Archive for December, 2008

Hiking with two boys and their dog…

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

During our trip out to San Diego for the holidays, Lars and I decided to ask my cousins Nick & Trevor to go on a hike with us up Iron Mountain with their dog, Max. They agreed. We were a little skeptical that they would enjoy it but I knew they would NEVER EVER whine in front of Lars because he’s “too cool” to whine at. We had a great time with a little bit of bouldering and crafting of boats to go down a waterfall mixed in with the trek. Below is one of my new all-time favorite photos of me, Nick, Trevor and Max taking a well-deserved rest at the top.

...at the top of Iron Mountain--December 27th, 2008
…at the top of Iron Mountain–December 27th, 2008

It was a devastatingly clear day and we could see for miles and miles from the top–not only could we see downtown San Diego, but also the Catalina, San Clemente and Coronado Islands.

We had only one minor injury on the hike from Trevor running, subsequently falling, and then scabbing his little knee. He didn’t realize he had broken the skin until we got to the car and seemed pretty excited that he thought he could see his bone. Nick was quick to point out that his bone was not popping out of his knee and it was “just tissue”. Surprising that a major injury, or lack thereof, seemed to be so disappointing to the little guy.

When “tags” attack.

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Erika and her blog have tagged me in a meme-tag game. At least at the bottom of the tag it didn’t say “if you don’t complete this tag, bad things will happen to you in 37 days AND a puppy will die”, but I’m still superstitious so I’ll do it anyway.

Rules and Regulations:

Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on your blog.
Write 6 random things about yourself.
Tag 6-ish people at the end of your post.
Let each person know he/she has been tagged (or let them get tagged by reading your blog).
Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

My 6 Random Things:

  1. I have kept a blog long before the term “blog” was ever invented. It dates back to February of 2001 and was updated with some decent regularity so you can see my angst evolve into something more apathetic and resigned. Sometimes a little painful to read but I don’t take it down because why bother.
  2. My first job was literally “weaving baskets”.  It was not underwater, however.  It was for my uncle’s company Eucalyptus Stoneware in Del Mar, California.  I used to have to ride my bike there every day and also ride it home caked in wet clay.  Coupled with adolescent awkwardness in both physical features and fashion sense, I must have looked real attractive.
  3. My first slow dance was with Grant Elliott to “Water Runs Dry” by Boyz II Men at the Aloha Dance in ninth grade.  OMG did you all just have a Boyz II Men moment and do a little motownphillybackagain?
  4. I used to make homemade horror movies with my best friend in Jr. High School, Becky McCauley.   It didn’t hurt that she had a giant plastic fake leg…and somehow our main character always ended up dying by being crushed by the automatic garage door.   The pinnacle of our success and homemade horror movie empire was the movie “Carol’s Bonnet” about a murderous baby doll that only wore a bonnet. In true cinematic form we put the naked baby doll in my rainbow bright roller skates and filmed her flying down the street in a murderous rampage.  Yeah, weird…I guess you had to be there?
  5. I will not touch a snake or a bird or a reptile of any kind.  Gross Gross Gross.  People tell me touching a snake is the softest thing you’ll ever feel—but those creatures creep me out so I will have to bypass that experience.
  6. When I worked at Blockbuster Video in High School (post-basket-weaving), on my Blockbuster Favorite’s Shelf were:  Chinatown, So I Married An Ax Murderer, Sixteen Candles,  Labyrinth, and The Fugitive.  I would only keep “Sixteen Candles” on my shelf if I could make it again today.  I must have put “Chinatown” down because I wanted people to think I was smart or something.

…and these are the people I’m tagging.  I don’t know many people so we’ll just have to roll with it.

Smart Cars & Dumb Blankets

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

I am fascinated with Smart Cars.  See below for a visual and written description as to why.

