Monday, December 31, 2007
Denise's Aunt Chris made this girl's dream come true by representing the last remaining state in the nation to check in here at the Evidently... blog.
Chris says that the town she's from (New Salem) is famous for Salem Sue, the world's largest cow. Words cannot describe my excitement when I discovered that not only did we complete national domination by 2007 but that we now know where the largest cow in the world is located. How fun!
Thank you Jungbluths and thank you Chris!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I will remain here until Saturday but Ken needed to get back to Seattle to return to work. So I dropped him off at the Vancouver Amtrak Depot at 6pm this evening. I just got off the phone with him around 11pm to find out that he was still in-fact in Vancouver. Due to mechanical issues and other problems, they did not have a viable train until just moments ago. So instead of getting into Seattle at around 9:45pm as predicted, he'll get in sometime closer to 3am. I believe Mr. Ken will be writing a letter...
Sorry no pics, I neglected to pack a USB cable.
Thanks to Mother for letting me use her computer for this entry.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
(Photos by Juliana S.)
I admit before the show started, I was a little nervous for 5 reasons:
1. The crowd was almost all early-20-somethings & college kids
2. I realized I am 10 years older than most college kids
3. I realized I cannot hang with college kids. I find them ridiculous.
4. Someone didn't plan their buzz very well and vomited in the next row before the show started. Smelled great.
5. The whole thing started an hour late because only half the arena showed up at time on the ticket (but at least there was no lame opener to sit through.)
But once Dane took the stage, everything was fine. The magic of Dane Cook brings people together. Oh, except for the psycho guy who jumped on stage during the performance and wanted to "trade shirts" with Dane. I'm like, 'where the hell is security?' Most of them just stood around not doing anything. Dane finally got this guy to the edge of the stage and then they realized they should do their job and hauled him out. What a night.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Nobody in this town can drive or remain calm while there's snow on the ground. People tend to think of snow so idyllically and get all romantic, "...it's just not Christmas without snow..." but let's break it down here for a second: During the month of December, more than any other time, you gotta be places. The Mall, parties, relative's house(s), Christmas tree lot, Starbucks, the therapist...wherever. Snow makes traffic 20x worse even if you can drive in it. And let's be honest, the novelty of snow lasts about 1 hour and then it's just annoying.
But there's nothing we can do about it, right? You may think it just falls randomly from the sky, but I think you wishers have something to do with it. This cold front mysteriously came out of nowhere. So if you have to wish for something cold & wet, why not think "ice cream." With a Lactaid or two, even I can get on board with that.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Sorry friends and family. Nothing personal.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Anyway, Congratulations to the WSU Team and Alex Brink. I think I read somewhere that he is the best quarterback they've ever had who never went to a bowl. It isn't looking too good for Coach Doba. Evidently because there has been a bowl-shortage under his watch, the fans have been asking for his dismissal. Too bad he has a few more years to go on his contract that would cost a few million to buy out. How complicated these things get.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Second, Ken's folks hosted 31 people here at their Onancock home. Joyce, Ken's mom, deserves a great deal of credit for organizing and cooking a beautiful bird & ham for that many. Smartly, she made the event a potluck so everyone chipped in. The granddaughers did a stellar job at clean-up and Duke shucked pre-meal oysters/clams like a pro. I tried to help where I could, wiping out wine glasses and washing a second wave of dishes (sorry Mom, no pics of that). But when the gibblets were done & needed dicing for the gravy, I had to bolt. Dude, that's turkey organs. I'm not touching that.A lot of the grandkids had boyfriends/girlfriends and one of the daughter-in-laws brought her mother so it was quite a group--festive and chaotic (the good kind).
(Click Picture for enlarged view.)
Third, Ken was designated to say grace. We decided to do a version that was completely audible and has a little more production value. All I can say is, he knocked it out of the park surprising all of us with this little diddy. And great support by cousin Thomas aka "THX Practical".
Click here for lyrics.Here's a very short but audio fluctuating clip of Ken's actual T-Giving performance:
Happy Thanksgiving from the Eastern Shore of Virginia!
All photos by Kelly Shannahan.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
But on our initial leg from Seattle to DC, we sat in steerage (economy) and wedged ourselves into spaces that even a petite person would find small and just our luck, we ended up next to a plump mother with a 2-year-old child sitting on her lap. You should also know, she didn't bring one toy or book to occupy him with so he did was came naturally and threw the safety card around, grabbed for Ken's laptop, slammed the tray table closed repeatedly and when unhappy screamed at the top of his lungs. Thankfully, he slept for an hour or so and good that he did because I was in the middle seat next to them and having a really hard time keeping my cool. Of course she was saving herself at least $600 by having him on her lap. Those airlines--they get you. Ken and I talked about it and decided that coming out for Christmas allows more leeway and not everyone is flying the very same days to and from. I think that is what we will do going forward. Not that this Thanksgiving wasn't awesome. But more on that later.
