Monday, July 31, 2006

The weekend

Yesterday I returned to Kirksville from my weekend at the lake. I had a great time with all my friends. Colleen and I arrived on Friday, hung around for a while, and then Julie and Jancin came on Saturday. I met my mom for breakfast on Saturday, which was great. My friends and I did a lot of laying around in the water and laughing. It was great to catch up with them after having no quality time for about six months!

Yesterday David and I decided to have a barbecue. We invited about five people, and at 8:00 when everybody was supposed to come, the house was still empty. At 8:15, nobody had arrived. Finally, at 8:30, David called one of his invited friends who said that he thought the dinner was next week. By 9:00 we had decided that we were goofy because nobody showed up even when we bribed them with food! Finally, our friend Jennifer showed up at about 9:10, so our barbeque was not a complete bust.

Now I have to go eat lunch. Have a good day!

Friday, July 28, 2006

The Lake!

This weekend I am going to the Lake of the Ozarks with my good freshman college friends. We have been going every year for three years, and I am pretty excited. Tonight I found these pictures from years past. Above is a picture of me during my freshman year.

Apparently we somehow made the smoke alarm go off:

These pictures are of a lizard we won at skee ball. There are about ten similar ones on my computer. I'm so excited for the weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The lunch

David and I sometimes cook for each other during the days. This means that he gets cool dishes like fried rice or spaghetti out of the deal, and I normally get leftover pizza from the night before. Lately, though, he has been branching out a little and cooking. Today I walked in my house and he was in the kitchen. Interesting smells wafted through the air. I said, "Hey dude, what's cooking?" and he showed me the noodle packet that he made and the leftover veggies. Then he made a big revelation and showed me zucchini. The zucchini was somewhat monumental because it meant that he somehow converted it from its frozen state to a cooked state.
"Oh, I'm so proud of you!" I said. "What did you put on this zucchini? How did you cook it?"
"Well," he said, very proud of himself, "I put a little olive oil in the pan and added Tabasco sauce."
At this moment my taste of zucchini went out of my hand and on to the floor. "It has a kick to it!" he declared. The vegetable certainly had a kick. I am proud of him for cooking, but Tabasco and zucchini? We both laughed because he admitted that it tasted a little weird, but still ate it so we would not be wasteful and decided that maybe David should try another recipe next time. David is funny to me because I am used to my dad's cooking great meals all the time. I suppose that cooking might take awhile to master. I think that he will soon be an expert chef.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Left in Ewing

David's brother hauled these bikes to Kirksville to give to a bike shop in Ewing. We attempted to salvage brakes off these bikes to put on my bike, but with no luck. At the end of the weekend, I took these pictures and thought they were pretty cool:

Monday, July 24, 2006

Les Miserables

This past Thursday I went with David's family to see Les Miserables. The show was amazing, and it was the farewell tour for the company. I loved getting to hear all of the beautiful music and see the wonderful actors once again. The next day we went to my hometown to celebrate my mom's birthday. On Saturday, she went water skiing to celebrate. Today she reported that she stayed up for fifteen to twenty minutes. I hope I am in that good of shape when I am older!

Tonight marked the first night of Bible School for my boss. Guess who was the craft leader? If you guessed me, you are correct. We made crosses with beans glued on them. I thought this craft would take a long time for the kids to complete, but alas, most of the kids spread glue all over their crosses, dumped their beans on the glue and said, "done!" Hopefully tomorrow's craft will provide more excitement for them.

This Sunday I made another yummy creation out of all our leftover veggies. Luckily, I took some pictures, so I will try to post them tomorrow. I also bagged all of our squash and I ended up with 19 bags! Yum!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

The brothers

The brothers came to visit this weekend. I loved visiting with them and we did a lot of hanging out. The boys needed to relax, I think:


Don't worry; they actually ventured outside at least once. Here is evidence:


We had a great weekend. Yesterday we went to see You, Me, and Dupree and had a barbeque. A highlight of the evening was when one of David's friends called and reported that his kitchen sink would not quit running water. We went to investigate and it was true; no matter how hard we pressed on the sink handle, water flowed out of the faucet. We walked around the house with hopes to find some sort of valve, but had no luck. Maybe he called a plumber today.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

