Friday, December 11, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I wish I had the time to post all of my idle thoughts on everything going on in the lives of we Crandells. As the regular visitors to our site have found out by now, Amy and I suck at keeping you up to date.
Here are my Cliff Notes for the last couple of months or so:
1) I got laid off from Oakwood. It was a blessing in disguise, as I can now spend time with Cooper and we are "keeping afloat" financially.
2) Cooper, Amy and I made our second trip to Michigan to visit Papa and Mimi. We flew into Chicago and stayed with my friends for a couple of days and then took the train to Battle Creek. Now, Cooper has been on a Plane, Train, Boat and Automobile. We hope to skydive by age 3 or 4.
If you want to see pictures please visit Facebook and Amy can direct you to our images.
3) I am at home each day with Cooper. We save money and I am building a great bond.
4) Each day, Amy and I still pray that Cooper can meet his Abuelito.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Well, it's been awhile since I've posted anything. I've just not been sure what to write about or if anyone really cared. Well, this has been a crazy week and I feel like I should write about it.
Monday - RAIDERS! Cooper got to wear his first Raiders jersey and watch them play while sitting in his dad's lap. It was so cute. I can't wait until he can cheer for them. I hope for Craig's sake that they start doing at least a little better so he can hang on to his hope.
I also took Cooper for a walk around our neighborhood. We were trying to get to the library by walking, but the sidewalk ran out at a busy part of the street so we turned around and walked home. We might try it another night when I can be sure that the library is actually open.
Tuesday - What a great day! I got an offer for a new position at Expedia. Procurement Operations Specialist. Basically I'll be purchasing all of the hardware for the company worldwide. Woohoo! They gave me an offer, I countered for a little more and they came back with it. I'm getting a raise! Yay! I was really looking forward to us having a little bit of back up money.
Wednesday - Ick! I felt like crap. I had felt a tickle in my throat all day on Tuesday, but tried to ignore it. There was no ignoring it on Wednesday. That tickle got stronger and came invited something to plug my ears and give me a runny nose. Craig was so great. I kissed him goodbye for work and thought I wouldn't see him for a couple of hours. Lo and behold he was back in about 20 minutes. He had gone down to the Jamba Juice and bought me my favorite - Razzmatazz! I worked from home and took a nap in the afternoon while Cooper napped. If it hadn't been for that, Craig would've come home from work to a very cranky wife.
Thursday - My heart stopped. Craig was laid off from his job. His company has been downsizing for awhile, but his area has been holding it's own. He thought that if they downsized his area they would let go of his assistant. Well, they decided that they would combine the Portland and Seattle areas. The Portland branch manager has more seniority than Craig so he gets the "lucky" job of managing both areas. So much for having back up money. We let our daycare provider know that we won't be bringing Cooper at least through October. I feel so bad for her as this means she's losing her job too. She's down to only 4 kids now. Not good for her. =(
We sat down and discussed our finances going forward. Luckily Oakwood gave Craig a small severance package so he has a little back up time to find a job. The sooner the better though. We discussed the possibility of moving to Michigan. It's a high possibility. We've been thinking about it for some time. I didn't want to really think about it until the new year, but this has kind of pushed it up sooner than I had hoped. Why don't my plans ever turn out the way I expect them too?
Friday - Just didn't feel like doing anything. Craig stayed home with Cooper all day as will be his lucky task going forward. Well, at least until he finds something else. I sent an email out at work to all the parents letting them know about our daycare provider. Had a couple of great responses. I hope she gets some more kids from that email. She did say she would hold Cooper's spot. Poor thing was crying when I talked to her. Not because of losing the money, but because she loves Cooper so much. He's been with her since he was 2 months old. He loves her just as much as she loves him. His face always lights up when he sees her.
Went on another walk with Cooper. I decided to try and explore our neighborhood this time. We've lived here for a year and a half and I've never really explored past our street. Funnily enough I found an awesome little trail. Cooper and I kept on it not knowing where it would take us. It was extremely hidden. While I was walking it, I kept thinking we were like Hansel and Gretal and were going to come upon a house made of candy at any moment. It was such a secluded little trail that has no business being where it is. We came out at the bottom of a huge hill. I am so out of shape that I about killed myself walking up it. This led me to set up a schedule for working out in the future. All in all, I'd say it was a good walk. It was only 25 minutes long, but I felt great afterward and Cooper LOVED it. He just loves looking at everything and taking it all in. I wish I knew what was going through his mind most of the time.
