Laura, Karl, Hobbes and Cooper
I had grand intentions of posting each day during my Thanksgiving holiday, but it just wasn’t meant to be. So instead of bemoaning the amount of leftovers in our fridge, and how I’m so sick of eating turkey and mashed potatoes, I’ll do a thankful list instead…a few days late for Thanksgiving…
This is just the tip of the iceberg, but I won’t bore you to tears with a miles-long gratitude list! :)
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I'm having a snow day today - we have about 4 inches of snow on the ground, and about 1 inch of ice below that. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, but Seattle doesn't have a whole brigade of snow plows and de-icers...so Renton is one big ice skating rink today with the temps forecasted to be at or below freezing for the whole day. My boss was kind enough to email me some files so I can work from home, so I best get to it. :)
This is our dining room, and I painted the wainscoting the same color as the living room. The upper part of the walls and the hallway are a lighter shade of gray. That painting on the wall is not one that Karl did, but a canvas that I bought off of a street vendor in Paris back in 2001. I love that painting, as it reminds me of what a great trip I had with Laura (and just in case you don't know, I'm not talking about myself in the 3rd person here....she's my sister-in-law). I will go back to Europe some day, but I'll never have another trip like that. Needless to say, this painting is really special to me. And see those green dishes on the table? We found those at an antique store down the street from us, and those have quickly become some of our more treasured pieces.
Some people didn't mind the sage green color that was everywhere in our house, but we couldn't stand it. It reminded us of the previous owners (not a happy reminder), it looked terrible with the creamy colored trim and it just wasn't US. This makes it feel so much more like home. We still need to paint the trim a nice and bright white, but that will come at a later day.
Here's a shot of the hallway and our guest bedroom. The hallway is the same color as the top of our dining room, and that orange rose in the corner was a birthday gift from Karl a few years ago. LOVE that painting. :) The guest bedroom is painted a color called Melted Butter and the quilt is from Garnet Hill. The guest bedroom is such a happy little room - this picture doesn't even do justice to the lovely color.
Karl and I have been having a total love-fest with our house since we got these walls painted and the artwork hung up. It just feels like OUR HOME now, like all of the negativity that was associated with the previous owners has been washed away and it's just our house. There's still a lot to do to it, but at least we are one step closer.
So now that the party prep was done, it was time to move on to Fight Night! Most of the people that we invited were known UFC fans, but we also had a few people who (a) didn't even know what UFC was and (b) weren't too into fighting. Carrie was quite the trooper though, and she even brought hostess gifts with her! Check out these adorable coasters that her mom made, and the cute candy cane tissue holder. I love them!
And she also gave me a knitted dish rag, which I put to use to clean up the stack of dishes that was left after the party. I've never used a knitted cloth to wash dishes, but after trying it out I have been converted. Plus, it looks so darn cute draped over the faucet. Thanks, Carrie!
How were the fights, you ask? Well there were 2 main events - the heavyweight title match with Sylvia vs Monson and the welterweight title match with Hughes vs St. Pierre (GSP). The Sylvia fight was a huge disappointment due to an almost complete lack of any interesting activity. There was almost a foot of height difference between the two guys, and Sylvia used that to his advantage to help him just stay away from Monson (who is a monster, and would have easily defeated Sylvia if he could have just gotten closer to him, IMO). It seemed to me that he knew that the judges wouldn't take the title away from the champ if it came down to a decision, so he just defended rather than trying to actually win. Boring.
And that takes me to the welterweight fight, which was night and day from the heavyweight fight. GSP was in fine form, and even though the fight lasted for just under two full rounds there was a ton of action. When GSP landed that kick to the head and then started raining on Matt Hughes, it was all over. That was a really fun fight, and we were all pretty pumped that GSP won! I was a little bummed that there weren't more flying knees and flying punches (my favorite moves), but there was enough other action to make it completely worth buying the PPV. Plus, it was a really fun group of people that we had over at the house. Good friends, good food/drink, good fight = great night. :)
(4) These pretty little ones have the biggest numbers in our yard. Sometimes you can see at least a dozen of them in our plum trees. Usually they are pretty polite and will wait their turn on top of the wind chimes that are just to the side of this feeder.
So there you have a run-down of most of our birds. Oh wait, there is one other one that I've been having a hard time identifying. We've got 3 of this one, and they sure do enjoy our bird feeders. A LOT. Anyone know what type of BIRD this is???Thanks for your help!!
Have a good day!
Happy 32nd birthday, Karl! This has been a great week for you - Capitol Hill is blue again and the winds of change they are a-blowin, you got some AWESOME news at work that could have HUGE impacts on our future, we're going to go see a funny movie, we'll eat a top-notch steak and we'll also go see some great live music while you are wearing your cool new clothes. Oh, and you are turning the big 3-2 on Saturday. A great week indeed!
You deserve a much longer post than this, but I'm not feeling very wordy tonight...so suffice it to say that I love you more than words could ever express and you are without a doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I hope this coming year brings everything that you could ever hope for.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. "
-- Mark Twain
p.s. Please leave a comment wishing Karl a happy birthday! It's easy to leave comments....it really is!! :)