Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
- My parents visited and helped tile our bath tub. It still isn't done (not their fault), but about one thing gets done a day.
- My mom and I went to the fair and saw a freaky deaky goat
- My dad turned 62 (happy birthday!)
- My brother turns 34 tomorrow! (happy birthday)
- Tarn got a Halloween costume (Zorro - thanks KC)
- Tarn ate the fur off his tail and got a cone
- Damon's parent's came for a visit
- We took Ben and Max to the corn maze and didn't lose them
- The next day we watched Max's play
- For the next few days I will be in Spokane at a School Psychology conference
Pictures of some/and or all events
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Last night at around 2:00 am, we started hearing noises. Tarn went a little crazy. Then we heard the neighbor's monster truck roar away (Damon says the truck is the real crime). Finally I got up to see what was going on and a cop was sitting outside our house. Damon went out to talk to him. He reported that some kids had gone next door and had been smashing our neighbors gnomes. It is kind of funny except that the lady next door had her gnomes smashed before (she has a gazillion) and she stopped me in the morning and she was really bummed ("I am on a fixed income and can't afford anymore" - the neighbor). The gnome smashers were caught last night according to the cop. When we got up this morning some of the gnomes were in our yard. We also drove by her house and there is a lot of gnome pieces in the road. So of course I had to set them up for a photo. If you look closely the pigs are (see no, hear no, speak no evil), the bunny has been given a collar, and the turtle is just a turtle. Now one of us has to go deliver them back. But don't worry there are plenty of gnomes still.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
On the upside I found this delightful picture of Tarn and Kitty on the old computer. I took it when I wasn't working. I know that because they are dressed in matching outfits. Gary and Chris were over the other night and they said "remember when we stopped by when you didn't have a job, and you had Tarn dressed up in people clothes?". I was like...."ugh ya. That is normal right". Anyhow, I am glad to have a job. Sometimes I don't like it, but it is a good thing to have. Dempster (the old Rock is staying with us). He is doing awesome. Well, two throw ups this morning after the gym - but still he is really really well behaved.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
If you dropped the chip then it would be just a monk. This was a fat little monk that was getting us to feed him trail mix after our hike while we waited for the boat ride home. It kept trying to get in our pack to get more treats and even tried to climb in Damon's boot. We saw lots of these little guys on the trail but this one was the fattest for sure. All of the animals were treating us like Dr. Doolittle. Maybe because we met the bear from Dr. Doolittle at Sequim and he shared. There was the deer at our campsite the second night that wouldn't leave. There was the pheasant or quail that let me take a picture right up in his grill. Then this chipmonk. We saw a fox at the resort, but he didn't stick around to hang with us.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
We had a great relaxing, refreshing time in Redfish Lake. Of course we came back with all sorts of new goals and ideas about life (see motivation). Mostly we just chilled and hiked. We also road the tandem 30 miles to a hot spring. There are hot springs every where. The lodge was like a modern day Dirty Dancing lodge, mixed with my experience at Squaw Valley Academy. I swear there was only like 3 workers there running a full hotel and full service restaurant, bar, and marina. Our favorite thing was getting to breakfast at 8 am right when they opened and watching the mayhem of breakfast. Ymmm coffee with a reality TV show going on all around you. The nearest town is Stanley and we were plotting our move until we found out that in the winter the town only has 35 people. No thanks. Anyway we are back to work. And if you haven't checked out the kitty blog lately, take a look at these cuties.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Who doesn't love a carnie? Damon and I went to the Yakima fair one year and the dart balloon guy had narcelepsy and was falling asleep when he yelled for you to win one of those mirrored picture thingy's. He had quite a crowd of his own watching him. These are pictures from Zillah where I used to pick up one of my carpoolers. He left, only stayed 8 months or so. He was clinically depressed a month after moving to Zillah and starting to work with us. It is a rough job and he had the added stress of a wife and 4 children adjusting to life in the Valley. His back fence touched this carnival. He was afraid for his 12 year old daughter because she wanted to spend time at the carnival. I loved the fact that the Carnies were there for like 2 weeks before the two day carnival - so I got an up close and personal look at the carnie camp. Of course they were never up on our way to work. I got an email saying my carpooler got a job he really wanted and doesn't have to commute very far in the town he grew up in. I feel like that book/movie about the orphanage where the doctor teaches the orphan to do abortions. My coworker found his forever home (just like Rock, too). I hope I too will find my forever home soon (jobwise).
