- The Family Farm welcomed a batch of kittens a few weeks ago. I'm not actually a huge fan of cats--or even kittens since they turn into cats--but the girls are kitten smitten. The perk of living next door to my parents' garage is that they can see the kitties all the time...which is a close second to actually owning one.
Jules insists on seeing the kitties many many times a day. She really thinks they are about the cutest things ever.
- After 10 years of faithfully hauling us around, we finally traded in our Saturn SL2 (with 170,000 miles) for a much newer Saturn Vue. It's the fanciest vehicle I've ever owned, and I love it. A lot. Even though we debated about getting a bigger vehicle, in the end, gas mileage won out. While the 26 mpg is a far cry from the 36 mpg we used to get, it'll be a great vehicle for us. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that it is SO CLEAN. Yes, I'm enjoying it while it lasts.
- At the end of April, I finished up my 5th year of teaching at the college, er, university (we made the big jump!). I'm done teaching for the next several months...seven months to be exact. I'm looking forward to my extended vacation.
- Last week Jason finished up his season coaching soccer. They went undefeated in league and district, but then were unfortunately eliminated in the state playoffs. Still! They won the title for league and district, AND Jason got Coach of the Year for his district. He's awesome.
- I canceled my Twitter account. Because it was making me fussy. It occurred to me after the fact that I should have left a final tweet so people wouldn't think I had unfollowed them. *sigh* Sorry about that, if you were one of my Tweeple.
- At the end of the month we are having a birthday party for Sydney. She is very specific about what she wants for the party, and I am happily obliging her. Six years old! It seems like she was born, oh, six years ago. I know. I'm just not a time-flies kinda mom.
I had fun designing her invites. Can you tell what she requested as the theme?
- I do love that scripty font I used. I got it free from Font Squirrel. I love their fonts. And they're free!
- Andrea and I have been on the hunt for the best cupcakes in Portland. We aren't even super duper fans of cupcakes, but you know, we're determined to find out nevertheless. Last year we tried out Cupcake Jones in the Pearl, and they were good, but a little dense for our tastes. A few weeks ago we drove way the heck out towards Beaverton to try some treats at Bliss Bake Shop. They were good, but again, more dense than we liked. So far, the top honors go to Saint Cupcake, a bakery we tried out a couple months ago. Ooh. Those cupcakes were delicious. Light, fluffy, and the coconut one was just scrumptious with its very creamy frosting. Highly recommend.
- I can't believe Lost is almost over. Season finale on Sunday, and then Smokey Locke and Dr. Jack will have to live on in DVD infamy. I think I haven't loved this season, but that's to be expected.
- Also didn't love? Robin Hood. Andrea and I went, and even though the Chinese food beforehand was really good, and the coffee drinks afterward were mighty tasty, somehow the movie in between was just not fabulous. It's like Gladiator, except the script is way worse and Russell Crowe didn't even get in shape for the part. Yep.
- What I have loved watching is Fringe. I might have a teeny tiny crush on Pacey, er, Peter (aka Joshua Jackson). But mostly it's like watching X-Files all over again, in a really great way. They even have creepy episodes set in northern Washington, because don't you know, that's where all the creepy monster/vampire/aliens like to live since it's so dark and rainy and woodsy.
- In an effort to boost my mood, I read Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies. It was really good. Just what I needed: a bit of irreverence wrapped up in inspiration.
- As a by-the-way...I'm still pregnant. To say it's been rough on me would be an understatement, although the pregnancy itself is going fine. I don't write because I'm afraid of writing something I'll regret later. But, basically, I think if I had known I'd be thrown into the pit of despair for this pregnancy I wouldn't have agreed to Baby #3, but that's neither here nor there. In a year, I'll feel fantastic and grateful and all that good stuff. Hopefully it won't take me that long to get back to writing regularly.
- We got a new BBQ. I think I just decided at this moment that it should be Jason's Father's Day present. Except? He actually deserves about 100 BBQs for putting up with me, so I better think of something else. A bonsai tree, perhaps? A BBQ and a bonsai tree. Non-sequitur, indeed.