December 19, 2012

Weekend in Review

It was a jam packed weekend. To say the least.

Friday, after working all day, I packed up all the craft items my girl scout troop was going to need on Saturday. They were hosting a babysitting event to raise funds to go to London in 2014.

Let's see, what all do we need? Scissors, glue, paper, foam letters and Christmas cut-outs, a couple of Christmas stories, a portable DVD player, snacks, water, garbage bags and TONS of energy.

I spent the rest of the night lounging on the couch. Saturday morning arrives. I jet out, run a few errands (skipping Zumba since my stomach is acting up) and come home to get started on my cookies for the cookie exchange. Which is Sunday. I need 8 dozen. Better get to work!

2 batches of Peanut Butter/Chocolate Bark later, I get ready to load up the truck with all the crafting supplies my girls will need for the babysitting.

We all show up, but NOBODY else does. Our event was a flop. We will know what to do better for next time.

After I unload the truck, I get ready to go out. A friend of mine was having her 40th birthday party in a local dance club. Moxie and PB were also coming, as it was a guys and dolls party. We head out to the club, have a great time, and roll up to the house at 230am. Oi.

I wake up Sunday morning, ready to get started on all things cookies. Like I said I need 8 dozen, and thankfully, 2 batches of bark makes more than enough! I package them all up, get dressed, leave the house and help CHB set up at the location.

This was the year of our 10th Annual Cookie/Ornament Exchange. We had the most people ever who had RSVP'd, and we were going to be busting at the seams in the location we have reserved for the day.

1:30pm rolls around and it goes from 6 people, to 42 people in the space of 5 minutes!

We ate, we laughed, we exchanged ornaments and loaded up our cookie tins. All in all, another successful cookie exchange! I can not believe that we started as group of 6 ladies and have grown so much over the years!

 All the ornaments

These ladies know how to put out a good spread!

Cookies, cookies

And MORE cookies!

After the event was over, and all the tables and chairs were cleaned and packed up, the garbage all collected and everyone else was out the door, there were 6 of us left. Jgurl had brought us a treat.....

Pudding shots! Alcohol laced pudding shots! And oh man, did we deserve them!


What an absolutely fantastic way to end the cookie exchange!

I went home and literally collapsed on to the couch. I was exhausted. Did I mention that some jackass gave me a cold? And, with all I had planned for the weekend, I was fighting a cold on top of that? Ugh. Even though it was a jam packed weekend, I had a great time, and boy was I thankful I took Monday off! A day to rest and recover from my crazy weekend!

December 13, 2012

Ladies Night 2012, Christmas Edition

What do you get when you take 9 ladies, 50 jell-o shots, a hotel cart full of luggage and a night off from men and kids???

3rd annual Girlz Shopping weekend, that's what!

It was Saturday. We met close to the freeway at 9am. Overnight bag? Check. Cell phone and charger? Check. Credit card? Check, check, CHECK!

We hit the road and as we made our way to Downtown Seattle, we stop in the University district to do some shopping. (University of Washington for all you out of towners) We hit the UW bookstore and the DawgDen, home of all things UW Huskies.

We hit the freeway again and make it to our hotel by 11:30am. We check our bags, as our rooms are not ready. This is what 7 girls worth of stuff is for an over-nighter. Not bad right?


We head out shopping, after a few of these of course........


Now, before you get your panties in a wad, we were all WALKING to the shops. We were within 2 blocks of everything that downtown had to offer. And boy did we take advantage of it!

I have realized something. I HATE shopping at Nordstroms. Sorry folks. Just can't do it. I get anxiety everytime I see the price tags, not to mention that if I have to deal with anymore mindless, bottle platinum blonde twits, I could be spending the holidays in jail.

Don't get me wrong: the customer service they offer is FANTASTIC. No doubt about it. I just can't stomach the inside of another one of their stores. I told PB that I would rather shovel dog shit then go back in that store. EVER AGAIN.

Downtone Seattle is wonderful at the holidays! All the trees are lined with whote lights, there is a HUGE carousel in front of Macy's, there are carolers, and just this bustle around the stores. I think it makes the lines and the extra people milling around worth it.

