Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I got my niece Emily a Sit N' Spin for her second birthday. However, it is a "Simon Says" Sit N' Spin. (Could anything be more annoying?) The best part, is that Simon will tell you to do all sorts of wacky things, like "SPIN FASTER". Yes, this is a good idea! Does Simon also tell you "Don't yak on the carpet if you get sick!" ?
Monday, December 12, 2005
Oops, how did that picture of the cat get in there? Hee hee. That picture was probably taken before she swiped an oranment off the tree. Naughty. In furthering my belief that we have ghosts in the house (was the condo built on an ancient Native American burial ground?) I seem to have also captured photographic "evidence" that we have spirits in the house. And I ain't talking about Jack Daniels. I think I may submit this photo to the Travel Channel's "Most Haunted". Seance anyone?
The newest members of the Warren family are home and happy. They are pretty cute- I have to say. I even got to change some dirty nappies and was "christened" by one of them when she sneezed/barfed all over me. It really wasn't a big deal, poor little girl just had too much to eat. Oh well, another excuse for another cute outfit!
I'm looking forward to the holidays, I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping and planning for some holiday baking. Santa, if you are listening, I desperately want to know how to knit a hat. Scarf making will only take a girl so far. And I need a hat that doesn't make me look like I have a condom on my head. Thanks Santa, that is all.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
As there is not much to do in Dallas besides eat and go to the mall, we did exactly that. Near my aunt's house, there is a GI-MUNGOUS outlet shopping mall in which I found some awesome deals for myself. I did also find some humorous items, such as Delta Burke's line of lingerie at the JC Penny Outlet store. Indeed! Like I said before, everything's bigger in Texas.
I learned how to knit and watched a cockroach lose it's life to the end of a broom, courtesy of my Aunt Ruth. Oh the humanity.
On the side of the highway in Grapevine, there were these giant Christmas ornaments just sitting as decorations at every other intersection. It was weird thinking about Christmas when it was 90 degrees outside. It all seemed very bizarre to me.
I've finished my scarf, it's not bad for my first one. It's a little crooked in places, but it keeps me warm nonetheless. I'll be making one for the cat next.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Me and Jeremy
This weekend Jeremy and I joined our friends Kate and Jesse and visited her parents on Lopez Island. Got our butts up at 6 am to catch the early ferry out to the island and had a good time. We brought the mah-jong set with us and played a marathon round of mah-jong until all the wine was gone. I love going up to the San Juans, I can see myself living there one day- maybe having a small cupcake bakery and a little farm. The weekend was only dampened by the fact that I FOUND A GRAY HAIR IN MY HEAD. Sigh. Another sign that I'm not a spring chicken anymore. Bummer.
Monday, November 21, 2005
I saw that Idaho? phrase on a t-shirt once. I really wanted to buy it. But then, would I be revealing too much?
By the way, some people are just so pushy about wanting to know about my thoughts and life happenings. Yes, I'm talking about you, Brian...
Have a nice day!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Ok enough pity parties... I don't have any new pictures of me and the mustache, I'll have to bring the camera into work this week.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
I think I've had too many cookies today. Can't blame a girl for finding a box of discounted Halloween cookies at Thriftway. I think I've eaten two bats and a pumpkin. They are divine. Judge me not. I know you had that Snickers for breakfast the other day...
Speaking of which, I am determined to cut off the Twix. I have two mini-Twix left at my desk (I ate the third one for breakfast) and once they are gone, they are GONE. The detox shall begin.
Halloween was so much fun, I got to wear a fake mustache and hang out with my nieces. I think the mustache is quite fetching, if only it didn't make me sneeze all the time. I could wear one for each day of the week! You'll notice in one of the pictures Emily is not wanting to let go of the pumpkin bucket. She's pretty strong for a two year old, just you watch, she's going to be on the next version of American Gladiator.
I finally ran in my first race this weekend- the Dawg Dash. Too bad I got passed by a little fluff ball dog and a 5 year old. What the hell. I'm an adult! I'm SUPPOSED to win. I'm going to stick with it, keep training and keep running. It's been good for me. We'll meet again 5 year old, then I will leave you in my super-sonic dust! Oh yes, we'll meet again.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I think I need to shut myself off from media for a while- write more letters, spend more quiet time reading or being by myself.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
In other news, apparently October is "Pizza Month" in addition to "Breast Cancer Month". So today I'm wearing pink and getting myself a pizza after work. Delish.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Apparently there are true pyschos in the world that don't kill or torture- they just give birth. And keep on giving. Jim Bob (yes, that's his real name) and Michelle Duggar recently made headlines after Michelle gave birth her to 16th child, adding to her litter... I mean family. What shocks and horrifies me is not the fact that this woman WILLINGLY lets her husband near her (fertile man!) but they have made a concious decision to raise more and more children. Want to see something really disturbing? Check out their website: http://www.jimbob.info/ and click on their Family Photo Album. Michelle's hair hasn't changed in 20 years! I'm talking crimes against nature, people!!
