Sunday, April 29, 2007


David just announced to me that when I talk about cleaning it "makes him ill" and that when we get married we need to "hire a butler".

This is going to be a long marriage.

Things I'll Miss

I have been terrible about updating lately, and all I can say is that I have been really busy with finals and stuff. This week I want to post pictures of things I'll miss after graduating from college. The first are the seniors in PSP (see picture above). I have known most of those people for years, and I will miss their company and the fun times we have had together in the same fraternity.

The next is playing darts on Monday nights. My friends and I all get together at a local hangout and play darts after our PSP meetings. I'll not only miss the people who attend, but the relaxing and fun times we always have.
I will also very much miss my dance classes at Truman. Below is a picture of most of us who are in Irish dancing together:
There will be more to come this week!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Senior Seminar

Today I gave my Senior Seminar presentation for my English major. The title of my paper is "The Social Construction of Gender: What it Means to be a Man or a Woman in Anne Bronte's Agnes Grey". It is definitely a long title. Basically I have concluded that the high class had a social construction of gender in the novel that is extremely rigid. The woman's role was to be educated well enough just so they could get married to a wealthy and respectable man who was also in the high class. After that their life pretty much stunk because their main role was to have kids and feel like "a slave", as one of the characters calls it. The man's role was to be destructive to his self, other people, and other creatures. Most would do this by drinking, abusing their wives if they got out of line, and by hurting animals for fun. I have got to say that I am glad that I was not born in the high class in this novel.

I was pretty nervous because I was afraid that someone would ask a question that I did not know how to answer. However, I got lucky because the only question was something like, "Why didn't the women use all of their free time to do something constructive?" and I could say, "I don't know."

Anyway, now that that is over, I will probably have to do one more weekend of pretty hard work and then I will hopefully be on the downslide for the rest of the semester. We'll see.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


It seems that everybody here is talking about the horrible events that happened yesterday. As the news unfolded, we grew sadder and sadder. This morning I have seen a lot of people walking around, reading the newspaper stories and talking about it in the cafeterias.
I am a member of Phi Sigma Pi, and apparently one of the PSP initiates at Virginia Tech has not been found. This makes it seem closer to home, and I hope that she is okay.

I think that now our usual end-of-the-year complaints of too much homework seem very shallow.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


The weather here has been so dreary for the past few days. I have not gone running since Monday. That is a very long time for me, but I just do not feel like going outside and being in the gross weather. Oh well.

We went to our graduation fair a few days ago, where we all ordered our cap and gown and ate a bunch of free cookies. It is very weird that I am graduating soon--I am definitely sad to be leaving. However, I know that if I came back next year nothing would be the same, since all of my friends are also graduating. I wonder how I will feel after graduating from law school.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter time!

This weekend I had a great time decorating lamb cakes with my cousins and David. Here are some pictures of our work process:

This is my completed cake:
And a picture of me and David with our masterpieces:
I had another shower this weekend, which was a lot of fun. Again, it was great to see so many people that I do not get to see all the time, and that everybody helped us out by getting us such nice household items. Opening things is so exciting--I love getting little kitchen trinkets and other things for our new place to live. It makes it seem like there is not very much time until we actually get married!

At this shower, everybody went around the room and told a story about me (or how they knew me). It was so much fun hearing all of the stories that were so nice and touching. It is wonderful to know that we have so many people who are wishing us well and who care so much about us.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Disney trivia

Last night my friends and I went to a Disney trivia night. It was pretty awesome because one of my friends had crammed for the night all day on Sunday. She was so amazing--when the announcer would finish asking a question, she would immediately write it on the paper and show us the answer. At halftime, we were in the lead, which was pretty exciting because there were some hardcore Disney fans there.

Anyway, we ended up tied for first place. In order to break the tie, each team had to pick a member to play "Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon with The Lion King", which meant that my friend had to tie an actor from the Lion King to Kevin Bacon in six steps (i.e. someone played in the Lion King, they were in a movie with someone else, that person was in a movie with another person, and that other person was in a movie with Kevin Bacon). This was incredibly hard, so they ended up arm-wrestling each other. My team lost because the other team was lucky enough to have picked a girl who was on the swim team. Lucky!

We ended winning the bonus round because David happened to know that the mom and two sons from Old Yeller also played in Swiss Family Robinson. The room was full of tables, and they made a rule that each team had to write down the answer and then race to the judge's table, because whoever had the first correct answer would win. Well, the judge's table was up some stairs, and I was elected to be the person who brought up the answer, and of course I tripped on the stairs. It was so intense because everybody was rushing and trying to win! Luckily, the other teams in front of me got the answers incorrect so we won. Each of us got to take home $10 for our prize money, so we were pretty excited.

I am off to try to get ahead on major homework.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Patrick's update

Remember this plant that I got for myself for my birthday? Well, last night it went through a trauma. We don't know what happened, but it was okay during the morning but during the evening I looked at it and said, "JULIE! Something is wrong with the plant!" and we both looked. It had flattened and drooped itself so that it looked not at all perky. The problem might have been that I had forgotten to water it all weekend. Oops. Perhaps I am not the best plant mommy.

Here it is today after a day full of sunlight:
It looks much happier.

This weekend was my first bridal shower, and was absolutely fun. I had a great time seeing a lot of people that I have not seen in a million years, eating, and getting presents. It was so fun opening everyday objects and getting really excited. My cousins gave it for me.

On another note, you should go over and check out my brand new soon-to-be nephew on Sarah's blog. He was born last week and is named Noah. David went to visit him last weekend. Isn't he cute? (the baby)