Sunday, November 24, 2013

Adventures in Green Smoothies

About a month ago, Caleb asked me if he should try making green smoothies.

Why not?

Knowing that we didn't have the right vegetables for green smoothies (romaine lettuce, pea pods, broccoli...), I volunteered to buy some kale and spinach at Costco at the end of the week.

The next day when I came home from work, the kitchen had little green specks evvvvvverywhere.  Caleb announced, "Green smoothies are disguuuuusting!"

So I asked, "Um, when did you go out and buy vegetables?  What fruit did you put in this?"

A romaine lettuce/broccoli smoothie is apparently not very good.

Despite my advice, the next day he found out that broccoli and apples don't make a great smoothie either.

After a couple more tries, and a few trips to Costco, Caleb is getting really awesome at making us a green smoothie almost every day, either as a snack between getting home from work and dinner, or as dessert after dinner.

Also, kale smells nasty.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Horror of the Hunger Games

Last night I saw "Catching Fire" with Caleb and a friend from work.  It was a pretty good movie.  Well done, and an intriguing story line.

The audience freaked me out.

You guys understand that the subject material is not exactly great, right?

People killing people....children killing other children....but for absolutely no purpose other than the entertainment and enslavement of the districts making up their world at that time.

People in the theater were laughing.

I may not have seen the same movie as them, but even the small jokes that were told did not indicate a comedy to me.  It didn't even seem like an action-thriller-with-great-jokes-to-lighten-the-plot.  This is no "Thor", no ""National Treasure"  (Ok, that is a really bad example).  This is more like the latest Batman series, where horrific things happen, but you get a really powerful feeling of right vs. wrong throughout the movie, and there are occasional jokes throughout the movie, which are more witty than laugh-out-loud funny.

But this theater, filled with mostly high school aged kids, couldn't contain their laughter at times.  It was then that I got kind of nervous.

I thought, "This could really happen.  These people would probably watch a real-life version of the Hunger Games on their TV at home and laugh."

So maybe I overreacted, but it was really spooky.

Has anyone else seen the movies/read the books?  I think the author is brilliant. I do think that people are obsessing a little much though.

And I'd really appreciate it if J.K. Rowling would write another Harry Potter installment, so that another movie can be made. I feel like the holiday season is missing something now when I don't have a new HP movie to go see.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Friday Night Fun

Last night we went to Scary Town, Baltimore.  We were attending a birthday party for a ward member.

When we pulled up on the block and parked on the street, we called the house and his brother came out of the alley to show us in.  While waiting, a nice lost person wandering sideways back and forth through the street asked us for a smoke; when we said we didn't have any, he asked for the money to go buy one.  HA!  It's so much nicer being asked for cigarettes than for money - you can much more honestly say no when you don't smoke.

Paul came out and showed us into the old church-turned-into-school-turned-into-apartments through the alley, then the courtyard, then in a back alley and up three huge staircases.  We got into the small apartment and found all 7 of our ward's missionaries and then more and more people kept piling in.  I think we ended up having 30 people at least in that tiny living room, but a lot of fun was had.

On the way out, a black cat crossed in front of us as we watched a huge rat making its way across the court to go eat a young child I think.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Cleaning Party

There's nothing like a good old church service project moving someone in the heart of Baltimore to make you really want to clean your own house.

And take a shower.

Really clean.

Yeah.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hearty Days Ahead!

Today I started my new job!  Yeah!

My official job title is "Applications Processor" at Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), in Ellicott City/Columbia, Maryland.  I'm working in the echocardiography (also known as simply "echo") department, processing and helping sonographers and doctors with applications for accreditation.

I have no idea what I'm doing.

But that's ok - I spent most of the day today reading documents explaining exactly what the application is like.  And...I'll be doing that tomorrow.  And probably a while more.

The little department area I'll be working in has all things hearts decorating the ceilings and windows.  I'll have 3 main coworkers and 3 supervisors-ish, one of whom is the director of the department.  All three are sonographers, so they know what's going on and know the standards that should be present in practice already.

