Sunday, December 30, 2007
on christmas day, jeremy and i woke up, unstuffed our stockings, and then headed to the zoo. san diego has one of the nicer zos i have ever visited; some exhibits and animals were really unique and cool... others not so much. the worst part of the day happened as we were walking in the gates and i said to jeremy "i can't wait to see the giraffes - they are on eof my favorite animals!" then i turned my head and saw the sign saying exhibits closed today: giraffes. i got over it though, because we saw the only living relative of the giraffe, the okapi.
to me it looks like someone found random pieces of animals and stuck them together.
another cool exhibit was the polar bears. they were being super playful and swimming around with their toys. the dad was swimming with this big plastic santa and turning flips and stuff in the water. the mom was watching him just shaking her head and saying... who needs kids when you have a husband to take care of. then he came out of the water and tried to puch her in! it was hilarious.
other animals that we caught at a really good time were the gorillas. the keepers were throwing food off the roof of the building we were standing in and we got to see them fighting over the lettuce and red onions. no one threw down any ranch dressing though. the big daddy was sitting in the corner hoarding all the food. a mom and her baby came over to get some and he wouldnt let them. the baby hid behind a log then kept trying to sneak over and get some lettuce. it was really adorable.
after the zoo, we showered etc. then headed to the gaslamp district for some eats. we ate at the amazing italian place... the service was super slow but the food was SO good (plus we got free coffee and dessert out of the deal!). people watching in san diego is not as exciting as it is in santa monica or downtown, but we did play i spy the texas longhorns fans. they were everywhere! :D
hope everyone had as sunny and happy of a christmas as we did!
Friday, December 28, 2007
when the alarm goes off at 5 am, it seems like something is wrong with that picture. i know a lot of you guys out there prolly get up that early regularly but i do not. and the difference between 5 am and 6:30 am is HUGE. im just saying. it was pretty nippy while the sun was down and we were out on the water, but our boat had a galley with boothes etc, so we ordered eggs and hash browns and warmed up while we were waiting to load all the people, drive the boat and load all the bait, and drive the boat to the good fishing spots.
i caught the second fish on the boat. thank you. it was in a spot where no one else was catching anything either. the fish was just too small to keep but nonetheless... between the two of us, we kept 10 or so fish i think. i had to throw back three of the four i caught.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
last saturday night, we went out to eat with the shivelys and ochsners at this little pub near our house. lottie was feeling a little bit homesick over the holidays i guess. :D we had irish stew and pudding and shepherds pie and all that good stuff. it was delicious! the desserts were prolly the best part. i practically licked my plate clean. everyone had a hapy plate that night - we were all starving for good old comfort food!!! we sang along to the christmas carols on the jukebox... and by we i mean, lottie kim and me... not so much the boys. they would have moved tables if they could have prolly. the dart boards there are positioned unfortunately close to tables with real live people sitting at them, and if you have seen me play darts (anna) you would know, steel tipped darts are not safe in my hands. it was another great christmas celebration with friends.
kevin and nikki were in town for a few days before christmas and we were able to revisit a tradition we started with them the first christmas we were all living here. they stayed the night with us on friday and we woke up and went to the french quarter in west hollywood for brunch. we popped our "premium" christmas crackers from ralphs... one of the prizes was nail clippers, one was a 35 inch tape measure (not the whole three feet, just most of it), one was a little whoopee cushion. hardly premium if you ask me. we read our lame jokes and took a picture in our hats. heehee. believe you me, we fit right in there too. no one even blinked at me when i forgot and was wearing my crown in the bathroom. :)
after brunch we came back home and played settlers with cheyne and andy, another couple that we know through kevin and nikki. (shane and darci - our expansion set came in the nick of time!!!) they had to head for the airport to be back for church on sunday, so i cleaned and started packing while jeremy took them. you need a lot of stuff for three days in san diego!!!
