Archive for the 'daily life' Category

19
Jun
12

randomness.

It’s been so long since I posted. And I’d really like to post a thoughtful and meaningful entry. But frankly, I’m just too tired to put that much thought into a post right now.  Instead, a laundry list of randomness will have to do.

– Jolie started rolling over last week. It was SO exciting and sad at the same time. It was sad because I missed it – I was working. Of course, she’s rolled over 100 times since then, but I missed the first one. My brain kept telling me “Don’t overreact. It’s not a big deal. There are going to be a million ‘firsts’. Don’t sweat it.” Unfortunately, my heart didn’t agree. I found myself crying at my desk. Absolutely pathetic. At least nobody saw me!

– I continue to be annoyed daily by the idiots of the world. I would be so much happier if we could eliminate cigarette litterers, cops on segways, low-rider cars, traffic and bumper stickers.
Sleep training is going ok. The “cry-it-out” part is getting easier and shorter. But she’s still pretty inconsistent with her sleeping. Last night was a good night, but the night before was a very bad night.
– I LOVE living on Alki. I think it’s one of the most awesome neighborhoods in Seattle. LOVE IT!
– We had a lovely father’s day on Sunday. We had some friends over for brunch and then had the rest of the day to relax. It was perfect!
– Derek, my mom and Kristen sat me down the other day and had an “intervention” for me. For my shoulder. They are worried that I’m not doing my physical therapy and that it’s not getting better and won’t get better. It was all very dramatic and over the top. The truth is that I’m exhausted and the physical therapy takes an hour each night. But, I know that they are right and that I do need to make more of an effort. I’m only hurting myself. In fact, I need to wrap this up so I can get to it.
03
Jun
12

pro/con list.

I hate it when someone suggests making a pro/con list to aid in making a big decision. Unless you’re ten years old, I don’t think the pro/con list is a very helpful tool. In theory, yes, it should work. Make a list of pros, make a list of cons…and see which side has the most points. But there is a flaw. Life is complicated and the pro/con list doesn’t give any weight to each item. You could have 10 cons and 1 pro, but that single pro could be the most important thing in the world and outweigh all of the cons put together. It deserves more than one line! Someone should develop a weighted pro/con list…kind of like a weighted average!

23
May
12

smarty pants.

I promise to post some recent photos of Jolie soon – but I had to share this one! She’s in her aunt’s glasses. It just cracks me up!

22
May
12

signature-collecting, petition-signing, do-gooders.

I don’t mean to sound antisocial or like a hermit but I am getting really tired of the signature-collecting, petition-signing, do-gooders of the world. You know the ones I’m talking about. The people who loiter on the downtown sidewalks and pounce on you the second you accidentally make eye contact and then insist you sign their petition. First of all, has it ever occurred to you that I am on my lunch break and you are wasting precious time? Second of all, if I want to support your cause, I would. On my own terms. In my own way. Last of all, is this really effective? I can’t imagine that you’re getting very many signatures. Nobody ever stops. Can’t you find a more productive way to support your cause?

Last night someone knocked on our door trying to solicit us.I consider this 100% more offensive than the street solicitors. I’m not sure what this man even wanted because we didn’t let him explain. How dare you come to my home and interrupt my precious time with my family (who I already don’t see enough) and try to sell me something or sign something. Go away.  Has ANYONE ever let you into their home to discuss your cause or product? I doubt it. How is it even legal? I think that there should be a do-not-solicit list like there is for telemarketing. Plus, I’m can’t help but think that this guy was probably scoping out our hose so that he can break-in later. Ha! Joke’s on him.

16
May
12

brachial plexus.

I feel like I have to blog about this topic because it weighs on me constantly. And as much as I try to push it out of my head, I’m reminded of it all too frequently.

