Friday, January 30, 2009

It Turns Out That I'm Not Crazy!

Brent gets up at 5:15 am, which is a little early for me, so normally I just roll over enough to make sure he's getting up, then I go back to sleep. This morning I was just in that half asleep, half awake state when it felt like someone ran into the bed. Just a little jolt that woke me up. Then there was another little jolt once I was awake. I could hear the shower still going, so I knew it wasn't Brent. I decided that I was just more asleep than awake and I was dreaming. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that it might have been an earthquake.

When Brent came in to say good bye, I said, "I think I felt an earthquake, did you feel anything?" To which Brent said, with a chuckle in his voice, "No, you must have been dreaming." Maybe...

After I got up for the day, the phone rang and it was Brent. "Just wanted to let you know that you're not crazy." There was an earthquake! It was about 4.5 magnitude and centered in Kingston, which is 30 miles north of here. Hah! I knew I wasn't sleeping.

That makes two earthquakes that I have felt and, surprisingly enough, I felt both when I was in bed. Coincidence...well, probably.

I didn't know how far away this earthquake would be reported on the news, so I thought I'd share my story of earthquake #2 and tell you all that it was a very small earthquake and there is no damage, just a lot of people being woken up.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dinner and Fun

Julie suggested that Brent and I go do something fun and take some pictures. The picture part isn't hard, but it seems that the going out part kind of is. Between renewed home improving (Brent is now working on our basement bathroom), nearly 2 feet of snow, and Christmas, we just couldn't seem to find the time to get out. I really wanted to go down to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium because they do zoo lights and I thought that would be fun. But as January 4th (the last day of zoo lights) loomed, I started to think that wasn't going to be what we were going to do for fun. Fortunately, I looked online and they had extended zoo lights for another week because of all the snow. YEAH! Here we come.

First off...dinner at Applebee's. (This picture is for you Jules!)

I have to do many inventive things to get Brent in pictures. I'm pretty proud of myself for thinking of this one!

Then off to the zoo. I must admit, it's kind of hard to find in the dark. Apparently, we need to go there more often. We did finally find it though. And this is what we found....

W0000wwww! Isn't it gorgeous! Christmas lights and a zoo. What could be better. The only animal we did see though was a wolf, but we still knew they were there.

Ahhhhhh.... If you ask me, Christmas lights are almost better than fireworks. They're not as noisy or smelly. :)

And to prove that we really were there....

Brent had the camera set to take three pictures in a row, so we held up some people as they were walking along. Oops.

Well, I would definitely recommend going to a zoo near you if they mention that they are doing zoo lights. It's well worth the time! We're making this a yearly tradition.

Thanks again Julie!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We Really are Here, I Promise

I know it has been WAY too long since I blogged. And I'm just saying right now, that you probably won't see another blog from me until February. Ever since Brent went back to work, I've been feverishly working on the last bit of my medical transcription school work. It is keeping me REALLY busy. In fact, I should be working on it right now, but...

I also need your help! I'm looking for a nurse or doctor who would be willing to be interviewed, via email, for my research paper. Do you know any??

Ok, so here's the catch up. We're going far back....all the way back to Christmas!
Man, I look tired. It wasn't that early though. Brent made some great cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I love that tradition.

It was a fun morning. We also got to talk to most of our family using Skype. It's so nice to be able to not only talk, but see each other while we talk. Thanks Julie!!

Christmas night was spent with a bunch of friends. It was great having a full house. Brent made a fabulous dinner of ham, potatoes and rolls. I made the pistachio salad. Yeah me!

Everyone made it to our house even though our road wasn't plowed until the next day. There was still about 18" of snow on the ground on Christmas. It was weird.

This is Aaron. Funny face, huh?

And here is what Kyle wanted to wear to Christmas dinner. Silliness.

This was taken after the first snow storm. Soon after this we decided we should probably clear off the deck...we don't know if it's rated for so much snow.Since we don't even own a snow shovel...still need to get one...this is what we used. Well, that and a big old broom and a regular shovel. We would have made millions if we owned a snow blower!

That's pretty much it. Julie did suggest we go out and take some pictures. That will be the next post!

Have a great day!