a couple weeks ago tera's band sang at vive again. jeremywent with me this time, and al went with lottie, so the four of us had a grand ole time. the band sounded great and the highlight was tera's stalker. for those of you from the wichita area, he is vaguely reminiscent of crazy mike, although a bit more sociable and more aggressive. he took SO many pictures of tera, with tera, of tera, of tera's backside... etc. her husband tried to get him thrown out but the bouncers could only keep him off the dance flor (since he wasnt dancing) and order a drink (i.e. be a patron of the establishment). i have never seen one coke last so long. i think he drank it the entire three hours she was singing. her mom and grandma were there, and he managed to get a shot with all the women of the family. creeeeepy!
the people dancing werent as entertaining as last time, but mike (this crazy guys name is mike too!) kept us all entertained. poor tera.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
after they got home, we headed out to pasadena to russ's house for his annual christmas party. one of his roomies is a dj, so there was music going, dancing, and cookies. also someone brought one 6 pack of beer (after they specifically said on the invitation no alcohol too!). when we got there the beer was sitting on the stove untouched. after about an hour or so, people gradually grabbed them (who drinks one of the six beers at a party with 50 or more people at it where there isnt supposed to be drinking anyways??? who?) and had to be asked to drink outside. it was pretty comical from where i was standing. we got to meet russ's girlfriend, who was actually slated to stay with us for a while back in august or september or something but wound up staying at her brother's place or something. we stayed and hung out for a little over an hour, then drove to burbank to the blue room and met dan and emily. we chilled with them for a few hours, finally, around 4 am (i know!) poured ourselves into bed.
two and a half hours later we got up for church. thats right. i hung out with the 3 and 4 year olds (thankfully they halped the time pass quickly) and jeremy directed the service. after church we went out to eat with sarah and jason and a couple other peoples. then home for an all too brief nap. up again and off to a salsa club!
tonight is our work christmas party. we have it at victorio's, an italian place down the street a little ways. the nicest things i can say about the party: it starts at four so for the first hour we are paid to be there and the place always is decorated really nicely. other things i could say: the food is mediocre (not bad at all, but defintiely not great) and the one glass of wine we are all allowed is #1 skimpy and #2 not that great. everyone still goes every year. without our spouses mind you because we arent allowed to bring them. because dubnoff cant afford to pay for them. yep. but i guess it is free food so i shouldnt complain too much. although i heard a nasty rumor that they were not paying for any wine for anyone this year. more forced socializing with the people i see all day everyday (more than the people i actually like, for example jeremy) and half of who (whom?) i dont really like. at least when they get a little tipsy there is free entertainment. because isnt that what the season is all about anyways?
Saturday, December 15, 2007
several of the bible study gang were there, both old and new. and really new in ashley's case. i got her to sleep and jeremy took over when my arms got tired. he talked to eric, ashley's dad for a while. eric said "a baby looks good on you jeremy" and it really does. baby as an accesory. nice. we will have our own accessory someday, but this post was not a prelude to the big announcement so dont get too excited. (and that sentence was mostly aimed at a certain person, i am not going to say your name, <>, but you know who you are.)
three good looking ladies, yes? kim was the hostess with the mostess and lottie was not wearing a witch's hat as it may seem in the slightly blurry picture above.
merry christmas! may all your shortbread be slightly brown and your flour never run out when baking peppernuts!
also... we have been receiving christmas cards daily, slowly but surely. be sure to keep a sharp eye out for our card, but dont start looking too soon, or hold your breath. we are working on things, but the christmas show took a whole week of our lives away that we are struggling to recoup.
we appreciate your patience.
Monday, December 10, 2007
it was pretty awesome. during one run through jesus came loose and tumbled into a heap on the floor. sacreligious? yes. hilarious? also yes.
we started and ended the show with this dance - it got better every time. amazing.
it was awesome to be able to work with this incredibly talented pool of actors and dancers and musicians and the creative visionaries who directed and produced the whole thing. wow. thats all im saying.
the only thing i can think to compare it to is the first week you bring a baby home from the hospital... huge learning curve, lots of minor frustrations, erratic schedules, late nights, messy house, no clean clothes, and at the end - something great. but we dont have a cute baby to show for our troubles... just some youtube videos...