For more crimes against nature, click on their "Favorite Family Recipes" link. Oh the humanity.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
What's next, a tracksuit as business attire??
Saturday, September 17, 2005
After we delivered the cake, we went to Le Fournil in Eastlake and dined on some yummy french sandwiches and picked up a couple french pastries for later. I heart eclairs!!
Friday, September 16, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
The fire department showed up a few minutes later- Jeremy and I retreated to our condo. Our nosey neighbors gathered out in front, four of them, standing and watching- not bothering to ask if our on-fire neighbors were ok. Jeremy was the only one who had bothered to ask if the neighbors were ok, needed water or anything. Our nosey neighbors sat like vultures in front of our condo- clearly doing nothing productive or helpful.
I think I will make Jeremy a cape, for his superhero efforts.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Today I finally sat down and spent some time looking at the devastation from Hurrican Katrina from CNN and the Corbis newsfeed. I am at a loss for words, moved by the utter desperation and heartache of those survivors.
Please donate to the American Red Cross www.redcross.org. Minimum donation is $5.00 and I know all of us can spare that kind of change. Do what you can, donate what you can. Every little bit helps.
Monday, August 29, 2005
This weekend was pretty busy- but not as busy as last weekend. I finished a cake for a friend at work (her sister was getting married) and after that we had our parents over for a little bbq and some Mahjong! It was the first time my mahjong set has been used since it came from the Philippines over a year and a half ago. It's not the computerized verison either- this is authentic mahjong craziness...
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
I'm still recovering...Coffee in hand as I type, I'm contemplating going back to bed. Alas, I will continue.
This weekend started off right on Friday night and seeing Pink Martini at the Chateau Ste. Michelle. It was the best time anyone with two bottles of wine and great music could have. They didn't allow cameras at the concert, or I would be posting some hilarious pictures of drunkards. (Not including us, mind you) It was a different scene, a lot of 40-somethings with their picnics and chardonnay- but in the end it didn't matter who you were, everyone was up on their feet dancing and having a fabulous time! I almost got trampled by someone who clearly had too much to drink, however he tried to play it off like he MEANT to do that. Nothing like sitting in a field with a bunch of winos!
Saturday morning, after *trying to wake up early (Trying to overcome the headache that is red wine) we packed up the car and took off for Hood Canal and Andy's property on Dabob Bay. We did some clam digging, ate oysters from the bay, had margaritas and tried to drown out the red wine memories. It worked pretty well. The property is so beautiful and was a relaxing time before we had to pack ourselves in the car again and head out to the Gorge.
Sunday. (At this point, I'm half considering ditching the concert and going home to sleep. But must.. trudge.. on...) The ride to the Gorge was quiet, obviously both of us hurting for a little downtime, but once we got there I was in full DMB concert going mode. Sitting on the hill was an experience, I have done it only once or twice but it was great considering our tickets were free! An amazing view, the sound was AWESOME and I could scream and "Wooo!" all I wanted. Fannnnatasic! Jeremy was blown away by the concert- in his words "Everything I expected but BETTER!" YAY! My mission is to turn him into a DMB concert junkie!
Now I am home, have to go to work in a couple of hours. Ugh. Enjoy the pics, it was a great weekend. The first pic is our view of the stage- digital cameras are horrid for dark pictures. I think I can see Dave though! The second pic is our campsite at Dabob. So beautiful!
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
And not the brown kind! Seriously, I can't believe it's been two years since Jeremy and I got married. I swear that time has flown by. A lot has happened in the past two years; the birth of my second niece, the birth and passing of my lovely nephew, my friends Katie and Jessica having their kids (not together of course, that would just be silly) , the passing of my Lolo, the reuniting of my Lola, great days at the lake in Montana, meeting new and old family members for the first time, a couple of new jobs for me at Corbis, having my two best friends Kate and Eryn in the same state at the same time (yay! It better stay that way!!) saying goodbye to my favorite car, Mr. Potato Beetle Bug, saying hello to our new Calkins Mobile... for god sakes woman, we get it... lots has changed. It's only been two years but man it's been wonderful.
PS. In this picture I look so incredibly shocked. I love it.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Sunday, after trying to put the pieces of my self back together after a particulary hard night of drinking- we managed to scrape ourselves off the couch, look presentable and visit the family up north. It was a fun time, topped off with a SpongeBob icecream cake for Jeremy and a WWF-like smackdown with the neices. Another note to self: buy two of everything lest you want pint sized rugrats tumbling on the floor and fighting in their party dresses. Once I got over the initial shock that little Emily had pushed her big sis to the ground, jumped on top of her and tried to bite her stomach, I laughed my butt off. I know, I know, karma is gonna get me. But man, oh man ... THAT was entertainment!
