Thursday, August 31, 2006
Bush/Brian Williams Interview--1Yr. Post Katrina
The Daily Show - Katrina Disaster 1 year later
( Bush makes fun of reporter's glasses


Wednesday, August 30, 2006
It's the middle of the week, and I'm feeling much better than I was yesterday. Still drinking minimal amounts of caffeine & alcohol & drinking lots & lots of water. I still feel like I need to push the fluids, but every day I feel twice as good as the day before.

Tom from the Portland Century e-mailed me today, then we spoke on the phone. He was the person on the end of the line when I called from the course. He was so caring & considerate in his e-mail and on the phone. He brought Landon's helmet, the gift bags, and compensated for our experience.

Now it's my turn to do my part & make sure this never happens again. Yesterday I posted some things I've learned from this, and I plan to implement them in the future. If anyone has suggestions to add to my list, I would appreciate them!


2 Days Post Dehydration on Portland Century

Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I'm still not feeling 100%. I still pretty tired & my body feels the effects of being severely dehydrated on Sunday. Despite what I went through, I'm already trying to gather information about September rides. I've learned a LOT through this experience, which is good. This experience will take me to the next level of performance & better prepare me so I remain well hydrated & nourished on future rides.

Here are some things I have learned:
1) Always be prepared. This means having a small tool kit for emergency bike repairs, adequate water storage for 20 to 30 mile stretches between stops (I only had an 8 oz. bottle--not nearly enough to last for a long stretch), and gel packs, cliff bars, and tylenol or advil.
2) Listen to what my body is telling me and take matters into my own hands. I pushed myself and passed convenience stores trying to make it to the next rest stop, partly because I had become separated from Landon, and partly because I was ignoring my body's signals. Next time I will stop & purchase water & food when I need them instead of trying to force my body to make it to the rest-stops that were poorly placed on the ride.
3) Turn all negative experiences into a learning experience both for myself and for the planners of organized rides. This means wording my e-mails & comments in a constructive and didactic manner so that planners can improve future rides.
4) Learn the basics about how to fix & repair my bike should problems arise along the way. Fortunately, on the Portland Century, I only faced my bike chain coming off, which I needed help to fix, but there were many bikers who had flat tires or bulging tubes, faulty brakes, and other mechanical failures. I need to learn how to tighten the nuts & bolts on my bike so I can protect myself from becoming stranded.
5) Always carry a cell phone with me on this ride. We only carried one, so when we became separated, Landon had no way to reach me.
6) Never become separated--communicate so that this does not happen.

Here is some additional information that is key in preventing severe dehydration or heat stroke:
I'm afraid I'll have problems again, what can I do?

Once you've had a bad experience during a ride, and we all have -- or will have if we ride long enough -- you want to do something so it doesn't happen again. I'll help you get started with a few tips:

For fueling, a good baseline to begin with is 200 to 300 calories per hour. Consider bumping this number up if you are experiencing problems. If you have a very light, or zero, breakfast; begin consuming calories at the 20- or 30-minute mark at the beginning of the ride. If you had a hearty breakfast, you can begin refueling later in the ride, around the 60-minute mark.

The easiest way to begin your personal experiment on fluid replacement is to weigh yourself before and after a ride to find out if you are having weight loss. Ideally, if you weigh yourself before the ride and consume enough fluid during the ride to prevent weight loss, you are supplementing perfectly.

If you weigh yourself before the ride and have a weight loss post-ride, this means you are sweating out more than you are replacing. It does appear that you can be somewhat dehydrated without causing problems, but losing over 2 percent of your body weight negatively affects performance, by as much as 20 percent. Start with a guideline of one water bottle of fluid per hour and adjust from there.

If your clothes look like a salt mine after a ride and you feel "crampy" or notice performance declines during a ride not related to fitness or fueling, you may need to supplement with electrolyte tablets.

Electrolyte tablets often include sodium, chloride (sodium and chloride are "salt"), potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. The major players are sodium and chloride. The secondary players seem to be potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Before supplementing with electrolyte tablets, look at the content label of your drink mix and know how many milligrams of electrolytes it supplies per serving. If you decide to supplement, begin with about 200 to 500 milligrams of sodium chloride per hour and adjust from there.

(Quick tip: A pinch of salt is about 100 milligrams of sodium chloride, and can help keep cramps at bay if you think you're heading for trouble. Eat a pinch, or two, of salt at your next refueling stop and be sure to drink about 8 ounces of water to dilute the salt.)

