February 29, 2008
February 27, 2008
Strike 1 – This one's for you, Mona – Aunt Flo arrived this morning, so my day was already set up for failure. I was grumpy and bloated and the best I could do was throw on black pants and a frumpy blouse.
Strike 2 – I woke up with a tiny sty in my left eye. Because in all my wisdom I thought it would be a good idea yesterday to use my old mascara because I didn't want to waste it – even though I had already been using my new mascara for a week...which leads me to my next strike…
Strike 3 – No makeup. And not just no makeup, but no makeup AT A PRESENTATION AT 8:00 A.M.! A presentation that other people attended. People I know! So people I know, and would have preferred not to look like a schlump around, saw me 1) bloated, 2) with a sty, and 3) with a tired pale face.
So you take my 3 strikes and add them to a presentation that explains the difference between a DB and a DC plan where the presenter asks "so what's the difference between DB and DC", and you get a very frazzled me. I don't know what the difference is! Who is DB?
February 26, 2008
- Chicken breast
- Chicken stock (or water and chicken bullion cubes if you live on Saipan)
- Black Pepper
- Celery salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound of dried split peas
- A bit of dried parsley
Next time I will use:
- Crimini mushrooms
- Chicken stock (or water and chicken bullion cubes)
- Black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pound of dried split peas
- A bit of dried parsley
February 21, 2008
After her brother jumped on the couch behind her...
Me: "Why do you smell what?"
Mele: "Mikey's ax. Why do I smell Mikey's ax?"
Me: "I'm sorry sweetie, what did you say?"
Mele: "Something smells like Mikey's ax. You know, his spray? His Axe spray?"
It was a breeze getting down to the Plaza today during lunch ("Marianas Business Plaza" just sounds too business-like); there was no traffic so there was no interruption in the wind blowing through my hair – and I had my sunglasses on so my eyes weren't squinting and smudging my eyeliner, that's always a plus. And since Milli Vanilli was on the radio I could get my groove on...."it's a tragedy for me to see the dream is oooovver, and I never will forget the day we met, girl I'm gonna miss yooooou..." What? Whatever, you know you didn't need to click on that link.
I didn't know what I was going to eat because I was starving but I had some food back at the office that I didn't want to waste. However, my stomach assured me that the food at the office would still be there later and, if needed, could be eaten tomorrow. It also assured me that it would be OK to spend a few bucks. So I did. I went to Shelly's and bought a slice of spinach and gahlic pizza. And it. was. great! I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures to show you to make you jealous of my pizza. You see, when I headed out to the Plaza I decided not to bring my camera with me because I didn't think there'd be anything to take pictures of - I mean, I can't take pictures while I drive anymore because my camera requires two hands to operate it thanks to the battery cover that pops open every three seconds because scotch tape is not meant to be a battery cover locking device, plus I don't really think it makes for safe driving. Besides, I scarfed that sucker down so quickly even Cookie Monster couldn't have kept up. This is what was left of it:
February 19, 2008
February 15, 2008
This afternoon I sat in the reception area at the Marianas Eye Institute and cast on 56 stitches for my second attempt at knitting socks. Emily called me into her room where I did some eye chart stuff. I went back into the waiting room and knit a few rows. It was fantastic! My socks were right side out and there was no twisting - but I had a feeling that 56 stitches were too few. No time to rip it apart, I was called into Dr. Robertson's exam room where he did some eye doctoring and Melonie dropped the
So I picked up my knitting, ripped it apart, and cast on 64 stitches. During the cast-on process I essentially went blind; I couldn't see far and I couldn't see near save for about a 2-inch space somewhere around halfway bent elbows. Yeah, so that was fun. No seriously, it was fun. I think I busted out in laughter three or four times. My yarn got all twisted. I lost control of my needles. I attempted to turn it right side out, but I think I turned half of it inside out instead. One of the funniest sights one can ever witness is a determined second-time sock knitter working with 5 teeny tiny needles and dilated eyes.
This is my first attempt at sock knitting. Yes, I'm also the idiot who doesn't read patterns thoroughly before she starts and uses some mystery fiber worsted weight yarn instead of wool or wool blend like the pattern calls for. (What's up with the light? This should be grayish green, not fugly colored.)
Let's move on, shall we? Here are the yummy treats of love James gave me on Valentine's Day:
"What's in the box?" you ask...why TRUFFLES!Look, see...
February 14, 2008
The same nephew totally siked me out! I delivered small bags of Valentine's chocolates and other candies to his house last night. I went after the younger kids were asleep, but he was still up - I needed to deliver them after the kids were asleep, but before we all left for work or school in the morning. He feigned embarrassment that I brought over so many bags of candies but he didn't get anything for me. I told him that he didn't need to get anything for me and that the candies were from his cousins (Katelyn and Jacob). Can you imagine how surprised I was when I received this candy gram at work today?
February 13, 2008
February 11, 2008
"You don't like his pakabobo....his bakalobo....you like his pakabolo...." James and I looked at each other and laughed.
