I Got Spam

Like everyone else, I get a lot of spam in my inbox. Or maybe not like everyone else, since I don't have a gmail account. Anyway, today was no exception. When I checked my email, there it was. "Info:security measure, we regularly screen activity in the system". Sounds pretty spammy, right?

Only, the sender was me.  Since I've never sent myself spam before, my hackles went up. It appeared to be sent by PayPal, and said that my account was compromised because someone had tried to log in too many times without success. That sounded weird to me, especially since I haven't used PP in years. I was also a little suspicious, since the form didn't use my name, and had fairly poor grammar.

So I googled it. 

Turns out, there's this thing, called a form-spoof. It's where spammers use your email address to send you spam. Since you rarely {if ever} block your own address, the spam email is much more likely to go through, compared to other addresses. 

For anyone else who was taken in like I was, you rest easy. You're not the victim of identity theft, nor is your PayPal account going into lockdown. Although it might be a good idea to log in and just make sure. 

I found this article to be really helpful in all of this. 

The Big News: New York City

Big news!  I've been sitting on this sort-of secret for awhile now, but since it's official, I can say this with confidence. We're going to be living in New York City for a few months at the start of next year!

The long story is that Luke's company, Owlet, is enrolled in a training program based in NYC.  Okay, so maybe it's not that long of a story. But it's been in the works for several months now, so it feels like a long story. To me, at least. 

At this point, though, we don't have a whole lot planned. We'll probably end up renting a small apartment in Greenwich Village while we're there, although this is still up for debate.  We know we're going out sometime the first week of January, and will finish up and move back the first week of March {yes, Utah friends, we will be back}.

I'm excited for this. Living in a new city, especially one as big and exciting as New York is going to be fantastic. I've already started a list of all the places to see, stores to shop at, and restaurants to eat at. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I am also a bit nervous. We have so much to do before we go, plus it's a huge city I've never been to. 

In the meantime, I'll be packing up our apartment in Provo, trying to figure out what to put in storage and what to bring with us, and learning as much as I can about living in The Big Apple. Starting with why they call it The Big Apple. 

Where I Belong

I haven't posted in a while. And I want to. But I'm also supposed to be writing for work. So here is a small distraction, while still being work-related. Sort of. Okay, not really work related. But it's important anyway. 

I'm still trying to figure out where I really belong. 

A Gloomy Tuesday

I woke up with a bit of a cold today. Then, it was cloudy, a bit windy, and much cooler than it has been {even for October}. Work has slowed down a bit, and there's a pile of laundry to do. Today has been a bit gloomy.

Too bad I'm not living in London. Most days in London are overcast, so it would just be a regular day. I could sit by the window and drink mug after mug of tea and eat Scottish shortbread. I could go out on a walk in one of the many parks and crunch leaves under my feet. Afterwards I could come back to my flat, have a hot bath, and watch the BBC. 

Why does everything, even being cold and sick, seem more glamorous in London? 

{no original source found}

Autumn Playlist

I've seen this list floating around Pinterest, and I thought I'd finally sit down and listen to every song. As a whole, I really like it. It's a folky-hipster collection of songs that play well together. There are a few songs I'm not crazy about, but overall, it's pretty great. 

There are links to each song below, if you don't want to go to the trouble of looking up every song. I tried, as best as I could, to like to the official music videos. 

I marked my favourite ones with asterisks. I'd love to hear which ones you like (or don't), and whether there's any songs you'd add to the list. 

Down in the Valley by The Head and the Heart*

Spanish Saharah by Foals

Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons*

The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel

Welcome Home by Radical Face*

Here We Go Again by Angus & Julia Stone

The Sound of Settling by Death Cab for Cutie* 

Lost in My Mind by The Head and the Heart 

Changes by David Bowie

Stay Young (Go Dancing) by Death Cab for Cutie*

Amie by Pure Prairie League

Indian Summer by Beat Happening*

Blue Spotted Tails by Fleet Foxes 

Seashell by Seabear 

You Remind Me of Home by Ben Gibbard 

Hotcha Girls by Ugly Casanova 

Cats & Dogs by The Head and the Heart 

If I Was a Baby by Ezra Furman & The Harpoons 

Oliver James by Fleet Foxes 

Sometimes I'm a Writer

Most of the time, I'm not a very good writer. The only time I sit down and write for hours on end is when I have a work deadline coming up and I procrastinated for too long. I should be more disciplined. But I'm not. I am what I am. 

