Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas!!

I am not sure if we really have any Christmas traditions, but if we do, we didn't really follow any of them. This has been the most unusual Christmas for my family yet. Yesterday I had a dentist appointment at 9:30am. Cavity free, but Lex's pseudo-father-in-law is still insisting that I get my wisdom teeth removed. at 11:30 we all had appointments with the optometrist where I was told my vision is not perfect, but I don't need glasses!!! Lexsea got some really cute black and pink glasses and some new contacts. After that, I got my hair cut. Josh will probably think it is too short, but I really don't care. I really like what the lady did.

We went to the Christmas Eve service and sang in the choir like usual, but after we got home and ate dinner, we opened our presents. We usually reserve present opening for Christmas morning. Since Lex and I are heading to Ames and my mom is off to Pella this morning, we decided to take care of it last night. We were thinking about opeing them Sunday night, but Lex wants to see Jeph before we leave for WI. I think Lex and I are spending the night in Ames, but I am not really sure. We are eating lunch with a bunch of our relatives in Kamrar.

I got a bunch of Pyrex stuff and some pans and Tupperware now. I am not sure where I am going to put it all. I hope I get back to my apt before my roomies do so I can figure it all out before they get back. I also got some new sheets and a couple watches. I am quite excited to get it all back to my apartment and start using it all.

I better shower now. I am supposed to be in Ames by 10:30.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

I have sold another book and this time it was my most expensive one!!!!

Anyway, I am tired and I have been studying since 9:00 so it is time for bed. I want a little sleep before tomorrow's exam!

Some pictures from Josh's b-day party at Jakes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

I just sold a book!!! Yea!!!! I hope this means more of my books will sell. This could work out well. I really need to study now. I wrapped the last present I had to wrap so I can't use that as an excuse now. Anyway, I wrapped a few things for Josh tonight so I can't say I haven't done enough wrapping tonight. Gift wrapping should be out of my system now.

I just put 14 of my old textbooks on I realy hope they sell. I sold one other book that way and I like it. I am not really sure why I have been hanging on to all these books, but I just want to get rid of them. I never use them anymore and they just sit on my shelf and I keep having to move them. I could really use some extra money right now and if they all sell I could make over $500. I doubt they will all sell, but I am hoping at least a few of them will. I would love to clear off my bookshelf.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

This week on Unsolved Mysteries...

Normally I like receiving cards in the mail. I don't get them very often or mail for that matter. Today I saw a pretty purple envelope with my name written on it sitting on the hutch. There was no return address, so I was very curious. I noticed the postmark was Decorah, but I couldn't think of anyone I knew from the Decorah area. I eagerly opened it and read the front of the card. It said something about what a sister is, so I was trying to figure out why Lex sent me a card. I was thinking it might be because I let her use my car all the time. I finish reading the front of the card and open it up. It's a birthday card from someone named Sarah. I don't know anyone named Sarah, other than my roomie's friend, and I certainly don't have a sister named Sarah. I looked at the address and it says apartment 67, not 62, and is only addressed to "Chelsea." I am very confused right now. I think I will take a nap.


I figured it out!! There's a girl in Tacia's old apartment, 67, that is named Chelsea!!! I left the card outside her door. Mystery solved!

Now I should get back to studying.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I really want to clean my bathroom...

I can always tell that I have an assignment that I really don't want to do when I would rather be cleaning my bathroom than sitting at my computer writing a paper. I want, actually 'want' is the wrong word... I *need* to get this paper done so I can study for Friday's test in microbial genetics.

I wrapped all the presents I have, so I can't distract myself with that anymore. I love to wrap presents because it involves folding stuff. I am very anal about folding. I love it when they turn out just right.

You can't accuse me of writing my paper!!!

I really don't want to write this paper I am writing. I actually pretty much said that in the paper itself. Anyway, that is not really the reason for this post. The real reason is that I have, againk lost my tape. I just wanted to wrap one of my Christmas presents, but my tape is missing. I can't seem to keep track of it. I am constantly losing it. The funny thing is, I have three rolls of tape around here somewhere. I even found them all awhile ago and put them all in the same place. What that place is, is a totaly mystery to me now.

hehehehehe... I'm a dork. I just found them. Al three of them. I am going to wrap a present, crochet a little, and go to bed. I have to be up for class in 6.5 hours so I should get on that.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Deep Thoughts with Nic, Jo and Chels

One of the reasons I love my roommates is because of the discussions we have. We often get in very serious discussions late at night. They often revolve around politics, religion, sex, people or beliefs or some combination of them. We rarely totally agree on a subject if we agree at all. The great thing is, we may totally disagree and end up yelling and screaming at eachother, but we still all get along when it's over. I love being able to have serious discussions without having to worry about totally alienating a person.

These discussions often last hours and cover many topics. Tonight, as is our habit, we watched The Daily Show and the last segment lead to tonoight's discussion. One of out topics was what we would do if we suddenly had 10 million dollars. We discussed if we would continue to work or not, how we would spend it, and who we would spend it on. We all had slightly different opinions so it was an interesting discussion. We ended on an even more interesting discussion. We decided to move on to hypotheticals involving a choice. ONe situation was a loved one on life support. Do you leave them on life support or do you let them die? Our other situation was if you had to choose one of two people to save, which one would you choose. Our first one was husband vs. your child. From there we covered almost everyone we knew in different combinations. It was very interesting and very difficult to decide, especially for someone as indecisive as me.

Currently they are still at it, but I think I am going to head to bed. I woke up at 4am with a really sore throat and when I got up this morning it was still pretty sore. I am nursing my cup of tea and it is feeling better, but I still think sleep will do my throat good. Maybe it's a good thing I ended up teaching at tkd tonight instead of working out.

I want another cup of tea, but I know I will wake up and have to go to the bathroom if I do. I probably will anyway since I have already had two tonight.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Picture time!!!

Here are some pictures I felt like posting for no reason at all. Shauna finally developed her pics from Josh's birthday so now Josh and I actually have a few pictures of us together. If I ever get ahold of them I will scan them and possibly put some on here.

Joanna would kill me if she ever saw I put this on my blog. Jo got new gloves and hat and scarf and Nicole had a picture left on her roll of film. This is the end result.

I don't think I have had a picture of Laura on my blog yet or a picture of Lentil Man either.

I think I have finally figured out my class schedule for the rest of my time at the Univeristy of Iowa. I might be dropping Animal Physiology if I decide it is too much and just take another class in the fall the fulfills the same requirement. I could probably work it out so I only have 9 hours my last semester but that is if I take 16 this semester or two classes this summer or something like that. I guess that could be good if I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life because I wouldn't have to worry sooooo much about my classes.

I can't figure out why there is this large gap between what I wrote and the table I made to waste time this morning.
I wish I knew how to add lines to separate the columns and the rows. Maybe I will figure it out soon.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 Greek Civ Disc
10:30 EvolutionEvolutionEvolution LabEvolution
11:30 Evolution Lab
1:30Cell BiologyAnimal PhysCell biologyAnimal PhysCell Biology
4:30Greek CivGreek Civ
6:00 Animal Phys disc

Sunday, November 07, 2004

I can't decide if I am just sick of school or if I really don't like what I am doing. I think I may take two classes this summer. There is always the option of going for another whole year, but I think I would rather just get it over. I realized today that I had another class to take that I totally forgot about. That means I either have to take a lab class this summer as well as another or take a lab in the fall along with three other biology class, which would probably be total hell. I am leaning towards the lab this summer if it is offered. If it's not offered I will have to do a little rearranging or just take a lot next fall. I really don't want to go a whole extra year.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

I think I have my class schedule for the next two semesters all worked out. I could even work it out so I only have to take 12 hours each semester but that is if I take a class this summer. I think it would make my last semester significantly easier, but I would have to take a class this summer. I guess I can always sign up for it and drop it later if I don't want to take it during the summer. I finally decided to go with a BS in the Comprehensive Biology track since I couldn't decide on another track to go with. I wish I hadn't changed my mind so much over that last few years. I took so many classes I don't need anymore. I could probably have been done much earlier if I could just make up my mind.

