Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sorry, Death Cab on the mind. I've made it a resolution to blog more and keep documenting the wild and wacky adventures of us: The Elliott and Alisa. It's only been over the past couple of months that I've really slowed down but it's completely thrown me off habit, which is really a shame since December was filled with so many bloggable moments. Anyway, here's to getting back on track with lost hobbies! If you don't see a post within a week, gently slap my face so that it'll sting just enough to remind me to blog but not enough so that I'll feel prompted to slap you back.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thanksgiving was amazing! We enjoyed two fantastically put together meals--who wouldn't love it?--while at the same time got to enjoy Anna's and Brianne's new babies! I won't lie, Elliott's a better baby holder than I am but that's only because I come from 20 years of mastering the art of holding, handling and sweetalking cats. And I am the best. Oh come'on don't stop reading because I'm comparing cats to babies.
Sadly, we had to leave the babies (and cats) early so that we could make it home in time to get to bed early for Black Friday! We actually didn't get to bed too early because we got hung up on You've Got Mail, thinking that we would be able to nap away our sleepiness after our shopping. Unfortunately, that didn't happen either. We went to the coyotes game that afternoon as a perfect finale to our shopping and eating--thanks to Trevor and Dr. Paul!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Elliott scoring a point in one of the three games they played.
This is the video of Elliott's game-winning run-off in the Championship! The game was tied 1-1 after the 20 minute limit and even after playing an extra inning, nobody from either team scored! THUS, a run-off. The first player to run around the bases and touch home wins. Elliott actually won a run-off in a previous game but the pressure was on even more here. I suggest you watch the video with the sound off so that you don't have to listen to my commentary and yelling. I have to apologize for making fun of the track bags. They're actually really nice, I was just so excited for them to win that I wanted trophies! Cash prizes! Free tanning coupons! I forgot that it was a kickball game.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The famed Brawny Man himself in all his glory.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Dashboard! They were pretty good, definitely the favorite act of the night. Elliott might have to fill in song names later but they sang the big hits of course and we were especially impressed with his screaming capabilities.
Panic at the Disco. I felt a little let down because they weren't especially flamboyant tonight. They actually looked and acted normal. Weiwrd. We thought that we could enjoy them a little more by moving a section over (there were a lot of seats open) and AWAY from the screamer girl. No. There were two more screamers behind us! What can you expect though?
John Lennon incarnate. Even down to the Rickenbacker.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Here is kill number 6!
Kill 7 but hes only a wolf spider.
This is my "Spider Beater!" I once killed a black widow with our Ortho Home Defense Spray. The next day he was not sitting in the puddle of spray. I read on the back of the bottle a week later that it doesn't kill black widows....What kind of flipping bug spray!?! Needless to say, we bought the big can of Raid. The web of the one who got away has gotten bigger....He's now my white whale. When we got home tonight from Bandera's with Brianne and Trevor I took note of just how big it is and went in to get my flashlight and Raid. I didn't find him tonight but you should know that I killed 9 big, red diamond, full fledged Black Widows. There were 2 other spiders as well. This stick is what I take around now to desecrate the bodies because of the one who got away. It conveniently reaches into tight spaces so I don't have to get my foot all webby.
I wish I had better pictures.... I should have taken some predeath pictures but once I spotted the first I just started dealing out death and didn't look back.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This picture was taken today and was rather rushed since "someone" had to "study" (aka follow up on his fantasy football team). Oh well, hopefully we'll be able to snag another one later tonight. Thanks for taking the picture Elliott! I know I have some problems getting the camera in the right place.
So... We went to Black Angus 'cause we had a coupon and you really can't pass up 20 pounds of food for $33.95. It was just oh so yummy! Elliott hadn't been there before and... judging by how much we both ate, I can honestly say that it was a meal well spent and enjoyed. After that, we walked Superstition Springs Mall for an hour or so to kill time before the movie--Ghost Town! We laughed during the entire thing but nowhere as much (or loud) as the lady sitting next to Elliott (she was a clapper), but honestly, those people make the movie more fun (sometimes).
Elliott eating the sampler platter! He let me have all of the shrimp cocktail since it was my birffday (he's my hero)! The waitress' exact comments at the end of the meal were: "I've never had anyone NOT ask for a box when eating this meal!" Liz, the waitress was pretty nice.
