Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Nothing has really changed since Friday except for that number. He's still in radiation therapy. There's still hope. Always room for hope. But that number makes it hard to sit still, makes it hard to hold back the water, makes it hard to breathe easy. Four is a hard number to swallow.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
One of the best perks of being a teacher is that thing known as Summer. Therefore, one of the most difficult times in a teacher's life is that thing known as Fall. Because that's what it is. A giant fall. It's super exciting because it's fun to get a classroom all set up for new students and I'm just as excited and anxious for the first day of school now as I was when I was an elementary student myself. There's something awesome and magical about new beginnings. But that wears off pretty quickly. A little too quickly. By week two I was ready for summer again. Wonderful summer with his flip flops, Slurpees and random no-need-for-a-plan adventures.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
We took B to KidsQuest Children's Museum in Bellevue, WA and ended up buying him a membership mostly because he loved driving this semi truck so much.
Some friends and I took B to the Olympic Game Farm. You drive around in your own car and these awesome animals come right up to your car... mostly because you're allowed to feed them and animals really like to eat.
On the way to the Olympic Game Farm we stopped at Fat Smitty's.
My sister, mom and I took B to the park. This is where we ended up having his first birthday party in September.
My parents and I took B to Woodland Park Zoo. He really liked the elephants.
Wesley, Tracy and I (and a few others) went to Northwest Trek together. There's a tram ride for the herbivores that roam free(ish) and then the carnivores are in more typical zoo enclosures.
My sister, David and I took B to the Seattle Children's Museum where David used to work. Obviously B had the best time ever.
I played with B a lot this summer. I love this kid!
Wesley and I went to the Torchlight Parade. I hate clowns. But this one I almost liked. Almost.
Wesley and I went to Experience Music Project because this Muppet exhibit was there for a while. It was totally worth the trip. Mahna Mahna!
My sister and David invited the rest of us to their friend's cabin on Panther Lake. We swam in the lake and had a picnic together.
Tracy's family, Wesley, Fran and I packed some food, tents and pups for a camping trip to Ocean Shores. I had never been before. The weather was beautiful. I love the ocean. And these people.
Fran, Tracy and I on the beach. This was day 3. Don't judge me. :)
My pups loved running in the sand! But they weren't a huge fan of waves.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 01, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Our family got some good news today. It seems as though my dad may be a candidate for surgery after all.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I am convinced that Spring has finally arrived. The tree outside my balcony that has looked like a giant dead twig the entire time I have lived here suddenly burst into pink. The sun came out again this afternoon.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
We had brunch at my sister's before we let B chew on his Easter basket which, quite frankly, was pretty fun to watch.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Today I had to go to the district office during my lunch break to turn in some important paperwork. I understood that I would be going without lunch. But, you know what? That was going to be okay as long as I could grab a Diet Coke before I had to be in front of a group of 6th graders at 1pm. A Diet Coke would see me through. So I stopped at the Shell station. I looked around and around but I didn't see a soda fountain. I asked the lady where it was and she said they didn't have one. Seriously. No soda fountain. At a gas station.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2004
Dude, Where's My Car?
Villa Parking Lot
Chris, Ann-Marie and I walk out to the parking lot to attend the Deaf Ward. I lead the group to the spot where I always park my car. Except... it's not there. "What the crap? Where's my car?"
Thinking that maybe I'm just an idiot and parked my car some place else in the lot, we started wandering around looking for it. But it wasn't there. I thought that maybe somebody was just playing a prank on me and moved it. I mean, I did steal Ramos' car last year. A couple times. And moved it to make him crazy. I had it coming. So we looked around the entire Villa parking lot. No car. Ann-Marie and Chris went to my place to listen to Kat laugh about it. I went to Provo High School and the Seminary building with Lisa to see if it was over there. It wasn't.
By now, an hour has passed and there's still zero sign of my car. And I don't know anybody who would play a prank like that any more. I mean, I only know my parents. And so I came back to the apartment. A small crowd had gathered there because somebody losing a car is entertaining and new. Who loses a car? It's not like I lost the keys. I lost the whole freaking car! What's left to do? It's been an hour. I can't find it. I guess it's stolen. I don't know who in their right mind would steal my car but it's the only other thing I can think of. So, I called the police.
And they hung up on me.
So I called back.
And I reported it missing.
"I'll send an officer over."
"Okay," I said.
And I waited. The people talked and laughed about funny mission stories. I laid on the big yellow ball of happiness, sprawled over it on my back. And I just thought as I waited for the officer to arrive.
I thought about my checkbook balance. And about how I needed to repaint my toenails. And about how much I disliked police officers. And about how the school year was almost over. And about how I should probably visit my family at some point. And about how lame yesterday was because I had to be at work on a Saturday at 7am...
I shot up! I gasped! "It's at WORK!!!" I yelled. "It's at work because I had to be there at 7:30am and then I carpooled up to Salt Lake for that convention thingy but I got out an hour early and so YOU drove me home!" I pointed accusingly at Kat. The room was silent only for a split second before the laughter and mocking started. Yes, I am an idiot. I didn't forget that I parked my car a few slots away than usual... but a few blocks away from usual.
And so I called the police back.
"Hi, I'm Emily Hansen and I just reported my car stolen. But I just had an epiphany and... it's not."
"Okay, we'll cancel the call."
And that was it.