The sad thing is, even after all my switching, I don't really like what I am doing all that well. I used to find this biology stuff interesting, but I don't anymore. I still have no clue what I want to do after I graduate. I am sure I will figure it out at some point, but I don't even really know what I am interested in doing at this point.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Bush in 30 Seconds

Bush in 30 Seconds

I fell asleep during the first commercial of The Daily Show and woke up when Colin Quinn came on. This morning I woke up at 6:51 and started thinking 'I have another hour to sleep... if it wasn't Thursday!' That was disappointing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Can I pretend today was Friday?

Yea!!! Wednesday is over. Physucks was the-class-that-never-ends; in biochem threw too much info at me; work was boring but I got candy at the Biochem Stores; micro genetics is hell; the movie in Women & Lit was incredibly confusing and quite different from the book; physucks lab sucked; i made it to tkd late and really wanted to kick something, such as a bag, but ended up teaching; met Josh and Shauna at Gus' for beer and nachos and went back to their place to watch Smallville; returned home at 10:30 to hear my roomies debating stuff; missed The Daily Show but am now watching Jon Stewart on an old Leno while eating some mini chicken burritos. Do you like my insanely long sentence? I have been reading too much Virginia Woolf.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

I had a good relatively relaxing weekend. On Saturday I actually watched the football game with Nicole and Laura. My first full game of the year. We ordered Pokeys and then felt sick for awhile. I went to work for a couple hours because I need the money, but I earned such a depressingly small amount of money in those 2+ hours that it hardly seems worth it. I calld Shauna after I was done and she came and picked me up and we grabbed pizza and beer and then watched the World Series and played darts while wondering where Josh was. Her friend Ryan came over and we went to Gus' for more beer and more watching of the game. Josh had to work late and didn't make it so we met him back to their place drank more beer and played darts again. Shauna and I beat Josh and Ryan!! I had 6 beers in 7 hours. the only time I was feeling it was when I called Josh around 11:00 to figure out where he was.

I still don't have a Halloween costume. I need something that won't cost me anything and that possibly uses a nice black dress, part of my costume from last year and/or my lab coat. All things will not cost me anything and that is the goal. I think I may color another Frank. Different color scheme though.

Friday, October 22, 2004

I am an artist!!!

Tonight I colored Frank! I got all artsy and shaded him and he looks very nice I believe. Much better than this version. He looks sooo happy!!


Along with Frank, Nicole and I made bats and pumpkins out of construction paper. I felt like I was back in elementary school. I would never do this stuff on my own, which is why I have Nicole around to make me. While being all creative, we listened to all the Eva Cassidy I have on my computer. I of course had to sing along with most of it.

I am again without car this weekend and I most likely will be next weekend as well. It's such a pain to not have a car. I didn't make it to tkd tonight partly because I fell asleep and partly because I didn't feel like walking the 20 minutes to the Field House in the rain.

I am making food again. I think I eat about every 4 hours. I better go make sure it's not burning.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

I am so easily distracted lately. My brain can't stay on the subject it's supposed to. Yesterday in my biochem class I sat there thinking about stuff not at all related to biochem, which Ii actually find kind of interesting, for about six slides worth of information without even realizing it. Just now I was reading a book for class and was reading the words but totally thinking about something else and had no idea what I read. I hope I can study tonight.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Field of Screams

ISB&T Field of Screams

My roomies and I are thinking about going on Sunday night around 8 if you want to join us!! Bring friends!!

I just figured out that I am over $100 short for rent next month, and that is with my next paycheck and if I don't spend more than the 10 bucks I have in my wallet. I think I need a weekend job that pays better than my job at the lab.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

For those of you who watch what you eat... Here's the final word on nutrition and health.

It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies:

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans.

3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans.

4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Your Power Color Is Blue

Relationships and feelngs are the most important things to you.
You are empathetic and accepting - and good at avoiding conflict.
If someone close to you is in pain, it makes you hurt as well.
You try to heal the ones you love with your kind and open heart.

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The PJ's You Are Most Like: Underwear

You enjoy the simple things in life and aren't hard to please
You have an understated, easy sexyness that men love
And you're confident enough to pull it off - without being overbearing

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

I only cried once!!

Rey is leaving tomorrow morning :(. She starts her new job as a physical therapist on Monday in Denver. I just got back from a going-away/congratulations party for her at Adam's parent's house in CR. Her dad took us out to Perkins afterwards because all we go was cake at the party. The 'party' ended with all of us crying. Adam said that was not how he expected it to end. Rey asked me if I could tutor Adam's sister in geometry because she won't be able to anymore. I said I could definitely try. I haven't done geometry in such a long time, but I would like to think I can figure it out.

Her dad is a big sweetie. He gave me a hug when he saw me and paid for my meal at Perkins. He and I talked about how important college is and how proud of Rey he is.

Rey and I became pretty good friends really quickly after she moved in. We kind of knew each other from the training room at the Field House because she did my treatment quite often and taped my wrist a few times. We also bonded over our issues with Stephanie. I also get along really well with Adam. They moved up their wedding date to October 8, 2005 instead of September 16, 2006 because she is moving to Colorado. Adam is following after he finishes this semester and is going to finish school out there. I am going to miss him too when he leaves. He is such a nice guy.

I am so happy for her because she finally found a job but I am really going to miss her. She applied for over 40 at the hospital and was rejected for all of them. Probably because she was over qualified.

I got to see their wedding rings!! They are so pretty. I remember the day Adam showed me the engagement ring. He was so nervous because he had gone to Denver while Rey was out of town to ask for her parent's permission, and he didn't want her to know that he had gone to see them. I helped him make it look like he had been around and I cleaned their fish tank because he told her he would clean it that weekend.

I am going to watch The Daily Show and head to bed. I still have to go to school tomorrow.'s a rerun.

Need Sleep

I intended to go to bed about an hour ago. I think I pretty much failed a quiz today, if you can truly call it a quiz. Quizes aren't 4 pages long and have 10 questions totally 100 points. My prof is in denial about his tests and keeps calling them quizzes and giving them to us about every 2 weeks or so. I hate that class

I just found out yesterday that Rey is leaving for Colorado on Friday. She got a job as a PT. Adam isn't moving until January, after he graduates. I am going to a party for her tomorrow. Adam's parents are hosting, which is very strange since they don't really like Rey for som reason. I am going to miss her.

You Are Summer!


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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

I don't know where my roomies are!! I usually have some idea of what they are doing, but I currently have no idea. I haven't seen them at all today except for the bus ride to campus with Nicole.

My shoulder hurts. It's the one I hurt last fall while mountain biking, but now I have no idea what it's problem is. It just hurts. I wonder if I slept on it funny, but I don't remember noticing it hurting until I was at the Gym Nest last night.

Herky was in my dance class today!! One of the guys in my class is one of the Herky's and he came dressed in the outfit today. I am not sure why he did, but we acted like it was nothing. People kept walking by and looking in to watch a guy in a Herky costume dance. He sat down in front of me when we were warming up and accidentally touched my foot while we were stretching and then tickled my foot. That was kind of weird, but otherwise it was a pretty normal dance class.

Someone just walked in!! It's Nicole!!

Monday, October 11, 2004 - Politics Makes You Stupid - Politics Makes You Stupid


Nicole and I just watched a show on PATV that was just a bunch of carved pumpkins. We watched it for about 20 minutes. I already carved a pumpkin, which I accidentally left it at Josh and Shauna's along with some other stuff, but I am now inspired to carve another. I want to carve Pacman or Ms. Pacman and a ghost. I think I may try to put them both on one pumpkin with Pacman about to eat the ghost. I think I am leaning towards Ms. Pacman.

I let my sister use my car this weekend, which she still claims is her car too, and to pay for the gas she used she left me $3 in my car. Nicole suggested that I leave very little gas in the tank when she wants to take it in a couple weeks. Does she not realize that I am basically supporting myself on about $400 a month and $350 or more of that goes toward my rent and bills? I also need to get the oil changed.

It's my cousin Bailey's birthday and I really need to email her. I didn't forget her birthday; I just haven't gotten around to emailing her yet.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Quiz Time!!!

You are Barefoot!

You're a total free spirit, go with the flow girl
You can't be restricted by shoes for very long
And unsuprisingly, the same goes for men
Your match is out there - and he's as carefree as you are

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Your Lip Gloss Flavor Is: Watermelon

You tend to approach life as a fun game - being playful at every turn.
You're a flirt with flair, and your the type most likely to surprise your date.
But you're popularity doesn't stop with guys... you've got a great group of girlfriends too! You're fresh, aggressive, and more than a little sassy. The tangy taste of watermelon goes great on your lips.

