Saturday, December 29, 2007
the hard drive stopped working properly Wednesday night, and after a marathon call with Dell technicians, I learned it wasn't a virus or anything, just a broken hard drive...
We're in the process of trying to salvage some stuff off of it, and then we'll be in the market for either a new one...or a new laptop...
Just an FYI for our loyal readers...
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Our Dreidel Fairy tops the tree
So we ate our donuts, drank our Peet's coffee and opened presents. My big present from Mike was an iPod Nano!!! I've been uploading songs all night. This is my first iPod! I can upload videos too- but I don't quite know how to yet. If any of you iPoders would like to comment with tips on how to use it I would really appreciate it!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Anyhow- I entered Coop Dog in their cutest dog contest. The winner isn't chosen until Christmas Day, but being the stage mom that I am I have entered several pictures in the contest. They posted one on their blog. Check it out- The post is called "the lazy dog" http://www.thechocolatedog.org/blog.html
As many of you may know Cooper's has been famous for quite sometime.
Back in Sacramento Cooper starred in a whole minute thirty news story on News10. Of course his fame had nothing to do with the fact that I set up the story.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Half way through the day on Saturday I begin to feel better.
Last weekend when my parents were here my dad got a shave from one of those professionals with a straight edge razor. Anyhow, I have always wanted Mike to get one too, but I think he's always been a little intimidated by the thought of someone holding a razor blade to his throat. (Mike note: "thats because I keep seeing those commercials for Sweeney Todd!")
Well, after seeing my dad get one, I think he realized he wouldn't die and was actually excited about getting one.
So we spent the day doing our holiday shopping and he had a 6:30pm appointment. I took pictures!
Before- Hairy Monster- right?
Good thing he didn't sneeze!
Anyhow, I didn't take an after picture, but it looked great and he really enjoyed it. (Mike note: its true, I did enjoy it...and she only nicked me a little...hardly could tell.)
Afterwards we wandered around to kill time before a movie, but we were in a Barnes and Noble store and they did an overhead announcement advising that they would be closing early due to the impending storm.
So, we figured we better scrap the movie and head home.
Sunday morning we woke up to find everything covered in white.
We put Cooper's snow boots on him (Thanks to his Grandma and Grandpa Weiss for Hanukkah) and took him out in his PJ's to go for his morning walk. It was beautiful.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
It really means a lot tome that you all still remembered my birthday even though I'm so far away.
Thank you. I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends, even if you all are in different time zones now!
I love you all!!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Anyways, nearly an hour and a half later, we got out of the post office, on the A train, and headed to Radio City Music Hall!!!
After that was over, we stopped by a shop and bought Cooper a "I Love New York" sweatshirt (I swear that dog has more clothes than me now) and then headed for home so we could participate in our local bar's trivia night.
Yes, Jen wanted to forgo any kind of a birthday dinner to make sure we were at our usual Tuesday Trivia Night at the Piper's Kilt. In fact, she looked at me like I was speaking Mandarin when I suggested skipping it. So we headed to the bar with Jen's co-worker from Cleveland Dawn (our other Cleveland native Helen wasn't there) and posted another score in the mid-70s. I swear, I'm going to change our team name from the Transplants to "Perfectly Mediocre" or maybe Jen's suggestion "That 70s Score."
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Fast forward six years.
Well, my CDL expires today and to get a NY drivers license I have to surrender my California one. Which I can't comes to terms with. 2 weeks ago I mailed renewal forms to CA dmv.
How am I spending the morning of my 29th birthday?
Filling out forms online then heading down to the USPS (same city at least) and applying for my passport so I have a valid form of identification, not to mention it's a requirement for my job to have a passport. I just waited a little too long to go and get it. Oppps!
Happy Birthday to me!!
Off to go stand in a long line,
Monday, December 10, 2007
We had a great time. They were real troopers, we took them all over the city and on several different subway lines. We took them to Columbus Circle, Central Park, Time Square, The Upper East Side (Bloomies and Saks) and The Upper West Side.
Anyhow we wore them out, but had an awesome time.
Tuesday Mike and I both took the day off and we're going to see the Rockette's at Radio City Music Hall and ice skating at Rockefeller Center for my birthday.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Anyhow, I learned of this back in 2003 when I first went to visits Mikes family. And it's not that Mike comes from a strange family, it's that's how it's done there. Crazy, huh?
So how do you pour a glass of milk from a plastic bag? Well, they have small pitcher made especially to hold the plastic bags. You snip off a corner of plastic w/ scissors and then you pour. It's crazy!
I have 2 theories on this:
Milk it does a body good- pass it on.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Well, we're back and we had a grand old time in the Great White North.
We arrived Friday around 630pm after a six and a half hour drive. We ran into a brief snow storm around Watertown that made driving damn near an impossibility for a few minutes, but Jen was able to calm me down and talk me through it (all at 10 miles an hour)
We had a nice dinner that Grandma had made for us and then headed for bed.
Saturday we spent several hours with my Aunt Irene and Uncle Dick who live in the same city my Grandma lives in...we hadn't seen them in over four years, so it was good to catch up...they leave for Myrtle Beach in January for a couple of months, and have invited us to go down there and stay with them for a weekend, so we'll probably be taking them up on that...gotta get Dad and Mom to ship out my golf clubs so I can play golf with Dick...
Saturday night, Grandma took us to a nice dinner at a local restaurant.All in all a pretty good day, except for the fact that the high temp on Saturday was 12 degrees...
that wasn't a typo...
12 degrees Fahrenheit...
as in "holy #^@$ its 12 DEGREES OUTSIDE!!"
that didn't seem to stop us from taking Cooper for a walk after we got home from dinner, but he was done about halfway through...at that point, Coop Dog would run up towards every door, hoping someone would let him in out of the cold...he didn't care if he lived there or not,he just wanted to be warm...
We woke up Sunday morning to find it had snowed a good amount overnight.So Cooper got to go out and run around in the snow, which was fun fora bit, but then he got cold again...he'd be walking, putting a couple of paws up (to keep them out of the snow) while he walked on his other paws...very cute...he's getting good use of his winter sweaters...
Sunday was spent shopping at the mall, where we picked up a Maple Leafs dog toy for Cooper, a couple of touques (that's Canadian for beanies) and a scarf for me, and several clothes items for Jen to give to the child she adopted for Christmas through work...
Of course, no trip to Canada would be complete without a trip to the Beer Store. For the Americans reading this, you can't buy alcohol in Canadian grocery stores...the government runs Beer Stores and Liquor Stores where you get what you need...frankly, if you're a raging drunk like I'm apparently becoming, its the best Canadian store...ever...
I love my Labatts and Molson, but my good friend Mike Baldwin turned me on to Molson Brador a few years back...its Molson's malt liquor, and its awesome...picked up a case to bring back into the States with us...
Went to the Swiss Chalet for dinner Sunday night...then we said goodbye to Grandma Monday morning and headed for home... it took FOREVER to get home though, first off because we got stuck behind several snow plows on the 401 out of Kingston for, like, 200 miles (more like 20, but it felt like 200)...and the roads didn't even need to be plowed!! What the $^%# is that??
All in all, a nice long weekend vacation...we were glad to be able to see Grandma before she flies to California for her annual six week stay at Mom and Dad's, and we can't wait to go back to the homeland early next year...
A Mike Posts, but pictures and editing by Jen!