Friday, January 28, 2005

Cookies

Arielle made us cookies tonight. She wasn't supposed to, but she did.

On dinner nights (Monday through Thursday), if we go to the front desk around 8 PM, there are fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies. You have to get there quickly, as they never make enough for the masses that swarm on them. On weekends, however, we are on our own for dinner and dessert.

But Arielle, who has been an employee for as long as we have been tenants, decided to try her hand at the Spunkmeyer oven with great success. She found some milk too.

We like Arielle.

The Secret

Hotel Day 20



I have learned the secret of the Guest of the Week. It is an endurance contest. Each Sunday, the staff determines who has been in the hotel the longest and never received the award. The prize is your name on a little sign in the lobby.



Mr. Dolan, this week's GotW, has been there since the middle of September.



How I covet the prize.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Lunch

Hotel Day 16



Today, I walked home from work and had lunch with the family. It was nice.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

What Are the Odds?

The fire alarm went off around 9:45 PM.



Of course, neither of the kids woke up. We bundled them up and carried them out into the hall. Luckily before we got outside, the alarm shut off.



On our 2003 trip to Disneyland, the alarm at the Grand Californian went off. It was the middle of the night and everyone in the hotel stood outside in the cold for a half hour.



Fire alarms are scary; avoid them if possible.



Stupid soccer hooligans.

Something Fishy Going On

Hotel Day 13



We awoke to a cold and foggy morning.



For breakfast, I brought a couple waffles to the room and RCP added strawberries and whipped cream. With a little imagination, we can turn the hotel slop into something fun.



To escape the tiny space, we packed up the kids, picked up Nana and Granddad, and headed to Monterey. The weather down there was perfect. We had a nice lunch at the cafe inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Then we wandered around for a while. The only great white shark in captivity is doing well. The kids liked the children's area where they got to pet starfish and splash around.



When we got back to the hotel, we learned that this week's crop of soccer hooligans are girls.



Friday, January 21, 2005

Weekends

The soccer hooligans are back.



Last weekend, the hotel was filled with pre-pubescent boys. Its soccer tournament season, and we are one of the closest hotels to a large field complex. I'm sure this is good for the tax base of Morgan Hill, but its not so good for people living in the hotel.



Teenage boys make lots of noise, run up and down the hall, take over the pool and hot tub, eat all the food, leave messes in the dining area, and otherwise make things unpleasant around here.



It is Friday night, and the noise is starting again.



RCP suggests we start taking weekend outings. SKGP has never seen the snow, so maybe we should escape to Tahoe.

Dinner is Served

RCP cooked dinner tonight. In our little kitchen. With our little stove (and our big microwave).



She made chicken with Cuban mojito sauce, with rice and black beans on the side. A side of spinach for the adults and green beans for the kids rounded things off. A bottle of red wine helped us forget that we didn't have enough elbow room at the table.



I washed the pots and pans.



While the space is tight, the food was good and a nice change from the snack food we get downstairs.

The Remodel of PaceHouse II?

On Tuesday night, Standard Pacific, the builder of PH2, hosted a get together. Several of the new neighbors were there.



As RCP and I talked to the people living around us, we were surprised at the plans they had for their houses. One couple is going to gut their master bathroom before moving in. Another is trying to find a contractor to move the breakfast nook out a couple feet and put a new window in one of the rooms.



What's wrong with us? We're happy with our dream home.



Also, it appears that our laziness is showing once again. Everyone else knows exactly what they are going to do with their yards, and have lined up the landscape architects and contractors to get it done. I know I haven't planned this far ahead, and I'm pretty sure she hasn't either.



Standard Pacific couldn't tell us the date of completion, but they commented that the recent storms have not been good for their work.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Life in a Hotel Room

Hotel Day 11



We live in a hotel room.



We are two adults, two children, and two cats.



Hotel rooms are small. This is a big hotel room, but it is still small.



We will be doing this for the next several months. Until our house is completed. That's supposedly around the end of April. Unless something goes wrong. Something always goes wrong.



On the bright side, we get fed. Breakfast everyday; dinner four nights a week. Last night we had chili dogs. I wouldn't call them good, but the kids enjoyed them and we ate them. There is salad, or at least there is lettuce with dressing. Tonight is bean burritos.



The breakfast buffet includes eggs, plus one other hot dish that rotates between biscuits and gravy, sausage patties, and french toast. They also have cereal and milk, oatmeal, yogurt, muffins, bread products, and a cook your own waffle.



What other benefits do we get? We have access to a pool and a hot tub. There is an exercise room, with treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals. There is an outdoors court area. We have mediocre cable in the room, which is better than what we had in the first PaceHouse. We get a free newspaper. They have freshly baked chocolate chip cookies every night at 8 PM. They clean our room and give us fresh towels whenever we want.



Pretty soon, we might decide that the hotel lifestyle is for us.



How do I become the guest of the week?

Thursday, January 13, 2005

PaceHouse I is Gone

Hotel Day 4



We have now moved out of the original PaceHouse and are living in temporary housing at the Residence Inn.



We have too much stuff.