started our really really fun furniture building project yesterday.
Sand and re-paint the living room table, build a bench and bookshelves
for the living room window, add another shelf to the laundry room,
and re-paint the black wall by Sean's computer - also in the living
room. With chalkboard paint! Then I got cramps and hated everyone.
Sean got crammed in the back of my Honda with all the supplies, as
he couldn't fit in the driver's seat. He took a picture of himself
back there. We also managed to gouge a hole in the door panel on the
passenger's side. We are thoroughly bummed.
We started by sanding the living room table and painting it again.
That was my view of Sean
Every time I turned around I laughed
Self-portrait (with my old
cracked UNLV Alumni sticker)
The chick at Lowe's said
this paint was as black as you could get - kettle black. Looked gray to
me (top left), but it did dry pretty dark. We wanted it flat so it wouldn't
glare, so I guess I have to settle for this. We are coating it with a water-resistant
semi-gloss which will bring out the black some more.
This morning Sean's boss brought over his table saw which helped greatly
(thanks Kraig). Sean put together the boards (doubled so it's really sturdy)
and sawed all the pieces for the bookshelves. The bookshelves split in a
couple places but he glued it and clamped it and hopefully it will survive.
Check out the dust flying!
Heather stopped by today after her consult for her tattoo (it's gonna be
cool) and we worked on ideas for Christmas cards. It was then that I realized
that the black wall by Sean's desk looked horrible and off I went to Lowe's
to get some black chalkboard paint. I'm painting it Tuesday.
Somewhere in there tonight I made another batch of tortellini soup since
we still had the tortellini in the freezer. Sean and James had quite the
conversation at Central Market but I can't repeat it here. It was sassy.
Oh yeah, I got my haircut too. First haircut since cousin Laura cut it on
our cruise - in July!
More pictures tomorrow. I have to put another coat of paint on the table
• link 11-28-03
We love you too, CW.
Jeff stares down the lone pin
Tara, Me, Manny
I went bowling at Leilani Lanes with the Bloggers - Mikey,
I didn't bowl - I just watched and took pictures. Manny won both games,
but he's a bowler - he even brought his own bowling ball, which should
have been a sign.
After bowling we went to my house and I made a giant batch of hot
cocoa for all of us, and we talked until midnight. After they left,
Sean and I started chopping and sauteing the vegetables for the stuffing.
We were up pretty late.
was Thanksgiving at Marc's apartment. My job was to bring chairs,
which of course, I forgot. We got there and I saw the table setting
and right away I remembered that I was in charge of chairs. We ended
up eating in the living room.
We had tons of food. My corn casserole was so spicy we were sweating
- and I had already cut the jalapeno portion in half.
Jon and Amy and Dawn joined us later and took family pictures.
wasn't easy to get them all to hold still and quit goofing off)
dinner Jon and Sean went on a secret mission to get Amy's surprise
early Christmas gift - a library card catalog dresser-thingy. He got
it on Ebay and the guy lived in Maple Valley so it took up the rest
of the night. She was thrilled with it!
Jon and Amy left for Hawaii early this morning.
This weekend Sean and
I plan to build our new bench and bookshelves for the front window in our
living room. It will take a few steps, but hopefully it will be done in
time for our Blogger Christmas Party on the 10th.
This is Louise (Thelma not pictured). She is a "Rex" rat (curly-haired)
and she belongs to Meredith
who had a Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Potluck Party last night. I held
this baby girl for so long - she snuggles into my neck and gives me curly-whiskered
kisses - and she lays flat on my shoulder and lets out a sigh when I pet
her furry rat butt. She's the cutest little friend ever. I can't wait to
go there again - they also have four cats, so I was busy petting and talking
to animals all night.
We have some prep work for tonight - I found a recipe
for stuffing done in a crock pot, so we'll just chop up those veggies
tonight. Sean offered to help, but he'll be at a hockey game with Jon most
of the night.
