Two more days till Christmas

First, yes another theme change. The one I wanted to use wasn’t compatible with the new WordPress. So this is the closest I could get to it. At least things work better. The comment link is at the top of the posts now. (hint hint). ๐Ÿ™‚

So.. there is only TWO more days till Christmas. EEP! I’m not ready. I will be.. I always am, but I’m overwhelmed as I always am on December 23rd. It doesn’t help the weather is wreaking havok on my entire family’s plans. Roads are closed or impassable, and/or people don’t wanna drive in the snow and ice.

So are YOU ready? Are you panicking like me?

The turkey was stuffed, but I wasn't!

Ok so I lied. I was a little stuffed. But I did better than years past eating-wise on Thanksgiving. I only had one piece of pie the whole three days we were at Grandma’s house. Even turned it down for leftover lunch the next day. Although apparently my sister-in-law thought it freakin’ hilarious in a “you’re delusional” way when I said I’d stick with my healthier (than pie) spinach dip and tomatoes for my dessert. The nerve. But hey, overall I didn’t stuff myself to oblivion like I’ve done in the past and for that I’m patting myself on the back. I am pretty sure my BG levels remained pretty consistent. (I say “pretty sure” because I forgot my glucose meter).

We came home Friday night in time to unpack, clean up the house, and start some Christmas decorating. The rest of the weekend was spent decorating outside. What a CHORE! Thankfully we have wonderful friends that help us every year that makes it so much more fun and enjoyable.

My only gripe is I can never get a decent picture of our efforts. Our camera sucks at taking night pictures. The iPhone camera pretty much sucks too as you can see from the pictures taken with it of our decorated house below:

Our house all lit up

Our house all lit up

Closeup of the lights on our house.

Closeup of the lights on our house.

By the way, in my previous post there were two pictures. I edited them out just now because I was testing the WordPress iPhone application and didn’t think about the fact that someone else’s child (my nephew) was in the pictures and I forgot to get permission from his parents before I posted them. They’ll be back once/if I get permission. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday Thirteen #28 – Words to Describe Me

Another theme week for Thursday Thirteen

Choose a letter of the alphabet and write thirteen words that describe you that begin with that letter. Be creative and have fun!

I asked the kids to pick a letter (they didn’t know why I was asking) and ‘J’ is the letter they picked. Is there even thirteen adjectives that begin with ‘J’? I guess I’ll find out.

Thirteen words that begin with the letter ‘J’ that describe me. (Why couldn’t they have picked ‘S’ or ‘T”??)

  1. Joyful – the kids said jolly and um.. no. I’m most definitely not jolly
  2. Jumpy – I can be jumpy at times
  3. Jittery – I could definitely be described as jittery on the days my blood sugar levels are too low.
  4. Jaded – I’ve definitely felt jaded a time or two. I don’t know if it describes me, but I’ve felt it.
  5. Jazzy – I like music. Not jazz so much, but music.. and jazzy is musicy. Yeah I know, it’s a stretch, but close enough.
  6. Jubilant – Sure. That describes me. Sometimes. Sorta.
  7. Jiggly – in places, sadly it’s true.
  8. Jammin’ – Fo shizzle
  9. Jovial – There sure are a lot of words to describe ‘happy’ that begin with ‘J’.
  10. Jealous – I’ve been jealous a time or two in my lifetime, but I wouldn’t say that describes “me”.
  11. Judicious – Hm. I try to be.
  12. Jaunty – Sometimes!
  13. Juxtapositional – this one is my favorites. Jack and I are definitely Juxtapositional.

That wasn’t too bad.

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Thursday Thirteen 27 – Places I've been to

This is my first ‘themed’ Thursday Thirteen and the theme is:

In order to get ready for vacation time, we asked you to write about thirteen places youโ€™ve visited that youโ€™d recommend.

I saw this theme and knew it was perfect since in just a week we’ll be having our first weekend getaway alone in almost a year! Yay!! But then I wondered… have we been to thirteen places worth mentioning? ACK. So.. here goes.