Plus I get a fancy shmancy key card to get in and out of the office and office building.  And there is a free gym on-site.  Woohoo!

I'm excited to be at this new position and excited about all I'll get to learn while here.

Wish me luck!  I have a lot to learn.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Grandma Funnies

While going through some papers this weekend,I found some things I'd written down from a visit with my great- grandma Kay, a year or so ago.  Here's a story she shared with me:

When Grandma was living at Legacy, next to the Jordan River temple, one day she was downstairs at the front desk when the man behind the desk told her, " You are looking at the most handsome man in the world. Did you know that?"

She told me, "I couldn't deny it, it was the gospel truth."

( She couldn't see well enough to know the difference.)

 Then a lady near her leaned over and said, "Don't believe him.  He looks like Satan!"

I can't read this and not laugh out loud every single time.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Family History - I Am Doing it!

Well, I'd like to be doing it.

I started looking at my pedigree chart again on familysearch.org today.  There are so many people who are missing.

Also, while I'm out here on the east side of the country, I'd like to take advantage of being able to access records for ancestors from the 1600-1700s.  For example, the first Whiting from my line who immigrated to America came from England in the early 1600s.  He helped found Hartford, Connecticut and is listed on their founding fathers page.  Hartford is 5 hours from here, and their page says that some of his original letters are kept in the state archives there.  I'm sure if I flash them my ID with my exclusive name I'd be able to get in and take pictures.

Probably.

I want to get some of those huge binders and start filling it in with all the possible information I can find.  I know my mom has already gathered lots of information on her family; it now needs to be filled into Family Search so that everyone can access it.  And my dad's family has filled in everyone back to Adam, I am sure.  There are a lot of holes in my pedigree chart, but I know that someone else has already found that info; it just needs to be corrected or uploaded.

Who wants to start sending me stuff?!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Magical

I bought a can of pumpkin today.  And there is a bag of semi-melted-together chocolate chips in my hot kitchen.  And all the other works for making fall pumpkin treats and goodness.

I'm heading to work tonight, so I don't exactly have the time to cook up any of these treats.

Here's to hoping the baking fairy comes while I'm gone!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Counting Down...

I've started my countdown until I can officially quit my job!

I just don't know what number to start on.

Sigh.

Still looking........

I don't know how many more rejections from potential jobs I can take whilst being yelled at by customers at my current job.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Secret's Out!

No I'm not pregnant.

I'm a Mormon!

Growing up, I've always heard funny stories people tell, about when they tell others that they are Mormon.  Usually they get asked questions about horns on our heads, multiple wives locked up in basements, etc. I don't really think I've encountered this too many times.  I don't remember being "weird" in Texas among my non-LDS friends, although I'm sure I was.

But now that I'm in Baltimore, it's a totally different story.  At first, I didn't feel like I could relate to anyone about anything because I felt so different.  A few more weeks in, and I have found connections with a lot of my coworkers.  I love a lot of my old coworkers from Utah, but at this new store, I like almost everyone - everyone is so much friendlier to me, and it feels like all my coworkers are on my side, supportive, and willing to help.

When they start talking to me about their lives after work, though, unless we're talking about road trips (traveling) or college, I am lost.  They go out on the weekends, or any night after work, to "go out and have fun".  I asked my supervisor what "having fun" entailed, just to clarify, and she told me it meant having drinks. So unfortunately I don't think I'll be invited to have fun with anyone here.  Bummer.  Well, I'm at work every night anyway, so it's cool.

My supervisor asked me if I had found a church to go to out here yet, and I explained that I already belonged to a worldwide church, the LDS church.  She had a blank look, so I also explained that most people know us as Mormons.  She got a funny look on her face and said, "Don't get me wrong, I'll go to church every once in a while, but to go all the time and commit and such, that's just not my thing.  Don't really believe in all that."  She goes to a Baptist church somewhere in town.  Over the last few weeks we've had a couple other discussions, mostly stemming from when she talks about tattoos or drinking and uses terminology that I am completely foreign to.  She's learned a couple things about my religion, and I've learned about how some people have fun here!

