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Sunday, November 22, 2009

It was Eleven Years Ago, Today... 

Dick and I never celebrated any anniversary dates until after we got married, but I always remembered that the first time we met was the Sunday before Thanksgiving, 1998.

We met through our mutual friend, Alice, who passed our phone numbers to each of us, and we went on what I like to say was the first and only blind date I ever went on.

We met at the Tully's on Castro Street (at 4:00pm), but after Dick found out that I don't actually drink coffee, we made our way across the street to The Patio Restaurant where we hung out for a couple of hours. I remember we talked about Macs vs. PCs, Star Wars vs. Star Trek... you know, things every couple talks about on their first date. :)

I never really paid attention to the exact date that we met - only that it was the Sunday before Thanksgiving. I just looked at my calendar to see what date it actually was, and what do you know? It was Sunday, November 22nd! :)

So, today in every way, is the 11th Anniversary of the day that I met the man who would later become my husband. &heart;

It's too bad the Tully's is no longer there. It's now a cigar/smoke store. The Patio has been closed for years, but has been under construction lately, and is threatening to open again soon. :)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kitten Ball!! 

Dick and Noe are playing "Kitten Ball" - in which Dick does the Heisman Pose and Noe does her best impersonation of a football. ;)

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Friday, November 13, 2009

The Case of "The Mystery Gift" 

A couple of weeks ago, right after Dick and I returned home from our vacation, Dick received a package in the mail (or was it UPS?). In it was a copy of the book "One Fantastic Ride".

Apparently, this book was just published. We had first seen it while we were in one of the Sports stores on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill while we were there in October. Dick picked it up, read through it a bit, and looked through the photos. He considered buying it there and then, but remembered that we were on vacation, and that it would add to the weight of our luggage.

I reminded him that the holidays were coming up, and that this would make a great suggestion. When we saw his family that night, we mentioned the book, and one of his sisters told us not to buy it.

We were home for only a day or so before he received it in the mail.

It came only in the cardboard box - no invoice with the sender's name, and no gift card. We figured one of his family members were really on top of things, so Dick emailed his Dad and his two sisters, thanking them, and asking which one of them sent it.

No one responded.

So, we figured, that maybe they forgot to respond?

I was exchanging emails with one of my sister-in-laws, Kathy, today, and remembered to ask if she had sent the book. She said she couldn't take credit. She asked Meg (Dick's other sister) and found out that she hadn't sent it either. Kathy suggested that perhaps her daughter, Adrianne had sent it to Dick, and to ask her.

I emailed Adrianne and asked her if she wanted to claim the title of "gift giver" but she said it wasn't her, either. She suggested that perhaps the publisher had just heard how much Dick loves UNC. :)

That made me laugh, because when I mentioned the book to my parents a couple of weeks ago, they suggested that maybe the school sent it to Dick because they know how much he loves their basketball team. :)

So, it's still a mystery. Dick has had enough time now to read the entire book, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Does anyone want to take credit as the mystery gift sender?

Thank you to whoever it was!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Dick's Halloween Work Day 

Most people know that Halloween is Dick's favorite Holiday. He loves dressing up in costume, decorating the house, and all thing spooky and scary.

Each year, Dick's work place throws a huge Halloween Party for employees and their families. I started going last year. Since we don't get any trick-or-treaters at our house, this is my only chance to see lots of cute little kids dressed in costume.

A couple of years ago, Dick's admin, Kathy, appointed Dick as the Emcee of the Party - meaning he welcomes people, tells them the schedule of events, but most importantly - he gets to Emcee the kid's Halloween Parade!

They set up a little stage that each kid crosses as Dick announces what they're dressed as. It's pretty cute - you can tell that all the kids are always really excited when it's their turn to cross the stage.

This was the first time I've been able to watch Dick emcee the parade. I was so impressed! He knew so many of the names of the kid's costumes - Disney Princesses, Sesame Street characters, Power Rangers, Curious George, etc., Pretty impressive for a man without kids! (of course, he's a big kid at heart, which goes a long way!)

Pirate Dick

Starting the Party

The Costume Parade!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dick's Childhood Home: Part 2 

You may remember my post from August when we learned that Dick's childhood home was for sale. The house is in Cullowhee, NC, which is obviously quite far from San Francisco.

