Thursday, December 28, 2006

Engagement pictures

Today David and I got our engagement pictures taken. My friend Amy sent me an e-card about the wedding, which depicts the bride's waking at 5 a.m. and starting to get ready, while the groom gets up at noon, yawns, and steps into his tux. Our day today reminded me of that card. I got up at 6 a.m. to get my hair and makeup done and called David at like 10 a.m. to ask him a question, but he was still asleep. (I'm just kidding--I know it is my fault for getting up so early to get the hair and makeup put on, and it was worth it in the end.) We drove to the city where mom and I got coffees (nice), I bought an outfit to wear during the pictures, got my hair done, and got makeup. Then we went to the photographer's house to get our pictures taken. They turned out really well---I think some of them are really cute. This outing means that we found a photographer for the wedding (hip hip hooray!) and that the engagement pictures are checked off the list of things to do. I will try to post some if possible.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas card

This picture may very well be included in my first ever Christmas card next year:
I think it really captures the essence of our family right now: Abbie and Ryan look very happy and David looks ummm...very squashed.
My Christmas has been absolutely wonderful: this weekend I went on a family fun day (which is actually pretty fun) with my mom's relatives and spent some time at David's house with his family. On Christmas Eve, David came over and we watched White Christmas. My Dad fried oysters and made shrimp, which was a delicious feast. Today I went to my grandparents' house and enjoyed the day there.

This morning I played the piano at the Christmas mass at my church. I also drafted David to cantor, which was very lovely. I think he was a little freaked out at first because he thinks he is a bad singer (mostly because I cover my ears and plead him to stop when he tries to pelt notes along with Dave Matthews CDs), but he did a pretty good job. After the mass, my brother commented, "David sure has some pipes...not bad!" Perhaps we have a future together as a duet with David's singing and my playing the piano.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Proud

Here is a video of my brother's jazz band concert tonight! I was so proud of him because he is pretty shy when it comes to performing (except for sports), so getting up there in front of the gymful of people was most likely a pretty big deal for him. (That is him on the keyboard.)


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It was really cute. Good job, Boot!

Subbing

Right now I am subbing again. Today I am monitoring the In School Suspension students, which basically means that they sit and do work while being quiet all day, and I get to do things like address Christmas cards and read. It is a pretty relaxing day.

I am a little scared for tomorrow, though, because I think that I am subbing for an elementary school teacher. The lowest grade that I have ever subbed for is sixth, so I am hoping that I do not freak out with eighteen little kids in a classroom.

Of course, I am home for winter break. We have three weeks off school, which will be nice. My mom, brother, and I went over our schedules yesterday, and it looks like mine will be pretty jam-packed. My goal is to finish reading three books and run pretty often. David and I have abandoned the habit of running at school, so I want to start again so that I do not get out of shape.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Awesome

Look at this crazy statistic:

In 1970, 33,000 men and 2,000 women earned professional degrees; in 2004, the numbers were 42,000 men and 41,000 women.

(Source: New York Times)

I can't believe that in only 36 years there has been such a higher number of women who have attained professional degrees. I am so proud of my mom, who has earned up to her specialist's degree in education, and I am also proud that (hopefully) in a few years I will be counted as part of this statistic with a J.D.

Pizza rolls

Well, folks, I am finally finished with my semester. This morning I emailed my Capstone paper to my teacher and about twenty minutes ago I turned in my last final. Right now I am sitting in my room like a hermit, eating pizza rolls and breadsticks that have so little nutrition that I can barely think about it.

Finals week is always amusing to me. First of all, suddenly parents have been showing up on campus. I'll be walking around the cafeteria and--boom--suddenly I will see a tall guy with white hair and proudly wearing a "Dad" sweatshirt. Secondly, students who have recently figured out that they have a million extra meals left on their meal plan keep buying stuff from the SUB. This means that they end up carrying five packs of soda and a case of Frappachino to their car all at once.

Right now I have to begin gathering all of the fifty or so library books that I have checked out this semester so that I do not get charged for late fees. Actually, I think I will take a nap instead. Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Just a little bit longer...

Do not worry, dear readers: I am still here. I am sorry for the lame cat post earlier in the week, but I am almost finished with finals. Then I promise you that I will be ready to blog on a regular basis again. In the last few weeks, I have applied to law schools (keep your fingers crossed that I get accepted) and have been finishing assignments at school. Right now my Capstone paper is consuming most of my time. It is now up to thirty-eight pages. Thirty-eight! I never knew that I could write something so long. Besides that, I still have two papers to write for finals and an actual final on Friday, so I better get back to work.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

I love this video

This video has got to be one of my favorites on the internet right now:

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sleepy

Today has been a day of lots of rest. I slept until 11 a.m. and then took a two hour nap this afternoon. This is perhaps not the best idea for the weekend before finals week, but I think my body was just trying to catch up on sleep that it has lost over the past few weeks.

Last night we played Spades with some friends. I tried to go blind nil, but unfortunately I also forgot some of the rules of the game, so I ended up making me and David lose when we could have totally won.

I better go attempt to study. I hope you are having a good day!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Quick post

I was sad today to hear the news about James Kim. All this week, Julie, David, and I have been following the progress of the search for the missing Kim family. It is so sad for Kati and their babies--really, the entire situation is too sad for words.

On a lighter note, we are all wrapping up our semesters. My night tonight will be pretty busy writing a philosophy paper. It seems that after tomorrow my semester will be more of a breeze---I only have three finals and my Capstone final draft due next week.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Winter wonderland


It snowed a lot last week. My college town was so full of snow that the road graders just piled it up in the intersections to make makeshift cul-de-sacs. I really wanted to run up the mounds of snow and ice, but noting that they were located about two blocks from the police station, and since I did not think it was really allowed, I decided against this plan. I loved the snow because I did not have to drive in it. It has not melted yet, so the entire world looks really pretty.