Thursday, October 30, 2008

Ghosts of Eden

I decided to pick up a scary book for Halloween from the library. This was on the display and they didn't have the one other people in one of my book clubs was reading. This looked interesting and was. It is a short read and it only took me two days to read. At first it was very scary, a haunted house with evil, maybe even violent, ghosts. The main character was likable and had a horrible past. As she tries to release the ghosts from "the Serpent" she encounters many of the ghosts of the town as well as her neighbor with Down syndrome and his teacher. They are all destined to deal with "the Serpent" and the battle part as well as the actual haunting in the house is great. I had a hard time putting it down. However, part of it just didn't work for me. This may be a spoiler but oh well... "the Serpent" is an alien trying to take over a planet his race created. He is ancient and angry. I think the alien part is too much. I didn't need the history of him or what he was... the lack of info would have been better. However, i loved the description of the ghosts and how they died. I loved the movie 13 Ghosts because of the background given to each ghosts character, and it was similar here. The reason the main character is "the Impure" is just not enough though. She should have committed something worse to be considered that. I also appreciate how she made it historical with the legendary fire but it just took much away from it. The scariness was lost with the fire and that was sad... and the ending was a little too happy!

All in all a good scary book with some very gruesome parts. I might read it again some day but skip the parts about the aliens and the fire. I give it three and half bookmarks out of five.

Scary movies that aren't so scary

As a tradition Jason and I rent scary (or what he hope will be scary) movies to watch while we carve our pumpkins. This year was no different. Last years movies gave me nightmares for a week and that was the best part. However, this year did not work out so well.

The first one, my pick, was Suspect Zero. I have always loved crime movies and TV shows (especially Law and Order the original!!). I had heard of this when it came out and it sounded great. It was in the horror section so I thought, "Why not?" We watched most of it but just couldn't bring ourselves to finish it. It was very slow and a little disjointed. It was graphic and a little disturbing and the idea of a serial killer without any pattern and who kills tons of people without remorse is creepy. Also the idea of being able to see other people through their minds is creepy too. However, these two creepy factors where not enough to carry a story. The acting was not great and the story was a little disjointed. I didn't want the hero to succeed and I didn't care about catching the bad guy. A little gory but not worth renting.

The next one was Jason's choice. He had read some good stuff about Cloverfield. I was not very excited about this but we did try it. It is a typical monster attacks a big city (ie. NY) and causes much havoc. People die and the main characters probably will not make it out alive. The premise is good enough. Godzilla has always been popular and this should have worked. I guess part of the problem is that you don't care about the characters... they seem to privileged to us. The monster is also not the scariest. Yes it eats people and attacks people like nothing else. It is supposedly a baby though and we are supposed to feel bad for it as it is trying to deal with the world around it. All in all the way it was filmed, the moving between the past movie and the present, and the fact we already knew what the monster was ruined it for us. Interesting to see the concept of America's monster but not too scary. A little gory but not much of that either. Totally skip-able.

Cookies and Cupcakes, oh my!

We recently attended a Halo Night at our friend's house and part of what we do is I bring baked goods. I wanted to get outside of my usual box of just cookies so I made my grandmother's chocolate chip cookies and another blogger's (a friend) cupcakes. They all turned out very good and were almost gone by the time we left.
Above you can see the chocolate chip cookies. These are from my grandmother's recipe and turn out great pretty much no matter what. Mine are still a bit larger than hers but it takes time to get the perfect cookie. Here is the recipe:

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Grease a cookie sheet (unless they are non-stick then you can skip this). Shift, or mix, 1 cup and 2 Tbls Flour (wheat for me), 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt in a medium mixing bowl. In a large mixing bowl mix together 1/2 cup softened shortening, 6 Tbls sugar, 6 Tbls packed brown sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 tsp water until creamy. Then beat in 1 egg. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips (and 1/2 cup chopped nuts, if desired). Spoon out and drop on cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes (I do 11 minutes to get them crispy but 10 or 9 will leave them a little softer). Let cool a few minutes then transfer to a wire cookie rack to cool completely, or to be eaten by your husband as you are trying to make something else ;)


And these are the delicious (should have used all-purpose not wheat flour but) cupcakes. I used the recipe a friend has on her site. Click on the link if you want it. It is just the Hershey's chocolate cupcake recipe with the addition of a peanut butter frosting (all homemade). They were pretty popular even if I am not a cupcake maven!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jason is subbing!!!

