Monday, December 25, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
so... i was browsing online at my favorite grocery store, new seasons market, and saw turducken listed under "specialty meats". i was looking for things to cook for christmas eve dinner, to order ahead. i already have a turkey ordered to cook for christmas day. i had no idea this sort of thing existed. evidently, a turducken is a deboned turkey stuffed with a deboned chicken stuffed with a deboned duck. the name is a portmanteau of those three items. it's also made with the turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. j & i had a bit of a chuckle over it. couldn't it also be a chuckenturd? regardless, both sound gross. this turducken in the picture (from wikipedia) has bacon on the top.
our stupid power is back on, apparently as of 1am this morning. there was a huge wind storm thursday night, which knocked out power 6 minutes before i finished teaching. luckily i assumed the worst would happen and had a headlamp with me, which i used to guide the student & parent out to their car. however, i ended up having to cancel all my lessons on friday ($$ i could really use). we toughed it out thurs & friday night without heat. we woke up early sat morning at 6am to be picked up by our awesome friend m at 6:30am to go skiing, because there was no point sitting around in a freezing house. i didn't have the best skiing day, because it was colder than usual, and i wasn't wearing enough clothing (long story). had we had power, i would've had internet access to see what the weather was going to be like, & would've been more prepared. i spent more time than usual indoors, while the boys (who never get cold) played. i think i was just partly chilled from spending so much time in a cold house. we finally gave in to our parents' offer of staying at their house. luckily the power was finally fixed, so now we're getting our house back to normal. lots of candles to put away. dishes & clothes which can be washed. rotten food to be thrown away. my kids' recital is this afternoon, and we have work to do in the house afterwards before a holiday party in the evening. gotta get going...
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
we got our treeth (fake tree - it says treeth on the box) all assembled & decorated over sun-wed this week. vinny has evil eyes in this picture, as i took it with all the lights off. it also partially shows our new couch, which finally arrived on tuesday. we ordered it way back on labor day weekend, and it took a long time to show up.
here's a picture of the icy grape vines in walla walla. it's colder there than in portland. it was actually supposed to snow the weekend before we went to washington, or at least there was supposed to be an ice storm. thankfully, the weather ended up being warmer than all the forecasters thought, because we wouldn't have made the drive if we had to deal with an ice storm. i was a little cold-weather hungry, though, so i found the ice particularly beautiful.
when we got home from walla walla, we came home to this: all my thick running/skiing socks gathered into one place by the food dishes by vinny. for some reason he's always loved dragging my thick socks across the house over to the feeding bowls. i guess he thinks he kills them, and likes to show it off. he drags them out of my lowest drawer in my bureau. i don't really understand it, but i do think it's cute.
last weekend we spent in walla walla, washington. we drove there after i finished teaching at 6:30 last friday, and arrived there at 11:30pm. we were there to do a lot of wine tasting. the first weekend of december is a major wine tasting weekend. there's barrel tasting almost everywhere, and they have a holiday parade on saturday night. we were there with friends of ours, and had a good time and found some decent wines.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
we woke up early this morning to get out the door by 6:30am to make our way up to the mountain for skiing at mt. hood skibowl ski resort. conditions were fantastic - they got 10" overnight, and it was snowing lightly in the morning, and then partly sunny in the afternoon. my legs are pretty sore now, as this was my first day up, and i tend to snowplow my whole way down the mountain. i still had lots of fun, and j stayed with me the whole time! we stayed until 2-ish, and then left to beat the late afternoon return-from-the-mountain traffic jam.
after the wine tasting, before going home, we stopped off for ice cream in the penguin ice cream shop in the cute little town of carlton. the kids were so well behaved (including me!) and they deserved a reward. :) j & i returned with three bottles from the lemelson vineyard, two from domaine meriwether, and one from boedecker wines. some we're going to save, some will be good to drink in the near future. we opened a bottle of andrew rich's pinot noir 2003 (cuvee b) which we purchased in july '05. it aged SOOO well! i'm drinking some right now...
i was the designated driver for the day of wine tasting, which left me free to play with the kids while the two other adults were searching out the better wines. the kids were so well behaved - i had a lot of fun. they were the ones who chose to come along, by the way. they had a choice between coming or staying home with their sick father (he was supposed to come), and they wanted to stick with mommy. anyhoo, we were all having fun with our razor phones, showing e how she could take pictures about herself.
here's a picture of all of us - me, j, j's family, my parents, & j's brother's wife's family. 18 people. lots of fun it was, although the drive down to eugene wasn't so fun. traffic was bad & it was raining really hard. j was a dear and took care of the driving for us. the house was so beautifully decorated, and the food was delicious. it was so fun having everyone together in one place at the same time!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
tomorrow will bring wine tasting with friends.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
i'll turn 33 next tuesday. that might be getting me down a little, too. i honestly think one is still young when in the 30's & 40's.... it's not my actual age, but just the general thought that one gets older every year that saddens me. time passes. happy moments can't last forever. i miss all the people that are no longer here on earth.
