Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Is anyone looking?

Yesterday was (as days go) a very interesting day. It rained all night and first thing in the morning our small pond was so over flowing that I had to go out and manual empty some of the water out of it. In the process of feeling much like someone on the prairie hauling buckets of rain water I managed to slip and fall down splashing the water all over myself and hurting my knee. So my day was off to a great start. I still don't understand why it is that when I/people get hurt or fall down our first instinct is to assess who is looking. My first thought isn't "oh my gosh did I break anything? Am I bleeding? Do I need medical attention?" it is more like " Ok who happen to see me looking like a fool? Is there anyone around to witness this?" Of course it didn't help that I was still half asleep and in my pajamas. The end result was I had no broken bones, there wasn't any blood and I did not require any medical attention. More importantly I am pretty confident that there wasn't anyone looking.
The next big event was much more welcome and an even bigger shock than the possibly of someone seeming me slip and fall. A phone call saying D was be home soon. Of course this is a short visit but so very needed! He ended up getting home at around 5:30 and the dog-boys went crazy! The were so excited to see him...we all were.
He spent some time calling family, we did all the normal things a couple would do when they have been apart for a while, had dinner and watch TV! For many people that won't sound all that exciting but for me it was over the top! He hasn't been gone that long but a short time can sometimes seem like eternity!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Cody Posey

Over the last week I have become very involved in the current trial of Cody Posey. I am not sure why I am so taken with young man. It is a very tragic story and while his crime is without question horrific it seem there was so much going on behind the scenes in the life of this young man. Such things as incest, physical and mental abuse . It isn't hard to believe that co-workers and staff of the ranch did not wittiness this abuse. How many child abusers do such things in public? However, other long time friends and family members have testified to the claims of this young man.
The interesting twist in this case is the fact that family live and worked on the ranch in New Mexico of ABC veteran newsman Sam Donaldson. He was the first to testify in the trial. I have read so much about this online and watched most of the trial live. While many people have very mixed emotions about Cody it seems easy to forget that he was only 14 years old when all this took place. It is my opinion so far that he needs treatment not punishment. The fact is clear that either his abuse drove into this or he is simply disturbed in ways that most us can't even begin to understand. Either way he is still just a child.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Is it so bad?

So yesterday I read something on Freedom Girl's blog about a movie and went right out and got it! I recommend that you see her post about it and then see the movie. There isn't anything I could say about this movie that she hasn't said so see her post!
Today I am still trying to work on the newsletter and it just isn't happening for me. I feel like my creative flow has been shut down. I am hoping that next week will prove to be more productive for me as I settle more into this new routine. The weekend seems to be the hardest part so far. I was looking forward to a visit from Sally this week but due to things going on in her own life she wasn't about to make it. She is having a hard time right now and it is my deepest, sincerest hope that everything works out for her. I often fine that my own (so called) problems seem so much bigger to me until I am reminded that in comparison to others they are really very, very small. No matter how I may express myself here in the grand scheme of things my life is a good one and I am thankful for all I have, for the people who love me, the people I love , the simple gift of just being alive and all the many small gift that we all take for granted.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Almost creepy

It is so quiet here today it is almost creepy. Like something out some cheesy horror movie where I am last person left in the world! I called my mom in Florida to make sure this wasn't the case and as it turn out the rest of the world is moving along just fine. The bright side of everything at the moment is that the email for D seems to be working pretty good. While it is taking my emails a little longer to get to him it seem he is at least getting them. This email system can be very sporadic at time and very unreliable. While it isn't up to the minute live email as we all know email to be...it more like electronic snail mail...it is some form of communication. These days any is better than none!

Friday, January 27, 2006

My mistake

I didn't blog yesterday because I just had so much going on. It seems everything is cleared up with the miscommunication about D and all of my information has been recorded correctly. This has been my main and only concern for the last week. I wasn't sure what the outcome would be but luckily it has been taken care of.

I realized yesterday that I had not been considerate in getting current information to everyone so I sent an email apologizing. I did not receive any type of reply to the email and feel a little hurt myself. I prefer that when people are upset or angry they tell me directy. However, today I did receive a call from one family member and we had a nice conversation. I again apologized and completely understand why they were upset.
I think everyone is having a hard time dealing with the changes. Things simply aren't as they use to be and that is out of our control. Having a job such as the one that my husband has is not by any means what I consider an easy life. I don't talk about it much here on this blog for one simple reason....I am not allowed. Not having the simple day to day things that other people take for granted is not easy. Spending many holidays and family occasions apart and alone. Not every being able to plan anything for certain. Never knowing where he is or what danger he might be in. Receiving little if any communication for long periods of time and most importantly having to say goodbye to your best friend. In my case my only friend! These are just some of the things that are not easy for other people to understand nor could just anyone do this. With all this considered it can sometimes be very hard to think of others.
I don't have anyone at the end of the day to tell how my week is going. I spend most of my days and all of my nights alone. I repeatedly check my email hoping there might be a simply one line email saying " Hi I am fine and I love you" , there are no hugs, little laughter and even less conversation. Oh I do spend time talking with my dogs. They seem to care, listen and as all canines they are concerned.
While the rest of the world around me goes on as if nothing is different...my whole world has changed. Why would I do this? Why would I live this life. Simply because it is mine.
This is a really hard time for me and hopefully I will be forgiven.

