Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snow

In Portland it only snows once every other year or so. Except for this year. I think the snow loves my face. The morning of my graduation we got 6 inches of snow, making it hard for us to get to campus, let alone have my loving wonderful grandparents come in from out of town. Now I'm sitting at a laptop at the kitchen table of my brother-in-law's apartment, looking out the window at the blizzard outside. For the 4th time this week. We wanted to go to OMSI today (which is supposedly a really cool science museum, but I wouldn't know - I've never been) but because of an inch of snow, the museum closed down. And the Portland drivers? Don't even get me started. They have no idea how to drive in the snow. And the lines to buy chains for their tires are ridiculously long. I only see one positive aspect to this craziness of snow: this apartment is on a steep hill and we have a great view of the road, which means we get to watch the people slip and slide down the hill and crash into trees because they don't know how to drive. And that can be funny.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Portland

We're here! Mark and I are here in Portland visiting his brother (and his family). Remember the cute baby with the amazing sunshine in the hospital pictures? We're with them.. and that baby is SOOO dang cute! In fact, as I sit here typing, I am only using one hand so the other can hold this baby-smelling little treasure. Seriously adorable. Anyway, as some of you may know, Portland got an inch of snow yesterday. And when that happens, the whole city shuts down. Eric came on the bus to pick us up from the airport. We got to the airport right as the trains shut down (the switches and switch defrosters were frozen). Anyway, the trip from the airport to their house that should have taken 20 minutes ended up taking 5 hours. And it was really really really cold. But we're here now, and warm, and having fun. Yipee!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cousins and Husbands and Dreams. Oh My!

Last night I had a visitor in my dream (probably thanks to trublubyu's dream giveaway). It was my cousin. He and I were good friends all growing up, but he lives in Idaho now so we don't see each other often. Anyway, it was nice to see him again last night. Sort of.
He and my husband were trying to blow up a bank with a nuclear bomb. And I knew it. And of course I had to save the bank, so I was calling 911 pretending I was talking to my mom so that Mark wouldn't get mad at me for snitching him out. You see, the cops had been looking for them for a while, and when I found out it was them, I was MAD! I just had to turn them in. I don't remember if the cops ever showed up. But I do remember that when my cousin shot the bags of chemicals with a paintball gun (to scoot it over a little bit for a better position) it blew up and he got burned. Really really bad. Serves you right, cousin. As for Mark, he never caught on that I was on the phone with the police and not my mom. And then I woke up.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Let the Good Times Roll

Or bend. Whatever is your preference I suppose.



This is my friend, Mary, whom I met in Yoga class this semester. She's good at things like this.
Oh, and the other two pictures (the blue shirt ones) are me.


Also, here are the pictures that I promised would come after I recovered from the delivery. Here is my question: usually when you see the new one you know right off whether it's a boy or girl. This one I'm not so sure on. Ideas? Name suggestions?


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Delivered


This picture was taken with my phone (pretty good, I know). Real camera pictures will be coming, but I just couldn't help myself! YAHOO!!! (Can't type much today; my fingers are sore.)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I Want to Share

From Moosh In Indy and HP Computers; A Giveaway! I love things things. I stole the rules from her blog so you can see what this post is about. Take it away, Moosh In Indy!

HOW TO ENTER (these are my rules, and they only apply and qualify you for the giveaway here, at mooshinindy.com):

I want to know. Who would you share all this magic with and how would you do it?

  1. Compose a post on your own blog, telling me what you would do with $6,000 worth of the latest HP technology. Who would you share with and why? Creativity counts, but it’s not everything. I’m going to be awarding this prize package to whomever captures the magic of sharing the most. Don’t have a blog? Go ahead and compose your entry in 200 words or less and post it here in my comments section, leaving a valid email in the email field. Video entries on YouTube, posts on MySpace and Facebook will also be accepted.
  2. Somewhere in your post mention and link to HP’s Magic Giveaway along with a mention and link to this post on moosh in indy. When your post is published, leave a link to your entry, wherever it may be, with your name and valid email address in the comments section below.
  3. Contest is open NOW! and will run through 10 p.m. EST December 9th, 2008. Comments will close at 10 p.m. EST on December 9th, 2008. So get to it.
  4. That’s it.

