Monday, August 27, 2007

Mod Mum Baby Slings

So my cousins have started this little Baby Sling company...and the slings they have are so so cute. If you'd like to check them out, they're at

www.modmum.com

Very Very Cute....

Pebble Beach Golf Course


So this past sunday, I had the pleasure of playing on the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Now, I'm no golfer...well I say 'I try'. I know the game and how it's played, I'm just not good at it. I have issues actually connecting the club with the ball. But i have a good time, and that's all the matters, right?

If nothing else, it was an absolutely beautiful day. We couldn't have asked for nicer weather. I played with my boss, my boss' boss, and a co-worker. It was nice that we didn't actually keep score, so I don't have to share my pain with you.
And...I only lost 5 balls. Mike laughed at me when I said that as a good thing. But everyone I was golfing was nervous that I only brought six. Apparentley they were aware of my skills, or lack thereof. So, that fact that I only lost 5....I was pretty impressed.
Needless to say though, I am very very sore today. I never realized the amount of muscles you use all throughout your back. I guess everytime I've played golf before was in tournaments where you play best ball, therefore decreasing the amount of golf swings I take by about 90%.

Now all I have to do is keep playing so next time I'm not so sore. Mike's already been to the driving range a few times, so I have a feeling this will become a new family sport. How exciting! And now when you come to visit, we can take you golfing and not have to feel bad about ourselves....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Concours d'Elegance


So this past Sunday was Pebble Beach's second largest event, the Concours d'Elegance. It's a huge car show that takes place on the 18th Green of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. I had the priveledge of working during this event, which meant I arrived at 6.45am and left at 6.45pm. But it was definitely fun.

There were loads of people all over milling about, and a nice dynamic mix too. There were ladies wearing all designer formal attire with $3000 handbags, and people in Capri pants and polo shirts. There was also a number of wonderful cars as well.


This is the oldest car that was present. It was built in 1897, and is a Henriod Due Kellner Phaeton. It was built in Switzerland and finished in France. If you're really interested, email me and I'll send you the write-up.


This is a perfect example of the standard car at the show. It's a one of a kind (meaning the only one ever built) Heeley Gun Boat built in 1917.


And I was told that this is the Aston Martin from Goldfinger....but i didn't verify that.


And this....this was my favorite. This car wasn't a part of the show, but since it was a car show-off event the owner decided to park it right out front of the lodge. It is a Bugatti....the fastest production car currently made. It was clocked at 253 mph. It is a W16 (or two v-8 engines), and has 1050 horsepower. I was told that it uses 350 horsepower to go the first 150 mph, and the remaining 700 horses are used to get the remaining 100 mph.

In addition, there was a ferrari display, maybach, maserati, aston martin, and mercedes displays as well...and, there were a bunch of concept cars too. LIke a Ford Mustang with Lamborghini doors...pretty nuts.

All in all i had a great time....next year i will definitley take more advantage of looking at all the cars, hopefully i won't be working :)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Morning Walks



Now that we're living close to the ocean, we try and take advantage of it at every oppurtunity we get. One thing we do on the weekends is drive down to the beach in Monterey (we living Pacific Grove, and our beach is rocks and cliffs) and take Griffin for a nice long walk down the coast.


Most days we do this is overcast and bit chilly, but now that Summers rolling in (apparantly here it's from Aug - Oct) it was an absolutely beautiful morning. We woke up, hopped in the car, stopped and Starbucks for some energy and headed to the beach.
In case you aren't aware, our dog loves squeaky toys. Really, he's slightly obsessed with them. I always tend to find the cheapest toy with a squeaker because once you give it to him, he's on a mission to destroy the squeaker. So it usually takes him about an hour, and he will have successfully destroyed the toy and removed the squeaker in it. So after the first few times we went for these beach walks, we noticed everyone elses dogs would frolic in the waves and play around in the water. We were of course jealous and wanted our dog to frolic in the ocean as well. So Mike one day found this plastic hollow squeaker bone type toy. It was perfect. It would squeak and float. So we tried it out and Griffin took the bait. Granted he doesn't run past the first mini wave, but he'll run into the water and fetch the toy. It really makes the beach walks that much more exciting.


On another note, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is tomorrow and I'm working. But I'm pretty excited to see all the fancy cars. just in driving around the resort this week setting up I've seen an infinite amount of Ferrari's (to the point they're not that exciting anymore) a ton of Bentley's, a Maybach and my favorite, the Maserati's. So I'll bring my camera tomorrow and see if I can snap some good photos of the cars. Apparantly Jay Leno is the Host of the awards ceremony...and it's supposed to be quite the fashion show as well. Stay tuned.....

