Monday, June 30, 2008
Tomorrow night we have haircuts and then my knitting class again! I love it! I've been thinking of how I can get more people together to knit........a knitting retreat? :o) where people sit around, chat, eat, and hang out and enjoy each others company?
I need to go get some ice cream to have some sugar'd strawberries, chocolate and vanilla ice cream...... YUM!!!!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I'll post the one I choose as an actual post.
If you need some ideas of what others are saying - let me know.
So far I'm thinking..... Tall, Compassionate......but heckuva I know what people look for?! Any help would be appreciated!!
Friday, June 27, 2008
We had plans to possibly go on a hike, go to dinner, do something fun.....and we came home, stripped off our bras, got in comfy clothes and went al natural to the store and got a chocolate cake to bake!! LOL K is now watching something on TV (last she said Brokeback Mountain was on) and I'm piddlin' on here.
We've decided Sunday will be OUR day to do something fun.......
As for today, we made incentive for last month - so that rocks. :) AND Monday is pay day......so that is a great way to start the week. Friday is the 4th of July, so we'll get to hang out with some pretty COOL people....... and that just sounds FUN! :)
1. Birthdays are inevitable.
2. Winter is my favorite season because you can cozy up with a fireplace, candles and get toasty warm! (Summer is close second - for the sun!)
3. I feel my best when....I've had a massage, had my morning coffee, when I was spending time at Life Is Good......
4. Pork roast and canned baby potatoes is my favorite food (made by my mom)!
5. First impressions are just a starting point!
6. The best piece of advice I ever received was You Are Worth It!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to doing something with Kauleen (possibly a hike...maybe a picnic) , tomorrow my plans include working on my website and writing and Sunday, I want to hang out with the rest of the crazies in Seattle in celebration of Gay Pride and possibly a Baby Expo :)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I've been dealing with bouts of nausea lately....and some dizziness. I'm wondering if it has to do with my ears.....(my tube fell out) or if it could have something to do with my period? (possibly iron?) I'll have to pay attention. K and I were going to go eat at Olive Garden tonight....(on a gift card) but I wasn't too sure I'd be making it......we got there, sat down, and then we left.....I just couldn't do it. We came home and I had chicken noodle soup, 1 1/2 rolls, and some apple sauce. I feel OK now.....maybe even a little hungry again. I think I maybe haven't been eating enough?........I'm going to test some stuff out tomorrow and see what happens.
Also, did I mention I get a massage tomorrow?...............................I cannot wait.
Do you ever plan lots of things you want to do, but then get overwhelmed by the list of the FUN things to do - that none of them happen? I'm starting my list for Saturday (K is helping a friends Grandpa move) and so I'm going to have the whole day to myself! *gasp!* I'm wanting to update my website, write a few letters, possibly bake some, and enjoy the sun. I'd love to scrub the fence but that is least on my list....... but I'd enjoy being out in the beauty. *shrug* I've also thought of doing a hike......but K doesn't like the idea of me hiking by myself.......oh and I could go see a cousin in a play in Seattle......but looks like we're headed to Seattle on Sunday to take part in the Gay Pride Festivities! :)
I'm needing to be outdoors I've decided - not just any outdoor - but near water, a waterfall perhaps......in the woods?....near a lake?......somewhere calming and peaceful, and quiet.......to contemplate and relax!......*aaaaaaahhhhh*
For now I'll just go settle in the tub and relax that way! :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
We got to use our tankless water heater for the first time! It's HOT! :) The not so hot part about it......1) the shower head is REALLY REALLY low (for me!) about perfect height for K and 2) the tub is a bit squeaky......possible rottage/bug eaten joists or something......(we will have to look into it).
K and I had another discussion as to how much money we put into it. We've put quite a bit into it to make it livable, and have a few more things to do (inside walls, sink, etc.) but probably not more than $5,000 worth. There has been talk (as there as been for quite some time) of possibly annexing into the City of Grand Coulee. (The arsenic level of the Coulee water has been a high levels - high enough they have to send notices to all homeowners) and the health department is not liking it. So, they are going to have to do something, soon. So, with that in mind, if we get new water, we hope to get sewer lines........AND if that is the case (really, no matter what the price tag be) we can tear down and re-build. (Right now we are stuck with what we have because our septic is not to "code" but we are grandfathered in) so we can live in what we have and be fine - but we cannot tear down (we can only remodel). This is great news for us........so we hope it plays out!
