Monday, October 30, 2006

Starting to be a little Halloweenie round here...

Yesterday we kind of had a "trial run" with Sebastian's costume for Halloween. Of course, we've done this costume before (shh, you're not supposed to remember that he was the same thing last year, we're in a new state so that doesn't count!!) so it was just a matter of finding all the pieces to it since he tried it on in his room when it arrived last week, and we all know what happens to things when they enter his room, sometimes you just don't ever see them again...

Sebastian really digs the vampire costume...he really gets into the role and enjoys posing with his cloak (which is different than the cloak that came with last years costume!) Phil and I have a blast taking pictures of Seb in his costume though because he's so dang cute. You can see Phil in the background of the top picture, and he's probably having more fun than Sebastian, hehe.

So anyway, Sebastian was invited to his very first Halloween party, courtesy of Zack. Zack is Andrea's nephew. His parents, Mandy and Fred, well, I practically grew up with all of them, so they're kind of like family. Sebastian was so excited/nervous for this party that all the way there he talked about how his stomach felt funny. Butterflies, hehe.

Andrea and I quickly snagged chairs at the table where we decorated cookies like the kids. Of course, our cookies rocked. Andrea decorated a bat, and I made an evil George-cat cookie. Look at us. We're so freaking adorable.

Not as adorable as these guys, though. How can you top them? Here's Sebastian, Colby and Zack, all dressed up for the party. They had a great time, too. They decorated (and ate) Halloween cookies, painted Halloween decorations, played ball outside, and they all played nicely together inside too. It's nice for Sebastian to have friends to play with outside of school. He's really pretty shy still, so he really does well playing in a small group situations I think.

After the party, we decided that we were starving. Despite being on a budget (Holiday's are coming, people!!), we decided to go out to Denny's to grab something to eat, because none of us wanted to wait to drive all the way home and then wait again to cook something.

They were pretty short staffed there, and they forgot our silverware, our napkins and the sugar, and then brought our appetizer with our dinner but managed to not even put Phil's order in to the kitchen, so by the time it was all done, our entire meal (and a special vampire dessert for Sebastian) was free. So while it sucked, it still fit into our budget, lol.

And speaking of dinner, ours is currently on the stove, so I'm off. Halloween is tomorrow, and we're going trick-or-treating tomorrow. And I've added a new broom and hat to my daily wear just for the occasion. ;)

Have a good night.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Last night (Friday), we invited my dad and Barb over for dinner and for pumpkin carving. We raided Albertsons on Thursday night and loaded my bug up with a zerg of pumpkins, so there was plenty for everyone. The top picture as well as the one directly below are of the finished with the flash and one without, and the one without has Sebastian in the background attempting to impersonate a pumpkin.

Here's some other pics of the pumpkin carving process. As you can see, my dad came prepared with...power tools, which Sebastian thought was mighty impressive.

Sebastian is a pretty independent carver-someone just needs to cut the top off for him and after that, he's off. We usually get the pumpkin carving kit that comes with the little tools, but by the time we were done this year, we'd managed to break the little saws. :/ But not before Sebastian turned out a masterpiece.

Think we're just getting started here, we're mostly just drawing faces on at this point, and Sebastian is in the back starting to scrape the guts out of his little pumpkin.

This is a pretty cool picture of Sebastian and Phil as they plotted out the face.

Here's Sebastian, supervising Dad's carving, hehe.

Was a really good night, and since Sebastian has a Halloween party to go to tomorrow, today I just planned on doing some laundry and being a bum, but it appears that my CD rom for my computer has croaked, so we will probably have to go out to pick a new one up, because I have a ton of pictures on my hard drives that I want to back up, and even more crucial is the guild website that I have a copy of on my hard drive but need to copy on to CDs just for safe keeping.

So, more later :)

Have a good night.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Back to blogging...

I know, I'm a horrible blogger. It's been a long while since my last update, and so much has been going on that I don't even know where to start!!

About a week ago, my Grandpa and his better half Jan came to visit us. This was the first time I'd seen him in about 11 years, and my first chance to meet Jan, although it felt like I already knew her since we'd talked on the phone.

This was Sebastian's first time meeting his great-grandpa, and he was a happy camper. He kidnapped Jan and took her back to his room to show her his toys and video games...he even CLEANED his room to make sure that she didn't get lost in there. When he cleans anything, it must be for a good reason, heh.