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You Are Avril Lavigne!

A bit hardcore on the outside...
But sweet and sensitive on the inside.
"It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life"

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You Are Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

It's debate time again!!! I have been half watching the debate while I do my physics pre-lab and play on my computer. Nicole and I were trying to figure out how old John Edwards and the rest were so we looked it up. How old do you think John Edwards is? We were thinking he was in his early to mid 40's, but we learned he was born in 1953!!! That means he is about 51!!! I don't think he looks that old. He's the same age as my parents. Bush was born in 1946, Kerry in 1943 and Cheney in 1941.

I just realized I hadn't flipped my calendar over to October and I was just whining this weekend about Josh changing his calendar. I usually do that for him. I am such a dork.

I have more poetry to read. I really don't like reading poetry. I don't enjoy it and I don't like to look for it's 'hidden' meaning. Tell me what you want to tell me, but be straightforward about it. Don't try to hid it all behind pretty words and symbols and whatever else they use. I think most English majors probably want to kick me after writing that.

I still don't know what I want to do for Halloween. I several options, but haven't really done any investigating for any of them. I need to get on that.

Has everyone gotten the invite for pumpkin carving and debate watching on Friday night after tkd? Maybe we can do some costume brainstorming then. I plan to make some pumpkin bread and possibly some more chocolate chip or peanut butter M&M bars.

I think it's time to use my newly acquired tea kettle to make some tea or possibly hot chocolate. Or maybe I will go kinda in between the two and make some chai tea. I still need to read that poetry.

Monday, October 04, 2004

When my mom came yesterday she brought me some food. Along with some stuff I will actually use she gave me 42 taco shells. How the hell am I supposed to eat 42 taco shells? I think we are going to have a taco party some time. I really prefer soft tacos.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

You are the color pink. As a beautiful and sweet
human, you are everybody's favorite person.
Healthy and energetic, you're often seen
spreading the happines. As an unusually
charming and sweet person, you're always ready
to comfort people who are down. You sympathize
with everyone, but not always yourself. Aside
from that, you are light-hearted and cheery.
And you make it your duty to make every cloud

What color are you?
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Friday, October 01, 2004

It's dead around here. I am at the lab and there are only about 5 people here. Shawn won't be in for a couple hours yet, Jana's not here and Matt just left. Those are all the people I talk to in the lab. I also am not at all motivated to do any work right now. I could put some files into the database I created, but it's boring work and I don't think I can handle that right now. There's not a lot to do around here with everyone in Washington D.C. for a conference and no one making messes for me to clean up. I am currently trying to find something to buy at biochem stores so I can go talk to the guys there for a while. It doesn't reopen for another 10 minutes though.

Last night I calculated that I have about $60 left after rent and the cable bill for this month. We haven't gotten our electric and phone bills yet, so I probably have about half of the $60. Luckily I get paid Tuesday, but I am making so little right now, that it hardly seems worth it. Oooohhh!!!! I just remembered I get my check from the Gym Nest on Monday!!! It will be a comparatively big one as well. I bet it will be larger than the paycheck I get from working at the lab. Now I am feeling slightly better. I would feel even better if I had deposited the checks from my roomies for the rent and cable bill, but I haven't made it to the bank yet. I just hope the places I wrote the checks to are slower at cashing checks than I am. If the rent check goes through before I deposit those checks today, I am in trouble.

I somehow managed to grab my sunglasses, but not my umbrella today. I discovered how wet you can get while walking from Van Allen to Bowen in the rain. My coat still isn't dry and that was 3 hours ago.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

I am not evil!!! I just like to pretend I am.

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See, I am nice sometimes.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Thank Josh for Peppermint Schnapps!!!!

Nicole and I were sitting around are apartment listening to music and avoiding homework and we were cold. We decided we needed some hot chocolate. As I was making it I remembered the peppermint schnapps I got from Josh. Nicole claims it tastes like we melted peppermint patties. It totally hits the spot right now.

Oh no!!! I just drank the last of mine!!! I might need to make some more.

We are also thinking about going to Hy-Vee around 12:30 to get the fresh Krispy Kreme donuts when they arrive. I don't really like donuts all that well, but fresh ones at 12:30 in the morning sound really good right now.

Around 2:00am...

We left here at about 12:30 to get our donuts from Hy-Vee. We also bought a few groceries that we needed. When we got back around 1:00 Nicole and I were wide awake and started doing some interpretive dancing to Dido and Joanna made a peach cobbler. Then we all laid around on our dining room floor for awhile until we got sleepy. Coffee will be a necessity when I get up.

You are Schroeder!

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I got my first parking ticket in Iowa City this morning. That's not too bad considering I have had a car here for about a year and a half now. I will actually pay this one unlike the one I got in Ames for the wrong license plate number.

Greatest gun ever! Feel special. Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the living bejesus outta anyone.
Sig Sauer P226. Greatest gun ever! Feel special.
Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the
living bejesus outta anyone.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

I made a pumpkin pie today. I haven't tried it yet because it is still cooling. I can't wait to try it.

I went to Stuff Etc. today to see how much money I had made and they gave me a check for about $150. I also got a $50 check from my mom this weekend, so I pretty much doubled how much money I had. I still have to pay rent though. That's a depressing thought.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

What not to do when you are supposed to be studying: Take a quiz and post it on your blog

So much work and so little time, yet I am not doing any of it.

Your True Sign Is Aries




Risk Taking

Dynamic Daredevil

Always on an Adventure

Without a Care in the World

Quick-Witted and Quick-Tempered

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Build a Better Bush and The Many Faces of Kerry

  • Build a Better Bush

  • The Many Faces of Kerry
  • I haven't even left for work yet and just thinking about what I have to do when I get there is kind of stressing me out. It's not hard, but it is time consuming and a general pain. I have to get it done today as well as teach Shawn how to pour gels. Too much to do and too little time.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2004

    Capricorn: (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)
    Your mistake at the self-serve pump will be monumental, but at least the amateur astronomers will enjoy watching your orbiting body for the next few weeks.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2004

    X-Entertainment - Spider-Man Reviews Crayons! Parts 1 - 3.

    X-Entertainment - Spider-Man Reviews Crayons! Part 1 of 3.

    X-Entertainment - Spider-Man Reviews Crayons! Part 2 of 3.

    X-Entertainment - Spider-Man Reviews Crayons! Part 3 of 3.

    ooops! Another one!

    You're Wilma Flintstone!
    Wilma Flintstone

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    we haven't had a quiz in awhile.. courtesy of Nicole

    Grrr arrr Rum and Monkey.

    This isn't actually the one I got, but I couldn't have the same thing as Joanna, so I did it again to get a different one.

    You wanna hear something weird? Josh also got in a minor car accident similar to mine yesterday. Except he was the one that got hit, not the one that did the hitting. I guess that's what you get for driving a car with bad breaks. I really should get them looked at.

    Sunday, September 12, 2004

    Stress Level: HIGH!!!

    So I still have some work to do as well as some homework. I have a quiz on Tuesday, a paper due Friday and a test first thing Friday morning. With Josh's birthday on Thursday, I have a lot to get done by Wednesday. The paper is only 3 pages long, but it requires me interviewing a woman I know. I don't know what questions to ask yet. I think I may interview Joanna since she lives with me. I also need to make flashcards for my quiz Tuesday. At least I know it is over the amino acids, but there are about 20 of them and I have to know all of their chemical structures as well as some of their chemical properties. Yay!!! I think I need at least one more day in this week.

    Shauna and Josh came again on Friday and Shauna and I watched Buffy while Josh went to his interview. While we were watching Buffy, the maintenance guy came to dump some stuff down my shower drain. He turned on the fan, opened the window and quickly left as he told us it smelled pretty bad. That was an understatement. It was horrible. Shauna and I were turning on fans, opening windows and lighting candles. I wondered for a moment if it all going to ignite if I tried to light a candle, but I went for it anyway. No explosion followed. When Josh got back, we left for Davenport to escape the stench.

    As I am sure most of you know, Shauna and Josh now have a place to live. Shauna even has a job and Josh isn't happy with the one he applied for. I helped them move again on Saturday. It went pretty quickly. Then the three of us showered at my place and spent the rest of the night watching the 3rd season of Buffy, eating pizza and drinking beer. We started with two six packs, finished those off and ended up making a beer run later that night.

