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I’ve had a crappy couple of days, so I wanted to write about something fun. I promise! I DO have fun! πŸ™‚

Last Friday night me and David (and his friend Joe) went to karaoke in Kingston. The exciting things about Kingston is that it requires a ferry to get there. And in case people haven’t yet figured it out….I LOVE ferry rides. Why? I’m not really sure. And I’m also really not sure when this obsession started. All I know, is few things make me happier than those big white boats. πŸ™‚ Here it is! This is actually the ferry we took to Kingston.

100_2081After getting on the boat, we got a snack so I wouldn’t get seasick. Then we ventured outside and I took some more pictures of the view and of us of course. πŸ™‚

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100_2090I think David was getting a littleΒ  tired of my picture taking…..

100_2091Once on the other side, we grabbed some crepes before heading to the karaoke place. Once we were there, Joe and David jumped right in. It was kind of the “Joe and David” show that night. They are always willing to jump up on that microphone. I have yet to get up the courage to sing something. You’d think I would have no problem doing it….I did sing solos for years when I was younger….in front of far larger crowds. Oh well, we shall see.

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100_2109I am not much of a drinker, but I do drink occasionally (in moderation). I was convinced to try and Irish Car Bomb. I have to admit, I was a little nervous:

100_2099I held my own though and I realized I didn’t have anything to be worried about. It wasn’t bad at all. I’m not a huge fan of beer though, so I didn’t like that part.

Around 12:10 I started saying that we needed to leave. The last ferry leaves Kingston at 12:20 AM and there are no more after that. The boys of course, insisted that we had time. Joe wanted to get another song in. Well, guess what that resulted in…..yes, me running down the street in flip flops trying to catch the ferry. We had to run the entire way and just BARELY made it on. I don’t think I would have reacted well to missing the ferry and having nowhere to stay for the night!

It was a fun night! One of my favorites in awhile. My boyfriend works his BUTT off, pretty much nonstop, so when we can get out and do something it’s always fun. Such is the nature of running a startup! I’ve read books to understand what he does a little better and there is a LOT of work involved. I’m proud of him. He’s an extremely hard worker. πŸ™‚

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Overwhelmed

I’m having a hard time today. I’m not really sure why. Some days I just feel totally overwhelmed (kind of like I’m drowning) and this is definitely one of those days. I think most of it has to do with the fact that I don’t have a job for the summer now….a job I have been planning on having for a couple months now. To suddenly be told yesterday (when it’s so close to the time I was supposed to start) is frustrating. I think I’m allowed to be a little stressed about that. So, I’m back to square one. The awesome thing about that job was that it was with people I KNOW….it’s always a little scary to go meet with random people at their houses. Plus, you never know what kind of people they are. Oh well, I guess I don’t get a choice.

I have to remind myself not to give up. I’m going to be going to school, and it’s all going to be fine (of course that job I was supposed to have this summer, is what was going to pay for school in the fall….so hopefully I get another one asap!).

Today (well, yesterday technically now) was my boyfriend’s birthday. I tried to make it as special as I could. I made him a cake, bought him Starbucks, got him a present. I just feel like it wasn’t enough. I like to make huge deals out of birthdays, yet with my somewhat limited budget, I wasn’t able to do that as much as I would have liked. There were a whole bunch of things I really wanted to get him, but once again I really couldn’t. I LOVE buying people things (way more than I like buying things for myself….I’ve been known to buy people things for no reason) so you can imagine how hard that was for me. He loved everything of course, and insisted that I didn’t need to get him anything. He’s not super into birthdays, so he really didn’t want to do much anyway, so I guess I shouldn’t feel bad. I just hate feeling so limited.

I called my mom last night to get her recipe for homemade fudge frosting. In the background I was suprised (and annoyed) to hear my sister in the background mouthing off. I quote: “Oh, I get it…she only calls when she wants something. She’s such a brat. I don’t know why you even talk to her.” All said with disgust, I might add. Ummm….okay….what on earth did I do? I do NOT just call when I want something. Just a week ago I went all the way up to Lake Stevens to go to Kelsey’s band concert (which she wasn’t at, I might add). I also bought Kelsey a present I probably really couldn’t afford. Why? Because I care. I get so sick of her constantly judging me (and everyone else). For some reason she has always thought that everyone else is below her. My mom was telling me she wants me and David to come over for tacos. I told her I won’t come if people are going to be rude. My mom insisted that I wouldn’t be there to see my sisters anyway, but to see her. I shouldn’t have to put up that just for calling my own mother. Such bitterness! And for the life of me, I can’t figure it out. I hate to admit it, but it makes me feel bad. I should be used to her ways by now, but it always hurts me anyway. She’s 23 years old….she needs to figure out how to control her mouth.

