Wednesday, August 31, 2005

2 years and counting

So yesterday was our two year wedding anniversary and we had a wonderful time. We all took the ferry over to Seattle, made a LONG walk to the Space Needle and spend a long time there. The view is simply breathtaking from there. I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that. It was truly amazing. We had our pictures taken and did the whole tourist bit. After we were done there we took the tram to 4th and walked a couple more blocks to the Cheesecake Factory where we had dinner. This was such a very interesting dinner…considering the whole place (staff and customers) were in an uproar over the fact that they had almost no cheesecake! Cin ended up buy the last Godiva cheesecake they had and we just brought it home. It survived the walk and the ferry ride and as always was so delicious! We walked around Pike’s Market for a little while before catching the ferry home.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Surprise!

My dear friend Cindy in Florida called me yesterday morning and said “find me a plane ticket I am coming to visit you.” I thought…no problem when did you want to come? I’d love to see you! What a surprise when she said tomorrow or Monday! Wow! Talk about short notice! Needless to say I spent the rest of the day finding a plane ticket for her. I’m still amazed that she was able to get a round trip ticket from Florida to Seattle, WA for less than 400.00 with buying it less than 24 hours before she was going to fly.
It has been almost a year since we last seen her and Bruce. We went to visit them one last time before our move to Washington. We had dinner and drinks and most importantly we came up with the idea for a restaurant that is going to make us all millionaires one day! This was shortly after Baby Emma’s visit. We said our tearful goodbyes and D and I headed out on our Great Adventure! What an adventure it has been! Unfortunately Bruce isn’t able to come due to work but I’m thrilled to have Cin for this visit!
The thing is her flight times weren’t all that great. She did have to get up at about 3 am this morning to make it to the airport for a 6:50 flight. She has a short layover in Atlanta. All in all this isn’t so bad though. She should land here in Seattle around 12.12 if all goes as planned.
D is going to take of some things this morning and then we are going to head out to the airport to pick her up! I can’t even explain my excitement! Cindy and I have the kind of friendship that will always remain. No matter where life takes us or how far apart we are. The kind of friendship that is more like sisterhood. I love you Cin!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mind Prober

Anyone remember this? Apparently this was a rather popular program many years ago. D just happened to get a copy of this from an old friend of his last night. So we installed and ran it. I actually had never seen this program but D was very excited to see it again. I have to say his excitement was somewhat child like. He had that gleam in his eye. You know that “Christmas morning for an 8 year old” gleam. He is rather adorable when he is like this. So we proceeded to run this analysis on each other. I went first answering the questions about him. It took about 5 minutes to answer them all (I think I was putting more thought into it than needed) and when I finished it spit out this whole 4 paragraph overview of his personality. We had some good laughs with this. It basically stated that he is a well rounded, sensible, highly intelligent, reliable to get the job done, straight forward kind of guy!
Next was his turn to answer the same questions about me...I decided not to look at what he had to say so that I wouldn’t influence his answers in anyway. YES believe it or not I have personality flaws and I am aware of it!
He finished answering and it was time to hear the truth! Basically it comes down to me being a highly creative, dependable, slightly emotionally unstable, spirited, with a touch of needy-ness, never boring, lunatic!
The best part though is that D knows all this and he loves me in spite of it (or because of it) all!

So the point to all of this is…if you are feeling up to the challenge I have made available for download your very own copy of this highly complex and accurate personality analyzing software. So that you too can discover who you truly are!!! I would love to hear your results.

Click here for the Mind Prober download

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Thank you

I have been slacking on update here but I'm back on track now!

Yesterday our gracious friend Sally took us out and treated us to dinner and conversation! We had the most wonderful time (D and Sally even more so thanks to 1800 and Tangora) eating, drinking and talking! She took us to new restaurant that has recently opened and the food was wonderful…the conversation even better! Thank you Sally we owe you one! Just try to say clear of the stalkers!:) I would also like to encourage everyone to check out her marvelous work by clicking here!
I’m not afraid to admit that I am addicted to the Vanilla Hell and the Dead on Chocolate!

