Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
my little soldiers.
the hubby has the flu. he came home sick from work on thursday and hasn't felt good since. i've been trying my best to both help him out and not catch the flu from him. been employing the works - oscillococcinum, usnea, vitamin c... not to mention my normal vitamins, fish oil, and good ol' washing of the hands. get better soon, hubby!!!
last sunday, we took my mom out for brunch to celebrate her birthday, along with my dad & j's family (minus a few). thanks for coming out, everyone!
my mom is the proud owner of two of the new special riedel oregon pinot noir glasses. they're absolutely amazing with oregon pinots!
last friday, j went to the grocery store while i was teaching, and brought home the makings of this wonderful dinner. ravioli, foccacia, roasted red peppers, lemeleson wine (actually, we already had that in our cellar).... very good, & artfully prepared! thanks hubby!!!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
oh dear, this isn't very ladylike.
tonight i went bowling. it was c's birthday (4th from the left), and she chose the activity.
i'm the BOWLER FROM HELL.
i totally suck at bowling.
in fact, i suck at pretty much all sports. bowling, curling, golfing, volleyball... really really bad. i'm trying to learn to bask in the glory of my suck-y-ness, as i get older.
it astounds me, however, that i can be SO bad, yet manage to make a living out of playing the violin - something that uses fine motor skills & the coordination of hands & fingers & arms. makes absolutely no sense to me. totally sucky.
on new year's eve, we got up to go skiing at mt bachelor, and myself, very reluctantly, as i had endured a second night of insomnia. i was frustrated & hating life because i was so tired, & didn't want to go ski, and guessed it would be better to stay home, but i went anyway because i was afraid i'd miss a good day of skiing. well, i should've stuck with my instincts. there were long lines at bachelor, and lots of the lifts weren't working. it was f-reezing out, and the lifts kept stopping for long periods of time. i decided after the first run that i was done for the day. eventually, j gave me a ride home so i could take a nap. thanks, hubby!!! when everyone got home, we started making ravioli from scratch. here are some pictures.
the sunday after xmas, p & n met us from canadia, and we drove to skibowl for an awesome day of skiing. it was dumping snow, and it was cold enough out that the snow was very light and dry - perfect conditions! after a full day of skiing, we drove down to sunriver - a trip that took forever due to all the recent snow. we made a cheese fondue when we finally arrived at our house. it was very stringy. perfect. the beginning of our culinary adventures at the New Years Vacation at Sunriver. we also made a chocolate fondue for dessert, thanks to n magically having a recipe in her purse. i guess everybody carries around random fondue recipes in their purses, eh? hmm... perhaps it's a calgary thing.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
unbeknownst to me, until a half hour before we were to leave, the wine tasting day was not over. we were invited over to j's parents' house for a taco dinner, in honor of his brother & his wife, who were in town that evening. a taco dinner means flour tortillas made from scratch, which makes tacos a million times better. unfortunately, i was really full from lunch, so i wasn't able to do my taco justice, but luckily j stepped up & finished mine for me. he even had room for his "butter and sugar" taco (see bottom picture)...something i found really disgusting, but he's loved them since he was a kid.
the sunday before x-mas, we went wine tasting with friends. we started out at archery summit, which was a bit disappointing, as they weren't tasting any of my favorite, the arcus. we stopped at torii mor next, which was a great time. lots of good whites and reds there. unfortunately their chardonnay went up in price quite a lot - no longer the good buy that it was for our wedding. after that, we stopped at this awesome barbecue place (huckabee's???)- had an amazing pulled pork sandwich & cheesy grits (ain't everythin better with cheesy grits???). it filled our tummys for our last stop, chehalem (see lower picture). all in all, a fantastic, fun day!
on the saturday before x-mas, we went skiing at skibowl with these two, & then went out for dinner afterwards at the farm. the skiing wasn't that good - it had been raining two days before, so there wasn't much new snow, and it started raining after noon, so we left a bit early. dinner was great. we all especially enjoyed the scallops, and the dessert. good day, even if i was suffering from lack of sleep!
Friday, January 04, 2008
on the friday before x-mas, j & i went to my parents' for dinner with my cousin c, her husband j, their son h, and my parents. little h was so cute. pepper was definitely jealous of little h, and little h found pepper's food very interesting. what a cute, happy, 2nd cousin we have!!!