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out of context.... [22 Feb 2008|07:13pm]

convo w/ the sister
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to give away the insider...we are going to see The Bodies exhibit soon.

tooo funny. the brain of a 17 yr old!
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Shawn vs. Snowboarding, SHAWN 1, SNOWBOARD 0. [19 Feb 2008|09:01am]
 This weekend proved that I have a pretty awesome husband who managed upon first time attempt, to make snowboarding look easy.  I will be honest, there were not some pretty moments as he took  some serious looking head first dives into the snow, but he never gave up---and for that i could'nt be more proud.  



We managed to get 1/2 a day in with really beautiful weather (kids in just tee shirts, albeit a bit crazy but not jawdropping).  We had hoped it would stop, so we went home for a bit, rested and relaxed....but upon coming back and navigating down in almost straight downpour---we opted for a rain check.  Free snowboarding next year.  Shawn is also enthused enough to go a day up at Whitetail/Liberty/etc for some additional practice.  


We also did many many other things while in Oakland, MD like paroozing antiques, glass blowing, hiking Swallow Falls/Muddy Creek Falls, and eating all kinds of "bad for you" foods that I have been trying to resist for a while now.  The innkeeper assured us that our breakfast were very -good for you- AND delicious.  I wasn't about to argue after taking buckwheat sourdough blueberry pancakes.  
  


We made sure to enjoy every last drop of this vacation, even down to taking silly photos in the car, enjoying riding through the mountains (the cut) and even spotting a really pretty rainbow all on the way home.  

 

Hope everyone enjoyed thier extended weekend (if you got one!). 
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Shrove Tuesday. [05 Feb 2008|02:41pm]
Mmmmmmmmm, pancakes tonight!



 
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Diarrhea, cha cha cha. [24 Jan 2008|02:36pm]
I am so fortunate to have this family, and a Grandmother who finds this sign just as amusing as I did.  i should also note that my Grandmother is not a serial killer. 

              

                                            
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Ode to Adler. [24 Jan 2008|12:00pm]

                      



I love Jonathan Adler's manifesto....allow me to share.

The last I struggle with, i am learning that a new pair of shoes can make your day...even if children are starving in Africa.  I think I just feel somewhat guilty for buying things I don't need.   I'm learning....it's all about balance.
So I bought myself (ok, so it was on sale (6.00!! a steal!!) an Adler ornament.  When do you see ANYTHING for 6.00 on his site??  I absolutely love his Utopia collection.   I think I might have some new Adler goodies coming my way from the husband, and normally I would say, "you spent what?" ...."ah, we should send it back".....but i think I feel quite fine with it.  After all, i'm worth it, dammit!


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Hummus among us. [14 Jan 2008|01:40pm]

I love this stuff.  



My husby picked me up at work and wisked me away for such a stellar evening.  First was dinner at Cafe Isis, err Al Pacino Cafe (Anyone know which it is?) on Cathedral St.  They have such good vegetarian food, including HUMMUS!  They also have the best homemade pita to complement it.  

Then we headed off to the Charles Theater where I got to see one of my most favorite books turned into a movie, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.  To be honest, the book was better (as almost always the case).  Yet, if not comparing the two, the movie was beautiful in itself.   I highly recommend it.

I have been spoiled by the movie bug lately having seen Juno, Sweeney Todd and No Country for Old Men all in two weeks! 

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Finally.....FINALS! [06 Dec 2007|04:50pm]
So, i have been over my head with work, school, and family.  I love every bit of it, and often scold myself for complaining about anything, i think it is human to be discontent sometimes...i just have to keep it in check.  I thought I would give you a peek into my past three late night evenings. 

My husband is out like a light, and the dog at my feet stirs only when *I* bother *his* sleeping positions by shifting my work around.  This is my 3:00 am. 

***edit the last picture was him after he licked my icecream bowl clean, unbeknownst to me. He was too cute to punish, although I will know better next time then to set it within his sneaky paws.

   

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O' Tannenbaum! [03 Dec 2007|11:00am]

This past weekend was one of my favorites this year!  We went to the tree farm and cut down a Christmas tree, our dog even came along for the fun.  Shawn and I like to go really far out to get ours just so we can walk the property and take our time.   While we were in the process of examining tree trunks and inspecting bare branches a zoo arrived.  Apparently, the neighbors like animals (as I would too if I own a lot of land), so we were greeted to three dogs, two horses and a goat!  

 
I was pretty carefully with the horses at first because they were just so strong, healthy and big....a little daunting.  They took thier time sniffing me out, and deemed me friendly--so I was able to pet them. 
 
We got a really magnificent tree, and returned for the "free shaking :)" so we could tie it down and go home.  
When we brought up the decorations, Chip was trying to either play or help...I could decide...but he was hands down adorable without question.   These pics are actually NOT posed (as if I could get him to do that anyway)!!
 

