Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween.

Methow is finally home from her eye removal surgery. It was a painful day for all of us. I was really worried that things wouldn't go well - and then waiting for the phone call is nerve racking.

The photos are of Methow right after we got her and took her into the car. Bend in his Halloween costume and then Methow at home (asleep hard on the bed). We took her little lamp shade off to let her rest more. We'll have to put it back on once we go to bed.

Thanks for the support everyone! It really has made this whole process less painful.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


So for some of you - you have heard ... but for others this is news.

Methow has always had these little dots on her right eye. We've never worried to much about them (and neither have any of the vets that we have taken her to). A few weeks ago she started acting odd and the dots (which have been growing) started to move into the iris part of her eye. I took her to the vet, who said she had to go see an eye specialist. We took her to the specialist yesterday and it is melanoma. They did x-rays of her body and found that she doesn't have cancer anywhere else ... but the eye doctor said the eye has to come out. We are taking her in tomorrow morning (halloween) to have it removed. I'll post pictures after the surgery. Keep your fingers crossed for her. She is a fantastic kitty!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

From my favorite "What Not To Crochet"

And she looks so happy to be wearing it!

Shoulder News

Well I went to see the Orthopedic surgeon today and he told me that I have an injured coracobrachialis
muscles in my shoulder. What does this mean? Well no PT or surgery. I
just have to take it easy on the shoulder. Do things that feel good and
don't do things that feel bad. In this image it is the tiny muscle that
runs from the shoulder down to the triceps, it is in front.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Indy, Aliens, Not So Bad!

I watched Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull last night. Now, I know most of the reviews were that it wasn't very good. I have to say, the option of having no Indy or this Indy, means that I would take this Indy.

The music was classic. Classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. There were little nods to the Lost Ark. It has my favorite female from Lost Ark. Of course people were older, and the jokes a bit off, and some of the stunts were as close to Lost Ark as possible ... but I thought it was fun and entertaining.

Plus, the nuking scene was filmed in Deming while I was down there a few years back. You have to love seeing a town get it with a nuke and knowing it was filmed in your state :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Please Explain.

As I was driving to Karin's house for dinner tonight there was a guy on the side of the road dressed up as a piece of pizza. He sort of blends in with all the traffic cones - but it was very strange.

My question is ... do people actually sell more pizza or whatever with someone standing on the side of the road dressed like the food? Who invented this?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

10 Things - And Methow

Methow isn't feeling too well. Here is a picture of her shaved neck (where they took blood out today). Not sure what is wrong with her. I'll find out tomorrow exactly what is wrong with her (at least I hope).

A friend of mine posted 10 things about herself that most people didn't know. Here are my 10 things!

1. From the center of my neck to my wrist is 34" (which is long considering most knitting patters call for 29").
2. I prefer sci-fi films over most others.
3. I was born in Montana and grew up in Alaska.
4. I have crocked pinky fingers.
5. I like nicknames.
6. My favorite food on the planet is Thai food.
7. I was on a game show when I was 16. Won $15,000.
8. My middle name is after a 70's soap opera character.
9. I've had a perm once in my life. You could call me poodle head!
10.I think Guy Ritchie and Luc Besson are both FANTASTIC. Love both of their films!

There you go. Ten items about my self. Give me yours!

Monday, October 20, 2008


On a Monday morning I feel this way. Ar .... a life of crime. Maybe on the high seas!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Los Alamos Fun

Today was an interesting day. Busy and fun. I got up at 2 am to take Mike to the airport. Came home and went back to bed for a bit. Got up to prepared for the day. Met Becca at the coffee shop for chatting, knitting and caffeine. There was a guy walking around with some time of radio on his back. I'm not sure exactly what he was doing ... but I say .. ONLY IN LOS ALAMOS!

I met up with Dana and got our toenails done (dark blue with flowers). Next Krista came up into town and we all went to the ski swap (where I bought new back country cross country skis). Finally I got a good yoga workout in (trying not to mess up my shoulder any more ... okay so the story is that I messed up my shoulder dancing and have to start physical therapy this next week. Something about swollen tendon or something.). I invented a new type of stir fry and am now relaxing with the cats. Ah ... what a long day!

