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Saturday, April 29, 2006


he really, genuinely wants what’s best for me

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he can say just the right thing

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Kent Station

I must say I've been rather impressed with Kent lately.Kent is one of those massive sleeper communities where people live, but they don't hang out there- until lately.

I don't know who is responsible for creating the Kent Station, but I think it's a great idea.Rather than just putting in a mall, they designed a living area in downtown Kent.It's built adjacent to the transit center so there's plenty of parking as well as access by bus and train. The area is designed to encourage walking and the central plaza has a water feature and a large outdoor fireplace.I counted 10 restaurants including the juice bars, several clothing stores and of course the movie theatre.

It's always full of people. Last night the place was hopping

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Shut up and pass the Oxycontin

Yesterday morning I managed to throw my back out of whack while putting my hair up in a ponytail. Why couldn't it have been something interesting like bungee jumping or barrel racing or wrestling alligators or having sex? No, apparently the simple act of putting my hair in a pony tail is enough to throw my back into spasms and reduce me to acting like a pouty 4-year old. Ok, I did that before my back started acting up, but that's another story...

So I put on a brave face and drove to work like a champ. I had to cross seven sets of railroad tracks. Then on my way to the chiropractor I crossed seven sets of railroad tracks to get to his office. After the visit I crossed seven sets of railroad tracks to get back to my office, and then again to get back home. Never gave those railroad tracks much though before yesterday - but now my back tenses up again at just the thought of crossing them, thump, shimmy, thump. Half of those tracks are never used.

The chiropractor helped a little, but of course I have to go back again tomorrow. I know my back pain is not as bad as many people get - I mean I could actually get up and walk around... But walking consists of putting one foot in front of the other, and then the next, and then the next... every ounce of energy is concentrated on each movement which puts someone who ordinarily has trouble chewing bubble-gum and walking at the same time in quite a quandry when she's trying to put one foot in front of the other while remembering where she's going.

No, I didn't get oxycontin. We're trying to get pregnant so those kinds of goodies are out of the question. Nothing more exciting than tylenol for this girl. Now, back to beddy-bye.

Monday, April 24, 2006


I got out of class 2 hours early and as I was walking back to meet up with Mr.H I saw the most amazing sunset. We made a snap decision and decided to lickety-split down to Salty's on Redondo Beach for dinner. Ordinarily we cant afford to eat there but we just got paid and all the bills were paid and we were just really feeling impulsively optimistic what with the beautiful sunset and all. (Yay for camera phones, by the way. I snapped both of these pictures with my phone.)

So we wind down the hill to the beach as as we come in to view of the sea-wall it's lined with couples holding hands and making out. It's just all to cute and we both let out an involuntary "Aawwwwwwwwwww."

Salty's is worth the visit for the bread alone, but they seated us right up at the window with this amazing view, and after the sun went down we watched the jumping fish and the scuba divers ascending out of the water - too cool. The food was amazing - we both went for the special - halibut over wilted spinach and red potatoes with a delicate hollandaise. Yummy! I love being impulsive.


It's been over 70 for the past three days in a row - and the first weekend without rain this year - causing Seattlites to cry "What is that great shining orb in the sky?!?"

Today my office was filled with red noses and for the first time this year - not because of the ever circulating and evolving flu.

How odd so many more than usual called in sick today...

Unfortunately I have to go straight from work to class, and I wont be done with that till 10. Not that I spent much time playing outside this weekend anyways. Nope - big old sunbeam right plumb in the middle of my bed and I curled up and napped in it just like a cat.

Sunday, April 23, 2006


he’s a musical genius – and he loves me even though I’m completely tone deaf.

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Hooked on a Feeling

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My brother sent me this video - It makes me giggle and I can't stop singing this song.

I think I need professional help.


rather than lead or follow, he walks beside me.

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The Constant Gardener

We got a new delivery from netflix last night: The Constant Gardener, The Aristocrats, and some Pride Fight or UFC thing for Mr.H. (I never check my queue so I never know what's coming next from netflix - it's kinda fun that way.)

The first thing that struck me about The Constant Gardener was the photography. Stunning. I could turn the sound off and watch this movie over and over again just for the view.

But it's worth watching again for the story too. Based on the book by John le Carre, the story takes place mostly in Kenya and follows a widower's search for the truth after the murder of his driven, passionate, and secretive wife. Superpowers in sweetheart deals with big business, conspiracies to use humans in undeveloped countries as gunea pigs, betrayals, and weak men in powerful positions keep things moving, but the real story is a man learning to understand his wife after her death.

Love. at any cost.

See it.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

A new look at Pop

Originally uploaded by coffeejitters.