Work has been treacherous the past few days with the courier out for a surgery, I've been having to do her job, and my job........and thank you to so many in the office that have helped (JUSTYNE!!!!!!!!!!) to be able to make my in office job a little bit more do-able. (As I type I have 5 things to type first thing in the morning........with usually nothing to start out with!) YIKES. :) *please be there tomorrow courier......please be there tomorrow* AND quick healing to that neck! :)
I had my knit and chat tonight - same people showed up, which was fun! I'm getting to know both ladies and really enjoy it. Guess what I did? I screwed up......got frustrated......and took it all apart - all like 12 rows!! YAH!!! so, I'm not starting over.........which I'm excited about!! :) I've learned so much from so many people lately........I think it is a good thing. It took me the whole knit session to untangle my undoings!
Thursday I get a massage...........and I cannot wait. I'm needing something to calm my body and my mind, and possibly spirit too. :) I think this will do it!
K and I have been talking some about Christmas lights and what our plan is for this year. I am very excited! I think we may buy some LED's....(which take up less amps) but we may still need another box......(which is on sale until June 30th) so we have to decide here soon what the real plan is. I plan on updating my website this weekend with the videos from last year and stuff! I have to get it ready for people to be able to log on when I put my window cling on! :)
I am very excited for the nice weather that seems to be headed our direction! The last 2 nights have been beautiful! RIPEN BERRIES RIPEN! and grow garden grow!!
We're discussing heading to the Seattle Gay Pride Parade on Sunday! :) I have always wanted to go.......the weather is going to be 80 degrees, and it's gonna be a beautiful day. I'm really torn between that and a hike...........the Seattle Gay Pride Parade sounds like *fun* the hike sounds like *peace*........ Hmmmmmmm.....
I am very excited for the 4th of July at Uncle Tom and Aunt Mary's and that some unschooling friends will be joining in on the party! CANNOT WAIT!!! :)
Monday, June 23, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Yesterday, our computers were down at work all day......from 8:18 until 4:00pm. I think it is stressful sometimes at work with the overload feeling - but this was a bit more stressful - just not knowing when the computers would come back up for one, and 2 - knowing that we would have quite a bit of work to get done when they did. Unfortunately, some of the people in the office could still give me work (and could do work without the use of the computer) so I'll probably go in tomorrow night upon our return and clean up. Our courier is gone on Monday from work, so I'll need to fill in a bit doing her job.........making it even a bit more stressful. It is only one day and I'm being able to relax this weekend! :)
Our place when we got here was so clean (Thanks Aunt Mary!) and K and I both said "it is feeling more like home!"
Remember that birthday present I've been waiting for? Well I got it last night! It was 2 three prong connectors for my Christmas display - AND....vinyl clings for my car that say "WWW.SKAGITCHRISTMAS.COM (with my logo!) TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!! I now need to update my website with last years video's....get a guestbook put on there...... and K and Mom (and Dad I'm sure has told me) that I could make some money on my website from businesses that want to donate and/or help.
My dad bought my mom a special present, of which I am jealous........it is today Woot deal (http://www.woot.com ) (a laptop). I've made the decision that I'd really, really like it.......BUT I really would like a baby soon.......and all money needs to go towards that for now.
That's it for now..........
Thursday, June 19, 2008
1. A smile is contagious.
2.Scattergories is my favorite board or card game.
3. I would love to have more patience, pure kindness, more positive thinking in my life and less worries.
4. When I think of the Summer Solstice, I think of the hike K and I wanted to go on tonight (on behalf of it...champagne and cheese at the end... but just couldn't).
5. I just remembered I need to go to bed?.... and that I'm hungry!
6. One of my favorite song lyrics goes like this: I am exactly where I need to be.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a beautiful drive across Hwy 20 to Grand Coulee with the sun shining, tomorrow my plans include hanging with the Mother - knitting, relaxing, and hanging out (AND getting a long awaited Birthday present!!) and Sunday, I want to enjoy the drive home and possibly stop for an ice cream in Winthrop on the way home!! :)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My sister ended up in the hospital today (she's been in and/out a few times lately) but they finally admitted her today. She has ulcers in her esophagus and thrush (from having taken antibiotics for an infected tooth) ugh. Send her good thoughts...............she needs them.
