We had a barbecue Saturday! And it was a SUCCESS! Enough of a success for me to be able to 99.7% forget about the Failed Halloween Party of 2012…yeah!
It was a fun mix of family members, friends, old co-workers and current co-workers.
No fights broke out, there was a ton of food (and a lot of leftovers–pretty sure I gained another 5 pounds from eating leftover cookies and ice cream yesterday, but I refuse to weigh myself). Also: DOGS! People finally brought their DOGS! Just what I wanted!
Blog! Here we are again. This summer is flying by, and what do I have to show for it, hmmm? I had a Broad Date today and now my nails are a shiny lavender. Tonight’s dinner is pesto-smothered chicken breasts wrapped in prosciutto. This weekend we are having a barbecue in our backyard…for the first time since…2010?!? Criminy! SEVEN WHOLE PEOPLE have RSVP’d, sheesh. Are we not fun? I ordered myself a “Fitbit” from Amazon to try out. I inhaled about 10,000 Newman’s Own ginger creme cookies today. My training for the 10K I had thought about signing up for next month is not going so well. Should I spend 1000 dollars on a Pilates Reformer machine? Just kidding! I wouldn’t do that. Just think of all the shoes I could buy for that amount of money. Mmm, shoooooes.
Howwwwwdyyyyyy! Today is the first day in ages that it’s not “grossly” hot, and by “grossly” I mean over 85. Ugh, if I still lived in Boise I’d be dealing with temps over 100. Ugh ugh and gross, all those years I spent baking my Scottish/German white skin in that sunshine! If only I’d known that spray tans were gonna be BIG in my future!
Camping read! Not only does John talk about his recent hitchhiking experience, but he devotes chapters to his fictionalized “perfect” hitchhiking scenarios (featuring SEX!) and his worst hitchhiking scenarios. Very entertaining read! I also just finished the latest by Stephen King (didn’t even know he had written another one, so thanks Barnes and Nobles “new releases), and started yet another James Lee Burke, cause I’m still on that whole kick.
Not much is happening around here. I laid on the couch last night, ingested a pile of gummi worms and watched “Boom!”…exciting summer, maaaaan! I’m about to jiggle it around at the park with the animals. We’re considering hiking this weekend…if it doesn’t rain, that is. Harrumph.
Over the weekend we went camping up at Hyas Lake, a fairly easy and flat two mile hike to a beautiful lake.
We had gone to this lake once before, last year. The water level was much higher in July–and we had to walk through/around a lot more streams to get to the lake. Good thing my “tailor’s bunion” has resolved and I can wear my Chacos (or as Christopher calls them, “lesbian sandals”) again!
All orange-d up for the occasion, bay-bee.
As per usual, this dude carried a 60 pound pack and I carried a 25 pounder. He does have stromph!
The weather was perfect.
There were quite a few campers out and about, but we managed to secure a nice spot.
Maggie dog had many opportunities to get wet. I learned my lesson from last year, and ordered an 11 dollar pair of “water shoes” for the trip, which were perfect for swimming in the lake.
Neon floaties are always nice too.
Watching Bear Cub swim and chomp at water is adorable.
This is what I love about summer!
Other notables for this trip:
- listening to the entire Sublime music catalog on the drive
- reading John Waters’ latest book “Carsick”
- gaining five pounds?! (SCREW YOU, SCALE)
Next weekend we’re going to do a day hike, instead of the full camping experience.
Joshy still working on one of those “Game of Thrones” books.
Of course Sunday morning he woke up 3 hours before me and went on a 4 mile run. Of course!
Smooooke on the waterrrrrr…
My animals love to camp!
Just look at how tired it makes them. That reminds me, I need to do a tick check.
There were beautiful lilies and all kinds of colorful wildflowers everywhere.
First camping trip DONE! Josh seems to think we’ll have better luck doing a day hike next weekend…and by “better luck” I mean “less whining from Liz” because I won’t have to haul a pack around. I’m a girl, I’m a girl…I wish I was dead.
BONUS: a little itty-bitty video, my specialty. You are welcome!
Oh…my…blog! We are having a REAL summer this year, not one of those crappy fake Seattle summers that finally shows up in August and disappears in September. I am loving it.
Last week we did go on that bike ride that we talked about. Hooray for following through with plans!
It makes me nervous when he does this. Only because as I child I once rode my bike, hands-free and with my eyes closed, into a parked car and slashed open one of my ankles. I still have the scar. What a geek.
This is how you spend 70 dollars at Cost Plus and barely get anything: by buying a 5 dollar box of candy just for the cute packaging. I tasted one: disgusting. Well, what did I expect, really.
This avocado vinaigrette was worth the cost, though. Mmmmm.
Sunday morning trail jog/walk with the little girls. I can’t say I’ve been enjoying my 10K training, per say (anything over two miles bores me), but I’m getting it done. Slowwwwwwly.
