Thursday, September 22, 2011

This Year So Far

Okay, so I am horrible at taking pictures but since so many of my computers have died this summer I finally have an excuse. I am taking 16 credits this semester and my life is full of history and Spanish. This semester is a bit tough because I tend to get bored after the industrial revolution and two of my classes involve modern history but whatever.

Glenn and I had a wonderful surprise last Thursday/Friday when Michael, Heidi, and the boys dropped by. Two of my classes had been canceled so I skipped the early morning one (bad I know) to spend time with them. We went to the duck pond south of campus and Glenn and I couldn't help laughing at the boy's techniques. One piece of bread for them, one for the ducks, etc. Glenn got a few ducks to come very close and take the bread right out of the kids' hands. Along with Michael, Glenn and I raced Austin, Jack, and Davie up the stairs...Davie kicked my trash, I guess it is just not the same without a 50 lb backpack weighing me down. :P

Anyway, we took the boys to the Eyring Science Center and had fun playing with all the gadgets and then met up with Heidi and little Henry in the Wilk. Glenn proved his future fatherhood abilities by taking three of the boys to the bathroom and coming out with all of them clean and dry. Bookstore shopping was quite an adventure, it seems that Jack takes after his mom concerning hats and as usual I offered to buy the boys all one thing. Jack went from a $50.00 puppet (no way that was going to happen, thank you Heidi for your amazing skills at diversion) to a $20.00 puppet to a Kaleidoscope. Austin was trying to pick between a stuffed animal and a book an since the book was about half as expensive as Jack's toy I got him another one. Since Davie could not decide I got him some stickers.

Their visit came right at the end of BYU spirit week and the boys saw the balloons. The troop had just decided to take thee boys to get balloon when several students looked at them and handed each and every little boy a balloon. It was wonderful holding little Henry for the first time and Glenn and I had so much fun with the boys. It was great to catch up with Michael and Heidi.

Lately Glenn and I have been part of a Dungeons and Dragons group. It is really more of a social club and half the time we end up bent over laughing more than playing but it is a great way to get rid of stress. Contrary to the stereotype of the typical D&D player most of us in the group are married.

Recently I have been asked to be a palm reader for my friend Bria's Halloween party so I need to refresh myself on how to do it. It should be a night full of food and fun. For my Spanish class I am making Pan Muerto for El Dia de los Muertos. My professor is counting it for my presentation requirement because I am going to tell people about the origin of the recipe and the celebration. So yeah, now to Glenn.

Okay, I guess its my turn to add my two cents to this little endeavor. First and foremost let me just say I had a wonderful time with Michael, Heidi, and their minions. At one particular point Michael confided in me and said that working with the little ones is similar to herding cats. My dad is allergic to cats so I wouldn't know anything about that. Personally I was surprised how quickly I was accepted by their little clan. The natives have accepted me as one of their own. Mission accomplished.

Moving on. Before any of you blow a gasket, let me explain the whole D'n'D social group thing. For those of you with concerns or issues, let me make this abundantly clear. Unless we're getting together on Halloween, NO ONE DRESSES UP! Although Whit does put on temporary tattoos in strange places when she get board, but that's just funny. Each person playing comes up with a character that they are in control of. I think its funny that Whitney and I chose completely opposite character types. I'm playing a holy warrior who's very loyal to his order (even if he does like to mouth off quite a bit). Oh and did I mention he rides a griffon just for kicks? Whit on the other hand is a ranger whose only loyalty is to her puppy. I say puppy but he's actually a wolf the size of a draft horse. Okay enough on that subject before you all start to think I'm deranged.

Recently Whit has been having conflicts with a guy in one of her classes. You've probably all seen the type. The guy who always hogs the one workable outlet for his computer and then he doesn't even take notes. He just watches Youtube videos all through class. So in her typical fashion Whitney dealt out justice to the unsuspecting dope. She bought an multi socketed extension cord for the partially functioning wall outlet. Here's that catch. The extension cord is PINK. Like an "OH MY EYES! I'M BLIND!" hot pink. And guess what? Mr Youtube won't touch it. And now Whit and two other people can plug their computers in and actually take notes. Its a strange site to see in a college setting but still. There it is.

