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By Fauxpaws on Dec 28, 2014 at 6:02 AM

HO HO HO! We're baaack! It rained for about 1/3 of the way down there and almost the entire trip back, which sucked, but we made it just fine. It's almost exactly 500 miles each way, btw. I think you'd asked about that. Got in last night and we both just collapsed. Elf is fine but it took quite a while before he "forgave" us and he's still wah wah'ing about it this morning. He slept quietly all night at least, tho he stayed glued to my side the whole time and I don't think I moved all night. We did have a great time and ate like pigs - king crablegs one night, roast and home made spaetzle on Christmas and a beauty of a ham with au gratin potatoes on Friday. Phew! My niece brought he little dog Hugo, so there were plenty of animals around to love on =) and we all had a wonderful time. I started to ED your convos with Syl to catch up but will have to finish that later - almost a novelette there! Sounds like you all had a good Christmas too, tho! More later....

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By Sylviag on Dec 26, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Thanks, that little guy went further than I thought he would. A pack thing and their human is the alpha and a good alpha sets boundaries. verything ispacked away and I started a small pile of what needs to go to the ocean. We will cook dinners in so need to haul not only food but a couple of pans and good knives. Just listened to a music channel on the TV. But I did get another play list done this afternoon, Soul/R&B. Very time consuming but once they're done, I can change them easily if I want to. I do need to delete some of the music from the MP3 as I am running out of room but I uploaded all music by a lot of artists cu it was quicker and not necesrily all my favorites. Carmel sounds like a fun trip for all of you especially Becky as I know she loves the ocean. How long of a drive is that? Will you all go together? Will look forward to the pics. We'll lay low this weekend after all the busy before and during the holidays, SUpposed to snow maybe tomorrow evening, Will hae a cold spell for a few days with temsp at night in the low 20s and not much more than mid 30s during the day. When did you change your avatar - I just noticed the dawg in front of Becky :) When is Paws supposed to get home?

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By Sylviag on Dec 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Slept longer last night than I have in weeks. Almost too much in terms of fully waking up :) Not havving beenowned by a dog, Ihave a feeling it might be difficult to "rtrain" a dog to a more acceptable behavior. Sorry toear about her kitteh but I hae to agree waiting just a bi might be better. Just because they got along well with the one kitteh doesn't ecesarily mean they will the next. Judging by the many pics I have seen here of huge dogs with itteh bitteh kittehs I would hope no harm would come to the kitteh. Oh dear, looks like the Warriors lost. Kind of a low scoring game ofr BB wasn't it? A little tim here and then it's on to taking the tree down. We have a lot of ornaments that allhave to be carefully wrapped so will take some time. Then treadmill and a shower. That's as far as I have gotten so far on my day planner :) What's up with you?

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By Sylviag on Dec 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I imagine you ran into some traffic on the way home. I knew they would love it. So very special because it was taken on a trip you all took together and every time they look at it, it will bring back good memories. Glad here was no doggie drama :) We'll make it a fun little after Christmas party for her. I nve doubted your roat would come out perfect being the master of cooking big hunks of meat :) We wilhave another after christmas party with son and gkids probably the 2d weekend in Jan, I stillhave that sal 12 pounder in the freezer that I got for practically nothing for son and he kept forgetting to take it home every time we aw him so might as well cook it for them. I want to try that spatchcock thing, Since we will just have the one turkey will have plenty of room in the oven. We adults don't exchange presents and Our prezzie is the ocean trip. But half son;s wife knows I love glass stuff and she brougt me a beautiful glass vase shot through with blues and purples at a thrift store ith some flowers in it. Carrots, peantu butter - never know dogs liked such stuff :) what a nice thing for her to do. I imagine you will, like us, take it easy tomorrow except for walkies. I never made it to the tradmill todayso will definitely hit that tomorrow. Hope Paws is having a wonderful visit with her sis. Hoping your Warrior win. Jut looke at live feed and they are ahead by all of 2 points, That's the thing about basketball -usually goes back and forthall game long and the final few minutes is usually where one team or another will win

