Monday, May 23, 2011

File #:19 Subject: A Quiet Place

I took this past Thursday and Friday off and spent the weekend at A Quiet Place with Angelina.  AQP is a large cottage on acres of land.  We love spending time out at AQP, it's relaxing and a great place for us to reconnect with each other and with God.

When we arived on Thursday the relaxing began right away.  We sat on the porch and talked and watched the frogs in the little yard pond.  We put a frozen pizza in the oven for dinner and payed Yatzee while we waited for it to finish.  After dinner we went back to the library to watch some TV.

Friday we woke up to the sun shining in on us and a rooster from the neighboring property crowing.  We ate breakfast, started a jigsaw puzzle and just hung out.  Before we new it, we were halfway done and it was lunch time already.  We ate some sandwiches, talked about what's going on in life, then went back to the puzzle.  Throughout the day I made frequent visits to the yard pond to make all te frogs jump back into the water.  My inner five year old came out in me and I was REALLY fascinated with making the frogs jump.  Later, Angelina made pasta quiche, a new recipe for dinner.

Saturday we finished the jigsaw puzzle and prepared for our friends Gary and Carrie to join us.  When they arrived, Angelina gave Carrie the tour of the house (Gary had been there before), and I helped finish dinner.  We sat down to a grand meal of pot roast with vegetables, salad, rolls and great desserts.  We decided to walk off some our dinner and hiked the trail back to the big pond.  The big pond also brings out my inner five year old, and I spent about twenty minutes throwing rocks into the pond.  I am still the master rock skipper.  We spent the rest of the night playing Scattergories and a game called In a Pickle.  We really enjoyed In a Pickle, it ranks up there with Apples to Apples.

Sunday, we cleared out of AQP around noon and made a lunch stop at Red Robin.  After lunch, we parted ways with Gary and Carrie and headed home.  After getting unpacked, I got comfortable on the couch and prepared to watch the hocky game.  That didn't work out too well, I fell asleep and slept through the game, and a thunderstorm.

Even though I spent the day at work, vacation doesn't feel like it's officially over until a certain someone comes home.  After work I went over to the kennel and picked up Bruno.  He was super excited to be back wih me and not hanging around a bunch of strangers.  Now I'm hanging out at home realizing that vacation is over, but I'm fully rested and recharged so I think I can make it until our next vacation.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

File #:18 Subject: Tattoo Two

After months of planning and waiting, I went and got my second tattoo last night.  The idea started out as an ambigram of my last name with a celtic knot.  Matt, the tattoo artist I go to, took his artistic abilities and changed it up to match my other tattoo.  My last name is now in a celtic font with the knot on either side of my name.  Below is a picture of the stencil on my arm before we got started.

The process took about two and a half hours.  The tattoo part was a bit uncomfortable, but sitting still for that long was the hard part.  The time goes by fairly quickly, between checking out all the posters in the room and talking hockey with Matt.  I enjoyed that I knew what it was going to feel like this time around.  Before my first one I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to handle the pain, luckily it actually doesn't hurt too bad.  There were a few spots that were more sensitive than others.  A bad place was on either side of the tattoo in the top corners.  In the picture below, where Matt's index finger is was a bad spot. 

Below is the finished product.  It turned out excelent!  I had thought about using color in the knot, but at the last minute I decided not to.  Angelina and I agree that that was the best decision.  After seeing it finished, I think it should be easy to add onto it in the future.  I plan to add my kids' names to it whenever Angelina and I have some.
Another thing I enjoy about tattoos is taking care of them.  The first week or two when I use "A&D" cream on it to keep it moisturized is my favorite.  "A&D" has a very unique smell to it.  I think it has fish oil as an ingredient, and that's what makes it smell funny.  I started enjoying the smell after awhile when using it on my first tattoo, and that's why it's almost comforting smelling it again.  It brings back the memories of taking care of my first one.  I hope that you all enjoyed reading about my tattoo at least a fraction as much as I enjoyed getting it.

Oh, by the way, here's a link to a contest (Click here to see the contest) that is having for some hockey swag from GongShow Gear.  I get an extra entry into this contest for posting in my blog.  Go check out while you're at it!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

File #:17 Subject: I'm Still Here

I'm still alive! I'm still here! I haven't quit blogging!  I have been enjoying family time with Angelina's Grandma and Grandpa from California.  They stopped here during their cross country road trip for Easter and Angelina's graduation.  So while we take a break from home projects and card games I decided to update everyone.

I know what you're thinking, "Cross country road trip?!?!" Yeah, it seems really awesome! They have a pop up camper in the bed of their pickup.  It's the perfect size, it only adds six inches above the cab, and it has a queen size bed in it!  They took the northern roads to come out east, stopping at all kinds of fun places.  Their favorite being Branson, MO.  They told us about all the different shows that they saw there, like "Noah", and some magicians.  They told us how they caught up to the storms that blasted this area, and pretty much drove under them from Missouri to Lexington.  I feel bad that they have had this nasty weather most of the time that they've been here.  There's been more rain in this past week and a half than they get in a year in California!  It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow, so maybe they'll be able to get out of the house and come watch me play hockey.  Anyway, back to the real subject of this paragraph.  They will be heading down to Florida after Angelina's graduation to spend time with Angelina's mom down there.  Then the long journey back out west.  I have officially decided that when we're retired, we are going to take trips like that. It sounds like a ton of fun, and an experience that I would love to try at least once.

They have been REALLY helpful while they've been here.  The day they arrived Grandpa helped my get my rain barrel set up. I'll tell you more about that in a later post.  Then he replaced our doorbell when I was at work, now it doesn't sound like a rat being electrocuted every time someone hits the button.  The biggest thing that he has done was him and Mike walled up the door from the bedroom to the bathroom.  Now the sink portion of the bathroom now only has three doors instead of four!  It has made the bathroom and our bedroom seem a lot bigger.  Grandma has helped with a lot of deep cleaning, and teaching us some tricks to stay on top of the harder to clean areas in our kitchen.  My Dad gave me a hard time about how Grandpa installed a new kitchen faucet when they were here for our wedding, so even though I miss him, I'm glad he's not here to witness the hard work Grandpa and Grandma have put into the house this time.  Grandma had dinner waiting for me and Angelina yesterday, which was a first for us in our house.  It was ham hocks and beans.  It was amazing!  I usually don't like that sort of food for leftovers the next day at lunch, but it was hearty enough to make a great lunch.

Having them here has helped me get used to being out of a routine.  This is good because if Angelina keeps talking about kids like she has been, there is no such thing as routine.  Especially a routine of couch sitting, TV watching and computer/video game playing.  We have spent a ton of time talking and playing cards.  It's been a ton of fun, while being a nice relaxing change of pace.  Relaxing change of pace from what I usually do? Yes, because it has gotten me out of my normal day to day, it has changed my focus at home, which has helped my focus at work.

Speaking of cards, I need to update my MP3 player, and get ready to avenge my loss from last night.  Have a good week and I will have a giant update after graduation weekend!