    Anyway, today was fun. I woke up with a headache that never really went away. We sat around and watched Buffy again this morning before Josh and Shauna headed back to Davenport and I left for a thing I actually didn't have to go to. I didn't really eat breakfast or lunch and I had supper around 5:00. My stomach wasn't feeling so great at all today. Slightly better now. For some reason I felt the need to make chocolate chip cookies today and Joanna is making a square pie even though none of us are feeling all that great today.

    On top of not feeling well, I got into my first car accident today!!! An old guy suddenly walked in front of the car two ahead of me so we all slammed on our breaks and with my breaks not being so good, I hit the car in front of me. Luckily neither of us had any damage.

    While we were doing all the moving, my roommates spent the day drinking, passing out and puking. It sounded like they had fun.

    Let the fun begin!!

    Wednesday, September 08, 2004

    I think I know what I want to be for Halloween. Amanda said something about Fraggle Rock characters or maybe an 80's cartoon theme. I think it would be fun to dress up as a group. I think I want to be Jem. I could have pink hair and sing!!! What more could a girl want.

    To continue with my theme of whining from previous posts, my shower drain suddenly got really slow. It started on Monday, after Josh left, so I think I am going to blame it on him. I was going to try to fix it myself, but I think I am just going to call maintenance and let them deal with it.

    I did nothing that I intended to do tonight. I am so proud of myself right now. I think I am going to go make myself some food.

    Tuesday, September 07, 2004

    I was reading The Daily Iowan today and laughed out loud when I noticed a whole page was devoted to the police blotter.

    I am totally loving this weather. It could be a little cooler, but I am not going to complain after all the heat and humidity we have had. I also fixed my sunglasses, so now I don't have to squint all the time.

    I hate my Wednesdays. I have 4 classes, work and my 3 hour physucks lab, which will hopefully not take that long. Only three more days until the weekend. Last week went pretty fast, so I am hoping this one does as well. I just don't want to be as exhaustedthis weekend as I was after last week.

    I better go check on my stuff in the dryer. I don't want to forget it. Ater I fold the last of my clothes I am off to bed. I hope I can stay awake long enough to finish my book.

    Monday, September 06, 2004

    Need more weekend

    This may have been a long weekend, but it still isn't long enough. I ended up in Davenport Friday night and Saturday. Josh called me Friday morning and left me a message telling me to skip work and the rest of my classes so I could catch a ride to Davenport with Shauna. That didn't happen, so he came and picked me up around 7:00 and he, Shauna and I went to one of Shauna's friend's house for awhile. Saturday the three of us watched the 90210 marathon and Josh and I went back to IC that night.

    My room still feels very unsettled. I really hate it. It's a mess, which I also hate. It's not organized and have too much crap that I don't really want, but don't know what to do with it. I want to do some organizing today, but I really need to do a little homework since I have yet to do any this weekend. I don't have anything due tomorrow, but I may have a quiz and I need to catch up on some reading. I just don't have any time. I have been so busy the last two weeks. Josh keeps coming on the weekends, so I get nothing done, but I am not going to complain too much.

    I just need to find some time to figure out how everything fits in my room. I think that will help with my stress level. It would also help if my roommates stopped putting my pots in my bedroom. When I got back with Josh and Shauna after looking at the duplex and doing a little shopping with their parents and Eleanor, my pots that my mom just brought me were sitting at the foot of my bed. They had been sitting in the dishwasher, because I didn't think anyone used it, and I hadn't had a chance to figure out where to put them yet. I didn't put away the stuff in the kitchen, so I don't know where anything is in there. If they had set the on the kitchen table with a note or on the hutch, I wouldn't be so frustrated about it, but this passive agressive shit gets on my nerves because that is what Stephanie used to do to Rey and me all the time and nothing ever got accomplished.

    I am not sure when I will have time for stuff next weekend because I ave WISE stuff and a chili dog fair for work on Sunday as well as the tkd budget and a test to study for. I can't believe I already have a test in less than two weeks. I think Josh accidentally saw his birthday present and I think he figured out it was for him because he made fun of me this morning for being the first person in our relationship to decide what to buy for a gift. So much for that surprise, but I do know what his dad is getting for him.

    Tuesday, August 31, 2004

    too much to do

    Capricorn: (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)
    You'll be questioned by authorities and charged with criminal incompetence after a man you supposedly taught to fish dies of starvation.

    My room is a disaster area. The shelf in my closet fell down sometime Sunday afternoon. Not really sure when. I don't know how we didn't hear it fall, but somehow we missed that. The shelf is now fixed, but there is still stuff everywhere. I wend through some of my clothes again and am getting rid of some more. Now my roomies are walking around with some of my clothes. It's kinda funny. I still have a bunch of stuff on my dresser that I am not sure what to do with yet. I think I just figured out where to hang up all my pictures and stuff. Now I just need a poster or something for over my bed!!

    Ashton asked me about Josh again today. It's kind of annoying. I half wish that he never firgure out that we are together. I am sure it will stop once Josh gets back here and is going to class again. It looks I will be teaching at the Nest on Thursdays until Josh can, which will hopefully be soon. I could really use the money, but I could also use the time. Currently Tuesdays are my only free night and I won't even have those all the time because of WISE. Why did I let myself get sooooo busy.

    I better get to my homework now. Hopefully I can get it all done so I can finish straightening my room and possibly hang my pics and other stuff. I have physucks lab tomorrow, which I really hope gets done before 6:30. All I wanna do is sleep right now. I am going to need so much coffee tomorrow morning.

    Thursday, August 26, 2004


    This must be my week to get noticed by the opposite sex. Today at the Biochemistry Stores one of the guys that works there, Tony, told me my hair looked different. He decided that it looks darker. I told him I hadn't done anything to it so he called Jacob over and he also thought it looked slightly darker. Tony also thought my eyes looked different. I told them they were crazy and got some free stuff and left. Lex also told me it looked a little darker a earlier this week. I can't figure out why though.

    In other news, I found a Viagra pen on my desk at work and I am totally keeping it.


    I met Kristen, Tacia, a bunch of guys from Kristen's program and Nick at Diamond Dave's for karaoke. Kristen sang Stroke Me and I sang Flashdance, shich Tacia and Kristen picked for me because I am horrible at deciding. I must have done pretty well becuase the guy sitting behind me, one of the regulars, asked me to sing Bette Davis Eyes because he really likes that song. I said 'no' because I wasn't sure I knew it well enough, but now I think I could have. I wish I would have sung it. I am definitely singing it next time I do karaoke.

    Capricorn: (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)
    There may not even be an NHL season this year, so it won't make a ripple when you nearly kill a guy with a hockey stick.

    Wednesday, August 25, 2004

    The group for Nicole's birthday party at the Hilltop Lounge, a great old man bar. We played pool and I talked to three old men in the corner for awhile. It was rather fun!!

    Laura, Joanna, Nicole, and me messing around in Jo's room.

    T-Shirt Hell

    T-Shirt Hell: t-shirts, shirts, funny t-shirts, funny shirts

    This is Kristy, Laura, Nicole and me getting ready to leave for lunch on Nicole's birthday. That's my new haircut, and it is kinda done for once. I think there may even be hair spray in my hair. I think Joanna made us pose this way. Can you tell my pants are too big?

    Tuesday, August 24, 2004

    My First Day of School

    Actually, today was my second day of classes, but I am going to start with the first day because it came first!

    I had four classes yesterday and getting between my first two requires a nice little 10 minute sprint from Van Allen across the river to Bowen. Of course the two classes with a two hour break between them are in the same room, which is also right next to where I work during my break. Funny how that works out. I walked into the wrong auditorium once and realized my mistake while I was sweating profusely from my sprinting and hearing about all the graduate student related stuff.

    Hehe.. Maggie on The Simpsons was just dancing to Sexbomb!! Sorry for the tangent.

    Anyway, my next class is full of microbiology grad students. The only difference between what we do and what they have to do is they have a weekly seminar where they discuss research papers. I don't even think they get graded differently and Matt told me the prof is horrible and so is the class!!

    After that I went to my literature class. This one I am actually looking forward to. It involves reading and writing a couple short essays! I can handle that. During that class I discovered a spot on my jeans though.

