Tuesday, December 25, 2007
We were home by 12:30 and just lounged around all day. It is 8:00pm now and we started our prime rib a bit late - so didn't eat until 7:30pmish.
All in all, towards the end of the day - I've been a bit antsy and I think tomorrow will be a welcome call for work - just to give me something to do.
My friend Gina goes in tomorrow A.M. for a double masectomy....keep her in your thoughts please - heal quick dear friend.
For Christmas I got a Carhartt sweatshirt (maroon) very comfy and also a subscription to Mothering :) I didn't want much really.....and what we do want - we as adults buy! - but am wanting to save/spend money on getting pregnant - so here's to a baby entering our lives in 2008. :)
Love to you all and hope it was wonderful!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
|Birthday:||May 23, 1980|
|Birthplace:||Sedro Woolley, WA|
|Current Location:||Burlington, WA|
|Hair Color:||Brownish Blonde|
|Weight:||That's for me to know|
|Lefty or Righty:||Righty|
|What do you drive:||Toyota Camry|
|Number:||Don't have one|
|TV Show:||I love Survivor - but anything I can stay awake for!|
|Movie:||(see above!) - the last movie I stayed awake for I think was Marching of the Penguins! LOL|
|Kind of Movie:||Drama|
|Cartoon:||Tom and Jerry|
|Fast Food Restaurant:||Right now it is Taco Time|
|Food:||I love my mom's pork roast and canned baby potatoes! mmmmmmm|
|Ice Cream:||I love cold stone's Birthday Cake Remix - it doesn't like me! (lactose intolerant!)|
|Cereal:||Optimum (I really live Cracklin' Oat Bran - but it has Palm Oil in it!)|
|Candy:||Chocolate - anything chocolate (without Palm Oil!)|
|Drink:||Pop - I love Pop! (but don't drink it so much nowadays)|
|Alcoholic Beverage:||I will drink 1 mikes hard malt beverage :)|
|Quote:||Bless your heart and every little part - including your belly button|
|Have Siblings:||1 sister - Ryan|
|Have Any Pets:||3 cats in age order (oldest to youngest) Kiki, Rosa, and Clover|
|Have a Job:||Word Processor|
|Have a Cellphone:||Yep only cause K wants me to have one (and we don't have long distance)|
|Have Any Special Talents or Skills:||Is my Christmas Lights a talent? maybe a skill? I'm sure there are lots......|
|Have Any Fears:||Yeah, but I don't want to state it :)|
|Have a Bedtime:||I can turn into a crab when I'm tired - so I try to get to bed before 10! (unless I'm having fun - then I can stay up later!)|
|Sing in the Shower:||Sometimes|
|Go to College:||1 year of Bible College (Montana Wilderness School of the Bible)|
|Get Along With Your Parents:||Yep!|
|Have Any Piercings:||Nope!|
|Have Any Tattoos:||Nope!|
|Ever Been in Love:||Yes.....|
|Ever Cheated on a Boyfriend/Girlfriend:||Nope!|
|Are You Single:||Nope!|
|Are You in a Relationship:||Yes!|
|Do You Have a Crush on Someone:||Nope!|
|Ever Been Dumped:||Yes!|
|Ever Dumped Someone:||Yes!|
|This or That|
|Fruit or Vegetable:||Vegetable|
|Black or White:||White|
|Lights ON or Lights OFF:||On|
|TV or Movie:||TV|
|Car or Truck:||Car|
|Cash or Check:||Cash|
|Rock or Rap:||Rap|
|Chocolate or Vanilla:||Chocolate|
|French Toast or French Fries:||French Fries|
|Strawberries or Blueberries:||Blueberries|
|Cookies or Muffins:||Cookies|
|Winter Break or Spring Break:||Spring Break|
|Hugs or Kisses:||Hugs|
|Have You Ever|
|Danced in One Place:||Yes!|
|Smiled For No Reason:||Yes!|
|Laughed So Hard You Cried:||Yes - Kauleen and I went to Orcas Island and we wanted to take a picture of ourselves. We set the camera up to do so and then she came over - well - we didn't know how to work it - and so we ended up taking a picture of me laughing hysterically while she got up to fix the camera it took it! (I guess you kinda needed to be there - but it was funny!)|
|Talked to Someone You Dont Know:||Yep!|
|Smoked:||Nope - never!|
|Done Drugs:||Nope - Never!|
|Partied Till the Sun Came Up:||Nope!|
|Gotten a Ticket:||Nope!|
|Been Convicted of a Crime:||Nope!|
|Been in a Wreck:||Nope!|
|Been Out of the Country:||Canada? LOL|
|Are You a Virgin:||Nope!|
|Have You Had Phone Sex:||Nope!|
|Ever TP'd Someone's House:||Nope!|
|Ever Egged Someone's House:||Nope!|
|How Many Languages do You Speak:||1 - English and very little espanol|
|Who do You Compare Yourself to:||No one?|
|Ever Regret Anything:||Yes................|
|Do You Like Being Tickled:||Sometimes|
|What are Your Goals:||To have a job that I really enjoyed (computer-ish and/or helping people) and to have kids and raise them well|
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I had said I would share what happened yesterday. We normally have a Kids Christmas Party at work for employees kids. Our boss gets them gifts, talks to them in his office and they usually decorate the office Christmas tree. This year it just got to be too much going on and so they cancelled it. Some of the younger kids were looking forward to it - so the boss decided to just have those 2 kids come in on Friday. So, one of the ladies lives a bit further away so her daughter came in all day and did a few things around the office for people. After school was out, the other kid came in and as I was heading to the bathroom - I saw them come in. When I came out of the bathroom, I saw the boss leave. (I was like now that was a bit odd!) Well, ends up, the boss forgot and didn't have gifts or anything. One of the kids was devestated.