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I got to go on a goat milking adventure with Mindy, Ben and Max. This as most know is my dream come true. We drove out to the goat farm to the chant "goat, goat, goat" and we tried to guess what noises the goats would make. Mindy was the only person with any goat milking experience and the last time she did it - she didn't get any milk. When we got there the goats were in the pasture with three giant horses (okay one was a baby horse). Only Sheeba was willing to greet us. I think she was only interested in the food since Max would go and fill up the bucket of feed for us to distract the horses and he would return with an empty bucket because Sheeba would shove her head in the bucket and steal all of the food. At one point I was in the pasture with giant horses circling around me and I was a little afraid. A thought ran through my mind - "this goat thing sucks" - but it was short lived. Eventually we just sat and waited until the goats walked in the pen themselves - this was about an hour later. Max was able to sneak up and close the gate. Max had elaborate plans to catch the goats - and he was frustrated we weren't willing to follow them. I know one of the plans had to do with Max blinking and signalling me to do something. The chalk board that told us what to do also explained that we needed to catch and pen up chicks and turkeys. We never found those so I guess they spent the night outside. Pretty sure that we failed our farming test. As we drove away Mindy said "I am not doing that again". Even with the decision not to do it again, we all had fun and our feet were covered in goat dung. We stopped at their relatives house where we were able to wash our hands. After leaving I asked Max why he doesn't like the dog at his grandparents house. He said because "black fat comes out of its ear". I guess it used to have a tumor that bursts - I love how concrete kids are. The evening ended with an invitation for a slumber party with Max. I was so sad to have to decline due to work.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Puppy has a home. Bye, bye pee, barking, whining before bed. He will be staying until the 24th, so we will have lots of puppy time. He pees less inside. And just this moment went to the door for me to let him him out. Tarn is getting lots of play time and has learned a cool new trick - barking. Kitty is enjoying getting the dog to chase him under the bed and then showing how agile he is to jump up and around.
I think we have decided on a vacation to the Sawtooth mountains in september. That is exciting. We have lots of date constraints, but I think we have dates in our mind. And if we can't get reservations in the Sawtooths. If we can't do that, then I think Damon is convinced to do a last minute cruise to Alaska. He is against it because the environmental impact. My point is it is going with or without us. I may have him convinced - if we don't get to go to the Sawtooths. We are constrained by not wanting to fly. How sad is that? And my passport expired, so we are stuck in the country until I can get that taken care of.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1. I am sitting in class reading my friends' blogs
2. I dreamt last night that my coworker jumped in shark filled water to save a cat
3. I told my boss and 3 coworkers that I hated them because they said they hated cats
4. I love Damon because he tried to rescue a kitten on the Greenway and he was going to bring it home in his bike pocket - he didn't catch it
5. I can't wait to have a goat so the cat can ride it
6. I have lots of wishes. I wish I could travel more, I wish I could take a week off and chill, I wish my garden looked like Sue's. I wish candy had no calories. I wish I lived on a mini farm with mini horses and mini goats.
Tag Heather, Kate, Janice, Ember, Amber
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This wasn't today, but it was another special day. Damon dragged me out of bed to see the butterfly. It was supposed to make my day special and it did I am sure, I can't remember since it was a couple of weeks ago. Certainly better than flowers. Today is going to be a special day because while I was in bed reading this morning and balancing coffee on myself I spilled it and now I have a circular burn on my stomach. At that point I got up and worked out. Might as well. But I will try to count all the ways. My carpool just called and I am supposed to leave in three minutes but I haven't showered yet.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
2 full days of classes instead of work
Laptop working able to use it in class
One class finished yesterday
Yakima folklife festival and a day full of music and people watching
Pilates this morning
A garden party to look forward to
GAS PRICES!!! not really
The possibility of winning the lottery.
Fainting goats (that is 11)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
We are puppy sitting this weekend. Puppy never stops. She ate everything that she came in contact with and then she puked it up. She learned lots of bad habits while she has been here. Oh look at her walk on a leash without heeling. She discovered the litterbox...yum. She bounced on the couch and tackled the cat. She ate Tarns food and refused her own. She whined all night and then got to sleep in the bedroom with the other animals. She will hardly go in her crate, probably because kitty sits and stares at her in there. Isn't she cute?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I got my new cowboy hat at the hardware store. 8.99$ it is a good one, we fight over it. I chase Tarn around the yard with it. Sometimes I pretend like we are in a rodeo and Tarn is the bull. Then he realized it wasn't that scary and he wanted to wear it. So we had a photo shoot. I admitted to Damon that I really don't like movies. I was trying to think of all of the movies I have ever liked. Here is the list: Juno, Mystic River, Into the Wild, Sex in the City, and Sweet home Alabama, oh and all documentaries but I can't think of the names. Recently it was something pied piper about a gypsy singer who went on a road trip. Gypsy and road trip - two of my top 100 favorite things.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
For some reason Oprah is on at 7pm. It is a rerun and I have actually seen it before. It is about the secret and laws of attraction. It sounds kind of like BS but I do believe in attracting good energy by putting it out in the world. So they said put what you want on a post it and really think about it and see what happens. So I thought really hard - and this is what I came up with. It is preliminary because I am brain dead. I'll try again maybe tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
"Vacation always gives perspective. The perspective usually adds to already busy days of the future. I must exercise daily, stop eating out, learn spanish, clean more, save more money, get organized, be a better employee, stay in better touch with friends and family, meet more people, and somehow learn to love Yakima. It all seems so easy - all those things you are going to do after the vacation - while you are downing your second cup of coffee watching the stray dogs circle the block for the third time." I need to focus on something that I can do everyday - so it looks like exercise and eating healthy.
I am trying to reorient back to this perspective without a vacation in sight. Part of this is self imposed and part is because Damon can't take vacation in summer. Then we don't know where we want to go, how long is the flight, should we spend the money this year. Responsibility sucks. Some places in the running are Guatamala, Mexico, a winter ski vacation.
Today I will try and pretend like I am on vacation.