Today(Saturday) - rainy day. Want to go for a walk on that trail again. This time hopefully Craig will go with us. It's raining though, so it looks like it will probably get put off until another day. =( We'll probably stay inside all day long and do chores. I really don't know how our house gets so dirty so quickly.
One thing I do plan to do today is practice the cakes I'm going to make for our joint birthday party next weekend. Samson, Camryn, Cooper, Aiden(my cousin Fidel's son), and my Tio Fito all have birthday's within a one month time span from September 11th to October 12th so we're having a big family party for them. I'm super excited about all of the cakes I'm going to make. Strangely enough the hardest one to decide on is Samson's cake oh and Cooper's too. Not sure why. Cam's was easy she's getting a flower with a bee on it. Exactly what she asked for. Aiden is getting a baseball hopefully with a pair of red socks on it, if I can figure it out. Tio Fito is getting a golf bal stuck in the rough. I really hope I can pull them all off. I'm gonna love trying it at least.
Well, I think that's all for now. Have a great day/week!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
For those of you that rely on this post for updates to our lives and are generally indifferent to loving us, shame on you!!! Just kidding. Amy and I are just as guilty of keeping up to date with friends/acquintances from a distance, via blogs and Facebook these days.
Here is what we have.
Despite the fact that he is struggling to find an effective crawling technique, Cooper is closing in on walking, we hope very soon. His two bottom teeth are serving him very well in trying "adult" foods, like corn, brownies, gummy worms and popsicles. Upon reading that last sentence, I know why I am overweight now.
We are very much looking forward to visiting Michigan in late October, so Cooper can see his Papa and Mimi again. Amy and I both pray for the day when we can visit Othello and introduce Cooper to his Lito.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
And there I wait and/or anticipate, the next outcome.
Is this kind of expectation a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy? Is it the "power" of negative or positive thinking as the case may warrant? At any rate, I continue to collect data in my research for an answer.
The most recent example came when Amy and I decided to take Cooper for a Sunday drive about a month ago. We drove up I-5 to Mount Vernon, turned left and drove over Deception Pass and down through Whidbey Island. The purpose of the trip was a diversion on a Sunday but the destination was my two closest friends in Washington.
First we stopped at Mike and Janine's house to find them returning from a day of birthday celebrating for their daughter Jordan. We didn't know it was her birthday, but soon we were catching up with the last year of our lives, as we hadn't seen each other since last July 4th. We soon found out that my friends were planning a move to Italy for Mike's work. A once in a lifetime chance to experience a foreign country for two years on someone else's dime. I was floored. I was convinced they were in Washington to stay, but here they were grabbing the brass ring
Next, we visited my friend Kim. Kim just opened a deli on the main drag to the Mukilteo-Whidbey ferry about 2-3 years ago. She has put her heart and soul into growing her business and she has been very successful. However, she announced to me that she too is considering a move. TO NEW ZEALAND!!! Once again I was floored.
Now what am I to think?
Is the Crandell family next?
Finally, my friend Tim announced to me that he got the job he was looking for in Dallas and moved there last week. I knew he had been looking to move, to what I thought would be Seattle. When he told me it would be Dallas, I was shocked, saddened. I can't wait to visit he and Alona, only in winter though as I can't do 110 degrees each day in the Summer.
I wonder, does that complete the trinity or do we?
Cheers and Mahalo.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
stepped in and saved the day.
But once again, I say amen
and it's still raining
as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain,
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away.
And I'll praise you in this storm
and I will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where I am
and every tear I've cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
I remember when I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and raised me up again
my strength is almost gone how can I carry on
if I can't find You
and as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
the God who gives and takes away
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
I lift my eyes onto the hills
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
Saturday, July 4, 2009
1) The first snowfall of winter
2) The first really warm day in spring
3) The first day you can swim in summer
4) Any day when there are leaves changing in the fall
We don't get that progression much in Seattle. We get the following:
1) Going to work and the sun is still down and leaving from work and the sun is already down. 7 hours of daylight in December sucks!!!
