Friday, May 30, 2008

HS Grad

Today I head off for a weekend with my friends--we are so excited to see the fun new Sex and the City movie! We are hoping to score tickets this afternoon, possibly drink some cosmos, and then head to the movies for girly fun! David is thanking the Lord that this girly weekend landed on the opening weekend of SATC so that he does not have to sit through two hours of Carrie and Mr. Big breaking up and getting back together and shoe shopping. Instead, he plans to take it easy and hang out with one of his friends at home.

Before I blog about our trip, though, I wanted to blog about my brother's graduation (if you will allow me to be a braggy sister for a minute). We went to it the Sunday before we left, and it was great! I am so proud of him. He received many awards for sports, academics, and citizenship. Really, he is an all-around great guy who tries to be sincerely nice to everybody. Next year, he will head off to college to possibly carry on the family tradition and major in accounting. Most of my cousins have majored in either finance or accounting. I didn't (I majored in Classics and English), and felt like a rebel in the family, but then I married Mr. Moneycounter, David, who also majored in Accounting, which probably canceled out my rebelliousness.
But anyway, I am very proud of Ryan and all of his accomplishments. Plus, isn't he rather good looking as well?


Congratulations, Ryan!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I tricked you!

For the last ten days, my husband, his brother, and I have been gallivanting around Europe. How did I continually post, you ask? The magic is in Blogger's schedule a post function. It is pretty amazing since it allowed me to write posts before I left and then post them on scheduled days.

But enough of that: what about the trip? We went to Dublin and Kilkenny, Ireland, and also to Budapest, Hungary. I especially loved Budapest. It felt so good to be back in Eastern Europe for a while. Being there reminded me of how much I love that part of the world, including the people and the beautiful sights. I also liked remembering my old studying abroad days and how much they really changed my outlook on life. The boys also loved Budapest: both named it as their favorite city, which surprised me. I chose that city because I had not been there, and I was a tad worried that they would be let down because we didn't do something else like Paris or Munich or another more common European destination. However, it worked out really well, and it was great to have another Eastern European Adventure.

Ireland was a lot of fun as well, and I really liked Kilkenny. Seeing that smaller town made me want to explore more of the Irish countryside, and I hope to go with my family sometime. Dublin was fun, but I had already been there once, so it was not as new as the other destinations.

The trip was so wonderful. It only rained one day, which was amazing. We had great luck with hostels and our flights/trains all being on time. I thank my lucky stars that I married someone who is as adventurous as me and who likes to travel as much as I do so that I can keep feeding my favorite pastime. We all had a great time together and have many funny stories to share.

I can't wait to get my hundreds of pictures off my camera for you to see, but for today I will be catching up on sleep and working on a school project. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

She waits


Thorina waits for us to come home here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Hibiscus

Ours died last year during the hard winter, but David insisted on buying new ones. He loves them.

Monday, May 26, 2008

She climbed up here...

during a rainstorm.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Another Iris

....and from my neighbor this time.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Lily

That has not bloomed yet...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Columbine

I love the pink color of these.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Beauty

I seriously love these flowers. And my awesome camera that can take great pics of them!

Iris

My Grandma gave us this Iris last summer, and I love the beautiful yellow color.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Books

From Katie's Xanga (see right), and because I found it really interesting:

These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by Library Thing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read and italicize the ones you own but have not read.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Anna Karenina (Awesome book!)
Crime and Punishment (Again, awesome!)
Catch-22 (hmmm....this could get old.)
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables (sigh....I'm starting this again on Monday)
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (THIS IS AN AWESOME READ)
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (I think I read half of this. Does that cound?)
The Aeneid (And I've also translated some books of this!)
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood
White Teeth
Treasure Island (apparently one of David's favorites...but....blah.)
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers


Hmmm.....does this mean that I am well-read? Probably not...maybe I should make this list some sort of goal for myself.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Kitty is having a rough day today


Kitty is having a rough day today. The weather is absolutely amazing and she wants to be outside. Why don't I let her just play outside? Because she runs to the sewer and into the neighbor's yard when I am not looking. She is lashing out against my authority by scaling the patio door screen to be sure there are not any holes at the top out of which she can escape. Every time, she does not find a hole and then looks back at me as I rush to take her down and says, "meroooorrr?" meaning, "It is unconscionable that you do not allow me outside to play. Please rescind your decision to make me be an indoor cat and I promise that I will not be unjustly enriched."