Just as darkness was falling, I took a picture of the big tree in front of the mall.

7 hours, several shopping bags, a couple of pairs of sore feet, and 2 more girls later, we drop everything in to our rooms, grab some food and all dolled up to go out!

A couple of drinks, a scary 5 minute cab ride, and we finally hit a local night club, where we proceed to dance the night away!  



*Photos courtesy of Trinity*

 Had a seriously great time! It has been a while since we all got together and did this, and I am so glad we were able to this year! No hangovers, no throwing up, 9 women who got along for 2 days, and everyone came home with all their clothes? A success indeed!

December 6, 2012

Turkey Day 2012, part 1 and 2

Yeah, a little late with this post. I honestly feel like the last 10 days have flown by and I haven't had more than 5 minutes to sit down and remember my own name, let alone what it is I am supposed to be doing or running off to.

So, since we were not hosting, we had a pretty lax morning. I made cranberries from scratch, (thank you Good Housekeeping! Here is the recipe:) and a pumpkin cream cheese cake. PB made a maple pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie (from scratch), and Doodle did homemade fudge.

We went to PB's aunt's house this year, as she was hosting all the family. Was able to capture some photos there, but the boys were being stubborn. Damn teenagers.







We came home from Turkey Day part 1, watched a movie, and hit the hay early. I had to work the day after, and Doodle went along. Lil C and Big C both had to work at the outlet mall, so we all needed the rest.

At a local grocery store, where we do ALL our grocery shopping, they offer a deal every year. Spend more than $150 in one transaction, the week of Thanksgiving, and receive a free frozen turkey between 10-20 pounds. Well, during our regular shopping trip the Monday before the holiday, we spent MORE than enough to get the awesome free turkey deal.

But what to do with it? We were eating elsewhere on turkey day.......... Friendsgiving 2012 here we come! We invited all of our friends over on the Saturday after the holiday to enjoy a feast, prepared by us! Well, half by us....... our friend and neighbor Michelle helped a LOT!

There were 16 of us for dinner. I made everyone around the room say what they were thankful for, before we ate, and then we all dug in!

In some weird occurrence, I only got photos of PB carving our delicious bird, and NO FOOD PICTURES! Ugh. Dropped the ball on that. Here is what we had: turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing with mushrooms and Italian sausage, the BEST home made gravy, Michelle's green been and Swiss cheese casserole, carrot/onion dish, my cranberries, our desserts, dinner rolls, Garden Girl's hand made spring rolls, and a couple of bottles of wine!




We all sat around talking, laughing, eating! I had a great time, and we plan on doing this every year!

Did you all enjoy your holiday? Make any new traditions?

November 28, 2012

Mustache Dache 2012

If you didn't already know, I ran a 5k 2 weeks ago. Yes, that's what I said. My first one EVAH.

CHB told me a couple of months ago that her oldest daughter, PIA, was going to participate in this, and did I want to as well? Uh, hells to the ya!

Mustach Dache? How could I not? Yeah, its all good that it supports mens health awareness month, referred to as Movember, but really? It involves a mustache. How could I say no?

I registered for the race, and mapped out a plan with PIA to start running. Now, 3.11 miles may not seem like a lot, but for someone like me, it might as well be 10 miles. I am NOT a runner.

I can do 60-90 minutes of Zumba, boot camp, and whatever else you through at me. As long as it didn't involve running I was good. About the 1 mile mark, I start to crap out. And forget it all together if there is a hill involved.

PIA has been in track and cross country for a year, and took me under her running wing to get my booty in shape for this run. She mapped out a course around Mtown for us to run, and over 6 weeks, we ran a couple of times a week together.

I was getting better and better. So, when race day came around, I knew I could do it.

Except, the Richard Marx concert was the night before. Bad timing all around. I got home at 1230am, fell in to bed with my alarm set for 630am the next morning. I got up at 630am. Went out to the couch, in an effort to wake up my tired bones. I turned the news on, sat down, and promptly fell back asleep. Waking up at 8:09am. Ugh.

