Wednesday, June 30, 2004

This is a picture of Priscilla out and about in our backyard.

Today was a long day. I sat through five hours of class at PSU, and was pretty tired all day today. I'm halfway through American Indian Literature at this point, though, and the sooner I finish this term, the sooner I graduate! Not long after graduation, life is going to drastically change for Landon and I! Last day of June today--2 months down, 7 to go!
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Work was busy tonight. I must have taken 15 Q-calls.

Nothing else really happened today of significance. Just took 15 Q-calls. No, just kidding. Actually, American Indian Lit. went by really slowly, and I was super tired, which made it drag by even more. I didn't have much to contribute in the way of class discussion, because I'm having a hard time getting into the novel that we're reading this week.

I ate at Pizzacato for lunch. I came home and read my novel, went to work, then came home and read some more.

All this homework will be coming to an end soon with graduation approaching August 14th.

Monday, June 28, 2004

I am 8 weeks pregnant today. Here is an enlarged picture of an 8 week fetus. Compare this one with the one I posted at 5 weeks, and you will see the incredible developmental changes that have occurred over the past 3 weeks.

Landon and I just got back from our evening class on writing about film at PSU. It was a long class session tonight, and I'm glad to be home. However, I still have about 50 pages to read for tomorrow for American Indian Literature, so I need to get going on that. I will say before I go, though, that it is sad how little I knew of the culture of different Native American tribes, and the perpetual poor treatment of Native Americans. There are some great novels out now by different Native American authors that are presenting many of the current issues Native Americans deal with on the reservations. One author is Sherman Alexie, and the author I am reading now is LeAnne Howe and her novel Shell Shaker. Also, if you get the chance, rent the film "Smoke Signals." It is an excellent representation of the hope that exists within a hopeless environment and the power of imagination when all else seems impossible.

Sunday, June 27, 2004
Our 2nd anniversary! Today we went to see Fahrenheit 9-11 at the Fox Tower. Then, we came home and read until about 4:30, upon which we started getting ready for our dinner reservations at 5:30 at Wild Abandon Restaurant. We had a $50.00 gift certificate for this restaurant from our realtor, and were looking forward to dining in a nice restaurant for our anniversary. However, we were to be unpleasantly surprised. The restaurant is casual so that anyone feels comfortable, but the prices are sky high, as if you were dining at a 4 star restaurant. The chairs on the back patio were uncomfortable. I finally settled on a plastic lawn chair, which was more comfortable than the cast iron chairs. The appetizer (caprise) was okay. We were given our silverware 5 minutes after receiving our appetizer--that was annoying! Our soup was okay, but Landon ate mine, because I didn't care for all the onions in the soup, which was a creamy tomato dill. Landon ordered the NY steak, and I ordered the Rogue River Salmon. Apparantly, I was supposed to assume that the salmon would be cooked medium-rare. When I got the salmon, of course I couldn't eat it. I only eat meat that is well-done. Salmon should be flaky, not the texture of fish flesh. So, all I basically ate tonight was asparagus. By the time Landon finished his NY steak, which was over-cooked and tough, we wanted to leave, although I really wanted some dessert. We ended up leaving and going to Zupan's, where I got some cheesecake. By this time, however, I was experiencing my second major headache since this pregnancy, and couldn't wait to get home to get some medicine. My headache never got any better, but the evening did. Landon built a fire outside, and we sat out there and read for about an hour and a half. Then, we came inside and watched Mystic River. Like Landon says, we've had a lot of good days in our relationship. Unfortunately, you can't always force a good day to happen on your anniversary. At least we have good days all year round--too bad that one didn't happen to fall on our second anniversary. Oh, well. At least we didn't have to pay for our crappy dinner. By the time I went to bed, my head was pounding so hard that I almost got sick. Luckily, I was able to fall asleep quickly, and the next time I woke up to go to the restroom (I get up a lot at night these days), my headache was only a distant memory.

