Wednesday, December 17, 2008

[108] winter

Last nite Emil and I journeyed into the city to see Andrew & Adam's band Brave Citizens at the Hawthorne Theater. It was so cold that the bands were wearing pea coats on stage, and Emil & I didn't even remove our gloves while standing in the crowd. Mind you, I use the term "crowd" loosely, as there were all of 25 or so brave souls who made the trek out of their warm homes for a nite of good music. I don't blame people for not showing. The roads were icy, the public transportation was shoddy, and by the time we parted ways with Andrew after a bite to eat at the Bagdad, it was a bone chilling 18 degrees out with a wind chill that threatened to suck the soul right out of our bodies. I have never seen Portland so completely devoid of all activity. It was like the rapture happened and Emil & I had picked the wrong side.

Anyway, as a result of my near freezing last nite, I decided to keep warm today and passed up Amos and Yarby's offer to go sledding with the Ungers, et al. Instead, I watched a couple episodes of What Not to Wear in the living room, then moved to my room where I've been watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix pretty much ever since. Not a bad way to spend a day, if you ask me. And even if you don't ask me, it's my blog, so tough.

Three days till Orange County. It's going to be so weird going from snow to SoCal. I may die of shock.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

[105] first snow

That's right. Today it snowed here in Beaverton... a lot. At least, a lot for this area. It's funny to me that everything is pretty much shut down in the greater Portland area due to the 3 or 4 inches of snow. There's no school tomorrow at all. Man, I remember times in Massachusetts when we were just short of having a blizzard and all we would get would be a 2 hour delay. So disappointing. Wimpy Oregonians. Can't take a little ice.

But anyway, it was pretty awesome watching the snow fall. By the time Emil and I got to church this morning (we walk there), our hair and pea coats were covered in snow. She'd never actually seen snow falling before. Her excitement was even more magical than when she first saw autumn leaves in October.

I'm just hoping that the snowfall will have stopped by Saturday, 'cause there's nothing I hate more than a delayed flight.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

[100] tuesdays with corri

Happy 100th day of the rest of my life! Boy oh boy, was it ever eventful!

Oh, wait. No it wasn't.

Today I worked on my website a little bit. Finally figured out how to embed my blog into it, which is a big personal victory. I also added a new section to the site entitled "obsessions." Adding these obsessions to my website inevitably led to my spending countless hours on YouTube watching videos of or pertaining to Falco, Northern Ireland, the FLDS, and Ghost Hunters, among other things.

Last nite my curiosity got the best of me and I signed up for Twitter just to figure out what exactly it is. I think I hate it. Nonetheless, if you have one, add me on it. Donna swears that I'll love it once I have a lot of people I know updating it. Without that luxury, it just seems like I'm making status updates that no one comments on.

[99] 'tis the season

Again, I'm cheating. This picture is actually day 98, not 99. But I liked it, so I'm using it. You can look at my flickr feed on the left side of the page to see today's real photo.

Christmas is almost here, and I'm not sure whether it feels like the holidays or not. Our house is nicely decorated. We have a lovely tree and various "swags" around the house that were crafted during this week's Thursday nite breakfast. The kids have been begging me to let them eat candy canes, and I've been drinking my share of peppermint hot cocoa. Still, something's not quite in place yet and I'm not sure what it is.

My suspicion is that it has something to do with there being no semester's end to indicate the upcoming season. I should be studying for finals right now and planning holiday parties in the comm. lab. It's odd that nothing's changing. It's weird be going through life the same way I have been for the past seven months rather than going through the pre-vacation scramble I'm used to.

I leave for California on the 20th. I'm excited to spend two whole weeks with the mister. We haven't spent more than four days within 900 miles of each other since July. That's dumb.

I had my interview with CSU Fullerton for grad. school and it looks like I'm in. They don't actually make their decisions till March, but seeing as the department head not only used "when" rather than "if" when talking about her sending my acceptance letter, but also offered me a job upon my arrival, I think it's a fairly safe bet. I'ma get educated. I can't wait.