Sunday, March 30, 2008


randomness...feed your mind and your blog

A set of random questions:

1. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Jamoca Almond Fudge...yummm

2. What shampoo do you use?
Whatever’s available. Right now it’s a purple container. Suave Volumizer, I think. It works well and it’s cheap.

3. How do you like your eggs?
Usually scrambled because it’s easiest, but I really like em fried over-medium....

4. What’s the first thing you do when you get online?
Check my email.

5. What is your favorite tv show?
All-time? Arrested Development. I’m looking forward to 24 coming back one day soon, but I can watch The Office reruns every day.

6. Which do you prefer, the sunrise or the sunset?
The sunset. The sunrise usually comes to early. And nowadays, the only reason I’d see a sunrise is because I’m on my way to work.

7. When is the last time you went to the mall?
Last Saturday to kill time before going to my niece’s birthday party.

8. What was the last food that you ate?
The leftover sausage, mushroom, black olive pizza from Tacoma’s Engine House

9. What is your favorite animal?
My chihuahuas ~ Mahal & Prada. When they’re not constantly barking or running out the door when we’re not looking.

10. Do you collect anything?
LoL... cats & chihuahuas, apparently. Oh, and Webkins. I have

Paddy the Google, Penny the Pig, Diner the Black Bear, Budweiser the Clydesdale, Moo Baca the Cow, Adelaide the Koala & Rainier the Raccoon.

I have a pink poodle, but my cunning & dynamic sister-in-law Phedre is holding her hostage. Poor Cerise...

till next time....

Friday, March 28, 2008

1. Some relationships are meant to serve a certain purpose, and once that purpose is met, will find it’s natural end.

2. Van Halen is the last concert I saw; it was in December last year. Loud but entertaining. While it’s not my favorite music, Eddie, Alex & Wolfgang are amazing musicians. David Lee Roth? Not so much.

3. Spring should be a lot warmer than it’s been. Big fat snowflakes so not allowed!.

4. Oh no! I forgot to pick up my contacts this week. Oops!

5. I’ve recently started counseling retiring members over the phone and in person at work. I’m almost done with my 1 year training program as a retirement services analyst and it’s been fun finally applying what I’ve been learning. Sometimes it’s like taking a pop quiz or playing reverse Jeopardy.

6. All my pets make me happy, but Prada’s eager, almost maniacal, welcome home never fails to make me smile.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing and being lazy, tomorrow my plans include going to the optician and picking up my contacts (doh!) and Sunday, I want to start chipping away at the guest room and home office before Samantha starts spring cleaning this week. Things disappear permanently when Sam spring cleans. Okay, maybe not permanently. Maybe just for a year or two before I locate the logical spots she finds for our clutter.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Guten Tag!

Spent a very nice Easter Sunday traveling to Leavenworth, Washington with my husband, my mother-in-law, Gareth’s sister Phedre & her boyfriend Josh. The weather was awful, but the sights were still beautiful. It was supposedly the 4th day of Spring and yet we had to travel through a downpour then snow and ice before spending most of the day dodging a steady drizzle.

Leavenworth is a quaint alpine Bavarian village literally in the middle of nowhere. Okay, it’s somewhere between Western Washington & Eastern Washington. It’s actually a great place to go when you want to drive somewhere and feel like you’ve left the state and still be back in your own bed before nightfall. Sometimes driving is the best way to see Washington at its most beautiful.

As soon as we passed this sign, Mum spotted a bakery and squealed for us to stop. The guys dropped us off and went to refuel the car giving us time to peruse the delights of a German bakery. Mum studied in Germany for her doctorate, so it was almost a religious experience for her to find the pastries and breads she loved. I was just glad we had someone with us who could pronounce the German names correctly.


We enjoyed an Easter "dinner" at the Tumwater Inn Restaurant where I had my very first schnitzel supper before roaming the many delightful stores that line downtown Leavenworth. Many were closed, but there were enough open for us to walk off enough of our meal to enjoy the delicious desserts and coffee at The Mozart Cafe.

Mom took this picture with the idea of catching the mountain behind us. It’s there. Behind Gareth’s hat.

I told Gareth, "Now be loving, please." After I gave him "the look" and told him to try harder, this next picture came out better.

Phedre’s much better at the "Be loving" thing. Although right now she’s holding the Webkins we bought in Leavenworth hostage and asking us to meet outrageous demands in exchange for their safe return. Not very loving at all.

This is her plotting her diabolical scheme to traumatize Gareth’s Sir Hiss the snake, Mum’s pink poodle Can Can, my pink poodle Cerise and an unnamed panda.

Actually she was in the waterfall room of the Metal Waterfall Garden. But still. Behind this peaceful and tranquil facade I know that scheming mind was hard at work. She is Gareth’s sister after all.

Speaking of relatives, this picture kills any claim that Gareth makes that he’s adopted. Look at the identical smiles (grimaces?) on Mum & Gareth’s faces.

Meanwhile, Josh aka Ua, wears that same, albeit somewhat pained, smile as Mum later tries to convince him that a wedding in Leavenworth would be "wunderbar!" However, where Josh gladly donned a kilt for our wedding, I don’t know that Gareth would be as willing to sport a lederhosen. But oh, the blackmail pictures ....