Friday, December 25, 2009

The things husbands say!

After taking this picture, Travis looks at me and says you look really full. I know he meant it in a nice way like you really look pregnant, but considering I am only half way there it wasn't the best choice of words. (we had also just finished dinner so that didn't help either!) I think he learned a valuable lesson of to watch what he says around crazy pregnant ladies, especially ones that are only 5 months along!

A little late, but better than never!

I hope everyone has a great and safe Christmas!

Santa was very good to me. He brought me 311 tickets to a concert in March (I will be like 7 months pregnant, that won't be weird to have a seriously pregnant woman jamming out to 311, right?!) He also brought me a hair dryer, which may not sound exciting to you, but if you have a crappy hair dryer then you know how great it is to get a new one. I also received Big Bang Theory Season 2! I love that show. It is so funny especially since I am married to a total Geek, whose Christmas highlights included, action figures, comic books, a new Batman tshirt, and a nerf gun. I am so excited to watch it.
Mostly I am excited for what will happen the day after Christmas. My parents and my inlaws will be flying on tomorrow morning. I can't wait. It has only been a few months, but it is always great to see people in person instead than over ichat. Can't wait!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Good Boy!

Way to go Ratchet for graduating Basic Obedience 101. This is a large step for a once wild and crazy puppy that once threatened to pull me down the stairs, jumped wildly at what ever he wanted and usually only listened occasionally. He is now a wild dog, that love to learn and is eager for anything treat related. (Did I mention I have never seen a dog actually have a crush on anyone but I think that he seriously loved our instructor! I mean Loved, with a capital 'L'. Or maybe it was the chicken that she used as rewards, either way she made him so happy!) Even though it isn't a magical fix, the classes taught my husband and I more along the lines of what we need to do for our energetic boy! Seriously, I can tell that he wants to learn so if he ends up being a horrible dog it was our fault not his. Good boy, Ratchet! You made me so proud in class.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Baby Boy!

Yesterday we found out that we were having a boy! Yeah us.... now if only we can decide on a name. I am actually glad that they were able to find out because he was being less than helpful while the lady was looking at him. By the end of the visit he had his hands over his head, in an earthquake drill position, looking toward my spine and would not move over. Maybe he didn't appreciate her pushiness with the ultrasound wand. :)

In this picture one of his feet are perpendicular to the other. It is leaning on the side of his foot. I put my feet like this all the time. Crazy!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Squeaker from Hell

Like kids, dogs have the same ability to pick the loudest most obnoxious toys ever to play with. This light bulb squeaker has been up on the window sill for weeks now because of the high pitched squeak it gives off. Ratchet loves to just walk around the house squeaking it. You can tell how happy he gets because he will squeak it faster and faster. Finally tonight, after taking these pictures, he managed to chew the squeak right off it. Even though I am happy as happy can be, it is sad because he loved it so. I couldn't even bring myself to take a picture of the dead squeaker. He will get over it, Christmas is right around the corner and I am sure something just as bad will replace it.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bump Pictures....

Nov. 18

Dec. 11

Yeah for baby bumps! On Monday we find out (hopefully) about the sex of our baby. (Baby, you need to cooperate!) We have done the old wives tale with the wedding ring and the hair. (You hold the ring over your belly and if it turns in a circle it is a girl, if it goes like a pendulum it is a boy. It was showing it was a girl, but we will see how scientific it is.) We would be happy with either gender and am just excited to find out. The suspense is killing me! :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

MLS Finals Game

The Teams at the begining of the game.

My Favorite player, David Beckham!

We haven't done very many things since we have moved here. (being on alternative schedules makes having a date night next to impossible.) As a total impulse buy, we decided to go and watch Real Salt Lake (our home team) vs. the LA Galaxy (the team with my favorite player, David Beckham) play for the MLS finals game (along with 40,000 other soccer fans.). Trav made the joke that we had to move to Seattle in order to watch Real Salt Lake play, which seemed to be the truth. On Sunday, we got to outside the stadium an hour before the game was suppose to start.

It got so cold during the game that we coverd completely up!