I've been a bit more crabby lately......and just haven't had the patience I've needed for some people.
My Knit and Chat that I did last night (a group of people I was interested in hanging out with) turned out great! There were 3 of us that showed up......and we got to chat a bit, knit and bit, and enjoy each others company. I'm looking forward to many more chats! :)
We're headed to Coulee this weekend to hang with Mom and get a long awaited Birthday present.......................................... *hrumph* Everyone seems to find it quite entertaining to keep it from me.............hopefully the weather will be nice enough for shorts and maybe even a swim in the lake! :) We don't have any work planned, just hanging out, watching Juno possibly, playing some Wii, and knitting! :) The drive over (5 hours) shouldn't be too bad either......with the sun shining it makes day light last that much longer..........and we prefer to get there before dark........the deer tend to come out a lot so it can be a stressful trip, but the beauty of the snow, sun, and our first trip over since winter........ :) we're looking forward to it!!
Love to all!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It wasn't a very restful night ...... cats and all. Sometimes that is a nice thing with going away, you get a full nights sleep with NO CATS! (don't get me wrong, I love them........... but one wonders what their sleep really is like.....
Maybe someone is preparing me for a child? ;o) If so, BRING IT ON!
Tonight is my *first* knitting group get together.......I'm pretty excited. Not that we'll help each other much......but in the fact that these are all natural mama's and have the same "feelings" as I do! THAT in itself is awesome!
Off to coffee!
I've been told to be patient - but I think 5 years of waiting is patient enough.
Would someone please choose me as a donor (with the economy people aren't doing this type of thing - so it has slowed wayyyyyy down)? and/or could I just win the lottery?......
I was figuring this morning if I got pregnant this month (which won't happen) I'd have a baby possibly in April :) that'd be great!! I'd choose June too :) but then again, I'd take a baby even on Christmas day!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
We didn't have a very restful night last night....Rosa was a pill. George (the new cat) thought at 6:30am this morning it was time to get up...... so at 7:30 we got up, showered, drank our coffee, and then were to work by 9am. We worked until about 12pm and then came home had some lunch.
K is now taking a walk with her dad in Anacortes and I'm hanging out contemplating what eventful things I'd like to do and/or research :) We decided against the Lasagna last night.......so may make it this afternoon, but honestly have no ambition, but now we have this fresh bread that needs to be used! So, we'll see..........
We have another lady off of work this week for vacation, and some of our people are filling in on Friday Harbor for another co-worker that doesn't have back up....so we'll be short handed again! Working today really helps us to feel somewhat in control (even if for free).
We're going to head East next weekend and visit Mom and use our new hot water tank! :) The drive should be enjoyable (Hwy 20 - North Cascades) and we're in no hurry.
We were researching this morning (and I'm going to do a bit more) about the laws in Washington State. We're really needing benefits to be held under one of us. You'd think Fidelity National Title (The Largest Title Insurer) would offer domestic partner benefits........and now what we are realizing.....is that they are having to offer it to people in CA - so we should be able to get them here. This would solve soooooooo many problems with us.
That's it for now...... maybe more in a bit.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We then jetted to the local knitting store that closed at 4pm (we left after 3pm) and they showed me possibly what I was doing to add stitches.....and were no help other than that! :( I don't know what I was expecting?.....a sweet, personal helper(s) like those from LIG? *sigh* I'll just continue knitting my purple scarf and figure something else out after it............
K is out putzing in the yard......and I'm playing online. I feel like doing something, but not quite sure what it is........maybe we'll go for a walk tonight and/or go see a free concert in a local park or something.......*shrug*
We have to go to work tomorrow..........THAT I am not looking forward to.......but we went to another office on Friday (K & I) to see how a few things went and it took most of our day and then I didn't feel like working much!
Also, I got a phone call the other day......and K was trying to figure some stuff out financially for us......(which I thought was for Coulee) but ended up being so that we could possibly try for a baby soon *huge grin* and THAT made my day. We still have a lot to save..........BUT there is the idea in sight!
Off to piddle online some more.........
