Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

09/30/08 5769 September 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 9:46 am

Happy New Year! It is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. If I were in California I suppose I would be observing it, but I don’t think I have observed the Holy Days since I moved to Oregon. It’s kind of a lot to observe both the Christian and Jewish holidays. I used to just have to show up for the Christian ones and now I’m the hostess. And I don’t feel connected to the Jewish population up here. It’s a whole different way of doing things. However, in this holiest of holy seasons I wish you all a sweet new year and an easy fast for Yom Kippur.

Now a non-sequitur –

Everyone under the sun had a birthday in September:

9/1 – My BIL, Andy & my cousin Scott

9/11 – Dave (Julie’s DH)

9/12 – Amy’s son

9/19 – Hayley

9/21 – My niece Araya

9/22 – John

9/23 – Poppy (Butch)

9/24 – Tyler (Poppy’s grandson)

9/25 – Larry

9/26 – Christina

9/29 – Amy

Happy birthday to all of you!


09/28/08 Too much to do, too much to say September 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 11:06 am

Forgive me internet for I have not posted … it has been 2 weeks since my last blog post. Ok, so for 5 of those days I wasn’t even here. Dang, there’s just a lot I want to get done and I also have to work (gag).

A week ago Thursday we drove to California. We spent the night in one of our regular Super 8 Motel spots in Arcata (just north of Eureka). I told Thomas that we were going to “meander” to Santa Rosa. We checked out a few things that we were curious about, like a set of terraces across the Smith river from Hwy 199 just before the OR/CA border. We thought it was a resort or hotel. It turns out it is a private residence. So much for getting a tour. We played for a while on the beach in Crescent City and had dinner near the beach. Christopher had fun digging in the sand. Sarah got her feet wet and made little footprints. I got pictures of it all. Are they uploaded to Flickr? No, I haven’t gotten that far yet!

On Friday we headed to Santa Rosa. We stayed at my in-law’s WorldMark timeshare with the in-laws. Did I mention why we went to CA? When I get to Saturday you’ll figure it out. Christopher got to see a lot of “Bob the Builder Friends” along the side of the road. It’s road construction season apparently. And somewhere down Hwy 101 they are building a bridge. Got cool pictures of that too.

On Saturday we were sort of lazy, but by noon we headed to SF. We stopped at the Marin Headlands and got great pictures of the bay, the bridge and the fog. Christopher got to see the “red bridge”. We drove through the city and I showed Christopher the hospital that I was born in (it’s now Kaiser on Geary and 5th). Then we drove down the Cliff House (dang, it’s been totally remodeled!) and then on down to the beach. Christopher and Thomas walked on the beach while Sarah slept and I read Oprah. Can you believe we were gone for five days and I didn’t even get one issue of Oprah finished!?! We had some time to kill before we needed to be at the reason for the trip. I tried to think of someone I knew who still lived in SF … no luck (I later remembered that my aunt lives in SF. I am totally lame!) So we headed to Stonestown to change the kids diaper/pullup. There was absolutely NO parking at the 19th ave side of the mall. We were going to give up when I directed Thomas to the Nordstrom’s parking garage. Stupendous! My kids got their butts wiped in one of the swankiest kids changing areas ever! While Thomas & Christopher were waiting for Sarah and me, the saleslady gave Christopher a balloon! I totally wanted to buy something, but I don’t ever intend to pay Nordstrom prices for kids’ clothes! Man, I remember shopping at Nordstrom’s for myself. But then I got a hobby and wised up! By then we’d killed enough time and headed to Belmont for the reason we were in CA … Poppy’s 70th Birthday Party! I’ve known Honey and Poppy for over 20 years and they are Christopher’s godparents. So of course we would drive over 500 miles to celebrate his 70th birthday! And we did! The party was fabulous! Supposedly there were 100 people there. I saw people I hadn’t seen in YEARS! The biggest bummer was Quint and Amy couldn’t make it. 😦 Christopher had a blast and took the run of the place. Sarah was admired by all and held by many. My in-laws were invited to the party so they helped with the holding of the moose-sized baby. She’s not even 7 months old and is 23lbs! That can wear on a body! I think I’ve ended most of the last 10 sentences with exclaimation points. I think I am ! happy!!! 🙂

On Sunday we drove to Pleasanton to visit Julie, Dave and the girls for the afternoon/evening. I was *way* overdue for a visit because I hadn’t seen them in over a year. Julie, Bob and their kids came over too. I hadn’t seen the Other Julie since the baby shower for Christopher. I hadn’t seen Bob for maybe 10 years and I’d never met their kids. Geez, where does the time go??? I got some cute pictures of Christopher playing with trains and in the pool (what a miracle that was!) As usual, Dave bbq’d excellent-ness. It doesn’t matter what he cooks on the grill, it’s going to be good. Julie – I’ll be looking for the Chinese Chicken Salad at Costco today! That was really good! That evening we headed to Willows so we could be that much closer to home in the morning.

On Monday we headed home. We had a mission. We had to be at the soccer field by 4:30 for Christopher’s first soccer practice. Yes he’s three and yes he is playing soccer now. It’s designed for toddlers and there are only 4 sessions. I like it because it’s low pressure and just designed to teach them the basics like dribbling, passing, stopping the ball, and throwing overhead. He had a BLAST! Yes, I took pictures. No, they’re not up on Flickr either.

