Saturday, November 07, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Step 1: Have a homebrew. If you’re all out, or just starting your first batch, have a microbrew. Or a glass of wine. But drink something, to remind yourself why you’re going through all this trouble.
Step 2: Eat some dinner. It will make you far less crabby than trying to brew on an empty stomach.
Step 3: Find something for your roommate, husband, dog, etc to do. Preferably out of the house. Working on your own is a little more hassle, but it’s worth it not to have to explain all of the messes you’re making.
Step 4: Find LOTS of towels. I can’t stress this part enough. LOTS of towels.
Step 5: Buy a cheap pair of yellow rubber gloves. It will help to protect the pretty manicure you just got.
Step 7: Choose your work area. Avoid lifting or carrying as much as possible by working near the ground. Cover said work space with the aforementioned towels.
Step 8: Sanitize your equipment. Make sure to wear the gloves, as the solution that takes the gunk off of your bottles also takes the pretty polish off of your nails. Also, be sure you have all of your equipment before starting, so that you’re not calling the room mate in the middle of your process to find out where your automatic bottler is.
Step 9: Whether you’re at the brewing stage, racking stage, or bottling stage, don’t panic! Drink your homebrew. DO NOT give in and call someone for help. You can do this, all on your own.
Step 10: When finished, clean up all of the evidence of the huge mess you just made. Again, TOWELS. Then, have another homebrew, and make a cake. It will remind you that you’re a woman, and not only can you brew your own alcohol to make your friends drunk, you can bake, to make them fat!
Monday, August 10, 2009
So here's my top 25, in the order in which I thought of them. I managed to create an excel spreadsheet of 64 items in about 5 minutes, and I'll keep adding as I think of things.
|my own car|
|multitude of grocery stores|
|fashionable and seasonal clothing|
|all of my senses|
|learning from mistakes|
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed of hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
Saturday, August 01, 2009
- I went to Africa. It was great. I'd love to show you pictures; all you have to do is ask.
- I started running again, then stopped, then started again. I hope to run a half by November.
- I ended a 2 year long relationship.
- I enjoyed several adventures in baking.
- I found a new bar that I'd like to make my regular hang out - Leff's Lucky Town in Tosa. Great new patio, ok food service.
- I bought a new computer and new cell phone. Love the former, undecided about the latter.
- I finished the 3rd season of BSG. Can't wait to start season 4, by myself.
- I watched the first season of Lost. Not bad.
- I planned a camping trip and a baseball outing.
- I downloaded a ton of music from emusic.com, and look forward to more.
- I saw the Hangover by myself, and laughed.
- I watched He's Just Not That Into You, and cried.
- I made a bet with Heather that I intend to win.
It is for these items that I make lists. I love them. I make lists for the store, to-do lists, packing lists, lists of cds and books that I'd like to buy someday. And yes, once in awhile I'll make a list of the top 3 things that I'd like to remember from a conversation over a glass of wine.
I like looking back on old lists, and I enjoy reading other peoples' lists. But sometimes, I even forget where I put my list. This has happened to me the past few trips to the grocery store. What I've found, though, is the simple act of making the list helps me to remember what I needed to buy. I'm delighted when I come home and I did indeed purchase everything I intended to.
Which is why I won't be giving up the habit anytime soon. now if only I could apply the practice to finding my cell phone...
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Today I'm a little bit more rested than yesterday. We woke up really early to go on a safari, and saw pretty much every African animal there is to see. It was wonderful.
Then we went to a village market, in which I realized what a "Muzungo" I am. (Muzungo means White Girl).
In response to Dad's question: A mutatu is a type of bus here in Nairobi. It's a van that holds 14 passengers. One man drives, and one man keeps jumping out of the van to get people to ride. Even if you don't really want to go there, he tries to convince you that you do. They drive very fast, in heavy traffic and bad pollution, and play VERY very loud gangsta rap music. This is the primary mode of transportation for Kenyans. Not so much for white people. It's great.
The rest of our friends get here tomorrow morning, and we are going to Nairobi Chapel for church. Monday we fly to Yabus.
Love you all,
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
It turns out, there are about ten people on the list they gave me that I'd actually like to be friends with. Turns out, those are the people I'm already friends with! was I such a nerd in high school that I don't even know who half these people are, and definitely don't care if they like me as a friend or not? Do I even need to go to my 10 year reunion?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
- BIG student body.
- Lots of opportunities for involvement in every cause you could imagine, from gay rights to republican rights. And it's the Republican groups that get lynched.
- A large offering of courses to choose from and muddle through in the process of earning a degree.
- I wonder who my adviser was?
- A great city to live in, lots of fun events and nightlife.
- World renowned player in many fields
- Competitive admission
- classes that fill an hour after registration
- Financial aid??
- Much smaller student body
- Catholic university, so probably fewer opportunities
- Not too many courses to select from, but since it's a master's program, I would expect that.
- Advising staff who recognize me name, and spend an hour on the phone with me discussing all of my various options
- 1/2 of my tuition paid for.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
So, needing to trade in my faithful Brooks Adrenaline GTS for a pair exactly like them, I headed to Fleet Feet Sports in Brookfield. There, I had my gait analyzed over and over in an attempt to perfectly correct my over-pronation. There was only one girl working in the store that day,and there happened to be another customer in before me. The clerk (Shoe specialist?) repeatedly apologized for offering me less than one on one service, as she explained the mechanics of my shoe and orthotics.