Monday, August 22, 2005

Birthday Wishes

Today is D’s birthday and of course my (other) idol Tori Amos also shares this date! So to my wonderful husband…Happy Birthday and thank you for being the perfect husband for me! Tori (although I am most certain that you won’t be reading this) I hope you have a wonderful day with your husband and beautiful daughter!
D and I are very excited because he also recieved a spa gift card from Steve and Lorene. We plan to have a spa date together! I'll be sure to update on that!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Beer Butt Chicken

Well I have to say the Beer Butt Chicken was a hit! Once you (if you can) get past the name of what it is you are eating the chicken is delightful. Flavorful and very moist!!
I had no prior knowledge of how the ritual of the beer butt chicken took place. Let me just say…this is a true case of “the name says it all”! Basically you take a whole raw chicken (I myself have never cooked a whole raw chicken and although this was very delicious I’m still not sure it is something I can do) and true to the name you stick a beer in the butt of the chicken! Now of course you can use any type of beer, add any herbs or seasoning that you like to the beer before actually inserting it! It is then placed on the actual beer butt cooking rake. Then you simple cook it for hours (slowly) on the grill and before you know it…you have a perfectly prepared Beer Butt Chicken! I don’t expect to see this on any restaurant menu anytime soon. However I do highly recommend this recipe.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Party

Today we attended the birthday party and had such a wonderful time. That is except for the fact that I can’t actually say for the first (and hopefully) last time that I almost froze to death. Although it is considered to be “summer time” here in Washington it is certainly not the summer we are use to. Our host for this party has recently installed a new pool. We were pretty excited about that right up until about the time we hit the water! It seems the water didn’t have quite enough time to heat up! To the credit of the host of the party they did make every attempt to warm the water prior to the party but we all know how nature can be. Needless to say it was a short (very short) swim. The sun has never felt as good as it did when I stepped out of that pool.
Our gift was a success! We choose the ever popular (with the 7 year olds) ninja gear! It had just about everything a ninja could want or need for that matter.
We have also been invited tomorrow to attend the “beer butt chicken” ritual! This will be a new experience for us. I will be sure to update more on this later.

Friday, August 19, 2005

New flag

I’m not sure how I feel about the new “flag” option that blogger has added. It seems to me that everyone should have the opportunity to speak (or in this case type) as they see appropriate. I think what bothers me the most is that they have left such a broad scope on it. They (blogger) state “it means they believe the content of the blog may be potentially offensive or illegal”! Illegal is a given I mean I have no problem with this. On the other hand what each individual “may” find “potentially offensive” is a something completely different! Is is not?
On a lighter note…today was rather interesting. D and I had the adventure of going out to find a birthday gift for a friend’s son who is having his 7th birthday party tomorrow. We hit the local Toys-r-us and wow…was that nostalgic! We were literally like kids in a toy store. Being an adult is sometimes highly overrated!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Words Women Use

I find this to be mostly true other than the last one! I always say thanks and mean it when I do say it!


Fine - This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

Five Minutes - If she is getting dressed, this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

Nothing -This is the calm before the storm. This means "something" and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with "nothing" usually end in "fine".

Go Ahead - This is a dare, not permission, DON'T DO IT!

Loud Sigh - Although not actually a word, the loud sigh is often misunderstood by men.
A "Loud Sigh" - means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing".

That's Okay -This is one of the most dangerous statements that woman can ever make to a man. "That's Okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

Thanks - This is the least used of all words in the female vocabulary. If a woman is thanking you. Do not question it, just say you're welcome and back out of the room slowly.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Matters of the heart



So much going on!

First of all my “h” key on my laptop has decided to start sticking so anywhere there is a letter missing it is most likely meant to be an “h”!