This column barely scratches the surface of all the issues, but hopefully it helps you begin your own self-experiment.

Pay attention to what hydration and fueling strategy works for you under what conditions, and be willing to make adjustments to your plan when conditions change.

Excerpt from article posted here:

Feeling Optimistic about Future Rides,

Portland Century

Monday, August 28, 2006
August 28, 2006

Portland Century:

My husband and I rode the 60 mile, toting our 18 month old in a Burley trailer. We read on the brochures that the rest-stops would be well-stocked, and they were not. The stop just before the Marine Drive stretch only had water, and one of the three pumps was broken, with long lines for bottle refills at the 2 remaining pumps. There were no Cliff Bars as promised at any of the stops. We saw empty boxes, but no bars to take with us were provided. We were promised at the water stop that there would be lots of food at the next stop (Roselyn), 15 miles down the road, so without food, I hauled my baby in the Burley for 18 miles in the beating hot sun on an empty stomach before collapsing from severe dehydration alongside Lombard somewhere. I felt completely abandoned & unsupported on this ride. At the point I stopped along the way, I realized I had lost my husband, who had had to stop miles back due to hypoglycemia unbeknownst to me, and ended up having to get water from a hose at a house along the way. Because of the lack of nourishment along the way, we were unable to complete the last 13 miles of the 60 mile stretch, which was devastating to me.

I was so excited about this ride, and had been looking forward to it for weeks. As it turned out, I was hauled back to PSU in a SAG vehicle. By the time I arrived there, I was so sick from dehydration that I couldn't physically get out of the van. Shortly after that I started vomiting & was unable to keep fluids down. My husband sought medical attention for me at the tents in the park blocks, but there was none to be found. One man with a first aid kit gave my husband a blank stare & was completely unhelpful, doing nothing to help us or point us in the right direction.

This was a century ride in 95 degree weather, and if there was medical support available, we were not pointed in the right direction. I ended up in an ambulance & transported up to OHSU where I was given IV fluids until 8:30pm at night. Needless to say, we did not get to enjoy the finish line dinner, pick up our gift bags of beer & coffee, or commemorative posters. We also paid extra for t-shirts, and do not have those. My husband left his helmet in the SAG vehicle. I feel like I was gypped on this ride, and that my health was compromised by poor planning & lack of food & medical support. I would appreciate a full refund.

As a side note, this was supposed to feature the best of Portland. We were taken along routes featuring the worst of Portland. I-205 & I-84 are an eyesore, and the neighborhoods along there are run-down with no gardens or trees. Aside from the beginning of the route, I was riding along busy interstates or roads. If you are going to market this ride as "the best of Portland," perhaps there needs to be some planners that actually know what the best of Portland is--because this ride was not it! Also, the sign markings were good in some areas & poor in others. In fact, we rode past the Roeslyn rest-stop because there were no signs, and it was out of sight from where riders were riding. There were many riders who were lost & riding in the hot sun going in the wrong direction or that passed much-needed rest-stops due to poor markings. Other 40 milers accidently got onto the 60 mile route, unsure if they would be able to make it or not. There were some 60 milers gypped because they were on the 40 mile route. I don't know if it was a lack of volunteers or poor planning, but it would have been nice to have volunteers directing & supporting riders or at the least, signs pointing us in the direction we were to go. There were some areas that were completely unmarked, which is where many riders got off track or bypassed rest-stops.

I am emotionally & physically recovering from what happened yesterday. I won't let this deter me from future rides, and plan to learn from this. I would appreciate it if you take this e-mail and use it to improve future Portland Century rides. I would also appreciate compensation for what my family and I endured yesterday due to lack of food, water, & medical support on the ride.


Portland Century

Sunday, August 27, 2006
We're all geared up to ride the Portland Century today. We're so excited! Will let you know how it turns out tomorrow.


