Monday, September 29, 2008

Little girl

This weekend our niece Emma came to visit. She is super cute and we had a great time and so I thought that today I would just list some fun moments we had with her:

- On Friday night, we had a little gathering at our house to watch the debate. When Emma found this out, she said, "But I'm so tired of hearing about this story!" and I said something about Obama, and Emma said, "but that guy steals from people!" (both of her parents are Republicans). I took the liberty of assuring her that Obama does not steal from people, and rather tries to help people, and that she should tell her parents to vote for Obama, not really thinking that she would actually remember the conversation.

So the next day we go to my friend Julie's shower and someone asked Emma about what she did the night before. Emma replied, "Well, we had to have a party because David wanted to watch those guys talk and because David wants us to vote for Obama!" This was even more hilarious because she announced this to my friends who all know that David actually likes McCain.

- David gave Emma a bath on Saturday night while I played the piano for a while. All of a sudden I hear someone screaming bloody murder, and thinking that it was probably Emma, I walked into the bathroom. I was met with a state of panic: David was nervous and Emma was crying because David had gotten soap into her eyes. Yipes! Poor girl. David thought that she would keep her eyes shut without tipping her head back, apparently.

- Last night she got homesick for her mommy. The poor thing was so pitiful and sad that it was hard to comfort her but she eventually pulled through and went to sleep.

- David really wanted to attend this Art Festival on Sunday. We walked downtown and saw tents, walked in the area, and realized that we had actually walked into the "Pagan Pride Festival 2008". It was very interesting and funny that we got the wrong festival! We did get to see some very talented belly dancers, though.

Friday, September 26, 2008

My commercial!

Here is a link to my commercial!

I am in the group shots and am the second one from the right in the front row, kneeling. I'm wearing a black shirt with gold writing. Yay!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hmmm...

I have a confession to make. I really, really, dislike bikers on the road. They are everywhere in my town, and I really hate the fact that we are supposed to "share the road" with bikers. Bikers are not cars. They do not go fast. They are small. They are dangerous when on a busy street. They drive me crazy!

Now, I understand WHY people bike to work/school and I think it is great. I just think that bikers should be able to bike on the sidewalks. Every day I get behind someone who is going around oh, 3 miles per hour, and do not know what to do. Am I supposed to pass them? A lot of bikers bike near the middle of the road, so I feel like it is often unsafe to do that, or I get stuck behind them while I wait for other cars to pass going the other direction. Today I got up the nerve to pass a biker on a side street. Guess what? He decided to turn left right at that moment without signaling. So I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him! Did he expect me to read his mind? I really do appreciate the few bikers who actually stay to the side of the road and signal, but really not many people do that. And please, don't get me started on those who wear their helmets and bike on busy streets.

I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now, but decided to really do it when I was on Facebook and saw a friend with the away message, "Now that I've biked all week I know how bad drivers are...SHARE THE ROAD!"

Well, first, educate your fellow bikers about basic safety procedures and road etiquette and then I will be much more inclined to support your cause. My ideal world would be to have biking lanes on every road.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tailgating again!

We had another great weekend of tailgating! My college friends came to visit me and a lot of my new friends came by, as well as my cousins and aunt and uncle! What a fun time! I just love hanging out with my girls:
And I always have a ton of fun with my oldest friend Rach:
Here are the boys. Everybody got sunburned!
After the game we went out to eat, visited another friend, and then went out. We went to this really fun bar where they sell tropical slushes...mmm!
The entire weekend was so much fun. I just love to have friends come and visit me and I love tailgating, so it was a really great time!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Greg Mortenson

Last night David and I went to hear Gret Mortenson speak. Greg is the author of Three Cups of Tea, which I reviewed and gave four cats in July. He happened to come to our campus the day after we both finished reading the book!

We both wanted to go see him because David read the book and was as impressed with Greg as I (maybe even more so). Greg did not disappoint when speaking. In the book, it is noted that he is very uncomfortable when speaking in public, and this was very obvious from his speech. But he seems so humble and sincere that it really made him all the more lovable for us.

His message is one which makes a lot of sense: the key to solving a lot of the poverty, violence, and fear in the world is to educate people, and specifically, to educate girls. I loved one of the quotations he shared with us last night:

Educate a boy, and you educate an individual
Educate a girl, and you educate a community.

Of course, I think that both genders should be educated, but in Greg's experience, when the women were educated in the communities where he built schools, they encouraged their sons and daughters to get an education, and so on, which creates a wonderful cycle. I also think that this can be applied to not only young Pakistani women, but also women around the United States and other countries. Being sure the young people in our nation receive an education is an extremely important issue--but that may be a topic for another post.

