Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Two Things

Two Names You Go By
1. Shaz
2. Sharona

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now
1. Bright Blue Blouse
2. Dangly Silver Earrings, courtesy of my mom-in-law.

Two things you want out of a relationship
1. Love
2. Encouragement

Two of Your Favorite Things to do
1. Travel around the world with Steve
2 Take weekend trips with Steve, friends and family

Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment
1. A BIG bar of chocolate!!
2. My couch, cup of Tanganda tea, a warm fire & a good book

Two Things you did Last Night
1. Watched 3 more episodes of Due South- All time favorite show! Constable Benton Fraser is FANTASTIC.
2. Made curried rice & veggies for dinner.

Two things you ate today
1. Oatmeal
2. Decaf Coffee ( it’s not time for my morning snack yet!)

Two people you Last Talked To
1. Steve
2. Colleagues

Two Things You're doing tomorrow
1. Working
2. Working out!

Two longest car rides (in a single day)
1. It was so long, it took longer than a day and I’m changing the question to train ride…from Harare to Cape Town, over 60 hours! The engine kept breaking down, but it was SUPER fun!
2. Car-ride…Laguna Niguel to San Francisco probably, or Harare to Victoria Falls.

Two Favorite Holidays
1. Easter
2. Christmas

Two Favorite Beverages
1. Tanganda Tea or Vanilla Rose Tea
2. Ceres Mango Juice

Two Things About Me you may not have known

1. I have a little scar under my arm from when I was delivered via C-Section, they cut me too! Nice!.
2. I used to play with the fairies and my imaginary friend ‘Ebbie” in the garden as a child. (Had a speech impediment and couldn’t pronounce the first letter of words!)

Two jobs I have had in my life
1. Barrister at Starbucks
2. Church Receptionist

Two Movies I would watch over and over
1. A&E version of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
2. Sound of Music

Two places I have lived
1. Harare, Zimbabwe.
2. Cape Town, South Africa.

Two of my Favorite Foods
1. Roast Beef with Roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, dark gravy and roast veggies (I guess that’s a favorite meal)
2. Ice cream

Two places Id rather be right now
1. Maui or Kauai - reliving our honeymoon
2. Mammoth, learning to carve!!

ONE thing you've probably noticed about me is I didn't follow the TWO things rule very well! I've never been good at that. As a child, I would be asked "Would you like marmite or peanut butter on your toast?" and I'd reply "marmarlade". I guess not much has changed!

What are your Two Things?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Wonderful Time

We got back from Mammoth last night, after a wonderful time at the snow with family! As I mentioned, my sister Ruth, her husband Kevin and the girls (Becca and Kaela) got to experience their first REAL snow! It was such a joy watching them. Not only how in awe they were of how beautiful it was, but also how HUGE the mountain ranges are! (see Ruth's blog for more on their time!)

We had a good trip there, and since it was Sunday, there was no traffic. We all went to Angels for dinner the first night and came home and had an early night. The morning was crazy, which is typical for the first day, as everyone is trying to make sure they have the right gloves, or their long-johns on, and the best jacket for the temperature etc! We finally headed off to Canyon Lodge and set off! My first run of the day was chair 17, the beginner one (of course!) For those who don't know, i had 4 VERY traumatic tries at Skiing, which ended in me not wanting to EVER step foot on a slope again in my entire life! Since then and before this time, I had 2 far more enjoyable times snowboarding. However, it's been a process as I've had to build my confidence back up! This time, however was AWESOME!!!!!!!! After doing chair 17 twice, we met at Mid-Chalet for lunch. Then all 9 of us took the Gondola up to the VERY top of the mountain. (11,000 + ft).
We took pictures there, and then only the crazies (Steve, his dad and sister CHristine) snowbaorded/skiied down from there. Steve's mom and I got off at mid-chalet to meet them and proceeded to go down and around the mountain - which was 2 BLUE runs! I was so proud of myself!!

Ruth, Kev and the girls continued down to the bottom and headed back to the cabin to make a snowman and go sledding.

My the end of the last run, my legs were about to fall off, and besides that, my big toe felt like it had frost bite! Partly from how tightly my shoes and bindings were, and partly because of the cold! The weather was just perfect though for being outside, blue skies and sunshine!

I can't wait to go up again sometime as I want to get better at it, so I can do those runs again and again!!

Enjoy the pictures below from the trip!!

So, do you ski or snowboard and do you LOVE it or HATE it?


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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bits 'n Pieces


We have had a good few weeks since I last wrote. My mom's arm surgery went well, and she is recovering nicely! My folks just received the "important" package in one piece, that included all their immigration documents that needed their signatures. Ironically, my sister sent a get-well card which arrived today as well, however her's had been opened and resealed "officially". Praise the Lord it was not my package!!!

We are gearing up for Mammoth...there's been tons of snow, so it should be a wonderful time! I picked up my friends snowboard that I will be borrowing, and I have boots, and we have a GREAT deal on the lift tickets, so all-in-all, it's been a really cost effective trip!

Attached are some photos from the last week or so. Domino, in all her glory! She really is a beautiful dog and so entertaining. Also, a picture of Steve and I at our favorite restuarant - The Pasta Connection. It's so sad, as it's been in business forever, but the City of Newport is tearing the whole strip down to build bigger, better offices/restuarants. Since the owners aren't exactly sure when their last day is, we decided to go back and enjoy it. It's the spot of our first date, all major milestones, birthdays, anniversaries, the day Steve proposed, our first dinner after coming back from our honeymoon etc. It's such a sweet little hole in the wall, but has a special place in our hearts! Deb and little Jacob joined us, which made it fun!!

Finally, a picture of me VOTING! For the first time!!!!!!!!! My heart was pounding as I spun the wheel around to select the candidates and props I wanted! I was so nervous I'd select the wrong one!! I HAD to take a photo to document the special day! You can barely see my "I VOTED" sticker, but it's there! Until next time, have a GREAT week!

So, did you vote?
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