Okay, wow. Depressing post. I promise to be back with a more upbeat and happy post tomorrow, I just needed to get some things off my chest (something I’m not good at doing). I’ll tell you one thing….I will NEVER take having a job and feeling secure for granted EVER again. Sheesh!

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After reading a facebook message, I am somewhat annoyed today. A couple months ago, I told someone at the church I attended that I would watch his two boys for summer break. He asked me, I agreed. He even told me the days it would be and how many hours per day. It was a done deal. About a week ago I received a message from him telling me he only needed me three days a week instead of four. I said that was fine. Now he doesn’t need me at all. I received an email that he found a free option for the summer. That’s fine, obviously free is better and I understand that. I just wish I had known this piece of information sooner.Β  The frustrating thing is that I didn’t pursue some AWESOME opportunities because of the commitment I made to watching his boys. These jobs would have paid more and would have started a long time ago. It’s frustrating to know I could have taken one of those positions and be working right now. Instead I was trying to do the right thing and live up to my commitments. I knew that taking a different nanny position would mean that I wouldn’t be able to watch his kids for the summer and I didn’t want to leave him hanging.

On another note, it is David’s birthday tomorrow and I’m excited! πŸ™‚ I love celebrating people’s birthdays. He’s convinced he’s “old”….I assured him he is not (after all, he will be turning 26….the same age as me). I’m going to make him a cake and give him presents. I don’t know what else is on the agenda tomorrow. We shall see. πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for a fun post about our karaoke night last Friday in Kingston (complete with pictures!). πŸ™‚

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My 50th post! I’m proud of myself that I’m actually writing on a regular basis! Hopefully that continues!

I’m reading “The Kite Runner” currently. I’ve heard about this book and seen it on best seller lists and such, but just hadn’t read it. We go to David’s parents’ house every Sunday for dinner and his mom has a TON of books right there in their dining room. Inevitably we always end up discussing books and she pulls out some new books for me to read. It’s awesome! Like my own personal library. πŸ™‚ “The Kite Runner” is one of the books I took home this week. It’s AWESOME! I haven’t been able to put it down much. I managed to put it down long enough to go to the grocery store and to watch the season premiere of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” (which is an entirely different topic….) but I quickly picked it back up. It’s one of those stories that kind of changes you. It’s making me see things very differently. I’ve almost cried at least once already.

Okay onto Jon and Kate Plus 8. I found the whole thing sad and actually almost cried. I went into the episode expecting to be annoyed with Kate but instead I found myself more frustrated with Jon. I don’t believe that Kate thinks she’s without fault….she admitted she hasn’t done everything right. BUT she is the one that’s THERE. She was the one arranging every single detail of the sextuplet’s birthday party and she seems to want to make it work. Jon seems like he’s being selfish….he’s made some stupid decisions and is probably mad that he got caught. Why he would go out and party with young single women is beyond me. He seems so indifferent. Reality is, he has 8 children, whether they continue doing the show or not, and he needs to be a father to them. I’m sure both are at fault in some way or another, I am just sad for those kids….who right now really have no idea that their family may be close to falling apart. I hate divorce and what it does to kids…..no matter what their ages.

On another note, it’s after midnight, which means my little sister is sixteen today! Craziness! I was ten years old when she was born and can’t believe she is already sixteen! She’s a junior in high school and will be graduating next year….it freaks me out! David’s birthday is thursday (he’ll finally be 26, like me!) so I’m sure we’ll be doing some celebrating. πŸ™‚

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David’s been working since we got home from a movie (Terminator, in case you were wondering) so I turned on the tv to see what I could find to entertain me. Usually Saturday nights are a bit abysmal in the selection department but, as luck would have it, TLC was playing a marathon of Jon and Kate Plust 8. The new season begins on monday, so I guess they’re playing all the episodes nonstop until then. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that Jon and Kate are all over the tabloids regarding supposed infidelity on both sides. I think the whole thing is rather nauseating. From what I can gather, Jon is tired of doing the show….he’s stressed out and not handling it well. Kate insists that they must keep doing the show….for the sake of their kids. I really think they need to stop the show….if it’s having negative effects on someone in your family it’s time to end it. No amount of money is worth that. I’m sure it’s much easier to have things handed to you, to not really have to work in the traditional sense. Reality is, they COULD go out and get normal jobs and provide for their family that way, out of the public eye like everyone else does. It’s harder and not as glamorous but it is possible. There are people with more kids than them (the Duggars, and the Hayes family from Table for 12, to name a couple) who have jobs and actually work for their living.

I enjoyed watching the show. They seemed so “real” and the kids are adorable. Now, though, it’s hard to stomach. To know that the family is on the brink of falling apart, kind of takes the fun out of it. To exploit this whole situation to get more people to watch is kind of sickening. Regardless of who wronged who, or who’s more at fault….marriages don’t fall apart overnight….and usually both people are somewhat at fault. They should take a step back and work on their family.