During my labor with Jolie, I damaged my right brachial plexus which is a very important network of nerves. The brachial plexus runs from your spine under your collar bone and is responsible for the nerves that power your arm. Somehow, by some freak of nature, I managed to stretch mine during labor. The result is that I can’t move my right arm. I can bend it at the elbow, but can’t lift it up or out to the side. And now the muscles have atrophied. It is very uncommon to suffer this kind of injury during labor and thus it took a really long time to diagnose the problem. Most people who suffer brachial plexus injuries are in car accidents or have suffered football injuries. The good news is that it looks like the nerves are regenerating. The bad news is that it will take more than a year for me to regain full mobility. It’s already been 5 months and I’m not even close to being fully rehabbed despite hours of physical therapy, massage, chiropractor, acupuncture and neurology appointments.

As you can imagine, this has made life a little difficult. And even more than the physical limitations, it’s depressing. Anyone who has had to complete physical therapy exercises can relate that it’s hard to make time for them and it’s hard to stay motivated. The progress is extremely slow and the injury can be pretty painful at times.

When I start to feel sorry for myself, I try to remind myself that it could be way worse. And all signs are pointing to an eventual recovery. In the meantime, I just try to stay positive and keep focused.

15
May
12

ten reasons I hate my blackberry.

  1. I do not understand why they bother having a web browser app (or any app for that matter) because trying to view a website is a slow and frustrating task. I swear it takes minutes to pull up a website. No thanks. I’d rather chew my arm off.
  2. There is absolutely no “cool” factor to it. In fact, I think I probably get negative “cool points” for having one.
  3. Blackberry should have gone out of business 5 years ago. Given the current mobile technology, it’s WAY behind the times. My guess is that corporate companies (like mine) keep blackberry in business. WHY?!?!
  4. I have major app envy. Pandora, word with friends, amazon, skype, allrecipes…sigh…in my dreams.
  5. It drops calls like crazy. I understand that this could be a network problem but I know other people who have the same network and their phones don’t drop calls.
  6. It’s embarrassing to have one. When out in public, I try to keep mine concealed as much as possible. I might as well be carrying around a walk-man.
  7. The ONLY thing that it’s good for is checking my work email and frankly that’s just not good enough.
  8. Design-wise it’s the most hideous, clunky piece of technology ever. I’d rank it right up there with the Zack Morris cell phone.
  9. The camera is a total piece.
  10. Because I’m so frustrated with Blackberry’s limited functionality, I’m think I’m going to have to buck-up and get a second phone or a tablet. Currently, I’m debating between the ipad 3 or the Samsung galaxy 7.7 tab. If anyone has any thoughts, I’d love to hear them!
20
Oct
11

books.

While I really did enjoy the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, it took me a really long time to get through (basically all summer). I think it was hard because the vernacular was challenging. In some parts I literally had to say the words out-loud to figure out what they were saying. Because I spent so much time getting through that book, I feel like I haven’t read as many books this year. And then today I went to add a few books to my 2011 booklog and I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but I’ve read quite a few books this year! Way to go KB.

On a somewhat related note, I started reading Sarum today (which is supposed to be quite the saga) and I’m a little scared. The story begins with the last ice age. Who starts a story with the ice age and works their way up to 20th century England? Talk about intense. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

18
Oct
11

fall fun.

Sunday evening we had the perfect fall evening with my sister and brother in law. We carved pumpkins, drank apple cider and ate soup! Can you guess which pumpkin is mine, Derek’s, Stan’s and Ale’s?

13
Oct
11

i’m THAT lamo.

I distinctly remember when the Fugees came out with the song “Killing me Softly”. I think it was the summer between 7th and 8th grade and I LOVED it (like play-it-on-repeat “loved it”).  Every time it came on the radio, every adult would say “oh, this version is not nearly as good as the original”. Unfailingly. And I’d roll my eyes and think, “You’re so lame. That version is so old school, you don’t know anything.”

Someone has made the unfortunate decision to remake the movie “Footloose”. I haven’t seen it, but based on the LAME movie trailer, I can pretty much guarantee that it pales in comparison to the original version. And there you have it. I’ve become one of THOSE people. Old.  It reminds me of the day I made a causal reference to the movie “Clueless” and my stepsister (who is only 8 or 9 years younger than me) looked at me with a complete blank stare. She’d never seen “Clueless”. Excuse me? Isn’t that a classic? That’s like saying you’ve never seen “The Sound of Music”. Just call me the lame, old lady.

