Later July 2005

Lookie What Showed Up in the Mail Today!
Here's my instructions for landing, paperwork used at the border for my "swearing in", and my passport with the Canadian Visa page. Now I just need a day with Emily to write down everything we own, and it's value, then I take this paperwork up to the border to officially land.
As we speak, Shane and Sean are loading the garage stuff for the dump. Here we go!!!!


For Grandma Connie and Kay's Mom....
I will just say RUN, don't walk, RUN to the kitchen to make these:

1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large ripe bananas, mashed with a fork (I used frozen,
thawed in hot water while still in their peels)
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, well beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted (no substitutions)
TOPPING: (I doubled the topping)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cold butter
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

No nuts for Sean


Set oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare paper-lined or greased muffin cups.
In a large bowl, combine all dry muffin ingredients (except for the sugar).
In another bowl, combine the bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter; mix well, stir into the dry ingredients, only until moistened.
Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
Combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon; cut into butter until crumbly, add in the nuts.
Sprinkle over muffins.
Note: if desired, the topping recipe can be doubled for extra topping.
Bake 18-20 minutes, or until muffins test done.
Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

I ate two of these before they were even at a safe temperature.

*Stolen without permission from here.


$216. So far.
While I was at the Ballard Pharmacy spending $81 on the specialized transdermal gel medicines for Hobbes and Jalen, Sean was at Carkeek Vet with Jalen spending another $135 - and tomorrow? I have to go back to the Ballard Pharmacy - to get another prescription besides those shown in this picture.
I gave Sean explicit instructions - they will want to do a blood test and an x-ray, totaling $250. Tell them no. Tell them we just want Jalen to die comfortably.
Apparently it's really expensive to die comfortably (grumble).
Anna at Carkeek is not convinced that Jalen is dying. Just maybe in rough shape.
On a happier note, go visit Erin & Brian - because they had their baby yesterday!!
Also? My cousin Laura started posting pictures on Flickr.
Alison is getting even more beautiful.
My latest gossip entertainment.

Jon & Amy's Wedding pictures.
It's finally done - my work here is done and now I can move to Canada. We got them married off.
The wedding was beautiful, everything went off without a hitch, the weather was fantastic, and everybody had a great time. People should throw more weddings, I think.
I thought today would be my "day off", but I ended up editing all of the wedding pictures, and later taking more pictures for a fellow blogger who's moving to Seattle next month (local bloggers! who wants to help her and her husband unload their U-Haul on July 21?), and also saying goodbye to the Germans (again), and cranking out some laundry.
We also had dinner with Jon & Amy and I went to Sally Simpleton's rooftop BBQ.
Hey weird coincidence?
Brian's girlfriend Christine did the catering for Jon & Amy's reception, and soon after I posted the pictures this afternoon I got an e-mail from Stephanie telling me that she was working at the reception because she's best friends with Christine. I may have seen her and didn't even know it (she was mostly behind the scenes, though).
I love how the innernets make the world even smaller.
Tomorrow is the day that we start Getting Stuff Done for our move. Which means I should probably Go To Sleep Now. (As usual)

07-07-05 again
Jon & Amy's wedding rehearsal & dinner pictures!!
I won't even tell you what I said in the parking lot of the Catholic School whilst unaware of the child sitting on the ground behind me. But BOY her face shot up with her eyes wide open.
Please go look at the pictures and see how gloriously happy everyone looks. It was a lovely evening. And thank you, Earl and Lisa, for dinner.
I found someone to hem up the skirt for $42 - the third dry cleaning/alterations place I went to. It's three layers, which I did NOT feel like dealing with before the wedding. Because that would have meant waking up at like 3 a.m. to sew. So even though it's $42 I said "Kahm sah-am nee-dah" ("Thank you" in Korean - I miss you, Soo) three times. It'll be ready for pick-up tomorrow afternoon. ROCK.
Today was really crazy at work - suddenly I had things to do that were important and the phones kept ringing and it made me realize that I have a lot of info to pass on to whoever replaces me.
I'm SO not ready to leave that job.
In other news....
Shane and Katie are engaged!
Okay. Really. Must. Sleep. Now....


(When did I get fat ankles??)

When the bride calls you and asks if you want to join her for a pedicure, you are supposed to say yes. It's in all the etiquette books. Okay, I needed my toes done. You know you need your toes done when your husband tells you that you need your toes done.
And we will not discuss my hair.
The Bridal Gown/skirt is only about 5 inches too long. When I have my 8 inch heels on. I am talking to my local seamstresses today, and if they can't do it, Xa and I will. Um, sometime.

"More Chocolate Lucky Charms!!"
Soon. Sometime soon.
Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner tonight.
I'm showing you the manicure that I got done because there's this scene in Casino, right after Ginger has taken off with her pimp ex-boyfriend and her daughter, and they fly her back home, and Ginger (Sharon Stone) and Ace (Robert DeNiro) are sitting in a Vegas restaurant in a round booth, arguing. It's a very well-acted scene.
ANYway, in that scene she's smoking a cigarette and I notice her nails every time because she has a french manicure done but it's clear with red tips. And Casino was JUST RELEASED on DVD now that's it's celebrating its 10-year anniversary. So basically my story is I'VE WANTED MY NAILS DONE LIKE THIS FOR TEN YEARS.
I heard about London this morning at 5:45 when Sean's alarm went off, and we turned on the TV. I'm trying not to think about it; as ignorant as that sounds.
P.S. I still had this polish on my toes. From APRIL.

07-06-05 again
Okay. Here's the whole trip!


Julie & Nancy, as they always are
The trip to Indiana/Michigan was as perfect as expected. The weather was great and I saw just about everyone in my family (missed you, Ben W.).
All of the pictures will be uploaded into a set on Flickr sometime in the next 24 hours (there's 135 of them so it took some time).
On the way back, I was moved to a different flight through Atlanta and checked in my suitcase and the Culver Duck & Chicken that was packed for me at the plant. I told them there was dry ice in there, as required.
Thirty minutes later I was in my airplane seat knitting when an airport employee got on the plane and was all "Get your belongings ma'am! Follow me ma'am! We have a security problem with your luggage ma'am!" And I said "You mean the dry ice?" so people on the plane didn't think that I tried to kill them.
And here we are poking holes in my cooler of poultry so it can fly on an airplane.
They were quite nice about it, really. They never opened it up to release the dry ice gas (that would have sucked - 20 pounds of meat wasted) and I was able to get on the original (albeit a bit late) flight that I was originally scheduled for.
And? When I flew into Seattle at 10:00 (fully landed at 10:30) I flew over fireworks. I figured I would be able to see maybe Everett and Seattle's big fireworks shows but I had no idea that I would see A HUNDRED FIREWORKS DISPLAYS all over the sound. It was the most amazing thing ever - like the city lights were boiling and bubbling. I can't describe it. I tried to take pictures from the plane window but let's all share a laugh for that one.
This week's craziness is Jon & Amy's wedding - here's where Turbo Life begins. Tonight I pick up my bridal dress (my Groomsmaid dress?!?) in Bellevue (ANYONE out there work in Bellevue and live in Seattle???) and I've been told that the dresses are not fitting correctly, and Sean is getting his hair cut and picking up his tuxedo. Tomorrow night is the rehearsal (and Kolja & Alexandra return from their travels), Friday night is the pre-wedding dinner, Saturday is the wedding, Sunday is Rachel's rooftop BBQ, and all of next week is resumes and job searches house searches and WEAREMOVINGTOCANADANOW type behavior.
I'm glad I got my little vacation when I did....