Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Five Senses Wednesday

The theme for this week is, wait for it, "heat wave". I'm early this week as I'm leaving tomorrow for Disneyworld!! Have I mentioned how much I heart Disney? :)

* You know, I had a good one for this all picked out and now I got nothing. I blame the heat.

* The soothing sounds of a multitude of fans, every where I go, except when I'm at the store wanting to buy another fan and then they are nowhere to be found.

* Stale, muggy air

* My new favorite restaurant - Tutta Bella. The pizza was yummy and the gelato was so good. I tried the blueberry and lemon - the blueberry was super, the lemon was good as well, if a little on the tart side.

* Very hot - my cube at work is right near the window and the shades do not offer much protection from the heat. And then I get home and my house is hot as well.
* Anticipation for my weekend jaunt to Disneyworld!
* The impact of the first jet of cold at my very first spray tan - my sister is getting married in a few weeks and I thought what better occasion for me to try out a spray tan!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Five Senses Friday No. 2

Let's see how long I can keep up with this! I like it because it's a creative way of thinking about your week. Although this one will have a lot of references to training as my race is in three weeks!! Yikes!

* The sun slowly setting as I race to get through my first brick of this training session. I make it and then I am treated to a fantastic sunset on my way home.

* Fishes!! This was a week of firsts - first brick and first lake swim.

* Chatter everywhere about the coming "heat wave". It is supposed to be 95+ in Seattle starting on Sunday. It is a favorite topic of discussion at the moment.

* Hm, nothing really comes to mind for smelling.

* Ice cream sandwiches!! It was ice cream treat day at work and boy was it yummy!
* Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza from CPK - I gave in to temptation.

* The cold water as I tiptoe into Lake Washington for my first lake swim, along with the slight ebb and flow of the waves.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Five Senses Friday (on Sunday)

I saw this on Mandi's blog and it looked like fun, but as usual I'm a little late.

* lots and lots of cameras as I'm trying to narrow down the many choices out there
* fluffy white clouds against a beautiful blue sky

* not a lot - it is summer time so the office is really quiet as people are using their vacation

* ew!  skunk cabbage or something like it on my bike ride this morning

* smoothies

* the cool side of the pillow as it has been on the "hot" side (for Seattle anyway)
* the air from my new fan (also to help combat the temperature)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Today's Date

So today is July 8, 2009 or 7/8/09 as in why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9!! That has amused me all day, especially when I've written out the date, which I've had to do a bit today.

Here's a new joke (or new to me):
What did the grape say when he got stepped on by the pig?

Nothing, he just let out a little wine!

It doesn't take much to amuse me! :)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

15 Books in 15 Minutes

When I first saw this meme on Mandi's blog I thought no problem, I can do this. Fifteen minutes came and went without a complete list. But I did finally come up with fifteen books. And what does my list tell me? I probably need to visit my library a bit more. After I started working I began reading, almost exclusively, what my mom would call "trash" books but what I call fluff books - purely for entertainment and books that don't make me think too hard, which means they usually don’t leave much of an impression.

Instructions: Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 books you’ve read that will always stick with you — the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Copy the instructions into your own note, and be sure to tag the person who tagged you.

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." I was hooked from the beginning.

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - the intricacies of the revenge plot were so masterful.

3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Oh fiddle dee dee! I was fascinated in the beginning with the description of the dresses and the plantation and soon was absorbed into the story.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - This is probably my least favorite book but my dislike has stuck with me (20+ years later) so it made the list. What really stuck out in my head was the fact someone interrupted the wedding. I probably should re-read this now to see if my opinion is still the same but I shudder anytime I think about reading it again. It's like broccoli - my tastes have changed but every time I even think of trying broccoli, I'm immediately transformed into a kid at the dinner table being forced to eat it.

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen - my favorite Jane Austen book by far. I am a sucker for unrequited love stories.

6. Exodus by Leon Uris - an amazing book, interweaving several stories against the backdrop of the birth of the modern Israel.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Scout was the coolest.

8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - the red hair, Anne spelled with an "e" (which is my middle name), Gilbert - such a great story. Prince Edward Island is on my places to visit list because of this book.

9. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne - this is for both the actual book as well as the Disney read-along version which I wore out as I child. I love Winnie the Pooh!

10. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - the first chapter book I ever read.

11. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - a great mystery set on a train with a satisfying ending. It was a thrill for me when I was in Istanbul to eat dinner at the hotel where the actual Orient Express would stop on its journey.

12. The Babysitter's Club #3 The Truth about Stacey by Ann M. Martin - so when I first saw the title of this book I thought it said The Babysitter's Clue and I was super excited to read it because I thought I had found a new mystery series to read. But no, instead I found the tales of Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey & Claudia which I devoured. I would save my own babysitting money to buy these books. I had quite a collection until one day I sold it at a garage sale.

13. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - a simply magical story.

14. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne - I never actually read this book. I read a lot as a kid and my mom began making me read a "good" book before I could read Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley Twins (later Sweet Valley High), Trixie Beldon, or the Babysitter's Club. I was in a rebellious mood when she gave me this one to read and decided only to read the end of this book (sorry Mom!!) so I could hurry up and read something else. Whew, I feel better having gotten that off my chest. Confession is good for the soul!

15. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen - Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy, what more can I say? I have read this book many times and still get so caught up in the story.

And there you have it! What's on your list?