Then, I saw this photo on Pinterest: 

And it reminded me that just because I don't spend all day every slaving away at my writing doesn't mean I'm not a writer. Sometimes it means I'm lazy. But sometimes I spend time writing emails, to-do lists, and notes of things that I don't want to forget. 

Just because I'm not always writing a script doesn't mean that I'm not a writer. 

My Fall Lineup

I have a hard time transitioning between summer and fall. I love summer. It's the only time of the year that I'm not freezing {I have low blood pressure, I guess}. The upside to fall is that I can bake without dying of heat, delicious comfort foods, and the return of my favourite TV shows. And because I'm me, I have quite a few that I like to keep up on. Here's what I'll be watching for the next few months. 

How I Met Your Mother: I've been watching this show for years now. Finally, it's the last season. We've met the mother, but there's still so much more to come. There are so many unfinished stories and I can't wait to see how everything wraps up. 

New Girl: The first season was okay, and then I didn't really stick with the second season. At the encouragement of my sister, Luke and I watched it, and it was hilarious! So now it's in the rotation. So far, it's awesome. 

The Mindy Project: I've been a fan of Mindy Kaling since she was on The Office, so I will watch this no matter what happens. It's clever and full of pop culture references, and I think it will only get better as it goes on. 

Modern Family: Admittedly, this isn't my favourite show on the list. However, I love the complex characters and the woven story lines. From a writer's point of view, this show is so clever. And I love Phil. 

Parks and Recreation: I wasn't sure about this show at first. It seemed like it was trying too hard to be like The Office. But I gave it a chance, and loved it. This show is witty and clever and hilarious. Plus, the season premier takes place in London, as if I wasn't smitten enough. 

Big Bang Theory: Honestly, this is just in the list for comedic reasons. Plus, every once in a while I understand one of the science references, and I feel smart. There has even been some character development, so I'm finding this season more interesting than previous ones.

Grey's Anatomy: Okay, okay. I know it's dramatic, and some people think it's a bit ridiculous. But I can't help it - I love the drama. And the characters. Plus, I think I almost understand medical jargon. 

Parenthood: I started watching this show a few years ago when I was waiting for my Green Card. I'd already made my way through most of Netflix, so I figured I might as well give it a try. Now, though, I'm not sure if it's holding my attention. I'll give it a few episodes before I make my final decision. 

And that's all I've got. So, friends, what are you watching? 


I am really bad at remembering this. Usually when I start a project, if I don't see immediate results, I stop. Simple as that. But some things take longer than others. Giving up only cheats me out of something great that I could've had if I'd just stuck it out a bit longer. I've been working on motivating myself and trying to be better at getting things done. While I've still go a ways to go, I am learning that since time doesn't stop, I shouldn't either. 

P.S. Earl Nightingale was a motivational speaker and a radio broadcaster from 1956-1989. 

Online Nonsense

I spend a lot of time online, both for work and for everything else. Here's what I found interesting this week. 

I love this website for random life hacks and home improvements. While I'm not exactly off-beat, I'm not a Martha Stewart, either. 

My favourite band, Yellowcard, released an acoustic album to celebrate their 10th anniversary. You can listen to the whole thing here. This is one of the first bands that I really loved, and they just keep getting better with time. 

This sweater is perfect for the almost-fall season that's currently going on. Too bad it's out of stock. It comes in lots of other colours, though, so all is not lost. 

My good friend Ashley shared this list with me yesterday, and it cracked me up. When we were living in London a few summers ago, we were definitely No. 3. 

