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Snow, sick, silence, sitcom?

I like alliteration. 

Snow: Monday and Tuesday…it snowed.  And I no longer possess a windshield scraper (as my sister currently has it in her truck), so I had to scrape and brush off snow from my car using a long-handled umbrella.  Not quite as effective as my windshield scraper.  But it makes more sense this time of year to have an umbrella in my car…than a snowscraper.  Brrr and grr…enough of this white stuff!

Sick:  Went to work Monday morning, and immediately went back home.  I was sick!  I realized, I actually seem to get fairly sick around this time of year…a pattern that has stuck for at least 3 or 4 years.  Some sort of stomach situation (see…the alliteration again).  I’ve stayed home now for 3 days, not able to eat much and not getting much sleep because my stomachache keeps me awake at night and…

Silence: Yeah right!  The construction craze continues (ahh..can’t stop).  Our townhouse has all new windows, but they are currently working on re-siding our unit – which means loud, continuous hammering sounds from 8am to 4pm.  Even with ear plugs, I can’t sleep during this…they are literally hammering just a few feet from me (outside of course).  I am TIRED!

Sitcom:  Since I can’t sleep while I’m staying home sick, I have decided to start watching 30 Rock via Netflix instant viewer.  I am starting with season 1.  I wanted to see what all the talk and award hype is all about. 

I have watched the entire first season…in one day.  On to season 2!  Love it (the sitcom that is…not being sick). 🙂

We had ourselves a merry little Christmas

*Warning: Really long post – can’t help it – lots happened during the holidays! 🙂

Christmas this year was different than those in the past.  1) We weren’t going to be spending it with family – either Micah’s or mine.  2) The economy really was a downer – and many of us decided to not exchange gifts.  Just not the thing to be spending money on.  3) The weather was nuts.  With the down pour of snow – we weren’t sure if we’d even have anyone over for Christmas Eve dinner (which Micah and I were hosting at our house).  But, regardless of all of these factors – we had an excellent Christmas Eve and day.   Here’s the run down…

Christmas Eve:  Snowed pretty much the entire day

We had a total of 8 of us at the house, and that’s alot because our place isn’t that big.  We created a major seafood feast for dinner.  It was awesome!  We had Dungeness crab, Alaskan King crab legs, fried oysters, shrimp cocktail, and steamed clams with bread for dipping.  It seriously was so delicious, and everyone was satisfied and stuffed.  And that doesn’t include the yummy banana creme delight dessert. 

Xmas dinner Xmas Eve - friends

From left top box (clockwise): Ty and Ian, Christine and Micah, Mike and Jonah, Lisa and Tera

After dinner, we pretty much just played games all night long.  And those that know me, know that I LOVE GAMES!!!  We played Scattegories, a new game called “This or That” and hours and hours of a card game called Mafia.  It’s too hard to explain, but it was so much fun.  We all stayed up into the wee hours playing games.  Very fun – I love spending nights playing games with friends. 

Xmas Eve- games

Christmas Day:  Snowed pretty much the entire day

So, Tera (hoping for it to be a surprise)  had ordered three live Maine lobsters and they were (supposed to be) delivered to the house.  But with the massive snowfall, those deliveries were all delayed.  The idea was to eat them on Christmas Eve, but instead – FedEx called on Christmas Day and said if we wanted, we could come pick up the package ourselves at the local distribution center (about 5 miles from our house).  Tera (with her huge truck) and I went to go pick up the precious cargo.  Fortunately, the lobsters were still alive – because apparently, if they are dead and you cook and eat them – well, that’s not good.  This is the part where some people might find it cruel and unusual punishment to put alive lobsters into boiling hot water – which essentially kills and cooks them.  Ian and Jonah did all the dirty work – but all of us were quite interested in these live lobsters.

Xmas lobsters

During Christmas Day, we were once again stuck at the house.  So what do we do?  We play more games!!!  And we feast!!!  Ian and Jonah decided to be adventurous and made lobster bisque.  Yeah, just looked up a recipe and made it – starting with homemade lobster stock (from the shells).  And Christine made homemade chili and katsu chicken and pork (Japanese dishes).  So yummy!!

Rory and Jessica (and Riley) joined us for dinner that night, and joined in on more Mafia playing.  It was great.  Another super delicious dinner with friends, and more game playing.  Doesn’t get too much better than that!

Xmas Day

Day after Christmas:  Snowed part of the day, but were finally able to safely leave the house

We were finally able to drive Mike, Ty, et. al back to their apartment in Kirkland on Friday afternoon.  I’m sure they appreciated being able to shower and wear a change of clothes!  Tera, Micah, and I – we were going to go see a movie that day – but the snow started up again, and we opted to postpone for Saturday.  Instead, we watched The Dark Knight on DVD (Tera hadn’t seen yet) and then got ready for a potluck that night at our friend, Adrian’s condo. 

At his place, we ate, played games (cards and Rock Band), and just hung out.  I drank, for the first time, a hot buttered rum – yummy! 

Xmas at ADs

And FINALLY: 

Saturday we were able to finally go watch a movie.  We went and watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  We all agreed – good movie, but extremely long!!!  It felt a little Forrest Gumpish in the way the story was told.  But we also acknowledged that the movie was 3 hours long, b/c it had to be that long….otherwise, we would have missed alot of depth in the storyline.

Following the movie, we were all tired and just went back to our house and played lots of Dr. Mario on the Nintendo Wii – I’m talking LOTS of playing – until 3 in the morning actually.  We love that game!

 

 

Let it snow, let it snow, and snow and snow and snow

So Wednesday, we were supposed to get all of this snow.  My senior manager even called me at 6:45am to tell me to just work from home since it was going to be snowing all day.  Woo hoo – I’m not going to complain about that.  And even Micah was able to stay home.  However, we waited, and waited…and no snow.  So…in reality, we could have both easily gone in to work.  But no need to dwell on the “what ifs” and such. 

Now, it’s Thursday – no call from my manager.  But I did awake to a couple of inches of snow.  It did cross my mind, “should I go in to work today?”  After watching about 5 minutes of the morning news-and seeing the chaos on the freeways, I easily made the decision of “no” actually “HELL NO!”  So, another snow day for Micah and me. 

We decided to make the most of our fluffy, freezing, powdery friend – and play around a bit.  Now, the snow isn’t quite the right consistency to make snowmen and snowballs – but we did our best at having a fun time! (Plus, we aren’t at work – that alone makes for a fun day!)

So, it’s been steadily snowing for a few hours.  We have no where near the amount of snow that’s in Deer Park (thank god), but we are getting our fair share.  Stay warm everyone!  I personally, have consumed copious amounts of hot chocolate.

snow-day-2008


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