Hanauma Bay

  1. Hawaii – Number one on my list without a doubt. It was everything I thought it would be and more.
  2. Seaside Oregon – This is where we honeymooned in 1999. It’s a busy little coastal town with lots of shops, arcades, and fun. It’s a great place to take the family.
  3. Mt. Hood – Apparently Mt. Hood is famous for the awesome skiing and snowboarding all over the US? I met a guy who lived in Tennessee who knew about Mt. Hood and flew here often for snowboarding. I don’t ski. Or snowboard. But I love taking my kids to play in the snow and inner tube down the newbie areas! ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Mount St. Helens

  5. Mount St. Helens – This isn’t a vacation spot (and the theme is just places you’ve visited and recommend). But if you’re ever in the Northwest you should visit this “history in the making”. It was an awesome and devastating event when it blew May 18, 1980 and still behaves like no other volcano.
  6. San Francisco – I loved loved loved this city. Of course I may have loved it so much because I was just visiting and could go home. I don’t think I’d love living there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But the night life was awesome and we had a blast when we visited 2002. Although, I hated the driving. Taxis were evil. Everyone drove like maniacs. Then again, maybe that was part of the excitement.
  7. Disneyland – Who wouldn’t recommend Disneyland?? I haven’t been since I was 11 years old but I vividly remember it.
  8. Yellowstone – Years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Montana and on the way we stopped at Yellowstone and camped and went fishing. It was a breathtaking beautiful place that I would definitely recommend. I even got to see Old Faithful!
  9. On the way to Montana, I got to spend a day at Craters of the Moon, Idaho This was an incredible place. It was a beautiful sunny day and looking out at the barren, desolate, and black land against the gorgeous blue sky was surreal. Well worth a visit.
  10. Astoria, Oregon – When we are visiting the Oregon coast (usually Seaside or Cannon Beach) and have the time, we often take the long and scenic way home up the coastline and through Astoria. Astoria is a bittersweet place. At one time a prosperous town… so full of history. Now a bit run down and in need of some TLC. With the historical homes and museums there’s plenty to see and do and still very much worth a visit. You also must stop by the Astoria Column and see if you can climb all the way to the top. I have. Once. ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. Pearl Harbor – Yes I realize this is in Hawaii but it’s worth mentioning on its own. I think it’s obvious at this point that Jack and I are drawn to historical places. And if you’re anything like us, visiting Pearl Harbor is a MUST!
  12. Kah-Nee-Tah – This can be a family trip or a couples get-away. We’ve done both and had equally as much fun. There’s a huge outdoor pool that is partially filled with natural hot springs, a water slide, horseback riding, rafting (we’ve done all of those), there’s also a casino for the grownups (where our addiction to Black Jack was born), a few nice restaurants, and places to just go for walks/hikes. Central Oregon is beautiful just about everywhere you go, though.
  13. Wallowa Lake, Oregon – We traveled to Wallowa Lake September 2006 to take my step dad to his final resting place. His family owns a cabin there and it was his favorite place to vacation. Even though it was an emotional weekend, we found out exactly why it was his favorite place. The mountains are breathtaking and there’s tons of fun stuff to do for everyone. We even witnessed a wedding in the works while we were there.
  14. Again, this isn’t a vacation spot but I’ve always loved the Oregon Zoo. I took it for granted growing up in Portland, Oregon and didn’t realize till I became an adult how awesome this zoo is. Apparently there’s not many that compare.

Well that wasn’t near as hard as I thought. Granted most of the places I’ve visited in my life time are local to the Northwest but that’s one of the many great things about the Northwest. There’s so much to see and do!! I forget that sometimes. I needed to not worry. I could easily come up with 13 more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bullet Sunday #16

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Bullet Sunday and there’s so much random stuff going on I figured it was fitting to do one today.

  • Last weekend the sun was shining, it was close to 80 degrees outside and we had a BBQ. This weekend we’re taking pictures of the snow that fell. SNOW. In April. This just isn’t right. It wasn’t a lot of snow and it’s gone now but still. Snow? In April? Unheard of around here.

    Snow that fell April 19, 2008

  • Today’s the day we get to go to JCPenney and to have them correct their mistake. I have to quote Jeff in the comments on that post because he gave an awesome suggestion for how to handle it:

    Jeff on April 20th, 2008 at 7:29 am

    (((RING))) (((RING))) (((RING)))

    Tracie: โ€œHello, Store Manager? Yes, Iโ€™d like you to send someone out to the house to finish the job that your sales clerk didnโ€™t.โ€

    Store Manager: โ€œWell, Maโ€™am, I donโ€™t think I can do that.โ€

    Tracie: โ€œIโ€™ll come to you, then. Iโ€™ll be the one with the flock of kids running wild up & down your aisles of nice, light-colored, ladies springtime outfits with triple-scoop chocolate ice cream cones.โ€

    My kids are usually well-behaved in stores. (I say usually because sometimes when their dad is with them they are less well-behaved because he’s a big dopey kid himself who doesn’t see anything wrong with running up and down the aisles.) But in this case, I think Jeff’s idea is a good one. Don’t you?