Although I claim to be a writer, I'm not actually very good at following through on anything I do. Mostly my writing is lists and story starts. I've been working harder to be more dedicated, and in the process I've found a lot of resources. I just found a new writing blog, and I'm finding it really helpful, especially her 'inspiration' tag. 

And here's something absolutely ridiculous. You're welcome. 

10,000 and 400

I've reached 10,000 blog views! And this is my 400th post! Too bad I don't have much fanfare to go along with this important milestone. 

{Not} Going Back to School

Most everyone I know is back in school, or headed there in a matter of days. As for me, this is my second September not enrolling in some kind of education system. Growing up, I always longed for the time when I wouldn't have to go back to school. 

Now, though, I'm seriously reconsidering this. I miss going back-to-school shopping for new jeans and a better backpack. I miss stocking up on fresh notebooks, pens, and markers. I miss sitting in the living room and watching my dad label all of my supplies with my initials in his perfect penmanship. 

If I was going back to school, here's what I would get: 

Cute notebooks 
from: Target 

bigger notebook
from: Staples

my favourite pens 
{Bic Round Stick in black fine point}
from: Staples

this perfect {sold out} bag 
from: ModCloth

and this perfect back to school outfit 
{comfortable, easy, and polished}
original source, as much as I can tell: here

The only thing that keeps me from feeling too sad about this is that I don't have to worry about the stress of finals, or worry about writing 5 papers at once. Still, it's nice to have a time of year dedicated to starting a new phase of life with the right tools for the job. 

An Update {Sort Of}

I haven't posted in a really long time. Part of that was because our basement flooded. Then we went out of town. And then we went out of town again. I have pictures to share and stories to tell, but not today. So enjoy this instead. Because it's funny. 

Book: Looking for Anne of Green Gables

I've been trying to read more non-fiction lately, so I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across this book at the library. 

This is a book about the famous author L. M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, and countless short stories. A Canadian icon, I loved learning more about the author and her beloved heroine. 

The book starts out detailing Montgomery's young life. The author outlines unique situations that would have gone on to inspire the character of Anne. As the book progresses, more interesting facts come to light, including the identity of the model who inspired Anne's red hair, and snippets from Montgomery's journals as she grew up and began work on the novel. 

My favourite aspect of this book is discovering how much Montgomery drew on her own life experiences to shape the character of Anne, and in some instances, Diana. It makes me feel drawn to Anne even more, and closer to Montgomery. 

I highly recommend this book to Anne fans of all varieties. Keep in mind that it is non-fiction, and it may seem a bit dry to some readers. It is an easy read, and even includes photos of Montgomery, her family, and other important ephemera. It's a fascinating book, and worth the time and effort you put into it. 

Book: The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing

A few weeks ago, I finished reading The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing. 

It was a quick read, making it a good summertime book. As it opened, I was caught up in the world of a young girl who is sad about losing her childhood vacation home {it also might have been their real home, it was hard to follow along}. As the book went on, I found myself more and more interested in the life of the heroine. 

However, halfway through, things went a bit...off. There was randomly one chapter about nothing in particular. After that, the main character started doing things that didn't seem true to her character. It got really boring watching her make terrible choices, and the book stopped moving forward. Finally, the last chapter seemed to provide a sense of completion, of a satisfying ending. And yet, nope. I found the ending to be jarring, and there was no true ending, or satisfaction of endings wrapped up. 

Some people might say that it's like life; there isn't always closure, and people make bad decisions. But I felt like the ending didn't match the story that had been established. Overall, I wouldn't really recommend it. I found it on several reading lists on Pinterest, so clearly some people think it's worth reading. If you find it at the library, sure, check it out and bring it to read by the pool. But don't feel like you need to go search it out. 

Book: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

A few years ago, this book {and subsequent movie} was extremely popular. At the time, I was around 8 years old, much to young for the demographic the book was aimed for. Now, many years later, I read it without all the excitement and hubbub, and I'm glad it worked out that way; there was nothing to influence me before I read it, or sway my opinion afterwards. 

