Monday, December 31, 2007

Describe 2007 In One Word

This is the second of my two year end posts. There are so many words I could use to describe 2007 and having to pick just one is really difficult. The range of experiences, emotions, successes and failures for 2007 is great.

The word I am going with is: Odd.
Now it's your turn. Describe 2007 in one word.

My Tribute to 2007

The best "22" photos of 2007. (Note: This is not 22 best photos of 2007 this is the best of my 22 photos-ha ha)












Sunday, December 30, 2007

Chase Williams

Our "Name Tony's new baby boy" poll is now closed. I was rooting for Conner but Chase was more popular here. I guess now we'll just have to wait and see if this blog has successfully named it's first baby. Here are the full results:

Chase: 13 Votes or 44%
Caiden: 3 Votes or 10%
Conner: 11 Votes or 37%
Carter: 2 Votes or 6%

Additionally there were write in's for:
Cbenjamin
Carson
Cameron (2 write in's)
Colin
Chad

Friday, December 28, 2007

Dumbest Baby Products (#1)

I anticipate that there may be multiple posts on this topic so I have entitled this with a #1.

Last month when Jane and I went shopping for PG clothes we saw the Baby Plus Learning System. This little belt is designed to be worn by the mother and when it is turned on it sends signals (via sounds) to the baby. Jane and I flipped it on and it made this loud swooshing sound that was absolutely horrible. We both laughed out loud and the sales clerk was really annoyed and began vehemently defending the product.

Today, while shopping for baby furniture with Kays we ran onto the special Nursery Purified Water. For $1.60 a gallon you can buy this special nursery water. RO! They had a whole rack of it at the Babies R Us.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Parking Decisions

Today, I didn't have $6.00 cash to park in the parking lot of the doctors office building. I had to go in for a 3 hour glucose tolerance test since my 1 hour test was high. I decided that since I didn't have the 6 bucks I would take my chances and park on the street. So.....3 hours later I emerge to find a $37.00 ticket. I guess that was my reward for starving myself and getting poked 4 times.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

For Becca: 22 Favorites

These are in no particular order:

1. Motown Philly (Boys to Men)
2. Things that make you go hmm (C and C Music Factory)
3. Knocking Boots (Candy Man)
4. I Wanna Sex You Up (Color Me Badd)
5. Insane in the Membrane (Cypress Hill)
6. My Lovin (En Vogue)
7. Here Comes The Hot Stepper (Ini Kamoze)
8. Please Don't Go (KWS)
9. Mentirosa (Mellow Man Ace)
10. Blame It On The Rain (Milli Vanilli)
11. Back to The Hotel (N2Deep)
12. Ditty (Paperboy)
13. 321 Pump (Redhead Kingpin)
14. Shoop (Salt N Pepa)
15. Informer (Snow)
16. Baby Got Back (Sir Mix Alot)
17. Move This (Technotronic)
18. Creep (TLC)
19. Red Light Special (TLC)
20. Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice)
21. Indosmoke (Warren G)
22. Whoop There It Is

I Was Stuck In The Corner!

That was a phrase I heard for the first time about 10 years ago and every year on December 26th, I laugh and remind my mom of the story.

It's a yearly tradition, on December 26th we get up early and go shopping at Hallmark. Slowly, mom has added children to this tradition. It was first me, than Becca and today James came. Well, about 10 years ago we were at the Websters Hallmark on California Street in Pasadena when mom got stuck in the corner.

