3.31.2008

Insomnia

Last night I was in bed by 9:30. Tom was asleep by 10. I got up and read for a while, and got back in bed at 11:20. Then I lay there until 2 not falling asleep. I've been doing so well at falling asleep recently, I don't know what the deal was. You can bet that I turned off my alarm and did not get up to go running this morning. I will have to make it up tomorrow, but something about getting less three hours of sleep did not sound amusing.

3.30.2008

Just a token, merely a trifle


We had two couples from our ward over Friday for dessert and games. This is what I made. Okay, so this is the photo from the recipe site, I didn't get around to taking a picture of mine, but let me tell you, it was dang good!

3.28.2008

Does this feel wrong to anyone else?

Something about snow in the end of March just doesn't feel right. December, sure. January, great. February, go ahead. But March? Are you kidding me? We have trees in blossom, pansies growing, lawns being mowed. I already put away the snow clothes! (Theoretically speaking... I don't actually have any snow clothes.)

For those of you not following Seattle's weather, it snowed all night Wednesday night. Seminary was canceled and several districts postponed school two hours. It all melted off yesterday, but today it has been snowing all day (though not sticking, just melting.)

And I don't know if it's the weather, or the time of the month, or what, but Ella has been Queen Grump today, and we had three visiting teaching appointments. If we'd had our own car, I would have said, "Sorry Laura, but I'm going to let you take over now. This girl is going to bed." But I couldn't. Oh well. It's over now and she's in bed. Hopefully she'll be a happier girl when she wakes up!

3.25.2008

Rain, rain, go away

Remember that part where I said the that library was within walking distance? Well, I thought I would take my own advice yesterday and walk there after the kids woke up from their naps, since it was such a beautiful day and I had finished all my books, and had 7 more to pick up. Then Ella actually fell asleep during her nap, and it was too late to go by the time she woke up. I hadn't told the kids, so no one was any worse off.

Today, I made the mistake of telling Ella before she went to bed that we could go for a walk to the library when she woke up. And I was all ready to make good on that promise. I don't think either of them actually slept, but I got them up, got socks, shoes, and coats on and went to get the stroller, right as the rain started pouring. Now, I don't mind walking in a drizzle, but rain? Not so much.

I don't think Ella has been more traumatized over anything recently. I'm pretty sure she sobbed for at least half an hour. I told her we could possibly go this evening after Tom got home, and we can for sure go tomorrow (I'll have the car), but nothing seemed to help. She kept looking out the window and saying in her most pitiful voice, "It's not raining any more." Unfortunately it still is. Poor girl.

Volunteers

On the side of our carport is a strip of grass, then a bed of river rocks, then a rock wall marking the edge of our property. This bed of rocks had been neglected by the previous owner, and so far by me as well. The grass decided to volunteer to keep the rocks company. How helpful. Here we have before weeding, after weeding, and the LINE marking how far I've gotten in my weeding efforts. It makes a big difference, don't you think?


Speaking of volunteers, the last time that I had bangs was in the sixth grade. Apparently my hair decided that it was time again, and I have a whole crop of volunteer bangs. Lucky me. The question is: should I cut more, or leave them as is? What do you think?

3.24.2008

Amazing!

So my daughter is a memorizing genius! Since she was very little she could "read" herself books that she had memorized after I read them to her twice, and she can sing about any song she's ever heard.

Today, I thought it would be good to teach her our phone number. It's never too soon to start, right? So this is how the conversation went:

Me: Ella, do you want to learn our phone number?
E: Okay!
M: Can you say 360? (our area code--numbers have all been changed to protect the innocent.)
E: 456-8523 (our correct phone number)

She just spouted off the rest of our phone number like it was nothing. All I have to do is provide the area code, and there she goes. I've never told it to her, she just must have overheard me giving it to someone else or leaving a message on someone's machine. Or she's just psychic.

Happy Easter!

We had a wonderful Easter weekend. Friday night we rented Becoming Jane--it was delightful, though I'm sure I enjoyed it much more than Tom. Saturday morning we spent cleaning, mowing the lawn, cutting hair, etc. Ella got her first haircut (a trim, really) and Henry his second. I was the only one not to get a hair cut, and I really need one. Oh well, I guess I'll have to learn to cut my own. :)













After the kids got up from naps, we headed up to Kirkland to hang out with Tom's parents and Will. His brother, Ben, and his wife and kids were there as well. WE had great food, great company, and lots of fun. Ella l o v e s Evann and Isaac, and it is so much fun to watch them interact.

Sunday morning was relaxing. We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast (Ella has been requesting them every morning for the last month, it seems), got scalloped potatoes going in the crockpot, and leisurely got ready for church. Ella wanted her hair done just like mom (since I'm so cool,) but it didn't last long. She ended up with just the ribbon in her hair.
Church was great, as usual. I'm the choir director, and we did two numbers during sacrament meeting, and I was quite pleased. My parents came down and turned the ham on while we were at church (since, as you know, my oven is lame). We got home to delicious smells and wonderful people.

My Grandma and aunt Carolyn came up from Olympia and we had a fun time eating, conversing, and doing a little egg hunt. The best part was of course using my pretty pretty new plates and silverware--I'll have to take a picture--that I got as graduation presents from my parents and grandparents, respectively. We got to bed a little late, but it was well worth it!

3.21.2008

Milestones

Well, it's pretty official that Rico has said his first word. He loves to wave and say "Hi" every time he sees someone he knows or the phone rings. It's so cute because he says it all long and drawn out. When Tom gets home he waves so hard it looks like his hand might fall off. He's pretty adorable. But I guess I'm supposed to say that. He loves saying dadadada, but as of yet, it's not quite attached to Tom, and he refuses to say mamama even though I know he can. Little stinker.

I love the library!