Saturday, June 26, 2004
This morning, I met Sharla & Jen down on Hawthorne, and we had breakfast at the Hawthorne Cafe, then walked around Hawthorne and shopped around, although none of us bought anything. We went to Ben & Jerry's to have some ice cream, walked around some more, then departed. It didn't seem like we were down there for very long, but when I got in the car, I realized I had been gone for four hours! I drove home to find Landon taking a shower after working in the yard all day. We did some reading, then got ready to go to Ed's BBQ. It was a fun BBQ. Ed lives nearby us, so it was really just up the street. It's always nice to hang out with Landon's co-workers. He works with a lot of nice people, and instead of dreading his work events, I always look forward to them.

After the BBQ, we went to rent Mystic River. My Mom had called to wish us a Happy 2nd Anniversary, and Landon and I listened to the message. After we came home, we started talking to our neighbors, who showed us their house, then we had them over so they could see our house, even though they had already seen it several times when the Conway's lived there. We chatted so long with them that it was too late by the time they left to watch the movie. Maybe we'll watch it tomorrow.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Felix checking things out in the backyard. Our cats are able to play in the backyard, because Landon closed up all the holes in the fence, so they can safely play back there, and we don't have to worry about them wandering off. They spend hours playing outside, and enjoy it very much, especially since they have been indoor cats for the first three years of their lives. This has been a special treat for them!
Thursday, June 24, 2004

Picture of Landon brushing his teeth from the sink's perspective.

Class was long today. I came home, took a short nap, made myself some lunch, then went to work. There were a lot of incoming calls this evening at work, so that's all I did for at least the first hour of my shift tonight. At least the time went by quickly!
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Landon is taking my Writing about Film class with me, because we had to have seven students in the class, or they were going to cancel it, and I need this class to graduate in mid-August! So, Landon registered as the 7th student. We have always talked about taking a class together, so I think this is going to be really a lot of fun. The class is Monday & Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30pm, so Landon will be able to go, since he gets off of work at 5:30pm. He's just going to have to get into the routine of doing homework, though!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Tired all the time, I fell asleep at around 3:15pm while reading a book for my American Indian Literature class. When I woke up, it was 4pm, and I was supposed to be to work by 4:30! In traffic, it's been taking me 45 minutes, so I've been leaving the house at 3:45! So, I basically ran out of the house, only to find the previous owner chatting with our neighbor. My hair was everywhere, there were pillow creases on my face, and I just told them I couldn't talk, because I'd just woke up (as if it wasn't obvious), and needed to get to work becuase I overslept. They both just laughed, and I think they got the picture.

Luckily, I was only a few minutes late. I had to go to Trader Joe's on my break, though, because I didn't have time to pack a lunch.

It's going to take me a few days to get used to this schedule!

I am sad to report that my friend Tim's father passed away yesterday.

Monday, June 21, 2004
Back to school! First day of classes went pretty well. My American Indian Lit. class is in the brand new Native American Student and Community Center at PSU, and it is a really nice structure.

Today marks my 7th week in pregnancy. Here is some information from about the changes going on right now with our baby.

Your baby-to-be is the size of a small bean, measuring in at approximately 9 to 11 millimeters, crown to rump. Dark spots, mark the early formation of the eyes. Pits indicate the formation of nostrils and ears. Your baby's brain is developing rapidly, and limbs and facial characteristics are now forming. Your baby's heart now has a right and left chamber. An ultrasound may be able to detect heart motion. The esophagus and trachea are changing and differentiating into separate tubes, with lungs positioned on either side.
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Today is Father's Day. I gave my dad a golf shirt when we were in Kah-nee-ta, then called him today on the phone to wish him a Happy Father's Day.

I was basically in a state of exhaustion all day today. After getting two-three hours of sleep in Kah-nee-ta, then 5 hours of sleep after the benefit at Biddy McGraw's (during which we made about 500.00), I was too tired to do much of anything today. I ended up sleeping after waking up at 8:30am again from 9:30-11:30, then Landon and I went downtown and walked around, got slurpees at 7-11 and ate at Cha! Cha! Cha! for lunch. When I got home, I was tired again (not that I wasn't tired the whole time I was walking downtown). So, I took a 3 hour nap when I got home. Then, Landon and I went to Thai Bistro for dinner, then came home and watched Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom until about 11:30pm, then went to bed. We both slept in until 8am, so we were definitely catching up on sleep, although Landon hadn't lost as much sleep as I had.