Yesterday Winnie had an appointment for his annual vaccine and rabies shot. He was also due for another heartworm test!
When we found him over a year ago we knew right away they we wouldn’t be able to keep him but we decided to give him a safe place until we could find his family. I searched desperately to find his owner and was unable to do so. I put up signs, called the local Animal Control (in the event that his family would contact them to see if he was there) and I took him to the local Vet to see if he had a microchip or (because it was a very small town) if they had seen him before and happen to know who he belonged to. Nothing worked. I felt so bad for this family because they had lost a wonderful pet but his family just could not be found.
Because we already had two dogs of our own and at the time lived in an apartment it seemed impossible for us to keep this little guy!
So not knowing for sure what to do I made an appointment with out local vet to have him looked at and to get his rabies shot and vaccine. Part of the exam was the heart worm test for which he tested positive. I was sure at that moment that it didn’t matter where we lived or that we already had two other doggies, we were going to have to keep this little guy and make sure he got better.
This was just a short time before we were going to be moving across the US so things got busy and we decided to wait until we were moved to take of this.
So yesterday when he went in for his exam they retested for the heart worm (using two different types of test) and he is now showing negative on both. Needless to say we aren’t sure what to think.
There is chance that the preventive medication that the last vet put him on is causing the test to show a false negative and so our options as it stands now are to do nothing and have him tested again in a year, have a ultrasound done (this will only work if there is already enough damage to show up on the ultrasound) or take him off of the medication that could be helping (or hurting for that matter) the situation and then retest again.

So if anyone has had any experience with this or any information it would be welcomed!

This photo was taken by our dear friend Raul. To see more of his amazing work you can click here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Your Name Here

I found this while poking around on Neil’s site. He is writer for those who haven’t heard of him. I think this is a very interesting idea! I certainly wouldn’t pay 3,500+ to have my name in a book but I am sure there are tons of people out there who will. What better way to find those people than EBay? I have seen people auction off there pregnant tummy for advertising and a lady who had a URL to a casino tattooed onto her forehead for 10,000! I mean it would be cool (name in a book) and all but I can think of better ways to spend the money. I do read most of the writers on the list of 16 who are participating in these auctions so it will be fun to see these books and also to see who wins and how much they pay.


This information was taken from the blog of Neil Gaiman
This September, Your Name Here...posted by Neil 8/10/2005 05:36:00 PM
It's nice -- and that's an understatement -- when something good done in this blog has repercussions. You may remember that back in March I auctioned off the name of a Cruise Ship in ANANSI BOYS for the CBLDF. And we made $3,533 for the CBLDF. And that happened around the same time that Michael Chabon used this blog to mention to the world that the First Amendment Project was running out of money having used most of it up defending Freedom of Speech issues (and many of you went and made donations). So I suggested to Michael Chabon that we might want to try something similar to what I'd done with eBaying a name in a book, only bigger.Michael and the FAP folk went away and did lots of work. And now it has borne cool fruit...Have you ever wanted to be in a Stephen King book? (You must be female in order to die, though.)
Stephen King What he's offering:"One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."When you can bid:September 8-18Or a Lemony Snicket book?
John Grisham What he's offering:"Your name or a name of your choosing will appear as a fictional character in my next novel. The character will be portrayed in a good light. My next novel should be published either in 2007 or 2008. The name you choose cannot be that of a real person other than yourself."
When you can bid:September 15-25
Lemony Snicket What he's offering:"An utterance by Sunny Baudelaire in Book the Thirteenth. Pronunciation and/or spelling may be slightly 'mutilated.' An example of this is in The Grim Grotto when Sunny utters 'Bushcheney.' Target publication date is Fall 2006."When you can bid:September 8-18 or a Jonathan Lethem-written Marvel comic?
Jonathan Lethem What he's offering:"I need the name of a Columbia University professor for a comic book I'm writing for Marvel. It can be your name or the name of a friend -- but if it's a friend, I need to hear from them with their permission."When you can bid:September 8-18
I am promising(Neil Gaiman) to put your name onto a gravestone in my next children's novel, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

Anyway, the schedule (and the complete list of authors) with details on bidding can be found here.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Sweet the Sting

I had the video up here for a while but of course it slows everything down so if you want to see it you can click here.


"love let me breathe breathe you in melt the confusion until there is there is you - union"

