Friday, October 27, 2006

Yea for the Cardinals!!!!!

I am so excited that I saw the Cardinals win the World Series. St. Louis rocks!
Before you ask, I did watch the game. And no, I did not read a book. I leave you with a picture of Cardinals nacho cheese, just for fun.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Voting

Tonight I went to Phi Sigma Pi's (a fraternity with which I am involved) fun night. It was really fun: as I have gotten older, I have stopped going as often because of my busy schedule. However, I had a lot of fun tonight talking with people in my fraternity.

Anyway, we played this game where envelopes are passed around the room with categories written on the front. As the envelope passes by you, you are supposed to place a vote for a person who fits the category in the envelope and pass it on to the next person. For example, one of the categories was "Best Dancer". My friend Amy won that because she is a good dancer.

Here are the categories I won:
Best Dressed
Most Intelligent
The person with whom I wish I could trade lives

Here is the category David won:
Most likely to be a desperate housewife

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Modern Art

Recently I have been lucky enough to receive some extremely high-quality art from two of my favorite artists: Claire (my roommate Julie's sister) and Emma (David's niece). Both are growing into spectacular artists (I know this because I have taken 3.5 years of art classes). Their use of different mediums, ranging from water paint to crayons and to the sheer simplicity of light marker strokes, really conveys their artistic message to the viewer. Please let me present you with Claire's work:
Note how she utilizes water paint in a most creative way, allowing some of the colors to bleed out of the lines while keeping the original dot pattern in a form similar to the 1960s pop art movement (and with a particular nod to Lichtenstein):


Emma focuses more on color magnitude with her work:
Note the eye-popping use of orange and purple, with a hint of green in the upper corner. Her simplicity is also reminiscent of the pop-art movement of the 1960s, when the impact of color was used by itself to convey meaning to the viewer.

Finally, Emma's final work has just a hint of marker color:

I think she is just trying to tell me that my wedding color should be blue.
These young girl artists are certainly headed for RISD.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Engagement

About two weeks ago, David and I got engaged. Because of this, the last few days have been a blur: telling everybody is so much fun. We appreciate all of the warm wishes that everybody has sent our way. It is wonderful to know that we have so many great friends.

Everybody wants to know how he popped the question. One night he had to work at Domino’s pizza and I was in my room doing homework with my roommate, Julie. Throughout the night, he kept calling me and asking if we could run together. The weather was pretty cold and wet, so I did not really want to go for the run, but I kept telling him I would go anyway.

A few hours later, he came to my apartment to pick me up. I tried to procrastinate as much as I could in hopes that he would give up the running idea, but he was so persistent that I ended up going anyway. "Let's make this a short run," I requested. "Fine," he replied.

We started to run to the football field on Truman's campus. All of a sudden, David started running on the field and up to the goalpost. I had no clue what he was doing, but I followed him anyway, and I noticed a note attached to the post. It said, "I like when we run together and do triathlons together." At this moment, I knew what was happening. We kept running all around Kirksville and finding these notes hidden everywhere that had reasons explaining why he likes me. At one point, we even stopped in the local ice cream shop, where David said, "Hey, do you guys have any free ice cream?" and the girl workers pulled out my favorite ice cream treat out of the freezer with huge grins on their faces. Later, I found out that they knew about his plan.

Finally, we ended up at a park where we used to swing together during the summer. He asked me there and I nodded. It was weird at first to be engaged, because it seemed that not much had changed (I had known for a while that I wanted to marry David). However, last weekend we went home and told our families. Now it is so fun planning the wedding and telling everybody. I feel like it is almost a dream.

I feel like the luckiest person in the world--I know I have found my true love and I am so very happy. We have been dating for almost two years, and I am sure that if you have been a longtime reader of my blog or if you have just heard me talk about him, you probably know how much I love David and enjoy his company. I will be sure to keep everybody updated on the status of the wedding planning, and will post more funny stories about how people reacted to our news sometime soon!

To read David's version of the story, click here!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

Final Standings

Apparently David and I got 50 points in the hot dog cook-off on Monday! Somehow, that hot dog won some sort of prize.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Evolution of Beauty





This video shows how our perception of beauty derives from fake and manipulated images. I love how the computer elongates her neck to make her look skinnier. This makes me slightly sick.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Homecoming

Tonight David and I participated in a Truman homecoming event: the hot dog cook-off. At first we thought this hot dog cook-off would involve going to the location and cooking a provided hot dog. However, today we learned that we were supposed to prepare a hot dog and bring it to the event. Our poor homecoming coordinator brought us some supplies so that we could make the hot dog at the last minute.

