Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Today was a wonderful birthday and I had a wonderful day. I spent some of it with my family and of course my friends from work. I received some wonderful presents- one of them tiramisu from Tutta Bella in Columbia City. My friends and family are so very kind and made me feel very special today.

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 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...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

My Husband...


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

CANDY WITHDRAWL!!! Curse you Peanut Butter M&M's!

Nothing to talk about... nothing to say....

Except for I am still hurting from this past weekend. Today was yoga followed by an evening of cardio. I am thinking that my totally craptastic day was also supplemented by the fact that I am going through some serious sugar withdrawls. Detox is no fun. I had a five minute argument with myself in my cube about taking some M&M's from my neighbor. He's got this gumball machine full of delishish M&M's. Usually, I wait until he's left his desk before I sidle over and take some candy. He's got pennies sitting out on his bookcase so you can help yourself... the candy is just BEGGING to be taken by sugar fiends such as myself. I've been good about candy in the past couple months, but last week was the final tipping point as I slid back into the horrible spiral that is fructose, sucrose, dextrose and all the other ose's.

Wake me when it's over...

To borrow a word from my friend E- today is gonna be a "craptastic" day. Sigh. I'm out of tea, lots to do, and I can feel a headache coming on. Enough to make me slightly cranky. Boo Tuesdays!

Monday, August 22, 2005

What a crazy weekend!

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

I can't believe it!!

I got SPAMMED in my BLOG. What the hell?! What has the digital world come to?!

Does anyone know how to get rid of comments?!

Monday, August 15, 2005

Good Gravy!

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

Evil walks among us...

... and her name is Emily. Seriously, look at the Tough Girl smirk on her face. She's saying "Oh yeah Uncle Jeremy? Why don't you come over here and ask me to smile one more time?" You'd think she's been watching too much of the Godfather.

Birthday Weekend!

Wednesday was Jeremy's birthday, but we decided to celebrate with friends and family all weekend long. Saturday all of our friends came over for pizza, champagne, cake and wine. Of course, it was my bright idea that we would MAKE our own pizza in 85 degree weather. Jeremy bought all the dough and our friends brought the toppings. What was a good idea in my brain turned out to be a mini-nightmare. Just a note to self- don't try to wrestle with cold pizza dough. My frustrations were quickly drowned out by delicious boxed wine- which we ended up consuming later.

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

Happy Birthday Jeremy!

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.