Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Some pictures

Token thought we should put a couple pictures of our house on here. So, although it's butt-ugly, here you go. It's nothing fancy and keeps up safe during storms (which, thank God, we haven't had since we've been here).

We need to take a more recent picture. We have added mulch and some other plants. We're going to win that "Yard of the Quarter Award" darn it!

Just for the heck of it, here's a of the view outside of my office!! Can't beat that! The pool is so nasty... it's full of old gross rainwater. Disgusting.

And one last picture of a gorgeous sunset over the ocean. I may complain about being here, but you can't beat that view.

8.19/8.20 weekend madness!

It's that time again... time for the weekend recap. Yay!


Token got up early (6:15 a.m. - he's crazy) and started dust-busting and cooking and cleaning. Grr... to him!!! He must have realized he was being loud, so he came and pulled the bedroom door shut, and I continued to sleep until 9:30. We headed to the Agana Boat Basin to embark on our dolphin watching tour. We were two amongst four "white Americans" on the tour - everyone else was Japanese. We've gotten used to being the minority here, so it's no biggie.

The boat (called Si Sirena) headed out in search of spinner dolphins, but unfortunately, they were being shy and we didn't see any. Boo!!!! We were disappointed, but the boat ride was still a lot of fun. Our tour guides anchored the boat away from shore and we snorkeled for about an hour before heading back to the boat basin. The day was bright and sunny until the ride back to the dock, where it absolutely POURED. For awhile, I thought we were lost in the middle of the ocean because we couldn't see 10 feet anywhere around us. It was crazy. Luckily we saw the rain coming and headed down to the covered part of the boat, unlike some of our Japanese friends who got soaked standing on the deck. They didn't look like they were having too much fun.

Aww... isn't he cute?

On the Philippine Sea

playing with the settings on my new camera - I almost have it figured out!

*disclaimer on the pics - I can hear my family now, "We never see any pictures of Tracie..." Don't you worry!! Token promises to take more of me, but it's up to me if they will end up on here ;).

After the boat trip, we headed home and cleaned up. Token was feeling a bit tired, so he took a nap while I went to the gym. When I got home, we got ready to go to the Air Force Base to play some Colorama Bowling. It's so much fun, but so hard to explain, so bear with me. Okay, incorporated in with the regular white pins are colored pins. When the colored pins are in certain formations, you have the chance to win money, but only if you get a strike when the pins are in the money-winning formations. Whew!

You can win $2, $5, etc. up to $25! It's $15 to play and you get three games. I started the first two frames of the first game with ZERO!!! That's right - I gutter-balled FOUR times in a row. Our lane-mates were supportive, but I felt like an idiot. They were pretty serious bowlers, complete with arm guards and professional balls and stuff. I'm sure they were laughing hysterically at me on the inside. Amazingly enough, I scored the same exact score (98 and proud!) on the first two games. Token did a lot better - he was way over 100 the whole time (he just emailed me to say he scored 128 and 129 on the first two games). After each game, the bowling manager would pull out a number and if the number he pulled matched your exact score, you won $5. After the first game, what number did he pull?? The lofty number 98, baby! Woohoo! $5 for me! I have to admit, I was the ONLY person who scored under 100, but at that time it didn't matter. The five bucks was mine!

We won some more money hitting strikes and stuff and then after the third game, the bowling manager did his schtick again. This time, my score was 154 (I even got a turkey in the third game!) and Token was 153 (take that! ha!) . He reached in his little number holder and pulled out number... :drumroll please: ... 154!!! If Guam had a lottery, we would have bought a lottery ticket that night, because winning twice was pretty crazy. The other people playing (and it was PACKED! Probably 75 people or so) couldn't believe a) I went from scoring a 98 to a 154, and b) that I won two times! We ended up taking home $14 in winnings, which paid for one of us to play. Cool deal!

Token struttin' his stuff on the bowling lane. Look at that form!


We BOTH slept in - 'til 9:30!!!! You don't know how excited I get when Token actually sleeps in. It's a rare occasion and I treasure it when it happens. We got up, watched our usual Sunday morning shows and did our usual Sunday routine, which consists of not a lot. We did run/walk/lunge/squat around the 3.2 mile loop on base, but that's really about it. Pretty boring.

...next post - pics of our lovely abode.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Our Weekend

This past weekend was pretty uneventful. We started with great intentions, but the weather ultimately killed all of our plans. Boo!!! It started early on Saturday morning with the dreaded alarm beeping at 4:30 a.m. We had promised each other that we'd run this 5K benefiting GAIN (Guam Animals in Need), a shelter where we got our devil cat, Nikko, from about a year ago.

So, wide-eyed and bushy tailed, I was ready to go, but Token needed some extra motivation. He eventually got movin' and we were on our way to the race route. The race started at 6 a.m. and the course wasn't so bad. There was one killer hill that absolutely sucked, but we both managed to run the whole thing without walking. Yay for us! Token finished in 27:something and I finished in 28:something. Not too shabby for me - a tried and true treadmill runner!

After the race, we stopped at a coffee shop, got some caffeine and headed home to get ready to drive to the southern part of the island for a dolphin watching tour. We were both really excited, but the weather was bad and there was a small craft advisory on the ocean, so our trip was cancelled. Bummer. We did reschedule it for this weekend though. Hopefully the weather's better!!

After finding out the trip was cancelled, we drove around the island - a trip that takes about 45 minutes or so. It's cool to drive by all of these old villages and see some of the Chamorro buildings. The weather was still nasty though, so we didn't get out anywhere or take any pictures. Sorry!

We stopped by a local grocery store and picked up some Puffin cereal (cinnamon is awesome!!!) and some other stuff we can't get on-base and then headed to Hard Rock Cafe for a late lunch/early dinner. Now, I have been a lover of the Haystack Chicken Salad (minus the chicken - I'm vegetarian, remember?) for as long as I can remember, but today, I decided to give the veggie burger a shot. Oh my gosh!! It's excellent! Token's so proud that I branched out ;). He got the Chamorro burger which, according to our server, is a regular burger with Spam mixed in. Tasty.

The rest of the day was spent lounging around and doing some odds and ends at home, like the overflowing pile of laundry we somehow always end up with at the end of the week.

Sunday was so uneventful that I can't really write much about it. We (our, I should probably say Token) did more housework, I went to the gym, the usual Sunday activities. Oh! Token did make me the famous Weber "cheesy potatoes" for dinner, but instead of potatoes, he used hash browns. Yum!!! It was so good.

And that, my friends, was our weekend!

Our cat, Nikko, who is mean to me when Token's not watching, but a lover when he is. The brat!

I'm so proud of Token, he won the MWR Manager of the Year award for our region!! To celebrate, I got an itty bitty cake from this local shop and we enjoyed it over our usual Friday lunch date:

Monday, August 14, 2006

First Post!

So, I guess by starting this blog, we have officially crossed over into "dork-dom." But seriously, I wish we had thought of doing this two years ago - it's a great way to communicate with our friends and family back in the States about all the fun and exciting (and sometimes slow and very boring) things we are up to!

I have a feeling I (Tracie) will be updating this more than Token, but I also have gobs more time at work than he does, so it's all good.

Hope you all will follow along with us as we spend our last year in Guam. May it go by fast ;).