Monday, August 24, 2009

This & That

I've got a lot of things going through my mind this morning, so I thought a misc. post was in order.

1. Yesterday was a great day! I know I only have a few more days left of summer, so I'm trying to milk it for all it's worth. After church yesterday, we went over to Luke's parents' house for burgers and sweet corn. His little sister is home from college this weekend, so that was the reason for the festivities. It was fun :-) The food was delicious, and after we ate, we relaxed and played a little Wii Sports Resort, our new favorite game. Then last night, Luke had a bunch of guys over for a fantasy football draft party. My friend Sarah came over as well, so I was luckily not the only girl there! We talked and watched Planet Earth while the guys were glued to their computer screens.

This picture was taken of me and Luke during the evening. I think this picture basically sums up our relationship. I had just done something really embarrassing, so I was covering up my face and laughing, and Luke is just looking at me and laughing, but in a loving way. Things like this happen daily around here :-P Haha...glad he loves me anyway!
2. During the party last night, Luke and I made a little deal. Basically, the guys couldn't leave their computers because they were in the middle of their drafts (okay, so I think the concept of a FF Draft party is ridiculous, but that's a whole other story). So Sarah and I ordered a pizza for them, Sarah made a really declicious appetizer for them, and we brought all of their food and drinks upstairs to them to enjoy. We kind of felt like we were treating them like kings, so I decided I wanted to get something out of it ;-) So in exchange for treating Luke like a king last night, he has promised me a board game night this week. We will play the Friends Trivia Game (which I got at a garage sale for $1 or $2!) and Scrabble. I know he would have agreed to the game night without all the compromise, but it made it a little bit more fun ;-)

3. After 5 years of driving my little, blue Neon, (and 5 summers with no AC, too!) it is finally time to say goodbye, and move up in the world a little bit. Luke and I are going to look at a VW Passat after he gets home from work today. I'm excited to get a new car! But I will miss my little Neon. It has been with me through a lot! Like driving me to college every day for 3 years; being parked in the garage at our first apartment together (with Luke, that is); it made the move with us to our first house; helped me arrive at the destination of my first roadtrip alone; and it's driven me to the locations of 5 different jobs, including my very first "real" job. Is it sad that I'm getting sentimental over a car? Isn't she cute, though? (Yes, she's a girl!)Sure, she has no AC, the CD player display is broken, and the speedometer only works correctly if you smack the top of the dashboard just right. But I will miss the car that brought me into independence :-)

4. I have found a new addiction: Bricks Breaking. It's a game that I play on facebook. My spare time has become consumed with trying to make the high score! It's a little pathetic.

5. I tried Hot German Potato Salad for the first time at Das Festhaus in Busch Gardens while we were on vacation. Oh my goodness, I am in love!! I'm looking for a recipe, and am planning on making it as a side dish sometime this week. I'll share the recipe if it turns out okay :-)

6. I accomplished another item on my bucket list on the last day of vacation! It was #76: Find sunglasses that I LOVE. I found them at Target, of all places, and it's like they were made for me. For some reason, I just can't ever seem to find sunglasses that look right on me. (Same with my head shaped weird or something? :-p). But I really like these! I'll share a picture if I ever remember to take one.

7. I'm already working hard on my 101 things in 1,001 days list! I'm planning on accomplishing or beginning a few items this week alone: play Scrabble with Luke, begin volunteering in the church library, set up a regular prayer and devotional time and place, eat at the table at least once a week for the duration of the 1,001 days, and possibly buy a new (to me) car! I'm not really thinking that I'll be accomplishing that many list items every week, but it feels good to be getting a good start on them all :-)

8. Luke and I received another gift card to Carrabbas as a thank-you for watching Max this summer. People must know us well, because Carrabbas is probably our favorite place to eat out together :-) I'm excited to get to use the card sometime in the next few weeks! Watching Max is SOO much fun, I really would be happy to do it for nothing in return. Spending time with him is reward enough! So the gift card is just icing on the cake :-)

9. I begin my teacher's meetings this Thursday, and the kids' first day is next Monday the 31st. That's all I'm going to say about that because I'm still working on having something good to say about it :-P

10. Yesterday was a little overcast and cool. Luke spent the afternoon (after visiting his parents) and evening (before his friends came over) watching pre-season football games while I lounged around playing Breaking Bricks. It felt like fall already, and consequently, it was the most comfortable and stress-free afternoon ever. Why do I associate fall with good feelings and calmness? I'm not sure, but I love it!!! I love it so much, that I'm almost ready for football season to start just so I'll know that it's here! (I hate football) I'm officially ready to say goodbye to the 80s and 90s and humidity, and hello to beautiful fall leaves, cooler temperatures, and yummy, comforting fall foods! Who's with me??

11. Yesterday Luke and I had a random "baby talk." He told me that although he would be sad to lose some freedom, the MAIN reason he wouldn't want to have a baby yet is because of money. I can understand that. He assumed that I would immediately quit my job if we had a baby. So that gives me even more motivation to find some way to work from home, or make some extra money somehow. Not sure if I will still pursue the medical transcription thing or not, because I'm afraid of everything becoming automated in that field sometime soon. But it's been kind of fun thinking of fun ways to bring in another income from home. But I think we still have a little while to wait until I need to worry about it too much! I'm slowly learning to be patient during this time :-)

Guess I had more to say than I realized :-) Overall, it feels good to be home from vacation, and with the new school year starting, I sort of feel like I get a fresh start. I'm ready to go back to work for sure (despite my negative comment earlier). So in general, I'm feeling pretty good these days :-) I hope the same is true for you!


  1. I am totally with you on the fall thing, I can't wait either!

  2. That's a great photo of you two! Congratulations on the new car!!

  3. My hubs is the same way about the baby. I know it's because they are being responsible, but it doesn't make it any easier, does it?

  4. I like the picture of you and Luke! So cute.
    Yay for new cars! Are you looking at a used one, or is it brand new? Someday I'm going to get a Jeep Liberty . . . someday. A long time away. That is, if SUVs aren't outlawed by the time we want to buy one.

  5. That potato salad sounds yummy!!

    Cute picture! :)


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