Our dinner will be at
Marc's apartment (Jon's brother) along with Jon and Marc's parents, Earl
and Lisa, and after dinner Jon, Amy, and Dawn
(Marc's girlfriend) will join us. We are in charge of the stuffing, corn
casserole, and sweet potato casserole. It's looking like we'll have
a lot of leftovers. But I guess that's the point.
Jon and Amy leave for their ten-day cruise around Hawaii Friday. This is
the trip they planned when they were forced to cancel their trip to Japan
last year (war and SARS all at the same time).
I have a party to attend Sunday, but not many other plans. I have the feeling
that this will be the last free weekend in a long time. It's like this every
December, but I like it that way. Every month should be December.
I'll probably update tomorrow or Friday with pictures....
The First Annual Seattle Bloggers White Elephant Potluck Dinner Party is
in the planning. If I don't know you yet, better start
(And yes, I am crazy)
WANTED IN SEATTLE: Dress/outfit, size 8ish, warm (not sleeveless), to borrow for a December
wedding. Please send picture.
Too poor for any more weddings. I have one outfit picked out, but if I could
borrow something different, that would be cool.
and Zach took me to see "Love
Actually" while Sean played volleyball. Sean hadn't really
played in, oh, five years, but he's still up and walking so that's
a good sign. He had to buy a pair of shoes on the way there, and he
still needs knee pads, since we can't find his (and that could be
a blessing because I think they're the same ones from when we went
to UNLV. Eeeww yuck I hope I'm wrong.)
I thought "Love Actually" would be a bit cheesy in its cheeriness,
but it was a great film. I laughed out loud in a few parts, and felt
happy-tears welling up in a couple parts. And I don't think I'm a
movie crier. (Am I? The end of "She's Having a Baby"
gets me every time, but I can't think of any others....)
Sean made pasta for me tonight and it tasted like BLT sandwiches.
It was fettuccine, a cream cheese/onion sauce, tomatoes, and toasted
walnuts. And I had it with toast just to confuse my taste buds more.
I'm not complaining - it was good! BLT pasta!
Tomorrow I think I'll hunker down and try one or two new cookie recipes
- holidays around the corner and all. Any recommendations? Family
favorites? Lead the way....
Delay and his wife Irene are in town so they came over Friday to visit.
Sean and Chris made a fabulous meal of steak tacos with rice and beans,
and we played Settlers (big surprise). I also made the ugliest cupcakes
I've ever made.
The rest of the weekend I paced the house trying to find something
to do. Sean was satisfied playing Command and Conquer on his computer,
but I was antsy, and it was freezing cold outside. I was annoying.
I finally settled on renting a movie - I rented White Oleander because
I just finished the book. The movie was missing about 70% of the story,
so I found it difficult to appreciate. I guess if you never read the
book you wouldn't know what you were missing, but the content that
was removed was pivotal to the character's development so it seemed
empty to me. I also think that Claire should have been played by Olivia
Williams (Rushmore teacher/ Sixth Sense wife) - that's how I pictured
her while I was reading the book - certainly not Renee Zellweger.
Speaking of Zellweger, Down
with Love is worth the rent for the costume and set design alone.
chocolate frosting + blue dye = metallic green
pretty major fish psychology last night - it was fascinating. The
guy on top - he's dying. He's practically see-through, and having
a rough time staying upright. At one point he laid down on the bottom
of the tank and we said "Won't be long now" but no! His
friends came along and nudged him back up, and they stayed with him
all night - for hours, nudging him along and steering him
back and forth. Those pink fish rarely spend so much time together
in a pack, but last night they were inseparable. I fed them brine
shrimp (a treat) and they all ate like crazy, but our sick man just
hovered along, not eating a thing even if it was right in front of
This morning I avoided getting out of bed because I knew he would
be dead by this morning, and he was. Sean netted him out.
