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Catching Up

3 Feb

So I know it is far past due since we posted on the blog, so here goes…

Christmas Tree

I never thought it was such a bad little tree. Maybe it just needs a little love.

Christmas happened, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at our pictures. My parents and sister came up for Christmas at our place this year, but somehow we managed to forget to take a single photo! The only proof of the holiday season is this lone picture of our Christmas tree on the day we were throwing it out. The whole holiday was sort of a blur anyway because…

I was hired a month ago at St. Joseph Medical Center here in Tacoma! And even-though I’m only a per-diem employee (which means I just fill in for others and don’t have any set hours) I am so excited to be working again. I have been happy to take hours from anyone who will give them to me, which sometimes means I have crazy weeks where I work various shifts and my body has a hard time keeping up with what time it is…

New Scrubs!

New Scrubs!

Judy has been sweet enough to send me some new scrubs to wear to work, which is so nice as they can be expensive. So far I have refused to buy any new scrubs, especially when I find some pretty cute stuff at Goodwill. Once I’m getting more consistent hours I’ll probably splurge a little, but until then I have accumulated quite a bit, so I’m happy.

So apparently the bulbs I planted think that it’s spring, which seems kind of early to me. My mom said that it might be normal for our region. We had a pretty mild winter so perhaps spring is just coming a little early.

Still couponing like a crazy person – it’s nice to have a hobby that I like and that saves us money 🙂 I have also discovered Futoshiki which is similar to Sudoku which is a logic puzzle, but uses symbols and math. Anyone who has done Sudoku and likes it should try this new puzzle.

Bad Day on the High Seas

Bad Day on the High Seas

We have a new center piece for the livingroom too! Jimmy bought me a print of Brandon Bird’s “Bad Day on the High Seas” which is a painting of a whale, a giant squid, and a T-Rex all fighting each other (yes, Jimmy and I have strange ideas of what constitutes “art”). Anyhow, I had a great coupon for Jo-Anne’s fabric for framing so I got it framed for pretty cheap. For Christmas my parents got us a set of wooden carved whales (an adult and two babies). So those have been placed on the mantle to join the painting. Now Jimmy and I have started to look for wooden carved pieces of a T-Rex and a squid to someday join the whales 🙂
Bad Day on the High Seas

I think it really classes up the joint

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It’s About Time…

13 Nov

This post has been a long time coming, but when you’re discussing something this epic, you have to take your time.

Long, long ago, in the dark ages of the 1980s, a team of master craftsmen and artisans, using only the finest materials of the highest quality, produced a device of unparalleled precision and beauty. I speak, of course, of The Clock.

That's right...THE Clock!

That's right...THE Clock!

Such dynamic brushstrokes! A lost Matisse?

Such dynamic brushstrokes! A lost Matisse?

This gorgeous slab of lacquered hardwood has been passed from family to family within the Elton Clan for decades, ever since my Aunt Janet won it in a bowling tournament. Significant events — birthdays, anniversaries, weddings — have been marked by the passing of The Clock. There, on the gift table, would be a box of ridiculously inconvenient dimensions. Usually somewhere near the bottom so the other paltry offerings wouldn’t be crushed by its weight and majesty.

Oh yeah, those are REAL rhinestones!

Oh yeah, those are REAL rhinestones!

And now the blessing of The Clock has been passed once again — from my Grandma, to me — in celebration of our new home. The first of the grandchildren to receive The Clock! As befitting such a work of art, we have hung it in a position of honor, where all can admire its beauty: above the dryer in the laundry room. Fortunately it matches our decor perfectly, as our laundry room features a fake gemstone and tole-painting motif. There it shall remain, keeping semi-accurate time, until another event occurs, auspicious enough to be deserving of the Gift of Time.

So thank you Grandma for this great honor. And to Mike, Steve, and Tami, I say, “Ha ha, I got it first!” 🙂