Happy New Year!

It's New Year's Eve. This year we're staying home to be with each other. I'm really looking forward to it.

We're going to try a few new drinks, play games, and maybe watch some movies. But we're also planning on going to bed by 10 pm. That'll be a first for me. I'm starting a strict sleep schedule for school because I have early classes this term.


An Inspiration for All

You have to go see these quilts that Andrea made. They are absolutely gorgeous! And she finished four quilts in one year! She is truly an inspiration and an encouragement to me, and I know she will be for anyone else that also has projects that need dedication and finishing.


Rock climbing

There's a rock wall at the school recreation center. I've gone a few times since the beginning of the term. It's really fun! Belaying is cool. I'll take some pictures here sometime soon and post them.



I love Heroes this season! John & I totally guessed that Adam was the English dude. Hiro had to go back in time to straighten him out, but then he gave him his god complex and made him vengeful.

Each episode keeps getting better and better.



Any ideas for a population or environment problem or solution that I could do a project on?

First an A, then a D & an F!

So I took these two online exams for my business computer class, one for Access, one for Excel. I was blown away at how hard they were! There wasn't enough time, and the program was really picky about how you completed the steps. I got a D in Access and an F in Excel!

I was so frustrated that I emailed the professor. I guess I wasn't the only one who complained because he turned the exams into assignments each worth 5% of our grade instead of 20% each. He also changed the third exam completely. It's now a combined Access/Excel data problem to be turned in.

I'm relieved that he changed things. Other than that, I really like this class.


Surprised by an A

So I finally got my first test back from my geography test. I was so nervous before I took it, and I didn't think I did that well. Frankly, I was expecting a C or D.

But, I got an A (90 out of 100)! I couldn't believe it! I might actually have a chance in this class to do well. Very exciting!


Business school application

I applied to the business major this week. I had to answer two questions on the application about my academic and career goals and how I would add value to the college of business. John gave me a big compliment on my writing, which really impressed me, so I thought I'd share what I wrote:

Growing up, I always knew that I would get my bachelor’s degree. My parents encouraged me to strive to achieve my dreams and goals. They taught me that any person could do anything if they just worked hard enough.

Since high school, I’ve spent some time going to college, experiencing life and gaining perspective on work. It has taught me to value goals and put a plan in place to achieve them. In the business school, I want to study accounting because it is applicable to and imperative in any and every business. My vision is to consult with small businesses in order to help them manage their accounting needs.

I’m not yet sure of my career focus. I’m hoping to discover this along the way by taking advantage of the different clubs and student organizations on campus. I’ve heard a little bit about some clubs (I removed the names), and I want to learn more. I would like to work towards an economics minor because I’m interested in the free enterprise market, and I think it is a great alliance with business and accounting.

Because I’ve had some time to reflect on life, careers and school, I feel prepared to invest more in my schooling and the relationships I am forming and will continue to form while I’m here. I’m ready to center my energy, skills, and time in order to cultivate my overall school experience and build up the lives of those around me.

I will add value to the college of business by actively participating in my classes. When working with groups, I will encourage other students to fulfill their potential. I enjoy working as a team to solve problems and get a sense of connection. My most recent job involved working as a team in the accounts payable department at a local store. I was brought in as a temporary worker to help fill in for vacations and help catch up in some areas. I learned various tasks, and, as needed, I rotated through the positions, such as data entry clerk, imaging clerk, accounts payable specialist, and a general clerical support position. The supervisor insisted that if I wasn’t going back to school, she would have liked to hire me.

I would like to dedicate some time to leadership roles here at the college. It’s really important to me to develop these skills to use in my life and my career. An example of my taking the lead was when I worked at the church coffee stand. I volunteered to help on a regular shift before and after Sunday services. I helped set up all the equipment and prepare the coffee pots and espresso machine, and I cleaned up in the afternoon. After a couple months, the team lead asked me to help with the daily accounting books and fill in as team lead as needed. It was exciting to be given more responsibility and to explore the different areas of the organization.