On a completely unrelated note, I just realized that my last two posts have been about movie trailers. I think this is a sign I’m watching too much TV, or I need to buck up for DVR.

10
Oct
11

bloody mary.

I’m a pretty grounded person.  I don’t harbor a ton of childish or illogical fears (clowns, witches, vampires, monsters, etc). My fears center around life and how it will unfold. I’m scared of becoming old, helpless, lonely and irrelevant. I’m fearful that my loved ones will get sick. I’m nervous I won’t be a good mom. You get the gist.

That being said, I have a completely irrational fear of looking into mirrors in the dark. I know it’s ridiculous. To this day, I still avoid looking at a mirror when the lights are out. I attribute this fear to two events in my childhood. 1) My cousins used to try to “reach” their dead brother by locking themselves (and me) in the bathroom, turning off the lights and calling his name. 2) The kids in my elementary school were obsessed with Bloody Mary. The older kids would turn off the lights in the bathroom when the younger kids were in there and would start chanting “bloody mary” (3x of course). Ummmm….scary? I think so.

This irrational fear has recently resurfaced because there is a movie trailer on tv with two little girls saying “bloody mary” in the mirror, and then a dark figure appears. OMG.  I’m freaking out just thinking about it. PLEASE make it stop!!

19
Jun
11

updates.

I can’t believe it’s been 20 days since I’ve posted. OMG! Where does the time go?! You’d think that with all the time that’s passed, I’d have something really cool to say. But, for some reason I don’t. Looking at my calendar, here’s what I’ve been up to…

–          I went to a wedding.

–          I went to Alaska for a week.

–          I went to a graduation party.

–          I had dinner/drinks with friends 5 times.

–          I went to a Mariner’s game.

I think that’s about it. Hope everyone is doing well!

30
May
11

finally.

I never thought it would ACTUALLY end. But it did. Oprah is actually off the air. In the past, I think I may have given the impression that I “hate” her. I don’t. I’m just really bored with her – same show different year. I feel the same way about political commercials during an election year. Boring. Played out. And a little predictable.

What WILL all those faithful, crazed Oprah fans do without her?!?! Maybe they’ll actually think for themselves.

22
May
11

three things that bug me…

1)      The volume level on commercials. Why do they increase the volume so much on commercials? It’s so irritating!

2)      Segways. Why don’t people just get electric wheelchairs?

3)      The Mariner’s alternate jersey. It looks so weird.

15
May
11

last week.

I was pathetic last week. I didn’t blog. I only worked out once. I ate horribly. Monday and Tuesday I came home from work and napped. <<Cringe>> I’m feeling a tad guilty. I’m hoping this week will be better!

09
May
11

season 2 finale – part 2.

As promised, here are the photos of our last Wednesday Night Dinner for the season.  I don’t think our dinner was quite as photogenic as it has been in the past, but it tasted great. The real star of this dinner was Derek’s brisket…unbelievable. I wish you could taste it because the photos just aren’t doing it justice. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

08
May
11

pathetic.

I’m not sure most people would know this about me, but I can easily be brought to tears. I wouldn’t classify myself as a “crier” but I am easily moved. If I see something overly happy or sad, I tear up. A tv show, a song, a movie, even commercials. Remember the show E.R.? I had to stop watching it because the episode where Dr. Greene died was so traumatic. The old cotton commercials…forget about it. “The touch, the feel of cotton. The fabric of our lives.”

Well, I think I’ve topped myself. I was watching The Office on OnDemand this weekend and I starting crying. And I’m not even obsessed with that show like most people. If it’s on, I’ll watch it. But I certainly don’t go out of my way to watch it. I thought it was supposed to be a freakin comedy! It was the episode where Michael moves to Denver. It was SO sad. Anyone???

02
May
11

how lucky am I?

In the last two weeks, my husband has…

– Re-decked our upstairs patio with beautiful cedar.
– Cooked a beef brisket to perfection.
– Taught himself how to build a computer…ordered all the parts, and then built it…and it works!

Jealous? Ummm, I know. I hit the freakin’ husband jackpot! After more than 10 years, he STILL impresses me!