THE NOT SO FINE PRINT:

  • My family, friends and people I know in real life are not eligible. Sorry dudes. It’s just not fair. But you are more than welcome to enter any or all of the other 49 giveaways. (Although you can only win one.)
  • Anyone who doesn’t fall into the above category, in any part of the world, is eligible to enter.
  • All taxes will be taken care of by HP.
  • You must SHARE part of the prize package with someone who isn’t you, preferably someone who doesn’t even live in your house. While I have no way to police you once the prizes leave my doorstep, I can assure you that if you don’t share, bad juju’s will follow you all the days of your life. Okay, so I can’t even promise that, just don’t be a selfish jerk okay? You’re a lucky fool if you win all this stuff. PAY IT FORWARD.
  • The winner must provide me with a real street shipping address, P.O. Boxes will not be accepted. Items you choose to share can be shipped to the person directly at no cost to you (and is actually preferred. Who doesn’t love getting magic surprises in the mail?)
  • By entering, the winner agrees to provide me, within two weeks of receipt of the prize, a 250 word story (at least) on what happened when they shared one or more of the products. Their story will be posted on moosh in indy. at a later date. Stories from those who were surprised with the magic would also be fantastic. Pictures optional, but strongly encouraged. I won’t post any personal information without permission.
  • I have been using (reviewing, coveting, checking out) the hardware (dude, I don’t get to keep any of this stuff) but they will all be restored to factory/like new condition before I ship them.
  • I will pick and announce a winner December 9th, 2008 at 12 a.m. EST.

I will be the sole judge and my decision is final. I cannot be bought with promises of cookies, lavish riches, goods, products or services. So don’t even try. Okay, so you can try, but just know it won’t work.


So, here's my entry. As many of you know, I am a college student who delivers pizza to pay for school and living expenses. Also, I'm starting graduate school next semester and a laptop and printer would be mighty handy. Everything else in the package is extra to me. As a pizza deliverer, I get to drive around town and see all sorts of homes and happenings. A couple of weeks ago, one of the houses that I often drive past caught on fire and the family was devastated. I still can't drive past that house without wondering where they are staying and how they are doing. Granted, they hopefully have insurance, but who wouldn't love to get 3 computers and a bunch of other stuff FOR FREE, especially right after your house burns down. This is the family I would pass everything else on to. During this Christmas season (especially with the economy the way that it is) it's really hard to feel poor. I don't know this families financial situation, but I know that if I were in their shoes, I couldn't be happier knowing that strangers are thinking of me and praying for me.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

New Baby

The sun'll come out tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... there'll be sun..

Do you know why? I do.

My Dad! He's the best. When I was young(er than I am now) and just getting into piano lessons, my daddy promised me that if I kept up with piano and music, he would buy me a piano. So, tell me now. Why does the sun come out tomorrow? Because my piano is being born into my world tomorrow!!! I've made an appointment with the delivery crew, and hopefully the birth goes well. He/she (we haven't found out the gender yet) might come right on time or a couple hours later. The longer it takes, the more painful it is. But when he/she is born, it is all worth it. This will be my second baby. (My first is my motorcycle. She's a beaut, but she's getting to be pretty old.) (Come to think of it, my first baby is my car named Baby. She's also a beat up beaut and getting old. Second is Mota (would have been Moto if she were a boy) the Motorcycle. And third will come tomorrow - name and gender to be decided upon arrival.)
You might think I'm crazy comparing the arrival of these inanimate objects to childbirth, but I'm not crazy. After all, many people have dogs that they call their children. They even let them eat at the dinner table! At least I keep my babies where they belong. Also, think of my items and childbirth in parallel: you're excited to receive it, it's hard to wait for, causes you stress if it gets injured, nice to sit on, etc. Too bad they don't make widgets with pictures of a piano (car, moto, etc.) coming closer to you (getting bigger) as the arrival time gets closer! I would be ALL over that. Pictures of the beautiful baby coming tomorrow or the next day (or whenever I recover from the delivery)!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Stuff

I feel like there's something really important that I should be doing right now, but I can't think of what it is. (I just remembered what I was supposed to do... Dang! I wasted so much time this morning - now when will I do that thing I was supposed to do?! *Inserted a few hours after making this post.) So, instead I'm going to do something fun. I'm going to give back the love - comment style. (I found this idea on Crazyland, and it looked fun.)

