Monday, December 31, 2007

Oops...

Three posts in one day...is this a record for me? I was reading my friend Joel's blog about his New Year's Resolution, and I forgot that I have not posted mine.

I think that my New Year's Resolutions (there are two) will be:
1. To continue to attempt to eat healthy foods--because buying really really processed junk is sooo easy and faster than cooking something, but I want to try and be nice to my body this year. Well, maybe this will have to wait until after the ski trip--after all, I am bringing Chex Mix and summer sausage. So that will start on January 5. Hmmmm...am I kind of defeating the purpose of this resolution?
2. To avoid Wal-Mart as much as possible. David and I explained to his parents that we don't really know of the supposed awful business practices that Wally World uses, but this resolution is simply because going to that place is sooo stressful. First, we have to fight crowds going down the aisles and then we have to wait in line at least thirty minutes to check out. Most of the employees are wonderful, but we have encountered a few who are downright mean and just make the already stressful experience a stress fest. Yes, we will have to pay slightly more for food and provisions, but hopefully I can be a little thriftier to make up for the increase in price.

Ski trip

David and I are going on a ski trip with his family for the next few days, so posting will be pretty minimal. I am pretty excited about this trip because not only do I love skiing but I also love Chex Mix and this gives me a good excuse to make some. I'm sorry that I still have not posted any Christmas pictures yet--I will be sure to get those up this weekend.

Thanks to all of my readers for reading this blog in 2007, and I wish you a Happy New Year! We are having a friend over and hopefully going out to eat dinner if we can get in anywhere.

Six Months



Dear David,

Yesterday was our six-month wedding anniversary. I forgot to get you a card or a present, so instead I thought that I would write you this letter. We have never had an anniversary--the day that we began dating is pretty unclear and honestly, I don't remember what day we got engaged, either. I'm not good with dates, and so you have gotten out of getting me lots of anniversary presents. Aren't I every guy's dream wife?

The past six months have been so different than before. Before we got married, I thought that our relationship would be pretty much the same, except that we would be living in our new house and maybe have a pet or two. I was wrong...being married really puts a new spin on things. Suddenly, we have responsibilities. I can't see you almost all day like I could in college, when we would meet in between classes and in the evenings to do homework. Now, you have to work at your job and I only see you in the evenings. That is a huge change.

Furthermore, I am now in serious school, or law school. Law school has consumed much of my time over the past four months, but you have been so understanding. I am sure that it was a big change for you to see me write papers the weekend before they were due in college and then, only a few months later, freak out a month before my big paper was due in law school because I did not have enough finished. But this is all okay because you are one of the most patient people I know. Patience is not a quality that I generally possess, so it is a good thing that you have a lot of it.

One of my favorite things to watch you do is fulfill a role of an only in-law. You came from a family with four kids, and you were a middle child. Because of this, you have never been an only child, and while you enjoyed your childhood and growing up, you never got to enjoy how it feels to be the only one. Until now.

Now you are the only in-law on both sides in my generation for both families, and I think you have been enjoying much attention. From my parents calling just to see what you are doing on a Saturday morning to having lots of attention at my family Christmas to suddenly having many new cousins to laugh with, you have fit so nicely into both my immediate and extended families, and I love watching you interact with everybody.

I can't wait to be married to you for many, many years to come. I am so excited for more fun times with our little family. Everybody says that the first year is the hardest year in a marriage, and if so, I am in for a pretty happy life. Thank you for putting up with my antics with my skitty (including listening to her perform a concert on our new piano), for washing the floors when I studied for exams, and for being so supportive of me and my career goals. Really, I could not even dream of a better partner than you.

Love,
Abbie

Friday, December 28, 2007

The contest and our Christmas celebrations

Well, nobody guessed the tool that we got for Christmas, even my husband, who was indeed at the Christmas and even opened the gift. We got an LED flashlight and lantern. They are pretty cool and powerful and now we are well-stocked in the flashlight department.

Last night we had my family and our family friend, Cindy, over for Christmas and dinner, and tonight we had David's family including his grandmas over for dinner. It was so much fun! I really enjoy entertaining people in our house. I need to go to bed because I am very tired, but I will post more sometime soon!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas!

Our Christmas break was wonderful. On Saturday we left for the city, where I met friends for a late lunch at Amighetti's. Yum: that is all I have to say about that. That place has such good food that I would like to borrow the cook for, oh, a lifetime and have him or her be my personal chef. David, that is what I would like for Christmas next year.

Then we met my family and went to the Missouri/Illinois basketball game. The game was so exciting and Mizzou only lost by one point. I was so mad because we made something like 35% of our shots. Seriously? I think that I could make 35% of my shots, and I used to pray for the coach to not put me in the game because I was so bad. But no worries about Mizzou: we won the cheerleading competition. Our bragging rights are restored.