that was an orignal song of one of Mosaic's staff. there was a film playing on the screens showing the struggles one of the characters in the play has been through and provides more insight into her character.
this dance was towards the end of the show when everything is beginning to come together and the characters are realizing that jesus is really why they are doing what they are doing.
this video was during mary's "labor pains" and her dealing with the fact that she is giving birth to god. the person laying against the rock is mary... i know it is hard to see details in these pictures.
i will make another post with two more videos...
brian regan would be so proud!
anna that reminds me of the time we went to krispie kreme and asked them to make us a sprinkle doughnut with sprinkles only on half and they thought we were crazy but they did it!!!!!
"you have seven left."
"well if i get two bavarian creams and one glazed how many would i have left then doughnut lady? huh?"
Sunday, December 2, 2007
oh man. this is one of the best movies i have ever seen. we were riveted, sitting on the edge of the couch the entire time. it was really well-made, with lesser known actors so you actually see the passengers of united flight 93 and not matt damon or something. we have not watched united 93, so i dont know how the two stack up against each other but this one is definitely worth watching. it was made in cooperation with the passengers' families, and based on the actual cell phone conversations they had with their family members. they knew that the terrorists were on a suicide mission and they were prolly going to die but were so brave and calm when talking to their wives and moms and kids...just amazing.
sounds like a downer movie but it isnt. the end shows the crash site over the course of a year and by the spring the ugly scar in the ground was healed over with new beautiful grass. this septmeber 11, i will have something beautiful to reflect on instead of focusing on the negativity of the day. these people were true heroes and some of the most courageous people i have ever heard of. just regular old people on a commuter flight that did something extraordinary and decided to act in such a short period of time (it was only about 40 minutes from take off until they crashed).
go rent it right now. you'll cry ( i cried for most of the movie) but it is such a great movie. wow.
where were you when you heard about the events of september 11? i was a freshman in college eating breakfast in the derb and the first two planes had hit the towers but it just seemed so surreal. it wasnt until much later in the day that i realized the magnitude of the events that took place that day. i went to class like normal and people were talking about it, but it wasnt until the end of the day when all the reports were in and we realized that it was an actual planned attack that things were really scary and real.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
we went to lannathai for dinner and dessert after the film. it was great as usual (green veggie curry with chicken, potstickers and spring rolls) and we had a fun time just hanging out with the slovaceks. we did not see scary transvestite person and i was kinda disappointed.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
on black friday we made the trip to fresno... stopping at an outlet mall or two on the way. finally i have started on my christmas shopping! (not to mention the cute new clothes i got for work!) we stayed at a crappy motel in a crappy part of town (where's trip advisor when you need it???) but still had a great time. we got to see the end of the LSU Arkansas game - what a game! there was a nice park right by our lodgings so on friday night we went to dinner at tahoe joes (my salad was great, jeremy hated his burger... it was just patties from the store. not the original tahoe joe burger that they claimed) and then walked around the park for about an hour. saturday morning we woke up and watched the vh1 top20 video countdown like alwaysthen went for another walk around the park. it was similar to gage park - there was a carousel, zoo, playgrounds, picnic areas, etc. we saw a rabbit on friday night and on saturday morning, on friday i got close enough to almost touch him (her?) but for those of you who know my track record with rabbits (BABE) i was scared he (she?) would eat my clothes and scratch me. we went back to our hotel and showered and went to find food (the continental "breakfast" at our hotel sucked royally). fresno is called the armpit of california, and with good reason. there were no good places to eat that were open (11 am on a game day. seriously people.) so we just went into the stadium.
eric and christina came over after dinner and brought ashley (of course). she has grown so much since we last saw her! they brought dessert, as did adam and kristin so we all dutifully stuffed ourselves some more. thankfully, adam and kristin also brought over their wii, which is the coolest gaming system ever. first, you create your own character that actually looks like you - hair and eye color, eye and nose and mouth shape, body type (although there was no pregnant one for bridget) - and that character retains all your points that you get by winning in the games. the actual game works based on your motions so when we were playing the sports games you actually have to move your arms to swing the bat, hit the tennis ball, golf or bowl. there are attachments for the second hand so you can box. they told us we would be sore the next day and we definitely were! it was great fun. i am thankful that
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
dan and bridget are bringing mashed potatoes and she promised me that she was going to load them with cream and butter and all the good stuff. adam and kristin are in charge of dessert.