Chore Day

Saturday, August 26, 2006
Today we stayed home mostly & did chores & I caught up on some reading. Went to Papaccino's for awhile, then left shortly after I read their "resting policy." To surmize, they basically don't want you hanging out for hours reading or studying, as that's what libraries are for. They don't mind if you enjoy your coffee, but then they want you to go so that you don't take up a table that other customers could be using. It sort of annoyed me, but since I want to support them over Starbucks, I'm still planning on going there regularly to linger, read, and enjoy espresso drinks. I'll just have to make my cup of coffee last a long time! While I'm on this topic, does anyone have suggestions for comfortable reading spots in the Terwilliger neighborhood? -Karli Posted by Picasa

Zesty Crab Cakes

Monday, August 21, 2006

I made these for dinner tonight. They are in the refrigerator & ready to be fried up for dinner. Here is the recipe:

Zesty Crab Cakes
Prep Time: 5 Min. Total Time: 35 Min.
Serves 4

1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons coursely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over
3 hot pickled peppers, such as Peppadew, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cornmeal. Whisk next 9 ingredients in a large bowl. Gently mix in crab, peppers, and breadcrumbs.
2. For each crab cake, shape 1/3 cup crab mixture into a patty; place on prepared sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cornmeal. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 15 minutes.
3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook crab cakes in batches, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with lemon.

Time Alone

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I took Samuel downtown today & registered our family for the Portland Century (40 mile option). It's going to be a lot of fun, and there is a gourmet finish-line dinner!

When I got home, Landon took Samuel on a special outing to Jamison Park, Finnegan's Toy Store, Chipotle Grill, and Starbucks. I had a good 4 hours to myself, and read 135 pages of Reading Lolita in Tehran. It was nice to have some time to myself! Just what the doctor ordered...Karli

Blur of a Day

Saturday, August 19, 2006
We spent all day hanging out with family--Landon's Uncle Larry & wife Heather, then my family in the evening. Landon had a gig, so he didn't get to see my family. He got paid well, though, and had fun! --Karli

Babysitting Carly

Friday, August 18, 2006

I babysat this little girl, Carly, today, and it was fun--she is such a good baby! However, Samuel had major jealousy issues, and by the end of the day was emotionally & physically exhausted after vying for my attention all day. It was exhausting for me as well. Hopefully, he will do better the next time I watch her!

Karli Posted by Picasa

Rockstar: Supernova

Thursday, August 17, 2006
A few years ago, Cindy, Colleen, & I caught a couple shows at Dante's with singer/song artist Storm Large. One of her fans sent her information to Rockstar, and she is now one of the remaining 7 contestants--one of which will earn the position of lead singer of the band, Supernova. It's so cool that one of our local artists might have the opportunity of a lifetime! She even voted for my friend Sharla a couple of years ago when she (Sharla) was up for 105.1's hottest teacher contest. Anyway, I hadn't been watching Rockstar: Supernova, because I'm not a fan of reality TV, but now that I know Storm is one of the contestants, I'll be tuning in on Tues. & Wed. nights. Cindy & Sharla have already been watching for the past few weeks. I've uploaded some utube clips of her earlier performances on the show--see below.

Storm Large - Anything, Anything (Rockstar Supernova)
Changes - Storm Large

Storm's Performance of David Bowie's "Changes."
Rockstar Supernova: Storm Large

Another great performance by STORM LARGE!
Rockstar Supernova: Storm Large - encore of anything anythin

Go Storm! I've seen her several times at Dante's, and she's going to win Rockstar: Supernova! --Karli


Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Chicken Compost

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I did a lot of gardening today. Besides removing a ton of barkdust (not literally) from the east facing slope, I replanted a hydrangea that I burned by using chicken compost. I removed the said chicken compost & replaced with planting compost.

Gardening tip: don't use chicken compost on your plants! Toss it into your compost bin for 3 to 4 months before use. Chicken compost contains more nitrogen than any other compost. I'm hoping my hydrangea will come back next year and in general be happier & healthier with the soil ammendment I made today! --Karli

Ordinary Day

Monday, August 14, 2006

Samuel & I stayed around the house today until his nap-time, after which we went to playgroup at Leslie & Maya's, not far from our house. Samuel had a rough afternoon--lots of temper tantrums & protests. His nap was cut short because a solicitor knocked on the door & woke him up, and he is also teething, which explains his cranky mood. Landon made a good dinner of pasta & meatballs when he got home from work. Once Samuel was asleep, we started a movie, but after 45 minutes, I was sooo tired & went to bed early. I think I'm still a little beat from the Bridge Pedal yesterday. --Karli