The next day we went to mass and then ice skating, which was a blast. David's family also came, which was so much fun. Luckily I did not fall this year. After skating we went to Crown Candy Kitchen, a fun little restaurant in downtown St. Louis. Finally, after that big day, we went to David's grandma's house for her Christmas celebration.

On Christmas Eve we woke up and basically relaxed all day long. The rest of David's family came over for a dinner and then we quickly had to leave to go do Christmas at my house, which is always interesting because we get a tool every year for Christmas. Hmmmm....I just decided to host a contest to see who can guest the tool that I got this year. If you have a guess, comment below and I will reveal the tool in a future post. The prize: your honor and a congratulatory post on my blog. It seems lame, but it is pretty awesome. (I have a feeling that about 2 people are going to participate in this contest.)

Finally, on Christmas Day, we went to my grandma's house and stuffed ourselves silly. David looked like he was about to burst. I warned him that we eat a LOT there on Christmas Day, but apparently I am more used to it because I have had 22 years of experience in that department. Poor David was just not in shape for the taste explosions.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Here are our Christmas card pictures from this year! I love giving and receiving Christmas cards with pictures in them--maybe just because the photo shoot is so much fun.

This year we had our friend Matt take our pic with our new camera (Sarah's old camera), and I think that they turned out well.

I hope that all of you have a safe, peaceful, and happy holiday!

My new necklace

Here is a picture of my new necklace from David. I love little necklaces that I can wear on a daily basis, but it is hard to find stuff that does not go with a specific outfit that is not like a diamond necklace. I found this online and love it! I have been wearing it since he gave it to me.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas at our house in pictures

Do not be alarmed: this picture is not indicative of the entire evening. SOMEONE was simply attempting to get wayyyyy more than her share of treats (and don't worry; that grip does not hurt kitties...that is how their mommies hold them when they are little):
Here is a picture of us before we opened their stockings.
Paco was so excited about his Greenies (he has already received a doggie coat and a new brush):
And David was very excited about his new shirt:
When she was unsuccessful with stealing Paco's Greenies, she decided to break into her new bag of treats:
And then got into trouble...again:
David surprised me big time. I had picked out a pretty necklace from a website that I really wanted and just told him that I wanted it for Christmas. He ordered it, but it never came...and we were both worried that it would not come in time for Christmas. Yesterday, a note appeared under the tree. I was so sad because I did not think that it had been delivered in time and that I would not get it during our present-opening ceremony.

So I opened the note, which I figured said, "I love you...sorry about the necklace", and it said, "I am sorry that your present did not come in time...or did it? Look under the couch!" so I looked under the couch and there was a wrapped present! I was sooo excited! He had it delivered to a co-worker's home for a surprise to trick me!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

This may be why she pees around the house...

because I make her mad and then hide behind the couch, waiting for her to pounce on me. She probably thinks I am a huge dork.

Thorina seriously does pounce at me when I do this, and I think she has fun, but she was being kind of a mean kitty the day I taped this video:

video

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Blurb book

Almost two years after studying abroad in the Czech Republic (check out my early 2006 archives for a peek into the past), I am finally beginning to organize my pictures and create something that will help me remember my trip. I always felt jealous of my friend Colleen who had a beautiful scrapbook made within about two weeks of returning to the states, but after hearing about Blurb I decided to czech it out (ha...ha...that joke is still funny).

Blurb allows you to create a book at a pretty reasonable price. It is so handy because I am able to simply upload my pictures from Prague and my own text. I have been adding my own memories and using my blog posts for the text of the book. After I finish, I hope to have a coffee-table sized book full of wonderful pictures and memories! The best part is that I do not have to choose a limited number of pictures, which takes off a lot of the pressure of making the book in the first place.

I have begun enhancing my pictures on my computer using my picture program, and now I want to do it with ALL of the pictures I am including in my book. It is a lot of work, so I am unsure if I will actually do that, but I wanted to share some of my favorites with you:

This man always played the violin near the Prague Castle. We saw him almost every single time we walked past the Castle, and I always like to think about how I have this wonderful picture of his performing and he probably does not even know that I took the picture.

This was a picture of a Prague street.. I like the green bar that goes through the middle of the photograph, although I am sure that professionals would think that it ruins something in the picture:
One thing I adored about Prague was the surprising number of splashes of color everywhere. Look at the colors of these puppets:
I loved this souvenir shop. In my book, I cropped the picture a bit more.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Interesting

Today I laid in my bed from 1:00-5:30. It was amazing and oh so relaxing. I read Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder and surfed the Internet.

