Thursday, December 28, 2006

CHRISTMAS DAY 2006 in TACOMA


Brian and I had a wonderful Christmas in Tacoma this year. We had good weather the days before Christmas and enjoyed a day in downtown Seattle, an afternoon exploring Edmonds and a wonderful and relaxing Christmas Eve at home. Brian made two yummy quiches (broccoli-cheddar and Lorraine) and we sipped on baileys Irish Cream and listened to Christmas music on Christmas Eve. I managed to stay awake long enough to watch the 1938 version on "A Christmas Carol" (someone else was sleeping) before visions of sugarplums danced in my head!
Christmas Morning was a present FRENZY! Santa spoiled both of us. Brian received a gift certificate from Santa himself for a new bike along with a historical book on baseball that included a DVD, a brass rain gauge and a long sleeved T-shirt from his Alma Mater, Mesa State.

Santa brought Stacy the gift she's been asking for since July, an ice cream maker along with the most comfortable bathrobe she's ever put on and Seattle Mariner's socks, an M's gift card and a pair of beautiful pearl earrings.

We both hope Santa brought all of you a relaxing day spent with the ones you love!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Stacy

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY



With just a few days left in the holiday shopping seasons, Brian and I took time out to drive from Tacoma to Seattle for what is becoming an annual event. This year neither of us were sick (YIPPEE) and we were able to explore downtown (Westlake Center) and do a lot of window shopping. We had a great lunch at PF Chang's and a bit of holiday cheer before meeting up with good friends Sonja and Geoff for a fantastic dinner at Il Fornio.

Stace

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Rebecca Lane Christmas - times 2

Rebecca Lane hosted two Christmas celebrations this week. Sunday, Brian and Sandra exchanged gifts followed by a Christmas breakfast casserole before Brian headed back to Tacoma.



Tuesday night Sandra and Stacy (Chick and Princess) exchanged gifts over a bottle of pink champagne and garden burgers with french fries. Chick loves her new Olympus digital camera, homemade garden tile and Mexico 2007 book, which will help her map out her cruise in April.

Stacy got not ONE but TWO great cookbooks by her two favorite Food TV hosts, Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) and Jamie Oliver (The Naked Chef). It looks like I'll be doing a lot of cooking in the new year. I also love my new Old Navy PJ's, brown shoe boots and Calvin Klein "Euphoria" perfume.

Are we lucky or what???

Stacy

Monday, December 18, 2006

Christmas In Eugene






We spent Saturday in Eugene celebrating Christmas with my parents as well as my dad's 63rd birthday.

We had a wonderful lunch at Marche in the 5th Street Public Market. Dad and I split a 1/2 dozen willipa bay oysters on the half shell. YUMMO!

After lunch, we dropped Sandra off at Phyllis and Lester Kraal's house for a bit of Christmas cheer! Lester's separator cocktails were something else.

Dad loved his Elvis Presley wine as well as his CD with the 50's hit "The Happy Whistler".

Brian and I were spoiled with a T-Fal cookware set that will be put to good use this year for Christmas dinner. In addition, Brian was given a brown suede jacket from my parents that he hasn't taken off since he first put it on!

It was a great day, enjoyed by all!

Stace

The Storm



Brian's power finally came back on after Thursday night's big wind storm. Luckily, he was in Portland over the weekend, but he's guessing that he was without power over 48 hours.

I found this picture on-line. It was taken in front on Titlow Lodge near Titlow beach and about 1 mile from Brian's apartment.

There is still an estimated 225,000 without power into their 5th day.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Westridge Christmas Tree




Brian and I put up the first Christmas tree at Westridge on Sunday afternoon. Brian thought my noble fir at Rebecca Lane was so beautiful that we picked out one for the apartment. It's about 6.5 feet tall and fits perfectly in the living room (lots of room for Santa's presents). We picked up some new ornaments at Wight's Home and Garden in Lynnwood, WA www.wights.com a few weeks ago and this year's tree is the prettiest we have decorated together.

Stace

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Party




Brian and I had a great time at the Russell Christmas Party on Saturday night held at the Boeing Museum of Flight. Don't we look great all dressed up!

We estimated that there were about 1,000 employees and partners at the event on Saturday night and it was nice to meet some of the people that Brian's been working with for the past 90 days.

We had access to the entire Flight Museum, including the historic Red Barn, the birthplace of the Boeing Company. The Museum of Flight opened its first wing on Boeing Field in 1983 in the historic "Red Barn," the company's original manufacturing plant. Built in 1909, the Red Barn was donated to The Museum of Flight by the Port of Seattle in 1975 and moved to its present location at Boeing Field/King County International Airport that same year.

