Wednesday, December 31, 2008
1. Completed 33 credits toward by bachelor's degree in marketing (only 27 to go!!!)
2. Visited Seattle twice.
3. Visited Portland for the first time!
4. Went on my first business trip and stayed in a hotel by myself for the first time.
5. Took my first U.S. train ride from Portland to Seattle.
6. Got a raise!
7. Lost 10 pounds
8. Finished reading all of the Bond books by Ian Fleming.
9. Went to Kanye's Glow in the Dark Tour with Jen!
10. Learned how to play lacrosse
11. Baked a pie for the first time (got to cross that off my Bucket List)
12. Bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding : )
13. Started blogging again
14. Voted in my second presidential election
15. Read some really good books.
16. Met a really cool guy who gave me some hope (although he'll probably never know he did)
17. Went to Vegas for the first time since I turned 21.
I'll have to see if I can find my list of resolutions for 2008.
What did you accomplish in 2008?
Working for an architecture firm has really increased my love for modern art (which is what I believe good architectures like this is).
This one is my favorites--I love the re-use of an old dock to create a modern office building. I always love good contrast.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds skinless salmon fillet (4 pieces), 4 skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves, or 2 pork tenderloins, halved (1 1/2 to 2 pounds total)
1 tablespoon olive oil
In a bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano, and salt. Pat the spices on the fish or meat. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes per side for the salmon, 8 to 10 minutes per side for the chicken, or 15 minutes per side for the pork. (Reduce the heat if the spices begin to turn black.) Divide the fish or meat among 4 plates.
Yield: 4 servings
NOTE: I actually use all of the spices above on one peice of salmon (instead of four) from Costco which I cut in half to serve myself for two meals.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
1. Get back into the habit of eating healthy & working out regularly.
2. De-clutter my entire apartment, starting with my bedroom.
3. Finish Pullman's "His Dark Materials" Trilogy
4. Go ice skating at least once.
5. Get a new pet for my fish tank.
6. Do all of my winter seasonal cleaning.
7. Cook out of my CIA books!
9. Visit somewhere new every week.
10. Find some good thrift/vintage stores.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The term hero is very subjective--it means something different to everyone. I found two great quotes that helped me define what exactly a hero is to me.
The first comes from Emerson (one of my favorite sources for quotes): “The youth, intoxicated with the admiration of his hero, fails to see that it is only a projection of his own soul which he admires." The people whom I admire have the characteristics which I would most like to see in myself.
The other quote that I found is one of my old favorites from Elizabeth Drew: “The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.” To me, a hero is someone whose life makes me live more intensely for knowing of it.
C.S. Lewis was a very obvious choice for me, and the first person who entered my mind. Lewis is the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and The Screwtape Letters among many others. These books are some of my favorites--I have read them and re-read them a few times over the years. When I was a child, my parents read The Chronicles of Narnia to Jackie and I at least twice. I didn't realize it at the time, but those books became an integral part of my identity. The archetypal themes of good and evil, heroes, courage, and right and wrong are all themes which you will probably see relfected even in my choice of heroes. I believe that these books helped to (over)develop our imaginations which kept my sister and I entertained for hours upon hours of our childhood.
In high school, I was introduced to The Space Trilogy which changed my life to some degree. These books came to me at a time when I had started to think of the world in a different light. I was taking a Physics course. We were studying Einstein's Theory of Relativity and I was started to think about the ideas that I had seen in Madelein L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and Lewis's Space Trilogy. Is time travel possible? Are there other worlds and universes out there?
I respect Lewis a great deal as a writer. I admire his creativity. What must it be like to have such worlds spinning around in your head? He was also very wise and had a well-developed sense of humor, both of which can be seen in his writing and in his many quotes (which of course I love).
Another element of Lewis's character which I admire is his intellect. He was an Oxford scholar, and a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkein. The two were members of a literary society known as the Inklings, who valued narrative fiction (my favorite genre) and fantasy literature. I love people who discuss ideas.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis:
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
(Okay, I couldn't choose just one...)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Yay! I finally organized my closet. As you can see from the top "before" picture, I desperately needed to do this chore. I still need to get a bulletin board to put up on the wall by my jackets and handbags that I can use to hang my necklaces on. I would also like to figure out some way to hang up some of my scarves to have them more visible and available. What is it about organizing some little part of your life that gives such a sense of peace and accomplishment?