 

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Cruddy secret keeper.... [29 Nov 2007|03:06pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

I admit I am one of those people who LOVE surprises but keeping them is next to impossible with me.  As soon as I have something special to give someone, i almost burst at the seams to tell them about it.  This is the latest case with a book I made for Shawn.  (he never reads this, and BARELY goes online--except email....so I think my secret is safe here )

               

Blurb is a fascinating book binding company that makes just about anyone an author, and in my case....Shawn one as well.  Email is a wonderful wonderful thing, isn't it--such instant gratification!  Don't get me wrong I would much prefer the traditional hand-written letters hands down.   My husband has the best penmanship ever, and cute girly writing that makes me swoon.  Yet, in the case of us falling in love, getting butterflies and overcoming tough topics, email was our medium.   From the moment we met we exchanged emails and the rest is history.  I wouldn't have been surprised if he asked me to marry him over email, we just were that intense in email.   My saddest days were days when I didn't get an email from him....and even to this very day we are pretty good about keeping that discipline.
 
So, anyway for our first anniversary it was "paper" and what better than to give a book...right?  My idea was to "publish" all of our wooing emails into a book, little did I know the work involved in that.  Blurb gives you so many options and tools and formats etc....it is almost overwhelming.  The whole task too a good couple of months of free time here and there because we didn't have them saved online anymore, and had to painstakingly transcrible about 50 pages of emails, ugh!  It was just too much work to make the deadline to get here by anniversary time so he had to settle for a boquet of paper flowers instead. 

Herin lies the test, of 'can i keep this a secret?'.  See, i tell myself it was suppossed to be a anniversary present, but i know he will love it as a Christmas present  I usually make him all sorts of stuff but with school and work it has been a little more difficult to manage time.  Well, i am aiming for wrapping it right away so that I have no chance to come running up to him like I little kid squirming before show-and-tell.  
 
There are few objects in the world that mean that much to me, but this book will be my favorite love story ever. 

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Teacup and Sugar [26 Nov 2007|11:13am]
Wow, lots to say just no time to do so.  I am kind of a snob about posting entries without pictures.  I think in some way it is because I don't really think people want to hear me ramble about my life.  My life is fascinatingly ordinary...just the way I like it.  So pardon the lack of post, but I assure you, im alive and doin' jus fine!

RECAP! (backwards)

Sunday 11/25 - LEAVES LEAVES LEAVES!
    Finally they have fallen, let the jumping begin.  I am a sucker for the sounds of crunchy leaves, the smell of them, and lest not forget big leaf piles!  Shawn's mom usually hires someone to rake them, and can you believe they charge about 600.00!  Crazy!  When I found this out, i said "legs, arms--we can do this!"  I can't imagine being able bodied enough to do this and allow someone to spend that kind of money to rake play with leaves!  We got the front yard done with 34 (30 gallon) trash bags full of leaves.  I so wish I had my camera because the dog just couldn't get enough of them.  He loved digging for sticks in the big piles and running about all spastic with them in his mouth, quite a sight to melt my heart.  

Saturday 11/24 - Teacup and Sugar
     I have wanted to see for the longest time, Tegan and Sara, a band who is just so consistently good!  It has never worked out with dates and such, but finally I got my chance Saturday night in DC, at GWU.  I really wanted to take my sister, Kates because she is just a blossoming music appreciator.  I remember her making fun of my music when she was all into Outkast (no knocks on Outkast, i can and love to shake it like a polaroid picture at times) but we just didn't mesh musically taste-wise.  After I seemed to not be so angry any more and stepped a little away (not indefinitely) from bands like Kid Dynamite, Fast times, Bars-Give up the Ghost, and even Pig Destroyer (ha!) we found some common ground listening to soundtracks from movies and just some good music.  I remember the first time she came to me and was excited to MAKE me listen to a song she discovered.  It was Jude "i do".   I still love that song...  Then it just progressed to swapping bands that we like.  Sadly, the babe comes first and separation anxiety got the best of her as my buddy for the concert.  My husband thankfully was willing, ready and excited to go with me.  The only thing was that he didn't really know them, at all.  We are pretty different musically too, which again, is ok.  But he has this funny thing that if he doesn't know someone or something he changes their name.  Thus, Tegan and Sara because Teacup and Sugar....don't ask me--but I find it ridiculously amusing.  We had a most wondrous time rocking out to the lyrics of Northern States, and then much awaited T&S.  Good times, good times!
  


Friday, 11/24 - Duckie and Me!
     My favorite nephew in the world and I got to spend the WHOLE day together!  My sister had to return to work, and I got the pleasure of spending the day with my little buddy.  He couldn't have been better, he was just perfect.  I have to locate my darned cable to upload the proof, but I will soon.  Thankfully I was still stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner or I would have just eaten him right up!  

