Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Container Garden

Would you believe that I still have fall bulbs to plant! Worst part is i just bought them! I just can't seem to pass them up when they are 75% off! I've blogged about this before so if you live in the NW head out to Lowe's or Home Depot and pick some up!

Okay but that's not the reason for this post. I thought I'd share a garden post with you fit for this time of year! We recently had a silent auction at work and raised over $5000 in an afternoon as part of our annual giving campaign. My department is generally pretty generous - in addition to the money raised in the auction we donated $16,000 in 2011 through payroll deduction. I'm a big proponent of charitable giving - mostly to gay rights and animal rescue organizations.

Anyway - I was asked to donate something for the auction so I put together a holiday garden for the front porch. It's easy enough to do and is quite festive so go pick up a few supplies and you too can create your own holiday garden. Just remember - fillers,spillers and thrillers! That's what they say about container gardening. It's helpful to keep that in mind when picking your plant selection.

I started with a pot that I already had that was the perfect size and just the right color for what I had in mind.

For my thriller plant I selected a Monetary Cypress, I love this plant. I have a couple on planters on the front porch and just change out the "fillers and spillers" and I'm always happy.

The holidays are just not complete for me unless I've grown narcissus bulbs so the planter had to have a few in as fillers - in addition I included a fern, a burgundy cyclamen and a red kalanchoe.

Finally I added bucoppa as my spiller - another great plant.

I arranged them in the pot and then took cuts from my holly tree and a few pine-combs from my yard and a few artificial berries and red ornaments to add the final touch and a little color.

It looks great on the front porch. Unfortunately it's not for all climates but we generally have very mild winters here in the NW so unless the temperature drops below 30 degrees it does well outside and lasts the entire month. It's a very nice welcoming arrangement for holiday guests.

So get out and pick up some plants and do a little winter gardening!


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Made it home!

We made it home from California and am glad to be home.

We found our annual wreath from Kent's Mom on our door when we arrived at home - a sure sign that the holiday season had begun!


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Headed Home

It's bright and early on Sunday morning and Kent and I have packed the truck and have the dogs in our laps and are headed home after a great holiday.

We had a great time both at Thanksgiving and in Berkeley for the game. Thanks Mom and Dad for a great visit!

Despite the rain and sleet we had a memorable time!

Safe travels to anyone heading home today.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Seattle Times Coverage of the Game

Huskies score on final play to beat Cal, 16-13

Chris Polk scores on a 1-yard run as time expires to keep UW's bowl hopes alive.

By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter

BERKELEY, Calif. — If the Huskies can win the (Apple) Cup they'll also get a bowl, as UW got one of it is biggest wins in years Saturday with a dramatic victory against Cal in a driving rainstorm at Memorial Stadium, beating the Bears 16-13 on a Chris Polk touchdown on the final play.

The Huskies drove 79 yards for the winning touchdown with senior QB Jake Locker turning in his finest moment at Washington.

He forgot about a broken rib to run and pass the Huskies downfield, hitting Jermaine Kearse on a 46-yard pass to set up the score.

After failing to score from the 1-yard line and second and third downs, the Huskies called time with two seconds left. With the Bears expecting Locker to get it, he instead handed to Polk who burst over the right side for the score, setting off a wild celebration in the end zone where all of the UW fans had gathered.

The drive started at UW's own 21 with 4:39 remaining.

A 5-yard run by Polk on a Wildcat play got UW one first down.

Then, on a first-and-10 from the 34, Locker threw deep to Kearse who caught it as he slid at the 20-yard-line, a 46-yard play with just under three minutes left.

Locker then ran for 8 yards to the 7 with 1:37 left and a 6-yard run got UW to the 1.

The win improves UW's record to 5-6 and means it now has to only win the Apple Cup to get to 6-6 and to a bowl game, possibly the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. A representative of the Holiday Bowl attended the game and said earlier in the week that the winner would have a good shot of playing in their game, assuming UW can also beat the Cougars next week.

Cal took a 10-7 lead with 3:34 to play in the third quarter when Locker was hit by Cal linebacker Mike Mohammed as he tried to scramble and fumbled. Cal's Cameron Jordan picked it up and raced 21 yards for the touchdown.

But Jesse Callier then ran the kickoff back 57 yards breaking a few tackles along the way — he appeared initially stopped inside UW's 20 — and the Huskies then moved into position for a 37-yard field goal by Erik Folk to tie it at 10 with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Cal regained the lead on a 47-yard field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio with 10:53 to play in the game, a drive set up by a 33-yard kickoff return by Edmund Coleman.

The game was the last to be played at Cal's Memorial Stadium before it undergoes a $321 million renovation. It was the third straight home loss for the Bears to end the season and means Cal finished the season at 5-7 and out of a bowl for the first time since 2002.

