Monday, September 29, 2008

Things I Love About My Husband

Today is our one year wedding anniversary. I am still as happy as I was the day we got married. I love my husband with all my heart and every day, I love him even more. He is a really fun person and a loving friend. I have been working on this list off and on since early 2006. This is a list of things I love about my husband. I probably could continue on it, but some of it IS private. Now we get to eat cake. Hee hee. I hope it's still good.

  1. He puts up with my moods.

  2. He is always supportive.

  3. He gets excited about the same things as me.

  4. He watches all the seasons of Friends with me.

  5. Wi-Fi, baby.

  6. He wakes me up with tales of Saved By The Bell.

  7. He loves and helps take care of Mario.

  8. He cooks me yummy food.

  9. He helps me clean.

  10. He lets me pick the music.

  11. He brought my plants back to life.

  12. He respects me.

  13. He respects my beliefs.

  14. He thinks I look cute in everything.

  15. He likes to read.

  16. He rubs my feet.

  17. He picks out my shirts for me.

  18. We have fun taking showers together.

  19. He is beautiful.

  20. He looks so sweet when he sleeps.

  21. He offers to sleep on the couch when he snores.

  22. He tells me he loves me in his sleep.

  23. He loves my cooking.

  24. He loves me.

  25. We like each other’s friends.

  26. He always encourages me.

  27. He’s a fun car pool buddy.

  28. He gets me.

  29. He is the sweetest guy I have ever met.

  30. He rubs my back when it hurts.

  31. He trusts me.

  32. He is my rock star.

  33. He believes in me.

  34. He sends me the sweetest text messages.

  35. He tells me he loves me all the time.

  36. He is my angel.

  37. He has the greatest butt.

  38. He is brilliant.

  39. He has the greatest hands.

  40. He is the best cuddler.

  41. I love him.

  42. He makes me laugh.

  43. He thinks I am beautiful with or without make-up.

  44. He has the best kisses.

  45. I love to stare at him.

  46. He has the cutest dimples.

  47. He always washes my back.

  48. He has a beautiful soul.

  49. He’s funny.

  50. He has the most beautiful laugh.

  51. He has the most beautiful smile.

  52. He lets me vent to him.

  53. He makes me calm when I get mad.

  54. He is so much fun to plan things with.

  55. He gets up two hours earlier to ride to work with me.

  56. He talks to me when he is upset.

  57. He respects my feelings and beliefs.

  58. He listens.

  59. He makes me happy.

  60. He takes breaks with me.

  61. He found my desk.

  62. He lets me use his CD player at work.

  63. He makes me cool CD’s.

  64. He’s fun to share stories with.

  65. He has great stories to tell.

  66. My family loves him.

  67. My friends love him.

  68. He takes care of me when I am sick.

  69. He encourages me.

  70. He is an amazing artist.

  71. He won’t do stuff if I ask him not to.

  72. He is getting his license for me.

  73. He’s moving in with me.

  74. He shares his stuff with me.

  75. I am comfortable with him.

  76. He sends me fun stuff to do on the Internet when I am bored at work.

  77. He helps me make decisions.

  78. He is my man.

  79. He is Pwnd.

  80. I love to show him off.

  81. He hates people because they are mean to me.

  82. He gets embarrassed when I tell him why I love him.

  83. He is so damn cute!

  84. He has the softest skin ever.

  85. Every night, he massages my leg so I can sleep.

  86. He makes me coffee every morning.

  87. He finds me for break time.

  88. He likes to have lunch with me.

  89. He sits on the floor, so I can have the whole couch.

  90. He likes to hold my hand.

  91. He’s really funny.

  92. He doesn’t care if I am a slob.

  93. He likes the fact that I fart and burp.

  94. He thinks I am pretty naked.

  95. He makes me smile until I feel like my mouth will fall off.

  96. He appreciates me.

  97. He lets me listen to the Beatles on Sunday (and Monday and Tuesday).

  98. He’s so much fun to talk to.

  99. It gets better every time.

  100. He lets me use the good chair at the desk.

  101. He rescues me when I fall.

  102. He doesn’t notice when other girls flirt with him.

  103. He says he’ll beat up any guy that flirts with me.

  104. He loves my mom.

  105. He is taking me to meet his family.

  106. I love to make him smile and laugh.

  107. I love to take care of him.

  108. He loves to take care of me.

  109. He makes sure I take my medication and vitamins.

  110. He cuddles with me in his sleep.

  111. He writes me sweet poetry.

  112. He watches my movies.

  113. He’ll change the music if I don’t like it.

  114. He tries to find things that will interest me.

  115. He knows how much I love him and doesn’t take advantage of it.

  116. He tells me I am awesome.

  117. He really listens to me.

  118. He’s always willing to try something new.