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By Sylviag on Dec 25, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Don't know I you made it home yet or not. How did your parents like your picture? Dinner go well? Did you read the letter? I can understand your Mom's feelings about their friend. A 63 as musicians, actors whatever pass around 70, I think to myself, damn that's only 7 years older than me :) So live for today and enjoy is my motto MIL still was not up to going anywhere so we all chatted on the phone with her. We will go see her this weekend and bring a pizza and give her her prezzies (gift cards so she can have some shopping fun). Our brunch was really nice and their girls are so sweet. They loved Sonny as he is so friendly and let the hold and pet him. Son called fro Cabo and they were trying to "cool" off - no sypathy from us :) Eeryone left around 2 and Bryan and I spent about 4 hours pacing everyting away except the tree and outdoor lights whichwe will do tomorrow. We've always done that which freaks somepeople out. Love christmas but once it;s over,on to the New Year. No hungry yet but Bryan just had soe leftover prime rib and vegies. I a all eated out so don;t know what I will nosh on when my hunger button goes off.

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By Sylviag on Dec 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Mornin. Hope to catch you before you head up to the folks to wish you a wonderful and warm fuzzy day with your family. LOL Even though she will see you today, there were obviously a hundred things that need to be said before then. MIL really enjoyed brunch although it started snowing heavily on our way there and dumped about 2 inches over the next couple of hours. But so many people on the roads, they just stayed slushy. She really enjoyed driving through town in the snow. We all had eggs benedict and tried their potato pancakes which were very good. No one will ever make tater cakes like my Mom did though. But she used shortening and a cast iron pan. Then late afternoon got a call from the faility that she had fallen in the bathroom :( They called 911 just to make sure she hadn't broke anything and she hadn't. When I called her she was doing fine and not even sore (likely cuz of what part of her body she landed). OK, so here is typical family "funny" Hope I will be forgiven for this LOL She told me that she tipped over trying to straigthen out the bathroom rug (for whatever reason) she landed on her belly and could not maneuver herself in either direction to get up Thank goodness they have that push button call thing on her wrist. When I told Bryan and BIL and son about it as we were enjoying a glass of wine in the sun room, I said I was picturing a blow fish with arms and legs waving around. Sad to say, we all cracked up :) This morning she called and has intestinal issues so may not be able to come. Told her to call me around 10 to see how she is doing. Everone else is coming aroud 11. I went to bed at 10 last night but the lates partied on much later. I knew I had about 4 hours worth of work to do this mornng to get rady for brunch and preferred to that wish some sleep and no hangover. TOday willhave some champagne thought now that phase 2 meal is ready. hugz to you and Becky

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By Sylviag on Dec 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

LOL If she fits she sits? So that size box means a lot of debris on the table. It's my kitchen counters I have to keep pan eye on. Our house is laid out so the dining area is next to the kitchen and to walk to the table to dump stuff is too far so it winds up on the counter. I guess I subconsciously picked Mongolia because of my earlier khan reerence. FUnny how our minds work without even thinking about it (now that was a duh! statement). They like tablecloths to rumple up and this is just green damask placemats which are not as fun thank goodness.

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By Sylviag on Dec 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM

LOL. I just call 'em like ai sees 'em. I think we'll be OK, but BIL and his were gong to come here around 4 and if it starts looking iffy will just tell them to come earlier. BIL does have an older diabetic cat that needs his shot at a certain time late afternoon but there is a leeway of an hour or so either way. Just put a big box under the table, sweep the clutter in and deal with it later, much later or mail it to Mongolia. Wow you have brownie down to a science. The khan cooker :) Getting ready to get off and do a couple of miles and a shower. Preemptive calorie burning. Hope to be back on for a little while this afternoon. I really have everything prepped even the table set. So easy for just 4.

