Thursday, July 31, 2008
So I have to come back again. He joked how he thought he was getting rid off me. I said I thought the same about him. Alas.
Oh well, at least the office is very professional, doesn't make me wait, and the dentist speaks Spanish! He's from Venezuela and has a very nice Spanish accent. Don't get too excited: he could be my grandfather.
Oh, and he keeps on reminding me to open my mouth wider...as if. But I am getting better at having x-rays done: they used to completely gag me.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
After cookies, scones, tarts, and a lot of hard work, Cindy asked if I wanted to try out her Wii. I've heard a lot about it, but have never played it. Cindy created a mini Olga and I took the fitness test:
+ I'm pretty good at yoga
+ I can hoolahoop
- I'm about 5 pounds above my normal weight (according to BMI ration)
- my physical age (based on my balance) is 40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! Seriously!?
- in the soccer game I had a hard time avoiding the shoes thrown at me
+ but it was still super fun!
I bought these Nina shoes: quite a splurge, but they were on sale and have cushioning: I think these will be my new dancing shoes.
I also bought a pair of silver hoop earrings to replace my ghetto hoops :) (you can see the old ones in the picture below). The new hoops are real silver, smaller in diameter and are actually made from square tubing instead of round. Alas, Macy's' doesn't have a picture of them on their site.
Then today, Anna and I were at Tabletop and I bought perfume! I have been looking for new perfume for a while but not finding anything I like. That's when I found Soular Therapy System Heavenly Body eau de toilette. You are supposed to choose a fragrance that matches your sign (mine is Aries), but I liked the one for Leo (orange lemon)...and it was on sale! LOVE.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Once again, I wasn't super motivated to buy any produce (we haven't finished the prodcuce from the grocery store yet), but then I saw buckets of pretty zinnias for only $0.50/each. I could not resist...and why? For only $1.50 I got so much beauty.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
pond in Vancouver in the park
maybe Anna and I should buy this boat!?
from the inside of our little boat
reminded me of Paige
lunch in Blaine
This is a door Anna pointed out to me in Bellingham: I was so tired I did not even notice it (have a slight obsession with doors)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
B #1: Birch Bay
Wednesday morning after Anna and I visited Lydia and Jane (we used to work with them years ago, but still visit them and Jeanie and Holly whenever we are in Seattle), we loaded up the car and started a 2-3 hour drive to Birch Bay. 5 people in the car. Anna, Misha, and I in the back seat. Listening to our dad's choice of music. LOVELY!
But then we got a bit of excitement: one of the tires blew up! On the highway! After changing the tire, we made it to a nearby tire store and were told all 4 tires had to be replaced. While our parents dealt with that, Anna and I got haircuts.
The rest of the drive was uneventful. The vacation spot was right on the water: very peaceful and pretty, but really not much to do around. We toasted the beginning of our vacation with margaritas at a nearby Mexican place. Anna and I then continued to annoy our dad by watching Food TV, Bravo, TLC, and HGTV :)
We sort of split into 3 "groups": our parents went to the pool, out on walks, etc; Anna and I went to a little knitting store, walked by the water, watched Cable; Misha did stuff on his computer.
There was a super cute Farmers' market nearby that sold the best chocolate milk in the cutest glass bottles. It was made by Twin something (I don't remember the exact name), so I bought two bottles: will use them as vases.
Misha's college roommate is from Bellingham, and his family invited Misha and our parents to dinner. Anna and I were dropped off in town and let to our own devices. It was a cute town with fun boutiques, old buildings, and some really weird people (must be because it's a college town?). I bought a pair of silver earrings and a cool wood bracelet (I already have wood earrings and ring). Then we had dinner: I had Teriaky and Anna had Mexican: happiness all around! We found a very neighborhood-y ice-cream store and played a few games of Dominoes.
It was getting darker and cold, so our parents came and picked us up. Misha stayed over at his roommate's parents' house.
B #4: Blaine
There were two things that I really wanted to do during this vacation: go to a Crafts/Arts market and take a mini boat in Blaine. The first one did not happen, the second one did. Anna and I took an hour long ride (30 minutes each way) on a little boat: it was very pretty and fun, and chill, and only $2 donation!
We then had lunch in town and found a little antique store where I bought 5 old coins (25 cents each!) and the store owner was nice enough to punch holes in the coins so that I can make jewelry from it! (will post pictures later)
And then it was time to pick up Misha and head back to Seattle.
Since I came back from Seattle Sunday night, I had no time (okay, no desire) to go grocery shopping: thus, nothing to bring to work for lunch. Luckily, I had a date with Ashley for lunch. Decided to give Chop't a second try. I've been there once before with Kamal, Jenn, etc, but had soup. This time I was ready for the salad.