My new boss saw this picture of Pop and me on my desk and said "Hey, how did you get Larry 'Bud' Melman to walk you down the aisle?"

Made me take a whole new look at my dad
- and Bud Melman.

Although, I've got to admit, I think my dad is a whole lot better looking.

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Friday, April 21, 2006


he can make mutton-chop side-burns look good.

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Deep Sea 3D

I got off work a little early today so I met up with Mr.H at Uptown Espresso (highly recommended by the way). We putzed around Belltown for a while trying to decide what to do and then wandered over to the Pacific Science Center to check it out. As it turns out, the displays were all closed (apparently some kind of kids camp/overnighter going on) so we decided to check out the IMAX instead.
The film was narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, and Danny Elfman did the music. I am seldom disappointed by any movie scored by Danny Elfman.

I had never been to an IMAX film before - the size of the screen is astounding. And this one was 3D, so they handed us funky little glasses as we entered the theater. It took a little bit for my eyes to adjust to the 3D, but the film was stunning. I was completely riveted, although there were a few moments where I wished we were sharing this with my 6 year old nephew (I can just picture him with his mouth wide open in amazement). I usually complain that films are too long, but this one is 45 minutes. At the end we both though "that's it?" We wanted more. All in all, I would recommend the film.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

so I married and artist...

M. H created this painting with a few cans of spray paint. He insists it is not a self portriat - but I think it's amazing - and it looks just like him.

Opinions of the Universe

I opened the freezer looking for something to warm up for dinner and a tub of ice cream landed on my foot.

I think the universe wants me to eat ice cream.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


I love his laugh.

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he’s seen so much in his life but he still hasn’t lost that childlike sense of awe and wonder.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006


he wont let me forget that I’m sexy

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This afternoon we stepped out of the store and saw a rainbow. He immediately reached for his camera and snapped a picture. I love that he valued the rainbow.

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Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

We spent today at the zoo - the weather was psychotic alternating between sun, wind and torential downpours - which actually made for a good day because the zoo wasn't crowded at all. Because of the rain, we spent most of our time in the aquariums - but that was ok, we had a blast.

The two standouts of the day were the sharks - too cool to have those guys at eye level - and the belugas who were much more playful than I had expected. I also enjoyed the big old walrus - Up close he was so much bigger than I imagined - bigger than they seemed when viewing them from a ship.

I cant wait for the next visit from Max and Ilona, we will definitely have to bring them here.

Friday, April 14, 2006

identify 100 things that make me happy (86-100)

86. pasta
87. when we say the same thing at the same time
88. when my parents tell me they’re proud of me
89. memories of my childhood90. tax refunds
91. when my husband is so happy and excited about something that he can’t sit still
92. having a big family that I can count on
93. dipping grilled cheese sandwiches in cream of tomato soup
94. getting things in the mail (other than bills – maybe that’s why I love netflix so much)
95. when we go to a persian restaurant and my husband orders in farsi
96. giant fluffy towels97. strawberries, cream, chocolate, and godiva liqueur blended with ice and topped with real whipped cream
98. seeing orcas
99. daydreaming together
100. holding hands

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Thursday, April 13, 2006


the way he puts his hand on the small of my back when we’re walking together

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identify 100 things that make me happy (41-85 )

41. real whipped cream – not from a can
42. art that grabs me and pulls me back to it
43. watching movies
44. flow – anytime I’m doing something and so “in the moment” that I temporarily lose track of everything else
45. being out on the water
46. a beautiful view – especially up in the mountains
47. wildflowers
48. waterfalls
49. looking at the stars
50. the northern lights
51. finding the perfect gift for someone
52. greeting cards
53. campfires
54. saturday morning breakfast with my husband
55. solitude
56. quiet
57. my niece and nephews
58. walking on the beach
59. those moments when I know exactly what to do and how to get it done (happens less frequently than you might think)
60. being in a very old space – where you feel enveloped in history
61. a really good lipstick – perfect shade, texture…
62. finding an amazing restaurant
63. being the person people go to when they want a suggestion for a good place to eat in the area
64. having a nice balance of adventure and safety
65. making snow angels
66. Mariner’s games
67. exploring
68. taking a road just because I want to see where it goes
69. spontaneous adventures
70. the tail end of a road trip, late at night when were in the car together – each of us lost in our own thoughts – but completely relaxed watching the lights of other cars and distant cities come and go as we make our way back home
71. a really good steak
72. apple pie with sharp cheddar cheese
73. anticipating christmas
74. the orchestra warming up
75. spending time with my family
76. falling leaves – and in the spring, falling blossoms
77. the smell of baking bread
78. finding a $20 in an old jacket in the back closet
79. taking a class
80. being challenged
81. getting lost in a book
82. knowing I made a difference
83. a new idea that I never considered before
84. being carded
85. chocolate – I cant believe it took me this long to come up with this one!

