Friday, June 29, 2007
Tonight, I sat at the dining room table and ate a dr. praeger's tex mex burger on a piece of whole wheat bread that I found lingering in the fridge while reading a cookbook and the instructions for our yoghurt maker that I am finally going to start using.
I used a placemat, cloth napkin, the table was cleaned off and there are lovely flowers on the table. This of course, all happened after I cooked pasta and veggies for Ernest who is still not eating his kibble.
I blew on my dog's pasta to make it cool faster.
See why I need a life?
Oh wait, the dog is making bell noises, its time to go on our 89th walk of the day!
TH is hopefully on her way home.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
TH is off to OKC, but I'm home and happy about it, so is the dog, but most of you know that already. Its on the wires and he's going to be on Larry King soon.
Anchorage was fun, the weather was great for the Mayor's Marathon and we finished. We have another half in two weeks and the next two track workouts and this weekend I will be working on speed.
I have to say, it was very lovely and strange to be in a city where I have happily transitted for many years, but never really stayed. Neat stuff there. I have to thank Miss B. for her excellent suggestions, Uncle Bob for his generous hospitality for Saturday night and the smartwool people for providing what I believe to be are the best socks for me. Not one blister in 13.1 plus miles (all that running back and forth).
Seafair should be interesting. It is really hilly, so that is what the guides say. I figured as long as J's dad meets us with our Sbux orders, we're dandy. I wonder if the blueberries will be ready by then?
I'm having a hard time adjusting to being at home, between being tired, my hormones, the heat and my lack of enthusiam for my current work tasks, it is going to be a long week.
Looks like J and I may be in Des Moines for the Des Moines marathon. It looks great and would give me the Central time zone without any ice storms. Its actually cheaper than Dallas because hotels are inexpensive and its nice and flat. The fact its six weeks after Philly and only four weeks before Seattle should give me some time to recover.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Yeah, another year goes by at the ESRI UC. I think this is my eighth official and my 10th overall. I am not wowed, as I commented on James Fee's blog.
Could it be the second year of cremora instead of half and half at the coffee breaks? I think so.
I spent the morning learning more about disaster mitigation and preparedness and the coffee at the OMNI hotel was far superior to anything at the SDCC.
Now, I am rewriting my presentation.
It should bore most to death as it is currently doing the same for me.
Tomorrow night, we're off home, drop off laptop to colleague on his way to Thailand for two weeks and then to Anchorage for the weekend.
Ernest is fine. I think. His fans are concerned.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
My upgrade to first class cleared at 72 hours, hers never did.
I gave her my first class seat and sat next to a lap child.
Before we boarded she said "I hate flying on the same flight with you but not seated next to you", I said that she could give 6B her seat and sit nextto me.
She said, not enough to sit in coach.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I haven't backed up my pictures off my hard drive in six months. I have uploaded a lot of them to flickr, but I haven't done a big back up.
So today, this is what I do while I wait for software to load to my work laptop.
Remember this tragedy?
I'm still verklempt thinking of all the cool pics I lost. Then again, I can always go back and visit the Salt Lake contingent and the Steens - all in five days.
I started training with chuckit for the Seattle Half Marathon. I am going to try and get excited, I think I might want to move to the run/walk group as my goal is shorten my time, not to finish. I know I can finish, I just want to shave 30 minutes off my time. However, I see my Saturdays being sucked up with four hour walks and runs. Oh well, better than a poke in the eye and since that market is open until 2, I know I'll be able to stop and pick up my flowers at some point in time.
Other than that. I'm getting ready to leave. Everything is planted, just need to pack for work trip followed by Anchorage for the half. Paranoid us (not just me) thinks we should pack for both trips and in case we're delayed, just keep our bag of ANC stuff (shoes, running gear, mucklucks) with us in case we can't get home.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I am so glad you have finally released a new album, but do you think in all your traipsing around the left coast, you could perhaps make an appearance in my area code. I am willing to travel one area code away, but do not have the strength to go further afield.
Yes, I promise not to sway and sing along to Willow. Okay, maybe not.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Originally uploaded by flora and flying
Not really, but I am tired and feeling a bit overwhelmed. C. pointed out today that ernest gets more traffic on his blog than I do. I am not offended in the least.
Check out my orange collection on my flickr For those who know me and TH, you can see who influences this part of our garden.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Imagine thinking you were going to Boise and to see that you are going to Paris instead. Ooh la la!
Check out Pat's pictures from the Inagural Flight from CDG-SEA!
I wish I could have been there.
I'm just waiting for Alaska to release me some award seats (yes, I am a cheap bastard).
I'm beat, there is no way to put it.
I was planning on working from home today, but that didn't happen and if I'm lucky and efficient, I can do it tomorrow.
I need some thinking time and it isn't happening at work.
TH is in California until tomorrow or Thursday or Friday. Who knows.
Next week is a bust with San Diego and Anchorage, I have four projects at 75% and I need to get them done and out the door.
I also need another two hours of daylight to garden, get the dog walked and me out in the vitamin D.
Hopefully, this weekend will do it for me.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Ernest has paint on his ears.
We are a family who did not really do DIY. My father is an excellent general contractor did an amazing job putting together all the contractors when they built their house. He knows who to get to do what job, but I never grew up doing much around the house. I gardened and did so with my father all the time.
TH grew up helping her father build bookshelves, painting and replacing windows she broke playing baseball.
I'm not going to say I love it, but I am glad I know how to do some of it now.
nm taking a break from satin, low voc blue bonnet love.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Maybe someone discussed with them with huge tax bite of capital gains if they plow that money right back into something (oh wait, there is that condo)...
Anyways, happy here. Our neighbor is not moving and peace has settled over the neighborhood.
Mony, your comments and suggestions are most helpful because we know we're facing something like that eventually.
Other than that, I have found a one level house that may work for my parents. Its reasonably (NOT) priced in the flossy neighborhood about five minutes from me (think large lots, million dollar views and four million dollar houses), five minutes from my work and five minutes from the store.
Me thinks it'll go over the asking price by 150K easy, so I hope it works out.
More later, I'm taking up valuable couch space and the dog needs it.
Monday, June 04, 2007
House next to us sold. Storage boxes are in place. TH and I are expecting the worse and hoping that it will be better. We're realizing that the never used driveway to the north of us will soon become a battle/construction zone and there will be a fence between us and our new neighbors.
That is of course, the worse case.
Something like this piece of crap that is currently behind and kitty corner to us.
Slated to go on the market for only $1.1 million! Just! The house next to it is no winner, but still.
So, we think of our contigencies, contact surveyors and pray that it doesn't get demolished.
Other than that, Ernest and I are painting the main floor bathroom. He has been very participatory. He escorted me to the hardware store to buy paint and tonight helped prime the woodwork.
Tomorrow, he gets to paint! I hope he likes bluebonnet for his ears.
I'm in the process of trying to find the least painful way to get my parents from Santorini to London and guess what, there is no way unless you want to fly Thomas Cook Airlines, so we'll all plod to Athens together and see what they can do for six or seven hours before they head back to London.
This travel thing, more than one person, is quite confusing. TH and I have it down to an art.
More on that later.