Sunday, July 31, 2005
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta
Current location: Denver, CO
Height: 5'5" (but I like to think I'm 5'6")
Righty or Lefty: Righty
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Your heritage: dad's side: Scottish & German; mom's side: Ukrainian & Yugoslavian
Your weakness: Potato Chips, Chocolate
Your shoes you wore today: tevas, always my tevas
Your fears: too many to mention
Your perfect pizza: bacon & pepperoni
Goal you'd like to achieve: To be more like Christ
Your thoughts first waking up: Must get the boy
Your best physical feature: my smile
Your bedtime: 9:30-10pm
Your most missed memory: I wish I remembered more about my dad
Pepsi or Coke: Coke
McDonald's or Burger King: meh. If hungry enough I'll eat at either. But I'd otherwise choose neither.
Single or group dates: both
Adidas or Nike: who cares
Sketchers or Vans: again, who cares
Chocolate or vanilla: chocolate
Cappuccino or coffee: can I pick mochaccino?
Cuss: only when I'm worked up
Sing: all the time
Showers daily: every other day
Have a crush: on my husband
Think you've been in love: Oh yes!
Want to go college: don't care either way
Want to get married: again? No, once is good on me. :)
Believe in yourself: sure
Get motion sickness: oh yes!
Think you're attractive: oh sure, in my own way.
Think you're a health freak: not particularly
Get along with your parents: at times
Like thunderstorms: sure
Play an instrument: does the kazoo count?
- in the past months...
Gone to the mall: every week
Eaten an entire box of Oreos: no, but I could
Eaten sushi: oh no!
Gone skating: nope, couldn't
Made homemade cookies: I'm gonna this week
Gone skinny dipping: no
Dyed your hair: not recently
Stolen anything: not since I was a kid
Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: yes, but I don't do that anymore
Been called a tease: yep. some people are such jerks
Got beaten up: Not really, but I've been in a fight or two
Age you hoped to be married: been there, done that
Number and name of children: Currently 1 (Elijah James) but I hope to have 3.
Dream wedding: If we did it again, we'd elope
How do you want to die: Don't want to, I'm hoping to be raptured. But if I gotta, I want to be with Geoff & Elijah to say goodbye.
Where do you want to attend college: California?
Dream job: hmm, so many to choose from.
Country you want to visit: New Zealand
Number of drugs taken illegally: none
Number of people I could trust with my life: 5 or 6
Number of CDs that I own: More than 100, less than 200
Number of piercings: just one set in my ears
Number of tattoos: none, I like to be different
Number of times my name's been in the news: twice
Number of scars on my body: two
Number of things in my past that I regret: Hard to say. All the decisions I've made, good or bad, shaped me into this person. But I guess there are a few things, but nothing that I'd share.
We went up to Boulder on Friday, and while I would never want to live there, there is a certain quaintness to the town. I love how green it is, parks everywhere, and you can get anywhere by bike or by foot. The shops on Pearl street were not quite what I thought they'd be, but we only touched so little of it. I did find a Christmas gift for someone in the family, so I'll have to go back at some point.
The campus buildings are pretty cool. They aren't labeled very well, so a map (or guide) is necessary. This is the Chemistry building, where Geoff will have his Boulder office. He'll be there maybe a few times a month.
There was a neat fountain outside the building in a courtyard, which I could see was a popular place for people to eat their lunches. There were kids playing in them too. I think the building across from Chemistry was a food hub, and it also housed the bookstore.
That's about all I have to say about that. To read Geoff's take on it, visit his blog. I'm anxious for us to get up to Estes Park, it's not too far off from Boulder. Since we'll be in Colorado for many years, we've got plenty of time to explore the state.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Checked out the farmer's market this morning, which had a ton more vegetables than they did the last time we were there. We didn't buy any today though, but Geoff almost succumbed to the green beans. Naturally we went to Peet's but there were no tables free, and I didn't want to sit at the bar. I just felt too high and boxed in. We passed through the mall, I shopped for underwear at Victoria's Secret (it was on sale) and then went to Safeway to get provisions for burgers tonight. Spent the rest of the afternoon doing laundry and had a nap while the boys went for a run.