Providence Bridge Pedal

Sunday, August 13, 2006
Today was the Providence Bridge Pedal. Landon & I woke up at 5:30, ate a good breakfast of eggs, ham, potatoes, and cheese (all mixed together & fried) before waking Samuel up at 6:30 to start our ride downtown. We arrived, met Mike & Susan at the Police Memorial, then began the 10-bridge, 36-mile ride. It was great, although there were too many people, and I would have liked to have cycled much faster, but had to slow down to keep with the group. Samuel did great, and took a two hour nap along the way. The ride lasted from 7:15-12:15. I could have done it in 3 1/2 hours instead of 5, but we took our time at stops, and like I said, were cycling slower than usual. By the time we headed home from downtown, the sun was hot in the sky. I got sunburned, because I forgot to put on sunscreen, which was really negligent of me. When I got home, I made the mistake of going straight from my bike to my bed, and when I woke up, I felt like total shit! Every muscle in my body ached, and I had a headache because I hadn't had any coffee & was also slightly dehydrated. I think if I had stretched a little before relaxing, I would have felt much better. Anyway, I took a bath, then took Samuel to Fred Meyer & used some coupons I had from the Fred Meyer Rewards Club to get an iced grande caramel machiatto. It really did the trick, and my headache went away within about 30 minutes.

After Samuel was asleep, Landon and I watched A History of Violence, which we both would rate about a 3 out of 5 stars. Then, we were asleep soon after our heads touched the pillow.

I would probably never do the Bridge Pedal again, because a) there are too many people, b) it is disorganized c) when you get to the finish line, there is no special treatment for the riders.

Landon and I are going to do Portland Century on the 27th, and for the same price, they provide their riders with a pound of coffee, a commemorative poster, a 6-pack of beer, a continental breakfast, well-stocked rest-stops, and a gourmet dinner at the finish line. There are 40 and 60 mile options, even though it is a century ride (100 miles). I'd love to do the 60 mile ride, but we want to be able to enjoy the dinner (which we couldn't if we left Samuel with a babysitter--we'd want to rush home), and it would probably be too strenuous to pull Samuel for 60 miles. So, we're taking Samuel with us so we can enjoy the dinner, and doing the 40 mile option instead.

--Karli Posted by Picasa

Qualcomm Picnic

Saturday, August 12, 2006

This morning, we spent some time at The Bike Gallery & REI getting bikewear for the Bridge Pedal tomorrow. Unfortunately, we couldn't find anything in Landon's size, so I ended up being the one with the bikewear. I wanted to get Samuel a little biker outfit, but they were too expensive, and I couldn't justify the expense, even though it would have been super cute!

Later in the day, we headed to the annual Qualcomm picnic, which was held at Roger & Marie's home in West Linn. Quite a place they've got there! Mainly, the picnic was centered around dunking the managers. We spent most of the time down by the play-structures with Samuel. There was a great sandbox down there. We only stayed for a couple of hours, then headed home to get ready for the Bridge Pedal. --Karli

Day with Landon

Friday, August 11, 2006
  Landon took the day off today from work, so we went for a bike ride to prepare for the Bridge Pedal which is this Sunday. We ended up going for a really nice ride, perfectly balanced between uphill & downhill. Sometimes I wonder how Landon can pull Samuel in the Burley for such long stretches. I think he's in better shape than I am, bottom line. I don't have the endurance for that--at least not yet! So, we ended up riding up Terwilliger, took residential streets up to Wilson Highschool, rode through Hillsdale, up Capital Hwy. to Mult. Village, stopped for a pastry, cut over on 45th Ave. to Taylor's Ferry, rode down 55th past our old house on Pasadena, rode up to Barbur, rode over the hill down Taylor's Ferry on the east side of Barbur, then cut over to Barbur on Terwilliger and rode on home. Like I said, it was a nice ride!

Then, it was haircut time for Landon. I didn't get my hair cut this time, but I did get it colored. After haircuts, we went home, made dinner, and called it a day. I did some laundry & straightened up the house before bed. --Karli Posted by Picasa

Last Day at the Festival

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Even though I was quite worn out yesterday, I decided to give the Wash. Park Festival one last shot, so once again, for the fourth time this week, I packed up a dinner and we headed over the hill to the festival. Several of the moms from my moms' group were there, and it was fun! The story hour lasted a long time. Samuel is not old enough, obviously, to sit & listen to an hour-long story, even though the staff at the festival seemed to think that all the children needed to remain seated during story-time. No way my boy was going to stay seated! Landon and I ended up having to take him off to the side of the festival several times so he didn't interrupt the story-time. Plus, he was fascinated by a smooth flag-stone border to the stair case that the kids turned into a make-shift slide. He went down that thing over & over again. Later, one kid was playing with a huge remote-controlled truck. Samuel was in Heaven! He loves trucks right now! Especially diggers! --Karli