This weekend

This weekend my brother is coming to visit me. David's brother is also coming to visit him, so the weekend should be pretty interesting. Here is a typical picture of my brother:Yesterday I met with one of my Truman professors about my upcoming senior year. At Truman, everybody has to take a Capstone class. My Capstone consists of writing a huge paper and presenting in front of my classmates, professors, and any friends I can scrounge to attend. I need to think of a topic for my project, and it has to relate to Rome or the Latin language somehow. Any ideas?

I should go now because I need to study a little for the LSAT and cut up a watermelon that is in the fridge. Tonight I am running with David after it gets dark because it is just too hot to run with the sun.

Monday, July 17, 2006

An update

This is a picture of my finished recipe. It was actually excellent tasting and a good way to use a lot of the yummy veggies that my grandma gave me before I moved to Kirksville. Tonight I made a smoothie out of fruits and added Nutella! Nutella is still one of my favorite treats.

Tonight I wanted to run but it began raining and lightening right as I started walking out the door. Now it is dark but I think it stopped raining. I may go for a little run around my tiny neighborhood.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Birthday

This weekend was David's 21st birthday. A lot of people came to Kirksville to celebrate, so it was a ton of fun. Above is the cake I made for him on Friday night. Do you like my great decorations of random icing and sprinkles?

My friend Julie came and stayed with me. I was so excited to see her again after being away from her for practically six months! She and I will be roommates again this year, and I am very happy to room with her.

Tonight I am making a conglomeration of vegetables, ham, and tomato juice in one big pot and sticking it in the oven. Hmmm...I think this has the potential of being either very very yummy or very, very gross. I suppose we will see how it turns out...I am also a little worried about its overflowing in the oven because the pan was a little small.

Usually my cooking endeavors do not turn out well, so I was very proud of myself on Thursday when I made edible cookies. I wanted to make the treats for my friend Justine who found out she is having a baby (yay!). When I mentioned it to David he said that I might want to get a new recipe than what I normally use (which is basically saying that my cookies are not fit to give away), so Sarah gave me a new recipe and they turned out very well. My brother is coming to visit this coming weekend, and I will make them again for him as a treat.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The House votes to Renew the Voting Rights Act

I am very excited today because the House voted to renew the Voting Rights Act. While working at FairVote, I went to a meeting with the people who were trying to push this bill through the House. I learned that getting something passed through Congress can be very, very hard. Here is a link to the story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Hmmm...

Now that I am back from all my adventures, I get asked if I like living in Washington or Missouri better. That question is pretty tough to answer, of course.

In Washington I had an awesome job and lots of new friends. I lived in an amazing apartment at a great location. I loved just being in such a great city--for instance, I ran by the Vice President's house, the British embassy, and a million Starbucks almost every day. The restaurants and activities were so much fun. Now I miss the little things, like commuting on a subway every single day and being amongst so many people.

However, in Missouri, I get to see my family and old friends all the time. I also have a great job here, and I love my housing situation. I also like how random people talk to me. Tonight as I was running, I passed an old man sitting on a lawn chair.

"Great night, isn't it?" he said.
"Yes, it is beautiful." I replied.

I also passed little girls playing in a huge pink pool down the street. "Hiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!" they yelled.

Most people were nice in Washington as well. People used to stop and coo over Sydney, my canine roommate, as I walked her. "What a cute dog!!" they said. Whenever I stopped to ask someone for directions, anyone around me rushed to help. There was also a homeless man who sat on a certain street every single day. "SMILE!" he would exclaim, "It is a beautiful day! Be happy!"

Maybe that is why I did not feel so homesick in Washington: I was able to communicate with random people. I could not really do this in Prague, as I did not speak the language. One time an old lady came up to me and started to speak, but I had to indicate that I did not know her language, and this made me sad. I think that, as a whole, Americans are a pretty personable group of people, and I think that makes me feel at home.