  119. He tucks me in at night.

  120. He loves Mario as much as I do.

  121. He's going to marry me.

  122. He changed his sleeping schedule dramatically to match mine.

  123. He let me take care of him when he was sick.

  124. He is patient with me.

  125. He won't let me say “I'm sorry.”

  126. He agrees with me.

  127. He goes for walks with me.

  128. He's trying to help me be healthy.

  129. He is an amazing chef.

  130. He reminds me to take my meds.

  131. He is excited about getting married.

  132. He cares so much about his friends.

  133. He won't tell me the ends of stories so I can read them myself and be surprised.

  134. He loves Harry Potter.

  135. He is not afraid to show emotion.

  136. He married me.

  137. He found a new job for me.

  138. He was supportive when I got laid off.

  139. He loves to listen to me sing.

  140. He runs his fingers through my hair when I am playing on the computer.

  141. His family thinks I am good for him.

  142. Even though he hates it, he went to all those doctor appointments with me.

  143. He took time off to go to the oncologist with me.

  144. He brags about me at work.

  145. He loves to spend his days off with me.

  146. He will suffer through grocery shopping to be with me.

  147. When I am stressed out, he does everything he can to calm me down. Even if it's just letting me be frenzied.

  148. He always compliments any kind of work I do.

  149. He drives when I get my eyes dilated.

  150. He let me pick our medical insurance.

  151. He loves what I have done to our new apartment.

  152. He is a huge help when I ask.

  153. He is my tall man.

  154. He is working just as hard as I am at being “green”

  155. He reads books that I like.

  156. Being married is just as fun as the prospect.

  157. We are working really hard together to be able to have a baby.

  158. He told the doctor the truth.

  159. He does weird things that make me laugh.

  160. We hardly ever fight.

  161. He lets me pick out his products.

  162. He lets me buy purses and shoes.

  163. I love being married to him.

  164. He thinks I am creative.

  165. He is just as excited about our future as I am.

  166. He can't wait to have a kid and a house.

  167. We both love and are inspired by Obama

  168. He calls me on his breaks and spends his lunches with me.

  169. He thinks I make the best sandwiches.

  170. He likes my taste.

  171. He inspires me!

  172. We have actually made it through one year of being married. It's awesome!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Hummingbird

I haven't posted this on any of my public blogs, only on my myspace blog. From some things I have been reading lately, I think it's safe to post here and maybe some fellow bloggers will read it and enjoy it, even understand it. :-) Enjoy...
The Hummingbird

When my dad was dying, I was taking a class about guided imagery. If you don’t know what guided imagery is, it’s basically a way to get into your subconscious through imagery that is controlled by another person telling you where to go – kind of through a meditative state. A person (in this case the instructor), would sit at the front of the room and guide us through a place – say, starting at the bottom of a mountain – and he would guide us up the mountain while we were to picture and see, feel, hear and smell our surroundings. At the end of the meditation, we would write about our experience. Then we would try to interpret it.

One evening, we were asked to picture our parents as animals. I don’t really remember how we were asked to do it, or how we got to that point. Usually, several people in class would be crying at the end of their meditations. This time, I believe I was the only one. I understood it. I saw my mother as a doe. Gentle, kind of puzzled, and somewhat stuck in the headlights of an oncoming car. I saw my father in our plumeria plants that we had on our patio, as a wounded hummingbird. His wing was broken and he couldn’t fly away.

When I got home that night, my dad asked how class was. He was always interested in what happened during my day. Probably because he was a very social person, he lived for when I came home and told him all the gossip from work. So I told him the subject of our evening. He laughed and said that I must have pictured my parents as pigs. He always thought I had no respect for them and bad mouthed them when they weren’t around. I was kind of taken aback and told him, no, that wasn’t what I pictured. He looked closely at me and asked what I say mom as. I told them both what I saw. He understood that. Then he looked at me again, and said to me (almost with a tear in his eye), “You saw me as a bird, didn’t you?” My dad never really read me before that I knew of. This was amazing to me. I explained the visualization. I could tell he was touched, but he moved on. Within a month, he had passed away.