The mom was very upset also - which she had all right to be. It was just a horrible happening especially this time of year. :( The kids were 9 and 11 I think? The 9 y/o was very upset. I sat at my desk and cried for him. I know that the boss did go get gifts and the older girl was still there - so she got her gift and got to talk to the boss - but still - the younger one went home as he was very upset. :( Just makes one feel awful. (and you feel bad for the parents that now have to try to explain it to the kids!)
We have a short work day on Monday with only half staff - so it shall be interesting and fun! We'll get New Years Eve off in exchange for Christmas Eve. We're staying put and just going to enjoy each other.
That's it for now.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I will post something that happened at work tomorrow too - it was awful.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I heard this song and wanted to share it with you! It is kind of sad - but awesome at the same time :) makes one realize a lot :)
At work we've had so much sugar and we had our cookie exchange - so at home we've had so much sugar - I'm running on SUGAR OVERLOAD! We're trying to really eat well for breakfast and lunches - because in the afternoons and evenings is when the sugar enters the bloodstream at a rapid rate! LOL
We went and visited my cousin and her children tonight - they are so adorable! She has a to-be-3 y.o in February and a 1 year old. They are just FUN! I'm ready for kids, really ready. We'll start trying again as soon as my period comes......which shall probably be my Christmas Present!! :) Then we'll try again.........
We have a busy week ahead and hopefully a bit more of a relaxing weekend....just lots to do and/or get togethers.
I have a few other things I want to do tonight - so signing off for now.
Monday, December 17, 2007
We went to dinner with what was supposed to be a group of family members - but we got dogged - and ended up going to dinner with my cousin (whom we also work with!)
When we got home, we had a special gift in the mail from Mom and Dad! It was a CD that I used to love as a kid and it brings back such great memories!
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Pardon's Christmas! I LOVE IT!! :)
I am waiting for Kauleen to get off the phone so that we can put together some cookie treats for some special friends :)
We found out today at work - that it sounds as if we will have New Years Eve off from work. We are doing half staff on Christmas Eve and half staff on New Years Eve.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
We did our Christmas Cards, got them in the mail, and then ran to a few places to try and find a few Christmas presents - one of which we undecided as to if we'll even find/buy it. Then back home for a late afternoon nap! I don't take naps all that often - usually take that time when Kauleen is napping to play online :) but took one today and it was much needed. I felt 100% more refreshed after the nap than I had all day!
So, I emptied the dishwasher, loaded the dishwasher, made K some coffee and now she's out with a friend and I'm playing online. I'll be folding the clothes here shortly.
We're doing a Car Count tonight. Last night we're betting we had about 30 cars watching throughout the night. I am going to upgrade my site next year to have a counter. I also got an email from a sweet lady - here's what she said:
I just wanted to say thank you for your light show. We drove down from Bellingham, myself, 2 kids, mom and sister. We sat out front and listened to it all and LOVED IT!!!! Thank you so much for making memories for us. I would just like to suggest that you should maybe put out a donation basket for food and or toys for all the visitors you get. We will be back again in a few days!!! Thanks again.
THAT makes it worth it :) She heard about us from KOMO Pool's Parade of Lights! That was the least likely place I thought someone would drive by from! BUT awesome! :)
I've got to do a few things online now - so tomorrow is Monday and back to work after a 3 day weekend! I am the courier tomorrow - so should be a quick/fast Monday.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Our lights have been causing us more trouble - with the wetness. We went out and bought electrical tape and spent hours outside today with towels, scissors and a roll of it - drying off each plug in and taping off every connection. Of course tonight is not raining. I've asked 2 people whom have done this for a few years past more than I have how they do the Washington weather and keep their display going. They both have "High Voltage" signs and "Stay Away" and do not have their displays on GFI's. If the show doesn't run another night - we too - will go that route. We don't want to have to - but its ridiculous when you can't turn the lights on! (especially when I have people expecting to see it!)
