Friday, February 27, 2009

The One With the Time

I'm referring to myself, not the husband. You see, the last two homework assignments I had only took me about 20 to 30 minutes each. Not too bad of a work load for a graduate student. The husband, on the other hand, gets homework assignments that take him 15 hours each. That leaves me as the one with all of the time in the world. I don't even know what to do with that much time! Somehow I find a way to waste it, though. (*Cough* *Facebook* *Cough*) Today I think I'll vacuum out my car, and maybe wash it again (even though I did that a few days ago.. Unfortunately, it rained dirt yesterday). After that, I'll take a nap.

Any suggestions for tomorrow? Here's my list so far: babysit for an hour in the morning, have old roommate and her husband come play games in the evening... and that's it.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Want To Write

But I don't know what to write about. So, I'll tell you how my week has been going.
Church was really good. I have to say that Relief Society class is my very favorite. There are so many wonderful people in my ward, and that is such a great time to get to know them.
On Monday I went to school. I didn't have to work on Monday night, so we got a couple of Redbox movies. (There's free rentals on Monday with a promo code. Two credit cards = two free movies every Monday night.) We watched Max Payne. It's a pretty good movie, though I wouldn't rate it in my top ten. We also went shopping with my sweet mother-in-law who was looking for furniture for her new home. That was fun, and once again I was surprised at Mark's fashion intellect. He's way good. (If you want to hire him, I'd be ok with that, and he'd really love it.)
Tuesdays are usually pretty chill. I have a class in the morning, and another class in the late afternoon. The rest of my time is spent either doing homework or private tutoring. Usually I work at 5. This Tuesday was no different.
(Yesterday.) Had school again.. And work. After I got off work, Mark and I finished most of our Saturday chores that we didn't get done last weekend. Then it was time for bed.
And that brings us to today, Thursday:
My one class that I have on Thursdays was cancelled, but I still had to come to school (for my tutoring job). On the bus on my way to school this morning, I was talking to my friend, Robert, who has a disability and works on campus in a food court. I told him I was headed to go tutor and he said, "Oh, you must be good at that." (p.s. I've only spoken with him once before, at which point he said I must be good at statistics when I told him that was my major.) He's such a sweet guy; I wish everyone were as outgoing and friendly as many of the people with disabilities. It would make everyone's lives so much more pleasant...especially on the public transportation systems. So, I went to work and realized that it doesn't take much knowledge about the actual subject to be a good tutor. More than once today I was asked a question that I couldn't answer by myself. When this happens, I turn them to the book and their notes and have them figure it out. Everyone learns more that way, and it takes the stress off of me. After work I watched an episode (or two) of Flight of the Conchords (which is a really funny show). I should be doing my homework, but I feel like I have so much time to do it that I just don't feel like working on it. Hence, I am writing a blog post.

Anyone want to come take me out for ice cream? I have a coupon for a free cone from McDonalds!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Another Fun Giveaway!

I read this on my friend Kellie's blog. She's so cool and fun! So here's the giveaway:

The first 5 people to respond to this post will receive something made by me for you.

I get to pick what I make for you, but it will be especially for you.

But here's the deal:
1 I make no guarantees that you will like what I make! (But I'll try to make something cool:)
2 What I create will be just for you.
3 It will be done sometime this year.
4 You have no clue what it will be.
5 I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? The catch is that you must repost this on your own blog
and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on their blog.

The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did will win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me!!

So come and play along!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Best Part of Baking Up

Is Batter In Your Cup! (Or bowl, but cup rhymes.)
*That was to be sung to the Folger's commercial song.*

That's right. I finally got around to making my Amish bread. And it is going to be delish! You know how I know? I tasted the batter. I know, I know, it has raw eggs in it. But I've eaten many a batter with raw egg in it, and you know what? I'm fine. Smart, even.

For this batch of "Amish" bread I didn't follow the recipe exactly. Instead of instant vanilla pudding (which is the reason I don't think it's Amish - instant pudding) I used instant chocolate pudding, and I added mashed bananas and chocolate chips.
You want a piece of this?
Get on over here, baby, and taste this goodness. It'll be ready in 45 minutes.

Monday, February 09, 2009

My First Giveaway!