P.S. - Can anyone tell me how to fix the spaces between the images in this post?
Friday, November 28, 2008
For Thanksgiving this year, I volunteered to bake a pie since I hadn't crossed No. 7 off of my list yet. My colleague, Kathy, gave me the pecans from her Aunt's tree down in Texas. Jackie helped me shell them, and I just might be the worst pecan-sheller in the world. But, the pie still managed to turn out fine--I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of the final product because I forgot my camera when I went down to my parents' house this weekend. The pie crust recipe made enough for two pies, so I'll have to make another one sometime this week...I'll let you know how it goes. : )
P.S. Sorry for the poor image quality--I'm still learning how to use my camera...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
2. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center.
3. Go back to visit all of the places that I have lived.
4. Run a marathon.
5. Go to culinary school.
6. Be the best at what I do.
8. Spend New Year's Eve in Times Square.
9. Flip a house.
10. Skiing in the Swiss Alps.
11. Spend a week at a spa with my girlies.
12. Wine tasting in Napa Valley.
13. Visit Greece and Italy (cruise?).
14. Set up a scholarship fund for young women looking to find a cure for dimentia or diabetes.
15. Have a syndicated column.
16. Write a novel (children's?).
17. Work for something I believe in.
18. Go on a cruise.
19. Work on a project with Donald Trump.
20. Attend the winter olympics.
22. Knicks game in Madison Square Garden.
23. Rangers game in Madison Square Garden!
25. Attend fall Fashion Week with my sisters.
27. Get my MBA or Master's in Marketing.
28. Get a PhD in American literature.
29. Washington D.C.
36. Notre Dame football game
37. Syracuse lacrosse game
38. Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.
40. Own a little piece of land
41. Read through the "College Bound Reading List"
43. Go on a safari in South Africa
44. Bungee jumping
47. Spend a month living in the French countryside.
48. Do a better job of keeping in touch/staying close to my family.
50. Meet Martha Stewart
51. Take the train from Reno to Denver.
52. Moscow (yay furs and communist modern architecture!) and St. Petersburg
53. Alaskan cruise
54. Grand Canyon (backpacking/camping trip?)
55. Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
59. Attend a Presidential inauguration
60. Prince Edward Island
62. Australia and New Zealand
63. Rio de Janeiro
65. Visit every baseball park in the U.S.
66. Become fluent in at least one other language
67. Start my own business
68. Rose Parade
69. Cook my way through an entire cook book
70. Have a baby
71. Go to Spring Training
72. Read through all works by C.S. Lewis
Let me know if you have any ideas for things I should add!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I also got to talk to Jess today! She is having a great time over in Cambridge--I can't wait to go visit her (*fingers crossed*)! I need to go into Verizon and see if I'm going to get charged like mad for these international texts & calls...
Friday, November 21, 2008
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sometimes I wonder whether I'll ever end up back in Michigan. I really love it there, but could I really be happy living in a small town like Plainwell or Kalamazoo? What would my career possibilities look like? I do so want to live in a place where the seasons change...
