Friday, July 31, 2009

Yay Random Long Weekend

It's a long weekend for us - even though Ian will most likely have to work. Monday is a civic holiday. Below is a picture of our project. I would like to pretend that it's a project we are going to start and finish this weekend but that is sooooooooooo not the case. We will definitely finish it but we certainly started it a long time ago. What is it? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Julie & Julia

I *really* want to see this movie but I don't think Ian would go with me. Just have to wait for it on dvd!

I {Heart} Lockets

Head on over to Etsy and search for "locket". Pick one. I have fallen in love with lockets from etsy. The best part is.. they are only about $25 and absolutely adorable. I'm not an earring person... the only ring I want to wear is my engagement ring and in the future my wedding ring... and I've loved wearing necklaces but over the past few years (and a bajillion moves...) I've lost all of them. I think I want to start collecting lockets. Some of the ones on etsy are just gorgeous... I've also started to like "steampunk" style items. Old world mechanical looking pieces. Below are some of the ones I like... the first one is my favorite.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ian Wants A Lego House

We have started watching a show on BBC called Top Gear. It's British. It's hilarious. It's awesome. I've never laughed so hard... and the fact that it's a car show is what makes it even crazier. The last episode we watched they wanted to experience vans. Usually they are reviewing really expensive sports cars (mostly obscure European brands...) so them driving junky passenger vans was pretty funny. At one point they had to change out the driver's side door of each of their cars (random). One of the hosts ended up duct taping their door on.

Anyway, Ian found out today that one of the hosts is going to build a full size house out of Legos. I'm going to start taping that show... James May's Toy Stories. It's too awesome to pass up.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

私達は元気づける!

The title of this post means "We attach vigor!" What does THAT mean you wonder? WE CHEER IN JAPANESE (of course)!!

Lovely New Banner

As you can see there is a new banner at the top of the page... after a few tweaks Ian and I felt this one matches us the best.

In other news... someone needs to keep me off of etsy. I'm considering have this dress made. /sigh

Thursday, July 23, 2009

We're Not Doing This...

I was thinking about walking in to a Plain White T's song but jeez... this blows that idea right out of the water. No Ian, we're not doing this. I don't care how much alcohol you would drink and how fun it would be. =P

Cadillac Ranch

On the trip across the US we stopped at a place called the Cadillac Ranch. It's a small section of farmland in Texas that has 10 Cadillacs buried vertical in the dirt. It's a very popular spot to stop and write your name or a message with spray paint on a car. Ian and I stopped and found an almost empty paint can. We managed to write "Brittany Ian 08'" with a heart on one of the cars.

It was VERY cold.

Erik went to the ranch on his way back from a rocket launch recently. Most of our writing is gone... you can kind of see some yellow from our writing.

He wrote over our section. Needless to say, he was a little more prepared than us... The ranch has such a high turnover of vistors that it's not really surprising ours is gone. Erik painted his, walked up and down the row to look at other cars and during that time someone painted over his fresh paint!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank You For Your Reservation

No - thank ***YOU***!!! Just booked our honeymoon! One whole week at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Can't wait!

Summer Cleaning

I decided to do some midsummer cleaning and changed the site design. I'm working on a banner... below is a little preview. Ian and I picked out this background. I think it fits us.

Update - Mission: Game Over

I had a historic We Cheer session last night. I beat my nemesis song "Perfect Day" by Hoku. I never want to hear that song again! I've made pretty good progress... knocked out a few normal modes and got down some hard modes that have been troubling me. It's a good start I think.


Monday, July 20, 2009

My Love For...

Pixar Short Films

Ian and I went to see UP and fell in love with the Pixar Short Film that is shown before the movie. It's called "Partly Cloudy". So adorable. If Pixar releases a Dvd of just their short films I would buy it in a heartbeat. They put so much effort into these little five minute mini-movies. I've linked a bunch of my favorites. I don't think this is all of them... The last one I found while searching for Partly Cloudy. Pretty funny. =)

Boo! They disabled embedding for this first video... so here is an ugly link for you to click.... Partly Cloudy.