I've been asked time and time again this weekend "Why is it that you want to go to this Unschooling Conference!"? I love the idea of unschooling (if not that - at least homeschooling) and also the more natural way of parenting. I was told a lot this weekend that it IS the way we will parent :) and is more common sense parenting then most would have :) ... I am excited and now am trying to figure out if I want K there - or if we should just go our separate ways that weekend (she has said she'd come for the ride and to camp out at the hotel - but not for the conference). We'll see what happens as time gets closer......I guess I need to reserve a room ...
We have a cookie exchange at work on Monday so we spent last night making Almond Roca (yummy!) and today making pretzel sticks dipped in various types of yummy stuff! We were supposed to watch after a little boy tonight but that got cancelled at last minute. So, we're enjoying some peace and down time. Tomorrow we will do our Christmas cards....... (I dread it.....and maybe next year won't do it!)
This blog isn't that private.........maybe it's time for me to make one - so that I can spill what needs to be spilled ....... but in a more private sense...and invite those whom I'd feel comfortable reading it - and not have my "blog" posted on other blogs for others to get to......hmmmmmmmmm..... (I don't mind that - just well......... you'll understand someday when I can CHAT with all of you!) :)
OK.......I'm done writing for now........Maybe I'll find something else interesting to say before the nights over......
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The show should be up and running again tomorrow night ..... with just a few changes made - and a HUGE lesson learned for next year.
(and Gina - this is now 3 posts in 2 days! *gasp* :)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
- I do not like lotion. (This has come out latley because in the winter it seems my sides itch. Yes, only my sides. It's really weird and I wake up at night with them itching - but HATE the sticky-ness of lotion!) Well, it came down to it this morning and I put it on. I have to wear a mostiureizer on my face too - hate that - but have to do that every morning and use the bare minimum. (weird, yes......)
- I'm allergic to palm oil (badly......as in.......where's the bathroom - NOW!) and am lactose intolerant (lactaid helps this.......but then.......other complications come later with that too) and it is in a lot of things people wouldn't think. (lots of cakes, chocolates (chocolate chips!!), crisco, etc.)
- (RE: to the above) I hate putting people out when asking what ingredients are in things - it makes me feel so bad. I hate it - but I can't help it. THE thing that makes me the happiest is when someone else suggests it and says "Randi, do we need to check the ingredients for you!" Like someone actually CARES about ME and the ingredients. (silly I know!)
- I do not like drinking (alcohol) and/or being around it much.
- I like to play BINGO every so often (6 months or so) and hope to go to Seattle this year and play GAY BINGO with the family..........you get dressed up in costumes, etc.
- I can and/or have played: Piano, trumpet, baritone, and guitar. :)
- Armpits are the #1 disgusting part of the body and DO NOT touch mine - period. I don't even touch them.............and we'll not go there. LOL
- Someday I hope to have a homebirth and/or in a birthing center.........
- I wish I was more self reliant and more outgoing. I am once I feel comfortable.....but until then I can be so shy.......
- It took all my brain power to think of the above 9.......there are quite a bit more that I would've shared had I felt more comfortable enough too...... :)
I'm not tagging anyone - just feel free to add your 10 weird/random facts/habits/goals about yourself if you so wish :)
I was blessed to have my parents here for sometime before turning on the Christmas lights. I enjoy their company. I enjoyed my mom's company 2 weekends in a row due to a death in the family. I got to enjoy my grandparents on the second trip. We'll see them again on New Years at Chalet de Grand Coulee. :)
Lots of people have been driving by to see the lights. Some friends have been telling me it is getting darker around 9:30pm in their parts of the world ;) as my lights aren't shining as brightly. I don't think I have *that* many lights - too much can be just that - so we tried to keep it "classy" but yet "fun". The music is the fun part.
I ended up not getting called for jury duty this month. No biggie. The holiday time is probably not the most relaxing time to try to get pregnant :) We will start again with the first sign of my period the end of this month - beginning of January. It's our last set of sperm......so we'll see what happens. Hopefully my eggs do not multiply like last time.
I've been contemplating a lot going to a conference in Vancouver with a few of my family members in attendance. :) It really is something out of my comfort zone to do.....but really am interested. Kauleen will not go with me........so.........we'll see. I guess I need to really think about why I want to go and the reasons for why I'm wanting to unschool/not public school (possibly homeschool).
My friend Gina is finally done with her chemo and is going this week to see a surgeon for surgery - then after healing of that - it will be 5 days a week of radiation. She's a trooper and a fighter. Sure do miss her spirits at work, but know in the end - taking care of oneself is way more important. Stay strong girl. :)
Anyone have a timeshare in Mexico they want to share and/or know of really "awesome" places to go? K and I have discussed going ..... and she is turning 40 this year (March) so we'll see if we can't manage to pull it off.