See? This is what happens when I do not work. I become extremely lazy and get nothing accomplished. Seriously, I would do this over the entire break if I did not have a job.

Holidays!

The end of finals last week brought a fun lunch and trip out last Thursday afternoon. Above is a picture of me and my friend Bob. It is funny: that is one of the only pictures that I have of that afternoon, so unfortunately I can't show you the entire group.

Then, on Friday, I went to my friend Jolene's graduation with my other friends Rachel and Beth. It was great seeing her graduate. She is going to be a nurse, so her school had its own special ceremony and everything, which was nice to see.
After that, we had friends over to our house. From the left: Colleen, Josh, me, David, and Julie...it was so much fun and great seeing Josh, who has transferred to Seattle. He assures me that he will be there for another year and thus I am really itching to go see him. Hopefully sometime soon!
We were going to go skiing on Friday night but I just read that the ski place is closed until the 26th. What? We got a ton of snow last weekend. Oh well.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Ice storm pictures

Today I am home all day long until this evening, when we are going to meet my dad and brother to attend a basketball game. I am loving my time at home--it is so much fun to just sit and relax and have nothing better to do except paint. I am going to start work on Wednesday at the law firm where I worked this summer. While I really enjoy my free time, I also would like to make some money over break, and honestly, I kind of get bored without seeing anybody all day long.

I wanted to post some pictures of the ice storm that we had a few weeks ago. Above is a picture of the adorable Pax.
These are two bushes that we planted this year and David's pumpkin from this Halloween. Sad, aren't they?
I painted our living room (or at least the bottom half...I am kind of scared of ladder-climbing so David does the top part). It is a really beautiful rich brown color. I will have to post pictures because the description really does not do it justice. I am about to go on a run. Yes, I am crazy for running in the snow but I hate it when I do not have any exercise all day long!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

We are dorks

I am playing the piano for Christmas mass at my hometown church, and I asked David to canter with me again this year. Today we were driving in our car and I said, "Hey! Why don't we practice some singing for mass next week!" and so we started belting out "Joy to the World".

After a verse or two and after I had attempted singing the harmony part, we both looked at each other and burst out laughing. We had lowered ourselves to the dorkiness of the Griswolds:

(skip ahead to 2:30 to see the pertinent part)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Another project

Today we began painting the living room. I know...we are crazy. It took us so long to finish the kitchen and now we are starting an even bigger project. However, the dirty white walls kind of drive me crazy, so hopefully I will feel better after they are finished. Plus, we are painting them an off white/yellowish color so hopefully it won't take five coats of paint like the kitchen!

Also, there is a lot of snow dumping on us (again). I do not mind too much now since I don't really have to drive in it, but I feel sorry for David who has to go to work in the nastiness.

I finished my semester on Thursday, which was pretty amazing. We had a four-hour take-home final, which was just okay. By the end of finals week, I was so burnt out on studying. We will not learn our class rank for about a month, so I am trying to keep it off my mind for now. It feels so weird not studying--one of my friends said that he felt "uncomfortable" because he did not have to study, which is pretty much how I feel. Every weekend, I know that I have to read all day on Sunday in order to be prepared for my upcoming classes, and feel weird that I will not have to rush around and read tomorrow. I think that we are going Christmas shopping (if we can get out in the snow), so that is very exciting.

I have pictures to post from some Holiday parties soon....but I have yet to load them onto my computer.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

An evening conversation

Abbie: "I would really like to go SCUBA diving some day. It would be fun to swim with the fishes."

David: "Do you know for what the letters in 'SCUBA' stand?"

Abbie: "Of course! Um...sea...that's s-e-a, not the letter 'C.' Let's see...sea calibrated...under...ummm....diving. Ta-da!"

David: "Wait, what word are you spelling?"


By the way, do any of you clever readers out there know when "fishes" is ever the correct word to use, rather than a simple "fish"?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Inspection


Today was the end of my three daunting finals: now I only have one more not-so-daunting test left to complete. I will say one thing: the last two weeks have been crazy. Everybody said that the final weeks would be bad in law school, and I believed them, but it is hard to describe to someone who has not experienced them. You go from studying insanely for your test to taking a break and then realizing that you only have 1.5 days to study for your next exam--with the added pressure that your entire grade rests on your performance in a three-hour final.

I feel like I have kept a pretty relaxed attitude compared to my classmates. It is funny because in order to get in to law school, you kind of have to be a little bit of a perfectionist and a little anal, and so the result is a bunch of anal people running around worrying about exams. It is really hard for me to realize that after Thursday I will no longer have to study (until January). I have no clue what I will do with my free time---work a little and perhaps paint a bit of the house?