One of my cashiers was talking to me about how she doesn't like to work Sundays, and I told her why I don't like to work Sundays either.  She asked if I was Catholic, and I told her no, I'm actually Mormon.  The following ensued:

"Oh, cool, so uh, how many wives did your dad get?  Are you your husband's only wife?"

"Um, well, my dad only has one wife, and I better be the only wife my husband has.  Our church did used to have polygamy, but it hasn't been practiced for a very long time.  The churches that do still practice polygamy broke off from our church and are not affiliated with our church at all, although the media or they themselves may try to convince you otherwise..."

A conversation followed where she told me about the TV show "Sister Wives" and I talked to her about the church she went to.

Last night a cashier asked me if I was Mormon since I was from "Mormon territory".  When I replied in the affirmative she excitedly asked, "So have you gotten to meet the Osmonds?!"

Maybe I'll get her one of their family's CDs as a brief introduction to the church.....

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Need Some Change

I can't quite decide what to do.

I've been applying for jobs left and right.  Jobs that I thought I would have qualified for now require 3-5 years of experience.  I am spending too much in gas each week to get to and from work.

I'm looking at graduate schools, but am having a hard time justifying the expense given that Caleb's school is already going to cost an arm and a leg, and once we have kids, I hope to be able to be at home with them most of the time.  Also, if I am going to go to grad school, I want to do well.  And I can't do well while working - I've already proven that with my 4-year undergraduate degree.  However, we have to eat, and pay rent and all that other fun stuff.  That means taking out the max in student loans, and those still don't cover everything you need.

I've looked at WGU, which is comparable in cost to Utah's public undergraduate programs, but I've also read a lot of reviews from students outside the western states, and most of them are negative.  A lot of employers (even employers in the western U.S.) won't accept their accreditation; they view it as an "easy" school.

Other schools (both online and on-campus) will cost me at least $40,000 to get an MBA or other masters degree.  And that's about the lowest quote I've seen, and that's also just the tuition.

I need some direction!  And I need someone to make the decisions for me!

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We're still here!  I have not been able to blog much; I'm spending most of my time at home either applying to jobs, checking my Facebook to see if anybody misses me yet, and playing Candy Crush Saga.

I'm working about an hour away from where we live right now, doing the same thing that I was doing in Logan.  It's about 45 minutes away in really good traffic.  I used to take the tunnel (a toll road) to work, across the harbor, but the toll adds up really quickly, so now I take a slightly longer, and much bumpier route through the city.

I get to pass by Caleb's school, then I take a right and go past Baltimore's basilica, the first one in America.  Then it's a drive through Johns Hopkins Hospital campus, then right on by the sketchier neighborhoods.  Then I continue through some more neighborhoods and make it to work.

Sometimes when I'm driving I wonder if I missed crossing a huge body of water and ended up in Santo Domingo.  It's very block-to-block here, meaning one block might have someone living on it who makes $100K/year, and the next one has buildings that are boarded up with beggars asking for money at the corners.  So it would have been very hard to find housing without actually driving by the place and checking out the block.

Church has been fun.  Everyone has been really friendly; we've had dinner with new friends twice already, and I've already gotten two callings.  Investigators are at church every week, and we have the deaf branch in our ward as well.  It's good and at times interesting to hear new members and visiting investigators get up in testimony meeting.  Their complete honesty is refreshing, and makes you think about things differently.

Next month a ward temple day has been scheduled (Washington, D.C.).  Here they rent out 2 charter buses and invite all members to bring friends and neighbors and investigators to come to the temple.  While members go inside the temple, everyone else gets to tour the temple grounds and go to the visitors' center.  Looking forward to that, and hoping I can get that day off of work.