I'm sure I had more to write - but Kauleen is needing my help hanging Christmas cards. I'll leave with a video of my Christmas lights for this year....
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The show's still on for Sunday December 2nd :) We got a sample this weekend in our garage with the door shut and lights off...........it's pretty exciting.
If you can't make it that day - please do a drive by some other night. The times the show will be playing and directions on our my website:
I'll write more soon!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I'm getting very excited for the holiday season! I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week! I think I get more excited for the day after Thanksgiving (shopping) than I do eating of the turkey! K & I are not huge shoppers, but we like to go through the adds and pick up what we need giftage wise that day. Last year we got some pretty good deals! We'll be spending the Thanksgiving here at our house with family visits on Friday.
We started hanging some Christmas lights today! :) My cousin's husband (Shaun and Jenae) bless their hearts have been the biggest help to us - mechanically - to maybe get this show done right! :) Shaun helped to mount our radio station box (which turned out AWESOME!) and he came today and helped re-wire a special 30 amp plug for my Animated Lighting. I will be turning my lights on before the "turn on" party to make sure it all works - but I will be setting my alarm for the middle of the night so no one else see's it but Kauleen and I! :)
Works been OK latley. SLOW. With the market kind of dropping out (plus the winter being our slow months already.....) we could be achin' for some bacon by January. We'll see.
Since the word is out to most people in my family already........I thought I'd start posting about our "baby" tries :) yep.....you heard it - baby tries. This way, maybe if I post about it - someone who is rich and famous will send us money and/or fresh sperm when needed :) I'll try to explain it all......but unless you're doing it and understand - it can be quite complicated.
We've tried inseminating with Randi (me) 2 times. Both times did not take. We decided after the last try that we'd try an "FSH" cycle - meaning a medicated cycle - making more eggs - more targets for the "boys" :) To make a long story short, it was a week of pure stress (getting time off of work every day) and having my sweet cousins (yep, same as above) make a special drug-rep hand-off for another drug to make me not ovulate (as we were pushing my bodies timing....). I made over 20 eggs. We didn't hope for a football team.......we had just hope for 1 and/or maybe 2. We'd take whatever we're supposed to have. :) So, I went through all of the testing, many an ultra-sound, lots of discussion between K & I and the doctors/nurses......and come Thursday when my eggs were not separating big from small - we decided to forego this cycle. Yep, we've paid for it. BUT, the doctor's office has stated our next cycle will be free (minus the medicine). They will put me on different medicine and watch me a bit more closely this time also. UNFORTUNATLY, I can't do it December (it's stressful as is with holiday etc.) but I have jury duty right smack dab in the middle of the cycle - AND - I've already been excused from doing 2 weeks - to just doing 1 week. So, we're forgoing until January. I'm really wanting a baby......we're ready. We've been together almost 5 years now.......:) and enjoyed our time - and have lots of love and space for another human being :) plus, my parents want grandbabies too. :)
I am enjoying my time alone tonight :) and hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving........
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
We were planning on heading to Coulee this weekend, but decided to stick around here due to some low funds. We have 2 heaters that need to get over there, but we'll take them next weekend. :o)
We are almost done with our Merry Christmas letters - I only have one M and one A to make (and will finish it this weekend!) and be done. My cousin Shaun is helping us a bit with a few things too...........it sounds like we may put in another electrical box for Christmas lights :)
My TURN ON Party is Sunday December 2nd at 5:00pm. Soup and bread will be served. If I don't send you out an "official" invitation - please feel free to come - just let me know so I can make enough soup. DRESS WARM!!! (it could be cold/wet)
Works going just fine.......no more layoffs as of yet.
That's it for now..........more later.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
We have something that is called "Education Day" and it is a trade show held every year. They have a theme for it and then each business (banks, inspectors, etc.) put on a booth. I can't remember for the life of me what the theme was last year but Chicago Title did The Wizard of Oz (I may have some pics on the blog a ways back...) and we won first place. It was a blast.
This year, we didn't have a marketer but had a few guys jump in about a month before it - that we're helping us out. Well, they ended up being laid off like a week before........... oh joy. SO, I took control and here's what we did:
The theme was "Everday Heroes". We had contemplated lots of heroes - super heroes, police man, fire men, etc. Kauleen had the greatest idea. :) Get a classroom of kids to draw a picture of their everday heroes and we'll display them. THEN it went on more to be donating blood and having the blood bank come. Well........we didn't get the blood bank - BUT we did get the kids. They were *adorable*. They were from a 2nd grade class and from a 5th grade class. (Some of the heroes were: George W. Bush *lol*, my aunt, my dog, yoda.. :) They were really funny some of them.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
What a beautiful day we had yesterday huh? (if you don't live in NW Washington......well, it was a sunny, non-windy, beautiful day!) I mowed the yard and then we setup Halloween decorations. We don't do a *a lot* in ways of decorating for Halloween.......I have to save my energy for Christmas :)
Speaking of which, we have all these letters done:
E-R-R-Y C-H-R-I-S :) one more "M" is cut out and one more "S" is cut out! We have 6 more to do (whole letters) and we're done. I AM NEVER DOING ANOTHER LETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These letters will span pretty much my whole garage door.........over 18 feet in length when finished.