Despite being busy with school, I have found time to have my mouth inspected by a little kitty, as you can see. Also, I have an update about Paco. When he came to our house, he seemed kind of shy and meek (I think mostly because he was moved to a new house and he used to live with another doggie who, from what I understand, is not shy at all). On top of his move, he also had to adjust to an insane kitty: Thorina. She pretty much began ruling over him and he seemed scared in her presence.

Lately, he has begun to develop a bit of confidence. Now, when Thorina begins to consider his tail her own personal play toy, he begins chasing her. All around the house. Even under the bed. He even growls at her and barks at her. It is so cute because you can tell he is happy because his little tail is wagging furiously and you can also tell that the cat is happy. While they definitely do not cuddle yet, I think they are becoming better friends and I am happy that he is starting to assert himself in her presence.

Also--Paco is not allowed to jump on our bed but sleeps right next to it in his own little bed. Last night while sleeping, David felt a ball of fur next to him. He turned over and the ball snuggled closer to David's stomach. In his stupor, David thought that the cat had magically opened the door by herself and found her way into our bedroom and started snuggling with him. He was wrong: it was little Paco, asleep and snuggled up right next to David. David made him get down, but now I am wondering how many times Paco has snuck into our bed. David is a very deep sleeper and I doubt that he would have noticed him. I am so glad that we got Paco! He was such a perfect addition to our little family.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Iced

Now we are even more iced in our house. It looks like it snowed outside---only the entire layer of whiteness is ice, not snow. I am so glad that we went to the grocery store yesterday!!!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Winter weather

We are kind of iced in right now. It has rained all day and soon everything will be ice. My law school has even sent an email out about what to do if finals are canceled for Monday, so we stocked up on provisions today, are making soup, and buckling down for a nice evening.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Another update from the guest blogger

Hello; this is David again. Lately, my reading of spectacular books as prevented my blogging as much as Abbie's devoted readers may like, but I have some interesting news about one of our family members.

Abbie may not have mentioned it very much, so I would like to point out that Thorina is often the most recalcitrant of cats. It is not unusual for her to hide under cars or couches or kitchen tables and refuse to be coaxed out, or lurk under beds and chew on any hand trying to grab her. She can be supercilious to the extreme, but we have discovered a way to make her crave our attention.

This is her leash, or her "security blanket," as Abbie calls it. Abbie still sleeps with her baby blankie and it comforts her, and we believe that Thorina has claimed this pink leash as her little blankie. As she is still only six months old, it is not unreasonable for her to have a baby blanket.

Ever since she discovered this leash, all we have to do is drag it across the floor for two seconds, and Thorina will leave any hiding place and pounce on the leash. She would chase this thing around the house if we would let her, even though she starts panting with exhaustion after about the fourth time she leaps the couch in pursuit.
And often, if we are not playing with the leash with her enough, then she will try to take matters into her own paws, and drag it around the house after us until we take notice. When she crouches at my feet with the leash clutched in her tiny jaws, purring hopefully, I know that she loves playing with me and that leash more than anything in the world. At least until she goes back to hiding under the futon.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Update

One final down; four to go.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Interesting

Your Political Profile:

Overall: 30% Conservative, 70% Liberal

Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?

I took this quiz for fun because I wanted to see where I fall on the political spectrum. Above is mine, and below is David's:


Your Political Profile:

Overall: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?

Of course, this quiz was kind of lopsided and you really had to pick between two very extreme answers, but I thought it was funny because David and I always joke about how he is a big Conservative and I am more Liberal. We debate about political issues a lot in our house, but I guess this quiz just goes to show that I am finally bringing him over to the side of glory.




Just kidding, David. Really, I think that I often fall toward the middle of the political spectrum, which is probably normal. I wonder how many married couples say they are from different political parties...

Advent Lights

More pictures from Thanksgiving

On Friday night we had some helpers help us put up the Christmas tree.
Of course, the cat went crazy. She really thinks that the tree is her own personal jungle gym. She climbs it all the time and when I get home there are always at least four branches removed. This was exactly why we did not get a real tree--even though we will miss the yummy smell, we knew that all of the needles would be off in eh, ten seconds. Here you can see Thorina "helping" David in the background:
On Saturday we got to go to my friend Julie's house for a friend urban Thanksgiving, which was really fun. We all made a pasta item and brought it so that we had a pasta bar! There was lots of food and fun and...
lots of cute guys.
I am so disappointed that good ol' Mizzou lost last night. They seemed so close! We went to a friend's house to watch the game and had a lot of very yummy food. Hopefully the basketball season will be just as good.