We almost missed the kickoff because parking and traffic was a joke! I was just thankful that we got there to watch the players take the field. The game itself was so exciting. It went into overtime and two sets of penalty kicks to determine a winner. Congrats to Real Salt Lake! It was a good game and they seemed to want it more in the second quarter. (LA Galaxy ran out of steam during the second half of the game.) I think I was most impressed by David Beckham. He was definitely a real sportsman. Whenever someone got hurt he would go over and help them up (regardless of the team they were on). But the most impressive thing of the night was after Real had won, they were awarding the trophy. David Beckham in white waiting for Real Salt Lake to be awarded the MLS Cup

Most of the Galaxy team had started to walk off the field, like the losing team usually does. To my complete surprise, David Beckham went over and watched Real Salt Lake get their cup. He was the only player to do this, and it was very respectful. Most of the Galaxy stopped and watched the award ceremony from about 3/4th of the way toward the locker room. (but they only seemed to watch because their team captain went over to watch the awards) I think sports needs more class acts like David Beckham. Way to go to both teams!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is funny to wake up today and not have to clean a turkey while watching the parade. I feel a little lost because this year I will be a guest and not the chef. Weird! Also it is our first Thanksgiving away from home. I know I have my husband and dogs here, but I will miss the little things. I will miss eating breakfast with my mom and dad, (I can almost smell the maple sausage lingering in the air) I will miss watching the dog show and It's a Wonderful Life with my mom, as she nags me to get things going even though we aren't eating for 6 hours. I will miss waiting for my sister and her family (they are always late coming over to my parents house.) I will miss taking days and days of prep work and planning to have a really great 15 minute meal! I will miss running over to Yia Yia's house to have her amazing pie. (even though she was generous enough to give me her recipe, it still is better when she makes it.) I miss talking with Travis' family all afternoon as I struggle to stay awake!
I am very blessed to have my wonderful sister (no sarcasm there at all for once.) and her family. I am very blessed to have my energetic dogs. I am blessed that I haven't chased my husband off with my crazy hormonal rollercoaster that I am on! (and also that he is understanding and will totally plays along with my requests!) I am beyond words blessed that I am pregnant. And with that I would like to wish you and all yours a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wow, right around the corner.

This last week I have realized that Christmas is quickly approaching. I start to think about all the things I have to get for the holiday season. Then I start to think about all the stuff I will need in a few months after that. Then there is also the idea in my head that I want to move before the baby is born to a new apartment/townhouse. So my little holiday happiness quickly turns into figures and numbers. I can wake up in the middle of the night and just think about all that I need to pay for. We are comfortable financially, so I am not soliciting any donations. I am just a worrier. As soon as I pick apart my to do list I feel better. So if I get worried again, just remind me that Christmas first then all the other stuff later. :) I will be fine... lets blame the craziness on the hormones.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The skinny on the fat one! :)

The hand

Is it just me or does my baby look a little like a Simpson's character?!

I know that by the time we have this baby all of our friends will be sick of hearing about it. We are so excited that it is all I talk about. :) These are the latest pictures from our little one. We don't know if we are having a little boy or girl but we are super excited by just the fact that we can get such a clear picture of it. I was completely breathless when the ultrasound lady was able to get a picture of its little hand. Wow! We were getting tested for Down Syndrome which they test everyone by using an ultrasound machine and measure a small strip of skin on the back of its neck. I am amazed at what they can do now. We will keep everyone posted. And one day when Travis actually has days off instead of nights off we will actually go and explore the area! :) Then I will have other things to post about. I am hoping that day comes soon!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

200th Post! Big News!

So If you missed the main jist of the movie, we are expecting our first baby. :) Thanks for watching and for reading my blog for the last 200 posts.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our Couch

Our first "big" purchase when we moved here was to get a "grown up" couch. :) We chose this one.

Mochi Time

Ever since she was little, my neice's favorite food was Mochi. Mochi is a Japanese food that is made from sweet rice that is meshed into a dough. When eaten before the new year, it is suppose to bring good luck to who ever eats it. (unfortunately a few old people in Japan die every year because they choke on it, which I would consider an unlucky event.) When my parents came up to deliver all our stuff, they had a morning making the sweet stuff. It was delish and always reminds me of when I was little, eating too much of it at my Grandma's house. Great time.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New things, new adventures

The past weeks have flown by. When I have a day off it is usually bustling with errands or fun times with our new "couple" to hang out. (which is weird because they have always been our "couple" that we hang out with but we have been in different time zones so we haven't really seen each other much) I am settling nicely into my new job. I work as I have said at Ellen Hutson LLC. Her company sells craft supplies, mainly she makes cards and teaches others how to make cards. I bought my first supplies this weekend and am going to give it a try. Wish me luck... And sorry I haven't been that exciting. But I have the feeling exciting things are on the way!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ok, the downlow....

