Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Elgy sat on my lap while Havi played around my feet.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day for boating (can you believe we still have nice weather the last Sunday of October? I guess that makes up for the hot summers that we have.) and though we desperately wanted to take the boat out, Johnny and I spent all day Sunday finishing up the painting of the kitchen. We are SO SORE from reaching above our heads and leaning in odd positions so we can paint all the nooks and cranny parts of the kitchen BUT we are finally finished with painting the kitchen!! Can you believe it? After weeks and weeks of looking for the right color...and now that part of the project is done. I replaced the standard white switch plates with stainless steel ones and our kitchen looks like a whole different place. All that is left is to install the track lighting and I promise I'll post pics.
Today I am back at work. We've been decorating the office for Halloween and a contest between the different areas of our building. Wish I could show you all of it but it's top secret for now.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
If she could read my mind, she's probably thinking, "I dare you, you old bag." and, "If you do, I'll make sure you discover a hairball in your sneakers in the near future."
Maggie and I had only shopped at one store before I broke down and had to have some lunch. So we swung to a P.F. Chang's nearby and had a couple Bloody Marys, lettuce wraps (can't have a meal there without this staple), spicy greens beans, and something chicken on noodles.
Then we hit the stores again grabbing some stuff from the craft store (I'm going to start knitting again--ha!). Didn't really see anything that caught my eye except a new bed set for our master bedroom and this tree skirt.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Luckily, tomorrow is Nevada Day, a state recognized holiday to mark when the "sagebrush state" was admitted to the Union (became a state) in October 31, 1864. Years ago, legislatures hesitantly passed an assembly bill to celebrate Nevada Day on the last Friday of October (so state employees could have a three-day weekend. A parade would then be held the following day (Saturday)). So in observance of Nevada Day, the employees of our university will not be working tomorrow.
Thank God it's Thursday because I need an extra day off! My husband's mom, Maggie, and I are going to spend the day together and get a head start on our Christmas shopping. Then if I have time, I'll start painting our kitchen. (Yes, we finally committed to the two colors for the ceiling and walls of our kitchen.)
[Oh yes...with respect to the photo posted above, John and I are not big Halloweeners (is there such a word or I should have just said we are not big into celebrating Halloween) but since the divisions at work are having a Halloween decorating contest, I got a little bit too much into the spirit and started decorating our house starting with the entry way. There are now fake spider webs, caution signs, mock tombstones, and a "Beware" curtain on the front door but our decorations are not nearly as grand as our friends, Sean and Fawn's are--not even close. They have a Halloween party every year and we always have a great time. But this year, we'd like a little more eye appeal for the kids that will come knocking on our door; more than just bare stucco walls.]
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I'm joining in on Self Portrait Sunday and (will attempt) to post a photo of myself every Sunday. I believe this concept started with this guy who took a photo of himself sitting at his computer every day (as opposed to every Sunday) for like a year and made a time lapse video from his still shots.
Right now I don't feel like fixing my hair so I just tied my bed hair into pig tails. We're out the door to drop off stuff at Goodwill before heading to the mall. I mentioned before that I hate shopping for clothes but now I can say I don't wanna ruin my hair getting in and out of my clothes.
Edit: There is nothing like walking around all day flashing flesh through a hole in my jeans between one of the back pocket and my butt crack to motivate me into shopping for new jeans! I guess my clothes were getting pretty worn out.
The weather is beautifully sunny but I am glad it is breezy or I would feel guilty not taking the boat out. The hubby just walked in and said it, "Burr! It's sweatshirt weather." I guess that settles any boating activities.
Today, we plan on browsing the shops at the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip and have lunch at either Magaritavile (our favorite place) or California Pizza Kitchen (haven't been there since living in California). We were somewhat tempted through the displays on the window during our walk for Alzheimer's yesterday. We will also attempt to paint the kitchen and hopefully finish it. Heh, eh ... yeah.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Besame Mucho (sung by a 13 year old boy)—we wish you could have heard them all!
Lou Ruvo Brain Institute which will be built on a 61-acre acre near downtown Las Vegas (projected completion in late 2008).
31,000 square feet of the 67,00 sq. ft. facility will be devoted to Clinical Care (diagnostic and neuroimaging, and clinical research of chronic brain diseases including Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and others) while some of the remaining space will be for hosting special events, public education, fundraising events, think tanks, lectures, conferences, and community learning.
