicopter, got taken hostage, and nearly killed just because he was afraid of commitment (to the Army)? She really is stupid. They really lucked out today, though, because even though they came in last and had to give up all of their money and possessions, they were not eliminated, got $20,000 to spend on Travelocity, and got to stay in a first class hotel that night. Who needs a backpack when you've got a jacuzzi tub?