Saturday, December 30, 2006

Go Go Go

Greetings From SoCal.

I'm having a wonderful time. The wedding was amazing. I didn't get a lot of pictures, but I will remember it. I'll try to upload what I can, when I get the chance.

It's been fun seeing so many people, and I love staying at the Krolik house. I'm totally hooked on the game Apples To Apples.

Geoff thinks there shouldn't be an issue getting home tomorrow, but I'll call the airline tomorrow morning and be sure. I've missed the boys so much, it's really hard when I talk to them on the phone. It'll be hard to leave here too, but at least I can say I'll be back this summer. And 2007 has a few of our friends here coming to CO. Yay!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Going To California

I leave early tomorrow morning for (hopefully) sunny California. A welcome break from snowy, slushy, yucky Colorado. I'm going to miss Geoff and Elijah, but it will be nice to be Melissa for a few days, instead of Mommy.

We ventured out into the real world as a family. Real world meaning out of our neighborhood. The roads are in pretty good shape, it seems just our neighborhood is stuck in the crap. We went out to Cherry Creek and it was nice to be around people. We swung by our old Safeway to pick a few provisions for the boys, as the next snow storm is going to hit tomorrow, we wanted to be sure to have plenty of milk and eggs on hand. On the trip home, we visited Home Depot. We were not able to get everything there we wanted. As you enter the store, there is a sign alerting you that they are out of snow shovels, snow blowers, and ice melt. What can you do.

I contacted the county to let them know my disapproval of their attitude "we don't plow residential streets" and essentially said you better hope there isn't an emergency on our streets because I doubt emergency vehicles could get through to us. Fat lot of good it'll do, but at least I said something. We got mail today, that makes two deliveries since last Tuesday. Whoo-hoo! (shaking my head in disappointment). Now we just need to get the trash picked up.

Keep us all in your prayers. Let's hope this next storm isn't as bad. Obviously with me taking the camera to the wedding, there won't be any new pictures of the storm in the Blizzard 2006 picture file. But I added some more today.

Gotta go spend some time with the hubby. Since I doubt I'll get around to it on Sunday, Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Holidays

Christmas Day was pretty good at Casa Armstrong. I was up early, and Geoff and I opened our stockings. We finished up and had some breakfast and coffee. Elijah got up shortly after that around 7:40 and he had some breakfast too. Homemade cinnamon buns (or as Elijah calls them "bums"). Then we set in for our session of gift opening. Elijah had fun, but after a while, he was getting tired of opening gifts. At one point we gave him a present to open and it put it right in the trash bag. He did seem to like most of his gifts, but I think it may have been a little overwhelming for him. Next year, we'll just let him open what he wants, and save the rest for later. But we all got some good stuff!

By 9:30am, I was ready for a nap. I felt exhausted and looking at Elijah's pile of books and toys had me worried. Thankfully Geoff took care of tidying up after Christmas, so the house seemed back to normal. That in itself made me feel so much better.

We took a walk around the neighborhood after lunch, since it was a beautiful sunny day. We found the best exit route for Geoff to get to work today. We then spent the rest of the day hanging around the house. We had a yummy ham for dinner, and just continued to reflect on how blessed we are.

Now for the fun news. We're getting another snow storm coming. When? Thursday. When am I flying to CA? Thursday. Please please pray that we can get to and from the airport with ease, and that I won't encounter any problems.

So had this storm not hit, I'd be out shopping today. As it is, I'll be home. Geoff will go into work for a few hours to do essential magnet stuff, and then he'll hit the Trails to get in some exercise.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I'll close with a quote from A Christmas Story.

Mr. Parker: Where's the glue?
Mother: We're out of glue.
Mr. Parker: You used up all the glue on purpose!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas!

Bah Humbug!

Christmas Eve

Spent the day at home, Geoff baking, Elijah helping, me napping. Tonight Geoff will play Christmas carols on his violin, and stockings will be stuffed. We'll take a family picture, and I'll post that tonight.

We'll be online tomorrow, and I'll be uploading pics and videos all day.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Day 4

Good Day, and welcome to Day 4.

Sigh. Argh! Sigh.

Well, like idiots, idiots who need groceries, we ventured out to Safeway this morning. True we had enough food to get us through a few more days, we were getting low on milk for Geoff and diapers. We figured the best bet was to go early, while the roads are cold and not slushy. Took some to get into the rut on the front street. Took a lot to get onto the main street in our neighborhood (it's uphill). Once we hit the main main road that leads to Safeway, there were portions of it that were only one lane. We headed first to the gas station, which was out of all the cheap gas, so we had to get premium. Then we faced a very yucky parking lot (Safeway is going to hear about that!). Geoff said it wouldn't be so bad if they sanded. There were delivery trucks blocking entrances/exits, so you have to navigate to find your way.

Once inside, I worried about what we'd find. Talking with my friend Kirstin (who is due exactly a month before me), she said yesterday her grocery store was out of milk. Safeway was pretty well stocked, they had a lot of milk. It was busy, but not so bad. We got everything we needed, plus some stuff I figured the boys would need once I go away next weekend. We checked out and Geoff found out from the clerk, they just got their shipment of milk last night. Once we left the store, we faced the drama of trying to get home. The only exit that doesn't have a hill was blocked by a stuck Budweiser truck. We tried one exit, and it wasn't going anywhere. We tried a second exit, and couldn't get the car up that hill (the driver in front of us didn't help that situation). So we drove back around to get to the first exit we tried. We got half way up, then we couldn't move. Geoff jumped out to push and I tried to gun it. The driver behind us got out of his truck and helped to push. We eventually got up to the top, and Geoff kept pushing until I almost got onto the road and then jumped in. We drove to the light to do a U-turn, switched spots, and drove home.

The drive home seemed like it would be okay. We worried a little turning into our front street, and we bottomed out good (hope there is no real damage). Now we had to hope we could turn into the small path Geoff shoveled to get on the driveway.

Obviously we're home, and we're not going to church tomorrow.

I called the HOA, looking for answers. I left a firm message saying, look it's in the bylaws you are responsible for the sidewalks leading to the main road, and if our street is never going to see a sand truck or plow, you better provide a means to get to the bus stop. Not even ten minutes later, I got a call back. No, our street probably won't get plowed. It's on the bottom of the priority list with the county. But the sidewalk is supposed to get done today by the company they hired. So come Tuesday, when Geoff has to go tend to his magnet, he should be able to take the bus. Now we have to hope things improve ten fold by Thursday for my flight.

Oh yeah, we still haven't gotten any mail, despite the fact that the postal workers went back to work yesterday. I seriously wonder if we'll see any today. They are supposed to deliver on Christmas Day to make up for it all. I do not envy them.

Yes, we're stuck here. Yes, we're frustrated. But let's focus on the positive. We have each other, we have a warm home, we have food, and we have power. Things could be A LOT worse. We could be one of the thousands of people stuck at DIA who won't get to be with loved ones for Christmas.

