Saturday, May 31, 2008
We toured Alcatraz at night. It was really neat. Included in your ticket price is an audio tour narrated by former prisoners and guards. Our time was cut short because of mechanical issues with one of their boats so they refunded our $63 ticket price. I'm still waiting.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The tornado was rated an E F5 on the new scale. They say wind on the ground was 200+ mph. The Red Cross is helping a lot. The Iowa National Guard is on site. Donations are needed. Please designate Parkersburg, IA if you do donate. A fund has also been established for Greg and Pam at a local credit union.
***I received these pictures in a forward and am trying to track down the original source.
I took a ridiculous amount of pictures and video. I'll be spending a lot of time downloading and labeling them. I adore our new camera (thanks Mom!). It has awesome features (that i don't know how to use) and video.
Some of the hilights of our trip include:
- Going to "Bed" - a lot like in Sex and the city!
- Riding the Cable Cars
- Staying at the Sir Francis Drake and attending the Drag Brunch at the Starlight Room
- Visiting Alcatraz at night
- Eating seafood - chowder, dungeness crab, prawns mmmmm
- Visiting the Japanese Tea Garden, Haight-Ashbury, and the Castro
- Riding the Double Decker bus and crossing the Golden Gate
- Eating, Eating, and Eating
- Walking, Walking, and Walking
Picture highlights will follow. Maybe even some video if I can figure it out!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I called my parents. There was a lot of damage around their farm, too, but nothing that severe. They are probably an hour and a half away from Parkersburg. It was a huge and powerful storm. Please keep everyone in your prayers. We're glad everyone is ok, but Amy is feeling very overwhelmed and helpless being here.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Too bad my nephew is into trains instead of Robots. I would have gotten him one of these awesome lamps.
As usual there was some fantastic photography. Once again it served to remind me that I used to be a professional and creative.
Today, I'm busy packing. Kurt and I, Rikki and her girlfriend, Amy are going to San Francisco for the weekend. Our justification for the trip is to celebrate Kurt's birthday and their 4th Anniversary. At the end of the weekend, the three of us are coming home while Amy is continuing onto China with her college's academic society.
I plan on eating my weight in crabs and clams. We're going to Alcatraz at sunset, we've got a hop on hop off bus tour, and we may go to a drag brunch on Sunday. It would be cool to see some non Iowa drag queens (as well as some I don't personally know!)
Rikki and Amy have never been to SF. Kurt has been, but mostly on business. I have been many times and LOVE IT! San Francisco is still my favorite city on earth. Hopefully, she won't disappoint this weekend.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
We also have our handy hubby's son here installing insulation above our bedroom. Last night his dad (the handy hubby) fixed the roof soffit outside our bedroom, put drawer pulls on the vanity in the bathroom, and installed our 3rd new motion light/porch light. Next he's going to install ceiling fans in the bedrooms and dining room!
The outside of the house is scheduled to be painted in June.
Saturday we went to the Garden Club plant sale. We got probably $75 or more worth of plants for $13! It include a brownie and a 4 pk of chocolate cupcakes, too! All the plants were perennials. We got a blackberry, Siberian iris, blue iris, yellow yarrow, and a flowering crab apple tree. I see today that I have deep purple almost black iris blooming. My bleeding heart is huge and in full bloom.
Kurt and I got a lot done over the weekend. We got the lawn mowed, the flowers weeded, and the new plants (most of them) in. We are ready to mulch now. We also put little picket fence around maple seedlings in the yard. We're going to see if we can get some of them to turn into trees.
This weekend we are celebrating Kurt's birthday. We've got a free room at the Marriott and will be dining at his favorite sushi restaurant. We'll be attending the Marian Arts festival, too.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
My arm hurts from either the Hepatitis shot or the tetnus shot (I got it on Monday - c'mon already!)
The stuff I made for supper was rotten.
A Pizza Hut run ensued.
Kurt is gone til tomorrow night. He's in a New Jersey kissing some corporate butt.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Before the movie I got to go garage sale-ing with Korrena. We had a blast. She got a brand new pair of Addias for $5. I got Christy a half dozen shirts for summer (25 cents each)(some with the tags still on them) and a pair of crop pants. I got myself the kids book Tiki Tiki Tembo. It was in my 3rd or 4th grade reader. I've been trying to think of the story for years. Happiness for 50 cents. It's hard to beat that!
Today I am being a po'd domestic goddess. So far I have washed the crusty hand dishes (that Kurt assured me he would do last Thursday), washed the rugs, and cleaned the bathroom. I'm currently roombaing the kitchen and bathroom in preparation to mop the suckers. I HATE TO MOP!!!! But when your feet are sticking to the floor it is time. Sigh.
I also got some weeding done this morning. I wish Francis weren't such a barking, loves to chase cars beast. It's impossible to take him outside with me.