When we found out that we were going to be in Cullowhee, we checked to see if the listing was still up. It wasn't. :( We were a little bummed that we came so close to having a chance to see it.

Whenever we're in Cullowhee, we always drive around and go see Dick's old home. I know he's considered knocking on the door once or twice, but never did.

We drove by Thursday morning, and were surprised to see the "For Sale" sign still posted!

For Sale - Dick's Childhood Home

I wrote down the number of the listing agent to see if it would be possible to take a peek inside the house while we were in town. I left him a message, explaining the situation. I asked if it would be any trouble for us to see it - obviously, if it were a problem at all, we'd understand.

He was very nice - he said the house had sold, but would be closing in about a month still. The current owner still lived there, and she would be happy to have us come over at 9:30 Saturday morning.

Well, it turned out that the current owner (who is selling the house) is the same woman who had purchased it from Dick's father back in 1992. When we knocked on the door, she opened it with a smile, and asked if Dick was Richard Craddock's son. :)

Dick told him that he had lived in the house with his family from 1972 until he moved away to Chapel Hill in 1984. His Dad had stayed there until 1992.

She was very sweet - letting us walk around the house, taking photos to share with Dick's family. Dick told her stories about each of the rooms, and when the addition had been built. She showed us the different changes she had made, and told Dick how much she truly loved living there.

I took several photos (of course).

Dick standing on the new (to him) deck on the upstairs addition

This is the handwritten note that Dick's father had written and left for the new owner way back in 1992. It expains how various things in the house work. That owner had saved it all this time, and plans to pass it along to the new owners.

Dick standing in his childhood bedroom

One of the funniest moments of our visits happened when Dick was standing in the room which used to be his bedroom. The current owner's eyes lit up as she remembered something, and closed to door - on the back of the door was a decal from Duke University. It appears Dick was a Duke fan when he was a child - something he would never admit to now! :)

What a wonderful opportunity it was for Dick to have the chance to see his childhood house again. It's not something that many of us will ever have the chance to do.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Cullowhee: Day 2.5 

It was a beautiful day in Western Carolina today - literally beautiful! Low 60s, clear skys, and the leaves on all the big trees are all starting to turn to their gorgeous fall colors.

Dick and I woke up early so that he/we could sit in on a class in the computer science department at Western - it was on Internet Security and Ethics. Such a great class to offer - Dick told the students how relavant the topic is, and how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to take it in college. We listened to a bit of the lecture, then observed an arranged debate on software patents. Very cool.

We had a couple of hours before the next class that Dick wanted to observe, so we drove around the mountains of Cullowhee for a bit. I keep saying this, but it's SO pretty here! No rain today, and the skies were just a bit cloudy, but the trees are changing colors and it's simply an awe-inspiring site.

We drove to Bear Lake, which, apparently, is where Dick and his friends used to play hookey from school when the weather was nice. :) I could go on and on about how pretty it was, but I suppose a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll spare you from having to read 3,000 words. :)

As Dick went to his next class, I had a chance to have a nice lunch and a great visit with a dear friend, Kim Gruelle. Kim and I met through the Raggedy Ann community in 1992. We met at the Raggedy Ann and Andy Festival in Arcola, IL, in 1992, and at two more festivals over the next few years. We became fast friends. Kim lives near Cashiers, NC, which, in another example of serindipity, is only about 30 minutes away from Cullowhee - the small mountain town where Dick grew up! Each time Dick and I have come to visit the mountains, we have made it a point to visit Kim as well! Kim has also spent some time with us in San Francisco, on route to Hawaii.

We haven't seen each other in 5 years, so it was so nice to have a chance to get together and catch up.

Trina and Kim

I made it back in time for the Awards Ceremony for Western Carolina's College of Arts and Sciences' First Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony - of which Dick was one of 8 recipients.

Dick was amongst very good company - the accomplishments and careers of the other noted alumni were most impressive.

Dick being presented by the Head of the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department

The awards ceremony was followed by a nice reception where Dick had a chance to see and speak with some old professors and friends. What a very nice event and experience. I'm so glad that we were able to attend!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

So proud of my Hubby 

Actually, I'm always proud of my hubby, but I'm especially proud of Dick today.

We're in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where Dick grew up from 3rd grade through completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Western Carolina University.

