Friday, December 24, 2010

Good News!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11

I hope you and your families are truly filled with JOY as we all celebrate the GOOD NEWS this Christmas!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

So Long, Farewell...



Today officially marked the first day of official goodbyes.  I had my last piano lessons today, and it was so difficult saying goodbye to my students.  It makes me feel so proud to have students who love to learn and love music, and I am honored to have been their mentor.  I made it through without crying, even though one of my students did cry as I was leaving :(

Tomorrow is my last day working at the clinic.  I meant to bake a tasty treat for them, but didn't have time today, so I'll probably just pick something up on my way in (me = lameface).  It's been a great experience working under such an awesome doctor, and I know his relational approach with patients and medicine is something I want to take with me on my path to becoming a physician.  Also, I worked with some lovely ladies and am so to call them friends!

Christmas is going to be the last time we see some of our relatives, so I hope that we make wonderful memories this Christmas to last us the long year (maybe plus) down south!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lackadaisical Blogger

I'm pretty awful at blogging consistently, eh?  I just have no motivation to write after thinking about work, packing, Christmas, the move, tying up loose ends here, etc.


However, because my friend Erica tagged me in a Facebook note thingy, I thought I'd share my RANDOM answers with the blog world.  Let me know if you want to play along, and I'll be sure to head over to your blog to read up!
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1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:53am to get to work by 8:30am.

 2. How do you like your steak? Usually medium well, but lately I've been in a medium rare mood.
  
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? In an actual cinema theatre building...How to Train Your Dragon.  At the drive-in theatre...Inception.  We don't do the theatres often because they charge you up the wazoo!!
  
4. What is your favorite TV show? I have lots of favorites (past and current) - 24, House, Firefly, Dexter...I was a Gleek, but not so much anymore. 

 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I think the Carolinas seem like a nice place to settle down.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Breakfast...what's that?!
  
7. What is your favorite cuisine? ALL OF IT.  I love food.

8. What foods do you dislike? Anything that has mold on it.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Red Lobster, The Melting Pot, Nakashima's, Fratello's

10. Favorite dressing? Raspberry Vinagrette

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Ford Taurus aka 'The Enterprise' (cuz we're nerds)
  
12. What are your favorite clothes? lately I've been digging my Notre Dame sweatpants from my bro...but usually, jeans and a long sleeve stretchy T-shirt.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? I would love to visit every continent in my lifetime.  Definitely need to visit Egypt, Kenya, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Argentina, and the Philippines.

 14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Depends what I'm drinking...

 15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere close to family.
  
16. Favorite time of day? I enjoy lazy afternoons around 3:00-4:00.
  
17. Where were you born? Milwaukee, WI
  
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football
  
19. Who do you think will not tag you back? N/A
  
20. Person you expect to tag you back first? N/A

 21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? N/A
  
22. Bird watcher? Is this a Twitter reference?  Then yes.  Otherwise, no.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night person.  I will never be a morning person.

24. Do you have any pets? JoJo Brayhams the 3 year old Bichon Frise and Pups McGhee the 1.5 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi!
  
25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? We're moving and I'm going to grad school - nothing new for my regular followers...
  
26. What did you want to be when you were little? A ballerina, and egyptologist, a marine biologist, a CIA analyst, pretty much everything.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Probably putting on "plays" of different movies or books we liked. We each chose a character and 'played' them doing random things (Aladdin, Babysitters Club, Animorphs...hahaha, yeah we were awesome kids).

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Doggies!  Hate cats, but like kittens.
  
29. Are you married? To the awesomest hubzy ever!

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes

31. Been in a car accident? Not really...spun off the road once in the winter, but no injuries to car or passenger.

32. Any pet peeves? When people leave the microwave timer with time left even after they take their food out... What time is it? 0:42 seconds?!  UGH.
  
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?  Pineapple and onion.  Try it and love it.

34. Favorite Flower? Pretty ones.
  
35. Favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Always gonna love me some McD's.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None.
  