He was five years old - not bad for a tank fish.
to happier things from last night, okay? We made Heather's
1/2 an onion and 3 cloves minced garlic in 3 Tbsp. olive oil
until clear - about 2-3 minutes.
c. red wine or balsamic vinegar, and some salt & pepper
Add a can
of chopped tomatoes (with juices) and lay 2-3 c. fresh spinach
(i.e. a few handfuls) on top, bring to a boil
Add 4 cans
broth (we did 1/2 chicken and 1/2 veggie broth), bring to a
Add a small
package (2 cups?) of cheese tortellini, cover, bring to a boil,
stir, and simmer about 15 minutes.
with thyme, basil, oregano, whatever you got. You can also add
whatever veggies you like to the soup with the canned tomatoes.
Sprinkle with parmesan.
had his Beaujolais Nouveau party which is becoming an annual tradition.
He had quite a spread - pity I snarfed too much food at Six Arms previously.
We left early so I could make it home in time to watch Robert Romano* die
on ER (apologies to whoever tapes the show as I may have just ruined it
This morning we woke up to snow - again! And this time it was sealed with
a batch of frozen rain! Good times! I'm guessing it will be melted by this
afternoon since it's very bright and sunny outside.
Chris Delay is in town so he and his wife are coming over for dinner if
all goes as planned. Sean said he's hiding the cupcakes so he doesn't have
to share any. Nice.
Beaujolais Party Spread
Jason who was this chick? I liked her!
now for some nerdiness....
I found out that Paul McCrane (Robert Romano from ER) played the gay
guy in Fame, and I wanted to find out what else he's been in.
He was the guy who asked Rocky to sign his head-cast in Rocky II.
He died in the movie Purple Hearts.
He was the older brother in the Hotel New Hampshire.
He was a bad guy in Robocop.
He played Guard Trout in the Shawshank Redemption.
And! And! He was one of the lead characters in Cop Rock!!
And he was also Leonard Betts on the X Files. (the talking head)
This concludes your Paul McCrane lesson for the day. You're welcome.
Hotel New Hampshire
Seattle Snow Pictures!!
alarm went off this morning to the news talking about snow in Seattle. I
rolled over to look out the window and the sun wasn't up yet, but you could
certainly tell that everything was covered with snow. I nudged Hobbes and
pointed out the window, and he walked over to the windowsill, purring as
he looked outside.
By the time I woke up, the snow was melting at a fast pace. I took these
pictures around 7:30 a.m., but it was a lot more beautiful an hour earlier.
I was late for work because I had to scrape the snow off my car.
is the new ditch that you may remember from last year. I think I'll send
the originals of these pictures to the guy in charge of this project with
the city. I have his e-mail somewhere. Maybe they can use them in a publication
Why I was late for work
The top of our patio (inside looking up)
Yesterday Sean and I spent
a few hours on his resume, cover letter, and application for that job I mentioned.
We e-mailed it all late last night.
Tonight is the monthly Blogger Meet-up. Tara and I will attend to sign autographs.
Also, as of Monday, Enetation's comments have been extremely wonky and I am
aware of it and there isn't much I can do until they get the problem fixed.
Just keep trying - I'll be here.
11-18-03 I love that the blog world (or as Styro
calls it, Blogaslovakia) keeps getting smaller. I love that we're meeting
in person, and I love that I received the coolest e-mail ever from a reader
who discovered me in the Seattle Times, and she's a regular reader, and
she has eleven kids. How cool is that?! I love that I
had breakfast and a slow latte with Erica.
I love that I'm gathering addresses for Christmas cards. (Hey - all of you
- I may have your address but do I have your birthday??)
I was interviewed for an article
about blogging in the Tacoma newspaper and I find that Tara
is in the same article! (Oh, and Lion? I just blogged about sandwiches yesterday
- it works for me.)
This morning was Hello Dollies for breakfast and finishing White Oleander.
It's been dumping rain for 24 hours and it's night even during the day.
I'm hot tea and flannel pajamas and cat draped on my arm. I'm not going
anywhere but I'm not tired enough to nap. I'm hands that stay cold no matter
what I'm doing. I will probably start another book. I will fry some green
onions in oil and eat them with my hands like a little kid eating spaghetti.
I will hang out in Blogasloviakia today. I will work on Sean's resume for
job that he could actually like. I will actually water the houseplants.