Several weeks ago, Dick received an email from the department of Mathematics and Computer Science of Western. They were honoring him with the first annual Outstanding Alumni Award for their department.

Dick was surprised and honored to receive this award (and even confirmed with me that it wasn't SPAM). He was asked to come to the school during Homecoming week to attend an awards ceremony, a banquet and to give a presentation to the Computer Science students.

We had already planned our vacation to go to NYC, followed by a trip to Chapel Hill to visit his family. We had to switch some dates around, but we were able to rearrange our plans to include a side trip to the mountains to visit the school.

I'm so glad that we were able to do this.

Dick gave his presentation to the computer science and faculty this afternoon. I thought it went very well. He has been working on this presentation for a few weeks, and worked quite hard on it. Everyone seemed very engaged during his talks, and had lots of good questions afterwards.

We got a nice tour of the campus before Dick's presentation, which was very nice. Dick's father taught at the University, so Dick and his sisters practically grew up there. There were several new buildings and many changes since he attended, and it was very interesting talking with the professors about the department.

Tomorrow afternoon we will attend the awards presentation and banquet. In the morning and early afternoon, Dick will have an opportunity to attend some of the computer science classes. I know he's really enjoying this.

I'm so proud of my hubby. :)

PS: Dick is very humble, and would be embarassed to know that I'm blogging about this. I'm too proud of him not to!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dick! 

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband, Dick - the man who puts a smile on my face, and love in my heart every day that we're together.

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, and many, many more!


Monday, August 17, 2009

For Sale: Dick's Childhood 

Yours for only $209,000.00!

Dick's sister, Kathy, sent us an email this morning alerting us that their childhood home in Cullowhee, NC is on the market.


I asked him if he wanted to buy back his childhood.

I mean, how many people ever have the opportunity to do that?

"Buy back your childhood! Only $200K!"

That makes it sound like the deal of the century.

Here's the listing.

I always loved knowing that Dick grew up on Briar Patch Road.

Dick says it hasn't changed too much since he last saw it.

I think it's pretty neat to see photos of what your old house looks like years later.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sing that Funky Music, White Boy! 

This afternoon, quite out of the blue, Dick started to rap....

For Gangs, Clubs
And Nations
Causing Grief In
Human Relations
It's A Turf War
On A Global Scale
I'd Rather Hear Both Sides
Of The Tale
See, It's Not About Races
Just Places
Where Your Blood
Comes From
Is Where Your Space Is
I've Seen The Bright
Get Duller
I'm Not Going To Spend
My Life Being A Color

Halfway through, I was staring at him, stunned.

I had no idea where this had come from.

...and yet, he just kept going!

The song is "Black and White", by Michael Jackson.

So, it turns out that one of the bands that Dick used to be in used to play that song.

Dick said he often sang the backup lyrics (he played keyboard).
However, for this song, the backup lyrics turned out to be the rap!

Who knew?!

I love it when I learn something new about my hubby!

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Dick's Pai Gow Poker Hand 

(note the Fortune Bonus)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The view from my rear view mirror... 

I met Dick and Andy for lunch at the Cliff House after they finished playing their round of golf. (I'm still nursing tendinitis in both my arms, in case you're wondering why I wasn't playing.)

Dick and I drove separate cars on the way home - not very green, I know, but we came from two separate places. It's absolutely gorgeous in SF today - sunny, clear and high 70s. We drove home along Highway 1.

When I came to a stop light for a turning lane onto Sloat, I noticed that Dick was stopped immediately behind me. :)

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Dick playing Golf at Lincoln Park 

I'm kind of cheating, because I'm not actually there to take the photo, but Andy just posted this picture of Dick on the 17th hole at Lincoln Park.

What a great photo! The view doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Today is Dick's first attempt at playing an 18-hole course! I hope he enjoyed it!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Dick's Goodbye to Marcel 

Just when I thought I couldn't love my husband any more than I already did....

Dick wrote his own tribute to our beloved Marcel.

Goodbye, my Big Cat

I cried and smiled the entire time I read it.

We love you, Marcel.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Moustache March 

Yep, it's that time of the year again. (I was hoping he might forget.)
Let's see what happens this year....

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Monday, March 02, 2009

"I Don't Know Dick" 

I just had a friend invite me to join his network on LinkedIn. I have a LinkedIn account, but don't really use it much.