The last month (yes, it has literally been a month since we moved.) has flown by. I got a position at an office/warehouse for a small craft supply company called Ellen Hutson, LLC. I know everyone says the people at their work are the greatest, but no for reals, mine are. Everyone is so nice and helpful. While we fill orders ,we talk and listen to stories. If you get a sec, you should check out her site, Ellen has an AMAZING creative eye. Her cards she creates are crazy-cute.
Travis just barely got a job at Fred Meyer's stocking shelves at night. He will be working from 12 midnight to nine in the morning. Talk about a change for him. I think there will be a little adjusting but he will rock it! The job is both good and bad, he will be on an opposite schedule as I will but will be able to let the dogs out during the day. We will at least get one meal together which will be his breakfast and my dinner.
We also got an apartment in a smaller town on the outskirts of Seattle called Issaquah. It is such a cute little town. It is what Ogden should be. There are always tons of people walking around, going to restaurants or running errands. You definitely feel a sense of community. I can't wait to take a stroll down front street to get a closer look.
So there is the bigger update. I am rested and relaxed, although my house still consists of a boxes. My parents, who brought up my stuff from Utah are here for one more day, so unpacking will have to wait for one more day.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Quickest Update ever

OK I have been so busy for the last little bit. I have found a great job, got an apartment, got my dogs up here, got Travis a job, and got our furniture up here. That is about the quickest update I can give... I need a week to recover. I will update a little more once I have had some sleep.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Oaks Christian vs. Skyline High School

Video from my nieces iphone of Will Smith on the sidelines.
As you know I have been living in Suburbia for the last few weeks. According to the neighborhood, the biggest, most happening thing was the High School game between the local Skyline High and Oaks Christian, which is located in So. California. On the Oaks Christian team the coolest thing was the fact that the quarterback was Nick Montana, Joe Montana's son and some other players on the team were Will Smith's son, Trey and Wayne Gretsky's son as well. There were sightings of Will Smith throughout Issaquah, and even talk around the house of stalking them all at the local Hilton.
The most exciting part of the whole night was when my neice, Kaity came home so hyper because she stayed after the game and got the autograph of Nick Montana
Nick Montana's Autograph
on her sweatshirt. She also got to high five Trey and Wayne Gretsky's son (who was not as big of a player in the game, so I don't know his name. Sorry.) Before she went to bed there was actual talk about if she should wash her hand because she was so happy they had touched her. It was such an exciting time for the plateau. While all the husbands went to the game, along with my niece because she was a student, the wives all were meeting for their book club. While all the excitement was happening a few miles away, I was baby sitting my nephew and his friend while everyone was out playing. I did get to watch the second half of the game on the tv, which had a great ending, but unfortunately ended with Skyline losing 28-25.

The hand!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Birthday to ME

Today is my birthday. As I have blogged about, many changes this year. I have moved up to Seattle (because this is where we want to be), started a new job, and am looking for an apartment. Good times. Looking back this year has been great. Last year at this time, I was just starting my receptionist job, starting school at a technical college, and just enjoying being on our own again (we lived with my in-laws for about 2 years while my hubby was in school.) Apparently I like to start new things around my birthday! This year I think we have started the mother of all things I think. Moving, while exciting and admirable, is definetly not for the faint at heart. I have been more stressed out about everything than I ever imagined. I am still so happy that the parts are falling into place, but why can't it be easier. I know the answer to that... it can't be easier because anything we, Sodermoto's, touch instantly becomes more complicated, more difficult, more stressful. It has been proven to us many times over, I do think that we have just come to expect the difficulties.
I guess I should actually look at the time frame that all the work has been accomplished in. On the first was my last day (18 days ago.) of my old job. On the 6th I moved up here (13 days ago). On the 9th I got my first job offer, which I accepted(10 days ago). On the 15th I started said job (4 days ago). And yesterday was my husbands last day at his job.
Ok when I break it down like it has been that bad. We have actually accomplished so much in two and a half weeks. But seriously I know we couldn't have done it without the help of our parents, who have taken turns watching our animals, and helping with the move. Especially my dad, who always always always is so great in helping us move. He is the King of logistics and this time has even built an enclosed trailer on his car trailer. Thanks, Dad You are the absolute best! Also thanks to Travis for wrapping up everything in Utah! I love ya! And I don't know when this turned into an acceptance speech, but thank you to the academy and God bless! ;) Here is to hoping that this year is even better than the last!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Alki Beach