does anyone know how to make gravy??? help!
wednesday night sarah came over for dinner. we hung out and ate fish and salad. very mdf. we spent some time on the back porch examining jeremy's newest toy. its pretty.
thursday was small group and friday night jeremy were lazy. all we did was sit at home and catch up on all the shows we had dvr-ed.
saturday we spent the day with sarah again, only this time we were at bel air presbyterian church for the 34 degrees conference, which was focused on small groups. some pretty cool speakers were there: willow creek's bill donahue, bel air's lead pastor, mosaic's eric bryant as well as the worship bands from bel air and mosaic (separately, not together. that would have been interesting.) the church building is beautiful. i thought of all the people who could have been helped instead of building the multi million dollar sanctuary and vestry and green room and ugly stained glass. but all in all, the conference was great. i was vanna white - in charge of the give-aways between every session. anyways jeremy and i got matching free t shirts out of the whole deal.
sunday we went to church and played with the babies, then over to lance and kris's. jeremy and lance did manly things like changing the brakes on lance's vehicle and getting all sweaty and greasy and kris and i sat inside and watched football. i swear to you. prolly because we were too lazy to cange the channel. sunday night we watched part of the amas and then went to bed early. it was rather an exhausting weekend. i am SO thankful that this week on ly has 3 days of work!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
today at work i got a key to the front door. thats right folks. i can now go to work whenever i feel like it... on weekends, and holidays, and all throughout may... actually it is so when i am staying after five (which i do most nights - yay overtime) i can let myself out before the cleaning crew has set the alarm. otherwise i have to walk all the way to the side door and go out the far gate. trust me, it is a pain.
also... what happens at debbie reynolds dance studio stays at debbie reynolds dance studio. kris and i took a beginning hip hop class tonight. it was fun. we learned about 5 eight counts of a routine. the class was only an hour and i was just starting to get warmed up when we left. all the other people besides the two of us were tiny little 5 foot nothing 95 pound asians and blacks. i have never felt so fat and white. and those feelings are ones i do not experience very often. either of them. but it was still fun!
i am at home right now waiting for all my boys to get here, doing laundry and dishes... basically slaving away while they are out having fun. well not quite that dramatic i guess. jeremy and i flipped for who had to drive into la to pick up bryce and brock from brocks uncle and i think i actually won the toss. i get to watch tv and hang out instead of dealing with the maniacs on the 101. yay!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
in other, much more interesting to you news, bryce and brock made it here safely. one trip to the van nuys flyaway and one trip to in'n'out later, they were safe and sound at our house. yesterday they even did the dishes and walked to vallarta and bought themselves sancks. how awesome of houseguests are they! speaking of houseguests, my mom will be here in 8 hours! YAY! if we survive the 405 at rush hour to LAX we should be warm and cozy at home watching greys anatomy and the office by 9. hurrah.
dj:we go now live to burbank where our hump day agent is out and about. do you copy?
agent: we are here and i have found the statue. it is at the corner of hollywood way and chandler. there are lots of bikers around.
dj: perfect. get to it then.
agent: <> happy hump day everyone!
how sick could you possibly get? the radio station pays someone to go around on wednesdays and hump statues. seriously. this is a weekly event. ugh.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
what i really dont understand is how people can listen to podcasts or books while they are running or exercising. i have to have some good music going to keep my mind off the wunning (thats when you walk and run on the treadmil). i guess i am old fashioned and would rather read my books than listen to them. especially since alot of books on tape are abbreviated versions and i like the whole enchilada. also i like enchiladas from trader joes... they make really good ones. cheese and chicken. yum.
