Brace yourself for this one…

Roger that, squadron leader. We have a confirmed slacker at 9 o’clock. Repeat, slacker status confirmed.

Only five more days until Christmas, only one more day until i get on a plane home, and it’s been 12 whole days since i’ve said anything! Hmm, twelve days, it’s Christmastime… coincidence? Excuse me whilst i break into song:

 

  • Twelve days without news,
  • Eleven credit cards with balances,
  • Ten pounds of chocolate,
  • Nine late nights working,
  • Eight yards of gift wrap,
  • Seven bucks for parking,
  • Six-packs of ramen,
  • Five weeks of rain!
  • Four bald tires,
  • Three absent coworkers,
  • Two flights of rickety stairs,
  • And an extra shot at Starbucks every time!

 

Ahem. So it’s been a very busy week, traveling a lot for work, running last minute errands. I’ve delivered all the gifts that were under the tree to their recipients (save those that will fly with me to MT) and mailed all the cards (some as far away as europe!). I’ve gone through a gallon of eggnog since thanksgiving, although there’s still some ham left, if anybody wants a sandwich. Had a great steak dinner and threw some peanut shells on the floor with cuz Michelle, it was great talking with her. Jason, Julia, Patrick and i enjoyed Julia’s and my cooking and a couple bottles of wine, along with several hours of playing playstation. Chicken ragu with Libby. Christmas shopping downtown with Steph. More Christmas shopping with Libby. Still more Christmas shopping at home on the internet. Haven’t even started to pack – that’s what saturday morning’s for. Don’t have to worry about being distracted by watching cartoons, since the cable got shut off. Pretty efficient over there at at&t, i only cancelled it in august. People keep asking “have you seen that commercial where…?” or “did you see [show] last week?” and i of course say no. It’s difficult to be part of the mtv generation without mtv. And i think that might be a good thing, cause i’ve never really felt that connected to the mtv generation anyway, and if mindless drivel like survivor is what this generation’s about, i’ll happily opt-out.

I’m really excited to go home, and forget about my bills and deadlines and everything for a whole week. It’s going to be great. Mom and Danielle have already started baking holiday goodies, which i intend to completely pork out on. I may need two adjacent seats for the flight back to Seattle. I do wish i would have my car there, as there’s a bunch of things i want to show Dad and ask him about. But that’ll have to wait until the next time he comes to visit, at which point i can take him to the BBQ place Michelle introduced me to, and we can spend the evening throwing peanut shells on the floor.

Mercifully short

It’s cold today! Not sure how cold it really is out there, but enough that i really want to stay inside until at least mid april. Spent the day in puyallup with Jason, Patrick and Forrest – always a wild time. Our official mission was automotive in nature, as usual – some small repairs and things we’d been meaning to finish – and, as usual, we spent more time hanging than working. In the end, it’s all good, we always have some good laughs and leave with some new ideas. Between Jason’s true tales of tacoma, Forrest’s rediscovery of reverse gear, and Patrick’s creative use of his horn, we had a lot to laugh about… Meeting again next saturday to install a tranny cooler in my car (yeees! John rocks!) and do some other random junk. Hopefully it won’t be so hideously cold next weekend! Okay, so i just looked it up, and it’s only 39 degrees out there. Granted, the humidity is 93%, and there’s a fog coating the area that would make Count Dracula feel at home, but still, 39’s a balmy, shorts-wearing spring day in Montana. Obviously i’ve adjusted to Seattle’s climate, as i was wearing 2 shirts, a sweater and a fleece jacket, and wool socks, and not even running around working on my car kept me warm at 4 in the afternoon.

It’s actually december 8th now, the clock just rolled over to midnight. Well, it’s digital, so it doesn’t really do that, but… anyway. I’m not gonna change the date, i’m too lazy. C89.5 is playing a techno remix of the Beatles’ strawberry fields. It’s really interesting. This post is not. At least since i started talking about the date… I’ll stop making you read it now.

A day spent in pajamas is a day victorious

What an incredible weekend! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I had a great long weekend, hope you all did, too.