They're in the process of getting ready to head back to Arizona as they do every winter--they're packing the motor home and getting everything packed up to head out in the next day or so, and already we can't wait for them to get back. They stopped by today and brought Sebastian a box of Tinkertoys and a card, and also brought Phil and I an anniversary card, and I probably won't get to see them again until next summer.

We are 100% ready for Halloween. Sebastian's costume arrived and it's all I can do to keep him out of it. Mind you, this is the SAME exact costume he had last year, only a size larger, and he's just going crazy with excitement and he's counting down the days.

Even I got a costume this year...and I can't remember the last time that I dressed up for was probably the Halloween party in Steve Brown's basement when I was like, 14 or 15, and I can't even remember what I wore that year. I bet Andrea does though....right Andi? LOL.

Sebastian is going to trick-or-treat with Annie's kids this year, so it will be his first time hanging with friends on Halloween, and he's really excited about that. Annie and I are going to take them out together, so hopefully between us and the kids, we can manage to get a lot of candy without getting ourselves into a heap of trouble. heh.

We stopped by the Costume and Display store in south Everett on Saturday. I don't think I'm ever taking Phil back there again...he was like a little kid in there, playing with the decorations and toys. It was a miracle that I could get the both of them out of there, but it was at a price because we ended up bringing home more decorations...a bat that flies around in a circle that somehow managed to end up living in Sebastian's room, and a few things that Phil insisted on getting, including a talking skeleton that now lives in a chair out on the front porch that I'm sure will drive me nuts within the next day or so.

Phil's parents will be out to visit in December---just in time to celebrate Sebastian's 8th birthday. (Holy cow, he's going to be 8??????????? sheesh.) We're all excited about this, especially Sebastian, although it took a while to convince him that Grandma and Papa Sal couldn't sleep in his bedroom with him while they're here. You have to give him credit for trying, though. :)

I took Sebastian to the bank today to open up a savings account. He's always been really good about saving money, but his big problem is that he hides it everywhere. Not just one place, like the piggy bank that we got him that sits empty, but instead he hides some in his sock drawer, more in his toy ATM machine, more in the box that his Spiderman watch came in, etc. When I picked him up from the bus today and told him we were opening up a bank account, he was pretty upset with me about the whole thing, especially when he found out that I'd gone through his room and found all of his "super secret" spots. Once we got to the bank though, and he had to sign his signature card, (was pretty cute, his big 7 year old handwriting signing his name, hehe) he felt like a grown up and didn't mind this bank business at all.

Well, I have a ton to get done tonight, so I'm off.

Have a great week.

Friday, October 06, 2006

TGIF....for real!!

My Dad sent this to me from his cell phone...this is from our trip to the Seattle Science Center in July. They have a set up that allows you to do the weather, and you appear on the television. My dad was able to catch a really good picture, and as you can clearly see, Sebastian got a big kick out of playing weatherman.

I am just wiped out today. I don't know why, but I had such a hard time getting out of bed this morning, and I actually went to bed at a fairly decent hour last night, too. Maybe that's it. Maybe I got too much sleep!

It could be too, that yesterday got off to a weird start for me. Sebastian's school district has a 2 hour late start on the first Thursday of every month for teacher training. It is a really bizarre feeling to get ready for school 2 hours later than usual when there isn't two feet of snow on the ground. For some reason, the whole day just got kind of flopped around just by that two hour change in our schedule. It's going to take a lot of getting used to. I'm just glad I bothered to look at the calendar.

They didn't send a reminder notice home from school at all, so had I not checked the calendar, I would have been standing there at the bus stop at the usual time like a dumbass, wondering where everyone else was.

Today was a good day...I got to talk to my Grandparents..we just haven't had a chance to get together just yet, and Sebastian hasn't met them, and it's really important to me that he does. They're getting ready to head to Arizona for the winter, apparently their motorhome has been fully repaired and so they're packing and getting ready to hit the road. I learned today that they've turned into Bingo junkies. The thought of my Grandpa playing Bingo...well, I still can't seem to get my brain around it. I just imagine him getting a bingo and standing up to yell "Hoooly Shiiut!!" I hope we get to see them before they leave...the last time I saw my Grandpa was about 11 years ago when my sister and I brought our then boyfriends and our Step-dad out to the farm to hang out and ride the three wheelers. Was really a long time ago.

