Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Alysun 'tagged' me to do a questionnaire...

What I was doing ten years ago (spring 1998):
1. enduring (I mean enjoying) my second semester at UVic (second year was much better)
2. driving my Grandma’s 1972 Datsun 510 (pretty green colour)
3. living at with my grandparents in Victoria
4. getting ready to work at Palomar CCC once again (also worked at Angeles Crest camp that spring since a girl named Alicia was working the odd-jobs at Palomar. I met Dan through Alicia four years later.)

Five snacks I enjoy:
1. Macintosh apples
2. Gharidelli chocolate chips (60% cocoa)
3. fresh blueberries
4. strawberries (okay, any berry I can buy at a reasonable price)
5. whatever is left over on Russell’s tray

Five jobs I have held:
1. Babysitter (not very often)
2. Kitchen gal (Palomar)
3. Lifeguard (Palomar & Camp Tejas)
4. Lab Tech (Alza)
5. Quality Assurance (J&J)

Five habits:
1. reading
2. taking daily walks to park
3. visiting friends
4. brushing teeth
5. keeping Russell out of trouble

Five places I have lived:
1. the Island, B.C.
2. Palomar Mt, CA (4 springs/summers)… San Diego
3. Austin, Tx (2 springs/summers)
4. the Bay area (since December 2004)
5. TBD

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Travelling Direct

1. Buying new DVD for plane trip = $13
2. Buying airfare to Grandma's house = $350
3. Travelling direct from SFO to Victoria = Priceless

Although the airlines have been getting bad press lately, I am ecstatic over the fact that United is now flying direct between San Francisco and Victoria. The headache for years has been navigating through SEA (not difficult, but time consuming) and doing customs (only the dying/dead are allowed to use the elevators to travel up from the basement- no joking!).

Hopefully, those days are over permanently! I will gladly pay more for direct flights, especially since amusing a 2 yr-old for 4-5 hours aboard an airplane or in an airport is not on my top 10 (or 100) 'fun things to do' list. I think I'm going to write United a thank-you note.

***UPDATE: Russell and I will be coming up on Saturday, July 19th and leaving on Sunday, July 27th. Dan will likely be in Austin again that week.***

Monday, April 14, 2008

Our Growing Boy

I recently bought Russell some new summer PJ's after hearing the forecast for 80F weather. Sure glad I did! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were up to 86F. Not bad for April! It is back to normal today, cool because of the wind.

Russell seems to have hit a little growth spurt. Even Dan commented that he looked bigger after a week of being gone. His 18-24m clothing is too short and he is well into 2T/3T, depending on the clothing brand (Circo fits small). I've bought most of R's clothes from the thrift store for the last 1 1/2 years, so to spend $13 on a double-set of pj's seemed a little much, but even R needs new clothes once in a while;-)

Pictured above: after bath time.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Looks like Dan might be a few days late!

On Wednesday, American Airlines cancels more than 1,000 flights, for the second time in two weeks to inspect wiring bundles on its fleet of MD-80s.

Business trips and vacations were disrupted for tens of thousands of travelers Wednesday as American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights — nearly half its schedule — to fix faulty wiring that could cause a short-circuit or even a fire and explosion.

It was the latest — and largest — in a wave of cancellations at major U.S. airlines that have caused long lines at ticket counters and made flying even more stressful than usual.

The above posting was from a MSN report. Hmm. Since Dan flew American Airlines to Austin, he may be a few days late returning. Suppose there is always Greyhound!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Summer Must Be Coming

This picture doesn't do these two XXL-strawberries any justice. The middle strawberry is your average, store-bought-sized berry. The other two must have been raised on steriods. I bought a 4-lb container of fresh berries two days ago. I put half of them in the fridge and froze the rest, since they are starting to 'expire' already. Most of the container had the XXL-sized berry. Yummy. They are so tasty with homemade granola mixed with vanilla yogurt in the morning.

In other news, Dan has gone to Texas for the week. We dropped him off this afternoon and he gets back on Friday night. I would have loved to gone with him to see my old Texas camp and friends in Austin and Houston. Maybe that is an idea for another girls' weekend someday. I was out there in the fall of 2003 when Dan was on his longest deployment. Hmm... we could afford a house there!!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

My Grace is Sufficient

Pastor David Jeremiah told the following illustrations:

A little fish is reluctant to drink the ocean water,
lest the water be depleted.
God said, “there is enough water.”

A man at the top of a mountain is reluctant to breath,
lest the air be depleted.
God said, “there is enough air.”

A woman prays but hesitates,
lest her prayers but unheard.
God said, “there is enough grace.”

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2. Cor. 12:9

How powerful these words are. Paul ‘besought the Lord thrice’ for his thorn to be removed. As we struggle daily to depend on our God, this verse has come to mind. For some reason, we have been allowed to experience this trial. We pray for God's strength because ours has been depleted.