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Sunday, January 27, 2008

 

Life Update

You may have noticed that before yesterday it had been a long time since I had posted last. This was in large part to my computer acting crazy and not working properly. It had appeared that my video card had overheated and stopped working correctly, and thus my access to a lot of the computer functions were limited in both time and capability. My computer is now fixed, and I am slowly getting my life back in order.

Other than at IKEA, I've made a few interesting purchases recently. One has been a new guitar, it's a Def Leppard guitar. The other was yesterday when I bought a new Camera. I bought a Canon SD1000 PowerShot Digital Elph.



I also bought some plane tickets last week. I decided I needed/wanted to do some traveling, even if for just a short period of time. I have a friend who is doing a semester abroad in London, England right now, so I am taking a weekend in February and going to visit this and another friend for a few days. I will be gone from Feb 6-10, and be in London for 3 1/2 days. It's not a long trip, but it will be nice to get back to Europe.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

 

Snow!

Hi Everyone!
It's Saturday night and I'm sitting in a Days Inn in Tacoma, Washington, waiting for Lloyd to return from a meeting. We came over the Snoqualmie Pass this morning and the roads were bare and dry. By 4 pm chained vehicles only are allowed to go through and we heard on the radio on our way to dinner that it was closed for avalanche control. Hopefully we'll be able to get through tomorrow, otherwise we might have to spend another night on this side of the mountains. It was even snowing in Tacoma (it actually looked like thick rain) although you don't really see it staying.
That's life in the Northwest!

Today is mother-in-law, Helen's birthday and I hope she has a great day! And tomorrow, is my friend Lynda's birthday. Notice I'm not saying how old any of us are anymore?

Take care and have a wonderful week!

 

IKEA trip

Of the things I love in this world, IKEA is on the list. One of the unfortunate things about living in Fresno is that we don't have an IKEA. There are many IKEAs in California, and I could drive a couple hours to Los Angeles, San Francisco/Bay Area, or Sacramento and go to an IKEA, but it becomes a day trip.

Andrew and I decided to go to IKEA two weeks ago, so we piled into my car and headed up to Sacramento. We got to IKEA shortly after it opened and went to the restaurant and grabbed some breakfast. We then did some shopping, where I bought a bunch of stuff, and then we went back to the restaurant for lunch. So it did almost turn into a FULL day event. We ended up getting back to Fresno around 6:00pm.

I bought the majority of the items we purchased while at IKEA, including:
A new bed/mattress/Pillows and a matching dresser for my room
Storage/Organization items for my magazines and DVDs
Behind the door coat hanger
Lamps for the living room
Pillows and throws for the living room
Energy Efficient CFL bulbs
A number of kitchen items
-Colander
-Salt & Pepper Shaker
-Meat Thermometer
-Spice Jars
-Silicone Whisk
-and other stuff

I ended up spending a little more money than I wanted to, but it was well worth it.

One really fun part of the trip was simply just loading my two door hatchback car with all the stuff I bought. Andrew and I were able to fit everything in, including the bed, mattress, dresser, and everything else, however, it was a very tight squeeze. Andrew was crammed into a back seat, while the long furniture items stretch from the front to the back inside the car.

Here are some pictures of the stuff I bought.

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This is my (queen size) bed as well as the new comforter cover set I got.


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Here is my matching dresser as well as the magazine and DVD storage items.


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This picture above shows one of the lamps I bought as well as the little wooden man that Andrew bought. (Also pictured is the most recent IKEA catalog)


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This picture shows the throw and the pillows I bought for the living room. Unfortunately I still need to buy some couches which will eventually complete my decorating.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

 

What's New!

Well, to tell you the truth, not much is new. I am working on a Biology class and a Leadership & Christian Worldview class. Both are taxing my brain and although my brain knows I'll get through it just fine, my stress levels pay no attention to it and cause me great anxiety.

Lloyd flew to Boise this morning and won't be back till tomorrow midnight which will give me two full days to concentrate on my homework. Monday we will get to spend the day together as it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This past week I worked almost 50 hours and this coming week will not be a whole lot better. We are in full swing with all of our training.

We've had some exciting developments in our Shaklee business and are on track to get a free trip to Hawaii in October. Oprah is sure crazy about our "Get Clean" line of non-toxic cleaners. She keeps telling people about Get Clean, and we keep getting more business. It has been great!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

 

Florida

Last Monday (Jan 7) evening Kathy and I traveled to Florida, where we spent the last six days. The main reason for the trip was the Church of God Area Administrators' annual retreat, but we also used it as an opportunity for some travel, relaxation, and warmer weather!

The retreat itself was in St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States, going back to 1565. We also visited Warner Southern College (through which Kathy is working on her degree), and the Kennedy Space Center.

You can see photos from our trip at the following LINK.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

 

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It's been some time since my last post and the next six months will be even more of a drought. (I finish my BA the end of June and have 7 classes to complete in those 6 months. 3 of the classes are 8 weeks and 4 of them are 4 weeks. Yikes!)

We had a wonderful trip to California where we spent most of our time juggling between our 3 sons work schedules. Fortunately they all had Christmas off and we were able to spend the whole day together! It was a great time of reconnecting and getting to be parents again. I was able to take both Jonathan & Andrew shopping to make sure they had enough of the basics before we returned to Washington. In fact, we went shopping almost every day. If it wasn't the grocery store it was Target or Mervyns. It was lots of fun just getting to hang out together!

The trip back was uneventful (it rained in Oregon) although we took the alternate I-5 route which made it an extra hour of driving (17 hours instead of 16). We were able to determine that the roads north of Klamath Falls on the 97 were not in great shape. In fact, that was the only part of the trip on the way down that was a little stressful. It appears they only plow the roads, as we didn't see much evidence of sanding or salting - so it was pretty much an ice rink. We saw several vehicles in the ditch as we headed south between Bend, OR and Klamath Falls, OR. So I was happy to go home the other way.

We arrived home Sunday night and Monday I spent trying to get things unpacked and put away. We did some grocery shopping yesterday and picked up my birthday present (an MP3 player!). Lloyd and I rang in the New Year with a Tex-Mex Fondue, a game of scrabble and the obligatory New Years' Rockin' Eve with Dick Clark.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

PS - Lloyd is going to add a photo to this post that shows my new Espresso machine with a picture of the first Capuccino we made. It was delicious! I've become quite the coffee afficionado living in the Northwest! Look out Starbucks! :) LOL

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