Am I the only one that thought W looked like Alfred E. Newman?!?
I took my car to #1 Japanese Auto and told them to check everything,
as well as perform a tune-up. The brakes are squeaking, there's a
slight clicking noise when I turn right (CV joint?), and who knows
else could be wrong. He called me couple hours later to say "There's
nothing wrong with your car" and I said "Are you sure you're
a mechanic?" Then he told me I absolutely needed two new front
tires, and that seemed to even things out. I'm getting the tires tomorrow
before we leave for Vancouver.
Today Ray gave
Todd these Slang
Flashcards. We were all cracking up. Awesome. Buy them.
Kolja sent me
an e-mail today to let me know they arrived home okay.
My cover letter
and resume are ready to be handed in at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver
streetlight has been fixed. (scroll half-way down) Here's the
real story - I reported this damn streetlight flickering like a strobe
light into our bedroom window 6 months ago. I knew where to report
it. But they never fixed it. Then it went completely dark a couple
months ago right at our intersection and that's dangerous. So I wrote
to this columnist and said "Can you fix this?" and the Question
and Answer were created. Within 48 hours that light was fixed. And
Sean pointed out it seems to be about three-times brighter than it
ever was, like they even upgraded the light bulb in there. Thank you
brother) and Dawn
are engaged! Both of the Hall brothers shall be married off next year!
to know how Jon & Amy got engaged. Since talkingjon.com no longer
exists, I'll have to do this myself. Jon decided they would go to
dinner at their favorite restaurant in Wallingford on a Monday night,
which Amy thought was weird, because it was just a Monday night. But
she wasn't complaining! Then they get to the restaurant and it's closed.
As in closed down. Which totally threw Jon for a loop. So
they decided to eat at Bizarro
Italian Cafe instead, and those of you locals know that this is
a crazy, packed in, loud little place. Not the best place for Mr.
Quiet Shy Guy to propose. So he stressed the whole time that this
just wasn't right. As soon as they got home he was just JONESIN' because
he had the ring in his pocket the whole time. She laid on the couch
(food coma) and he held her hand and asked "Are you happy?"
and she said "Of course I'm happy!" and he said "Close
your eyes" and he set the ring box in her hand. When she opened
her eyes she started crying before she even opened the box. And the
rest is too personal. You all know she said yes.
Sean is listening
to "Wildfire" by Michael Murphy. Yes. That Wildfire.
She ran calling Wiiiiiiiiild Fiiire. There are some things
we just don't discuss.
Last night Lauren
and I went to Northgate Shopping Center so we could get her a crock
pot at Target. Then today I read this.
We didn't see a thing, so this must have happened just before or just
after we were there. Northgate Shopping center is one enclosed building
with one garage along the side. Next time we shop at Target, we're
I'm just kidding.
I don't own a gun. And I certainly don't have any heat. Ask anyone
who knows me. I'm always freezing.
Thanks to Michelle
who braved the hurricanes to send me a rocking mixed CD.
link 09-29-04 J-A
wanted to know what happened to the fish Yeah, he came back. In the form of a see-through membrane with
a dark socket-like place where an eye used to be. Ugh. And normally you
all know I'm good at giving my fish a proper burial. But by showing up again,
four days later, Sean and I avoided doing anything to him, because
really I thought it would fall apart as soon as I scooped him, and that's
He disappeared again today. Thankfully.
I'm a horrible fish mother.
But I am a GREAT fish aunt, because I've been fish-sitting for
Jon and Amy for the past few days and today I changed their water and put
some good water conditioner in their bowl (I brought it from my house) and
also brought them some better food. And there's a little baby fish! And
a couple clusters of eggs! I am a nurturing soul!
Friday we're going up to Vancouver to get a feel for the place. Not that
we haven't been there 100 times, but we are looking at the city like prospective
residents. Well okay we did that all along too. But prospective residents
soon! Friday night we're having dinner (last I heard it's at Paul
& Rachel's place) with Paul
& Rachel (go figure), Andrea,
and Mark. I met
this group when Sean & I went to Andrea's Christmas party last
year. And if you click the link that says "last year" you
will see Greg's latest tangent with my site - how long the pictures take
Oh hey I'm back! I went to December 2003 and read the whole dang thing.
I do that all the time.
And it took so long to read, I'm going to bed now.
Kolja und Xa verlassen mich eine Notiz und sagen he - wir verpassen Sie.
Ich werde hoffen, daß Sie es Heim sicher gemacht haben. Or something. 09-27-04 The Germans have left the country.
And we're back! Again!
Big honkin' diamond!
Amy & Emily (Due Oct 2!)
Hobbes & drycleaning
Lauren & matching bagel
Celebrating their engagement at Six Arms
So there's that excitement.