Maybe I'm just feeling antsy and restless because I've been living in this area for four years now...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Owen is a Wall Street veteran, and he spoke to our class today, as he put it, "from the heart." He feels that the biggest problem in American business today is that there is a complete lack of morals. The country's motto has become, "What's in it for me?" Growing up, Owen's heroes were cowboys, and he says that he's never grown out of that which is made clear in his beautiful book. The cowboy is an iconic part of American culture (which was mocked incessantly by my horrid CH 203 professor last semester). Owen feels that the "Code of the West" is what makes cowboys so respectable--they live by an unspoken code of honor, integrity, and humility. In his book, he outlines "Ten Principles to Live By." Those ten principles are:
- Live each day with courage
- Take pride in your work
- Always finish what you start
- Do what has to be done
- Be tough, but fair
- When you make a promise, keep it
- Ride for the brand
- Talk less and say more
- Remember that some things aren't for sale
- Know where to draw the line
I know that I could stand to work on a few of the things on that list. Why don't professors have more guest speakers in their classes? Mr. Owen was great--he gave each of us a free copy of his book, and when I went up to thank him after class, he signed it for me. : ) I'm really excited to read the book--it was very encouraging to hear a successful businessman speak about many of the things that I hold near and dear. I do long for the days when "a handshake was as good as a twenty page contract." This class today got me excited about business school again--I am going to be able to make a difference in the world someday. If you want to check this book out, you can borrow it from me once I'm done, or you can buy it here. Besides being full of good words, it is full of beautiful cowboy pictures which makes it a great coffee table book. : )
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Anyway, more about this Gold Card. It's already being tested in Denver and Vancouver, B.C (do you have one yet, Bex?). It costs $25, and it's supposed to give you 10% off most purchases (with the exception of gift cards and digital downloads). Here are more of the perks:
- A personalized Starbucks Gold Card signifying your Gold status
- A Gold Card dividend – 2% of what you spend on your Gold Card comes back to you, or is donated to a non-profit organization each month
- Coffeehouse rewards – like special discounts on Family & Friends days
- Surprise indulgences – like something special on your birthday
- A members-only website to manage your account
I like to see companies changing and diversifying their strategies over time in order to survive. Starbucks really is a great corporation to study for business purposes. : )
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
On my way home from class this evening, I called Jen with the intention of conning her into going downtown to Jungle Vino to have an Espresso Martini with me because I wanted to put off studying as long as possible. Instead, we ended up planning to have dinner at Blue Plate down because neither of us had tried it yet. After crossing the street in 4.5" heels, I discovered that they were only open for lunch with the exception of Greek nights on Fridays. I then crossed the street again after Jen and I agreed to have dinner at the Cheese and Wine Seller which I discovered was only open from 10-4. Honestly, for wine and cheese? Ten 'o clock in the morning?
After two such heavy letdowns we decided to walk down the street to Blue Moon for some pizza. That's one more thing that I love about my girls--we're so flexible with our plans. : ) We ordered a red wine called Menage a Trois for $3.75 a glass, which was actually decent! We also ordered the Teriyaki Chicken pizza which was amazing--I just wish that they would use a lower sodium teriyaki sauce because it was a little bit on the salty side. I know that I always say that Pub 'n Sub is the best pizza in Reno, but if you're in Reno and you're hungry for some pizza, give Blue Moon a try. I really love the atmosphere (they also have a patio), and I really love California Street. Next time we go, Jen, we can try the Thai pizza, k? : )
Monday, October 20, 2008
1 quart nonfat milk
1/2 cup powdered nonfat milk
1/2 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt
I heated the milk and the powdered milk over medium heat until just before it was going to start boiling, then I let it cool down to luke warm (about 20 minutes). During this time, I plugged in the maker so that the base could start heating up. Once the milk was luke warm, I mixed in the yogurt. Then I poured the mix into the little yogurt maker cups, placed them in the yogurt maker, covered it, and let the machine sit undisturbed for 8 hours. Anyone have any tips?
P.S. I heard Christmas music playing in Borders today. Is that legal? I thought that they had to wait at least until after Halloween...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
When I got home, I decided to tackle my weekend projects that have gotten backlogged due to midterms. I started off with my first attempt at using my new yogurt maker (new to me--I bought it at a garage sale for $1). I didn't have a candy thermometer, so we'll see how this batch turns out. I also finished my glittered pumpkins, but alas, I have no batteries for my camera, so I will take some pictures of them tomorrow. They really are beautiful at night with soft light glowing around them. My project for next weekend is to carve pumpkins with Jackie. : )
I also made my favorite fall breakfast food: Pumpkin Cornmeal Muffins. I make these every year because they are so perfect for the season. They smell amazing while they are baking! I heat one up in my toaster oven every morning and my whole apartment smells like pumpkin spice and coffee. Mmmm... : ) You can find the recipe here.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace. They are fortunate beings. They do not need to apprehend the significance of things. They do not grow weary nor miss step, nor do they fall out of rank and sink by the wayside to be left contemplating the moving procession.
Ah! that moving procession that has left me by the road-side! Its fantastic colors are more brilliant and beautiful than the sun on the undulating waters. What matter if souls and bodies are failing beneath the feet of the ever-pressing multitude! It moves with the majestic rhythm of the spheres. Its discordant clashes sweep upward in one harmonious tone that blends with the music of other worlds--to complete God's orchestra.
