Saturday, January 30, 2010

Please Donate

While I would have loved to post this before the climb, it was a secret. And secrets are hardest to keep from those you love especially when they're your best friend.

Today myself and Tiffany, as well as other who know him, are climbing 52 flights of stairs for the BigD Climb for the Lymphoma Society. While this climb is going to be hard and I hope I don't die (bronchitis + sinus infection + antibiotics + steroids = low blood pressure).  I am doing this to honor one of the most ethical, moral, salt of the earth, just damn good and awesome people I know. And nothing will keep me from that. Especially for one of the best people on this earth. Who also happened to be diagnosed with Lymphoma about 2 months ago. Preston baby, we love you. Feel strong today and know all of us are fighting for you.

If you can, you can still donate to the Lymphoma Society in our team name and for Preston.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Ok. This is random but I guess for a PhD student (which I am, officially, again) not so much.

Can you read articles and everything online? Now I'm not talking about articles, but like really long stuff, government or business documents, plans, or guidance information? I cannot. I hate it. Here's why:

  1. I love to highlight and make notes: there's so much crap in everything, i like to get to the good stuff, and also be able to find it again.

  2. I make notes. a lot of them. (this applies to school stuff too).

  3. If it's a good document I want to come back to it and use it again. And I hate searching or saving 800 things on my hard drive when I can print it off once, file it away, and wabbo! it's there when I need it.

  4. I like making files for everything. For example, for all my PhD stuff I have a file folder for every academic article author: not for every article, but like all my Quarantelli articles go in one folder. This is mostly so when it comes to dissertation time I can go search for the 800 journal articles I've read and I can tell by author, and not have to go through by class. And I read a lot of the same ones multiple times.

  5. I just hate reading stuff online.

  6. I love the feel of paper. this applies to books too. I loathe reading online.

So that's that. And on a side note (kinda), since my PhD class doesn't have a book and all we have are journal articles--I like the tangible aspect of the printouts. call me old fashioned. whatever. I like it.

-Love your neighborhood tree killer

Friday, January 22, 2010

Why Hello Again....

Hahaha well uh.... sorry for the absence! But things have been busy.

Coach is in full soccer coach mode, they have had tournaments the last 2 weekends and he has one this weekend too. He actually had 2 players get concussions in this morning's game, so I don't know how this evening will go... but I'll be there to support. :) Should be interesting... I should also probably learn something about the sport he loves so much other than goals are good. :) But I've got the next 80 or so years, no rush.

The house is great, we're still moving things around a bit. The ugliest curtains known to man are now gone, although we still haven't gotten all the curtain rods up that I had to purchase with our wedding money. Well, we haven't gotten ANY rods up to be honest. And seriously, I don't understand how you can own a home and not have a SINGLE curtain rod up. No joke, there were like wire tension hangers holding these floral abominations up. So that kinda SUCKS. No painting has commenced, as our finances are still a bit of a mess from 2 houses, honeymoon, PhD school starting back up for me last week, me needing a new computer for said classes, and the assorted lovelies that come with transferring bills and utilities and the like. We're hoping February we'll know more where we stand. By march all cards should be paid off, so yeah. It's rough having so much money going everywhere and not knowing just how much you've got. I'm ready to figure out how our finances are going to work now that we're done to one house, it's not on the market, and we're staying put. But I digress.

I've been having intense cramps in my lady regions for the past 2 months, went and got tests run before the honeymoon, and found out I have fibroids. Which kinda sucks. So our baby making plans have been reassessed considering we may have problems conceiving, but maybe not, who knows. No, we're not trying in the next year, but we have had to kind of think more about it. But it's all good, just (unfortunately) pretty painful.

My mom has finisher her 3rd round of Chemo and is doing better, she's able to eat a little. She had a good (but quiet) Christmas. She will have her whole stomach and all her nodes removed February 9th, so next month is going to include a lot of visits to Houston to help her since she can't do anything for a while (think c-section limitations, but worse. 6-8" incision. boo). But it's happened at a "good" time for me, so I'll be able to be there to help as much as I can. We'll keep you updated on that.

And I think that's enough for now. There seems to be already a lot of drama going on in 2010, but overall life for us is very calm now that both Coach and I are feeling very contented with our lives and life choices. Me getting back into my PhD has really made me feel better about my work situation, and I'm super pumped to get really going. Not just so that I can get the degree and my dream teaching job, because that's obviously the goal, but also because work seems a lot less prison-like since I've got this nice backup plan that's really going to work. :) Plus he's so darn cute.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My awesome friend Tiffany did a year end favorites post in addition to what she wants to achieve for 2010.  Now, last year I made a list and stuck it on my fridge all.year.long. for my 2009 goals. for the most part I achieved them. Here's the highlights from 2009, lesson's learned and all the good stuff:

  • Started off wanting to clear my head and date someone who wanted the same stuff I did.
  • Painted the Bluff View House
  • Dated a Looser, survived (again) and decided to REALLY not settle
  • Met Coach like 3 weeks later.
  • Immediately knew he was.
  • Got Engaged in April
  • Married in December
  • Maui in December, Hawaii for the first time
  • My mom found out she has gastric cancer, she continues to teach me strength
  • Found a new family.
  • Found a new church
  • Sold a home
  • Bought a home
  • will. never. move. again.
  • Learned patience.
  • Said my vows, didn't cry (definately warbled though)
  • Lost 5lbs.
  • Got my confidence back.
  • Reminded myself that life is supposed to be hard and fun, all at the same time.
  • New moto: it is what it is.
  • Learned to love someone who loves  me back, maybe even a little more than I love him.
  • Will spend the rest of my life loving him more.
Coach and I came up with our goals for 2010 in Maui. so here they are:
  • Get finances back in order, post wedding and house buying
  • Take a trip to D.C. to sight see (he's never been!) and see my family
  • Pay off the Bluff View Floors, furniture, and my ring (Floors and ring to be paid in 3 weeks, done and done)
  • Update the house
  • Host the family father's day celebration
  • Get to Houston more to see my mom
  • Save for hardwoods in the house
  • Start back at my PhD (next week!)
  • Save for a ski trip next year
  • Not forget why we married each other
  • Celebrate our 1 year anniversary in style! (TBD)
subject to change, and as you can see we've already checked off a few. :)

So that's our goals. I'm not a resolution person. But I do have one: get back into my favorite jeans. I don't care if I weigh the same as long as they fit comfortably again. I miss them. :(