I think every Canadian I know is away this weekend, which is a little frustrating because I wanted to talk to some of them. I suppose I have to wait until Tuesday.
We watched The Village last night, and it was good. I thought it would be scarier, which is fine, scary would have prevented me from sleeping. It left me thinking about the movie, and the characters. I do like M. Night Shyamalan's movies. Geoff said he enjoys the way they are filmed, and the stories they tell. I'd have to agree. I don't want to divulge any of the story in case you haven't seen it, but I think it's worth renting.
Thank God July is almost over. I feel like I'm in a rush for the months to go by, and yet I know I should be savoring each day. I am just anxious to start looking at houses, and anyone can understand that.
I suppose I better go and give Elijah his bath. I'll close with a quote from The Village.
Ivy Walker: How is it that you are so brave while the rest of us shake in our boots?
Lucius Hunt: I don't think of what might happen, only what must be done.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Ryan (KUCI alumni and former co-host) is in Japan teaching English. He says it's super hot & humid there. He does enjoy being there, which is cool. I enjoy learning about what he is doing by asking a lot of questions.
I don't really care if I ever see Japan (sorry), but Geoff would like to go someday. I just worry I would never find anything to eat. Or worse that Geoff would be deprived of eating all he wants to eat. Can you do a cruise of Japan? So I could always retreat to the boat for food? Rod would know. I'll ask him.
This last week was the one year anniversary of our Scotland trip. It's been lovely to think back on the good stuff, look at the pretty pictures, and reread what we did. I've overlooked all the stupid travel problems. I really feel in my heart that there will come a time we'll get to go again. Many many years down the road.
I'll close now with a quote from Forget Paris.
Mickey: You just had one of those 'I glued a bird to my head' days.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
So the family is heading out to Victoria this weekend. Ah, Victoria. I completely forgot there was a holiday this weekend. The name of it differs from province to province. Since they'll be in B.C., it's called British Columbia Day. Alberta calls it Heritage Day. (To see what it's called elsewhere, click here.) No holiday for us Yanks. We'll just have to wait for Labor Day to have our next day off.
Geoff has to go up to Boulder on Friday (I think) so we'll try to join him. I've never been to Boulder, but I'd like to check out the shops on Pearl Street. Geoff says the campus (University of Colorado Boulder) is beautiful. Funny enough Jennifer Garner is in Boulder until Friday filming a movie. I doubt we'd see her, and I'd really much rather see her husband. I've never seen the show Alias, though everyone I know loves it.
I'll be so happy once this month is over. It's been painfully long, and financially strained. But hopefully we'll get caught up next month. I would love to get a jump on my Christmas shopping, I may try to buy at least one gift. But I have gifts already needed for August.
Nothing else is going on, so I'll close with a quote from Unbreakable.
Joseph Dunn: Do you think you could beat up Bruce Lee?
David Dunn: No, Joseph.
Joseph Dunn: Even if he wasn't allowed to kick, and you were really mad at him?
Monday, July 25, 2005
Lisa called me to ask (jokingly) why I hadn't told her about me being pregnant. I am? That was the story going around Edmonton. And I'm due next month! Lisa knew enough to know it couldn't be right.
Ha Ha Ha Ha.
Who is pregnant and due next month? Misty (Dawn's sister). Sounds like Missy doesn't it?
Lordy, I would cry if I got pregnant now, I'm not ready for #2 yet.
Just had to set the record straight.
You are MARIO BATALI, host of "Molto
Mario"! You are casual, but very rooted
in tradition. You have a strong sense of your
cultural background and family history, and are
interested in preserving it. You tend to be a
little stuck in the past, but they did it
better back then anyway! You can be a little
pompous, but when even Martha Stewart invites
you on her show to show her how to make pasta,
you have a right to be.