Then I got to talk to my brother, who lives down in Florida. I haven't seen him in years, so it was kind of cool to get caught up with him.

Then Andrea came by, we went to do some banking together and then hit the grocery store together, where we picked up some groceries, chips and salsa, and Starbucks, and then we came back here and watched our soap (we've been watching Days since, shut up.) and screamed at the stupid characters together, and called the evil characters bad names. :)

We are ready for Halloween here. This is the first year in ...well, ages...that I've actually been jazzed about Halloween. Decorations up more than a week before Halloween has just never happened before, and even Phil was out there stapling spiderwebs to the house. He's already talking and plotting out the Christmas lights.

Sebastian's costume is on it's way here via UPS. Don't get excited, it's nothing you haven't seen before. In fact, it's the SAME EXACT costume he had last year, only the next size up.

When he and I discussed costume ideas, he was real quick to point out that no one here has seen any costume that he has ever worn. Therefore, he's decided to...recycle his costume ideas, and be a vampire. Again.

I know that this was his favorite costume, so I didn't have a problem with him being a vampire. Again. So last week, Phil had Wednesday off, so while Seb was in school, Phil and I hit target and found a really cool vampire costume.

Well, let's just clarify something. Phil and I thought it was cool. Sebastian decided and was quite frank when he informed us that it pretty much sucked ass.

Why? Because he wanted the SAME EXACT costume he had last year with absolutely NO deviation. And would you believe that I found one? lol. Yay for Ebay. So now we're in the process of searching for the "perfect" vampire teeth, because they have to be this specific pair that no store in our area happens to carry, and I've yet to determine if they even exist.

Seb's going to trick-or-treat with Annie's kids this year, so that will be a blast for him, it will be his first time having buddies to haunt neighborhoods with. I think that's why he's so much more excited than he has been before. That, and I think his age has a lot to do with his enthusiasm. He's been outside every night, adjusting the decorations so they look right in the dark, and as he came home from school yesterday, he made sure that every kid from the bus stop saw the spider of doom nestled into it's spiderweb over our door.

Our lovely son has also started a rock collection. It doesn't matter what it is or where it came from, if it's a rock, he snags it. He's spent countless hours digging in the dirt in the back yard in search of them. He's such a lucky kid, because fortunately for him we go through enough coffee in this house to keep him supplied with coffee cans to stash the rocks into. Coffee cans full of rocks are much better than stepping on them in the middle of the night when I go in to check on him.

Monday is Phil and my anniversary. I can't believe it's been 9 years. We were talking about it last night, amazed that all that time has gone by, and we decided that it really makes us feel old.

Tomorrow Annie and I are doing a joint party--she's doing her Party Lite and I'll be bringing my Cookie Lee. It should be a good one, so I'm really looking forward to it. It's the first of several more parties planned so far for the month. It's weird to come back to where I grew up and not really know anyone, but with a lot of help and support from folks, I'm off to a good start.

Well, I'm off, as it seems our garbage disposal has potentially bit the dust, and instead of giving me an entire afternoon to fiddle around with it to try to fix it before Phil got home (and I wasn't going to use Draino!! Well...not very much anyway ><), it started acting up mere moments before he walked in the door, so he's under the sink now on his Friday night. He found out tonight that he's not only on call this weekend, but he already knows that he's going to have to go in for work on both Saturday AND Sunday.


Anyway, he's been in there for a while and I haven't heard any cussing or yelling yet, so I'm just going to go make sure he's still alive under there.

Have a good weekend, ya'll.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Happy October!!

It's truly a relieving feeling when I realize that the internet is a wondrous place filled with people who are just as clueless as myself.

Just now, I was on the phone with my mom, sifting through my stats for this blog, and we were talking about all the people from all over who visit here, when I happened to stumble upon some poor soul who managed to get here via a Google search. Their search parameters were: "Unclogging dishwasher with Draino."

Whoa. Attention Dishwasher Dude /Dudette: DON"T DO IT!!! OMG!!!

