Friday, September 29, 2006

LSAT

Tomorrow is my LSAT. Tonight I plan to go to bed at 10:00 and wake up early enough to study a little. At this point, I do not really care what I get on the test as long as it is over! It will be such a relief to have it off my chest.

I think that I told a lot of people that I am taking the test tomorrow because everybody I saw today said, "Good luck tomorrow, Abbie!!!" My friend Tyler even sent me this link for encouragement, which is hilarious. I plan to watch it tomorrow before the big test!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Disaster

Right now I am in the library scanning pictures for the professor for whom I work. They are all of pretty houses in Louisiana, which is a town really near where I live.

Yesterday David and I went to the Student Union building to get a snack. I wanted some spinach and sun-dried tomato soup, so we stood in front of the menu wondering which package would be the best deal. A foam take-home cup cost 99 cents, but a bread bowl cost $1.75. David kept saying, "Get the bread bowl! I love bread bowls!" so I decided to go with the bread and spooned it out for myself. David had ordered a fish sandwich, which took forever to make, so for the entire eight-ten minutes we waited, my bowl slowly got soaked with the soup. As we were leaving, I put the bread bowl full of runny soup into a to-go cardboard cup that David got from the sandwich shop. Of course, as we started walking out of the SUB, the bread broke, and like a volcano, the soup came running out of the sides and top. I held my snack away from me to avoid getting hit by the hot juice but it did not work very well. By this time, we were practically running across campus before the entire thing spilled on me. David kept yelling, "Eat the soup!! Eat the soup!!" and I kept trying to sip some of it without spilling it onto my pants. By the time we got back to my apartment, my arm was soaked with spinach soup and we had a disaster. Colleen and Julie kept laughing at me.

The moral of the story is to never get a bread bowl from the SUB, or maybe just never listen to David when he offers a suggestion for a snack.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Hobnobbing

Today I went to a reception at President Dixon's house (she is the president of the University). My scholarship has lots of perks, one of which is a party at the University residence every fall. This is one of my college culinary highlights because there is amazing food at this thing. They have chocolate covered strawberries, these chicken stick things, fresh salsa, and homemade punch. They treat us pretty well.

This year was the first time that I did not go in that reception feeling like a doof. Usually I do not really know many of the faculty members or my fellow scholarship holders, but this year I knew a ton of people! My Calculus teacher from my first semester during my freshman year came up to me and said, "Hey Abbie, how are you doing?" How did he really remember my name?

As I was writing that last sentence, I remembered that I had a nametag on the entire time. Maybe that is how he "remembered"--he could read. I did not see him glance at my nametag, though. Oh well, I am going to keep thinking that he remembered my name on his own. I guess that, at any rate, it is still cool that he remembered my face.

I got to tell some freshmen that I went to the Czech Republic this past semester. Our scholarship includes money to study abroad, so they will all get to go somewhere, and they eagerly listened to all of my travel tips. I am thinking about making a television show of my travel tips, like Rachael Ray. One time I acted it out in front of David while he acted like he was a cameraman. It did not go very well.

Anyway, the reception was fun today.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Tours

Yesterday I had to get up really, really early (8:00 a.m.) to give a tour at Truman. I am a Student Ambassador, which means I am a tour guide for prospective students and their families. This is a pretty interesting job, because it is a time when I can be extremely corny and goofy and everybody thinks it is funny. For instance, yesterday a dad asked about the clubs I joined while at Truman and I replied, "Well, during my first semester here, I was a member of the NRA...the National Reading Association!" All of the parents get a really worried look at first, which is eventually replaced by a look of relief.

I always say something really goofy on the tours. Yesterday I said that I wanted a co-ed dorm my freshman year so that I could meet boys. One day I said that cafeterias were the most important thing to a college student, and another time I said that there are no rules in the dorms (the mother almost fainted during that tour). After my tours, I always walk away thinking, "Why did I say that?" Even though I sometimes make a fool out of myself, I think giving tours is pretty fun.

Friday, September 22, 2006

New shoes

The trip to Payless last night was very fruitful for me and not so fruitful for David (the store did not carry any dancing shoes for men). I got these amazing shoes that were on sale. Aren't they pretty and shiny? David does not like them because they make me two inches taller than him.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The T-Mug

Truman provides its students with a mug called the T-Mug. It is supposed to be used to take drinks out of the cafeteria. However, my friends and I use it to take out food for an extra snack. Once we got pizza out in the mug. After that, we were more ambitious and took out an entire meal stacked in the mug.

A few minutes ago, I had a T-Mug disaster. I decided to make and take out a milkshake because they had Spumoni ice cream. Spumoni is my favorite ice cream in the cafeteria, so I began scooping it into my bowl and then put some milk in my mug so I could mix the shake. Finally, I tried adding the ice cream to the milk, but this caused a disaster because the milk started to spill out of the top. It got all over my ID and room key. David and Julie tried to help clean it with napkins but we were all laughing too hard. At this point, the managers of the cafeteria started to mill around our table and we had to hide the entire thing in order not to get caught. Ten napkins later, the mess was cleaned and I still had my shake, luckily.

Tonight David and I are going to Wal-Mart and to Payless Shoes so that he can look for ballet flats. He told Colleen, my old roommate, that he was going to draw a skull and crossbones on them so that he would not look like such a huge doof.

