Thursday, December 31, 2009

New years at Skamania Lodge

We rarely, okay make that never...go anywhere on New Years.
We usually stay home and watch Dick Clark on the TV, Paul falls asleep and as soon as its midnight we go to bed. Our neighborhood goes nuts with fireworks, so sleep is kind of impossible. Pretty exciting.
This year we decided to treat ourselves and book a few nights at one of our favorite places to stay in the summertime, the Skamania Lodge. This is really a summer place to go because its a golf course and its a big wind surfing spot on the Columbia river. There are lots of great hiking trails all around here as well as several wineries.
We were really excited to see it in the snow and see how they decorated it up for Christmas. It did not disappoint.
Everyone congregates in the lobby. Its full of rocking chairs, sofa's and huge four story windows. Usually in the evenings someone is playing the piano.
The fireplace is big enough to walk inside of...definitely a cozy spot to read, knit or just people watch.



Happy new year, from Skamania Lodge

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's going to get chilly around here

Maybe I should pick up a few of those snuggies because it looks like the furnace will need to be replaced....At this point its shut off completely.
It's possible that we could just have it serviced, but at this point we've decided to just replace it. Its old and its ready to go...

From what the repair company tells us, it'll be a week before they can get out here to install the new one. Being that is January...well, lets just pray for mild temps.
In the meantime, this little guy is our source of heat. Thankfully it pumps out the heat and warms up the whole house almost as fast as our old furnace did.

The only bummer is that the house is going to be cold cold cold when we get home from work in the evenings. Poor Macie.
Come to think of it, maybe I just better pick up a snuggie for her too, and put it on her before we leave for work :)

Friday, December 25, 2009

It couldn't have been any better

sitting on the couch this morning reflecting on yesterdays day. For me, it turned out to be one of the best christmases ever.

Fritta for breakfast, nachos for lunch, brie smothered with walnuts and honey for snacks...good food all day long. Dinner was turkey which I brined overnight, (and it came out absolutely perfect if I do say so myself), twice baked potatoes, fruit salad and the king crab legs left from christmas eve's dinner.
Getting dressed was optional, although we all managed to shower and put clean pj's back on. Thats the way we stayed all day long. I had thought once or twice about taking a walk, but that would have involved getting dressed.
I also would have liked to play some wii, but we managed to watch a couple of movies.
all in all, it couldnt have been any better.
Its a christmas I'll remember as just about as perfect as possible.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Flashback Fridays

going way back ... 20 years, to the Christmas of 1989.
As you can see, Nick has probably had his retna's burned by the flash, Justin is wearing his very awesome smiley face tee shirt, and I could still see without glasses.

What a difference 20 years makes huh?

checking my list...


Well, I think I'm almost done with my shopping...almost. Except for the two people that live in this house.
Every year Paul and I save the shopping for ourselves until the very end...and I think by that time we are pretty burned out on Christmas shopping.
So, today I am going to try and knock some of that gift shortfall out. Santa has asked for my help in picking out something nice for myself, so I'm going to do my best to find something that I'll love!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I named him Gus


but he's the travelocity gnome.
He was my gift today at the office white elephant gift exchange.
I miss him already so I may have to go back to QVC and buy one for myself :)