Tuesday, January 30, 2007

On The Mend

Just a quick note to thank y'all for the prayers and well wishes. What began on Wednesday last week, seems to be tapering off. Sunday and Monday, I had the nasty cough, and really bad allergies. I got a pretty good night's sleep last night, and I'm not coughing so much. Even my allergies feel manageable. I'm on Sudafed (doctor ok'd it), and I don't need to walk around with a box of kleenex anymore.

I'm watching Caley for a bit this morning, then Amy, the kids and I will go see Kirsten & her new daughter. I'll bring my camera and try to take a picture. For the curious, Kirsten's daughter has a gaelic name (her name is Niamh, pronounced "neeve"), which she tells me is the most popular name in Ireland right now. So while it seems odd here in the U.S., when they move to Ireland in 4 years, she'll fit right in.

I'll try to post again later.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

How's The Sicky?

eh. cough cough. I still have a nasty cough, and my face hurts. But I was able to get some sleep and the coughing was at a minimum. Yay God! Thank you for hearing my prayers. Obviously I don't plan to bring my germs to church, but that also means not bringing my germs to the pool. I hope to improve ten fold by tomorrow, as I am stopping by Kirsten's, and would love to see the new baby. I may end up just seeing her front porch.

This weekend's snow didn't add much to the piles, just added slickness to the icy ruts on the street. Yuck. We'll (hopefully) get some sun the next two or three days to melt some more before we get an ugly storm blow in Thursday.

Gonna spend the day looking at the bright side of life.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sucks Eggs

I'm sick.

Yesterday I had a cough, sore throat and a general ache-iness. As a result, I missed out on celebrating Caley's birthday (but the boys went). Today I feel even worse. It took forever to fall asleep last night. My indigestion was so painful, and it would trigger big coughing fits. At one point I tried to sleep sitting up, but it was so uncomfortable. I just wanted to cry because I was tired and couldn't sleep. Eventually I did sleep, though not great.

Tonight we're touring the hospital, and I have a few small errands to run during the day. Then I plan on staying inside and resting. This really sucks because Kirsten invited me over to meet her baby. And I certainly don't want to expose them to whatever I have.

The weather this week has been sunny, and we're getting a lot of melting. I like to go outside and just stand in the sun. Oh yeah, we're expected to get snow this weekend, but I'm not sure how much. I don't even trust the meteorologists, since they screwed up last week and said it was going to be no big deal.

Anyways, please pray for healing, and that the boys don't get sick. I'm going to have a cup of tea. I'll close with a quote from Phenomenon.

George Malley: This is good, Lace. I think you're a good cook.
Lace Pennamin: No, I'm not. I only make two things pretty well: pork chops and, um, turkey.
George Malley: Hm. Which is this?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

There's Snow Place Like Colorado

Sunday Morning

It's funny to look back at my last post and see that we thought we were only getting a few fat flakes. Ha ha ha. The weatherman was way wrong, and we ended up seeing between 6-9 inches. Geoff had to go out twice, just to stay on top of it. sure could have used Lexi this weekend. As a result of the crappy weather, we didn't make it to church, we didn't go swimming, and I didn't get to go out with Amy. But, we did enjoy a lovely pork chop dinner (Tyler's recipe) and a chocolate pound cake.

Frustrated by my inability to get the mail without walking onto an icy street, I ratted out one of my neighbors to the HOA. Will their sidewalk get shoveled? I'm not holding my breath. I can deal with a front street that it one rut after another, I HATE not having my sidewalk.

We won't get a reprieve from the weekly snowstorms until the dumb jet stream moves.

I have hundreds of photos in shoeboxes, which take up space in my closets, so when I got a Target gift card for my birthday (thanks Athena!) I bought some photo albums. I spent the weekend going through the photos and was able to get all the photos from our life in Edmonton in an album. Whoo-hoo! Now I'm working on California life. So the stocking project has not been started. But I'm happy to see this project making headway.

Yeah I'm nesting. I know. But really, having stuff organized bugs me all the time. It's just with a new one arriving soon, I want to tackle things I know I won't want to in the coming months. Like filing, and trips to Goodwill.

My friend Kirsten had her baby last week. I'm waiting to hear back from her on the name they settled on, but it was a healthy baby girl, 8lbs 6 oz. Her doctor said she'd be early, but in actuality, she had her the day after her due date.

Another gift I got for my birthday was Lady In The Water. We watched it this weekend. It was good, it was very M. Night. So if you aren't a fan, I don't know that you would like it. I'll close with a quote from it.

