Thursday, December 22, 2005
OH, I totally forgot to tell you about our ceiling. Long about Dec 22nd, I came home from work and noticed a strange wet spot on our carpet. Just as I pointed it out to Ron I looked up to see a 6 foot by 3 foot section of our ceiling bowing (I mean like three inches from where it should be) and dripping. We hurriedly emptied our room – its amazing how fast you can move a piano, bed and room full of books when a flood is threatening – and called the apt mgr. Seriously, it wasn’t 30 min from when I first noticed it until that whole section of ceiling FELL DOWN. This is when you’re so glad that you rent! We stayed the night in a hotel down the street and they cleaned it up. Unfortunately, the repair was awfully complicated. We ended up sleeping in our living room for a month!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Ron loves Christmas lights (here’s where he chimes in and says, “Did you know my first word was light?” Now you know.) Our Christmas season started somewhere around Nov 15 because he couldn’t wait any longer to put up the lights. But, after 6 weeks of nonstop Christmas fun, 3 Christmas mornings and a 72 hour, multi state celebration....this year, I think we both actually hit the wall with Christmas. It was fun…but a little much.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
We ran the marathon! I was so nervous about the state of my injured knee...but I made it! I finished with a time of 5:20. Ron finished at 3:30 - he hit just under the 8 minute mile mark. I ran with Rick (Ron's dad) and he finished too. That was really fun. Ron's training to qualify for Boston this year. I am not.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Ron and I are in the final days of training for a marathon. Let's just say that Labor Day was aptly named.
We were in Seattle doing our laundry, attending a wedding reception for Ron's aunt Joan and visiting with all 4 of our parents.
We stayed over until Monday and did our 15/16 mile run on the Burke-Gilman trail. What a beautiful trail (photo compliments of www.seattle.gov website).
My knee has been giving me trouble since the last time I ran 15 miles. I've been doing all training for the last 6 weeks on treadmills and elliptical machines in the gym. So, this 15 miles was significant. Ron was sick right before our vacation, so he's been away from training for a while. This was his first 16 miles since before sickness. Thankfully, the only injury of the day was our sunburn.
We came home (Christiansen's house) to a fantastic BBQ of teriyaki chicken. It's amazing how much food a 5'2" person can put away after running 15 miles .
Driving to Portland was a little challenging, given the exhaustion of the run...but Ron stepped up to the task and we arrived safely in record time (without breaking the law).
Sunday, September 04, 2005
At this point, I am generally banished from the appliances...which means I have increased folding responsibilities. I dutifully fold Ron's 67 pairs of socks and I get a little bored matching up each and every one. So, the next day, Ron goes puts on his socks and he finds a tall tube sock matched with a pink ankle sock. I am an utter laundry failure.
You now understand our genuine joy and excitement at my parents' offer to use their full size washer and dryer! Conservatively, we estimate that we accomplished 8 of "our" loads in 3 loads. We were elated. This gave us both the energy to properly match socks, thereby illeviating future marital tension.
Friday, September 02, 2005
In between all these homecomings, Ron went on a fishing trip with his dad (and Matt Goodwin). They didn't have luck in the sea, but the father son bonding seems to have been successful.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
We went to
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
The next morning (if you can call 1pm morning) was filled with unpacking, washing clothes, cleaning out our bookshelves and a short run. Falling asleep nine hours after getting up was a little difficult. Now comes the challenge of getting settled back into work, excercise and weaning ourselves off our Twix/KitKat/Licorice diet.
Upcoming highlights will be Phillip & Em moving back to Portland for the new school year, 4 friends' weddings in the next two months and the return of Ron's best friend Aaron from 27 months of service in Bolivia (Peace Corps).
Monday, August 15, 2005
The greatest challenge still lay ahead. The 16 hour drive from Loma Linda to
16 hours of fun began a little later than expected at 11am. The late night talking necessitated a little extra sleep. Trina drove through LA and the Grapevine. Ron took over after lunch at IN-N-OUT BURGER (so good!) and drove for the next 11 hours. His driving was punctuated by a 30 min wait at Taco Bell for one burrito. Frustration can be a great asset when trying to stay alert. To everyone’s great surprise, it was Trina who was awake and ready to take the wheel in
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Next stop, Desperado roller coaster. Fortunately, the legendary roller coaster is on the way to
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Saturday morning the Davis' and the Davis' made a trip to Hoover Dam. Rick, Ann, Ron & Trina made the 30 min drive to see the massive concrete structure. Since Ron gets excited about big parking garages, you can imagine his feelings about Hoover Dam! We returned in time to get cleaned up for Joan’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony held outdoors and followed by a cocktail hour, then seated dinner & dancing. After a lot of dancing, we did a midnight dip in the outdoor hottub and enjoyed the warm evening. We were so sad at the thought of leaving Sunday morning – we loved the Ranch and time with the family.
PS - I think my title is very clever =).
Friday, August 12, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
HI. He's on antibiotics now and we're hoping he'll be well in time for our big trip! To inject some humor into this sickly week, I thought I'd offer an awful photo of the two of us. This was one of the bloopers from our engagement photoshoot.
Yes, that was taken the day after I hurled and Ron hadn't had any coffee! This is really a photo worth clicking on to expand - you gotta see it in all its glory!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
We'll start with a fun evening of rides and dinner at Trina's company picnic. Ironically, it is taking place in her all-time favorite town of Sellwood.
Should be a fun time!
I've now included a photo of Ron & I with my boss' daughter Emma at Oaks Park, and a photo depicting the picnic from my perspective.