I got that Green Light, Babe…I got to Keep Movin’ On

Another week has sped past us already. It finally felt like football weather this week as temps stayed cool in the 50s and 60s for most of the week. With the colder temps, the leaves on our trees began turning bright reds, oranges and yellows. The farmers continued working in their fields. We caught a couple of them on the road during our commutes to and from work. Matt had a rough week at work, but it was it was good to see him again this week. Abby had a short week at school with Fall Break giving her a four-day weekend. She worked in Greenwood again this week and had some minor issues with Tonya. She came home for the night this weekend, which was great…but I don’t know who enjoyed it more – Ann & I or the dogs! Luke and the Pirates had football practice all week, culminating with a wild playoff game which they won and are moving on to the next round! He returned to school this week, following his Fall Break. It wasn’t quite a full week with parent / teacher conferences at the mid-term of the semester. We would’ve liked to attend, but the only time they held it was during the middle of the day. …And since we work out of town, there was not way to pull it off. He didn’t work much this week but did return to a more regular workout routine at the YMCA and enjoyed running around with his buddies. Ann & I had fast weeks at work, keeping busy each day. Ann got back on the elliptical this week and cooked some tasty dinners for us. I met my exercise goal this week, logging nearly sixteen miles of walking – including three rounds of frisbee golf. With the early forecast for next week, I may not get much action on the course for several days. I love this time of the season and hope the young Pirates can find a way to get past their nemesis next week and move on to the Sectional championship because I’m not ready for it to be over just yet… Hello and welcome to the latest installment of the Scheu Family Blog.

We had a chilly start to the week on Monday morning. We had to run the defrost and butt-warmer in Black Betty on our way into work with temps starting in the upper 30s. It was a beautiful day – not a cloud in the sky! Ann and I both had fast, busy days. I finally had a chance to get back on my reports – which are due later this week. But I still couldn’t get away from the IT portion of my job as it again tied up a significant part of my day. The boys and I ran to Snappy Tomato for a quick lunch to welcome back Justin, who was off last week on vacation in Pigeon Forge. As has become the norm here lately, I got out of work late and only managed a little over two and a half miles of walking. I could tell I hadn’t exercised in nearly a week. It was only about 70 degrees and I was sweaty and worn-out by the end. I dropped Annie off at the house where she hopped on the elliptical for a little while. I went on to the park and played a round of frisbee golf. Again, I could tell it had been nearly a week since I played. My game was really off that evening. The sun was low in the sky, giving me some weird glares, which didn’t help but all excuses aside – my throwing stunk. I did manage to get in some extra steps which made up for the ones I lost earlier and I wound up with four miles of exercise for the day. I ended up with a one-over 28, but it could’ve been worse. I was off on everything from my tee shots to my approach and especially my putting. I really should’ve shot from the front tees, I think… When I got home, Ann had called Matt and we talked to him for a bit. He had spent the day studying for his big exam tomorrow in Lafayette. Abs returned to classes for the first time as the reigning Homecoming Queen at FC. Luke returned to school for the first time in over a week as Fall Break ended. He was trilled to get up that morning. After football practice he went to Columbus for dinner at Chipotle with a couple teammates. When he got home that night, we figured he would go workout but instead he went on to bed, worn-out from the whirlwind week that we just had…I guess even those folks made out of rubber need a break every once in a while. We had a night of find-your-own (I had some leftover potato soup that rocked) dinner and relaxed, flipping between the MNF game and getting caught up on our DVR’d shows. We still have a ton of stuff to watch. Here are pictures from Luke’s Senior Night football game vs. Rushville.