I got my sign made for my Radio Station 101.9fm. :) it looks awesome. My grandpa is making me a frame to put it into. I'll post a picture of the station sign sometime maybe later today.
Work has been kind of crazy and a bit un-settling to a few. We've laid off 3 people and one person has voluntarily taken some paid time off for the slow months. (We hate to lose her........but its best for her family right now). So, we are really just trying to get by......one day and a time. (the lay offs affect me but not my department, thankfully - yet!)
We have been told we can't have a Christmas Party. (Last year we rented a room at the Skagit Casino and it ROCKED!) This year we're told we can't do anything of that sort (we can still use some money to buy food) but can't rent any place? Anyone know of a place that'd hold about 50 people for cheap/free?
We headed to Coulee a few weekends ago to meet an electrician that never made it. (long story) It was obviously meant to be. Since that day, we discussed with a guy that lives near my parents and he kind of gave us the run down of what we need to do........and we were a bit ahead of ourselves. :) You know how it is when you have a product that is never finished - you just want it done??? It won't be done for awhile..........years.
Kauleen is taking an electrical class at Whatcom Community College to learn a bit more about electrical and our Christmas Lights. It is 3 Thursdays from like 6:30-9pm. I'm going to take a class on Photoshop and it starts on Saturday and runs from like 9-1pm. I am excited!
Anyone here good with graphics/photos? OR know anyone that can help me make a cool website/logo/banner for my Christmas webpage??? If so, let me know!!
Wifey just got up so am going to go have some coffee...............
I'll post again soon!!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
I need to make my radio sign (101.9 FM for those who wanna know now!) but need to finish one project before continuing on.
I made about 2 letters today, my fingers are raw from the zip ties.....and I screwed up the "H" from my brain having to concentrate too hard on the little squares. I think I can only done 1 letter a day.
She's been keeping us on our toes latley. I worked late the other night (our anniversary! ;o) and Kauleen came home and was going to surprise me with an Apple Pie and she ended up calling me at work because my cat was crying and had been trying to poo and couldn't! (You know, animals NEVER are sick during vet normal hours - ever!) So we called the vet, watched her the rest of the night and she was fine.
Well, today we were going to head out for a bit.....and she was sleeping in her CAT BOX! What in the world?! Cat's sometimes sleep in their box when they are frightened (like at stores, etc.) but CATS do NOT sleep in their box.
So, we locked her up all day (with 3 other cats - you never know whose done what of the bathroom duties) and made sure she pee'd and poo'd before we let her out. Sure enough, she did both........and seems to be fine.
THIS is a cat that just a few months ago was 8lbs - wouldn't eat the food - and was very boney. Well, we took her in to get checked and everything was fine. SHE had lost all this weight from being picky and not wanting the food she's ALWAYS ate. *sheesh* So, we're now buying her expensive food - she's eating it - she's now 11lbs - and thankfully none of the other cats will eat it - so we don't go broke on feeding the stinkin' picky cat. LOL
Have I told you I love her to pieces???? who couldn't!
Kauleen and I are now official card carrying domestic partners - thanks to the Washington State Domestic Partnership Law. This law does not allow us to have health benefits (which is what one day we pray we are allowed) but it does allow us hospital visitations, and if one of us dies without a will, we will be able to disperse of the assets as needed.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
So, K and I took the day off. I needed someone to take me to and from and so we've been hanging out doing stuff around the house. :) It's nice to get a day off to just relax. She's taking a nap right now..........
Monday, September 03, 2007
We went to Coulee for the weekend and spent time with the family. It was very enjoyable. We headed out early Saturday morning (makes it wayyyyy less stressful than at night - with deer and all) and the sun was shining and it was a beautiful drive. The trees are just barely starting to turn colors......I LOVE FALL! (but I wish we would've had more summer!!)
We did a bit more painting....and still have probably one more day of paint to go. Sometimes it just so hard to see the end! (This will be 2 coats on the whole thing......then onto the trim!).
We're working on getting hooked up our tankless water heater, 2 wall heaters and 2 outdoor lights. We just need to get the electrical hooked up/re-done. Getting anyone to do anything in a small town, can be a very gigantic task. We're working on it though......after this - we'll have the roof re-done before even trying to start the inside.
