Monday, January 31, 2005

Time for Sharing

I figured I had better update everyone since I was disconnected from the world for awhile. First off, the move went rather smoothly. There was just one hitch. It was the entertainment center that has been cursed sinced the day I bought it. I aplogized to the movers in advance for that EC but they just laughed. What? You dont think I'm serious? I thought, Yeah, just wait. So they thought that they could get it out in one peice. I knew it woulnt be that easy. It was too tall to fit down the stairs. Out the door it was fine, just not down the stairs. So one of them thought they could lower it down with straps from the top of the car port onto the top of the truck. But they didnt know how to get down from the truck. SO I suggested that if they thought they could do that then they could do it over the railing of the balcony since it was closer to the ground. "oh, no. that wont work." They said. So what did we do? We waited for Matt and Smith and then those two were on the ground, and me and two movers stood on the balcony. We flipped the EC upside down, flipped it to the 3 on the ground and lowered it off the balcony and into the truck. Dont tell me it wont work! I wish I had a picture of that. Us handing that down... Must have been a sight to see. So other than that we got moved in fine and I am ALMOST unpacked. 2 more boxes left I think. There will be more pictures of our decorated house.

On to Jacky. She is our new baby. First, we found her from an ad a lady was seling them for $50. So Matt went and met with her and she said that she was just giving them away. So he fell in love with a little black and white kitten. At this time we were still in the apt and not set to move for a couple more days. Fine we could pick her up when we got into the house. So Matthew called her and set up a time to pick her up and then the ladies mom called and told him that she didnt want the two remaining kittens to be split up so she was taking both of them. Matthew was heart broken. I hadmnt seen her yet but I was disappointed too. So Matt left a message saying how disappointed he was, and a day later her husband called to tell us we could come get her. So we named her Jacky and she is our baby. She is a kitten full of energy. Too much sometimes.

What else? Work is going good. I am set to go to Seattle with Lori to a show there. And then I will be in charge of purchasing from our Western suppliers. So I will travel to shows on Laurie's behalf and pick out new items and check out deals and such. I will mainly be dealing in Seattle, San Diego and Las Vegas, occasionally. But I am excited.

I am getting excited to come home. I have my time ok'd from work. I will go home come back for 3 days and then leave for Seattle. TOO MUCH FLYING!!! But i am so psyched to come home. I cant wait to see the new babies! I am broinging home presents for them, but I wont say what. Dont want to ruin the surprise. Well, I might just send Janessa's. I dont know why i wrote that I am just thinking "out loud". I didnt realize how much I needed to go home until it was almost time for me to go! Like 6 weeks. I dont even have my tickets yet! Yikes! I am such a procrastinator. I thought I was doing so much better at that! Anyway, I am sure that is enough info for right now. I will keep up on those pics!

Sunday, January 30, 2005

try it again

Matthew said you were having troubles getting the last link to work. I didnt have any problems with it, but here is another one you can try.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

mommy loves her baby. Posted by Hello

proud "Poppy" Posted by Hello

our new couch. Shirley's blanket matches perfect! Posted by Hello

view for our deck Posted by Hello

This one is for Amanda Posted by Hello

proud "owners" of a washer and dryer Posted by Hello

old apartment Posted by Hello

Matt's idea of packing! Posted by Hello

View more photos

Here are all of the pics from the last week. It has been crazy and I have lots to tell you all about, but now I have to go to bed. But I know you have been waiting to see the pics so here you go!

Thursday, January 20, 2005

$739 this is the best I can find so far

Northwest Airlines 4100operated byALASKA AIRLINES -- AS 0100
Thu, Mar 103hr 25min
1:17am Depart Anchorage (ANC)5:42am Arrive Portland (PDX)Plane Change
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Northwest Airlines 644
Thu, Mar 103hr 17min
7:05am Depart Portland (PDX)12:22pm Arrive Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)Plane Change
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Northwest Airlines 3049operated byMESABA AVIATION/NW AIRLINK
Thu, Mar 101hr 15min
1:10pm Depart Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)2:25pm Arrive Cedar Rapids (CID)
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There's no place like Home