It must have been awful as when you hear mom tell it she got shoved down in the corner of the store and couldn't stand up as she was practically trampled by insane Hallmark shoppers. I must be a terrible daughter because every time I hear the story, I burst out at laughing and then exclaim "I was stuck in the corner". Today, mom and James did a reenactment for me in the exact same store, in the exact same corner. Mom, plays herself, James plays a crazy Hallmark shopper pushing her down.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Top 3 Quotes From Christmas Day

Number 3- Setting: David just opened up some white socks from his stocking. Who Said It: Matt (In an excited voice) What He Said: "I Love Socks"

Number 2- Setting: Joshua has just opened up a picnic table/sand box and had no idea what it was. What He Said: "Wow, Wow, Wow" Interject Andrew: "Joshua, What did you get?" "That" (as he points to the box)

Number 1- Setting: James has been eating a croissant roll at the dinner table and is now looking at the bottom of it. Who Said It: James What he Said: "There's a staple in my croissant"

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Hallelujah Chorus

I love the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel. It was written in 1741 with the words taken from the King James Bible. It is tradition to stand while singing this song. I wish I had gone to church tonight so I could have sung it and heard it live. You can actually hear a good recording of it by going to this link: Hallelujah Chorus

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,:
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Ghost of Christmas Past....



Sunday, December 23, 2007

Buzz Lightyear-The Scores!




Champ: 153,200
Judith: 95,200
Dallin: 78,000
Jane: 8,000
Melody: 6,500
Jessica: 5,900
Brittney: 1,800

BTW: The blow-ups on these photos are hysterical.

PS: I have a feeling I will be challenged to a Scrabble game soon.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Birthday Greetings!


So today, I received two greeting cards for my birthday. Imagine how loved I felt when I opened them. The first was from Dave Meadows (The Sales guy that I bought my last car from) and the second was from Southwest Airlines.

Thanks to all of those that sent text messages, blog posts (Jane, Ann Queen B, Jenn Ann) and emails. You're the best!






Thursday, December 20, 2007

Meet My Son

Yes....thats what it says. If it's not bad enough that they named him Rene how can they let him have that hair? He doesnt even remotely look like a boy.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Guess Who I Ran Into Today?

Today, at Starbucks I ran into my Junior High math teacher. She was there having coffee with a friend and I sat down and told her my two favorite stories from her class. Here they are:

(1) If you didn't hang your backpack or book bag on the back of the chair you ran the risk of it falling into the aisle. If she happened to walk down the aisle and your book bag was in it she would pick it up, walk outside and then throw it off the balcony. It was the best.

(2) Remember when you had your own personal chalkboard and chalk? The teacher would write the problem on the board and then you would have to work the problem out on your own chalkboard. In the event you were caught doing anything inappropriate with your chalkboard (like, displaying notes for others or drawing pictures etc.) she would come over to your desk, ask you to put your chalk down, take your chalkboard and then smash your chalk with it. LOL, How great is that?

The best part, her friend commented that these were the things I remembered from class and my response, "yes, I am not very good at math." LOL

Let's Name A Baby

Tony Williams and his wife are expecting a boy. The only thing we know for sure is they would like to continue the tradition with a name that starts with a "C". They have been unable to decide upon a name and so I think we should all help. I have a new poll going in the sidebar that will run for the next 10 days. Please vote on a name!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New Breakfast: $6.80

Here's my new breakfast:

A 12 ounce "Morning Glory" at Jamba Juice. The "Morning Glory" is part of Jamba Juice's new "Chunky Smoothies". They are currently only selling in New York and Los Angeles but are due to hit all Jamba Juice stores in February. The Morning Glory has soymilk, non fat yogurt, fruit and granola. It is super good and you eat with a spoon. $3.55

A Venti non-fat 3 pump Cinnamon Dolce Steamer from Starbucks. This is super good if you are trying to watch the caffeine. $3.25.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Survivor Finale

Well, I must say that I was very disappointed in the winner. Thats it.

P.S. How sad that a lunch lady making 7 bucks an hour got fired because of being on Survivor. Apparantly, she was a distraction with the kids since becoming "famous". So, she got a job as a night time janitor. This is seriously a reminder that things could be worse.

Ice Sculptures At Christmas Parties

Last night, we went to David's work Christmas party and they had a company logo ice sculpture. I can say that this was the first work Christmas party with an ice sculpture that I have ever attended. It gave me the idea that at tonight's Family Christmas party at my house I should have an ice sculpture. So, I made a current life size ice sculpture of Sydney......(She is now about 12 inches long). Here are the two ice sculptures, I think mine is giving ISEC a run for it's money.......

