Sunday, August 17, 2008

Birthday Report

I'm a bit hesitant to post anything about my past birthday. Not because it was a crappy birthday, in fact it was just the opposite, it was a grand day. But merely because I've already posted twice about my birthday this month and I feel like I'd be a beating a dead horse if I did a third. However, I know many of you are curious to know how the big day turned out. So in order to appease my audience, I will post one last time about the subject and cease to speak of it least until next year...

First off, I want to thank everyone that wished me a happy day! I felt really loved and special! Overall the day wasn't anything spectacular but it was special to me - and that is all that counts. Here is what I did:

Worked for 10-hours (my work is doing a trial four 10-hour schedule) - this is what I look like in the tenth hour

Received a surprise visit from my mum-in-law and four nieces and nephews who serenaded "happy birthday" to me...AND showered me with gifts for the Beavers Game (it was a surprise visit so I didn't know to have my camera with me when I was called to the front desk - this picture doesn't do the event justice, it's merely a representation of the event)

Went to PGE park for the Beavers game

Sat in the 90+ degree weather watching the baseball game (we hit a record high that day of 102d! It was hot, even at 8pm in the evening. Poor Wyatt was obviously very uncomfortable but stuck through it in my honor - what a man!)

Opened presents...I did that before the game but this is one of the things Wyatt gave me. A new pair of Pyrameds slippers shipped all the way from Haleiwa, Hawaii. I love them! I love them because they're my favorite kind of slippers and I would NEVER buy them for myself. Wyatt is good at buying me gifts I would never buy myself. That sounds bad. Not that I don't want those gifts, it's just that I'm cheap sometimes. He also bought me cake and cookie decorating tips from Sur la Table! I'm equally as excited about those!

I'm sad to say that I only ate one hotdog. Pretty pathetic for all the excitement I had about the things. However, the sky looked really awesome!

As it turns out there was on a smog warning all weekend. Even Portland has pollution. I know, pollution is bad, except for the amazing sunsets it makes. This picture doesn't do any justice to the real deal. I'm wondering if we could've captured a better shot if we had Wyatt's fancy camera on hand? We'll never know. If you blow this image up you can see that the sun was red. It was spectacular!

We had to document that we were there witnessing the sunset...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Day!

That's right! I'm officially 26 today (August 14th)! And I am on my way to half a century. Sweet yo! The days events will be: working for 10-hours with a lunch break at Nacho Mama's with my coworkers, followed by the Portland Beavers game at PGE park. You can bet I will be eating many many hotdogs...probably 26 to be exact. I'm sure somewhere in there my sweet husband will be giving me my present that arrived at his work three days ago! Hip-Hip-Hooray! This is the greatest day ever!

PS - Happy Birthday Kelsey.
PPS - Pictured above is last years birthday
PPPS - It is forecasted to be 96d and SUNNY!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Accentuate the Positive

I had the opportunity to fly to Colorado...then drive to Green River, Wyoming last weekend for my Aunt and Uncle's 60th wedding anniversary. It was something I had a hard time committing to because of my lack of time off at work. Finally I decided I needed to go because I knew I would regret it if I didn't. It was a short 48-hour trip packed with early morning departures, long road trips, delayed flights and late arrivals (thanks again for picking me up at 2am Wyatt!). Despite it all, I am glad I went! I got to see lots of family I haven't seen for years and most of all my dear Aunt Lois and Uncle Dale. As horrible as this sounds, I just don't know when I'll see them again. Not so much because their getting on in years but because I've discovered that as I get older, it has become increasingly difficult to travel like I did when I was younger.

At one point in the celebration my Uncle Dale got up and sang the song "Accentuate the Positive". I'm sure many of you know or at least recognize the song if you heard it. It was a really special experience for me to listen to him sing the song and reflect on my memories of him and know that he really has lived an exemplary life of optimism. I've made an effort this past week to follow in his example and try to carry a positive attitude. It hasn't been easy, especially with everything that has been going on at work. But I just sing the song to myself and it makes it a tad bit easier to focus on the good. I am grateful too for Wyatt. I always told myself that I wanted to marry someone that portrayed some of the same characteristics as my Uncle. I knew in some ways the two were similar. But it wasn't until this weekend that I realized the positive attitude they both carry. I am grateful for Wyatt and the way he helps me recognize the good in life. It was such a wonderful weekend! And I'm happy to say I have no regrets for going!

(I've been waiting to post this all week because I've been waiting for my cousins to post pictures of the event on their blogs so I could copy the pics and post them on my blog. I took some with my camera but they all turned out too dark. However, no one has posted pictures...except for Collete. But even she said she didn't have very many. Who has all the pictures? Abbie? I'm sorry that you won't get any visual entertainment out of this post.)

Monday, August 4, 2008


10 days and counting until my favorite day of the year...