Monday, February 25, 2008

Tag, you're it!

1. What were you doing 10 years ago.

I was 4 months into my mission, trying to get used to the hot, humid weather of Yap. I was constantly dripping sweat and loving the people that I was meeting.

2. 5 things on my to-do list today:

1. Read my literary theory book, Culler, chapter 6.
2. Re-write my lesson plan to include a reading strategy.
3. Work on the calendar layouts I made for Mike.
4. Call my visiting teachee to make an appointment.
5. Call my scouts to let them know that there is not scouts tomorrow (because of stake temple week.)

3. 5 snacks that I enjoy:

1. Mike's thick brownies...ummmm....good.
2. These chocolate almond clusters from Costco. Again a Mike introduced treat. Good stuff.
3. Quaker Oats granola bars.
4. Cabella Pretzels. Yet again, another treat introduced by Mike.

4. 3 bad habits:

1. Chewing gum and popping bubbles with it.
2.Letting my ADD take control and actually walk off to do something in the middle of a conversation.
3. Twirling or playing with my hair. I can't leave it alone.

5. What would you do if you were instantly a billionaire?

1. Buy a house.
2. Pay off all debt, including the student loans that will one day be there.
3. Buy Mike his great big, white, 4x4 pickum up truck.
4. Anonomously give money and things to good people.
5. Buy Mike a cabin in the mountains.

6. 5 places I've lived:

1. Orem, Utah
2. Provo, Utah
3. London, England
5. Kolonia, Pohnpei
6. Colonia, Yap

7. 5 things people don't know about me:

1. I played the violin for 6 years. I had to audition my senior year for a seat and won the last chair of the second violins. I think that if the teacher had a choice, she wouldn't have let me be in the class!
2. I was in the musical, "Music Man."
3. I can't bend my pinkie finger. My sister cut it off when I was 3.
4. I have been bitten by a monkey. I scared the crap out of me.
5. I have really weird dreams. In fact, the other day, I dreamed that President Bush called me, in return to the phone call that I placed to him. To top it off, I made the phone call from work, and he was so kind to call me on the 1-800 line for my work.

I am tagging Jennie, Miranda, Caitlyn, Scott & Rachel. I expect to see your blogs up soon!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Valentine's Blog

How long have you been married? 7 1/2 months
How long did you date? We were supposed to date first? Shoot! No, really about 7 weeks.
How old is he?
How old are you?
Who eats more?
He does.
Who said "I love you" first?
He did.
Who sings better?
I would say me, but every time we are in the car and I start to sing, Mike turns the radio on...what is he suggesting? (Mike says: "I just want you to sing louder dear")
Who is smarter?
Mike says I am, but I am no help at all in a lot of the things he does, so I would say we are each smarter in different things.
Who does the laundry?
I do. Mike has done it twice since we have been married.
Who does the dishes?
I do. Mike has done the dishes when there is a guilt trip involved. (Mike says, "That is a woman's job")(Hmmm....he is really cruising, isn't he?) Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Mike does.
Who pays the bills?
I do. In fact, Mike just signed his first check out of our checking account in the whole time we have been married.
Who mows the lawn?
Definitely Mike. If I have to do the dishes, he has to mow the lawn.
Who cooks dinner?
Me again, although Mike has surprised me with dinner in the past.
Who is more stubborn?
We are both probably equally stubborn.
Who kissed who first?
Mike kissed me.
Who asked who out?
I asked Mike to go to an art exhibit with me, he asked me to dinner. So we asked each other out on our first date.
Who proposed?
Mike did, 3 different times.
Who is more sensitive?
I am. I cry very easily, much to Mike's bewilderment.
Who has more friends?
We seem to share our friends lately, so we have all the same friends. Who has more sibilings? Me. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother, Mike has 2 sisters.
Who wears the pants?
Mike does, although we talk about decisions that should be made jointly. Who are you tagging? Jennie, Miranda and anybody else that wants to do this. (I know that it is after Valentines, but it is all in fun, right?)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

It's about time

There have been a few things I have been putting off, mainly because I didn't want to face them, namely taking the ACT so that I can apply for the education program. Well, Mike has been watching me stress about this test for the last couple of months, taking pre-tests, studying and such and finally got tired of it. He said to me on Sunday, "Honey, I challenge you to do whatever it is you need to do to take the ACT this week." How could I pass a challenge like that? Really, all I needed to do was register and I was putting it off because I didn't think I was going to pass the math. Really, it was kinda scary for me, Math is one of those horrid subjects, one that I don't do well in at all.

So, I looked up on the UVSC website, found out that the test is given every Thursday at 8:30 in the AM, signed myself up, called in sick to work and took the test. After I opened the testing booklet and started the English portion, I had the thought..."too late to turn back now" and continued on. The English, Reading and Science weren't too bad, and all of my praying must have really helped (which was a constant during the entire test and the time leading up to it) because the Math didn't seem to be too bad either. Either the math portion on the ACT is all of a sudden stuck in my brain (with a lot of help from above) or it is WAY easier than the preparation book that I had been studying out of. I think that it is probably more of the help from above.

Anyway, the test ended (almost 4 hours later and a very sore rear end) and I passed my answer sheet in. One of the nice things about UVSC is they give you your scores in about 5 minutes. So, I sat and very anxiously waited for those 5 minutes to pass and then I got my scores. To apply for the education program, you need to get an overall score of 23 with no lower than 18 in any subject. This was very worrying for me as I had gotten an 13 score on the math pretest. Well, she handed out the papers with our score and I got a 20 in math (Yes I was so excited!) with an overall score of 26. I really didn't believe the score and went back into the room to ask if I was reading it right. I was and I skipped out to the car and excitedly called Mike!

I am glad for the challenge that Mike gave me because all I was doing was worrying and fretting about it and now it is done. Yes, a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It seems so easy from here on out (I know it isn't, but please let me enjoy at least a day of thinking it is.)

So, Goodnight to all. I hope you all have some very exciting news to share also, like Miles learning how to roll over!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Do you know how many WPM you can type? Mike asked me and I decided to find out. I googled typing tests online and found quite a few. One of the most fun and accurate seemed to be this one.

Typing Test

It is a little crazy in that it asks you to capitalize words where they shouldn't but that is the fun of actually following a typing test! I found that on average, I type about 73 WPM. (If I didn't care about errors, I could type as fast as 88 WPM, but then there were a lot of errors!) I guess all of those English papers have come in handy, huh?

Let me know how you do if you take the test!