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Do You See What I See? (PG Update)

Twice this week I have woken up and Sydney has been pushing out the bottom right hand side of my stomach. She does this all the time but twice this week she was pushed out so far that I could actually see her breathing. (For the couple of you that I mentioned this to I said heartbeat but I after thinking about it is obviously respirations)

Being the hypochondriac that I am I decided to count her breaths to make sure that they were in the normal range. Well, at first (when my brain was thinking heartbeat) I was alarmed because they were about 60 per minute and they should be at least double that for a heartbeat. When I realized that it was breaths I was relieved until I went to the internet and discovered that over 60 could be respiratory distress. Thats just great....I think I need Ruth Anne to weigh in her thoughts on this.

So a lesson here HYPOCHONDRIACS should NOT be able to look up anything medical related on the internet. (In case you are wondering I have known this for years however I learn things the hard way)

The three previously PG people I have told about this (representing 11 births) all said they have never seen this so I am pretty glad that I was able to. It is really cool, the first time you could only see the breathing for about 2-3 minutes but this morning it lasted for about an hour.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Bands at the Airport

Polka Band in Albuquerque (February 2007)









Rock Band in Sacramento (December 2007)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Another Great News Story

This guy must have been pretty frustrated to learn that the new carry on rules mean that you can't carry large quantities of liquid through security at the airport. Rather than deciding to check his liter of Vodka, he decided to consume it. Within minutes, he was unable to stand and diagnosed with alcohol poisoning. RO! The full story can be found here: The story

BTW: Queen B, I find in amusing that this story did not come from Reuters odd news but it still a story out of Germany. Maybe I should cancel the road trip and just go to Germany. Thanks to Will for providing this one :)

Central PA Road Trip

Back in March, I was driving on a country road, through Central Pennsylvania when one of my companions pointed out that there was an unusual amount of fire hydrants present. Truth be told these red and yellow fire hydrants could be found alongside the road about 25 yards apart and they went on for miles and miles. Naturally, we stopped and I took a photo to remember them. This was the first of many photo opportunities. Which include: lawn ornaments, roads the seem to go nowhere, odd mailboxes, strange people and mobile homes.

All of these items were hilarious and seeing the photos reminds me that it is definitely time to schedule another another road trip.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Man Stuck In Lavatory

I just ran onto this article "Man Stuck In Lavatory". This guy was stuck in a lavatory for 100 hours. The best line of the article states that the man was stuck in the lavatory with "No Food or Mobile Phone". LOL!

This would be my worst nightmare, stuck in the lavatory with no mobile phone. RO, at least he had a bathroom.

Tonight At The Bamboo Club

My fortune said "You are primed to come with a creative solution". Afterward, I ran onto this cartoon. So I guess my two questions are: "Would this work with people?" and "Would this be considered a creative solution?"

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Southwest Drink Coupons

When I get my Rapid Rewards free flights I also get drink coupons. Let it be known now that I have never drank alcohol on a plane and my drink coupons either go to waste or a couple of times I have given them away. For some reason, today I picked up some drink coupons on my desk and noticed that on the front of them they have conversation starters and on the back they have conversation stoppers.

I am going to share some examples but I will tell you that the first one is my absolute favorite. Someone once started a conversation with me with a very similar question and the conversation is still going strong.......

Conversation Starter: "If you were stranded on a deserted island, which actor or actress would you least like to be stuck there with?
Conversation Stopper: "If I were stranded on a deserted island, I think you're the person I'd least like to be stuck with"

Conversation Starter: "When was the first time you flew Southwest Airlines? and where did you go?"
Conversation Stopper: "This represents my primary voyage on an Earth bound jet propulsion vehicle. You humanoids and your inventions are so cute"

Conversation Starter: "Are you a dog person? Cat person? Fish person? Something else entirely different?"
Conversation Stopper: "Start every sentence with the phrase like my cat Mr Peepers always says"

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Freeway Finally Woke Me Up

Ever since we moved into our house I have been asked if the freeway noise bothered us. (We live 3 houses north of the 210 freeway) Before we moved in we were both worried about it but the truth is it is never a problem. In fact I don't ever hear the freeway.