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By Sylviag on Dec 24, 2014 at 5:49 AM

Mornin and Merry Chrisymas Eve. Huh, now they are predicting 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon. After a week of saying no snow. They hardly ever seem to get the weather right here except in the sumer when it's weeks of clear skies. I am used to WA where they had a doppler radar and were pretty good at predictions. Not much t do this mornng except take a shower. We're picking up MIL at 1030 to take her to brunch. It is nice to watch your teams winning. For years we faihfully wached the Seahawks ony to ee them fall flat on their face. So will enjoy the success as long as it lasts.

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I have enough stress just watching the Seahawks. Don't need to add any more sports to the mix. I should at least be following the Blazers. Our cats do enjoy their morning canned food treats.They only get about 3 TBSPs. And I always have 2 cans working as they don't all like the same hting, spoiled brats. Lucy LuLu will give me a dirty look, then scratch the floor around the bowl letting me know just what she thinks of the offering :)

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

I must admit that makes more culinary sense than sauce :) But you are the adventerpus type so anythingi possible. Oh Becky will love her treat since she does not get it often. I did pick up those catnip mousies today and Bryan got a battery operated mousie which interested them for abut 5 mins. I have to laugh, he is always buying these automated toys. Man thing - power toys instead of tools. You have that right on the internet except maybe their students but very rigidly controlled access.

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Can one have a meaningful relationship with a prime rib roast? Picked up our special order today and it is gawjus - nicely marbled, not too much fat on the outside and tied beautfully. Think I should take a pic LOL Lots of running around picking up stuff here and there and a stop by MIL which we tried to mafe quick but that never happens :) Clipped her kitteh's claws. She is getting more forgetful :( Even though I have told here 3 times now that we are taking her to brunch tomorrow and bringing her to our house Chistma Day for brunch here with everyone else, she was all surpised adhappy - again. Good new, is she got happy three times now LOL. ot hme aroun 2 and spent the rest of the time til hal hour ago geting everyting ready as much as I can for next wo days. ALl relaxed no and gonna cast thrugh Christmas. Are you the baby of the family? Like you rub with the cumin I am a big fan of that spice. Now I never heard of he applesauce - does that tenderize the some more? Nothing wrong wit a trial run the nigth before :) Yummmers on the brownies - ai can haz a piece? I ED that Becky will be coming ith you on Thus and I am sure everyone will love seeing her. I am excied for you and your parents when they open the prezzies ygot for them. I am amused and grtified that Sony now will do a limited film release. Read online that there are high money expectations now. CAn;t buy the kind of publicity that film has had in the pas wek. Also loved that some unknown entity took down NK's serers for 9 hours. Bad weather down suth and eas - horribl timing with Christmas.

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By betskand on Dec 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

BD! A Happy Christmas to you, your Dad and Mom, and of course Becky! http://cheezburger.com/8409181696

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By Sylviag on Dec 23, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Paws and hubs should be well on the way now and hope they have a safe trip. Hope she can get let us know here or by emayo that she got there. They really needed a break. Oven was easy as self clean But the racks swere a bitch to do. I won't leave them in the oven because the high heat discolors the finish Someone needs to invent non-stick oven racks. Then of course I had to clean the rest of the kitchen :) For Christmas Day brunch I am making an enchilada breakfast casserole and will put it in a large enough pan to avoid spillover. Spareribs sound lip smacking good What rub or sauce do you plan to use? And of course you will make a shrubbery with it, right? LOL Got another play list done yesterday afternoon of mid 60s to mid 70s. Being, ahem, a wee bit older than you, likely songs that you haven't even heard :) My sleep schedule is so freaking messed up likely because of that other thing I have going on. Can't seem to sleep more than 5 hours. I fell asleep at 9:30 on the couch and shuffled off to bed and woke up at 2 am. Laid in bed for awhile and finally got up at 3 and made shopping list, looked over menus and did a little tweaking, puttered with this that and the other Uploaded some more CDs to the puter so I can download to a playlist for the MP3. Busy day today. About 6 places to go to. Have to pick up some giftee cards for MIL so she can have fun shopping for junk :) The meals themselves will be fairly easy. But tomorrow will take MIl to brunch which will kill aout 3 hours. But have plenty of time in the afternoon to get ready for evening dinner. Anything you have to get ready for Chritmas day aside from the roast?