It is greater than the stars--that moving procession of human energy; greater than the palpitating earth and the things growing thereon. Oh! I could weep at being left by the wayside; left with the grass and the clouds and a few dumb animals. True, I feel at home in the society of these symbols of life's immutability. In the procession I should feel the crushing feet, the clashing discords, the ruthless hands and stifling breath. I could not hear the rhythm of the march.
Salve! ye dumb hearts. Let us be still and wait by the roadside.
This was the very last page of a book that I just finished reading: The Awakening and Other Short Stories by Kate Chopin. I love good writing. I wonder if anything written today will be sitting on bookshelves next to Dickens and Austen and Lewis and Lee fifty years from now.
This was a beautiful story--all of them were beautiful, actually, but especially The Awakening. I think that I found myself identifying with Edna on a certain level--fitting in, and yet not fitting in. Finally reaching that defining moment that breathes life into your own life. Here is my favorite quote from that story: "At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life--that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions." Read it; I know that you will love it.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I'm feeling a little bit stressed about everything that I have to do this week, so I'm going to make a list:
Monday, October 6, 2008
I'm not planning to get too political this month, but I got this quote in my e-mail today, and it made me realize part of why I am so wired to love democracy (really, I love the republic, but that's hardly feasible at this point):
"Democracy is…the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." (Harry Emerson Fosdick)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
As we were discussing the Constitution tonight, I noticed a familiar quote by George Washington on the back of my little booklet. "A primary object...should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing...than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?"
This is why our government is failing. Tonight, our professor showed us a news article that stated that only one 1 out of 1000 Americans can state the five liberties granted to us in the First Amendment, but 1 out of 5 of us can name all five of the main characters of the Simpsons. Years ago, did all of the Communists left in the country after McCarthy's witch hunts become teachers in the United States? Did they get together and decide that instead of teaching children their great American heritage and instilling in them a sense of nationalism they would teach that white America always has been and always will be the devil, and that as a nation, we should be running around with our tails between our legs chanting peace and change and kazoo? I know that educators in this country tend to lean pretty far to the left, but I am definitely not saying that they are Communists. Just so that is clear. It makes me excited to see my friends like Jen and Kimbra becoming teachers. I know that they will be beacons of truth in this storm.
I am very proud to be an American. It excites me to live in a country where the press is not censored, where no dictator rules without checks and balances, where no one is evaluating our talents and determining our careers for us, where people can say the name of God without fearing for their lives. I also love free markets and elections.
I realize that this country isn't perfect, but at least we have the right--and the obligation--to change those things that need alterations. I don't want my grandchildren to wake up someday in a world like that of Bellamy's Looking Backward. But, if we don't educate the younger generations in the "science of government", how are we to expect good strong leaders to rise up to run our country. Perhaps this is the very reason that we are in the midst of such a heated election right now.
Now, I need to get back to studying for my exams...
In case you were wondering...the five liberties granted to us in the First Amendment are: religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. Of the Simpsons, I can name Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Bart.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Kimbra and I are so in love with this song (we listened to it on repeat for the entire 3 hour trip up to Santa Barbara one November). She just showed this video to me, and I think that it is amazing! I need to move Stigmata to the top of my Netflix queue.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
For a study break tonight (I have midterms this week) I decided to make the glittered pumpkins. I cannot believe how easy they were to make. They are absolutely stunning! I noticed that a girl posted on the article that she was going to use these for her wedding centerpeices. I am filing that away in the back of my mind (I've always wanted to have an Autumn wedding) because these are so beautiful and elegant! I can't get over it--I'm so excited about how easy they were to make! I bought three little pumpkins at Trader Joe's today, and I only bought two different colors of glitter, so I'm going to have to stop in at Michael's again and get a third color--I think that I'm going to go with brown. I'll take a picture and post it on here as soon as I get the third pumpkin done.
