Thursday, March 27, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yesterday was the first day of my 30th Birthday Celebration Bonanza Year. My good friend, neighbor, and Costa Rica travel companion, Laura, took me for a mani/pedi at Julep in the U-District. We got to drink wine while getting pampered, which was awesome, and then Laura took me to Coupage in Madrona for dinner. I had the black cod and she had the beef yaki soba. We had beignets for dessert, but we eat dessert as the first course so we technically had it as an appetizer. Dinner was really good, too, for a neighborhood restaurant. We both agreed that we liked Coupage more than La Medusa, which is it's counterpart in Columbia City.

We leave for Playa del Carmen, Mexico on Tuesday. I wanted to do something memorable for my 30th, since it's so often I can't remember what I do or what I get for my birthday. I didn't want that to happen for 30. So, Mike's giving me a trip to Playa del Carmen. It's going to be fantastic!

My birthdays are usually at least a week long celebration but for this milestone I'm going for the full year of celebrations. Other trips already scheduled are Washington, D.C. and New York City. Both are business trips I'm extending and Mike isn't coming with me for NYC, but that just means I get to see Lion King on Broadway and Wicked, rather than only one. We're also planning a group trip to Las Vegas in October for Elton John. I want to also do another volunteer vacation. I'm hoping for Uganda but will probably have to settle for Guatemala.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Desi just discovered Facebook. She registered and found that her dad already had a page. What the?! How is her dad kicking it with a Facebook page and she's just now checking it out? Must've been that 60 Minutes piece a few weeks ago.

Mike is still blissfully enjoying his sabbatical. We rented our Salt Lake townhome for another week in March, so that means he gets to stay unemployed for another month. If we get any tax return at all, that'll be another month off for him. He's very productive though, getting a lot of house stuff done and running errands during the week so that weekends are free.

This past Sunday we spent the whole day walking around. We walked from our house to Pike Place Market and to the gym. Desi is still sore from it. Mike's not because he does long walks almost every day. Prior to Mike's sabbatical we would never have had the luxury of wasting a whole day walking around. It's so nice having him home!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

How is it already March?

Remember when you were a kid and the days were long and time couldn't go fast enough? What happened to that? Now time zips by and suddenly you've got shoulder pains, wrinkles, hot flashes, and ear hair. Not that either of us have ear hair, but we're both expecting it any day now.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

First of all, Desi is THRILLED that the Hollywood writer's strike is over and her programs are coming back. Namely, Men In Trees. That is her favorite show ever--perhaps more so than Gilmore Girls--and it's been terribly frustrating for her without it over the last 3 months. But, all is right with the world now that it's back on the air with new episodes.

Secondly, Mike's first week of unemployment was very enlightening for him. Who knew there were that many hours in the day? It took him a while to get used to the unemployment thing but by Wednesday he was able to sleep in. By Friday he actually stopped feeling guilty for not doing anything. But, he still can't believe how much time he has in the day.

Physical therapy is working well for Desi. She thought she was getting better but the therapist said there's been no real change yet. The biggest change has been psychological--she's no longer scared to move her arm. She's been going weekly and doing her exercises daily so she hopes that at the next appointment her therapist sees some progress.
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