Thursday, October 30, 2008

I told my mom that I love her

And while most people would say something along the lines of what's so special about that? It was really out of character.

Pete had oral surgery Monday and my mom and sister have been calling daily to see how he is doing. Really nice of them and I think Pete is loving this. Tuesday night I was on the PC trying to snyc Pete's iPhone, on Costco trying to upload pictures, Pete was trying to get me to listen to the TV and I was talking to my Mom. All at once. Can you say multi-tasking?

Anyway, at the end of the conversation I said "I love you." I think I did it because I'm so very used to saying it to Pete at the end of our conversations. She was startled, but replied in kind and then sat there for a moment. Then asid goodbye and hung up.

As I thought about it I realized that since I met and fell in love with Pete things like I love you and pet names come much easier to me. I wonder why that is. Honestly I called my sister honey one day and she stared at me. It's just that my family doesn't do I love yous or pet names. I can't honestly rememeber my parents telling me that they loved me as a child. I'm sure that they did, I just have no memory of it. I know that as an adult there have been medical issues that caused one of us to express our love, but never just out of the blue. While my Grandma always says I love you and I always say it back.

This is not to say that I don't love my parents. I do. I really do. However, our relationship isn't the kind that expresses love or calls each other little names.

When I told my sister this she remarked that it was sad that we don't do that. I agreed. She said that she hoped her children would feel comfortable saying it. And I told her that it seems to be that if the parent makes the effort to say it to the child as a child and keeps doing it, the child will go with it. Not to say that the child doesn't love the parent & is just repeating words. I think it's something where the child needs to know that it's an "ok" thing in their relationship to say. The child needs to feel comfortable doing it.

And I wonder how it all impacts my relationship with my parents - this not saying I love you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quicky Trip

Us on Catalina Island

The famous Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

NBC Studios where Leno films and Warner Brothers. All in Burbank.

Us in front of the Bonanza characters at the Wax Museam.

Rainbow Bar where we had dinner. It's famous for so many stars frequenting it.

Catalina Island Airport. This was a stop on the bus tour on the island.

Glass bottom boat tour. Pretty at first, but a littel boring by the middle.

Pete loved this boat.

LA in less than 48 hours:
Fly in Friday and arrive about 10:30am.
Get rental car & check into hotel.
Go out to Kathy's daughter's apartment in Burbank. Drive on the 405 & 101 in a convertable. Pass major hollywood studios and photography studios.
Go to downtown Burbank and walk around.
Go to Hollywood and see the Kodak Theater, a couple of museams and walk around.
Have dinner at Rainbow Bar.
Sleep...only briefly.
Wake before dawn to get to the marina for the Catalina Island ferry.
Take ferry and arrive in cool Catalina.
Eat breakfast & walk around.
Take island bus tour.
Take glass bottom boat tour.
Eat mexican on the island.
Return to the apartment.
Go to daughter's birthday party.
Go to hotel & sleep.
Get up...again before dawn...and get to airport to head home.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Up and Down

Sometimes life seems like a rollercoaster. There are periods that are flat, and well, nice. Then there are periods that you go up and up and up and just know that there is a downward slope coming up.

The good:
We got our new Sleep Number bed yesterday. It's very comfortable. Once I get used to the warmth that it holds in, I think that I'll love it. For now, I need to get used to the warmth and figure out what my number is.

The good:
I think I have Pete convicnced to switch to ATT for cell and get iphones. Being the techie that he is I knew that he would love them as soon as he picked one up - and he did.

The bad:
Pete's mouth surgery is Monday. He won't get FLMA and is struggling to see if he will get STD. The issue isn't so much that he is disabled, but that he won't have teeth for almost a month. It's a huge blow to someone to walk around with no teeth and I'm guessing that it will cause issues with speech.

The bad:
Pete hates his job. He hates the 2 hour commute each day. He hates his coworker. He doesn't feel like the company is using his full potenital and feels stuck. He wants to quit. That makes me somewhat fearful. Wondering how long it would take him to get another job.

But, the best part in all this? You take the good with the bad. They seem to equal out in the end. The bad makes me appreciate the good all that much more. And I have Pete by my side in it all.

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm so not a spur of the moment person

I'm the one who asks all the what ifs.
I'm the one who plans and plans and plans.
I make lists of things that need to be done in order to do something else.

I'm really not a spur of the moment person.

But I booked air and hotel to go to LA with only 10 days notice. A couple from the motorcycle club asked us if we wanted to go out there with them. At first I said no, for all the reasons listed above. Then the more I thought about it, why not? We have the money and really when are we going to get out there again? Neither of us have been there so it should be fun!

We're going to Knotts Berry Farm for sure and then sightseeing or something. All I know is that I did a spur of the moment thing and it feels really good!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


We had the best time last weekend! Honeymooned in Southern MN. Stayed in a wonderful suite and ate dinner at a couple of places. I would not recommend the Anderson House unless you're looking for a comfort food experience. They really don't know how to cook a nice filet. On the other hand we had a wonderful dinner at Vinifera. The place is casually elegant and the foon was wonderful! I had a game hen in a rosemary sauce and it was so good I wanted to lick the plate. They also have a bananas foster that is to die for. It's rich and oh so good. If you're looking for something wonderful to do, check out David Sheridan's Packages for sailing.
It was a great weekend full of time to ourselves and activites that we like doing. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. In fact, I plan to do it each year.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I'm obesessed with cake.

There. I said it. I love cake.

I don't know why, but I have been on a cake kick for a while. What do you think that says? That I lack some mineral in my body that is contained in cake? Not likely. More like I love moist cake & buttercream.


I resorted to going to the grocery and getting a piece of cake on my lunch. I ate half of it. The other half is patiently waiting for me.

I think once I find that super moist yellow cake with the perfect chocolate buttercreme that I'll once again be satisfied with other desserts.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Are you romantic?

What do you consider romantic?

Pete is a romantic guy. Little things that make me realize how much he listens to what I say and little things that he does. Saturday we were going to a pot luck with some friends. He was up before I was and rolled the motorcycle down the street before starting it so it wouldn't wake me. He came back with it gassed up along with OJ for me, milk for him, donuts and flowers. It was 1 week and 1 day since we were married. What a guy!

Then I made a comment that I'd like one of those small laptops for the kitchen so that I can use it on the counter when I'm cooking. It would save me from having to print or run up and down the stairs for look ups. His first thought? I should just get that for her. It made me smile to know that.

Other romatic things? He kisses me every morning before he leaves for work. Wakes me up a little and kisses me. He leaves me a good morning text each morning and he calls later to wake me up.

Why, you ask, do I think this is romatic? It's not kisses and loving, right? But it's romantic in that he shows his love by doing those little things for me and it melts my heart when he does. I am truely lucky.

Friday, October 03, 2008

New stuff

I have big plans. Wednesday I got to go shopping with the money from the wedding. Lots of cool new things that we wanted, we now have. Only with the wedding, the house is in terrible disarray. So I'm not putting anything out until the room it belongs in is cleaned up and everything is in it's place.

We went looking at beds last night...again. I think that we're going to get the sleep number bed. Which means that we need a new headboard for a king size. I'm both excited and wary of it. Hopefully it will live up to it's expectations.

Thursday, October 02, 2008


I'm a Mrs!

Although I haven't had the opportunity to use my new name very much. I need to wait for the certified marriage license to get my drivers license changed. I need to go to the bank and have the accounts changed and utilities and mortgages....yikes!

It was a beautiful day. I wasn't nervous, I had a great time and best yet, I'm married to my best friend.