Cleveland Heep: H-how was the movie?
Harry Farber: Sucked

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Snow Update

Just wanted to let you know that yes, for the 5th week in a row, we got snow. But it didn't add up to anything. It was just fat flakes. We'll get more of them tomorrow too.

Above is a picture of the front street. Do you see what I see? Pavement! The ruts have reached pavement! The snow still probably won't be all gone until April. That's my guess. Here's how tall it still is on the front lawn.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Run Around Sue

Since I have a doctor's appt today, I plan to try and get some errands done with the car. I almost dread doing errands, I end up having to go to 3 or 4 places. Wouldn't be so bad, but then you add getting a toddler in and out of a car seat, in and out of a building, and it makes for a long day. Wouldn't it be great if I could just go one place and have it all there? But I'm sure if the world was like that, it would be a dull place, and people wouldn't interact with each other nearly enough.

We had such a lovely visit with Lexi, and all of us were sad to see her go. Monday night, Elijah said "Lexi bye bye", and we told him, yes Lexi went bye bye. We mostly hung around the house, played games and ate yummy food. She said she can't wait to come back.

The snow last weekend was pretty tame, compared to the previous 3 weekends. This may be the first Friday in forever we don't get snow. That snow (coming from Canada, thanks a lot), if it shows up, won't be until early next week. All 3 of us are anxiously awaiting the day (or month) when we can get out as a family.

I bought a Christmas stocking for boy #2, so one of these nights I'll begin that project. With Elijah's stocking, I started a few months before he was born, then picked it up again a few months before Christmas to finish it. I like to leave myself a lot of time.

I'm going to close with a quote from Futurama.

Bender: I'm really starting to swell up with beer. I must look ridiculous.
Fry: Nah, you have a healthy glow.
Bender: [Bender belches] Oh my god! I just felt it ferment!
Fry: Ooo! Let me feel.
Leela: Have you thought about what to name it?
Bender: I was thinking Benderbrau if it's an ale, Botweiser if it's a lager.
Fry: I hope it's a lager so I can take it to a ball game.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Another Day Older

I had a good, but uneventful birthday. Thank you to everyone who sent cards, gifts and well wishes by phone, email, and blogs. Didn't do anything special, but we'll go out to dinner with Lexi this weekend, and I'll get her & Geoff to bake me a cake. Plus I can always do something at a later date (when there is money and possibly a babysitter). 30 doesn't feel so different.

The snow started late Thursday night, but there wasn't much of it. They expect a few inches each day. The change from past storms is that the temperature is pretty low for us. It's not Canada-low. But we're in single digits and negative temperatures at night. Currently it's -8 F, which is -22 C. At least I can look back at when I was in CA a few weeks ago, and walking around in my t-shirt. I think maybe I need to plan on going somewhere warm every January.

House was good this week, and I was super annoyed to find out it'll be 3 weeeks for another new episode! That's just mean. Thankfully I got season one on DVD for my birthday, so I can overdose on it if I choose.

Lexi got in alright last night, and I have to make sure I take some pictures. She's excited about the snow and cold, she says it's a welcome change from sun all the time. Silly Californian.

I'll close with a quote from last night's repeat of Psych.

Gus: You don't smell that?
Shawn: I don't smell anything.
Gus: That's because you don't have the Super Smeller!
Shawn: Okay, you have got to stop calling your nose the Super Smeller. If you want to name a body part man, name your butt. Call it the tight-bouncer or the hexagon.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Snow Snow Go Away

A change in the weather schedule, now "round 4" as the meteorologists are calling it, is coming on Thursday, instead of Friday. What a nice birthday present from Mother Nature. They think it might be the end of them for a while. Let's hope so, I mean 4 storms in 4 weeks, it's ridiculous.

We got out on Saturday and did grocery shopping and a trip to Home Depot. Then we spent the rest of the day hanging around the house, and feeling bummed out about the next storm. It just puts a damper on the weekends. We cancelled our date, and we'll reschedule it for a later time. We still spent time together though. Sunday after church we went to the pool to play. It must have been good exercise, because my muscles hurt today.

Just for fun, I started a registry at Crate & Barrel. I thought what the hey! It's our tenth anniversary next month, and it'll be good come Christmas time too. I love wishlists, what can I say?

In tv land...House finally returns this week. Yay! I've been watching Top Chef and this last week, it took a turn for the interesting. People I liked before, I certainly don't think much of now. I thought it was so childish for all of them to gang up on Marcel, even if he can be annoying.I'm closing with the best line from the epsiode.