anyways, bryce gets here in like 6 hours. YAY! oh yeah and brock too. but seeing as i have never met him, it is hard for me to get really excited about him. but im sure i will be sad to see him go.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
after that disappointing game, we cleaned cleaned cleaned the house. we are ready for our visitors now! yay! we went to ikea and bought a new chair for my computer desk (that actually matches) and then went out to eat with al and lottie. we ate at buca di beppos and got to sit in the kitchen. it was fun. thankfully lottie is eating vegetarian so i had a buddy to order eggplant with since jeremy wont touch the stuff with a ten foot pole. him and al split some sausage thing that not so vaguely resembled a turd. but whatever makes you happy i guess...
we are watching bull riding right now. i like going to rodeos in person, not so much on tv. but it is kinda fun.
welp, hope you are all having relaxing sundays! yay for another week of work to look forward to! hah!
Friday, November 2, 2007
#1 monday - it is our monthly opportunity to see kevin... he will be in town and is staying with us for the night - yay!
#2 tues - wed bryce and brock will (proly) be here. due to the hazards of flying stand by it is imposible to know for sure when they get here but that is our best guess!
#3 thurs - sat my mom will be here! YAY! we have some very exciting plans...
#4 sun - mon my mom and bryce and brock are staying with us - talk about a full house!
#5 tues - thurs after waking up BEFORE the buttcrack of dawn to take my mom to the airport, we get to keep bryce and brock for a while, before they leave to drive some ladys uhaul home.
busy busy bees. gt gt.
karla came as a mexican indian (from the dirty south of mexico) and i think we all know who armando dressed as. he is a goof. he looooves disney stuff. we have astudent who is obsessed with disney things and armando, on halloween, is one of hie favorite things ever!
ceci and i did the set-up/tear down for the dance. not very many kids danced (even less than usual) but everyone was well-behaved and polite. which is like a halloween miracle.
jeremy and i had some trick or treaters halloween night, but not very many. mostly it was the kids from our building and the building next door. the cutest one was a girl in a group of girls with a couple of moms. they were all dressed as princesses. when i opened the door to give them candy, she was peeking around my skirt like she was looking in to see... so this is what a white persons house looks like on the inside... oooohhh... as we are the only white people in prolly a five mile radius now that kayla and ricky moved. but her last name is alvarez so she doesnt count as white anymore. ;)
speaking of, she might have hailie this weekend! i cannot wait for another new baby!!! yay!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
be my friend. add your books. it is the best! (thanks aunt norma for the link - you are the best!)
in other, sadder news, until alfi comes in to update my adobe acrobat flash player (i hate not having administrator rights on my work computer) i cannot play scrabulous. which means i actually have to work. but today work consists of the day care kids trick or treating and decorating for the halloween dance. so its all good.
i wish i could tell you all that this was my pumpkin that i carved. but mine usually come out looking like a 5 year old did them. we didnt carve pumpkins this year, which is going to be really sad come thanksgiving when i have to use canned pumpkin instead of fresh for my pies. oh well. what are you guys doing to celebrate halloween?
have a scare-tastic day!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
i mean, who wouldnt want to stare at that?
i finally got the purple streaks i have been wanting for literally years. except they are a little more blue than purple. but next weekend i can touch up and add more purple.
Friday, October 26, 2007
i have my own personal shelf at the library. just for me. he told the head librarian that i was their number one customer and she said"great! we need to drive up circulation! bring your friends!" i can just imagine hey guys lets go to the library and hang out. except we cant bring food or drinks and have to be quiet. but there is free wi-fi!
he also said that the city of la should rescind their policy on 30 books out at a time for me. he is too sweet. they're like my family.
so im either the coolest person you know... or the dorkiest. but i have my own freaking shelf at the library!
note from the author: did you notice the subtle highlighting of the correct usages of the words their, they're and there? learn it love it live it breathe it. please. and then you can hang your high school diploma on the wall with pride.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
maybe the heat will remain after the fires are successfully fought and then we can go to the beach in november.
tijuana sent four firetrucks and forty four firefighters so that day will come sooner rather than later.