Sunday, August 14, 2005

NWTrek

We had the most amazing time yesterday! We drove to NWtrek which is not far from Seattle and spent the day there. We saw just about every wild animal that I can think of and we had a really nice day. We haven’t spent much time outdoors other than in our own backyard since we moved to Washington (mainly due to the weather) but we both love it! We were freezing when we got here and then from winter went right into rain! We have just recently started having really nice weather. We are more than gratefully for the sun and warmth since one of us is from Florida and the other from California.
The park is absolutely beautiful and very well maintained. I would recommend this to anyone who lives in the Seattle area of anyone who plans on visiting Washington. It turns out that couple (husband and wife) bought this 400+ acres in the 30's for less than 4.00 an acre. Then in 1971 (the year I was born) they donated it to be turned into a wildlife park.
I think our biggest discovery yesterday is that we came to the conclusion after seeing a deer very close up that Winston most definitely looks like a mini-deer!
We took tons of pictures and even made several short movies. I have gone threw them a little and taken out most of the ones that didn’t come out. Some of them are blurry because they were taken while we on the tram thingy and so we were moving. I might add that we enjoyed this much more than the zoo! At the zoo the animals are trapped and the people are free. This is not the case at Northwestrek!
You can click here is want to see the pictures or here if you want to see the movies! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Little Kitty named "Bugs"

They covered this story on our local news a few nights ago. I found this to be very heartbreaking and sad. Luckily this kitty (it seems) is going to be ok. I seriously hope they find who did this. I personally do not feel that animal cruelty laws are strict enough but I know that many people feel differently about that. We are avid animal lovers and I think if there weren't county laws against it we would have a zoo in our backyard! One more thing…why in the world would this owner chain a little cat to a car bumper in the first place? That alone should be a crime!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Summer of Sin

Yesterday while surfing around and checking out all the normal Tori Amos sites I saw on the dent that Tori Amos is coming back to Washington this September. You can not imagine my excitement!! I immediately turned on my irresistible charm and mentioned this to D!
Now you have to understand that earlier this year Tori played here in Seattle and we had planned to buy tickets. I was up early and ready the day of the pre-sale but as it turned out there was confusion with Ticketmaster and House of Blues about the pre-sale and the tickets did not go on sale when they should have. Bottom line we didn’t get tickets and we didn’t go to see Tori!! I was very disappointed but you know…shit happens! Needless to say this time we have tickets!
The coolest part about this show is that it is at Chateau Ste. Michelle and it is outdoors. What more could a girl ask for Wine and Tori. I think hanging out all day for the meet & greet shouldn't be so bad considering the location.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Age brings wisdom

Well so far I have had 2 flute lessons and it has really helped. Yesterday was my second which went much better than my first! I think I already sound better! At least I hope so for the sake of those around me. Pat who is my current teacher is a very kind and patient lady. I haven’t played in nearly 15 years…hell maybe more so it wasn’t like I could just pick it up and make beautiful music. I have no problem with the high tones but I swear the lower tones will be the death of me. Everyone insisted that it was like riding a bike (people say that about everything) “Oh it is just like riding a bike once you learn you never forget”! BS! Everything you do can not be compared to a bike just like all meat couldn't possible taste like chicken. More importantly I have to ask myself this… Why on earth did I ever give up something that I worked so hard to learn in the first place? I believe now (I was a firm disbeliever in my youth) that youth alone can make us foolish if we let it. I won’t claim this true for everyone but more exclusively in my own case. Some people just leave the womb with the ability to make all the right decisions. For the rest of us the lessons that we learn from our own life experiences are just as important as learning to read and write. So for everyone who told me “you’ll regret it later” let the record show that they were right and I (once again) was wrong. There is simply no way around the fact that age brings wisdom. How and if you choose to use it is a completely different story.

I believe the same is true in the animal kindom! For an (almost) tragic example look here!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Power of the Milk bone




I talk so much about my dog-boys I thought it might be a good idea to show them off. I’d also like to clear up the misunderstanding that I have three children! These are my “kids” and it seems I speak about them so much and so often that people who don’t know me assume that I have three children! Well in fact I do but of the canine sort.
You have to understand how this relationship came about. My husband in the military and therefore travels a great deal. Before we were married we lived in different cities…in fact we actually lived in different states. It wasn’t as far as it sounds about two hours by car. We spent weekends together and occasionally one of us would drive to the other during the week.
So for my 30th birthday my husband (who was not my husband at the time) bought me a puppy. This would be the Jack Russell in the left of the picture. This was right before he was due to leave for one his very lengthy trips. This kind of became a ritual because he also bought Amos the Beagle a year later before he was once again deployed. Winston…the little deer/rat looking thing on the right was a complete accident! He happened upon us one day and just made himself at home so he has been with us since. Please understand I did make every effort to find his real family before we moved him across the US and I was unable to do so. So this is my canine family.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Bad News Monday

