Fall TV so far

Not all the new shows have aired yet, but I just want to express a little disappointment.  I was looking forward to Glee and Community, but just found them to be so-so.  Accidentally on Purpose was just as I thought it would be, which was mildly enjoyable.  Jay Leno was gosh awful.

I still hold out a little hope for Modern Family and maybe even Flash Forward.

Is it because I only like what I know?  Is it because shows need time to blossom?  Whatever the case may be, I was pleased to watch a new episode of the Office and I look forward to 30 Rock and Dexter coming back.  Heck, I am even looking forward to the return of Lost even though I hate every episode and yet cannot stop watching.

Any thoughts?

By on September 22, 2009 · Comments ( 18 )

Cookie cake pie

Good for all occasions.  To celebrate Laura and Peter’s recent engagement (congratulations guys!), I whipped up this creation that I discovered on the internet.  Pie crust, followed by a layer of chocolate chip cookie, followed by cake.  I went with Betty Crocker rainbow chip.  The whole thing gets frosted and voilà!  Cookie cake pie.

It turned out fairly delicious and the combination possibilities are endless. Peanut butter cookie with chocolate cake comes to mind.  Here’s the recipe.

Cookie Cake Pie recipe via CakeSpy

By on September 6, 2009 · Comments ( 5 )

A jaunt to the Cape

After a bit of a choppy ride aboard the fast ferry (okay, I was the only one who felt a little green), our first stop was the public library.  The outside wasn’t much to look at but they have a half scale boat right inside!

After an action packed day filled with eating delicious things, enjoying crazy good people watching and marveling at how many dogs were vacationing on the Cape, we head back to the ferry.

By on August 29, 2009 · Comments ( 7 )

A little more family time

Oliver at the zoo

Squeezing a little more auntie-nephew time out of the summer, we checked out the zoo. Monkeys were Oliver’s favorite, but the tapirs were a close second.

By on August 23, 2009 · Comments ( 1 )


Mom and I soaked in some Disney last week in celebration of our big birthday milestones this year.

A rainbow greeted us at the resort.

From Disney

We had to have Mickey waffles for our first breakfast.

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Waiting for a bus to somewhere fun.

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I enjoyed a pretzel at Epcot.

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By on August 3, 2009 · Comments ( 13 )

Is this the same Oliver?

For those of you who don’t stalk Oliver on his own turf, here’s his latest video. I saw this kid about ten days ago and already he’s changed so much.


They grow up so fast.


By on July 16, 2009 · Comments ( 1 )

A little bit more pie

To relieve my pie withdrawal symptoms, I sampled some offerings on the east coast. First we filled up on falafel.

Finally some sun!

And the pie.

Amanda got America’s vote for her delicious blueberry pie. The birthday girl favorite went to Laura’s key lime. Thanks for the pies guys.

By on July 12, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

Backyard picnic and pie party

Mom threw a rockin’ birthday celebration at her place last weekend.  Thanks Mom!  Thanks everyone for coming! Also thanks Katie for the pictures.

Really, this was my first beer.  I don’t know why I’m winking.

From July in WA

I saw some delicious sandwiches. Nice presentation, Bun. I like that diagonal slice.

From July in WA

Chelsey and I make the guests come to us.

From July in WA

Kate and Damon, hopefully ignoring my weird hand motions.

From July in WA

I share my chips.

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Paging Dr. Hartung.

From July in WA

Toddlers in action.

From July in WA

I choose the pies I want to taste (all of them).

From July in WA

Okay, maybe too much pie. I have to take a breather.

From July in WA

The blue ribbon winners! Mom takes home the birthday girl’s choice (big surprise) with my favorite raspberry pie and Molly gets the crowd favorite for her strawberry tart.

From July in WA

More pie (party pics) are over at Cain Central.

By on July 8, 2009 · Comments ( 9 )

4th on Vashon

The island provided more sunshine and fun times for the holiday.  Katie managed to snag some excellent shots.

From July in WA

Oliver alternated between sand and surf with his sandbox and pool.

From July in WA

My brother beat me two times in croquet. Boo.

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We walked the McElroy grounds, saw some deer and ate some cherries.

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Then over to see some fireworks.

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Trying to find the best view.

From July in WA
By on July 8, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

More fun in the sun

Oliver needed a little roughhousing from his Auntie Annie.

After leaving him to enjoy a pool party, Mom (Grandma Linda), Katie, Crosby and I enjoyed some sunset time on the deck in Gig Harbor.

By on July 7, 2009 · Comments ( 1 )