Rule 1. List the first 10 people who have commented on one of your blog posts. (Except that I only have a few faithful commenters, so I'll just put as many distinct blogger commenters as I can find.)
1. Kellie
2. Carrie
3. Fezzik
4. Linabean
5. Perception
6. Slipper
7. Rose
8. Lauren
9. Manda Jane (Private)
10. Tiffani
(Sorry, Mom, I couldn't use you, my most faithful commenter, because you don't have a blog.)

Rule 2. The meme questions: 10 blogs - 15 questions
1.
What is your favorite post from #3's blog? Dear Old Jasmine. Fezz hardly updates her blog but she's hilarious and it's great when she does. So, though I know her life is fun and exciting, I must settle for this funny post.

2.
Has #2 taken any pictures that have moved you? Pretty much every single picture she puts up of her boys moves me and makes me miss them even more than I already do.

3.
Does #6 reply to comments on their blog? As far as I know, no.

4.
Which part of Blogland is #4 from? She's from my group of high school friends.

5.
If you could give one piece of advice to #7 what would it be? Umm.. Keep posting about your sons because I rarely hear about what they're up to.

6.
Have you ever tried something from #9's blog? I've tried to be a photographer, but I'm not.

7.
Has #1 blogged something that inspired you? Indeed. Kellie is a great example to me of how to be a good mom.

8.
How often do you comment on #10's blog? Every time she posts (so, about once a month).

9.
Do you wait excitedly for #8 to post? Of course! She's another one of those never-posters.

10.
How did #5's blog change your life? Well, Perception likes to make deep posts, and just by reading them my mind opens to another level.

11.
Do you know any of your 10 bloggers in person? All of them!

12.
Do any of your 10 know each other? The high school friends know each other. And the relatives know each other. And some of the high school friends know the relatives. And Kellie is cool.

13.
Out of the 10, which updates more frequently? Kellie and Carrie. Everyone else is pretty hit and miss.

14.
Which of the 10 keep you laughing? Kellie and Carrie are hilarious! They always have such funny stories and comments. Sometimes I wish I had kids and a crazy life so I could have funny stories too.

15.
Which of the 10 made you cry (good or bad) tears? Carrie, mostly. Especially when she tells sentimental stories about her boys. I just love them so much!

Any of you are invited to do this. Let me know if you do because I'd love to read 'em!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Retreat

I know that this is totally going to let everyone down, but I feel the need to tell you. I'm retreating from the marathon for this coming summer. Here is my reason: my heart. I've been hoping it would get better with time, but it hasn't. You see, every time I run a mile or more my heart rate gets excessively high (like, over 180 which happens to be the max heart rate for the next age group down). I don't really know what's causing that - my guess is that it's my exercise induced asthma. Anyway, I'm sad to have made this decision, but I think it would be better that I don't have a heart attack or something while I'm running a marathon. If you wish, I can continue posting each week the running schedule for that week. Also, I am totally willing to walk/jog the whole way, but running is just not physically possible. Thank you for all of your enthusiasm. And please, let me know if you want that schedule posted weekly.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

By Request

My dear mother told me that if I am bored I should post about my exciting news. That's right, people. I'm not pregnant. And that's not the exciting news...

Drum roll, please.

Who: Jessica Anderson
Jessica Anderson-Anderson
or Jessica Anderson2
When: December 13, 2008
Where: Utah State University
Why: Because she's smart
What?




GRADUATION!!!


And you're all invited. If anyone wants to volunteer to be my personal reminder to get out invitations to my graduation, please feel free.

I should also inform you that I have been accepted into Utah State's School of Graduate Studies in the Statistics program. This will start in January. Currently I'm working on choosing a research advisor so that I can get started on some research right away. Anyone else excited? I am!

Monday, November 10, 2008

ReAlLy BoReD!!

It's true. I am really quite bored right now. And I don't know what to do about it. Would you like to see what I do for homework?