I will bake Sean his yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
I'm happy that it's raining.
11-17-03 Friday a few of us at JA
went to Zao, a noodle
restaurant that I really like. I took Mom there last month and the service
was atrocious. The same server was working Friday as well, but thankfully
we avoided him.
Tofu fries, green tea, and bowls o' plenty
Me & Chris
Friday night we made these
fantasmalicious sandwiches using the slow cooker. Here it is:
Put in a crock pot:
One big hunk of beef rump, a can of beer, a packet of Lipton's dry onion soup,
beef broth, and a can of french onion soup. We also threw in some garlic cloves.
Slow cook all day. (You can add onions too, but we forgot.)
Break up the meat but keep it in the juice - use a slotted spoon to serve -
on crusty toasty bread with sharp white cheddar. Use the juice for au jus.
The leftovers were just as good.
Hobbes on the fridge
we did some cleaning, and I made a batch of Hello
Dollies per request from Johnston Architects.
Saturday night was Stacy's Chili Party, which is a yearly tradition. There
were four or five batches of different chilis, plus many batches of cornbread
and desserts. Her apartment was packed. I met some new and interesting people
and Sean drank large amounts of wine.
Sunday we saw a matinee (thankfully) of the Matrix and *so* many lines made
me cringe. Matrix Spoiler Alert until the pictures: Go Neo. I knew Neo would save us. I have faith in Neo. This is
for Neo! Neo can do it. Puke.
Someone looks at Trinity and says "She's in love". Someone
looks at Neo and says "He's in love." Puke.
hands while flying the spaceship thingie. It was so.... Disney.
scene where Neo cries, he's wearing a blindfold. Like the producers said
"Okay Keanu, here's the scene where you cry." And Keanu said "Whoa"
and they said "Okay, we'll let you wear a blindfold then."
spraying bullets directly at a body until finally one hits. They
did a great job hacking up the concrete everywhere they went, though.
doing a cartwheel to get through the subway turnstile. Why? And when she
did it it made a "whoosh" sound. Maybe it was her plastic trenchcoat.
got the girl, and I'm happy. I don't need another two movies to prove their
perfect love. I didn't need to see (in last Matrix) Trinity and Neo making
love with those outlets instead of nipples. That just made me sad. And awkward.
the first Matrix had a good enough ending, so I will always love the first
movie. I don't think I need the other two.
Party Crowd at Stacy's Chili Party
I *heart* Osama
Why is he making that face?
night after the Matrix Heather
made us a yummy dinner and we played Seafarers - Sean crushed us. Joe called us a couple
times from Hawaii. He got a new digital camera so he's been taking
pictures. While he was on the phone with me he started laughing, and
explained that he was walking down this path with benches and lots
of people and pigeons, and some guy caught one of the pigeons with
his hand. He said it was totally weird - the guy just reached out
and had a hold of the pigeon. Then we said good-bye and he hung up
his cell phone, put it in a box, and mailed it to me. So I will have
a cell phone in about a week! New toy!!
Loreto and Sean
took this picture in the movie theater!
This weekend we saw Elf (I took Sean to see it with me this time),
went to Stacy's Chili Party, saw the Matrix with the Germans, and
went to Heather's for dinner and Seafarers (another expansion version
of Settlers). Other than that, the weekend was grocery shopping, many
phone calls, cleaning the fish tank, and reading White Oleander.
I have some pictures that I'll put up tomorrow but now it's Sunday
night and I need to get some sleep.
I am updating my contacts. I
want your name, address, phone number, birthday, etc. All of you.
Yes. All of you. I am a contact information freak. *AND* if
I ever get organized y'all are getting a little something-something
from Santa Seattle this year.
It's "a whole other." There is no such word as "nother."
Another is "an other". Even Kolja, who's been over here
from Germany for just over a year, said this the other night. "Well,
that's a whole nother issue..." and I thought he is officially
I need a haircut. Bad.
few days ago we got a notice from the bank that a check had bounced
- from my account. I never write checks, for this reason. Every time
I write a check, it gets deposited a week later when the money's gone,
then I pay $22 at the bank for the overdraft fee. Plus the fees wherever
I wrote the check.
