Thursday, January 31, 2008

7 Facts about Me

I have seen this post on many people's blogs so I thought I would try for today. I don't find myself terribly interesting but I enjoyed other peoples...so here we go

1. I am deathly afraid of mice. I'm not sure where this issue came from but possibly my mom's reactions to them as a child. As a little kid we lived on a farm and so we had to put mice traps out a lot. I used to go empty the traps etc. No a days I can't even go into that room in the pet store. I had a dream two nights ago that two of them bit me in the neck. It was so real I woke up with my hand on my neck and it hurt.

2. I love working from home. I used to work in an office in South Bend before I got married. I've always enjoyed my job. I worried that when I moved down I'd miss the office interaction. While somedays I do, I love the lower stress and greater flexibility that comes with working from home. With Mark's sometimes crazy schedule this works really well. My co-workers have been fabulous in the adjustment so I'm thankful for that.

3. I don't mind having my picture taken if I don't have to look at it later. I never want to see into someone's digital camera after they have taken a picture of me. It's an insecurity thing but I just don't like looking at pictures of myself. I've eased up on this a bit since being with Mark. We take a lot of pictures together and I like looking at him.

4. Star Trek the Next Generation is one of my all-time favorite TV shows. Mark and I don't really watch much television but we do occasionally buy TV series on DVD and watch them to relax. I bought Mark all seven seasons of Star Trek and we watched it all last year. I still pull the DVD's out regularly and re-watch episodes. I'm getting pretty good at the Star Trek quizzes on line.

5. Two of my toes on my right foot are slightly webbed. It isn't terribly noticable until you look but I definitely have the webbing like a duck there.

6. I am definitely an audio learner. I gather information best by it being said to me. This is why college worked so well because I could go and listen to lectures. I think this is also why I talk to myself :)

7. I cry easily if other adults are crying. I can handle children's tears fine but if another adult is crying and emotionally struggling, I often cry right with them.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

New Year's in Florida

Happy New Year!! Ok so the month is almost over but I'm feeling a bit behind. We spent a wonderful New Years in Florida with our friends Matt and Emily. We were able to go down on Friday and spend the long weekend with them. They were wonderful hosts and we had a fabulous time.




Dinner at Cheeburger Cheeburger (a place with very unhealthly but fabulous food)















Us with a beatiful shot off the pier.














This is Matt and Emily on the Pier in by Sharky's

















HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Moving Out

Not Mark and I...no the college boys who moved in below us last week. Mark and I live on the upper level of a 2 story apartment building (a lesson learned living on Marsteller- it is best to be at the top).

Anyway, last Saturday 5 college guys moved their stuff in below us. We aren't that far from Thomas University which has limited campus housing. Needless to stay we were quite nervous after we had a quiet family living below previously.

Most of the week went fine until Friday morning after I brought Mark home post-wisdom teeth removal. You could hear the slight thump thump thump of the base and the loud swearing of these guys. Our lease is up at the end of February and I was already thinking about where we could move to.

In the afternoon I left a sleeping Mark and went to the gym. When I returned the guys were hauling stuff between the apartment and their truck. I decided I'd be friendly and introduce myself. Well I went up to one of the guys and said

"Do live there?"

He replies, "Actually we're moving out"

Seeing the puzzled look on my face he continues, "We have an apartment in another building, they were just letting us keep some stuff here until it is ready."

I reply "Oh...happy moving."

And proceed to skip up to our apartment. I feel very blessed that we can all live in peace and harmony...in other buildings.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thanksgiving Cooking Memories

I know Thanksgiving was ages ago but I just now downloaded the pictures off my camera. Here are some shots from our pie baking adventure.

Mark being the wonderful husband he is helped make pies for Vercler Thanksgiving.




I forgot to add the eggs to my pumpkin pie and let's say it didn't look so pretty (tasted good). So we made a new one for the family event and just ate this one at my Mom and Dad's.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Christmas Card Fun

I just want to give a shout out for a Happy New Year. I have many fun pictures I'll post soon.

In the mean time, I'd like to let you know about our fun Christmas card. Traditionally my family has done a rather painfully boring Christmas Card. It is usually taken at Grandma's house at Thanksgiving because that is when we are all together and have someone else to take the picture.

This year we had a little fun at Grandma's...see result below. We kind-of tried to deceive my mom that this one was just for "fun" and we wouldn't think about it for a Christmas card. Well it turned out so well that we begged and pleaded with her.

















Now my self-conscious mother was adamant that we were not going to use that picture and wanted to use this one instead. After much debate and since she gets to order the cards, we allowed this safe one.






She surprised us with a mild compromise. She ordered 40 of the "fun" card and like 120 of the "boring" card. I have a "fun" card to treasure forever. I had no idea she had done this until I received ours in the mail. Needless to say for my mother this is very impressive.


Next year I told mom we need to do a fun card again, but she doesn't have to be the object of the fun next time.