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his ability to overcome obstacles

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Johari Window


(known to self and others)

intelligent, loving, reflective, witty

Blind Spot

(known only to others)

able, accepting, adaptable, bold, calm, caring, cheerful, dependable, friendly, giving, idealistic, independent, introverted, kind, knowledgeable, logical, observant, patient, relaxed, responsive, sensible, silly, sympathetic, trustworthy, wise


(known only to self)

complex, spontaneous


(known to nobody)

brave, clever, confident, dignified, energetic, extroverted, happy, helpful, ingenious, mature, modest, nervous, organised, powerful, proud, quiet, religious, searching, self-assertive, self-conscious, sentimental, shy, tense, warm

Dominant Traits

54% of people agree that judyhaley is intelligent

All Percentages

able (45%) accepting (9%) adaptable (27%) bold (9%) brave (0%) calm (18%) caring (18%) cheerful (9%) clever (0%) complex (0%) confident (0%) dependable (18%) dignified (0%) energetic (0%) extroverted (0%) friendly (18%) giving (9%) happy (0%) helpful (0%) idealistic (36%) independent (27%) ingenious (0%) intelligent (54%) introverted (18%) kind (18%) knowledgeable (18%) logical (27%) loving (27%) mature (0%) modest (0%) nervous (0%) observant (27%) organised (0%) patient (9%) powerful (0%) proud (0%) quiet (0%) reflective (9%) relaxed (18%) religious (0%) responsive (9%) searching (0%) self-assertive (0%) self-conscious (0%) sensible (9%) sentimental (0%) shy (0%) silly (9%) spontaneous (0%) sympathetic (9%) tense (0%) trustworthy (36%) warm (0%) wise (9%) witty (9%)

Created by the Interactive Johari Window on 19.4.2006, using data from 11 respondents.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006


he’ll put his coat over my shoulders and carry my books when we’re walking back from class late at night. old school.

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identify 100 things that make me happy (16-40)

16. tulips
17. anything that’s just out of the dryer
18. dancing alone in the living room when no-one else can see me
19. really cool journals
20. taking a good picture – one that I’m proud of
21. giggling
22. tickling toddlers
23. a nice peppery Shiraz
24. being around someone who is really enthusiastic – about just about anything
25. really good pens
26. puppy dogs
27. window shopping at really cool funky stores
28. making someone else laugh
29. making someone else happy
30. Christmas
31. crusty bread and fresh butter
32. validation
33. everytime the little credit card machine says “ACCEPTED” when I go shopping
34. a freshly made bed
35. when the tree outside my bedroom window bursts into bloom
36. making progress
37. tiramisu
38. ferry boats
39. the smell of a baby’s head
40. being heard – feeling like what I meant really sunk in.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

identify 100 things that make me happy (6-15)

6. laughing so hard I have to recover from it
7. acomplishing something – checking something off my list
8. hugs
9. preparing a really good meal
10. driving on a country road with very little traffic and beautiful scenery
11. sex
12. snuggling
13. curling up in a big comfy easy chair in front of the fireplace with a good book and a cup of coffee
14. getting a massage
15. those days when my hair looks good

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Monday, April 10, 2006

#1 - 17

17. he’s the first to offer his seat to an elderly person on a crowded bus or waiting area
16. he says “thank you” all the time – he’s really good about that
15. he’s romantic – he thinks of little things that he knows will light up my day
14. he’s an excellent cook
13. he treats me with respect
12. he doesn’t give up
11. his face lights up when I walk in the room
10. he makes my world bigger - it’s easy for me to be small, but his ideas and the things he says really challenge me and broaden my horizons.
9. he has the most amazingly long eyelashes.
8. An hour before our wedding he was in the shower singing his heart out
7. He’s not afraid to fail. He doesnt worry about looking foolish the first time he tries something new.
6. he believes in me
5. He has amazing healing hands – he can make my pain go away just by laying his hands on me.
4. he makes me laugh out loud every day
3. on cold days he warms my bathrobe in the dryer while I’m in the shower – then wraps me in the warm fuzziness when I get out of the shower.
2. he inspires me – when I’m around him or even thinking about him I start feeling more creative – where’s my paintbursh?
1. he makes up silly songs and sings them to me

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Friday, April 07, 2006

identify 100 things that make me happy (1-5)

1. Spending time with my husband
2. Spending time with the rest of my family
3. The cute things kid’s say
4. Making someone else happy
5. Eating really good food

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