Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005 Movies

Some of the movies I saw in 2005 and loved!

House of D!
The Forty Year Old Virgin
Havoc
The Skeleton Key
Donnie Darko
War of the Worlds
Brooklyn Bound
I Accuse
Crash
Layer Cake
A lot like love
Sin City
The Wedding Date
Because of Winn Dixie
Alexander
Guess Who

2005 Books

This is a list of the books I read in 2005! I hope to double this for 2006!

The Taking, Dean Koontz
Tori Amos Piece by Piece, Ann Powers
The Closers, Michael Connelly
My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult
Velocity, Dean Koontz
the currious incident of the dog in the night-time, Mark Haddon
I Loved You All, Paula Sharp
The Boy from the Basement, Susan Shaw
The Crush, Sandra Brown
Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffengger
The Program, Stephen Brown

Friday, December 30, 2005

Our plans

Our plan for tomorrow is pretty simple. We are going to have a nice relaxing day at home and then in the evening we are going to go to the casino to bring in the New Year. It seems as though this is going to become our new tradition. It worked well for last year and it was one of the very few times that we actually won money rather than lost. I hope everyone have a safe and fun New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Vacation

D went back to work today after his vacation only to find out that now everyone is on vacation and he will be off until the 3rd. That was a pretty cool surprise for both of us. So now we can spend a little time alone and just kind of hang out before he goes back to work for real. After the holidays I have lots of work to do with the business and get back on track. We have several new marketing ideas and I am excited to get things going with it all.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Back to normal

Yesterday we drove D's mom and step-dad back to the airport to fly home. We had an on drive and decided kind of at the last minute to try and find a store open where we could buy everything for a holiday feast. Luck for us it was early in the say and Safeway (though now our first choice for shopping) was open and on the way home. So we did just that bought everything brought it home and cooked! D even made the little mini pumpkin pies that we like so much. We have a wonderful relaxing day.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Strange

Well I can only say that the last few days have been very...strange. Amazing how quickly everything can change and things become very odd! On top of everything else my watch is broken. We took it to the store and replaced the battery with no luck. It still isn't working and I have no idea why.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Rain Rain Go Away

Well the weather isn't any better...still raining but we are having a good time anyway. I have to say I don't think we have gone out this much in the rain since we moved here a year ago. Yesterday we went to Front Street and to check out Poulsbo Place. They are still working but it doesn't look like much had really changed since we were last there.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Today

Well everything went pretty smoothly with picking our guests up at the airport. Other than a little rain we have an easy drive and made it home safely. They have left their wonderful Santa Monica weather behind and joined us here in the wonderful wet northwest. Today we plan to go check out their property and see what progress has been made with the construction. I have no idea how these builders work in the cold rain but things seem to be moving along there with the homes being built. Of course actually construction has not started on their home/storefront but they are building some of the smaller homes in the development and we are excited to all visit it together. D and I can't wait to see what they think of it live and in person. It looks like for the next few days at least we are going to be having classic Washington weather. This is great because this is the perfect opportunity for them to see where they are going to soon be living!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Last minute...

Talk about last minute! This morning D was on the phone with his mom and I guess she didn't realize he was on leave for the next 10 days because all of a sudden they were talking about plane tickets and the next thing I know we are in a rush to clean the house because they are arriving at SeaTac in less than 8 hours! Amazing! The best part is that the house if sparkling clean and we have time to spare. I'm sure we will have a wonderful time and we don't mind last minute plans at all. We are just so shocked that they were able to buy round trip tickets from LA to Seattle for just $228 each. I guess that is the benefit to flying the same day and the fact the return flight is on Christmas Day. So they will be here with us for the next 6 days which will be wonderful. This will be the longest they have stated with us since they normally travel under the three day rule which is... after three days fish and company stink!
This evening we are going to drive to the airport to meet and pick them up. How exciting!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

New Look!

I had simply started to get bored with the blog and so thought it was time to make some changes. I am very happy with the way it is going so far except for the fact that I have seriously screwed something up and now have this strange text all over the blog! Yikes! Well I am seeking help with that and in the meantime I will continue with what I am doing.

It is still freezing cold in our part of the world and so we continue with the inside activities. Racquetball seems to be the thing of the moment. We have been going a few times a week and both love it. Right now warmer weather is what I would enjoy more than anything else! However, it going to be a while before we see anything close to warm.

D is off for the next 10 days on leave and so we are going to work more on the site and getting more new product added. After this short vacation things are likely to get very busy for him and so our goal is to do as much as we can in this time.