I watched the movie a few months ago, because I was curious. I'd even forgotten that it was a book. From there, I figured I might as well read it. So I did. 

I loved reading this book. I dove right in, and loved everything about it. The writing style is descriptive without being flowery, the characters are developed and interesting, and the setting is somewhere I'm not familiar with {the South, years 1920-1990ish}. Some of the minor characters tended to blend together for me, but for the most part, each character stood on their own. 

What appealed to me the most was the themes of love, friendship, and female connection that ran throughout the novel. Perhaps it's because most of my female friends have moved all over the world that I connect so strongly with a novel about having your closest friends around you. I would love it if all my closest friends lived within blocks of me, and we could get together on a whim. Unfortunately, that's not the case. So I lived vicariously through the characters in the novel. 

After I finished reading, I looked up some reviews online. While there were some positive reviews, there were many negative ones. Reasons ranged from dislike for "chick-lit" to anger over issues of alcoholism and child abuse. Yes, this is a serious read. I don''t enjoy reading about child abuse {I can't think of anyone who does}, I recognize that life is complicated and not everyone has perfect, loving parents. 

Overall, I would recommend this book. Be aware that it's not all rainbows and sunshine. It is a book about women who are trying to figure out who they are. It is a book about friendship, love, and family ties.

Work Stuff

Sometimes, it just seems easier to put off work all week. It suddenly doesn't seem so easy when everything is due at once. Which is Saturdays now, because they changed my work week. 

Once I manage to get everything done, though, I instantly feel as though I can do anything. So then I set about trying to accomplish too many things on a Saturday night, and that never goes so well. But hey, now I can rest easy until Monday. 

In other news (but not really, since it still pertains to work and what I do with my time), I've been thinking more and more about my future, and what I want to do. As it turns out, I don't like thinking about the future.

San Francisco

So, we went somewhere. Last weekend my cousin got married, so we headed down to northern California. It was wonderful, and I can't wait to see all of the pictures. 

After the wedding, Luke and I took a {very} short vacation to San Francisco. Here are a few of the pictures I took there. Part of me wished I'd taken more, because it was just so lovely. The other part is glad I just enjoyed the brief time I had there. 

Highlights of our trip included walking through Chinatown, walking along Pier 39 and enjoying the view, riding on the famous trolleys, having a sundae from Ghirardelli's, shopping downtown, and riding on BART.

We had a great time, and would love to go back some day. 


                                                              Chinatown Gate

Ghirardelli Square

Sea Lions on Pier 39 

Taking a Trip...

So, I finally did this...

... and we are going to here...

... and while I'm a bit stressed about where to go and what to see, I'm looking forward to a mini-vacation. 

Too Much TV Can Make You Want to Change Your Life

Maybe I've been watching too much Grey's Anatomy, but the idea of working in the medical field is starting to seem like a pretty interesting idea. I am actually considering it. If you heart stopped while reading that, too bad. I don't know how to work a defibrillator. 

Someone Woke Up in Project Mode

I got so much done today! I've been wanting to get started with spring cleaning, and I finally got things going. Here's what I got done...

1. Pulled all the blankets, sheets, and mattress pad off the bed. 
2. Washed the sheets and pillows
3. Cleaned the bathroom
4. Washed blankets
5. Reorganized some kitchen cupboards
6. Cleaned out the fridge
7. Cleaned out the sink
8. Washed the mattress pad

I still need to go to the grocery store, hang some pictures, make the bed, and design some fliers for church. But it's been a pretty good day.