Re-read this sucker in one sweaty hammock sitting. Should I buy “Postcards from the Edge”? Is it any good?
The hammock was definitely one of our best purchases over the years. How did I survive for so long without one?!
Yesterday I finished with work so early that I had time to take the pets for my training run at the park, take them to Edmonds for a fun afternoon on the beach, and take 1/2 a nap before my husband finished with his work day. Okay, granted, I’m not making a lot of money right now…but it’s hard to care when it’s this beautiful outside!
Silly me, I laid a fresh white towel out on the sand and was immediately covered with wet, sandy dogs. Clean towels attract dogs at the beach like a magnet! Especially this Bear Schnub. At the Edmond’s Marina park, it’s not unusual for trains to pass, and Bear Cub doesn’t care for the train sounds. At all.
What’s up Wednesday? One day closer to camping this weekend. Josh is whining that the forecast for the mountains is in the 90′s, but that sounds dreamy to me. How many times have we gone camping and it’s rained? Or been freezing? Or foggy? LOTS. Bring on the hot weather, baby-o. I just ordered some hideous pink “water shoes” from Amazon for 11 bucks and I can’t WAIT to hit that murky lake bottom. Yeah!
Helloooo blog. Here I am dressed up Friday night for the Holcomb 4th of July fireworks SPECTACULAR…which, let’s face it, wasn’t that spectacular.
I mean, I was pretty excited about “Mr. Turtle” here as a replacement for my usual pagoda, but what a lame-o!
At least I was dressed up for the occasion, fresh fake tan and all. Why not? Any occasion to put on a dress and some glitter, am I right?
In hindsight, I would have worn a bra. I texted a bunch of people “Happy 4th of July!” and included a picture of this outfit, and two people said, “New car?” NEW CAR? Like I would ever pick a red car. That’s Josh’s car, and it was merely used as the “red” in my “red white and blue” festive photo. Well, my underwear were red, but who wants to see that?
We tried to go out to eat, but everything we wanted was closed for the evening, so we ended up stopping at Central Market for their incredibly overpriced (but delicious) “salad” bar–which ended up being a big pile of Indian food. The sag paneer was nothing to write home about, but hey, I didn’t have to cook dinner!
At nightfall we started our fireworks display on the driveway. The animals were sedated and relaxed inside. We thought about driving around to look at more fireworks–our house is surrounded by tall trees, making it nearly impossible to see anything–but I didn’t want to leave my drugged-up pets. What a responsible pet owner!
I changed outfits for the fireworks later on. It was a little chilly that night. Here I am geeking out with a sparkler. I think this video needs music added to it!
Here’s Josh spazzing out with a sparkler. We know how to have Good Times!
I tried some different camera settings, but as per usual none of them turned out. This is an issue every year.
Ah well, who needs more fireworks pictures anyway?
We set off some Roman candles and a few other assorted goodies, and actually stayed up past midnight. GASP! Pretty good for a couple of old farts.
Hey it’s Monday! Boy is it ever Monday. I spent all weekend eating salad and sweating while Josh was away in the mountains, hiking and skiing with his uncle and his uncle’s friend. I would really really really really like to go camping this weekend, I hope we make it happen! I need to be near some water.
I’m starting the whole, getting-rid-of-lots-of-stuff-in-preparation-to-move THANG, and with that in mind...I’ve listed some things on ebay. Including a couple of dresses that I really DON’T want to part with…but my hips just can’t make it work. Sniff! Sob! So, dear blog reader, if you ever coveted my terrycloth paisley Apple Bottoms romper (Lord knows I am past the romper age), here’s your chance to scoop it up!
Hidey-ho and happy 4th of July! I only had to work a half day today, so I’m already back home before noon, drinking a nice fat cup of coffee and munching on a protein bar before I go exercise the animals.
Sweet little Schnubs. The county we live in has no regulations about fireworks, so they’ve been going off all week all around us. Bear Cub has been spending a lot of time huddled inside the house at my feet, no matter what room I’m in. I’m considering splitting a doggie downer between the two of them tonight, so they’ll be more relaxed for the BIG show. Not to mention, last night we spent 42 bucks on our own fireworks to set off. Yippee-ki-yi-yay!
Our glorious garden this year: herbs on the far left, then carrots, then romaine lettuce, then broccoli, two surviving cucumber plants…
…and a shitload of tomato plants! Eighteen, to be exact. They’re finally starting to flower a little bit.
In the front yard, the beautiful purple “Grandpa Ott” morning glory is coming along nicely.
The “Endless Summer” hydrangea is healthier than it’s been in years!
A flower present from Joshy.
Tonight we are celebrating the 4th of July by snarfing down tacos from a taco truck we’ve never been to before, followed by a rousing evening of fireworks on our driveway yyyyyyeeeeeaaaaah! I have my outfit for tonight picked out already (spoiler alert: this dress). Let the good times ROLL!