Today was one of those days that I hope for...I was a little surprised because I did receive a short email from D yesterday letting me know that he was ok. It was really nice to hear from him and know that everything is going well. I sent back a short email to let him know that we are good and that I had received his.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The sun came out...


Tell me this boy isn't happy to see the sun! He sits on The Perch and enjoys a lay afternoon in the sun. Yesterday was one of the most sunny days we have had in months. It was so nice outside...almost in the 50's I think and the sun was bright. I was even able to open the garage door while I was working and the fresh Washington Air was amazing. It actually helped to keep me awake since I wasn't able to sleep much last night. It doesn't seem like all the Tea for Sleep is helping in that area. So I was up late working and slept pretty late today. D says it is good to be up at night because the electricity cost less. I have no idea if he says this to make me feel better or if it is actually true.


I spent a long time on the phone yesterday with my mil and we a great (very long) conversation. Then I spent the afternoon working, watched Flight Plan, ate frozen pizza for dinner while watch Fear Factor and then kept flipping channels to watch Commander In Chief and American Idol. Exciting I know...tell me!
Today I have some website orders to ship and then I plan to work on a newsletter.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Celebration or Protest


The house is so still and quiet today...it is rather odd. I keep thinking my phone is going to ring but of course it won't. It is hard to have a normal routine and then with not much notice it all changes. I catch myself thinking as if nothing were different.

The boys decided to have a party...I'm still not sure if this was a celebration or protest. Winston seems proud to take credit for this although I know it was a joint effort between the three of them. I thought I would share some of what I wake up to each morning. If you have ever had a dog that loves to chase a ball you will be able to appreciate this. Technically I don't speak bark but it isn't to hard to understand this Jack on Crack! These are just two short clips of what goes on for hours...or until I throw the ball. First the the Stare Down then The Fit. (you need to give these a minute to load before hitting play)

For all the other Blackberry users out there (or anyone who knows a BB junkie) I thought you might find this amusing. I am able to laugh at myself and others. While I am not all that bad...this clip reminds me much of D! His dad must of thought the same thing because he is the one who sent it to us!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Blackberry Battle and stuff

Today I went to the Poulsbo shop and set everything up..they liked my products and even stuck a few in the storefront window. Needless to say I was excited about that since all my other items are toward the back of the store. This way at least people will see my items and hopefully wander in to see more. Got to Poulsbo and buy my stuff!!!

I have been following the Blackberry Trials very closely and I have to say it isn't looking good for those of us own them. This has been going on for months and personally I thought it would have been settled by now. Not the case...so I will wait and see and hopefully it all works out or I guess I'll be shopping. For now I am going to hold of on getting the newer one...just in case!

D is officially gone which is a little depressing but hopefully the time will go by quickly. I have lots to work on and to keep me busy but I have such a hard time sleeping when he is away. I am so exhausted today though so I don't think I'll have a problem.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Seahawks & Mile High Club

Well how about the Seahawks!?! Typically we aren't fans of football...I know this comes as a great shock to many people. However, because this is our home we couldn't help but watch this and be a little excited that they won. I think it was more fun to watch the "true" fans and see their excitement. Everyone around here seems to (at least for the moment) be a fan. Everywhere I went today I hear something about the game and thankfully I had watch and at least had a clue.

I saw this on TV and just has to look for myself. I think it is really kind of a neat idea for people who are busy and travel lots. Still for some reason this kind of creeps me out...I don't know maybe because I just recently watched Red Eye...I know not even related. I don't get the connection either...it was just a thought. At least on the ground you can get up and leave if the blind date isn't going well...maybe this is really an underground club for the Mile High Club? I mean I am one of those freaky people who met my husband online so who am I to say what is strange? You read it right...we met on the net...IRC to be exact and that was hmm about 5 years ago and we have been married for almost 3.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Pacfic Northwest

This was emailed to me and well I thought it was cute and although I am not sure that I actually know who Jeff Foxworthy is he seems to know the Pacific Northwest! I was actually born in Florida and lived a few places on the east coast before a year ago when we moved here. I can say that these are true to the Northwest! I am not sure if the locals find this funny or not...most of my excitement in moving here had to do with coffee, mountains, and snow in that order! All of those things are great here...the things I miss the most are my friends, sunshine and no rain days in that order. Overall the people here are great, Seattle is an awesome city with a very rich history. I highly recommend the Underground Tour to anyone who might visit the city, we bought a wonderful home that we love, gardening is great here and the spring and summer are beautiful!

