Smaug’s Economy

December 24, 2013

This weekend I met my good friend Jenn, and we went and saw the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug.  Blah blah, the movie was awesome and also super long. That’s not what I want to go on about here.  Specifically, I want to speak to the amount of gold the dragon, Smaug is hording.

For those that have not read the book, there is a dragon named Smaug, who moved himself into a mountain stronghold that formally belonged to a dwarf nation.  Since he has been living there, he has been hording mass amounts of gold, as is traditional for dragons.  In the 2013 movie, we see the enormity of Smaug’s stash.  There are piles and heaps, and literal mountains of the shiny stuff everywhere.  Smaug is nowhere to be seen, because he is literally, buried in the stuff.

My first though was, dang, Bilbo better be careful he doesn’t drown or get crushed in a gold land slide.  My second thought was, it would take millions of dump truck loads to carry that out of there.  Basically, the enormity of the gold flooding the inside of this mountain, is unfathomable.

My next though was, ‘Well hell, if they liberate even one percent of that gold, and if floods into the market, it is going to rock the economy of middle earth’. Like seriously smash the economy.  Anything gold would be practically worthless.  Men would be building houses out of it because wood and rocks would be more valuable.

Maybe silver would become the new gold? Personally, I prefer silver to gold anyway.

Can you even spot Bilbo running on top of all that gold?



The Guide for the Manual

June 18, 2013

At work today I overheard one co-worker say to another co-worker,

“This is the the guide that tells you how to use the instruction manual.”

Sounds sort of oxymoronic and I couldn’t help but snort and laugh out loud.

Farmers Tan


Work Antics

May 17, 2013

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Paddle Time

May 4, 2013

On Wednesday I dropped rich off for a quick paddle on the river by our house.  Daisy and I hiked around by the river a little and I got a few decent photos. 




Bachelorette Weekend – Jamie Style

April 7, 2013

Over a year ago I mentioned on here that I was excited to be a bridesmaid for the first time.  Since then the bride has gotten a gorgeous dress, I have met the other two bridesmaids, and I love them, and we have gotten our bridesmaid dresses. 

The dresses are long purple dresses with a wide criss-cross strap.  One of the best features is that the dresses have two hidden pockets.  Yep, pockets on a fancy dress.  Score! 

Two weeks ago, we had a modified bachelorette weekend.  Bride Jamie, bridesmaid Anne and myself drove up to bridesmaid Becky’s house for the weekend. 

I feel so comfortable and at home with both Anne and Becky, neither of which I knew before this wedding event got rolling.  They are both really fun and I could have seen either fitting into my personal circle of good friends at any point in my life.  Becky also has the cutest adopted dog, Charlie.  Bonus points for her.    

On this exciting weekend adventure we had a few simple goals.  Get to know each other, have a fun dinner outing, do a little wedding and shower planning and purchase wedding shoes.  We managed to accomplish all of the above!  Woo!  I even found shoes that fit my wide, awkward feet, that I like, and can walk in! 

This is not the most exciting or informative blog post, but I wanted to mark this occasion.

It is interesting to me to hear other people talk about wedding events and how complicated and unfun they can be.  And I am sure there is no wedding that doesn’t have some trials and anxiety, but this wedding experience has been pretty enjoyable for me.  I think in part it is because the bride and groom are very down to earth and funding the wedding on their own.  They are also older, in their mid-30s, and similar minded to myself.  

I also really enjoyed the “girl time” and “running in a pack” during the weekend.  It made me feel young and carefree.  I no longer live near a group of friends, and when I do get to socialize with others, there is often family in tow, so being able to play, with no written schedule, no husbands of kids tagging along, and able to blah blah about whatever, was incredibly fulfilling. 

I am looking forward to some more fun as this wedding event continues to ramp up towards the big day. 


Becky’s dog Charlie



No one bought these shoes. They were just, wow.



Jamie trying out a fabulous hat.



This is one of the walls of beer that we created some 6 packs from.



These are the shoes I bought for the wedding.



This sign was out of line. How does a rack contain items in over a $100 range work?

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