Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

pics from California

The view from the patio at our hotel.

After he scared my pants off, I posed for the picture (Universal Studios.)

This is the tarantula that I touched!!

Dustin and I by the Santa Monica Pier.

Late October in California.... they have it pretty rough, huh?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

scared silly

We're here in LA because Dustin's company sent him and one of his co-workers, Jesse, to the Microsoft convention. Jesse brought his girlfriend Kari along and yesterday she and I headed to The Museum of Natural History while the guys were at the conference. We decided, against our better judgement, to pay an extra $3.00 to vivit the Spider Pavillion. We assumed that the spiders were going to be in boxes (or something) so you can imagine our faces when we entered the exhibit and we were in a large, open screened room where we were with the spiders in their "natural" habitat. I'm sure we were the joke of the day when we stopped dead in our tracks and our faces drained of all color. When the initial shock wore off we started walking through... slowly and staying in the middle of the path. Right after the girl running the exhibit finished assuring us that the spiders NEVER drop down from their webs, one of the BIG spiders came down from a tree right above our heads and I almost had a heart attack. She said "I've never seen any of them do that before!" I laughed and said it was because I had never been there.

After we made it out alive, we toured the rest of the museum and ate lunch. As we were heading out, we noticed that we had missed one section on insects, etc. and decided to go. The spider-lady from the exhibit happened to be down there and was telling us all about the (disgusting) millipedes and beetles and tarantulas there. She then went in the back room and brought out two little boxes. In one was a tarantula, the other a large scorpion. She held both. I did not. But I will say that bravery overtook me for a second and I touched the underside of the tarantula's belly and it's fangs. Kari took a picture to prove it.

Then last night we had the Universal Studios tour... Microsoft rented the park for the conference so only atendees and their guests were allowed in. It was a really fun night. Free food from any and all of the vendors there and free carnival games. And I should add that the park was transformed into Halloween Horror Nights with scare zones where people wearing masks would jump out and scare your pants off, and there were several "mazes" from movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Definitely not for the faint of heart. I almost wet my pants several times but I managed to get a few pictures with some of the masked workers that my brother Ben will appreciate. Unfortunately I forgot the cord for our camera so pictures will have to wait until we get home.

As for today, I'm just chillin' at the hotel until Dustin gets back. I think we might try to visit Dodger Stadium tonight. Tomorrow he has just 1 session and then we get to do a few more touristy things before our plane leaves. I am really going to miss the weather here!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hello from LA!

So far our trip has been great! The weather is unbeatable... sunny and in the low to mid 80's with no humidity! We spent the better part of the day yesterday in Santa Monica at the ocean. Dustin's conference started today so right now I'm just relaxing at the hotel... enjoying the peace and quiet. I think I'm going to head to the pool in just a bit to catch some sun and read a little. Our hotel is about 2 blocks from the Staples Center so we're right downtown... I think that tomorrow I'm going to be adventurous and wander the streets for awhile!

Friday, October 24, 2008

panic attack

Dustin and I leave for California tomorrow morning. He is going to a conference for work and I'm tagging along because the only thing we'll have to pay for is my plane ticket. I am really excited to go... lots of quiet time and time alone with my one-and-only.... but I have been super stressed out the last couple of days trying to get everything in order before we leave. The kids are staying with my brother and sister-in-law Saturday and Sunday, Grandma Judie will be at our house with them on Monday and Tuesday, then the Freiwalds are going to stay here Wednesday and Thursday. With the boys in school and Greta in preschool, there are a lot of routines that I've written out. I can't believe how much stuff I wrote out.... obsess much?? I know that everything will be fine and, really, will the world stop turning if I've forgotten something? I just can't shake this overwhelming feeling that I'm forgetting some instruction, some clothes, something. I need to take a deep breath and just chill.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Octoberfest 2008

Yesterday we gathered with Dustin's family to have our annual Octoberfest. It basically means that the kids enjoy carving pumpkins while the adults enjoy a few beers. (Or more like the kids pick out pumpkin patterns and the adults carve them!) Dustin's sisters come so it's 7 adults and 7 kids... a full house!! We also eat German food, bob for apples and have a bonfire. Good times!

.....drum roll please.....

Here are the finished pumpkins. Our family did the 2 Twins pumpkins, the Frankenstien and the face.

Friday, October 03, 2008

don't ix-nay the family planning method just yet

I read this... one of those things that makes you say hmmmmm...

Anderson, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University's School of Medicine, and her colleagues found that not only was Coca-Cola a spermicide, but that Diet Coke for some reason worked best.

They won an Ig Nobel Prize for this. Now, I'm all for science and everything, but this information is useful how?? I can't imagine it will be used literally. ("Honey, I'm ovulating and we decided not to have another baby until next year." "It's o.k.! Get the 2 liter of Diet Coke from the fridge!")

I'll never look at one of those little silver cans the same again.