Being the daughter of divorced parents I know how messy divorce can be and how hard it is on kids (my sister was only 11). Their main focus should be their children and the effect it’s having on them. Hopefully someone is looking after them.

I don’t normally write about tv shows, but this situation is just disappointing. I see a lot of selfishness going on. Of course as long as people keep watching I’m sure the show will remain on the air.

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Just For Fun

1. Who knows a secret or two about you? There are a few people.

2. Four words to explain why you last threw up? I would rather not think about it.

3. Have you ever burned yourself? I burned myself when I made Lasagna recently….but David doesn’t have potholders, so I was making do.

4. Who is your hero? I’m not sure.

5. Would you ever want to be a supermodel? Nope

6. When is your next party? David’s birthday is the 28th, so I’m sure we will do some sort of partying. πŸ™‚

7. Do you know what you will wear tomorrow? Nope

8. Have you ever accidentally eaten an insect? Oh gosh, I certainly hope not.

9. Do you talk baby talk? To babies-you better believe it!

10. Would you ever work in a retirement home? Sure.

11. Are you ever purposely irritating? Not on purpose.

12. If you could fly, where would you go first? Disneyland

13. Do you prefer boats or planes? That’s a tough one. I really like ferries.

14. One best friend or 10 acquaintances? One best friend, but I can’t imagine having just one.

15. Favorite food? Mexican or Thai

16. Do you believe that your first love never dies? It does eventually.

17. What upcoming event are you waiting and ready for? Hmmmm….Leavenworth next weekend for David’s birthday. I’m so freaking excited. I love Leavenworth.

18. Do you get your nails done? I got a pedicure ONCE and I loved it.

19. What was the last thing you ordered at McDonald’s? Ick. I don’t like McDonalds. I never go there so I can’t remember what I ordered last.

20. Are you an emotional person? I can be. Some times more than others.

21. When did your last relationship end? Well, my last relationship wasn’t really a “relationship” in that we weren’t boyfriend and girlfriend. I had one “boyfriend” before David and that ended back in, ummm, November of 2007

22. Favorite place to be? Probably outside at night. By water, preferably

23. How do you feel about your hair? It needs to be cut.

24. Do you sleep with a fan on? Not usually but I used to.

25. Did you sleep in past noon today? Yeah….But hey it’s Saturday!

26. Are you sarcastic? Very.

27. Did you have a good birthday this year? Yes, it was good.

28. What is your favorite kind of weather? The weather we’re having right now….sunny, clear, not too hot.

29. Have you ever cried during a movie? Yes. I don’t often though.

30. Who’s the last person you had a deep conversation with? Probably David

31. Who was the last person you cried in front of? David….poor thing he has to put up with my occasional emotional-ness.

32. Do you like your name? I like the Erika part. But I’ve always hated my last name.

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I went to my old high school tonight. My youngest sister (she’s a Junior) had her last band concert of the year tonight. Going there always takes me back in time a little bit. I graduated eight years ago and it seems like FOREVER ago. However, walking in those doors makes it feel like yesterday. And the kids all look so YOUNG to me! Did I really look that young in high school too?! Or do kids just look younger these days? I can’t help but remember being a teenager….the world is wide open and it seems like the sky is the limit. It was all so carefree. I kind of miss it sometimes….although I of course wouldn’t want to actually BE a teenager again! πŸ™‚

Here’s my sister with some of her friends.

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Here’s me and my little sister.

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usandkelsMy dad was there tonight. He took Kelsey out to dinner for her birthday (which is the 26th) beforehand, so he decided to go to the concert too. I hadn’t seen him in AGES….probably close to a year. He actually made a point to come over and say hi to me. It was a little awkward since my mom and grandma were sitting right there, but I’m glad he said SOMETHING. I’m glad he came though, for Kelsey’s sake. As much as she might say she hates him, I know she likes it when he comes to things and shows interest in her life. I’m thinking about maybe getting back in touch with him a little bit. I can’t help but wonder if I was a little harsh and impulsive before….he’s still my dad and he’s the only one I’m ever going to have-I would like to have SOME sort of relationship with him. It’s not a popular opinion to hold among some members of my family (it goes better for me when I shun him), but since I haven’t been around as much lately, I think I could get away with it. David said he would go with me if I wanted to go up to the farm or out to dinner or something. Maybe I’ll text or email him and see what he thinks.

It was an enjoyable evening. I’m looking forward to karaoke in Kingston tomorrow night (well, I guess it’s technically tonight). We get to take the ferry, and I am so excited! I may even sing this time. πŸ™‚ We shall see.

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