Archive for September, 2008

29
Sep
08

new vitamin regimen.

This week I started a new vitamin regimen. Derek has been bugging me for years to start taking vitamins – but it was the encouragement of my pal Allyson that made take the plunge (sorry Derek). She gave me a “test-run” with her vitamins so I could see if I felt nauseous – and surprisingly I felt great!

Here’s what my new regimen consists of; I’ll keep you posted.

  • Women’s Multi-Vitamin
  • Fish Oil Supplement
  • Flax Seed Oil Supplement
  • B-Complex Supplement
28
Sep
08

flying solo

Well, it’s finally happened. October has arrived – and Derek is leaving for China on Tuesday. He’s going to be gone for a month. A MONTH.  I’m going to be really lonely.

On the bright side, I can sleep in the middle of the bed, listen to whatever radio station I please…and pick up lots of dudes.

25
Sep
08

yummers

We had a delicious dinner last night at Stacy and Andre’s – I mean it was REALLY tasty. Derek and I were still talking about it this morning when we woke up. Pork Tenderloin, Risotto with Truffle Oil and Caprese-like Salad. Inspired by “Sunday Nite Dinners”, the four of us have decided to start “Wednesday Nite Dinners” to help get us through the long, rainy Seattle fall/winter. We haven’t decided if we’ll do it every week, or every-other week. I DO know that we’ve got some good meals ahead of us.

23
Sep
08

sunday nite dinners

A friend shared this blog with me yesterday; it’s called Sunday Nite Dinners. I love the concept, I love the photos, I love the recipes – I love the blog. Sunday night dinners are the best.

Thanks Kristina!

22
Sep
08

Cars, occupational hazards, acid, anxiety and jello jigglers

Here is a little snapshot into my mind today – in no particular order:

I FINALLY paid off my car. After two years of pretending like it was a priority – I finally MADE it a priority. This morning I sucked it up and wrote the big check.  I know I made the right decision, however I feel slightly nervous about the whole thing because it took a sizable chunk out of my savings.

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Ok, I’m not going to bore you with the details of my dreams – because NOBODY likes dream stories. Just admit it – nobody does. Don’t fool yourself and think that yours are good. They aren’t. Nobody cares; they are pretending because they don’t want to hurt your feelings.

BUT I will tell you that I always dream about work. My dreams are always monopolized  by work, I know…lame! In the last two weeks I’ve had two very strange dreams about cruising. I guess it could be worse. I could be a plumber and have dreams about poop every night. Occupational hazard.

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There is a particular little drama plaguing my mind right now. I know it’ll all work out in the end – and I probably have nothing to worry about – but I can’t let it go. Let’s call it “problem A” for right now. Every time I think about problem A, I get frustrated and am overwhelmed by massive amounts of anxiety. It feels like stomach acid eating away at my sanity and rationalization. Lovely.

Like most annoying problems, I know that Problem A is only a small part of the picture. At the root of the issue is the larger problem…Problem ABC.

The good news is that this post was fairly therapeutic and I already feel a little better. The post was like an antacid for my anxiety. Ha!

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Why do people get naked at the gym? I swear, some women ENJOY walking around the locker rooms buck naked making everyone look at them. Ew. It’s never “pretty bodies” either. It reminds me of a Jello-jiggler. Can’t we all just be a little more discrete?

17
Sep
08

cohabitation

The decision to “live together” is an interesting one. All my life, I thought this decision would be a huge one. A decision I would need to thoroughly contemplate and overanalyze. A decision that would require writing a list of “pros” and “cons”.  One of the biggest decisions of my life.

When other people announced they were “moving in together” I found myself thinking, “Wow, that’s a big step. I hope they are ready.” And it is a big step – I’m not trying to diminish the significance of it. When you take the step, there’s no going back. I think many young couples rush into it. If you aren’t ready for it, moving in together prematurely can put unnecessary stress on a relationship- eventually leading to breakup. Logically, I know all these things to be true.

However, when it was my turn to decide to cohabitate – there was no question in my mind. There was no list. I didn’t even think about it – it was a done deal. It’s funny how quickly I made the decision; I guess I just knew it would work out and that we were ready.

So far I can’t find any downfalls to living with Derek. It has been blissfully wonderful; better than I could have ever hoped for.  Yes, our apartment is a little small, but we make it work. I guess when you know, you just know.

16
Sep
08

fall project

I’m feeling a little restless this week – I think I need a fall project. Here are my ideas:

  • Start scrapbooking
  • Pick-up one of the books I started writing last year and start working on it again
  • Create an anonymous blog where I can spill my guts and write about things I’m too chicken to write about on this blog
  • Start studying for the GMAT
  • Find a world record to break
  • Play the lotto A LOT

I’m open to suggestions.

15
Sep
08

Gotta love snl.

The resemblance between Sarah Palin and Tina Fey is uncanny! Gotta love SNL; too funny!