  • Today is also the day we will finally replace the stupid vertical blinds that plague our back patio door. I can’t stand them anymore. Though I do think I’ll be in for disappointment. I’m pretty sure the curtain I want will have to be ordered. *sigh* I also want to look at installing some motion sensor lights for our driveway. Our old house had them and I miss being able to turn off the porch light but still have those come on when we came home or when someone comes over.
  • I haven’t updated on my health lately so here’s quickie: I’m doing OK with the Diabetes and my BG levels are pretty under control. I have a doc appointment coming up soon’ish and I’ll find out how my cholesterol levels are. I know he’s going to want to put me back on the Lovastatin and I’m not looking forward to that battle with him. Weight-wise I’m still stuck in the same rut (lost 50 pounds, gained back 10 and have plateaued).
  • I changed up the site design here at a bit. The basic template is the same but I’ve taken out the colors on the sidebars and changed up the fonts a bit. I also created a graphical logo for the header and a favicon. I think this is easier on the eyes and a bit less busy. What do you think?
  • Who watched Battlestar Galactica? I don’t want to say much … but OMG! Just.. OMG! What a totally messed up episode. OMG! … lol

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Nature! It's all over me! Get it off! TT26

Yep, just call Melman. If you don’t know who Melman is, you must not have young children. From Wikipedia:

Melman Mankiewicz III is a fictional anthropomorphic giraffe, who appears in the 2005 DreamWorks film, Madagascar. He is somewhat of a hypochondriac, having doses of medicine for meals and doctor’s appointments frequently.

I can totally relate to Melman right now. Every day it’s something new. New pain, new tone to my cough, even a new spot! Just like Melman. Today it’s my back. It’s toast. All the coughing has apparently pulled a muscle or something.

Thirteen things that are annoying and/or disgusting about being sick:

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  1. Snot.
  2. Coughing.
  3. Phlegm.
  4. The whining. (I hate whining. And I’m constantly whining! I’m a hypochondriac AND a hypocrite. It’s really not fair.)
  5. Getting others sick. The codeman and sissa are coming down with it.
  6. Blood glucose levels. They are all over the place.
  7. Germs. This is where it all starts, right? Germy bastards.
  8. Energy, and the lack of it. I really need my energy back!
  9. Sleeping. Who can sleep when they can’t breathe out of their nose and are coughing every 1.6 seconds? Not I.
  10. Pillows. I feel like I need to throw them away after being sick… cause I DROOLED on them. SIIIICK!
  11. Headaches. (I think I’ve popped a few blood vessels in my head from all the coughing.
  12. Food. Food doesn’t taste good when you’re sick.
  13. What about phlegm? Did I mention phlegm? And snot? Both are just beyond gross. Seriously.

So yeah. Melman is my new name.

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Spring break wordpress update

I updated my wordpress late last night to 2.5 and so far so good. One of the smoothest upgrades I’ve done in a long time. I was worried how it would go considering my head was still a bit fuzzy and I overdid it for Cody’s birthday, but it only took about 10 minutes. It was a big update with an admin interface overhaul. It’s taken me a bit to get used to that aspect but so far I like what I see. If you notice anything amiss, please do contact me!

This week starts the kids’ spring break from school. I so wish I could start it healthy and chipper. Instead I’m already cranky and headachy wishing they’d keep the noise down. (I can’t believe how this cold lingers.) Cody got this lights and gears building set as well as an electronic word game. And my mom got him a spiderman utility belt that shoots stuff. Who knew how loud this stuff was going to be? When he and his brother are playing with it all at the same time, it’s like having loud air tools going off inside the house. Me + sick + work + loud noise = grumpy! Lets hope tomorrow is better because it may not look so good on me if my kids go back to school telling their friends and teachers, “my spring break sucked because we spent the whole break duct taped to the wall”.

Thursday Thirteen #25 – SPRING!

