Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bowling Queens in town

Feeling patriotic today, we went to cheer the Malaysian team who were in town for the Queens USBC Bowling tournament from April 28 - May 2 at the AMC Bowling Center in Matthews.
Malaysia was represented by 7 contestants and Shalin Zulklifli and Esther Cheah were one of them. I told Jason that Shalin is the bowling icon in Malaysia. It would be like watching Michael Jordan play basketball.
It was easy to identify the Malaysian team because they were all wearing orange jerseys with a "Team Malaysia" logo at the back.
Other foreign entrants were from Singapore, Canada, Japan, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Venezuela.
The Queens feature a field of more than 300 bowlers who will compete for a $200,000 prize fund and $30,000 first prize. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious and hardest tournaments to win.

This was in the news on the USBC website this evening :

Zulkifli leads contingent of Malaysian bowlers in USBC Queens
MATTHEWS, N.C. - World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame member Shalin Zulkifli and her teammates on the Malaysian national team came to the 2007 USBC Queens to compete against the best the world has to offer.

It will be televised live for the first time by ESPN2 May 2 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Who knows, you may be able to see us as ardent supporters holding a Malaysian flag on the backseats. And I'll get my five seconds of fame :)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Trouble moment


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The rules of the Fridge

The rules :
The last person who finishes something from the fridge (or the pantry) has to press the panic button and write the item down on the notepad that is stuck on the fridge. So that item can be replenished when we go to the grocery store next.

Unfortunately, that rule is never obeyed.

I had to make my Amish bread last night. The directions specified you have to make the bread on the 10th day. I fear if I did not, it would explode or the yeast would multiply into this gargantuan mass of fungi blubber that would take over the entire household. So I mixed in 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of ... wait!! where's the bottle of milk in the fridge???
Honey, did you finish the milk??

Fuming, I rushed to the grocery store and got back in time for American Idol. (Will someone please tell LaKisha to stop shouting when she sings?)

So now I have a gallon of milk.

I decided to add some apples, quinoa, flaxseed and nuts into my Amish bread. I knew I had a can of mixed nuts sitting in the pantry and I was saving it for this bread. But no, tonight everything decides to vanish. And the husband said he doesn't remember eating it. I guess we'll just blame it on Trouble... or the mysterious pantry thief.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

My First Cookie contest

I spent all night baking pineapple cookies. All 50 of them and trying to stop the husband from eating them.
This morning I took 24 of those cookies to the Matthews Farmers Market for the Matthews Community Farmers' Market Prizewinning Cookie Contest. There were 25 contestants and I was almost salivating looking at all those yummy delicious cookies.
I didn't win but I made it to the top five! I am pretty pleased with myself because the only ever cookies I have ever baked were those ready-made Pilsbury or Nestle Toll House cookies.
The Creme De Menthe Chocolate cookie won. That was the best cookie I have ever tasted! Yumm!!

Judging time...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I don't like this feeling

I walk into a room of 25 people or so. Not big enough to go unnoticed, and not small enough to be noticed. Everyone was already in their "favorite people groups" and talking away. I go out to grab a chair for myself and the only place left to put my chair was beside the door.
I feel like a mute. I feel awkward. VERY awkward. Just watching everyone talk and wishing the floor would open and swallow me up. I start to fiddle.
Just then , someone cracks a joke about me. And all 25 people turned their heads and laughed AT me. It wasn't nice.
I really wished the floor had opened and swallowed me up.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Yard .... oh yard !

Here's what the husband was ranting about in his blog.

Before :

After :

Thursday, April 12, 2007

A loud awakening

Sometime in the middle of last night, I was woken up by this loud rattling sound on the balcony. I thought I was dreaming of being in a paintball war zone. But this was too loud. I can't be dreaming.
Then, Jason woke up and rushed to the balcony door and called me over.

Wha?? Meteors? Are we gonna die??

Turns out we had a hailstorm. The ice pellets that fell on our balcony were as big as a quarter coin, or about the size of a Malaysian 20 cents.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


I had a conversation with the Director of Delivery today and she informed me that my boss is no longer with the company and that she will be taking over our team with immediate effect.
This is no April Fool's joke.
I am still in shock.
I have no idea if I will still have a job.. and if I do, for how long.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The weekend getaway

We finally had our much awaited vacation.
On Friday morning, we drove to Cherokee, a Native American Reservation about 3.5 hours from Charlotte. There are about 13,400 Eastern Band of Cherokee members, most of whom live on the Reservation. Properly called the Qualla Boundary, the Reservation is slightly more than 56,000 acres held in trust by the federal government specifically for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

We spent an easy Friday afternoon, strolling the streets and shops in Cherokee.

