Tuesday, December 23, 2008

New car

My parents are finally getting a new car! After much heming and hahing they finally decided to go with the Honda Pilot. I believe that they want the cherry red color, but if the retailer doesn't have it in stock, they'll go with a gray. When my dad gets home tonight they will go pick it up. The big blue van finally went ca-put, or so we thought. My mom thinks she left an interior light on. So my dad managed to get about $140 for it towards the Pilot. I'm surprised he was able to even get that much. It's out with the old and in with the new for the new year.

It must be car buying season because Edward said that they're probably going to get Mrs. Levie a new Volvo V70 today too. They're off to go look at the Honda Odyssey, but he's pretty sure that they will stick with Volvo. They're pretty loyal to the company.

Monday, December 22, 2008

ice storm

Right before we left, literally the day we were flying out, we had an ice storm. My friend Nadeem and I went out to take pictures. If you have access to my facebook page these are also up there. Facebook makes it so much easier to post pictures than blogger does, hence the delayed posting of picture. I just realized that our internet in our house is much faster than in Troy so it doesn't take as long to post pictures.

Christmas presents

This Saturday I stayed home to help my mom make Christmas gifts to give out to our neighbors. After doing all of her Christmas shopping she realized that she had forgotten to get stuff for them. I had the idea to make chocolate covered pretzels from Robin Miller's daytime cooking show. I can't remember what it is called at the moment. It's the one where she makes a weeks worth of food. Quick Fixes or something like that. Anyway, so I saw her making the pretzels and they looked really easy and pretty. Then Christopher and I went out to dinner and the mall with Auntie Mary and Dante. When we were in Sweet Factory I saw chocolate pretzels! I didn't look to see how much they were, but I was like "I can make these for much cheaper, I'm sure."

I also had seen in a Woman's Day magazine some easy to make chocolate covered marshmallows with peppermint. We added that to the little treat bag too. I put three marshmallows per skewer. I think they turned out pretty well. All in all it was a very fun project, but it took me almost 4.5 hours to do 11 packets.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's been a while 2

Ah, it's relaxation time! School is finally over and I'm home! This also means that I have more time to blog and read blogs, which hasn't happened in the last few months. The semester was rough for us. With Edward's Uncle Walter passing, his mommy's diagnosis, work, school, getting sick, advanced projects and foreign students who don't know what plagiarism means, it's been our roughest yet. Hallelujah, it's all over. We've made some great friends from Edward's program and they helped us get through. I started making Sunday feasts for us so that we can all sit around and have a nice meal before cramming in reading and homework. Of course, I would be trying to read two to three full length plays by Monday evening. That didn't work out so well. But being the way I am, I was able to participate and get my opinion out there. Hopefully he'll give me a good grade. If he doesn't, well there's always the summer class, which is a writing course. I'm supposed to graduate in May, but I'd love take the class. By the by, I've finished my advanced project if anyone would care to read it. I worked pretty hard on it, but it definitely can use a lot more work.

I love my job and the people who work there. I'm a little sad that I'm not going to be in the office until mid January. Being in the office is the best part of working with Celery. When I'm sitting at my desk at home it's not the same. We skype one another so that it's like we're sitting in the office together, but it's still not the same. I miss my Celery folk already.

I suppose a lot has been going on with us, but I think it's too much for me to lay down all at one time. It's mostly been school, hockey, friends, parties, work and more school. Our Thanksgiving turned out great and now I think I'm ready to take on Christmas with the Chew side of the family. We'll see how that goes.

Well, kids. I think that's about it for now. I should be able to blog much more, though I really don't know if I'll have that much to say since I sit in my room working all day. ...me not having anything to say. Now that's something to laugh at. TTFN or as my mommy would say "(ta ta for now)".

Monday, November 17, 2008

Picture post

Since I don't have all that much time, I'm going to do another picture post. This way you can all see what's sort of been happening. We've been having a lot of Sunday night dinners and I've been testing my pumpkin pie and pecan pie making skills. I also made a pumpkin cheesecake tonight to take to a dinner at Neil's after work. (Neil is my boss.) I love working at Celery. Well the people I work with anyways.

These are mostly pictures of Emmy, but she has been very cute lately.