I would like to volunteer or work in different areas of the college, possibly in peer advising, in the career center, or in one of the computer labs. Helping other students transition into school and understand the resources available to them is important to me. Already this term some kind students and faculty have made me feel welcome and feel like I belong, and I’d like to continue to help others feel the same.

School update

So I've been in school for two weeks now. I like most of my classes. I have two that make me think, and two that are for my business degree that are kinda just keep up with the work and you'll be fine.

I really enjoy being on campus. I like going in the morning before my afternoon classes and finding a quiet corner in the library to read and study. I like being able to ride the bus and reading while on it, and getting some exercise from the walk to it.

John has been a great support. He took off from work some days last week to help me with the adjustment of starting school. He gave me a ride a couple of times this week too. He's been very sweet, like he usually is!


Which should I choose?

The electric company has a list of trees it recommends for planting near power lines. I have a good incentive to pick one from their list because if I buy one from a certain local nursery, we get a discount. So, here's the list.

Beech, weeping purple
Cherry, flowering
Columnar Spruce
Dwarf Plum
Galaxy Magnolia
Globe Maple
Goldenchain Tree
Hinoki Cypress
Japanese Maple
Japanese Snowball
Royal Galaxy Magnolia
Smoke Tree, purple
Snowball Bush
Weeping Hornbeam
Weeping Spruce

A few are out of the running right off the bat. We already have too many rhododendrons. We also have a couple lilacs; they're nice but I'd like a real tree, and lilacs just seem like a bush to me. We already have two cherry trees. And the plum is out for sure. Too messy!

I think my favorite without researching them is the dogwood. I've always loved them, and by the looks of the trees around the neighborhood, they do really well here. But I still want to explore our other options.

Plum tree

We had our plum tree cut down this week. It was growing into the power lines and was a very messy tree, so we asked the electric company to take it down.

Here are before and after pictures.

Obviously, it's very sunny in our backyard now. My job now is to pick a tree or trees to replace it so we can have some shade again.



Okay, so since both my Mom and John's Mom have posted blogs after being away for so long, I'll post too.

I've been enjoying my crosswords lately. I copy the puzzle page out of the newspaper at work and work on it during my breaks and lunch. There's a Sudoku puzzle, Jumble, Crytoquote, and the Crossword. I used to just do the Sudoku, but it started to not last all day. Now it takes me most of the day and some of the evening to finish the page. I used to be so intimated by crosswords. Most of the time I complete about 80% of the puzzle on my own. It feels really good.


Fresh veggies

We've really been enjoying our fresh vegetables out of our garden. I like the Blue Lake Pole beans the best; they have the best flavor!


Yum - green stuff

We're finally getting produce from our garden! We've had lettuce, spinach, green and purple beans, zucchini and two cherry tomatoes. Everything's so tasty!

Look at all these future zucchini!


New kitchen light

This was our project for the weekend. And I have to say it was the speediest project ever! Our old light was cracked. Our new one is not only whole and pretty and clean, it's a lot brighter. And I mean a lot. It's like having the sun in our kitchen!


Aren't they cute?

These are my Mom's two cats. They goofy guy on top is Google. The sleek huntress on the bottom is Yahoo. She named the cats to get Dad to let her have them. She knew he would like the techie names.


It's going to take over the whole garden

At least it looks that way. I can hardly believe the zucchini is this big!


Before and after

These first two pictures are of some flower seeds I planted a little late. Most of them were so tiny they kinda got dumped in one spot.

Here's our growing vegetable garden. The corn, pole beans, tomatoes, and zucchini have just taken off like I can't believe!

New fish

We got some new gold fish and two koi. Sadly, the orange and white koi didn't make it.



We got a LOT of cherries of our trees this year. This picking here in these pictures was about 40 lbs. We figured we got about 100 lbs of cherries total. There are still cherries on the tree, but we left them on too long. Next year we'll know to pick them all before the end of June.