Anyway, as I accepted his invitation, I noticed a short list of names on the left side of "People you may know".

Lo and behold, one of them was "Dick Craddock".

Well, it turns out that I do indeed know Dick Craddock, so I clicked the "Invite" linked to have him join my LinkedIn network.

The next page that came up asked me "How do you know Dick?"

My choices:Um, none of these choices really apply, do they? I realize that LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so I suppose it would be inappropriate for them to have a "we dated" or a "we hooked up" option. I guess I could chose "Other", but that just seems to darned impersonal.

Now, I know that I've been with Dick long enough now to have heard all of the "Dick Jokes", but I have to admit, I still get the giggles when I read something like "I don't know Dick".

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day! 

(thanks to my Sis for pointing me to this site!)

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Dick practicing out on the Putting Green 


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Prom Picture! 

For some reason, we started to do prom picture poses with our friends when we were all in Hawaii last week.

This past weekend was Dick's Company's Holiday Party. They always have a photographer, and everyone always looks mildly stiff and posed. Dick and I decided to throw in another Prom Picture pose to lighten things up.

Trina & Dick
Winter Ball 2008

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Friday, December 05, 2008

We're Gonna Go Hawaiian! 

(does anyone else remember that Hawaiian Punch Jingle?)

We're on our way to Maui!!
Mike and Bunny are getting married Monday morning, and a bunch of us
are tagging along to help celebrate! Should be a ton of fun.

So far, this trip has gotten off to an excellent start. We had seats
in economy plus (United) but were able to upgrade with our over-
abundance of frequent flyer miles last night! Yep, first class on a
777. Very nice.

We hooked up with Our Gay Boyfriend early on at the airport. Here's a
pict I took of of Christopher and Dick while we enjoyed a little nosh
at the United Lounge before boarding the plane.

Next stop: Paradise!! See you on the other side!

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Friday, November 07, 2008

An Oldie but a Goodie 

Paula just reminded me that Reeves had taken this picture of me and Dick way back in October, 2005. I don't remember what the exact circumstances of the photo were, but we were at an opening show at the Adler's Gallery. I also remember that it was the week before our wedding.

This picture makes me laugh every time I see it. It has got to be one of my favorite pictures of Dick ever!

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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Scarecrow 

Spooky! Scary!

For those of you who don't know, Halloween is Dick's favorite holiday. He loves decorating the house every year with all kinds of spooky, creepy things.

Each year, we manage to find even more things to add to his collection. Someday, our basement will be overrun with Halloween madness.

Yesterday, we went to Target to check out their Halloween section. It turns out that Target has GREAT stuff, and their prices are so much more reasonable than the typical Halloween Super Stores! Who Knew?! (well, actually, a lot of people know, this. It turns out that we're just a little slow in learning....)

The creepiest thing that we bought yesterday has to be (hands down) this ghoulish, creepy Scarecrow! Yikes! He seriously gives me the creeps!

We're eventually going to hang him down our light well, but for now, he's hanging out on the dinette table in the sun room with all the other Halloween decorations.

But this is what it looks like when I look through the window from the kitchen to the sun room.

Dude. You're totally creeping me out!

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Birthday Dinner at Bouchon 


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Happy Birthday, Dick!! 

Happy Birthday to my Hubby,
The Talented Mr. Craddock. :)

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Da Boyz 

Martin & Dick, ready for some sushi!

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Cabana Boys (and girls!) 

We thought we'd do something new today! We rented a cabana at our
hotel's pool for the day.

Sun, umbrellas, cabana, mojotos, fresh fruit, and a big huge pool! It
just doesn't get better than this.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

'Nuff Said.... 

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It's Dick's Birthday weekend, so that must mean.... 

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

Yes, it's true. We're going again.
In my defense, this is only my second time going this year. (last went in March)
Dick, however....

We're going to spend the weekend with Martin and Celeste. Should be a lot of fun!

Uncle Christopher will be staying at the house, watching the kitties, and no doubt, playing Rock Band. Thanks, Bro!

I'm sure I'll be checking in plenty of times while we're away!

until next time....

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Spotted Dick 

Dick has a colleague at work who is English, and recently came back from a trip to London.

He brought a can of "Spotted Dick" back with him to give to Dick.

