Tuesday, December 22, 2009

news

No news, really. There is nothing going on in this household  :)  We are trying to enjoy each other's company as much as possible and also enjoying family and friends during this season.
Here's a list:
*Matt and I are working on saving more and spending less, which has been hard. It makes me not really want to go anywhere because I know I will buy things, which really adds up.
*I recently found out that I didn't work enough hours to get the "bonus PTO" this year. I am only 60 hours short come the end of December and could have gotten an extra 80 hours. LAME. I was sooo upset and trying so hard to figure out a way to squeeze in an extra 60 hours of work during the holidays. Fortunately, Matt isn't as concerned and told me not to worry about it. If you know me, you know I was literally sick to my stomach about it...
*I love birds. Outside birds. The little ones. I just can't help it. They light up my day.
*I recently cleaned my toilets, but left the bleach stuff on a little too long...I now have orange stripes on the seat and lid. Anyone know how I can fix it??
*We just went to a baby shower for my cousin Ali and her husband Zach. We are beyond excited for them! I know of so many pregnant women now and I LOVE IT.
*I will leave you with some pictures of Whiskey. He always likes to steal these little brown pillows off of the couch.His favorite thing is to shove his nose in between the buttons and grab onto the pillow inside. He just likes to hold it I guess.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanksgiving

We had some of Matt's family over for the day and had SO MUCH FOOD! Everything was delicious! I was able to make the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a Pumpkin Gingerbread trifle. Amanda made sweet potatoes and a delicious salad, and Elizabeth made a spinach dip and green bean casserole. Jessie made some awesome bruschetta and DID ALL OF THE DISHES!!! Matt's Uncle Ron made pumpkin pies. MMM. Needless to say, Matt and I have been eating Thanksgiving dinner for lunch and dinner every day for the past week!

Here are the pictures of Thanksgiving, but NONE of any people...food only. I guess I really am becoming my mother! Sorry, some of the pics are blurry!











Sunday, November 22, 2009

Scallions

I just learned something new and I thought I should share. Take a bunch a green onions (scallions) and use the top half for whatever you deem necessary. Keep the other half with the whites still attached. Normally, I would just throw this back in the fridge, but NO. Instead, put the bunch in a cup of water so that the whites are submerged and they will REGROW in a couple of days. Awesome. I love new things.

Did anyone already know this? Just wondering.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches

UPDATE!!!  Here is the link to the recipe courtesy of Aunt Val:

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pumpkin-cream-sandwiches-10000001681005/index.html



my favorite fall treat!!!








Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkins

Yesterday was Pumpkin Patch day. We trekked through the mud and the rain to find the perfect pumpkin and brought them back to the house to carve. I did an owl face, Matt did a bat, Bryan did a scary vampire, and Amanda attempted Edward from Twilight.

Of course, Matt's pumpkin is green. Last year was a watermelon. This year is an unripe pumpkin.

This is when Amanda found out her pumpkin was moldy. It had nasty stuff inside, so she decided not to actually carve the pumpkin. Instead, she was going to scrape the likeness of Edward. See below for picture....this thing is not letting me drag the picture up.
Brothers






And I forgot to add this picture in my Italy photo album. It is a wine stopper made of glass. So cute!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Buongiorno

That means Good Morning if you don't speak Italian :)  Ahh the things I learned while in Italy. One of which was "No. Please give me my Euro. I need my 4 Euro back Per Favore." Ok, so not really in Italian, but partially. I had a fight with an Italian barista over how much change I should have gotten back. I wasn't budging and she wasn't either. She tried to look past me so that I would just leave, but I stuck my ground. She gave me 3.50 back. Ha. I guess that was a compromise??