38. From whom did you get your last email? A spam Myspace friend request.  I don't have a Myspace.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? We are anti-credit card, but probably someplace like Target that has everything.
  
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Noooope.

41. Like your job? I do like my job.  I like my coworkers and my boss.  I like learning new things.  But I'm ready to move on and learn more.

42. Broccoli? ...celery...gotta be....VEGGIE TALES.
  
43. What was your favorite vacation? Probably our DisneyWorld and Caribbean cruise vacation (even though Matt missed out on the cruise).  But lots of fun and crazy memories from that trip!
  
44. Last person you went out to dinner with? We went for lunch with our bible study friends after church on Sunday.  We went to Sai Ram and had tasty Indian food!

45. What are you listening to right now? Sweet silence.
  
46. What is your favorite color? Red.

47. How many tattoos do you have? None.  I think it would be cool to have one, but then I think about it being uncool.  So I will never get one.
  
48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? N/A - anyone who wants to answer these lame questions can go ahead and do it themselves!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 8:36pm CST.
  
50. Coffee Drinker? I really don't like coffee.  It smells good, but tastes meh, and leaves a gross aftertaste, and stains your teeth, and makes your breath smell.  I'm all about TEA!  It can have just as much caffeine if you need it, and has better health benefits :)

If you read through all of that, congratulations!  You must have been really bored :)  Hope you have a lovely evening!  Only a few more days until Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Today I turned 26!  It was a pretty exciting day.  I had a piano recital as a "farewell" to my musical endeavors here in WI, and it went well.  Not many people showed up due to the snow that hit us today, but I was glad to see friends and be able to perform for them.  I baked a special birthday/recital cake for the event - complete with Kit Kat black keys!


Matt and I were planning on going out to dinner after my recital, but because of the weather, we decided to stay in.  We ordered some sushi and chinese food and watched the movie "The Book of Eli".  Highly recommend it!!  Overall, a nice relaxing birthday evening with my hubz :)

Here's a photo of our big picture window in our (now empty) living room.  I love the way the icy snow is frozen in a lacy pattern on the window pane!!  I don't love how wet and cold it is...or how crazy people drive once the snow hits the ground.  Only 2.5 more weeks left before we leave this wintery WI weather behind!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dear Santa...

This video is ALL the reason you need to get me an iPad for Christmas this year.  Such sweet holiday harmonies!



...and if you could lend us your magic reindeer for our move, that'd be great too :)



Link up with Cait and her 12 days of Christmas @ the blessed life!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Peace That Transcends

It's been one crazy day...the new hire (my replacement) at the clinic started today.  She seems really nice and I think she will fit in with the staff very well.  I was not really prepared to have a "shadow" today, so still being tired from our travels meant I had to force myself to be extra perky and friendly today.  After looking at the calendar and talking with my supervisor, we decided that the week before Christmas will be my last week at the pain clinic.  I'll be sad to go, I am truly blessed to have such a cool job working with a fun doc, but I am moving toward becoming a fun doc of my own!

Mid-day sometime, Matt called me at work with some bad news and some good news.  The bad news is that we didn't get the house 3 blocks from MC like we hoped.  The landlord decided to rent to the other girl that was there when we were because she "gave him the application first". Lame.  BUT, he then told Matt that he has a 2 bedroom townhouse in Clinton, about 1/2mile from MC available.  The rent is more in our price range, large yard with a private patio, and laundry in the basement.  He didn't have any pictures to send because he "didn't know how to upload them on the computer", so we had to make a quick decision basically blind.  But we decided to go ahead and put down a deposit for this townhouse since it is still very close to school and is in our price range.  So we will have a home down south - praise the Lord!!  Hopefully it isn't a nasty surprise and will be just as/if not nicer than the house he was renting. 

After work I headed to my "second job" as a freelance pianist to accompany the Oshkosh Youth Choir at their first concert this season - singing for the cute ol' men and women of the Evergreen Retirement Community.  It was fun, I like performing (and hate rehearsing) so it was nice to work with the kids when they were at their best rather than the usual crazy rehearsal nights when they are bouncing off the walls.