I had never heard of it before, so I looked it up on the web today. Here's what I found:

(from amazon.com)
Heinz Spotted Dick Sponge Pudding in a 10.5 oz. tin. A lovely sponge pudding studded with raisins. Has the consistency of a rich moist cake. A favorite dessert amongst English school children - hence the silly nick-name!

Oh, there are so many things about this that strike me as funny. :)

I thought perhaps we should start a new collection of foreign grocery store products with our names on them.

We started with "Trina" soft drink, and now we have Spotted Dick.

A match made in culinary-delight heaven?

...or, maybe we have the makings of tonight's dessert?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dick's first Poker Tournament 

Dick, playing at the final table. At this point, there are only 5 players left. He is the one with his back to us. Graham is standing near his watching

Dick played his first Poker Tournament ever today. It was a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament (aren't they all?) and there were about 60 people who played in the tournament.

The tournament started at 2:00pm. Dick and Graham both played, while my sister and I went out to lunch. We figured it was a good sign when neither of the guys called us within the first hour.

Graham called us after about 1 hour, 45 minutes. We thought that was pretty good for his first time!

Then the three of us (me, Sis and Graham) wandered around the casino and the adjoining mall for a while. We still hadn't heard from Dick.

We went back to the Casino Poker room after around 3 hours into the tournament. Dick was still there! At this point, he had made it to the final table, and there were about 7 players left. (The last 6 players would receive winnings of various amounts.)

Graham went into the poker room and watched the last few rounds, while my sister and I watched from afar. I was totally afraid of jinxing Dick with my presence!

One by one, we watched the players stand up, shake hands with the others, and leave the table, yet Dick was still there!

Dick ended up in third place!!! We were all very excited for him, and couldn't believe he did so well on his first tournament.

Today was a good day in Vegas. :)
(but, we're not addicted.)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Update on Moustache March 

Um, yeah. Dick's really getting into this.

I don't really know what to say.

Be afraid.
Be very afraid.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

An evening at the Craddock-Chow house 

Editors Note: I know that I already posted 2 blog posts today, but this just happened, and there was just no way that I wasn't going to blog about this!

Apparently, it's been declared that the month of March will be Moustache March at Dick's place of work. Dick just sent this email out to a few of his fellow co-workers:

Me: Oh, by the way, next month is Moustache March
My Long-Suffering Wife, Trina: huh??
Me: Moustache March. A bunch of guys in the office grow moustaches.
Trina: Great! You already have a moustache.
Me: Actually, I have a goatee. Here’s what I look like in a moustache (shows Apple employee badge from 1986)
Trina: Do I get a say in this?

Dick, circa 1986

The funny thing is that the conversation that Dick wrote was pretty much verbatim of my reaction.

Oh, my. It's going to be an interesting month.
I'll keep you all posted.
(I just made him promise that he wouldn't grow out his bangs)

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

New Hat! 

Dick was very sad when he accidentally left his hat on CalTrain a
couple of weeks ago. I've left messages with Caltrain's lost and
found, but so far, no luck.

This morning, we drove down to Fillmore Street to Mrs. Dewson's Hats
. My sister had worked with Mrs Dewson a few years ago when she
worked on the show, "Crowns".

Mrs Dewson has had her shop on Fillmore for over 35 years. It is THE
place to find a hat in San Francisco.

After searching for a while, Mrs Dewson was able to help Dick find the
perfect hat. :)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Honey, I'm home! 

This is a look that Dick has been sporting for the past month or so.

I call it his "Honey, I'm Home!" look.

I love it. It's got a 50s, Ward Cleaver thing going for it.

It's really all about the hat. Love the hat. Apparently, he's had the hat for several years, but hadn't worn it in a long time.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Trina Chow: Soccer Mom? 

Our friends, Abbe and Eve, have recently moved into the neighborhood! :) Their new (gorgeous) home is only about 3 blocks from us.

Abbe started a new job yesterday in Palo Alto. When we had dinner together last week, she asked Dick about his experience with CalTrain. Dick has been taking Caltrain to work for several years now, and highly recommends it, so she decided to give it a try.

We told her that Dick usually rides his scooter to the station, unless it's very cold or raining out. If that's the case, then I drive him back and forth.

Abbe and Eve decided to start out by having Eve drive Abbe to the station since they don't quite know the parking situation yet.