Ok so a couple months ago I wrote about how my dishwasher was clogged. I hope that this fellow distressed dishwasher owner actually READ the entry, so they didn't fill their kitchen up with Draino bubbles.

And yah, I felt kind of dumb when I discovered that Draino to fix a dishwasher is kind of a dumbshit move, but it could always be worse. I once lived with a boyfriend who actually put Dawn dishwashing liquid into our dishwasher to clean the dishes. Now THAT was a mess. Bubbles all the way up to the counter tops.

Hey, he was cute, not Einstein. ;)

So it's no new news to anyone around here that I'm a total dork when it comes to online video games. I love them. Starting way back before Sebastian was born we played Everquest, then I left EQ to beta test Dark Age of Camelot (which is still by far, my favorite game ever).

For a nice change of pace though, I've started a new version of Lorrixah- a big-boobed villain in the game "City of Villains". It's weird to start a toon at level 1 again in a totally different game, because Lorrixah, my reaver in DAoC is RR 10 + and well established, but the good thing is that the whole feel or atmosphere of CoV is different. DAoC for me really centers around the RvR (Realm versus Realm, where you're out killing player enemies) but I think this game for me will be primarily time spent doing the quests, which I've found so far to be pretty fun.

My little villain is only level 10, but I've enjoyed flying around with her and robbing banks and doing favors for the bad guys. I think when I log in next, I'm going to check in to doing a costume change for her though. Heheh.
Clapotis 2.0 is coming along kind of slow. I've actually been pretty busy this past week, so I've been doing a row here and there when I get a chance, but I'd love a good marathon knitting session, where I can just sit down and knit without being distracted. I have jewelry shows booked for the next two Saturdays, and I think I'd like to see about maybe setting up a couple more, so I'm not sure if the poor Clap is going to see much progress in the next couple weeks. This is kind of frightening, because folks, there are less than 3 months of knitting days left before Christmas, and I haven't knit a darned thing that I'm willing to part with!!!

I already have my next 3 projects planned...that miniature sock on the sockblocker keychain will be my first project when I'm done with the Clap Craze, but then I'm also going to work on a lap blanket. The lap blanket is going to be done in a Log Cabin pattern which I've always wanted to do, and I think working on it on a small scale basis is the exact way to do it.
Here's a fairly crappy picture of Sebastian on a hay ride this weekend. I forgot my camera and was stuck with the camera phone, so there goes my Mother of the Year Award. Again.

We had these big plans with Annie, her husband and their kids to go to this pumpkin patch and corn maze this weekend. We headed out there, only to find that they were having a private event for Boeing employees (even though their sign said they were open starting on October 1st and well, it was the first! /rude) So the kids were all disappointed, but I think maybe Annie and I were even more bummed out. We went back to their house, did some digging and came up with another place. So we hit Dairy Queen for a late lunch, and then went to "The Farm". No lie, that's what it's called.

Turns out that it was a really cool place. They had the hay ride, which was cool, but they also had a corn maze which was shaped like the state of Washington, and inside (and outside) they had signs designating different land marks, like cities and state borders, mountains and ships etc. which I thought was pretty cool.

They had this big field full of pumpkins, but we decided to wait to get one until we went back there. They had a mini golf course and a big area with a play gym for the kids to play. There was even a petting zoo, where Annie and I contemplated trying to find a way to either steal or stealth shear the sheep for wool to spin, and a whole litter? zerg? of little piglets that I wanted to bring home, but Phil suggested that if I did that I might have to live somewhere else, so they stayed.

They also have a pig there that does tricks, so he does shows, but we unfortunately missed that...we'll have to catch it next time we go.

Then there was a big ole barn filled with a hay stack maze. We followed the maze through, climbed up to the top level of the barn, which is where there was a slide for the kids to go down, and all the kids decided that this was about the greatest thing they'd ever seen.

They had a bakery too, and a gift shop where they sold cider that they made there, and honey that they made, as well as candles and a whole bunch of antique stuff that Annie and I ooh'ed and aahhhed over.

The whole place was just beautiful-not sure I've ever seen anything quite like it before.

Well, I'm off. Heroes is on tonight, and it's 8:30 already and Phil isn't home from work yet-he finished his own work a few hours ago, but someone at work had their truck break down, and the last time I called him, he was helping the guy finish his route.

Such a long day. :/