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Today is Jeremy's birthday and to celebrate- I made his favorite cookies, oatmeal scotchies. I followed the recipe to a T. However, when they baked, they just spread all over the place and are less of a cookie and more a chip. Lame! Anyway, Happy Birthday Jeremy! I hope your 32nd year here is just a good as your 31st. :)
This picture was from our honeymoon in California. We stopped in San Francisco for a couple of days. We didn't eat here.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
Ruby, who is two, was a total riot. She refers to the twins as LucyLiza, instead of Lucy AND Liza. Her first word out of her mouth every single time is "No", however, after little convincing, she quickly changes her answer. I made sure to bring some stickers as an ice breaker- and they promptly ended up all over the couch and coffee table. Whoops. Sorry Kara!! She was such a good girl, even let me wash her hair in the tub which most little kids freak out about.
The twins were amazing. I think the toughest thing was trying to remember which baby we had fed and changed. They were totally content to ride in their swings, drink their milk, and make dirty diapers. Not much too it! However, we should have known better when Kara had left us a note telling us that one of the babies had not pooped in a day or two, so we had better watch out! Thinking that we would escape the monster poo- our luck ran out about two hours before Kara and Vince came home. Damn.
All in all, it was a fun trip up to Bellingham and great to meet and stay with these little cuties. I look at them and realize what an amazing miracle they are, overcoming so much to make it in this world.
Friday, July 29, 2005
We didn't get the chance to go up to the Park this time, maybe in September when we go back. Jeremy and I did go jet skiing though- and managed to get ourselves thrown off the stupid thing. I have the greatest bruise you will ever (not) see, on my butt, from hitting the side of the jet ski as I went flying off. All I could do was laugh, because it was so dang shocking to be thrown like that.
All in all, it was nice to go, but I was happy to come back.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
I spent yesterday evening with my family, including my two fantabulous nieces. They crack me up everytime. They are growing so fast- it's hard to keep up. I found these funny pictures of Emily today- and at what point in our lives was it not socially acceptable to squish sweet potatoes in our hair? When did it become NOT OK to bang your cup on the table demanding more food?
Friday, July 08, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
I went with my nieces to the Bothell Parade in lovely downtown Bothell and as all small town parades are- it was quite the event. I think my favorite part was the three nerds on Segways. I laughed my butt off. Aparently, anyone can be in a parade...
Here are some pictures!
Sunday, July 03, 2005
The funniest thing ever- my friend Kate (hi KATE!!) gave me this video to borrow for MKF. It's called Cat Sitter, and is just little two minute movies of gerbils, birds, fish and other rodent like creatures that the cat would be interested in... MKF loved the gerbils and the rats but found the fish and squirrels sooo passé... She's such a snob.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
We spent the next day exploring the island and had a one of a kind experience. We were patient enough to see about 30 Orcas swimming by Lime Kiln State Park, playing and breeching- it was truly a site. The pictures don't do it justice, but hopefully you get the idea.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
OH! Such a deceitful plot must only mean that they want you in that gym all the time working out.
Evil doers, beware! For karma will kick your butt!!
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Don't see this movie. You'll just end up hating yourself for sitting through it.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Here are some pictures- Enjoy! Click on me!
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Friday, May 20, 2005
Jeremy and I won tickets to the Sasquatch Festival, an X-box, a CD library of the bands at the Festival, VIP Parking and passes to the Cliff Club (not sure what that is...) and a camping pass for the weekend.
I am in shock. I really am.
What a way to start a Friday.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
1. Just got new Dave Matthews CD for me. HOW LOVELY!!!
2. Bought tickets to see Pink Martini at Chateau Ste. Michelle in the summer... LOVE IT.
3. Bought tickets to see Carbon Leaf at the Zoo in the summer... Who cares if I thought they were Irish!?!
4. Plays with my doting nieces who love that he plays with them...
See? Ok, I'm done now...
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Today when I was driving up to meet a friend for a cake tasting, I was passing this truck that was towing a trailer that said "Boarders for Christ" on the side. I laughed, thinking of the movie "Saved" that I saw on Friday. Skaters hate cops, but I guess they can love Jesus.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
I know that there are some guys that read this. If you are a guy and have a girlfriend/wife/whatever... GO BUY HER SOME FLOWERS. Honestly, does anyone REALLY need a reason to give flowers to anyone? And you know what? She'll love you even more when it's for NO REASON at all. She'll think that you are so thoughtful and so nice! When you are in the daily grind of life, a lot of things become routine. Step out for a moment and try something out of the ordinary.
Ok, I will get off my Dr. Phil soapbox for now. Good luck with the flowers.
