Thursday, June 30, 2011
Here are the things I learned tonight:
1. If you drop your yogurt cup and spoon in a puddle it is okay to still use the cup as long as you do not use the spoon. Apparently you should just ignore the black water in the cup.
2. Some people who claim to be green actually let their Moms handle the green work, but take the credit themselves.
3. Sandy and Steve Stubbendick used to give their children (when they were just babies) live lobsters to play with. Odd.
4. People do not believe the McLobster was real. Yet the McRib seems perfectly normal to them.
5. Some vegetarians each shrimp.
6.!Some vegetarians even eat chicken.
7. A spider can dislocate your shoulder (true story).
I always knew this, but tonight I was reminded just how funny Stacie Stubbendick can be. I just wish she wasn't so quiet and shy.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The new area gives us a shady area and the furniture cushions will not get wet when it rains. We will be adding a ceiling fan and lighting too. It is basically our outdoor living room.
We also added two outdoor lounge chairs to the area where the patio table used to be. You can tell we like being out on the patio, huh?
From the opposite direction.
And yes, Zoe has claimed the chair on the left as her own.
Ah summer...so wonderful! And the patio makes it even better. Oh we still need to resurface the concrete where the hot tub was. That will be in mid-July.
Cottonwood trees are officially now on my enemy list. (Yes I have a list...don't you?)
Anyhow...I hate cottonwood trees. I specifically hate the pollen they produce and even more specifically the amount of pollen they produce. I hate how allergic I am to their white, fluffy, floating, reproductive spawns. Their pollen has been flying around the air non-stop the past two weeks and I feel like my head may explode. It must stop!
I bet a cottonwood tree would not appreciate humans ejaculating all over their trunks...so I think we humans deserve and should demand the same respect. Why are we allowing cottonwood trees to practice their "free love" right in our backyards?
Also, for those thinking I should just take an allergy pill, I am tired of chemically altering my body to accommodate for cottonwood pollen. Plus, they rarely work well, I grow immune over time, they have side-effects, cost me money and are made from chemicals. Why should I have to alter myself? Instead I have decided to find, attack and destroy every cottonwood one by one.
Now, I know this does not sound very green or realistic. You are right. So really I am just declaring war on cottonwoods in the Denver metro area and plan to only destroy them. It only seems fair. The cottonwoods trees of the world have not personally attacked me (yet) so I will give them the benefit of the doubt (for now). And to keep the tree huggers at bay, I will replace every cottonwood tree I destroy with a much prettier weeping willow tree. I am not allergic to those and they seem to keep their reproduction off the streets. I think it is a win/win.
Who is with me? Which of my allergy prone brother and sisters will rise up and join my side battling the evil cottonwoods? This is your time Claritin takers. Rise up Zyrtec lovers and be heard! Join me now and be a leader is the battle against the trees.
That's Latin for death to cottonwood trees (yes, I did my homework) and I plan to have it printed on t-shirts.
Note: Please note that no trees were destroyed (yet) in the writing of this blog post, but please feel to print this post on paper made from cottonwood trees.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I know it seems crazy to be thinking Halloween is June but really we are 110 days away and planning needs to continue. We have a date, a venue and next up is the guest list and save the date cards. Plus, I am a party planning fool...so to me this is just plain fun.
Tomorrow will be a better day, right?
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I wish the summer last longer. Can you believe June is almost over? It goes so quick.
In other news, our new patio cover should be done Monday. We extended our existing cover to have an enclosed area, so we can enjoy the patio even in the rain. It should be nice
Have a good week everyone.
We had a lot more laughs than hit balls...but that is what it is all about anyhow. Good times!
To me, it recaptured an innocence film making has seemed to have lost over the past decade. It felt like an earlier Spielberg film. I almost felt like I was watching a movie made in 1980 about 1971 than a movie made in 2011 about 1971. I liked that. It was nice to have some emotion and storyline surround the action and mystery. It feels like so many action films have forgot to keep good storytelling at the core.