We woke about 7am (I hate getting up early on the weekends.....but the daylight wakens us!) and we showered, had our coffee, read the paper and then headed out for garage sales! YAHOO!!! Here is what we found:
A garden digger (the ones with 3 prongs) but it is like made of cast iron (heavy duty)
a randy travis greatest hits cd
a vacation fund glass jar collector :)
a huge tarp for $3.00
a rubbermaid cereal container (big) for .50
a carpet remnant (big) for coulee $2.00
a broom for .50 (coulee)
eat, pray, love - the book - for .50
baby bjorn for $20
I think that is it??......and we saw some old friends too! :)
K is now taking a nap, the tractor is out back plowing the field and making a ruckus :) we stopped at a local bread shop and got us a loaf of cibatta for some garlic bread tonight to go with our homemade lasagna mmmmmmmmm... whose coming for dinner? ;)
RANDI AND BABY CARLO
K AND BABY CARLO
MALANEY (and AMELIA) and friends
K w/twins (CARLO & MAGGIE)
K went to the store and they didn't have the pre-made pico de gallo because of the tomato scare - so being the sweetheart she is - bought all the stuff to make it.
She comes home and I'm battling McAfee still....oh joy....and starts putting it together. I got up to help her in between chatting online with the help desk...and noticed that the cliantro tasted a bit "flowery" - I thought it was a little odd - but also thought, hey, maybe it is just not a very fresh batch. We chopped everything up, tasted it, and it still tasted flowery. I wasn't going to eat it.
Fast forward a few hours, and as I'm talking to my mom on the phone she asks "Are you sure she didn't get parsley?" K said - No, the sign over it was cilantro. (Well, K had noticed the leaves felt a bit different......but just chalked it up to being different). Well, after much discussion and examining - it WAS parsley.
Imagine how good my pico de gallo will be now with *most* of the parsley picked out, with cilantro and jalapeno? :)
I love my wife!
Friday, June 13, 2008
1. Be pregnant and have a kid is high up on my bucket list.
2. My favorite quote (right now) is Be who you are and say what you feel.
For those who mind don’t matter, And those who matter don’t mind.
--Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)
3. Ronnie inspired me to start blogging.
4. Strawberries are best picked right off the plant and then ate!
5. _____ in the last dream I remember having. (I can't remember!)
6. The most enjoyable time to go for a walk is in the sun!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to celebrating Malaney's 3rd Birthday with K's family, tomorrow my plans include Garage Sales Galore and Sunday, I want to work in the yard, mow the lawn, wash the car, and prepare for another busy week at work!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise.
I wish for you that whatever you want most in life, it comes to you, just the way you imagined it, or better.
I look forward to enjoying our friendship for many more of your birthdays.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Short and sweet tonight...........
1) I wanted to make a movie from the pictures of Life is Good and thought it would be a simple task I've done many times before.......but with all the resizing done to pics, etc....it just isn't working.....so I've come to terms with myself in the fact that I CAN make videos, but in this instance it isn't worth the frustration it was causing me! (and that is freeing!!)
2) I can't tell you - otherwise I'd have to hurt ya. LOL
Sunday, June 08, 2008
With that being said - I'm going to bed!
I've been using a free anti-virus and spyware program on the computer. They were upgrading to 8.0 and I was having some issues running it and doing what I wanted to online - and so have decided I'd break the bullet and buy TrendMicro (a brand of anti-virus/spyware that I've heard is very good)...........
Well............now for the life of me (even with McAfee help so far) can't get the damn thing off of my computer................ So, now I get to hang out at my house for 2 days this week - hoping - someone calls from their company calls me (and can help me) (The help I got via online chat today was remarkable, BTW)
One person is gone all week from work (on vacation). Many of us have appointments this week - and a few others have days off. June is a busy month for vacations!
I was asked what we planted in our garden (well, K's done most of the work) here is what we planted:
ONION, RHUBARB, CORN, CUCUMBERS, BEANS (Blue Lake), TOMATO (one plant), RASPBERRIES, CARROTS oh and 1 artichoke plant.
We're doing a community garden with our neighbors so will be sharing our food between each other (which is fun!)
That's it for now!!
AND hats off to Denise for all your dedicated and hardwork (Despite a few mishaps)! We really had a great time!!
R & K
We watch Braxton in exchange for hair cuts and have really had fun watching him grow into a kid! He saw me first when I went to pick him up at daycare....and he zoomed down the slide and yelled "RANDI!" :) He immediatly wanted to go dig in the dirt (behind our house) and ride bikes! FUN!!