Me eating the cake. Yeah, I know I look a bit gooberish but hey, Elliott doesn't believe in taking multiple pictures to get a good shot and I felt like Michelle Tanner (you know, the little girl from Full House who's obsessed with chocolate cake)?? And NO, I was not a cake monster, Elliott definitely pulled his weight for someone who doesn't have a sweet tooth--even if I "hogged" all the ice cream. Just kidding! Again, he's always so nice and forgiving when it comes to food. I can be a bit of a monsser sometimes but I juss' love him so much! Thanks for the best birthday ever!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I've gotten pretty efficient and quick at cleaning them. Also tried a new way to eat 'em this year. We surfed the web and were able to find a pretty good recipe involving the crock pot. It was quite spicy and quite good. There were a few techniques to get rid of the gamey flavor too. I'll put the recipe below here for future reference and the curiosity of our followers.
~ 6-8 dove breasts, skinned~ 1 medium chopped onion ~ 1 can cream of mushroom soup ~ 1 can diced tomatoes and chilis ~ 1 clove garlic, chopped~ Salt and pepper to taste
Soak the breasts in salt water solution for 20-30 minutes (1 Tbsp salt to 4 cups water.) Rinse the birds and set aside. Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Stir and cover. Turn crockpot on low. Cook time approximately 6-8 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
She's playing dress up. I'm her hero! It turns out this picture is probably more likely to get pulled than the cricket one from the last posting.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I do realize that this picture will stay only as long as the wifey hasn't noticed it is here. The purpose of this post is to fill people in on the recent Bain of Alisa's existence. The oh so SNEAKY cricket! Crickets and creepy crawlers have been keeping me busy on the weekends since we got here. It was also the origin of our A/C outage debochal. We were trying to evict them by cutting down surrounding weeds.
The catalyst for this post was also a little chirping friend. I would have taken a picture of the incident but due to the inappropriate content of Alisa in the shower I have to use this fabricated cricket rather than the actual shower intruder. I heard two blood curdling screams this evening while making my roast beef sammich. Apparently the cricket attacked her from the ceiling. She was pretty shaken up about it. I don't blame her though. We have to plug the drains when not showering because they crawl up and we are always finding crickets and earwigs in the bathtub. My extermination skills took care of the roaches at least...and the black widow as previously mentioned. Well thats all for now. And I imagine you won't hear from me too often but I thought I'd give a third party perspective to the home invasions Alisa has to deal with on a daily basis.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thanks to Mark, my boss at the book dusting--which evolved into sorting-- place, for the amazing donation to our home. AND. Thanks to Pier 1 for having a clearance sale on place mats. They have bamboo on the sides. Oooh! Oh, and the smaller chairs (there's 2 more) fold up!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Elliott plays in an indoor league on Tuesdays with a team that has a few players (and friends) from our old single's ward. They've won just about every game (and there's a LOT). I pretty much sit in the stands and cheer for my baby as he scores at least once or twice a game (usually more). So fun. That, and we've saved enough "dollar off food" tokens that I get free food. It's been fun to get to know the girlfriends and families of other players, most are LDS. I hope this is something that we will be able to continue.
Gross: I always heard about kids seeing black widows and me laughing to myself [probably rolling my eyes but not realizing it] thinking they just saw a big black spider. Well... I lyyyke totally saw one. Elliott killed it using an excessive but necessary amount of bug spray and a cup.. yuck.
So of course I HAD to tell everyone at work (not that many people) about my experience and one worker who... is hard to explain... says in a rather awkward and quiet voice (but not reprimanding):
- "Well uh-- maybe next time tell your husband that black widows kill crickets."
After which the level-headed worker whose thoughts are more in line with mine responded:
-"But poison kills both of them!"
Here is our barbecue beef and onions (skillet style) that we pilled on toasted hoagie buns (after which I topped with cheese and even more bbq sauce). Elliott is definitely the master at cooking meat but I do have some mean toasting skills.
And heeeere is our fabulous lasagna. It was and, thanks to refrigeration, continues to be fabulous. We ate so much that night I was surprised we still have some left over!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
(Thanks for the tickets Bishop)!
RingoRingoRingo Yes, he still drums.
John Lennon Tribute. I know, I know.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Elliott: "That border on our profile picture is horrific."
Alisa: "Blog about it. That's what bloggers do, right?"
This brilliant plan was followed by Elliott's even more brilliant plan to actually fix the situation.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Don't know who was more excited for his first day of school but at least he looked good and that's most important, right?
Gettin' THE Coat
So my camera is absolute garbage in any lighting situation that is dimmer than mid-day sunlight. No exaggeration. However, my video option works well in "dimly lit" situations. Sorry. I'm getting off track. Anyway. Here's Elliott getting his white coat! Ahhh exciting! So cute.
After THE ceremony!
We would've been smiling even BIGGER if we knew the amazing cookies awaiting in the next room.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Anyway, we're here now and so far so good. We are always up to something (good and bad) and it's always fun to let everyone see and read about it.
Now we just have to see if we can keep up on it.