To clarify, the extension chord came after I called custodial to fix one of the plugs. He was bogarting the one three pronged working plug for a two pronged object...he could use the other one but I couldn't and when I pointed it out he just shrugged. The next week he had his cell phone and his computer plugged in and texted and surfed Youtube. I asked him if I could use on of the plugs because my computer was about to die (3 hour class mind you) and he said "well that sucks" and went on texting. All I asked for was 5 minutes but whatever. So, this revenge was very sweet in that it didn't really affect anybody negatively. I provided extra plugs and my computer won't die. Anyway, back to Glenn.

Well that about wraps it up for me. Work is work. I'm giving serious consideration to finding a job where I can actually talk about my job without violating federal law. Work on my book is limping along. I took a break to read Brandon Sanderson's new book. Its the only one published in a series of at least ten. Now I have to wait for who knows how long to get the next installment. Grrrr!!!! Whit refuses to have anything to do with it until the series is finished. I can respect that.

Anyway, that's it for me. See you all later.


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Life After Finals

Well, I have had an insane few months along with Glenn. The last two weeks before finals I had six research papers due, four of which were assigned from my Spanish Class. So I had six papers, only two of which were in english, and only one of which was less than 7 pages. I never thought I would thank a professor for making us turn in a term paper early but THANK YOU DR. HAMBLIN. I received an A on my paper on Arabic Medicine during the crusades: An analysis of its advanced nature and contributing factors. Not surprisingly I was the only one not competing for resources for that paper. As to the seven people writing about Richard the LionHeart...they were not so lucky, of course I also had access to all the record written in Spanish but that is neither here nor there. Thanks to my Hubby I was able to carry thirty some odd text books out of the library and then back again.

Anyway, back to the other papers. One of my professors had procrastinated giving us back our Initial Responses which he had made vital to all of our papers so I had one day to write that paper. I spent the weekend before finals scribbling out my Spanish Papers, Monday writing my analysis of the effect of Christianity on Byzantium, and then Tuesday came along. I had been in quite a few meetings with my Chinese Cultural History Professor regarding my paper and I was still stuck. Yep, it was due in less than 24 hours and I was stuck on my second 15 page research paper in two days. Then, a miracle happened. I sent my professor an e-mail asking if the paper was due in class or in his office at 5 (he had been known to do that) and he sent me an e-mail back giving me a week long extension. Being me I immediately printed out what I had already completed, met with him and of course...I ASKED WHY! He then explained that my various analysis were quite detailed for somebody who could not read or understand mandarin and due to the lack of resources he gave me the extra time because he had just found additional resources that he thought I could use. And then he proceeded to edit what I had and gave me additional ideas regarding my paper. The meeting ended with the sentiment that he wished I was going into eastern studies because I had a unique perspective on it. Three days later I had taken all but one of my finals, four days later I finished my paper, and five days later I turned in my eleven page typed final to the same professor who had given me the extension. Needless to say I was a bit fried...still am really.

For my b-day Glenn took me to our favorite Sushi restaurant, the same one he took me to last year...we decided that we wanted to get married the next day. This time there was a man proposing to his girlfriend in the next Tatami room...she said yes, it was cute.

We spent Easter with Glenn's parents and after a weekend of overindulging I lost 2 lbs. Now I am wearing sweat pants all the time because none of my pants fit me anymore and Glenn and I are looking into resizing my wedding ring or getting me a plain silver band to wear while I am gardening or working around the house. As for Glenn, he is working on his two books and has finally dug himself out of Chapter Nine, that was a good day for us all, and he is losing weight too. His wedding ring now fits on his index finger but it also still fits his ring finger so we are okay in that department.