I did get my haircut for those who were curious :) It isn't what I was thinking of..... is shorter - but if you saw me in a picture - you'd just see it as shorter. The back has a bit if a different style - but I can't see the back!! :) So, I'm going to grow it back out......thankfully it grows back :o)
We've been eating our corn quite regularly. :) We took 8 ears to Coulee. It is downright yummmy!! We planted about 70 stalks......so we have quite a bit left. We have lots of cucumbers still, onions, strawberries (we have ever-bearing...meaning they grow all summer) and even some carrots left I think. YUM! It was been way fun reaping/sowing the benefits of OUR OWN garden!
I'll get a picture taken of the new-do - maybe tomorrow and get it posted on here.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
My sister tells me that I had my haircut like this already, just styled differently. NOW, I'm not the one for styling - am very special when it comes to that. I just can't do it. I'm lucky I can figure out how to STRAIGHTEN my hair, let alone do anything else with it. SO, I need something very messy/straight forward. PLUS, I don't want bangs. I've grown my bangs out now (hard work) and I never want them back!!
I think that is it for now. Hope everyone is doing well.
Love you all!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
It's the weekend again, yahoo!! This work week went by pretty fast thankfully. I'm having a lazy day. I had plans to get a lot accomplished, and don't even have the energy to do anything FUN (getting my toes done) let alone anything NOT fun (cleaning, work, etc.) No energy. Could that be from having gone to bed after 12am last night (after a Seattle Mariner baseball game, thank you to our company and awesome seats/tickets!!) and getting up to an alarm at 7am? :) I think a nap is in store after awhile.
Tomorrow Kauleen and I are going to go to a local PFLAG picnic gathering. We haven't ever been to anything of this sort, but had heard of it awhile ago. I contacted the head person of the local PFLAG Skagit and she invited us to the picnic at her house. I am totally going out of my comfort zone for this one, but hope to meet maybe some like-minded people and make friends.
This coming weekend Ryan (my sister) and her husband will be here from Thursday-Sunday. I haven't seen her since March so it'll be fun to hang out. She is coming over to help out my cousin with a wedding (doing hair..)
The weekend after that is Labor Day and tentative plans are to spend that with my parents. We'll see if it works out. I get very overwhelmed in having this busy of a schedule. Makes me want to curl up in bed and hide!
I'm still contemplating the christmas light/laptop scenario. A battle within myself.
That's all I feel up to posting today.........maybe something a bit more enthusiastic soon.
Friday, August 10, 2007
We don't really have any plans for the weekend - just hanging out. We're going to drop some yard waste off at a local dump place and then hit a few garage sales, maybe a farmers market or 2 :o) That's about it. Sunday we're discussing going into work (we could use the extra money).
My dad leaves in one week for his job in California. I hope he enjoys himself.
This coming Friday we get to go to a major league baseball game on the company! That'll be a fun time. We'll help Kauleen's sister paint their new house on Saturday. AND on Sunday, Kauleen and I will step out of our comfort zone and go to a PFLAG (Parents, families of lesbian and gays) - kind of like a support group/can't think of the right words for the other part of it! BUT, that'll be fun. They hosts meetings in town once a month and this is their once a year picnic. :) I hope to get involved.
I'm still tossing back and forth the Christmas lights..........I'll let you know the decision when it is made.
I counted 52 ears of corn this afternoon!! AND probably a good 6 beans :) We also have a few cucumbers coming on......and the Kohlrabi is about done.
I'm pooped. I'm headed off to bed.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
In discussing our goals, Kauleen and I had discussed maybe taking a trip to Mexico for her 40th Birthday. Well, in paying off debt......that's not going to happen. So, we decided we could take a small trip (Las Vegas, Yellowstone, Glacier) and I said I didn't really care where we went - especially if I had a laptop. Well......... that then soared into......If you sell your Christmas stuff, you can buy a laptop. *ugh!*
NOW, I love my Christmas stuff. I got a lot of damn cool stuff for this years display - but also know that I'd use my laptop way more than I'd ever use my Christmas lights. ALSO, if I did sell my Christmas stuff, come this Christmas - I'd probably want it back.........BUT Kauleen has promised that if I don't make her help me figure out what lights plug in where and how to get them there - she'll put lights in every nook and cranny of the house.
So, that's been my toss up lately. Christmas Stuff or Laptop?
What's your suggestions???
If you'd buy a laptop - what brand/why? I am thinking HP, built new for me, and/or Apple (that'd be a HUGE change for me - but they seem a bit more reliable!)
I haven't had any energy latley - zip - none. I just want to go to work, come home and crash. I get that way sometimes......and it passes.
Tomorrow is Wednesday! YES!!! :)
I'm signing off..........
