Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I apoligize

So sorry to let my anguish at another snow day go against my innate optimism. I was also vaguely rude to a customer no service agent. I apologize to her also. Well, I never said I was perfect.
We had snow again today, but I didn't let it alter my habits at all. Going to work was sort of a race against the freezing rain that I'm not sure ever came. No windows in my squirrel cage.
Here's a photo of my happy place.
I've got my new Wii fit out of the box and have been looking at all the options. I am just amazed at the technology that is out there and can't wait for more. My friends think I'm turning into a total geek. Maybe I am.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Need I say more. Supposedly celebrating the January Birthdays tonight (three including me).

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Good Old Days

I've just been killing a little time on the "net" and found the funniest web site. The author is James Lileks and although he's written several novels and is a columnist for several newspapers, what I really enjoyed was the book he's written about recipe books from the 40's, 50's and 60's. It's not enough that the pictures are incredibly horrible, but his commentary is hysterical. There are several different recipe books he's highjacked, but check out 10 PM Cookbook for a nice change of pace. Being a child of the 50's, I can really relate to some of these cooking trends, especially the jello molds.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How quickly they forget

I know I just had a birthday, but come on, I'm not that old. Apparently it's been too long since I posted to this blog (4 long days) because it took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to post this little paragraph.
I've been so busy this week that nothing exciting has really happened.
I'm looking forward to this weekend. Planning a 5 day weekend in Palm Springs to tide me over until my favorite time of year. Spring!
I've been invigorated by the inauguration. If only we'd paid this much attention to our government 8 years ago. All the good energy coming out of this election just emphasizes the fact that we have to experience the bad to appreciate the good.
Hail to the Chief!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Birthday to ME!!

I woke up this morning to beautiful blue skies and wind whipping so hard shakes were flying off my roof. An exhilarating way to begin another year of my life. That's just the kind of energy I like to try and maintain everyday.
Last night I had people over for dinner and about 30 minutes prior to expected arrival, we lost power! Never fear, all those candles I've gotten as gifts, bought because they smell so good or just happened to have, were pulled into use. There really isn't anything nicer or more calming then candlelight. Since I cook with gas, dinner was not a problem and after about and hour and a half, the power came back on. It was kind of sad to have to blow the candles out. I actually left a few burning. Something like a power outage sure makes you appreciate what we have. Imagine having to read, do homework, or even wash the dishes with out light or electricity.
I think I'm getting a battery powered lantern for my birthday.............

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Learn something new every day

They say to keep your mind sharp, a person should challenge themselves frequently buy learning something new. This could be a huge project, like getting an advanced degree (congrats again-you know who you are) or frequent small challenges on a daily basis. Today I discovered a trick that I'm sure will benefit me in the not so distant future. However, like in the Wedding Singer, I wish I would have know this 3 weeks ago!
Apparently, adding liquid dish detergent to warm water, then pouring it over your iced walkway, porch steps and/or driveway, will melt the ice then keep it from refreezing. Homemade de-icer.
Not only have I slightly decreased my mental aging process by learning something new, but now I won't fall and break an aging hip.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Thought for the day............

So what have we learned in 2 millennia?

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be
tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be
curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work,
instead of living on public assistance." Cicero - 55 BC

Evidently..... nothing.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Driving home tonight, I noticed a store that sold only darts and dart supplies. It's been there at least 18 years and I think has expanded at least once. I got to thinking about darts. Is there some secret darting club? What would it be like to be a goalie for a dart team? How the heck does someone make a living running a store that is exclusively centered around darts? I know of a few places around town where darts at played along with drinking beer. I have started brewing beer, maybe I should sell darts as well.

Softipper Darts

6360 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206-3609
Phone: (503) 771-0735

Saturday, January 3, 2009

More snow?

Just when we thought we would have a bit of a break, here comes the snow again. Not as much, but just as inconvenient. We tried all morning to get Morgan to work and finally at noon, the chains got us out and him to work. We ended up having a fiery hot lunch at Fire on the Mountain in NoPo. It was pretty nice sitting at the bar along the street window and watching the rain, then snow, then hail, then brilliant sunshine. We slogged our way back to the car and ran errands the rest of the day.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Piped in Music

Our goal for the evening was to listen to live music in a quiet (and now non smoking) location. Interesting how everyone else seemed to think Jan 1 is a holiday. Oh yeah, so did I. Couldn't find much out there in P town. We ended up at....you guessed it a McMenamins. The unusual part...we ate at Chapel Pub and listened to 80's music played on a funeral home organ. It took a few bars to decipher the songs, but Michelle (the Beatles), The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down and Stagefright, to name a few. The food was the usual good, the company fun and the music....we'll probably go again as the keyboardist from the Decemberists will be playing there on Jan 15.