My loved ones

Holiday Ha Ha's

Friday, December 22, 2006

Day 3

We're doing fine, maybe going a little stir crazy, but we're okay. The ruts in our street are still too much for Gary to handle, so we'll stay homebound for another day. I'd be bummed if I had to miss church Sunday morning. But maybe we should plan on bringing our shovel to church with us, just in case. :)

The sun came out today, so the driveway is bone dry. I walked up to the main street outside our neighborhood to assess the situation. If Geoff wanted to take the bus to work, he'd still have to hoof it through the snow, as the sidewalk has not been shoveled. We think it's the responsibility of the HOA, so rest assured, I'll be taking it up with them. I expect to be sending out letters or making phones calls to the city as well.

The only good thing that has come of this storm, is it seems to draw the neighbors together. We met and bonded with our neighbors next door. I brought them some of the cookies we baked (the cutouts).

So everyone don't worry about us we're fine. I'll continue to add pictures to the Blizzard album on Shutterfly.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Let It Snow?

The backyard.

The backyard. You can barely see the BBQ.

From the upstairs window, looking down the street.

The front yard.

Yesterday's pictures were taken about 3:30pm. These are from today at 11am. And the snow is still falling. The governor declared it's a state of emergency. National Guard was trying to get people out of their cars on the freeway to shelters. But Geoff says it's a storm in December, so there are no leaves on trees, no danger of power lines being knocked out by branches. We have power, we have food, we have warmth. We're doing okay.

Our poor kids though. We'll be talking about the Blizzard of '06 for Christmas for years and years. :)

*Update*-pics of the blizzard are up on the Shutterfly album. See Geoff's shovel work that took him 2 hours.

Pirates Of The Caribbean 3: At World's End

Thanks to Roland for this.

Here's a picture of Keith Richards, as Jack Sparrow's father.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Baby It's Cold Outside

The backyard.

The front yard.

Because I wanted to share this blizzard with you. Makes that trip to California next week look even better! Here's what the weather website has to say:
Moderate to heavy snow will continue over the urban corridor through the early evening hours. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are expected. North winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45 will cause extensive blowing and drifting snow especially east of I-25 with visbilities near zero at times. Travel will be nearly impossible and is not recommended.


We're being hit with a winter storm. Started last night after we went to bed, and when the snow settles in a few days, we should have 24" of snow, and a White Christmas.

So Elijah and I will be housebound the next few days. Makes me glad I took the opportunity to walk down main street Southlands yesterday. Despite the mild wind, it was nice to be out. I feel bad for Geoff who is going to have drive to work the next few days.

Not much going on this week. Just getting excited about Christmas. So is Elijah (see his blog for the funny video I took of him). He hasn't tried to open any presents, but I have been looking at the shapes of them.

I am hoping to make it out shopping on the 26th. We have our eye on a Christmas decoration for next year, and I need to check out Hobby Lobby to find a stocking to make for the baby. If I get it early, I leave myself the whole year to complete it. I may not be able to sew, stitch, or quilt, but give me a felt stocking project, and it's just my speed. It's funny looking at Elijah's stocking, I almost want to make a new stocking for me.

We're trying to catch Christmas specials on tv, but some movies are far too butchered, and that's no fun (for example, Scrooged). I may just have to actually buy Christmas DVDs. All I have is Merry Christmas Mr Bean, The Toy That Saved Christmas, and The Ref. We watched The Ref on the weekend, so I'll close with that.

Gus: Caroline and Lloyd will get the coffee and deserts then we'll be opening presents.
Connie Chasseur: We can't open presents til midnight.
Gus: Why not?
Connie Chasseur: Because it's not Christmas until midnight!
Gus: We'll be changing the rules a little bit. We're opening the presents now. Not later, now. Why? We're adults, and we can open our presents WHENEVER WE WANT!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Hits Close To Home

Next year, I'm starting my shopping early!

Sunday, December 17, 2006


We did some great family stuff this weekend. Friday night we checked out Denver Zoolights for the second year. Elijah enjoyed it much more this time around (see his blog for more info). Yesterday we bought our ham for Christmas Day dinner. Today we went swimming and then came home and baked some Christmas cutouts.

Elijah ate some of Nana's fruitcake, and seemed to enjoy it. He also had some cookies. Pictures of all our holiday activities (and Christmas Day pics eventually) are/will be viewable on the shutterfly website (link on the left).

One more week!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas Joke

I got this from my mom, and I thought it was funny.

A Canadian Christmas...
A man in Newfoundland calls his son in Calgary two days before Christmas and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough."

"Pop, what are you talking about?" the son screams.

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the father says. "We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Vancouver and tell her."

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "No way they're getting divorced!" she shouts, "I'll take care of this."

She calls Newfoundland immediately and screams at her father, "You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get
there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there by tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing. DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Christmas and paying their own way."

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The World Loses A Gem

He's a very funny actor. I think I'm going to go watch While You Were Sleeping (he plays Sandra Bullock's future father-in-law).


If I never have to go into a mall parking lot again, I'd be happy. :)

My shopping is done. I am serious about doing gift cards next year, cause they are good gifts, and ideally they don't involve driving around to a dozen different stores. Plus, I can start buying those in the summer.

Yep, I'm up early. I'm heading to the post office for the 7am opening to send the last of my Canadian gifts. No, they won't make it there on time, but it was (mostly) unavoidable. I'm over that too. No point in being upset.

Now I just want to focus on spending this blessed holiday with my family. I love the lights, I love the music, and I love seeing it all through my son's eyes.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Life Is Good

The bunny who visits our yard

With the release of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest this week, we were finally able to see it! What an excellent movie, equally as good as the first one. We bought it knowing we'd love it, and we did. I'm happy that 2007 isn't so far away, I'm anxious to see the conclusion.

I don't really feel like I did a ton this weekend. Saturday I went to the Trails and walked. I haven't been to my aquasize class in a while, I may try to get to one of the daytime classes, and see if that works out better. I just don't like having the class at 6pm, and then making it a late dinner.

Sunday we had a good church service, and I made Rice Krispie Treats. Mmm.

My Christmas shopping is going okay. I have a bunch of stuff waiting to get wrapped and shipped to Canada, but the thing I ordered online has not come yet. So, some gifts just won't get there in time. Even if I rushed them, Canada Post and Customs suck and there would be no guarantee they'd arrive on time as promised. I think next year either everyone gets giftcards, or checks. :)

My Christmas shopping for U.S. people is so much less stress. I'll pick up Geoff's gift from Elijah this week, as well as Kelly's & Elijah's gifts. Geoff and I aren't exactly exchanging a gift this year. We decided to get the family membership to Trails, and we're paying it off monthly. So we'll give each other a few stocking stuffers and that'll be it.

It's almost a month to my 30th birthday. Just mentioning that.

I want to be excited about my trip to Irvine in 18 days, but I'm more focused on Christmas. But I have my plans set with the Pursley's & Eseras. And I told Cindy she's got me all day on the Saturday. I mostly foresee hanging out, and not doing much else. We're going back in July, so there is no pressure to accomplish anything. Though I would have liked to hit Disneyland (naturally).

I'll close with a quote from Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest.