- The Hunting Game - wow! You can't make something like that up.
- Sunshine - entertaining. I enjoyed it until it was over. Looking back on it upsets me a bit.
- No Reservations - cute little chick flick, a great date movie.
- Becoming Jane - now I want to read Pride and Prejudice (for the first time). Don't judge me.
- Eastern Promises - um, wow!
- Feast of Love - I didn't not enjoy it. But I wouldn't watch it again.
- Georgia Rule - I cried.
- Heartbreak Kid - Ben Stiller is the master of awkward humor. His raciest movie yet.
- The Company - not the ballet movie. The cold war mini series. Very very good.
- Even Money - Not bad.
February 08, 2008
20 early-ish memories of Saipan. I remember when…
- I could buy an ice cup for 5-cents after Kindergarten outside of Sister Remedios.
- Middle and Beach Roads were two lanes.
- Joeten Kiyu Public Library first opened.
- Karen’s parents used to drop us off at Hotel Street (now known as the Paseo) and we’d wander in and out of shops stopping occasionally to speak with the bar girls.
- there was none of this Korean bbq marinade mix for salt. Back then you made your salt from scratch.
- DFS was 1-story.
- you could buy a ticket at JM Cinema to watch the first movie and stay back to watch the second flick for free. (Or was it actually a 2-flick ticket?)
- my dad would take me to eat at
- Len’s when it was just a small place in Susupe with great spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread,
- the original revolving restaurant at the Nauru building and I’d drink Shirley Temples with lots of cherries,
- Okame for the best yakisoba around, the masks were pretty cool too, and
- Ship Ashore - the only things I remember eating there are lobster tails and mud pies.
- the Art Council/gallery place on Capitol Hill was once called the Convention Center. The place where I would pirouette across the floor during ballet lessons. The place where my sister’s school performed Toy Land.
- Saipan Community School stopped at 6th grade.
- families filled the government houses on Capitol Hill. And Ken, Julia, and I owned the neighborhood.
- my cousins, my sister, and I called the cops because we heard knocking on my living room windows (my parents weren't home). The cops claimed it was the plumeria trees blowing in the wind. But we knew better. In my dreams I am still still tormented by that house. #1326, it's blue now. But I know that it's always been blue...
- I'm pretty sure I remember being at the beach in CK when the canoe came in once.
- I watched the meteor shower from my porch with Roberto and Ace. The stars were at their brightest that night.
- I learned to drive at the old airstrip in Koblerville.
- I camped out at Managaha for the first time - I didn't sleep a wink.
- we never got carded.
- we used to watch the 4th of July fireworks from the beach at American Memorial Park.
- Seiji, Ace, and I would drive through Kagman and get lost on purpose.
- I freaked out as my brother-in-law carried me from the beach on Saipan to Bird Island. He tried to calm me down by saying, "look, it's just blue water" and I freaked out more.
February 07, 2008
February 05, 2008
February 03, 2008
Last Tuesday night James and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Instead of taking me to Seaside like I originally asked and instead of going to the 360 like James suggested, we went to Raraina at the Aqua Resort. And it.was.excellent! I don’t know why we even considered other restaurants on our anniversary.
...Three years ago James and I were married under the gazebo outside of the chapel at Hotel Nikko. Our family friend, Judge Govendo, officiated our marriage. There was no wedding party. My sister and I made peach ribbon roses to decorate the aisle that was made of white wooden folding chairs. My mother walked me down the aisle of soft green grass while my brother-in-law and his brother played the Hawaiian Wedding Song on Ukes. When Ken asked for the rings I went blank; I had forgotten the rings in the car. It was a tiny, simple, and beautiful wedding. Our reception was held at the Rey’s Lounge at the Aqua. Balloons were strewn around the dance floor, favors of shimmery bags filled with pillow mints sat at each placesetting. The tables came alive with the tropical centerpieces my mom and cousin made from Ginger, Birds of Paradise, orchids, and ferns plunged into banana tree stumps...
We went back to the Aqua for our first anniversary. I had the Lamb Chops and James had the Prime Rib, it was fairly busy that night at the Raraina, but it was wonderful. We didn't celebrate our second anniversary - at least not by going out. But our third anniversary was perfect, even if we couldn't spend the whole night out.
Caesar Salad for two, made tableside.
- Not Pretty To Watch is having a contest that will bring her out of the doldrums.
- My House of Wool is celebrating her blogiversary with a contest. Tell her you found her blog via Great Expectations!
- Where Angels Fear to Treadle needs help - she wants to know how to find more time to knit.
- Tamiknits want to know how you found out about her contest.
I'm still sick. I haven't been this sick in I can't remember how long. This really sucks. Perhaps later I'll feel OK enough to post my 20 memories of Saipan.
Also, I don't want to hold a garage sale and I don't like the online Saipan garage sale so if you or anyone you know is interested in buying some baby stuff, send me an email (it's in the sidebar).
- high chair
- exersaucer (soon...maybe in a month or two)
- diaper bag