    Today I went to my jazz class and then wandered over to the Field House where I helped Ashton with his tkd and box kicking classes during which Ashton amazingly didn't make many comments about Josh and me like he usually does. Then went home, showered, ate lunch, and went to work for about and hour and a half before heading to my two hour discussion for biochem which actually only took about 20 mins because we had nothing to discuss.

    I got another call from Lex today asking for more help and I think I am heading to her room again tonight to help her with her computer and to bring her some magazines she needs for her Spanish class as well as some books she's borrowing from me. I also helped her move in and buy some of her books. While buying books we picked up the free boxes o' stuff they always hand out. They look like Spongebob and contain everything a female college student needs: tampons, ramen, some coupons and a condom.

    I almost forgot, I got hit on by a guy on the way to my apartment from the bus stop on Monday. I have seen him riding my bus several times. He even showed me where he lived and told be to 'stop by' anytime. I don't think I will be taking him up on that offer any time soon.

    I think I am going to head to the grocery store so I have something to eat during the next few days.

    Monday, August 16, 2004


    After a mostly cold and rainy vacation at our cabin in Minnesota, I have returned to Iowa City. I drove seven and a half hours to our cabin with my sister's boyfriend Jeff. My mom, sister and my cousin, Bailey, were already there. He and I spent most of our time singing to Rockapella CDs, and I made him listen to the Buffy musical. It went pretty well!! We got to the cabin around 4:00 and had a fire on the beach, but then a storm came so we headed inside. After that it rained for the next 4 days. We pretty much sat around inside working on puzzles or reading and keeping the fire going in the fireplace. It is kinda hard to get a fire going when the wood is wet. Some more family joined us later in the week and on Friday it was finally warm enough to sit on the dock.

    My cousins inherited a dinghy from their grandparents. Since two of our boats decided to not work, we paddled around in the dinghy a lot. We also made lots of jokes referring to and about the dinghy. We are mature. My cousin Peter, who is a year younger than me, and I made drip castles in the sand and my mom took pictures of us. Again, we are mature. You gotta love it when the two oldest of the cousins are making sand castles and no one else is. Peter and I talked about going gambling since the gambling age is 18 in MN, but we never went. Jeff and I also talked about it, but also never went. So much for initiative.

    It was still too cold to go swimming on Friday, but on Saturday it finally got into the 70s so Bailey and I put on our swimsuits and jumped in. We swam around for probably 10 minutes before I got bored and decided to go back in.

    Jeff and Lex left on Thursday, but my mom, Bailey and I didn't leave until Sunday. We left Bailey with my aunt in the Twin Cities and drove to Eldora. I got back this morning and Nicole and I went shopping.

    Joanna got here around 5 and we made and ate Funfetti cupcakes and watched Can't Hardly Wait. I still have to put all my clean clothes away, but I think I would rather try out the new purple sheets on my bed.

    I got my hair cut, too. I look even more like Bailey with this hair cut than I did before.

    Saturday, August 07, 2004

    Misadventure Numero Uno

    I haven't even left for our lovely log cabin on Cass Lake yet and I have already had two mishaps. First, I cut my finger on the metal part of the plastic wrap box this morning. It bled a lot and I had to steal a couple of Nicole's bandaids because mine are still hiding. I also keep bumping it and making it bleed again. I am a clutz, but sadly the next part of my sad story proves I am even more of a clutz and that I can be rather stupid when I don't want to be. Second, I made myself feel very stupid with a minor misadventure.

    Now for my misadventure...

    I drove to Eldora without a problem. I used my house key to unlock the door and
    dragged all my dirty laundry and stuff for the night inside. I checked the buckets to make sure the leaky roof hadn't made too much of a mess and then I went to Hy-Vee for some food for tonight and tomorrow morning. I took my sister's keys and drove her car to the store because I had already parked mine in the driveway. I chatted with a guy at Hy-Vee that I went to high school with and who now goes to Iowa. It was all good.

    I got back to the house and the front door was locked. I didn't lock it when I left because we never do. I didn't realize I had to flip the switch after I unlocked the door with the key so I didn't expect it to be locked, but I figured it wouldn't be a problem because Lex would have a house key on her keychain. Well, she didn't, but I could see mine sitting on the dining room table through the lovely antique etched glass of our front door. I checked our other front door and that was also locked as was the back door to the basement and the garage was tied down so it wouldn't open. I called my mom because I knew she had left a key with a kid from church so he could watch the house and feed the rabbit for us and got his number from her. They didn't answer the phone. His dad is a police officer in town, who has actually given my mom a ticket right in front of our house, so I could have called the police and tracked him down, but I didn't really want to do that.

    My mom suggested I take Corey's ladder, which is leaning against his house and use it to climb to the roof of our front porch and break in through the screen on Lexsea's window. My uncle said that would be okay as long as I just cut the screen and didn't bend the frame. I didn't really feel like doing that, so I tried a few side kicks on the back door to the basement, but it didn't budge. It's rather thick and was hard to kick and hold the screen door open while side kicking. I did shake a lot of lead paint off the door though.

    I decided to try for the dilapidated, falling-off-the-house back porch because that is how I used to get in when I got locked out as a kid. The only problem is the stairs to the back porch have rotted and fallen off, and it is about five feet off the ground. It pretty much looks like you could kick it and it would fall over. I tried that once when I was home while my dad yelled at me not to, but it didn't work. Anyway, I grabbed a chair off the front porch and set it on the pile of rotted wood and rusty nails that formerly comprised the stairs to the porch and tried to make it somewhat stable. I used the chair to crawl onto the porch, while thinking about my last tetanus shot and avoiding rusty nails, and quickly made my way to the door to the kitchen so as to avoid falling through the porch floor. It opened easily and I was in!!! I realized that door doesn't even have a lock on it, which I kinda remembered from my previous experiences. I love that door!!!!!

    Well, I definitely feel stupid for getting locked out of my own house. I don't live here anymore, but I did for about 13 years. You would assume I know how to work the front door that I used pretty much every day of my life, but apparently that is a bad assumption to make. I think a need a watcher or somone to follow me around and make sure I don't do something stupid. Currently I am wondering why I feel the need to post this on the internet where everyone can read it, but probably only people that know me will.

    I better get back to washing my three weeks worth of laundry and to the jalapeno poppers I purchased during my ill-fated trip to Hy-Vee. I think they are almost ready. I may need one of those Mt. Dews in the fridge as well or maybe a glass of wine from my mom's box o' wine which is also sitting in there. I should also 'mapquest' directions to our cabin!

    Capricorn: (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)
    You suspect it was a misprint when the newspaper claimed that drinking a glass of red wine once a minute is good for the heart, but what the hell.

    Vacation time!!!

    I will be leaving very soon for Eldora. Tomorrow morning I am leaving from Eldora with my sister's boyfriend Jeph (my preferred spelling of his name, it is actually 'Jeff'). I wish someone else could have come with us. Why do all you people have to be busy?!?! I will tell you of all my non-adventures and misadventures when I get back, which should hopefully be Sunday night.

    So Amanda and I went shopping yesterday. I bought shoes, surprisingly enough, and a shirt that says 'Shoes are my friends'. We stole it off a mannequin. Actually we didn't steal it, but we did take it off a mannequin and replace it with a smaller version of the same shirt. The sales people were glad that we hadn't left it naked for too long. And I did pay for the shirt.

    I better get going so I can do my laundry at home before I leave.

    Happy Early Birthday Leah!!!

    Check out the bruises

    Tuesday, August 03, 2004

    Sorry for all the linkage!! I think I got a little excited about having internet again.

    I think I may have to wear a long sleeve shirt tomorrow. One lady at work was worried that I was being beaten when she noticed my arms. Once I told her how I got my bruises and she saw that they weren't hand shaped she felt better. I realized I probably shouldn't be walking around the hospital in a short sleeve shirt with very noticable bruises on my arms.

    Tonight Laura, Nicole and I ordered Pokey Stix!! They were quite tasty. Each of us only had five dollar bills so we ended up giving the delivery guy $15 for an $11 something order and he was very excited about it. Laura wanted to get 75 cents back from him, but Nicole let him keep it. We also played around outside while the storm was coming. I also got yelled at because I forgot my alcohol upstairs and Nic wanted a Jack and Coke, so I ran upstairs and got it. We put it all on the wine rack of my 'bar'. Then Nicole wanted to get ice cream and DQ, but I had to go play volleyball. I would much rather have gone for ice cream then play volleyball in the wet sand. We lost and as we were leaving Matt said "Is it me or is this not fun with the team we have now?" It isn't just him. It used to be fun, but now it isn't. Some of the people just make it hard to have fun.