Thursday, 11/23 - Thanksgiving Debacle
     I think God was looking out for me because i wasn't really looking forward to having to be around a big dead bird in my kitchen.  It was bad enough when my work decided a few years ago to start giving out turkey.  Something about having a loading truck filled with frozen turkey dump 85 of them in my parking lot doesn't make my stomach very strong.  I almost converted my little sister to tofurkey last year, when she was like--"wow, this is good"....only to have her flamboyantly wave her real turkey in my face and say..."but this is BETTER....."  Yuck.  Anyway, back to the frozen turkey in my fridge.  Shawn does all things meat in the house, but misjudged the thawing time---so turkey this year was a no-go.  We made last minute reservations for a really cute restaurant nearby and were surprised to have an opening.  So, after a morning church service we made our way to that.  

Wednesday 11/22 - Schools out 4-eva...
      Ok, not really but for Thanksgiving break it was.  If I had to hear Acetylcholinesterase ONE MORE TIME, i might have gone a tad mad and developed some creepy eye twitch or something.

Well that’s about that.  Hope everyone else had a good week and there is still so much more to look forward to!

Happy holidays!
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Happy Birthday Katykins! [15 Nov 2007|12:19pm]

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love you more than you know! 

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[12 Nov 2007|11:56am]
I stepped on an engorged tick last night and it popped like a cap gun.  Then I see the blood sput across my kitchen floor.  

It was almost vomit inducing.

Just thought i'd share.
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[25 Oct 2007|12:24pm]
Quebec was everything we had hoped it to be, and more.  I even got my maple leaves!
 



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Au revoir! [18 Oct 2007|01:27pm]
I leave for Quebec tomorrow, so exciting. I am feeling very spoiled lately, last weekend was the beach---this weekend Canada. I'm a lucky girl.

We can only afford to stay a couple of nights at the Chateau Frontenac, but even out more afforable hotel is just as exciting. It is called Le Vincent and it is inspired by Van Gogh! They have a mosaic floor of Starry Nights, it's gorgeous.



I hope to collect more maple leafs for my collection! 

I can't believe I have been married a whole year! It  feels so new and so comfortable all at the same time!
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FISHERS! [17 Oct 2007|04:03pm]


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Breathtaking... [15 Oct 2007|08:53am]
"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in."


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...and then there were seven! [10 Oct 2007|10:27am]
Last weekend was great, dispite the unseasonable weather---so HOT! I am one who tends to be more cold than that average person so sweaters, even light ones year round are not uncommon on me. I must say though it felt hotter than the dead of Summer? What's up with this? It was much cooler once we were shaded by the corn in the 9 acre corn maize. Even though I felt like a bunch or Larry. Curly and Moes in the maze trying to get out, the farms website said we are actually quite on the better side of those who attempt it. After 35 mins of making loop-de-loops we made it out and got some much needed refreshing water!

Some of the other offerings were a covered "sand" box filled with hardend corn pieces. It was fun, it reminded me of putting my hands in beans or rice at preschool. It was cool and nice to just sit with my family, including my husband who was first to have his shoes off! :) 


When we finally got the hayride out to the pumpkin patch I was perplexed on getting a "charlie brown" tree pumpkin or a real beauty.  I ended up getting both.   Shawn got a Jack Spratt pumpkin because his was tall and lean, while next to mine was fat and round :(  The night ended with some homemade oatmeal raisin cookies and a house call to my sisters apt.  

 
 
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“It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants.” [06 Oct 2007|08:25pm]
One of my favorite things to do, is have a picnic. It is my most strongest memory of falling in love with my husband. We discussed life, food, kids, our dreams and fears and so much more while snacking on cheese and crackers and PB&J. The weather has been warm and beautiful for our picnics, i hardly feel autumn around the bend. 






 
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Your love is better than ice cream... [02 Oct 2007|04:29pm]
 Ice cream cravings have been the motivation of many a late night drive to the supermarket or "frosty run" at the drive-thru from Wendy's (but never a vanilla frosty!), and sometimes have been the excuse for a small meal, as in "save room for ice-cream".   Shawn is a standard Bryer's Chocolate Chip, hands down his favorite.  My tendencies are a little more adventurous, dabbling into haagen das' Tiramisu or Ben and Jerry's Half Baked.  I go back and forth to loving homemade ice cream to opting for leaving it to the pros and just buying it.  Coffee ice cream is generally the best because you can make it really stong and add a multitude of things to it, yum.  

The was one of our wedding presents that we really are thankful for.  It has been put to good use.  I can't wait to make some fall and winter flavors like pumpkin and peppermint stick.  Winter flavors can be a good excuse to make ice cream! It is kinda like Ron Popeil, just SET IT, and FORGET IT!





 
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“That's it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown college!” [01 Oct 2007|12:49pm]
Our annual company picnic proved to be worth it again, if only just for this picture.

 

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