Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I also spent a lot of time on the phone this afternoon. I called my dad to tell him that C.C. Sabathia took out an ad in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer, thanking Cleveland, the Indians, and the fans for 10 great seasons. I thought that was pretty classy. Our "quick" phone call turned into an hour-long chat. :)
Then I called my friend Jane. I miss Jane. I wish I lived closer to her and her family so that I could see them more often. She's one of my best girlfriends from college, and she's one of the sweetest people I know. She and I don't talk nearly as often as we should, but every time I do talk to her, it feels like we're picking up right where we left off the last time. Although she'll be the first to tell you that she's not perfect, I wouldn't mind being like her when I grow up. Even though she's a month younger than me. :) This is Jane and her godson.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
The character in the book really did wonder if, for every unhappiness, there was an equal but opposite unhappiness. For example, someone could be unhappy because they were estranged from their children. On the opposite spectrum of that, though, this character was unhappy because she felt "trapped" by her severely mentally and physically disabled son.
So in my post below, I listed some things that make me "unhappy." But when I consider the "opposite unhappiness," I am very grateful for the things that I have and can experience...even though sometimes I'm not thrilled with the current circumstances. For example, I miss Shawn during the week. The opposite unhappiness would be someone who's unhappy about not having a spouse at all. So I'd rather have my wonderful, loving husband but miss him during the week as opposed to not having him at all.
Make more sense, Brent? :)
1. I'm afraid of encountering a mountain lion while I'm hiking in the park near my apartment. I am blessed to have lived in such a gorgeous mountain community for the last 5 years! I am surrounded by God's beautiful creation, and I have the privilege to enjoy aspects of nature that most people in the world probably never get to see. The fact that mountain lions even live here is amazing to me.
2. I miss Shawn during the week when he's working in Seattle...or when he doesn't come home on a given weekend (like this weekend). I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving husband! I love talking to him and spending time with him, and he always makes me feel special and loved.
3. I'm stressed and a bit nervous about our upcoming move to the Seattle area. I am blessed to have a husband who is dedicated to providing for me and our future family. I am also blessed to be in a situation where moving to be closer to where he works is a financial possibility.
4. I wish I were more physically fit and at least a few pounds lighter. I am blessed to have enough food to eat every day! There are so many people in this world who don't understand what "healthy eating" is because they simply have no choice but to eat whatever small bits of food they can find.
5. I hate all the horse poop that I have to walk over/around on the trail when I hike. I am blessed with the physical ability to hike those trails! I am capable of putting on shoes, going outside, and walking around with nothing to assist me. I am also blessed with living in a safe area where members of the community look out for each other, and where I don't live in fear of being kidnapped, raped, or shot at if I'm alone.
6. I spend more time than I should online, and I get irritated with myself for that. I am blessed to have internet access in my home, which allows me a much easier way to keep in touch with family and friends who are spread out all over the country! I am also blessed to have so many friends that I want to stay online chatting with them and sending them things!
7. I am irritated by certain politicians and political agendas. I am blessed to live in a country with a democratic process! I am blessed to live in a country where we are allowed to disagree with our government and politicians, where we can argue with others about what we believe would be the best course of action for our nation. I am blessed to live in a country where we can do these things without fear for our lives.
8. I am irritated by the "slanted" media coverage of so many things. I am blessed to have received an education that allows me to critically view/read/listen to the media and reach my own conclusions. I am also blessed with the intellectual capacity to think and reason for myself.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
If you click here, you can read the article in this week's Canyon Courier. According to the article, the moose was in Elk Meadow Open Space Park on Sunday morning. That's where I go hiking all the time!! In fact, at 10:45 (the time the moose was spotted), Shawn and I were just about to drive past the park to go to church. Who knew we could've seen a moose?! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes open for this guy during my hikes from now on...and I'm taking my camera with me!