I don't have duplicates of my check - stupid, I know, but I only write
about one check every few months, so it wasn't worth getting a new
box of checks.
When this notice arrived, I had no idea where I had written the check.
And I knew that made me look very irresponsible.
Today, I got a call from
Eagle Laundry. "You bounce a check? From my store?" And at last
the mystery was solved, and right away I said "What do I owe you?"
I owe $54 cash. He's charging me the original check amount ($32) and a fee
($22). And the bank charged me $22.
I got two comforters cleaned, right before Mom came to visit last month.
That was exactly a month ago. And now it cost me $76 to clean two comforters
(not even dry-clean - just in those big washer & dryers at a laundromat).
I wish my checks could be printed with a disclaimer: Void if not cashed
within 48 hours of written date.
P.S. I keep forgetting to tell you - I actually saw my Hot Hot Heat video
on MTV the other night - about the last three beats of it. Just barely enough
time for me to jolt forward and say "There's me! oh."
11-12-03 Yesterday I noticed Hobbes was paying attention to something on the
ground out on the patio. I wanted to see what he caught so I went out there
to see - and it was this earthworm. Nowhere near any dirt or happy worm
home. Even worse, he was completely covered in lint and hair - like he managed
to get tangled up in the exhaust area for our dryer vent. He was about 6
inches long and completely dry - but kinda moving. I couldn't figure out
why he had so much cat hair on him - how did he get to the middle of the
patio? Did Hobbes get him from elsewhere?
I scooped him up and placed him in our big outdoor spiderplant pot, hoping
he could scrape himself clean with some good crumbly dirt. But alas, about
30 minutes later, I checked on him (guilt was creeping in), and he was still
on the top of the dirt, completely still.
I picked him up and brought him into our bathroom. I set him on the counter
while I got the water to the same temperature as a lovely summer rain, and
put him, dry and hairy, in my hands and cupped him into the water.
He squirmed, he squiggled, I could tell where his head was because he stretched
it up out of the water and shook off what he could. He did that cool move
that they do where the muscle moves all the way over his body. What didn't
come off in the water, I untangled myself, trying not to pinch him (some
of the hair had wrapped tight around him). It was so fun I did it again
just to let him dance in my hand in the cupped water.
When we were done, and he was smooth and shiny and slimy, I carried him
into the backyard to figure out where to put him. He wove around my fingers
- he wrapped himself around my hand.
He loved me.
Or she. Whatever.
It now lives in the little square plot by our patio that is home to a honeysuckle
plant, a bazillion worms, and lots of roly-polys.
Don't make fun of me.
this is my Book Group.
Book Group, Everyone.
Been kinda quiet today - sorry.
Made a Cast Page for Joe,
although it isn't linked up yet. I miss him already. Also updated
Dad's Cast Page and the
Gen 3 Cast Page. I fixed
the Vegas page - that
had been bugging me for a while, since it's kinda historical. We went
to Vegas with Amy just weeks after she and Jon were introduced. It
has the first pictures taken of them together. It's like their documented
zerost anniversary. (Zerord?)
and I spent Thursday at Stanford's for lunch, Cold Stone Creamery
for dessert, and Old Navy and IKEA to walk it all off. I found the
jeans I was looking for on clearance for $9.99 and Dawn found the
start of her curtain designs for her new apartment.
Then I taught her how to play Settlers.
Jon and Amy (she made that scarf - I'm jealous)
The giddy Elf goers
After eating even MORE
at Six Arms that night, I rushed home to watch ER. Alexandra reminded me
that I never watched my tape of ER last week, so when the new episode was
over, I watched the tape of last week. It was a Bob Newhart evening, as
he starred in both episodes.
Friday I talked Josh & Emily into seeing Elf
with me. I could NOT have been happier
with the film. Yeah, it was a sappy Christmas flick, but the cast made it
just perfect. And who's in the movie with Will Ferrell? Why, Bob Newhart.