This is a picture of Jason off to face the work world of teaching. No he doesn't love the idea of subbing but what you gonna do? He is happy to fill in for an English position at RHS for his first stint (which is six whole days). We had hoped that he might get hired for the position but the admin doesn't like us much and so hired someone else. At least Jason has been really nice and teaching material and helping the new teacher with all of the information. I know this is going to be a hard time for us as we restart in the job world but it must get better! Anyway, doesn't Jason look so smashing on his way out the door. As you can see in the background I am busy cleaning the house while he is gone (go me finally being a good wife and taking some initiative!!)

Pumpkin Carving

Jason and I started this tradition last year on Halloween. We carve pumpkins and watch scary movies. This year was no different (except it didn't happen on Halloween). As you can see Jason is working away at one of his two pumpkins. He did two large, orange pumpkins this year. Both are faces (which you can see at the bottom). We still need real tools as our puny little pumpkin kinves did very little to make marks in the pumpkins. Plus we had to use my (our) new spoons to scoop out the pumpkin guts. EWWW!!! Thank goodness for dishwashers to get it all off.

This is mine. I only show it here because it is hard to see in the last picture. Last year I did an owl with a moon behind it. I thought it was good but I wanted something special this year. I had seen a lot of girls on the nest doing initial pumpkins now that they were married. I had Jason search and print out a really cool "M" and I put it on my pumpkin. I messed up a little bit and cut out more than I wanted to but Jason still thinks it looks like an "M". I am really proud of myself. We also still have a white one I think I will paint like some of the ones I have seen in magazines. We can also keep it until Thanksgiving to be part of the fall decor... before I get my Christmas on!

And here is the picture showing our front porach with all of the pumpkins a glow. I am really proud of Jason's face on the left. Very original!! (And yes you can see my cleaning stuff still out.. it takes time to clean).

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I, Mona Lisa

I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis was October's book for the nest book club (one of three I am participating in). I have not read a lot of historical fiction to this point so it was one of my first books. It is a little long (about 514 pages) but I didn't notice. It tells the story of the woman behind the famous portrait. Of course it is fiction but some of it is based in facts. I loved how descriptive it was. I could visualize the world Lisa lived in and imagine how limited her life must have been if it weren't for her independent spirit. The story has a lot of action and adventure with some romance but most of it is kept at bay. The storytelling is so compelling I actually mourned when one of the main characters was killed. Probably the best part was the description of the art world and the relation to one of my favorite artists, Leonardo di Vinci. I read it in a little over a week but probably could have made it through it faster if all I did was read. I think I will now go on to some of Kalogridis' other books, which I hope are just as good.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It is haunting but beautiful and really a very pleasurable read. I give it five bookmarks out of five. This is something I hope to own one day so I can reread it and pass it on to my children.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Drity Job

I have been back at my favorite hobby, reading. I have read a lot of books over the last few months and thought maybe I should start reviewing them here. I have no idea who reads this (probably just me and my mom at times, sad? I don't think so) but maybe more people will if I add more to it. With that said this will be the first of many book reviews. I have already done movie reviews and I will also do restaurant, store, and trip reviews as time goes on. I guess if nothing else I want to chronicle my life as best I can at this point. Who knows, maybe my children will find this interesting one day.

So the first book is A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. This is not the first book of his I have read but the first I will discuss. The story is about a Beta male who finds out he is actually Death (or one of several deaths). His job is to collect souls of the deceased to pass on to other people, thus completing the chain of life. Whether or not you believe that souls get reincarnated it is a very interesting book. The way Moore describes a beta male was what drew me to it first. My husband is a self-proclaimed beta male and seeing how the personality can be mocked in the book helps me to deal with some of his more trying traits (namely that he never wants to try anything new... kind of irksome but I guess I can't blame him now). The location is also special to me as I have always seen SF as a cookie kind of place, like it could be it's own little world and the story is well placed there with excellent descriptions that make me want to go visit. I also enjoyed the unusual characters, from squirrel people to the Emperor of SF (which is much better than being the Emperor of Oakland ;). The story is a little long in points and does drag but it is worth it. Especially for the final scene of the fight between the deaths and Death it's self (who it is you will have to read to find out). This book also overlaps with two of Moore's other books which I think helps to sell the idea of reading the others.