Today is the last day I will see Travis for a while. (while I stay here and find jobs, he is heading on a jet plane tomorrow for Utah.) This morning we decided to take a break from job hunting and have a quiet morning in Seattle, or more exact, Alki Beach. It was so pretty there. We walked along the beach for a bit and decided we needed to eat something for breakfast. We found a cute little place that was open for breakfast, Christos. It was a Greek-Pizza-Pasta restaurant that was run by a definetly very authentic Greek family. It was like being at home with Travis' Yia Yia (Grandma) The little old lady who everyone referred to as Mama, talked us in to coming in the door when we were looking at the posted menu. I think if Travis ever misses home we will definetly head there again. After our delicious breakfast we headed across the street to the beach. It was so pretty and peaceful. We relaxed for a few hour and headed back home. Tonight my sister is hosting the HOA annual barbaque. It should be another fun night submirged into suburbia!

Birthday Pedicure

In preparation for my birthday next weekend, my sister Amy got me a pedicure from her regular lady. (I can't remember her name, but she is very talented.) They are called crazy dots... and I love it. :) I hope you can see the detail because it is way more creative than any other pedicure I have ever had. :) Thanks Amy, I love my new nails!

Ashlee's and Marque's Wedding.

The Kiss
The First Dance
Father of the Bride Dance
Before we left Utah, one last family obligation, to attend Travis' cousin, Ashlee's wedding. It was a perfect Utah afternoon when they got married. I love weddings (as I am sure most women do) She looked gorgeous and it was just full of love. I wish Ashlee and Marque all the best and I hope they always will remember the love that was present on their special day! :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My pups are in Utah. I am in Seattle. They are my babies. What am I doing here with out them? Making a better life for us, right? Right! Boy, I miss them though. They were my laughter everyday. Thankfully though, I have my sister and her family to try to keep me entertained. Like today, when my sister and I went to the store, and she was being a silly by talking to me with a British/Australian accent. I was unfortunately about 5 feet ahead of her when she said, "Ello, Mate!" and another guy heard her and responded by saying that he was actually from Britain. The guy then proceeded to wait for us at the end of another aisle to relive the awkward moment again. It was the most entertaining time at a grocery store I have had in a long while.
Then I hear that my pup Kimi was wrestling with Ratchet and hit her back end into a rock. (She is fine and no harm done.) But I don't like to hear that my little girl went crying to someone else. (Thankfully, she is in very capable hands.) :) I can't wait until we have the reunion. It will be the best!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Home sweet home

Yesterday, after a long drive, we made it to Sammamish. The ride was fun here.... a couple of movies, a couple of podcasts, and a short 12 hours later we were here. Since today is a holiday, I feel like we are stagnant. Most corporate places would be closed so, I guess we have a day to relax before we have to hit the job hunting hard. We are staying at my sisters house (thanks Amy), but would really like to be on our own in our own place. (but again we are waiting to find a job so we can get the apartment, so we can move..... and it goes on.) :) Fun for us.
This morning I went on a walk with Amy and her friends. They were so nice, but I have never been a part of surban housewife's life. (I have always worked and don't have girlfriends to go walking with.) I was amazed at all the drama that goes on with all their kids, their other friends and their unemployed lives. I even got to borrow one of their dogs to walk with. It was very entertaining. Thanks for including me!
My interviews are tomorrow, so I will keep you posted. (one at a paper company, one at a cupcake bakery.) Hopefully, my unemployment will only last for a week and we will be on with our plans. :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


