Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chicken Wings

I'm not a fan of wings. Oh, I'll eat them. But I don't crave them and go crazy for them. Mike and Will do. When they found out I wouldn't make any for them, they set out to do it themselves. They were so proud of themselves and the wings came out really well.

Mike so proud of his wing making abilities
Teamworking the wings

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Seahawks v Buccaneers

It was a rough day in the Ech and Will apartment. The Hawks and Buccs played today. There was lots of yelling, throwing of objects, pouting, and cheering.  Unfortunately the Buccs won and I had to go out and warm up the car because of it.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Reflection

In the recent years, I didn't feel much on this day. If I wasn't in Hawaii, I wouldn't feel the holiday spirit. To me the holidays were all about being surrounded by family.

Christmas Eve was spent with my mom's extended family. It was painfully embarrassing, but Aunty Jean would make everyone perform for their presents. The kids would run wild in the spare rooms while the adults drank and caught up. Then just my mom's siblings would gather up the kids and we'd go over to Grandpa's house to open stockings. He had the coolest stockings. None of them matched, but they were all huge and chock full of goodies. I remember thinking those stockings must have magic qualities similar to Mary Poppins's bag. I'd keep reaching and reaching farther and farther in and it seemed more and more would come out. When Kelsiann and I were younger, we'd fall asleep by the fire or in the game room before midnight so our parents would scoop us up and take us home. We'd open more presents the next morning and Santa would leave anotherstocking for us. As we got older, we sweet talked our parents into letting us open our presents Christmas Eve night.  But every morning there'd be big presents from Santa and always our stockings would be full.  We'd find ourselves at my dad's side of the family.  Our grandparents' house was always loud.  The cousins would be wrestling in the living room or in Grandma's room watching tv.  There'd be more presents, but we'd have to wait until everyone was done eating and the food was settled.  It was like a shotgun at a race when one of the adults announced it was present time.  The younger kids would sort out the presents, everyone would have a stack in front of them.

We'd always have a big loud, crazy, exciting Christmas.  But I grew up and things changed.  Christmas didn't include all my cousins.  I didn't see extended family that I normally never see.  There was only one Christmas celebration.  Not to say that it was bad.  Mama, Seester, and I had a great time together.  We had our own way of doing things and no one could tell us we couldn't do what we wanted.  My mom always found a way to surprise us on Christmas.  Our stocking were always full on Christmas morning.  In the end, I still had family with me.

In college, Christmas became less and less.  In fact, I stayed at school and worked my senior year.  Christmas was just another day, except all the stores were closed.  Lame.

This year is different.  I have Will now and we're a new family.  We didn't go all out, but we bought a few Christmas dish towels and we put our cards up on the wall.  We tried to put up a string of ornaments, but it fell.  This is our first holiday season together and we're trying to figure out the beginnings of our own traditions.  It's an exciting time of year again.  I'm still feeling twinges of sadness over missing out on being with the rest of my family.  I still wish I could be in Oregon with Mama or in Hawaii with Daddy.  But Seester is here.  My husband is here.  That's enough to make me happy today.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

For the first time since December 21, 1638 Winter Solstice and a lunar eclipse happened on the same night. If it weren't for this landmark of an occasion, I would have stayed tightly wrapped in my blanket cocoon watching Lie to Me on my computer. The curiosity was strong enough to get me up and bundled up in my scarf, coat, and boots and out onto our balcony. (Sidebar: I'm horrible with directions.  Even if I did know the direction of the moon, I wouldn't know which way to face.) After a few minutes of searching, I located the moon above the tree in our complex. The moon was especially far away today so it wasn't as good of a view as I was expecting, but eclipses are always pretty cool to see.  For those of you who missed it due to sleep, cloud cover, laziness, etc. I took a picture so you can pretend like you did.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Walmart FTW

The mister and I took advantage of our snowy Saturday afternoon and ran around town to take care of some errands. Unfortunately we didn't consult our list and forgot to go to the bank for laundry quarters, the post office for stamps, and the commissary for food. Actually, we didn't so much forget the commissary so much as got distracted by picking up our dressers (finally). Scan Home failed and was a month late in delivering our dressers. I've been very much looking forward to getting them set up in our room so I can take control of the closet. If you look in our closet right now, I'm being oh so very generous in letting Will use half the closet. This will change. Except for his dress shirts and blues, everything will go into his dresser. Anyway, I digress. Scan Home didn't call us to let us know our dressers were available to be picked up. No. Will had to call several times in the last couple weeks to ask about them. The salesman who helped us played it off as if they just arrived and he was about to call us. Too bad his coworker told us last week that they had arrived, they just needed to make space in the warehouse before they could receive it from the truck.

After picking up our dressers, we headed to the library. Again, lots of excitement in getting the books I put on hold. One of which: 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. I read the intro and one chapter and I already know I have to buy this book. It's so perfect! I'm definitely getting hyped on this whole Italy assignment.

By this time it was getting late and the commissary wasn't going to happen. So we went to Walmart. I went with the intentions of browsing and only getting Christmas cards for the family, printer paper and envelopes. I don't know how we ended up with Christmas candle holders, pine scented candles to go in said holders, a toothbrush holder and a soap dispenser. I really don't. We almost came home with a Kinect. But we decided to be responsible and wait.

I would say we had a very successful errand run today. Maybe we got a little sidetracked, but look how pretty!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ice Chamber

Anytime we want to drive somewhere we have to deal with this first:

It's like slow torture waiting for the car to warm up.

Luckily, I have a camera and my mister to keep me entertained.

As a reward for our patience, we went to get pho at Pho Vietnam, our second favorite Vietnamese restaurant in town.

Pho Vietnam
3030 Denali St Unit 1

AnchorageAK 99503