We've always been known to Braxton as "randikauleen" yep - one word. It was quite entertaining (6:30am) on Saturday morning.....when he wanted to know where "randi" was - I said "I'm Randi, Kauleen is coming" and he couldn't get it....we had the whole discussion as to who I was - and who she was - and decided in the end it was just easier us being one :) so randikauleen it is!! :)
Friday, June 06, 2008
1. Idle hands are for knitting and/or coloring.
2. I love hot water in the shower.
3. My favorite time of the day is when wake up when I want to - not when I have to!
4. The last tea I drank was Lipton Green Tea mmmmmmm.
5. I like to hike in the Summer.
6. My mother always said love you scoobie :)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging with Braxton (we went to the beach and enjoyed the little sun we got today!), tomorrow my plans include making marvelous pasta for the Sons of Italy Sketti Feed (and enjoying it with family and a few friends I invited and Sunday, I want to relax and work on Dads webpage!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
1. Kauleen and all she does for me!
2. Christmas Lights (my favorite being: http://www.holdman.com/christmas/video.asp) His 2006 Jingle Bells at the bottom ROCKS!
3. Incentive (and looks like we'll get it for this month!)
4. The memories of Life is Good (and the friends I made)
5. Comments on my blog (and realizing people DO read it!)
6. Cats flying around the house after drinking out of the tub faucet
7. Hot water in Grand Coulee
8. Babies (in slings)
9. Special needs people and the memories of Camp Horizon
10. My eyeglasses and a correct prescription - with my rare eye case
11. Plain White Tee's "Hey There Delilah" (am loving it!)
12. My new red cell phone
13. Our garden and all of the fresh yummy goods in it (and starting to grow!)
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I'm back now from putting a giant chocolate chip cookie in the oven for my co-workers. The boss is buying coffee's for everyone and I thought a special sweet treat would be fun also :)
We're kid watching tomorrow night for Braxton! We'll pick him up at daycare and then have him over night until Saturday morning! We are always quite entertained......and this is his first time over since we got our Wii....it'll be interesting to see if he enjoys playing (at 4!).
That's it for now.......
Sunday, June 01, 2008
We woke up this morning to a lovely cat - pawing, kneading, and meowing for attention - onto K - back onto Randi - onto K - back on to Randi :) Sure makes one feel loved :) (even IF it is annoying!) Rosa has been the one who we really can notice needs the attention - she just starves for it. So, we've done lots of "baby carrying" and petting and more carrying...... :) as of right now she's following K around the house trying to trip her. LOL
This morning was a tough morning, again.....ugh. I'm not really excited to back to work, but am excited to do something that will keep me busy! :) I guess I enjoyed myself too much at the LIG conference and the like-mindeness people.
I got an email from a friend today - that told me there was a knitting "get together" at a local Starbucks Mondays at 6pm - YAHOO! I'm going to try to go tomorrow. We went to the library today to try to check out a few books, but they didn't have them - so I'll just have to buy them - BUT I did get to check out a knitting book..... so I ended my 2nd project of nothing (purely for practice) and am now starting a project.......I'm excited for tomorrow nights adventures because I'm needing a little bit of clarity on the safety pin, etc. (and tend to add stitches) and need to keep this scarf looking.....umm square. Thank you Robin B. for the pretty purple yarn that I'm using :)
I was thinking it would be fun to have a NW Unschoolers Yahoo Group (for those North in Canada.....and for those South towards Vancouver) and all in between points - that may be able to travel for a weekend get together somewhere? It'd sure be fun to do a camp-out!! :)
Speaking of camp out..... there's been discussion of trying to do a Riehl Camp Out (family get together) .... so if we're going to do it I guess I'd better look into some group camps, etc.
This week we don't have much planned, really. Work, work, and work :) We have to go see K's Grandma one evening.....and this weekend we are starting to cat sit for a few days......and then we're going to Marysville to help out with the Sons of Italy 'Sketti Feed :) That'll be fun hanging out with family we usually only see a few times a year........ :)
I've enjoyed seeing on Mothering.com on their forums a few of the people from LIG and although we never met - almost feel connected, weird huh? :)
I think that's it for now......over and out.