The main event was held in the "Great Gallery", which is a 3 million-cubic-foot, six-story glass-and-steel exhibit hall currently containing 39 full-size historic aircraft, 23 of which, including the nine-ton Douglas DC-3, hang from the space-frame ceiling. The hanging aircraft trace the history of the first century of flight. Pretty Cool!

They had flight simulators you could check out, but to be honest it looked rather nauseating (the things moved up/down and sideways). So for those of us who preferred to keep their feet on the ground they had blackjack, craps and one lone roulette table crammed into the back corner. They gave us one orange chip each, valued at $50,000 and it was fun to "pretend" we were high rollers!

They set up two buffet areas with everything from chicken satays to sliced roast beef, cheese, pasta salads and three different kinds of hummus dip with pita bread. I made Brian stuff a few thumbprint jam cookies into his pockets for the car ride home!

It was a really neat event and I felt like a Princess all dressed up in my new cocktail attire (Brian looked pretty sharp in his new jacket). Aside from the really bad disco band, the evening was wonderful!

Stace

Thursday, December 7, 2006

HO HO HO

With a little help from one of Santa's elves (Brian), Sandra and I got our Christmas trees (yes....two) at a cute little farm/produce stand "HOFFMAN FARMS AT LOLICH'S" last Saturday. Sunday's tree decorating party with homemade Turkey enchiladas was lots of fun. Have a peek at the results! It looks like Santa Claus "threw-up" inside our home! The Santa face wreath is a new edition this year, handmade by one of Sandra's former co-workers in Eugene, OR. He is stunning!
Stacy


Friday, December 1, 2006

Dinner in Canby



I had dinner with the Hygelund's last night (okay, maybe just Debi). It was the first time I had been to Canby in about a year! Life on the farm is good. Both boys (Miles, 15 and Noel 11) are into wrestling. Miles is ranked in the state of Oregon at 135 pounds and has his first meet today. Good Luck, Miles!

Debbie made this amazing soy/ginger/wasabi glazed Ahi tuna, which she seared on all sides and left bright pink in the middle (good job, Deb)! She also broiled some cod and scallops and had a pot of brown rice.

Unfortunately, Lloyd had to go coach Noel's wrestling team so I didn't get to spend much time catching up with him, but I'll be back on the 18th of December for some "holiday cheer" and maybe a little of Debi's famous Southern Comfort Punch she was telling me about - http://www.recipelink.com/gm/31/569, to which she adds sliced lemons and oranges sprinkled with colored sugar and partially frozen. Sounds Yummy! Always good to catch up with my best friend since the 3rd grade (that's almost 30 years).

Stace

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Washington County Wine Tour




Our Thanksgiving weekend tradition! This year we started out at Tualatin Valley Vineyards (and were the first in the door) followed by David Hill Winery, Shaffer Vineyards (with the largest display of Christmas ornaments at a winery we've ever seen), Cooper Mountain Winery and Ponzi Vineyards. What a great day! We tasted (okay....drank) lots of really great wines.

We topped the day off by watching the taped Civil War game (Ducks/Beavers), grateful the we didn't cross paths with anyone who would tell us the score. Then ended the day with a 4+ hour poker marathon (did some of us really stay up until 2AM).

Stace

Monday, November 27, 2006

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS


I am not sure if this is Brian's direct view, but he just called me from downtown St. Louis to say that he was looking out over Busch Stadium from the AG Edwards building. He's got nothing on tap for a few hours (before a business dinner) so he's taking a walk outside and over to the Cardinal's team store. Perhaps a little world championship souvenir will be coming my way?

Stace

Let it snow.....let it snow.....let it snow!

HAPPY MONDAY!

Brian's flight to St. Louis looks to be on time and he just made it through security at 7:00 am for his 7:30 flight! Close call!

Track his flight today: American Airlines Flight 0456 from Seattle to St. Louis
http://www.flytecomm.com/cgi-bin/trackflight

I-5 is closed at Centralia, WA in both directions as the snow and black ice is really bad north. Brian said the drive to the airport was "pretty bad".

But.....will we get any snow at Rebecca Lane?

Stace

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Eve






"Happy Thanksgiving" took on a whole new meaning on Wednesday night at Rebecca Lane. After Brian and Steve FINALLY arrived (both over 4 hours by car) the party really got rolling!