The rest of the weekend was spent with our friends in their new abodes. Kate and Jesse moved to Tacoma and John and Heidi moved to Lake City. Both places are so very cute and nice. Kate and Jesse moved to the Stadium District of Tacoma, which is a darling old neighborhood with some great architecture. John and Heidi moved into a beautiful little bungelow in Lake City with a great kitchen. Seeing both places made the "I wanna move" itch a little stronger this weekend. Instead, I went to Ikea on Sunday and bought some new curtains for the bedroom.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Well, I hope you got your fill of Easter goodies. I for one can't eat sweets like I used to. But I can sure bust them open to see what's inside!!
Here are some pics of my lovely nieces and their Easter egg hunt. Enjoy.
Click here for pictures!
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Curious as to what kind of crazy I am? Check out this article on sleepwalking. I guess I need a vacation because the stress is really getting to me. Good news though, I will never be allowed into the armed forces. I guess they don't want me wandering out into the desert asleep with a rifle.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Since when did I become a ma'am? I really don't remember when I signed up for that. It's not like I checked off the Ms., Mrs., or Ma'am box when I went to my last doctor's appointment. At what point in your life do you suddenly graduate from Miss to Ma'am?
There is this Richie Cunningham look-alike at my beloved grocery store in Renton Village who asked me the other day if "I needed help out with my groceries today, Ma'am". I froze, about ready to throw my sugar-free jello cups in his face. Am I graying? Is my posture starting to deteriorate? DO I HAVE A SIGN ON ME THAT SAYS I AM OLD?!
I know I know, the poor chap was just trying to be helpful. But for the love of all that is holy- please don't make me feel like I should call you "Sonny".
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Apparently, a family had sent us a letter asking us to give them information on a little Romanian boy they had found a picture of in a text book. THEY WANTED TO ADOPT THE BOY. What kind of twisted thought process is that?! "Oooh look, this Romanian boy must not have a family and must be adopted by us." Simply based on what these people saw in a book, they thought it might be a good idea to write to the providers of the image for information on this little boy. First of all, the image was probably 10 years old and second, WTF?!
Perhaps I am overreacting. Perhaps these people are just so selfless that they want to save the world.
But who is to determine who needs saving?
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Nicholas Lodge is indeed quite famous- he made Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding cake.
Here are some pictures of the flowers that I made. And NOTE: They are not real. I had to put them up high so MKF couldn't get her little kitty paws on them. She loves to munch on flowers.
Click on this, baby!
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
- The red patch under your nose that develops from blowing your nose too much. Sexy!
- "Sick" breath. Again, Sexy!
- Not being able to watch tv because the room doesn't stop spinning.
- Not being able to taste anything because your tastebuds are sick too.
Friday, February 18, 2005
I don't know many of you that name your tumors, but I think I have a tapeworm named Terrance. No, I don't have an actual tapeworm (gross) but when I get a hankering for something really bad, like a big block of Ghiradelli Chocolate from Trader Joe's (smothered in peanut butter, of course) I blame Terrance.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Monday, January 31, 2005
But for now, I have something new to look forward to! http://www.dmbnewstudioalbum.com/
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
UPDATE!! Here are the pictures from my recent celebrity chef sighting! Photos.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
My friend Jessica and I walked past a man today in Westlake Square who was telling a bystander the pitfalls of having a pet squirrel- for instance, "when the little sucker bites, it always hurts!"
I am not sure which one was completely crazy, the Squirrel Man or the lady that stopped to talk to him.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
We finally did it! Yes, Friday night was Chicken night at the Calkins household and we finally visited the Popeye's Chicken in Renton. One word: DELISHISH. It was fantastic! Jeremy went a little overboard and ordered the thirteen piece bucket- as in his words "It's a good deal". A good thing that comes in 13 pieces is no longer a good thing. Hurg.
The rest of the weekend was spent avoiding chicken.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Yes, that is how I feel. Except I don't get to do whatever I want. If it was up to me, I'd be outta here so fast and on my way to make cookies or cupcakes with the nieces. But, as life as I know it does not permit such crazy antics, I will be good and do what I'm supposed to do.... for today.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Sunday, January 09, 2005
I had great response to the cake that I created for the Simply Wed booth- it was a relief and a HUGE ego boost to have people like my cake. Some lady even asked if I would send her a picture of it... well... sure... if you are going to let me MAKE it for you. Geez, I guess I should start protecting my work as an artist.... Hee hee!
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
- Mean people
- People who call other people names
AND THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS A CHEAP SKATE.
The "Leader of the Free World" has only pledged $10,000 of his own money to help the Tsumani victims of Southeast Asia. A man who makes over $400,000 a year, has investments in everything, doesn't pay for his housing and yet- all he can cough up is $10,000?
My "Hero" award of the day goes out to Michael Schumacher, F1 driver and 7 time world champion who is pledging $10 million dollars for the relief effort.
Eat pooh, Mr. Bush.