Between these two events I was able to quickly say hello to the hubz as he was heading off to his job.  He informed my that our (current) landlord called and told him that she wants to show our apartment to a prospective renter tomorrow afternoon.  AAAH!  We just got back from a week of traveling and left our house a pig-sty and have less than 24 hours to make it spic-and-span....

So I am exhausted.  Lots of activity today, both physically running around and mentally thinking and planning.  I want to just relax and work on some crafts (operation crafty christmas has begun...), but I need to make the house "show worthy" before tomorrow morning.  Honestly, I probably could have been nearly finished by this hour if I had actually started cleaning when I got home from my accompanying gig.  But I am a lazy-pants.  And a stress-face.  And the dogs have been running around like mad dogs and have been driving me nuts.

But despite the crazy feelings going through my mind this evening, I said a little prayer asking for peace and relief from the anxiety that I've been bottling up all day.  And you know what...I feel better.  I don't know why it is always so hard for me to just PRAY and lift my requests to God, because whether it's a big or little issue, my Savior is transcendent over all.  And that makes me happy.

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 ...also, Matt just came home with an Egg Nog shake from McD's, which is making me quite happy :)  Now time for us to clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere!  Have a peaceful night!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Life Changes

I know, I know.  I said that I would be better about blogging...and here we are 2 weeks later with no updates.  But I have a good reason! Honestly!!  Things have been busy as a beehive in my little part of the blogosphere and here's why:

*I'm goin' to graduate school!  I have been accepted into Mississippi College's Master's in Biomedical Sciences Program.  They have an admit class in fall and spring, so I will start at the beginning of spring semester in January.  It is a one year masters program that is basically a hard-core preparation for medical school.  Most of the classes I will be taking are the same curriculum and intensity of 1st year med school classes.  This is my next step in my path toward medical school and I'm super excited!

*This means we are moving to Mississippi.  In 1.5 months.  So we've been running around like crazy chickens trying to get prepared for the move, scouring the internet for apartments and job openings, saying our goodbyes to our friends here in Wisconsin, etc.  Classes start January 10th, and I want to be "settled" at least a week before then, so we will need to move shortly after Christmas/New Years.  AAAH!

*Matt finished up his last undergraduate classes last week and took his final final yesterday (yeah, who does exams on a Sunday?  Apparently LU does).  It's been a long haul for him, so I'm very glad that he is finished.  He's been working so hard finishing up this term AND working a 2nd shift job.  I'm so proud of him!

*Matt's sister, Kristin, had her baby this weekend!!  Nathaniel (Nathan) was 8lbs 12oz, 21 inches - BIG boy for a little mama!  We are so excited to be an uncle and aunt, and have already warned Kristin and Ryan that we will totally be geek-spoiling their son.  He'll be getting a Star Trek Cadet onesie for sure!  We're looking forward to meeting him this weekend!

So you see why I've been so absent?!  Life is changing at the speed of light, and I'm trying my best to keep up with it!  I promise I will be a good blogger and keep you updated as we head into the holiday season and as we prepare for our move.  promise!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Favorite TV shows

We get sucked into a lot of TV shows, and my criteria to make the list of favs is pretty much the same as I listed in my movies post.  Here are some of the all-time and current favorites on my list:

1. 24
Ok, this show got worse and worse as the seasons progressed, but it still holds a special place in my heart.  Matt and I bonded over watching this show, having night long marathons to catch up on past seasons.  Between David Palmer's candor, Edgar Stiles' cuddly adorableness, Charles Logan's crookedness, Chloe O'Brien's awkwardness, and Jack Bauer's AWESOMENESS...the characters on this show are just so great.  I'm usually not one for political plots, the fast paced action made up for it, because as J.B. always said, "there's no time!!!"