I quickly ran to Doodle's room, woke her up, did the fastest change of clothes ever, grabbed my gear and we headed out the door. We stopped to pick up PIA and Buchwhacker and headed out to Seattle.
We got to the race, checked in and had our numbers pinned on with 10 minutes to spare. Whew! I was excited to see all the people there, in different mustache forms, as well as some outrageous costumes!

I pinned on my official number,

As did PIA,

 And we donned our running chips, to record our time as crossed the finish line.



Doodle snapped some pre-run photos. Now, I must explain my 'stache. CHB had purchased a set of awesome mustache's online. But, since I woke up late, I forgot mine. thank goodness PIA had brought an extra. the problem? I look like a female Hitler.......





Here we are goofing off before the run....


Look at this great shirt some dude made!


"Pretend" running...... Doodle wanted to capture us before we took off.



 AND........ away we go! It was body to body for the first mile of the run.


The "PartyBot" was there to cheer us on as we rounded the first corner.


40 some minutes later we crossed the finish line. This race for me was not about getting a "good" time, but about simply completing it.


PIA, post run glow!


Now, since Doodle and Buchwhacker were parked at the Finish line, they were able to capture some interesting costumes as participants came in. Here are just a few.........


But this guy? He takes the cake. Fo shizzle!


We caught PartyBot on our way out and got a photo, for posterity.


Doodle and her 'stache...... 



 Bushwhacker and his 'stache......

It was a lot of fun, and I will totally do it again! The run raised $5300 that day, which is a great start!

thank you to CHB for letting me know about this run, and a BIG thank you to PIA. She was a great coach and running partner!

November 21, 2012

Historical Neptune Theatre. Oh yeah, and Richard Marx too

Friday night, after work, Jgurl, Pokey and I headed down to Seattle to go see the one and only Richard Marx.

Go ahead, make your jokes, point at me and laugh. Make references to me being stuck in the late '80's. I can take it.

Due to lovely Friday night traffic, it took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to travel 35 miles. Ugh. We parked a block away, and took our place in line.


This was my first time EVER being at the Neptune. I have lived in WA most of my life, and I had never stepped inside this landmark. One more thing checked off the bucket list.


Seats were General Admission, and the line was halfway around the building. I knew most seats in the house were good, but I figured we would be stuck in the back. Boy was I WRONG! We got seats 6 ROWS BACK! UHM, HELL YA!

There was no alcohol allowed on the main floor, so Jgurl and I had to slam back our drinks in the bar. As you can see, we took the challenge to heart.


Pokey was busy buying a signed copy of a Richard Marx cd set....... it looks more like she is kissing and fondling it, but whatever makes her happy.


The stage was set up with a microphone, stool, guitar, and piano. That's it. When he came out on stage, it was then I realized that this was an acoustic show.

And for the next 2 hours, Richard (we are on a first name basis now) regaled the audience with humorous stories, AWESOME singing, and witty comments.

His voice, and his songs, transported me back to yester-year and I was completely enthralled.


Pokey was such a love to invite me along, and I truly had a wonderful time! Well, except for the jackass in front of us who shushed us. Richard was talking about some song, and the story behind it, and Jgurl was asking Pokey and I a question. This fuddy duddy actually turns around and says "Come on girls, I am trying to hear what he is saying"........

Blood pressure rising. Cheeks flaming. Uhm first of all GRANDPA, I aint your girl. Never have been, never will be. This so reminded me of noodleroux's post last week......
Second, we are at a freaking concert. If you cant hear, maybe you should have replaced the batteries in your hearing aid BEFORE you came to a concert.
Third, if you want to hear the music with no interruptions, go HOME and listen to the cd.

Jgurl just looked at him, her jaw practically dropped to the floor, and all she could say was "WOW".

Other than that little disturbance, the concert was FANTASTIC! Richard did a duet, via video, with his 3 sons. Who are amazingly talented. They all sing AND play an instrument. Once I figure out how to share it with you, I will post it here.


Pokey and I posed for a picture, and then us girls headed out to where everybody eats late night. Where else but Denny's........

These two girls are a blast to hang out, and I laughed until my sides ached! What a great was to spend a Friday Night!