He and Julie joined a new accounting fraternity, and tonight was their first meeting. I took some pictures of David tying his tie and they turned out pretty cool.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Last night at open swim

"Hey Josh, do you want to do a doggy-paddle race with us?"

"No, I'd like to try to keep my dignity. I already have purple goggles."

Does this post really have a point?

These last few weeks have been pretty busy for me, and the next one week and four days promise to be busy as well. On September 30, I will take the LSAT. It is so weird to be actually studying for the exam. Right now I am not stressing out too much over the ordeal. However, it means that I do not have much extra time because I take one or two practice sections per day.

I just noticed that I possess a pen that opens up and has post-its inside of its body. That is so weird but also pretty cool.

This picture was taken this weekend before an event for PSP. Our friend Josh moved at the last second, so it turned out blurry, but I think it looks cool anyway.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ballet


David and I are greatly enjoying our Irish dancing class, even though we are not pros yet. This week I learned that I have been doing the steps incorrectly the entire time, but I learned how to do them correctly last night. Dancing may just be my new favorite hobby. Next semester, I plan to take Elementary Ballet and Irish Step. I wish I would have figured out that Truman offers dance classes much earlier than this year so I could have enjoyed them longer.

I ordered dancing shoes online and these are what came:Hello? The elastic straps were not even attached. Apparently the dancing company does not sew the straps, which left me sewing a few afternoons ago. I am a horrible sewer, so right now I am really just praying that they do not come undone during a skills test or something.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Finally, some pictures!!

I have finally managed to get Blogger to post my triathlon pictures. Here is a picture of David running:Here we are approaching the finish line:
This is the finish line:


Finally, here we are after the race. At this point, my stomach and leg muscles were actually shaking, but luckily, I feel completely better today. There is no more pain in my legs! Tonight I plan to attend Truman's open swim just because it is fun exercise.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Triathlon!

Grrr...blogger is not letting me load pictures right now, but when it does, I will certainly post some of the great triathlon. David and I both completed the race and it was very exciting. The swimming part was definitely the most challenging for me, since we had trained for it about two times. David very kindly waited for me so that I did not have to swim alone, which was a lifesaver because I probably would not have pushed myself as much as I did had he not been there. As it was, it took me about 40 minutes to complete the swimming portion, and I was the last person out of the water. Some of our friends happened to be life guarding the event in canoes, so they kept cheering us on throughout the course.
After that, however, we went on to the biking and did pretty well. The problem was that by that time we were so far behind everybody else that we could not catch up with anyone to pass them. However, during the running portion, we did catch and pass two men, ages 70+, who were walking the course.
Our friends came and cheered us on at the finish line, which was very fun. After the race we got massages, free chicken, and medals! I will post pictures as soon as blogger lets me do so. I am so excited that I completed the triathlon and decided that it is probably one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced in my life. After doing the swimming, my legs felt like jelly, but I kept pushing myself (with cheering from David) and finished. David is already planning for our next triathlon, but I am planning for the good night's rest I hope to get tonight.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Please meet the swimmers

David and I are gearing up for our triathlon on Sunday. As you can see from the picture on the left, taken by the beautiful photographer Julie, we are pretty serious swimmers. Our main problem right now is our attire during the race. My swimsuit is certainly not made for racing, and David does not have any speedo-type swimming trunks (nor does he want to purchase any), so we will pretty much look like amateurs when we arrive for the swimming event on Sunday. My plan is to look really mean and serious before the race so that people will take me seriously--or maybe just to seem as intimidating as I can while wearing a pink swimsuit that is about two sizes too big. (I am wearing that, by the way, because it my swimsuit that covers me the most.)

Tonight we swam for practice and I am a little worried because David is so much faster than me. For some reason, I am a great kicker and can beat David at any time while using a kickboard. However, whenever we add arms, he beats me. It is so frustrating!

I am certainly enjoying this carbo-loading business that goes with the triathlon. Tomorrow and Saturday we are supposed to eat a ton of food so we have energy on Sunday. Yeaaa!!!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A new website to visit

My mom has a website that you should visit! We worked on the wording this Monday. She is committed to education.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Capstone

I am having a problem coming up with a topic for my Capstone project here at Truman. My Capstone is like a senior thesis. Currently, I am considering focusing on the classical perception of the moon. Does anybody have any ideas for topics on which I can focus?!?!?!

David just choked me by giving me "a massage" as I was typing. Tonight we swam for about an hour. We have to swim 3/4 of a mile for the triathlon on Sunday. This week is pretty busy with training, homework, and rush season for our fraternity starting. Still, I love college life and wish it did not have to end.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Happy Labor Day

This weekend I have been the queen of doing nothing. On Friday night, David and I went to see Ryan's football game. We had a lot of fun and even showed our Irish dancing skills to my cousins who have been Irish dancing for a million years. They started laughing really hard when we tried to show them the Waves of Torrey (a dance we learned in class). My cousin Colleen finally sputtered that she had never seen the dance that we were dancing, but that we did a good job anyway. My cousin Patrick was also laughing pretty hard. Defeated, David and I resolved to work on our moves for another time.

Today I slept late, took a nap, and basically did nothing. We just finished watching Napoleon Dynamite and are starting Moulin Rouge. David is skipping all over the place in delight because it is his favorite movie. Have a relaxing Labor Day!