Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
While on vacation with Steve this past week, I ran out of reading material. In the middle of nowhere. As we were passing through the town of Forks we stopped at the store to pick up some lunch. I looked over the measly selection of books at the grocery store...it leaned heavily towards bodice-rippers and all things Twilight. Neither appeal to me...so we looked at the other store in town...they mostly ran toward overpriced local authors and guide books (animal tracks, plants, that kind of thing). Again, not what I was looking for. Fortunately for me the local library was only a block and a half away...I was able to scavenge a couple of books for less than $2. Score. It reminded me of finding the local library in Honolulu...and buying reading material there.
I personally have never read or watched anything "Twilight" - so all the businesses with posters and signs in their windows sort of left me cold....except for the message on a motel sign "Edward Cullen didn't sleep here".
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
A room with a view. A view of Lake Quinault. We really did like the Lake Quinault Lodge. It felt like being in a time warp back to the 20's or 30's. Franklin Delano Roosevelt stayed there. It looks like a president would have stayed there. In the 20's or 30's. There were no telephones or tv's in the rooms (at least not in the rooms in the lodge - which was where we were). I'm pretty sure the walls weren't all that thick - so having tv's blaring would have been annoying. There was a large common room right under our room - complete with a huge fireplace, leather sofas and chairs, game tables, piano, writing desk, and an armoire that was filled with board games and puzzles. Steve and I played a game of Scrabble. I won't say who won....
A starfish at Beach 4. North of Kalaloch (pronounced : klay-lock). Awesome tide pools. Two thumbs up for the tide pools.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Due to a typo on the the website, check-in was NOT from 9 to 11. It started at 11am. That meant that Danny didn't have any lunch - and lunch was not provided. No problem - I just raided the van and gave him a couple of granola bars, some applesauce, string cheese, pudding and a water bottle. Not exactly lunch, but I was pretty darn sure he wouldn't starve. He called us about an hour or two after we left him. He had gone to the cafeteria and bought himself a hamburger and fries and who knows what else, to the tune of $7. I had only given him $10 spending money for the week. He sounded a bit concerned...He said "what will I do about lunch tomorrow?" I reassured him that the rest of his meals were included.
Steve and I continued on our way south, then west, then north...to Lake Quinault. We're staying at the Lake Quinault Resort for the next two nights, where we evidently have wireless internet. Our room is on the second floor - the first big window (and little window) with green shutters to the right of the chimney. We have a gorgeous view out over the lake. The Lodge is pretty vintage - but in a recently refurbished way. The stairs creak like the dickens - I'm glad our room isn't right by them! I'm looking forward to a good nights sleep tonight.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I learned early the value of work from my father - he taught us to "put our shoulder to the wheel". I may not have always appreciated the hours spent weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, roofing the house, canning vegetables, folding laundry, washing dishes, laying tile....but I did learn not to be afraid of hard work. I truly appreciate that "can do" attitude.
At first glance my husband doesn't seem to have that much in common with my dad - but don't be fooled. Steve can also put his shoulder to the wheel. I sometimes give him a gentle (or not so gentle) nudge - such as ripping up the carpet in the living room...so he can lay new flooring, but he gets the job done too.
Friday, June 19, 2009
First: Go to Home Depot and angst over the color choices for about half an hour (or more). Dither a bit. Waffle some. Finally narrow it down to one. Finally. Then try and find the paint department guy to mix it up for you. Good luck with that.
Second: While you're waiting for your paint to mix, look through the brushes and rollers. Buy more roller covers than you need.
Third: Get home and realize that your paint roller (the handle part) is over at your daughters house. Go and get it.
Fourth: Open the can of paint and gasp at the gosh awful color that doesn't look a bit like it did in the store. The next step is a leap of faith. Start applying it to the wall.
Fifth: Shudder as the color goes on. You wanted a light color - NOT white! More leaps of faith required to continue.
Sixth: As the paint starts to dry it looks patchy and horrible. Leap again (faith-wise) and apply a second coat.
Seventh: Now that it's dry you can admire your fine taste in paint. How could anyone ever doubt your fine color sense?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
- drink alcohol
- operate machinery
- make critical decisions
- do activities that require coordination or balance
The whole procedure was pretty much painless. I felt more like I was at a day spa (not that I've ever done that). The nurses were very easy to get along with - and the one nurse there that I know personally came by to give me a bad time. The recliner that I was initially placed in (for the "pre-op") was comfy...and I got a heated blanket. When I was escorted back to the procedure room the nurse draped me in a blanket and and then guided me by the elbow - I felt like royalty. The drugs they gave me in the procedure room were awesome. Totally. I slept like a baby - with no memory of the procedure. (Yea!) Waking up in the recovery area was easy - a cup of cranberry juice and some crackers and we were out of there. The most painful part of the whole thing I can honestly say was the blood pressure cuff.
Truly the hardest part of this whole thing was the prep. Clear liquids only - all day yesterday - and then 36 Sennokot tablets. Even that part wasn't nearly as traumatic as I expected. I was pretty hungry by the time of the procedure - but hey, I lost 4 pounds over the last couple of days...how spa-like can you get?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In 20 minutes I will take the first half of the Sennakot pills (18 of 36...yes, those are the correct amounts).
I will probably be spending copious amounts of the rest of the day in the euphemism.
The good news is, and I have this from reliable sources, tonight is the hard part...tomorrow is way easier. Evidently the drugs I'll get tomorrow will be making me feel just fine. Better living through pharmeceuticals-that's my mantra for the day.
And now the only movie I've ever seen that features a colonoscopy....Ghost Town.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Bead Store. Check.