These are the kind that I'll be sending home for Thanksgiving.

Food! Glorious food!
I guess it's a good thing that cooking and baking is stress relief for me.

Price Chopper's recipe for Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie from Bitman's How to Cook Everything

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Mexican Lasagna

Chicken and bacon burgers adapted from RR. I can't find the link anymore, but it's on FoodNetwork somewhere.

She had just had a bath and she always gets very hyper afterwards.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Mrs. Levie

Hello everyone. As you have probably noticed, I haven't been posting much lately. We've been having a difficult time over here. After we got back from Georgia, Mrs. Levie was admitted to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing. We later found out that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although Edward and I are not religious, we hope that you all will pray for Mrs. Levie. I've pasted Julie's formal announcement below.

Dear friends and family,

I just wanted to write everyone a quick note about my mom's recent hospitalization.

On Sunday, October 12 she was admitted to the hospital due to fluid build-up in her chest, which had caused her discomfort and difficulty breathing for a long time. Her health began to deteriorate rapidly over the last few months to the point that she was unable to walk, stand, or even speak without wheezing and struggling to breathe. A group of her friends (along with her pastor) confronted her that Sunday and urged her to seek medical treatment. Without that intervention, she would probably not be with us today.

The root of her breathing problem appears to be advanced breast cancer, which has spread to her lungs and bones. She has now been in the hospital for over 3 weeks and she will have to remain there until the fluid build-up in her chest has been mediated. She may undergo a surgical procedure later this week to remove the malfunctioning pleural cavity so that her left lung can work at full capacity once again. (A handful of other treatments have been tried, but to no avail.)

Her weekly chemotherapy treatments began last Monday. We're all hopeful that these treatments will do their magic and halt the spread of cancer. We're also hopeful that she'll be able to come home soon (until then we're busy readying the house for the possibility of wheelchair accessibility and sit-down showering).

The support from my mom's Livermore friends has been amazing--she actually had so many visitors her first week in the hospital that she complained to me about not having time for a nap!

As you know, my mom *loves* receiving short notes and cards in the mail. If you would like to send her a get-well-soon note you can mail it to my parents' house in Livermore.

My entire family would benefit from the power of positive thinking and prayer from all of you right now. My mom needs "get well" wishes while the rest of our family could use prayers for concentration on our regular work/school duties.

Thanks in advance for keeping my mom in your thoughts,
Julie (Levie) Bower

Julie C. Bower

So now that you know what has been going on in the past month, you can all understand why I have not been posting. I pretty much think about Mrs. Levie, school and what we're going to have for dinner. It is not a happy time for us even though hockey has started and we have a new group of friends to hang out with. We're just hoping to make it through the rest of school so that we can come home.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Picture Post

Since it's been a stressful two weeks Edward got me this little African Violet to cheer me up.

Rolando, Nadeem, Edward and Roshan...boy Rolando sure is in a lot of pictures.

Me, Sara, Rolando and Maggie.

Our friend Rolando.

Emmy never fails to help me study.

Learning through osmosis.

The cutest picture ever.

We had a Mexican themed dinner party for a friend of ours last weekend. With all of the left overs from burritos and tacos I made this awesome nacho plate. It was almost as good as back when Juni and I used to share them in Riverside, though not quite the same because Juni wasn't here to share them with me.

A semi-homemade pie. The only thing homemade about it was that I assembled it and put it in the oven.

Friday, October 24, 2008

It's been a while

I know I haven't posted in a while, but it's been very hectic over here. With work and school I've been very stressed out. I will hopefully post something that actually has content soon.

Monday, October 06, 2008


If you hadn't already heard, we're down in Georgia because Edward's Uncle Walter passed away on Thursday afternoon. We made the drive down here on Friday afternoon and arrived on Saturday evening. The wake and ceremony were tearful, but we are trying to have a good time here. After the funeral today we went back to Annette's house for lunch. Then, we went fishing down at Chip and Kathy's pond. I actually caught a few fish! It was a small step up from the fish farm that my Baba took me to years and years ago, but it makes me think that I can actually go fishing with Edward some time. I think that Chip's pond was giving me a false sense of reality, but I'll live with it. It actually made fishing fun.