There you have it. Nothing (for the most part, anyway). Actually, I do have some pictures from assignments I have recently turned in. But I don't think those would interest you since you probably wouldn't know how cool it was even if I told you. So instead, I played around and made a few pretty pictures for you!


Cool, neh? Ok, so maybe not.. How about this one?
Alright. I get it. I'm lame. But I don't care that these pictures are lame because I'm bored. Oh, that I could transport from home to school in the blink of an eye so I could sleep in and only be on campus when I actually have class!!!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Bucket List

Things to do before I kick the bucket:
1. Go skydiving
2. Raise enough happy children
3. Visit all of the temples in Utah
4. Learn Spanish
5. Return to Argentina
6. Go to Spain
7. Live in another country for a month or more
8. Become a prominent (or at least a good) statistician
9. Contribute to research of a disease
10. Run a marathon (or two, if I survive the first)
11. Be the best wife I can be to my wonderful husband
12. Stay in Hawaii for a week or two
13. Teach Young Women's (Divine intervention needed here)
14. Publish a paper in a journal
15. Be carefree, yet still responsible
16. Quit stressing the small stuff
17. Be a great cook
18. Be a good homemaker
19. Get into the habit of baking break weekly
20. Be constantly worthy to meet my Savior
21. Have a love affair with the Word of God
22. Have really long hair
23. Join a band playing the bass
24. Spoil my grandchildren
25. Live in the moment so the moments don't pass me by

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Amazing Game

Yesterday I played a game of cutthroat in racketball. First off, let me say that I suck at that game, and have lost almost every game I've played (I'm taking a racketball class on campus currently). Anyway, we had about 25 minutes until class was over and there was an open court, so me and two other girls decided to play cutthroat. At first, one of the other girls was whomping on us. However, once I got warmed up it got really close. The game lasted 35 minutes! (That's really long for beginning racketball players.) And I was late for my next class. But, guess what.. I WON!!! It was so much fun (not just because I won) and now my body is sore. I can't wait until next week when I can play with them again! Also, I wish I had video of me rockin' the court. One word: Amazing.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Complainy

I would have written a lot more in the past week, honest. But I have been far too complainy and I didn't want to destroy your happy lives with the frustrations in mine (unless, of course, I called you and told you all of the bad things that happened this week - then I did want to destroy your happy life with my frustrations). I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, knowing that the Lord is just trying to humble me and mold me into a better person. But sometimes it's just so hard to be happy. You know what I mean? Don't get me wrong; the whole world hasn't come crashing down on me.. yet. It's just one small thing after another. And those tend to pile up quickly; when it rains, it pours.

One thing I do to keep up my spirits is sing. Last night I was singing Christmas songs and church hymns in the shower. I felt liberated. Free. The cares of the world couldn't reach me in that shower. And when I got out of the shower, I played Guitar Hero (on medium instead of hard, because I needed a stress reliever, not a stress builder). That also helped. What do you do to help you through your hard times?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Hallo-Weird

I hope I don't offend anyone with this post, but these are my opinions.
First off, let me remind all of you that I am in college and there are a lot of weird people in college. And then Halloween comes and everyone goes crazy. I do miss the days in elementary school where I got to dress up and parade around the school showing off my costume. But that was elementary school. And people are doing this same thing in college; parading around campus dressed as a baby (I just saw a girl dressed as Boo from Monsters Inc.) or a freak (this morning I saw a guy who looked like Sweeney Todd). Let's be honest, guys. Save it for the big school party tonight. Don't you think you'll get uncomfortable during your classes? How am I supposed to pay attention in class when I feel like the guy sitting behind me is going to kill me? Guess I'll have to sit in the back row all day so I can escape quickly. Seriously, though, it isn't conducive to my learning environment. But hey, maybe I'm just a party pooper.
What do you think?
Also, what are you going to "be" for Halloween?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Hilarious Video You NEED to Watch

This is a band that was introduced to me this weekend. You Must Watch This Video Because You Will Laugh. And it's really hard to type like that - initial cap on every word. But seriously, though, you will love it. Make some time to listen to it because you have to listen to the words. Also, they have some other good songs too, such as "Bret, You Got It Goin' On". Now go. Push play. And then look up the other song.

Fisher's Farewell and a Cousin's Wedding

This weekend was a crazy one for me.