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Tuesday was another cool start to the day with temps again in the lower 40s for old Betty. It would eventually turn out to be a gorgeous day in the upper 60s. It was a good day at work again, going by quickly. I focused on getting my reports done, staying in my office as much as possible and getting a good chunk done. Ann said her day was fast also, keeping busy with running her office. We kept in touch with Matt today and unfortunately, he did not pass his test…again. I’m not sure what that means for his status on Cathy’s team. Poor kid; I feel bad for him – he tried so hard and just came up a little short. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out from here… I walked a 5K after work on a lovely afternoon. Meanwhile, Luke returned to school and then went on to football practice. Hopefully, this won’t be the last week of practice for him and his teammates. I just hope he takes time to look around and enjoy the moment. We came back to town and ran out to the high school and took down the senior sheets we hung on Friday. We left them in the football locker room for the kids to grab after practice. I dropped off Annie and went out to play frisbee golf at the park. I had a much better game that evening, shooting a 2-under 25 on a perfect night for disc golf. Ann “made” Papa John’s pizzas for dinner and we chilled with the dogs while watching DVR’d shows until bedtime. As Ann & I worked on our fantasy football teams, we saw where Abby had finally lost a game – Robby beat her by .18! I am not kidding, that less than two tenths of a point. Wow! She is now 5-1 on the year and leading the league.

We enjoyed another cool start to our Wednesday with temps down in the low 40s once more. That meant it was day two for the defrost as we headed back to Columbus for work – this time in the Barneymobile since Luke parked behind the Pacifica in the driveway and I didn’t have time to shuffle everything. We continue to see tractors and farm implements in the road, which have slowed our commutes. But we know they are only temporary so we are patient with our farmers as they continue to harvest their crops daily. Ann and I both had really fast days again. It helped that the day was broken up by our monthly trip to see Ms. Jami for haircuts. I picked up food at Mancino’s for my guys (since I was just next door anyhow) and surprised them with lunch. That afternoon, I was able to complete my Safety Committee report, which is good news since the meeting is tomorrow! It has been such a busy month; I can’t believe it’s already ¾ of the way through already. I walked a little under three miles outdoors after work, as I got out about 10 minutes late. We ran to Walmart when we got back to town to do some grocery shopping (and squeeze in a little Hot Wheels hunting!). After we got everything in the house and put away, I went out to the park for a round of twilight frisbee golf. The wind, which had been strong all day, began to die as the sun waned. My tee shots were some of the longest of the year. My midrange left a little to be desired as did my putting, but at least my drives were back on track. I actually threw past the pin on my second shot on 5. I’ve never done that before – ever. Despite my long drives off the tees that evening, I still only managed a one-under…no bogies at all; but only one birdie on 9. Everything else was a par the entire evening. When I got back, Luke had returned from school and a grueling defensive practice. I joined them at the dinner table for a yummy dinner of biscuits & gravy with fried potatoes…mmmm… Luke went out to the Y to lift with his buddies while we settled in with the dogs and watched more of our DVR’d shows (we still have over 50% of the drive full). Having stayed up way too late last night, I was out early that evening. I edited pictures until I fell asleep a couple times on the couch and gave it up and went on to the sack. I got my flu shot that day, so I don’t know if that had anything to do with it or not… Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Thursday was by far the fastest (and yet somehow the longest as well) day of the week. It was noticeably chillier as a cold front blew in and it got cloudier as the day progressed. We took Barney again, as he runs on the cheaper petrol and with prices over $4 for premium, I’ll save money anyway I can! The full moon was surprisingly not a big deal for us at work, but boy did it give us some really cool photo opportunities. It was a Harvest Moon – big, yellow, bright and low – very cool! We couldn’t get the cameras on our phones to get very good shots thought, unfortunately. We have our door vendor in-house to install a new door on the 100 courtyard but it didn’t quite fit – wrong hinge. So, they packed up and put the old one back on and left. It was just as well since we had rented a lift for the day and worked all morning to secure our sprinkler head guards. The kids have recently began targeting them, so now I feel a little better about our chances of surviving an impact and NOT having a flood ensue. Vic took me out to lunch at the new Mexican restaurant that opened this week called El Nopal. It was really, really good. I had a trio of their Mexican style / Street Tacos (it’s called different things in different places). Basically, it is a grilled meat with onion, cilantro, squeeze on some fresh lime juice and add a spicy Tomatillo sauce on corn tortillas – yum! They allowed me to get one each of the steak, chicken and pork. 😊 After lunch, Justin & I were in meetings for the next three hours, including my EOC Safety Committee and Justin’s Pt. Safety Council. We also did our big, monthly PI meeting. Afterward, I walked a couple miles before picking up Annie and taking her to CRH for her quarterly meeting that evening. I ran to the UPS store for her then came back and finally had a chance to answer about 50 emails from today. It was the first time I had a chance to sit down in the office since Wednesday afternoon. I finished that up then edited some pictures (I brought my laptop from home that day) and hung out in the penthouse until she was finished with her meeting. That evening, we got a few of the guys together for our weekly poker game / Coaches Meeting. I did not win the weekly NFL pool for the first time since we started doing it. Running late that evening, we ran past Wings & Rings for some grilled wings to take to card night. Ann called the order in on our way home. We met up at the Bewley Bar B&B for our weekly meeting of the minds for some grub, cards, drinks and football…not necessarily in that order! Just about everyone backed-out except Rick, Scott and myself. We were hoping a couple would come late but they never did. So, we made the best of it, enjoying stories from Rick’s NOLA vacation (he had just gotten back a few hours earlier). Besides the chicken wings and ‘Toga chips, we had jalapeno poppers and chips & queso that was more than enough grub for us. Despite there only being three of us, I still walked out with fifteen bucks more than I brought! I picked-up right where I left off last week, winning the vast majority of the pots – especially the big ones. I woke Ann up when I got back. She was sleeping in her chair. I thought I would stay up and edit pictures for this week’s blog entry and promptly fell asleep. Two hours later, I went on to bed… We have tons of social media pictures to share this week.