(now i must be honest...we still haven't seen the series finale, just got too caught up doing/watching other things...so don't tell me what happens! LOL)



2. House
I wish I was a super smart braniac who will graduate at the top of her med school class so she can apply for a job on an amazing diagnostic team like House's.  But as nerdy as I am, it's not really the medicine that draws me to this show.  It's Hugh Laurie's ridiculously amazing portrayal of a cynical medical mastermind who never saw a case he couldn't solve.  It's never lupus, although it does seem like it's often amyloidosis...lol.



3. Community
This show is BRILLIANTLY written.  The characters are quirky and the portrayal of community college just seems so hilarious.  I was skeptical at first, but after watching it week after week, it's become my go-to comedy show as The Office becomes more and more stale each season.


4. Jeopardy
I haven't watched it recently, but it is an all-time favorite.  Just because I love trivia and learning new nerdy facts.



5. Dexter
Our newest show obsession revolves around the loveable Dexter, blood spatter analyst by day, serial killer by night.  It takes crime scene investigation shows to a whole new level.  The twisted character development and suspenseful plots just make this show so compelling.  It can be a bit vulgar with the sex and language (what do you expect from Showtime?) but the excessiveness of it somehow comically lightens the dark tone of the show (i.e. Deb's potty mouth...some of her expressions are priceless!)



6. Fringe
J.J. Abrams comes up with some of the smartest and creative shows/films (Alias, Lost, Star Trek), but oftentimes they lose their intelligence and just become "crap shows".  Fringe has managed to maintain its intrigue through this 3rd season.  As a lover of sci-fi, this show is a perfect blend of nerdy concepts, good plot, and great characters.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Heebie Jeebies

How fitting that my blog topic for today is on Halloween!  I'm not scared of a lot of things, but a few really strange things:

One of my previous posts was about creepy mascots, and I still think that Gorilla Grams are the creepiest.



I am terrified of thunderstorms.  My dad thinks it's because we were caught in a very severe storm while camping when I was about 2 years old.  I've been traumatized ever since.  The only other person in my family who is scared of storms is my parent's dog, Maia.  Everyone else seems to love them or not be phased by them.



Roller Coasters scare me.  I've been branching out and have gone on a few indoor roller coasters (Rockin' Roller Coaster at Disneyworld is the best!) and I went on Batman at Six Flags in IL.  But anything that is hundreds of feet high and goes loop-de-loop or has the power to fling me out at super speeds to my (very unlikely) death...yeah, I stay away from those.  


And then I'm pretty scared when it comes to horror movies.  I can tolerate blood and guts and violence.  But once a creepy plot is unraveled with a sketchy creepy character, I WILL have nightmares. (I can't even post a picture to go with this one...because all the google search images are too creepy!!)

So that's about it!  Don't send me a Gorilla Gram!!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Favorite Movies

I am a movie junkie.  I just love being sucked into a captivating plot, viewing breathtaking cinemascapes, pondering over character developments, and listening to compelling musical scores.

Yep, I'm a huge nerd-o.

Here's some of my all-time favorites:


Star Wars is one of the BEST epic/saga franchises out there.  Even though I think George Lucas went a little overboard with the new trilogy, the original is just so iconic for movie making.  People were blown away by it's innovation in 1977, and despite Jar Jar Binks' annoying personality, the folks at Lucasfilm are still ahead of the game with CG and sound innovation in movies.

This leader in the epic/saga category is followed closely by The Lord of the Rings.  Any true fan will say that the books are better (which is ALWAYS the case), but this re-telling of Tolkien's world is just so beautiful and relatable.  When I first saw The Return of the King at the midnight showing at the theater...I have never cried so many times in one movie...like 5 different scenes.




My go-to "classic" movie is Singing in the Rain.  Gene Kelly's suave, athletic dancing paired with Donald O'Connor's lovable personality, along with Debbie Reynolds' sweet innocence PLUS fun song and dance numbers...what more could you ask for?!