I don't know what to post

Does anyone else have these days? I feel bad for not posting and letting everyone (mainly my Mom) know what's happening in my life. I try to think of what I could write about, but nothing seems important enough to put on the web. Then I feel like nothing happens that's important. Then I think about writing something like "nothing's happening, but here I am anyways." That might be alright, but then I've read so many blogs that post empty stuff like that and I wonder why they put such meaningless thoughts on their blogs. Then I wonder why we post anything at all because it's all meaningless. So I end up not writing anything because nothing's happening and it's a bunch of bull anyways.


Please don't get me wrong. I enjoy my life, and I enjoy reading blogs. I just felt like I needed to go off for a little bit, then I'll get back in the swing of things.
Stay tuned for pictures of our garden! Hee hee.


College student!

I registered for classes today! Yeah! I'm going to take a few basic business classes and a couple classes needed for general education requirements. It's so cool that I get to start as a senior because I got to register early according to the priority schedule. However, I found out when I talked to my advisor that I have more classes to take to graduate than I thought. It could take up to two years.

One of the things I'm struggling with is what to take for this one requirement. I have to take 24 credits from an inter-related set of courses. I thought I could put my economics credits towards it and basically be done plus qualify for a econ minor. But the minor needs me to take several classes at this college.

If I went off what I enjoy and not just getting done the fastest, I could go towards math, geology, computers something, physics or chemistry, or architecture. I'm still trying to figure this out. I could change my mind about what classes to take this fall. I just need to hurry up so I register early and get the classes I want.


Walked 3.07 miles

John walked with me almost an hour this morning. We weren't expecting to be gone that long, but I remembered wrong the location of the park of which we were heading. Oh well. It was a very nice morning to walk, and we got good exercise.


Starting the garden

We started the garden a few weeks ago. I have green onions, pole beans, basil, parsley, cilantro, and sunflowers planted. I still need to plant corn, white onions, spinach, more beans (purple ones), tomatoes and peppers. I also have some flower seeds to plant.

Cute birds!

Here are some birds that have visited us. They can empty the bird feeder in less than one weekend.


Walked 1.89 miles

We walked a little later tonight. Lots of bugs out.


Walked 2.28 miles

We walked through a new neighborhood. It was a very nice evening for a walk. And John was such a good husband for dragging me out there when I didn't want to go. Yeah!

Birthday party

Here's our family celebrating my birthday. We had an easy dinner of shrimp and pasta. My Mom made a wonderful lemon cake for me.



It's kind of hard to see in these pictures, but I got a haircut. The stylist said she cut off about five inches in the back. I love it! And the good news is I can still get most of it in a ponytail. Very cool.

Fresh new pansies

We added pansies to our front yard. They're doing quite well.

Walked 1.65 miles

I walked with my husband in the rain. Very romantic! I enjoy looking at other people's yards and gardens. I'm actually starting to recognize some plants and trees. Today I noticed lots of dogwood trees and flowering azaleas.


Garden progress

I'm in the process of planting my vegetable garden. I was sick last weekend so I couldn't work outside, so I'm hoping to make some headway today and tomorrow. I will post pictures as soon as I have them.


Walk 1/12/07

Walked almost 3 and a half miles in a little over an hour. My pace was slower because I was walking carefully over icy patches in some spots. However it was a nice walk because the sun was out, and I went through a beautiful neighborhood that had extraordinary ponds and fountains everywhere!


Walk 1/6/07

Walked 1.25 miles with John to the store and back. It was a beautiful day!


Star Wars in the Rose Parade

John's going to love this video I found. The parade had two Star Wars floats, storm troopers, Obi Wan, Anikan, Darth Vader, and Ewoks!



Walk 1/3/07

Walked almost 1 3/4 miles with John, 30 minutes. It was lightly raining so we didn't see many other people out and about.

Laundry tubs

I finally found some tubs to put laundry detergent in. I'm getting more organized every day!