Mondays have never been my favorite day of the week. It always feels like something has been stolen from me! It has…the weekend fades away and along with the sun comes waking up early, work, responsibility and over all chaos! Mondays always bring bad news!
There was something terribly sad about the news that Peter Jennings had died. Aside from the fact that it is “sad” when someone dies. I happen to be watching ABC at the very moment that they interrupted their normal broadcast to announced that he had passed away. They apparently had prepared this whole documentary of his broadcasting career and just had it standing by. This did raise a question though. Had they prepared this several weeks in advance for the event of his death? You have to love the media!
To their credit I’ll say they did a wonderful job with it. He really was an amazing man. He traveled all over the world as a reporter and did this for over 40 years.
I would imagine people all over the world could recognize his face…and voice for that matter.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Russian Sub

I was so very happy this morning to read this. I have been following this very closely. I can’t say that things like this always held my intrest but as of late I have become much more aware of what is actually going on around me. Could this be old age? I thought with age you become less aware. Well anyway being that my husband spends at least half his time on a sub needless to say I have been paying attention.
Even more so because let us not forget this!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Enormous love/lust

It should come as no shock that I have a great love affair with books. My husband being more of a technical person simply can’t understand this. He sees no reason in continuing the relationship with a book once you have read it. Unless of course it was something like the latest copy of 2600 (paid for with cash only of course or better yet read in the local book store and then left like a desperate lover)! For this reason I will attempt to explain this affair.
When I pick up a book I hold a world of possibility in my two small hands. There are no limits and there is no hurry. Like the attentive lover the pages will always be there for me. Offering me something that, for the moment, no other can. As we learn each other a bond is formed. I relate books to every event in my life. A book is a memory….where was I when I read it, what was going on in my life at the time. What memories, feelings, and thoughts did it stir? Was the affair passion and over quickly or was it a long steady love that only grew stronger over time? A book holds a certain magic that is given exclusively to its reader.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Brick Breaker

I’m sure anyone and everyone who has or has had a Blackberry can relate! It all started innocently enough. I discovered this when I first received my blackberry and thought “how silly a game on this phone” anyway I swear it was months before I even looked at it again. Then it was just once in a while like when I was on hold or for a minute while sitting outside with the dog boys. No Big Deal! Then at some point things took a very drastic turn! Now I spend hours and hours at it. Every spare minute I spend playing this thing. That isn’t even the worst part….D is also addicted! We are both constantly trying to beat our high scores! We have conversations about it all the time and we have even gone so far as to search the internet for tips and tricks! So…how can a small simple game on my phone be so addictive? I have summed it up to this…I just have an addictive personality.


BTW my brickbreaker high score right now is 9160 (sad huh?)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Sunflowers



When I planted sunflowers this year I had no idea that they would turn out so wonderful. I know they are pretty easy to grow not really needing tons of care. I took these pictures a few days ago when the sun was just starting to set. The flower is actual resting against a window but from the sun it caught the reflection of the sky. Pretty amazing! I have many other flowers/plants that are doing just as well as the sunflowers but for some reason these are my favorite. They always have been. My husband likes the African daisy plants. They stand straight up in bunches during the day when it is sunny and then at night they lay down and sleep. They are very beautiful orange and yellow but I still prefer the Sunflowers.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Peep



So yesterday morning the deadbolt on our front door decided to get stuck and not open! This as you can imagine is a bit of a problem. So we ended up buying a new knob and deadbolt. This wasn’t so bad because we were able to get rid of the ugly gold ones that were on the door. While we were at it (and since I have been asking for one) we also bought a peep hole. It isn’t one of those small cheesy ones either. In fact I have never even seen one this size. It basically gives a view of the whole front porch all the way to the street. We couldn’t resist playing around and taking a few pictures while taking turns look at each other threw it!

Monday, August 01, 2005

"Baby Dog"


Is this the most adorable face? This is just one of my adorable canine-kids! Amos better know as “baby dog”! Trust he lives up to this name in every sense. He is afraid of frogs, bugs, thunder, the vacuum cleaner, the hair dryer, most other dogs…and the list goes on! The only thing he doesn’t fear would his older (Jack Russell) brother Bentley! He is two years old and takes being a hound dog very seriously. Sleeping is his most favorite thing lead only by eating.