Everyone at work has been really friendly to me.  Most of the customers are really quite nice here, nicer than I've usually experienced.  When there is an angry customer, though, watch out.  I've had so many people threaten to sue me, that they will "own the company when this is over", and I've already been mentioned by customers in phone calls/e-mails to the corporate offices.  Luckily I have not gotten into trouble for anything yet, because I have not been rude to anyone and have only followed policies that help me keep my job!  There are a few rules here, however, that are not in line with the company policies, and I am looking into that.  It's a delicate balancing act.

Oh, did I mention I'm looking for work?

We have not been able to make it out to D.C. yet, but are hoping to go on one of my days off from work this week. We need a break out of the area!

We are having an adventure out here for sure, and I can't wait to see how things progress these next few months.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Learning a New Language

Tonight I had a discussion with a coworker.  I was trying to get to the bottom of another coworker's name, "Stuhlun."

I could've sworn his name badge said "Sterling".

However, I confirmed several times that while the name might have a "g" on the end, his name was most definitely "Stirlen".

Sigh.

I have a lot to learn here.

Sincerely,

Kurston


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Swimming With the Sharks!

This just happened a few days ago.


That is a pair of dolphins behind me in the water!


Precious.


One of our favorite pics of the day!


After feeding the stingrays (one is right next to my feet).


That is a nurse shark sitting on our laps!


The workers there were so concerned when I walked on the wooden platforms without shoes (they didn't want me to get a splinter), but they had no problem throwing me in a big tank with sharks!  We swam with the dolphins and trainers for a good hour, fed stingrays, were participants in a shark show, and snorkeled through a mini man-made reef.  Such a fun day at Ocean World in Puerto Plata!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Eagle Powers, Come to Me!

I'm searching for housing. And a job.

I'm trying to find housing that is in the "good" part of town (meaning it is just barely less dangerous than the more dangerous places).  Safe + within 30 minutes of school + no mice but probably still roaches = More than my monthly paycheck, before utilities or internet or food or gas or Redbox movie nights.

Dangerous + within 30 minutes of school + lots of mice and roaches and vandalism and everything else = about the same as my current monthly paycheck after one utility bill.

I'm going to transfer within my company across the country so that I have the assurance of at least some form of income.  The problem?  Only some stores in Baltimore pay a small fraction more than my own store. Most pay the same, or even less.  Not really livable in the situation we're about to go to.

Most jobs I'm seeing that I should qualify for now require an extra degree or two, and 5-7 years of experience with a very specific programming language or type of analysis.  Wanted:  Bachelors in Biology, Math, Bioengineering or related field.  Masters or PhD highly preferred.  6 years experience required documenting eating patterns in manatees of the southern Indian ocean.  Must be able to jump on one foot and hula hoop at the same time for minimum of 5 minutes.  Happy smile preferred, but not necessary.

I did the time - I got my degree!  I even tried to pursue a degree that was less desirable to students, hoping it would be more desirable to employers.  Exactly a year ago, the Department of Labor released statistics that showed that 53% of college graduates under the age of 25 are either unemployed, or underemployed (meaning they worked either part-time or had a job which required no degree or qualifications).  Hooray for the current economic situation!

I'm feeling a bit like Nacho Libre during one of his fights.  He put in some training, and climbed a steep cliff to eat an eagle's egg.  He had been promised eagle powers to win his future fights and get money for his orphanage.


Imagine his surprise when he still lost the fight.

Eagle powers, come to me!

"Those eggs were a lie, Stephen!"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Super Cool

I listed some of Caleb's old textbooks on Amazon, and one sold yesterday.  I checked the packing slip for the address, and I'm shipping the book to one of the editors at WW Norton in Manhattan.  So cool!

That is all.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Giggles

Kaitlin and I share a Netflix subscription, as well as a HuluPlus subscription.  Best of both worlds!

Does anyone out here watch "The Middle"?