You lucky dogs, you! About 4 days ago (about=exactly) I announced that I would be giving away Amish Bread starters. Now, I've already gone through 2 phases of the bread and I really shouldn't make any more for quite some time, so I have 3 Whole Starters to give away. Isn't that something.
Down to business. Being the nerd that I am, I used a statistical software package to choose the winners (because that is true randomness). I forgot to decide before seeing the results whether to truncate the numbers or round them, so I took a vote in my office and they decided to truncate. Here are the results:

5.089600 (Jeff #5)
4.141414 (Kellie #4)
3.760981 (Faye #3)

To claim your prizes, you must contact me somehow (Facebook is fine) and give me your address. I'm looking into the mailing issue, so we'll see if that will work out (for both Kellie and Faye). If mailing doesn't work, then the runners up are LeAnn and Fezzik. Also, if you don't want the starter, let me know. I'd hate to force it upon you.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

A New Metaphor

Winter is Like Pregnancy

It can be beautiful.
It can be enjoyable.
It can be fun.
Many can stand it multiple times,
Some cannot.
Often it is miserable,
And you want to die.
Ultimately, you are glad that it happened,
And that it is over.
Because now you can enjoy newness
With greater appreciation.

Thanks to the Cache Valley wind for inspiration.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Now I'm Embarrassed

I know, it has been too long since my last post... again. I have very few excuses and all of you mothers out there who have a million things to do each day and still get in your daily blog post would just think tsk, tsk, who does she think she is? She's just in college and probably has WAY more time than me! and it is to you that I am most sorry. It would have been my mom, but I call her all the time so she's the only one who knows what's up with me. Therefore, it is you. And I am embarrassed and ashamed of myself. For tonight, as I signed in to write a post, I noticed I had 10 followers (that's a huge deal to me, p.s.). And one of them is Motherboard. Thanks for following me! You're awesome. (She's the only follower that I haven't actually met, and she's really popular. This makes me feel special.) Enough about me and my lack of writing constantly.

Life these days is going grand. Hmm.. What else to say? ...School is kicking my buttocks this semester. I don't feel like I have that much to do, so I overschedule myself and am way more busy than I ought to be. The actual schoolwork isn't horribly hard, just mediochre hard. And two of my classes I enjoy going to. The third is at 1:30 in the afternoon, and it's just a bunch of theory. Sadly, I fight to stay awake every time. In fact, I think that all universities should be closed from 12:30 to 2 (and stay open later to make up the difference) so that we can have a siesta. I strongly believe that learning will increase, and all will benefit. All in favor? (Raise your hand.) Any opposed? I didn't think so.

I also strongly believe that people should not send their children to the door to pay for the pizza, unless there is a check written out (that includes the tip). With other payments, your children do not know to tip the driver. And that makes my life difficult. Like tonight, when the dad was on the phone and had the kid pay with a $50. I had to give back $24, hoping the dad would intervene and give $1 or $2 back (low-to-average), but no. He walked away. Maybe he did it intentionally. I guess if you don't want to tip your driver, have the kids pay. Good plan. If your kids come to the door, I'll know how you feel about me and I will tag your file so we don't deliver to you anymore. (I can't actually do that, but I've wanted to a couple of times.) Also, for those of you who don't know how much to tip your pizza driver (at least in Utah) it goes like this: $1 or less kind of stinks, $2 is average, $3 is good, and $4-$25 makes a happy driver. There you have it. Any questions?

And one last item of business: I am addicted to Amish Friendship Bread (which I do not believe is even Amish, as it requires a box of instant pudding from your local grocery store). Oh, it is so moist and sweet and sugary and delightful and.. and... mmm. It is my taste bud's best friend and my butt's worst enemy. Just the way I like it. Sort of. But it's really good. And in 4 days I'll have some starter batter to give away. It sounds like in 4 days I'll be having MY FIRST GIVEAWAY! Umm, just comment and you qualify. And if you win, I hope you're close or something because I'm not sure if mailing it would work. Winners will be chosen randomly using the statistical software package called R, using a uniform distribution having bounds 1 to n, n being the maximum number of commenters. Good luck! And thanks for reading.. and following.