Friday, December 29, 2006

We should have gone to LA

Clear your calendars for the next hour, this is going to be a long one.

We have had a great week of relaxng around the house. We have not been very productive at all, but that is not what I want to write about. Today we felt like we should get out of the house, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. We were going to drive to LA and see the movie "Children of Men." For various reasons, we decided not to.

One of the things we've been doing this week is watching the first season of the tv show "Arrested Development." We wanted to watch the second season and instead of buying it, we decided to rent just the first disk. We went to Blockbuster, discovered that our account hasn't been used in so long that it doesn't exist. So, the worker led us over to the counter where you can apply for a Blockbuster card, we fill out the form, go back over to the cash register to turn in the form. He takes us back over to the "application registration" counter, enters our information in to the computer, then he says we can go over to the register to rent the movie. We go over there and 10 seconds later, the same guy appears behind the counter and helps us. Nathan and I gave eachother a look and tried to hide our smiles because it reminded us of something you would see in an episode of Seinfeld.

Later in the afternoon, we decided to go see the moive "Blood Diamond" We parked our car and are walk through the parking lot. A man riding his bike turns toward us and no joke, spits right at us!! (He apologized on his way by) But still...nasty!!

Maybe we should have gone to LA afterall.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Look what the wind blew in

You are not going to believe this. We have had some extremely gusty winds all day. Here's proof. The pictures speak for themselves. One of them is of our neighbor's wooden fence that blew down. That wasn't too unbelievable. The other one is the wall on the side of our yard that the construction down below put up. Supposedly there wasn't any cement in the wall.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Dinner

I heard a joke from one of my patients the other day. "Why did the teddy bear not eat any Christmas dinner?" .... ready? "Because he was already stuffed!"

That is me today. We went over to someone's for Christmas dinner. It was just 4 of us, but judging by the food you would have thought it was one of my famly reunions. (actually, not even those have this much food!) When we first got there, she gave us sweet potato pie (to tie us over 'til dinner) Then, when we were done with that, we had a pecan/walnut pie. Then, she gave us a piece of peach cobbler. Then a huge glass of sparkling apple cider filled up mutliple times.

Then came dinner. We started with a shirmp cocktail. The dinner consisted of ham, turkey, twice baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, rolls and a lemon soup with rice.

I am afraid I will still be stuffed for our Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow.

Monday, December 18, 2006

U.S. Geography lesson

How well do you know the states? I think I scored 84% Although in my defense, I was always pretty close, usually only 1 or two states away. Good luck! Just click on the title, it's a link.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

New Blogger

I finally updated to the new blogger which makes it a ton easier to change various settings. Bear with me as I figure out what I like and don't like. I kept changing it and I now need to leave it and come back to it with a fresh look. Suggestions are welcome:)

We had a great weekend. We had a Christmas party last night with various friends. I ate way too much. People brought some aweseome food. Papa Murphey's pizza, tomales, and many sweet things. Nathan baked 3D gingerbread cookes that were pretty good. I was excited because I love cheeseball and it is a tradition in my family to have it for Christmas. I made a cheeseball look like a snowman with three balls and then using black peppercorns for his eyes and buttons. Then I cut the very tip of a baby carrot for his nose. It was seriously adorable. I also added some cayenne pepper to the recipe which I have never done before and I liked it.

Then, today...
Our unit sponsors a patient's family every Christmas. Everone signs up to buy various gifts for the family. I went with a few other people from our unit to deliver the presents to the family this morning. It was fun to see our little patient in his house, in his environment instead of ours. For about a year he was in all the time. Now he is 3 years old and he barely recognized us. (I think this is a good thing) He even has a head of hair!! I hardly recognized him when I walked into the house.

Then Nathan and I went over to his new office and cleaned like crazy. There are 4 offices in one area that are all his. They are full of tons of junk that has accumulated over years. We only finished one office and I will hopefully be able to help him clean up the rest of them over Christmas break.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Teary eye problem solved

I am super excited! My SCUBA goggles got some use today for the first time since our certification. I had a ton of onions that needed to get used. So...I decided to make french onion soup. I was not looking forward to cutting 6-7 onions and I didn't feel like pulling out the food processor because I had to use the knife to cut the skins anyway. So...I went into the closet, pulled out the goggles and wore them the entire time I cut the onions. It worked beautifully! Not a single tear.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Holiday

We just saw the movie The Holiday. I liked it and it was entertaining. I even got a little teary-eyed. I just read something saying that it was this year's Love Actually, but I don't agree. I loved Love Actually. The flow of the movie was perfect, the multiple characters all intertwined was fantastic, the music made the movie drive forward and gain enthusiasm.

The Holiday was a nice story and the acting was good. However, I felt like the movie was unbalanced. There were basically 2 story lines and the movie focused on one more than the other. There wasn't really a climax and the only "twist" was kind of a minor one.

It sounds like I'm tearing it apart, but I'm not. I enjoyed it, but it was no Love Actually.

Monday, December 04, 2006

High School Never Ends

When I first heard this song, I loved it! I was reminded of it today as I was waiting at the pharmacy for a pain patch for Dolores. On the table were three magazines. All of them were the entertainment gossip magazines, not a Readers' Digest, Good Housekeeping or Time, so this song popped into my head and I have been humming it all evening.

This song has a strange way of putting my priorities in order.

by Bowling for Soup

Four years you think for sure
ThatÂ’s all you've got to endure
All the total dicks
All the stuck up chicks
So superficial, so immature
Then when you graduate
You take a look around and you say HEY WAIT
This is the same as where I just came from
I thought it was over
Aw thatÂ’s just great

The whole d*** world is just as obsessed
With who‘s the best dressed and who‘s having s**,
Who‘s got the money, who gets the hunnie's,
Who‘s kinda cute and who‘s just a mess
And you still donÂ’t have the right look
And you donÂ’t have the right friends
Nothing changes but the faces, the names, and the trends
High school never ends

Check out the popular kids
YouÂ’ll never guess what Jessica did
How did Mary Kate lose all that weight
And Katie had a baby so I guess TomÂ’s straight
And the only thing that matters
Is climbing up that social ladder
Still care about your hair and the car you drive
DoesnÂ’t matter if youÂ’re sixteen or thirty-five

Reese Witherspoon,
SheÂ’s the prom queen
Bill Gates,
Captain of the chess team
Jack Black, the clown
Brad Pitt, the quarterback
Seen it all before
I want my money back

The whole d*** world is just as obsessed
With whoÂ’s the best dressed and whoÂ’s having s**,
WhoÂ’s in the clubs and whoÂ’s on the drugs,
WhoÂ’s throwing up before they digest
And you still donÂ’t have the right look
And you donÂ’t have the right friends
And you still listen to the same s*** you did back then
High school never ends

High school never ends

The whole d*** world is just as obsessed
With who‘s the best dressed and who‘s having s**,
Who‘s got the money, who gets the hotties,
Who‘s kinda cute and who‘s just a mess
And I still donÂ’t have the right look
And I still have the same three friends
And IÂ’m pretty much the same as I was back then
High school never ends

High school never ends

High school never ends

Here we go again