Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The news has been reporting the damage which is fairly minor like stuff falling off the shelves in stores etc. I'm sure they come up with more and hopefully there were no deaths or injuries.
Hector can now use the joke that our friend "fill-in-the-blank" fell out of bed and caused the earthquake.
Our power went out for about 1 1/2 hours yesterday so Tyler was pretty bored until I showed him a big stack of Pokemon books. I was perfectly fine reading Eldest (Eragon series). Later in the day/night I was totally consumed with Boom Blox. I came to a level (Casino)where I had to knock down a very solid, well constructed structure to earn as many point blox as I could with only 4 bomb blox. I tried and tried for an hour. I couldn't budge that thing for the life of me. By this time Hector was already home and taking a snooze on the sofa. He woke up and I pleaded for help because he is really good with stuff like that. We tried all sorts of configurations and finally he checked online to find a solution. The key is to detonate one bomb blox at a time between 2 posts to weaken it then keeping placing another one to weaken it further which topples the structure and you get your points. Ugh. That took another hour of getting everything just so but I finally did it. And got all the points possible. Boom Blox is a really fun game that sucks you into playing for hours. The levels are challenging enough to make me keep trying and even Tyler keeps playing and he is the king of frustration.
We have a busy week...Josh will be done with summer school today so tomorrow I take them to the OC Fair for a full day of junk food and rides. Thursday the kids are invited to a birthday party for an afternoon of playing and BBQ. I will go along for the ride.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thankfully iPod/iTunes can accomodate all of our likes into playlists and omit the ones we don't care for. There is lot more to upload...
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The other night Hector suggested singing a song on a walk with the kids and Josh started Singing Blitzkrieg Bop. This song is deeply ingrained into his head because when he was younger around 2 or 3 years, Tyler played A LOT of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 and one of the songs is Blitzkrieg Bop. Even back then, Josh would try to sing along or at least do the Hey Ho part. My little rock stars...
Friday, July 25, 2008
The kids were up much earlier than usual today especially Josh asking if they can go to Sherri's. Like early around 6:30am. Ugh no, the sleepover is not till later like 5pm. Maybe it'll get them tired tonight but I wouldn't count on it.
So that means Hector and I have a night to ourselves! Eeeeeeek and squeal. I made reservations at Morton's steakhouse for tonight and maybe we'll see The Dark Knight too. The possibilities are endless! :)
It is kind of weird having Hector work 5 days a week now but good. Josh asks daily where Daddy is and I give the same answer...work.
I'n still tired so maybe I can grab a nap later so I'll stay up for my fun plans tonight.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
My first car in high school. Piece of crap. 1976 VW Dasher wagon. It was even this reddish orange oxidized color too. I got a stick shift so my mom couldn't drive it but she was lucky since it was an awful car. I think I had this for a year before we sold it again. It got me around town but that was about it. Something was always breaking down. Good riddance.
So that is my car history....what was your first car or fave?
Monday, July 21, 2008
The big news that our nephew A will be coming to live with us for a little bit when he starts school at Long Beach. I'm sure the kids will love having another person to bug and we'll have to see how long he lasts on our household. Mostly likely he will get sick of us before we get sick of him.
Also Hector is picking more hours at Bellflower so that is joyous news. We can knock out some big bills and get this redo on our family room going.
Okay, there was news but you know what I mean. I'm trying to gather a small list for Christmas knitting so I need to pace myself. At least I finished that scarf so I can move on...I do want to knit for a friend's children. They are going through a rough patch with a nasty divorce and custody war so I think at least the girls will enjoy some new hats. There are just too many things to knit and unfortunately I knit kinda slow depending on the item. She-ra is expecting a baby in November and she wants to be surprised by the sex so knitting has to be super generic and unisex.
Friday, July 18, 2008
They pulled the carpet back to find this beauty underneath. Try not to lose your lunch.
The mildew part was super easy to remove since it's all gross. Just peel away.
And this is what we have left. The plumber has already come and gone but recommended that we leave this open to dry for 2 weeks before putting up drywall. Right now, we're at day 2.
On a happier note, Happy Birthday to Carol! She is the lucky recipient of the Harry Potter/Griffindor scarf. May your life be magical!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Chris Isaak at the OC Fair...doing his Love Me Tender while walking through the crowd while women swoon and try to touch him. Good stuff. ;)If you ever get a chance to see Chris Isaak in concert, do it. He is best known for Wicked Game. Plus he said he'll be on that German fellow's show Craig Ferguson Monday so check it out.