If You Get An Estimate At All...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Boom Boom Pow! Cooper Walks!


I Want Little Sox On My Hat

Ian and I went to our first Boston Red Sox game this afternoon. Unfortunately they lost but it was a lot of fun. Perfect weather... the dome was open and just a little bit of sun peaking through the clouds.

In preparation for the game we got matching Red Sox hats... Ian used to have one but it's probably too big on him now. They didn't have an adjustable version of the hat that has 2 little red socks on it. Boo.

Side view of Rogers Center...

I really should have taken more pictures of the field but we were just so excited to be there I forgot... This is Varitek and Ellsbury warming up.

One of my favorite Red Sox players - Jacoby Ellsbury up to bat.

This is us waiting in the car for more than an hour to get out of the parking garage. The smiles are a lie.

And yes... I'm mildly stupid.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mission: Game Over

Objective: Complete We Cheer before the sequel comes out.

I'm so freaking excited for We Cheer 2 to come out. But... with all the interruptions (work, DDR, walking pneumonia...) I haven't been able to progress as far as I would like through the first We Cheer. Today starts Mission: Game Over. I *will* beat the game by the time We Cheer 2 comes out. It's slated for this fall which is right around the corner. (Ian just might die during this mission - due to bleeding from the ears - but that's a risk I'm willing to take). Click on the image below for a list of my objectives.

Once I have an official date for We Cheer 2 I'll start a countdown. Now, I just have to roll up my sleeves and get to work!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My Nephew - Standy McWaverson

It's the saddest wave ever but good try buddy! :)

My Mind Is Going...

So, I think I'm really tired. Or something. I'm just not all there. Little things... I saved an email before sending so I could re-read it. I opened it, read it, thought I should wait to send it, and ending up hitting send anyway. Then when I re-read what I said... I noticed I had left out words like I, the and a. Ian and I went to the grocery store... I asked for 200 grams of smoked turkey from the deli person. She starts putting it on the scale and says "How much did you want again?" and I say "100 grams". Yet 3 seconds before I said 200. I don't know if it's because I'm exhausted all the time... or I'm just going crazy. Maybe both. I'm doing things without actively thinking. Ian just kind of smiles and gives me a hug. I'm REALLY busy at work. I've never been this busy. I'm launching a new system for multiple departments to use. I've trained about 40+ people so far and I'm going to train another 30-40. The system goes live next Monday... and it should be extremely busy the following 2-4 weeks... but I'm sure it will slow down again. My brain just seems to be in a million different places. Between general work, the new system, logistics, planning for issues, developing the system, creating training materials, answering a million questions... I just have a jumble of stuff going on... work, wedding, home stuff, trips, planning, work, errands, work, wedding, future, work... I need a vacation.

I'm over being this tired. I wake up exhausted... like muscle fatigue type exhausted. It could be that I'm not taking in enough oxygen and I need the steroids to kick in to open up my lungs... but this is getting really old, really fast. I'm dying to play We Cheer. Can't wait until We Cheer 2 comes out.


Monday, July 13, 2009

Stuff I Miss About California

1. My mom, of course.


2. Murphy, Scottie and Erik - in that order =P






3. Target - I would give anything to have a Target in Canada. Their "version" of Target is called Zellers. It has the same layout... but it's not even close. I would love to just to wander the aisles of Target... /sigh


4. Sushi - To be honest I haven't tried Canadian Sushi... I heard it's not the best. I've been craving Cho Cho San. Plus... I would think that California would be able to get fresh fish easier than Ontario, Canada.


5. Joann's - I'm not sure if there is a Joann's in Canada but all I have seemed to find is Michael's and a very odd place called Len's Mills. Michael's never has what I'm looking for and Len's Mills is... just odd. A giant basement full of fabric and a top floor filled with Dollar Store-like items. Joann's always had a good mix of items.

