Friday, May 30, 2008

bleh in the am

nothing like cleaning up fresh cat vomit in the am.

for once it wasn't falkor. it was ozzy. perfectly timed for Tim running out the door to catch a bus.

it was nice out yesterday, and the perfect weather for kite flying. Tim and I went down to REI [hoping to actually find shoes they show on their website- i don't not] then on to River Side Park for some running around and kite flying. we have a $6 kite from target. it has been a while since i last bought a cheap kite- this was FAR nice than i had ever had as a kid. it is made of rip stop material and not plastic- after our one kite flying session i honestly believe it will be good for several more. we wandered down the river, then back and around and down 16th st. we haven't done that in a while. it was great fun.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

movie reviews

we don't watch a lot of movies, but this weekend we rented several.

I watched Marie Antoinette.
it was fun. I throughly enjoyed the costuming and scenery. there was not a lot of dialog or explanation- as Sophia Coppola movies tend to go. I don't actually know the history behind it- though i should, so i was happy to take it as was, and not question things. though i would like to point out that- as i enjoy historical based movies, i generally do not know the actual history behind them. I like to take them as being more or less correct, but never take them for truth over factual reference.
this movie is a fun eye candy piece. stars - that one girl from spider man

Miss Potter

I very much enjoyed this movie. it falls very much in the category of "chick flick." i am surprised "life time" or "oxygen" isn't showing this on constant repeat.
Having grown up loving the tales of Beatrix Potter, i was an easy shoe in for this movie. it is basically the story of who she was and how she got her first books published. there is, of course, a love interest. stars- Renee Zellweger, Ewen McGregger

Tim and i watched:

Charlie Wilson's War

Movie takes place in the 1980s. We were far to young to remember anything political that was going on at that time. We enjoyed it. it wasn't quite all what i though it was going to be. Seemed like it showed a lot of the political stuff, but not a lot of what was actually achieved.
we enjoyed it. stars- Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Hoffman and Amy Adams.

The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford

it was good- like we had heard. it was not what we were expecting though. the movie reminded me very much of the Lincoln book i read recently. [about what happened in the days following the assassination- and what happened to john wilks booth.] this move is long. there were a number of places it could have ended and did not. interesting but a bit long winded.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

memorial weekend

we started off Memorial weekend with Tim working friday night so they could get a rush job done.

we headed to Georgetown. 1. because i* have never been there and 2. because they were supposed to be having "Georgetown days." I would like to point out that going into this we knew that there was no actually schedule for the listed events. So we got up there, and it started snowing, was windy and cold. we ventured into so basic crappy tourist shops and found the library book sale. Tim is nice enough to actually buy some books from inside to go with the 20 or so we grabbed from the "free" boxes. i acquired a wonderful international dumpling cookbook.

Decided to lunch at Tommy knocker's in Idaho Springs. apparently they make a great Imperial Nut Brown Ale. we also scored seats next to the fireplace.

Sunday: Mowed the lawn. We now have a rather large lawn, and cannot seem to remove it fast enough. However we have purchased a non-corded electric mower. the battery is supposed to last about 40 min. its not as loud as a gas mower, has no fumes and no cord to run over. it takes me a good 40 min to mow our lawn and on the second use i have used maybe a 1/4 of the battery power. plus its nice and light weight.
Our friend and his GF are in town for a couple weeks, so they came over for lunch and to jump on the trampoline for a bit.
we headed to Boulder for a friends BBQ to celebrate his going on a "round the world" trip. apparently on a lark he decided to pack up and travel the world. you can buy a "round the world" trip ticket. he said he got the cheap one- about $5k. [which as far as i can see is a phenomenal price for seeing over 10 countries in 5 months. apparently you can move around the dates of your flights but not the locations.]
on our way to the BBQ we stopped at REI to buy a sleeping bag. or rather 2- that zip together. we hope to go camping several times this summer and think it would be a whole lot warmer if we were actually sleeping together. though the bags were stuffed together, apparently both had a tag that needed to be scanned. we only payed for one. and i got to use last years dividend.

MONDAY: got everything else out of the apartment. now i just need to clean and return the keys. Finally, Finally, Finally! we are done with that apartment.
i already miss the neighborhood. it was a great neighborhood. every house was full of unique details, wide sidewalks on tree lined streets. while we love our house, the neighborhood is not the same. most of the houses are similar to ours. the sidewalks are narrow and things are more run down. there are less people out in general. though there is a park not far away that gets a lot of use.
we had "BBQ" with our folks at tim's parents house and played Cranium.

* Tim apparently has been to Georgetown, but did not mention this untill much later. all he originally said was "you can take the train loop, its expensive." Being a native of Colorado i take this to mean that hes making a general statement about tourist attractions in Colorado- especially those that move. why does this annoy me? well, why didnt he say, "o yeha we went there once and rode the train, and its was cold and miserable." We would have still gone to "GT Days", but it like, crap. i thought we were doing something totally new.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


for those of you who hear my cat is a change of pace.
tonight ozzy went out, and falkor was cute and sat on my lap or curled up next to me while i watched movies.

Friday, May 23, 2008

the weekend

its friday. "so whats wrong with that?" you say.
because as i was leaving work yesterday i thought it was friday and was ready to start the weekend, only to have to get up and come in today [which now feels like saturday, and i'm a bit resentful.]

I would like to say we are done moving and have handed back the keys to the apt. not so. still the straggling closets of coats and random crap... and the tumble weeds of cat hair to be cleaned up. We keep underestimating the amount left to do over there, so it keeps dragging out. I keep saying "this weekend, we'll finish it." ow ever it seems like a waste of a weekend, though our evening are not much better spent. I hate moving. i am so glad to not have to move again for at least several years. maybe tonight i will suck it up and got get a bunch of stuff, maybe do some cleaning.

its memorial weekend. we have no plans. Tim is working till 2 saturday morning trying to get a last min. job done. so i'm on my own for friday. saturday theres various evens going on around town. sunday we have a friends bbq that we may attend. but otherwise?? hiking maybe, if anyone wants to join us.
we have decided to try to go hiking every weekend. we are starting with short hikes that are fairly level and working our way up, hopefully by mid summer or so we will be ready to do some serious hiking.

i am thinking more and more that i would like to go see my grandma this summer. previous years i have gone out for 4th of July, as her small town always does a big celebration with lots of ill planned activities. theres the drive in movie theater and the rhinos buried in ashes. i have other great aunts and uncles near by. Tim makes fun of me, but i love visiting Nebraska, i think its a beautiful state. un like Kansas it is not all flat. in fact a lot of it is not flat. my grandma lives up in the sand hills. we turn off I-80 at north platte and wind our way up the back roads to her house.
we should prolly also visit some of Tims relatives in Kansas as well.

i wish i had more vacation time.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


its a cold and rainy day. there was lengthy discussion about weather would could call in sick and spend the remainder of the day in bed watching movies.
the office is quiet. many people are running late.

i just read an article on 9news about a man who was married to his long time girl friend in the ICU. he passed away the next day.

its transition time. we are trying to finish getting out of our apartment. we have friends coming into town and friends leaving town. were excited about weekend hiking and camping trips.

i feel like i have a lot to say, but i don't. not here.

happy rainy day to you.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

whooo whooooo!


May 10th is National Train Day!