We had a total of 8 days to travel to Italy and back. We visited Venice first for one night, Rome for 3 nights, and Venice again for another 3 nights. With the time change, it took over 24 hours to travel there. We left Sunday morning and arrived in Venice on their Monday morning. Our trip did not start off right. I was ready to cry before we ever got to SeaTac airport. I forgot the all-important birth control. So smart. Of course, we could handle that, but a change nonetheless. Once at the Venice airport, we realized they lost my bag. Thank goodness I had an extra pair of underwear in my carry-on as well as my makeup. I wanted to cry though. I had nothing else. AND we were in a place where we did not speak the language. Luckily, many people speak English there and the lost luggage lady did. We then had to buy a bus ticket to get to the main area of Venice...it took awhile, but we finally got er done.

Once in Venice, we thought we were heading toward our hotel, but we were going the wrong way. It took us about a half an hour walking in the muggy weather, but fortunately I didn't have to lug my bag around :) Just Matt. Once at the hotel, the room wasn't ready as expected, so we hit the bathroom before we went out to walk the streets. Problem this time was after I had sat on the toilet to pee, I discovered there was no toilet paper. Seriously? Seriously. I managed to hobble over to the next stall with a garbage bag between my legs. Hey, it worked.

So we walked the maze of Venice in my heels and ruined the crap out of them...down to the metal on each heel. I needed new shoes. Luckily, the next morning we met up with Matt's brother and his fiance, so I could borrow some much-needed tennis shoes. But before that, I took a long-awaited shower at the hotel and used their toiletries. Little did I know, I had used lotion instead of conditioner. By this time, anything that happened was just funny. I was tired, annoyed, and crabby, but at least I could laugh about it.

Meeting up with Bryan and Amanda (B&A) was awesome. It was so good to talk to someone else! They also had had their travel moments while in Rome, so they had already worked out the train/subway kinks. I was so ready for someone to just take care of us. :) We love them. Rome was great! Taking the subway was really fun and a great way to make your way across the city. We bought unlimited all-day passes and rode several times a day. We saw pretty much everything in Rome there is to see: The Colloseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Forum, the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, and much much more.  Pictures at the end of my novel.

We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Rome that was a little north of the main part of Rome. This was PERFECT. It was reasonably priced, the owners spoke very little English and were very cute, it was safe, and it was easy to get to. We would absolutely stay there again if in Rome! Plus, B & A stayed there also, so it was like a slumber party with wine each night!

Every place to eat seemed spendy, especially with the value of the U.S. dollar so low right now. They do not "have" tap water, and you pay the same for bottled water as you do pop: about $5-6. We had cappuccinos and gelato almost every day, and took over 500 pictures. We had WAY too many carbs. We were craving some good protein, but you usually have to pay for that separately as it was already expensive. And or course, knowing me, you would know that we were not about to pay more. Besides, I needed money for my gelato and new Italian leather boots... One night, Matt and I went to Burger King for a late dinner. We were in heaven. I have never loved a burger more.

All of the crazy old buildings and statues in Rome are incredible! Pictures do not even do it justice. the magnitude of each is incredible. It was really fun to walk through each with the guide book and learn about the history. Mostly B would read the book and we would follow along listening. My own personal tour guide!

We finally booked our last hotel in Venice while we were in Rome and naturally, there was slim pickings. We ended up with a "4 star" hotel that looked more like a 1 star. I started to think I was just picky when Matt reminded me how crappy the hotel really was...and how much we paid for it...more than my life is worth I think! Beyond that, we did like Venice and it was a beautiful unique place. The city is built on water. Canals run through most of the city, with bridges everywhere. There are no cars, mopeds or anything. They bring their produce, supplies, etc in and out by boat. They have water taxis, buses and gondolas.

This is a map of Venice. The Grand Canal runs through the city, and there are 3 main bridges where you can cross it. Otherwise, you can take the water bus or taxi to get around. All of the white lines are walkable streets and the little blue lines are small waterways. We stayed up North near the train station so we didn't have to use the bus.

Ok, I'm tired of typing, so here are the pictures!
VENICE









ROME