I think this is a worthwhile read if you like fantasy (or slightly fantasy books). I give it four bookmarks out of five, for the excellent story but the slow parts did hurt it a bit.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pasta Primavera

So since last night was such a heavy dish tonight was something much lighter, Pasta Primavera. I know this is probably very different than most of you make it but it works out great and I love it. Jason is learning to embrace pasta without a heavy sauce, but he liked it.

Here is what you need:
Brown pasta (spaghetti here)
Salt and pepper
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Medium red onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic (or 2 heaping Tbls of minced garlic)
Carrot, sliced
Red and yellow bell pepper, chopped
Broccoli, florets
2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
Some fresh Thyme

Follow the directions and make as much brown pasta as you need. *I add salt to the water to raise the boiling point since brown pasta takes longer to cook. Drain the pasta when done and dry slightly (I do this by placing the drained pasta back in the pot on the hot burner for a minute. Be careful not to over dry the pasta).

In a skillet add EVOO to coat the bottom and heat over medium. Add the onion, garlic, and some Parmesan. Brown the onion slightly and then add the carrot, bell peppers, and broccoli. Cook for about 5 more minutes or until everything is cooked. Add the tomato and cook for a minute longer.

Lightly coat the drained, cooked pasta with EVOO and salt and pepper. Add a little fresh Thyme and Parmesan. Then mix in the cooked vegetables. Serve and enjoy!

This can also be made with any veges you like but Jason only would eat the ones I used. I really enjoyed it and have an apple for dessert. What a healthy meal! Happy Cooking!

Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce

I made this for dinner last night (it wasn't the first time) and I thought I would share it here. It is originally from Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats book (link in title). I love this book for all of it's options but it is hard to get through with Jason asking for them to be repeated already!

Ok I have changed the recipe a bit and added some hints to make it work better.
You need:
4 Pork chops (best if they are thin and on the bone... I rarely do use on the bone but it is easier)
8 slices of ham (any deli sliced kind is fine)
4 slices of a soft white cheese (I use Jack)
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 lb of sliced white mushrooms
2 Tbls of butter
2 cloves of garlic (I use the pre-minced kind, so 2 heaping Tbls of that)
4 Tbls flour (if you use Wheat flour... only 2 Tbls with All-purpose)
2 cups chicken stock (I use bouillon)
1 cup dry white wine (you can use cooking wine)
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
Some fresh Thyme
Salt and Pepper

To start slice the pork chops to the bone, making a pocket in the middle. Wrap a slice of cheese and a sage leaf in two slices of ham and roll to fit in the pork chop pocket. Salt and pepper the inside and outside of the chop to your liking. Place in the pocket and hold together with toothpicks. Repeat for all four pork chops.

Heat a skillet over medium heat with EVOO (twice around the pan... just lightly coat the bottom). Add the pork chops to the hot oil and cook about 5 minutes a side. *Here I usually cover the chops to help them cook faster if I have thick chops. If they are thin they should be fine. Once the chops are fully cooked remove them from the pan and place on a plate. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest (but not get cold).

To the skillet you just used add the butter, mushrooms, a little Thyme, and garlic. Brown the mushrooms, about 3 to 4 minutes. Dust the mushrooms with 2 Tbls of flour and cook an additional minute. Add the chicken stock (or bouillon), white wine, and mustard. Stir well (or whisk) and cook an additional 3 to four minutes until it thickens. *At this point I usually add another 2 Tbls of flour. You don't have to but the wheat flour does not thicken well.

When the sauce is thick enough pour a little over each chop. Add steamed broccoli or other vegetable and some crusty french bread and serve. Enjoy!

I love this recipe but it is very rich so plan something light for the next meal. Let me know if this works for you. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crafting with Sherri

I know that I am not the craftyest person in the world. I have often tried my hands at projects that only end in disaster. I can crochet, knit, embroider, sew, and sort of quilt. I can draw (but not paint) and I have beaded and done other crafty things like scrapbooked. But anyone who knows me well knows I will get all of my wedding albums from Shutterfly and that I will probably do the same with all of my kids albums too! I am way better online than in person at this stuff.

