Saturday, January 31, 2009


I hate birthdays. I have never been truthful about my age. I avoid or lie about my age in every instance except for legal documents. My birthday is usually not a happy day for me. This year was different. I had the best birthday ever. I didn't even mind that it was my birthday, and in fact, I had a great day!
My family made it so special. They started a week ago and it just went on and on. They put a lot of thought and effort in making it special and it was indeed special.
My friends also made me glad it was my birthday as I received numerous texts and e mails from many friends both close and far away.
Thanks to everyone for all your well wishes.
I was having such fun with my birthday this year that I went out and bought myself a present. I have been admiring Melanie and Jamie's iphones ever since they got them and I just took my happy self over and purchased myself one yesterday! I still cannot believe I was so bold as to do it. My old phone was fairly new and there was nothing wrong with it. I cannot justify such unneccesary spending but it sure was fun. I love the iphone. I am still learning what all I can do with it. So far it sure is a fun toy.
I don't mind birthdays anymore. That does not mean that I will tell anyone my age. I will still avoid the subject or lie about it!!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


I found a place last night that is perfect for any chocolate lover. My family took me out for dinner at The Melting Pot. The first course was the next best thing to chocolate....melted cheese with garlic and seasonings in it. We were served cubed bread, vegetables and apple slices to dip in the cheese (yum)! Next came a choice of probably 6 different salads. Mine was spinich salad and it was GOOD. Then came the was filet mignon, teriyaki sirloin, shrimp, chicken, and salmon. We dipped that in a seasoned wine sauce. The best came last. We had smores chocolate that we dipped cheesecake, bananas, strawberries, pound cake, and marshmallows in. The entire meal was very special but I could have made a meal of the was the best! The evening was a special time with my family and a very special meal. Thank you Greg, Melanie and Jamie.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


I have added some photos from one of our favorite trips to my header. In 2005 Greg and I went to Alaska. It was a dream trip that we hope to repeat if the stock market ever recovers! We went to Brooks Falls during the salmon run and watched the bears catch and eat fish, saw the glaciers, went whale watching and fishing. We were in the back country most of the time and we got there via a 4 seater plane that landed on rocks, dirt and even a water plane in many cases. We also flew right over Mt. McKinley and took a train ride. We were there for 10 days and could have easily stayed another 10! The scenery, and wildlife including puffins and eagles was just spectacular. We have been blessed to take some geat trips. I will post segments from time-to-time of some of our favorite places.

Saturday, January 3, 2009


I managed to get a few shots of the girls new years day:


Anyone who knows me knows that I am Elise's Grandma but what you might not know is that Melanie and Jamie have 2 boys! Here they are:


They are beautiful and very well behaved children.


Greg and I brought in the new year with some very special friends. Leah, Tito and Diolino joined us for the evening. They are a very sweet couple with an amazing love story. Leah and I worked together in the transplant department for several years and then she and I both transferred to other departments several years ago. We have kept in touch since and occasionally had lunch together and shared photos and e mails since then. Greg and I were very pleased that they joined us for the evening. Here is the star of the show, Diolino:

Such a cute family!
Elise in her new pretty pony PJs with Diolino
The girls