Did I mention that I have a contracts final today? (hence all the contracts terms above)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all! I decided to post a picture of these pink roses because pink is my mom's favorite color. Mother's Day is usually so fun---we go to a baseball game and I think we used to go to the beach. It is too bad that I have to study this year. Boo.

At any rate, I think that I have the best mom in the entire world (I am completely unbiased as well). She is so supportive of me in all of my endeavors (as has my entire family), and I very much appreciate that, especially now that I am in law school and realize how hard it is for people who do not have supportive families to be successful. She has been pretty busy this past week, so I am glad that she had a good and somewhat relaxing day today. I will get to see her this week and this coming weekend for some of my brother's graduation events.

Also--Happy Mother's Day to my Grandma! She is very much into gardening and flowers, so I think that she has gotten a kick out of my trying my hand at landscaping and gardening. We planted all of our plants yesterday, and they look great!

Finally, happy Mother's Day to my mother-in-law, Kathy. I hope you had a great day as well!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Phlox

David saw this phlox and made us go out and buy some the next day because he loves it so much. Our garden out front is full of little flowers.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Prom

David and I went and took pictures of my brother's second prom (really his girlfriend's prom). We got to the park a bit early and took some pictures. I love how the girl's prom dress mirrors the tulips.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Monday, May 05, 2008

Am I right side up or upside down?




One year ago I was finishing my finals for college and getting ready to graduate. David and I were wondering what he would be doing for a job after graduation and pretty much wondering where we would live. It was a fun time full of unknowns. Now, a year later, we are still living life to the fullest every day. I am glad to have such a great love with whom to have adventures.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Bridesmaid dresses

We went to the city to pick out bridesmaid dresses for my friend Julie's wedding. Really, it was pretty painless---we were allowed to all get different styles but they had to be long and the red color of the wedding. It ended up that we all chose a different style as our favorite, which was great!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Garage sale


After we got to David's parents' house that night, we met some family friends at their house, and they were having a garage sale. David's mom had donated some stuff to the sale, and guess what I found---my long lost college dishes! Apparently David had somehow brought those home and they ended up in the garage sale pile through which David's mom probably kept asking him to sort.

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Rain in Spain

Last night we had more thunderstorms which resulted in a dog sitting on my hair. Again. Poor David woke up with him and tried to get him off, but it was useless.

Then, this morning, while it was still raining and lightly thundering in the distance, I put him outside to go potty and went back into the house to gather my stuff. When I came back (with an armful of books), Paco was nowhere to be seen. "Paco! Paco!! PAAAAAACCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" I called. (With the way I call my dog and cat in the mornings, my neighbors probably think that I am crazy. If it isn't Paco, Thorina runs to the sewer first thing in the morning and then I am calling her.)

So, picking up the cat so that she does not get out and run away, I go outside and call. "PACCCOOOOOOO!"

This is fruitless so I decide to walk around and search for him in the rain. As Thorina realizes that being outside is not fun and in fact quite wet, she starts to cry. "MEERRRRROOOWWWW!!"

We are a sorry sight as I walk around to both sides of the house, starting to get frantic that Paco grew terrified and ran away for good.

And then I see him. He is about 9 houses down the street, looking at me, and probably laughing to himself. "PACO!" I yell. "GET BACK HERE RIGHT THIS INSTANT!!!" "MEWEERREOOOWWW" screams the cat. She starts to release herself from my grip, so I head back into the house to set her down. When I get back inside, Paco is heading up the walk to the wrong house. "PACO!" I say. "WE LIVE OVER HERE!!" He finally comes back, soaking wet and shivering.

And then he has the nerve to ask for a treat. "Yeah, right," I say.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Big Line Big Sky

I took this on the way to David's parents' house a few weekends ago. It took us almost 40 minutes to travel 20 miles, and after sitting in this for a few miles we took a side road.

David has been seeing a lot of the road lately. He recently accepted a new job that is much, much more of a commute for him. He has studied to be an actuary, and landed a job in the field a few weeks ago. This involved many changes for us, but everything is working out really well. He loves his new job and I think he feels much more fulfilled now that he is actually in his chosen profession. Before, he was doing auditing work, which was okay, but just not what he wanted to do forever. This new job provides a great opportunity for him.

Other perks? They apparently have a great coffee machine in his office and have taken him out to lunch to meet people 7 times since he started. I am starting to get a little jealous of his work situation!