Sunday, August 05, 2007
We had a very fun weekend, somewhat non-eventful. Friday night we had planned to do something fun, but by the time rolled around to 5pm, all we wanted to do was come home and crash! We ended up grabbing some chineese and just hanging out!!
Saturday, we had a few errands to run (library books, down comforter at dry cleaners, etc.) and then we were waiting for the arrival of Braxton, our hairdresser's kid (who is 4!). We get free haircuts, and we watch him overnight.
He is never quite happy being dropped off, but calms down after about 5 minutes. We laid down immediatley (had been sleeping in the car) and he slept from 12:50-3:20!! He was so enjoyable when he woke up! We took him to the beach, played in the water and with the sand/rocks, rolled around in the dirt, played on the toys, cooked some hot dogs and only ate the bun with ketchup and mustard! :) and just enjoyed each other. We came home and he took a bath and then we watched Barnyard (funny movie!) and we all crashed!
This morning we woke up at 7am *yawn* and played for a bit outside weeding, playing in more dirt :) and blowing up the basketball, etc. We tired him out because when mom came to get him around 11:00am.....he was sleeping on me, again! :)
He was attached at my hip. He sat on my lap anytime I sat down. He stood by me anytime I stood up. Literally, attached :)
After he left, we enjoyed some quiet time.....at lunch and ran into town to do some errands (Grocery shopping - oh joy!)
We decided we're going to try for the next 2 weeks to not eat any flour, sugar or dairy (specifically the dairy for me). I haven't been feeling the hottest latley, and when we did the elimination diet, this is pretty much what we didn't eat. So, we got some carrots out of the garden, 3 kohlrabi, and we got some grapes, watermelon, peas and cucumbers. We've cut everything up for fresh/easy eating. :) I am sure this will make us feel better about ourselves too.
I've started reading the 2nd Harry Potter Book. I'm enjoying it. Kauleen has now started the 7th book......and is enjoying it too. We are just finishing up the laundry for the work week :)
Tomorrow is K's grandma is turning 94! How amazing it'd be to live that long! :)
Here's some pics of the beach! :)
Love you all!!
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
My parents were here for the weekend (attending a bridal shower). We enjoyed our visit, as always.
We found out that Dad is taking a job in California. It sounds as if he'll be on his way as of this coming Monday. Quite a change from being retired and doing nothing.......but if he enjoys it - and my mom is happy - that's all that matters.
Kauleen is on the 6th book of Harry Potter and has recieved the 7th book but is re-reading them. I have read the 1st book, and really want to read them all, but am not a huge reader (one thing I wish I enjoyed doing more of!)
Work has been really busy with vacations, etc.
We are sending in our "Domestic Partner Registration" :) we'll have the rights to visit each other in the hospital if either of us should ever get sick.....or have a baby for that matter :)
I'm going to attach some pictures of our garden. It's growing so good! I've never had a garden before, so this has been a fun experience.
This weekend, we'll be babysitting for 24 hours! We trade haircuts for babysitting (awesome trade!) but we normally do it for about 12. It'll be fun! The little man is 3.....and is at the "learning" stage. EVERYTHING is fun! Then Sunday we'll relax and re-charge for the week ahead. Weekends are NOT long enough.
Post a comment if you read my boring blog........I'm curious as to who reads it. Since I rarely post, I rarely see the comments! Silly me!!
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tomorrow we plan to snuggle up and stay inside and read and do whatever we want to!
We went out today and each got 1 hour massages! It's a treat!! My shoulders tend to really get achy after about 3months, so I get them a bit more often. MAN, it feels so good!!
We are getting a spray-in bed liner in the truck on Monday. We sold our canopy to pay for it! :) something we are very excited about.
Nothing too exciting to write about really. My gardens growing! :) I have 3 kohlrabi I need to cut up and quite a few carrots. We have raspberries coming out our ears!! and Rhubarb too.
I'll write more later!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We then took a few days and just enjoyed each others company in Winthrop, WA. We did an AWESOME hike (Goat's Peak) I'll post some pictures. We had been told by a friend to do the hike, but we aren't in the best shape. Well, we got up and in the 100 degree temps hiked up a mountain (literally) and got to 7000 feet! At the top, was one of the few last manned fire watch towers. We got to meet Lightening Bill. VERY fascinating. He took our picture, which I'll post here also........and takes a picture of everyone that comes up to see him. It was well worth our trip. We left at 10:00am for hiking and got back at 3:00pm. We took our time on the way up....believe you me! BUT, it was beautiful. (If you EVER get a chance, you have to hike Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island) THAT was the best hike ever!!
Dad goes in tomorrow for a check up on his back surgery. Am sure hoping everything turns out to be good. He isn't up to his 2 mile mark........which the doctor said he wanted at 2 weeks.
I go in on Wednesday to the ENT again.......probably have to run a few more tests. We'll see what becomes of it. I'm thinking positive.......