It was touching to hear about how much Greg's schools really mattered to communities. For instance, Greg told a story about a young woman who eventually completed a 2-year training course in safe birthing methods despite many trials she experienced going to school. Before she went to school, as many as twenty women died a year giving birth in her home valley. Since she has returned to her valley with her training, no women have died giving birth because of her help.

I could go on an on about how important it is to receive an education. But after the program, David and I mostly felt thankful. Both of our families place such a high importance on getting an education. Graduating from high school and receiving at least a college diploma was a no-brainer for us. All of our siblings have either graduated from college or are enrolled in college. All four of our parents went to college. My grandparents who are still living both went to college (including my grandma, which I think is great and a bit rare for someone in my generation). My parents both have Specialist degrees, and so for me even getting a graduate degree seemed like an extremely logical step. We take for granted our backgrounds, support systems, and how easy it is for us to receive an education.

Again, I really urge you to try to read the book. It is just so interesting to read about another culture and about Greg's helping others and about how a normal person like you and me can make a difference. Bravo, Greg!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tailgating!

Again this year we are tailgating! I love tailgating: it is definitely one of my favorite fall activities. Luckily, my dad let us use his parking pass and we have a pretty good spot!

Jolene, me, and Rach:
David and Matt:
David and I:
and finally, my friend Justine, Truman, and me:
And hey! Did you notice that I dyed my hair dark brown? It was a huge step for me because I had blond highlights for years and years. I decided to dye it for a fun change and because I didn't want to have blond hair forever. I was really happy with the results!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sunday riding

David and I have gotten into the habit of riding our bikes and running on trails near where we live. We especially love riding our bikes on the Katy Trail, a bike trail that runs through our state.

Before my school days started, we were able to bike around four times on the trail. Now our weekends are a bit busier with all-important things (cough cough going to football games cough cough), so we have been missing our Katy Trail rides, although we have replaced them with other trail runs.
So, I thought I would share some pictures with my blog readers, because I think that the scenery is so beautiful. The first picture is of a bridge on the trail, the second is of my awesome bike (I am hoping to get a new one next year that is at least a mountain bike instead of a 1950s knockoff bike--although David's mom did give me this one for free, so I am happy to report that it has survived many many miles of fun riding).
I love these two pictures. The top one looks like the creek is endless and I love the sunlight in the bottom picture.
Hrm. This is a picture of a cliff. However, if you look very, very closely just below the center of the picture, you can (very faintly) see red Native American drawings on the cliff. I can barely see them in this picture, so don't feel bad if you can't find them. They were cool to see in real life, though!
If you get a chance to ride the Katy Trail, I definitely recommend it. Biking is really fun!

I'm off to bed. It is only 8:54, but I am already really tired from the week so far. Does it seem like Thursday to anybody else?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Maybe you should feel bad for Thorina.

Here are some pictures of my very very cute kitties!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Finally, some pictures!

Finally, I have some pictures to share. I find that I am awfully lazy with getting photos off my camera and onto my computer!
This is my cute niece Allie. I got to see her a few days after she was born, which was a lot of fun! Below is a picture that I think Emma took while she was playing with my camera, but that I think looks really really cool. Maybe we have a future photographer on our hands? You can see Noah:
And then finally Emma and I with two different babies (mine is an actual baby, Emma's...not so much):
Have a Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Book Review: Little Women


I recently finished the book Little Women. David has begged me to read this book since before I can remember, so I thought that it was high time to indulge him a little bit and finally read the thing. We read it at the same time because somehow we own 3 or 4 copies of the book. Lordy!

I had tried reading the book before and was sorely disappointed and stopped reading after about 10 pages. And after reading it again, I see why. I also see why some people consider it one of their favorite books: because it does get quite good toward the end. However, at first, I was a little iffy on the entire book. It was kind of boring when the girls were young, but I think it got much better once they started dating and everything. Honestly I just think that I am partial to the Little House books, so other books about girls in the mid-1800s just don't cut it for me.

By the end, however, I was in love with the characters and really enjoyed the book. I loved the ending, and of course loved Jo. The book made me cry and laugh and was one that I could not put down once I got to Part II.

One last thing before I rate it: don't you think that Amy (the only blond in this picture) look like Paris Hilton? I mean, wow.

I decided to give this book 2.25 cats (out of a possible 4 cats), because the beginning of the book was not that great in my opinion, but the ending was wonderful. I know some people will think that I rated this too low, but I had to set some sort of standards here. Next up: Black and Blue, a book required by one of my classes but is nonetheless captivating.