Saturday, August 23, 2008

The First Wedding Post.

JULY 18th, 2009

Ok...without getting all Bridezilla, I wanted to give those folks that live far away the EARLIEST possible notice on the wedding date. Here ya go. I still plan to send out a clever little "save the date" card for those in my circle and Tyree's who don't play with the innernets. Look for those in the next few months. Invitations with REAL solid venue details, etc, will be out this spring. I have already reserved this date at the current venue of choice.

The plans for the wedding (I am told by experts) are fairly intimate, though it is certainly the largest dinner party I've ever thrown. I am already actively recruiting my local friends and family for a little DIY help. Hopefully, when the out of town chefs arrive (Mom) there will be details, but not overwhelming details, to keep you busy.

We are catering our own. There you have it. Next Spring's garden will be dedicated to wedding food production. We're brewing our own beer. We are even making the cake. We just like to do stuff ourselves.

The shocking parts (not for anyone who has known me for more than 1 hour) :
We're being married by Marty, one of our closest friends who is an officiant. We'll develop the ceremony with him. There will be a visible tattoo. Um...I might not wear white. Not sure yet.
Our unique personalities + minimum "spectacle" = Happy Janet and Tyree in love.

Thank you thank you thank you so much to everyone who has offered to wrap, grow, cook, assemble, arrange, fund and otherwise support us. I love you all.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I've been tagged!

I was tagged by Firegirl at Just a Bunch of Silliness, Really. I was supposed to write 6 random things about myself, but I was almost simultaneously tagged on Myspace with the "10 Things You Might Not Know About Me " meme. These little writing games float around on the innernets all the time. Since I was almost done with the 10 things meme, Here's my go at it:

Ten things you might not know about me.. or might, if you've known me long enough.

1. I can Bellydance. Its harder now that I'm curvier, but I can still do it. I used to dance a lot.

Janet in the Bellydance Troupe days.

2. I love watching reruns of The Rockford Files. I think that James Garner's iconoclastic anti-hero is awesome.


3. I find the smell of my dog's fur comforting. When I'm bummed I drag her under the covers with me and sniff her head.

Also Awesome.

4. I prefer popcorn when it's stale.

5. I don't really care for cats. I have three of them living in my house, but I'd prefer not to. I don't have the heart to give my sister's cats away and Boo kitty belongs to Tyree. Boo kitty isn't really very like a cat, anyway.

6. I don't really like alcohol (of any kind) very much. I might drink socially but left to my own devices, I would choose root beer every time. I can, however, tell the difference between really good beer and wine and not-so-good.

7. I have Lupus (SLE) and I take medication for it daily.

8. I have to sleep with at least 1/3 of my legs and feet out of the covers otherwise I get too hot. I tuck my blanket completely around my upper body and clench it all night. I like to think it will keep bats out.

9. I am a very skilled certified forklift driver (I was trained by Marty). I can maneuver in really tight quarters. My skills are totally wasted now.

10. My longest solo motorcycle trip was from Bellingham to north of Helena, Montana. I slept the first night in a forest fire scar on a picnic table (ants) and hid out under an overpass during a dust storm. I sold my bike because I stopped traveling without my dog. And also a fear of dying.

Sold it. Loved it, though.

I suppose I'd like to read the list of Marty, Tami C. And Diane H.
You have your assignments.
It was a nice weekend. We took a picnic up the Mt. Baker Highway (thanks for the picnic bag, Grandma Mo) and tried to find a decent spot to fish for trout. We didn’t find the trout spot, but we found an awesome picnic spot. The river was just moving a little too fast and cloudy for shore fishing.

Tyree did see a large fish in a sort of side pool and after all but bludgeoning it with his bait, he reached in and grabbed it by hand. It was a HUGE, old (and I mean beat) salmon. It was really old and beyond eating and we wished it happy trails but not before Theta got a really close look at it. I don’t think she’d ever seen a fish like that before.

I shamelessly stole this photo of the Nooksack River from a county government website. This is not really as pretty as where we were.

Sunday I pulled up all the old plants from the garden and planted a fall crop of peas, spinach, lettuce, chard, parsnips and radishes. I have new bush beans and broccoli sprouting and hopefully we’ll get one more crop of each before the days are too short. This will be my first year of real winter gardening and I’m pretty excited. Our back yard is pretty well protected, so I have high expectations.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

We Made It!

Man...that RV just got smaller and smaller as we raced towards home.

We got home at about 5am on Saturday morning after a marathon driving session between Tyree and I. We took two days to relax and catch up on sleep and it was back to work on Monday.

This was a really great trip. I got to see my folks and sister and niece. I got to meet my new family. They are awesome. Thank you all so much for going out of your way to make me feel so welcome. I really felt welcome. In-Laws! Me! Who would have thought?!

Todd and Dennis deserve massive thanks for keeping our plants and animals alive and well.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Guys Go Hiking

I did not accompany them. All of these photos were taken by Tyree or Conor. On the night we all had dinner with his mom and brothers, they went for a short evening hike and came across a Gila Monster and a Rattlesnake with it's recent kill. Enjoy these photos of Southern Arizona wildlife.

Gila Monster

Tyree guessed he was about 18 inches long.

A surprised rattlesnake and his prey. The rabbit was already dead.

Ocotillo in bloom.

Next Stop.... Grand Canyon

After leaving my parents in Pueblo, Colorado, we headed for the Four Corners and the Grand Canyon. I'll do my best to put these in the right order.

The entrance to Navajo and Hopi land. A lovely rock formation.

Conor in 4 states at once.

The Grand Canyon

I loved the huge Ravens at the Grand Canyon.

On the road....

After promising to post on the road, I have failed until the day before we head back....

We left on Saturday morning and made a beeline to my parent's house. Unfortunately Theta spent the first day very carsick and made us go a little slower than anticipated. We got used to the RV and drove about 14 hours. We did the same thing on the second day and arrived just outside my parent's town late that night. My parents had no idea we were coming and we surprised them the next morning by sending Conor up to the door to meet my dad. They were SHOCKED and happy.

Melissa and Bella were already there and my sister was in on the surprise. I think we pulled the whole thing off very well. The kids spent two days playing together and my folks got to know Conor a bit.

Conor figured out a comfy way to ride in the RV. Sadly, he was recovering from pink-eye the first part of the trip.

Theta insisted on riding in the front seat (leaving me in the back with Conor) and the air conditioning blasting on her face. She didn't throw up again after the first day...... though if a dog could possibly look green, she did.