Friday, August 26, 2005

I'm here again

Hmm. So there's a picture of us coming down Hayden Glacier on Middle Sister from about a month ago. Now that Blogger has made it so much easier to add pictures, maybe I'll start doing it more often. It sure is handy to be able to post pictures. Maybe I'll take some of my house too... the reason I've been procrastinating so much on that is because I'm not QUITE all settled in yet. I still am waiting for Amanda to move in and get the whole place finished up. YAY for people moving in. I'm so excited for it to finally be settled and for us to be living together, should be good. Anyway, just checking in. Had a nice little chit-chat with Doug today, don't entirely know what to make of it but I think the moral of the story is that things are good with us, we'll see what happens when he comes up. Hmmm.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Okay what's up party people? I was just reading some of my old blogs and they are so cute. I'm so glad I blogged my last quarter of college, it's great reading about how much fun I have. I so miss GIV. Only 5 more nights of work left, then I start the new job and my "new life". Hmmmmm we'll see how that goes. :) So in 10 days I'll be in Chicago... YAY so exciting!!! I haven't been there in over a year, which I just absolutely can't believe. Seems so insane to me. Gosh, the last time I was there was for Jenn and Matt's wedding. Insanity. Hmmm, and this time is for Laura and Randy's wedding. I'm good at going to Chicago for weddings. Get married and invite me to your wedding! OH and Doug is coming to visit me!!! Yaaay he hasn't been to Oregon in almost 2 years. He's coming in September so it will be great. Woo hoo.

Yay for amazing conversations. :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Andy hates Ikea

Seriously. He like, despises the place.

Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration. But he definitely hates Ikea shelves. Specifically, the shelf titled "Lack". He believes it stands for lack of quality.

The problem started in April, when he moved into his new townhouse. The previous owners had above-mentioned Lack shelves in his place, both in the living room and at least one of the bedrooms. They were also crooked (I do not blame Ikea for the crookedness), so Andy had to remove them and remount them. Ikea does not provide any way to mount these shelves, so he purchased some special nail/screw things (I can't remember what they're called) and put them into his wall and they're okay. He still hates them though.

Doug, however, happens to like them, and had always spoken highly of them. So the last time I was in Seattle, I stopped into Ikea and bought some for myself. Then I conned Andy into installing them for me. :-) Seriously though, for the record, he volunteered. So he came over Tuesday night to put these puppies up, and they were giving him quite the problems. First the screws or whatever that he brought over weren't the right ones. So we made a trip to Home Depot to get better ones, and it was still a bit of a challenge. Anyway, after a good while, he finally did it for me and I was happy. YAY! Just don't come over and try to tug on my shelves. Hehe. :-)

I'm a horrible storyteller. :-( Some people are just AWESOME story tellers... and it makes all the difference. For example, this guy Doug I work with -- amazing. Me -- not so much! I'm going to work on that -- any ideas how?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Two weeks in a row?

Oh my, scandal! Blogging two weeks in a row. :-) I love it. So here's the lowdown on what's happened so far this weekend (cause the weekends are longer than the weeks, and who really cares what happened at work?).

Saturday I slept until 4:30 PM... I didn't MEAN to... I was on the phone for a few hours after work, and then I set my alarm for 12. I must have accidentally turned it OFF outright. Boo. Anyway, happily, I had told Addy to wake me up if I was still sleeping when she got home, so she did. I sort of rolled over in bed and of course my computer was in bed with me, and Vin was saying to get up and go to the BBQ joint in Northeast that we all love. Well THAT got me excited! So I got up and took a shower and put on some clothes, and Andy came to pick me up. Then we met Steve, Vin, and Mike down at Russell Street BBQ... but it was BURNED DOWN!!!! Boo. Okay, so not really burned down, but it had had a fire and is closed for a while until they make all of the repairs needed for the fire. It was definitely gutted. Boo to that. So then we decided to drive to Fremont since we were right over there, and we had dinner at a little cafe type place on Fremont. It was decent, but definitely NOT as good as BBQ. Oh well, live and learn. It was an experience anyway. Then I came back to see what Addy was doing, but she was gone (I found out later she was working out) so I chatted with Andy a while and then went to Vin's and had an actually really good chat. When I came home Addy was here so I chilled with her for a while. Good times, good times.