Saturday Sean and I did a bunch of yard work - planting bulbs and mulching
and spreading straw over the garden in the pool. Then he made dinner and
we both made tarts. Aren't we exciting?
Today I'm going to my first book club meeting - Heather
got me in! We read Fat
Bald Jeff, and it was just okay. I've read about four books in the past
week and the only one that I actually liked was Last
Things. Someone tell me what to read that's either gripping or funny.
And no murder mysteries.
Hey even better - put it on the message board in "books".
Go leave a message on the message
boards. Do it. E-mail me if you're not signed up yet.
virtually impossible to get out of bed on mornings like these. I suppose
it could be worse - it could be raining, but that's not in the forecast
until next week.
and I head out to find fixins at IKEA for her new apartment. Being
that I'm the pro at removing doors and replacing them with curtains,
that's at the top of our list of projects.
I re-did my links page again. Sorry, folks, I'm fickle. Check
out Gizmodo, in the first column. Totally fun stuff. Well,
They are calling the
weather a "cold snap" (and I picture an icy cloud snapping in
my face going "Aw, snap!"). Temps in the 40's and 20's
at night. Autumn lasted maybe two weeks. I don't mind the weather, really,
but it does make me crave gingerbread cookies, and I'm ready to put up
my Christmas tree any day now. Is that wrong?
Since I just updated last night, I didn't have any pictures for today,
so I just dug into the ole miscellaneous file (oh yeah - there's
tons more) and found this. It's from my 1986-87 junior year at Clark
High in Las Vegas.
Yes, that's a tail, dyed black and braided. I had that thing for years.
I considered photoshopping out the gold, tangled chains. Ugh.
Before you rip me to shreds, show me what you looked like in 11th
The Coldplay live CD is great - it was $22 at Sonic Boom Records, and it
includes a 40-minute DVD of concert footage, and a lame-o, unnecessary
CD-rom on the CD with some photos of the band.
Now go here
and help some kittens. Really.
Settlers is not the same. The rules are a bit different, like "Don't
Mess with Jason" and "Shane can trade anything". It
was nice to actually spend an evening with Jason and Shane - well,
actually the whole day, but the boys watched Kill Bill and I don't
remember what I did instead, then we all hooked up again that evening.
Jason's band, Hint Hint,
played at the Knitting Factory in New York for CMJ
last week. Sounds like a pretty cool experience.
Went to Fremont with my neighbor Sylvia tonight and got the new Coldplay
Live CD/DVD. My Tuesday night now has meaning.
Mimi Smartypants is home with her
new baby!! See her past three entries.
do scarily well! It's my upbringing.
Okay, that, and a constant diet of MTV in my forming years. If you take
this test (click image), note: she counts against misspellings.
I think - well, I'm pretty sure - I will put the message board on the "news"
page. Then the "news" page will become the "index" page.
I'm telling you this because some of you link to my news page when you link
to me, which won't make much sense pretty soon.
I will still keep the message board members only.
Oh yeah, here's Heather's
re-cap of the Halloween party at the mansion - she got some better pictures
(That was a bad sentence - "she's got some thar them there...")
Happy Halloween past.
left for Antarctica, then called Saturday night to say they haven't
left yet, but they ship off tomorrow morning (weather problems?
I snuck in his room Friday morning to take a picture with him in
case I didn't see him that night.
Coffee Crew, Crew
BECAUSE OF SO MANY PERVS
good to have a husband that can help you curl your hair while you
do your makeup. I put loads and loads of makeup on my face, all the
while complaining how cold I was going to be. Sean was a workhorse
getting himself ready as well, including wearing pantyhose and a wig
We went to two parties this weekend - both of which are featured here.
The forecast called for temperatures in the 20's and snow,
but thankfully it just rained. It is very cold, though.
Friday night we got home around midnight and I took a long boiling
shower, thankful to scrub away all the makeup and hairspray. I just
couldn't take another night of it, so instead on Saturday night I
wore pajamas and rollers in my hair. Yeah, it's an easy cop-out, but
I was so warm and comfortable it was worth it.