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Archive for December 2008

Good morning!

To update:

As I said earlier, we finished the move. It cost extra since we needed another trailer to get all our stuff here, but in the end we made it. Our house is lovely! It has two bathrooms, although the downstairs shower is tiny. I’ve been in bus bathrooms bigger! But it has a toilet and a sink and a shower, and that means that when someone is showering or sick or getting ready, you don’t have to wait. There’s also decent windows with storm windows on them, so the heat doesn’t escape, and a pellet stove plus electric heat and a woodstove in the basement. It’s awesome. There’s four bedrooms plus a bat-room for Kaelin- that is, a room with no windows, very small. There’s also a pantry, a decent kitchen with counterspace, a space for a table that is our dining space (it’s not a seperate room, just a space at the end of the kitchen), and two seperate living spaces- an upstairs living room, which is full of boxes right now, stacked so high they hide the Christmas tree, and a downstairs playroom that has Dragonsama and Kaelin’s computers, a TV with cable, and the game systems. We have a TV upstairs as well, also with cable. Downstairs is Dragonsama and Kaelin’s rooms, the pantry, and  bathroom. Upstairs is our room, connected to Josh’s nursery by a door between them, and Ennosuke’s room at the other end of the hall, just past our bathroom. Right now, the nursery is also a laundry room. Which I need, desperately, to get in there and clean. I don’t mind using it for laundry, but it’s spread all over with boxes scattered through it… it just needs organized. Desperately.

We also have a garage, which holds one car and some stuff, and a shop that has space for lots of stuff. It’ll be a dojo, this spring. The backyard is fenced in, so the dogs can run and play. Good doggies!

We haven’t set up the ferret cage yet, so they’re all fussy. Five ferrets in one tiny little cage, not so good. Poor loves.

For Christmas, Josh got a frog hat and a moose with a rattle in it’s head, and a stocking. Orion and I got a gift card to the grocery store, and Kaelin got bath salts. Ennosuke and I didn’t get anything, since money is tight- we figured we’ll do our Christmas shopping after money clears up. Orion got a Ninja Chucker Gun, and Dragonsama got a lot- gifts from her family. Fable II, Wii Music, WiiPlay, another wiimote, some body lotion and soaps, and three really gorgeous shirts. She also got rechargable batteries.

Otherwise, we’ve been unpacking. I appear to have lost a box of essential oils and the vacuum cleaner. And two boxes of baby clothes.

We went to my family’s place for Christmas Eve, it was awesome. Aunts, uncles, cousins… it was a small gathering for our family, but it was still fun. Good food! Thank you, Aunt ——! It was awesome!

We’ve found the grocery, the bus station, and the mall, but the snow has kept us inside pretty much constantly. Kaelin left on the bus today to go to the airport, and he said it was a nice enough ride. Took longer than usual, though. He went home for the holidays.

Otherwise, it’s been pretty laid back. Josh is growing so fast, he giggled and smiled today, and he’s fascinated by shiny objects. The dogs are doing well, I just saw my cat walk past packing a washcloth in his mouth, so I assume he’s doing well, too. The ferrets are well except for the lack of cage.

Today was a lazy day- everyone just snacked on junk food and whatever was lying about, we played video games and on the computer all day, and not a single dang thing got done. It was awesome.

More later, plus picture updates!

Good night!


Safe in spokane. Everyone’s here! Two new ferrets, Puut and Puck. (I think it used to be Poot, but I like Puut better… it’s short for Putoris, but Put is already a word.)

Pictures coming soon.

Today’s bento: No pic. Chicken… stuff. Noodles, broccoli, cream of chicken, mushroom and broccoli soup, mushrooms, chicken. Mix, eat. Delicious!

Uh… baby does well, sort of sick, growing like a radish.

MOre later!

I like the new setup. It’s easy to navigate and it all makes sense now!. Also, evidently, it’s screwed up because of my screen resolution. This sucks.  The drag and drop thing is sort of cool, though.

Anyway, since I haven’t posted in a few days, there’s not much to update. We’ll be moving on the 12th or thereabouts, over to our new home in Spokane. The baby is doing well, except for fussing incessantly when he’s awake. Not crying, just.. fussing. Poor guy. I wonder what’s bothering him? The dogs are doing well enough, although they could use more attention. The cats are also doing well, and the ferrets have new dig boxes made out of washbasins the hospital sent us home with after the baby was born. Christmastime is finally here so I can listen to Christmas music, eat candycanes and drink eggnog, and sing carols while running around in my Santa hat without feeling bad.

I have a crapload of new pictures, I just haven’t thought about uploading them just yet. I was, however, thinking of making a place to upload and store them where people could come and see them without having to come through here. Then I thought “heh, that’s silly, that’ll take away traffic!” so instead I’ll just keep doing the annoying uploading one at a time thing I have to do to post on here.

I’ll have to look around and find out if there’s an easier way to upload. I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to this site, I guess. I’ll add a new page, too, since everyone keeps asking “what do you want for Christmas?”. So here, I’ll put a list on the journal, and people can see for themselves what I want, where to buy it, and how much. Then I don’t have to feel bad for asking for something nice because I didn’t know that the giver only wanted to give me something for ten bucks or less.

I’ve been experimenting with the food given to us, we’ve had scrambled eggs with spicy chicken sausage and cilantro, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and bell peppers. I’ve taken the same mix of veggies and sausage without the eggs, and added corn and bean salsa, and mixed it with rice and fried it all together, too. Both of those turned out really good, the guys loved it. The sourdough bread became my personal addiction, and it’s gone now. There was a giant chocolate cake that was my breakfast the other day (a slice, not the whole thing) and some onion-cheese rolls that were really good, too.

Otherwise, my son was circumcised on Friday. Traumatic experience for him and us both. Orion’s decided we’re not doing it for any other son we have. (I could have told him that.)

Packing is going hectically. Things aren’t getting sorted, just tossed into boxes. There’ll be time to sort at the new house. >< Not much time now. My dad is coming out on the 12th, and maybe my mom, which would be nice.

Otherwise, things are as usual. Here, have some pictures! XD


And here’s some that I just liked. The pug is sideways, sorry.



Posted on: December 1, 2008

So, we got a gift of food yesterday. Mince pie, loads of different types of breads, fresh green beans, a bunch of meat… I don’t know what to do with it all!

We got some chicken sausage, and some cilantro, some proscuitto… I think I’m going to steam those green beans and wrap them in the proscuitto, and then fry that a little bit. Then I’ll fry some of that sausage, chop it up or slice it maybe, and mix it with rice. That needs a sauce, a flavoring or something… *thinks* I thought about soy but it doesn’t have the right feel. Maybe just some Johnny’s (seasoning salt) on the rice. Fry it all together in the pan, so the rice takes on some flavor from the sausage. Add a little cilantro just right there near the end, and put it in the bento. The green bean wraps can go in next to that, and… ooh, maybe some sourdough bread, cut into cute shapes!

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