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After only sleeping for about four hours, I was up early with the dogs on Friday morning. It would be an even longer day that the last one. Ann & I went through the Dunkin drive-thru and then I dropped her off at the downtown office and returned to the house to work from home. I had saved up much of my paperwork from the week and was able to knock all of it out that day. I paused for a few minutes to pick up Annie but otherwise just kept at it all day. Ann didn’t get much of a nap that afternoon as Abby came home from school. They were on Fall Break that day but she had to work her internship in Greenwood that morning and drove straight down afterwards. We enjoyed catching up with her for a bit as the dogs loved on her and welcomed her home. Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the big night. We got changed – dressing warm (I wore jeans for the first time in a year), loaded up the van and headed out. We swapped cars with Mom & Sandy and went on down Hwy 3 an hour and a half to Charlestown. We were facing them in the first round of football Sectionals again this year. We had to travel down there last year for this same game. The difference this year was that we didn’t have a three hour delay due to storms! Just like last time, it was chilly and although it did sprinkle briefly, it was mostly dry. Matt & Taylor joined us to support the team, along with several parents and they even had a cheer section made up of the volleyball team. They were down there to stay the night as they made it to Regionals (being held down there) and played the next day! They have such a nice setup down there with new, state-of-the-art facilities. The game started out the same way as last year, as we jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter. They got one score back on a long pass play but other than that, they didn’t do anything else the first half. We put up another 10 points in the 2nd quarter and felt pretty good about our chances, going into the break. The bad Pirates (yes, we are both named the Pirates) made some nice halftime adjustments and shut down the good Pirates, completely, in the second half. In fact, Luke and his defense were on the field for well over ¾ of the final half. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the defense finally began to wear down and gave up a long, sustained drive and then recovered an onside kick and gave up another score. With six minutes left in the game, the only thing that separated the two teams was Grayson’s clutch field goal in the first half. The Pirates weren’t able to do much with the ball again and punted back with another chance for C’town to score. However, the defense again rose to the occasion and got yet another turnover – the 9th of the evening! Despite this turnover, the offense couldn’t do anything and we turned the ball over – our 3rd on the night. Yes – 12 turnovers in the game…it was ugly, man. The defense was able to answer the bell and turned them over on downs. The offense was FINALLY able to actually get a first down and with it, secured the win to move on to the second round of Sectionals. Lawrenceburg defeated Franklin County (a team we had beat but wound up finding a way to lose) and will be our next opponent on this final ride. We will host the Tigers at Shriver Field this coming Friday! We met up with Luke after the game and congratulated him and his teammates on a hard-fought battle. Oakley had a career game, shining on both offense and defense. Brayden also played very well but also injured his knee. He was able to make it back into the game and looked to be OK. We were missing a few guys that game and I’m not sure we’ll have them back for next week’s game. We will need everyone we can to beat Lawrenceburg. It isn’t impossible; but it will be a challenge. The coaches will have to have a hell of a game plan and the kids will have to make some big plays – that’s for sure. As for the Dukester; he again represented the team as a captain and led the defense, making all the calls on-field. He started at middle linebacker but also played on the offense as a running back, on the punt team as an O-lineman, on the punt-return team, PAT and was even on the kickoff return team as part of the “hands team.” He had some great blocks but only ran the ball once, I believe…and he didn’t get any yards on it. Luke’s stats: he had zero yards on one carry with two pancakes and two de-cleaters from the running back position. Defensively, he has 12 tackles (6 solo / 6 assisted), 4 QB hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and one pass defended. As captain, he played on all teams: defense, offense, PT, PRT, KORT and PAT/FG. We said our good-byes to Matt & Taylor and headed back home. Abby wound up staying the night – which the dogs LOVED. In fact, all three of the girls slept in Abby’s bed…and stayed there all night.