2) 3 straight months of drizzle and 45-50 degrees. Monotonous.
3) From June- September where everyday is sunny, dry and 70-80 degrees. Perfect!!! The reason I love living here.
4) Football season!!!
I love this time of year in Seattle. The things I don't miss about Midwest weather are when there is 2 feet of brown dirty snow that lasts until April and when it is 100 degrees, humid and mosquitoes rule the outdoors.
In a couple of weeks, we leave for central California for a Garza family reunion and I will certainly be reminded of the brutally hot weather of my youth. I'm going to wilt like a flower in a sauna by the time we reach Sacramento on the drive down. It will be great fun, but I'll be sweating like Michael Jackson at a Chuck-E-Cheese the whole time.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I used to think that I was actually smart, but now I realize I am an idiot savant. Ask me where almost any NBA or NFL player went to college and there's a good chance that I know the answer. However, ask me almost any question about political science, to which I have a Bachelor's degree from Westernn Michigan University, and I will look at you in a way that redefines "befuddled."
More to come.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wraylee's blog about sporks has inspired me to write a blog about this nifty little gadget by a company called Boon. They have several feeding items for babies. The one that I particularly enjoy is called the Squirt. Now, just to let you know, I am a lover of gadgets so it's not surprising that I had to have this one.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Soon after I had it, I realized I was a fool for not having one sooner. I don't know how I operated without one before that day.
Fast forward to 2 days ago. Our cell phone contract was expiring and I was in need of a new phone since mine was pretty tattered. Initially I just wanted anything that's free. But with my powerful skills of procrastination and lack of decision making, Amy suggested the new I-Phone 3G. It cost $100 and it does 1,000X more than my first computer, a Commodore 64 (yes that's right 64 whopping K of memory). Right now I'm totally lost when trying to use most of it's functions, but I'm sure I'll be wondering how I lived without soon enough.
One thing is for sure, I don't know how I lived without Amy before we found each other.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
The sad thing is, I don't really feel like I have a lot to say. I have a tendency to "clam up" when my brain starts working overtime about things going on in my life, unlike most people I know, that are "talkers." When I want to get something off my chest, I am not like that. Most times I internalize things, figuring that is what "real men" are supposed to do with their feelings. Or sometimes, I simply retreat into some other form of non-communication, like watching t.v., typing out a blog, playing in the garage or playing on the computer.... Sound familiar ladies???
I had no idea where this was going when I started typing, but it seems to me that this is a turning into an explanation of why men sometimes seem like they are experiencing PMS. Nature made us very similar, we both seem to stress out over reasons unknown to us. My "Dr. Phil" advice is to get yourself and the kids out of harm's way and lay low until things pass over.
And that goes for both genders.
To those of you who are contemplating taking a spinning class, I recommend purchasing a seat pad for extra cushioning. You could also purchase padded shorts. Lukily I had those from a previous attempt at cycling.
Have a great day!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The bad news about that is this means I'm having a double whammy effect every time I eat fatty foods or acidic foods or spicy foods. See, I have severe acid reflux as well as gall stones. When I eat these foods the sphincter at the base of the esophagus stays open allowing the acid to go up into the esophagus. Also, the gall bladder constricts when I eat these foods allowing less room for the gall stones and more chance for blockage.
Basically, I need to adjust my eating habits. This should solve both problems. I need to eat a diet that is very bland and low in fats. I hate bland food. I love spicy! I'm going to have to do some research and see what will work and what won't work.
At least I have an answer, now the rest is up to me. Pray that I can have the will power to change. Although, I never want to feel the way I felt again, so that's pretty good incentive to make the change.
Love you all!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
1. The Garza Family Reunion - I love spending time with family and I am so excited that we get to incorporate a vacation into doing so. I'm particularly excited to see family that I haven't seen in a really long time. Good times are ready to be had.
