Monday, May 30, 2005

I believe!

Thanks to [info]eyemage I have found a new religion:
I think this will be of especial interest to
We have California phone numbers! Mine is (650)200-8646. Walker's was apparently used by someone else recently because within an hour of us getting the numbers he got a text message from someone saying "Plz bring yr laptop over!!!!"

There is a sign near the Caltrain station here that says "Redwood City: Weather Best by Government Test!"
There is a farmers market down by the Caltrain station too, every Saturday. Walker and I went down there and bought fruits and veggies. And no cars crashed into the market while we were there, so I think we will go back.

This weekend I go up to Seattle to work the Fantasy Fest with [info]mspurplepearl. Come visit us! Apparently it is open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Seems awfully late for a family fair.

My to do list is only technically getting shorter, in that all the easy things are getting done and new harder things are getting slowly added. Like finding a dentist.

Friday, May 27, 2005


For everyone who keeps asking me how hot it is here:

Seattle, WA
Severe alert! 67°F

Redwood City, CA
Cloudy 57°F

That severe alert by the way, is for heat.
Nyah nyah nyah.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Tiny update

*I think I know where Walker and I are having the wedding. Coincidently, it's the same place that [info]oni_anne and her hubby got married.
*The pool is no longer as cold as it was. I think the warm weather agrees with it. By the time it is ridiculously hot here, the pool should be pleasantly cool.
*I also don't think the pool is as small as I keep thinking it is. Although it could still fit in [info]mspurplepearl's kitchen and game room, we'd have to take the counters out.

Monday, May 16, 2005

This weekend Walker and I managed to find both Famine's heating pad, and the legs for my table. This means we've found everything we NEEDED to find. Getting everything unpacked, is another story entirely.
On Saturday we went to San Fransisco on the CalTrain. Apparently, that train is for taking people to the baseball stadium. Anything else requires Muni, Bart or one of the 70 zillion other mass transit systems in San Fransisco.
We walked to Fisherman's Terminal and saw the farmers market there. Then we decdied we didn't actually need any veggies or things right now, so we took a cable car up to Chinatown and walked around there for awhile. We found a candy store that sells bulk chocolate filled marshmallows, like the ones Bea used to buy at Great Wall Mall. They even had other flavors, like pudding, grape and strawberry. I bought one of each just to make sure I liked them.
On Sunday we went out to the Sacramento River and let Walker's biological father take us for a ride on his boat. I got sunburned despite having put on sunscreen and the cloudy day. Go me! It was very amusing to watch Steve assume that Walker would automatically know about boat stuff because he is a boy, and that I wouldn't know which rope to tie to the dock because I am a girl.
Like I've never been on a boat before.
Today Stewie is trying out a new doggy daycare. He seemed happy when I left, well, up until we wouldn't let him leave with me. Hopefully they will like him too, and we can leave him there while we go to Seattle this weekend.
In other news, I will be in Seattle this weekend. I'm going to look at wedding sites and hang out with Tillie a bit. Oh! And go to the comic book store.

