Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm A Liar

Remember how back in October I said something about potentially blogging more because it was going to be winter and blogging is a good indoor activity?

I lied.

In my defense, we've had a lot going on here.  Work on the house.  I'm studying for the bar exam.  Chris has started towing cars on the side.

Yes, I said towing cars.  Its perfect for him.  Its just like his real job, only he's saving cars, not people.  We all know he likes cars much more than people anyway.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Our Own Weather System

The longer I live in Enumclaw, the more I believe that we live in a weather system separate from that of Seattle, even though Seattle is only 45 miles from here.

Evidence?  Here is a shot of downtown Seattle this morning:



Overcast, of course, but no snow.  By contrast, here is my backyard:



Monday, December 22, 2008

Roomba!

We have a new addition to the Car Farm: a Roomba.  

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Yes, it is a member of the family.  I love it.  I can't figure out why I ever bought a vacuum.  I can turn it on, go upstairs and study, and an hour later the kitchen is furball free!  Amazing.  I've been able to "vacuum" at least one room/day, and all I have to do it clean the Roomba out when its finished so its ready for next time!  Its one less thing for me to get overwhelmed about during the next 2 months.

Day 6 of Captivity

Again, apologies for not blogging.  I thought I would have more time for that come winter, but apparently that is not the case.  

My employer has graciously allowed me to work 4 days/week, 10 hrs/day, so that I can take Fridays off to study for the bar.  Sometimes I get some studying in, sometimes I have errands to run.  Nothing gets done Mon-Thurs because of my work schedule, so by Friday there are a number of things that have piled up.

On top of that, I have this perpetual loop in my head about studying for the bar.  It goes something like, "I shouldn't be posting on the blog, I should be studying."  "I can't clean the house, I have to study."  Its really bad, and I'm constantly looking for ways I can multitask bar study with, oh, anything else.  So far all I've got "walk on treadmill and read outlines," so if you think of anything let me know.

Fortunately, we have had SO MUCH bad weather here that work has been canceled since lat Wednesday!  Hooray!  More study time!  Well, that part actually sucks, because I'd really rather be reading, or practicing music, or baking cookies, or counting my split ends, but instead I have this enormous exam to study for.  Boo.

Also, I'm amending previous snow estimates.  Last night I thought we had gotten about 6-8 in. of snow in the couple of days.  As of this morning I think we actually got about 2 feet.  At least, that's what I just had to shovel from the back steps and walkway.  No joke.  I photos, but they're on Jefe's camera and I'm not sure how to download them.  We've got some pretty massive snow drifts as well, which are REALLY fun for the dogs to navigate through.  From behind, Tick looks like a rabbit the way he hops through the deep snow.  Goose just gets stuck, then looks at you and barks.

Back to studying...






Friday, November 28, 2008

Blog - Turkey Edition

Last night we had the annual food fest at Jefe's parent's house.  In the 2 years I've been up here they host at least 25 people at their house for Thanksgiving.  Its massive.  This year I brought a gorgonzola casserole that everyone scarfed on.  Success!  For those of you who asked, here's the recipe.

Gorgonzola Broccoli Casserole
  • 3 lbs. broccoli, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter, plus 1 tbsp melted butter (for later)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 oz. cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola
  • 1 1/3 cups french bread crumbs (via food processor)
  1. Preheat over to 350.  Boil 3 qts. of water, add broccoli, and cook for 3-5 minutes.  Drain.  (You can frozen broccoli; I did that the first time and it worked just the same)
  2. Rinse out broccoli pot.  Add 1/4 cup butter and melt over medium heat
  3. Stir in flour and salt and cook until bubbly (about 1 minute)
  4. Add milk and stir until boiling and thickened (3 minutes)
  5. Add cheeses; whisk until smooth  
  6. Stir in broccoli, pour into casserole dish
  7. Mix bread crumbs and 1 tbsp. melted butter.  Sprinkle over top of casserole.
  8. Bake uncovered 20-30 min. at 350.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Marcia's Wedding

Last month my college roommate, Marcia, got married back in Michigan.  I went back for the wedding.  I had to -- I was one of the bridesmaids.  

Truth be told, there was no way I'd miss this event for the world.  Marcia and I were assigned to live together freshman year at Univ. of Mich.  In a handicapped room in an all female dorm.  MANY people I know have horror stories of their freshman year roommates, but we became great friends, sorority sisters, and roommates again our junior year of school.

So anyway, the wedding.  She married Joe Hune, who is a representative in the Michigan House of Representatives.  She is a lobbyist for the Michigan Credit Unions League.  They met when she was Chief of Staff for one of Joe's good friends; the friend asked the two of them out to a movie and then never showed up ;)

On with the pictures...  here's Marcia & Joe having their first dance.


Marcia and Tara, one of Marcia's childhood friends and a bridesmaid.


Erin, another bridesmaid, and Joe.  This is the only picture I have of Joe where you can see his face.  Erin is one of their friends from Lansing (where they work). 


Most of the bridesmaids: Dierdre, Erin, me, Tara.  The only one missing here is Kate, who was the Matron of Honor.


As you can tell by the previous photo, I'm sporting some sort of blonde bouffant-helmet.  This is what happens when: 

1) the bride doesn't care how you wear your hair, 
2) you don't care how you wear your hair, and 
3) the hairdresser thinks that "your hair is the PERFECT length for a blonde bob, kinda like Katherine Heigl, and it would look really great with your dress..."


And last, a full length shot, because the bridesmaid's dresses were actually GORGEOUS.