Wednesday, May 30, 2007

endoxy! (in DOX ee)

'all is good.' or 'ok.' but most definitely 'fine.' that's what endoxy (in DOX ee) means. i have now picked this as my favorite greek word and adapted it into my everyday english/12-word greek language. actually dawn and i were told by our husbands, "enough of the endoxy's," because we were using the word quite frequently, but...we love it, so we continue!

i should say, when i, or my new friends find a "backwards" way of doing things or find something VERY odd, we say "endoxy!" what we're really saying is, 'ok, i'll roll with it! it's weird and makes no sense, but it's all good!" it beats the heck out of complaining. which is something i try not to do much anymore. don't get me wrong, i still, and probably always will, love greece. it's endoxy. and by endoxy i mean great. and by great i mean beautiful. and by beautiful i mean a little backwards. but again, it's all endoxy. ;o)

Friday, May 25, 2007

echo and murphy, towing cars, and learning to drive a stick

echo loves her friend murphy, aka murph. his parents are dawn and kyle. here is a picture of the kids with their favorite friend cory.echo loading up in scooter...she was ready to go for a ride with daddy.

ernesto the trooper died on me yesterday about 3 miles from the base. ken had someone tow him while he steered. (just ask my brother, i'm not good at driving a car being towed!) side story...sometimes little brothers tell their big sisters not to go out in the snow. and sometimes big sisters don't listen, get stuck in the snow, and have to call their little brothers to help them out. some big sisters don't know you should not step on the brakes when being towed. doing such things causes fish-tailing drama, near-misses with other cars, and very upset brothers and sisters!!

because ernesto died, i had my first driving lesson in scooter. andy was my teacher and echo was with us for support. in the short 3-mile drive back to base, i only stalled scooter 3 times. :) i MUST learn how to drive a standard so i'm not stuck at the house!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

pics overlooking souda bay & stavros

monday we had a hail and fairwell (when we welcome the new folks and farewell the ones leaving) at a restaurant on the mountain side of souda bay opposite of our house. here are a couple of pics...ken & cort and dawn & kylealso, here's a view of stavros mountain (scene in the oscar-winning movie, zorba the greek from 1964). someday soon i will rent this movie. has anyone seen it?? i'm also including a picture of colleen and i on stavros beach. stavros is about 15-20 mins from our house.

p.s. some of you have not been able to view pics from the kodak gallery links in previous posts -- italy, cinco de mayo, track suit night, and pics from colleen's visit. i have uploaded new links in the original posts and hopefully you can now view the pictures.

Monday, May 21, 2007

a day to be lazy...

i feel like i'm still recovering from italy. and ken may be just as tired as i am but poor thing, he had to go back to work today. actually he had to go back to work yesterday. when the power goes out on base, he gets a 6:30am call.

i'm brewing some coffee right now and i can't wait until my H-E-B cafe 'ole taste of austin cup is ready. my best friend joni finds it odd that i shipped myself 8 bags of this delicious coffee before i left. "the coffee there is so good!" yes, she is right. i have it often out in town and on base. but having a cup of 'taste of austin', introduced to me by my neighbor and friend in austin, nancy, somehow makes me feel more at home.

yesterday at church, chaplain don (chaps) spoke on john 4 - the samaritan woman at the well. one of my favorite accounts in the bible. yesterday, i learned something new. jesus did not have to go through samaria to get back to galilee. but he did. and spoke to a unclean woman who was a prostitute. jews viewed samaritans as unclean because they took judiasm and twisted and changed it to their liking. jews didn't hang out with samaritans. even the disciples traveling with jesus were like, "jesus, what are you doing??" but that's why he's jesus, and that's why i love this story. he breaks the ethnic and cultural rules to reach out to someone who most would not and asks her for a drink. of course at the end he gives her the drink, the eternal living water and she becomes a christ-follower. then jesus went into samaria to hang out with the people for 2 days. that's just cool. a testimony of loving people no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they do.

echo is wondering when mommy will stop being lazy and take her for a walk so away i must go...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

!ciao italia!

the shrimp dance and talk in italia

heidi and i at castel nuovo (the new castle) built in 1279
contrary to popular belief, ken does have other shirts besides his beloved UT get-up
on the bus to anacapri; view of capri harbour

at our hotel in anacapri

ken had a work training in naples so i tagged along this past week. we loved the areas around naples, e.g. the coastal towns, the amalfi coast and capri, but we left downtown naples behind happily. maybe it was the garbage strike that happened right before we got there and piles, i mean PILES of trash everywhere. maybe it was the smell. or the crazy roads. no, it might have been the crazy drivers. bo would love it; everybody lays on their horn for as long as possible. the naples airport is one big parking lot with everyone honking until they get out of the round-about.

we really enjoyed seeing heidi (and madison their chocolate lab), who lives there with her husband carl (he was in our wedding). carl was on a work trip while we were there, although we did run into him on base right before we left which was fun! on saturday heidi played tour guide to ken, john (new ensign who works for ken), and me, even though she was a little sick. what a trooper!! thanks heidi, you're the BEST! we went down to castel nuovo (the new castle, which is funny because it was built in 1279), ate on the napoli harbour, checked out the super-target-like NEX (more on that later), saw their fanastic apartment near the beach about 30 mins from downtown naples, and ate a yummy dinner. yes, the food was great. the red wine was very good and cheap. (i don't think i've mentioned this before but the cretan red wine isn't my favorite. i've learned if you can see through it, you will be getting a headache later!) we paid 1,50eu for a half liter of house red wine at a restaurant we went to twice. capri, however was quite expensive. we paid 20,00eu for a pizza, water, and cappuchino at lunch. then we scored a great place for dinner for only 65,00eu which included 3/4 liter house red wine, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, a side dish of grilled veggies, dessert, and a cappuchino. the meals were more rushed; like the timeframe you would spend eating in the states. no 3-4 hour dinners in italy. sometimes in greece these are great...depending on how tired you are. another difference that i really valued was that i could halfway communicate in italy. i understood some of the signs and some of what italians were saying since the language is so similar to spanish. i even communicated with a man working at a gas station only to find out i got us lost 1 hour out of the way when we were trying to find amalfi. john took over navigation duties after that!