Another thing about our flight I had a hard time with was the in-flight entertainment they showed. The first movie was called "Hot Rod" with the SNL Dick in a Box guy. Without sound, it looked stupid so I can only imagine. But it was appropriate for a Thankgiving crowd which included lots of kids. But the next movie was called "Shooter" with Mark Walberg. As you can imagine from the title, it contained lots and lots of gun violence. It was about a sniper in the military who gets strong-armed by government agents to assassinate a high powered official. I derived this without sound as well. I don't understand how United would have made such choice during flights with lots of children on them. Why couldn't have played "Ratatouille" or "Princess Bride" or anything remotely family oriented? I know, I sound old and cranky. But really, as a captive and uncomfortably seated audience, couldn't you at least play something for us that was uplifting?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Lately I've been doing my part at keeping our health care system alive and well. My new thing is a more natural approach to treatment and along with the naturopath, I have been doing acupuncture, abdominal massage and getting chiropractic sessions.
Contrary to the popular opinion that chiropractic treatment is all cracking and quackery, I have found a fantastic provider who has an amazing and gentle approach. From what she explained, chiropractic was based on facilitating body systems to heal themselves by removing "obstacles" which manifest as tension in the body. While it's generally thought that chiropractors focus on the back & spine, my gal says it's the nervous system with which she works on, freeing up tension with acupressure-like treatment. Serendipitously, both my naturopath and my friend, Tracy, recommended this same doctor.
Abdominal massage is a trip and if you have any issues with digestion, I recommend it. While not usually very common to get your abdomen massaged, when you do focus on it--wow. Obviously we have a sheath of muscles along our abdomen (but some of us no longer have a 6-pack) and under it are a bunch of organs. Like the East Coast states, I have a general idea of where my abdominal organs are but I wouldn't really be able to pinpoint their exact locations. My understanding is that abdominal is a massage specialty involving more training and expertise because of all the anatomy and organ work involved.
At one point last week, the masseuse was pressing down and it was tender.
So I asked her, "What is that?"
She said, "Your next bowel movement."
Fantastic! See how much you would learn about yourself? And it goes from there. A lot of tension and emotion is stored in our abdomens and of course our reproductive systems are down there too so there is a lot of benefit to give some attention to that area of the body, especially if you're a tense little monkey like me.
I have high hopes for these treatments and am starting to feel some benefits already. I would encourage anyone who is wanting a level of medical care that takes into account the body's own healing ability and connectedness with the cause/effects of stress to look into these types of treatments. If for nothing else, it's good to know you have options.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Ever since we got back from California, there have been lots of things to do and attend to here. The sprint from Halloween to Thanksgiving is usually uneventful aside from the horrifying reminder in any store or public place that Christmas is coming. Aye, Christmas and it's commercialism. I've been doing shopping online and that makes me happy to know that I've avoided the throngs of insane shoppers and the aimless hunt for a parking space that can zap your will to live.
But November is always 'blah' for me. I associate bad things with November probably because the weather really switches over to rainy & windy (gives the song November Rain a little more meaning) and back in high school I got cheated on twice by my boyfriend in 2 successive Novembers. So November is not my favorite.
But two special ladies celebrate their birthdays this month, Sue & Karen--so I guess it's not all bad.
In other news, I've been seeing a naturopath these last few months and under the homeopathy regimen she has me on, I seriously could feel my immune system and digestive system working better. Normally, I'm a sickly little creature, always prone to catching things but up until a few days ago, I've felt great. But all good things do come to an end because I fell prey to some bug that has manifested itself as an earache with a slight sore throat. No mucus though (knock on wood).
This has me a tad panicked because we leave for Virginia (via plane) Wednesday and anyone who has flown with with compromised immunity knows that things can get very, very bad when you are pressurized and breathing recycled air of others who are in varied states of sickness and health. So aside from all the normal things one does to stave off an illness, I am doing something my ND calls "Warming Socks Treatment." (I guess it might be called different things by different NDs.) Anyway the gist of it is: soak your feet in hot water then put on wet cold cotton socks then put on dry wool socks then wrap yourself (& feet) in a blanket or get into bed. I am sitting at the computer wrapped like a mummy in some blankets. I probably should have waited until I was ready to go to bed and do this but I was excited to try it. What it's supposed to do is draw the body's energy in warming the feet and thus increasing circulation to the body and away from the head/sinus which is what inspires congestion/mucus. I'm not eager to load myself up with crazy drugs and stuff so I'm giving this naturopathic thing a try. Yes, my feet feel weird.