Glenn and I will post pics of our exciting lives as soon as I get new jeans :p

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My favorite wedding photos

There are so many more pictures that I love and I'll post them in my next update

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This Year

Okay, as most of you know I have been working very hard to lose weight and I am happy to say that since February I have lost 22 lbs with 18 more to go. By July I should be down to 140 lbs and on my way to losing more. Anyway, just wanted to update everyone. Glenn has been losing weight too but he doesn't like scales. Love you all and I am off to the gym

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chicken Sausage Potato Hash

Okay, I really need to include pictures with these recipes but they are usually eaten before I finish them. Also this is technically not a hash but it sounded good.

Chicken Sausage: 4 oz diced or sliced in medallions: Tastes similar to kielbasa but less greasy and fewer calories
3 Red Potatoes for every 2 oz of sausage chopped in cubes
1/4 medium yellow onion finely chopped
Corn kernels: canned or frozen and prepped: Corn on the cob works better but it was still winter
Creole Seasoning (or garlic and cayenne pepper)

DO NOT ADD SALT: it is unnecessary

Cook the sausage in a skillet on medium/medium high (about 6-8 if you have that kind of stove) until golden and the oils are releasing (there won't be many, this is low calorie and very tasty) then move the meat to the side of the pan. Add the potatoes and let cook for about 2 minutes. Mix in corn and seasonings. If you want it to cook faster add about 1/4 cup water and cook until evaporated. Serve when potatoes are soft but slightly crunchy if preferred

Friday, February 11, 2011

Life as we know it...currently

Well, Glenn has a great job now that will open many doors for him. He works at a home for people with mental disabilities. The sad part is that he has to be on call all of the time but he seems to enjoy the work. I cannot really say what he does because he cannot tell me any specifics so just to be on the safe side I don't ask him any questions that could tow the line. He does love it although it does get to him sometimes.

School is going okay, I spend hours in the library just to spend more hours reading and writing. My current research topic for my Crusades class is Arabic medicine during the crusades and why it was more advanced than that of the Europeans. In my history of the Near East class I have to focus on the Middle East under Rome and draw my own conclusions about a topic to be given at a later date. I am probably going to chose to write a paper on Martial Arts in China.

Speaking of that I lost a bet with my sensei. My shoulder is not strong enough for me to do some of the more advanced rolls so I have yet to belt up. He wants me to be up to strength next month so we are striking a unique balance between strength training and healing.

Anyway, that is all from here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lentil Soup

Here is a great slow cooker recipe for Lentil Soup. My alterations are in blue
Crock Pot Lentil Soup

1 pound dried lentils, sorted and rinsed (any type, I prefer green)
2 cans (14 1/2 oz each) vegetable broth I substituted water for this, it doesn't add that much flavor
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces I didn't peel these but you can
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces I kept the skin because Glenn likes it
1 medium onion, chopped I would use green onions and dried white onion, less fumes
1 medium stalk celery, cut into 1/2" pieces, optional
Fresh broccoli, chopped
Sun dried tomatoes (if you feel like it, I don't use these all the time)
4 cups water

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-2 tbs Garam Masala
Mix all ingredients together in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting 8-9 hours or high heat for 3-5 hours or until lentils are tender. Stir well before serving. 8 servings.

Note: For the truly streamlined, empty-pantried folks: This recipe works just as well when you combine only the lentils, water equal to the amount of broth plus water, salt, and pepper.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter Semester

Well, Glenn is done with school, lucky guy. Meanwhile on January 4th I resumed my amazing journey through school. I was just faced with one major dilemma...which class to drop. I dropped my US History class because it saved me about $300 in books. Instead I am taking Spanish 205, History of the Crusades, History of the Near East, and Chinese cultural history. People laugh at me because I speak Chinese with a Spanish accent and I speak Spanish with a slightly Japanese accent. A result of living in the bay area I guess. But I speak Japanese with a Spanish accent, I guess my languages are running together. I am taking Spring courses so that by the time I get into the teaching program I can just focus on that. Right now I have to get a full FBI background check and that can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.

Glenn got a new job. It pays better than his old one and it is four blocks from our apartment so we will save quite a bit in gas and sanity. My life now consists of working out, studying, and enjoying life with my amazing husband. Ever week or so we have dinner and game night with some of our friends. Well, that is all from here.