Archive for May, 2011

California & Vegas

May 26th, 2011

Sorry for not posting lately – I’ve been busy. Matt made it home safe & sound from China with a lot of amazing experiences & stories.  Lucky boy got to hold a baby lion.  Ohh…it was SO cute.  I told him he should have brought it home – it might be the only form of […]



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Sorry for not posting lately – I’ve been busy.

Matt made it home safe & sound from China with a lot of amazing experiences & stories.  Lucky boy got to hold a baby lion.  Ohh…it was SO cute.  I told him he should have brought it home – it might be the only form of kitty he’s not allergic too.  Lucy would love a four-legged friend.

Matt got home Monday afternoon, and Thursday night we were both on a plane to Monterey for his sister, Randi’s, college graduation.  YAY Randi!  Congrats!!!  Now that she’s done w/ her Bachelor’s she’s on to bigger & better things – law school.  We were only in CA for a short time, but we made the best of it by getting in a lot of Williams’ family time.  Friday, Randi & her husband, Rob took us golfing at Tahama Golf Course in Carmel.  Its owned by Clint Eastwood.  The course was BEA.U.TI.FUL.  And although very hilly, it was a great time.  Not to mention we had AMAZING weather.  Afterwards, we got treated to a lovely lunch in the clubhouse.  We finished Friday off w/ dinner & dessert at Randi & Rob’s.  I joined a friendly, but competitive game of Phase 10 with Randi, April, & Aunt Charlotte.  Matt was introduced to Angry Birds on his mom’s iPad.  The man is addicted.  ADDICTED!  Saturday was more family time with Randi’s graduation in the AM, swimming at our hotel with the kids in the afternoon, & dinner in the evening.  We were fortunate enough to have Matt’s friend, Kristine travel from San Jose to meet us for dinner.  We got to meet her new baby, Seth (he’s SUPER adorable) and her boyfriend, Erich.

Sunday morning we were off early for the airport to Vegas.  Vegas was fun.  I definitely know why its nicknamed Sin City.  Although I didn’t partake in anything insane, except 30 min. of gambling, I was a glutinous fool.  The food…oh the food!  Everything I ate was spectacular.  I had 2 goals for Vegas – win big & come back not pastey white.  I accomplished 1 of the 2…I have some color.  We were in Vegas until Tuesday morning.  We really only sat by the pool, dined, had a few cocktail parties to go to (Matt was there on business for a big conference) and did some shopping.  It was pretty busy and I didn’t have much opportunity to really explore.  I’ll need to go back.  I will admit, the city is overwhelming.  As we drove the strip, I was SO attracted to all the lights, and kept thinking “oh, we need to go there..and there…and there too”.  It all looks so fun *sighs*  I think I’m the reason they have all those flashy lights, they get me.    Here is a picture of Matt & I on Sunday night before dinner, its of cell phone quality

 


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Replace Kitchen Floor – Check

May 8th, 2011

Last night I started the process of replacing the kitchen floors.  Cassie came over around 5 to drop off the flooring, we then got to yapping.  Then around 6:30 Mary & Ryan (matt’s friends from the gym) showed up to help also!  I think they peer pressured Cassie to stay.  I’m glad, I needed the […]



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Last night I started the process of replacing the kitchen floors.  Cassie came over around 5 to drop off the flooring, we then got to yapping.  Then around 6:30 Mary & Ryan (matt’s friends from the gym) showed up to help also!  I think they peer pressured Cassie to stay.  I’m glad, I needed the help!  We started by ripping off the old nasty vinyl fake wood trim.

 

Then we spackled around the removed trim.  After that, that’s about when everyone went home – it was all a project in itself.

I was up & working by 6:45am this morning.  I started with sanding the spackle & then painting far enough down around the trim so it’d be presentable! Carrie showed up around 11:00 to help me with the actual floor itself.  Here are some pictures.

Mary & Ryan showed up towards the end of Carrie & laying the floor – jut in time to cut the trim, install it, & move appliances back.

Here’s the finished product!  (I LOVE IT.  Such an improvement).

view from laundry room into kitchen/back door

The view from the kitchen into the laundry room.

view from the dining room into the kitchen

view from back door towards dining room

I’m so glad its done!  It’s such an improvement from the nasty brown stuff before.  I’m so appreciative of everyone’s help!!!

Now I need to lay on the couch…


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Efficient or Old?

May 6th, 2011

Now that Matt has left for 10 days to China (for work..not all pleasure) I’ve made myself a fairly large list of things to get done while he’s gone.  Mostly things that need to get done and a few things that I want to get done.  See – I love home improvement projects, gardening, & […]



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Now that Matt has left for 10 days to China (for work..not all pleasure) I’ve made myself a fairly large list of things to get done while he’s gone.  Mostly things that need to get done and a few things that I want to get done.  See – I love home improvement projects, gardening, & tending to the lawn.  Matt…not so much.  Which is fine.  I don’t ask him to help, and I’m fine doing it myself (unless I need something that is to high for me to get or to heavy to move by myself).  I went straight from dropping Matt off at the airport to Home Depot to get all of my supplies.