Right now it is raining and Julie is loving it. Since we get rain all of the time in Troy, I'm a little used to/tired of it. I think today we will be going to help Annette clear out her house so that she can move to South Carolina where Nancy lives. It's good weather to be inside.

...Okay, so I let almost a week pass between now and the first two paragraphs of this blog. In that time I got a hair cut, Emmy decided to go on an adventure and cross the highway to look for us at Uncle Walter's farm (we were staying at Chip and Kathy's farm), she jumped through the window of my car so that we wouldn't leave her again, we went to Rock City and Ruby Falls, spent lots of time with the family, and are now in Atlanta visiting Tim (our friend from UCR).

On Wednesday Julie and I got hair cuts at Creative Images with Lebron. I really like the way that he cuts my hair. I got my last cut from him when we came down during the summer so it was just about time to get another cut. Julie and I actually showed up an hour early by accident because we got our times mixed up. She was supposed to get her cut on Wednesday and I was scheduled for Thursday. We ended up both going on Wednesday because we wanted to go touring on Thursday. When we told them that we'd just cancel my appointment Lebron and his staff were able to squeeze me in. That was quite nice and they did a great job. (I feel like I'm writing a review for them.) I really like our haircuts. They are low maintenance, but still very cute.

While we were off getting our hair done, Edward and Davie went to get new headlights for my car and an oil change. When we got back to Chip's farm we were in for a story. Apparently, when we left Emmy with Chip and Mr. Levie our darling little girl was distressed and tried to follow us. She managed to make her way down to Uncle Walter's farm, which is about 1/4- 1/2 a mile away. We think that she went through the corn field path that we had walked on the day before and crossed right in front to Uncle Walter's farm gate. Now, the street isn't very busy, but it is a highway so she could have gotten very hurt. We hope, hope, hope that all of the training paid off and she sat before she crossed the road. Chip said that he noticed that she was gone about 10-12 minutes after we left so she must have figured that we were over at the other farm and tried to follow us. Ray, one of the workers around the farm, saw her trotting around the house and told Chip. He went down with his truck and brought her back. For some reason she didn't want to get out of his truck after he brought her home. I think it might have been because she knows that when she's in a car that we always come back to get her. When we heard this we thought it was really funny/cute, but it did scare us too. Julie was going to take her in to get wiped down (she was muddy from the corn field) while we went down to the other farm to drop off some food. Emmy saw that we were going to leave again and promptly turned around and jumped into the car through the window. I practically had to flatten myself against the seat of the car so that she wouldn't whack me. She apparently did not want us to leave her.

On Thursday we left Emmy in the crate and took off for Chattanooga, TN. We went to see Rock City and Ruby Falls. Rock City was pretty cool. There were lots of rocks... Ruby Falls however, was slightly disappointing. I guess it was so hyped up with billboards and stuff that I thought that it would be much bigger. During dinner that night I described it as a giant peeing through a hole. I think I imagined an underground Niagara Falls or something. The tour guide built it up to be something spectacular also. Although it is the tallest underground waterfall, it didn't really look like much. I guess I was just expecting a lot more. I really liked the lights and water though. I love it when people put lights to water. I just like lights in general, but water added to it is a bonus.

Woops, slightly off centered. Hehe

I think that it's a pretty well known fact that Emmy is not a fan of other dogs inside the house. Buttons, Chip and Kathy's boxer, really wanted to play with Emmy. She didn't even get the hint when Emmy growled at her.

Testament of Emmy's dislike for other dogs around her pack.

We are currently in Atlanta now visiting our friend Tim from college. We all went together to a tailgate party for the Georgia Tech football game today. Emmy and I walked back to his apartment and slept until they called around 6pm. After that, Emmy and I went on an adventure to find a Pho place while they went to a volleyball game. I have to say, I think I enjoyed my Pho way more than I would have enjoyed the game. It was soooooo good. I think this will hold me over until Christmas.

Tomorrow we're going to leave Atlanta pretty early so that we can get as much driving in as we can. The plan is that we'll drive all day tomorrow and then visit Josie Monday afternoon on our last leg of our trip. I'm not really looking forward to the drive, but I do really need to do some reflecting about my project. Long car rides are good for this. I need to have half of it done by next week! EEK!