For the event, we needed to make one hot dog for presentation and one for taste. Apparently we misunderstood the directions. David made a hot dog for taste out of cheese and relish, but I had trouble with the presentation part. At first, I tried to make a dog sculpture out of the hot dog and tore the entire hot dog into little pieces:
I quickly realized that I could not make a dog out of these pieces and so we had a torn-up hot dog and fifteen minutes left. In a panic, I added a flower that David had given me and smashed some hot dog pieces into the petals:

Finally I gave up and David took over, making a little man out of the pieces:We walked to the contest location and noticed that everybody else had made two hot dogs and just cut one up for the taste part and made an extra tidy version of their taste hot dog for the presentation. Some added parsley on the plates. Nobody else had anything remotely like a hot dog man. Our only hope is that our team won with creative points.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Retreat

Tonight we had our Funds Allotment Council retreat. It was great-- we went to a local restaurant and were able to spend $25 each, which meant we practically got to order the entire menu. I got a salad, soup, fried mushrooms, and Thai chicken with noodles. It was a feast, and luckily I got to bring some home for a snack later. The best part is that it was all free: the meal was paid for out of our semester budget.

Our radiator in our room keeps making a very weird noise. It sounds like a stomach full of water sloshing around. It keeps scaring us a little.

This weekend I will go home for mid-term break. Hopefully my break will involve a lot of relaxing. I plan to see my parents, eat at my grandparents' house, and play Scrabble with Cindy. It promises to be a good weekend.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Haircuts

I gave David a haircut yesterday. It was so funny; he had to spray WD-40 on the trimmers, so it was sitting outside, he was sitting on a kitchen chair with no shirt, and his hair looked like the picture below as the neighbor's parents drove up for family day. I think he probably made a good impression.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

bike ride



Today David and I went on a bike ride and enjoyed the beautiful autumn weather.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

You are pretty

A few weeks ago I turned in an etymology study paper for my History of the English Language class. We got them back on Tuesday, so I three hole-punched it and put it in my binder of papers that I am using in my Senior Seminar class to make a portfolio.

Today, I started flipping through my old papers, trying to find one appropriate for an assignment. As I turned the pages of my etymology study, I found this:
I yelped. David had written this note on a piece of "scrap paper" that was actually an appendix for my etymology paper. I had turned it in with this note on the back, and apparently my professor saw it and commented in the green ink. My Senior Seminar class had a pretty good laugh about this. Ironically, we were discussing how we should always present professional-looking papers for classes or for review.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

No worries

Nobody should worry about me: my stomach aches were gone today!
I rewarded my stomach by eating Pop-Tarts for a snack. When I bought them in the SUB, David scoffed at them saying, "I wouldn't buy those if I had the money. They are so bad for you and they are so fattening and..." He kind of kept rambling but I normally eat a very healthy diet so I figured that one Pop-Tart transgression would not hurt anything. This afternoon, after my snack, I offered David the other Pop-Tart in the pack and his eyes got excited and he said, "SURE! I will eat that Pop-Tart! Pop-Tarts are yummy!"

The moral of the story is that David secretly loves Pop-Tarts.

I am excited about tomorrow because I am attending a workshop about how to write a personal statement. This may sound very unexciting, but since I am applying to grad school and I also have no clue how to write a personal statement, attending a workshop that guarantees a rough draft by the end of two hours sounds pretty darn great.

Monday, October 02, 2006

My tum-tum

My LSAT went pretty well, and this weekend I did a good job of relaxing after it was finished. Today, however, my tummy has been hurting a little all day long. I think it is just because I ate a hamburger from the cafeteria yesterday (I always seem to get a little sick after eating those). David wrote about an experiment I tried tonight in this post on his blog:

Just now, Abbie decided to perform some diagnostic work to determine her illness. She started clearing her throat a bunch, and then began gagging. But instead of turning her head slightly to aim for the trash can, she just stuck her hand in front of her mouth. After a little dribble of saliva and stomach acid comes up, she just shrugs and wipes her hand on her jeans. I suppose this is normal behavior if one "just wanted to see if I could puke up some blood."