The place was super hectic: line outside of the door, at least 10 "salad dudes" making various salads and so many choices!!!! I ended up getting an "ivy league" sandwich (smaller amount than a salad rolled into a tortilla): romaine lettuce, grilled asparagus, avocado, tomato, cucumber & corn with ranch dressing.
Thoughts: not bad for the price. I think next time I'll go for salad instead of a wrap. And maybe add some protein. But overall not a bad choice for lunch. I can't imagine working there: too claustrophobic, fast paced, and hectic (I think I mentioned hectic already).
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
halibut and prawn ceviche: roasted corn-tomatillo salsa, guacamole and sour cream,
served with corn tortilla chips
bucheron: goat cheese warmed and topped with fireweed honey and dried cherries
braised mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese and garlic olive oil water
crème brulee trio:
vanilla, lavender and mango
all gone :(
Lera planned a fun packed day of wine tasting and good food: no way to go wrong with that.
We started at the Chateau Ste Michelle with free wine tour and free wine tasting: my favorite was Muscat Canelli: sweet and smooth.
We then headed to the Novelty Hill Januik winery. The building where the wine tasting took place was stunning: modern design, light wood, glass, cement walls, exposed ceilings: something reminiscent of a New York City loft. They had four wine tastings for the price of $5. Unfortunately, only two were whites: what I was interested in. The lady working at the winery was super nice and let me have them for free (score!).
This was the first time I've heard and tasted the late harvest wine (thank you, Lera!!!): it was fantastic: cold, sweet, and syrupy!
Silver Lake Winery. The man working at the winery recommended I have 6 tastings for the price of $5 because two were whites, one was rose, and the other 3 were relatively mild. My favorite one was Chenin Blanc. Perhaps if we have time this weekend, we can go to their free sangria tasting!
And then it was time for food. I'll update you on that after a nap :)
Back to the present: a few years ago, when Era only had a little girl, we came over and brought a stuffed snowman from Hallmark. Turns out L, Era's and Art's daughter, really loved the little toy. In fact, she loves it so much, Era had to buy 4 extra ones, just so that L is never without one. I can't recall ever giving a present someone liked more. Not sure if I'll ever be able to top it.
I just spent about 20 minutes trying to find the snowman on Google, but no such luck.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Instead, yesterday Anna and I went to a beading store in Seattle and bought supplies to make several projects. Below is the double-strand bracelet I made from the necklace (will most likely make matching earrings later):
The second project was using the blue glass beads Paige sent me from Atlanta. I was inspired by an example of earrings at the beading store and made little dangling blue earrings with faux pearls. Thanks, Paige!!!
P.S. Anna was instrumental in helping me find little purple glass beads for the double-strand bracelet.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I knew I wanted sushi, and chose a wasabi tuna with avocado roll right away, but had a hard time choosing the second roll (one is just not enough!). Ashley then pointed out that there was a wide selection of tempura on the other side of the menu: I was in trouble! Who doesn't like fried things? I chose a sweet potato tempura and an eggplant tempura.
Did I mention they also have free unlimited refills of soda and iced tea? (I had 4 Diet Cokes!)
The sushi was fresh, spicy and creamy (avocado); the tempura was crispy on the outside and cooked to perfection on the inside (uncooked potatoes and eggplant are just very unpleasant).
Next time, I think I might try a roll, one tempura and soup.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
1) my mouth is so small (no jokes, please) that it hurts to take x-rays...can they not invent a device that doesn't have to be stuck inside your mouth?
2) I now will be a lucky recipient of two root canals, each taking approximately two appointments
3) one of the root canals has three roots, instead of the typical two: lucky me
4) after the root canals are finished, I'm going to have two crowns: again, at least two appointments per crown
5) I cried like a child and am now sitting in my cubicle with my sunglasses on because my eyes are red shot (is that the expression?)
I've already paid $188 x 2, plus $65 consultation fee, not to mention time off work, pain, Metro fees, frustration, tears (LOTS of tears: I cry like a baby). Looking forward to paying at least $980/root canal and an additional $600/crown.
Yes, I realize there are wars going on and people are dying from cancer and AIDS, and are left homeless from the natural disasters. Yes, I realize that at least I have a job and insurance, but this is not the way I want to spend my savings, not to mention pain, tears, and constant waiting at the dentists' offices (...why? why can't they actually start your appointment at the time they schedule it?).
I really wish I could blame someone or break something or pay for this whole thing to magically disappear.
This was my favorite artifact by far! How pretty!?
After the museum we headed to Smithsonian Castle and its little garden: pretty flowers!
DeM was going to be there ;) a winning combination.
Misha left today at 6:30 am, and I have my place all to myself. And then Anna is "moving in" on Thursday until the end of July (minus the trip to Seattle).