Thursday, May 31, 2007


Greg is now Squad Leader!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

What a great weekend!!!

Greg and Kyle came home for the long weekend. I actually got to spend quite a bit of time with them, and I loved every minute of it! We went to see Pirates 3 (it was a good movie), Greg had brought his Wii and we got to play games on it. I got caught up in playing Zelda, what a fun game.

Kyle passed the test to become an E-4, the promotion itself happens sometime this next week or two. He's had to get information together to get his passport in order, as far as he knows he will be going to Korea in December. That, of course, could change before his battalion is actually deployed.

Greg's MOS had been changed, it's still electronics, and it's still communications of some sort, he's not even sure what kind yet. His next set of classes starts this next week. He will graduate from all of these classes in September/October. He won't know until then where his duty station will be.

It is interesting to see how they have matured so much more than their friends. A friend of mine who was able to see them this weekend paid them the best compliment, she told them that she felt secure knowing that they were there to protect us all. I am so very proud of them.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Kyle has a Tattoo!

This is Kyle's tattoo. It is a memorial for a friend of his that had dies last year. He was helping out someone who needed his help. He was in a car accident. He was a very good kid, he is missed and loved by everyone whose life he touched.

Sushi Night!!!

Last night was sushi night, Jerry doesn't like sushi so he didn't participate. My friend that I met through my crochet group, and her friend, and myself got together to make sushi. This is the second time that we have done this, according to the note of the first friend it has been almost a year since the last time we had gotten together. A whole year! It didn't seem that long ago.

First I have to go pick up V (the friend from crochet), I have to show the yarn I picked up with my sister in Portland (she absolutely loved it!), show her the progress I have made on an afghan that she helped me find the yarn for, and the progress I have made on the Sarafina poncho that I had started while in Portland (I had a very productive visit with my Sis). Then we gather things together to take over to M's house, this is where we are doing the sushi this time. We get the van loaded and we're off!

We finally reach M's house, it's about a 45 minute drive by freeway. She has a beautiful home. We unload the goodies from the van, sit and get the grocery list made. We then go to the Asian market, that in itself is an experience. If you ever have the chance to go to an Asian market, do so. Most of the labels are in Chinese, Japanese, or what ever the type of people the market is for, there are a few labels with English on them. You can tell if you are in the section that sells soy sauce and stuff because there will be at least one brand with English on the label, the others are not, because of the color of the liquid in the bottles you can tell that it is at least some type of soy sauce or maybe taryaki sauce. The chip isle is easy too, the picture on the packaging is a great help. The sweets are even easier, you can see some of the goodies through the packaging, I got myself something called Pocky. It is really good, it is a thin cookie stick dipped in chocolate. It is really good. There are tanks of different kinds of live fish that they sell, not just a tank for lobster, one had live eel, another had catfish, I didn't look in all of them, there was so much to see. There was even a in store lunch bar, where M bought some roasted duck, they even cut it up. We got everything that we needed, and headed back to M's house.

We made rice, which had to cool first, then seasoned, veggies were cut, fish was cut, wasabi was made. Then the fun began. Discussions on how much rice should be put on the Noori proceeded through the making of them, what should be put on each roll, and how to roll them. We made eight rolls, we had about four left to split between us. along with the rolls we had some other goodies that I can't remember the names of. I will have to have V send me the names of these goodies again. (Shumai, is one, these were very good.)

The food was great and the company was even better.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'm Back!!!

I made it home. I had a wonderful time visiting with my sister and brother-in-law. She and I shopped for yarn, I visited the store where she works, learned how to play Mah Jong, and had Thai food for the first time, met a bunch of their friends, great fun was had by all. We all promised not to wait seven years to see each other again.

The plane ride was fairly uneventful, a bit of turbulence coming into Phoenix. I got in about 9:30 and it was still 93 degrees outside, much warmer than Portland. The weather was gorgeous while I was there. I even tried to bring some of the cooler weather back with me, all that came with me was the wind.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

I'm here!!!!

I have arrived in Portland. The flight was uneventful, which is just the way I like it. Both my sister and I forgot to check with each other on where to meet when my flight arrived. With the help of our Dad, we found each other.

It is so good to be here and visit some with my Dad and spending a few days with my sister and her hubby. Yarn shops will be visited, so will the store where she works.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

New chapter

I have added a new chapter to the book that is here. It has been along time since I have written anything on this story. Please check it out.

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