Saturday morning, we woke up and found snow!! And it was darn cold!! Temperatures up there never got warmer than 35F (2C). The nights were between 18-22F (-5C). We didnt get snow on Christmas but snow on Easter??
We wanted to drive through the Great Smoky Mountains and across the Tennessee border (about an hour) to Gatlinburg. Unfortunately, we saw signs on the road that US441 was closed to traffic due to bad weather conditions and a Park Ranger told us that US441 had about 6 inches of snow on the mountains so they had to close the roads on the parkway. We were determined to get to Gatlinburg so we took a different route and a much longer drive there and still saw plenty of snow on the way. It was a good thing we took Jason's truck and not my car. The truck has better tires.

Gatlinburg is nestled in the valley of the Little Pigeon River’s West Fork and surrounded on three sides by the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The town is only 2 miles long and 5 miles wide. Unfortunately, the nine million annual visitors have transformed this picturesque town into a tourist trap. It looked like a replica of Myrtle Beach except being on a mountain. There's Ripley's Believe It Not Museum, Ripley's Haunted House, Ripley's Aquarium, Hard Rock Cafe and a dozen shops all selling the same t-shirts and souvenirs.

We took the aerial tramway up Ober Gatlinburg which is a Ski Resort. No skiing because there was no snow up there. The view from the tram was rather awesome.
Leaving Gatlinburg, we wanted to see if US441 was back in business again so I called the Visitor Center, but somehow I ended up calling the Park Ranger's emergency number. Anyways, I was told US441 is open, or atleast I think that was what he said in his deep Southern drawl.

We didn't make it to Dollywood . You'll find out why later.

Once back on NC soil, I had this itch to go walking on some nature trails. Heck, we were on the Great Smoky Mountains for crying out loud! So Jason and I got all bundled up and took a short (very short) walk on the Oconaluftee river trail. It was soo cold I told Jason if he saw my fingers on the path, please help me pick them up. My hands and face was so numb I could barely feel them. The view was just breathtaking and everything was so serene. Now, that's what I call a vacation!

We also wanted to buy this neat vacation home. It comes with live fowl! Free chicken and eggs!! :)
Then we saw a sign that said it was a Mountain Farm Museum. Ahh well.
Here's where we spent most of our hours (and money) for 2 nights.... at the Harrahs Casino in Cherokee, hence losing $95 between the two of us, which was equivalent to the entrance fee to Dollywood.

Happy Easter!

The Easter Bunny cake that my mom-in-law made.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Record-shattering cold approaches

A chance to set the record for the coldest temperature ever in the month of April for Charlotte -- on Easter Sunday morning.

And we're heading to the mountains this weekend !!! Woooot!

If you don't hear from us next week, call 911 and tell them there is a high possibility two crazy humans have turned into an ice clump on the Great Smoky Mountains, somewhere near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Till then... Happy Easter!!!

Monday, April 02, 2007

He can say my name.. well, sort of

Wrenn was on the phone today and he said "Hi Derdedette"
It made my day :)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The weekend do

We had The Carans over on Friday night. On Saturday morning, we all walked down to the clubhouse for the neighborhood Easter Egghunt. Athena was all out hunting for eggs and putting them into her cute little pink hat, while Marcus lounged on mummy Elizabeth.
At noon, we all drove over to the Lefebvre's mansion for Elise's 1st birthday party. The party was held at their deck at the back of the house which was absolutely gorgeous. It was built like a dock. Brian was the grill master, diligently feeding us with hamburgers, wings and hot dogs and Sophie was ever the perfect hostess who had everything perfectly themed. The highlight was ofcourse the birthday cake and the cute little birthday girl. I posted some pictures yesterday.

After the party, Jason and I went home to run some errands and do some housework. Around 5pm, we proceeded to Brian & Sophie's to hang out with them and the Carans. Instead of going our usual route, the beloved husband decided to take a scenic drive. What was supposed to be a 20 minutes drive became an hour long journey all over kingdom come. We took a few wrong turns and ended up in Monroe and Mineral Springs, and saw lots of horses and cows and pastures.
We ordered pizza and played a new game that the Carans brought and came home around midnight.

I was really tired this morning and having spring allergies didn't help. But I managed to drag myself out of the house to get my car washed and went to the nursery in Indian Trail to buy some plants (Jason had to go into the office today) and spent the day gardening and inhaling more pollen.