I love Disney, and my favorite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast.  I had the soundtrack on tape before the movie came out and listened to it over and over.  Then when we finally went to see the movie in the theater, I started CRYING from excitement when the movie started.  In defense of my 7/8 year-old self, that opening is very enchanting and magical...

Some others that I love are:
-Gladiator
-Zoolander
-Newsies
-Monster's Inc.
-Batman Begins/The Dark Knight

What elements of a good movie are required to make it into your list of favorites?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

15 Facts

If you are reading my blog for the first time, WELCOME!  There is lots to know about me, but here is a brief introduction: I am a wife, daughter, sister, and dog mommy, who enjoys music, nerdy facts, crafting, and tasty treats.  I am extremely random. I hope to one day become a physician to help heal our ailing world.  I love Jesus and live for Him.  Blogging is a new venture for me.

15 Interesting Facts about Yours Truly
one. I really like languages and hope to become multi-lingual someday!  I know English (obviously) and am quite proficient in Spanish. (*see below to figure out which languages were for my list here)
dos. My favorite ice cream flavor is Mint Chocolate Chip.  Nothing can beat that minty freshness with the hints of bitter chocolate.
trois. I am a true Fangirl...I have watched the original Star Wars Trilogy hundreds of times and enjoy using quotes in everyday conversation.  As horrible as the prequel trilogy was, the whole SW saga is just a wonderfully entertaining epic adventure!
vier. I am allergic to eggplant and cantaloupe.  It makes my lips and tongue itch and my throat tingle. Apparently there is something called Oral Allergy Syndrome which is an allergic response to plant pollen on fresh fruits or veggies.  Matt thinks this is a "made-up" disease, but I think it's pretty cool.
cinque. I have a ridiculous fear of thunderstorms.  My dad thinks it's because I was traumatized as a 2-year old when there was a severe storm during a camping trip.
roku. My favorite color is red.  I just love the vibrant and bold statement it makes.   Yellow is a close second for the same reasons.
שבע. I have been playing the piano since I was 4 years old.  Music is my soul medicine.  I am classically trained, but really want to build up some jazz chops.
oito. I hope to travel to every continent at some point in my lifetime.  I've already been to Europe (Spain) and South America (Belize) in addition to home here in the good ol' US of North America.
siyam. My future dream careers since childhood have changed from a ballerina, marine biologist, egyptologist, broadway star, medical researcher, surgeon, to a pediatrician.
shi. The hubz and I first bonded over Jack Bauer's crazy antics on 24.  The first time we hung out together, we stayed up all night watching episodes of season 2.  Little did we know that would be the countdown to the beginning of our life together! (lol, sorry, couldn't resist the cheesy pun)
elva.  I love all things Mac.  I bought my Macbook Pro in 2006, got my iPhone 3G in 2008, and am saving up for an iPad hopefully by December or early January.  
kumi.  I graduated from Lawrence University as a dual-degree student, with a B.A. in Biology (Chemistry interdisciplinary), B.Mus. in Piano Performance, and a minor in Spanish.  I was pretty burnt out by the end of my 5-year stint.
δεκατρία. I fell in love with the Lindy Hop (a form of swing dancing) in college.  I haven't danced in a loooong time...something which needs to be remedied soon!
십사. I love shoes, and at one point had over 50 pairs...then we got naughty dogs who mistook them for chew toys and I had to send quite a few pairs to shoe-heaven.  This is probably my one extremely girly obsession.
kenz. I'm a night owl (can you tell by the timestamp of this post?!) and I hate mornings.  No matter how many hours of sleep I get the night before, I still dread waking up.


*Languages used above: 1-English, 2-Spanish, 3-French,  4-German,  5-Italian, 6-Japanese, 7-Hebrew, 8-Portuguese, 9-Tagalog, 10-Chinese, 11-Swedish, 12-Swahili, 13-Greek, 14-Korean, 15-Haitian Creole

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sometimes mascots scare me...