2. Sunday evening Bible study - I've been wanting to be involved in a Bible study for a long time. I found out that some of my friends from church have been wanting to be involved in one too, but for some reason we just haven't found the right one. Well, starting next Sunday evening at 5:30pm we're meeting at Becca's house to get one started. We're going to be meeting every other Sunday evening. I'm so excited! Dave has graciously accepted the role of head guy in charge. He's putting together some ground rules and getting us started on the right path. I don't think I can thank him enough. I know we're going to have some great discussions, learn some great things that we haven't thought about before and have some really great BBQ's or potlucks. Thanks guys!
3. Watching the Lakers vs. Magic game on Saturday with Dave. I really love hanging out with Maren and her parents. They make me think in a whole new way. I love how accepting they are and know they love me as much as I love them.
4. Heading down to Grandma's to help Aunt Kathy and the fam do some much needed house/yard work in July. Normally I wouldn't be so eager to jump in and help out with cleaning gutters and such, but Grandma's house is one of my favorite places to go. It is so peaceful there. Not to mention helping Grandma will be rewarding. I hope someday I have children and grandchildren that will help me out when I need it.
5. Spinning class with Molly. I am so grateful to have a friend that is helping me get jump started with working out. Luckily I have a membership to the same gym chain as Molly. She's been going to spinning classes for 2 weeks now and has inspired me to get a move on. I hope I can keep up!
It seems as though there are a lot more things I'm looking forward to, but for some reason they are slipping my mind. I think that's enough things to keep me happy and looking ahead for awhile at least. I hope you all have things that you are eagerly anticipating as well.
Have a great week!
Friday, May 29, 2009
One night in March I suddenly had severe pain at the top of my stomach around the base of my sternum. Craig loaded up Cooper and I and drove us to the Group Health Urgent Care facility here in Bellevue. The ran a bunch of tests, took an x-ray, and told me I had GERD(GURD?). Basically, severe acid reflux.
They gave me some medicine, Omeprazole, that is a preventative medicine for acid reflux. I took it for a couple of weeks with no futher instances of the pain. I stopped taking the medicine because I thought that maybe the time in March was just a one time thing. I didn't want to take medicine forever if I didn't really need it.
I was fine until a couple of weeks ago. I started having some symptoms so I started taking the medicine again. I ran out and asked for a refill. I didn't get the refill until Tuesday. That ended up being too late. Starting on Monday night I had the severe pain again. I've been waking up at 11am every night this week with pain and not being able to get back to sleep until around 2 or 3am.
I finally decided last night that the pain was too much to bear and told Craig I was taking myself to urgent care again. I wanted him to stay home with Cooper so that we didn't have to disturb him.
When I got to urgent care I told them that I was having some chest pain in addition to the pain that I was having. Turns out you get seen a whole lot faster if you tell them you're having chest pain. Anyway, they did an EKG - it was fine. They took some blood - the tests came out fine. They suggested that I possibly have something wrong with my gall bladder, such as gall stones. I have an ultra sound scheduled on Monday morning. They gave me some generic Vicodin to handle the pain until something more can be done.
I did a small bit of research on gall stones and they can be caused by inherited body chemistry, body weight, diet, or the increase of the hormone estrogen due to pregnancy or birth control pills. Hmm, It seems that I could fall into any one of those categories.
In a way, I hope that I do have gall stones, as they can fix that and I would possibly never have to feel this pain again.
I'll keep you updated as I am.
Have a great day!
But, when I listen to the stations we get in Seattle, used to be one station, now two despite the fact that we lost the Sonics, I get the distinct feeling that the guys that talk about sports on the radio are no different than me, except for a couple of key differences.
1) They never played sports, and usually get paired up with an athelete that never "went to class" in college and therefore the uninitiated guy plays off the jock.
2) All they did, in many cases, is intern at a radio station making coffee, running dry cleaning around and hitting switches on a sound board.
All of that being said, I'm very torn about these NBA playoffs. On the one hand, the NBA and the rest of the world for that matter, want Kobe vs. Lebron. I'm not so sure that I don't either. It would be a marketing dream, already is for NIKE, but I think it would regress the league, like fighting in th 90's did.