When people in my dad’s side of the family pass, we often see animals who remind us of them – generally starting on the day they pass. When my grandfather died, my grandma saw a frog in her garage – next to the passenger door of her car – where my grandpa always got in. She associates frogs with grandpa now. When my uncle died a few years before that, she saw a skunk – she had always called Uncle Larry a skunk. Now, when dad died, everyone associated him with the hummingbird story. It was weird, because when things needed deciding, or we were having trouble concentrating, suddenly a hummingbird would appear right outside the window. At times of celebration, there was a hummingbird – even if it wasn’t the right time of year, and in an area that was totally not hummingbird friendly.

A few things about my dad before I tell you the rest of the story. Every day – my dad would wear a red 49er t-shirt. He had loads of them. For what seemed like years, he would also wear red sweat pants. My dad was fond of trying to make decisions for me, even though he knew that most of the time I wouldn’t follow them. He was fond of giving advice and trying to help me figure out if a guy was suitable for me. He was more often right than not. But like most people my age, I needed to make these mistakes on my own and learn from them.

In late October, Tyler and I were sitting on the patio of my apartment early one morning. It was very cold out. I think we had just started scraping ice off of our windshield in the morning about this time. I was watching for Mario while he was running around trying to go potty. As I looked in the direction that mar usually doesn’t go, a hummingbird with a red chest came right up onto the patio and into my face. He just flew there for a minute. Then he flew over to Tyler – about 6 feet from me, and then back to me and away…. At first I just gasped. I don’t believe I have ever had a hummingbird so close to me. I just kind of looked at Tyler. I think Tyler felt that he had just met my dad. I realized how perfect it was when Tyler said – “You know, he was wearing his 49er shirt.” I think I was finally getting approval from my dad about my choice of men.

I miss my dad a lot, and I am sure that I will miss having him physically at major events in my life, but I know that the hummingbirds will always be there to show my dad is there in spirit.

The Yearbook

So, a couple of weeks ago, one of the blogs I read posted a website that you could make yearbook pictures of yourself. You just take one picture of yourself and put it into the blank faces that are provided by this website. I think it was all around 30 years worth. Then Cary at List of the Day posted the website again. It is really fun, and if you have a couple of hours like I did, you can do them all. Here are a few of my favorites and the link to the rest of my pictures, if you want a good laugh. Some of them look kind of funky because of the shadowing they put on the pictures (or make you look like you have a 5 o'clock shadow - no matter who you are). Enjoy and feel free to do it yourself. I'd love to see it!

1960 - I look exactly like my mom. Exactly.

1978 - I actually look good with a fro!

2000 - Always wanted to know what I would look like as a blond. :-)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Foods Tried and To Try

Head Cheese. Why? Why would anyone eat this willingly?

Several of my friends have posted this on their blogs (Omnivore's 100), and I have decided it's my turn. So, here we go -

Bolded are the ones that I have tried. Italics are the ones I want to try. :-) Bolded and Italicized are the ones that I liked. Enjoy, and post if you would like.

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak Tartare - Why why why?
5. Crocodile
6. Black Pudding - Gag
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht (isn't this beet soup? I hate beets!)
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (I really don't like tomatoes)
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Fois gras (I know it's supposed to be a delicacy, but uck)
24. Rice and beans
25. Head cheese (Anything with Head in it is not fit for consumption)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna Cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly - aka, Jello shots
39. Gumbo 40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk (I do not like milk of any sort - unless it's chocolate)
45. Malt whiskey from a bottle worth over $100
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala 48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed donut
Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umbeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal (Believe it or not, I have never had a Big Mac)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV.
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads (I really think this name is misleading and I really don't want to try it - ever)
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst (Hate most sausages)
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, Elephant Ears, funnel cake
68. Haggis (I can't get the italics to turn off - I do NOT want to ever try this)
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings - see 68
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and Blini. .
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - see 68 (I do not live in a trailer)
76. Baijiu or shaojiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong 80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (I do not like to eat glue)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam - see 68
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose Harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Oh and check out these blogs - What a Tasty Baby
The Little Fisch
and So this is "adulthood"...

Monday, September 8, 2008

For Daisy - an oldie but a goodie!

Today on LOTD (that List of the Day to some people!) some funny motivational posters were posted.

This one was one of my favorites:

Daisy said she didn't understand it. So, here Daisy - this is what it refers to - Enjoy! It always makes me laugh.