You Know You’re from the Pacific Northwest …
According To Jeff Foxworthy
1. You know the state flower (Mildew)
2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.
4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk"Signal.
8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted,i t is not a real mountain.
9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.
10. You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon,Yakima and Willamette. 12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark - while only working eight-hour days.
15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain,"and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."
17. You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.
20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.
26. You measure distance in hours.
27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.
28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, StillRaining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).
30. You actually understood these jokes and will probably forward them!


Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2006

And so...




I have to say the weather is looking much better for us. I'm sure the few people (other than family) who visit this blog are pretty tired of hearing about all the rain. As an apologize I will offer these pictures taken today. You can actually see some sun shining into the house! The rain for now has decided to make home elsewhere. Now if we can only have sun for a while to dry everything out.

D is pretty busy work and still working weird hours so I have kind of been just hanging out around the house and not getting much done. This weekend I plan on working the final details for the display I am setting up Monday in the Poulsbo store. I have so many ideas but a limited amount of space so it calls for some strategic planning on my part. If I like the finally outcome I be sure to post a picture here. I going with the upcoming holiday theme so my hope is that everything sells quickly. Hopefully there are still some people in love out there.

Today I had a visit from my dear friend Sally and with her she brought the most recent catalog for Despair, Inc so we spent some time picking out our favorite and well...it was hard to pick just one. I am torn between IRRESPONSIBILITY "No single raindrop believes it is to blame for the flood " and PRESSERE " It can turn a lump a coal into a priceless diamond- or an average person into a prefect basketcase" of course there are others high on the list but these are at the top.

Also, I have added a link to the sidebar where you can do your part and help pass my potato...or in this case my "tater tot"! You'll be asked to enter your zip code and when you do you will be shown where there tater has been.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Perch


You should believe these guys are serious! This area is referred to faithfully as "the perch" in our house. This is where Amos spends most of his time and where all the action takes place when intruders are detected on the property, in the street or even down the block. By intruder I mean the cats from next door, the birds who happen to innocently land for a drink in the birdbath or pond and also anyone else ( human or canine) who will to dare walk down the street. Many wars have been fought from this area and many victory speeches have taken place in this very spot! No doubt at the time this was taken there was some kind of action in the making. Notice the pointy ears...this is always a sign that the storm is coming.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

So much going on...

It seems like there is so much going on in the news right now. This story I have been following very closely...one because I feel for this family but also because this in my own backyard. I don't know this person personally but I have seen several of the movies that he appeared in. I hope he is found safe and alive and if that isn't possible I hope he is at least found so that the family can have hopefully have some answers.

This is another thing that really caught my eye is this. This to is close to home for me but something that has been a controversial topic for many many years. I know everyone has there opinion on this. So do I and while I enjoying debating with anyone I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. As they say "Opinions are like assholes cause everybody has one" So where do I stand on this topic you ask? If anyone is truly interested I'd be happy to share my feelings.

Well it hasn't rained today and actually the sun was out for most of the day! Last night there was a final downpour and the wind was just crazy. At the time we went to bed it was so loud I was sure that some of the trees in the backyard were going to fall. The last day that we had wind like that it made our fence in the back fall down. We were lucky though because this time there was no damage.

I want to see this even more now!!!

Monday, January 16, 2006

WTF!!?!?!

Today the weather hasn't been any better than the last 28 days! However, we have a promise of a dry day tomorrow and maybe even some sunshine. I know everyone is going to be watching the Golden Globes tonight. I won't be...I just can't get into it this year. I don't even know why. I mean I think I know why...but I can't really say. That is more of the truth.

D is still working crazy hours and our sleep is way off. There was something very creepy on the news today. Yesterday around the time we were in Poslsbo having lunch a body was found floating in Liberty Bay just across the parking lot from where were. I mean it was spotted by someone from the Liberty Bay apartments which means it had to like...well it had to basically float right by us! We didn't see anything going on but then we weren't really paying attention. We were starving so eating was our priority and then the fact that they had no restroom to wash my hands was a small issue. Pretty creepy still that later a 2nd body was found in the same water but a different location. Apparently these are unrelated but this is still some creepy shit!

