Saturday, August 30, 2008

today's humor

person a: "you're a cold-hearted snake."

person b: "and you're a frigid bitch."

i'm still laughing about it...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

it's a beautiful day in our neighborhood

we have the best neighbors. tonight we had dinner with the klutzes, and had a great outing. the best bit is that they're so willing to offer all sorts of advice (and helping hands) for our landscaping project for the front yard. we're talking tractor work, laying new sod, ripping out sidewalks, and consultation on where to get the cheapest dumpster (a hot commodity when doing landscaping or any house work, i'm finding).

we're hoping to recreate the rush cottage, the spot team engel stayed at on our first visit to new zealand. in order to recreate, i've been growing a lavender hedge for two years. so far, only one plant of 8 has died, and it's filled in quite nicely (about 3 feet tall now). next step is to rip out our sidewalk leading up to the house, and lay new sod across the entire yard, north to south. this will give us a perfect bocce-esque lawn and will alter the way guests enter the house -- coming up from the side of the house vs. straight away.

on top of the kind gestures of the klutzes, when we got home from our dinner, our other neighbor (an adorable, hotcha professional country singer) came out to chat with us. it was such a nice night to stand in the street, chatting with all the neighbors. it's precisely why i moved here: to have great neighbors.

this weekend we're off to look at flagstones and other rock to start pricing out our project. hopefully we can swing it, especially with such great advice from the neighbors.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

we've become those people know, those people that can't calm down. who constantly need something to do. even when they are on a weekend getaway where the goal is to wind down from a stressful week.

we went camping this weekend in the cascades, hoping for some chill time. turns out, neither of us could chill out. friday was a little frustrating getting out of p-town (2 hours from downtown to boring, ore., mostly because we were lost, couldn't make up our minds about which store to go to for our forest pass, blahblahblah). once we arrived, the campground we planned to go to was full, so we found a primitive spot nearby and stayed there for a night. not the best way to start the weekend, but we stuck it out.

saturday morning we got up, sat around for awhile, and finally were so annoyed with having nothing to do (we had books, knitting, etc, but none of it was holding our attention) that by 2PM we decided to bail. we needed activity. we needed action. we needed to get the hell out of there.

so, we came home.

but, still made our pre-planned camping dinner -- paella -- on the coals of our firepit in the backyard.

and all of a sudden, camping was fun again.

i surely hope we can figure out how to relax without stuff to entertain us (like a new iphone -- below). the thought of being those people who can't sit still annoys me.