Can I just tell all of you how much I love the library? When we moved here in August, I was excited that there was a library just a mile away--and a fairly flat mile at that--easily walking distance. Then, in September, it promptly closed for renovation. Aaaak! I guess it was just as good since I shouldn't have been reading anyway, but seriously. There is another decently close to Tom's work, and we would frequent that one semi-occasionally, but it was just not the same.

Lucky for me, the library opened March 8th, and it is BEAUTIFUL! There is so much open space, and big windows looking out on pretty pretty green trees, I love it! We stopped by Wednesday morning to pick up some books I had on hold, and we got there just in time for story time! Ella was in heaven.

But, really, I think the best thing about our library system is their website. I just go on there whenever I want and put books and movies on hold, and voila, I get an email when they're ready to pick up. I even get an email reminding me to turn them in a couple days before they're due. I can check the status of my holds, pay my late fees (which I don't do, but probably should), ask a librarian (anything I want), and even request library purchases. If that's not service, I don't know what is!

3.19.2008

More than just book reviews

I tend to be one of those people who go for something all or nothing. I'm not so good at halfway. When I read, as you might notice by checking out my recent reads on the sidebar, I read A LOT. When I started blogging, I blogged A LOT. And my posts were more than just book reviews. It's funny, because I still think of post ideas all the time, but never get around to blogging because I spend every available moment reading. I know that moderation is a good thing. I should work on that.

Eragon and Eldest, by Christopher Paolini

This book (okay, these book) was one of those that I had heard of while I was still in school and thought, "hmm, I should read that... I would probably like it." And I did. Though they are a bit long they are well worth it.

Eragon begins with a young boy, Eragon (surprisingly enough), who finds a mysterious stone in the mountain range near his village while he is out hunting. He brings it home, and soon, it hatches. It turns out that it was not a stone at all, but a dragon's egg. This event changes not only his life, but potentially the fate of the entire village, and even the Empire.

After the evil King Galbatorix sends his wicked and freakish henchmen, the Ra'zac, after Eragon, killing his uncle and burning his farm, Eragon sets off with the local storyteller, Brom, to revenge his uncle's death and hopefully spare his village more trouble.

The ensuing adventure is full of twists, turns, shady characters (haha), and ends, of course, in an epic battle (how could it not?).

Eldest picks up where Eragon leaves off, following Eragon's training among the elves as a Dragon Rider, but switches focus, returning to Carvahall (Eragon's hometown) and Eragon's cousin Roran, as well as following the Rebel group, the Varden.

Once more, Eldest is full of action and unexpected twists, and ends, of course, in an epic battle.

I can't wait for the third--Brisingr.

3.10.2008

Bella at Midnight, by Diane Stanley

This book was recommended to me by several people. I loved it! Such a quick easy read that grabbed and held my attention. The plot was a little predictable, but had enough twists to keep it entertaining. Bella is a very cute main character. The book is told by multiple narrators, which though confusing at first, quickly became comfortable and easy, and I loved seeing the different points of view. One thing that did confuse me at the beginning, but I got over, was that some of the narrators told the story like it had just happened, while others seemed to be looking back over a long period of time. But it wasn't enough of a bother to make me not like or recommend the book.

Scary Thoughts

Is it just me, or does 5:00am get earlier every day? Now, I know that with daylight savings time, it really was earlier this morning, but it was getting earlier before that. This morning was day one of week three in my C25K. And really? So far, so good. Though I don't like getting up early, I am actually enjoying *gasp* *choke* the running.

And surprisingly, today was the first day I got rained on, and it was really only misting.

On a somewhat related note:
My neighborhood occasionally sends out a newsletter (like every 3-4 months). In the last one it mentioned something to the effect of, "remember to lock up, residents have reported seeing strangers trying locks (car and house) in early and late hours." I looked at it, thought "glad we lock our doors" and promptly forgot all about it.

Then I started running. My neighborhood is relatively flat, has lots of houses, about a mile of roads and is well-lit. So I run in my neighborhood. I occasionally see others doing the same thing. I think it was my second run I saw a kid (read: teenage boy) running wearing a sweatshirt, jeans and skater shoes. At 5:00 in the morning. I thought it seemed a little strange, especially since he was doing more the drag-your-feet run than a running-for-exercise run. I mentioned to Tom that I thought it was odd, and promptly forgot all about it.

Friday, I was stretching before my run (I walk for 5 minutes and stretch at the mailbox, where there is a neighborhood bulletin board) and noticed that there was an "ALERT" posted on the board. It read something like this:
Several residents have seen a youth wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt checking locks in early and late hours. Although this is typical teenage wear, please be on the lookout. Neighbors have found him in driveways and fenced backyards. A hubcap was missing and tank of gas emptied while cars were parked in the owner's driveway. Please keep your eye out and report any strange behavior.

I immediately thought of the kid I had seen the previous week. Um, yikes.

Then, as I was running, I noticed a police car parked at the end of the street with the police man walking up the street shining his flashlight into carports and yards, obviously looking for something (or, I should say, someone.)

But just watch, give me a week, and I'll completely forget about it.

3.05.2008

Premonition

Have any of you seen this movie? I watched it on Friday, and I can't say I was impressed. I liked the premise, but was quite disappointed by the end. I enjoy intriguing movies that keep you guessing (like Flight Plan) and you don't know until the end what's really going on for sure.

This one was like that, until the end, when the ends did not tie up nicely.

AT ALL.

An I like things nice and tidy at the end. My brother Grant would definitely rate this moving an NE for "No Ending." Not that it didn't have an ending, but it was a very unsatisfactory one, at least for me.

I think what made it worse, is I had been hoping to see Becoming Jane, but Redbox didn't have it, and this was a last minute substitute.

Hopefully I'll have better luck next time.