I'm not sure if I like Washington or Missouri better. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to discover what life is like in a completely different environment than my home in Missouri. I'm especially glad that I learned that I am able to be happy, function, and have fun on my own in a different country and a different city. I look forward to visiting Europe and Washington again sometime.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Singing again

Today I have been singing at the top of my lungs. This is significant because I did not have ample fun singing time while I was away. I will only sing under a few conditions:
1. Nobody can be in my dwelling place at the same time as me when I choose to sing.
2. There can be no chance that anyone will enter my dwelling place.
3. The music must be very loud in order to cover my horrible singing.
All of these rules are void when I am at church, where everybody can sing and nobody cares because there is always an old lady present who thinks she is an opera singer. Side note: at my church in Washington, there was actually an opera lady leading the congregation during the songs. She would sing in a really high and wobbly voice.
While I was in Praha, I had roommates galore and not really even a computer with my music readily available. Then I went to Washington where I shared an apartment and therefore did not feel comfortable singing. Now I am here and singing for fun a lot.

Tomorrow my roommate comes back from vacation. I cleaned the house tonight in preparation and am pretty excited. I was determined to clean the bottom of the shower, which was practically black with grody grime, but the fumes were horrific. I used bleach rather than another cleaner that did not contain bleach, because it was about a gazillion times more effective. However, the smell practically made my nose curl. Gross. I did get the grime off the bottom of the shower, though, so I feel much better about that. I really can not stand a dirty bathroom or a dirty kitchen. Haha...my mom will laugh because I certainly am in no line to clean those rooms at home!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sadness

Today I moved back to my college town. The move was pretty sad because a soldier from the town had died this week in Iraq, and his funeral was this weekend. As we drove up the highway, we saw tons of people on the side of the road with American flags. Groups of motorcycles drove on the highway before him, and as we stopped our car to allow his entourage to pass, I just wanted to cry. He was exactly my age, and had graduated high school one year after me. It is very sad when a young person dies, and I know his family and friends will always remember him. I will never forget standing on the highway as he passed.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Slowly easing myself back into reality

I have been doing nothing but relaxing for the past few days. It is so great--I wake up with absolutely nothing to do. There are no tests for which I should be studying, no jobs, nothing. The biggest hurdle in my day is maybe cooking supper and the feeling is wonderful. My days start out with my waking up, meandering out of my room at a very late hour, eating lunch, hanging around, going back to bed for nap or read time, cooking supper, running, and finally getting ready for bed again. I love summers!

Unfortunately, this life in paradise has to end sometime. Soon I will move back to my college town where I will start working again. I am supposed to find a full-time J-O-B (as my mom calls it). Right now I am concentrating my efforts on cleaning out my computer's music collection. I love listening to a lot of the songs, as I have really listened to nothing but my IPod for the last six months. I really need to revamp that thing, because it contains some really weird songs.

As our friend Cindy would say, if I were any more relaxed, I'd be in a coma! I know you guys were all worrying that I was too stressed this past semester (haha).

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Home

It has been a long, long time since I have updated this blog. For that I apologize, and I will hopefully update more regularly now that I am home and settled. David picked me up from the airport on Friday and we went to my friend Julie's birthday party on Saturday. The party was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing my friends again. I missed them more than I realized, even though I made new friends on my adventures.

David and I returned back to my house on Sunday and were greeted by a lot of my stuff packed in boxes. My parents redid my room while I was in Prague and there was no room for all of my books anymore. David and I tried to sort through all of them but I was only able to throw away about three books. We ended up putting the boxes in a storage shed.

We worked all day on Monday and then on Tuesday we had a little 4th of July celebration. David's parents came and met mine for the first time, so that was kind of nerve-wracking. My cousin Colleen and her friend Anna kept making fun of us because we were so nervous. However, I think it was a successful visit and I had a lot of fun. Today we just relaxed and tomorrow I am going to my Grandma's house for lunch. She cooks really well, so I am looking forward to going there.

Finally, I would like to leave you with a ticket to the gun show, courtesy of my brother:
Do you like his fake tattoos? He and David decided to apply those this weekend.