If you haven't seen it before, you should!  It gives a weekly dose of realistically funny family life.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yes!

Caleb was accepted to the School of Pharmacy at University of Maryland!

He was given the choice between the Shady Grove campus in Rockville (less than an hour's drive from both Baltimore and D.C.) or the Baltimore campus.  After going over all the pros and cons, we ultimately have decided to move to Baltimore.  Even though it is inner-city, and crime and rent are both high, he feels  better about being able to attend class live and be able to speak with professors in person.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Finding a job so that we can afford to live in the city.  Oh, and finding which parts of the city are safe to live in.  I won't go into what I have found out so far.  My mom will freak out.

Check in soon!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Argh!



Move-out date is in 4.5 weeks.  Still no word.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Letter

Dear Maryland,

Please let us know soon.

Sincerely,

I have no idea where I'm going to live in 8 weeks.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Take a Look Around

I know you've all been dying to see this:  the grand tour of our first apartment together.


Here's the interior as seen through our front door:




Oooh, a kitchen!



On the left wall of the entryway:



Our spacious bathroom:



This is the view into the family room, and the dining room, and the living room, and the bedroom:



Quick model shot:



Shot from the perspective of the couch:



Shot from the perspective of the closets:



Shot from the back corner of the room:



Our cute wall montage of pictures.  Sadly, these were all purchased today.  I decided to sell all the matching frames to another girl who is having a wedding reception soon.  Now there is less to move!



Well, that was a lovely tour, wasn't it?  With so many pictures, it made it seem much more spacious, no?

Can't wait to find our next place!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Decisions, Decisions

Well, Utah was not meant to be for us. Now we will find out in the next few days about Maryland. After that, we will decide between two 'M' states: Minnesota or Maryland? If Minnesota is the victor, we will be staying here until August while Caleb takes one more class in order to totally qualify. If Maryland, we will be high tailing it out of here in May. And I'll be desperately searching for a job either way.

Friday, February 22, 2013

More Certainty

Caleb interviewed yesterday at the University of Utah.  Exciting!

Even more exciting is that in the interview they told him they are breaking with tradition this year.  Rather than making everyone wait until late March to hear about acceptance, they will be making the decision on Tuesday.  We'll know if we're staying in Utah or leaving the state by the end of next week!

Yeah!

Also, I just went to check my mail and one of my neighbors came out of his apartment with his overgrown locks pulled back by a pretty headband.

I guess I shouldn't judge too much considering I was barefoot in 30 degree weather, with no makeup on.

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Lesson in Economics.

I recently saw a headline this week about the possibility of Congress raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour.

I am going to give a short lesson on why this is NOT a great idea.  Note that I'm not saying that any of these things that happen are moral or immoral. I am simply saying that this is what will generally happen across the country.  Laws of economics.

First, let's look at a couple of definitions:

Minimum wage:   Merriam-Webster says minimum wage is "a wage fixed by legal authority or by contract as the least that may be paid either to employed persons generally or to a particular category of employed persons."

Easy cheesy, right?

Okay, how about equilibrium?

Equilibrium:  "A state of rest or balance due to the equal action of opposing forces."  -Dictionary.com

In economics, equilibrium is when all the forces of economics balance.  Supply is sufficient for demand.  This applies to all aspects of economics.  When left to itself, this will balance automatically.  Not instantly, but eventually.  If prices are too high and people can do without, people will stop buying.  They will find substitutes for the things they want.  In turn, the company selling products will reduce prices if no one will buy.  Otherwise they will make no profit.

What is the ultimate purpose of any business or businessperson?  Their goal is to make a profit.

Now, if a business' goal is to make a profit, then this means that they need to make more money than it costs to do whatever they do, whether it is to sell a service, a product, whatever.  If they make more money than they spend, then they get a profit.  Get it?  Good.  :)

If the minimum wage increases, things will be good for people.  For a while.  Within a few days, weeks, months (it will be different for every business), the employers will begin to see an increase in their expenses (paying employees).  Eventually, in order to offset costs, their prices will have increase.