Today is day 29!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

A little dry...

Today was overall a pretty good day. We didn't have rain until in the evening and the sun actually came out for a few hours. D and I went to Poulsbo and had a burger at a little cafe in the area. The burger was great but the fact that the place is so small that they have no restroom was a bit of shock. I ate this messy thing and there wasn't even a place to was my hands. Then we headed to Silverdale to the Milkbone supply store otherwise known as Petsmart and to Blockbuster to trade in some movies.

I personally can't wait until this comes out on video. The controversy alone is enough to make me want to see it. D and I were talking about it because he overhear someone talking about it and wasn't sure what the deal was so I explained it all to him. I had read this article about it along with some other things that people had to say. I haven't read much about the acting so I have no idea how it really is. Anyone seen it yet? We sort of gave up in going to the movies since we signed up for the BB thing where you can just pay a monthly fee and get as many as you want.

Today is day 28!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Rain, Mud and War


Well I have multiple things to bitch about so I thought this might be a good a place to do so mainly due to the fact I am alone tonight and so who would I bitch to anyway..

1. The rain...the rain is the root of all my bitching! The rain is totally insane here and needs to stop. Because of the rain there is more to bitch about.
2. The dogs are totally bored out their minds since they can't/won't go outside in the rain. Do you have any idea how hard it is for a Jack Russell to be trapped inside all day. I would imagine it being close to asking a two year not to move for 3 hours straight! Because of this my home has become a war zone. They have no way to burn off any energy and so they are starting to fight. I give this picture. A JR bored out of his mind and plotting world destruction or in other words plotting who he is going to torment next!
3. Everything is a mess...everything is wet, muddy and just plain gross! We NEED sunshine! Every time I actually manage to bribe the dog to go outside and pee when we come back inside we bring at least two pounds of mud on the 14 feet coming back through the door! This make it pointless to try and keep the kitchen floor(or anything else for that matter) clean...it is freaking impossible!

On top of all this the new working hours that D has suck! Today for no reason at all I was crying...that is when you know it needs to stop raining. We have been doing this crazy lifestyle for many years now and so this isn't anything new for me. I'm just all screwed up in my sleep, the rain sucks and well that is about it!
However, I must add in defense of this region that the spring and summer are the most awesome I have ever experienced if we could just skip the winter and move on!

So if I sound like I am losing it that would be because well because I AM!

Today is Day 27!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Friday the 13th!

Well today is the all dreaded Friday the 13th. I am not superstitious but D on the other hand doesn't like to leave the house on this day. Of course today he didn't have the option to stay at home with work and all. How appropriate though that as of today the Governor of Washington State had declared a State of Emergency here due to all the rain. Not only are there mudslides all over the place people are quickly having to leave there homes due to flooding and roads are washed out all over the place. The homes shown on the tv are really a mess! I am thinking now that we are lucky to be up on a hill. I was actually scared when we bought this house to drive up the driveway because it is such a large hill! Being from Floirda where everything is flat...this felt much like a mountian to me. The rain all drains away from our house so hopefully we won't have any water damage. Now unless the rain draining away from the house were to wash away the dirt and the house falls face first into the street we should be ok.

Today is day 26!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Another change...

D came home early today which was nice. The reason he came home early was not so nice. His working hour have again changed and so we have a new routine to get use to. This one is by far the oddest yet. The Navy doesn't seem to operate on the same time as the rest of the world. We just take it as it comes though since really that is about all you can do in this line of work.
The doggies have a really hard time understanding why he isn't here sometimes at night. I can only imagine how it must be for those families with small children and just how do you explain this type of thing to them? I know it is hard enough for me to miss birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. It can't be any easier for children.

Today is Day 25!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

When will this end?

This week really seems to be just dragging along a bit. I think it is part due to the rain. Today I will start my official countdown of continuous days of rain here. Today is day 24! I have never in my life been in 24 days of rain non-stop. Most of my excitement of moving from the East Coast was to escape the hurricanes that plague that area. I had no idea I would be giving up sunshine for most of the year! I can't even remember the last time the sun was actually shining! I have always heard about all the rain in Seattle and Washington State however, we were fooled by last winter when we arrived. We did have some rain but it was nothing like this and I thought no big deal. This year I am getting a real taste of the Northwest!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Sigh of Relief...

The meetings today went great! It was fun and exciting. I met with two different shops and even though I only have a definite yes from one of them I have a great feeling about the whole thing. I have to go back on the 23rd to set-up my display with product. I am going to go with the Valentine theme because the owner did express that they wanted to do more seasonal displays. Today I have many other business related things to work on. Such as getting caught up on the orders from the web, administrative work and my next plan of attack! I really believe 2006 is going to a wonderful year! Stay Tuned...