"If I was a trout, maybe I'd envy a salmon". -Michael (Top Chef)

Friday, January 05, 2007

January Birthdays

To save me the trouble of remembering on specific days (since I have trouble enough remembering what day it is), I'm sending out birthday wishes to all January birthdays.

Ashley, Diane, Andrew, Meg, Glen, Rod, Roman & Me!

May 2007 be a great year for all!

Please No More

We were just getting some great melting! This was taken this morning:

From Weather Underground:
Occasional snow. Areas of blowing snow. Much colder. Snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches. Highs in the 20s. North winds 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Early Birthday Gifts

Last year I spent the weekend after my birthday in sunny California. This year, California is coming to me. Lexi is coming here the day after my birthday! Pretty cool birthday gift huh? I'm very excited, she'll be staying for the long weekend.

Ali, Lexi & I, Last January

My other early birthday gift came from my press connections, the new episode of Psych, which doesn't air until the 19th! I can't wait to watch it.

I'm mostly adjusting to being back in the snow. I hate it though. I want it to melt faster.

I'll get the pictures from the wedding up today, but I'm not in any of them. Silly girl I am, I didn't take any of me. But I emailed those who did take pictures of me, so hopefully I can get those for you to see. Just take my word that I looked good.

Not much else is going on. I'm nearly done writing all the Christmas thank you notes. I bought Gin Blossoms' new album Major Lodge Victory with my iTunes gift card I got in my stocking. I like it. You would like it too, if you are a fan of the Gin Blossoms. Geoff and I may finally go on another date (a movie!) this weekend. Just need to check with Amy.

I'll close with a quote from Wayne's World.

Garth Algar: Sometimes I wish I could boldly go where no man has gone before... but I'll probably stay in Aurora.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

California Recap

The happy couple Becky & Erik

I had a wonderful trip to CA. Short and sweet. Got in okay, and we headed right to In-N-Out. For dinner that night, Ashley, Chris, Lexi, Alyssa, Alec, Abbie and I went to Cafe Chin Chin. I tried the Kung Pao Chicken and water chestnuts (both for the first time). Very tasty.

Friday I spent helping get stuff ready for the wedding, then had some time to change and get ready before I was back at the church doing last minute things. The ceremony was lovely, and then I tried to help the guests find their seating for the reception. The food was delicious. They had a chocolate fountain with your choice of oreos, marshmellows, or rice krispie squares. Excellent choices! There was also fruit and a Martinelli's fountain. And, what I thought was even cooler, was the coffee bar. There was always a line there. Their DJ was amazing, I hope Amy & Brody can get him. The dance was a lot of fun, and I sure was pooped by the end of the night. I was happy that I could take advantage of the money dance and get one on one time with Erik.

Saturday I took Cindy, Alyssa, Alec, & Abbie to McDonald's for breakfast on our way to help take down the wedding. What we thought would only take an hour or so, turned out to be more. Eventually we finished, and Cindy and I went out to lunch at Mustard's (the yummy Panini place). I had a salad, because I needed to get something healthy to eat. :) We returned to the house and I was surprised to see some of my friends at my baby shower! I got some wonderful gifts, including a handmade quilt from Godmother Cate and a double stroller from the Kroliks!

Saturday night we just hung around the house mostly. I did take a trip to Trader Joes (oh how I miss TJ's) to get Geoff a treat and a little something for my father-in-law's birthday.

Sunday I went to church with Cate & Kaisara, then we took a trip to the new Peet's store that opened up. It was lovely to be able to sit outside and drink coffee. We met Jen at In-N-Out for lunch, and then more time outside playing crib. The trip to the airport went smoothly. My flight ended up being delayed by 45 minutes, but I had no problems making my connection. I was so happy once I got to Denver, only to be upset when I found out my shuttle I booked wasn't going to take me home. I called Geoff, and he & Elijah came and got me. No worries, the roads were in fine shape. I am taking partial credit for that. Geoff thinks the call I made to the county about our street was the reason it got plowed. Lesson to learn...don't upset a pregnant lady.

So that was my trip. I sure miss everyone, and I am looking forward to Lexi's visit. Please pray it all comes together and she can get here in 2 weeks.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Just a quick note, to let you know I got home safely from CA. I'll post later, I'm tired, and I want to try to nap while Elijah naps.

2007 is sure to be a wonderful year for us, and for many people I know. I look forward to all the good surprises it will hold. :)