Someone buy some and I’ll try it

If someone buys this for me I will totally try it. I imagine that it will be completely horrible but I do love almond roca.

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Free as a bird

For the first time in almost 5 years I have a few precious hours to myself while both of the kids are in preschool. It’s almost surreal. Yes, I’m a little stuck on Queen Anne while I wait for Corbin’s school to be done (only 2 hours, 2 days a week so it’s not enough time to go home) but… FREEDOM! Freedom to drink coffee at my leisure. Freedom to go to the grocery store on my own. It’s neat.

Cupcake Royale: Finally It Impresses Me

We walked down to Cupcake Royale for Corbin’s half birthday the other day and I have to say, it impressed me. I’ve never liked their coffee or cupcakes all that much, to be honest. Verite Coffee has a somewhat strange taste and when the cupcake place first opened I thought the batter tasted like it had too much almond extract. For a while now the cupcakes haven’t tasted like that but I still haven’t been a fan. Most of the flavors I’ve had are just too dry. That being said, I have a lot of respect for the owners and their community commitments so I always give it a live and let live attitude. It’s an easy walk from the house though so I’ve been a few times lately and the staff has slowly softened me with their sweetness and great attitude towards the kids, especially given that the majority of their clientele are people with laptops. ANYWAY. Back to the walk. We got a babycake for each kid and Corbin immediately dumped his on the ground outside. When I went back in to buy another they gave it to me for free. How nice, right? I had the strawberry shortcake flavor and it was perfectly moist and a good flavor. AND they now serve ice cream.

If I can figure out the technology I’ll post a picture.

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Some ladies

A few ladies met down town to have some laughs, do some shopping and eat some quality food. It was so nice be able to spend some time just being together! Added bonus – we ran into the mighty mychellita! I think Emily got a photo.

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H&M

I have nowhere else to put this picture. This is an H&M in Caesar’s Palace and it was spectacular looking. We couldn’t go in because it was closed but doesn’t it look like a party in there?

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Grandparents

are fabulous, wonderful, and were more than generous to come stay with Verity while Jay and I went to Whidbey Island for a night. I think they all had a good time and Verity really didn’t seem to mind that we were gone (incentive to go again soon?). This morning as Verity was having a snack and I was making the grocery list, we were talking about what we should have for dinner this week. After her standard response of, ‘quesadilla’ (which she loves!!!), she said, ‘doughnuts.’ I said that I thought doughnuts were yummy too, but better as a treat and not a dinner. Then she said, ‘Derity ate doughnut.’ I asked where and who and didn’t get a good response and therefore am left to wonder if she got some extra special treats with the grandparents ;) .

Crescent Moon

(Spoiler: this one is about my kid)
Tonight, Verity really wanted to go outside after dinner, so she and Jay went out and played in the patio for a bit. When she came in, I asked what they played and she told me she saw a crescent moon (in Verity-speak, but that was the point of what she was saying). Jay then said that she didn’t ‘hide’ from the moon as much as she sometimes does. Which leads me to the point of this, Verity often talks about seeing the moon/asks to see the moon. Then when we actually get to (as in, when it’s NOT cloudy), she will usually bury her head on who ever’s shoulder she can. Mystery! Doesn’t stop her from asking, but the actual seeing of the moon seems to be a bit overwhelming (?).

Emergency

We only have 3 kinds of mustard in the house – I think this means we are at a state of emergency here. Spicy hot (beaver brand of course), regular yellow and dijon are my only choices for our grilled hotdogs tonight. Yes, I’m grilling by flashlight. So good to be back out there!!

Current Favorite Snack

The other day, my Dad brought me some cocoa almond spread that he accidently picked up at Trader Joe’s. It reminded me of a once-favorite-snack, which has quickly become a current favorite again! Snack: piece of toast, spread with a little coconut oil, then the cocoa almond spread – yum! (also good with chocolate peanut butter)

Fascinating, needed to record for posterity

December 29, 2011
From the NY Times

Samoa Sacrifices a Day for Its Future

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The Pacific island nation of Samoa and its even tinier neighbor Tokelau are skipping Friday this week, jumping westward in time across the international date line and into the shifting economic balance of the 21st century.

The time change, officially decided in June, is meant to align Samoa with its Asian trading partners; it moves the islands’ work days further from the United States, which dominated its economy in the past.

In this giant-step version of daylight saving time, the island’s 186,000 citizens, and the 1,500 who live in Tokelau, will go to sleep on Thursday and wake up on Saturday. The government has decreed that those who miss a day of work on Friday will be paid all the same.

Samoa has been out of alignment with its Asian-Pacific neighbors since 1892, when American traders persuaded it in 1892 to shift from the western side to the eastern side of the international date line to facilitate business with the West Coast of the United States. That earlier shift took place on the American Independence Day — so the Samoans could celebrate July 4 twice. This one takes place at the stroke of midnight, so that two minutes after 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 29, it will be 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 31. The new time zone will put Samoa 3 hours ahead of eastern Australia rather than 21 hours behind it, and 22 hours ahead of California, instead of 2 hours behind it.

The prime minister of Samoa, Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi, acknowledged the new distance from the American orbit but said the move would make it much easier to do business with Australia and New Zealand, whose economies are linked increasingly with the rest of Asia, particularly China.

“In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, we’re losing out on two working days a week,” Mr. Tuila’epa said. “While it’s Friday here, it’s Saturday in New Zealand, and when we’re at church on Sunday, they’re already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane.”

“Today,” the statement said bluntly, “we do a lot more business with New Zealand and Australia, China and Pacific Rim countries such as Singapore.”

Two years ago Samoa took a step to align itself with Australia and New Zealand, putting drivers on the left side of the road rather than the right. The prime minister said the change would make it easier for Samoans in those neighboring nations to send used cars home to their relatives.

Shifting time by decree is not a new phenomenon in the Pacific. At the recent turn of the century, in a bid to be the first to greet the dawn in what was called the new millennium, Pacific island nations engaged in a free-for all of shifting time zones, date lines and daylight saving times.

The date line, created at an international convention in 1884, is an imaginary line drawn roughly north to south along the 180-degree meridian, zigging and zagging here and there to accommodate the needs and demands of the nations along its route.

Moving westward across the date line, a traveler loses a day, moving to a point where it is 24 hours later. Moving eastward, a day is gained.

As the year 2000 approached, the island nation of Kiribati (32 atolls and one coral island) unilaterally extended the date line in a 1,000-mile loop to embrace its easternmost outcropping, Caroline Island. Tonga and Fiji introduced daylight saving time to move their clocks an hour ahead.

“There seems to be no legal reason why any country cannot declare itself to be in whatever time zone it likes,” said the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, the international arbiter of official time, in a premillennium statement.

The Samoan prime minister insisted that this week’s hop across the date line was prompted solely by economic realities and that it had nothing to do with a bid to be the first place in the world to greet the new year in 2012.

American Samoa, less than 100 miles to the east of Samoa, is not making the switch.