Personally, which may be redundant to say in a blog, I would like to see a return to "team" basketball like the Celtics and Lakers used to play in the 80's. I really like how the Magic are playing right now. They seem to be the only team that doesn't have the "1 on 5" offense. They actually pass the ball and run actual plays. Granted, this is probably the last team that Darth Vader, excuse me I meant David Stern, wants in the Finals, but it's looking inevitable.
And I for one would welcome it.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
While we are on the subject of work, I often ponder the following question. How did things get done back in the pre-computer/copy machine days? For example; I'll draw up a contract (1 week with the help of lawyers), I'll mail it to you (3-5 business days), you read and review it (1 week with the help of lawyers), revise it and mail it back (1 week with lawyers) and I'll read it and agree to it (1 week with lawyers), mail it (3-5 days) and you sign it. The same scenario now takes what a few hours or 1 day? Yet, we have never been busier or worked longer hours. I wish I could go back to 1955 and work 8 hours, have a secretary that does all the busy work, take 2 hour lunches, drink at work and get nothing done.
The new show Mad Men has ruined it for everyone working in this generation.
This is the 1st 3 minutes of the Angels Aware program that we performed at the Othello Assembly of God for Christmas in 1988. I'm the one that Harold leans to and asks why we're they were all asked to gather. Aren't I cute?
If you want the whole video and the program that we performed in 1989 I can make you a copy on DVD. Just let me know.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Now, I have to admit this whole concept seems to me a bit like putting your diary out there for the world (and God forbid, someday my children) to see. So with that in mind I was very apprehensive about choosing my words in the last post, even though it was very brief and cursory in nature. As I get into topics that I feeel passsionately about (at least at the moment I'm posting them) or events that I feel the need to comment about, I worry that my momentary ramblings will carry the weight of a constitutional amendment that I will have to stand by and defend for the rest of my life.
Maybe I'm lending a little too much gravitas to the situation, but now that I'm a father, I think about these things a lot more. At least because Amy tells me I should. That being said, one of my favorite quotes is from Casey Kasem of America's Top 40 (when radio was still pertinent) "... and now, on with the countdown." which for our purposes means, I'll get to my point.
Another Internet application Amy introduced me to was Facebook. For the uninitiated it is basically a social networking site that you can find your friends, from all over the world and at all "different times" in your life. For example, I get hit with people from my past, both recent and long ago that send me a "friend request." Most are people that I want to stay in touch with, at the great distance that the internet allows for. But.....some unfortunately are not.
And there's the rub (Hamlet, I believe), many of these people were merely acquaintances, or tangential friends that I knew by proximity or by association from another friend. Yet, here they are on facebook asking me to be their "friend." Why now? Why not back then? How do I respond to that? Facebook allows you to accept or ignore those friend requests. America is the land of Freedom of Choice, so I say we add some other catergories to choose to reject friend requests from like; "Sheepishly look the other way and pretend to forget your request" or "You were, and are now, offensive to me" or "Didn't you get the hint 5/10/15 years ago when we didn't speak?"
I know that I am probably forgoing many uninteresting, forced and contrived e-mails, posts and (God forbid) phone calls with potentially changed people from my past...
But, I can live with that.
Friend- "You just type your comments on this typewriter box type thing and people all over the world can look at your thoughts on their little boxes."
Me- Blank stare.... Followed by,"Why would someone in Fiji care what I, the NFL MVP, has to say? And also, these boxes talk one another, explain that to me."
Friend- Head shaking....
So, here I am a new husband and a new father, and from this bully pulpit all I can really speak intelligently about is sports, Mafia Wars on facebook and the Adam Carolla Podcast. So if you are a fan of any of these three things, check in occasionally and I will post some semi-lucid drivel about these topics, among others.
At the bare minimum you can expect me to use some uncommon language and references from the deepest darkest corners of my thesaurus and dictionary. It's how I exercise my brain.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Not only do I have to pay to park at work, but almost any time we go downtown Seattle to do anything fun, we have to pay at least $10 to park. So frustrating! Even if we are going to do something free, it's not really free because of parking. You also have to build in extra time to whatever you do just to find a parking space. Aaargh. This is the number 1 reason I don't like living in a big city.