Jack Sparrow: How did you get here?
Will Turner: Sea turtles, mate. A pair of them strapped to my feet.
Jack Sparrow: Not so easy, is it?

Thursday, December 07, 2006

My Car

Evidently this should be my next car. Yeah right, like I have money to buy a new car. Hee hee! I love how kid-friendly it is.

You Should Drive a Saturn Sky

You're sleek and smooth, and you need a car to match your hot persona.
Besides, sometimes you want your top up - and sometimes you want it down.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Helping Out Some Friends

For everyone to consider:

Three Kroliks, a Gustafson, and a Stanley are participating in the L.A. Marathon. Crazy gals are going to walk the 26.2 miles. Please consider donating to them, with the proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I've got a link on the left side of my blog, A Team In Training. The website has a place to donate, as well as any other information you'd want.

For my Canadian readers:

Something has to be done about the youth violence & the justice system. One father who lost his son has started a petition to hopefully see the changes that need to be made to prevent more "kids" killing each other without serious consequences. Visit the website, read up on it, and find out where you can sign the petition.

Monday, December 04, 2006

What Happened?

Evidently my blog wasn't loading this weekend. I've since refreshed the whole thing, and that seems to have fixed it. Good thing I had people telling me they missed it, otherwise I'd have never known it wasn't working.

I'd say the weekend was pretty successful in accomplishing errands. We got practically all the Christmas shopping done, well, the stuff being shipped to the Great White North.

Date night was fun. We ended up eating at McCabe's Irish Pub at Southlands. The food was tasty, and it's probably someplace we wouldn't bring Elijah, though there were kids there. If it had been warmer, we might have wander around Southlands longer. It sure was nice to get a dinner alone and free babysitting. :)

Sunday Geoff made fudge (yum-o) and we had leftover turkey stew that I had made earlier last week. Last week I also made peanut butter cookies, and now Elijah keeps pointing at the cookie jar asking for cookies. I have to show him it's empty. We'll likely make chocolate chip cookies this weekend. Sadly cookies never make it to the freezer.

I'm feeling much better this week, not as stressed, not as overwhelmed. Thank you to everyone who kept me in their thoughts and lent an ear. Especially to Geoff for taking over most of the Elijah duty this weekend. Love you babe!

This week, no House, but I have new Top Chef & Scrubs to watch. I also suspect I'll get to watch a movie I've been wanting to see for a while.

I think I've watched Elf a few too many times this last week and a half. So I'll close with a quote from it.

Eugene: [brainstorming for a new book] What about this: a tribe of asparagus children, but they're self-conscious about the way their pee smells.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

Doing Something For Me

I was up for two hours last night in the middle of the night, my mind was just racing. And then when I woke up this morning, I felt like crying. I just felt so overwhelmed by a multitude of things. Sigh. I'm feeling a little better, but I think I need to do something for myself this weekend. Even if it's just for an hour.

Right now, listening to Fountains Of Wayne is enough to make smile. I think I'll make a mix cd for the drive to pick up Geoff.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Frowny Face Smily Face

Frowny Face - It's cold outside, and icy.

Smily Face - It looks like Christmas outside.

Now for more smily face stuff...

Scrubs returns tonight (yay!) and I got a taste of what this season will hold courtesy of my press contacts. Should be a good season.

House was excellent this week! The ending surprised me, but I guess it shouldn't have if I had been paying attention.

Easily Amused, one of my favorite Canadian bands (and really nice people) are playing in Edmonton on Dec. 12 at the Sidetrack. If you live in E-town, you should go. Tickets are only $7, and the show starts at 8pm. If you watched Canadian Idol last season, you saw how talented Keith is, Renee is just as good.

Saturday night is date night! Whoo-hoo! The church is doing a free childcare night, now we just need to settle on what to do with our free time! I also hope to get Amy to watch Elijah one night this month so we can go to a movie.

That's about all that is going on. I have a lot of running around I want to get done this weekend. We will see what gets accomplished.

I'll close with a quote from this week's episode of House.

Judge: You were in here yesterday telling me her father’s guardianship was best for her.
House: I honestly thought I’d get a different judge.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Blah Blah Blah

Here is what the rest of Saturday held:

We were treated to Jim N Nick's by our company, and they loved it as much as we do. There was a ton of food leftover, which made for a tasty dinner for us Sunday night. I switched them on to the awesomeness of Cost Plus World Market, I think they'll go there all the time now. That was all the day could afford before they had to catch their afternoon flight.

Sunday we stayed home from church, because I was still coughing, and Elijah's nose was still runny. We cleaned the house, then decorated for Christmas. We put up the fake tree (who was named Cornelius a few years ago) and I had to pick which ornaments would adorn it. There just isn't enough room for all of them. We then pretty much took it easy all day.

Yesterday I called Dawn to wish her a happy birthday, and ended spending almost an hour and half on the phone with her & Colin. She LOVED her gift (yay!), and we had a good chat. Dylan liked his birthday gifts too, and Colin won't get to open his until Saturday.

Today, I went to the dentist for a cleaning, and there were no problems. It was the shortest appt I've ever had.

This week, nothing else going on. We were watching The Secret Life Of... last night (it was about Christmas foods), and Jim O'Connor said the funniest thing. So that'll be my closing quote.

"Don't hide your stale nuts in a fruitcake"

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Giving Thanks

What a wonderful weekend (and it's only Saturday)! An excellent Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for. :)

Thursday morning Elijah and I watched Geoff run in the Mile High Turkey Trot. The weather was brisk, but not unenjoyable. Plus it's only a 4 mile race. Elijah loved seeing all the dogs there and the turkey mascot. We came home, he had a short nap, then we went to Curt & Jan's Thanksgiving feast. A tasty, fun time, as always. There was a little drama with the dogs, but he eventually got over that. He was just startled by the dogs greeting him, he prefers to be the one approaching dogs. By the time we left, he was petting them.

We picked up our company at the airport, and talked the evening away. Friday, we had our own feast to enjoy. The day was much chillier than Thursday, which made for a chilly walk around Southlands. Geoff slaved away over the stove, and it was every bit as tasty as the previous turkey dinner. We played games, and went to sleep by 11.

Today we'll bid adieu (sadly) to our guests. Thankfully it's supposed to get up to 58 today (that's 14 C). Tomorrow we'll decorate for Christmas, I can hardly wait.

Lastly, Happy 7th Birthday Dylan!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Random Items

* Since the letter has hit Canada (or will hit most of it by tonight) I will post on the Little Legume blog tonight the sex of the baby. NO POSTS ANYWHERE UNTIL THEN...Please. :)

* If you didn't get a hard copy of the Christmas letter and are interested in reading it, please email me, I'll send you a link to where you can see it along with our Christmas picture. 'Cause I know I have some online friends.

* Elijah and I have colds. :( He has a runny nose, I have a cough. The timing of this sucks! Please pray for a speedy recovery.

* On Sunday, I got to talk to my nephew. You know, as much of a conversation as you can have with a seven year old (or almost seven year old). I wish I could see him more often.

