Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Autumn

Today was craft day around our house. This banner is made from our handprints (Tom Turkey Andrew, Hen Turkey Shannon, and five Blake Poults). This project reminded me of my nanny days and I am glad Blake is old enough to pitch in.

I am sure the neighbors think I am a horrible mom because I let Blake crawl around on our driveway while I picked up leaves. Blake was filthy by the time I was finished and I let him chew on all the leaves (how am I to stop such a wee one). I figured I have never heard of a child who died from licking leaves. He doesn't have teeth yet so he didn't shred them! Okay, I am probably grossing people out by now.

We are thankful for so much and are having a blast watching the seasons change (even though it is still in the 70's).

Everybody Else's Blogs Are So Cool

I have become addicted to checking out other people's blogs. There are tons of really creative people out there in the world and I am thankful for the inspiration they have given me to spend more time creating fun stuff at home instead of wasting time watching online TV!

Here are some of my favorite blogs right now:

http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/

http://pookieandfig.blogspot.com/


http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

Of course I am totally focused on bringing up babies and trying to cook decent food so there is a pattern to my blog voyeurism.

Now for my attempt at culinary blogging: (I will re-learn how to use Andrew's SLR to take better pictures!)

Making the tortillas from scratch:


Mine never turn out perfectly round:


Andrew enjoying his fajita dinner:


Bon Appetit!

Sacramento Visit

While Andrew was in Ireland, I spent the week up in Sacramento hanging out with my parents and other family members. Like usual, Blake seems to conquer a milestone whenever Andrew isn't around. First, it was rolling over during the Olympics and now he learned how to crawl forward. The best part about this milestone is where he decided to crawl for the first time. We were shopping at the Folsom outlets with my mother, Aunt Sandra, and Uncle Larry. I got tired of holding him so I put him down on the sidewalk in front of a store. Any normal person wouldn't put their baby down on a gum stained, dirty sidewalk, but I guess deep down I knew it would be magical. There Blake was, picking leaves out of the cracks in the sidewalk and then he suddenly put one hand in front of the other and crawled for a few steps. We were all so excited and cheered him on. Cheers to my baby growing up!

Here is Auntie Amy giving Blake his first dancing lesson:

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Now for the crawling. This was Blake crawling later in the evening:

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Last full day in Dublin

Well its finally come to and end. Today is my last full day in Dublin. I walked all around the city this morning, and then came back to the office to rest my legs and upload some photos I took.

I've had a great time here, all of my coworkers are great people and were gracious enough to show me around and go out for drinks.

Shannon, I got to see Ryan and Susan's house here in Dublin, its a tiny little cottage like thing, you'd love it.

The weather is overcast but no rain for the rest of the day, probably tonight though. I'm still carrying my umbrella though because last time I left it at home it rained!

I uploaded some more photos to the album, you can see the start of the new photos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vPgPnDdpRs90dy10x_AZ6w.

Hope everything is going well in the states, I fly out in about 22 hours. See you then.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Day 3? of Dublin

First off I'm adding a photo here of Blake because heaven forbid we go more than a couple posts without a photo of him. This was on my camera when I left, and its of Blake working himself into the corner of the kitchen doing his backward crawl thing.





I've uploaded some photos from my trip to a picasaweb album at an album here, but I'll add a few here as well so you don't have to click through to see them.

To the right is a photo of the canal near my hotel, I took it while wandering around yesterday.

And here's a photo of one of the streets I was walking down. The town was pretty empty on Sunday when I was walking around, nobody really out and about. Monday morning and last night it was much more lively.

Last night my friend Ryan and his wife went with me to the Porterhouse brewpub and we sampled all of their beers. Apparently if you show up there with a bottle of beer that they don't have, you get a free pint! I should have brought some homebrew.

Well, its 11am here and I should really start working. I'll try to get around and take more photos tonight, and post another update tomorrow.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hello from Ireland

I'm over here in Dublin now for the week. I arrived at 8:30am Sunday Dublin time, which is about 12:30am Sunday back home.

I spend the first day just walking around like a zombie, figuring out where my Hotel was, getting lunch, and wandering the streets. Then I slept from 2pm Dublin time until 8am Dublin time, with a short 3 hour break for TV in the middle (mmmm... British sitcoms).

Fun things I've noticed so far:
- There are a ton of cafe's, and most only seem to be open during the week
- All of the bars look the same from the outside (old style stone building has a corner on the first floor of it with wood paneling and gold lettering saying "PERSON's Tavern/Bar/Pub/etc").
- Even though someone is speaking English, you can't necessarily understand them.

I'd have pictures, but I forgot my card reader in my Hotel room. I'll post some tonight/tomorrow.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Just Some Thoughts...



The election is over and for some their hopes were achieved and for some their hopes were shattered. I myself am happy to see and hear new ways of thinking. I understand this new administration will have its fair share of issues, but can't we wait until something is actually done before we start judging it?

So on that note, I can't sit still any longer without voicing my concern with what I have heard on the radio and seen on TV. The racial arguments are starting to get to me so I just want to say this one thing. Have we forgotten that being President of the United States is a job. Have we forgotten how far we have come in creating equality in the workplace? Why is it okay to suddenly bring race into this position? To me, the issue at hand has more to do with someone's qualifications than how they look (Sarah Palin, ahem) or what color their skin is. It is illegal to base decisions regarding employment and housing on race alone.

All I ask is for each one of you to challenge the concept of racism. Yes, I agree human nature has a deep rooted history of keeping gene pools selective, but there are enough of us on this planet to show diversity can survive and exist together. Drop your racism at the door please (at least mine).

Okay, my rant is over and remember that these are my thoughts so don't judge Andrew in regards to my emotional blogging!

Photos

Here are photos from our trip:

http://picasaweb.google.com/hurstdog/OregonRoadTrip2008#

Thursday, November 6, 2008

We're Back!

The Eurovan made it almost 2,000 miles up the Oregon coast and over to Walla Walla, WA. Andrew hasn't had time to upload the photos to our computer so we will share them with you in a little bit. I want Andrew's folks to add their photos to ours so we can have them all in one place. It was a great trip and Blake was a super traveler.

The hippies in Arcata (near Humboldt) showed me I am far from being a true hippie. Living out of a van with a baby wasn't as super as I thought it would be either. One last lesson I learned is that I don't think I want to live in a trailer park near the beach anymore. The people at the RV/Trailer parks were a bit too odd for me. Nothing like trying to jump into the shower in the shared, public bathroom only to have an artist show me her portfolio and pictures of her daughter's wedding. Didn't see that one coming.

The Hursts are great travel hosts (they caravaned with their RV) and I highly recommend traveling with them because they are very knowledgeable about road trips and cooking great food. Andrew made us stop at so many brew pubs I don't think I will ever eat fish 'n chips again!

We started Blake on baby food. I am following some food recommendations from my midwife so we started him off on liver pate and avacado. To this date, he has eaten: liver pate, avacado, pears, appleasauce, sweet potato, egg yolk, artichoke, and banana.

Me making the pate (Andrew thinks this whole ordeal is disgusting and resembles cat food):


A video of Blake eating:
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