Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Grandfather passed away last night

I am filled with sadness.
My grandfather would have been 94 in March.
He was a great man.
He passed quietly in his sleep last night...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My grandfather is dying..

I adore my grandfather

and it is killing me...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Car is possessed...


Seriously, my car has a mind of its own. I won't list all its weird behaviors of the past, but I will tell you about today's oddity....
So the windshield wipers have issues - if they are on when you turn the car off, when you turn it back on they do not go on...even though the knob is in the on position....but today we had some new weirdness.
I had them on staggered (not sure what to call it, but you know - not on constantly, but rather on, pause, on, pause, etc...). I have noticed that sometimes when it thinks I need it, the car will put them on constant - totally random, sometimes while driving and sometimes while sitting, but today it decided that, occasionally, I need a burst of Super Speed Wiping - just for a moment or glad my car takes care of me like that :-)

My Dog is a Water Snob


I have known for a while that he does not like to drink water that sits in his bowl for any period of time...and that he prefers to drink water out of the hose or rain water, but now it is out of control. I noticed the other day that I filled the bowl and at the end of the day it was still full - odd for them. So I washed it out completely, and filled it....and still he kept insisting on going outside to drink the pooled rain water.
I know our tap water tastes pretty nasty, but who knew a dog would be that picky??

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It is tuesday again...

and I am so excited about it!

While wasting time between school and dutch class, Anneke and I wandered into ta little strip mall in search of a snack. There was one of those new fangled yogurt places that are popping up all over the place, so we decided to try it - kill a few minutes and eat something...
As I get out of the car I see a van with a decal for Charlie's Cheescakes...hmm wonder what that is - YUM....but sadly not something I can eat....
as I turn around to walk to the store I see a big sign "Gluten Free items here"...
AT The CHEESCAKE STORE? WOHOOOOOO wonder what they have?
So we go in and ask the guy (I think it was Charlie :-) ) and he proceeds to hand me a list with several things - cookie dough, scones, biscotti, pizza crusts..."...has a niece who is Celiac (sorry I missed the part where he told me who..), and since she is a baker by profession, she decided to start experimenting and here is what we have..the items on top are in stock (like 15 of them!) and the ones on the bottom we have to order, oh and the Ravioli are to die for..."
Wait Ravioli? I LOVE Ravioli.
So turns out that she comes in after hours, cleand the place up so it is a GF environment, and bakes away...I left with a Pizza Crust (in the oven as I type) Cheese Ravioli, and Choc Chip Cookie Dough...he was out of the CC scones, but maybe next week???

Unfortunately, he was also out of the GF Cheescake Poppers, but gets them in stock on and off...guess I will be checking back regularly!

website is -
looks like the products are available at select markets health food stores around the Bay Area

Followup - Pizza was pretty darn good!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Rumbling around over here

we have had a rash of small Earthquakes the last couple of days - 2 I have felt (a 2.8 and a 4.2). There was another 3 ish today but I missed that one...however, there have been 20+ micro quakes int eh same place over the last 3 days...question is - is this a good thing (releases the pressure) or a build up...I am going for the first :-)

We are off to try out a new Gym - I have not been overjoyed with Annekes progress at Cal Sports, and talking to another mom on New Years eve, I heard about West Valley we are going for a trial. Pictures look more like the kind of Gym I remember...and the classes are 90 mins instead of 55, which I we will see :-)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

already missed a day...

my goal was to write something every day...and I missed yesterday...nothing interesting to say I guess (what else is new right? :-) )

We had a mini earthquake last night. It was 2.8 which usually you don't even feel, but I guess this one was pretty shallow, because it shook the house. I have grown up with Earthquakes, and really don't mind the little ones, but there is that moment when you realize it is an earthquake and you wait to see if it is over or if you need to get up and take cover...of course by the time you figure it out, it is already over lol.

So what is on the agenda for today - NO Bejeweled - that is number 1! Bill paying and possibly a trip to Big lots for wine. Mark is taking off for a week tomorrow, but luckily all the laundry is done, so really not much prep work for that...oh and I need to plan a Daisy meeting....guess I better get going?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday=Dutch School

Tuesdays are long days for us - After 6.5 hours of regular school, Anneke heads over for 2.5 hours of Dutch School. At least this year we do not have to drive all the way to Palo Alto....
The question is whether it is worth it? Since Mark does not really speak Dutch to her at home, I am not sure 2.5 hour, 1X a week are any benefit....but I guess it is better than nothing.