Saturday morning my little sister picked me up and we left for Idaho for our cousin's wedding. We had a good drive and arrived in Idaho Falls shortly before the luncheon. The company was awesome and the food was good. Some of the cousins that were there I hadn't seen since my wedding reception (almost two years ago). So, it was good to spend time with all of them and let them know I still love them even though I live far away and can't come to all of the family events. Randy and Christie looked great, and I'm so happy for them. Unfortunately, I don't know Christie, but I hope to get to know her before too long. Congrats, guys! After the luncheon we went shopping (got 2 pairs of shoes for $10 bucks!! ...thanks Mom) and had a good time. Off to the reception then (everything was decorated beautifully - especially the cake that my mom made) and before too long we left for SLC. Good times.

I spent the night at my mom's house because Sunday was the farewell of my best friend. She did a great job speaking in her ward, and there were a lot of her friends there to support her. I'm so proud of her decision to serve a mission and I know that she will be an amazing missionary. (And if you know of any deaf people in Portland who want to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, let me know so I can refer them to her.) While she is gone, I will be living her Facebook life for her and posting her letters home onto her blog so that everyone can keep tabs on her. I love you, girl! I'm going to miss you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pictures of Fun

This is what fun looks like.

Playing video games.

Playing Bohnanza.

Words escape me.

Playing Apples to Apples.

Being happy.

Again, words escape me.

Hanging out.

Posing with the attributes on the cards that we won.

And that, my friends, is what fun looks like.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Shakin' the Dogs

To mentally prepare for the two tests that I have today, I have decided to tell you all about last night. First, some background information. My best friend, Steph Fisher, is going on a mission next Wednesday to Portland, Oregon, ASL speaking. Therefore, on Monday night I decided I was going to throw a going away party for her at my house, and I'm so very glad that it came together.

A few of the posse friends came up from SLC earlier in the day, around the time that I got out of school. We played some Guitar Hero and other XBox 360 games, and a sweet game named Bohnanza (really fun card game for 2-6ish players). Around 8 I decided it was time to make dinner - delicious French toast. Yum. A little while after that, the peeps from here in town showed up. I wish I had the whole night on video, because the whole time we were laughing and telling stories and making fun of each other and just having a great time! Did I mention we were laughing? Here's why: Heather can't control what she says after 10:00. Therefore, she said a lot of weird and hilarious things. For instance, we were all laughing and she thought her laugh was too loud. She said (and I quote), "My laugh is so loud it's shaking the dogs!" Later she tried to explain that she thought that was a normal saying. I wish I had a better memory so I could tell you everything that was said and laughed about. Hopefully everyone will send me their pictures soon because I didn't take any on my own camera.

I'm going to close by saying how much I love my friends. They are sooo fun to be with and are amazing examples of having testimonies in the Gospel. I'm proud of Fisher for her decision to go on a mission and I know she will be a great missionary. She's a wonderful friend, and that will take her far. I love you guys!! (and all you other people who didn't get invited because you don't know Fisher, I love you too!!)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Catching up on my tags

The Rules for playing TAG:

*Link to the person who tagged you
*Post the rules on your blog
*Write six random things about yourself
*Tag six-ish people at the end of your post
*Let each person know he/she has been tagged
*Let the tagger know when your entry is up

Aunt Rose tagged me on this one.

1. The real reason I went paintballing this weekend is that Mark agreed to go dancing with me if I would go paintballing with him.

2. I don't talk about my dad much on my blog, and it's because I'm a daddy's girl and what I have to say about him is so precious to me I'd probably bawl my eyes out every time I tried to write something. I love my daddy. (Please pray for his safety as he travels to China this week!)

3. I love going to school, and if I don't get into grad school I just won't know what to do with myself - I certainly won't be working at Domino's at that point.

4. I actually really like working at Domino's (except for the fact that their new subs are a million calories and very delicious and addicting).

5. I'm constantly nagging people to ask me their math and stat questions, but I rarely get the chance to help anyone.

6. My favorite food is lasagna, and I must say that I do make a mean lasagna.

I tag Kellie Buckner, Carrie Miller, J.R. Doty, TifNik, Bairdy-poo and LeAnn Pehrson.