If you're in love with Fall as much as I am, you should definitely try making these. Now, my project for next weekend is to make Pumpkin Cornmeal Muffins for my neighbors. : )
Friday, September 26, 2008
There is something about Autumn that is so inspiring to me. It makes me want to fall in love. I love the crispness in the air, the colors in the environment, the smell of burning wood, pumpkins, warm spicy drinks...and of course, the fashion. I love scarves and light jackets and sweaters and new makeup and haircuts. Maybe it's the formality that is introduced back into our lives. Summer has never been my favorite--carefree and laid back has never really been my style. I love the structure of new class schedules, and I really love football season. I love apples, pears, grapes, broccoli and sweet potatoes (which are all in season now!). I just love everything about this season...
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I was surprised to see Jesse getting so far in this whole thing. After all, he was the guy who met her in his pink shoelaces. However, the more "we got to know him", the more I liked him. He is strong, fun, genuine, caring--he's just an overall nice guy. He's totally into her, and as DeAnna's sister pointed out, he's very exciting. I love that he said he would take Mr. Pappas with him to get his hair cut to an acceptable length. : ) I think it's great that he's not like any guy she's ever dated before. I love how nervous he was about asking her to marry him. I'd imagine that guys are nervous enough when they pop the question and they know what the answer will be. He was asking her to marry him with the very real chance that she would say no to him.
They look so happy together--I hope to find someone someday who makes me look at them the way that she looked at him when he was proposing. Well, I don't have anything more to say about Jesse & DeAnna. I don't understand why I like this show so much, but I can't wait for the next season!
Monday, July 7, 2008
So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?
I've been in a very literary mood lately. I think that I can narrow the source of that mood down to influences in my life right now. The first is one of the books that I am reading: Winesburg, Ohio. I've been reading through the "College-Bound Reading List" (to which my sister snickered), and this is one of the not-so-well-known little treasures that I have found during this process. It is a collection of short stories, maybe vignettes, about different people who live in this little town in Ohio. The stories are about people and their personal struggles--they tell me why those people are the way they are. This writing style has just captivated me. Here are a few quotes that I love from this book:
"Within him there is a secret something that is striving to grow."
"If you are to become a writer you'll have to stop fooling with words," she explained. "It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared. Now it's time to be living.
I don't want to frighten you, but I would like to make you understand the import of what you think of attempting. You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say."
The second source is all of the walking that I've been doing around Reno lately. I love walking around cities. I notice so many more details. There are some really beautiful buildings in Reno. I also notice the way things smell. I love watching the people walking around downtown. It's definitely an interesting mix.
***I'll take a picture of that house and post it later. I still need to get my camera fixed, but it's going to cost me $60. : (
Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sean. Okay, if you watched the pre-show where DeAnna "Tells All", you know that Sean is obsessed with his body. He has a sauna in his house where he burns off water weight. He also has a tanning bed in his home. I can't remember where I read this, but I feel like it may have been Dear Margo: a man who spends too much time in the gym is compensating for something. No, I'm not talking about that, but I feel that when guys spend too much time in the gym, there is usually something lacking intellectually, socially, or maybe they just have a blah personality. Now, lifted trucks and lame pimped out cars--those are signals that they are compensating for something in a more tangible area. Sean seemed like a really nice guy, he was just a little too intense about everything. He seemed very sweet, but I'm sorry--I don't want to live one street over from my mother-in-law--especially if my husband is a momma's boy. Also, I have a problem with people who live in big houses just to live in big houses. That's what I love about Ed Begley, Jr. But, the right girl might even him out a bit.
I'm going to say it again--DeAnna picks the greatest dates! Quadding in Palm Springs? Amazing! I need to get my brother and sister to go out on my Dad's quads with me next time I go home. I'm not as much fun on quads anymore, though--I'm still a bit skiddish since that time that I almost bit my tongue off after going off that one jump. I'm pretty sure that I had a mild concussion, and I set my alarm to go off every hour throughout the night. My favorite date so far (that I can recall right now) is the one-on-one she took Jeremy on. Dinner at Frank Sinatra's house! That would be so amazing! I loved her dress, I love that he got into crooning Sinatra karaoke style with her, and I loved the dancing out under the stars by the pool. That's one thing that I will be looking for in a man now--someone with enough charisma to put on some Sinatra and dance with me.
I am really looking forward to the hometown dates next week. I really like Jesse, but I just don't see them together. I kind of feel like she's going to end up with either Jeremy or Jason. Graham is a little too iffy for me right now. I'm kind of leaning toward Jeremy right now, but was she fighting with him on the preview for next week?
