Thursday, August 28, 2008
I'll try really hard not to blog while we're away, but will try to sneak in a pic if I can. Although Bill isn't letting me take the laptop, so that would involve a hotel computer... so, maybe not! See you soon!
Monday, August 25, 2008
It took Rebecca flying in from Italy for a visit to get a group of us high school gals together for our own mini-reunion. In the 90s, we called ourselves the "GASP" girls. It was Renee (I just learned) who came up with the name all those years ago - penned after our get-togethers, which we deemed as Guys are Stupid Parties (GASP). GASP parties were overnighters, held at a variety of our homes, our Celicas, Suburbans and Tercels in a line-up on our driveways, always serving a variety of chocolate, talking - loudly - and usually over one another, singing Boyz II Men and Chicago (sitting in a circle, nonetheless), watching Wayne's World and SNL and then quoting it for the rest of the evening, watching the scene in A Room with a View with the naked men and rewinding it so many times I'm sure it ruined the video, and all this occurring with - of course - no guys.
Renee and her partner, Teka, were gracious enough to be our hostesses and Sara did all the planning - thanks, ladies! Renee lives on Black Lake, so we were hoping for a sunny afternoon, so the kids could swim and we could enjoying chatting, while basking in the rays. Sunday forecasts called for showers, and it ended up dumping! In true Northwest fashion, we had to quickly adjust and it ended up working out for the best! With the weather being so foul, we ended up huddling up under the carport leading to more conversation with us all hanging out in such tight quarters.
The GASP rules were loosened. We allowed men - We had our boyfriends, husbands and sons there. Now that I think about it, we didn't even have chocolate. Hmmm, we might need to remedy that one for the next time! But, everything else was there... We laughed and cried as we shared our stories from over the years of break-ups, death, marriage, triathlons, dating, adoption, divorce, child-rearing, medical issues and career choices. It was truly great to see everyone who came and we all shared how we felt instantly comfortable. Many of us said that we were a little intimidated beforehand - what should I wear?, etc. - but everyone quickly dismissed these notions when they remembered who would be there. I think it was Jennifer who said that it all felt very safe.
It was a great time with a group of wonderful, beautiful and accomplished women and I look forward to us getting together again!
Monday, August 18, 2008
The ladies treated us to a very generous gift certificate to the Washington Center for Performing Arts . I am very excited about that. They have great musicians, comedians and plays there. Wow! It will be so fun to choose what we go see! They also gave us a gift certificate to Cicada Restaurant - so we can do dinner and a show. We've been wanting to go to dinner there, but often are too cheap to treat ourselves to dinner at nice restaurants. When we go out for dinner, we usually end up at Mexican. That will be a real treat. Wow, is all I can really say. It was all so nice - it truly made me mist up. It was all very sweet!
It was a great evening and I enjoyed chatting and of course - laughing! I am fortunate to get to work with so many wonderful women. It was a good time!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We had a wonderful visit! The kids played hard and romped around on Aunt Jody, Uncle Bill and Gana too. I gave the kids italian ice push-ups and we told them to stay on the hardwood floor. Well, when one of us would walk from the living room to the kitchen, they had to see what was going on, so they would scooch their sticky selves into the kitchen - back to their eating spot, into the kitchen - back to their eating spot. This left a little sticky "slug trails" down the hallway along with little handprints on the wall. Good thing it is all washable and yes, it is all worth it!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Earlier today, we had tried to check in on the little patient, but they had a pretty difficult night and were trying to catch up on some sleep. Instead, we just dropped off some stickers and things to try to be a distraction for Maggie and Tanner both. Did I happen to mention today is also Molli's birthday? Oh, yes! We also dropped off her birthday card and gift. Oh, my!
The actual pasta is really the secret - it came from Cost Plus World Market. The dressing is a basic Italian dressing that you can purchase or make yourself. Marcie added cucumber, black olives, broccoli, yellow pepper, orange pepper (or whatever veggies you'd like). Let it set overnight for the flavor to go into the pasta. And, that is it - enjoy!