As I was leaving work today, there was a (not so) friendly face welcoming hungry people into the Culver's across the street.  Scoopie is a super cute cartoon character, but as a "real-life" mascot, he gives me the heebie-jeebies:


Maybe my fear has to do with the time I went to Disney World with our high school jazz band.  We got to play on a rising stage, so we got to tour "underground disney".  There were rows and rows of character costumes, and outside, a headless Goofy on his smoke break...that's Disney magic right there.

Or maybe it has to do with the time I worked at the Children's Museum here in town.  Usually, I just worked the front desk and welcomed happy families into the building.  But every now and then, I'd have to dress up as a character (i.e. Mr Toad, Miss Spider, Madeline, etc.) for storytime. 
How children can be so excited to see these characters is beyond me.  Those times were very unfortunate because:
  1. It gets HOT in those costumes
  2. It is very difficult to see out of those things
  3. It is hard to breathe through the thin mesh hole provided in the oversized head
  4. Sometimes they smelled
If this hasn't scared you yet, I have two last words...Gorilla Grams.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It's a Trap!

The trap being...another Star Wars video.  Seriously, they are all just popping up for me today.  This is pretty epic:

Star Wars: The Paper Edition

This satisfies my craft-love for paper, my nerd-love for star wars, and my music-love for acoustic guitar.  Awesome!


Jeremy Messersmith - Tatooine from Eric Power on Vimeo.


Read more about the video's creators via mentalfloss.com

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Heart Guts

I WILL have ALL of these adorable plush organs from I Heart Guts.  When I am a doctor and have a big fancy office (a la House), these will occupy the couch space:

I could squish all theses guts!!
If I end up as a researcher, these GIANTmicrobes will definitely crowd my lab.  Nothing says CUTE like a cuddly venereal disease:
Don't you want to give Herpes a HUG?!
I could stare at these cute/gross/educational friends all day long!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dogs vs. Babies

The other day at the medical clinic, I was prepping an elderly lady for a back injection procedure and we were carrying on small talk when she asked if I had any kids.

Me: "Oh, no, ma'am.  Not yet.  We just got married a little over a year ago and are waiting a couple years since we have graduate school plans...but we have two dogs, and we treat them like our children!"
Old Lady (in a crotchety snappy voice): "What?! Married one year?  You could've had two kids by now!  Dogs ain't the same!"
(doctor comes in the room)
Old Lady: "Doctor, I was just tellin' your girl here that she should start makin' babies!"

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Now I know everyone's situation is different - some women just want to get married and start a family and are content with being a stay-at-home mom.  Some women are career driven and wait until their 30s to start "settling" down with their family.  Some women just go with the flow...I've always been that "driven" woman, but now that I'm married, I like to think of myself as a "go with the flow" gal.  But I honestly just don't feel ready to have a baby.  I love children, and I look forward to being a mom...but newborns scare me.  The are just so fragile and dependent and I am not ready for that responsibility.

Enter the "dog" years.  A young married couple's trial period of responsibility and care for another living thing.  Here is a list of pro's and con's in regards to dogs vs. babies:
  • Dogs learn quickly.  You can have them potty trained in a week if you are really consistent.  Babies require constant attention and numerous diaper changes for a couple years.
  • Babies eventually grow up to be young children who go to the bathroom when they please.  Dogs who go when the please require you to keep a large supply of paper towels and cleaning spray.
  • Dogs nap a lot.  Babies nap a lot.  Dogs bark a lot.  Babies cry a lot.
  • Dogs smell.  Babies smell.
  • Dogs need a dish for kibble and a dish for water.  Babies need to latch onto your nipples.
  • Dogs will love you even if you yell at them for chewing on your shoes.  They most likely already forgot about the shoes and are looking to you for a belly rub during your reprimanding...and they'll keep on loving you. Babies will love you from the moment they are conceived.  But will eventually grow up to teenagers who'll roll their eyes at you when you reprimand them...but they'll get over it and keep on loving you.