The second thing I actually saw tonight with Jarid and Sarah. Have you ever seen a giant creamery can? Well...now you have!This is Little Man Ice Cream, and the three of us went there for dessert tonight. The ice cream is so good!! Tonight, I had cookies n cream, and I also tried some of Sarah's peanut butter gelato(so good!). If you click here, you can go to the store's website, which explains that they use all natural and organic ingredient whenever possible in the ice cream they make a block away from the shop. The website also has more pictures (including the making of the giant can) and even a video you can watch. If you find yourself in Denver anytime soon, you've got to see this in person! And of course, eat the fabulous ice cream (or sorbet...or gelato).
Monday, July 21, 2008
I've also added a couple of blogs to my links list. Both of these come highly rated, and I'm excited to get into the larger world of book discussions online! Once we move, maybe I'll even find a book club. :)
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Our last real day of vacation (not including our travel day) was the day that we walked the Freedom Trail. If you haven't been to Boston, they've very conveniently created a walking trail throughout the city that leads you to all the major historical sites. We actually did buy a book so that we'd have a better idea of the significance of all these places, and it included a map. However, there actually is literally a red line that you can follow, starting in Boston Common.
I won't mention all the sites that we saw (there are a lot), but I'll mention a few of the highlights (in my opinion). I did learn on this trip that Paul Revere did a LOT more than just warn the colonists that the British were coming. It seemed like everywhere we went in Boston, we were told that "Paul Revere did this or that." We did see his grave, as well as that of Sam Adams. We saw Faneuil Hall (sorry if I misspelled that), and we saw Paul Revere's house. We even paid the $3 admission to go inside. :) Shawn and I had lunch at the Bell-in-Hand Tavern. It was started by the retired Boston town crier in 1795 and is the oldest tavern in the United States.
We also saw the "Old North Church," which is where the lanterns were lit to let the colonists know if the British were coming by land or by sea. We saw "Old Ironsides," the famous ship. What I didn't know is that it's still a commissioned U.S. Navy ship! It's still sailed around the harbor once or twice a year (I believe it's done every 4th of July). After going on the boat, we walked across the river to Bunker Hill. There is a memorial there commemorating the famous battle, and we all climbed the 293 steps to the top of the momument!
I did learn a couple interesting things on this day that really aren't historical at all. First of all, I hate the streets in downtown Boston. I realize that they were probably the original footpaths and cart trails from centuries ago. But now, they seem to have all these completely unnecessary twists and turns, and one street will have 3 different names, depending on which block you're in! Occasionally, you'll be on a one-way street that will suddenly turn into a one-way going the opposite direction! In addition to the streets, Shawn and I also learned that the Charles River is apparently full of jellyfish. Who knew?!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
On Saturday, Shawn and I got up early and headed down to Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The main stadium here is for the Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer), but there are about 20 "satellite" fields that can be used for soccer, kids football...or rugby. We went down for a 7's rugby tournament. We were there all day, and Shawn got in a couple games, which made him happy. After the tournament, we went to church and got ourselves dinner. Then we headed over to the Blake Street Tavern, where the ruggers held a going away party for us! We had a really great time, and we stayed out until the place closed at 2:00am.
On Sunday, after sleeping in late, we made our first trip to Shawn's Aunt Kathy and Uncle Rich's house. Shawn's had a bunch of stuff stored in their basement for years now, so it's time to clean that out. We loaded up his car, and then headed home to unload it. It was this weekend that I learned that Shawn has 4 33-gallon Rubbermaid containers filled with comic books! Now that I know he has these, I'm thinking that might pay for a nice little vacation sometime soon. :) Or, if we're really lucky, a down payment on a house! Wouldn't that be a nice surprise? :)
We went back down to Kathy and Rich's to get the second load of stuff (fortunately, we got it all in 2 trips). We also had dinner with them. It was nice catching up with family before we leave!