Let's see how this would work at, say, Walmart, or any grocery store.  Everyone who is not completely self-sufficient must in some way or another shop at a grocery store.  Most Walmart stores employ between 200-400 people.  It's probably a safe bet that every employee that starts there, without any experience, is at first getting paid less than the proposed $9.00 wage.  At least half of the entire store's employees are getting paid less than that amount.  Most likely. I'm not super accurate.

If they have to pay everybody more, they will have to raise some prices.  Eventually, all the prices will rise, or the service will be cut in order for the individual stores to make at least similar profits as before.  This means that you, the shopper, will be paying more for your groceries.  So you will be keeping less of your pay.  If you own a business, you are likely to raise your own prices to keep up with the demands of costs at home and costs or keeping up your business.  The effect will spread to other businesses as well.  Restaurants will be paying more for the supplies/food to make what they sell, so their prices will increase.  Doctor's visits will become more costly, because even though they are still making a good salary, who is willingly going to decrease their own pay?  Everyone's expenses will increase.

Eventually, the market will reach equilibrium again, and we will be in the exact same boat, with people crying for a minimum wage hike to $11.00 an hour. It won't ever stop.

So what I'm saying is that, yes, it will help people out for a couple months.  But, eventually, things will go right back to the way they are now.  With the higher wages will come higher costs.  This is why we were meant to progress.  We aren't supposed to keep a minimum wage job for the rest of our lives.  Some people do stay working at fast food restaurants for forever, stocking shelves at grocery stores for years and years.  But no one is being forced to stay and do this.  At least no one that I know.  For most people, it is a choice they make on their own.

I'm sure my argument has been less than clear and at times has jumped around.  And it probably sounds very cynical.  But the concepts illustrated here are real.  Want to learn more?  Enroll in an economics course at your local university or college!  Or, you can read this textbook that Mr. McAfee of Yahoo! Research has made available for free.



Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mix-Up


This morning I got on and saw the newest weather prediction on msn.com.

"Hey Caleb, I guess we're gonna have an early spring this year.  Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.  You know, the groundhog?"

"Oh yeeeeeeeeeeeah! 'Cause today's leap year huh?"

Heehee.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sometimes I Just Want to Scream

Here are times when I just want to scream:

When the touch screen on the tablet is finicky and keeps deleting my e-mails that I'm trying to write to my professor I grade for.

When the professor I grade for requires me to be on campus in a specified room to grade exams for hours on end on a Saturday but doesn't tell me what time she wants me there until the last minute (still hasn't let me know).

When I go to make peach cobbler and find out that of all the food storage I have, suddenly the peaches ran out.

When I make food in the crock pot and it all burns in a short amount of time on the lowest setting because the crock pot is so fabulous and huge!  It's like it's telling me to have children so that I can make large amounts of food so it will work properly and I'm all "No I don't think I'm ready to have kids yet!  Aren't you aware that I work at Walmart and can't exactly support more people right now?"  And it's like, "Yeah, I know, but I'm still going to burn your food."

When I start talking to kitchen appliances in my head.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Running Through My Head

Oh hey there.  I'm hoping to post something a little more interesting than usual, but I'll probably fail.  I've noticed my visitors have gone down here; that's probably my fault for lack of posting.

My mom flew in to spend some time at doctors' offices and hospitals.  Everyone's fine, no worries.  The time was well spent shopping and running around.  Kait and I did manage to coax her into seeing Les Miserables with us last Friday.  She didn't like it as much as we did!

It's cold here.


Caleb's been flying his helicopter everywhere.