Which Food Network Personality are you?
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Sunday, July 24, 2005
We went to Peet's yesterday (mmm caramel freddo!), picked up Miss Congeniality 2 from the library, then headed into the mall. Eddie Bauer Home is closing, so everything is on sale. Man that was painful, to have no money and see such fantastic deals. I'm certain we'll find great stuff for our new place when the time comes. The plan so far is aiming to move before the end of the year. Our friends here have offered to help, which would be nice. We haven't had friends to help move since we moved into our first apartment in Edmonton. All other moves were thousands of miles away, where we knew no one. This will also be the first time we'll be able to have a housewarming party.
For dinner last night I made chicken in a tarragon cream sauce, on a bed of rice. Not exactly like Rachael's recipe (fussy eater and all), but damn it was tasty. It's not a recipe I feel confident making without my sous-chef, the oil was all splattery.
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous was cute. Did I like it as much as the first? Probably not, but it was entertaining. And I'll close now with a quote from it.
Gracie Hart: Wake up and smell the iced vente decaf caramel macchiato!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
We watched The Bourne Supremacy last night. I liked it, just as much as the first one. I'm funny about action movies, sometimes I'm really keen on seeing them, others I couldn't be bothered with. A few weeks ago I saw Target had both the Bourne movies in a double pack for $20. I should see if they still have it. And I'll be looking forward to The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
The heat wave continues, the 3rd or 4th day in a row where we hit the triple digits. I will likely try to get out for a walk before 10am because I could use the exercise.
We donated blood on Tuesday, and they were giving away beach towels (or lake towels since there are no beaches here). The snacks were tasty. I was a little concerned I might not be able to donate since my blood pressure was insanely low on Monday (85/50). It was up at 100/62 on Tuesday. Speaking of my health, if I weren't breastfeeding, I'd be concerned about my weight loss. I was shocked by my weight on Monday at the doctor, it's as low as it's been in 10 years. Thank you breastfeeding! In any case, I will mention it when I go see Dr. Dix next month. Just to be safe.
Before I sign off, I just wanted to say that I think the people responsible for Grand Theft Auto are sick individuals. And buying their crap, supporting their product, is just sad.
I'm going to close with a quote from Rounders.
Mike McDermott: Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
I indulged my inner chick today by watching The Prince & Me. I loves me a good Julia Stiles movie. It was cute and a decent chick flick. Rest assured Daddy, I didn't make Elijah watch it, he slept through it. :)
Nothing else is going on, just trying to stay cool in the heat. No new developments on the visa or house front. Oh, well there is the small detail that we can't leave the country while we're waiting for the H-visa, so should it not get done by January, the Edmonton visit will be off. But I'm hopeful it will all work out.
I guess I'll sign off, and close with a quote from 10 Things I Hate About You.
Kat Stratford: You can't just buy me a guitar every time you screw up, you know.
Patrick: Yeah I know. But then you know there's always drums, and bass, and maybe even one day a tambourine.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
You're a Raccoon!
Devious and cunning, you like to hide behind masks and strike when
others least expect it. You maintain a carefully-crafted facade of being cute,
charming, and even lovable, but truly have moments of trickery and viciousness.
When finding no one to attack, but still finding yourself needing to fulfill
such primal urges, you will often attack bags of trash. Parts of you make a
popular motif for a hat.
Take the Animal Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Monday, July 18, 2005
The record stands, I have no broken bones.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Just been a pretty laid back weekend. Geoff had to go into work on Saturday, so I didn't make it to Jayla's. I did get to Hallmark to buy the next ornament in the Dr. Suess series (it's the only series we currently collect). I will likely get back before Christmas to get some more ornaments. Since Geoff didn't work today, we played hooky from church and went to Peet's. It was his first day off since July 3. He's planning on taking next weekend off too, but I won't hold my breath. There is a lot going on at work for him, so I understand.
We're having ribs for dinner tonight. I may end up watching VH1's reality tv, which is addictive. I like Hogan Knows Best, it's funny. Plus, once a Hulkamaniac, always a Hulkamaniac.