How I'm Taking Care of Myself

I set a new year's resolution to become more active and to lose a certain amount of weight. Well, after almost 3 months of going to the gym, I have not seen much of a change. So I'm going to start switching things up a bit. Here are my new goals: 

-on days when I go to the gym, I'll be doing interval training, rather than keeping a steady pace the whole time {I use the elliptical}

-on non-gym days, I'll work on strength training and stretching. {I love this website for the wide variety of workouts} 

-ideally, I would some some yoga every day, but that isn't always possible. So I'm aiming for at least 4 days a week {I practice at home, with instruction from here

- I found a place online that will calculate your daily recommended nutrients. I know it will take some careful calculating, but I hope to get better about actually eating healthy, instead of just within a certain amount of calories {you can calculate your own nutrition needs here}

I know that change doesn't come overnight. But I was hoping to be a bit further along than I currently am. So hopefully this will make a difference. 

P.S. I know there are a lot of links in this post. It's not sponsored or anything, I just wanted to share the sites that I like using. 

All Caught Up {I Think}

Despite the fact that it's April, I'm in my furry vest, with a blanket, and hot chocolate, trying to stay warm. 

Utah springs aren't much of springs at all.

Almost Caught Up...

Okay, other things to catch up with...

I came home from my trip. I had two-ish days, and then we were off to visit with Luke's family for a weekend. We had a great time, and got to celebrate two birthdays. I had made plans to sort-of get some projects done while we were there, but instead I just enjoyed relaxing with family. Luke and his dad fixed our car, so that's something. 

When we got back Sunday night, I was exhausted. Travelling can sure take a lot out of you, even if you're only going short distances. At least our car is working now. Did I mention that before? A few weeks ago our car stopped working. But it's fixed now. 

Now that our travelling is done for a while, I get to go back to real life. That means the gym. And last week was the worst. Normally I don't mind going. Sometimes I'm even excited. But not lately. 

Along with our upstairs neighbors, we're starting a garden! I'm really looking forward to having fresh vegetables right outside my door. And I'm also excited that I won't have to do all the work myself.

Perhaps these recaps are only interesting to me. Sorry folks. Maybe someday I'll have interesting things to say. But probably not. Writing about my real life is the easiest thing to write about. 

My Trip Home

Did you like how I wrote a post about catching up, and then didn't write for almost a week? Sorry about that. Time has just been getting away from me lately. So, here's what's been going on. 

Almost two weeks ago, I went home. My little brother came home from his mission, and I really wanted to see him again. My dad was super awesome, and helped me pay for a plane ticket. Usually when I go home, I drive. But since I had to make the trip myself, flying was much safer than driving for 12 hours all by my self. Can I just say how awesome it is to go home in less than a day? Seriously. It's the best. 

Being home was great. I didn't get a lot accomplished, but I got in some good family time. And some good sleeping. Because I'm lazy. I also got attacked by a glass of ginger beer. It's a good story, although kind of embarrassing  Essentially, I drank too much beer too fast, and I developed a cough. Then it morphed into a cold, and I'm still sick. Rats.

Another highlight was taking my brother shopping for some real clothes. He's not much of a shopper, but he needed some new things pretty badly. My sister and I drug him all over, and he got a bit cranky. But we were in public, so he couldn't get too upset. 

Although I love my husband, and love my friends in Provo, leaving home is always hard. Hopefully I'll be back this summer (with Luke) for an extended trip. For real though. There is nothing better than a Southern Alberta sunset. Or spring. Or summer. Or anything. 

I suppose that in a post about seeing my brother, I should have written about him a bit more. Here's all you need to know, really. He's been gone for 2 years, and hasn't changed a bit. Not a bit. I'm not particularly surprised. 

I've Been Away

I haven't posted in quite a while. And I sort of have reasons as to why that happened. At first, nothing was happening in my life that was worth writing about .Then, there were suddenly a lot of things that were happening, that I probably should have written down. Now I'm not sure if I want to write a huge post about everything, do a quick skim, or break it down into a few different posts. 

Honestly, I don't want to do anything, because I'm lazy. And we're up in Bear Lake, and I don't have to spend the weekend in the basement. 

I'll probably post in a few installment over the weekend. Perhaps I'll even get myself caught up. Who knows. 