Here’s my list –

Touch up paint in the laundry room
Paint around the trim in the kitchen
Install new kitchen floor
Install new kitchen trim
Fix grout in bathroom
Fertilize Lawn
Kill weeds in lawn
Clean matt’s car
Fix grass around driveway
Sew baby Seth a blanket

Notice I was able to cross one thing off my list already – fertilizing.  I woke up this morning & remembered the sprinklers went off & the ground was wet, a requirement for fertilizer.  So there I was, at 6:15 AM, spreading fertilizer on my lawn.  I’m not sure if I should be proud of myself for being efficient or bothered that the only people up at 6:15am doing lawn work are old people.


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Vote for Abby

May 3rd, 2011

My sister entered my niece, Abby, into the Fresh Faces Contest held by a local boutique – Whippersnappers. A little about Ms. Abigail – she’s 5 and a total Diva.  Her life revolves around princesses, the colors pink & purple, & smoothies.  She loves to draw, play dress up (as princesses…of course…she even gets her […]



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My sister entered my niece, Abby, into the Fresh Faces Contest held by a local boutique – Whippersnappers.

A little about Ms. Abigail – she’s 5 and a total Diva.  Her life revolves around princesses, the colors pink & purple, & smoothies.  She loves to draw, play dress up (as princesses…of course…she even gets her little brother involved), have her picture taken, nails painted, & all things frilly.  I know she’d LOVE to win this contest – having her photo taken by a professional photographer & receiving a few diva outfits are right up her alley. 

All you need to do is go to Whippersnappers facebook page & like the page.  Under the Fresh Face Contest post, please like her picture (she’s #23 – wearing a purple/blue colored hoodie & sporting her signature cheeseball smile).  If you also feel so inclined, you can also vote for her here – Kathryn Rose Images (votes count in both places) by “liking” her picture.

Feel free to share this blog post in your Facebook too by clicking the Facebook icon at the bottom.

I know Sarah, Abby & I really appreciate it.  Thank You!


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Some people & their dogs

May 2nd, 2011

I was taking Lucy on our nightly stroll – on our usual route when this little rat dog (maybe a long hair chihuahua?) came running across the street to meet us.  Keep in mind, this happens probably 50% of the time.  This ugly rat dog follows you…  I’d say 25% out of the 50% times, […]



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I was taking Lucy on our nightly stroll – on our usual route when this little rat dog (maybe a long hair chihuahua?) came running across the street to meet us.  Keep in mind, this happens probably 50% of the time.  This ugly rat dog follows you…  I’d say 25% out of the 50% times, the owner is there to call it back.  Today, not so much.  SO…I DRAGGED Lucy back to this dog’s house, so it would follow & I could return it.  I then stood on the front stoop with a steamy pile of dog poo in a bag in one hand, trying to contain Lucy with the same hand, and rang this guy’s bell 5 times, followed by some loud knocks.  Nothing.  So I continued on our walk, and the dog didn’t follow us.  That is, until we were almost all the way down the street when it came sprinting across the street toward us, dodging MOVING vehicles.  AAHHH!!  So I called Animal Control.  Just as I finished reporting the dog & was about to have them come out & pick it up, the owner came out & called the dog.  The dog ran back to the owner, looked at him, and then darted back down & across the street ALMOST GETTING HIT.AGAIN.  I drug Lucy back to the guy’s house with small rat dog in tow.  Then this conversation happened:

Catie (in a calm voice): Just to let you know, I just got off the phone with Animal Control.  And although I canceled my complaint, next time I won’t & your dog will be picked up & brought to the pound and/or you will be cited.

Man: That wasn’t necessary

Catie: I do believe it was, your dog was not under control or leashed, which is a violation in Lakewood.

Man: Well, it still wasn’t necessary, there should be different laws for different sized dogs.  See, my dog is small & isn’t viscious, your dog is big.

Catie:  My dog is a MEDIUM sized dog, and she also isn’t vicious.  She is also sitting here at my side obeying, being a contained dog, AND a nice dog.

*insert yip at Lucy from small dog*

Man: Well ma’am, I don’t think you should have called.

Catie: I DO think I should have called.  I was looking out for your dogs safety.   Your dog followed my dog & I, and didn’t have intentions of going back to your house.  Not to mention it almost got hit by TWO cars, you witnessed one.  Did you want it to get hit by a car?  Did you want it to follow me home & be lost?

Man: Well you should have let me know.

Catie: i DID let you know, I rang your bell & knocked on your door for 5 minutes.

Man: Well I didn’t hear it.

Catie: Sorry you didn’t hear it, that isn’t my problem, nor is your dog.

 

He seriously mad me reconsider calling Animal Control & having them give him a citation.

 

Not to mention, Lucy pulled so hard on her chain trying to play with this dog, that she made herself short of breath, which caused her to lay in the grass for 5 min.  THE INSANITY.

 

I know in the name of this preacher, I should F-him...but I’m to0 annoyed right now.  Maybe after I have dinner.