Mischief managed. Check.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Dear Family and Friends,
Things are going well here in Japan still. But I`ve already said that before. Things out of the ordinary include cockroaches and bike problems (Well that one`s not so out of the ordinary). Up to this point in my mission I`ve had the pleasure of not dealing with or worrying about cockroaches. Unfortunately on Wednesday night we found 2 nice big cockroaches in our study room. One of them was placed under a cup with a little bit of dish soap (I guess that kills them) the other made a nice run for it through the apartment stopping to hide behind stuff like the shoe rack, as if that would stop us. We pulled all the shoes out and made a nice mess of the entry before forcing it out from behind the shoe rack. Unfortunately it managed to dart into our bedroom. It made it under the bed momentarily before being pulled out by a hanger or cardboard tube. It too met the same dreary fate underneath a cup with a little detergent. We`ll probably go out and buy some cockroach hotels/traps today, they`re only 5 for $1 I think.
The bike issue started Wednesday night when my bike suddenly got a punc while we were riding by a train station. It was raining that day. We ended up walking the 45+ minutes back to the apartment just in time to plan for the next day and get ready for bed. The next morning I quickly patched the tube but the tire (The rubber outer part) had gotten ruined by rubbing up against another part of my bike on the way home. There was another old tire on the balcony that I used instead. It was a little iffy looking but I didn`t want to buy a new tire $25-$45. On Saturday I decided the tire was a little too iffy and that I should get a new one. Unfortunately the bike shops didn`t have a cheap one in stock of the correct size so I figured I`d wait until Monday. Well Sunday morning on the way to church the tube got a punc again. The old tire hadn`t been able to handle another day apparently. This morning I ran to a member`s apartment with another missionary in order to borrow an old missionary`s bike. On Friday the other missionaries in my apartment are going to the Mission Office and will pick up a spare used tire from there hopefully. Until then I should be fine.
I don`t tell you these things because I`m depressed or anything but simply because I can`t think of much else to write you other than we did missionary work last week.The picture is out of one of my two grammar books that I try to study from daily. I pick one grammar out of the book a day, study it in the morning and try to use it throughout the day. Dokoroka is the grammar I`m working on today.
Oh yeah. I didn`t transfer and neither did my companion so we`ll be together until mid-July when he goes home. I imagine I`ll still be in this area until September but I`m not sure.
Well take care and good luck.
Elder Andrew West.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I was dreading the thought of mission shots...but our little boy is growing up - he got a shot, a TB test and had blood drawn. All without me even there.
Awesome. Those aren't Band-Aids - they're badges of honor.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
1. a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.
Synonyms:listlessness, tedium, lassitude, languor.
The perfect word for summer vacation time with kids. Instead of saying "I'm bored", you can have them step up their vocabulary with new phrases such as: "I'm suffering from ennui".
I just like the way it sounds...on whee.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We just got home from seminary graduation. I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so massively better than high school graduation that I couldn't help but be impressed.
My favorite highlight was when one of my freshman students (Halden) played a number on the organ. And he played it just the way I like it. Loud and fast. I knew I could count on him. He really is quite talented - he has actually played on the Tabernacle organ and the organ at the Conference Center. He promised me that someday when he is a famous organist he will dedicate a piece to me - "In honor of my freshman seminary teacher...who likes her hymns loud and fast"....or something like that.
Friday, June 5, 2009
There's Alex - next to last row about the 7th from the left (he's just this side of a short kid)
We bought this robe for David - back in the day. I think it cost around $30. Every child of ours that has graduated from MPHS has worn this baby. We totally lucked out the year Stephanie graduated - she was assigned to wear red that year (the school colors are red and white). Usually most of the girls wear the white robe (which can be incredibly tacky - depending on what they wear under it). Lucky us. We didn't have to fork out another $30 bucks for another robe.
I had to have Steve haul out the sewing machine this morning - the bottom 4 or 5 inches of the zipper had come unsewn. Easy fix.
I need to make sure I have extra batteries for the camera tonight. One more set of pictures of the family robe. Yea, Alex!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Today is Stephanie's birthday. I think she's 26. Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday.
A couple of weeks ago I made a space shuttle cake for Trevor - he loved it. I was talking to Stephanie afterwards - I volunteered to make a cake for her. Trevor heard me and piped up with his suggestion. A dinosaur cake. For lack of a better idea, a dinosaur cake it is. I admit that it's not quite up to my usual standard...but in my defense it was nearly 90 degrees in my house last night AND I was running a fever (a reaction to the DPT shot that I had gotten the day before).
And there you go.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
It`s great to hear that you`re all still doing well. I hope those who have a birthday on June 4th are able to enjoy it.
My past week has been pretty good. On Tuesday we had interviews with President McIntyre and received some great advice as always.
On Wednesday Elder Obata and I went on an exchange and just had a really good day as far as proselyting and teaching is concerned. I`m often surprised by the people who stop and talk with us. I`m sure I`ve talked to more different people on my mission than my whole life before my mission.
We helped some members move on Saturday, fortunately they`re staying within the ward`s boundaries.
Anyways, on to other stuff I guess. Congratulations on making it one month on food storage. I hope you enjoy a lot of fresh produce and non-powdered milk among other things tomorrow. If it were me I`d buy some chocolate milk to celebrate :P. Unfortunately good chocolate milk is hard to find and expensive in Japan. Oh well, the sushi is a lot easier to find here :).
The weather is getting warmer still. It`s not too hot most of the time but the humidity makes it a little uncomfortable sometimes. Oh yeah I forgot to mention last week I got to go to a fireside hosted by the BYU Wind Symphony Orchestra. They were originally going to have it up in Ibaraki but because of the swine flu they ended up doing it in this stake instead.
Well I guess that`s it for this week. Really not much to say I guess. If you emailed a recipe for regular pancakes and a recipe for waffles I`d appreciate it. I don`t think those recipes are in the family cookbook.