Cal led 3-0 at the end of a mistake-filled first half, scoring on the last play on a 53-yard field goal by Tavecchio. There were three turnovers on three straight possessions in the second quarter as each team took turns out-bumbling the other.

Time had appeared to run out in the half after a 6-yard pass to Michael Calvin on a play that snapped with seven seconds left. But the officials ruled for one second to be put on the clock as Cal called time, and Tavecchio, who missed short on field goals that could have beaten Arizona and Oregon earlier this year, hit this one.

Cal had 186 yards in the first half to 123 for UW.

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Dawgs Win at California!

What a game it turned out to be! It went right down to the wire and the Dawgs won 16-13.

The weather could have been better - rain, sleet and sunshine!

One win away from a bowl game! Go Dawgs!

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Weather Update

We just arrived in the bay area and the weather looks better than we thought!

I hope it holds out!

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Return to Berkeley

Of all the Universities in the Pac-10 (aside from UW) Kent and I have been to Cal more times than another school. We've been to two football games there, a basketball game and one baseball game.

The Bears are our second favorite team in the Pac-10. And although in the long run we always want Pac-10 schools to do well (go Ducks) we still hate you!

Today's game is a big game for both Cal and the Huskies! Cal wins and they are bowl eligible, Huskies win and they are still in contention - basically whoever loses today's game is not going to a bowl game!

We are taking my parents to their first college football game. Should be a lot of fun! The weather is not the best but we are well prepared with rain gear! It would not be the first time we've been rained on and often they are some of our more memorable games. Who could forget our trip to Notre Dame!

I'll post a few pictures from Berkeley later in the day.

Have a great day and go Dawgs!


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Out with Kent and my Mom for some early holiday shopping. The only problem coming to my parents for Thanksgiving is the limited shopping - at least there is a small Macy's!

We had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday - Mom had eight of us all together for dinner and made a fantastic meal. We were a little nervous because although my Mom has always been a great cook she's been known to sneak in some weird or foreign food item into our meal without our knowledge - me to my Mom having just finished eating a sandwich she made "Mom that sandwich was delicious", "oh beef tongue cooked just right makes the best sandwiches!"

I'm not kidding. I can't tell you the number of times I've been surprised - me to a friend with my Mother in earshot, "Oh really, I've never had venison", Mom from the other room - "oh yes you have honey".

The best story however was the time Mom decided to make a goose for Christmas dinner. Truth be told I don't remember the meal being anything but good but it might be because the meal itself is overshadowed by the memory of Mom jumping up mid meal exclaiming - "this is the worst calamity of my culinary career!" Hilarious! Love you Mom - your the best!

Here's a couple of pictures of Kent and I with Mom. We are heading to Berkeley tomorrow to see the Huskies play Cal. Go Dawgs!


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well it's just after 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving day and we are about an hour from my parents. Beautiful day for a drive.

Mt. Shasta is covered with fresh snow. Have a great day everyone!


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's going to take awhile!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Kent and I have packed up the dogs and are headed on a road trip to northern California to spend Thanksgiving with my parents. As you can tell traffic out of Seattle is bad as usual and the freezing temperatures have not helped!

Unfortunately I had to work until 3 p.m. We will drive to Salem Oregon and spend the night and then arrive late morning tomorrow.

Gobble, gobble!


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010's 19 degrees out!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

It's still fall right?!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Final Home Football Game of 2010!

Dawgs win at home in an unusual Thursday night game 24-7 over UCLA!

Makes going to the Cal game in Berkley the weekend after Thanksgiving even better! Go Dawgs!


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thirteen Years and Counting!

Happy Anniversary to us!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Fall Pictures

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Call me a Romantic.....

but when a guy takes another guy out - he outa treat him like a lady!"

I love this line from Will and Grace.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm in! Boston 2011

I received the official email today that my qualifying time has been accepted and I'll be running in the 2011 Boston Marathon!

Better start training!


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Monday, November 8, 2010

Bye Spokane!

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Beautiful Fall Day in Spokane

Was able to get a nice run in this morning before my meeting started.

It was cold but very beautiful out.

Spokane is a nice small community - I love running here. There is a great series of trails along the river and there's always a lot of runners, walkers and bicyclists out and about.

Headed home later today - looking forward to it.


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Headed to Spokane

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Watch Out.....

This may be your next Birthday gift!

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What do you think...

Just got a haircut before boarding my flight to Spokane!

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Can I Just Say.....

I Love Daylight Savings Time! Well at least when we gain an hour!

Notice the shirt I'm wearing today? In honor of the New York marathon which is today, I'm wearing my shirt from running last year! Have a great Sunday!


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

UW Basketball

Thankfully the 2010/2011 basketball season has begun. First game of the season - this was a reallocation year and we have new seats. This is the view from our seats this season.

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