Friday, July 25, 2008


That is what I am as far as school is concerned.


I finished my Independent Study class (the last barrier to freedom) on Wednesday and life has been even more a heaven on earth than it was before. If that was even possible. Because in case you forgot, we got a dishwasher.

Since Wednesday, I have watched a movie, cleaned some of the house, taken a walk, watched some TV, practiced my handwriting, played Settlers of Catan, and all around enjoyed myself. And I haven't had to feel guilty for one second that I was supposed to be doing homework or reading. It is like a weight has been lifted. a 4 lb. weight. In the shape of a Biology textbook. Which I sold to my neighbor. Who is about to begin the same torture I just lived through. Sorry, neighbor.

Monday, July 21, 2008

My gloriously wonderful life

My husband started a blog. I mentioned this in a previous post (post NUMBER 50! Wahoo!). Today I learned that blog is full of lies. His first story- ended in a lie. Also, he said he just learned that porta potties and running water are my ideas of roughing it. WRONG. He learned that a long time ago. He also said that I would have pictures from our campout on my blog. Also wrong. I will have them in the future, just not in this post.

This post my friends, is dedicated to the most beautiful thing that has entered our home in recent memory.

Yes, that is a dishwasher. This dishwasher now resides in our kitchen. It washes our dishes. FOR FREE. And I don't even have to nag it. Or bribe it to do the dishes. It doesn't have to spend several hours getting up the motivation to do all the dishes that have piled up in the last 2 days. You just hook it up to the sink, plug it in and let it wash away. We ran it for the first time last night and I must say, it outperformed my expectations. I included a picture of a PYREX measuring cup for you to see.

That's it right there. I know it's hard to see it because it is so clean that you can just see right through it, but trust me, it's there. Do you know what that had on it when I put it in there? day old crusted on pancake batter from our camping trip. Did this dishwasher so much as even stutter? NO. Did it hurt its elbow and get raisin fingers just trying to get the batter off this ONE STUPID PYREX LET ALONE THE ENTIRE REST OF THE LOAD? No. This dishwasher is a trooper. I am pretty sure it was sent from heaven to our house.

And the best part? It was only $35. That may very well be the some of the best $35 I ever spent.

Also, last week we inherited a washer and dryer. For FREE. And we have washer and dryer hookups in our new apartment. With this new place, we'll have two-tone paint, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, a cool green kitchen and lower rent. Could life get any better? I submit that it cannot.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Quotes from a real cover letter

Today I had the pleasure of reading a very enjoyable cover letter. This letter was sent to us in application for a real job. Really. Some quotes from the letter are as follows:

"Accounting is far more than just numbers on a page to me. It is a way of life."
"My sister and I are 13 months apart. My mother said it was like having twins."
"My parents got divorced when I was 3 years old. They have both gotten remarried to different spouses."
"College has times that are challenging."
"This drive is an internal feeling that one feels. They may not even know where it is coming from, but it comes from them."
"I want to show you that I love you."
"Basically, I want both of us to be at the same level, regarding life, goals, and marriage."

Yes, again, this was for real. I can almost guarantee they accidentally sent over their cover letter for an online dating site. But however this blessed miracle occurred, I don't really care. I'm just glad it was there to brighten my day today.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Justin started a blog. Maybe he will actually write in it this time (last blog lasted for a total of exactly 7 days). The first post was pretty amusing. You can find it on my links over to the left there under "My Dearest Schmoopsie." hahaha. That nickname is gag-tastic.

I am a craftmaster.

Sometimes I get these incredibly intense desires to be craftsy. Usually, when these desires hit, I have no purpose for creating anything, so I usually just create random junk that sits around for months ("I'll finish it when I have time") until I see Justin's blood pressure rise to the point that that one vein in his neck goes a little crazy. I'll throw it away and then have to start afresh on some other random project the next time the mood strikes.

However, today my friends, the mood coincided with a need and I created what is, if I do say so myself, a pretty rad wedding card. One of the students I student taught got married today and I thought she deserved something a little more special than a store bought card. I carried on in my fine tradition of cutting up people's wedding invitations to use them for their wedding card and made the following (sorry the pictures are so yellow!):

Friday, July 11, 2008

Pretty freaking quick

Sooooo... I took a typing test online. Just for grins because I need some grins every now and then. I found the link on Julie Andrew's blog and decided, what the heck. Well, if you'll look below, you'll notice that I am a very fast typer. Or at least, I'm not too ashamed of that speed. Ha. And my parents thought that all that instant messaging wouldn't be good for me. LOOK AT ME NOW!!!

88 words

Monday, July 07, 2008

Domo arigato

I don't even know how to spell that. You want to know why? Because I don't know how to speak Japanese. However, apparently this is not well known. Justin and I got gas the other day at a local Sinclair. When printing out our receipt, we got this:

I have no idea how many yen we paid for those 11 gallons of gas. I didn't even know we had any yen (I hope we had enough because if we didn't, I'll never know and it will probably go to collections). I don't know who made that receipt print out, or why they thought that either Justin or I looked Japanese enough to justify changing the language settings on the machine. I mean are there even language settings on the pumps? Either way, I have been assured that this is Japanese, not just a random collection of spastic gas pump marks, so if anyone has any further knowledge in the language and wants to let us know how much we spent, that would be great.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

He's BACK!

This picture was taken over 2 years ago when my dear friend Eric Maughan got his mission call to Brasilia Brazil.

Well, today, that same wonderful Eric Maughan returned from his mission. I got to talk to him on webcam and it was awesome. He speaks like he's learning English ("Yes, that would be great, thank you." or "I need to go eat now because I am hungry." instead of "Yeah, that'd be good." or "I gotta go eat.") and says he has a tan line from his tie (that he's assured me he'll show off to the ladies as soon as he's done some sit ups). He said that he almost died when he got my letter saying that I was having a baby-- haha, I had forgotten about that little trick I played on him : ) Good news is, he sounds pretty normal and seems like getting back into regular life shouldn't be too hard for him.

So ladies, start lining up at your leisure because "this incredible hunk of burning manflesh is a genius of the academics team, and the fastest mile runner in the school!!" and he's back in town!