Yesterday, Dick and Abbe saw each other while they were on the same train home. Dick rode his scooter home, and Eve picked up Abbe. After Dick told me about their encounter last night, I suggested that he call Abbe to offer her a ride today, since we were expecting rain for the next few days.

Abbe went in earlier than Dick today, so Eve dropped her off again, but I'm all set to pick them both up from the station this afternoon.

Eve called me about an hour ago, confirming my plans to pick both Dick and Abbe up. She also offered to drive Dick tomorrow morning, if he wanted to go on the same train as Abbe.

I started laughing because we sounded like a couple of mothers trying to arrange a car pool for our kids. I told her that this must be what it feels like to be a soccer mom. :)

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Holiday Party at the Asian Art Museum 

Dick's company's Holiday Party was this past Saturday Night. It was held at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. What an amazing venue that is. It's the second time in the last 5 years that the party has been here, and both times, the parties were really top notch and amazing! Really great food, open bar, and live entertainment (acrobats and musicians). Plus, the building itself is just gorgeous. The museum exhibits were actually open to us during the party, but unfortunately, Dick and I ran out of time, and didn't have a chance to see any!

While Dick's family was in town over Thanksgiving week, we brought them to Chinatown for shopping, and dim sum. I took them to Dragon Seed, the store where I had my cheongsam made for our wedding a couple of years ago. It's a really neat store, with all kinds of beautiful fabrics and clothing.

While we were there, Dick eyed a really beautiful men's silk Chinese-Style jacket. He tried it on, and it was a perfect fit - so much so, that his family and I all agreed that he had to buy it! That's when we remembered that the company Holiday Party was going to be held at the Asian Art Museum this year, and it would be the perfect event to wear it to.

Dick's jacket was a hit - he had many people compliment him on it during the evening. I wore a little black dress, along with one my my Chinese-Style jackets that actually complimented Dick's jacket quite well. :)

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dick picking his Dad up at the airport 

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Happy Anniversary! 

It's Happy Anniversary Day!

Today, Dick and I celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.
Amazing, isn't it? Those two years went by so quickly.
Happy Anniversary, Dick! I love you!

Now, as happy as I am to say that Dick and I have been married for two years, that seems to pale in comparison to the fact that today is also my parent's 40th Anniversary!

That's right, we share our anniversary date with my Mom and Dad!
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration!

disclaimer: I'm kind of cheating here. My parents were married on October 9th, but they had their Chinese Banquet a few days/weeks later. The photo is from their banquet, and not taken on their actual wedding day.

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Dick warming up at Harding Park 


Monday, October 01, 2007

Another reason why I love my hubby... 

because there are so many...

I was having one of those "ugly days" today.

You know the kind: every time I saw my reflection in a mirror today, all I saw was "bleh". My hair was all wonky from sleeping on it semi-wet last night, so I pulled it back in a barrette today. I spent the day with my Grandparents in the hospital today, so I was just wearing an over-sized t-shirt, jeans, and no make up. I just felt so frumpy, mousie and dowdy all day.

When Dick came home this evening, the first thing he told me was how pretty I looked!
It simply astounded me that he saw me in a completely different way from how I saw myself.

I have the best husband ever.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Star Wars penny slots 

At the airport.
Dick playing

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Birthday photo, take 2 

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Craddock Siblings 

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Birthday Dinner 

Dinner at "Prime" at the Bellagio.
After dinner, the waited took us to a reserved table on the patio -
just in time for the water show.

All time. Epic.

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Happy Birthday, Dick!! 

The Birthday Boy enjoys a cup of joe before starting his Big Vegas Birthday Day!


Saturday, September 08, 2007

A Day on the Bay! 

Dick's birthday is approaching (September 14th)!

To celebrate, we chartered a catamaran, and took a bunch of friends out on Bay for 3 hours. After spending the last week recovering from my surgery, it was really wonderful to spend a day out and about with good friends. It was a bit overcast and foggy in San Francisco, but was nice and sunny near Tiburon and Sausalito.

We had everyone over for an early dinner afterwards. To make it easy, we catered in from Pasta Pomodoro, which turned out to be a great call.

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it today.
I think there are few things that make Dick happier than spending the day sailing out on the Bay with a great group of friends.

Happy (early) Birthday, Dick!

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