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Since today is the first day of Spring, here is thirteen things I love and hate about Spring:

  1. Love: Flowers. Who doesn’t love flowers?
  2. Hate: Flowers. I’d like to know who came up with the idea that flowers should make you sneeze? I ache for poor Jack this time of year.
  3. Love: The grass growing again. There’s nothing like a fresh green lawn.
  4. Hate: Damn grass grows too fast and has to be mowed once a week. And again, who’s bright idea was it to make grass give people hay fever??
  5. Love: Cherry blossoms blooming. What’s not to love about pretty pink trees?
  6. Hate: Damn cherry blossom flower petals get everywhere!
  7. Love: The kids can play outside again! Sometimes without a coat.
  8. Hate: Yard work
  9. Love: I can exercise outside! Go for walks, etc. Bahahaha. Like I get exercise?? If only I had that elliptical I’ve been wanting. (Only if Jack miraculously finds room in the garage…)
  10. Love: Spring cleaning! I love my house to be sparkly and shiny.
  11. Hate: Spring cleaning. I’m a clean freak in a lazy person’s body.
  12. Love: Portland Saturday Market opens – I vow to get there more often this year.
  13. Hate: The dog hair *everywhere* that my dogs shed. UGH! I should save it and knit a sweater. Seriously.

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Thursday Thirteen #24 – Annoyed

I haven’t done a TT13 in a while so I figured it was time to do one. I wish it could be more positive, but alas, I’ve had a rough couple weeks and I just need to get a few things off my chest. Here’s thirteen things that really annoy me:

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  1. Laundry. That always puts me in a foul mood. A friend said the other day, “why can’t clothing be disposable?” For real. Why can’t it?
  2. Liars. There are many people who lie and think nothing of it. I have zero tolerance for dishonesty.
  3. Judgmental people drive me insane and I’ve had my fill of them lately. Especially the ones who base their judgments on information they *think* they have but really have no clue about. Anyone who’s ever hosted a blog knows all about these types of people.
  4. People who don’t listen or do a good job in the workplace, but will go above your head to try to get others in trouble to make themselves look better lose all respect from me. There’s a word for people like this: brown-noser. Or: ass-kisser.
  5. News flash for the condescending people out there: you make yourself look like a jerk and no one looks up to you.
  6. Self-righteousness, it takes a strong person to admit their faults and learn from their mistakes. It drives me nuts when people can’t.
  7. Screaming fighting children. It’s a BOX boys.. a BOX. Is it really worth screaming at each other over?? (Yes they were fighting over a cardboard box!)
  8. Passive-aggressive behavior makes me twitch and blink. At the same time. I don’t look good when I twitch and blink at the same time. So please just say what you gotta say.
  9. Speaking of looking good, vain people annoy me.
  10. Speaking of looking good and vain people, hypocrites annoy me.
  11. Self-pitying Whiners. If you want something in life you have to go for it. You can’t sit around and wait for others to make life happen for you. John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” It’s so true!
  12. Losing weight. I seem to take two steps forward, then one step back. I actually researched diet pills the other day after a friend online said she started on Alli. If you know me, you know that’s totally out of character, and being a diabetic, it’s just a no-no…
  13. Did I already mention hypocrites? Just checkin’.

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas – Thursday Thirteen #23

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13 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day:

  1. The standards of course – candy, jewelry, balloons, teddy bears, perfume, cologne, and flowers
  2. Comfy and Sexy Lingerie – I’m not talking about teddies and heels. I’m thinking more like silk night shirts, or a pretty low cut chemise.
  3. Personalized blanket – I love getting snuggly on the couch under a warm blanket, and a blanket from my sweetie would just feel that much warmer.
  4. Clothing – this can be anything from a sexy sweater to one of these expensive jackets from volcom clothing
  5. Sexy boxers for him – These can be a lot of fun ๐Ÿ˜‰
  6. Instead of a dozen roses, how about the rose bush (if you have the place to plant one)? Roses all the time would be awesome.
  7. A CD with both of your favorite songs, songs played at your wedding, etc.
  8. Food – Isn’t the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Bake something yummy he/she will love like a heart shaped cake or cookies, or cook his/her favorite meal. Maybe even breakfast in bed.
  9. Gift Basket – you can do anything from a wine and chocolate basket, to a massage basket (complete with massage oils, a relaxing CD, candles, etc.)
  10. A photo collage filled with pictures of the two of you together
  11. A scrapbook or photo album with pictures of your favorite events spent together
  12. An iPod. Nothing says I love you like the gift of music, and iPods are way cool. ๐Ÿ™‚
  13. My favorite Valentine’s Day gift is: Time together – I would much rather spend an evening out alone with my sweetheart than receive anything material. You can give this gift in the form of gift certificates but don’t give just one. Get a bunch to your favorite restaurants, movie theaters, etc. with a promise to go out alone once a month.

Whew. I was trying to come up with unique ideas and it was harder than I thought.

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