Time to go. I'll close with a quote from Return To Me.
Megan Dayton: You're going to get a heart, I know. And you'll be able to do all the things you never could before. That's what you've gotta concentrate on. Think of riding a bike, and going to Italy... and dating really handsome men. That, I know, has to happen for one of us.
Grace Briggs: I'm getting a new heart, not a new ass.
Dear Tom Cruise,
Your lack of belief in the existence of clinical depression tells me one thing: you didn’t spend $10. to see War Of The Worlds. If vitamins can possibly help me out of this spiraling funk, please let me know which ones. Dinos? Pebbles? Freds?
Please, I’m crying out for help.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Scrubs gets its recognition with a few Emmy nods, including best comedy and best actor in a comedy (Zach Braff). Couldn't happen to a better show. They're a long shot, but hey, sometimes the Emmy's can surprise you (not often enough though).
Friday I'm going to break the bad news to Jen that I won't be coming back to Harry & David. :( It's more than just missing my staff discount, I'll miss not working with Nicole and Jen.
So some retailers "accidentally" sold the new Harry Potter books, and this is news why? And a judge forbid them to read it? A little excessive don't you think? I mean if some lucky person got a hold of the next Lemony Snicket book ahead of everyone else, I'd think that person pretty lucky. I'll be rushing out to Tattered Cover on October 18th to get our copy, and ideally having it read the same day.
Anyways, I'm going to close now with one of my favorite quotes from Futurama.
God: Bender, being God isn't easy. If you do too much, people get dependent on you. And if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch, like a safecracker or a pickpocket.
Bender: Or a guy who burns down a bar for the insurance money.
God: Yes, if he makes it look like an electrical thing. If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I've been listening to Paul Bellows' album Juliet Pauses. It's a great album (available on iTunes!), I only wish I'd had it when I had my show on KUCI. I emailed Paul to let him know how much I am enjoying the album, and he said thanks, and he's going to try to send me a Splendourbog t-shirt. I bought one for Meg years ago, and always wished I had gotten one for myself. Now I might. :)
I got a cd of the pictures Athena took at the baby shower, along with some printed ones. (Thanks Athena!) I'm going to Jayla's on Saturday to scrapbook for a bit, and I am hoping to stop in at Hallmark on the way there (Ornament Premiere). Dave & Jayla are selling their house. It's not the house for us, no dining room. And that's important to me. But it's a gorgeous home.
We met with the bank yesterday, and we're in a good position to buy a house/condo. We need to get some stuff put together, but maybe in August we'll be ready to get serious about looking. So we're fairly certain we won't be in this apartment much longer. If we can't get a house right away, we'll still move into a bigger apartment to save our pennies. I'm excited about the idea of spending Christmas in a new place.
Well, I want to get out for a walk before it gets too hot. I'll close with a quote from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
Dead Bill: Ted, you know, if I die, you can have my Megadeth collection.
Dead Ted: But dude, we are already dead.
Dead Bill: Oh. Well then they're yours, dude.
Monday, July 11, 2005
After years of trying to rule the world around you, you've
finally put aside violence in favor of advocating peaceful resolution. There's
still a little Viking in you, but mostly you like Nobel Prize winners and long
nights by the fire. And safe cars. You always read the safety manual
in airplanes, and you're just a little cold.
Take the Country
Quiz at the Blue Pyramid
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Geoff worked all weekend, thankfully not all day though. We spent some time talking about our living arrangements, and I'm hoping we can make it to the bank this week to talk to them about our options. Geoff definitely wants to leave this place in a few months. The big reason is we can't safety proof our kitchen, and Elijah will be crawling eventually. So do we maybe move into a bigger, nicer apartment for a year to save up for a good sized down payment on a condo? Again, we need to talk to the bank. But we have some condos in mind that we like, they're just priced in the high $280-300. Yikes!