Landon got an eco-sphere from his parents for Father's Day, and I got him some refrigerator magnets that you can play around with to make word poetry on the refrigerator. I also got him a little turtle for the baby and a deck of cards that are 50 tips for new parents. Tracy and Mike got him two burp rags, and one of them says "I Love my Daddy" on it. Very cute. Landon was surprised to get anything for this Father's Day, but it was fun to celebrate it nonetheless, and he was happy to receive the gifts.

No pictures from Kah-nee-ta, unfortunately, or of the benefit, or of today, so I'm going to post this pictureless, and hopefully will have more to post in the way of pictures later this week.

Tomorrow I start school again! 8 more weeks until graduation!

Saturday, June 19, 2004

This is a picture of me the night before we got our keys. The sellers had moved out at this point, and we peeked into the windows to see an empty house, but since we didn't have our keys, that's all we could do--peek.

After having breakfast with Mom, Tracy, and Haelie this morning, I drove back to Portland. I left Kahneeta at 10am, and didn't get to Portland until almost 1pm. I stopped on the way home to buy something for Mike & Landon for Father's Day. I came home and took a nap, since I didn't sleep hardly a wink last night. At 6pm, we went out to dinner with Mike & Susan for Father's Day. We went to La Cruda, a Mexican restaurant in the Clinton Street neighborhood. Mike & Susan bought Landon a little eco-system glass ball with three live shrimp in it for his first Father's Day, which was really nice of them. Landon was a little surprised, because I don't think he was expecting to celebrate Father's Day this year!

After dinner, we went to the benefit. It wasn't as good of a turn-out as I had expected, but it wasn't bad. We made 174.00 at the door, which is for about 58 people @ $3.00 a person for the cover-charge. The musicians only made 200.00, since there was just the two of them, but with other donations, we made about 500.00 for the evening, which is a lot better than nothing at all! I'm kind of glad the benefit is over, though, because it was a lot of work to plan it, and it's been in the works for awhile, so I'm glad it is now over. It was really nice of Jim & Landon to donate their time and pay to Bradley-Angle. Kristian, the development director, brought a cake to celebrate Bradley-Angle's 29th Birthday, and so Cindy and I helped Kristan pass out cake to the patrons at Biddy McGraw's. Landon and Jim played really well, but it was a hard gig for them, because it was just the two of them, so they had to work extra hard. It was fun, though, for all. Biddy's wasn't too smoky. We got there at 8:30, and didn't leave until after 2am, so it was a long night. I was so glad to fall into bed when we got home. I will say that it was a good experience for me to plan this benefit. However, having said that, it is a relief that it is over!

Friday, June 18, 2004

I drove up to Kahneeta today to be with my family. The benefit for Bradley-Angle House is tomorrow, so I chose to meet them in Kahneeta on Friday instead of Saturday (as originally planned). Landon couldn't make it, since he had to work today. It was fun. There isn't a whole lot to do in Kahneeta, but I did watch Tracy, Mike, Robby, and Haelie play put-put golf, and afterwards, my Dad drove us into Madras and we had dinner at Abbey's Pizza. It was pretty fun, but my Mom was pretty sick the whole time, so that part wasn't fun. She's probably going to have to get some tests ran to see why she is getting so sick all the time. I hope she gets better soon!

The bad part about tonight, though, is that I slept on a roll-away bed, and the springs were sticking up into my back and legs. It was a long, uncomfortable night during which I hardly slept at all.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Landon's new leaf blower came in the mail today, and as you can see by the picture, he was pretty happy about it. He put it together, then started blowing dust around before he realized it would be September before he could really put it to good use.

Tonight, we had Damien & Laurie over to see our new house. I got a pizza, bread sticks, veggies, and macaroni salad. It was fun. They weren't able to get to our house until 6:30pm, then stayed until 9pm. We were going to build a fire in the backyard (I also bought two bundles of wood), but it never happened. Some other night, though, when it's not 90 degrees outside!

I was tired all day today, but kept pushing myself. By 3:30, I had to lay down for an hour before Damien & Laurie came over. It's tiring being pregnant!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Landon, 1981--2 years old.

Janssen is supposed to be in town tonight, so we are going over to Mike & Susan's for dinner tonight. This morning, I watered the plants outside, and now I am about to leave to go run some errands.