On Tuesday, I quit my job at the law firm. I really have nothing, but nice things to say about the place... (there were only a few total jerks there and they aren't worth my time any more). I will miss everyone that I talked to on a daily basis. (Like Scott who I talked with about American Idol, Ross who I talked about troublemakers, Jim and all his travelling, Jenny and the crazy family we are in, Kathy and all the life-trials going on, Jonathan and his chocolate milk break around 3:00 pm everyday, Thomas and the latest gossip, Lisa and her hopes to move, Ashlee and her hillarious situations she gets in, Melissa and her cute kiddies, Cristina and her cat that she sometimes dresses up, Micq and her garbage day, Sid and his tolerable day, Michelle and her crazy travels and animals, Mary and her bowling nights, Matt and his nice clients, Randon and his travels, Melissa and her cute little Lucy, Lisa and her bus schedule, Preston and the MTI's, Marva and her crazy scheduled events, Sterling and his lunch, Kay and his lunch partners... and the list goes on.) Thanks for the lovely send off, and the great card and gift card.

This week has just flown by, I have had a ton to do. I had my first full day of packing today. I packed all day (with the exception of about 45 minutes that I went to lunch with my mom). I am glad that I got to spend a bit more time with my mom... she seriously is just so great to be around. I now feel like when I leave, Travis will be able to get things organized and moved. Another great thing, I had a phone interview this week. It went well enough to warrant an actual face to face interview next week. (I am trying not to put the cart before the horse and get too excited for the interview, but it is hard because I really want this job.... there I go, cart before the horse again) Wow... things are going great for us. All we have to do is get up there now, and work hard.

Monday, August 31, 2009

What is wrong with this animal....

Most of my humor comes from my animals. Today, I saw Ratchet looking very intently into the cold oven to see what was in there. He proceeded to stare at it for about 3 minutes. He kept looking back at it ever time it looked away. He is such a puppy and such a goof .

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Who knew that there was so much fluff in some of those toys?

What is the funniest part is the one that looks guilty isn't the one that did most of it. Instead it was our little guy that loves to dig every last piece of stuffing out of what ever. Good times, and thankfully he is "helping" me lighten our moving load by ripping apart about one toy every day. At this rate, they will be getting all new toys by the time they move up with me.

Garage Sale

Last weekend, Travis and I held our first garage sale. We had packed up a bunch of stuff to give to charity, but then realized that we could make a little bit of money to help us with out move. So we took it up to my in-laws house and with a few hours later (and a few strategically placed signs) we started our morning off. It was funny to see all the "serious" garage salers come first. Then the stragglers at about ten. And finally the elderly at about 12:00. I think it is hysterical that people will pay money for stuff that we were going to throw away. It is true what they say about one man's junk....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A whole new begining....

Yesterday I did it! I gave my two weeks notice. In a few short weeks I will be surrounded by other Seattle-ites. I can't wait. All I need now is a job, an apartment and a moving truck. :) (I actually won't need a moving truck because my fix-it-all dad is gracious enough to offer to tote all our crap on his trailer he has. Thanks, Dad! And my sister is nice enough to put me up in her house, so really all I need is a job)
The biggest hurdle we have actually had has been our parents. (God bless 'em, we love em, but we don't need the guilt trips.) So let me say this to all the "mothers" and "fathers" out there who think we are crazy: We know it is going to be hard. We firmly believe in sacrificing in order to get into a better situation. We know we are crazy to leave the life we have here in the 'Tah to move away with no jobs. We know that if this is a total disaster we will be once again living in the basement of our parents house. But we also know that we have to try. We have wanted to live there for ages and have really nothing keeping us here. (no house payment, no car payments, no kids, no huge bills.) We are only a phone call away or a $99 flight. :) So thanks for all the worry but we will be fine, really. :) That is a load off my chest, now back to the boxes....

Monday, August 17, 2009

Impromtu Weekend

This weekend, we went on a very speedy, tiring, road trip. We decided we would go up to Seattle for a few days. (we left on Thursday morning and 12 hours later were pulling into our Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue) We went up there to get away, but also to see what was up in the area. I lived up there for nine months about 7 years ago, and am desparate to go and live there again. Since our last vacation in January up there, we both decided we are ready to make the move. Um... just one small problem, we need jobs. (well in this economy it might be a tad harder to get) We are trying and then as soon as we get them we will say good bye 'Tah, hello Seattle. (I can't even think of a nickname for that city, it is too wonderful) Our plan is to get jobs and move. Any jobs... I might be your local barista, or bookseller. Anything to get us up there. I would be fine with that. Travis is even fine with having to take a job that isn't his job title of Graphic Designer. Yesterday, he was saying he would even be happy being a fish thrower at Pike's Market. I told him that he wouldn't need to go that far, and besides he wouldn't get that job because it is highly sought after and he would need to know someone in that field. I try to be supportive when I can be.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Yet another Sleepover.