    I am getting kinda hungry again. Probably because this is when I usually eat supper. I can't decide if I want toasted portabello mushroom ravioli or mini tacos. I just bought a whole bunch of frozen food since I will be leaving on Saturday. I guess I could be healthy and eat some watermelon, but I think i would rather have that for breakfast instead of the puppy chow I had for breakfast this morning.

    Monday, August 02, 2004

    Check these out if you are bored!!

  • Audio Atrocities (TM)

  • Possible Follow-up Songs for One-Hit Wonders

  • ThinkGeek :: PC EZ-Bake Oven

  • Techno

  • Trogdor

  • drinkin buddy home

  • Still a mess

    I am all moved in to my apartment. Even my fish are now here. Nicole wants to buy some more for the tank, so we will get to see if my fish will eat them. My room is still a mess, but I am working on that. Hopefully it will all come together this week. I think once I get my closet organized I will be good. So far my only problem is my cell phone reception totally sucks down here. It also drains my phone's battery pretty quickly because I keep roaming. Any suggestions? Other than the massive amount of bruising on my arms and the cell phone thing, everything went pretty well thanks to all the wonderful people that helped me

    We now have internet and cable to go with our electricity. The Mediacom guy was really great. We talked while he got everything set up. He got us free HBO and STARZ(sp?) for two months, but he doesn't like Irish car bombs or Guinness. We have been listening to the music channels. Even the Spanish rock station. I also called maintenance and the guy came a fixed my toilet and put my new non-squishy toilet seat on for me because I couldn't get the other off for some reason. He was also very nice, but I didn't learn anything about his alcohol preferences.

    I love my new bed . It is all big and soft and I don't fall out of it!!! My massive pillow and I don't have to fight for space on the bed anymore! All I need are some real sheets and a comforter and I will be set. I am thinking dark purple or light gray would be nice, and maybe some new curtains. I am also thinking about removing my shower door and getting a shower curtain. I was thinking Amanda could help me with that .

    Nicole, Laura and I decided to make puppy chow today, but we didn't have a recipe and Nicole decided she didn't need one. Our chocolate concoction turned out a little funny, but it all tastes good, so we ate it anyway. The Laura and I tried to dance and ended up hurting ourselves. We aren't bendy enough anymore.

    Thursday, July 29, 2004

    The internet at our apartment decided to quit working for some reason.  I kept walking over to my computer to go online and check something and then realized I couldn't.  I finally just turned the thing off so I would stop doing that.  It's sad that I feel so lost without the internet. 

    It sounds like my dad and sis are having a great time on RAGBRAI without me.  So far Lex has a sunburn and her contact was stuck somewhere in her eye for 3 days and then finally disappeared!  Luckily they went through Eldora yesterday so she was able to get a new one and the weather has been excellent for biking.  There was no way I could have done RAGBRAI this year and moved to a new apartment. 

    I am all packed up!!  Now all I need to do is move it all and vacuum.  Of course I can't really do any of that until Sunday.  We thought the girl that was moving into my room wouldn't be bringing her stuff until the 12th, but now she is bringing it sometime Friday night.  We already have Adam's and Joanna's stuff in our living room as well as some of Stephanie's stuff.  There is really not room for someone else's.  This girl also has all the couches and other furniture.  Hopefully Stephanie will have her stuff out of her room and the living room so we can throw Adam's stuff in there soon.  I am amazed Stephanie isn't complaining about having all of Joanna's and Adam's stuff at our place considering how she reacted to Rey's futon last summer.   I got my deposti back from Stephanie, so now they don't have two deposits from me anymore and I now have money!!!!  Of course it is pretty much going directly to rent next month, so I won't have money for long.  Stephanie also finally deposited a check I wrote her about 2 or more weeks ago for bills for last month.  I hate it when she does that. 

    Lab meeting is today, so I better go get a supply of caffeine and maybe some sugar to get me through it.  I left my coffee on the counter this morning :(

    Monday, July 26, 2004

    Today Joanna brought all her stuff to my apartment. She is keeping it here until we move into our new place on Sunday. She called at 6:30am to tell me she was leaving for Iowa City, but they didn't get here until around 10:30 and then they had to go load everything onto the truck which meant they didn't get back to teh apartment until around 1:00. I thought they were going to get here around 9:00. I thought we were going to have this all done this morning and I was going to go to work this afternoon, but that didn't happen. Her dad took us out to lunch and we didn't get done until almost 3:00 so took a bunch of stuff to Goodwill and Stuff Etc. It's nice to get rid of stuff I don't want anymore.

    I am not going to tkd tonight, so maybe I will pack my books, CDs and DVDs. I feel the need to be somewhat productive tonight.

    Random Survey Time!!

    Last Cigarette:never had one
    Last Alcoholic Drink:saturday night
    Last Car Ride:driving last night from davenport
    Last Good Cry:Wednesday
    Last Library Book:good question
    Last book bought:Shadowmancer for my sister
    Last Book Read:Eragon
    Last Movie Seen in Theatres:The Bourne Supremacy
    Last Movie Rented:21 grams with Nicole
    Last Cuss Word Uttered:shit
    Last Beverage Drank:H2O
    Last Food Consumed:alphabet cookies
    Last Phone Call:Joanna at 6:30 this morning
    Last TV Show Watched:something on VH1
    Last Time Showered:last night
    Last Shoes Worn:flip-flops, of course
    Last CD Played:one of matt's CDs at the lab
    Last Item Bought:lunch at blueberry hill
    Last Download:a spyware removal program
    Last Annoyance:realized i am missing a hub cap
    Last Disappointment:realized i am missing a hub cap
    Last Soda Drank:diet cherry 7Up
    Last Thing Written:the answer to the previous question
    Last Key Used:car key
    Last Words Spoken:see ya later, to Joanna
    Last Sleep:last night/this morning
    Last Ice Cream Eaten:reese's peanut butter cup blizzard
    Last Chair Sat In:my desk chair
    Last Webpage Visited:nicole's crazy life


    Sunday, July 25, 2004

    As most of you know I went to St. Louis with Josh and Shauna for a party for one of Shauna's friends.  It all went well except for our problem finding restrooms in Illinois.  The first gas station we stopped at on the way there didn't have a working bathroom, then we couldn't find another for about 15 miles.  When we decided to stop at that first place, we really had to go, so by the time we got to the gas station that had bathrooms we really, really had to go.   One the way back the first gas station we tried had really nasty bathrooms.  The toilets were brown and they were supposed to be white.  Then we went to the gas station across the street and the bathrooms there were only slightly better, so we went next door to a restaurant where the bathrooms were tolerable, but the lady in there was playing with her false teeth. 

    The party was fun.  I met all these people I kept hearing stories about, so I now have names to put with faces.  They had a couple of kegs (my first kegger ever!), but they were both gone by 10:30.  There were severla large sandwiches, but they had ham, pastrami, and roast beef on them and I don't eat any of those and neither did Josh or Shauna, so we ended up taking all the meat off our sandwiches and eating bread with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.  Actually, Shauna and I made Josh get the sandwiches and he de-meated the sandwiches for us.  Shauna's friend's roomies were gone so she a couple beds for us to sleep in, so we didn't have to sleep on the floor, which was quite nice.  Today we ate lunch at Blueberry Hill and stopped at Sam's and the Schlafly brewery to get the beer before heading back to Iowa. 

    Well I am tired and Joanna is coming sometime tomorrow to drop off some stuff so I better get to bed.  I sleepy. 

    Thursday, July 22, 2004

    My horoscope

    Capricorn: (Dec. 22—Jan. 19)Your decision to take up bicycling will cause many in your area to rethink their call for increased bicycle safety.

    I am confused since for the first time in about 7 years I am not riding RAGBRAI. 

    I just had Kristen's favorite meal at the hospital:  chicken strips and cheesy hashbrown casserole.  They also had the spicy fries, but I went for the hashbrowns.  Tao and I waited in line for at least 5 minutes to get the hasbrowns because they had run out. 

    Today instead of regular lab meeting a psychologist studying the relation between genetic deafness and intelligence came and talked to us.  He is going to be doing a study with my boss, Dr. Smith.  Studies have shown that deaf children, children with deaf parents, and children with a deaf sibling on average have higher IQ scores.  I honestly think the connetion is due more to the way the children learn through the use of sign language than and actual genetic connection, but I gues we will find out.  Unfortunately we still have normal lab meeting tomorrow, but if all goes as planned, I will not be in attendance. 