I have seen quite a few of them in Ann Arbor the past couple of months–they seem to be growing in popularity. In fact, I saw a little red Smart Car the other day with a Michigan License Plate that read “DUMBCAR”. Genius. They’re truly too friggin adorable and absolutely ideal for just zipping around town. I always joke with Lars that they’re a nice step up from the “Rascal” motorized wheelchair and I could probably never walk again. I could just zip my Smart Car right up to my office honking all the way. I’ll bet they have ridiculously cute honks. MEEP MEEP SMART CAR COMING THROUGH.  Its kind of like the Mini Cooper except its takes the level of miniature efficiency and ridiculousness to an entirely new cute level.

Truly, though–not a bad idea to have a little Smart Car like this to get around the city. You couldn’t pay me to drive it on a busy interstate but just getting around town and going grocery shopping–super economical, zippy and cute. Cute being the operative word.

The other thing I am obsessed with is something I will refer to as the “dumb blanket” but, I believe, is licensed as the “snuggie‘.   Its essentially a blanket with arms.  In the infomercial they have circulating, it looks like everyone has joined the rectory and they’re all wandering around as monk converts.  However, the infomercial tries to market it as “ideal for sporting events”.  If I see someone at a sporting event with a snuggie, I’m going to punch them in the GD face.  WEAR A FRIGGIN JACKET IF YOU’RE COLD.  JACKETS HAVE SLEEVES, TOO.

Lastly, since I’m on a rant about inventions of some kind or another, let’s give it up for the cotton gin!  Hellz yeah, Eli Whitney.  Wut Wut!  I wonder if he would be selling it on an infomercial if it were invented in this day in age….right after “the Magic Bullet” and before “Windsor Pilates”.

To Kindle; Or Not to Kindle

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

So, I’m curious on other’s opinions of the Kindle from Amazon. It seems like a great idea–one device to store all these books PLUS you can access and download them instantly from anywhere (theoretically). I know Lars would love the idea of me getting rid of some of the books that I have scattered about in our little home–squirrelled away for a rainy (or snowy, more likely) day and whatnot. I just don’t know if I can do it.

Here’s the rub: books are AWESOME. Nerd alert! Seriously, though–I love holding a book in my hand and turning the pages and I love judging the cover of a book and then not reading it but then finding out months later from all my friends that I was a moron and should have read it despite the cover. Would Breaking Dawn have brought the LOLz if I had read it on a Kindle instead of in a fantastically huge book that held such little literary merit? These existential questions and MORE. I just don’t know if I can get used to this idea of reading books on an electronic device. In fact, I think what it will make me feel is that I have completed the yuppy transformation. Or at least I will have completed it when I buy my volvo and shop at whole foods which I am dangerously close to wanting to do!

Anyway–I’d be curious to hear what my readers (all five of you) think about the Kindle. Good, Bad, or Undecided?

In other (completely unrelatable and infinitely more important) news, much love and congratulations goes out to Leslie & Taylor on their engagement! Hooray for love and getting married!

File this under the category of “Things I’m Not Ashamed to Admit but Should Be”

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Today at lunch I was eating Baked Lays potato chips.  One of the potato chips fell down my shirt.  I didn’t want to be all up in my bidness by putting my hand down my shirt at the lunch table so I was going to ride it out and wait until I could sneak away to the bathroom and fish the little potato chip goodness out.

Well, I forgot to sneak away to the bathroom right after lunch and on a later expedition to the little nun’s room rediscovered the little bugger. 

I had a brief moment as I fished it out where I was like “mmmm potato chip.  maybe I will eat this”.  I mean, its not like it touched the ground or anything, right? 

In case you were wondering, I didn’t eat the potato chip that had been stuck in my boobs for 2 hours.  I don’t know what stopped me–perhaps divine inspiration.

Baby, Its Cold Outside

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Lars tells me that the last two winters in Ann Arbor were unseasonably warm due to El Nino…which makes the winter we’re experiencing now a “real” Michigan winter. Today, high of 22; low of 18. Perhaps this is why I have been sick. Here is the best part about cold weather, though–cute jackets and many many scarves of a variety of colors. Every girl’s favorite accessory!