Friday morning around 5:30AM was the first time I have ever been woken up because of the freeway. The story is here It wasn't the traffic, it wasn't the crash, it wasn't any horns blowing. Nope, it was the KCAL9, NBC and ABC helicopters hovering over our house that did it. Anyhow, I flipped on the news and saw "Live Coverage" of the overturned Wallmart truck.......that certainly was exciting, not.

Joshua Has His 1st Starbucks

In case you were wondering (There was a blog earlier this year about the danger of giving children Starbucks) he had a short Caramel Apple Spice at room temperature without the Caramel.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Unanswered Question

While shopping at the grocery store I was standing in front of the Orange Juice when I sent the following text message: When you buy Orange Juice do you get Pulp or No Pulp?

I can tell you that until today (Yes, I'm 33 and have lots of food firsts this year) I had no idea what in the world Pulp was. I have now been enlightened. Pulp is the solid part of the fruit that is leftover after the juice is squeezed out. Check out some of the different types of Orange Juice here.

So, I guess the question for everyone is what do you prefer? No Pulp, Some Pulp, or Lots of Pulp. I think I would choose some pulp.

P.S. For the record, I think the OJ served at the Club Room in Sacramento has lots of pulp.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The "Club Room" #1222

This morning when I woke up at the Hilton Arden West hotel in Sacramento I decided that I would finally take advantage of the executive floor by visiting the special club room.

The club room is open for a complimentary breakfast in the morning, happy hour in the early evening and cocktails in the evening. Hilton Honors Gold members and above receive a special key granting them access. Every time I have stayed at this hotel I have arrived too late to participate in the evening activities and I always leave before breakfast.

Off I go to the club room. Imagine how happy I was when I saw the room number of the club room.

Not only that, when I walked into the 1222 Club Room I immediately ran into two people I knew! The Club Room was just like a little lounge for the Hilton Honors VIP's and it was pretty nice. As I was drinking my orange juice and chatting with a couple of people I suddenly remembered a question I had posed to my BFF a few weeks ago. A question that remains unanswered. I guess you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what the question was.....

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Congrats Kato!

On your new son, Steven! Sydney would have been a Steven if she were a boy ;)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Good Luck, Kim!!!

Just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope you don't get nauseous and you are not too bored. We love you!!!! Added: Dec 4th-I just realized everybody thought this was about me but this is actually for the new Kim Evans who is going in for a super boring medical procedure today. P.S. How long can we call her the new Kim Evans?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Thanks Mom and Becca! (PG Update)

Last night, David and I decided to go register for baby stuff at Babies R Us. I registered online and then we went to the store to actually make most of our selections. One of the most overwhelming experiences of my life. We ended up walking around with the little gun for an hour and didn't scan anything.

This morning, Becca offered to go back with me. So Mom, Becca, Elizabeth and I went off to Babies R Us. They were both so helpful and this time it was not overwhelming at all. I have now registered for most of the small items and David is doing some research on the big stuff. Lastly, after careful consideration I think we are going to do a lady bug theme for the nursery. P.S. There are a million Kim Thomas' in the registry. I am not fishing for gifts but as a note do not accidentally send a gift to Kim and David Thomas in Elk Grove, CA.

After successfully tackling Babies R Us I decided to try Target. Compared to Babies R Us, Target was a piece of cake although I am not registered for nearly as much stuff there. I found that Target has alot of stuff online but very little in the store. I didn't like that since believe it or not I am not a huge online shopper. (It's True)

Other updates:
*Almost 23 weeks
*Fewer and Less Severe Headaches
*Belly getting bigger
*She likes (or doesn't like) flying. Kicks almost the entire time we are on the plane

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Just Throw Them In The Attic

Where do you suppose decorations like this are kept in the off season? These ornaments are bigger than cars and can be found everywhere at South Coast Plaza.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Another New Acronym: GFTYFSATFTIYTTCP

