Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas From Us !!

We hope you all have a great holiday and can enjoy this time to be with your family and friends. We get to be with Kevin's family for a night of unwrapping gifts and having fun, and then we are off to Arizona to be with my side of the family for more gifts and love :)

Most of our gifts are wrapped and ready to go :) I had fun wrapping them while Kevin observed ... haha.

So have a wonderful christmas with everyone, we love you all!

-Kevin & Christie W.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hootie & The Blowfish

Introducing : Hootie and the Blowfish!!

Ok .... so sorry. I know this is a terrible photo. Kevin and I are trying to figure out how to get better pictures of these guys .... but it's hard! At our new condo .... we have a family of owls. Mamma, Papa and two babies. We named them "Hootie & The Blowfish." ( Yeah, I know. We are real clever). When we first moved in .... we kept hearing this random screeching at night. We thought it might have been an alarm on the back of the Kohl's building, but Kevin one night noticed something sticking out of a vent. With the use of the flashlight, we were able to see our new friends :)
Above is a picture of the Mom sticking out of their home. There are two holes like this in the building, and the babies live in one and then the parents use the other one as their look-out for food. Every night, we love to listen to the little guys call for food, and then the parents show up and swoop around .... making the little ones happy and proud. So far they have been good with us taking their photos .... if only we could get them to come a little closer ....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Water For Elephants

Water For Elephants is a historical novel written by Sara Gruen. I hadn't previously heard of this book, but Kevin's Mom loaned it to me to read and apparently it has been a pretty big hit for a while.
This book is based on a character named Jacob who flees from his hometown after his parents have been killed in an accident. Jacob was attending Cornell and decided to get up and leave, realizing he couldn't live in the town where his parents were killed. He then joins a circus called The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, where he is thrown into the bizarre world of the circus crowd. Jacob meets many characters that test his strengths and weaknesses, and even his devotion to the heroin Marlena, the head trainer's wife.

I enjoyed this book for many reasons: it gives the reader a rare look into the world of "circus freaks" and still gives the reader the fictional tale they desire. The story is written as a memoir from Jacob, as he sits in an old folks home and desires to go to the circus that has just come to town. It's a tale of true tests while the reader watches Jacob struggle to maintain his own moral compass while falling in love.

Out of a 5 star rating, I would give this story a 3 1/2. It was a good quick read and I am now more interested in the world of the "circus life", but it ended a little too abruptly and perfectly for my liking.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Book Club

Soo.. i've decided that I want to start reviewing books for you all. For everyone that knows me, I always have a book with me: in my purse, in my car, near my bed, at work, etc. It's definitely my addiction :)

I go through about 2-3 books a month, so I decided that I will review the books I read as soon as I finish them for you all :) It would be awesome to hear all your input, and hopefully I can encourage some of you to pick up certain books and try them out. I'm currently reading Water For Elephants, so I'll let you know the outcome


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday Cheer

Greetings Everyone! Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving & Halloween. I always begin these posts talking about how busy I have been ... and shockingly, I have once again been so busy I haven't had time to post. I am so happy about it being December. This is my favorite month of the year; it includes cold weather, presents, happy people and getting to be with family (and even going more into debt buying presents! Ohh fun).

Kevin and I have finally moved. We are now living in Orange County, residing in little ol' Seal Beach. For those of you who don't know, we found a little condo to move into and we just moved in this weekend. It was kinda bad timing-Thanksgiving, lots of homework, moving, Kevin's birthday, etc. But it was better timing than during the summer around the wedding :) But we are all settled in and slowly clearing all the boxes out.

For Thanksgiving we went to Kevin's parent's home. We ate some yummy food and I spent the evening cooking with my mom-in-law :) The week before I also went to "Friendsgiving" with the co-workers, which was a blast.

Elena, Kristy, Shelby and I also got the chance to go see Dane Cook at the opening of the Long Beach Laugh Factory. It was a fun experience, but I probably wouldn't pay another $50 to go see him again.

For now, this is what has been going on in the life of Christie. Now onward to writing my final term papers!