Hey, just in the time I've been writing this entry my ear ache has lessened. Amazing. No joke.
I'll pick this up tomorrow and tell you more exciting stories about my foray into alternative medicine.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Here's the professional picture of him that you can download off their website:
The website for the Great White Shark is fantastic to get some facts about him. He was accidentally snagged by a fishing line but still in good shape. They are rehabilitating and studying him in the meantime and intend to release him soon. They grow to be quite large and eat a lot so they don't really want to keep him indefinitely.
Their entire facility is perfect for gazing at the fishes and learning all about sea life. They also had otters, frogs, snakes and other animals whose daily existence depends on the watery world. Instrumental ambient music plays over the sound system as you gaze into the tanks. It's not only wondrous but relaxing at the same time. And they have the cleanest aquarium windows I've ever seen---the pics really look clear because of that. But I just don't understand why some people insist on taking flash photos against glass into a darkened aquarium. Luckily this Canon Power Shot SD800IS has an aquarium setting that slows the shutter down and changes the color balance a little. Some of the photos have been given some Photoshop help to remove odd reflections or to bring in a wee bit of color but, for the most part, the camera did a good job.
Heated toilet seats are heavenly. Note the control panel on the wall. Fabulous.
(This is the only indoor pic I took at the Goog.)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
More pictures HERE.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
At dinner, we discussed the supposed prehensile merits of Sperm Whales, Gas Works Park, my improved esteem for a certain KUOW personality, rules for Sci-Fi convention attendees and musical greats such as David Bowie, Flight of the Conchords & early Genesis.
Here are pics of the fun.
Next weekend: More fall fun in the form of carving pumpkins with the Testas. We are very much excited about the prospect of using sharp objects to make pumpkin sculpture masterpieces.
Friday, October 12, 2007
The Cat Trap 4/2007
Injure-wii Comic 6/2007
Frodo Look-alike 8/2007
Amy's In Amsterdam Song 9/2007
Writing & Observation:
Open Letter to Oliver the Cat 10/2006
Views on Religion 4/2007
Chicken is Back on the Menu 5/2007
Air Travel 6/2007
70's Music and it's (In)significance 12/2006
Technology & Modern Life 2/2007
Why Dating Sucked 2/2007
Naked 5K 7/2007
After Dinner Conversations 9/2007
Ballet Okay! 2/2007
Open Letter to Fremont Arts Council 6/2007
Seattle Symphony Sci-Fi 9/2007
Cable 8 Turns 20 & Best Weekend Ever 10/2006
Apple Cup in Perspective 11/2006
Turning the Tables on Internet Scammers 6/2007
Lottery Dreams 8/2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Picture from http://pictures.spacebar.org/
Ira is one of our favorites. Maybe because he's so humble or so untypical of a celebrity. From the one time we saw him "perform" in Seattle and listening to him on the radio, he seems charming, relate-able but quite frankly, just doing his job. Still, Ira does possess "magic fame sparkles" that made an entire Seattle audience earlier this year downright giddy in his presence. Like we were all on a first date or something.
So this last weekend when we went to Pullman, Ira spoke in Portland to promote his new book and Mom & Cindy went to the show. Afterwards they stood in line for 30 minutes to get Cindy's copy signed. Once they got up to him, he chatted with them a bit then Mother told him that Ken & I are big fans and wondered if he would sign something for us. And he did.
In Mother's exact words, he was "an absolutely charming, engaging man." He asked for the exact spellings of our names and was very precise about getting it right. He even commented about Mom's deep voice and asked her if she'd ever smoked. (Indeed she once did.) The important thing though was that he was cordial, engaging and patient with my mom and nice enough to sign something to two people who weren't even there. It delighted me to find out just how nice he was. So often famous people can disappoint you, because after all, they're just people too. But Ira, you're aces. Thanks for that.
Earlier this summer, I got the chance to meet and watch one of the best female pool players in the world, Jeanette Lee. If you play pool at all or watch it on ESPN2, you'll probably recognize her. She was at a party King.com hosted during the Casual Games Conference in Seattle. I was thrilled to meet this woman who not only played incredible pool but had written a comprehensive book on succeeding in pool and in life. Very beautiful, talented & gracious. And of course I was glad because sometimes celebs can be, um, not beautiful, talented and gracious.
I'm sure it's difficult to live up to the expectations of a public that always wants something from you. But I hope that as an audience, we're keeping up our end of the bargain by validating your work, discipline and sacrifice with appreciation and interest that is good-natured and not creepy.