I can't wait to run today in my new, ultra stability shoes. And I can't wait until he 300-500 mile mark when i have the privelege of giving this store my money again.
Also, they have running club.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- 1. Can't believe that was televised.
- 2. Kids make great videos.
- 3. Lame
- 4. Seen it
- 5. Seen it
- 6. Did someone slip me acid? This video is the trippiest thing I've ever seen in my life. And I watched Smurfs growing up.
- 7. Neat
- 8. Fat guys lip syncing also make great videos.
- 9. Seen it
- 10. Lame
- 11. Good for my self esteem, but crashed my browser.
- 12. Wtf?
- 13. Shrug.
- 14. Shrug.
- 15. Cute parody.
- 16. Looked more like a hamster.
- 17. Seen it
- 18. Not much for the f word, never got into GI Joe.
- 19. Reminded me of the Darwin awards.
- 20. Awesome. I wish I a) owned a bulldog, and b) could teach him to board like that. I'd be popular.
- 21. Seen it
- 22. Again with overuse of the f word. Why is this funny?
- 23. Literally shaking with laughter. Second most trippy thing Ive seen. Rest of the site sucks, though.
- 24. So that's what lol cats are.
- 25. Shrug
- 26. Shrug
- 27. Kind of liked it, actually. It's bookmarked for when I have a bad day.
- 28. I've been Rickrolled many a time.
- 29. Shrug
- 30. Drunk kids make for funny videos. Child protection, anyone?
- 31. Shrug. F word. But I did like the bit about 400 babies.
- 32. Heard of this one. Did what it was supposed to. Laughing and crying at the same time.
- 33. Shrug
- 34. Wtf?
- 35. Really?
- 36. This reminded me of a cross between the video they show before Nexus, and my buddy Brandon's push up pictures. Got boring at the end, but generally neat.
- 37. Seen it. Awkward.
- 38. More child exploitation. Too long.
- 39. Shrug.
- 40. See #8. 2.7 million people like to see big women falling.
- 41. Shrug.
- 42. News anchors being dumb make good videos.
- 43. Why did 6 million people watch that? Oh, right, because it's on the Internet.
- 44. This is why i don't have guest speakers in my classroom.
- 45. Nerds make for funny videos. And we all know that big guys make for funny videos (see #8, #40). Combine the two, gave me a chuckle.
- 46. Well.
- 47. Reminded me of the falling over/ laughing baby. See #2.
- 48. F word. And more.
- 49. Gave me a chuckle. Only because I like accents.
- 50. Omg. Pop up videos on crack.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Unfortunately, I have a regular commitment on Tuesday nights, so I'm forced to wait for Mike's DVR to tape episodes for me. Until... I discovered Hulu yesterday. Now I can catch up whenever I want to curl up on the couch with a bottle of cheap wine and a bag of chips.
So far, not bad. Courtney Cox as the new Chief of Medicine is a little awkward, but the character interaction is all that I hoped for and more. Laughs that made stuff come out of my nose, punctuated by some nice, quiet, contemplating-death moments.
I feel warm on the inside.
Monday, January 19, 2009
So I'm announcing to the world right here, right now, that I'm going to stop, one finger at a time. As of right now, I will not bite or pick at my index or middle fingers. Maybe by starting ith small goals, I will be rewarded with more success.
But beyond starting small, how to do it? I'm really open to any suggestions that people have. Preferable ones that work. Right now I'm trying an incentive, which I know from years of ed psych is probably doomed to fail. But, regardless, if I go 2 weeks without one bite, I will treat myself to a manicure. And if that's what it takes to have pretty hands, I'll keep doing it.
The madness will stop!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
- read all 4 Twilight books - check!
- run a 5K, 10K, half marathon
- pay off debt
- start grad school - check!
- take GRE - check!
- visit Africa
- save $5000
- bake 2 new pies, and 2 new cakes
- make a meatloaf
- listen to meatloaf
- learn to appreciate red wine
- call my brother once a month
- email my grandma once a month
- do the 5C3 challenge
- memorize a book of the bible (1 John or Philippians)
- look into an IRA
- read Once a Runner
- read and discuss The Shack - Check!
- make a really nice tasting batch of wine
- wear glasses more
- Update - Go 2 weeks without biting my nails, then quit for good.
- Whine Less - Success. I really think I'm a happier, less anxious person than I was at this time last year.
- Stay aware of the world around me - Failure. I subscribe to lots of news feeds on Google Reader, but somehow, I can never seem to read the NPR or other world news. I'm hooked on Kottke.org, though.
- Run better - Success/ failure. I did find some really great runs last winter and spring. I sometimes truly enjoyed my ridiculously long runs. And I achieved a personal record in the Door County Half Marathon. But shin splints made me drop out of the marathon, and I haven't run any meaningful distance since.
- Be a better friend - Success/ failure. I've done fairly well at keeping in touch with my missionary friends. Writing letters is hard when it takes so long for them to be delivered. And I've grown closer in some of my friendships. Birthdays have been forgotten, however, and I've definitely lost contact with several good friends.
- Super Secret Fifth Goal - Success.