    I should probably get back to work.  I am still doing boring stuff that Matt doesn't want to do, but at least I am doing something.  I wish I could take my pop in the lab with me, but we aren't allowed to have food or drinks in there. 

    Wednesday, July 21, 2004

    I am not as cranky as I was this morning.  I talked to my mom again tonight, not about what we did this morning, but it still helped for some reason.  I think it helps that work is over, and I am also less tired for whatever reason.  Matt was complaining that my depression and lack of motivation was rubbing off on him today at work.  I think that may be when he started dancing on his chair.  He didn't want to do his work and I didn't have any to do, so we sat and talked for awhile adn sang to the radio.  I was so bored today that I offered to do some of his work.  I had absolutely nothing else to do. 

    Seth and Stephanie are dog sitting for his brother.  The dog is constantly barking and growling at me.  It always is right where I want to go so every time I walk towards her, she starts barking.   It is driving me crazy!!!  That dog is always in my way.  If I step on it, I am not taking the blame.  Now the dog is in my room!! 

    Stephanie is packing as if she is moving across the country not just to the other end of the building.  She is packing everything in boxes and taping them all very well as if they were going to be mailed.  It's kinda crazy!  I think 3/4 of the stuff in this apartment is hers.  She took all her stuff out of the cupboards and we don't really have dishes anymore.  There are some plastic cups and my plastic bowls and plates from the dorms.  She also finally cleaned out the fridge.  She left Rey and I a note saying that she had done it and it made me laugh because she made it sound as if it was a big deal.  Rey and I clean out that fridge every 2 weeks or so.  Mostly we throw away her really old, moldy food.  She threw away a pizza and a bowl of spaghetti of Rey's that were totally fine.  Rey was going to eat that stuff today.  She also unplugged our answering maching.  Rey is waiting to hear back about jobs and really needs the answering machine.  We can't actually move until next saturday, so I am not sure why she is packing all the 'community' stuff now.  I feel like I should be packing, but all I really need to do is put

    Nicole left me her plant to take care of and I am just hoping I don't kill it.  I am not so good with plants.  The one I got in November when my grandma died is still alive, but I think that is only because I put it outside on our balcony.  I have killed several cacti already. 

    It's hot and humid, work is boring, I am stuffed up from a cold or allergies (not sure which) and tired, and now I am kinda depressed and worried about my sister after talking with my mom this morning.  I was looking forward to this weekend but not really anymore.  

    Tuesday, July 20, 2004

    We won!!!  Well actually, the other team forfeited so no volleyball tonight.  Maybe I will go look at sheets instead.  I have decided to buy sheets first and then when it gets cold I will think about other blankets. 

    Stephanie started packing and moving a bunch of her stuff out yesterday.  She took some normal stuff like her dresser and a couch and some other stuff like that, but then she also packed some of her bathroom stuff, which I thought was weird since we are still living there for another week and a half.  She and Seth rented a garage which I also think is weird since they are moving to the other end of our building.  Now they will be moving everything twice!!  Sorry, I will stop writing about stuff you probably don't really care about anyway, but I had to tell someone. 
    I have a new bed!!!!  My dad picked up a queen mattress, box spring and frame for me yesterday.  He said it all cost half as much as his matress and box spring, and I thought mine was expensive.  I think he is going to bring it when I move in.  I really don't have the money to pay him back right now, but he is willing to work something out with me!!  Now I need to buy new bedding, which could be kinda fun as well as expensive.  He also bought himself a widescreen TV and entertainment system.  I thought he couldn't afford one right now, but I guess I was wrong. 
    I got an email from my grandma yesterday saying she had tried to call me but I didn't answer.  She had called my old dorm room.  She has called my at my apartment before so I know she has the number.  She also told me she didn't have my cell phone number, which I know she does because she has called me on it before as well.  This is why I love grandmas. :)
    I am going to be playing volleyball again tonight with Matt and his friends.  I htink I will be playing every week now because his friend broke her tibia and can't really play any more.  I love to play, but it is going to be so hot and humid.  The game is at 6:00 so it won't have cooled down much by then either. 
    It looks like I will be taking my sister's boyfriend with me to our cabin in MN.  At one point it sounded like I was going to be taking a bunch of her friends with me, but I think it is only Jeff now.  It may be an interesting 9 hour drive.  If anyone else wants to join us please do.  We are leaving from Eldora on the 8th and will come back the following weekend. 
    Can you tell I don't have a lot to do at work right now?  The woman I am helping with her research is in Maine for the next two weeks, so I don't have a whole lot to do.  The two high school boys pretty much take care of all the work I used to do and they yell at me for making them wash their hands.  It's fun!!

    Sunday, July 18, 2004

    I played softball today for the first time in about a year.  Rey asked if I wanted to play this afternoon and since I wasn't really doing anything else, I decided to go for it.  I only batted once and played catcher for two innings, but it was nice to get outside for about an hour.  I also hit the ball my one time at bat and scored a run.  I wore a tank top to try to get rid of the farmer's tan I get while walking home from the bus.  I can't tell if it worked yet or if I got a sunburn instead. 
    The tension has increased between Stephanie and Rey, and I kinda had something to do with it.  I told Rey what Stephanie had been telling me and someone at work about her and it really made Rey mad because it wasn't true.  She also made an awful comment about Rey not having a job yet that made me mad.  I hope we make it through the next two weeks without a major fight, but I am not sure it is possible. 
    I made gazpacho today.  I had never had it and decided it sounded really good, and I was right!!  I hated chopping all those vegetables with a not so good knife, but it was worth it.  I am bringing it to work for lunch tomorrow.  I just realized I forgot an incredient though.  I think I will go add it after I finish writing this.  At least it wasn't a crucial ingredient. 
    I have been sorting and organizing all my miscellaneous stuff and my papers.  I alphabetically filed all my important papers and threw away all the ones I don't need anymore.  I think I am going to go through my clothes next.  I can't wait to get rid of some of those nasty t-shirts I hate.  I want this moving thing to be easy and quick.  I am not moving far so it won't be too bad, I believe.  I still have to talk to Mediacom, Qwest and the electric company.  Woohoo!!

    Oh yeah... it's a sunburn. :(

    Thursday, July 15, 2004

    They changed it again!!!  I like this new set up for creating posts.  It's more like a word processor. 

    Anyway, I wanted to post something, but I don't really have anything to write about so I am going to write about the usual stuff I write about:  things I want to complain about. 
    I am sore from helping Hela move and I bruised both my knees carrying things.  I need to start packing my stuff, but I don't want to.  I was thinking I may get the big bedroom with the bathroom in my new apartment, but I think Joanna wants it and I don't want to fight her for it so I think she will just get it. Initially I think they said I could have it, but I am fine with sharing a bathroom.  I was really looking forward to having my own bathroom for the first time ever, but I know I don't need it.  It's not like my room is small by any means, and I think a bigger room would mean I would just make a bigger mess.  I think it will be better once I get a dresser.  The mess I mean. 
    If anyone needs a vacation the 2nd week of August I would like to invite you to join me on a trip to my family's cabin on Cass Lake in northern Minnesota.  My mom keeps asking me to bring friends, so I am inviting you all to join me for the week. 
    I learned another form and possibly two tonight!!  I definitely know I remember on of them. 
    I am so glad tomorrow is Friday. 

    My horoscope according to The Onion:

    You'll be of two minds about things next week, primarily because of the renegade saw blade that neatly severs your corpus callosum Monday.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2004

    I am glad I am moving out of this apartment soon. I have no problem with Rey or Adam. We get along really well, but Stephanie is another story. She sits in her room with the door closed all the time and never talks to us. Her door is even closed when we aren't here. She is very anitsocial and often rather rude. Tonight Rey, Adam, Adam's little sister and I were playing X-Box in Rey's room. We were a little loud and Stephanie came in and asked us to be quiet or shut the door. I am fine with her telling us to be quiet because it was about 12:30am, but it was the way she worded it and how she said it. The four of us just looked at eachother after she left because we couldn't understand her attitude. I am just getting sick of dealing with her in general.

    I am actually tired and it is night, so I better take advantage of it and get some sleep. I can really only afford to be an insomniac on the weekends.