Uncle Frank. It was definitely an emotional point for me to be able to walk today in honor him.
we raised $1,570 which put us in second place for the Individuals category! We received recognition in the Individual earner category for being 2nd top earner but it wasn't so much that we were recognized as much as how the recognition made us feel good knowing that our group effort really made a difference.
So thank you to those of you who have generously donated. We sincerely appreciate your support and we are here at the Memory Walk today because of you!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
So I got a thin plastic box and he got James Bond View to a Kill and the original Star Wars Trilogy. We know who really made out here. He did because it's movies night. ;)
The convenience of the Internet has led me to Tiny Prints. They have cute and modern greeting cards, announcements, and invitations that I can personalize for just about any occasion-- even business Christmas cards! Even though the site offers tons and tons of categories, it is suprisingly user friendly and easy to navigate.
If the task of browsing thousands of greeting cards, announcements, or invitations sounds daunting or creating your own unique designs, you can view their photographer favorites for suggestions.
I don't know about you but I think I'm off to a good start in picking this year's holiday greeting card!
When I was in the third grade, I put an egg (it didn't develop a shell yet so it was in its membrane) in the breast pocket of my jacket. I don't know why I did that; I think I thought it was neat to have. But then I forgot about it ...
Now after watching this video, I can peel a raw egg and relive those days again.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
19" Audi RS6 wheels, a shorty antenna, color matched side markers, and now the unmarred bumper.
The next make-over Peter Rabbit will undergo is taking away the off-road truck looking stance and lowered down to sniffing-the-asphalt suspension. Then tinting the windows just a tad bit so no one can see me singing along with Paris Hilton's, Stars Are Blind song.
See how there is a lot of space in the wheel well?
So I altered the photo to give you an idea of what Peter might look like dropped and tinted.
Chip Foose, eat your heart out!!!
I received a request to change the course title of a class that was called, Special Topics: Nuclear Power Analysis from the Engineering Department but since we work in a DOS-based archaic database that can only accept 25 characters for the course title (including spaces and punctuation), I asked the department to suggest a title that fits within the parameters and I was given:
SP TP: NUCLEAR POWER ANAL
Okay ... the title (especially the last part) can be taken totally out of context but at least it is exactly 25 characters.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun -- and a lot of work. Fortunately, my husband and I had an entire year to plan our wedding and together with the tireless help of family and friends, our tropical, Asian-themed wedding was a memorable day.
I recall when we were putting together our wedding favors (pictured above), we had labels to stick on, ribbons and raffia to tie, and boxes and boxes to assemble and fill with fortune cookies personalized with our messages. I had looked at purchasing completed wedding favors on so many websites but didn't find a wedding favor that will fit perfectly into our wedding theme so we had to muscle up our efforts and customize our own.
Had I found Little Things Wedding Favors, things might have been easier in writing our Happily Ever After story. Founded in 2003 by a couple who were in the same position when they were planning their wedding, the company and employees certainly understand the challenges of looking for low-priced quality favors.
In addition to having a huge selection of favors, they also offer:
- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- Easy Return Policy with No Restocking Fee
- Low Price Guarantee
- Free Shipping on Orders over 250.00
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
When we look back at photos of Havi (named after Lake Havasu) over the past year, we can see that she has grown up to be a pretty cat.
Luckily, in the age of the Internet, remote management can be easily done with the solutions offered by Uplogix -- at least the management of computer networks that is. IT Departments can perform virtual administration and manage remote sites securely and continuously with persistent connectivity which is often the challenge in managing computer networks that span multiple locations with the Network Monitoring Tool.
Founded in 2003, Uplogix is headquartered in Austin, TX and can be found at one of the largest technology conferences coming up at the end of this month. They will have a booth at Interop New York if you are interested in their solutions in managing a distributed IT infrastruture.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Speaking of which, this weekend is our Memory Walk for Alzheimer's. We've raised $1,325 so far thanks to the generosity of friends, families, and strangers from HotBoat.com (boat forum) and FocalJet.com (car forum). We are $675 short of our goal which but you never know if a miracle might happen in the next few days (heh, heh). [On a side note, I actually have gotten paid for sponsored posts made through PayPerPost so I can add that towards reaching our goal.] $2,000 is a high goal to set but it will be one we will strive to meet as we plan to join in the fight against the horrible disease each year from now on...in honor of Uncle Frank and the millions of those inflicted and in memory of those loved ones who are no longer here with us.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I have an awful headache today but the weather is gorgeous so I should feel better soon after we are out on the lake!