the naples nex might be the only reason i would want us to be stationed in naples. it was amazing!! we spent 45 mintues in there with the guys on saturday, and then jenna (john's girlfriend) and i went back for a half day on monday. it was great because i purchased everything there and they shipped it for free back to our base. our nex is very small and doesn't carry all of my brands of toothpaste, deoderant, face wash, not to mention a wide variety of tennis shoes, other shoes, and clothes.
but i have to admit i was glad to leave the pizza and pasta behind, especially since 5 lbs of it decided to tag along with me :o( !! nice parting gift! andy, ken, john and i were very anxious to get back to our quaint little island, and being in naples gave us further appreciation for crete! ken and i were quite ready to get back to echo as well. she kind of had a rough week since she went for a 8 hour unaccompanied excursion and left misc. accidents for her babysitters. as a house-trained dog, i guess she was just acting out against her parents who left her?!?!???
more pics of our trip:

Friday, May 18, 2007

happy birthday joni!

my bff's birthday is today...happy b-day joni! so fun to chat with you tonight!

hope you have a great b-day celebration tonight and the rest of the weekend!

tell your hubby that part of your present is no working on the house for either of you this weekend!! the lawn, cabinets, tile, and all those upgrades to your beautiful house can wait. :)

p.s. on a different note i'm uploading pics of italia and will post an update tomorrow.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

hoorah seabees, hoorah DAVE THE SHARK

since most of you are not here, it may be hard for me to explain this in only a few words, but i'll try...hopefully the pictures tell all...

today, the two ensigns boxed it out in the 'smoker' on base (aka the gym with the awesome ring built by the 'bees)...all for a good cause - raising $$ for the seabee & navy balls. SEAN v. DAVE. SUPPLY vs. PW. sean has 20+ lbs on dave. but that didn't scare dave. dave's in tip-top shape, a marathoner by nature. sean, well, not so much. dave sparred and sparred, and practiced and practiced. the 'bees trained him. he was ready to silence all the doubters. and ladies and gents, DAVE WON! with a TKO in the 2nd round. CONGRATS DAVE!!

mama bear knew you could do it and she is PROUD!!! not to mention papa bear, aka ken, gets to keep his hair. yay! the PW or supply department head loser had a shaved head coming his way. thankfully dave silenced sean and (let's admit it, shocked and surprised many in the crowd), so ken gets to keep his hair!! in my post a few days ago on ken's 'grad school v. navy hair', i do not think ken (or i) wanted to add 'shaved head' to the mix.

we had a great ring girl, dawn, complete with a bikini...well, sort of.

fun, fun, fun times...cory put on a great boxing brawl!! thanks cory!!

all the 'bees celebrating dave's victory

p.s. on a side note, ken and i will be traveling to italia for a week. not sure if i'll get to post. HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout outs to: jen & michelle (the 10th), doug (what up 'bro) the llth, and pops (daddy) the 15th.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

!cinco de mayo!

well, i am humbled by the food and talents of the northerners (our friends, dawn who hails from iowa and her husband kyle who hails from mass). they really know how to cook and throw an outstanding cinco de mayo party! yummy homemade salsa, guac, and excellent carne asada! i could go on and on...see for yourself!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

grad school v. navy hair??

first he went blonde.... then he went long...
then it was time to pack up and head back to work - greece was calling...
ken's hair got a little long and a little blonde while taking the year off to get his masters degree at UT last year.

you VOTE by posting a comment (you don't have to log in or have a blogger/google acct, etc.) if you vote for the longer, blonder ken, it probably won't do much good...along with a navy issue uniform, comes a navy issue haircut! :)

p.s. i did find these pictures of ken stationed in south carolina (before we were dating), and i guess the hair standards weren't so strict there...

ben, ken, and mike

ken's day/weekend job

Thursday, May 3, 2007

hot water, more track suit nite, and the DARN FLIES!

so no worries, solar heat works. yesterday, i put the water in the middle of the H/C knob and took a 20 minute shower (i was in heaven) just to test it. i couldn't move it any hotter or i would have scorched myself, and it lasted the whole time. bliss! my previous post a month ago, introduced the idea of submarine-style showers. but if you're coming to visit after may 1, no need for sub-style! don't tell the greeks i took a 20 minute shower...i don't want to be accused of being wasteful! ;-)

i've finally uploaded more pics of track suit nite...they explain themselves.

finally, the FLIES. while i now have hot water, i have flies. everywhere. this morning they were attacking me on my walk with echo. i guess i'll have to start carrying a fly swatter on our walks. i'll be the crazy lady swatting off flies while my beagle baby pulls on the leash because she's picked up the scent of a kitty, goat, rooster, etc!!

have a great day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

opa! and yiamas!

opa is the american way we say 'cheers' because of 'my big fat greek wedding.' but in reality, the word to say 'cheers' is 'yiamas (yah mas)!' at lunch the other day, some teenagers were eating and broke into traditional greek dancing. i was asked to join them and can't say no!

after i sat back down to finish my lunch, a big chunk of water came flying my way and hit me on my face and hair line. just when i was going to turn around and give someone a stare down, erin told me this was a sign of affection and friendship. so i guess the greek girls thought i could dance. haha! :)