Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oh dear.


He's gonna be a lady killer I tell ya.

Friday, December 17, 2010


Well, I was raving about Sabra Hummus a few posts back.  So far we've tried the regular flavor, DELICIOUS, the roasted garlic, YUM and now the Spinach Artichoke.  Now, I LOVE both those things.  Spinach and artichokes, together, separate, with other things.  But this hummus, uh, not a fan.  AT ALL. 

Sabra, I think you need to go back to the drawing board on this one.  Stat.

I'm listening to The Cure's Album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me today.  Dang, it's so good.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Alright, here is the Thanksgiving post.  I know, it's almost Christmas, but sheesh, it sneaks up on you.

After snopocalipse 2010 we braved the roads to Oregon.  After leaving the peninsula the roads were great!  However, trying to travel the day before Thanksgiving on the I-5 corridor was a mistake.  What usually takes 4 1/2 hours took us 8 hours!!!  Everybody and their brother had the same idea as us.  Oh the terror of 8 hours in the car with 2 teenagers, a tween, and an ALMOST 5 year old!  Plus you throw me in the mix, the one who has a bladder smaller than an acorn and whose husband bought her a red bull and a cup of coffee.  Well let's just say the drive was, uh, interesting.

Isn't Thanksgiving all about the food?  I think so.  Well not really, but mostly.  Needless to say a good portion of the photos I took were of food.  I must be obsessed or something.

The bird before she went in the oven.


We had a huge spread of hors d'oeuvres. I'm surprised we could actually eat dinner!




Meanwhile, as my Mom and I prepared food, this guy ransacked the bird feeder.


We fed the ladies leftover veggie scraps and cracked corn.


I love this photo Marty took!


We got to visit with my Brother and Sister-in-Law and our nephews!




We had a wonderful time, ate until we almost burst, played Bingo and Mafia, and were crazy enough to brave Black Friday.  With kids in tow! 

I am so thankful to have my Family!

Note: there are no pictures of the actual meal because, apparently I was so ravenous with hunger I didn't take any.  Oops.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A trip to the city...


Shopping at Alderwood Mall....
Eating just about everywhere...
Carousel ride in Westlake...
A Christmas Carol Play at the Act Theater...


Sarah took the picture above, and i made the video below.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hot water heaters, and HD tv

So about three weeks ago, on a Thursday, we discovered something kinda terrible.  Our hot water heater was leaking.  Say it with me, "Oh farg!"

Let me preface.
A week or two before then we received a special offer from our television provider to upgrade to high definition tv for free! WAIT, hold the phone, FREE you say.  I'm down with free; we're like homies you know.  So being the good wife I am I called our television provider and made the appointment. 

Fast forward to three Thursdays ago, the day of our appointment.  Marty was getting everything ready for the technician, pulling out the old box, binding wires together, getting the console cabinet cleaned up and ready for that shinny new HD receiver box when he discovered the leak.  I was actually at the mall (the new wal-mart, the kids have resorted to calling it the mall because it's the biggest thing we have in our dinky little town) when I got the text.

"Guess what we get to buy?"

Was this good, was this bad, I didn't know, so I replied, "what?"

"A new hot water  heater."

Okay, it wasn't good, in-fact it was bad.    

I came home from the mall regretting the money I'd just spent.  I knew a hot water heater wouldn't be cheap.  Marty showed me the leak and while it wasn't gushing there was a definite leak.  A trip to the big box store was in the plans for that weekend.

Friday after work we headed to the box store and several hundred dollars later we were driving home with a new 80 gallon tank.  Now, I am usually a glass half full kinda gal, and determined to make lemonade out of this lemon I was pretty happy we were getting a bigger tank.  This also gave us the opportunity to relocate the tank down into the garage instead of under the stairs, something we'd been talking about for well, years.  The only down side to this was I was going to have to get under the house to help Marty.  Cue screaming.  "THERE ARE SPIDERS DOWN THERE!"

Here is the old tank, in the closet under the stairs. You can see the under house access here. Yes I had to crawl down in that little hole. Shudders. Marty actually spend more time down there than me, but still I'm kinda a baby when it comes to spiders. They really freak me out.


Here is all the lovely corrosion on the pipes of the old heater. Our house was built in 1955 and all of the plumbing in galvanized. Nice, I know. I'm actually surprised we didn't have to replace this thing sooner than we did.


Together, it only took us 4 hours to drain the old tank, move it out of the closet, re-plumb the water lines to where the new tank would go, move the electrical, hook up the old tank, check for leaks, and fill her up! Oh, and two more trips to the local hardware store for fittings and crap.

Here she is in all her glory!


Ah, glorious HOT water. I mean wow! It's been almost three weeks since we put this baby in and I have yet to run out of hot water in the shower. I LOVE THIS THING! How we lived with a 50 gallon tank and 5.5 people in our house I'll never know.