Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Enough Said!

I was making my espresso the old fashioned way today. Well not really, I just am finding that extra 20 seconds it takes me to monkey with coffee grounds is just a real pain in the butt. I do not think it is that I am lazy, I just think that is delaying my espresso habit by 20 seconds a day. It also might prevent me from having that second, third or fourth shot of espresso a day. Today in the mail my fall Costco savings book arrived. Guess what is marked down $200? Aside from the couches, computers and big screen TV's that is? 

You got it. The Holy Grail of espresso junkies everywhere. The 2008 Saeco Incanto Deluxe Super Automatic Espresso Machine -- even the name sounds luxurious. It must be like the Ferrari of the coffee world.  Now is the part where I have to learn to be happy with what I have...damn being a grownup bites sometimes! 

Well all this coffee talk has created some thirst, guess I will go brew a cup and enjoy myself! 

In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.  ~Jeff Bezos

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom-

I want to take a moment to wish my Mom a happy 29th Birthday! OK, maybe she is a little older then that-- but as a lady myself I know not to tell the truth. I swear that in her honor God sent her a beautiful day. Weather was 90+ degrees that day. She must have been very good this year to deserve that! Can you believe it? Here I just was blogging about our crappy weather and now we have a little sun! I was watching the news last night and they were talking about having "emergency cooling shelters" set up. How pathetic are we? I had to wonder what the newscasters were thinking as they reported that breaking story. The interesting tidbit that came at the end of the story was that only about 6 people took advantage of it all day! CRAZY! Yes people this is the news we have. I think Deal or No Deal is more informative then the local news!

If you do not know my Mom, she loves the sun. She is constantly nudging us on leaving the great NW and heading east of the mountains. We have guaranteed conversation by simply mentioning how awful the weather is. You would think she was born in the tropics...not Minnesota! Well the sun came out and she was so happy to drop her top and hit the highway! No she was not shamelessly flashing truckers---she drives a convertible silly! Get your mind out of the gutter. This is my mother we are talking about!

We decided this was good reason to cook a little food, drink a little wine, eat a little cake and enjoy the family we were gifted with. My sister hosted a meal Sunday. Thanks Brea! Any reason I have to not mop my floors pleases me beyond comprehension! Our Grandmother is on hiatus from Vegas so she came along to. How nice to have 4 generations together at one time.

The Birthday Mom with youngest granddaughter Avery-I see some similarity when I look at this picture

My 2nd Dad Ken and my Grandma G.G.


“We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.”

~ Calvin & Hobbes

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Summer time blues...

It is so sad that summer is preparing to end and we up here in the great NW have not had much "summer" weather yet. A few scorchers and a whole lot of YUCK! I do love it here and cannot see myself living anywhere else no matter how much I am pushed, prodded and poked to consider it. 

The kids have had a busy summer which in turn means we grown ups have had a busy summer too. They recently completed a week at Oma and Opa camp with Michael's parents. Beach combing, cooking with Opa, I heard there was even some ocean swimming with Aunt KT. She is braver then I... I am usually right there but it was a little cold! 

We also got a puppy this summer. Michael's dog Sal died almost 2 years ago. He has waited a while to even consider another. I guess now was the right time. We ended up with a 8 week old puppy , she is 1/2 English Pointer other half mystery as dad was of the "deadbeat" sort and did not stay around to be identified. She was born in Leavenworth, Kansas but due to all the flooding they were having she was going to be euthanized with her siblings and mother if a out of state rescue could not take her. She ended up here in Washington with a small rescue group.  We found her thru www.petfinder.com and are very happy. She is so quiet-not sure how long that will last. She is now 11 weeks old and getting so big. She was the runt so we are hoping she will be about 30-40 pounds. Our other dog Remo is probably 90-95 pounds--smaller is much better in this case. 

Her name is Tessa. When I was a kid we had an English setter named Tessa. She was the dog in my childhood that I most vividly remember. I think this is odd since she probably died when I was about 9 or 1o. My dad bought her to be his hunting dog but come to find out she absolutely freaked out by loud noises, under the bed shaking scared! Oh well we loved her anyhow. This little dog inherited her name and has some similarities in appearance. Hopefully she will not destroy our house on the 4th of July like the first Tessa would. 
Elise and Tessa

Megan and Tessa at the Beach

We wanted to get a puppy so Remo would have a friend. Unfortunately he is not at all interested in her. I think he liked our previous arrangement that did not include a puppy stealing his spotlight. Tessa has been forced to make new friends. Unbelievably the cat and her are good pals now. They play in the yard and bat at, tackle and sneak up on each other. Our only concern is when the dog is much bigger is she going to accidentally maul the cat? We are trying to work on a solution to that one.

Not sure what more to share...this was a little bit of a rambling post. Thanks so much for reading if you made it this far. Looks like the sky is blue--maybe I should try to mow the lawn before another monsoon strikes! 

Take care- enjoy the rest of your summer wherever you are! 

A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
~Bill Cosby

Monday, August 4, 2008

You went to the hottest state in the country during the hottest month of the year for what?

I do not know much about racing but I thought I would share some pictures from Michael's trip to Birmingham, Alabama. He was able to be right in the pits thru out the race so he got some great pictures. Unfortunately the Gainsco car lost its clutch and was unable to finish the race. To bad since they are frequently a very strong competitor in this series. 

View from the pits

Jonny, Eric and Michael

When traveling between races the car rides on top of the work area. I thought that looked pretty genius! 

This is Michael's friend, Eric, doing whatever he does on the computer. I think it has something to do with watching how the car is performing and analyzing the data being transmitted from the car. 
Did I mention that this is the same racing series that Patrick Dempsey races in? Very Dreamy, don't you think? Not bad for a guy that had no real career for about 10-15 years. I would say he bounced back nicely!

I might be up for a trip to the race next year in Mexico City. I am sure there would be plenty to keep both of us busy! Better start saving our pennies now!

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. 
~Henry Ford

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Who does not love a wedding?

We recently had the pleasure of witnessing that magnificent beginning. Michael's only 1st cousin, Hannah, was married on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in July. Hannah married Ben in a wedding that truly expressed their outdoor laid back style. It was lovely, Thanks for sharing the big day with us! 

I love weddings. They mark an amazing beginning of such beautiful possibilities. Years from now we will all say... Ah, I remember when.  It is the start of so many "firsts". Enjoy them guys. You are making history! The foundation of stories you will tell little ones someday. 

A stunning bride, Uncle Bob and cousin Ava

Megan was very excited to get a picture of the "first" kiss!

What a shame Michael, Jason and Dan could not be there to have pie. Michael was in Birmingham, Alabama at the Porsche 250 auto race. He is lucky enough to have a friend that works with the Gainsco 99 racing team so they got the up close and personal view of this sort of racing. Dan and Jason are in Alaska chasing Salmon and Halibut!  

Best wishes Hannah and Ben! It was beautiful just like yourselves! 

Cousin Tasha, Megan, Aunt M'Lisa and Uncle Bob AKA "Unc"

It was so nice of M'Lisa and Tasha to fly up for the wedding. Always nice to see you guys!

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
 -Lao Tzu