My Spring To-Do List

  • clean up our backyard
  • go on a trip
  • plant some things in our little garden 
  • clean out the car 
  • buy some Girl Scout cookies
  • buy some fresh flowers 
  • go on some picnics 
  • take more walks 
  • clean out my closet to make room so I can...
  • buy some fun spring clothes
  • keep working through my goo stash
  • open the windows

If I'm still feeling ambitious after all that, I want to: 

  • clean up my desk
  • put some new curtains in the living room and kitchen 
  • do some serious spring cleaning 
  • decorate my kitchen 

What I Learned While Working Today

So it turns out that there is no difference between whiskey and scotch. It's all in the location. In fact, it goes kind of like this: 

Scotch is to whiskey


Champaign is to sparkling wine

Just don't ask about bourbon, gin, and tequila. I'm still trying to figure those ones out. 

What I'm Watching: Online TV Version

You know how there's some shows, and no matter how many times you watch them, you still love it? You never get tired of the characters or plot or dialog, even if you've already seen each episode 20 times? There are a handful of shows that I feel that way about. Here's what I'm watching over and over again. 

The Office 

I'm sure this will come as a surprise to no one. I post clips and pictures here all the time. I often quote it in real life, too. There's just something about the way the characters are set up that I love. They all seem real to me; they have clear motivations, interests, and back stories. Most of the time, there's good development in ways that make sense. Plus, it's hilarious. It always picks me up when I'm in a bad mood. And the best part, every season is on Netflix {not counting the current season that's running on TV}. 

Gilmore Girls 

Again, this should come as no surprise. I've been watching this show for years. I love the characters, and most of the plot. I think the writing is very clever, and that it is very well performed. While it can be dramatic, there are lots of lighthearted moments, and some downright funny scenes. It has a bit of everything, which is why I find it so appealing. I have six of seven seasons on DVD {the last one doesn't exist, in my opinion}, and sometimes I watch them online, too. My favourite thing about the show, I think, is the one liners.

Fawlty Towers 

Those who are well versed in British TV comedy should be familiar with this John Cleese hilarity. It's one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. It's about a hotel owner who hates people, and his wife, who hates him. Filled with dark British humour and witticisms, it will keep you entertained for days. Keep in mind, it is dark British humour, and can be wildly inappropriate. But that's the best part. I believe it's on Netflix instant streaming. Or you can suck it up and buy it (because it's only one season long)

The Big Bang Theory 

I didn't start watching this show until it had run through a few seasons. But it's very witty, and the characters are interesting. Sometimes it can feel like the same jokes are being played over and over. But every so often, a line is delivered with the perfect comedic timing, and it's just hilarious. If you watch carefully, you can actually learn some sciency stuff, too. 

Love and All That

As Valentine's day drew closer, and is now upon us, I found myself becoming quite cynical. Every card was cheesy, every idea a gimmick. Even the themed treats meant extra work. In short, Pinterest was gettin' me down. 

Then I stopped and thought about it. It's a holiday about showing the people you love that you love them. There's nothing cheesy about that. Love is important, and one of the few things in life worth having. 

So today, I'm not painting my nails, or doing a ton of crafts, or anything over the top. Instead, I'm doing my work, waiting for Luke to get home so we can get cheeseburgers and cupcakes, and watch more Alias (we totally started watching it last night. I forgot how good it is!). 

Also, here are some pictures, because I want to put some up. 

Geocaching for Luke's birthday, 2012

Engagement, 2011

Married! August 20, 2012

At Breanne's wedding, 2010

The Bees in my Brain

My thoughts are like bees. Each one is fat and slow, and makes a little buzzing noise. Mostly they just float around the garden of my brain, rarely being a bother. But every once in a while, something happens, and they get stirred up, and start buzzing louder and coming closer, and then I actually have to stop and look at them. Once I start looking, I can't stop. I watch them go around and around, coming close to me all the time. I don't get stung very often, but when I do, the thought stays with me for a long while. 

The bees don't like it when you try to organize them. They don't line up nice and neat. And they all want your attention all the time. When you start focusing on just one, the rest fly in and try to take over. The only way to take care of them is to write down what they're trying to tell me. From there, oh, anything can happen. 

