Friday, November 28, 2008

Two Thanksgivings

Being married now means celebrating holidays twice. Twice is always nice! Our first Thanksgiving was in Cle Elum with the Reinkens clan at Uncle Jim and Aunt Tammy's cabin. The cabin was beautiful. Nick and I are pretty outdoorsy so we loved the whole ambience of the cabin. It even had an art studio! It was nice to visit with everyone that we don't get to see very often. There was so much food. Sometimes we don't know when to say when.

Family photo in Cle Elum


Nick and Carolyn in front of the art studio

Cramer Family

Chelsea, John and Chad

Michelle, Austin, Danielle, Tony
The guys hanging out

Cake by Deserts by Kelly

The Cabin

After the Reinken's Thanksgiving, we drove another hour and a half to the Nguyen Thanksgiving. We had a nice dinner with Cau Bi's family, Bac Trung from Bellingham, and Dung (visitor from Vietnam). We were so full! We went through all the Black Friday ads and sat around talked and joked around. Two Thanksgivings down, on to Two Christmases!


Cau Bi modelling Ngau's new boarding jacket

Mother and her only son

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Random Pictures

Liem and my grand father are going to Vietnam for my cousin Bo's wedding on Thursday. So everyone has been frantically giving stuff to Liem to bring over there. Alan came down on Sunday to visit with Liem before he leaves so we went out for sushi at Subs N Jeans in Richland. Here are some random photos from my iphone.

Playing with Nu's new motorcycle glasses (they're hillarious)

Having sushi with Liem and Alan before his trip

Wedding gift from Shelley we got the other day

Monday, November 24, 2008

Now we can mobile blog on the iphone!

I am experimenting with the Blogger Mobile blogging feature. I can send an
email with an attached photo and it should show up immediately! This is a photo of a metal moose in Chicago.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Cowley's Big Move

Today a big gang of people helped move the Cowley's out of their house they just sold on Nottingham Drive into an apartment in town Richland. They are going to be building a new home in Westcliffe hopefully starting within a month or so. It was like a well oiled machine. We made a big trip to their storage unit and a couple trips to their apartment then had lunch. They had everything pretty much packed except for the big stuff and they had made many trips to the storage unit before we got there so it made it a lot easier. So now they'll be an apartment during the months the house is being built and will move again afterwards. We all can't wait to see their new home!


Jacky's Bachelorette Party

John and Jacky are getting married next Saturday. So last night was her big bachelorette party. It was a ton of fun. We were at the Richland Jackson's. I got to formally meet some people I've seen around the building before and some of Jacky's relatives. It was nice getting to know them. There were a ton of laughs and some great presents Jacky got. I will never forget the Honeymoon Survival box.



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lack of Sleep and its Effects

In our bed at the Four Seasons Wailea in Maui on our Honeymoon


We did get sleep on our honeymoon and came back home refreshed

Nick and I have been running 3 to 4 times a week the past three weeks or so. We are building up endurance to run more races and get in better shape. With these cold months ahead of us we know that we'll just sit around and be lazy, so we've made sure to incorporate exercise in our day. Besides exercising we've been trying to eat better and get good quality sleep. We read a few articles about the lack of sleep. Possible health consequences of getting too little or poor sleep can involve the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune and nervous systems. We find that we're sluggish, can't focus, and sort of blah when we don't get enough sleep. In an article posted on MSN there were 10 major effects caused by the lack of sleep:


1) Less may mean more. For people who sleep under seven hours a night, the fewer zzzz's they get, the more obese they tend to be, according to a 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. This may relate to the discovery that insufficient sleep appears to tip hunger hormones out of whack. Leptin, which suppresses appetite, is lowered; ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, gets a boost.

2) You're more apt to make bad food choices. A study published in the October 15, 2008 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that people with obstructive sleep apnea or other severely disordered breathing while asleep ate a diet higher in cholesterol, protein, total fat, and total saturated fat. Women were especially affected.

3) Diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance, its precursor, may become more likely. A 2005 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people getting five or fewer hours of sleep each night were 2.5 times more likely to be diabetic, while those with six hours or fewer were 1.7 times more likely.

4) The ticker is put at risk. A 2003 study found that heart attacks were 45 percent more likely in women who slept for five or fewer hours per night than in those who got more.

5) Blood pressure may increase. Obstructive sleep apnea, for example, has been associated with chronically elevated daytime blood pressure, and the more severe the disorder, the more significant the hypertension, suggests the 2006 IOM report. Obesity plays a role in both disorders, so losing weight can ease associated health risks.

6) Auto accidents rise. As stated in a 2007 report in the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly 20 percent of serious car crash injuries involve a sleepy driver—and that's independent of alcohol use.