So Geoff says probability is high that I'll be able to go up To Edmonton in January for my cousin's reception. Whoo-hoo. It will be just me & Elijah, and hopefully I can rent a car for mobility.
It's still really hot, and dinner is nearly ready. So I'll sign off and close with a quote from Dirty Work.
Dr. Farthing: I know there's nobody to blame for this but myself, well, I don't know, maybe the Buffalo Bills, the Boston Red Sox, Mr. T. or the Jets...
Mitch: Wait a minute, Mr T.? Are you telling me that you bet on the fight in Rocky III, and that you bet against Rocky?
Dr. Farthing: Hindsight is twenty-twenty, my friend.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Back already? So you've heard the news. Exciting huh? I don't think it's quite sunk in for me yet. Perhaps in a few months. So what does this mean? Well we'll be switching visas, to one that
A) won't let me work and
B) will allow us to start the green card journey.
It takes, at most, 6 years for the green card process. Hopefully it won't take that long. Once the green card comes through, then I can work again. I don't know much more than that about it. But as I learn more, so will you.
We've already found a realtor (Geoff's co-worker) so I guess we can start looking for a more permanent place in the next few months. We'll see what we can afford, and go from there. I would really like to stay in this area. It has Elijah's pediatrician, Peet's, a grocery store. The essentials. I suppose since we'd like to be in that place at least 5 years, and we'd like more children, we will try to find a 3 bedroom. Just the thought of our own washer & dryer... ah. :)
Alright, I'm signing off now and closing with a quote from UHF.
R.J. Fletcher: This is an embarrassment. A disgrace. What do you think R.J. Fletcher Senior would be saying if he were alive today?
Richard Fletcher: "Help me out of this box, I can't breathe in here. Help, let me out."
Thursday, July 07, 2005
In museum news, Jeff left Education Collections and became the collections manager for zoology. What does that mean for our department? Well they are trying to fill his spot, but he'll try to oversee it until then. Like he wasn't busy enough before. Mary wants me to consider it, but I can't. My permission to work has lapsed (I'd have to reapply), and we might be switching visas which means I wouldn't have the option to work. Rich is off in Peru, so I don't know if he's considering the position. I haven't been back to volunteer yet since Elijah was born, and I don't know when I'll get back. I may look at doing Saturdays, but that will have to be discussed with Geoff. I did sign up for Mom To Mom at my church, which will be Thursday mornings. A chance to be with other Christian moms and Elijah will be in childcare there.
Well I'll be signing off and taking advantage of a sleeping baby. I'll close with a quote from Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.
Uncle Monty: Now, the children will be helping us extensively with the research in Peru. Do you have any experience with children?
Count Olaf: [in disguise as Stephano] Children are strange and foreign to me. I never really was one. I do know that they are an important part of the ecosystem.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Saturday, July 02, 2005
I'm unbelievably itchy (thanks Calgary!) from mosquito bites. I can't remember the last time I had to deal with that. They aren't bad here, and it sounds like Calgary has it much worse this year than in years before. Blame it on the rain (thanks Milli Vanilli!).
Paula says Honey did great, and was very affectionate. Well, she loves anyone who provides food. I'm thankful for Paula's willingness to cat sit. I should try to take her out once I get some spare coin (ha ha ha).
As mentioned, I was doing laundry today. And I exaggerated on the photo count, it was at 136. :) I picked the photos out, I just need to upload them onto my server. That would also require having 2 hands to do that... so we'll have to wait until Elijah goes to bed.
If you visited the baby blog then you would have seen the link to the pictures Athena took at the baby shower. My friend Cate noticed that I had cut my hair. Yep, it's short, and I love it! I wanted something low maintenance since I don't have time to be spending on my hair.
Well there is unpacking to be done, so I'll close with a quote from The Thomas Crown Affair.
Detective Michael McCann: Can I drop you off someplace, at your hotel?
Catherine Banning: One, I keep an apartment here, and two, I am going to your office.
Detective Michael McCann: [after a pause] She keeps an apartment. I keep goldfish .