Monday, May 9, 2005

Weekend update: Now with product placements for your pleasure

So, finally on Saturday our stuff arrived from United Van Lines. Note to self: Next time movers get hired to move your things, let them pack everything breakable. Because I slef packed my stuff, some of the nice china I got from my Grandmothers got broken. And they aren't responsible since I packed it. And Todd, you can stop looking for a new ladle, because the broke the punch bowl too.
We watched the movers bring everything in while our new landlord installed new Jeld Wen windows. He had them ordered when we got here last week, and had expected to put them early last week, but they only showed up on Friday, so that was that. We got to keep track of which boxes came in. The movers would yell numbers out, and Walker would mark them down on an inventory sheet while I told them where things went. Everything was accounted for except for the legs for my Ikea work table. We think they are probably in a box labled "Storage." Snakes got put in their respective cages, and all are much happier for that. Hopefully Famine's heating pad shows up soon. The Landlord was quite impressed by Famine's size. His brother sat in front of her cage for a good 10 minutes before he realized that there was something in there.
After the movers left we went for lunch at Freash Choice and discovered where the Cal Train station is. Now Walker just has to figure out how often Google's employee shuttle will pick him up at which station. Then we came back home and unpacked a lot until it was time to meet Walker's Dad and Stepmom at Arrivederci and Bella a reasonably nice italian steak restaurant here in Redwood City. Strangely enough, they offered dessert from the same company that Mad Pizza uses. Which is even funnier because I had found a coupon from them in one of the kitchen boxes earlier.
Then we came home and killed things for awhile, and went to bed.
On Sunday, we woke up early and went to Safeway to stock up on perishables and watch men run in and out of the store with things like toilet paper and flowers. I never thought this actually happened, but I think all over the city, children were bouncing into bedrooms shouting "Happy Mother's Day!" and Dad's were jumping out of bed and saying, "Honey! We're out of toilet paper! I'll be RIGHT back."
Then we unpacked more. Walker discovered that his computer switch is broken, and he could only get one of the computers working with the net, and it's the Linux box. So before going to have dinner with some of his Caltech friends, we headed out to Fry's Electronics. I've never been to one before. It was funny. Each one is in a warehouse and a different theme. The one we went to was Wild West themed, which really didn't seem to fit. We also stopped at Bed, Bath & Beyond to pick up some needed household goods.
Walker's friends live in Oaklandso we headed across a bridge, and hung out for a long time. I met Deepi, Edk and their adorable 9 month old daughter, who have a beautful craftsman style home. Ed works at Maxis on the Sims 2 project. Hey, Lyss, they said they have some single friends who work there!
I just realized that I booked my drivers test for today, and not only did Walker take the car to work with him, but the Direct TV people are supposed to show up at the same time. I should see how hard it is to reschedule.

Friday, May 6, 2005


Walker got a call yesterday letting him know that our stuff was arriving tomorrow!
We finally get to move into our house!
*Jig of moving glee*

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

I love El Camino Real

Since I developed a severe case of stir crazyness yesterday afternoon, I decided to run a whole bunch of errands today. After the errands, it was about time for the maid to be "refreshing" the room, so we decided to keep driving down El Camino Real and see what we could see.
This is my favorite street down here, despite the fact that I have only found one thrift store on it so far. It goes all the way up the peninsula as far as I can tell. Every where that we have gone since we arrived here was easily accessible from El Camino Real, even when google maps has directed us on other freeways. Plus it has stop lights and a max speed of 45, so it's not as intimidating as, say, 101. At least for me.
Today Stewie and I:
Went to the post office and bought stamps from the machine. I now have 30 bajillion dollar coins because I used a $20 bill to buy them.
Found the DMV and picked up the California Drivers Handbook to prepare for my test, which I scheduled this morning, as well as the licensing for the car. These things are supposed to be done withing 10 days of establishing residency. I think that's a bit ridiculous.
Went to PetCo since Stewie was running out of food, a velvet bimple the only kind of chewing bone we've found that Stewie will actually chew, and some teeny tiny Greenies which are Stewie's favorite things ever and we can now start using those as the "we are leaving treats" since he's started ignoring his other ones.
Went to Old Navy and bought two new skirts. I neglected to pack my jeans and instead packed Walker's, so I've been feeling under dressed every time the weather gets cloudy. Now I don't have to worry about it.
We also found a Trader Joe's near our house, a yarn store within walking distance, and a comic book store. We didn't go in though. It's more important to know they are there then to actually be in them right now.
I had a dream that I had knit more of my sock then I have. What a disappointment to realize it wasn't true. Especially since I liked how the yarn variations looked in the dream and they probably won't turn out like that in reality.
I keep making mistakes on the ribbing and ending up having to pull things out. Probably because I'm doing a two by two rib and I forget to count. I have successfully completed only one row, and the casting on.
I looked at a knitting magazine in the store yesterday and their sock pattern was using a one by one rib, so I may switch to that after a couple of rows. It sure looks easier.
At least I don't have to cast on again.