Where I Am

I don't know who said this, or where the image originated from. But if my life was a movie, and needed a tag line, this would be it. For right now at least. 

There are lots of ways I could go. But for now, I'm still deciding. 

As an added note, I don't mean for this to sound like I'm sad or anything. My life is good. Eventually I want to find my place in the world. But I'm content for now, to just try and decide where I would rather be. 

As an extra added note, if this applied to physical location only, I wouldn't need to decide. I'd have a flat above Russell Square in a heartbeat. 

Goo Hoarding

I forgot to include this when I did my first "resolutions" post in January, but it's {mostly) the start of a new month, so this seems like a good time to write about it. I didn't coin the term, but it describes exactly what I've been doing. Goo hoarding is when you collect, well, goo. Shampoos, lotions, body wash, lip gloss, all that good stuff tends to pile up. When we moved last summer, I noticed just how much I had, and since then, it's only continued to grow. 

I've been working on this for a few weeks now. I'm trying to worth through my stash and use what I have beforeI buy more. There are a whole lot of samples, and I'm not entirely sure where they came from. But I've started to use them. I put a few little lotions by my bed and hotel shampoos and conditioners are in the shower. The lip gloss situation is resolving itself, because I haven't bough myself any in months. When I put them out where I can see them, they get used a lot more than when they're tucked away in a drawer somewhere. As an added bonus, I feel like I'm pampering myself all the time {most of my sample stuff is for products I don't buy because they're out of my price range}. 

The hope is that once I work through it all, I come away with a few favourites. Then, in the future, I won't have to buy so many things, because I'll know what I like. 

Are there any other goo hoarders out there? Or am I alone in this crazy?  

I'm Stalling

I've been procrastinating all day. For anyone who knows me, this is not a surprise at all. Rather, it is just a normal Monday. In fact, it's how I get through just about every day. I did get the kitchen clean and the laundry done. And I worked out. But other important things haven't had the attention they deserve. I am trying, in my defense. It's just that my job isn't as fun as other things that I can think of that "need" to be done. 

I found this image here. I don't know if this is the original source. 

I Hate You

Just when I think that maybe winter isn't so bad, the clouds send forth freezing rain, making my driveway and all the sidewalks into skating rinks. 

I slipped. Thrice. 

Winter, I hate you, and I can't wait until March. 

Are You Currently Pregnant?

Alternate title: The Final Stage

Well, folks, it finally happened. I am a permanent resident. After months of nervous anticipation, I am a legal resident of the United States. 

We had our final interview on Wednesday morning. I'd done a bit of research into what the process would be like, but I still wasn't quite sure what to expect. We got to the government building, went through security, and checked in. 

Ten minutes later we were meeting our interviewer as he led us back to his office. While he seemed nice, he also didn't seem very approachable. We sat down at his desk, and he pulled out my file. Guys, it was huuuuuuge. I'd forgotten how much paperwork we had sent in, plus all the papers and forms had been added to it since (by office workers, case workers, I don't even know who else). 

Then the questions. He started out with an easy one: when is your spouse's birthday? Then he asked Luke what day we got married. After he verified our phone numbers and social security numbers, he asked if we had ever been married before or had any kids. Since neither of us had, that was pretty easy. Then, I had to answer the strangest question of the interview: 

Are you currently pregnant? 

I am not. 

I then pulled out some documents proving that we are living together like a married couple - our rental agreement, a bank statement, wedding announcement, other pictures of us together, and our Netflix envelopes. He asked if we had anything else, like a Costco membership. Since we're poor college kids, we don't have anything like that. He must have figured that since neither of us had any real money or status, the marriage was legit. 

He handed me a congratulations page (it's yellow, in case you were wondering), and that was it. He went over a few things concerning the next stage of the process, but that's not for two years. 

And that's it. I'm allowed to live here and work here without fear of getting deported. I can come and go as I please. And it's a pretty good feeling.