The other tag I got was from Carrie Miller - 3 embarrassing moments.

1. One day when I was getting picked up for school (by TifNik's mom) I opened the sliding door on the van and it just fell off. I guess my expression was pretty funny because I got made fun of my her mom for the rest of the year.

2. The summer after I graduated I went to Europe on a choir tour with Utah Ambassadors of Music. It was unfortunately "that time of the month" and I didn't know it. We were walking around Venice when I realized it, and I wasn't prepared - I had no feminine products and I was in the only uniform I had (it was uniform day for the choir). We were on a guided tour so I couldn't just leave the group to take care of it, and when I finally got to the bathroom I had to wait in line for around 30 minutes. By the time I could take care of it, my pants had some major blood on them. I bought a lime green Venician silk thing that I tied around my waist to cover it up, but I was still super embarrassed!

3. One time when I was working at Domino's (last fall, maybe?), right after I started working there, I was supposed to deliver a pizza to Smithfield (the furthest north that we delivered). I went out to my car and took off. When I was about halfway there, Mark (who was managing) called me and asked me where I was going. "To Smithfield," I smartly replied. "With what?" he asked. I looked to my passenger seat where the pizza normally sits and didn't see anything. I'd left the pizza at the store. I'm glad I didn't get to the house first! I can just imagine - "Hi. I was supposed to bring your pizza but I forgot it. Can I still have a tip?"

So, now that I have embarrassed myself, I tag Kellie (again), Aunt Carrie and Aunt Rose (to get you back for reminding me of this tag).

Lame-o

Our internet went down this weekend (for fall break). I guess it thought it needed a break too. Which is too bad because I actually took pictures this weekend and I was really excited to post them with this post. Sorry. What I really need is a jump drive on the side that has all of the pictures off of my computer at home; I normally write while I'm at school and have nothing to do. That way I can put up pictures any time I want.

So, this weekend we actually did some fun things. Thursday night I let Mark convince me to go paintballing with him and some other people from Domino's on Friday. We slept in until 10 (wahoo!) on Friday and left by 11. It was my first time paintballing, and my first game I didn't get hit, took out 2 people, and was therefore one of the winners. My second game I got out pretty quick and the hit on my back hurt a bit. But it was actually way fun! Anyone want to go with us again sometime? We've got a sweet store right by our house where you can rent everything you need for only 20 bucks... Any takers?

Then on Saturday morning-ish my parents came up and hung out with us for a while. We ate at Pita Pit (one of our favorite restaurants) and sat to chat for a bit. I love my parents. Thanks for coming! (Mom, if you email me some of those pictures I'll put them up.)
Saturday afternoon & night our friends Brett and Genae came up to hang with us. We played a lot of Guitar Hero, a couple board games and watched a scary movie in light of Halloween. I typically hate scary movies, but The Eye was actually pretty good. It had some jumpy parts and scariness to it, but the storyline was really good. I'd recommend it, and even watch it again.

Church on Sunday was great. In Relief Society (my favorite meeting) we talked about trials and how we can overcome them. One of my friends told us about her best friend whose husband passed away about a month ago. I don't know what I would do if I lost Mark, or even if one of my friends lost her husband. Anyway, the meeting was very spiritual and it was good to get to know more people in my ward through their comments.

Now I'm back at school. I have two tests on Thursday, but no homework assigned until Wednesday, so this week shouldn't be too bad. Oh, and marathon training starts today (for reals) because I'm not too sick anymore.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10 things i love about him



1. he's so hot
2. he's way funny
3. i love the way he flirts with me
4. he has great taste in clothes
5. he's an amazing cook
6. he's a great kisser (i know... gross, right?)
7. and a great killer too (assassins creed, a video game i like to watch)
8. he's fun to be with
9. i love the way he looks at me
10. i love the way i feel when he holds me in his arms



i'm so grateful that he was put in my path and that i have eternity to be with him, the love of my life, my sweetheart. i am so in love.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Addition

I've decided I don't talk nearly enough about my family (outside of Mark and myself). So, today I start. My beautiful sister-in-law, Esther, added another nephew to our family on Friday, October 10th. He was 8 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long. His name is Graham Wallace Anderson. Isn't he adorable? I love Esther (and her family) and am so grateful for the time she has taken to spend time with me on family vacations and get togethers. I'm grateful that she trusts me with her adorable little girls whom I absolutely love to play with any chance I get. Congratulations, Esther! We love you guys!