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Note to self: when you make quiche for the first time, don't take matters into your own hands & add extra ingredients, doubling your cooking time and making you late for a summer concert. Thank-goodness it turned out okay--actually, it was really good--but, for about 35 minutes, I didn't think it was going to turn out! I'm really, really tired tonight. I've been going non-stop for a lot of days in a row. Off to bed for me! --Karli

Oh Yeah, My Gallbladder Was Removed!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

My gallbladder was removed October 1, 2004. Note to self: 2 salami sandwiches with lots of mayonaise makes a great picnic lunch at the park, but leads to misery 30 minutes after consumption. Second note to self: try to stand up straight so you don't look like you have the face of a 29 year-old woman on the body of a 90 year-old.

Fun at Washington Park Summer Festival

Monday, August 07, 2006
We went to the first of many free concerts in Washington Park we plan to attend over the next couple of weeks. The Celtic band from LA, Craicmore, played & they were great. Samuel had a blast running from one end of the amphitheatre to the other. There were lots of people there, and we had egg-salad sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. What a pleasant way to spend a Monday summer evening! --Karli

I've Been Meaning to Tell You

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Notes to Landon:

1. When you unload the dishwasher and put dishes away, can you please put the tall glasses together on the far right-hand side of the cabinet, the 6 juice glasses together next to those, and the beer mugs to the left of those? I like them in two rows of 3 for the glasses, since there are six of each size, and the 4 beer mugs in two rows of 2. When you mix them all up, it looks disorderly, unorganized, and unsystematic. It also annoys me when I have to move glasses to get to the size I want for the beverage I am drinking.

2. I appreciated that you started a load of laundry for the first time the other night since we've moved here, which was over two months ago now--I really do. However, my bright red sweatshirt washed with my bleached white summer t-shirt did not mix well, and now my t-shirt is a pinkish color. I had organized piles of whites, towels, sheets, soft colors, and dark colors in front of the washing machine. When you told me you started a load of "what was in front of the washing machine," I was instantly concerned, but brushed it off and told myself to trust you. I want to trust you to start the laundry, but there are a few simple common-sense rules that must be followed unless I am to regulary buy new clothes.

a. Whites are washed with whites.
b. pastels & light colors are washed together.
c. Dark colors together.
d. Towels are washed in their own separate load.
e. Sheets, too.

These rules are simple, and much more watered down than the average person. My only request is that we try to follow them unless something is tossed in by complete accident.

Oh, and P.S. Please do not mistake these notes as suggestive that I would rather do these chores myself! Posted by Picasa

Feeling Poorly

Saturday, August 05, 2006

When Samuel woke up this morning, he was shaking. About 30 minutes later, he vomited. So, needless to say, we canceled all our plans for the day. Later in the morning, I wasn't feeling so hot either. I've been drinking water all day long, and seem to be fine at this point. Samuel seems fine, too. I don't know what kind of virus only lasts for a few hours, but it's annoying, considering it caused us to cancel several plans we had for today! It's okay, though. I think it was my body's way of telling me to slow down. I've been up to a lot lately with little to no rest. So, today I slowed the pace down a little. I'm glad we're feeling better, though, so we can go to McMinnville tomorrow for Tracy's birthday! --Karli Posted by Picasa

An Inconvenient Truth

Friday, August 04, 2006

See this movie! I saw it this evening with a couple of moms in my group. If this film does not compel you to do your part to stop global warming, see it again. Read what you can until you understand the problem at hand. Go to for more information. Hats to Al Gore for working to bring awareness through presentations nationwide, his film, and his book about the global warming crisis. --Karli Posted by Picasa

Another Day in my Life

Thursday, August 03, 2006

We are meeting all sorts of interesting, welcoming, and friendly individuals in our new neighborhood! Just this evening, we met a couple with their three month baby when we were out for an evening walk. Then, we met our new neighbor two houses down & they have a 3 1/2 year old girl, so Samuel & I might be getting together with them for a play-date soon.