    Sunday, July 11, 2004

    I hate this weather. It is humid and semi-hot and I can't seem to cool down. Even my uncle from Georgia thought it was humid. He and my cousins are here because my cousin Jake is attending the basketball camp here this week. My Uncle and cousin Alysa are staying in Pella this week and are going to visit Eldora tomorrow. My uncle will probably be here again on Wednesday or Thursday so I may do something with him again. I haven't seen him forever so it was fun to get to talk to him. He is a conservative republican so I had to hold myself back a few times when he started going off on a few things. He and I went out to eat at Old Chicago and he insisted on buying me a Samuel Adams, his fave beer, with our meal. He is a pilot for Delta and he was telling me that when he and the other pilots go out for beers when they are on layovers they tell people they are heavy machinery operators so they won't freak out about pilots drinking.

    We are getting new carpet in my new apartment!!! But Adam just told me the air conditioner in there is leaking. I am so glad I have him and Rey around to tell me those things. They also told me about the carpet situation down there. I am going to miss not living with Rey. At least she will only be upstairs. I am also getting a new bed. My dad just bought me a cheap bedroom set that includes a headboard, dresser and nightstand and I think he is going to help me buy a mattress and boxspring. I almost got a free bed from my grandpa, but I would have had to buy a new mattress and boxspring for it, so I decided to just get new stuff all together. I don't have a dresser right now, so I am very excited about having one. It is all dark wood, and I prefer lighter wood, but I can't pass up cheap stuff that my dad is helping me buy. My mom also offered me her mattress and two coffee tables and a dresser and a hutch and matching coffee table. All I need are kitchen chairs. I will have to go home some weekend to go through all that stuff and decided what I want. I am not bringing any of it here until I move in the new apartment though. I can't wait to get a new big bed!!! I almost fell off my little bed this morning when I woke up. I need a bigger bed for my own safety.

    Friday, July 09, 2004

    Finally Friday!!!

    I went to tkd tonight, but no one else did. I hope you all have as good an excuse as I did on Monday and Wednesday. There is a new 2nd degree and she looks about 14 or so. She was pretty good. Makes me feel like a slacker for not having my second degree yet. Today one of the green belts asked me for help with pal gwe 3 so I told him I didn't know it and the little white belt I was working with said "Aren't you supposed to know that?". I felt like a loser.

    Tomorrow I am going to visit my dad at his new house. He has done a lot of work on it and has gotten a lot of new furniture since I last saw it during spring break. Lex and I are also going to go to my grandpa's house and sort through all of my grandma's dolls. She left all of them to us so we have to pick the ones we want. I think my grandpa is going to end up selling most of them. I think I may also be getting a bedroom set from my grandpa. I have been wanting to get a new, bigger bed for about a year now and my grandpa has one in the basement he is willing to give me. I am quite excited about that. It means I don't have to find one or pay for it. I was not looking forward to buying a mattress and boxspring. He may also have a kitchen table for me to use so I can use the one I was going to get from home as a desk. I love free stuff!!! Now I just have to steal my dad's truck and get it all here. I am not going to get the love seat from some people I am sorta related to in Eldora because they decided to keep it. I am not looking forward to all the driving tomorrow, but I am liking the idea of getting stuff. I will be back in time for any partying we decide to do.

    According to my cell phone bill I called someone in Bakersfield, CA on 6/23 and talked to them for 3 minutes. I wasn't charged anything for it, but I don't know who it was and I don't like that. I also got a call Monday, actually Tuesday morning at 1:45 and no one was on the line when I answered it. Kinda freaked me out because it said private number on my caller ID, but I was too tired to care at that time.

    Thursday, July 08, 2004

    I almost escaped having to talk to Randal after class tonight, but I didn't move quite fast enough. I was trying not to make it too obvious that I was running away and I moved to slowly. We then had to talk all the way to our cars. At least he makes me feel like less of a nerd.

    I should not be allowed to buy mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches anymore. Time to paint my toenails!!!

    Wednesday, July 07, 2004

    I fell asleep during The Simpsons again and missed tkd. I feel like such a slacker.

    I hate making decisions

    It's lunch time at work, so I don't feel too bad about posting this right now.

    I feel like I really need to visit both my parents. My dad moved most of his stuff out of the house in Eldora to his new house in Ames this past weekend adn left a big mess at home for my mom and sis to take care of. Lexsea helped him a lot, which must not have been fun for her for several reasons. I haven't seen my dad since Lex's graduation in May, so I really need to see him, but my mom and sis are all stressed out about him moving his stuff out, so I feel I need to see them too. I think I will be heading to my dad's this weekend and probably go to Eldora next weekend. My dad wants to show me all he has done to his house and all his new furniture and I have to sign some papers for him. I hate having to choose between them, but I know that is how it is going to have to be now. I really don't want to do anymore driving right now either. It's a about a two hour drive to both Ames and Eldora.

    Tuesday, July 06, 2004

    Okay, now for my crazy week. I went to North Bend, WA with Josh's parents and his great aunt Eleanor. We left on Friday and got there Monday afternoon. During the drive they kept trying to tell me stories about Josh, but to their disappointment he had already told me most of them. We loaded everything on Tuesday and left Wednesday morning. Josh and I beat everyone else to our destination all three days. It went pretty well. His mom hit a deer Thursday night and the air conditioning in Josh's truck died soon after we left Des Moines, but we had no other problems. His dad gave me a case of beer from Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company as a thank you for helping. I am drinking one now because Josh told me I had to have one on Tuesday nights because I have to drink at least half of it by myself and Tuesdays are the only nights I don't have TKD.

    My dad's birthday was the 4th, but I still don't have a present for him. I think I am going to Ames to see him this weekend, so I better get him something. He has offered to help me purchase a new bed. I think I will get him a DVD or something because that is almost as good as a bed. I don't know if he has a TV or DVD player though. Maybe I will just get him a country CD to feed his new addiction. Or maybe I can find him a dragon to help decorate his new house. I am not sure I even know how to get to his house!!!

    I played volleyball with Matt and his friends again tonight, and I am definitely going to feel it tomorrow. I was doing a lot of hitting tonight and my shoulder will not be happy tomorrow.

    No Jon Stewart on The Daily Show tonight!!! I am confused, but at least we get Stephen Colbert to fill in. Also, there is going to be another Celebrity Poker Showdown tournament!! It is sad how much my life revolves around TV.

    My beer has made me sleepy, which is good since I took two naps yesterday and then went to bed at 11:00. I am still kinda hungry though.

    I think computers hate me. Our internet at the apartment isn't working and neither is the guys' downstairs. Here at work, all my bookmarks are gone as are my desktop icons and my wallpaper. Either I have a different computer at my desk, but the same monitor, or if I don't log in within a certain period it decides to change all my stuff. This computer isn't liking Blogger very well right now either. It won't let me load any blogs and I can't leave comments when they actually do load.

    Not only are computers not liking me, but the ice machine decided to break and the fridge next door is leaking something all over the floor. Yea!!!

    After a late lunch...

    I just found out our internet is fine. It was just being wonky because the power briefly went out on Sunday night. Blogger is also acting funny for Amanda, so I know it isn't my computer at work.

    I will update you all on my crazy week when I get home tonight since my internet there is actually working.

    Thursday, June 24, 2004

    I need more time!!!

    Well, I got my laundry done yesterday, but I still have not done any packing. I made a list of what I need to bring, but I am not sure when I will have the time to pack. I also need to do some cleaning because my mom and sis will be staying in my room while I am gone. Lex has orientation July 1 and 2 so they are spending the night here. I am leaving work an hour early today so I can possible get something done before I go to the Nest.

    I know I have complained about going to lab meeting, but I kinda like just sitting there for a couple hours spacing off. I was actually almost looking forward to that today, but I didn't get to go because Hela had me do a large PCR (polymerase chain reaction if that helps)for her. I am supposed to be helping her with her research, but I feel like I am just doing the things that she doesn't want to do herself. I am learning some of the techniques involved but not necessarily the thought or logic behind them. It's kind of frustrating.

    It is currently 55 degrees!!! A little cool and damp, but I like it sooo much better than 80's. This is insane June weather, but I am not going to complain.

    I wish I was more enthused about going to the Nest tonight. I think I need more sleep or caffeine or I could just play with the stuff Josh sent me because it finally came!