Jon and I had been shopping for rings and diamonds for a few weeks. We got
the diamond from a friend of mine who runs Jewelry Palace in Federal Way
(thanks Ken!), so if any of you want an excellent deal on diamonds or jewels,
come to me and I'll take you down there. The ring (setting) came from EE
Wedding planning has gone fast forward. They've picked the date, the church,
and the reception location. AND? Amy and her Mom went to a bridal show that
very next Sunday, and Amy came home with a WEDDING DRESS. That girl is READY
to get married!
Other news? Immigration is
moving right along - there's an update there. And I still have all of you
Also in kinda creepy news - we had a pinky fish die - we knew it was coming
(old age) and he sunk to the bottom of the tank and he was still somewhat
breathing, and when that happens, you just know he'll be floating on the
top by tomorrow, but I wanted him to die
in peace in his home, and the next day..... he disappeared. Not eaten
(too big), not suicide (too weak to jump out), not decomposing anywhere
where we can see him. I've been giving Big Pleco the staredown, but he's
not saying anything. And wouldn't there be bones or.... something?
And we're back! We (possibly) figured out why this you-know-what site was linking
to my August 2004 journal. There's a picture of me in the third grade at
the top. Gross.
We changed the August 2004 journal link so the gross pervs will get a blank
page, and hopefully they will stop linking. Maybe. In the mean time, I'm
reporting the site to some sort of authority - I'm looking into exactly
And now, back to our regular Daymented blab....
Spike is our nocturnal
plecostomas (his lower body has these tiny suction/spikey things that stick
to you) who lives inside a hunk of wood in our fish tank. I've seen him
maybe once a year in all the years that we've owned him, and even then,
it was some sporadic occasion like me turning on the lights in the middle
of the night, or seeing him stuck in that piece of wood when Sean takes
it out to clean the tank. But for some reason, Spikey showed up yesterday
and was just tootin' around in the tank like it was a normal day, which
made me grab my camera and take about twenty pictures of him. He was out
again today. I'm worried. But he seemed fine.
Tonight we went to Jon & Amy's
for Greg to walk me through the server set-up on the phone (thanks, Greg)
and while I was focused on the computers in the office, Amy was getting
trashed on two glasses of wine. Sean said she did a backbend in the living
room. I didn't ask any details.
This is how the cats
behave when Sean comes home with a big bag of cat food and the cats haven't
had any cat food since about 10 o'clock that same morning. (Oh! The horror!)
I went to Demeter's website today to check out the current
fragrance list, and have found my next desires:
Almond, Black Pepper, Christmas Tree, Firefly, Gardenia, Greenhouse, Heliotrope,
Honey, Jasmine, Lettuce, Lime, Sawdust, Snow, Violet, and Wet Garden. Just
And before I go, I have a message to the dude that works at Radio Shack
in the U Village:
You probably shouldn't be singing along to Fiona Apple in the shop. Loudly.
With lots of customers around.
Because you're tone deaf.
Maybe you should wait until the store's empty.
Mmmmm, actually, not even then.
P.S. New Snarkywood
is up! Although I still think Downward
Spiral Britney is my favorite. (And if you're looking for constant snark,
there's always Fugging
It Up.) 09-09-04
Cary, Baby Lana, and Julie
Something about a you-know-what site linking to my August journal
with such a high amount of traffic it not only crippled the server,
but Jon's DSL connection in his home (where our server is hooked up).
I'm not posting the you-know-what site because as soon as you go there
it installs two viruses onto your computer.
Also? The link that you click to get to my August journal? On the
you-know-what site? Is a picture of MY COUSIN. That I took in Florida
two years ago. (Yes he's wearing clothes.)
Greg sent me the header information from the site (keywords, meta),
and... it's all about little boys. They changed the picture of my
cousin so it's smaller and has a different file name. This whole thing
woke up to 75 comment spams in my inbox. All different ip addresses
too, so I have to go through and block all of those and delete them.
In much nicer news, Amanda
and I made this
beautiful asparagus tart last night. It was simple and delicious
and I highly recommend it. We substituted swiss emmenthal for the
gruyere, but otherwise it was the same.
(Have you seen my recipes page
in the past couple days? It's just one recipe for now, but it's worth
Looks like I'm scheduled to go to Jon's Saturday to do more server
re-arranging. In the meantime you're stuck with this. But it's better
than nothing, and I can still post what I ate yesterday :o)
09-08-04 Server's wiggin. No idea. But I'm still here. And Greg and Jon
and I are working on it, so sit tight.
Cousin Shane and his
girlfriend Katie were in town to see Jason perform with Hint Hint at Bumbershoot
(possibly their last show?) and they picked up some posters at Flatstock
(which was in Bumbershoot).
I also made a point to take Katie to Krispy Kreme since she's never been.
This weekend has been all about cooking and baking and playing Settlers
and talking on the phone (two hours alone with JenB!)
and watching movies. I expect to be about eight pounds heavier by the end
of this long weekend.
was a beautiful day for a picnic, so that's what we did. This week
we got a new employee - another Todd (he's in the picture above -
second from the left).
We stopped at 60th Street Desserts (what kind of catering company
doesn't have a web site? In Seattle? In 2004?!)
to stock up on food just across the street from the park.