I'm going to start doing my mesh lit letters for Christmas. If I do about 1 a week, I should have Merry Christmas done a bit before Christmas. :) Animated Lighting is being ever so gracious to me and so very helpful. They are allowing me to send back my 2 sound cards, to get all my 11 songs onto one disk! I am so thankful.
We baby sat last night and enjoyed ourselves. Kauleen and I go back and forth so much as to if we want kids and/or if we enjoy our time just the 2 of us. I wish it wasn't so hard for us to have kids and to really have to think about it and/or spend the money to conceive. It's too much energy before it's even conceived, does that make sense??
I got a book yesterday at a garage sale "How to talk to kids will listen, how to listen so kids will talk". I've heard it is a good one. I like to read lots of things on parenting. :)
I need to work on having more energy and being more positive. It seems to be a real struggle for me on most days.
Thanks for listening.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Work has been kind of stressful latley - making it not so fun. I'll be working this weekend, if that states anything.
We've been having discussion in the household in regards to budgets, etc. We're starting to put some cash into envelopes and try to pay off some debt. It has been fun to be able to finally get a hold of something and control it. :)
I've been kind of on edge this week with some unknown news of a blood test that was requested of me to get. It could be good/bad news, if you know what I mean :) just very anxious to get the results. I'm not stating too much in hopes it isn't........but if it is - there'd be lots of answers too. You see...LOL
I saw this video today and was speechless, completely, speechless. Still do not know what to think. Just makes me want to hug every women out there but on the other hand makes me want to hurt some too. *sigh*
I came to the conclusion that if we have a kid, we will have just 1, and maybe 2. I had originally thought of having quite a few kids - if I have enough love for them and can raise them - then why not? Well, after spending time with K's nieces (4, 2 and 2 month old twins! - we went and all picked strawberries) I've got enough of the lots of kids. 1 would be fun, but if twins happened (with artificial ways...that's always a greater possibility) then that's what we'd be blessed with :)
I ordered my 6 other songs today from Animated Lighting. They should be here this week. Now I need to find a radio station that isn't too popular to start making my "Tune In" sign.
Our garden is growing like crazy!! We're growing kohlrabi, rhubarb, onion, carrots, cucumber, beans, corn, raspberries and strawberries! We did a local CSA farm last year, but just found we didn't know how to cook and/or didn't like all the veggies given with it - so decided this year to take it upon ourselves to do the garden. It has been fun!!
That's it for now. How about that? Almost 2 posts in 1 week. Wonder if anyone ever checks this anymore? ;o)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
My mom is on the mend! Most of you know already, but they didn't get clear margins when taking the piece of bone out of her pelvis, so she still has the cancer. She will have to have a CT scan every 3 months to see how it is growing and in the future will have to have a big surgery removing her pelvic bone completely. For the time being, the cancer is very very slow growing and she's beginning to return to normal life. She will start work the first full week in May.
AND NOW, my reason for this post. :o) Kauleen and I went to a Christmas seminar/trade show yesterday in Olympia to learn more how to animate our Christmas lights (like this one:
I bought the computerized programs/boxes ($800) from Animated Lighting. (this above is done with the competitor Light-O-Rama).
Upon attending this seminar/trade show yesterday, it was kind of frusterating because we found out we only do not know a damn thing! We know nothing on electricity, nothing on how this is going to work, etc. These lights are the thing that we fight about most.......but yet I WANT TO DO IT! :( So, now I am just contemplating selling it.
I'm going to do a little research today and maybe email a few people about explaining to me a few more things.
Anyone want to help me set up my Christmas display this year - maybe starting in September??? :) Any electrician's that can help??????
Let me know!
Saturday, February 03, 2007
We are ready for Spring to arrive. Our Daffodils are peeking about 5" out of the ground already! The Tulips are peeking too! I can't wait for spring! We are going to try to plant our own garden this year.....if time permits.
The latest news in our household, is waiting to find out if my mom has cancer. Many of you reading here probably already know about this - but for an update of what's been going on, here is my parents blog:
Kauleen just got back from spending a few weeks with her sister and 2 nieces (3.5 and 1.5 y/o) in Arizona. She was helping her sister get prepared for the BOY/GIRL TWINS!!!! (due around March 15thish) So, she'll have 3 girls and a boy! VERY fun, but she's going to be very busy. Upon her return, she got the flu! *yuck* She never gets sick (and got a flu shot!) but she was probably just run down.
We plan on heading to the coast mid February for some much needed relaxation (depending on my mom's surgery schedules).
We've kind of put the baby stuff on hold for now - maybe to spend a year just being selfish and doing our own things. I'd love to have a baby, but it is so emotionally draining/exhausting just TRYING (not to mention $$$!!) *shrug* It will all come to be. I am only 26. :)
That's it for now. :) I'll try to write more soon.