This weekend, I sold 2 books on half.com! I took those to the post office today, and this evening I started posting some things on craigslist that I'm hoping we can sell and get rid of before we move. Wish me luck! :)
Friday, July 11, 2008
First of all, we still don't have a place to live! So that's top priority, in my mind. :) I've been scouring the internet, and I've sent Shawn to look at a few places. I was getting excited about a 3-bedroom apartment that was actually a little cheaper than some other places we've been looking at, but when Shawn went to see it yesterday, he let me know that it had a "scuzzy feeling" to it. Not what we want. :( After checking out a couple places today, though, Shawn let me know that there is a unit available in one of our "top 3 apartments" that we chose back in June. It's a bit smaller than I was hoping for, but I think we can make it work. If nothing else, we can rent a storage unit (again). He's going to look at one more townhouse on Monday, so I'm hoping that we'll be able to make a definite decision early next week!
It's also been my job to figure out "how" we're moving. I got an estimate earlier this week that basically let us know that we can probably hire professional movers for not much more than it would cost us to move ourselves! Shawn is very happy to hear that (since he'd be doing the vast majority of the heavy lifting...let's be honest)! Hopefully we'll book them early next week, too.
I've also been scouring the apartment, looking for "stuff" that I'd rather get rid of instead of lugging all the way to Seattle. As some of you know, I've had a wedding dress (never worn) hanging in a closet for the last 5 years. A few days ago, I shipped it off to Brides Against Breast Cancer. Click the link to read more about this great organization! I've also posted a number of books on ebay...we'll see if any of them sell. They're mostly textbooks or "teaching" books, so this might be the wrong time of year to sell any of them. I've taken pictures of various pieces of furniture that I'm hoping to sell via Craigslist. I've shredded 3 garbage bags full of old receipts and bills (which I'll now take to be recycled), and I took 2 bags of clothes and shoes to Goodwill this afternoon!
So...I've been a bit busy this week. Something tells me I'm just going to get busier over the next 3 weeks, though! Wish me luck!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
While we're waiting to find an apartment, we're trying to figure out the details of the actual move. We have an overflowing 2-bedroom apartment, and we also need to get two cars to Washington. After running some numbers yesterday and today, it's beginning to look like it might actually be cheaper to hire professional movers instead of trying to do it all ourselves! So one of my jobs this week is to find and choose a moving company. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
I'm also starting to go through the apartment looking for things that we don't want to bother moving all the way to Seattle. So far, I'm planning on getting rid of a wedding dress (not the one I wore in our wedding), an old dresser, an upholstered chair, and possibly a desk. I'm hoping that Craigslist will soon be my friend! :)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
2008 is the final year for Yankee Stadium. I really wanted to be able to say that I had been to that park, where so many amazing people had played and where so many historic events had happened. So that's why we did our trip this year. Since Jarid is a huge Yankees fan but had also never been to the stadium, he and Sarah jumped at the chance to come with us.
Bright and early on Sunday, June 22nd, we hopped on the B-line and got off at 162nd St/Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. We got there before the gates opened, so we had plenty of time to wander around and watch batting practice. I have to say...Yankee Stadium is ugly. No offense to any Yankees fans. It's just what happens when the last major remodel to the stadium is in the 1970s. The inside looks a lot better.
In the middle of the game, there was a 56 minute rain delay. It was actually rather entertaining to watch the grounds crew struggle with the tarp since the wind was blowing it so much. Fortunately, our seats were under the overhang for the upper deck, so we stayed dry even though people 3 rows ahead of us were soaked.
After the rain, the sun came out and the game resumed. We were able to see Ken Griffey Jr. hit home run #601, which was nice to see. I was also pleasantly surprised by the Yankees fans. They were really into the game from the first pitch. They were cheering for a Reds' out in the first inning like it was an out in the 9th. The Yankees ended up winning, 4-1. And I'll admit...I didn't even mind that they won. :)
On Monday, we went back to the stadium for the tour. We were able to go into the press box, and we spent some time in Monument Park. There are plaques and monuments to lots of great, old Yankees players, and there are even plaques for each of the 3 popes who have said Mass in Yankee Stadium.
After Monument Park, we were allowed to walk around the warning track to the Yankees dugout. I was surprised that they let us sit in there! We don't have any pictures of it, though, since Shawn's camera died while I was taking pictures in Monument Park. I'm sure Jarid and Sarah took enough pictures for all of us, though! :)