your vs. you're
you're going to have to evacuate your house because of the rampant wildfires raging all around la county and san diego. (you're = you are. it is a contraction. your = possesive of you)
effect vs. affect
what effect are the fires having on you personally? have they affected your life in any way? (besides a sore throat and ash on our car, we are fine. not affected/no effect) (effct is a noun, and affect is a verb. how can you possibly mix these up?)
its vs it's
honestly it is always confusing to me. but instead of using the wrong one, i just change around my sentence to avoid it altogether. i could also look it up in my prentice guide to grammar that i keep by my desk (no lie) but thats a waste of time.
where vs. were
where were we? nough said.
ok. i think thats enough ranting and raving. the fires rage on and people have died, but none of our people so far. wed like to keep it that way. so far, no one we know has had to evacuate either. hopefully that remains true for the duration of this natural disaster. if status changes, i will let you know.
also, soon i will post pictures of when we got to see our new baby princess of the small group, ashley, but ive been having trouble loading them onto blogspot. perhaps tonight, while i am doing laundry and watching hosue and private practice, i can upload some for your viewing pleasure. shes pretty cute.
also viva laughlin was a weird show and i'm not surprised it got canceled.
cancelled vs. canceled OR cancelling vs. canceling
trick question - they are both right. i've had this fight before. look it up. go ahead punk. do you feel lucky?
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
tonight we have class and then get to come home and watch the office and grey's anatomy. yay! last nights private practice was interesting. i think im going to keep watching it. jeremy is super thrilled.
i go to the GI doctor this afternoon to go over the results from my scope in august. im sure everything is fine (i would imagine if they found cancer in any of the biopsies they would have called by now) but i want him to tell me that i am so healthy i dont have to take any prescriptions anymore. we will see.
until next time then,
Monday, October 15, 2007
so the moral of the story is come to california and bring a friend if you want to. you can sleep in our guest room and chill in hollywood. and it will be fun. so when are you guys coming?
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
but my hair isnt really purple streaked either. so there is a downside.
ok the requisite bulls post... blah blah blah usf blah blah blah 5th in the nation blah blah blah my dearest aunt is an alum blah blah blah. but seriously go bulls! and go state! we are dvr-ing the game tomorrow in case we miss some of it on the way home from the baby shower.
yes our dvr is successfully installed and i am so thrilled! pause live tv! record 2 shows at a time! plus we got all those music stations on the tv now too. so thats fun.
gotta run. what not to wear marathon on tlc. yes, its that important!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
which brings me to my next point. k-state is playing colorado on saturday and they are on espn 2 which we already get so we get to watch the game again. this has been a great season for us west coasters as far as being able to watch the game. :)
before the game we have a baby shower to go to. yay for kayla and ricky! hayley is only t-minus four weeks away and counting. hurrah!
and i have a hot date with baby ashley sometime this weekend!
can life get better?
Sunday, October 7, 2007
dan has a program called photo booth on his computer. he set his video camera up last night and we played with it. here are some examples:
you can tell that lance, kris and i had a good time with it. everyone had a great time at dan and bridgets actually. we ate yummy chicken, green bean casserole, baked potatoes, etc. it was our pre-thanksgiving warm up. jerimiah and jennifer brought cheeeesecake. it was great.
we played taboo, which is always a blast. the only disappointing thing is that no one pretended like the buzzer was an electric razor and shaved their face. i could tell i wasnt playing with my family. :)
today jeremy and i hung out (after kris and i hit the gym! go us!) and went shopping. we met lottie over at the dronens so we could put food in the freezer. ashley was born today! yay! congratulations eric and christina! then.. westfield shopping center. while i mistakenly believed there was an h&m there (so sad that there wasnt) we got some good stuff regardless. yay for the mall! we are watching the rock of love reunion. i dont know why i cant stop watching this show. i apologize to everyone on behalf of myself because i think i am getting stupider. but i cant stop!
tomorrow we are starting the makers diet again... phase 1. when i go to the gastroenterologist in two weeks i want #1 good news about the biopsies he took during my last procedure and #2 to go off any medication. so start praying now!