Monday, June 16, 2008
After Pub 'n Sub, Karl and Jen talked us into going to see Kung Fu Panda at the Drive-In in Sparks. That movie was bad. I loved Ratatouille and Meet the Robinsons, but Kung Fu Panda is a good movie for adults to avoid. Maybe kids will like it, but they shouldn't. It's pretty dumb (sorry, Jen). However, the Drive-In is a cool venue, and I would love to go see another movie there!
I had my first Operations Management exam today. We'll see how that went. I should have studied a little more. Oh well, this professor reduces your lowest exam grade to a 50% value instead of a 100% value, which will help out a lot if I do poorly on any of the exams.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
It was a nice, relaxing day. I have the greatest father. He has always shown me that he loves me. He has always been there for me when I needed him, even when he was frustrated with me or when I let him down. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful Dad. This picture is from a few years ago when our family took a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
P.S. - As of this weekend, my brother is taller than me.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Poor Fred--she just has more of a connection with Graham and Jason and Jeremy and even Jesse. He sounds like a great guy, though. Chicago, huh...?
Now, let's talk about Robert. Who is this guy? "I took my ex-fiance out on a helicopter, blah, blah, blah." As that would be very romantic, he couldn't really afford it. He had to charge it all to his credit card. It seems so fake for some reason. I liked Fred's most romantic date so much better. I guess most guys don't understand that, while we do want to be swept off of our feet, we don't need really extravagant things. We need to know that we're loved.
Anyway...I am so glad that Robert is finally gone. He was way too into himself. Now, I just can't wait until she gives Twilley the boot. I'm sorry, but I just do not like him. At all.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday morning, I rolled out of bed and headed down to the salon for a a haircut and eyebrow waxing. Getting my eyebrows waxed is one of my favorite things in the world. It makes me feel so much prettier so instantly. It's amazing! After the hair appointment, my amazing mother hemmed a dress for me to wear to Joe and Kathy's reception which took place Saturday night. They had the reception in the new addition to the Peppermill. Kathy looked beautiful, the food was great, and it was a lot of finally meet all of the people that I hear so much about, including her mother.
Sunday morning, I woke up to "The Joker" (my dad was calling me. : ) Unfortunately, I had a little snafu with a deposit, so I couldn't fill up my gas tank to head up to Truckee for my brother's last lacrosse game. I started reading a new book for a little while when I got another phone call inviting me to go up to Sand Harbor to hang out for the day. It was the perfect day at the beach. Jessie took a little break to hang out with us for awhile on the beach. She also helped us break into Jen and Karl's car to steal Jen's purse. : ) Jen thought it was funny (right?). Jen and Karl happened to be up there with a client at the same time, so we met up with them. We borrowed their kayak and paddled around the bay for awhile. We found a trap in which someone had caught some beautiful little rainbow trout (which is illegal, so we released them). We headed home, and I spent the evening watching How I Met Your Mother and cleaning my apartment before my first summer class starts up tomorrow. : ( So far, this is turning out to be a great summer!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
What a great weekend!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'm really bummed that she got rid of Chris from Dallas and kept Twilley. Twilley is weird. He talks too much, and he seems incredibly insecure. And, Chris is way cuter than Twilley.
I'm not really sure how I feel about Graham anymore, either. The beach date looked like fun, and he seemed nice enough. But, he doesn't seem very interesting. We'll just have to see. I'm loving Jeremy--gotta love a guy who can hit 6 home runs when everyone else hits one or two. He is also hot! We'll have to see how he plays out. If he really lost the push up competition on purpose in order to keep some of the animosity at bay, I think that was a smart move. I'm also liking the snowboarder a lot more. I liked it when he sat down with DeAnna after winning the push up contest (with 98 push-ups!) and talked about wanting to be home with his kids making them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I'm interested in seeing how DeAnna reacts when Jason tells her about Ty, his 3-year-old son. I'm also kind of liking Ron, the divorced guy.
Monday, May 26, 2008
2 egg whites
1/4 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 T. salsa
2 T. shredded low-fat cheese (I used a 4-cheese Mexican blend)
1 small whole-wheat tortilla