The next morning I woke up and went to MORNING church with Addy... you should all be so proud, she was. Haha. Yay for being up before 5 PM on a Sunday. Then Addy and I had a yummy lunch at Chili's and then went to the apartment to lay out. I got a lot of sun... probably the tannest I've been since Cabo. And I'm still so pale. I just don't care this summer, there has just been too much going on with the new house and crazy jobs and everything else! My skin will thank me when I'm 50. :-) So let's see, then I helped Vin with some stuff and then just kind of bummed around the rest of the night. Don't even remember what I did, but I know that Addy duped me into watching Brat Camp which is the WORST show ever. Tivo is a bad bad thing for that girl. Just kidding Adds. :-* Anyway, then we both went to bed at like 11 PM.

Monday morning I woke up around 10, and started hanging pictures and stuff around my house. Then Andy came over and worked from my house for the afternoon, so much fun! It was a fabulous day. Then we were supposed to go to Widmer but Amanda was being shifty again and Steve backed out, so Andy and I decided to go to Chevy's instead. I heart Chevy's. Then halfway through dinner the shifty girl calls and her family plans had actually been cancelled. So she got to come to dinner with us, yay! It was super fun. Then I get a call from Addy saying that our friend Dave, who's been in Russia for two years, is coming over and I better get home. YAY DAVE!!!!! So I go home and Addy is making cookies for work and we kind of tidy up the place a bit. Amanda was really tired so she went home, but Andy came over so Andy, Addy, Dave, and I all hung out for a couple of hours. So much fun. I heart those guys. Then I talked to Doug online (SURPRISINGLY good... very mushy actually. don't know what that's all about yet, but he's going to come visit in September. guarding the heart....) Anyway, Addy and I talked about Doug and boys and life and all sorts of goodness, then went to bed around midnight (though I made myself stay up reading until 2 so I could sleep late).

I woke up this morning about 12, so that was GREAT. Good girl. Now I can sleep until about 2 PM tomorrow, which is perfect for work. Today I went to the grocery store and got some sandwich stuff and dinner stuff. I've been on a sandwich kick lately, I'm enjoying it. I've been scrapbooking and organizing music most of the rest of the day. I'm thinking about going outside and talking to the neighbors, but I kinda want to wait until Adds gets home. We'll see. I also want to go for a run, but I'm waiting until it gets a little cooler outside for that. :-) Then Andy is going to come over and help me hang my shelves tonight, so that should be excellent. Don't know what else I have in store for tonight but perhaps I will inform you later on tonight. Or sometime during this week if I have time.

Only 10 more night shifts left until I go to my day job!!!!!

Friday, August 12, 2005

The Dinner of Shifty People

So last Tuesday night I went out to dinner with Amanda, Andy, Addy, and Steve. GREAT dinner! I had so much fun. We went to Outback and had a great time. We told all sorts of hysterical stories about very shifty people. It started with Amanda's cousin, who has been dating a guy for about a year and a half. Then all of the sudden she gets a call on her cell phone from a woman asking why her husband bought her flowers? Apparently this woman had been suspicious of her husband for a while, and then saw a flower charge on the credit card bill so called the flower shop and found out the delivery phone number and called Amanda's cousin. The woman was actually pretty nice about it when she realized Amanda's cousin had NO idea. Shifty. And the people have a kid and the woman is pregantn and all sorts of shiftiness.

Oh, so let me back up. The whole "shifty" word got started when we were supposed to go to dinner last Monday night at Widmer, cause they are cool and have happy hour Monday nights. Then I hear this rumor that Amanda is being "shifty" (Andy's word, not mine) and is talking about not going. So I send her an email called "shifty girl" and find out she has an alleged meeting and can't go. So we reschedule to Tuesday night.

So then after Amanda tells her story, I tell mine. I won't tell all of the details to protect the innocent (ME), but apparently the last people that lived in my house were quite scandalous. The next door neighbors had SWAT teams on their porch on two different occasions, the husband spent some time in jail, they were apparently loud all of the time (the spouses yelling at each other, the kids yelling at each other, the dad yelling at the kids, etc), and they were just a little crazy sometimes. The neighbors have apparently all been asking each other if this house is abandoned. But now I've met more of the neighbors and they're all VERY nice. Everyone in the neighborhood waves all the time, and the next door neighbor helped me move my cable from one wall to the other (he used to work for a cable company), and they're all just SUPER nice. As much as I would have thought I would have wanted to live in a more modern "trendy" house, when I walked in this place just felt like home. And it really has been. I grow to like it more and more every day! And I love having neighbors who are real people and kids playing in the street (though you have to be careful not to run those critters over) and people to give me advice about watering my flowers and all of that good stuff. It's so great! Happiness.

So anyway, that was most of the shiftiness. Andy said "this has been the dinner of shifty people" which I thought was a perfect blog title! And so it inspired me to blog for once. :-)