In a less-than-flattering picture, here's me wearing the cute scarf and hat set that my mother-in-law asked one of her coworkers to make for me.  I've made it one of my New Year's goals to wear scarves and hats more often since not a year goes by that someone gives me a really cute set of gloves or a scarf or hat.  Also, not a year goes by that I fail to wear any of these cute things.  Trust me, I have them, I just forget.  Maybe if I wear them in public more often people will believe me and not pity me and feel like they have to give them to me.  However, if you wish to give me cute clothes, feel free to continue.  My stash will grow and I will not complain.  In case of apocalypse in a cold atmosphere I will be the go-to girl for sensible yet very fashionable clothing.  I just don't want to give false advertisement that I don't own some warm clothing.

Because that is just dishonest.


Caleb also had a birthday last week.  So we partied it up.



There was no shortage of women around, what a lucky guy.



He's old!  ish.





Faaaaaabulous!
Yes that is in fact Costco fudge-y cake.


The weirdest thing was that my brother-in-law Slade also had a birthday.  On the same day as Caleb.  How coincidental!

The boys got to decide where the family went to lunner at last Saturday, and they picked Firehouse Pizza here in Logan.  They wanted to order the 36-inch pizza.  It had to be put on a separate table.  Yep.  Pizza and bacon for toppings.  What could be better?


We went over to my brother and sister-in-law's house for cake and ice cream afterward.  The dogs partied with us again.







Also, an announcement - Caleb was accepted to the University of Minnesota at Duluth!  Very excited for him!  This does not mean that this is where we will be going, however.  He also has an interview in Baltimore in two weeks, and we're hoping to hear from the University of Utah within the next week.  We will know by the end of March (hopefully) where we will be moving.

Did you know that the highest average monthly temperature in Duluth is 75 degrees?  And that their record low is at -37 F?

Orlando sounds really nice right now.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Goals in Review

Looking back on my list of goals for 2012, I was able to complete 8 of the 27.

What a fail!

Well, I guess I can't consider it too much of a failure when I consider that not on the list, but accomplished, were things like "move", "get married", "go though the temple", and "get 2 jobs and any other work you can pick up".

Among the 8 things accomplished were things such as

Retake Spanish tests-get an A in at least the first two semesters.

Get honor roll for the last semester of college.

Try a new food.

You get the picture.  I also had the same goal of reading three books off my bucket reading list for the year.  I believe I read at least five of them:  All the Pretty Horses, The Joy Luck Club, The Blind Assassin, Frankenstein, and Woman Warrior.  I'm currently reading The Plague, and am almost finished with Anna Karenina; unfortunately, I accidentally gave Kaitlin that book in a bag of things to put in her luggage to take to the Caribbean.  So, that will have to wait until I see her again.

I'm going to have to think over what new things to list up and accomplish in 2013!  I'm sure it will be a busy year.  We are anticipating moving across the country in May or June, and I hope to be able to find a better job when that happens.

To 2013!

What We've Been Up To

Picture catch up time!


Thanksgiving:

The rolls are rising at my in-laws' house!



Decorating the Christmas tree!



The pie-fest:


More decorating of the tree:


My honey went to Minneapolis for a pharmacy school interview and snapped some pictures:




Mall of America in Minneapolis:



Roses were waiting for me at home after work a couple weeks ago:



Caleb's been so nice recently, he's been taking me to work in the morning.



Not only that, but he scrapes and warms up the car for me too!



At the start of the break from school we put together a new puzzle to remember Cache Valley by:



Things are pretty boring here when it's cold outside, so we decided to take a quick drive up the canyon mid-December.





Our Christmas decorations:



The rocket-tree is ready for takeoff.



Driving to my in-laws' for Christmas, through a snowstorm in the canyon:



The fun present of the year was the remote-control helicopter:





Our car hit quite a milestone between Christmas and New Years':
Before:

During:

After:


Also, our window (there is only one) has frozen shut.



Outside the apartment:


Inside:


That latch is not going to work to try to open it!

Caleb spent 1/2 hour this morning melting all that ice with a hair dryer.  Still can't open the window, but at least the ice has been melted and soaked up.

Brrrrrrrr.