24
Apr
11

season 2 finale – part 1.

I love watching Top Chef, but sometimes I feel cheated when I can’t taste the amazing food. It’s such a tease. You know the feeling? Well if you don’t, you’re about to! Last night was part 1 of our Wednesday Night Dinner Season Finale. This was the meal that Derek and I chose and we were not disappointed. It was better than we both remembered! See for yourself. Thanks Stacy and Dre for a wonderful dinner and great season!

Menu
Drink: French 75
Pan Roasted Duck
Buttered Faro
Braised Endive
Ratatouille
Cucumber Salad
Flaming Bananas Foster




19
Apr
11

jerk.

From: Kindra
Date:  4/18/2011 8:34pm
To: DonX@earthlink.net
Subject: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Hi there!
I saw your ad on craigslist, do you still have the spin bike? I was about to buy a spin bike on Amazon, but I’d rather buy a used one (reduce, reuse, recycle!). I’ve only got $250 to spend on a bike, and I know this is half of what you’re asking, but I thought I’d at least email to see if you’re interested. Let me know if this is something you could do, if not, no big deal!

Thanks!
Kindra
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From: DonX@earthlink.net
Date: 4/18/2011 9:35pm
To: Kindra
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Its still available. Not gonna talk price until U take a look first.
Thx,
Don
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From: Kindra
Date:  4/18/2011 10:05pm
To: DonX@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Not gonna talk about coming to take a look until U let me know if this price will work for U.
———

From: DonX@earthlink.net
Date: 4/18/2011 10:19pm
To: Kindra
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

How nice….u want @ ur price & on ur terms…..& it’s my bike. Did U wantme to wash ur car as well?
——–

From: Kindra
Date:  4/18/2011 10:44pm
To: DonX@earthlink.net
Subject: Re: LeMond Revmast Spin Bike ($450)

Well, I don’t mind washing my car, but if you wouldn’t mind…it does need to be vacuumed.

Settle down! I just don’t want to waste my time or yours if you aren’t in my price range. It’s not a big deal. I will get one off Amazon.
—–

What a JERK. You can see from my first email that I was really nice and immediately his first response is short, curt and riddled with horrible grammar. I was trying to make fun of him in my second email with the “U” and the “ur”, but I don’t think he got it.  If I could hit rewind and do it again, I would have responded with the following:

Don,

Just because your name sucks, don’t take it out on me. Why would I waste my time looking at the bike if you aren’t going to be flexible with the price? It’s pointless.

Just a tip, using ridiculous abbreviations and poor grammar is only acceptable if you’re a 4th grader or you’re sexting. It’s not ok for a grown man to write this: “Its still available. Not gonna talk price until U take a look first.” There are at least three mistakes in your response! Also, an earthlink email address? Why don’t you join us in the 21st century and get a real email address. Let me guess, you still use AOL as your web browser?

Good luck selling your bike, ASS.

Hehehe. I would never send an email like that, but it sure would be funny if I did. P.S. – I don’t really think the name Don sucks, I was just trying to think of mean things to say. I also don’t mind abbreviations in moderation. Oh, and the “DonX” is not really the first part of his email.

18
Apr
11

wednesday night dinners.

As many of you know, in the fall, winter and spring, we have Wednesday Night Dinners (WND) with our friends Stacy and Andre. The concept started because the winters around here are so depressing and we wanted something to look forward to during the week. Basically, we alternate cooking dinners for eachother every Wednesday. It’s safe to say that we’ve sharpened our cooking and eating skills! I have to admit, I’m a little sad that we’ve just finished season 3 (our third year of WND), and we’re moving into the season finales. For the season finales, each couple chooses their favorite dinner that the other couple made. Season Finale Part 1 is this Saturday at Stacy and Andre’s house. For our last supper, we chose their April 6th dinner. I promise to post photos of the two upcoming Season Finales, but in the meantime I thought you might want to see all of the meals we made this year. Derek and I got much more creative as the season went on! Also, click on the following links for last year’s season final #1 dinner and season finale #2 dinner.

Thanks Stacy and Dre for a great season!




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