Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wonderful

This morning was so wonderful. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I usually get up early (ahem, 9 a.m.) to go to a ballet class at the rec center. Today, however, I stayed in bed, and it was wonderful. Sometimes I seriously need some time to just lay in bed and read.
In other good news, I would like to show you something pretty awesome.


This is a picture of right outside my front door. Why is this significant? It is pretty cool because that white car on the other side of the van is mine. This is by far one of the best parking spots I have gotten while at Truman, and I am not planning on moving my car until it is absolutely necessary. Great parking spots are so great because sometimes we end up having to park on streets due to the lack of parking at my school; so for once I am not having to walk a mile to reach my car. Yes, I know that it is pretty awesome.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Ash Wednesday

In case you did not know, today is Ash Wednesday. This morning, I woke up really, really early (ahem...7:45 a.m.) and went to mass with David. It was very nice. The school kids of the church were there as well and were pretty stoked. As we walked up to get the ashes smeared on our forehead, I saw the first-graders admiring each other's foreheads. Imagine if dating were based on the ash application. Catholics around the world would be saying:

Boy: Hey. I guess I kind of like your ashes.
Girl: Thanks, yours are nice, too. Nice application.

Then they would live happily ever after.
Today my ashes were smeared horizontally across my forehead, so the cross shape was pretty much non-existent. Everywhere I went, people kept pointing at their foreheads, indicating that I had missed a spot. Now they are pretty much gone. Happy Ash Wednesday!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Saturday, February 17, 2007

New snowman






David and I created a snowman for my roommate Julie today just outside my door. After our attempts at packing snow sort of failed, I decided to make it taller by adding an icicle on its head. I'm sure she will be impressed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Snow day!

Today we got a lot of snow here at school. Here are some pictures of the huge drifts!


None of our classes were cancelled today due to snow. That is okay because I really liked walking around in the drifts.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dang


Lately I have been pretty obsessed with playing SkiFree. In case you do not know, SkiFree is a computer skiing game. The player has a little skier who has to avoid trees and rocks while racking up a high score. At the end of the course, the computer stops and reports the score, but the player can continue anyway. Eventually, a little snow monster comes and eats the skier.

At first, my goal was to get past the monster. I did that and have since discovered that there are two monsters that can eat me! Tonight I learned how to ski extra quickly down the hill and avoid both monsters, but when I did I was being a poor skier and I accidentally tripped on a rock. That was a bad choice because one of the monsters came running down the hill before I could get up and ate me! Those guys are so annoying! Then, after it eats me, the monster picks its teeth with one of my bones. Gargh!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Oh, blog


I feel like I have been ignoring my dear old blog. Today I had a Latin test, so I have been studying pretty hard for that. My fraternity has also been having Rush this week, so I have to go to a Rush event tonight. The Rush events are actually pretty relaxing because I get to hang out with my friends.

I still have been working out pretty much, and I am so excited because I can now see a faint line where I may be developing chiseled abs. It is a slight, slight possibility, but I am excited nonetheless. Whenever I go to the rec center, I do these leg raises, crunches, and other little things so that I can have rock-hard abs, and it did not seem to be working very well, but now I am finally seeing some results. Yes!

That guy is on my blog because I tried to Google "chiseled abs" to show you how I want my abs to look, but he is much better. Haha.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

One year ago


One year ago this week I traveled to Prague. It feels so weird that it was so long ago. I remember landing at the airport and attempting to find the way to the hotel. Colleen and I were both so nervous about how everything would go over the semester. While unpacking the first night, tears streamed down our cheeks and made dark dots on our nicely folded clothes because we were so scared.

Now, looking back, I miss being on an adventure where I could travel easily, explore, and be independent. My favorite memories are of Colleen and I trying to find our way around strange cities, getting lost, and eventually finding our way back to the hostel. I will probably never have the freedom to travel for such an extended period of time with such a great travel buddy. That time of my life is so valuable to me.

Lately I have been thinking of myself back when I was flying into the Praha airport. It seems like I was so much younger back then, and I remember landing and thinking, "What am I doing here?!" I feel like I can finally answer that question: I was learning how to be confident enough to figure out the subway systems of multiple cities on my own. I was learning how to read a map and then learning how to make my way around a city without a map. I was learning how to work money in the best possible way so that I did not lose much in the exchange. I was learning how to find my hostel in the middle of the night after at least two hours of walking because we did not want to pay the bus fare. I was learning that plugging a hair straightener in a European outlet will sometimes burn hair. Most of all, I was learning how to function on my own without my support group of family and friends right at my fingertips, and thus learning much about myself.

Today, I think I would give a lot to be flying back into the Praha airport.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ski Trip


Hi everybody! I have not written in a while because I was on David's family's annual ski trip this weekend. The trip was great and I really enjoyed the skiing and also spending time with his family. We went to Chestnut Mountain in Illinois, and I think that I did a pretty good job skiing this year. I even went down two of the black diamond slopes!

I made a major mistake on one of them because I got scared and sat down on the slope. This was not very smart because once one sits down, it is hard to stand back up since the slope is so steep. I sat while skiers rushed past me, went on the lift, and rushed past me again. David was also sitting with me mostly just because he was being very nice, but I felt like a doof. Finally he said, "Abbie, you either need to take off your skis and slide down this hill or ski down this hill," so I decided to ski. I stood up pretty quickly and went down slowly. My biggest problem with skiing is that I get too nervous and then I end up sitting down on the slope.

Another time I went down a different black diamond, but I actually fell and lost a ski. Everybody else had already gone down, so I decided to just slide down on my rear. I tried to hold my ski but I lost my grip and it slid down in front of me, and eventually I slid past the ski and had to scoot back up the mountain to retrieve it. David, his brother, and his cousins were laughing at me on the bottom. Grr.

Anyway, I had a great time and will look forward to more ski trips in the future!