Archive for November 2007

T-Minus 3 days

18 November, 2007

One Sunday afternoon (slept for half of it). Two Working Days. One 3am wakeup to catch the 6am flight on one of the busiest travel days of the year.  5 hours of flight straight into the waiting arms of my Mom and Yaya.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

 We have someone house sitting this next week while we are out – which is just fantastic.  The only way to go is have someone house-sit.  I feel so much more adult now…I remember the days when I used to house-sit…they were not that long ago…

So – here is the cutest story.  My Mom and Yaya called me at work Friday and Yaya told me that it was Turkey Day and where in the world am I???  We’ve been telling her that we were going to see her on Turkey Day and apparently she felt that Friday was it.  I told her we had to fly back first and then she got it in her head that we were flying on a bird.  I’m sure in her head it was a nice fluffy parrot or something rather than the steel beast we will be crammed on with screaming children and too much luggage.  I would rather do the fluffy parrot.  Yaya – I’ll be there in a few days! 

I spoke with my friend who had her baby recently and please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  The little guy has been having a tough little go at it this past week.  It is some of the typical premie things – he’s having trouble regulating his temp and isn’t eating enough.  So they have him at the hospital again and they are supplimenting his food with some premie formula and regulating his body temp.  Sharon would really like to just be home and she’s pretty exhausted at this point.  So just give her and her family  a lot of warm thoughts and prayers. 

This is one of the things that sucks the worste about being out here – not being able to get in the car and go give her a hug.  Well, here is my hug and I’ll see you in a few days.

A new little bundle of joy in the world…

12 November, 2007

My girlfriend Sharon had her baby – 5 weeks early – this past Friday.  She and the baby are doing great!  For the girl who plans, plans and plans everything – having her water break and going into labor early…well, let’s just say, I couldn’t quite stop giggling when she was telling me about it (I’ve probably made things worse for when my time comes…).  

She did great – a little overwhelmed with the unexpected early arrival but definitely has a great story to tell.

 A big loving welcome to Ezra James and a BIG Congratulations to the new Momma and Dad!  I’m jealous that he will get all the delicious cookies his Momma makes…well, actually, it will be a good sharing lesson!

Hello

5 November, 2007

I know, I know – you all think I am terribly great at this whole blog thing and when was the last time I posted??
Two weeks until we are in KC for a visit – and believe me it won’t be long enough!  I’m still not really in love with Portland.  I love Portland because any fair-skinned, strawberry blonde girl that hates hot weather would.  This is the perfect climate for me.  However, I just need to move my entire life, friends, family and a couple of BBQ restuarants up here – then I would be IN LOVE with Portland.

Speaking of BBQ – when we lived in KC, we probably had BBQ about once or twice a year…otherwise, we frequented the new restuarants and old restuarants that are non-BBQ that make up the superb dining experience in KC.  We are not die-hard BBQ people…but living out here – we have NO, NONE, ZERO, ZIP BBQ and we are craving some good ‘ol KC BBQ.  For an entire year we have been on the look-out for BBQ restaurants and for a whole year we have not found any until a month ago.  We were told that WE HAD TO go to this great little dive that is owned by Snoop Doggs’ Uncle.  It was a bit of southern cooking but we could get actual real BBQ. 

When the stomach craving got to be too much we ventured out to Snoop Doggs’ Uncle’s place – Roy’s Ribs.  This place is a crap-hole – this place is NOT a dive.  First, we stand in line waiting to give our order and notice that after each person gives the ONE girl working their order she just sits it aside in a pile.  Once we got up there there are about 5 orders just sitting there.  We place our order and were really excited because we could get BBQ beef and THREE sides for $8.00.  I thought we would just get small small portions…so I was waiting to be too excited.  After placing the order we go find a place to sit – in a back room that is filled with Snoop Dogg posters and other performers in line with Snoop Dogg.  It is filthy back there.  We wait and wait and wait and then decide to just have them make it “to go” and we go tell the girl and then decide to wait in the front room for our food.  Unfortunately, the only place to sit is a rotten couch that I am desparately afraid is going to give me the plague but standing was not an option either.  So, I sat there rigid waiting 45 minutes for my food. 

I scarf down the cornbread, which was good, then wait to eat the rest at home.  We get home and can’t believe that there is so much meat!  We are talking about 3 lbs. of meat in each meal.  I am salivating and start in on this fabulous BBQ.  It is shite!  Absolute SHITE!  I spit out what I am trying to eat and think that I’ll try another bite and see if I was just unlucky the first time getting all the gristle and fat…nope – the second bite was shite as well.  Dodo ended up having to get a knife and just start cutting the fat off the meat.  But even then – there was so much fat in the meat muscle I couldn’t eat it.  Between the two of us we threw away 5.5lbs of shite BBQ. 

And let us not forget about the sides…BBQ beans, cornbread and coleslaw.  Well, the BBQ beans tasted EXACTLY LIKE pork and beans out of the can – literally out of the can!  Remember when you though that pork and beans would be okay RIGHT OUT OF THE CAN and realized that the beans were a little chalky?  Well, that is what we had.  They were cold and had the distinct taste of pork and beans out of the can-no BBQ sauce involved, no cooking, just can opener and dump.  The coleslaw was nasty as it was pretty much just sliced cabbage.  Nothing on it, none of the creamy sauce, NOTHING.  The only good thing was the cornbread – and quite frankly the non-baker that I am could have made better!!!!

So-one of the first things I am doing when I get home is eating some BBQ.  And seeing how much I can ship back home.

If anyone wants to start a restuarant in Portland…you would make a mint out here.

 And I’ll probably be dead tomorrow considering that I just completely bashed Snoop Doggs’ Uncle’s restaurant.

Anyway, on to other things.  Dodo is almost done and will finish up after we get back from KC.  One of the guys that does the check-rides isn’t available so it will just be better to hold off until then.  That is exciting.  It also looks like the school will be hiring here again so – please pray to whomever you choose that he gets the job!

KC here we come….