* Scrubs returns to Thursdays next week (finally!), and Psych returns on January 19. It's my hope that I won't be in the hospital when Lost returns in February. I'll have to have a talk with the fetus to ensure that we're not staying overnight on a Wednesday. Mind you, the hospital does have flat screen tvs in each room...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Made Me Laugh

I got these from Roland, and they made me laugh. I hope it makes you laugh today too.

Friday, November 17, 2006


Taken this morning
I don't know how long I have to type so I'll keep it short. I'm babysitting Caley today, while Shaun is at work, and Amy is out of town. Wow, it's hard to amuse two kids at once, even harder to get them to nap at the same time (which I've somehow managed right now).

Christmas cards have been mailed. I'd like to implore all of you to refrain from making comments on ANY blogs regarding what you might read in the letter (since some people hop from my blog to my friend's blogs). Let's set November 24th as the date when I will post the info on the baby's blog, and then anyone can speak up. I figure all the cards should be in everyone's hands by then. (Canadians, if you don't have it by then, let me know on the 23rd, and I won't spoil it)

I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. There has been a change of plans, and we're having guests! We'll be doing our big dinner on the Friday, since Geoff is doing the Turkey Trot on the Thursday morning, and our guests from the East Coast won't arrive until that afternoon. Figure out who it is? :)

I'm going to go and enjoy the silence. :)
**Update- Elijah ended up sleeping 2 hours, and Caley 3 hours. It was wonderful!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Joy Joy Joy

I got my invite to the Marlowe-Cramer wedding! Happy Happy Joy Joy! I can't wait to see everyone, and see Champ (Erik) tie the knot. I bought my ticket a few months ago, and Cindy's going to take great care of me (picking me up at the airport, letting me stay at Casa Krolik). I'm going to miss my boys (I'm going solo), but I'm sure they'll survive without me for a few days.

We got our membership to Trails last week, and I went to exercise three days last week. I'll probably go tonight, and I'm considering getting a punch card so I'll have the option of putting Elijah in the daycare if I go during the day.

Friday, I'm watching Caley all day. I'm sure it'll be fine, she loves me, and she & Elijah get along pretty well. In any case, I may borrow Myrna's double stroller in case I need some fresh air.

I've got the Christmas music going, I've lit the Hollyberry candle once already, bring on the decorations! Geoff won't go for it, I'll have to wait until after Thanksgiving. But hopefully we'll get the outdoor lights put up this weekend. And I think we'll wait until Thanksgiving to put out the deer I bought last year and turn all the lights on.

Before I sign off, Happy Birthday Heather!

I'm going to close with a quote from City Slickers II: The Legend Of Curly's Gold.

Phil: In case we don't make it and I die first... eat me.
Mitch: Eat you? I don't even like talking to you on the phone.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Thanks For The Quiz Melanie!

You Are An ESFJ

The Caregiver

You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.

You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

For more info on ESFJ.

Friday, November 10, 2006


I doubt I'll ever go to Asia, unless it was on a cruise ship. But evidently...
You Should Travel to India

You're a passionate, gusty traveler - and India's gritty urban centers won't scare you away.
Maybe you'll take in the Taj Mahal, eat the best curry of your life, or attend a huge street festival.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Why Independent Bookstores Are Better

I went to the Tattered Cover today, and was so thrilled be able to find EXACTLY what I wanted. After being in a few different chain bookstores, it was refreshing to have something specific in mind and be able to find it. I left very satisfied with my purchases for my nephew's Christmas gift and my sister-in-law's birthday gift. Sigh, I just wish the TC was closer to get to it more often.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Happy 30th Birthday Kelly!

You make 30 look fabulous! We hope you have an awesome day and a fantastic year. Love you lots!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Day To Day

Nothing blogworthy has been going on, just day to day stuff. But since there are a few people out there who want to hear it, I'll write.

We had a busy weekend of running around getting stuff done. I feel like I'm ready to tackle Christmas, now that I'm armed with Peet's Holiday Breakfast Blend tea & coffee. We put together a budget for Christmas gifts, we finally decided what we were going to buy each other, and what Santa is bringing Elijah. The Christmas cards are half addressed, the letter is ready to take to Kinkos. Oh yeah, and the weather is so nice here (today it's 77 F, that's 25 C).

Yesterday I had a good day where I didn't feel as big as a house. I felt normal. Maybe it's because I'm going to start my aquasize class PDQ. It's put me in a more positive frame of mind. Amy & I tried to track down a book, and believe it or not, NO bookstore in Aurora or Denver had it in stock! It's called 21 Days To A Great Marriage. Our small group is going to study it. But we couldn't find a copy for Amy anywhere.

Elijah has been doing great, he just talks and talks all day. Geoff is excited about partaking in a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at Washington Park. Just 4 miles, but he'll be able to be timed. I'm trying to decide whether I want to volunteer to help out, or just go watch and take pictures.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we got our annual invite to Curt & Jan's for turkey. Always a good time, and excellent food.

I know I usually close with a movie or tv quote, but this made me laugh out loud yesterday. A quote from my friend Erik, upon hearing that Elijah is a southpaw:

Can't wait to give a high five to your gifted lefty (he'll have such a high quality of life being among us greats!)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

My Inner Californian

You Belong in San Francisco

You crave an eclectic, urban environment. You're half California, half NYC.
You're open minded, tolerant, and secretly think you're the best.
People may dismiss you as a hippie, but you're also progressive, interesting, and rich!

I don't think that totally describes me, but I do love San Fran. If I could afford it, I might live there. :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Isn't It November 7th Yet?

I am just counting down the days until the ads go away. :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


This morning I saw a speeder get pulled over by the cops, and it made me smile to think that there is justice in the world. And I just need to remember to put things into perspective. My mom called me to tell me she's proud of me, and that she loves me. That she's proud of the adult I am, and the adult decisions I make. That makes me feel pretty good.

I have a wonderful husband, an adorable son, a baby on the way, a cat who gives me kisses, a warm home, fantastic friends who are family to me, and a Savior who loves me just as I am, and died for me.

Things can't be so bad to negate all that.

Why Lisa Rocks

When I am so frustrated and angry that I'm crying and yelling, she send me an e-card of a dancing cow to make me laugh.

Thanks babe. Wish you were here, but I guess I can wait 122 days.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Well That Wasn't So Bad

I thought that snow would never end yesterday. But it did, at 2:30pm. I was out at 3pm (and for 50 minutes) re-shovelling our driveway and sidewalk. Five minutes after Geoff left in the morning, you couldn't tell he'd done anything. It was heavy and slushy, but worth doing. By 5pm, our driveway was bone dry. Those poor saps who didn't do a thing (even though they were required to) had pure ice to face. The street in front was all ice and ruts. I was thankful I didn't have to drive anywhere.

But today Amy & I took the kids to Cherry Creek, to play on the food. It was packed. But outside, walking around Cherry Creek North, was so pleasant. No wind, sunshine, and hardly any snow out there. When Amy came to get us, our road was starting to melt. When we got home, it was completely melted. That's Denver for you.

The trip to the DMV was the best experience I've had with them thus far. They were very friendly there, the line was minimal. Now I'm set for another two years.