Friday, October 17, 2008


If you had purchased $1000.00 of AIG stock one year ago, it would now be
worth $49.00.

With Fannie Mae, you would have $16.50 left of the original $1000.

With Bear Stearns, you would have less than $5.00 left.

If you had purchased $1000.00 of Freddie Mac stock you would have $49.00

If you had purchased Lehman Bros., you would have nothing left.

But, if you had purchased $1000.00 worth of beer one year ago, drank all
the beer, then turned in the cans for recycling, you would have $214.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily
and recycle. This is called the 401-Keg Plan.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cool Weather ...

As the leaves are falling, the wood shed is painted (wood being delivered tomorrow), back from a track weekend and ready for a short week of work ... stew is always in order. This weeks in a green chili potato stew. It came out much hotter than I normally like ... but I still worked through it :)

It is suppose to snow tonight. 2 inches over the evening and more in the morning. Fingers crossed for snow day!!!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Fall Weekend

The trees are changing color and fall is really here. I cleaned out the garden today. Picking pounds of basil (making pesto with it), potatoes, tomatoes and other herbs. With the garden clean and the wood stove going ... I'm ready for the cold weather!

Courtney spent the weekend up here. We had a good time. Hanging out on Friday, margarita party on Saturday, and a drizzly rainy day on Sunday. Do I have to go back to work??

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Oh My.

14 songs you sould never play on a juke box

Taken from here! Thanks Jim!

There’s nothing worse than having a perfectly good drinking session ruined by a song that either doesn’t belong in a bar, has been crammed down your ears too many times, or just plain sucks.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The 45-year-old wannabe cougar who, despite being totally beaten down by her dead-end job as a real estate agent, thinks she can relate to the free spiritedness this song represents. She could totally drink beer at noon on a Tuesday…if she didn’t have to be at work. And she could totally drive down Santa Monica Boulevard with some guy named Billy or Mac or Buddy…if she didn’t have to pick her kids up from soccer practice. So, instead of going all Thelma and Louise, she ends up dancing with her other cougar friends before calling it a night in time to catch Grey’s Anatomy.

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: When played at a bar, it does nothing but get a bunch of middle-aged women with fupas and gunts up on the dance floor who ask the DJ to play “Margaritaville” next.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The wanna-be hipster. That’s right, he’s not a hipster, but he is choosing to become one. That’s like being potty trained and choosing to shit your pants. Unfortunately for him, the killers lost hipster credibility when they became profitable to a record label. So, even though he’s wearing a t-shirt featuring the tour dates of a band he’s never heard of, and really really tight jeans, once he’s popped this song on, other hipsters react like a Klu Klux Klansman hearing his buddy quote a Martin Lawrence movie.

WHY IT NEEDS TO RETIRE: The sound of the lead singer bellowing “I NEEEEVVVEEERRRR” towards the end of the song is reminiscent of the sound a man makes when he inadvertently sits on his testicles. The worst part about this song being picked in a juke box is that someone is definitely trying to say something about themselves, thus the next two selections his dollar provided is going to be even more shitty emo. By the end, you’ll want to take the Pabst Blue Ribbon he’s forcing himself to drink and lodge it in your windpipe.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The bespectacled, sweater-wearing grad schooler who wants to play a song that shows off his knowledge of political and world affairs. He almost puts on Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” but figured REM might make him look a little hipper. But his inability to talk to the opposite sex compels him to explain every cultural reference in the lyrics. “Did you know Leonid Brezhnev served as leader of the Communist party longer than anyone except Stalin? It’s true. And Lester Bangs was an influential music writer who wrote for Rolling Stone and Creem magazines. Hey, where are you going? ”

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: Everyone who hears this song thinks they can sing along, but they always end up screwing up the words. So you get a bar full of people screaming, “That’s great it starts with an earthquake…birds…Lenny Bruce!…hurricane…LEONARD BERNSTEIN…oh wait, that comes later.”