Started my day early thursday, driving John to the airport at 6am. Got home, made a couple pies, a loaf of bread, started on candied yams and made sure the meat was thawed ok. Steph arrived around 10 and we dove headfirst into dinner – turkey and ham in the oven, garlic mashed potatoes under the mixer, and of course the orange-cranberry salad! The rest of the gang came in just after noon, Libby and Annie, and Josh and Kristen all the way from Bozeman (via Portland!). Dinner was great (if i do say so myself). After a few bottles of wine and a great meal, we dozed off for a bit on the couch before tackling dessert. A bit more resting, and it was in the car to Libby’s where Josh climbed into her cupboard for a quick photo shoot, and then a stop at Kerry park to enjoy the view. A low-key evening at home, and then it was up in the morning for breakfast on Alki beach followed by a day of touristishness with Josh and Kristen. Met Tiff, Toni and Sara for clam chowder on the waterfront and a cruise through the market. Josh and Kristen hit the road for Portland that afternoon – it was great to see them, hopefully next time for longer! I managed to take a few pix of the weekend’s adventures, check ’em out (click the photo – new thing i’m doing, giving you photo links to the gallery if there’s pix of what i’m talking about. neato, huh?).

What else? Stayed up until 6am last night hanging out with Gabe – great to catch up with him! It’d been way too long since we’d had some quality time. Of course, i spent much time on the phone with the family, not just on turkey day but also sunday while they decorated the tree (i was on speakerphone, listening to their craziness). A thanksgiving call from Aunt Carol was a welcome surprise, too – great to hear that their holiday was a merry one! Went shopping downtown with Lindsay and Adam saturday where we had a full taste of the city, everything from street corner santas to jazz musicians to anti-war rallys to tiffanys. Off to the airport saturday nite to pick up Jason and Julia as they returned from their Boston-NYC thanksgiving adventure. And i’m headed to seatac again tonite, as John returns from arizona. Before that, tho, i’m going to squeeze in some coffee with Gabe before he jets tomorrow. On that subject, i should hit it, cause i’m still not dressed for public appearance and i haven’t had breakfast yet and it’s past 5pm… and if that doesn’t tell you what kind of a great weekend i’ve had, nothing will! 🙂

Mashing the floors and vacuuming the potatoes

Happy Thanksgiving all! A lot to be thankful for this year. I’m sitting at the kitchen table enjoying the sunrise as it strikes the olympic mountains out my window. That’s one thing i’m thankful for – living in the NW! I’m getting paid for not being at work today – that’s another. My car is clean – man, i got a million of ’em!

I’m up early today to take John to the airport, plus i needed to make a couple pies and clean the place up a bit, since i’m hosting a small turkey day gathering here in a few hours. Figured as long as i’m waiting for the oven to heat up, and since i needed to take a break for breakfast, i’d say hi to everyone. Had lunch with Gabe and his mom yesterday – thanx again for lunch Mrs. B! – and had a great time. Should be able to get in some more time with Gabe before he heads back to frigid bozeman sunday. Talked to Danielle yesterday, too, as she was driving across montana, headed home. Hopefully next time she decides to drive 200 miles, she’ll remember her wallet… 😉 And Lindsay and i are going shopping downtown saturday – we started the downtown Christmas shopping tradition last year in chicago, this year Seattle’s our target – and this year we’re dragging along her husband Adam to see if we can drive him completely crazy.

Well, Steph’s going to be here in 2 hours to start mashing potatoes, and i need to get this pumpkin pie in the oven. And i need to take a shower. And vacuum. So i should probably get to it. But at least the Christmas lights are already up! Have a great day everyone! Be thankful for someone today!

Awesome Van City weekend

Just a quick update to let you know that Van City was awesome, Importfest was sweet, had a blast with the guys, took a bunch of pix. Everything from historic Gastown to denny’s at 3am to waiting in line at the border crossing… overall, a sweet deal. And as an added bonus, i finally got the hoodie sweatshirt i ordered from NorthwestNissans like two months ago, and it’s super cool. Vince gave me a great tour of the show and introduced me to half of Vancouver, and we even ran into Forrest in a totally freak timing thing on I-5 north as he was headed to his dad’s. Random! All in all, a great time. Van City roadtrip rating: thumbs up!