this weekend the big excitement for me was the co-ed baby shower we attended. it was quite the fancy affair! lots of great savories & sweets. l, the one in the picture holding the berry napoleon she made, did all the baking, and c, in the other picture, took care of all the savories, decorating, and provided her house for the event. i saw many people i hadn't seen for awhile. lots of fun!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
these pictures are of the roof in one of the bedrooms in my old house, which we're renting out. there was a leak from one of the showers to the first floor. the plumber doesn't "do" drywall repair, so now i have to find someone else to fix this mess. yesterday was a 13 hour day, taking care of this problem, running errands, teaching, & all sorts of other crap. not good luck these days. argh!!!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
we took bill spiedel's "underground" tour. here's the story: seattle was built on mud flats, at the base of a big cliff. the tide would come in, and the roads would get all mucky & gross. the sewage system would go backwards all the time. at some point, there was a huge fire that burned down most buildings. half the people said they would start rebuilding immediately, half said they wanted to wait until the cliff was blown away so that buildings could be built well above the water level. for awhile there were walls at the edges of streets with ladders leading up to the new sidewalk levels. just incredible to picture. anyway, after making the new roads & sidewalks, the old ones still existed. they put in the skylights (which used to be clear, but turned purple with age due to the high amount of manganese in the glass) to let in light so people could still shop & see where they were going. for awhile businesses kept storefronts in the new "underground," but as one might guess, business didn't do so well & the usage died out. the underground was eventually condemned. here are pictures of glass skylights in the sidewalks from below the sidewalks and above.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
yay! we got ice cream!!! yay! i got a caramel sundae with butter pecan and pralines and cream ice cream (2 scoops) and j got just a scoop of cherries jubilee. earlier this evening, during my dinner break between lessons, i mentioned something about ice cream to j. he asked if i wanted him to bring ice cream home for me on his way home from the gym, & i said no. but then during my last lesson, as my student was working on the "ice-cream-sh-cone" variation of twinkle twinkle little star, i started craving ice cream. i tried really really hard to fight it, but finally gave in. with it being election day and all the positive things that have happened as a result, i figured we had reason to celebrate. :) GO DEMOCRATS! anyway, we were planning on going to burgerville for ice cream/shakes, which is about a 5 minute drive from our house, but we saw that the baskin robbins (2 min drive)was open - drive thru even! we made it there 5 minutes before it closed. such a good day.
this is a japanese maple in our backyard. i just noticed when i got up this morning that it looked really pretty with the red carpet of leaves underneath. perhaps it stuck out because i was in a fog after staying up until 3am with insomnia.
for those of you who don't live in oregon (where we have the lovely vote-ahead-of-time-mail-in-ballot system), GO OUT AND VOTE!!! and if you have problems with the voting process, please document it and report it to superiors. nothing will change unless a fuss is made.
i really hope today brings change.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
i'm finally starting to feel better. i think the sleeping with the wet socks under dry wool socks might've worked. i'm still blowing my nose a ton, but i don't feel achy/sick anymore. i was able to run today, albeit in the basement on the treadmill as it's been pouring outside lately, but it was running! this has been a fairly relaxed weekend. friday night we caught a performance of "One Day", a story about Portland and vision PDX, a community led effort initiated by Portland Mayor Tom Potter. the play was supported by grants from various organizations, and there is no cost for attendance. i believe it's playing for two more weekends on fri, sat, & sun. definitely worth the time.
saturday morning we went to my parents' house to feed & walk their dog, pepper. we spent the rest of the day running errands, hanging hooks in our garage ceiling for our bikes, & doing other stuff around the house. we went out for dinner at stanford's, thanks to a friend who gave us a gift card there, and watched a silly movie on vh1 about the 80's (forget what it was called). today we both slogged through piles of laundry, & i went running & shopping while j climbed at the gym. i just found out that our tenants bought a house & are leaving next month, so i have an advert posted on craigslist. i hope we find some tenants just as fabulous as they were soon!
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
we had more trick-or-treaters this year. almost ran out of candy, which is good so we don't have much extra. j & i enjoyed a couple rib eye steaks that we've had in the freezer for awhile, and enjoyed a bottle of wine left over from our wedding. we watched the movie "the prizewinner of defiance, ohio". wonderful movie, but somewhat depressing. reminds me of how lucky i am to find someone like j. makes me very thankful for my life, despite the many colds. :)
Sunday, October 29, 2006
today we got to sleep in - yayyyyyy! one extra hour. although i dislike having less sunlight, it's much much easier for my body to adjust to this time change, versus daylight savings time in the spring. j & i went for a run - this means that j ran with me for a short bit, then he went on ahead of me to a specific point & turned & ran back to me, allowing him to get more of a workout. he's almost a foot taller than i am, with a longer stride, so his pace is faster than mine. if he stays with me at my pace, he doesn't get much of a workout. and i like making him do the "hills" twice. :) we even did abs when we got home, which for us is extremely rare.
in the afternoon, we were honored to be invited to another gathering at the lucky lab in nw portland (we were there last sat) to celebrate the baptism of a baby of friends of ours. as always, it was enjoyable to drink a pint and hang out with friends we hadn't seen for a long time. we saw some kids whom we hadn't seen since they were infants/toddlers - they're young ladies & gents now. kids grow up so quickly!
this evening, we saw "the devil wears prada" at a $3 movie theater. i was pretty disappointed. the main character's optimism & cheeriness was annoying. i don't remember "andrea" being such a perky person in the book. meryl streep did an o.k. job. i read the book awhile ago, and found it fairly predictable. it was a quick read- the kind of reading that feels like snacking on potato chips. easy to read, but not filling &/or nutritious. i thought the movie got decent reviews... j & i were both smacking our hands on our foreheads throughout the movie. glad i only paid $3 for it. fun to get out and see a movie, though.
we started working on our voting tonight. for those of you not in oregon, we get to do a mail-in-ballot thing, which i like, because it gives me time to research & think about everything. and there are no long lines to stand in. for those of you IN oregon - make sure you vote!!!