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.