November 16, 2012

The light to my fire........

This past weekend, Jgurl, Pokey and I went to the scrapbooking convention, CKC, that was in town. The convention is put on by Creating Keepsakes, and its the latest and greatest in all scrapbooking trends, supplies, and vendors.

You can take classes.

You can shop the vendor faire.

We did it ALL!

We took 2 classes Friday, shopped, and then came back and did 2 classes on Saturday and shopped some more! Heidi over at Eight Days A Week joined us Saturday.

The classes showed up late July online, and registration started mid August. We have been patiently waiting, waiting, waiting, for 11/9/12 to roll around. Probably one of the few days a year I don't mind GETTING UP EARLY.

It just gets my creative juices flowing to go to this event every year. Surrounded by the craftiest ladies, and given time to make some beautiful projects, CKC is the place to be!

The vendor faire is like crafty crack. Seriously. You walk in there, and you know you want it ALL. No two ways about it. They have all the newest stuff, plus ways to organize and contain all your scrapbook supplies. Excuse me while I wipe the drool from the corner of my mouth, and gird my loins. I am about to max out my credit card.

I took away a few things from these two days I want to share with you:

Girlfriends are the best. They make you laugh until you cry, share things you would never share with a man, offer great advice, and most importantly, we pick each other up when one is down.

It is true. Bellevue women have NO idea how to park. And all of their cars were smaller than mine. UGH.

Women can be some of the rudest creatures out there. If I would have been bumped with a shoulder bag ONE MORE F-ING TIME this weekend I would have been in jail. People, respect other people's space and for gods sake, say excuse me when you run in to someone! Where were these people raised? In a barn?

I came home exhausted, but energized. You know what I mean? I was ready to craft away. I got some great ideas, learned some awesome new techniques, plus some thrifty ways to conserve my supplies. I cant wait for next year's registration!!!!

Will post some pictures once I complete the projects I am working on.

November 5, 2012

Mud Slinging anyone?

Tomorrow is election day.

Personally, I will be MORE than happy for that day to come. I am tired of the ads on tv, radio, newspaper, mailbox literature. ALL of them feel nasty, especially in the last 10 days.

Why does it always turn to that? Are these candidates hoping to sway voters at the last minute? I guess when there is less than 2 weeks left in voting, I presume most people know who they are voting for, AND have their ballots in, so their vote is counted BEFORE election day.

Anyway, with the vote tomorrow, I thought I would pull out the dusty, trusty, little used of late, soapbox and share my views with you. Scared?

There is a measure on the ballot in good 'ole Washington state, where I reside.  Referendum 74. What is it for you ask? Well, it is to legalize gay marriage here. It is to allow the gay/lesbian community to legally marry, and to have all the same "spousal" rights a man/woman marriage has.

There are some rather interesting views surrounding this issue that I have seen:

The gay and lesbian couples don't understand why we are voting YET AGAIN for almost the same issue, especially since we passed the "Domestic Partnership" legislation a few years ago.

The religious crowd is vehemently against it. Period.

The grandparents and great grandparents that are NOT religious, don't understand it.

Soapbox here we come:

I am FOR R74. 100%. 150% if I could be. I feel so strongly about this, I even volunteered to call for the R74 campaign, to educate voters and ask for their support.

There is an ad on local TV about this issue. It features priests, reverends, pastors, friars, and other members of the religious community showing support for this issue. I LOVE this ad. To me, it embodies the heart of the issue. Acceptance.

Here is what gets me: the religious community is AGAINST R74. What I don't understand is WHY? This legislation says that NO church would have to adopt ANY of the principles in R74. And yet, the people of the faith still reject it.

I guess I don't get it. The church wants you to believe what THEY believe, and accept it as the law of the land. Anyone who doesn't agree is WRONG. WTF?

Who are they to tell me who I can or cant love? I don't tell them they cant believe in God/Buddha/Flying Spaghetti Monster. I don't tell them they cant go to church on Sunday, have a place to worship and practice what they believe. Where do they get off telling me I cant believe what I want to believe? I cant buy in to that EVERYONE believes what is written in the bible is the final word. I wont jump on the bandwagon of hypocrisy.