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: She’s a shy wallflower with lots of acne in her mid-20s who still reads Sweet Valley High books and plays with her My Little Pony dolls. This song represents her fairy tale dream where she steps onto the dance floor and wows all the guys with her graceful moves. At the end of the night she’s swept off her feet by a handsome Prince Charming who takes her away in a chariot led by 10 mighty steeds. Later that evening, she realizes she’s in a rusty 1984 Datsun and the guy next to her has a pizza stain on his Foreigner T-shirt and he’s asking her to chip in for gas money.



WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: Look to the bar, there’s probably a gentleman there who’s wearing a flannel shirt with black sleeves. Upon closer inspection, you’ll realize he’s wearing a sleeveless flannel shirt, and what you thought were sleeves are actually a dark, dense fur that’s made a home on in his shoulders and upper arms. He’ll meander up to the juke box and stare it for ten minutes looking through every album twice, because unlike the sex he has with his obese wife, he’s in no rush to finish. When he selects the song, watch closely, because as it begins to play, he’ll say the words “turn it up,” then hold his hand up and when Skynyrd says “turn it up,” he’ll drop his hand down, signifying that he correctly predicted Skynyrd would say this as well.

WHY IT NEEDS TO RETIRE: If Lynyrd Skynyrd had a Juke Box at their house, I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t be on it. This song, much like Jenna Jameson’s vagina, once was great, but years of non-stop commercialized rocking have made it unsuitable for use.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The middle aged guy who’s still in the suit he bought just to make sure he landed the Peterson account, which he did! But he knows it’s Friday now, time to order some chicken fingers and let loose! Right before he plays the song, he’ll talk to his buddies about how they should totally take a trip to Vegas together. “Fuck it, let’s just do it.” Then they’ll all check their blackberries to find that they either have a prostate exam, a kid’s play to go to, or “wife wants to go see her parents so I kind of got to keep my weekends open for whenever that will be.” Then they’ll sit in silence until one of them leaves and heads to the juke box to make this ass kicking selection.

WHY IT NEEDS TO RETIRE: This song is as played out as Steve Perry is ugly. Whenever it’s selected on a juke box, it’s like a time out is being called from having fun. If this still pumps you up to hear, you probably also get pumped up when your wife says stuff like “I rented the first season of that show “The Closer” that my sister recommended. Maybe if I’m not too tired afterwards we’ll have sex or something


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The mega brodawg wearing a white bandana and rings on his fingers who “cannot believe!” that his “main man” Carlos Santana got together with the lead singer of the “totally best fuckin’ band ever” Matchbox Twenty. Seriously, this has “gotta be the best jam of all time, bro.” He’s pretty sure that the only way a better song would come along is if “Jimi came back from the dead to play with, like, Mozart, bro. Totally.”

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: It’s a washed-up guitarist joining forces with the world’s blandest singer to write a song that my parent’s older friend’s like (honestly). This song should only be played on the jukebox in homes for the deaf.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The college freshman who just “discovered music” and is “getting into” the “deep and heavy lyrics.” This gateway song will lead this young man into an ill-advised Steve Miller concert, Pink Floyd posters on his dorm walls and, tragically, the purchase of a Phish album. If you see these signs in anyone attempting to use the jukebox, call the authorities immediately.

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: This song has been played so much even Glenn Frey and Don Henley stab their own ears with icepicks whenever they hear it. Killing someone for playing it is legal in 13 states.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The 39 year old newly divorced woman whose friends have taken her to a bar where they’re all ten years older than the everyone in the bar, including the manager. After a 45 minute session where she and her friends repeatedly convince her that “any guy in this bar would fuck you. I’m telling you, Janice. You show me one other person who’s had three kids and is as hot as you!” she downs her last cosmo and makes a beeline for the juke box. She confidently plays this song, and as the beginning piano solo comes in, she turns around towards her friends as they all excitedly scream in unison, then begin singing. Behind them a group of 25 year old frat guys say “How many beers to take down the grandma?”

WHY IT NEEDS OT RETIRE: Nothing kills a buzz faster than having a group of people next to you get up and sing a song with the same passion and intensity of Russell Crowe speech from Gladiator, then suddenly sitting down once the song is over. Attempting to empower yourself by singing a 70s disco song tells the whole bar “I have low self esteem. Talk to me later when I’m drunk and there’s a good chance I’ll fuck you.”


