Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pre-Dane excitement

So I had my phone in my pocket and sent my sister and Jason this email:

"Only 9 hours and 20 minutes until we see Dane live!!!!!!"

I pulled my phone out of my pocket and saw I had 2 text messages sent to me the same time I sent the email.
From sister:
"Happy Dane Day!!" and "I'm taking the baby (she's a nanny) to the Science Center today to wander around just in case... ;) "

From Jason:
"I don't really want to work today - I'm too excited to see Dane tonight!"
And my sister said a few days ago that her friend going with us took the day off work cause she knew she would be distracted all day! :)

Yeah...we're stoked. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanksgiving with the fam

Thanksgiving was a little different this year, it fell on my sister's 27th birthday! We wanted to do something a little different and special for her, so my mom booked dinner at the Space Needle!!
She was excited:
As cool of a view as this is, I love the shadow of the needle in the lower left.
Working our way around...
Oh pretty:
The fountain!
The stadiums, my office and Mt Rainier: This sign was on the little basket they sit in to clean the windows of the Space Needle. Cause if I fell, I would want my neck to stop me...
Our dinner was the "Thanksgiving Sampler" - Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Veggies, rolls, and I'm sure some other stuff I'm forgetting.
Evidently none of the girls in my family like Cranberry Sauce - good thing Dad does. Someone put this oragami bird on the windowsill so as we moved around we saw it. I totally thought of Prison Break. :)
They came around to our table to take our picture. I'm cheap and didn't want to buy one, so I took a picture of the screen they show it to you on. :)
Then came dessert - I got the Apple Tart:
Mom got the Pumpkin Pie:
Dad got Pecan Pie:
Then we headed up to the Observation Deck. Of course pictures followed:
Sister, sister:

Dad, sister, Mom:

Me, sister, Mom:

Dad, me and Mom. Dad stood on his toes (I'm actually taller) The `rents:
Dad, me, sister, mom. (The back row bent down to get the skyline in)
Fun! While we were at the Needle, my brother called to tell me that he and his wife had decided that morning to fly up from L.A. to visit. I wasn't supposed to tell my family, but needed to make things happen, so that was tricky but fun. :)

After the Needle we made a pit stop at Kmart (they were open???) to kill some time before we went to see "Dan in Real Life": It was pretty good!! Dane Cook is just dreamy. :)After that, we went to my parents house, I had to run up to Mercer Island to feed the dogs and cats I was sitting for, and then we headed back to my parents house for cake and ice cream. We were all hanging out and my brother and sister-in-law showed up. Yay!

(they didn't really wear that - I forgot to take a picture of them!)

So that was fun.

Friday morning I had to work at 6:30am - ridiculous! But I wasn't about to let that stop me from the sales so I woke up EARLY and hit the mall at 4:30am. I got TONS of great deals and am almost finished with all of Jasons gifts. Yay! I got some stuff for me too. :)

This week is all anticipation of Thursday when Jason, sister, sister's friend and I will all be going to see... DANE COOK!!!

We got 13th row seats so I am totally stoked - you'd better believe I'll have pictures to share.

A little inside joke for other Dane fans:


Have a good one!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Gobble Gobble Gobble's a super fun and easy craft/kiddie project for Thanksgiving. You will LOVE it. :)

"Ingredients" are super simple:

  • Double Stuff Oreos (one per treat)
  • "bodies" - can be Ferrero Rocher Candy, Peanut Clusters, Chocolate drops, etc (I'll explain this later)
  • Small red tube of icing
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Candy Corn


Because you're working with so much goodness, it's a great idea to also have some snacks for yourself:

Don't forget to invite your kitty:

Okay, so first take an Oreo: Unscrew it. I always go for the Double Stuffed because they are remarkably easier to unscrew without breaking them:
It doesn't really matter how "clean" you do it but the more even you do it the better. Next, frost the inside of both sides with Chocolate Frosting:
On one of the halves, place 5 candy corn in a fan:

On the other half, place the body. I was using Chocolate Drops cause they were cheapest. (WHAT?!?)

***Key thing - put the body off center - pretty close to the edge of the Oreo*** Here's both parts:
Next, take one candy corn and frost it up a little on one of the edges. This is the "glue" for the head so be generous, but make it pretty. ;) Frosting should look like this: Center the head on the body and adhere the "feathers" to the body (at the part where you stuck it close to the edge.) Again, the frosting is acting as your glue so if it's not sticking well, add a little frosting and hold it for a second.

Next you can add some eyes and a gobbler. My turkey looks a little pathetic, but that's okay. Jason happened to have some peanut clusters so I made one that way just so you can see what a difference the bodies make:
The head stays on MUCH better with these! These are my 2nd favorite bodies to use when making these.
My absolute FAVORITE bodies are Ferrero Rocher candies, because they taste pretty darn good, but they are a little spendy and you do need to unwrap them. Check Bartell's for sales, though!
Here's a pic of the turkeys I made last year when I used the best bodies:
If you're lucky, a cute boy might want to play with candy too and may join in:

He is a turkey-making machine, I tell you. He is much faster than I am (and I've had years of practice!) My turkey farm (transport is hard, but if you can let them sit for a few hours, it will go MUCH better.)
So yeah - very fun! I love to make these with kids cause it's super easy!


Mad Lib fun

So a co-worker and I were doing Mad Libs online and this was mine. I'm funny:

Lessons Aesop Never Taught
And the moral of the story is…
Two gorillas don't make a tissue.
Never panic with orangatangs.
Crap while you're ahead.
One idiotic harmonica deserves another.
A grotesque bathroom stall spoils the whole barrel.
The early duck billed platypus catches the train track.
Slow and steady wins the umbrella.
A fruit cocktail a day keeps Donny Osmond away.
Giraffes of a feather dance together.
You can bring a water buffalo to water, but you can't make it push


This one time...I was at a scrappy hour...

Ha - just kidding - not gonna tell it like that. So Asia, Marla and I were at a scrappy hour and some other lady there came in and was like "Someone got a gift on their car!"

We all thought - oh...cute...and then Marla said "Becky, it's YOUR car!" So I went out and found this:
And just about the cutest card ever. We were still fairly early in the relationship and hadn't said the L word yet, so the "I heart you" was perfect, plus I love red, I love hoodies, and it was cute. :)

Last week Jason took his best friend to the Seahawks game VS. the 49ers (Monday Night Football) and when they got back, Jason pulled this out for me:
He's so adorable! (And the teddy bear is cute too) ;)