I can’t believe we’re leaving for San Diego in less than two weeks. I can’t wait to see my family and have a nice long restful Christmas at home that’s not about weddings or shenanigans or full of stress about the weather. Its all about family and friends and kicking back and relaxing. I’m so excited. Did I mention there will be fish tacos? There was one Christmas where I’m pretty sure we ate Mexican food every day while back in San Diego and at the very end of the trip. we could not put another chip adorned in sweet sweet yummy salsa in our mouths. Such pansies! We should be able to eat chips and salsa non-stop–especially when going back to Michigan. Actually, and this is not something I’m terribly proud of, the chips and salsa dish at Chili’s are quite good and often enough to satiate the beast in me that craves Mexican food. Have not been able to find “great” fish tacos here. Oh, they’ve tried. There’s a neat little restaurant down on Washington called “Cafe Habana” that does fish tacos with ahi. Ahi! Pretty fancy if you ask me.

Enough of my rant.

I am determined to go back to work tomorrow. 2.5 days of being sick is enough! I feel like I’ve lied in bed all week. To be fair, I have lied in bed all week. Drinking my orange juice spiked with a little bit of carbonated water (a trick I learned from the infamous Waldos). I can’t drink OJ straight up–it is too sweet and rich. Watering it down wtih a carbonated beverage is poifect…especially when you’re drinking it in copious amounts because you’re sick out of your mind and its the only thing that doesn’t make you want to puke.

Lars has been an emailing machine, lately. He has recently discovered “reply all” and has been writing massive emails to my friends in an attempt to trash talk them for the board game disaster fantastic that will be December 26th, 2008. Seriously—we are on the 26th email and each seems to be like a novella. Where did this come from!

Sick

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I’m sick. For the first time in a long time. Sick enough that there was absolutely no question that I not go into work yesterday and, to be honest, I probably shouldn’t have gone in today but it was the HOLIDAY PARTY and I was the blood battle 2008 white elephant MC! I didn’t do a good job though. My enthusiasm wained when the Saved by the Bell DVD was not traded. It was good times, though. Must just mean that I work with very polite people.

You know what is good when you are sick. Lying in bed and watching movies that you could repeat backwards and forwards. Today’s choice: Sense and Sensibility. You can fall asleep in the middle of it, and then wake up and be like “oh I get it. i know where we are”.

Lastly, this should probably be shared. It would be criminal not to. LOLcats rules my mindless world…

funny pictures of cats with captions
more animals

The Holiday Spirit

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Do you like our festive new holiday-theme? Lars spent all day Friday putting these lights up and he’ll probably still whine and complain when he needs to take them down (as if they were real).

We made a really decent dent in our holiday shopping today. This makes me proud and means I don’t have to shop for another two days as a self-reward. Shopping is exhausting!

Enter December

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

What an exciting couple of weeks its been for us!  Actually, its been pretty dull with one major exception…

Lars’ has awoken the crippled old man that lives deep within him and he’s been in full affect for the past two weeks.  “Wah wah wah I can’t do the dishes my back hurts”.  Luckily, he can’t play this card forever.  Our game of chicken will come to a head when he decides that its time to play hockey, again.  Playing hockey=back all better=can do the dishes.  See how the communicative property works, there? 

Actually, Lars did one of the more compassionate things in the 7 years we’ve been together this week.  He was worried about the level in plastic leaking into food products when being microwaved (ie, the soup—and I LOVE me some microwave soup).  So, while out at Kohl’s he decided to pick me up some glass pyrex bowls to heat my soup up in!  Did you all just vomit a little bit at how sweet that is?  Lars is probably reading this and vomiting right now–he doesn’t want his “x-treme and mean” image ruined.  He killed a puppy today, okay?  One those really cute Shiba puppies, too….

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We’re dog and cat-sitting this weekend at Robert & Jim’s.  We took the dogs, Genny & Kerry, on a little walk in the snow this evening and it was WAY colder than I anticipated.  My ears almost froze off.  I’m not sure if I’m being literal or not.   Nathan (cat) keeps trying to eat photographs of his owners that were left on the counter.  Last time we were here he ate Lars’ computer cord, too.  If you saw him, he is obviously not a hungry cat.  He is quite well fed.  

I am on a mission to finish many things this weekend and to enjoy December in a cold climate.