Saturday, October 30, 2010

happy halloween!

le french toast and "where's wally?" (i suppose i would also respond to maldo if necessary.)

this year i went to two parties: 1 was a dress-up party with a 'red' theme. the other was definitely not a dress-up party. too bad i didn't realize that until after i arrived. walking into a gathering of 30 people and quickly noticing that you are the only one in costume must be somewhere on the list of 'classic awkward moments'.

ah well. good thing dressing up is my favorite part of halloween. i do love a good costume.

my travelator pals: jillie & frannie. i like them.

frances' costume was "death . . . by chocolate". clever, 'eh?

wishing you and yours a very safe evening!

p.s. look for a halloween update once i get more pictures of my friends and their costumes. there were some good get-ups this year!

p.p.s. what was/is your halloween costume? (hb, you better respond to this. do NOT tell me you were too busy with nursing school to dress up!)

Summer Edition 1.0: Swim Meets

Reid--the Swim Meet Super Star!
(Photo credits go to Walter; 4 years old and learning quickly from his talented momma!)

I know it's a bit silly to be blogging about summer now that is nearly November, but I kind of like it. Reliving blissful moments is never a bad thing--even 4 months after the fact.

Cheering Reid on at a local swim meet this summer was definitely a happy memory. Realizing that it was the first event I've ever been able to attend in his burgeoning little sports career made it even more special.

There was a fair bit of ... waiting.

Some time for ... getting ready.

I told him to show me his "Game Face!". Watch out!

Lots of ... cheering.

And some well-done racing!

Go Reid! Congrats to finishing your first summer of swim team!!

Love you!

P.S. To read more about his season and to see some waaay better swim meet photos, please head here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lady of the Sands

I don't want you to start your weekend without my personal fashion recommendation. You must buy this ensemble for your next trip to the desert. Must!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

100 Reasons You Should Go To Thailand (41-50)

In no particular order . . .

41. Water fights.

42. Songathaews. Or if that doesn't work for you, call them Baht buses. Or if you're still not sure, just call them pick up trucks with a roof and some wooden benches.

43. Ice cream bars shaped like cubes of butter.

44. Look-Outs.
(and more banners!)

45. Opportunities for being sneaky! (He he he--we were trying to get shots of the monks on the bus.)

46. Tamarind. In taste, they remind me of homemade fruit roll-ups. In form, they're kinda like olives. (Watch out for the pit!)

47. symmetry and asymmetry

48. Tuk tuks!!!!!

49. Elephant kisses. ♥

50. A variation on the call to prayer. (Quite a bit different from the muezzins back home. Head here to listen to the call to prayer from a mosque a couple of blocks away from my Abu Dhabi apartment.)



L-R: Otalie, Fi, Me, Velia, and Jen
Congratulations! After two of these lovely ladies submitted their resignation notices, a little celebrating was in order. New jobs, new challenges, and new experiences await! We'll miss you!

All the best!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Postcard from Montana

Summer Edition 1.0: Blizzards

Blizzards in summer?
Of course.

My momma and I happened to be on a late night DQ run when we snapped this photo. We skipped the hot eats and went straight for the cool treats. Our blizzard was big time delicious. Just as good as I'd remembered it to be. In fact, maybe even better.


P.S. What's your favorite flavor?
I'm a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup gal through and through.

P.P.S. If you're really cool, you'll join the fan club.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Right Round Like A Record

A few favorite songs that have me spinning.

1. Iowa by Dar Williams
Putting all my history with the state aside, this track has still managed to claim a special place in my heart. Folksy, wistful, sensitive, prima.

2. I love Laura. Her sound is all mystery, dream, and flitting whimsy. To listen to more of her recent work, head here.

Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose — Boreas Borealis from Holocene Music on Vimeo.

3. Blue Skies by Noah and the Whale.
Crushingly sad; delightfully promising; undeniably beautiful. I'm guilty of playing it on repeat.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

sweet saturdays

saturdays are for things that you never seem to get to during the week.

things like cleaning out your closet.

like playing games with friends.

like listening to addictive music.

like eating the best homemade carmelized onion, apple, & parmesan pizza you have ever made in your whole life.

and like just being glad about a little thing we like to call The Weekend.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Summer Edition 1.0: The Last Day of School

July 7th: School's out for summer!

Quite a few years ago, Jill's lovely momma decided to take her daughters out for ice cream on the last day of school . . . And it became tradition. Only a few years ago, Jill decided to take her roommate out for ice cream on the last day of school . . . And it became tradition.

First Year of Teaching

Jill was such a good friend to me during my first year. Even now, I am still so very thankful for all she did to help me make it to June! (P.S. If I look tired and emotional, it's because I was.)

Second Year of Teaching

My sweet Rosie made time to come join me for a little last-day treat. I love how we continued the good times with a delicious enchilada dinner, a perfect bonfire, and a night swim in Lake Padden. Such a satisfying end to such a good year!

Third Year of Teaching

Carrying the banner all the way to Abu Dhabi!

These dear friends and fellow teachers helped me keep my chin up despite all of the chaos. Your support was invaluable! Thanks ladies!!

From left to right: Shera, Jill, Hannah, Sarah, Jen, and Molly

In the words of my students, "Teechaaaaa! Finish!" (This must be said with a very drawn out 'a' at the end of teach[er] and a really strong, quick jab of the word finish[ed].)

Teacher finished!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Summer Edition 1.0: Independence Day

What could be more patriotic than spending the Fourth of July at T.G.I. Fridays? Maybe we'll never know. *



I resemble that remark.

You know I lead an exciting life when . . .
All I want to do is go to bed.
At like 7 pm.
On the weekend.

Sweet dreams! Happy Thursday!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

100 Reasons You Should Go To Thailand (31-40)

In no particular order . . .

31. Trains
After a few lovely days among the jungles and elephants, Ms. Jill and I boarded a train heading from Chiang Mai in the north to Bangkok in the south. It would have been a lovely trip if it weren't for the cockroach stowaways who were all too eager to share our cabin. Eww.

32. Beautiful moments
In-between one of my many naps on the beach, I happened to wake up long enough and at just the right time to see this exquisite sight.

33. Statues
hand : same-same but different : foot

34. Opportunities to use your gorilla pod? Endless.
The large number of curious local travelers peeking at us while we tried to take this photo made me feel like I was giving a simple 'how-to use your gorilla pod on the bus' demonstration.

35. Colorful street food
Novelty snack rainbow!

36. Baby Es
This little guy and gal were all about bath time, snack time, and looking cute. Really cute. Pha Mai was about 10 months old when we saw her in February 2010. Her best buddy, Chang Yim, was only 6 months old. With a loving family, a happy home, and a bright future at the new haven, they might just be two of the luckiest Asian elephants on the planet.

37. Pretz is pretty much my favorite novelty snack. Ever.
Although this picture highlights the pizza variety, roasted corn is my flavor of choice. Mmmm! (I'd be game for sampling a few more of their flavors. French toast? Could be good!)

38. Rappelling. Upside-down. In the rainforest. With one of your best friends.
Seriously one of my favorite moments in life. Thanks Flight of the Gibbon!

39. Cute and silly tour guides
We only took 1 formal tour on our trip and I'm glad we did. I think it helped me navigate the tourist blitz and get a better understanding of our very first Thai temple.

40. Supporting people who are making a difference.
The best part is that you can, too! Head here to check out a few simple ways you can partner with Elephant Nature Park to help these endangered animals. With only 30,000 of these giants left in the world, a little love can make a very big difference.