The story drew me in, kept me wondering and wanting more. It did not reveal too much too soon. Even the action scenes, particularly the train crash felt very believable and not overly special effected. Add in some top-notch kid actors and a pissed off E.T. and you have an enjoyable summer afternoon.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Today, Dale and I took down Elvira’s top and headed for the hills…well actually the mountains. Since it was 90 degrees today, it was a great opportunity to escape to the cooler temperatures in the mountains and get an afternoon for just the two of us.
We drove up to Estes Park to enjoy a beautiful drive to the Rocky Mountains. Estes Park is one of our favorite towns. We love the downtown area.
We did a little shopping and even bought some new wind chimes for the patio. We had lunch at Bob & Tony’s Pizza, which is our favorite lunch stop. We even stopped at Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, which is a cute little public garden in town with a little pond.
The weather was beautiful and it was the perfect afternoon with my honey. There is something about the open road and the man I love that just makes me extremely happy. It was a
good great day.
Last night’s meeting of the Standley Lake Book Club was another great evening. Our friend Shannon Spencer did a superb job. Not only did she pick an incredible book with the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but she also provided a delicious meal with pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, macaroni salad and homemade cookies. The food was incredible and best of all it was a beautiful summer night, so she hosted book club in the backyard. Shannon even made white peach sangria.
It was the perfect summer night – good book, good food, good friends and great drinks. Thanks Shannon!!!!
I went running with Sam and Anjanette this morning, but after two weeks of basically eating cake and sitting on the couch…it really kicked my candy ass. I had to walk most of the way. My shins are killing me. I plan to focus this week and get back on track. I have a 5K in my future and need to get ready. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit better.
I am happy to see NY passed gay marriage rights.
It is incredible to see so many straight friends posting about it on Facebook.
Our world is changing.
People are accepting more.
It makes me happy.
There is a fly in our room.
I hate flies.
I need to get up.
I am going running at 7:30 AM.
Well...running and walking.
My ear finally feels better.
So I need to get focused again.
Book club was a blast last night.
It is such an amazing group of people.
I am so glas I started the group.
My allergies are killing me this year.
I think the wet Spring is the culprit.
It is growing old.
Dale has a cough that seems to be lingering.
It is worrying me a bit.
Here comes that stupid fly again.
Zoe is practically lying on me.
At 55 pounds she is not a lap dog.
Okay, time to get moving.
Have a good day.
Friday, June 24, 2011
They are to support my friend Jennifer Wheland Wettergren's daughter, who is currently fighting leukemia. If anyone wants to buy one or five...let me know and I can send you contract information.
It is a great way to support a brave little girl and her kick-ass Mom.
And since Dale spoiled me for my birthday, I have decided to drop all the abuse and mental cruelty charges against him for making me do hard labor.
However, I still think my hand model days are over. Thankfully I see my real future in modeling my penis (I wonder if anyone read this far in the post; even I get bored with me sometimes).
Tonight, Dale and I have drinking club...I mean book club. We are headed to our good friend Shannon Spencer's house to drink some sangria...I mean discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It should be a complete blast...I mean mentally stimulating.
Tomorrow morning, Dale and I are hoping in Elvira, taking her top down and driving her hard to Estes Park. It should be in the high 70s in the mountains, so it should be a perfect afternoon up there and a chance to beat the Denver heat.
Tomorrow evening, Dale and I are joining Sam/Anjanette for the BBQ and concert my development in hosting in our amphitheater. It should be fun...food, music and great neighbors.
On Sunday morning I may try to squeeze in a hike. I need to check with Sam/Anjanette to see if they are available. If not, I will at least do a walk/run by Standley Lake.
On Sunday afternoon it is movie club (l love clubs) for Dale and I, not to mention 10 of our friends. We are seeing Super 8, which I am excited to see.
So as you can see...lots going on over the next 48 hours, but it should be a blast. Next stop - pouring myself into some sangria. Cheers!
I love that this guy was not only playing with a Rubik's Cube, but was also wearing a retro 80s t-shirt. I half expected to hear the sounds of Pac-Man over the loudspeaker to finish out the scene. He was so engrossed in his Rubik's Cube I doubt he noticed my picture taking.