I am really tired today--as usual! I want to lay down for a nap right now, but I'm forcing myself to go run errands and not sleep--at least not yet!

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Here is a picture from a couple of months ago of Landon holding our friends Miriam & Mark's baby girl, Sylvia Rose. She is a cutie!

Another day during which I am incredibly tired. I woke up at 7am to the sound of NPR blairing from the bathroom from our shower radio during Landon's shower. By 10am, I was incredibly tired, so laid down to take a cat nap for thirty minutes. Two hours later, I woke up in a fog and put my shoes on, then stumbled around in the backyard for 30 minutes half asleep looking for the missing twine so that I could tie up a plant that was hanging over onto the ground. I don't remember much from the time I got out of bed to the time I finally found the twine in the garbage can, but I do know that I was stumbling around half-asleep. After this, I planted about 15 plants in the ground, and uncovered an extension cord and several ants' nests in the soil. There was buried timber, so they were having a hay-day building nests in the buried wood. I hope I can keep all of our plants well hydrated during the heat blast this week!
Monday, June 14, 2004

Six weeks today! The baby's heart has begun to beat, although it is almost impossible to hear.

I will be working a longer shift today, because there is a meeting at work that starts before my normal work shift does. This is my last week before I start summer school and finish my degree! I'll be glad to be finished with it, but may start working on prerequisites for the graduate program in education at PSU. We'll see how things are going by the time September rolls around, though.

Here is a picture of the area Landon and I have been working on this weekend. Before the picture was taken, it was full of ivy and other various plants. We tore most of it out, and have been working on planting other plants in there and spreading barkdust.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Tracy, Mike, Haelie, and Mom came over to our place after we went to the Kennedy School to watch 13 Going On 30. After everyone came over, Landon decided to light a fire. After enjoying the fire for awhile, we all went to Applebees for appetizers and dessert. I passed on the dessert, and ended up ordering tomato basil soup, instead.
Saturday, June 12, 2004

Landon played down at Farmer's Market today, and eventually, I met him down there, and shortly after, Mike, Susan, Sam, and Rachel came down as well. We ended up having lunch at Park Avenue Cafe, then they went home, and Landon and I went home to take a nap. Landon ended up sleeping for over 3 hours. I slept for an hour and a half to two hours. At 6pm, we met Mike, Susan, Sam, and Rachel at Hoda's Restaurant, and Sam & Rachel treated us all to a nice dinner. They go back tomorrow morning to San Diego, so after watching a movie (not good at all) called The Eye at Mike & Susan's, we said goodbye, then came home and went to bed. We didn't get any yardwork done today, although I got all the strawberries out the other day. That was hard work!

Here is a rare picture of Felix & Priscilla sleeping together. --Karli
Friday, June 11, 2004

We had Landon's grandparents and parents over for dinner tonight. Sam and Rachel flew in on Thursday evening. They came over to see our new house, and to have dinner. Later this evening, Landon and I went over to Damien and Laurie's new house to hang out. Landon and Damien played pool for awhile, while Laurie and I talked. After about an hour, we all started watching Indiana Jones. We got about halfway through the first one, and a few of us started falling asleep. Damien loaned me the whole collection, so I can watch them over my break from school. I was SO tired tonight by the time we crawled into bed at 11pm. Not pregnant, 11pm was a normal time for me to get to bed, now that I am pregnant, it feels like 2am to me!
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Today I went to Home Depot while Priscilla was at the vet and bought some more plants for outside. I bought four pots of these flowers, which are supposed to attract butterflies. After I unloaded them out of the car, I turned around, and there was already a butterfly on the flower! I ran into the house and grabbed the camera, and snapped these two pictures. When they said these flowers attract butterflies, they weren't kidding! These flowers are called Pincushion Flowers, and were the 2000 Perennial of the Year. On sale at Home Depot! Karli
Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I gardened for an hour today, then laid down for 20 minutes until Landon walked in and took this picture. After he took this picture, we went outside and gardened for about 3 more hours. My back is a little sore at this point. We ripped out the circle around the two oak trees as you approach our house, and ripped out most of the strawberry plants along the walkway to our sun porch. After we get it all fixed up, we'll put some nice plants in there, then put some kind of bark around it to make it look nice. Any suggestions? I do have a problem with barkdust, because it is a sliver factory. Anything else that will look sharp, but won't give the gardener a hand full of slivers?
Tuesday, June 08, 2004

This is a picture of Landon playing at Kell's a few weeks ago.