Saturday, October 11, 2008

p.s.

it's 'bleep'ing outside. i don't even want to type with caps today, i'm so depressed about the 'bleep'.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Painful Message

This morning I sent a text to Google asking for the weather at my zip code. It came back with a current temperature of 40 degrees F, today's low and high being 34 and 61. Mostly sunny.
Tomorrow's low and high are 29 and 49 (BRRRR!!!!!!!!) with a chance of snow.
And Saturday? The day I don't have to go to school and I'm free to play or clean or do whatever on earth I want to do? Low of 31, high of 43, snow. SNOW!! I don't like the snow, and that dirty word in caps is a shout of despair, not excitement.

On texting Google: The phone number you send it to is 466453 (which happens to spell google). For the weather you say in your text "Weather ". For someone's number "Phone book ". And there are a ton of other things you can get from texting Google, but those are the ones I use most often.

Stupid snow.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Better Than I Remember

This week I've been feeling sick, with a stuffy face and tickley lungs that make me cough that deep down hurty cough. So, tonight when I got off work (at a time earlier than I usually do), I fixed myself up my special hot drink. I learned this drink from the dear mother of a friend, and in my opinion it's divine. (My mom wouldn't like it though. Sorry, Mom.) Wanna know what it is? Do ya? Do ya? Well, okay. I call it "my special hot drink". The 4 ingredients are: water, Pero (a coffee substitute), NesQuick Chocolate Powder Stuff, and Creamer.
To make my special hot drink:
Pour hot water into a regular sized mug. I like to put room temperature tap water into the mug and microwave it for 1 minute. This brings my water to the temperature I like best; hot enough to be satisfying, but not hot enough to burn my tongue.
Then, add 1 spoonful of Pero, 2 spoonfuls of NesQuick, and 3 spoonfuls of Creamer.
Stir and sip.
Stir and sip.
Sip and drink.
Yum.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Promised Pics and an Unpromised Video

Starting with the most recent pictures we have Ms. Spidey....

And the jar wherein we trapped and drown her.
(I think she's actually dead now.)

This is Jane when she's playing with me. We have lots of fun together.
See jane.

She's my best friend's little girl. Isn't she cute?

Moving on.
Yes, these are the pictures I promised I would post from our trip to Yellowstone and Canada in June/July. Yes, it took me a while. No, I am not ashamed.

This is a pretty waterfall in Yellowstone.

These are some tired hikers who are having fun.

This is a bald eagle.

Using Kai's camera, we took several interesting pictures of nature.

These flowers are naturally yellow. Cool, eh?


Blood? Or camera effects? Ponder that.

We saw a ton of cool geysers and pools, but this one looks coolest.

Sweet picture of ol' Faithful.

Moving on to some pictures of Waterton, Canada.

Look, Mom, we DO have pictures of us! But only pictures with trees poking out of our heads.

Mark and Kai look like twins.

A pretty lake. (I don't remember the name of it. Sorry!)

What I imagine God's throne looks like.

Another picture of the happy couple. We should take pictures of us when we're not camping, on days that we actually dress to look nice.

HELP!!! (I fell off and lived to tell the tale.)

Ok. Remember that really hard 11 mile hike that I told you about? The one with snow on a steep ledge with no way to go forward except for on the snow? The next few pictures are from that hike. I think it was called the Wall Lake hike, but I'm not sure.



Yikes!

Yikes again! I don't think I was the one who took this picture.

A ladder? What the... ? How long has that been there?

This is me.. Terrified and trying to look like I'm having a good time.

And this is our destination. A frozen over lake with tall mountains. Seriously, guys. Is that it? Whatever. At least there was a pretty waterfall on the way.

And that's all of the pictures from that trip that I'll post. We have a ton more, but you guys are probably bored by now. Because of that, I put in a special bonus video. Enjoy!

These are my roommates from a couple years ago. They'll probably hate me if they ever see this. Funny how I sent a text for them to look at this post.

video