On Friday, we had yet another sleepover with the boys. That would mean pizza, movies, video games, junk food and fun. Kaiyu thought it was funny to put himself in Ratchet's kennel. He even thought it was more funny to bring Kimi in. (she was thoroughly confused.) It is funny that we have all these video gaming systems, but the thing they fight over in our house is Travis' old banana chair.

So cute and cuddly...

This picture just makes me so happy to have the cute little pups. I am even more happy that they are snuggling together.

Craft Lake City

This weekend, Trav and I went down to Craft Lake City to see the 'essentric' side of crafts. There were a lot of great things to see and a lot of cute designs. (I would have bought something but I thoguht I could make a lot of it myself.) We had a few minutes to just relax and listen to some crazy alternative band that consisted of 2 violins, a bassist, drums, and a lady in a very see-through white dress that played the guitar.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This is my Pity Party!

I want to say that I should have stuck with my New Years Resolution. There is a reason why we make those goals.... it is for our happiness. I have broken mine. Granted I only did it a few weeks ago. After saying we weren't going to worry about fertility issues this year, we decided to have laparoscopic surgery to find out about my fertility. The goals of the surgery was to a: make sure my uterus hadn't sucked up into itself because I am so bitter toward all the pregnant women and b: make sure everything looked good. Yes, my uterus is still there, and yes everything looked good. (Small, miniscule amount of Endometriosis, and a normal run of the mill cyst was all they found.) Still no closer to any answers regarding anything baby related. I would rather have had some big problem that would have given answers than no answer at all.
My feeling toward the whole fertility thing is that I don't feel like it is fair. None of it. I am going to be bitter about it. I am going to be annoyed with it. I don't see how after almost 4 years I have no family to show for it (no, in this argument, my dogs don't count as a family). I have had more emotion over this one topic than any other. I think I am to the point where I don't care if I hurt peoples feelings. I can read blog after blog about people with tons of kids that still aren't satisfied and want more. Maybe those people should realize all that they have and be thankful. I am really happy that a bunch of my friend have off the charts fertility and are baby making machines. I am in the capital of pregnant people (highest birthrate in the nation people, google it!). I guarantee that I can walk out on the street and see at least one herd of pregnant women walking around. I can see gaggle of strollers overflowing with children. I can see tired, exhausted parents coming back to work after adding that new addition to their families. I can name at least 5 of my facebook friends that are expecting. I am the odd man out of this game. So in the baby-makin' state, after my 4 years of trying (with apparent "bad timing" as some insensitive people like to say), I have two dogs and an extremely satisfied husband. So I guess all this rambling leads to some revelations a: I am crazy, b: I am sure I will offend some, and I am sorry about that but you have no idea how I feel unless you are in the EXACT same situation as me and c: apparently this is just how my life is supposed to be right now, even though this is the suckiest situation ever and d: always, always, always stick with your New Years resolutions because they are truly your pathway to happiness.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Relaxing weekend

Things that made this weekend great:
*Farmers Market with Jim and Angie to celebrate Angie's Birthday! (Happy Birthday, Angie!)
*Watching the dogs play at the Dog park (except when Ratchet jumped on 2 people and took another dogs frisbee!)
*Lounging around and doing ABSOLUTELY nothing!
*Going to the grocery store and spending less that I was expecting to spend.
*Watching Movies (Haunting in Conneticut (stupid but creepy), Benjamin Button (which was good but OH MY HELL could it be any longer!))with Travis while the dogs nap on the floor.
*Going to a movie when we weren't planning on it. (apparently we can take showers, get completely ready and take care of the dogs in 16 minutes.)
*Seeing Harry Potter, which was way good!
*Sleeping in until 8:00 on Sunday (yes, this is sleeping in for me.)
*Watching stupid shows all afternoon (including Cake Boss, some other show about a Bridal Store, a "Best Pranks Vol. 2" (which is lucky we understood what was going on especially since we didn't see the compilation show, Best Pranks Vol. 1), and a hodgepodge of Child-actor's all grown up shows. )
*Going to get Fountain Drinks which is our new Saturday activity.
*Watching Harold and Kumar go to White Castle right before bed on Sunday. (Don't judge me, that movie is the Funniest ever.)
Seriously, this weekend can be filed into the "Nothing got accomplished" file, but it was so great because of that.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Delicious Donovan's!