Today I was so tired. I slept most of the morning, then Landon and I went to Trader Joe's and lunch at the Olive Garden. Afterwards, we came home and read for awhile until I had to leave to go to work. Tired, I drove the 45 minute drive to work--the time has increased by 45 minutes since we have moved. No big deal, though, considering I won't be working there for much longer.

Work went by very slowly. After work, I went to Cindy's for pizza. Patrick came, and Landon drove over and met us there. It was fun, but after an hour, I had to leave. I was so tired--again!

Monday, June 07, 2004

This is one of Felix & Priscilla's new spots to sleep. Above, Felix is sleeping in the secret spot. Well, it didn't stay secret from us for long. After a few hours of not finding Priscilla this morning, we found her here. Landon caught this photo of Felix sleeping here. At least we can close the sliding closet door of the side that he is sleeping on so we don't have to hear him snore!

I was super tired today. I could have spent all day laying in bed, I was and still am so tired. I did take a two hour nap. I am leaving shortly now to go to work. Earlier today, I went with Landon to get his hair cut, then we stopped at Garbanzo's for lunch. Hoda's is better!
Sunday, June 06, 2004

Here is a picture of my sister Kristi with her son, Ashton. It was taken on Monday, May 31st at my parents' house. I had just found out a couple hours before that I was pregnant, but didn't say anything to the family until Friday. I hadn't even told Landon at this point.

Well, today Landon and I just relaxed (Sunday). We've had a long week, and we needed a day to just take it easy. I felt pretty good today, but did take a two hour nap. I get pretty tired now in the afternoons. Landon doesn't mind--he takes a nap with me!
Saturday, June 05, 2004

This picture illustrates approximately what our baby looks like at this stage of development. We announced to my family tonight that we are having a baby. We are all happy and excited.
Friday, June 04, 2004

I took a 2 hour nap today. It's becoming a daily thing these days. When I laid down, the Tuff Shed was being built. When I woke up, the Tuff Shed was complete, and the builders had left. Landon and I carried the storage boxes to the Tuff Shed, and put all of our garden equipment in the Tuff Shed. Tonight, we are going to Mike & Susan's for dinner & a movie. It will be a good way to end a long and hot day. Above is a picture of the interior of our new Tuff Shed. Landon probably has an exterior picture posted on his blog. Karli
Thursday, June 03, 2004

We planted this tree last night; it is a Mountain Ash tree. We planted it at the end of our driveway.

Today, I went to my last day of class at PSU for spring term. Summer session begins in 3 weeks. Landon has been outside assembling our new bookcase, and staining it golden oak. It's taking him all day! Funny how some of the projects you think will take the smallest amount of time take the longest, and the projects you think will take the longest are completed within a small amount of time.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Today we went to Home Depot, then Trader Joe's, then Lowe's, where we bought our new lawnmower. Here is a picture of Landon mowing our backyard. He assembled the mower, and has already mowed half of the yard. I'm glad Dad recommended getting a gas powered mower, because the electric one would have been a pain in the neck with the cord! We just have too much yard to have an electric mower, unfortunately. We couldn't afford the Honda model, but got one that is highly recommended on Consumer Reports for a lot less than the Honda would have cost. As long as it works, that is all I care about! Currently, I'm trying to get things put away and am working inside. Later, I will go outside to put some more plants into the ground. --Karli
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
More work, work, work. Got up early today to deliver the keys to our apartment to the landlord. Things went smoothly there, so I am hoping to get our full deposit back within a month.

I went to class today and gave my presentation on the Bradley-Angle house volunteer work that I did. I am hoping that some of the student show up for the benefit I am planning for June 19th at Biddy McGraw's Irish Pub.

I am relieved that I am through with my capstone--I just need to go on Thursday to listen to some other students give their presentations.

I really am feeling tired at this point. It will have been a week tomorrow morning that we woke up at 4:30am to get the keys to our house. During the past week, we have accomplished a lot, and worked very hard. Now, I am starting to feel the effects of our labors.

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