We enjoyed sleeping in on Saturday morning. We need to have Bu spend the night more often! The girls got up and went to St Paul to get pastries from WildFlour bakery. They went over to Mom & Sandy’s when they got back to town to share their treasures and swap cars. They visited for a couple hours. Meanwhile, I got up and went out to mow the yard with the dogs. It was pretty chilly that morning – in the upper 40s. It didn’t get much warmer that day Luke went on to work at Hibbett’s before the girls got home. We got Abby’s winter clothes out of storage in the garage and we sent her on back to college. When Luke came home, he went to his room and slept for several hours. Ann & I did the same as I watched a race and the Purdue football game vs. Wisconsin. We napped on and off a couple times before Ann got up and made dinner. She created a one-of-a-kind meal, just winging it with some sundried tomato chicken and cauliflower rice with some cheesy broccoli. It was really good. That sauce was outstanding. Hell, I got out a couple pieces of bread just to sop up the extra left on my plate. That evening, we caught up on our DVR’d shows for several hours. Luke went out to the Y with Brayden for a couple hours to work out then the boys came back to our house to hang out for a while. They are funny kids, for sure. Once he got back, he cleaned his room while Ann slept and I worked on this week’s html code. Here are pictures of recent additions to my Hot Wheels collection.

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Delilah was ready to get up with the sunrise on Sunday morning. It was fine with me as it allowed me extra time to finish writing out this week’s html code for the blog. When Ann got up, I did the weekly household chores like a couple loads of laundry, a couple loads of dishes, cleaned out the fridge, took out the trash & recycles, as well as a couple odd jobs I’d put off earlier in the week. I watched a race and SNL from yesterday as well as the rest of the #25-ranked Purdue game – which sucked. I’m sure they won’t be ranked next week… Luke & I did stats and then he resumed cleaning and rearranging his room. We turned on NFL RedZone and stayed inside and warm on a cold, rainy day. I was matched up with Robby that day in fantasy football and scrambled to find players as I had several in a bye week. Luke watched the end of the early games with Ann & I before he went out to the YMCA to workout. He was supposed to mow Gma & Gigi’s lawn for me, along with his two normal lawns, but the weather squelched that idea. That night, Ann made cheesy Fireworks popcorn as we took it easy with the dogs and watched the Colts on SNF while Luke went out running around with Brayden. You know, as busy as the week was; the weekend was just the opposite. In fact, I didn’t leave the property after we got back from the football game – only going outdoors a handful of times. It was a relaxing way to wind down the weekend and a great way rest up before we head back to work in the morning to start it all over again…

Now, here are our Waybac pictures for this week. We continue to feature 2006 pix from Deanna’s digital camera. We lead off in May where we see the fam together for Memorial Day; in July we have the Indy Car Show, the Decatur Co. Fair and Grace’s birthday; in August we have Larry with a hog; in September we see Abby’s birthday; next is November which shows us Thanxmas scenes; and in December we see pix of Christmas Eve and a Spa Day for Abs and Gracey.

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Next up is our video segment which includes one new home movie this week as well as several from around the internet.

Well, that puts the kibosh on this week’s blog entry. Thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time. Until then, have a good one and stay safe out there. We miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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