The Christmas cards and the letter are complete. I may spend the weekend addressing envelopes, even though the letters won't go out for another 3 weeks. :) Now If I can just start on my shopping.

Oh yeah, Scrubs is returning to the air at the end of November. Happy Day!

On that note, I'll close with a quote from Scrubs.

Woman: Hi, cutie! Since you have so many balls, and too many toys can be overstimulating for an infant, Brantley here was wondering if he could borrow one to play with.
Dr. Cox: Oh, that's funny, because Jack here was just wondering why the crazy lady who just spent the last hour chain-smoking and talking on her cell phone while her kid ate sand, would come over to two complete strangers and give them parenting advice.
Jordan: Oh, he also thanked me for not naming him Brantley.
Dr. Cox: Yeah.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sing A New Song

I'd been meaning to write about the Killers' new album, Sam's Town, which I had pre-ordered. I really like it, I think I've listened to it at least 5 times since it was released at the beginning of the month. My favorite tracks are Bling (Confession Of A King) and For Reasons Unknown, and the current single When You Were Young. They were in town a few weeks ago, but as with life, I am always poor when a band I like blows through town.

In TV land...I'm a little surprised that Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip isn't faring too well in the ratings. I'm enjoying it, but I fear it may get cancelled soon. I'm happy that It Takes A Thief is back with new episodes. And House returns next Tuesday. Whoo-hoo!

Good thing Amy enjoyed watching Elijah, Geoff is already gearing up to do another date night. He wants to go see Casino Royale next month. We'll have to see where money is at. We haven't even started Christmas shopping yet!

I'll close with a quote from Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Eddie: Tempting but I don't get out of bed for less than half a million dollars

Monday, October 23, 2006

He Lives In You

Last night, Geoff and I saw The Lion King for the second time. We saw it 5 years ago in Toronto with the Armstrongs/Wakelams. So it was different to see it just the two of us, and on our own dime. We bought the tickets back in May, but when I heard it was playing last year, I marked my calendar for us to see it. It was equally enjoyable this time around, and I still got chills and teary eyed watching the opening number. You can't get over the amazing costumes. It made us long for the day when we can bring Elijah to see a show, as the audience was 50% kids. There was a young boy behind us who must have been 3 or 4, and he did great.

Things are pretty much back to normal here. We got hit with snow on Friday night, which mostly melted by Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow morning, I get to go to my favorite place in the whole wide world... the DMV. Yay! It had better be uneventful.

Not much else to say, so I'll close with a quote from The Lion King (both movie & musical).

Timon: Hey, what's going on here? Who's the monkey?
Nala: Simba's gone back to challenge Scar.
Timon: Who?
Nala: Scar.
Pumbaa: Who's got a scar?
Nala: No no no. It's his uncle.
Timon: The monkey's his uncle?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Pics Up

I wanted to wait until Athena posted her pics from her visit, and she has, so I'll tell you mine are up too. See the Shutterfly link to the left.

Friday, October 20, 2006


Well our guests flew home last night, and I spent last night and this morning catching up on laundry and cleaning. I'm gonna miss the company, and Stephanie's cute little B&B laugh (Beavis & Butthead). I figure we'll likely see them again, with Andrew, in the next two years.

It's suppose to get cold and snowy tomorrow. Geoff has some chores he wants to tackle, and Sunday night is date night! Amy is coming over to watch Elijah. We've been planning this for a long, long time. I'm super excited.

I'm just trying to get Elijah back into his routine. That's all I have on my plate.

Speaking of plates, I'm going to close with a quote from Top Chef, season two.

"hello, I'm a liver"

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Holy Crêpe!

Worship on Sunday was amazing. The band was kickin', and the sermon was hilarious. Then we went to someplace we'd been meaning to try, Crêpes 'N Crêpes. It's located in Cherry Creek North, it's a quaint little crêpe restaurant serving only crêpes. It was my first time eating a crêpe (Elijah's first time too). I would totally go there again.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Well, we survived the day, though at 9am, I wasn't sure that was gonna happen. Elijah wasn't having a good morning listening to Mommy or sharing his toys. The rest of the day was spent trying to make sure neither Elijah nor I caught strep. Lastly, it was the third anniversary of Dad's passing. I had a cry on the phone with Lisa, and then I felt better.

Geoff came home with a present for me (for the both of us)...

I plowed through it, stopping only to eat dinner. It was good, but left me with a ton of questions. I suppose now I will have to reread the past 12 books, and possible The Beatrice Letters. I can't wait for Geoff to read it so we can talk about it.

I'm gonna close with a quote from Dragnet.

Joe Friday: After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department was willing to release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo, a Yugoslavian import donated to the department as a test vehicle by the government of that country and reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Kids

It's nigh impossible to get the two of them sitting near each other to take a picture. So here's the best I could do.


Well Athena's visit has taken a sad turn, she has strep. :(

Pray for all of us to stay healthy, and for Athena to get well enough to enjoy the rest of her visit.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

They're Here!

Yay! Stephanie & Athena are here! They got in alright, and are getting settled.

What a sweetie Stephanie is. I think she's sweet on me too. Everything I do she thinks is funny. And she and her mom are quite smitten with Elijah. This is gonna be a fun visit.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Check out the shutterfly album, Family Photos to see pictures from this weekend.

Saturday we checked out the Pumpkin Festival at Four Mile Park (which is across from our old apartment. We met Amy, Shaun & Caley there. We parked at Cherry Creek Mall and walked the path there. It was lovely with all the ravine in it's fall colors, and perfect weather. This morning we all rose early to go to the Race For The Cure, in downtown Denver. A chilly morning, but at least it didn't rain like it's raining now. In any case, I wasn't up for checking out the Downtown Peet's, I just wanted to go to my nice warm home and have a nap. :)

In two days, Athena & Stephanie will be here. I'm sure I'll have more pictures to share then. Speaking of visitors, Lisa has nearly got her flight booked. This will be her first visit to come see us in the States. She's coming March 1st (or 2nd), just after the new baby comes. She'll be the first family to see the baby in person. Very exciting. I'm almost counting down the days.

It's not too early to get into the Christmas mood, so I'm closing with a quote from Elf.

Emily: You like sugar, huh?
Buddy: Is there sugar in syrup?
Emily: Yes.
Buddy: Then YES!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


- I finally started one of my projects I had been putting off (painting some wood letters). It's maybe halfway done. And I have everything I need to start my next one (a Christmas project). Yay!

- Happy Anniversary to Andrew & Athena!

- I spoke with Dawn for over two hours on Tuesday. I love that gal!

- I badly want to get out and do something Fall-ish. Like go to a pumpkin patch or something.

- Last night I got a good night sleep. I needed that.

Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still here, and everything is going great.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

And Fall They Did

The difference a day makes.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006


It's Friday. That's a good reason to smile.

Yesterday it was a year ago we moved into our house. Man that was a rough day. But hey we got a story out of it. I find I experience a lot of things and most of the time I just walk away with a story. Sometimes a lesson learned.

I'm officially at the halfway mark of the pregnancy. There is a misconception that pregnancy is 9 months. It's actually 10. A normal pregnancy is 40 weeks. I'm at week 20.