Good Friends Trash Your Finished Starbucks and then forget to invite you to the Christmas Party

OK. I'll stop, this was the last one, I just couldn't help it.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

True Friends Toss Your Turkey

For Thanksgiving, the last couple of years I have cooked a turkey for the homeless. This year, my mom was in the ER and I was not able to cook the turkey in time. I called to say that I was really sorry and the person I called said it wasn't a big deal (there would be enough food) so just keep the turkey and cook it for yourself. Um, okay, I did feel bad but what could I do? The date the turkey would expire was November 28th and I planned to cook the turkey on November 26th.

On November 26th I opened the refrigerator and it stank! The turkey went bad early. The trash had just been picked up so I couldn't just throw it in there and let it stink for a week. I left it in the fridge. On the 28th I couldn't take it any longer. I put the turkey in a plastic trash bag and went to pick up an accomplice, we would dispose of the turkey somewhere.......

Shortly I after I picked her up, my accomplice discovered that a stinky turkey was in the back seat of the car. I explained my predicament and as expected the accomplice gladly participated. Proof is provided below:





Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Acronymn: TFTYT

Today, I came up with this new acronymn. I challenge everyone to guess the meaning. I will tell you that it includes a description and an action and I can't wait to see your submissions!

TFTYT

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Starbucks? Joy or Depression

Last week, I was with James waiting for my drink at Starbucks when the following conversation took place:

James: When you go to Starbucks are you normally happy or depressed?
Kim: Thats an odd question, normally happy, what about you?
James: Well it depends if you are going to sit here or get it to go.
Kim: I love to sit here and people watch
James: Yeah, me too but look at that guy
Kim: That guys a dork
James: Yeah, now thats depression

I can say that probably 95% of the time I am at Starbucks I am happy. The other 5% is a mixed bag, I have definitely had some bad days there......Saturday, I was angry and ended up arguing with a homeless man. Thats a blog for another day.

Monday, November 26, 2007

My Husband, The Photographer

Over the last year, David has become quite the photographer. A couple of days ago, I added his slideshow to the sidebar and unlike the historians photos, they are really, really good. To see larger sizes you can visit his picassa albums: David's Albums

Here's one of Katie:

Oink Oink

I guess,
I just have
to be a
hog!

"Two Historians", The Photo Blog

You've seen my occasional photos now visit my photo blog and see history documented one day and one photo at a time. Two Historians (Of course this is all made possible by my Blackberry Pearl)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dream Dinners Get 4 Stars

Back in August, Becca and I went to "Dream Dinners" The concept is to save you time and help you make healthier meals. The way it works is you review their online menu, make selections, sign up for a date/time and then go into the store and make your dinners. There is a minimum order of 36 servings so I made 12, three-serving dinners. (You can choose any combination of three and six servings). My order cost me a $153.74 and it took about and hour to make.

I wasn't too hopeful that I would like the dinners and was put off by the fact that usually it is only the main course. Becca was convinced this wouldn't be a problem because you always want some fresh veggies and side dishes are easy. I was not so sure and wasn't sure it would be worth the money. I couldn't have been more wrong. The dinners are absolutely fabulous. I have made 10 of my 12 dishes and each one has been great and things I would normally never make, like: Parmesan Crusted Chicken Dijon, Chicken with Papayas, Shrimp Scampi with Artichoke Hearts (Thats what we had tonight), and Mango Glazed Chicken. In some cases dinner just needs to be heated and in other cases you need to cook the meal but the instructions are simple and VERY quick.


We are going again and this time taking mom and Rachel. Here are some pictures from our first trip:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

What I Learned At The Zoo


Check this out, the giraffe's tongue can reach, not 21, not 23 but 22 inches in length. How great is that?

Friday, November 23, 2007

Joshua Visits Hot Dog On a Stick

How cute is he? The funniest though is that hot dog, he has completely demolished it. A few minutes later he pulled the hot dog off because he just wanted to play with the stick.