I am horribly excited to go home. I have not been this homesick since the first week we were here. I Kepp running through seeing people in my head. Like when I see Katie again for the first time and how happy we will be. I CANNOT wait to come home and see everybody. And eat a big fat burrito. I curse MArie to this day for introducing me to those steak burritos. Oh, well. I have to get ready for work now. But if anyone stumbles upon some decently priced airline tickets, let me know where, I have been looking but everything I have found has a huge layover or flies to MN/SP and then to Cincinati then to Ceder Rapids. I am NOT flyimg to Iowa by way of Ohio. Ok, later peeps.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

I do not want ANY comments from the peanut gallery

S/he is just a little furball. Posted by Hello

I am told it is too early to tell what sex it is. But Matthew fell in love.

Kitty Posted by Hello

this is our new kitty that we will go pick up on Friday. Posted by Hello

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Lew turns 20 on Monday. I am not doing well with idea. My little brother, the one I practically raised, is turning 20. I couldnt be prouder of him and things that he has done, but he is going to be 20. Time is going so fast. I dont remember time ever moving this fast. It always seemed like it was moving too slow. i guess because I was always looking forward to something, like Matthew coming home or the end of the school year, or a wedding. Now I can barely believe that today is already the 13th of January. wasnt just last weekend New Year's? On the bright side, it is almost time for me to come home. I will have to get exact dates about that. But it seems like time is slipping by without me even noticing. Most of the time I have no idea what day it is. I have to ask just so i know if I am supposed to be working the next day or not. I dont want to say that I feel old, because I dont, I mean I do a little, but I dont. Its just that time goes so fast. Cory and I were talking last night about what we used to do for fun as children. Using our imaginations and such. That seems like it was a lifetime ago. Those trips down to the creek, and buidling blanket forts and packing up to climb mountains... That seems like it was someone else's life a long time ago. Well, I will reflect more on this later. I have to get ready for work now.

Duct tape ball

It is one fabulous degree outside now. At least we are back into the positives! Fairbanks is -46. I am soooo glad we didnt get stuck THERE! Hey guess what I found out yesterday. Anchorage has a Duct Tape Ball. Yes, that is right is is a formal event and your dress has to be made out of duct tape. This is a REAL thing. I feel like I am in Missouri or something, a duct tape ball, really? So yeah, there's a fun fact for today.

Biggest loser update: I am up to 12 lbs.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Tragic. Click on this
We have entered into the hell phase of an Alaskian winter. Yesterday I do not think that it rose above zero. Currently we are sitting pretty at -5. Poor Matthew. I just want to go make him all warm and tell them he doesnt have to work outside anymore.

We are probably going to get tickets to see WWE at the Sullivan Arena. It should be fun.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Irony at its most ironic

This morning, Matthew got the spare keys from the guy we bought my Blazer from.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Brad is a single man

Noow ordinarily this would make me happy as I tend to laugh at Hllywood marriages. There are a few that seem true, my favorite is Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. In close second, though, was Brad and Jen. Namely because they seemed so good together. But now they, too, have succumbed to the Hollywood divorce pressure. And I am actually a little sad about it. And I do feel a little sad that their marriage didnt work out. It makes me sad to think about what marriage has become. I know I'm pretty new at it, but I dont think I could not do everything in my power to make it work. I mean so many of us do it everyday. But how much easier has it become to cite irreconsilable differences and fork over money for the papers. With an iron-clad pre-nup you walk away with nothing but some publicity. My heart breaks a little every time. We have to know about who's marriage was the shortest, but what about those people who have made that commitment and have stod by it. That's why if Rita and Tom ever split, I think I will cry. they have proven that a Hollywood marriage isnt always a publicity stunt.

But i am sad about Brad and Jen.

All is well

My truck is home safely. Yay for free raodside assistance. Matthew was just taking a drug test so he was home in time to take me back to the parking ramp AND The Joey Show won the People's Choice Award for best new comedy so Yay. All is well.
I am such a spaz. I locked my keys in my truck today. And there they remain because they are the only ones I have. I didnt have anyone to call and Matthew is. I am assuming, at work, i dont really know where he is. So I am hoping that I have a way to work in the morning! I am so scared that someone is gonna break in to my car and steal it cuz They are just sitting right on the seat. You look in and you can see them. I dont know what to do cuz there isnt anyone that I can call to take me back to the ramp to see if I can get it open. Cory gave me a ride home or I would still be stranded at work. I dont know what to do. I hope it will be ok until tomorrow. Please, God, let it be ok.