We are very happy "parents" to JoJo and Mcghee - even when they pee on the floor or chew up the carpet.  And we look forward to the day that we can introduce them to a baby of our own.  I don't need to worry about when I'll be ready or feel pressured by other women my age who are starting to have kids.  God has a plan for our family and it's in HIS timing.  So we will do our best to continue to love our dogs as if they were our own babies until God's plan is revealed!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's Fall!!

The streets are blocked off and parked cars line every inch of road.  Music is blasting outside.  The faint smell of corn is in the air.  That's right.  This weekend is Octoberfest in Appleton.  We aren't going, even though we live a couple blocks away from downtown.  But the feeling of fall is now officially "kicked off" with this event.

Earlier today we went to a park for Matt's fall work picnic.  It was nice to meet some of his co-workers and get free food.  The weather was really chilly for a while, but when the sun came out, it was the perfect fall day.

I've been crafting like crazy this week.  Made some REALLY cute things for our future nephew...but I can't post a picture yet just in case my sister-in-law sees it before her baby shower.  So stay tuned for some cuteness!!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Automotive Mishaps

Two exciting car stories from this week.  OK, not really that exciting, but out of the norm for me:

1.) On Tuesday night, around 11:00pm, I got a call from my friend Erica.  Her car tire POPPED OFF and she needed someone to come pick her up and wait with her until AAA came to tow the car.  I was just bumming around listening to a recording of a science symposium lecture about Genesis 1 (...I know, who does that?) so I gladly offered to come to her aid.

When I got to the exit, I saw not one, but TWO cop cars waiting there with her.  Why they always need a "backup" cop, I don't know.  I guess Erica is just that important :)  I awkwardly pulled up to the lane next to them and explained I was there to wait with her.  As she was getting into my car, I got a glance of her front left tire - it looked like a loose tooth wiggled out of it's normal alignment...Very impressive.  Luckily for her, there was a man on a motorcycle who stopped to ask if she was OK, and he happened to own a car repair shop and gave her his number.  Also, the cops were very nice and decided we could leave and they would wait for AAA and would call Erica when the car was being towed.  God was definitely working that evening to make sure she was safe and taken care of on a cold and dark Tuesday night!

2.) This morning, I got a text from our office manager letting me know that I didn't need to be at the clinic until 10am because doc was getting interviewed for a local news segment.  Sweet, I thought, I get to sleep in another hour or so.  I slept for a bit and then had a weird feeling about driving to work.  I looked out the window, and sure enough, my hubby had taken MY car to class this morning - meaning his old rusty car was left behind.  So I called work and explained the embarassing truth - I don't know how to drive stick-shift.  I was left transportationless until Matt came home from class.  Luckily, he came home shortly thereafter, so I was able to get to work by about 10:45am.  Of course, my wonderful husband made fun of me and gave me a "I told you so" for all the times he's tried to teach me to drive stick.  It's just so awkward!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin (shortage), Charlie Brown!


So apparently there is a pumpkin shortage that has been going on for the past 2 years.  I did not know this until searching for canned pumpkin for a recipe today...and there was none to be found.  I drove all around town today, hunting down this precious commodity.  FINALLY, I found some at Aldi.  Boy, do I love that store.  They have everything and it is super cheap :)  Why didn't I just go there first?!

I'm baking pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for our small group today.  YUM.  We are starting a study on the book The Reason For God, by Timothy Keller.  I think it will be a great introduction to apologetics and how to answer some of the "big questions" about life and Christianity.

I also had a fun time hunting down that book today at the local Family Christian Bookstore...but I'll save that rant for a later post.

Off to bakey bake!!  I can't wait to smell the pumpkin and spices...my mouth is watering!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Revamp. Reboot. Re-blog.

I recently decided to revamp/reboot my blog so that I can... actually use it.  As I've been pondering my purpose in life, I decided that my blog should no longer be a random collection of useless rants, but should also have a purpose. Herein lies the great project to keep track of my life and to learn more about myself in the process.

Click here to read an introduction to the quirkiness that is me :) Click here to read about why I started this blog. (there are also tabs to these pages up above...see how helpful I am?!)

Happy reading!!