Thursday, December 25, 2008
Happy Birthday Babe! A few pics from a delayed birthday party on Sunday. Delayed from the relentless weather that will not go away. Ben got some great gifts and the coolest tupperware for lunch time at school with a special slot for a sandwich. Ah the simple life.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
By the time this is over it will probably be 2009! This weather is crazy, I feel like I live in Tahoe or should at least be on vacation there. But then I am stuck home all the time so the reality is that I am not on vacation and I live in Portland and there has in fact been snow falling for the past week. Yesterday was by far the worst I have seen, I think maybe worse than the Issaquah snow I have dealt for the past three years. I guess it followed me to Portland which is supposed to have milder weather than Seattle. Ben calls it "The Storm that Happens Once Every 20 Years", the media, "Arctic Blast 2008", the people that are from back east call it "Spring" and are laughing at us. Who knew we would see these conditions here.... and no I don't really want a white Christmas, I hope it will melt by then. I prefer sunny Christmas's, and who can blame me, I am from California :)
For those of you who really know me...you know that I am a pug lover. I just can't help loving those cute black smooshed up faces and big eyes. One of the directors at my work went to Denmark and Italy to see their families for Christmas. She has a pug named Bob which I volunteered to dog sit for the next two weeks. And really the $200 she is paying us is the 2nd best part. Bob is the 1st best part...adorable, half pekinese and half pug. Ben loves teasing him with the toys we just had to buy for him. Here are some pics with King Bob...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Here are some pics of Ben and the town...
Then we came back from Arizona...a day later I was off to Long Beach for an event. When I returned Ben and I got to decorate for our first Christmas together (well married at least). We just got a little tree this year for our little apartment. Then we packed up and went to Seattle to get the rest of our things from the condo and to celebrate Ben's birthday! We had a little surprise named snow that we have been trying to outrun. We left Seattle just in the nick of time, but it finally caught up with us in Portland. And it seems to not be leaving...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
And back to Portland...Ahhh....
Rules:Post rules on your blog. Answer the six "8" items. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment.
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
Shopped for Xmas presents
Bought some art
Went to the dentist to get fillings and then leaving because my dentist mis-diagnosed me
Packed for AZ
Made apple butter...again
Went to bed at midnight...way too late
8 Things I Look Forward to:
My cruise with Tev in January
Christmas with all the Corley's
Thanksgiving in Arizona
For our house to be finished
Being a mom
Ben getting a grown up job
8 Restaurants I Like:
That little mexican place on 23rd street
IHOP (I just love their sweedish pancakes)
Hot Lips Pizza
8 Things On My Wish List:
Have a family
Be debt free
To serve a mission later on with Ben
Lose weight (never ending wish)
To stay in love my whole life
For my friends and family to be happy
To successfully own my own business & work from home
Continue to go on at least one vacation a year
8 Favorite TV Shows:
America's Next Top Model
Dancing with the Stars
Girls next door (hate to admit it)
8 People I Tag: (You're It!)
(I don't know that many people that blog?)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Stretch and grow!
Am I really ready for this.....NO :)
Well I have my number...hear I go!
Sooooo after I ran Hood-to-Coast I was so impressed with myself that I decided to sign up for a half marathon with my friend Karie Cason (Dain's wife). Little did I know that after I ran HTC I would have no desire to keep training. So when the week before the half marathon rolled around and I had not been training I simply called Karie to say "no go" on the half, that I could maybe run a 10K. I experienced a little dissappointment there and so I decided to keep to my earlier and crazy committment to run. Saturday bright and early we drove down to Eugene and started to run. After about 2 miles, I forced Karie to run ahead feeling the pain of not training already and I was quite a bit slower than her. About three miles into it...ahhh a water station...distracted and happy to get my thirst quenched I threw my cup in the trash and kept running. Continued to run and run and run...I started to wonder where the mile markers were, knowing that I had to have at least run another mile if not two??? The trail ahead came to a dead end and went on to a street in a residential area. Hmmmm, I wondered to myself where is everyone I did not think I was the last one in the race??? I swear there were people behind me before.... before when, before the water station. Hmmm, I asked a lady on a bike coming ahead, have you seen any runners up there. Nope she responded....strange I thought. I must have missed a turn off somewhere? I started to run back, the lady on the bike came back to me and said she ran into an official up ahead and said what I had thought... I missed the turn. Dumb leaves on the ground, dumb people at the water station, why didn't they come after me? I had now ran at least two miles in the wrong direction and was for sure the last of the runners. As I came back to the missed turn, I yelled at the water station people and then kept running ahead. The trail markers were gone, I was tired, I could not muster the enthusiasim to keep going, so I returned to the start. I ran 8 miles that day, ended up very sore and learned some very valuable lessons....
Lesson #2 Don't run with your music to loud so you can hear the dumb water station people yelling at you telling you that you are running the wrong way.
Lesson #1 Never attempt to run a half marathon without training for it.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
A couple of updates for our fans:
- We closed on the house!!!! Best news of the year...well, besides our marriage.
- Therefore, we got to remove the contingency on our new house. They can start building now!
- I went to Savannah and came back...The SACUBO Fall Workshop was a success! For those of you that don't know, my old company MRA, contracted me through my new company Henry V, to manage the SACUBO (Southern Association of College and University Business Officers) events two times a year. Eventually I plan on being an independent contractor, this would be my biggest client. Things are lining up well!
- I became an LLC! Recently I found a business partner named Amanda (long story how I found her). She is great, has a passion for events and weddings and has a sweet accounting background, which I needed desperatly. We launched together Northwest Green Event Management doing business as Northwest GEM. Everything is still a work in progress but you can check out our website http://www.northwestgem.com/
- Winter came to Portland :(
- My brother David turned 50! Actually he is leaving for Thailand tomorrow and will be celebrating in style.
- My mom adopted a pug (more details later)
- Ben got a job! It is only part-time but it gives us a little xtra Christmas or house money.
I hope all is well out there, from reading your blogs...sounds like it is!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Hey good lookin', we need to find you a woman!
Little Zach, looking scary, good work assisting in building the haunted house along with Elizabeth and Riley.
All the Corley kids....but where is Micheal, ooops we ditched him and ALL moved to Oregon.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Regardless, I am sure glad that we are celebrating mom's birthday all week long, because it was not the best day.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an imagen that suits you.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs (right click on properties) for the images into fd’s mosaic maker. Layout should be 4x4 with large center.
d. Copy the mosaic image (right click, save image as -- or just drag image to desktop) to your computer.
e. Upload image to blog and voila!
Here are the questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. What is your current job/career?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you?
12. Where do you live?
13. A location you like to visit.
Here it is:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Now don't get too attached, because you never know what will happen in this market. I am trying not to be, but the fact is...I am blogging it, never a good sign.