I was surprised that news of the tragedy in Bailey, CO made the news in Canada (while it was happening). It's a very upsetting thing, and I don't have any explanation for why sick people do these things. I have a lot of friends who are teachers, I have friends who have kids in school. All I can do is pray that all schools can be safe places.

On a lighter note, I've had I Don't Feel Like Dancin' by the Scissor Sisters playing over and over and over in my head. For two days straight. It's really catchy, and I don't even like the Scissor Sisters.

I'm very excited at the idea that Lexi might come to visit. The plan (before we got pregnant) was for the 3 honorary Kroliks to meet up with some number of Kroliks in NYC, March '07 to help Lexi get settled at school. Obviously not as easy to do with a newborn in tow. But now I may just get time with Lexi after all. Nothing is in stone yet, so we'll see. I hope, I hope.

I guess I'll close with a quote from Gattaca.
Vincent: I'll never understand what possessed my mother to put her faith in God's hands, rather than her local geneticist.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Race For The Cure

Our friends in CA participated in the Breast Cancer walk, and in 10 days, Geoff & Elijah will do the Denver run. Geoff has already reached his goal, but if you'd like to donate, you can do so here.

My mom is participating in the walk being held in Edmonton on Sunday. I am so proud of everyone who has gotten involved on some level, be it participant or supporter.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Oh, Then I'm Not So Bad Off

I read some of Dante's Divine Comedy a while back, but ran out of time to finish it. Roland posted this quiz, so I took it for fun.

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Moderate
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

You have escaped damnation and made it to Purgatory, a place where the dew of repentance washes off the stain of sin and girds the spirit with humility. Through contrition, confession, and satisfaction by works of righteousness, you must make your way up the mountain. As the sins are cleansed from your soul, you will be illuminated by the Sun of Divine Grace, and you will join other souls, smiling and happy, upon the summit of this mountain. Before long you will know the joys of Paradise as you ascend to the ethereal realm of Heaven.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

It's Not The Weekend?

You know it's going to be a long week, when it's only Tuesday and I just want it to be Saturday.

Elijah is going through a frustrating phase. The doctor has been warning me since 15 months that the terrible twos could start anytime. He's definitely in them. I know it's not as bad as it could be. We have boundaries and limits that we've set in place early, so I hope we'll survive this.

Saturday night we did UFC and it was pretty cool. The fights were better this time. The next UFC is October 14, and Athena is cool with us having people over for it. :) It is more fun to watch in a group.

Sunday, worship was excellent at church. Geoff did some much needed chores, and I got to have a nap in almost complete silence. It made for a very nice weekend.

I don't have a lot else going on. Just keeping it low key, saving my energy for Athena's visit (two weeks!). I am borrowing a double stroller from Myrna and Amy is lending me her playpen for Stephanie to sleep in. So I think we'll be set.

On the tv front, Studio 60 was really good last night, better than the pilot. House airs tonight (and the episode looks awesome), then it's off until Oct. 31 so Fox can show baseball. The Contender ends tonight, I'd put my money on Forbes. Y'know if I had money to gamble. G4 is showing reruns of Arrested Development, which cracks me up. And next year, they'll be showing the animated Spaceballs show. Cool!

I'll close with a quote from Arrested Development.

Lucille: You tricked me.
Michael: I *deceived* you. "Tricked" makes it sound like we have a playful relationship.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Oh man, we are so eating at Jim 'N Nick's all the time! The food was excellent. Geoff said he could go there and just smell the air. When we left we smelled like we'd be sitting by the campfire.

Since it was free and we wanted to get a good feel for the food, we ordered the half dozen cheese biscuits to start. I had the chicken fried chicken (which is essentially, fried chicken) with baked beans and fries. Brown gravy too! Geoff ordered the half rack of baby back ribs, with baked beans and collard greens. He would have liked to have the creamed spinach, but as I'm sure you've heard, you can't eat spinach anywhere right now. Our meals also came with cheese biscuits. Elijah just shared our food, and it was a fine place to bring kids. He got two purple balloons (asked for purple himself). For dessert, they brought us chocolate pie (they were out of pecan). They gave us a fake bill at the end so we could see what that meal would cost.

I told Geoff I want to go for my birthday. It was just a really neat place, and boy oh boy, I could have gone there for dinner that night. It officially opens on Tuesday. They are going to be popular I'm sure.

Now that the weather is definitely Fall, we'll start making those yummy comfort foods. Like baked macaroni, and stew. I love Fall.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday's Random Ten

Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden
It's My Life - No Doubt
Anything, Anything - Dramarama
I Love Rocky Road - Weird Al Yankovic
Float On - Modest Mouse
Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand
Canadian Skye - Spirit Of The West
The Humpty Dance -- Digital Underground
Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones
Got Your News - Easily Amused

Thursday, September 21, 2006

In The Event Of An Actual Emergency...

Don't rely on the police.


Sigh. (shaking my head) I left the house for 5 minutes, and the alarm went off. The alarm company called Geoff, who had no idea I wasn't home, and said yes, send the police. So he called me and told me go home, the police are coming. What happened? It's a frustrating story I don't want to divulge. Needless to say, I spent 45 MINUTES waiting for the police to show, in the cold. I couldn't wait in the car, Elijah was crying and it was starting to drive me batty. He hates being in the car, strapped in if we aren't moving. So the police finally show up, and I explain to them what happened, and I show them my ID to prove this is my house, and I am able to go get Geoff and have to push my errand until after I get him. It made for a later than scheduled evening, so we went to Chick-Fil-A for dinner.

This is why Geoff wants a gun. Because if we get a burglar in the middle of the night, and the alarm doesn't scare him away, Geoff wants the security of being able to defend his family. You know, rather than wait 45 minutes for the cops to show up and do something.

In my experience the fire dept is much faster. We live down the road from a fire station, so I know they are our firefighters. Where we live we sort of border two cities, so we're not sure the correct police dept is being sent.

I can't totally agree with Flavor Flav. But 911 is a joke, sometimes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Free Food Tastes Best

quote from Tennille

Amy & I were at caribou (shock!) and as we were leaving I noticed the parking lot at Jim 'N Nick's BBQ was packed. So we swung by and a guy in an apron was in the parking lot. I asked, when do you guys open? He said the 26th, but hey wanna come by for a free meal on Friday? Uh, yeah! So I got a coupon for a free meal, up to 6 guests. Amy got one too, and we got menus to look over. A free southern bbq lunch? Does life get any better?

Hopefully Geoff will be able to get some time off to join us. I'm pretty excited. I don't think I've ever had a southern bbq before.

Sorry to make you all hungry and drooling.

TV Land

So I watched the Studio 60 premiere on Monday night. It was pretty good (I loved that Felicity Huffman was on). I had some problems keeping track of who did what job, but perhaps it'll be more clear next week. I don't know if I can say I'm committing it to "must see tv".

The Contender was good, I'm glad K-9 is gone, and I had hoped Bravo would have beat Brewer. But it will be Forbes (my pick to win) vs. Brewer.