Saturday, January 08, 2005


So, Rohni got fired.And I have oved up a step on the ladder at work. We aregoing to get evaluations this week. Lori told be not to worry because I was at the top of her happy list. Which is a good feeling. I just have to work really hard to stay there! She told me that she had decided to let Rohni go before the holidays but it sure shocked me! So now me, Ralph and Lori run the store. We did hire a new girl and another lady is coming in today to be tried out. She was a manager at Body Shop for years and wants to do something else now so Lori is gonna try her out. As long as there are enough people so I can come home in March I dont care. I told Ralph about it too so now I have informed everyone who needs to know. Now I just need to scramble up the money to pay for the tickets. At least we dont have to pay for a hotel or anything like that and our miles card is on its way so worst comes to worst I will put it on that. I dont want to but we should have a lot of the couch paid off by then and it wont hurt quite so bad. And when you use the card to buy airline tickets, you earn double miles. So bonus on that. K, I have GOT to go eat something.

I guess I should update about that. I am feeling really good right now. I have a lot of energy, like I have never had before. And I just feel good. lori said I would after cleansing for a while and to Just wait till I am done with month cuz I will feel even better. I am a little bit sore but mostly in my ab muscles. An d I have lost 5 lbs. I'm sure its all water weight, but 5 lbs is 5 lbs and thats less than what I was at the start of LAST week. So yay for me and I hope your goals are being achieved too.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

I have to PEE!!!!

OMG! I have never peed so much in my life! Not even when I was on the steroids. This month is all cleansing. I have to cleanse. Which means lots and lots of water and these cleansing pills that I am told will kick in the second week of taking them. It all has to be bbuilt up in my syatem. But now I have properly hydrated my body so I am flushing away all the toxins and I have to pee every 5 seconds! Cant wait till this month is over. But I feel better. My legs are a bit sore, but not too bad. I have to talk to Frolian today to get a nutritional guide going. SO I will keep you updated. I will succeed. I will not give up. It will be hard, but damnnit its not like I have never done anything hard before.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

My New Years Resolution

So I have decided finally that I am going to die if I do not do something about my weight. Yes i realize that I WILL die eventually, but I want it to BE eventually and not anytime soon. So Lori is helping me. Like I have mentioned before, she has lost 100 lbs. She went from 230ish to 130ish in about a year. I am not even looking for that kind of dramtic change. Even like 50 lbs would be better than what I am. So she is starting a program for me with supplements and stuff like that. I am a little nervous because I am afraid that I will fail and not do as good as she did. If I do good then we are going to do some contest for Max called Maxformation. And its just stories about people who lost a lot of weight by doing a Max centered program. But I think that extra pressure might help me to succeed. I know its gonna be hard. She wants me to start weight training. I dont know if I am ready for that right now. Froilan would let me go to his gym for cheap, and Wyatt too but I dont feel like I am ready to go work out with the big boys yet. So right now I am doing a bit of cross training with kick boxing, cardioculpting, yoga and pilates. the yoga is HARD! I didnt think it would be but it is! Especially when I have NO balance. But Lorisaid it should help build a little balance strength for me. SO keep me in mind and wish me luck. Hopefully when I come home you will notice a difference. I already feel better. I can breathe easier and I dont have to catch myself quite so much. For those of you who dont know because of my balance problem sometimes even when I am standing still I have to catch myself to keep from falling over. So I am really excited about this and I cant wait to see results. I am so thankful that I met Lori and that she is going to help me. I knew that there was a reason why God has wanted me to be there, especially through all the troubles we have been having at work. She is going to help me do what she did, and what I have struggled with on my own.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Possible puppy names

I ?
J ?
L ?

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Our new couch

This is my new couch. I mean OUR new couch Posted by Hello

I have found a picture of our new couch so everyone can see it. Doesnt it look comfy?