Monday, July 28, 2008


I just dropped $$$$ for one of these. :) Actually mine will be slightly used, and was less than the asking price. Fortunately it's my play $$.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Super Fun!

Robert and I spent the weekend together! Yes the kids were around, but everything we did was for us. This weekend is the annual Oregon Brewer's Festival. We attend it every year. I have been looking forward to this weekend for the last month because I knew I would be able to spend time with Robert.

We started Friday morning with picking two flats of blueberries. We ate at least half of one flat and froze the other flat and a half. Then we came home and got ready to go to the festival where we met up with Triners, a knitter visiting from California. We had a great time sitting with her, drinking beer, eating pretzels, blueberries and knitting on our socks. I think we left around 4:30 or so as it was getting rowdy and crowded. (Robert had also been on Thursday, but I had other stuff happening)

We went back on Saturday by noon so we got in about 4 or 5 more beers before it got too crowded for us. Just so you know, we tried samples, not full glasses. I think the sample is a couple of ounces.

Robert made pretzels when we got home. They were really good fresh, not so much today.

Today we hit the farmer's market to see what they had. We bought fresh basil, green onions, one zucchini and one yellow crookneck. The basil is for pizza tomorrow night, with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. YUM! We also did some other shopping like Costco and the regular grocery store. It's been really nice to just hang out with him this weekend.

When we got home Robert made burgers for our late lunch, and I put basil, tomatoes and feta cheese on mine. Oh it was good. Then he made cinnamon rolls, carmel popcorn and I think he's thinking about something chocolatey like fudge or brownies. I love it when he gets in this cooking/baking mood! That's probably where I have gained all the excess this year.

Yesterday while we were downtown Portland, we hiked from the lightrail to PPAC. A couple of months ago we happened to see that "The Phantom of the Opera" was coming to town. This is Kim's absolute favorite musical. She doesn't know it's coming to town. She is going to be so excited. We aren't going to tell her until a few days before. Our tickets are for the first week of September, and they looked like really good seats too!!! I am excited because I know she's going to be excited!! Ok, I was able to tell a secret without bursting!

We saw some monkey mayhem while we were downtown. It's in the window's of a store called Mario's I think. There were sock monkeys everywhere. Climbing ladders, on stilts. They were having a great time!!

Kim update: The endoscopy biopsy results showed nothing! A good thing, but at the same time, now what! The doctor put her on Nexium and it is about the same as the other drugs she has been on so far. We will try it for a few months and hopefully over time she starts feeling better. He also prescribed an anti nausea drug, but it's not really an anti nausea. It's more for moving things through the digestive tract. She doesn't need that, so we went to the pharmacist and asked their opinion. They gave us an OTC that should work much better. She hasn't had to use it yet, the nausea has been 4 or under.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My Kimma

came through the endoscopy quite well today!! They gave her Versaid, a great amnesia drug, as well as something else for the pain she would experience. It took her a while to come out of the fog and sleep, but once she was out, she's been going strong ever since. She has a bit of a sore throat, but other than that, she's ok. The pictures show some inflammation in her esophagus, and a little bit of inflammation in her small intestine, but we won't have results from biopsy back until late this week or early next week. It can't come soon enough. I told Robert though, that if either of the kids have to have major surgery later on in life, they are going to have to sedate me. I don't handle the waiting room stuff to well anymore.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Second Jellyfish Video

First Jellyfish Video

Home, Sweet Home

ETA: I am putting some short videos up on Flickr too, but I'm not sure where they will land yet. They are jellyfish from the aquarium!

We got home Friday evening. I slept for the next 10 hours! It was a fun, educational and hot trip. We took tons of pictures from the train windows. I haven't sorted through them too much, or labeled, but if you go to my Flickr page, on the right side the top three sets are from this trip. We learned that getting a sleeper room is much more comfortable than coach. :)

Kim goes in for an endoscopy tomorrow morning. We are to get there at 10:30 and they start the procedure at noon. It's supposed to be quick. I hope she handles the medication well.

Our attendant on the train. She was a real gem!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Out to Lunch........

Kim and I are getting ready for our trip south. We are both really excited to be riding the train. I am seriously giddy inside!! We'll be back next Friday late. I might be able to blog, but it will be pictureless unless I can find Wifi access somewhere close by. Hmm, I know where the closest Peet's is to mom and dad's, then I could get a much needed cup of coffee too. :)

Have a fun and safe weekend.