14
Sep
08

hart’s pass

This weekend Derek and I went camping at Hart’s Pass. Hart’s Pass is located in the North Cascades (about 19 miles outside of Mazama). It’s a bit of a trek to get there, but well worth it. The dirt road is very narrow and it winds along the side of a mountain that leads you to the highest point in Washington State accessible by cars. I know – crazy right!? Once you get up there, there is a tiny campground (5 spots). The campsite is really fantastic – but the highlight of the area is Slate Peak. Slate Peak is a tall peak and magnificent viewpoint that showcases the North Cascades like you’ve never seen. The 360 degree view will take your breath away – you feel like an ant in the middle of a huge mountain range. And the shapes of the peaks are so interesting; they are sharp and jagged (unlike any I’ve ever seen). We stayed up there for the sunset – it was so beautiful!

We will definitely be back to Hart’s Pass – hopefully sooner than later!

11
Sep
08

book review: The Pillars of the Earth

I am happy to announce that I just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I feel relieved to be finished with it because the book has completely monopolized my free time (and sleep time) for the past two weeks.

Pillars takes place in 12th century England when the Catholic Church shared power with the tumultuous English Crown.  It was also a time of great cathedral architectural innovations. The story follows several characters living in Kingsbridge during the construction of a cathedral and presents the age-old struggle between good and evil.

Overall, I really enjoyed the novel; it was a total page turner.  Follett knows how to write a complex plot and successfully intertwine multiple characters.  I also thought it was interesting how he allowed us to see the characters grow and develop over a 40 year period; it gave them more depth.

I do have a few criticisms.

  • At some points, it feels like the story is a string of plot twists, misfortunes, evil characters, hardships, rapes and disappointments.
  • The architectural descriptions of the cathedrals are very detailed – and I found myself grazing over them.
  • Follett is an extremist with his characters. They are either good or bad; you either love them or hate them. And there isn’t any in between. I prefer more complex characters – they are more relatable.
  • I wasn’t impressed with the ending; it didn’t feel believable to me.

I know I said more negative things than positive, but I truly did enjoy Pillars. I would recommend this novel. Talk about a page turner!

Book Stats

Title: The Pillars of the Earth

Author: Ken Follett

Notable: Apparently Ken Follett is known for writing thrillers – this was his first historical fiction.

Pages: 973

Reading Level: Easy – it will go fast

Do I feel like I need to re-read it? No.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely

10
Sep
08

heelarious.

This has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve seen in awhile (although the name is kind of clever “Heelarious”). Squishy baby high heels. Who would buy these?! I think they are supposed to be a joke, but still. Not only are they impractical but they are REALLY ugly. If you are going to parade your child around in something completely embarrassing – at least make it cute, like ruffle-butt tights or side pig-tails. And just remember, payback is a bitch. They will get revenge on you when you are old and decrepit.

08
Sep
08

two new pages

Greetings loyal bloggees! I’d like to introduce you to my two new blog pages (upper right hand corner in blue): books and gym. I decided to delete my “bookclub” page because it wasn’t very exciting (don’t get me wrong ladies – I love y’all and I have a great time at “bookclub”, but as a whole we are better at drinking than reading)! I still need to write reviews on Water for Elephants and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. And I guess I need to start going to the gym!

04
Sep
08

i hate politics.

This is my own cynical view – but I hate politics. I really do and I can’t escape them right now. On tv, in the office, on the radio, at home, etc. It is everywhere. I’m so tired of it.

I feel like politicians are self-serving and will say whatever it takes to get elected. Democrat, republican…it doesn’t matter; they are all the same. Even if someone “different” was elected, they wouldn’t actually be able to make an impact because the system is so broken. Any radical changes would never make it past congress. And when it’s the end of their term and nothing happens, they’ll blame it on the other party blocking their initiatives.

Who will I vote for? Eh, I’m not sure. Maybe I won’t vote; it’s not like it makes a difference.

02
Sep
08

business trip

Photos from my recent business trip.

01
Sep
08

while you were out.

Have you ever seen that TV show While You Were Out? The basic premise of the show is that while the resident is out of town, their friends/family complete a needed home repair or decorating project and then surprise them.  Cool, huh?!  Hold that thought.

My apartment is pretty small – I have very little storage. I complain about it all the time. Last week, Derek and I were brainstorming ideas on how to maximize our space. We decided we needed a hanging shelving unit in the dining room area. Seems fairly simple – but the unit would be a custom size (as to not encroach on the dining area) and it would need to be mounted.

Derek talked to our friend Gary about the project (Gary is a very skilled Finish Carpenter). Derek took the measurements and even worked up a little drawing. Gary acted interested, but I wasn’t getting my hopes up. Who wants to go home and make their friends a shelving unit in their spare time when they do it all day? Not me. I assumed it would be one of those things we talked about for six months and never got around to.

Fast forward one week to today. After being gone all weekend, I enter my apartment and what do I see? A beautiful new shelving unit – installed and everything! SURPRISE! Derek left a key for Gary over the weekend and Gary built it and installed it for me. It’s beautiful and very functional. It increases my kitchen storage space by about 30%. HOORAY for storage!

I quickly filled it up with goodies – see the pics below. Thanks again Gary; you’re the best!




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