7) Balance is off. Older folks who have trouble getting to sleep, who wake up at night, or are drowsy during the day could be 2 to 4.5 times more likely to sustain a fall, found a 2007 study in the Journal of Gerontology.

8) You may be more prone to depression. Adults who chronically operate on fumes report more mental distress, depression, and alcohol use. Adolescents suffer, too: One survey of high school students found similarly high rates of these issues. Middle schoolers, too, report more symptoms of depression and lower self-esteem.

9) Kids may suffer more behavior problems. Research from an April issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that children who are plagued by insomnia, short duration of sleeping, or disordered breathing with obesity, for example, are more likely to have behavioral issues like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

10) Death's doorstep may be nearer. According to three large studies published in the journals Sleep and the Archives of General Psychiatry, people over age 30 who slept five hours or less per night had approximately a 15 percent greater risk of dying—regardless of the cause—over the periods studied, which ranged from six to 14 years.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Big Daddy's Birthday

Today was my dad's birthday. Mom and Dad met up with us at Columbia Center to see a matinee of the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. It was action packed as expected. The movie theater was freezing. Why do they always keep it so cold in there? It is hard to enjoy a movie when you're on the verge of hypothermia.

Quantum of Solace

We headed over to Outback for dinner after the movie. The meal was delcious and they treated us to some ice cream to celebrate Dad's birthday. We gave Dad a couple DVDs. One was Across the Universe and the other was a documentary on the Cirque show Love. Both are full of great music which he will really enjoy.
Dinner at Outback
Birthday Gifts
Home made card by Carolyn
Mmmm dessert
Mission accomplished

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Nick at NVAC

This week is National Visual Analytics Consortium at Battelle. Nick is involved with NVAC giving demos and going to presentations and talks. Here is a glimpse of a few things going on. Thanks Ian Roberts for the photos.


Nick giving a demo of the Assessment Wall



There are a ton of people with laptops in this room.
Nick is the person standing in the upper right of the photo.



Nick in the lunch line

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Congratulations Julia and David!


Julia and David

Tonight when Julia came home from work she found dinner ready on the table and David singing her a song. As she listened to the lyrics David sang to her she realized David was singing about her becoming his wife and he got down on one knee and proposed to her. He called her parents and asked permission before proposing which was incredibly honorable. David and Julia are wonderful people. They are best friends and they complement eachother. I know they will take care of eachother. They are extremely considerate of eachother's feelings. They will no doubt in my mind have a wonderful future ahead of them. I have known Julia for more than five years now. She is like a little sister to me and a best friend too. I remember when David and Julia first got together. He has the whole package. He is sensitive, intelligent, creative and thoughtful. Julia is nuturing, kind, smart and a person who really listens. Most of all they are they most unselfish people you will ever meet. I am so happy for them. Congratulations Julia and David!

Julia and David at our wedding

Julia and David at Mt. Baker


This summer at Mt. Baker

Friday, November 7, 2008

Redesigning a Truck

I think it is really good to have hobbies and interests. It keeps the mind active and drive and passion for something. My dad's hobbies include tennis, ping pong, volleyball, watching sports, reading stories and remembering music from Vietnam's past. Nick's dad enjoys music, playing the guitar, and most of all working on cars and rebuilding them. His current project is to rat rod a GMC truck from the 1960s. He is combining his two interests of music and cars together.



Old license plates make up the bed of the truck

A guitar neck makes up the grill

Marvin and Nick, Father and Son

Snare drum covers the air filter

Esteban likes to ride on the lap of anyone
After visiting with Mom and Dad we went to the Christmas arts and craft show at the TRAC. It was just o.k. Nothing really spectacular this year. I think I was confusing this arts and crafts show with a different one that is later on this holiday season.

The three snowmen

I do love Pandas

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Biking to Starbucks and Barnes and Noble on a Fall Morning

Every Sunday morning we like to read the newspaper and grab a Starbucks. This morning we decided to bike down to the Starbucks at the mall. We stopped at the gas station and bought a newspaper and then continued down the road. The trees lining the road were beautiful. It is definitely Fall with the cool breezes and leaves on the ground. The whole way down is downhill. Which meant on the way back it was all uphill. So we took it nice and easy. We're a little too addicted to having the iphone and taking photos everywhere, but then it means blogging makes it easier too. We had a nice morning biking. Hopefully we can do it a few more times before the weather doesn't get too bad.
Biking down to Columbia Center's Starbucks

The trees were beautiful oranges, yellow and red
Biking back up the hill

Nick using his iphone and biking

Some sort of warped photo of us

Nick giving the stinkeye...hahhahhhaha