House was awesome, as usual. I am very interested in seeing where this plot with the underaged girl will go. Also, when is Cuddy's search for a donor going to pick up again?

Zach Braff has said he's leaving Scrubs after this season. Will the show go on without him? Who knows, but I'd tune in to see how it fairs without J.D.

Saturday night is UFC fight night (again). We're having anyone over who wants to watch, so if you're interested and will be in town, email us. :)

I'll close with a quote from Scrubs.

Elliot: J.D., I really don't wanna do this. Can't we just go home, and put on our PJ's, and watch "Grey's Anatomy"?
J.D.: Oh, I do love that show. It's like they've been watching our lives and then just put it on TV.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

On The Spiritual Front

I've been having a lot of convicting the last two weeks. While it sucks feeling so guilty, I know this will purify me and make me stronger. I feel like God is constantly pressing me to take the steps to maturity, and I want to pout like a child, feet firmly planted.

It was helpful to have Cate here holding me accountable to my words (thanks). I know the words Jesus wants me to say, and my sinful human nature wants to add the words, "but you've hurt me" to each sentence.

Just continue to pray for me. Because I know when I do take those steps, they will eventually be followed with an attack. The devil sucks.

Get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy.
--1 Peter 2:1

Monday, September 18, 2006

Baby News

In case you didn't know there is a blog for the new baby. We got a new ultrasound. So for baby news, go here.

And an apology to my friends... I'm keeping secrets now. Thanks for understanding.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Papa's Birthday

My dad would have been 56 today. I miss him.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Free Ice Cream?

Mark your calendars, Coldstone is giving away free ice cream on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 5-8pm. Yumm-o!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Pouty Face

I'm sad Cate & Kaisara are gone. It was a wonderful, lovely visit, and too short. Left us wanting more. We never made it down to Garden Of The Gods, but we did go to Castle Rock and Boulder. Pictures from their visit are up on shutterfly, and I'm sure Cate will get pictures up soon too. I miss them, but we'll see them again in a few months. Now I have a small reprieve before Athena & Stephanie come.

Have a few things going on this week. Thursday I have my doctor appt, Saturday Geoff has a men's group meeting and then I am going stampin'. We'll be making Christmas cards. Probably not enough for all the cards I send out, so I may have to find time to make some on my own.

House was fantastic last night, I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud that much watching it. I need to get seasons one & two on DVD.

I read that Jim Carrey & Steve Carell are (sort of) reuniting in an animated version of Horton Hears A Who. It'll be interesting to see. I don't think I've read that book. Isn't that odd?

Well, I'm going to sign off. I'll close with a quote from last night's House.

House: "Why don't I have high-def in my office? I'm a department head."

Monday, September 11, 2006

Little Purple Petticoat

I was inspired by Cate's look, to be daring, but subtle.

It's Chilled Plum. I love it! Next time, I'm going more bold.

Thanks Cate!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Godfather Bonding

Kaisara & Elijah

Quickie Post

I'm having the best time with Cate & Kaisara (no surprises there). Last night for dinner Kaisara made enchiladas for us. I've never had that before, and it was a different flavor for me. We've gone to Cherry Creek, Peet's, Le Peep, and played cribbage and blackjack. We're gonna take a trip out to Garden Of The Gods before the visit ends. But mostly we're just hanging out and enjoying each other's company.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thursday, But It Feels Like Friday

I just can't a grip on the days of the week.

I'm feeling much better, just feeling typical pregnancy aches. I'm anxiously awaiting our visitors (less than 7 hours), and I have some stuff to do before they come. I'm taking Cate up on her offer to not make a big deal about the state of the house. :) I am watching Caley for a little bit this afternoon so Amy can get a haircut. Later we'll go pick Geoff up from work and have dinner at Fatburger before we go to the airport.

Tuesday night's babysitting session went swimmingly (piece of pie). Caley went to bed as soon as I got there, so all I had to do was watch tv. I watched the season premiere of House (sooo happy it's back, if only for a month), and I watched Contender (don't get me started on that).

I got Jeeves & Wooster out of the library to watch, and we got through two episodes. It's entertaining, but I didn't think I'd have time to go through the whole series.

I have to get back to my day. I'll close with a quote from The Whole Ten Yards.

Lazlo: Now you go in and you grab him. You go in and you grab him. Now what do you do?
Strabo: I go in and...
Lazlo: And grab him. Now what do you do?
Strabo: I go in and I grab him.
Lazlo: Piece of pie.
Strabo: No. It's cake.
Lazlo: What did I say?
Strabo: Pie.
Lazlo: And what did you say?
Strabo: Cake. No, pie.
Lazlo: Piece of pie.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tuesday, But It Feels Like Monday

Last night I finally got a good night's sleep, the two nights before that I don't know what was going on. I dreamt last night it was Christmas time, and I woke up with some song I was writing in my head. It's gone now, the melody. But I was working on it with Harry Connick Jr. Perhaps he'll remember it and record another Christmas album (if you don't have his two Christmas albums, you're missing out). Just to make everyone groan... it's 112 days until Christmas!

I've been nursing a sore throat on and off for about 3 or 4 days. My allergies are also really bad right now, September is the worst for me. So I figure the sore throat is probably due to that.

Tonight I may end up playing babysitter to Caley. That's if she & Shaun are feeling better. Then Amy & Shaun will babysit Elijah one night and Geoff and I can go out. Little Caley loves Elijah, she gets so excited when she sees him, or if Amy says they are going to come see us. Sunday night they came over for dinner, and she was crying, until Elijah walked over to her. She instantly stopped crying, and he tried to rock her in her car seat. But he moved out of her vision, and she starting crying until he looked back at her. It was the sweetest thing.

We got a lot of chores done this weekend, now we can relax and wait for Cate & Kaisara to get here Thursday night. I caught up with my family on the phone, and everyone is well. Mom had a good time in Vegas, and thanked me for the tip I gave her about the mermaid. She won some money too.

I'm starting to panic about crafty projects I've put off for too long. I wonder if I will have time to complete them post-baby, so I feel like I better tackle some of them now. But then I feel overwhelmed. Does anyone else feel like that?

Because bad drivers is my pet peeve, I'm closing with this quote from Liar Liar.

Cop: You know why I pulled you over?
Fletcher: Depends on how long you were following me!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Emotional Rollercoaster

Yesterday was a weird day. Elijah was sick, so he was up a total of maybe 3 or 4 hours yesterday, and slept the rest of the day. I went out to get groceries, and I almost cried just because the expiration date on the milk was the same date as my dad's birthday. Later in the evening (and while I was trying to sleep) I was angry/annoyed over something I had no control over (don't feel bad friend, it wasn't your fault). I just feel so scattered. I keep forgetting to put soap in the dishwasher, and then I end up with dirty dishes after I've "washed" them. I'm blaming my pregnancy hormones.

I saw the coolest video, it was Ok Go's Here It Goes Again. Yeah, I'm a little slow catching on to what's new, but at least I know it. Thanks to You Tube, you can check it too.