Last night, we went to dinner with some co-workers to a wonderful new restaurant, Donovan's on Pierpont Avenue. Donovan's had invited us there for a marketing gimmick, to get the word out on their restaurant. (sign me up for free food at a delicious restaurant any day!) This was also a chance to see my husband in a tie (which only usually happens at funerals).We were in a private banquet room with about 25 other coworkers and their plus one. Trav and I got seated at the "kiddie" table with Ashley (from the booger experience), her plus one, Nate, and Heather (from Hookah lounge night.) It was a perfect table for us to try to figure the whole fine dining thing out. The waiters brought around water (which as we were told numerous times throughout the evening they bottle themselves at Donovans) and delicious crusty bread. First course was salad wedge with bleu cheese dressing (or little balls as our table mates commented). I am sure it was pretty entertaining to watch us try to delicately break into the salad without looking like a complete animal. Trying not to flip remnants of iceberg lettuce throughout the room, concentration was needed for this dish. (the salad was great, but the highlight was definitely their bleu cheese dressing, seriously so good) The main course was a bone-in New York steak with steamed veggies and smashed garlic potatoes. We were all convinced that the steaks were going to be tiny and we were going to have no problems eating them. We couldn't have been more wrong. The steaks were HUGE. I have makeup bags at home that were smaller than this steak. Oh and they were so juicy. Yum! Out of the 5 of us at the table only Nate finished his. We washed it all down with more glasses of their self-bottled water and the meal was finished off with a piece of strawberry cheesecake. Delish.
Before this restaurant, our fine dining experience had been at the Timbermine in Ogden. While it is a good restaurant, I think we all learned that nicer restaurants usually don't have a theme and taxidermied animals and do have filtered water and linens on the tables. It was a great evening with lots of laughs (which at times seemed that we were the only ones laughing and making noise.) Thanks for letting us sit at the cool table!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Come On Down!

This last week I have learned the happiness that daytime television can bring. I had a little totally minor surgery (which is a story for another day.) and was lounging last week, spending my share of time in front of the television. My morning started off with the BEST game show EVER, The Price is Right!!! I am sorry, Loritab you didn't make me nearly as happy as the girl that won $12000 playing Plinko, or the guy that won BOTH showcases with an awesome bid in the showcase showdown (he was only off by like $40 or something crazy like that). My afternoons were filled with movies and travel shows. I had no idea what I was missing, working the days away. I also love how at the beginning of the day all they show is "old people" commercials (Scooter stores, mean old Wilford Brimley yelling about diabetic supplies, and drug adds) then as noon approaches more food commercials and the afternoon is rounded out with commercials about going back to school. (catchy jingles and ways to make more money quickly. ) Man, when I was younger I didn't pay nearly enough attention to wasting days away and now I can't just sit and watch it unless I have some medical proceedure done. Well I guess I am willing to sacrifice myself in the name of science if it means more of those wonderfully wasteful days in front of the boob tube.

Friday, July 24, 2009

What happens when a 10 month old puppy realizes there is a kiddie pool? They look like this...

Then afterward... the car ride home was very quiet.

Is this a sign...

This was actually the light reflecting off my phone at work. I thought it might be the universe calling to give me a sign.... I let the machine get it.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Edition for our family

Today we went in to the dog park and was having a really great morning. We decided to stop by Petsmart to get Kimi some treats and see the pups up for adoption. (We have been looking for Kimi a friend, but hadn't found the right pup yet. We adopted Kimi and she has been the best dog.) Kimi walked right up to one of the kennels and sniffed the dog in it. (His name for the last two weeks has been Liam, but I didn't really think that was a great name for a dog so I named him Ratchet.) Kimi is really great with other dogs, but for some reason she really attached to this pup. They started playing right off the bat and acted like they were best friends. We decided that Ratchet was the puppy that would complete our family for the time being. There is a lot of training to be done, but he has been really great so far. He is a good boy!