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: With his over-the-top Broadway theatrics and his over-the-belt belly fat, Meatloaf attracts the tubby, pony-tailed husky guy who thinks to himself, “Hey, if a great big fatass like Meatloaf can pull this off, then I can too. Because I am also a great big fatass.” He then proceeds to try and out Meatloaf Meatloaf by undoing his pony tail for full hair-flip effect, props one knee on a table and sings along as loud as he possibly can. When he tries to get a girl to do the “let me sleep on it” part she politely declines and he’s forced to sing both the male and female parts by himself. Moments after the song is over he goes home, very alone.

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: First off, it’s eight minutes long. Secondly, it’s shitty Meatloaf singing about having sex in a car. The man is too fat to have sex in a barn. I’m pretty sure those are the only two reasons you need.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: He’s got a lifted truck that’s most likely powered by gasoline and “deez nuts.” He’s pounding bud lights sitting at the bar in a shirt that’s either sleeveless, or with sleeves short enough to show off the tattoo he got to commemorate the animal that most closely resembles the demeanor he displayed while playing middle linebacker in high school. He’s also a few beers deep and “there’s a lotta fatties and uptight bitches in this place,” so it’s vital that he take it upon himself to “fucking rock THIS SHIT brother.” He walks over to the juke box while maintaining a full body flex and enters the numbers for this song. Then he nods his head approvingly, as if to say to everyone “Don’t worry, you’re about to see what I picked and it’s gonna take your nuts and shove them inside your asshole, bro.”

WHY IT NEEDS TO RETIRE: Unlike some other songs on the list, this was never an acceptable juke box selection. The only time this is an appropriate selection is when you’re a stripper working the mid-day shift and you need a pick me up because you’re feeling gassy from the free hot dog lunch buffet your club was offering.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: He or she is around 55 and although they seriously considered a cut off the Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” album, “you just can’t go wrong with the beatles.” They’re wearing Teva Sandles and a sweater from whatever college their son or daughter attended. They don’t go to the bar that often, but hey, who doesn’t love a good margarita. Maybe it’ll get them drunk enough to have sex with their significant other who has become disgusting with age! They’ll probably be sitting with several other older people who are waiting for just the right time to pull out their story about when they first heard this beatles song, which will be a lie, since the actual first time they heard it they were smoking laced weed while awkwardly looking for a place to shoot their load in the circle jerk that just “sort of happened.”

WHY IT NEEDS TO RETIRE: Before you freak the fuck out, we’re not saying the Beatles suck. The Beatles are a legendary and influential band and because of that, everybody has heard every one of their songs so many times that it feels like you’re living in North Korea and its propaganda spewing from megaphones mounted in the street.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The lonely guy wearing a suit, who just took off his sportcoat, loosened his tie and undid the top button on his shirt. After ordering a scotch and soda he asks the bartender where he was when this song came out. Instead of listening to the guy’s answer, he immediately starts telling him how he came this close to signing to the Mets farm team and how his wife left him because he worked too much and that he really wanted to be a astronaut when he was a kid. Hours later, when he’s finally done with his pity party and gets up to leave, he doesn’t even notice that the bartender hung himself with a bar towel.

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: It makes everyone over 37 all weepy and sad as they sit there and reminisce about all their hope and dreams that never came true. And it makes everyone under 37 furious with murderous rage because they have to listen to this shitty song one more time.


WHO PLAYS THIS ON THE JUKE BOX: The 55-year-old hippie who’s long, thinning hair and tie-dyed T-shirt scream desperation for a bye-gone era. He’ll spend the entire 8:32 of this epic ballad telling you how much better things were back in the 1960s because the youth actually fought for something. Then, because this song is so goddamn long, he’ll run out of boring stories and will start telling you his “secrets he learned in ‘Nam” that the government invented cancer and that LSD is the only true form of learning. Once it’s finally over, he’ll ask you to sign a petition to legalize hash.

WHY IT NEEDS TO BE RETIRED: It’s an eight-minute long shitty folk ballad that has long outlived it’s welcome. It needs to die.