I don't come in to your church on Sunday and tell you NOT to believe in God. You know what I do? I respect that we may have differing opinions. I respect your CONSTITUTIONAL right to read the bible, to pray, to worship your god. But you cant respect my right to marry who I want? Even though it in NO WAY effects your way of life?

Seriously, am I the only person who sees this?

I certainly hope all of my fellow Washingtonians have already voted. But if you haven't, please support R74. It's a basic human need. To love, and to be loved in return. Don't make it out to be something it's not.

October 31, 2012

An excercise in breathing.........

Today is going to be an interesting day.

Today is Halloween. And while I am excited to pass out candy, and to see all the little kids come to the door with their costumes on, and hear the smallest yet most adorable ones try and say Trick or Treat, today represents something else.

Today, PB and I will drive down to his doctor's office. Where we will sit and wait, I more patiently than PB. When his name is called, we will march back to his doctor's corner. We will be sat down and told the results of yet another scan.

The scan he had done last week. The scan that will tell us what the state of his innards is like.

I am anxious.

The last scan we got? Back in June? I didn't share the results with you. We were busy trying to have a fun summer and I didn't want to think about it.

The last scan was hard. PB didn't want me to go with him. In total honesty, I respected and resented that decision. Mentally, I understand it. Emotionally? Fuck you, right?

When he got home, he gave me the results right away. And they were: 50/50. 50% of the cancer is being attacked. 50% is not.

Ok. I let out the breath I didn't know I had been holding....... ok. We can work with this. The doctors told him to continue on the same path we have been on for the last 6 months.

And we have.

And now we get the results from the scan.

TODAY.

And I am feeling nervous. I am sure it is nothing compared to what PB is feeling. I am sure it pales in comparison to the emotions raging through his body, his mind, his heart.

I feel like covering my eyes. Like I do when it's a scary or grotesque movie. And I wait until the bad part is over before I open them again. Whatever the results are, we face them head on. I can only think positively. I refuse to think otherwise.

But the anxiety creeps in. It can't be stopped. I will be practicing a lot of deep breathing today. Breathe with me, ok?

October 30, 2012

It all started with a Marshmallow...........

Friday.

Fondue.

Fun.

CHB and I decided to have a fondue night with our families. We planned out the menu, shopped for all the ingredients, and set a time.

We prepped all the ingredients, did a LOT of chopping, and finally sat down to enjoy our meal.

We had an Italian Cheese Fondue


We had a Beef Roux.........

 And more choices for dipping than we knew what to do with!!! Beef, pretzels, 3 different kinds of bread, lil smokies,
  
Lots of veggies....... Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms,

Chicken........

Here we are, all of our sticks fighting for space in the fondue pot. Reaching over each other.......

Mmmmm.... cheesy fondue!

Doodle and PIA  

PIA and Buchwacker

PB and I

After we gorged on all those delicious items, we had to clear the table, clean up the fondue pots, and prep for dessert.

CHB made chocolate fondue and it was SUPER good! Not to be outdone by dinner, we had several things lined up for dipping in chocolate:

Strawberries
Bananas
Gummy Bears
Pound Cake
Large Marshmallows
Pretzels
Apples

We all came back to the table, even though we were full, and started dipping away. And then things took a turn.

Here is PIA, who made a mustache of chocolate!

So of course Doodle had to do it too!

And then CHB got me! With my mouth full!  

But the best part of the night? 

When Buchwhacker started shoving things in his nose...... (as you can see in my picture above) It all started with a marshmallow.....  

Then he "down sized" to a gummy bear.......... 

Or two, or three.........

Then the kids caught on. Here is HOW proudly displaying her gummy bears with her dad.  

PIA and Doodle decided to have a Chubby Bunny contest........ 

See PIA trying not to laugh? And Doodle concentrating on holding those marshmallows in.......

Ewwwww

Double Ewwwwww

We had a ton of laughs, a ton of food and a ton of fun! You can only fondue THIS way with people you know VERY well! Can't wait to do it again!