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!

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!!