Monday, December 31, 2012

Seahawks Game 17

Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams...
WIN: 20-13.

Happy New Year, Hawk Fans!

We did it! The Seattle Seahawks are undefeated at home in 2012, thanks in part to Stew and me, the 12th man and 12th woman, respectively. You're welcome, guys, we know you couldn't have done it without us.

But before the game we still had one last Hawkwagon Tailgate to participate in, and we really ended the season in style (and as you can see the Shot Ski pretty much dominated the tailgate this week)...

Last regular season game of the year... a great way to end 2012!

We were so, so happy with our decision to purchase Seahawks season tickets this year! We had an awesome time every single week, and never once had to watch the Hawks lose. Plus we developed an amazing group of friends with the Hawkwagon Tailgater Association that we looked forward to seeing before every home game. We're looking forward to seeing the Hawks in the playoffs next week against the Redskins, and thank them for an amazing season!

Happy New Years Eve... everyone be safe out there tonight!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Book Review: Assholes Finish First

My brother gave me this book for Christmas last year, and I was pretty excited to read it because I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell is pretty much the most hilarious book I have ever read. But unfortunately Tucker Max's second book, Assholes Finish First, didn't quite live up to my expectations.

If you're not familiar with Tucker Max, check out his web site, where he explains:

"My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead."
The interesting thing about this jerk is that he's actually really intelligent and a pretty witty and entertaining writer, which is how he managed to become a famous blogger, author, and movie producer based simply on his tales of drunken debauchery and womanizing.

Even though I know I should be morally offended by this guy's mere existence on the planet, you can't take life too seriously and honestly I thought his first book was laugh-out-loud hilarious. And you can't really blame the idiots who get involved with Tucker... I mean, they made their choices so they can't really whine and complain about it later.

My problem with Assholes Finish First is that it just seemed like a lame continuation of IHTSBIH. It's like a collection of stories that weren't quite funny enough to make it into the first book, but Tucker wanted to squeeze just a few extra bucks out of his fame so he threw them into a second edition. But perhaps after reading his first book nothing can shock me anymore.

In any case, if you want to check out some of Tucker Max's writing, please start with the stories on his web site or in his first book. But once you've read that stuff you can probably skip Assholes Finish First.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas

We had a few scheduling conflicts for Christmas this year... one being that the Seahawks game fell smack in the middle of the four-day holiday break, which meant driving back and forth from Seattle to Olympia a couple times, and the other being that Stewart had to work on Saturday and Tuesday (Christmas Day). I know this is something I'll have to get used to as a firefighter's wife, but I was still a little sad that I didn't get to spend Christmas morning with my hubby.

Luckily my parents were super understanding and flexible about the situation, and we made a plan to open all the immediate family gifts on Christmas Eve after church and dinner (we decided to order in Chinese in honor of A Christmas Story).

As usual, everyone was incredibly generous and thoughtful with their gifts this year. And it was actually really fun to open presents at night in the glow of all the Christmas lights and decorations. We got lots of great stuff that we'll be able to use at the new house, and it seemed like everyone liked our gifts, too.

Playing games while we anxiously awaited it to be time to open presents!

Gorgeous Christmas tree and Mom super excited to open her first gift.

Lovely Christmas decorations all throughout the house.

I woke up around 5 a.m. with Stewart to send him off to work in the pouring rain before heading immediately back to bed. You'll never guess what I woke up to a few hours later...

A White Christmas!!

A few hours later our relatives from my Dad's side of the family arrived for our annual Christmas morning brunch. After eating way too much delicious food we gathered together around the tree to open gifts. We had two rounds this year; the first was an extended family name drawing and the second was a White Elephant gift exchange.

Dad always plays Santa.

With my favorite ladies on the couch waiting for the fun to start.

Shane, Tara and AJ.

Greg & Diane.

Tara with her White Elephant win - temporary arm tattoo sleeves.

Score for me and Stew - he was very excited about his 2013 Chuck Norris
calendar and I loved my Christmas decorations.

Me and Kate with the book she stole from her mom.

After the gift giving was complete we proceeded on to another family tradition... the annual photo shoot!

Couples shot of Tara & Jody.

Family portrait of the cousins.

The Getchman Family.

Grandpa & Grandma with all the Grandkids.

A little while later my sister Nichole sent me these
adorable shots of our nieces Sophia and Aubrey
opening the gifts we mailed down to them.
We missed seeing them for Christmas so much!

And later that afternoon I went over to my Grandma Sally's house to see my Mom's
side of the family, but I neglected to take any photos except this one of these
absolutely adorable penguins.

While I was doing all that family stuff poor Stew was at work... but he had some visitors!
Russ, Patty and Patrick stopped by the station to wish him a Merry Christmas and drop off
some gifts... and also let Patrick try on some of the fire gear. Lookin' good!

And I stopped by the station on my way home to have Christmas
dinner with the crew and drop of Stew's gift from the family gift
exchange... which I am really jealous of!

What I tried to keep in mind this year (while I was incredibly sick and really missing my husband) is that while nothing is ever perfect, I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful family that I get to spend time with for the holidays. Stew and I hope that you had an absolutely amazing Christmas with your family and friends this year.
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays 2012

From our family to yours... Merry Christmas, and best wishes for a happy New Year!

Love Always,
Stewart & Sarah

Monday, December 24, 2012

Seahawks Game 16

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers...
WIN: 42-13.

Merry Christmas! Another Seahawks beat down! Even though Stew and I are both battling horrible sore throats we just couldn't bring ourselves to miss watching the Hawks play the 49ers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.

But first, we met up with the Hawkwagon crew for their annual holiday tailgate, which included a deep fried turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a white elephant gift exchange.

Nothing says Happy Holidays like drinking in a tent in a parking lot
before another epic NFL game!

Chef Bill deep frying the Christmas turkey.

Christmas dinner! Pretty fancy for a tailgate if I do say so myself.
We brought pumpkin and apple pies.

Stew enjoying some of his favorites... all mashed together of course.

We even had a Christmas tree and gift table.

I loved this little Christmas gnome.

Bill explaining the rules of the white elephant gift exchange.

After all the gifts were opened, we had five minutes to take turns rolling two dice.
If you got doubles, you got to steal, and when time ran out you were left with your
final gift. 

Jess and I both ended up with these adorable little guys!

Jessica's baby hawk was very thirsty...

The 2012 Hawkwagon Tailgater Association.

With the gals getting ready to leave for the game.

Dana and Bill in their Christmas tailgate gear.

Buddy (that's what we named him) was super excited to see his first game.

Dorking it up at the game with my glasses on.
I'm getting so blind in my old age.

Even though we're already paying for sitting outside in the cold for 10 hours straight, it was totally worth it to watch the Hawks beat the crap out of the 49ers! It was the perfect way to start off Christmas, and I'm so happy that we've added Buddy to our family.

Happy Holidays, Hawk Fans!