6. Regular Discovery Channel - We get the Canadian version and it's not the same. For one... we are about 2 weeks behind in Deadliest Catch episodes. They don't run marathons either. Also, we didn't get the Billy Mays show called Pitchmen. Thankfully I got to watch it in Virginia.

7. Italian Delis - I have not found a true Italian deli where we live and I miss a good turkey sandwich. There is a polish bakery close to us that sells sandwiches but they just started selling them and they don't have specific sandwiches you can pick from. When you ask for a sandwich they first offer you a hot beef sandwich called a Portuguese Bifana. Uhm, no.

8. Disneyland - There is nothing like Disneyland near us and I miss it so much. The closest theme park is called Canada's Wonderland... but it's more like a Six Flags Theme Park and Ian and I don't really do rollercoasters.


9. KTLA or KABC News - I miss the standard 2 anchor nightly television news. I'm sure there is a channel with this format but I haven't been able to find it.

10. Gas pump nozzles that have a stay-on lever - I didn't know what to call it but the thing that allows you to pump gas but walk away and clean the windshield or something. Every station I go to here does not have them. Some have the lever but not the notch that allows you to keep it on. Sometimes I just want to walk away and wipe off my windshield or get back in the car when it's freezing out. It's a little thing but I do miss it.

Anyway, this is a short list and I have a lot more that I miss but I like it here. I'll probably do an updated "Weird Stuff about Canada" post. There's a lot of weird stuff going on!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I Have Pneumonia But Not...

Yesterday, I was able to get an appointment with my doctor to go over my asthma issues. We discussed some treatments that I should go on and then set up a referral to a respiratory specialist at Cambridge Hospital. She then listened to my lungs for the first time. When I breathed in and out for her she started laughing... "Yup, you really do have asthma...". She went on to say that I have a lot of fluid in the bottom of my lungs and that they sounded "smushy". This probably explains a lot of my issues lately. So, now I'm taking Salbutomol before taking the inhaled steroid Flovent. My mom said to me "Roids will get you banned from WoW". Lol. My mom is funny. =P

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cooper and Erik - Two Goobers

I think Erik smells. Look at Cooper's face.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cooper and Ian - Who's Babysitting Whom?

We discovered a few things about Cooper... one of which is... he likes to jump... a lot. Ian was only happy to oblige him. Of course, any time I stood him up and held his hands he bent his knees to start jumping. He was the cutest little monkey. (I didn't want to say anything... but there was an incident of jumping on the bed... bad Ian!)





He's SO close to walking on his own. Sometimes he stands up by himself without holding onto something but then falls over when he realizes he is.



Kamber wanted me to take a video of Cooper walking and only holding one of her hands. It was following a nap and a diaper change. This was the result.



But then he got a binky and all he wanted to do was run.


Our Trip - In Numbers

Miles driven: 960

In Kilometers: 1546

Times I almost fell asleep while driving: 3

Hours Spent Driving: 19.5

Taxidermy Billboard Ads: 5

"Menopause the Musical" Billboard Ads: 5

Times Ian and I said or thought "Wow, I hope no one lives there": Too many to count

Alpaca Farms: 2

"Travel at your own risk" Road Signs: 1

Cinnamon Dolce Lattes drank by Ian: 4

Turtles on side of road: 2

People on riding lawnmowers: Too many to count

Times Cooper bit me on the toe: 1

Diapers changed by Brittany: 4

Diapers changed by Ian: 0.5 (only because he couldn't redress him)

Cheerios stuck at times to Cooper's face: Too many to count

Number of Star Snacks spilled in what is now known as "The Star Incident": You don't want to know. (possibly 17,542)

Episodes of Deadliest Catch watched: 15-20+

Naps taken by Cooper: 3

Naps taken by Ian: 3 (see the correlation?)

Trips to the pond: 2

Turtles seen at pond: 0 (boo)

Pair of sneakers left at Kamber's house: 1

Number of times Ian and I said we miss Cooper since leaving: Too many to count

Living With First-Person Shooter Disease Documentary