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bambi and Friends



So here in Pacific Grove, or 'PG' as the locals call it, it seems the animals rome free. But in particular, there is this little back of deer that has made their home here. This is the second time we've had them in our yard, that we've noticed at least. And yesterday Mike and I were riding our bikes around the neighborhood, and we almost ran over the little pack. Not on purpose, but only because they seem to have become so domesticated they don't really notice people....it's wild! Literally :)

But I have definitely been enjoying mike being here. Besides the fact that i now have a nice real bed, a couch and a bike, it's nice to have a husband as well. And a dog....we've been taking griffin for morning walks each morning. We mix it up between the beach and the forest, both of which are equally exciitng.

We're finally seeing some progress in getting the house put together, but there is still a load that needs to go into the garage for 'forever' storage. Sometimes I wonder how long we are supposed to carry this stuff around before we realize we're never ever ever going to look at it and we might as well throw it away. It's just one of those things, once we get rid of it, we'll want it. Well for now we'll continue to schlep it around the country.

hope all is well with you....

Sunday, August 05, 2007

YEAH!!! HE MADE IT!!!


So Mike and friends packed up the Penske moving truck last week to bring out all our worldly belongings. I felt bad leaving him with all the hard work, but he managed nicely. After I took the online quiz at Penske.com, we rented the 16' truck. it said it would be fine for a 2 bedroom house. Well....we ended up leaving some things behind because the truck was so full. I flew in late Friday night, and Saturday morning we woke up at 6am to hit the road. The 'few last minute things' we were supposed to do Saturday morning ended up taking us quite a bit longer then expected, but finally around 9am we were on the road. We were so excited to finally be on our way. Right as we pulled out of the driveway, Mike noticed that the truck was leaning heavily to the right but we didn't really think anything of it. Then about 20 miles outside of the city, a wind gust came by and the truck started rocking back and forth. This wasn't just a little rocking, this was insane rocking...to the point we were both looking at each other like it was going to tip over. My heart was pounding. It finally mellowed out, and we realized that we would now be driving the 850 miles at 45 mpg. Needless to say we were ecstatic.
Little Griffin had a little bed on the floor in between the seats. We were really nervous how it was going to work out because we'd never taken griffin anywhere in the car longer then a few hours...so the 12+ hour drive ahead we were cautious. The first few hours, i think we stopped every 45 minutes because we were so nervous he had to go to the bathroom...so we stopped at the Salt Flats

Right outside Salt Lake City. We stopped in Wendover just after that. We stopped about 45 minutes after that....it was noon, and I think we had gone 100 miles. It was depressing. So we finally buckled down and focused on the destination.

We drove and drove and drove. And we finally made it to the Reno area. We had picked up a bike for my cousin John who lives in Tahoe. We were going to play it by ear whether we stayed the night with John, or pushed through and went all the way in one day. We got to Tahoe around 7pm, so after we dropped the bike off we decided to keep pushing through. After about 1.5 hours, we were beat. Once the sun went down, we were done. So we pulled off the freeway in Davis, CA to just take a quick catnap. The exit we got off at had a motel 6 so we pulled into the parking lot and mikey set his alarm for a 30 minute nap. After the 30 minutes was up, we were both still so tired I thought "i should just go see how much rooms are, just as an idea" so i went into the office of the motel 6 to see if they had any rooms. They had 2 left, and they were $45....i thought, $45 is nothing if it saves our lives....so we got the room. Once our heads hit the pillows we were out for the count. We woke up at 5am and continued the drive. We were still beat, but at least our eyelids were open.

Well, we finally made it all the way home.....YIPEE!!!! then came the task of unloading the truck. We got about half way through and had to take a break. Looking in the truck at the halfway point I was thinking 'no way. we're never going to finish'. It seemed hopeless. So we ate lunch and took a nap, then decided to pull out the rest. We finally finished it all around 3pm. It was a huge weight off my shoulders. It was amazing how a seemingly not so large truck managed to completely fill up our whole house....with nothing put away it sure seems like we have a lot of stuff.

Oh yeah, and a few weeks before I left my job in Utah I ordered a bed through our employee purchase program. I ordered this plush King Size...nice. We brought it out here still in the plastic, and after sleeping on an air mattress for a month I was so so excited to sleep on this new nice bed. We still had our old queen bed for the guest bedroom here. So, in unloading the truck we bring the queen mattress up, no problem. Then we try and get the queen box spring up...not so much. We pushed and pushed and turned and re-angled and pushed so more. No go. Then it hit us "if the queen won't fit, how are we going to get the king up here". I was so nervous...but we brought in the mattress and started pushing...it wasn't sliding nicely and I think mike was ready to give up. So i started pushing, and reeeeallly pushing. i was exerting more energy then i think i ever had before. I was absolutely determined to get the bed up the stairs. So after about 20 minutes of pushing and pushing and pushing, it finally got up the stairs. I was drenched in sweat...but so excited. It was worth it. And i think the fact the dream was almost ripped out of my hands, makes the bed that much more comfortable. I've been laying on the bed all night. And i'm trying not to think of how we'll ever get the bed out again....we might have to sell it to the owners.

 
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