So what is the point well I am helping my friend (Sherri) start her craft business. She wants to make different things and sell them at fairs and online (maybe). So far we have made doggie treat/candy/craft supply/birdseed holders (pictures to come later). We have also been working on these beaded things. Now what are they you ask? Well they are actually a lot of different things.

The first picture shows the girly (and more childlike) zipper pulls. These are super heavy duty and can be used for purses or backpacks. They are totally child safe (since they might be used by children why use anything toxic?) and really cute. They will sell for about $4.50 each or 5 for $20.00.

Next you can see the sports zipper pulls. These are school related but there are also professional teams too! They are the smae price and even come in masculine ones so guys don't have to feel silly having one.

Then we have the cell phone charms. I like having a charm on my phone for several reasons. A) it helps me to know my phone from the 8 million other identical phones out there, B) it helps to find the phone in my purse... it is something to pull on if I find it and a way to hang the phone if need be, and C) They are just so darn cute! These are also $4.50 each or 5 for $20.00.

Sherri is also doing keyrings (that are a little less ornate and showy but very sturdy). We hope to have a ton by her first show in November and we will see how things go. I will post more information about show locations and times as I get them. If you want to order one, just let me know and I will get you all set up.

Ok enough pluging but they are super cool and I am helping so I feel even better about them. Got to go help Jason with a Fable II (as in the XBOX game) level.

Gas Prices

The economy is not doing so well and everyone is worried. Well I am not! I just bought gas for the cheapest I have seen it in almost a year. I only buy Chevron so sometimes it is higher than the other stations but not today. I bought gs for $3.23 a gallon. On top of that I also bought exactly $36.00 worth of gas without trying. I even took a picture of the prices because I was sure no one would believe me!
The only down side is that only a few hours later I drove past the station and found the price had DROPPED! By four cents no less to $3.19 a gallon. It took away some of my glory but I still feel good about it. You can check out gas buddy to find the lowest prices in your area and compare (link in title). I feel pretty good about it in my part of the world. Hope gas has dropped in your area too! Happy driving!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Jason is the English major not me. However, I want to write a novel. Yes I know I don't have much to write about but I want to try. I have a ton of ideas but I am not sure I can turn it into a 50,000 word novel that someone might read in a month. I am going to try though. I know some of the ladies doing it (mostly from the nest) and there is a local group for me to get support from. I don't have a genre or much of an idea yet but I am working on it. I will keep you all up-to-date with it. If you want more information about it check out the link in the title. You will also notice I have a new gadget on the side which shows how many words I have and my friends have so far. Ok send me some creative thoughts and no you cannot read it yet!

Off to think on a topic.... Wish me luck!!!

Halloween Presents!!

OK so my totally awesome mom is still doing holiday themed gifts. This year it includes Jason so we got extra stuff! We of course go candy... which I totally don't need but love. Yay candy corn!

We also got this totally cool decor!

No I have not read the Twilight books yet but I hope to soon. I love this Potato Head (he also can be a ghost). I think it goes together very well!!

And this crow is darling. Not so scary though ;) I think he might stay out until Christmas he is soo cute! Thanks mom!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Birthdays... I missed a few

Alright, I will admit I have missed (or been late for) some birthday's the last few months. It is almost as if this after-wedding brain fart has happened and I have not noticed we are now in OCTOBER!!! I was late for Nicole's (which she didn't seem to mind... thank goodness she is a very forgiving sort), and was almost late for Mark's (my own brother... I am lame). I have also missed lil' Andrews birthday (totally a brain fart since I was around when he was born). Fortunately, I should not miss the next few. I have two aunts with birthday's this week (Happy Birthday Pattie and Carolyn!) and Big Andrews birthday is next week (Happy Early Birthday!). I probably have more family members but I have misplaced my birthday calendar.... this means cleaning time!!! If I find more I will give more shout outs!!

Now I just need to hope I don't mess up next month! I just need to remember time does not stand still... we are no longer in August and I just haven't gotten that yet!

Jobs not so available

So, as I am sure many of you know, we are both currently unemployed (but not unemployable) teachers. Today Jason finally applied to sub in two of our local districts. It has taken a while and a lot of hoops to jump through but it is finally done. I am so happy he is finally going to be doing something for money. He was also offered a position to do some after-school program in Marin county teaching computer skills to kids. I don't think he is going to do it but at least he had an offer (the hours and pay is not worth the time and drive). He will probably do the program over the summer though because it should be fun and will be worth it as a full-time position.