Monday, January 09, 2006

Nails

I am a little anxious about my meetings tomorrow but I feel like everything will go smoothly. I think more than anything I am excited about just doing it! I am excited to get going with the whole store thing and this will give me a good idea of how it is going to go overall. Today I am working on making everything and hopefully this evening D will help me with the final touches on everything. There won't be that much to do. Mainly the labels and making sure I have everything I need.

I had planned on making the product yesterday but plans change. We went out for a little a while and ended up at the mall, to the base and then a quick drive by Poulsbo Place to see what is going on and if they have done anymore work there. My plan was that when we got home I would go to work and I think D was going to give the dog-boys a bath and give Amos a nail clip. We had this bright idea that if we bought the nail clippers we could just clip their nails at home and save the 12 bucks that we pay Petsmart to do it! Think again...the first nail D clipped was way to short and the next I know Amos is bleeding everywhere! I worked on stopping the bleeding and D was on the phone with the 911 Vet since it was Sunday. We were able to stop the bleeding and he seems fine but needless to say we won't be doing that again.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Lazy Weekend

We spent this weekend being lazy and working on the price list and getting everything in order. We have all the paperwork in order now it is down to the product. I plan on working on that today. I have a good idea of what I want to do and what I want to show but my ideas are always changing. The weather doesn't really allow for any outside activities so this is the perfect time of the year to busy. In fact if it rain much longer we are going to break a record!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Here we go again

Well today will be the first night I have spent alone in over a year! I have to say I am a little freaked out but I am sure everything is going to be fine. I am so happy that we actually did get the alarm system. I haven't stayed alone in a long time and this house is so much larger than the apartment we once lived in. However, this is just one night so it isn't the end of the world.

I have lots going on with the business right now and my dear friend Sally has brought me yet another potential customer. She is quite the sales person I must say. Orders are picking up on the site again now that the holidays have passed and people are actually shopping again. Good news for me! I have several things going on right now and like being busy and I love the idea of potential new customers.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

So far So good

I'm so excited! I have two appointments next week with local shops to show my product and hopefully be able to pick up two new accounts. I am a little nervous about the whole thing but more than anything I am excited. I would be so wonderful to actually have my items in local stores. This weekend we are going to work everything I'll need to properly present myself, my company and my products.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Well ok

I am going to credit some of the tension going on around here to upcoming event. Hopefully for the sake of my sanity things will settle down a bit and I can simply focus on my work. I don't deal all that well with stress and confusion about what is actually going on.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Back to work

D went back to work today after a very long mini-vacation. It is seriously time to get back into the swing of things. We have lots of idea for the business and idea for things to try out. Hopefully this year will start off strong and we will continue to grow.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Movies 2006

The Ringer
When A Stranger Calls
Two For The Money
Walk The Line
The Weather Man
North Country
Rent
The River King
Waiting
Saw II
Just Like Heavan
The Net 2.0
The Poseidon Adventure
The Brothers Grimm
Ladies in Lavender
Grizzly Man
In Her Shoes
Pretty Persuasion
Sometimes in April
Vera Drake
11:14
Silence Becomes You
Junebug
The Fog
Flight Plan
The Hunt For Eagle One
Faith Of My Fathers
Half Light
Lord of War
Speak
Shooting Gallery
The Chumscrubber
Red Eye
The Constant Gardener
The Gospel
Must Love Dogs
The Island
Broken Flowers
Wedding Crashers
The E of Emily Rose
American Pie Band Camp
Dark Water
Four Brothers
Jarhead
Proof
Best friends
the thing about my folks
Elizabethtown
Derailed
Dreamer
Compote
Stay
Memoirs OF A GEISHA
The Confessor
Little Fish
Radio
Get rich or die trying
Something's Gotta Give
Mona Lisa Smiles
Brokeback mountain
Bee Season
Fun with Dick and Jane
Wolf Creek
Hostel
Match Point
Irresistible
Shop Girl
The Family Stone
Last Holiday
Casanova
Prime
Rumor Has It
Munich

Our New Year

Well we did go to the casino (a little later than we planned) but our luck wasn't as good this year. We had a good time, lost a little money, welcomed the New Year and came home. We were a little concerned about Bentley being home with all the fireworks. We didn't think it would be anything like the 4th of July as far as the fireworks. However, they started as early as 5pm and holy crap was B freaking out. We tried to take a nap before we went out but he was barking his head off the whole time and acting crazy with the fireworks. When we got back home after going out the fireworks were over for the most part and everything was fine with B.