I got some of my stuff done I wanted to accomplish. We have people coming over, the house is half vacuumed, and oh yeah, Geoff painted for me. :) We just need to do a few touch ups, but I am so happy with it. But it makes the nursery look sad, so we may end up painting that too at some point. Now I get to find things to bring the whole room together.

Didn't make it to church due to Elijah's runny nose, but Geoff went. Last night we watched the Pink Panther (Steve Martin version), so I'll close with a quote from that. Is it worth watching? I dunno, we got it out of the library, so it was worth being free. It had some funny moments though.

Nigel Boswell/Agent 006: Boswell. Nigel Boswell. 006. You know what that means?
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: Yes! You are just one shot away from the big time.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Three Things

Three things I want to do this weekend:
- Clean the house for our guests next week
- Have friends over for a bbq
- get Elijah's big boy room painted

Three songs I can't stop listening to:
- Bright Future In Sales - Fountains Of Wayne
- Sunrise - Simply Red
- All These Things That I Have Done - The Killers

Three shows I want to see new episodes from:
- Scrubs (coming in January)
- Psych (coming in January)
- House (Tuesday!)

I was so surprised to find out that the Gin Blossoms released a new album (they disbanded in '97), and I listened to the snippets on iTunes, and now I have to get this album! It sounds great, just like always.

I watched some of the Emmys, even some of the Emmy pre-show crap. I just loved how Jeremy Piven was putting Billy Bush in his place for asking him dumbass questions. I love Piven, I was happy he won. He's very talented. And on that note, I'll close with a quote from PCU.

Droz: I don't know if you're aware of this, Gutter, but there actually was music recorded before 1989.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Book Book

I got tagged by Sharon, and she's so sweet, I had to do this for her.

One book that changed your life: The Bible

One book that you've read more than once: Season Of Passage (Christopher Pike)

One book that made you laugh: Girlfriend's Guide To Pregnancy (Vivki Iovine)

One book that made you cry: I probably haven't cried reading a book since I was a kid, and that would be Bridge To Terabithia (Katherine Patterson)

One book that you wish had been written: Sure-Fire Cures For A Colicky Baby

One book that you wish had never been written: Any book written by an idiot

One book you are currently reading: It's been a while since I picked it up, but I was reading The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (C.S. Lewis)

Here are 5 people I'm tagging: Geoff, Kelly, Lisa, Athena, Chris (either of my Chris friends) If you don't post it on your blog, at least email me your answers.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

this is an audio post - click to play

Vegas- In Detail

Okay, in case you didn't get details from Geoff's post, here is my post about Vegas.

We got in Tuesday night, and had dinner at the buffet. Then Elijah and I went to bed ('cause I was tired), and Geoff went to gamble and wait for his parents to arrive. They got in a little late, but the three of them enjoyed a beer when they got in. Geoff had lost some money at blackjack, and was a little disappointed. The next morning, we met up for breakfast and mapped out our morning. We went to the strip, and walked around the Forum shops at Caesars. We went next door to the Mirage, and Treasure Island. We headed to the Venetian for lunch. We walked back to the shuttle and spent some time at the pool. I went to the salon to get my hair cut before my big date with Geoff.

We had reservations at five for Delmonico in the Venetian. We caught a cab, and sat in the lounge until our table was ready. This is hands down the swankiest restaurant I've ever been in. The atmosphere was lovely, the food was unbelievable, and it was a wonderful night out. We returned to our hotel to say good night to Elijah before we went to play some blackjack. I have a plan you see. I have a number in my head of how much money I'm willing to lose, and I walk away when I get to that number. Then I can still have money in my pocket. I left when Geoff went out, and I was at $53 left of my $100.

Thursday we went back to the strip, heading right for Paris to get some coffee. We think we might want to stay there for a future visit, it has such a great atmosphere. We enjoy our coffee, resist the pastries and then walk around the Desert Passage shops at Aladdin. We go back to the Venetian to do the gondola ride. The outdoor version is cancelled due to the wind, so we go to the indoor ride. We're lucky enough that each family got to enjoy a private gondola. Our gondolier is Angeline, and she has a fabulous singing voice, she sings That's Amore and a lullaby for Elijah. It was a wonderful experience I suggest everyone take advantage of. We caught a cab back to the hotel to get some lunch. We settled on Sazio, an Italian restaurant. We had the whole place to ourselves. The food was tasty, even if we had to wait a little for it. After lunch, Geoff wanted to teach me how to play video poker. We hung out for a while, Glen & Diane got ready for their date night, then we all hopped in a cab to the Bellagio. We walked around the conservatory which was all decked out with trains and carvings of famous landmarks and buildings. It was Elijah's favorite thing to see I think. We went outside to catch the 4:30 showing of the fountains, but the wind had them canceling it. So we went to the Mirage to say goodbye to Glen & Diane (they had tickets to see LOVE), and caught a cab back to our hotel. Elijah & I went to try and relax in the room, Geoff went and played craps (and won over $100). We met up for dinner at Terrible Mike's (which isn't terrible) and then Geoff & Elijah went to relax in the room and I went to play VP and Blackjack. I got back to the room a while later, and we ordered champagne to surprise Glen & Diane as an anniversary gift. They got in, we heard how fabulous the show was and how they had a wonderful time, and then the champagne arrived. Obviously I didn't have any, but Geoff and his parents did.

Friday morning we hit the buffet for breakfast, which I wish we had done sooner. I really miss that now, all that selection. We shopped at gift shop and I played some VP with Geoff, while Elijah enjoyed Nana & Grampy time. It was then I hit 4 Aces and won $200 (on top of the $73 was still left in the machine). I cashed out immediately. After we checked out, we hung out by the pool in the shade until it was time to go to the airport. Since we shared a cab and had to go to two different terminals, it was a quick goodbye.

That was Vegas.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


I did an audio blog post yesterday morning, but it did not turn up. Sorry. I'm not quite ready yet to write down everything, I'm still kinda tired, so here's a short list.

- 4 Aces
- Gondola ride
- Delmonico
- Too windy for Bellagio fountains :(

I'll fill in the details later. I didn't take many pictures, because it was my 3rd time there. But here's one picture for you.

Monday, August 21, 2006

The House Always Wins

"If I wind up broke up well I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time"

All the anxiety I had about the trip to Vegas is gone, now I'm excited. I love the idea that if I wake up hungry at 1am, I can go downstairs and get some food. I can't wait to see the fountain show at the Bellagio again. It's one of the most wonderful things I've ever seen. This trip will also hold some new activities, like the gondola ride at the Venetian. Geoff and I will also get to have a date night. And Elijah will get a lot of Nana & Grampy time.

We're not bringing the laptop, so I won't be able to upload pics until Friday night/Saturday morning. But I will have my cell, so I'll be able to audio blog. Honey will be in good hands with Amy, I'm gonna to pack either tonight or tomorrow morning. Everything is set.

Are we there yet? I'm closing with a quote from The Simpsons.

Marge: If I had known that there were loose women in Las Vegas, I would've never let you go.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Happy Birthday Mom!

You're gonna have a great time when you go to Vegas soon. I'll see you in March.

Thursday, August 17, 2006