I'm embarrassed to say that this is the first time I've ever been
to Magnuson Park, even though it's about three minutes from our office.
It sits on 350 acres, along a mile of beach, at the old Sand Point
Naval Air Station . It hosts a nine-acre off-leash
dog area, with a little gated-off area that has a sign that reads
"Small, Shy Dog Area". It would have taken all day to see
everything that the park has to offer, but some day I'd like to go
back and take some pictures.
Magnuson Park also has the Sound
Garden, which is where the band Soundgarden got their name.
had a good dinner last night and a good breakfast this morning, bothrecipes are
now on the recipes page. In between those meals we watched Rushmore,
which I haven't seen in a couple years (Heather's brother Matthew
reminded me that I haven't seen that movie in a while). I think I
need to rent Royal
Tannenbaums again, too.
I did a Not-Like-Me thing this week: I signed up for the FreeFlatSceens
deal. You do a free trial of something for two weeks to a month, and
get eight people to do the same, and you
get a TV. Serious. They've also had these for Free Ipods too. I signed up
after I read an
article about it on Wired News and did some online research for a couple
weeks (after I trusted it). I signed up for a free two-week trial of Blockbuster
Online (just like Netflix) and marked my calendar for the day after two-weeks
to cancel the account before I get charged for the subscription ($19.99
a month). Once that trial is over, and eight other people do the same (any
of the trials offered) via my link, I get a flat screen TV mailed to my
house. The TV I chose is small, but it has a built-in DVD player and
VHS recorder. EIGHT PEOPLE! It can't be that hard, right? Some of the trials
were junk to download, but others are easier like Stamps.com (I wish I would
have done this because I'm going
to be making stamps there anyway). And we need a better small TV for
This weekend, gloriously, we have no plans. While thousands upon thousands
deal with the traffic and crowds at Bumbershoot,
I will rent movies and do laundry. And I'm okay with that.
it's blurry, but it's Robin Williams. And he's doing another show
at the Showbox
today (Thursday - I'm blogging ahead) so get ye to a ticket
outlet if you want to see him in such a small venue. It was definitely
a treat. He made us laugh for two hours.
Jason got to meet him afterwards, while Sean and I were busy gabbing
with Grace. Drat.
I'm not allowed to blog too much about what he said because Caitlin
is seeing his show tonight, but I will say that I'm super impressed
with how much of his comedy was local. He did his research.
Tonight is also the "Arsonists
Are Punks" fundraiser
show at Neumo's - we may go. I'm having lifestyle flashbacks this
week! Only I don't have to wake up at 3:30 a.m. anymore. Which is
I'm just stuck in my Seattle grunge days. Or I'm living in the past.
Or I refuse to grow up.
But there are just some things that annoy me:
paid you to sing. Not to hear the audience sing. I don't find
it cute when you hold your hand up to your ear so you can hear
your audience finish every line.
band member says "the name of the city we're in now"
why does the crowd scream like crazy? Is it that amazing
that a famous person yelled "SEATTTLLLLE!" Is it that
incredible the nineteenth time?!
of every Purple Rain song condensed into eight minutes? I know
you're Jehovah's Witness now, but you're the one touring,
so sing it.
appreciate the smoke-free thing. Really, I do. Let's all be healthy.
That being said, I miss the days of a smoky club where my feet stick
to the floor and the women's restroom is out of toilet paper, and
I can be surly by the back door or flirt with the bartender for a
free drink. But stadium show? Beer was EIGHT DOLLARS. For ONE BEER.
Then you head to your seat and a 165-pound "security guard"
tells you that beer isn't allowed in the seating area. (Are they trying
to promote binge drinking?) The whole thing felt like Disneyland,
only we weren't moving.
If I wanted to
hear a ten-minute saxophone solo of "What a Wonderful World"
while you do a costume change, I would have gone to a Kenny G show.
The long video
of Alicia Keys' speech for you getting inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame while showing concert footage and playing bits of
all of your good songs? A bit self-promotional, don't you think?
For all of you
that received the free CD at the door - lemme tell ya something. Jason
mentioned this before we got there. There's a big stink in the recording
industry right now because of this. See, you get moved up in the charts
by how many CD's have been distributed - it isn't tracked in dollars,
it's done by count of CDs. So Prince's Musicology is doing very well
in the charts. Because he's handing it out for free to anyone who
goes to any show on his tour. This has the bean counters pretty annoyed,
because it isn't exactly a true count. This is a new thing that Prince
has started, and it may change the face of how CD "sales"
are tracked. What a mess.
Jason almost got into
a fist fight as soon as the show started, and Sean and Jason were in rare
form in the cab after we left the show (about an hour after it started -
once the Prince Unplugged started). I commend the cab driver for
not laughing. It was classic.
Tomorrow night - Robin Williams with an audience of 500.
("Sing it!" "Clap your hands!" "Wave your arms!"
"Sing!" "I can't hear you!" "SEAAAATTTTLLLLLLLLLE!")