On to me. As many of you know I want to move out of teaching k-12 (or to be more exact High School). I want to move to Community College but need my Master's first. Since we can't afford to send me back to school yet I am looking for employment which might let me work in the Community College without actually being a professor. I had a first interview with SCC and it went relatively well for the position of Lab Tech. I hope to hear this week about it. I am also looking into working for the county too. My applications have meet minimum requirements and I hope to move to the next stage with that. I have also applied to most of the local temp agencies looking for employment. Something should pan out.

I guess I am just hoping for the best. we really want to get to work but it takes time. At least things have started looking up for us. We will keep you up-to-date on all of this.

City of Ember

Ok so Jason and I went to go see a movie this weekend. We wanted to see "Burn After Reading" but could only find it on the other side of the bridge (not worth an extra $4 personally). Therefore, we had to come up with another choice. The only one that we could agree on was "City of Ember" which is based on a YA novel of the same name. I have never read the book but it sounded good. Plus it was supposed to be funny. I mean Bill Murray plays a good-for-nothing mayor of a city under ground. It should have been good. So we went to see it and the first thing we couldn't get past was how similar to Bioshock it was. We both liked playing Bioshock but it was very disturbing. (Look at the link if you don't believe us). Then the story seemed very discombobulated in parts and was very contrived toward the end. It is good if you can totally suspend disbelief, which Jason can not do. I think it could have been good but did fall flat. Too bad! At least we had a romantic outing together.

Oh and I totally do not recommend this movie for kids unless they can handle dark and a little negative.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Halloween Costumes anyone?

So while at the Dixon Corn Maze, which is held by Cool Patch Pumpkins, we thought about Halloween costumes. Jason kind of wants to be Oscar the Grouch with the full trashcan and all. I, however, do not want to be Big Bird or Oscar's little sister. I really want a couples costume... it would be my first one and as this will be the first Halloween as husband and wife I want it to be good. I think I will be this way with all of the holidays so be ready!

As we will be spending Halloween with our friends, the Sagans, we need good and maybe scary (but not too scary) costumes. Jason picked up this pumpkin and was contemplating putting it on his head... you know like the Headless Horseman. So would I need to be Ichabod Crane? I mean Johnny Deep did play that character so I guess I could. Or maybe I could be the witch that controls the Horseman... kind of like the Horseman's wife or something... hmm. I must think on this more.

We also saw these scarecrows. I had to take a picture in honor of Mike, who is a HUGE Nightmare fan. Maybe we could be Jack and Sally, just not as skinny. I could so make Sally's dress and a Santa costume is very easy to come by. I think that one might work too. What do you think?

Dixon Corn Maze

Today Jason and I tried our hand at the World's Largest Corn Maze!!! And we did it in less than an hour. The maze won the award of World's Largest in the Guinness Book of World Records last year at a whopping 40 acres. This year it has expanded to 43 acres. It has a ton of space to get lost in.

You start the maze going over a bridge and continue through trying to find each of the other bridges (we only found two but I think we were supposed to do that). There is an easy and a hard way to do the maze... to be honest I have no idea which one we did. It was fun and something Jason had been fighting for a while. But in the end even he enjoyed it.

As we continued through the maze Jason took the map, because he thought I would get us lost. He did have a few moments of confusion, like the one in the picture, but he ended up figuring things out OK.

Jason did a great job directing though. I think he was a little overwhelmed looking at all the corn and not seeing an easy path. You can see how huge it is and this was taken with us on a bridge and almost at the end.

We did end up finishing the maze in about 45 minutes. It would have been faster if I had not lost my sweater and Jason had us go back to look for it. After following me back through almost half of the maze we gave up. Poor sweater... never to be seen again. :(

We did finish it though and Jason was very proud of himself for it. I was very proud of him too! We made a great team and I can't wait for our next adventure!!!

By the way, this is the map. Look how hard to read and tiny everything is. Looks fun though. If it wasn't $10 a person we would so do it again. I just wish more of our friends had come with us.

Greensleeves was my delight?!?