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Party

Hmm yeah so last night was the holiday party for D's new work! Originally they were selling the tickets to this party ($25) but soon changed their mind about that price and gave them away. Clearly some of these people have attended previous functions and they weren't interested in going for the price of $25.00. I suppose this should have been a clue but we thought going was the right thing to do for everyone involved. Why turn down a free dinner right?
Well the party proved to make me thankful that we had only spent our time and not spent actually money on this event. Don't get me wrong they were some very nice door prizes such as gift cards to a variety of stores ranging from $25 to $100 and also some not so nice gifts such as the Deluxe 7 piece grill set (it is WINTER TIME! Hello?) and the Home Depot gift card.
The best part of the whole event was the dinner. I will give them credit for that. It was a wonderful salad, grilled salmon and prime rib with veggies and some kind of grilled potatoes.
Overall D and I had our own good time together but the group wasn't that friendly so we hung out, laughed at everyone, enjoyed the meal and left for home.
The only real conversation we had with anyone was the lady clearing the table who made a statement about taking home the prime rid that D didn't eat to her dog. I hope he enjoyed it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Blackberry Burial

Sadly my Blackberry finally completely died! It has been acting crazy for weeks now. Mainly just little things but crazy just the same. Then a couple of days ago it starts just rebooting right in the middle of phone conversations. The email seemed to be working fine but each time I made a call or tried to play Brick Breaker it died. The screen would slowly fade as if it were taking a last final breath before passing over. I would then have to take the battery out and wait for it to reset. What a pain. I was pretty bummed out at first but then D called the warranty repair. They were fairly friendly and shipped a new phone overnight. It arrived today and everything is switched over and set up on the new one.
Now I will just hope that the lawsuit surrounding the BB can be settled and all will be right in the world.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Book of Shadows & more...

I few weeks ago I was surfing around on EBay as I have been known to do and happened across a store which sells hand-made books. I absolutely feel in love with them and so proceeded to email the store owner to see if she would possibly be interested in a trade. Yes, a trade for candles. I was simply delighted when she replied to my email and said that she had looked at my site and would love to trade one of her books for candles.
I completed her order for candle which she had placed on the website and then sent an email to let her know that I had shipped her order and also to ask when she might be shipping the book to me. I was again shocked and delighted when she said it had already shipped and should arrive Monday (today) or Tuesday.
I waited all afternoon for the mailman who normally comes around 3 pm. No mailman!!
Around 5 D realized that he had something he needed to mail and went to take that to the post office while I stayed at home. Not long after he left I heard the dog boys going crazy and the doorbell rang. It was the mailman (very late) but he had my package from Florida with the book! I was so excited to open the package and I have to say she does amazing work! The book is made of wood and while she will add Wicca/Pagan related designs to the books you can also order them plain. You pick your own stain, hinge and dedication if you would like to add one and she makes them in two different sizes. I think they are just awesome! This would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loved to write short stories or keeps handwritten journals.
On top of the books being so amazing I have to say this is a very nice person to deal with. There was a little mix up with something and she was more than willing to help me out! You simply couldn't find a nicer person to do business with.
You can see her work and pricing at
Terra's Temple which is her store.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Racquetball and all...

Dan and I decided yesterday to go play racquetball. I myself had never played and he had only played maybe once. So we weren't really sure what we were doing but hey it sounded like fun! So we made our way to the gym and checked-out all the equipment needed for racquetball. This was…two racquets, two balls, two pair of safety glasses! So we were off! Since we didn't really know what the rules were or even how to play we basically just smacked the ball all around and attempted to keep it moving and off the floor. Hey it was fun even if it wasn't racquetball!
I have since looked up
the rules and know just a little bit more about the game! So when we go back on Tuesday we might just try to play for real!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

BentleyLover = SallyLover


Is this not a picture of love? I just had to share these adorable pictures of Bentley and Sally. They share such a special relationship! In case you can’t tell my JRT is absolutely in love with my friend Sally. She shows him affection and attention and in return she has won his undying love. Although I can’t say this is his first love it most certainly is his current and undoubtedly true love.


If all love could be this simply! Animals love you for no reason other than…you
love them.



Thursday, December 08, 2005

The new site is live...

Well the new website is live! We have put weeks of work into it and we have more work to do. We just felt it was ready enough to go live and remain a work in progress! We are both so excited about the new look. D has put lots of hard working into making the changed that we both felt needed to be made. I still have lots of new product to add and content to get on there but that will all come in time! Right now our big focus is on promoting and advertising. We have many ideas for it and this new direction is going to offer many opportunities that were not previously within reach. Go check it out!!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Snow


We are so excited to have our first snow! They have been saying for days now that we were going to have snow and nothing! This is pretty exciting for two reasons…one is that is doesn’t snow on the east coast and two the fact that it hardly ever snows in the part of Washington where we live!
Over all we only got about an inch I think. But that was enough for us to have a really good time. We took the boys out back and of course they weren't sure at first if they liked it. They totally hate the rain so I was shocked when they didn’t seem to mind the snow. Winnie was very interested in eating it. I made several little bite size snow balls for him and some not so small ones and he ate them all! I guess he thought it was some sort of treat! Amos was kind of neutral on the whole snow issue. He walked around and checked it out but didn’t like it much on his feet. Bentley was his normal “get ball I wanna play now!” self and so we played ball for a while until his feet were frozen and then well came inside to get warm. We had to enjoy it while we could because who knows when we will have snow like that again!
The picture is of our front yard.