The reason this took me almost a week to post is I have other interests. I have been trying to work in my visual journal. I also started a cross-stitching project – a nativity scene, wish me luck. And, Thomas and I got to go on a date Friday night. It was a comedy performance benefit for ACS at the Wildish Theatre in Springfield. We laughed for 90 minutes! The two guys were awesome and neither one of them said the “f” word. It’s amazing – people can be funny and not swear. Novel concept! One of the guys is fighting cancer and his big dream is to be on David Letterman.

Did anyone watch the debate???

If Sarah keeps napping maybe I can get pictures uploaded to Flickr. Shhh …


09/15/08 The Omnivore’s 100 September 15, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 10:53 am

This is a meme … where you answer questions and link to it somewhere. I’ve always wanted to do one and this one looks really fun! Some of the weird foods have links and some don’t. I had to look up a lot of stuff at

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (In my case, everything I’ve tried is in pink)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos Rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (I think so)

39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail (come over, I’ll make you some braised ox tails over polenta)
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal

44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (but not that expensive)
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin (does the roe count?)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (I don’t like gin)

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine

60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst

65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom Yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef

86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


09/06/08 S.L.U.G. Queen 2008-09 September 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 10:31 pm

And people wonder why Eugene has a reputation …

Last night Thomas & I went to an art exhibit at DIVA (downtown initiative for the visual arts) to see a painting by someone we know from church. Mary knows her to, Julie who is mom to M. and K. The kids go to one of the two schools Mary worked at. Anyway, Julie had a painting at the art exhibit and we wanted to support her and other local artists.

After perusing the exhibit we decided to wander around downtown because not only was it First Friday Artwalk, we had babysitters! So we meander around and end up at the Saturday Market stage area because we heard music. It turns out that we wandered upon the coronation event for the 2008-09 S.L.U.G. Queen. One of Mary’s friends was the 2006-07 queen. It’s quite the deal. The queen gets to be in the Eugene Celebration parade (which is next week I think) and they have community events.

Here is the link to the article in our local paper. It also has a great video of the event with the talent and coronation.


09/04/08 No words … September 4, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 2:05 pm

Because I don’t have the words … just go read this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Edited: Oh and this too.


09/03/08 Strengths and Weaknesses September 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 2:15 pm

Take the Jung Typology Test

I am an ISFJ

Introverted 44%

Sensing 50%

Feeling 50%

Judging 56%

I am:

  • moderately expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed sensing personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • moderately expressed judging personality

We are lucky that Protectors make up as much as ten percent the population, because their primary interest is in the safety and security of those they care about – their family, their circle of friends, their students, their patients, their boss, their fellow-workers, or their employees. Protectors have an extraordinary sense of loyalty and responsibility in their makeup, and seem fulfilled in the degree they can shield others from the dirt and dangers of the world. Speculating and experimenting do not intrigue Protectors, who prefer to make do with time-honored and time-tested products and procedures rather than change to new. At work Protectors are seldom happy in situations where the rules are constantly changing, or where long-established ways of doing things are not respected. For their part, Protectors value tradition, both in the culture and in their family. Protectors believe deeply in the stability of social ranking conferred by birth, titles, offices, and credentials. And they cherish family history and enjoy caring for family property, from houses to heirlooms.

Wanting to be of service to others, Protectors find great satisfaction in assisting the downtrodden, and can deal with disability and neediness in others better than any other type. They are not as outgoing and talkative as the Provider Guardians [ESFJs], and their shyness is often misjudged as stiffness, even coldness, when in truth Protectors are warm-hearted and sympathetic, giving happily of themselves to those in need.

Their reserve ought really to be seen as an expression of their sincerity and seriousness of purpose. The most diligent of all the types, Protectors are willing to work long, hard hours quietly doing all the thankless jobs that others manage to avoid. Protectors are quite happy working alone; in fact, in positions of authority they may try to do everything themselves rather than direct others to get the job done. Thoroughness and frugality are also virtues for them. When Protectors undertake a task, they will complete it if humanly possible. They also know better than any other type the value of a dollar, and they abhor the squandering or misuse of money. To save, to put something aside against an unpredictable future, to prepare for emergencies-these are actions near and dear to the Protector’s heart. For all these reasons, Protectors are frequently overworked, just as they are frequently misunderstood and undervalued. Their contributions, and also their economies, are often taken for granted, and they rarely get the gratitude they deserve.

Mother Teresa, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Steward, and Tsar Nicholas II are examples of Protector Guardian style.


09/02/08 September already? September 2, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 9:23 pm

Sheesh, where has the year gone? Sarah will be seven (yes seven!) months old on Monday. She’s rolling over and has even got the beginnings of a tooth coming through! Christopher got to ride on the lawn mower with grandpa and wore big-boy underpants all day. That is not to say that he is potty trained. He just has a very consistent grandmother who puts him on the potty every couple of hours. We will see how this progresses.

An amazing thing happened this weekend. I got something in the house done! I have a bookshelf that is 6′ tall by 2′ wide that was in our bedroom. I cleared it off (it didn’t have much on it because I never put the shelves in) and brought it down to the office. There is this funny nook in the middle of the south wall and that’s where the bookshelf went. I put some of my craft drawers that were in the middle of the office next to the bookshelf. I then unpacked three of the boxes of books and put the books on the shelves. Wow, what a concept! Ten of the boxes of books are in the hall waiting to go upstairs into the spot where the bookshelf was. Now we just need bookshelves for the bedroom.

Jonah has been tasked with taking the three empty boxes that I created and putting stuff from his room into them so we can prepare to move him into Christopher’s room and move Christopher and Sarah into his room. That was a very long sentence.

Step by step …