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By catmom on Dec 22, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Ah, fifty for the guys, Patty and I see y'all walking in shorts and we just agree "it's a guy thing"! Fifty is too cold for shorts for the gals :-) Got another project collecting Christmas gifts for our security guards. Most neighbors are contributing; one more thing to do before Thrusday!

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Oh, and by the way! I hope you and Becky and all of your family have a most wonderful Christmas!!!

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

And some minds (mine, for instance) take a bunch more preparation than others! Hopefully I'll have that after Christmas. Nice presents you're getting! It's good to be able to pick out exactly what you wanted, too. Got my running around done, called the newspaper and post office to hold our mail, and our package from Sis came today like it was supposed to, so that's all a relief! Chuck's been to our broker with his sibs to get some papers signed and now he's off to FIL's to meet with an inspector. Still got packing to do but that will be the easy part. We'll both be glad when tomorrow gets here and we can just hop in the car and get the hell outta Dodge!

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By catmom on Dec 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The weather has been excellent, just the way we like it in the high 40's around 6:30 and heating up to the low 50's by the time we are home again. We bundle up with gloves, warm tops and hoodies to help keep the ears warm :-) We are still doing our 7 mile 2 hour walk and talk. How about you and Miss Becky? Do you vary your routes or stick to the same route? Things are still crazy around here. Did my volunteer shift at the adoption center this AM. We had 5 adoptions last week, which is great. The big cubbie was empty this morning. Delivered some prezzies to friends on the way home from the adoption center. Still have more to wrap *sigh* and mre to deliver, plus lunch tomorrow with a gal pal and her mother who is wheelchair bound; then a party in the evening with neighbors, and my IT friend will arrive around 10PM from Dallas.

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By Fauxpaws on Dec 22, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Yep, got Windows Media Player. And it's also got a good-sized chapter in my Windows for Dummies manual, so I should be fine. You're right tho, I have too much to do today to buy the CDs but it'll be there for next time. I'd guess that when that cat jumped up on the table and didn't see who he might have expected to see, he got pissy about it, as in "ACK! Who the hell are YOU?" Elf has never once hissed at either of us, much less tried to bite except when I'm playing with him, and even then he doesn't bite hard enough to break the skin. I told all of this to Dallas and think I calmed her fears. I certainly hope so! Seems like Becky has gone a long way to helping Mason get over whatever fear he had. That's a good thing! I didn't get to watch much of the Seattle game but saw the replays this morning. Wow! They sure look Super Bowl bound to me! And you're right, we went down in flames yesterday. LOL! Still, we came in 4th and won a whopping $35!! Not sure if all the sweating it out was worth it or not, but WOO HOO anyway!

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By Sylviag on Dec 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Mrnin' and thanks! We're on our way one game at a time. Have to check with Paws as to the Rams next week The first quarter was iffy, went into the 2d half looking good and only got better. The first half the Cards defense really was great but they couldn't make up for a lackluster offense. The Cards' injuries helped us a lot. Survval f the fittest at the end of the season. The one anomaly was Haushka's 3 FG misses. Although two were fairly long, never, ever seen him miss that many. Go the oven on self clean. I had hoped to wait until after Chrismas, but Bryan's chicken grease spll when he made dinner last week keeps starting the smoke alarm every time I use the oven :) Maybe when you go to the store something will whet your appette for something special on Eve. Once you have to clean one part of the kitchen you might as well do a full scrub. That way you can go into the New Year with that spic and span feel. just ignore the rest of the house ) Aside from oven cleaning, got my shopping list ready for tomorrow. Wil upload some more music to the puter of some songs from hard copy CDs that I want on the MP3 player. Workout and piddling around here

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