Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Thanksgiving Happy

That's a lot of green beans.
The Thanksgiving prep work has begun.

How did the lady at the commissary yesterday know that I had just ended one of my most unpleasant grocery store trips ever?

I had one full grocery cart. Sally was fussy, needing to eat. Drew was whining for everything in sight.

I left the cart up front so we could take a feeding/time-to-regroup break in the van.

Once there, I realized I didn't have my phone.

Thought it was in the cart with all my groceries.


Oh ya... I dropped it.

Wasn't where I dropped it.

It was at customer service. Phew.

But Sally was still fussy (hadn't eaten yet).

Back to the van.

Got ourselves together...Then back in and just got a 2nd cart...made it through the rest of the store and was checking out both carts with about nothing left in me.

The lady behind me was super nice & patient, not giving me mean looks for my tons of stuff (18 people is a lot to feed) and I was grateful.

Back at the van I handed the guy that bagged groceries his tip (they work for tips only and give you the evil eye if you want to take your own groceries out and avoid the tip) .

It was a bigger tip than normal with my bigger load than normal.

So I was confused when he wouldn't take the money.


Then he explained the lady in line behind me had already paid him.

So, so nice.

But really, how did she know?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Off Season Begins

This picture pretty much sums up the season.

0 wins,

6 total goals (all by the same kid),

and 1 super happy trophy recipient.

How Much Would You Pay to See a Train Wreck?

Worst casting.

The acting...made me think I could be an actress.

Hated Edward.

Was bugged by: Jacob, Eric, Mike, Rosalie, Carlisle, Alice's hair, Jasper, Bella & Esme's baseball hats, Billy's stare-down, the adaptation from book to movie, the timing of when music would come in (so cheesy)...for starters.

Kind of redeemed it: Bella, Charlie, Bella's mom (she was in 24 so that made me like her), Jessica, Alice, Emmett, Victoria, the song they danced to at Prom, and the lights they danced under.

There's something fun about watching such a mess of a movie, though so go see it. Oh wait, you probably already have.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Can you spot the butterflies in this blurry picture?

Closer up
That one tree has around 3,000 monarchs all over it.

Happy Friday!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Because it Took Two Months of My Life

I have to let you know I read this book.

I don't even know if I recommend it or not.

I liked the story line, the time period (10 years of a girl's life from age 14-24 which included WWII), the location (England, Cornwall which I now want to visit), and the ending.

But if it took 2 months to read that means it was too easy to put down.

And it also means I have 3 kids.

Do you do goodreads.com? It's fun to see what people are reading and one more way to waste time online.

And because it was good beach weather yesterday...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Point Lobos in Pictures

see Justin listening to Arabic?

Veteran's Day (11/11)

This place is now at the top of my list.

It's amazing.

I'm already trying to figure out when I can get back there next.

Thanksgiving weekend maybe? Cause we're getting...visitors!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I'm no good at PDA.

I feel weird putting lovey dovey things on my blog or being mushy in public.

If you've seen us hold hands you are lucky. Seen us kiss? Super lucky (or UNlucky).

We celebrated 8 years yesterday. Our anniversary is the same day as the Marine Corps. Must've been meant to be...you know, Justin & me...Justin & the Marines.

We went to Stokes Bar & Grill and ordered the chef's plate appetizer. The chef chose which 4 tapas to serve. We ignored the anchovy draped across a potato chip, enjoyed the crispy potatoes w/house-made aioli, liked the orange broccoli and asparagus.

But that prosciutto.

Justin I just want you to know, there's nobody else I'd rather gag some extra fatty prosciutto down in front of than you.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

It Makes it Bearable

Santa Lucia Preserve

Have I mentioned how excited I get seeing new places for the first time?

Today we went out with a Parent's Place group. The redwoods and the smell were the best (even though it smelled a little like someone was getting a perm, it was a really good perm).

Not trying to make anyone jealous, I'm just loving the beautifulness that's nearby and want to take advantage of everything because, well remember I love seeing new places? And also, who knows where we'll move next. We could be stationed in the ugliest, smallest place in the country with no shopping or exploring nearby and I'll be needing these pictures to cheer me up.

And getting out makes the long Justin-less school/study time bearable.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Me, Me, Me all the Way Home

Sis-in-law Bethany w/husband Nate holding newborn Owen, November 2003

That is to satisfy the 4th picture from 4th folder tag from Joanna

Then there's the
6 non-important things/habits/quirks about myself tag from Katie

1. My left eye is far-sighted and my right eye is near-sighted. I got glasses in 5th grade when my right eye was still perfect. So I had one clear lens and one coke-bottle lens with one extremely magnified eye.

2. I used to be in love with David Copperfield. My favorite was the special where he walked through the Great Wall in China. Grandma Martindale recorded it (in those VHS days) and I got so excited every time Axel F came on during his levitating lady act . I wanted to be his levitating lady. Justin & I saw his show a few years ago in AZ but the magic was gone.

3. I hate tweezing my eyebrows (but I don't have a choice).

4. I was the primary pianist at church when I was 11 years old. I'm happy to do the same thing now. Can I tell you how well I played during the program? What you didn't notice? That means I didn't mess up (k maybe a couple times) and I wasn't too loud. Just have to pat myself on the back because you don't know how hard it was fighting the urge to just pound out those songs.

5. I love a good pirate joke.

6. I tried to be a vegetarian once but I just couldn't resist the beef jerky everyone was eating at Lake Powell.

And last...
The one about us from Elizabeth
(I made it the one-word answer version...so you might have to fill in some blanks)

What's your husband's name? Justin
How long have you guys been married? 8
How long did you date? 6
How old is he? 30
Who eats more sweets? Justin
Who said I love you first? Justin
Who is taller? Justin
Who is the better singer? Justin
Who is smarter? Tie
Who does the laundry? Me
Who pays the bills? Me
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Justin
Who mows the lawn? Justin
Who cooks dinner? Me
Who drives? Justin
Who is the first to say they are wrong? Justin
Who kissed who first? Justin
Who asked out who first? Justin
Who wears the pants? Me