Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bits and Bobs

This evening was a really nice climbing night. Peter pushed me to fall (thanks Peter), and he practiced lead falling. I wouldn't have done it if he hadn't made me - and I'm sure in the end I'll be better for it later.

Yesterday there was a massive cricket on the window (which was driving the cats crazy). I had to take the photos just to show this large beast!

Now for my latest pet peeve ... I had blue ink in lab notebooks. Black ink people. Black ink!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Can't wait for the new Star Trek movie!

NM in the News

While keeping up on my strange and weird headlines I found this
about a cave here in New Mexico. Super cool. I wonder
if they are going to let people visit?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Skirts - Day 3

Well you know the blog is tired when you are talking about what you are wearing ...

Wait - who cares about skirts. My shins and knees are recovering slowly as more purple and green bruises pop out from climbing. I went swimming this morning. I must say I hate the pool. How is it that some people just look like they are made to be in the water? I'm sure I look like a kitten in a toilet as it is being flushed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Over 100%

Mike (and I) can't stand it when people say they are giving over 100%. 1million% - what the F does that mean? Someone at work sent me this - I think it is pretty applicalbe to the question of what is over 100%

This is a strictly mathematical goes like this:

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But ,

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, andAttitude will get you there, it's the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.

Week of Skirts

I have a rule of thumb. If I don't wear something in the course of a season ... then it goes into the give away pile. I have a lot of summer skirts. As in a lot a lot a lot. This week is the week of skirts.

I figure even with the rain, at least I'll get to wear some of my favorites.

Oh another note, I'm reading the second book in the Twilight series ... and it puts me into a funky mood before bed. It isn't sad, but maybe a tiny bit depressing. I can't put my finger on it - but I'm not really enjoying it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Here are photos of the rain the other day, Courtney and I, and climbing.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Oh Summers!

It has been amazing lately. Afternoon rain/thunder storms. Warm morning to mid afternoons. The smell of bbq's in the wind. I've rather been enjoying it!

Today I went out climbing and learned yet again that I'm terrible at applying sun block. I missed a number of spots and am now a bit red.

Bend is still fighting off his crystals and in the middle of it - caught a baby garden snake and brought it into the house. The snake was unharmed - thank goodness - and was released into tall grass on the side of the house.

I have a couple photos to post - but haven't gotten to it yet.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Cockroaches, Kitties and Photos

Since the rains have started I have run into a few VERY large
cockroaches outside. Probably around 1/2 the size of my hand. I had no
idea New Mexico even had cockroaches.

Bend went to the vet again
yesterday. He was throwing up and not feeling too well. Turns out the
food for the crystals causes his poo to get impacted. Yep, another
kittyenema. Poor guy was MISERABLE last night. He is better today. I just hope that he starts to feel better.

On a funnier note, a friend of mine is having a party and he has been working with Photoshop for the invites. Oh to have legs like that and facial hair like that. Hmmmm.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

When Its Wet

When the monsoons of spring are here. There is one
thing that rocks - WATCHING MOVIES. Why hasn't this film been released

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Best 4th Ever

Yes, it is true. This was the best 4th of July in the history of my life. You might be wondering why. Or maybe not - but I'm going to tell you anyway. Let's start with Thursday morning. Mike and I got up early, jumped in the car and hit the road. The trip was off to a tiny bit of disappointment, since the burrito stand we like wasn't open. We figured we'd just get breakfast on the road. This turned out to be a crazy disappointment for two reasons. First, we held our bladders for WAY too long and had to stop in some random town to pee. Second, the place we ended up stopping had a crappy breakfast. But, the sun was out, the roads were curvy, and the music had us singing along. Oh and did I mention we passed an Amish cart being pulled by a horse. First time for me. Once we hit Walsenburg Mike stopped the car at a yarn store I've been wanted to stop at for years. It was fantastic. A great selection of yarns I'd never seen before. Next we stopped in Pueblo at a Barns and Nobel. Icy lemon drinks, potty break, and books. Before our final destination we went to a motorcycle shop for Mike to ogle new bikes. Of course we didn't buy one, but he is thinking about it.

We made our way to Denver in good time. It was around 90 degrees and bright sun. We checked into our hotel and dumped the car. Who wants to drive in a city like Denver? We stopped at the restaurant down stairs to get drinks and snacks. Beer for Mike. Whisky sour for me. Our next stop was the REI flagship store. This was a 4 block walk through parks and over a river. The river area was amazing. People playing in the water, sunbathers and dogs jumping everywhere. REI flagship is better than Seattle. Very impressive! Everything we needed and a bit more. We dropped our bags back at the hotel and hoofed it uptown with the crowds. There was live music and a vibrate atmosphere since there was a baseball game. We made our way to a theater and watched Hancock (a perfect 4th of July movie). After the film we were too tired to do much.

Friday started with Sam's #3. A diner that caters to me. The breakfast menu is 4 pages long and is something to be revered. A cinnamon roll (fresh), home fries and ham. Breakfast of champions. After eating a hearty breakfast we realized that the laptop was almost dead (the screen wont stay on). We tried to figure out how to take the public transportation out of the down town area ... but this turned out to be too difficult. We went back to the hotel, got the car and drove the 4 miles to the Cherry Creek Mall. At the mall we visited with Alicia, went to an outdoor craft fair and got a new computer. The car was short lived though. We took it straight back to the hotel and put our walking flip-flops on. We wanted to make our way back to the river for a little relaxation. First we stopped at the Railyard brew pub. A mojito for me and pint for Mike. We read The Onion and sipped our drinks. Next we stopped at a gelato stand for an ice cream. Coconut and lemon were our flavors of choice. With our ice cool treats we hit the water and just sat. Sat for a very long time. Watching everyone playing. Listening to the water. And cooling our feet off in the fast moving river.

We looked up what time it is possible to enter the ballpark. Turns out an hour and a half before the game you can enter to watch batting practice. We made our way back to the hotel. Reapplied sunblock. I donned my liberty sun glasses and we walked the 2 blocks to the park. The ball park is amazing. Not a bad seat in the house. We got hot dogs, beer, peanuts and took our seats. We were along the third baseline, just after third base. The game was electric. Or should I say a slug fest! I've never seen so many home runs and we were there for a grand slam. After the game finished (which the Rockies won) everyone took position for the 4th of July fireworks. These were by far the best fireworks I've ever seen. They were loud, bright, in great order, fast coming, and the final blast was so overwhelming that the crowd was going wild. My face hurts this morning from smiling SO much yesterday.

Every vacation should be this splendid.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Old School BFF

So we are up in Denver and just got to spend some time with Alicia ... or Sam ( depending on how you know her). I'v known Alicia since we were super little kids. I think we met in 3rd grade. We have had two falling outs over the years, but we always return to being friends. It was fantastic to see her. I could be in a crowd and I'd be able to pick her out ... Maybe that just has something to do with knowing someone the majority of your life.

Things I remember about Sammy ( a nickname I gave her in highschool):
she wore moon boots the first time I met her
we were in the library
I walked up to her and said, "want to bent friend?"

Ah childhood! When life was all about the easy of becoming friends and just hangng!

I've missed you these past 9 years Sam!!!!