Last night, I planted about five plants I bought at Portland Nursery, one of which is a Vitex (chaste tree) alba that will look beautiful once it reaches maturity. I planted it on the top of the south facing slope centered in the middle between the windows. Anyway, after feeling an earthquake last night that rattled our windows, I woke up knowing full well I hadn't slept enough last night, so I was dragging today! I took Samuel to a playgroup that ended up being on the furthest southwestern side of Beaverton--way the heck out there! It took about 40 minutes to drive there from our house. We were an hour late because of Samuel's morning nap, but stayed two hours. I then stopped at Fred Meyer for milk on the way home, only to realize that Samuel's diaper was soaking through, so I went to change him, then realized I had NO DIAPERS with me! Now in the 17 1/2 months I've had Samuel, I've NEVER NOT had a diaper with me, so even though I bought diapers just yesterday, I had to run into Fred Meyer with a diaperless baby (yes, I did put his shorts back on at least!), and buy MORE diapers. Before I even paid for them, I broke them open & put one on Samuel. I was very lucky--he didn't wet his pants between taking his diaper off in the car & getting him into the store & into a clean diaper! Anyway, I had just finished getting his diaper on when I realized that it was 4pm & I had only had a breakfast bar to eat, so I headed to the deli case to get a couple of chicken strips. I was sitting there scarfing them down with Samuel, who was nibbling bits of what I gave him, feeling like white trash for feeding my 17 month old chicken strips from the deli case when I realized that a voice that was speaking nearby me was actually speaking to me. Her name was Melissa, and she was there with her two sons scarfing down chicken strips because she realized she hadn't eaten lunch either. We were laughing about the fact that our husbands were going to wonder why neither of us was hungry for dinner, not to mention the fact that we were eating unhealthy chicken strips! Samuel started playing with her 4 year old son Sullivan, and we chatted about the neighborhood. I gave her some advice on where to buy Ergo carriers in Portland, and we parted ways, hoping to run into each other again in the future.

So, I get home, carry the groceries in, put Samuel in his highchair & feed him frozen organic blueberries, which he loves, then realized after he was done eating that he had made a very blue mess all over his face, hands, hair, etc. When it requires more than five trips to the sink to rinse out the washcloth, I give up & decide it would be easier to give him a full bath. I no sooner put him in the bathtub, carrying him as far away from my body as possible so as not to get blueberry stains on my clothes, start running the water, then go to the kitchen and walk back when I see that he has fully made a mess in the tub, and is trying to pick the bits up & put them over the side of the tub. I then did the following:

  • Pulled the screen off the drain
  • Took the bulkier chunks & put them in the toilet
  • Drained the water
  • Rinsed the tub
  • Re-ran another tub of water
  • Washed son from head to toe
  • Drained water
  • Dried son
  • Carried son upstairs wrapped in towel
  • Put diaper on son
  • Put son to sleep (first nap was cut short due to playgroup; usually, he never takes 2 naps)

By then it was 5:30 or so. I left sleeping Samuel in his room, then went & laid down. I was exhausted to say the least. I woke up an hour later. Landon was home from work. That brings me to the beginning of this blog entry when we met the couple on our walk this evening. I really wasn't up for a walk--I was too tired. But, I'm glad I went when it was all said & done with, because I met some nice people! Landon also treated us to fraps at Starbucks. I tried their blended blackberry green tea frap, and it was the BEST frap I've ever had! I would highly recommmend it!

That's it for today, August 3rd.
Karli Posted by Picasa

Happy 28th Birthday, Tracy!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Wishing my sister Tracy a happy 28th birthday! I'm proud of her accomplishments! We are celebrating her birthday on Sunday down in McMinnville at my parents' house.

Samuel & I made an early morning trip to Target to get diapers & some other non-food items. Now he is napping. It's another beautiful day, so I plan to take Samuel for a walk down to Willamette after he wakes up. I'd like to get outside & enjoy the fresh air, especially since I was indoors most of yesterday getting ready for book club.

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Neighborhood Tree Comes Down

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

What a bummer--an old tree across the street from us came down today. It was partially dead, probably from hard pruning in the past because of power lines. The owner will replace the tree after the stump has been ground. It's still a sad day when an old tree is cut down.

I hosted book club tonight. Only one person had read the book, two people including myself were halfway through it, and the other two people did not read it at all. So, needless to say, it was not a very interesting discussion. Landon & Samuel went to the park during book-club, then Landon brought him home & put him to bed. I was really tired by the time everyone left, and went to bed after watering the plants, putting out the garbage, doing the dishes & cleaning up the kitchen/dining room, and starting some laundry.

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