While that is loading, the concert last night was awesome. Chris Isaak and his band jammed through songs and he kept up his usual banter with the audience which always makes the show great. He even played several songs that are new and will be on their next album. As usual the show was filled with women of all ages along with their significant others screaming and having a good time. Our seats were excellent, the best we've ever had at the Pacific Amphitheatre thanks to presale tickets. Hey, we got our $37.50 and more. What's great too is that if you buy a T-shirt or CD, Chris will sign it after the show. :)
Now the fair was lots of fun too. We didn't far into the gates when we stopped and loaded up on fair merchandise. Normally I skip all that but this year's theme is Say Cheese so you know I couldn't pass that up. I bought a zip up hoodie and T-shirts for the kids so we're set. Okay so we're done shopping, walk another 20 feet...hmmm, bbq corn! That's what I want. Oh yeah and something to drink, walk another 5 feet to get our souvenir cups. We're having a great time, looking at the food stations, noting where things are at and at the new ones. Okay we're ready for the midway so Kat can win her annual stuffed animal. We make the circuit and finally she spots a Jabberjaw shark she wants and it's a game she likes too. The water gun shooting at the target and the 1st place wins a huge prize. Then we notice, hey, no cash only tickets. Bummer, everything is by tickets so she buys a 100 ticket card for $50. The game is 10 tickets ($5) so she tries....4 times before she finally wins. Phew! She was very happy with her shark.
See, he loves her too! :)
We strolled the craft building to see Kat's entry this year. This is her teddy bear collection and she selected 5...her Mountie Bear, Beefeater bear etc. All very cute and unique so she was a little (okay, lot) put out that she got an Honorable Mention. What does that mean? She asked an attendant and it's pretty much tthe top 5. Oh well. There was also lots of knit and crochet items and Kat was saying how I should enter next time. Hmmm... maybe I will.
I'll post pics and video of Chris Isaak next time so have a good week.
I should have this finished in a day or so but I'm taking the day off to head out to the OC Fair with Kat for our annual Chris Isaak date. We get to graze on all the great fair food and look at all the stuff people have to sell etc. Maybe even try our luck with some of the games to win the cute stuffed animals of the year.
Plus my carpal tunnel is acting up lately so this will give it some time off to rest then I can tackle the rest of that scarf tomorrow.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Hector comes home and I tell him that Guilianos has done it again. He says, Oh when I called and ordered your sandwich and told the special order. Carlos asked if they have horseradish mayo so they go find out and the girl said no. Well, they guys leave it at that but someone must have thought I wanted horseradish and decided to liberally apply it on my sandwich. Okay, so in the future, no extra talking or conversation that will influence my sandwich preparation in any way, please! Btw, I had to trade with Hector for his sandwich so I could have my lunch. I just had to pick off the onions and pepperocinis.
I really had to pick up my never-ending scarf (Harry Potter) to finish by July 18th for my friends mom bday. I did manage to knit about a foot so only 3-4 feet to go. I think I can do it. That project has been languishing in a box for several months so I want to be done with it. I told Kat that this is an one time only thing from me because it it soooooo boring.
Carlos and Tyler went off to find a fishing game for the PS2 and brought home some ice cream. Yay. I left Josh with it and when I came back it was nearly gone! The stinker. Tyler spent the rest of the day practicing fishing then teaching me how to catch one. That was fun. Earlier in the day, we had taken a short break and played Rockband. Tyler did guitar while I tried the drums. I am really uncoordinated but I'm improving. Carlos was amused by the whole thing.
All righty, off to find some breakfast and then back to knitting.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The triple digit heat wave is more like a warm muggy day here in our town. A little stickier than usual but not an unbearable time.
I tried making the Vermont brand of curry where the instructions were in a different order than I'm used to making it so that might have thrown me off a bit. Plus I bought HOT and it was not even that. Disappointing...I'm sticking with our usual brand which is great.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
In the meantime, I'm knitting another hat called Slouchy with a eyelet mock cable which is very cute. Almost done but my carpal tunnel flared up so my right wrist is hurting. After I finish this hat, I'm gonna have to take a knitting break which is a total bummer. But maybe I can devote more time to photography and my lessons. I'll figure out something to do.
Yesterday I was in a rare cleaning mood, so I scrubbed the stovetop, kitchen sink, my shower and the fish bowl. The fight against clutter is ongoing with the clutter gradually winning so I'll need to tackle that.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
The Speed Racer sound effect helmet. Will fit my big head.
The Speed Race plushy pillow.
Here Tyler is driving using the helmet and steering wheel. The helmet makes different sounds depending on how you lean ie. accelerate when leaning forward.
I'm already looking at the backpack for later. A booklet came in one of the products so Josh has been very busy looking at all the cool toys. He insists that he needs it especially the Maltese Ice Caves Hot Wheels track. We might have to stock up because who knows if this stuff will be around for Christmas.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Maybe if I remember next time I'll take it to a yarn store where someone with better knowledge can show me how it's supposed to be done because I'm doing something very wrong. All those methods can't be wrong so it must be me. Loser.