The "cook" woke up a little groggy this morning, but the bird is in the oven (11:45) and it's time to open up the champagne. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

WEEKEND at GREENLAKE




Here are some pictures from last Saturday at Greenlake. Brian and I drove up to Seattle for the day to visit some of our old haunts and no trip to Seattle would be complete without a trip to Greenlake. Thankfully there was no rain and enough daylight left for us to snap a couple of shots. Enjoy

Friday, November 10, 2006

More weekend storms


Storm shuts Mount Rainier park

Nearly 18 inches of rain in 36 hours. That's how much fell at Mount Rainier National Park, one of the crown jewels of the Pacific Northwest, and more rain and snow is forecast through the weekend. The deluge on Monday and Tuesday swamped roads and bridges, cut power and sewer lines, and forced park officials to close the gates for the first time in 26 years.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Wedding Bells

CONGRATULATIONS to our good friends, Sonja and Geoff who got engaged over the weekend! YIPPEE! Who doesn't love a good wedding!? Brian and I are so happy for them. They are a fantastic couple. I met Sonja in 1999 and little did I know that Brian had already met her and worked with her employer in Portland. Small World! Anyway....flash forward to 2004 when I met Brian and confided all my "true feelings" to Sonja. Had it not been for her, I would never have had the courage to ask Brian out on a date. THANK YOU! When she introduced Brian and I to Geoff (4th of July weekend 2005) we just knew that it was L-O-V-E!!!!

May you have a long and happy life together!

Stace

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Rain...rain...GO AWAY!


Rainfall totals: From Thursday at 4PM to Monday at 4PM

Portland: 4.08 inches
Eugene: 3.57 inches
Olympia: 4.89 inches
Tacoma: 4.18 inches

Astoria, OR set a daily record with 2.8 inches and Portland set a daily record with 1.79 inches on Monday.

Monday, November 6, 2006

Time to Build an Ark




I wish I was going to Cabo San Lucas today! I just took Sandra to the airport for her 10 day Mexican vacation. Lucky girl! It's going to be 90 there this afternoon.

Official weekend rain totals (Saturday and Sunday):

Beaverton 2.03 inches
Tacoma 2.15 inches
Olympia 2.90 inches
Eugene 1.78 inches

Today we are expecting gusts up to 40MPH with over 2 inches of rain within the next 24 hours.

Oh, and Portland had an earthquake at 9:34 PM last night. The quake was initially reported as a 2.6 magnitude event centered at SW 5th Ave. and SW Madison, less than one block from Portland City Hall.

YIKES!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

More Weekend Pictures



I wanted to post another couple of pictures that were taken over the weekend that I really liked. The first one of Brian being his cute and funny self was taken in Port Angeles just "kitty corner" from the Silverwater Cafe.

The Haller Statue and Fountain, located at the base of the Taylor Street stairs, was ordered from a catalog in 1905. "Galatea" was recast by Riverdog Fine Arts Foundry in 1994 after one arm had been broken off. Originally cast by the J. L. Mott Foundry in New York, which made plumbing fixtures, the statue dates from 1875-1919. The artist is unknown. Galatea's sister statue, Venus Rising from the Sea at Kimberly Crest Gardens in Redlands, CA was remade from the original cast after being damaged.

The second picture was taken at the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Someone had created this little driftwood shelter and written "WELCOME" on a piece of wood. I thought it made a great postcard-like shot!

The Word on the Bird


Can you believe that it's NOVEMBER 1st already! With only 23 days left until "TURKEY DAY", I ordered the bird today from www.newseasonsmarket.com. Once again this year we are going with a Fresh Free-Range Medium Hen (14-17.99lbs) from www.diestelturkey.com (Diestel Family Turkey Farm) of Sonara, California. GOBBLE GOBBLE!!!

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Weekend-Saturday



Our Saturday journey to Port Townsend, WA was wonderful. A new route over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and north to Port Townsend through the Kitsap Peninsula, which lies in the heart of the Puget Sound. No ferry ride, which Brian and I both missed, but a wonderful partial backroads journey to a wonderful little town. It was also great that our good buddies, Sonja and Geoff took the ferry over from Seattle and met us for lunch at our favorite spot, the Silverwater Cafe followed by a stroll along the beach at Point Wilson Lighthouse (Fort Worden State Park where the lighthouse is located and the grounds, gun emplacements, and quarters were used in the filming of the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman").

Originally named 'Port Townshend' by Captain George Vancouver (for his friend the Marquis of Townshend) in 1792, Port Townsend was immediately recognized as a good, safe harbor, which it remains to this day. The official settlement of the city took place on the 24th of April, 1851 (coincidently...MY BIRTHDAY). Called the "City of Dreams" because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast, those dreams never really materialized. Aside from antique shopping, Port Townsend is noted for a vast collection of Victorian homes.