Monday, April 25, 2005

skinny minnie

I know there's people that would give a lot to have the kind of metabolism I have. And it is nice most of the time. It is however embarassing when you have to resort to buying kids clothes cuz none of the adult clothes will fit you. Yes I actually did this today and have done it in the past. I wanted to buy some new pants at REI for our Peru trip. I'm not planning on bringing any jeans because they are well rather heavy to be lugging around all over in a backpack or wearing them all the time so I'm trying to travel as lightly as possible since the majority of the time we will be carrying all of our luggage all the time. So I went to REi hoping to find some nice clearance pants of which I didn't really find any though I tried on a few things that were much too big. It's sad when you can't even fit into a size 4, which appears to be the smallest women's size they have. :o The waists are just too big. So I sneaked over to the kids clothes section and tried on a couple of XL Girls clothes and actually found something that fit pretty well. It's actually been quite a while since I've resorted to kids clothes. One good benefit about buying kids clothes is they are almost 50% cheaper than adults clothes. Score! Hmm maybe I should buy kids clothes more often. :)

Almost vacation time!

Doug and I will be leaving Thurday for our trip to Peru! I'm so ready for vacation. Hard to believe it's almost here already! We finally have all of our reservations made for the hotels we'll be staying at and transportation. Well all except for one night where we are planning on staying with a family on Lake Titicaca. That should be an interesting experience. We still haven't figured out what we'll be doing everywhere yet. There are lot sof museums and ruins to visit. We will have plenty of time on our 20+ hour trip to Cusco to get that figured out I'm sure. We both have diff travel books that will have lots of suggested places to visit. Here's the final schedule:

Apr 28 Fly to Lima/Cusco
Apr 29 Get to Cusco 6:50 AM – EL BALCON
Apr 30 Cusco – EL BALCON
May 01 Machu Picchu Village (train to Machu Picchu Village) – GRINGO BILLS
May 02 Machu Picchu Village (train to Ollanta) – EL ALBERGUE
May 03 Ollanta – EL ALBERGUE
May 04 Train to Puno (8:00 am departure from Cusco) EL BUHO
May 05 Puno EL BUHO
May 06 Amantane or Taquile
May 07 Puno day night in Lima (fly to Lima 6:05 pm) HOSTAL EL PATIO
May 09 Day in Lima head home late late late that night

Friday, April 22, 2005

Buying my first laptop

I've never bought a laptop before. I've always bought desktops. I have a laptop but it's a work laptop that is a piece o' crap. I wasn't really planning on buying one. I have thought about it but that's about it no plans to actually go through with it. But I just couldn't pass up this deal that Dell is having right now. $750 off a $1500 laptop. That puts it at $750 laptop and it's not a piece of crap laptop either it's a decent piece of machine.

Pentium® M Processor 715(1.50 GHz/400MHz FSB)14.1-in XGA w/64MB Video
8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW)
Wireless Networking Card
256MB DDR SDRAM 1 Dimm
40GB5 Hard Drive
1 Year Limited Warranty6 plus 1 Year Mail-In Service

Plus free shipping!

Doug bought one too!

Thanks Javvy for the tip on this one!

Friday, April 15, 2005

My Inner European

Your Inner European is Spanish!

Energetic and lively.

You bring the party with you!

Happy Anniversary to me!

Well not quite, but close enough. I got my 5 year anniversary gift today. a leather or probly fake leather duffle bag and a nice framed certificate signed by Stan Sigman, our President and CEO. April 26th is the offical anniversary date. If you count my year of contracting here though it would be 6 years of service at Cingular formerly ATT Wireless. Hard to believe it's been that long. 6 years ago I was in the same floor of the same building and have moved around to several different buildings since then.
Oh sorry I got distracted by some woman in the parking lot putting on makeup or popping a pimple or something. Did I mention I have a nice view of the parking lot from my new cube?

