Saturday, June 27, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy, Part 3

Dateline: Saturday, June 20th
Time: 9pm
Event: Haircuts

Karen, the afore mentioned wonderful friend, cut the girls hair. It has been long promised that as soon as the girls were done with the recital, they could cut their hair- but only if they cut enough to donate to locks of love. So, right after the party, the girls got their much anticipated haircuts, and some little girl somewhere will get a wig and a morale boost as she goes through her treatment.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy; Part 2

Dateline: Saturday, June 20th
Time: 6:45 pm
Event: Surprise birthday party for Abigail

Since we were dancing ALL DAY on her birthday, and have had a whole mess of other things upon us or pending, I just didn't know when I would be able to have Abby's friends over for her birthday. Or so she thought...
And let me just take a moment to thank the 2 best friends a girl ever had.
Karen, Thank you for getting everything ready for us and for receiving our guests.
Andreena, thank you for the fabulous cake, even though I couldn't wrap my brain around the simplest question such as, "What flavor?"

Monday, June 22, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy; Part 1

Dateline: Saturday, June 20th
Time: All. Day. Long.
Event #1: Ballet Recital

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


A couple of weeks ago when it was SO HOT here (About 90*) A girlfriend and I pulled our kids out of school early and headed for the beach.

Aah, I could get used to that- but our long stretch of nice weather is taking a break because now it is 55 and raining again...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Did You Know? The Olympia Version

Did you know that the legislative building of the Washington State capitol has the 4th largest masonry dome (meaning there is no internal support- it holds itself) in the world, trumped only by a few basilicas and churches?

Did you know that there are 42 steps leading up to this building because Washington was the 42nd state admitted into the union?

Did you know that the foyer of this building has a time capsule that will be opened in 2076, the tricentennial of our nation, and that I will probably be dead and my son will be old?

Did you know that The rug in the State Reception Room was the largest single loom rug ever made at the time. Or that the curtains were each made by one of six seamstresses from Fredric and Nelson's Department store? Or that if you see our governor on TV, he/she is probably addressing the state from this room.

Did you know that the capitol is made out of Alaskan marble because ships can't sail empty? The ships arriving from Alaska needed ballast to make the journey so they would be loaded down with marble and brought down. The marble would be sold cheaply, the ships loaded with goods and people, and they would sail back to Alaska.
Did you know that every county's flag is displayed in the Rotunda and they are grouped geographically with the northwest counties in the northwest corner and so forth?
Did you know that in ancient times the Greeks used to light huge torches to signify when and where the senate would be meeting? That is why there are 4 huge lamp in the corners of the Rotunda.

Did you know that the chandelier hanging in the Rotunda is 6 1/2 tons (13000 lbs)?
Did you know that they never turn this light off?
Did you know it runs on DC current?
Did you know that they replace all the bulbs every eight to ten years?
Did you know that I didn't see a single energy saving CFL in the capitol?

Did you know that all the chandeliers were made by Tiffany's?

Did you know that the carpet in the House of Representatives chamber has trilliums because they grow on the forest floor, and that the Senate chamber carpet has Dogwoods because they grow on the trees, and that this represents the lower and upper houses?

Did you know that both chambers have all the names of the counties stenciled near the ceiling and that they are grouped east with west to symbolize unity between the two very distinct areas of our state?
Did you know that Washington was originally going to be named Columbia for the river that forms a natural border between Washington and Oregon, but DC called "dibs" on that name.
Did you know that we are both Washington instead?
Did you know that Washington is the only state named after a president?
Did you know that the George Washington statue has a shiny nose because people rub it for good luck, and that keeps the patina from forming?
I did know some of that- because I have a 7th grader who studied Washington State history this year. And now you know it too!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Heat Wave


Seriously. folks, here in the beautiful, rainy PNW, we don't do 80*+ temperatures often. Especially where I live at 0 ft above sea level. Right now it is 83* and I am sitting in my garage. Well, that's where my office is, and therefore where my computer is, and it would be hard to post this from anywhere else, BUT I am sitting in my garage actually getting work and filing done because it is the coolest place in the house.
Is it wrong to serve ice cream for dinner?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Big Blog Props To....

My sister Trish who captioned my birthday photo. She recognised the glass in front of me as a margarita glass (It was my birthday- don't judge!) and wrote this caption:

She doesn't hold her licker well.

So Trish, you get BLOG PROPS for the month of June. Look to the sidebar for your kudos.