Ok so I love Jason to death... literally. I will love him until the end but seriously, he needs some help in the sense of humor department here. I admit I enjoyed the new Snickers commercial but singing it over and over again and laughing the whole time? Well this is his new favorite obsession. Maybe he will get over it soon but he laughs so hard at it he cries sometimes. I just don't find it that funny. Then again I find Christopher Moore hilarious. He is really one of my favorite authors and Jason just smirks at the jokes. I guess we can still be in love even if we don't have the same sense of humor!

Click on the title for the link and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Apple Hill

So on Monday (not today obviously but I am trying to catch up) I went up to Apple Hill with my friend Sherri and her children and friends. It was blast! Honestly I wish we could have had more time and that I had taken more pictures. I will post one from the skit the kids did (one of several) on the stage at Rainbow Orchards, where we got the yummiest apple donuts. Here the kids are finishing the skit where they got to eat an apple donut (which was being the raccon poop... it was cute and I think I did it in outdoor camp).

We also visited Larsen Apple Barn, where we had lunch in at the park across the street and went through the museum. I really liked Larsen's because of the nice setting and lack of crowds (Monday was a holiday). I aslo got a 20 lb. box of Granny Smiths for $15!!! Jason and I have already eatten serveral and I need to make a pie quick or we will have none left!!

Lastly, we visited High Hill, which I liked but just had too much going on. The fishing pond, which was very obviously stocked, was coll to look at but it cost soo much money. It was $50 to fish all day and throw it back or $8.50 for a pole and $5.00 a lb to fish. If you threw it back without permission it was $100 fine!!! I guess we won't fish there. But they had an awesome fudge shop with yummy carmel apples (Sherri shared part of her Apple Pie one with me and I almost died). They also have lost of crafts, including gourd penguins!!! I almost bought one and then thought better of it. They had a hay ride all of the kids wanted to go on so I got a little break from the little ones but it was very fun.

I really did enjoy my trip and am now enjoying my apples and apple cider (Barsotti's is the best!) and wish I could go again. It was also fun to have the kids around. I don't need any yet but this helps when I start thinking about it... I can just remember giving them back at the end of the day and the satasfaction I had in that. Maybe one day....

Jason the florist

So about two weeks ago we were preparing for our first set of dinner guests and decorating for fall. In doing so we bought lots of flowers from the local farmer's market and Jason went to town with them. I am starting to think he might have a special talent he has never shared before. Here are a few of the pictures I took back then.

This first arrangement is on our wine bar that helps to separate the living from dining space. You can see the little arrangement Jason made to go with it. The bow is all me (and yes I know I so could have done better but at least I tried). Also part of this decor (but you can't see it) are the Twilight books and a gargoyle. I think books (the one thing we have more of than sense) is an easy and fun way to decorate for the season. Plus it is a good topic of conversation. Oh and the Twilight books are still waiting to be read. Hopefully, the end of this month or next one will see a crack in the spine of them.

This next one is on one of the gallery shelves in our stairway. I think Jason made a grand total or ten arrangements (I am not sure). I am only showing a few here because I actually want people to read this. I really like this shelf because of the leaf garland (from Michael's) and the vulture just make this so cute to me. Jason hates the vulture because he thinks it is ugly... but it is a bird and I only dislike one kind of bird (the Mallard Duck). Oh and the plant on the right is from the Benicia craft fair a month back. Jason loved the pot and I liked the mixture of plants. It has a wandering jew, a spider, and something else.

This last one is from the quarter bath upstairs. It is tiny and a marvel of modern technology. Not the flowers but the bathroom is a engineering marvel ;) The flowers are beautiful though. I like how they look with the fall/scary candle. (The candle is one of the multi-color drip candles but only burnt part way).

With so many nice ones it was hard to only pick three. I will post more at a later date with some of our other fall/Halloween decor! Oh and a discussion of our doings over the last few days!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Our First Blog

Ok so this is not our first blog. I mean he is not writing this nor will he probably read this... even if I ask him to. This is just not his thing. However, this is my thing and I am very happy about that. I hope to keep everyone informed about our lives and the day-to-day (or week-to-week) happenings at the Moratuk household. I hope to post pictures and the such to show what we are doing and what our place looks like.


A quick note though... for those who know my Jason know he did not like the name "Moratuks" for us but I think it allows me to still be me even though I am part of him now too. Please let me know about your thoughts on our name and if it seems like it bothers enough people I will try to come up with a new name. Thanks!!!