Our trip to Peru is only 2 weeks away! There's still so much planning we still have to do. We're gonna sit down this w/e and get the rest of our reservations made for hotels and stuff. So far we only have one hotel reservation made for two nights in Ollantaytambo.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Snoqualmie Falls

Some pics from a little trip Doug and I took to Snoqualmie Falls. Only the 2nd time I've been there since I've lived here. Its a nice little hike down to the falls and some rock climbing down to the river's shore. Yer actually not supposed to go near the water but everyone does.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Move Day

It was more like unpack day. The actual move took place on Thursday and Friday and maybe over the weekend. Monday I came to work in the old office building I used to be in when I first started here. I've since then been to two other buildings besides this one and am now back at it. I must say I much prefer the location though the cubes are a bit smaller, I think I can handle it. There's probly 25 restaurants, a grocery store, drug store, and shopping in walking distance. My orthodontist is also walking distance which is a plus. I think I will be getting a lot more exercise over here. I might also be spending more money over here too, but I'll be saving on gas so that makes up for it right? Just today I walked over to Larry's Market and bought some split pea soup and blue potato salad (it's not really blue it's got blue cheese in it which is really yummy). I also bought some dill rye bread, milk, and malt-o-meal, which I seem to remember liking when I was a kid. I haven't had it since I was a kid so I'm hoping I will like it. I would have gotten brown sugar cream of wheat but dangit they didn't have that kind. I suppose I could just add brown sugar to the regular flavor of cream of wheat but well that's just too much work.

Tomorrow is my work from home day and I feel a cold coming on so I might just call in sick on Wednesday. I haven't been sick for over a year I was hoping I'd manage to avoid it but I started getting a sore throat last night and today it's still sore and I've been a little sniffly and just don't really feel that great. Only an hour and a half to go of work today!

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Changing Recipes

Ok it really torks me when a restaurant you go to changes the way they make stuff. Or when a restaurant has diff chefs and depending on who the chef is the dish is totally different. I can understand diff restaurants making something a diff way but if it's one restaurant I think they should use the same recipes no matter who is chefing. I have run across this several times.

1) Venus Cafe - They have/had the best puttanesca, it was one of my fav dishes at this place. BUT, depending on who was the chef when we were there it was either really good or really bad. Apparently other customers had complained about liking one over the other and there was so much controversy over this that they ended up taking it off their menu altogether even though it was one of their more popular menu items. IRKED me!

2) Main Street Ale House - They had some of the best chicken wings. Not the sauce covered messy ones which are good too sometimes, but they had the breaded crispy spicey chicken wings. One day they just decided to up and change how they made em and no more can you get the crispy spicey yummy ones I used to love. :(

3) Today I got some Egg Foo Yung from a chinese restaurant I don't go to very often but I know I've ordered this from them before. It used to be really good a nice thick brown gravy over these patties of egg and vegetables. I get it today and wth it's now got a bunch of nasty mushrooms (which I hate) and the gravy was all runny. Seemed/tasted like mushroom broth or something. I don't know if there was a diff chef today or if they just changed the way they make it. Grrr
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Friday, April 01, 2005

More Peeps

It's Peep week!

Check out this video from CNN. Bunch of crazy stuff people do with peeps

Happy April Fools Day!!

So I had this plan at work. Well someone else gave me the idea and gave me the goods but I'm the one that set it up. So I was told that you can actually buy Harry Potter Jelly Beans. You know all those gross flavors they had in the movie. So a few days later which was actually a couple weeks ago he stops by and hands me a box and told me I should put them out for April Fools. It's just a small box probly less than 50 beans so I put it in my candy dish today for people to eat. The last couple days I've had easter candy in it so I didn't think it would be too far off the wall to have jelly beans in my candy dish. I've had them before. Well I haven't seen anyone go near my candy dish yet today :( A lot of people took the day off. For good reason I guess. The day's already half over. Eat up people! Here's a list of the different flavors. There are actually some regular flavored ones.