Downtown Denver is too funny.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I keep sneezing.
It is annoying as hell.
I have a dull headache.
My birthday "high" is wearing off.
Yesterday was a great day.
I am enjoying my third cocktail of the night.
We took Zoe for a walk.
She kept pulling on the leash tonight.
It was irritating.
It is warm in our house - 84 degrees.
I think we really need to turn on the AC this week.
I am tired.
It was a long day.
I feel a little cranky, mostly from allergies and heat.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
You are incredible and the word love does not do enough to describe how I feel about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
- Dale made me wonderful breakfast.
- I received hundreds of Facebook messages, Twitter messages, texts, phone calls, email and personal wishes for a happy birthday from family and friends from all over the country.
- Dale gave me shoes and tickets to the musical Hair.
- Dale took me to Olive Garden for dinner.
- Twenty or so of my friends surprised me at Little Man Ice Cream and sang me happy birthday in front of everyone.
- The Studdendick's gave me 101 Mojito recipes...the best book ever!
Again, I think it is my subconscious going throw vacation withdrawal. But think of the money I could save with a free place to stay in Paris. Scott better get working on a Paris job ASAP.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tonight, while walking to the bus it finally dawned on me what it reminds me of - Michael Jackson's Thriller video. It is honestly feels like once the sun sets, all the homeless people, drug addicts and just plain crazies start crawling out from behind dumpsters and out of the sewers. It feels just like the video, except they are not as coordinated with a dance and they smell worse.
I think Denver should try to make the most of this and market it as:
Denver, Colorado: Where every night is a "Thriller".
Denver, Colorado: Where every night is a zombie crawl.
Just a thought.
Monday, June 20, 2011
My team at work came into my office at 1:00 PM singing happy birthday with a beautiful red velvet cake. It was incredibly sweet and the cake was incredibly delicious. Thanks everyone at Bridgeline Digital Denver. I got home at about 7:30 PM and Dale and I grabbed some pizza from Marco's using my free birthday coupon. It's all about the free birthday treats...and the cake.
For dinner Anjanette made homemade pizza and Dale made a salad featuring lettuce from out very own garden. Everything was delicious. Anjanette is an incredible cook and her pizza crust is honestly restaurant quality. It was a wonderful evening.
Sam and Anjanette spoiled me for my birthday beyond dinner with a gift card to Olive Garden too. They truly know me and that I love me some Olive Garden. My thanks to you both. I am so fortunate to have such incredibly kind and caring friends and neighbors.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Yes, it was a lazy Sunday. Well...I did do some yard work early this morning (and have the blister to prove it) but other than that lapse in sanity...it was a lazy summer day.
I love days like this.
Yes, I was out there with a rake, top soil and grass seed trying to help the couple of dead patches on our otherwise beautiful lawn come back to life. I had tried patch fill earlier this year to no success, so today I:
1. Raked out each area.
2. Turned over the soil.
3. Added grass seed.
4. Covered with seed tuff building soil.
5. Added water.
6. Added sunshine.
However all this manual labor has lead to a blister between my right thumb and index finger. If you look closely you can see my injury in this photo:
I have a call into the Law Offices on Anderson Hammet and Levine to see if I can sue Dale for injury and mental anguish. We shall see.
I even have dirt under my finger nails. What is happening to me? I am a monster.
There go my dreams of becoming America's Next Top Hand Model. I am ruined!
But I will say, we are loving sitting on our back patio enjoying the sun, pond, donuts, drinks and most of all our little girl, Zoe. She seems happy too.
Sending a Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, Tom Whittaker, Sr. I have always been honest that my Dad and I do not always have the closest of relationships. I was always closer to my Mom. My Dad and I just do not have a lot in common. However, as I sit here and think about our relationship, I do know I am blessed as he has always loved me unconditionally and I know in my soul that if I needed him, he would always be there and do anything for me. That is a lot and although I think it is natural to yearn for a closeness, I do know how fortunate I am to call him my Dad.
Happy Father’s Day, Papa Tom. Thanks for all you did and sacrificed for me over the years. I love you.