Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Weekend update

So my weekend wasn't really on the Friday-Sunday schedule this week. Friday I got some upsetting news and decided to quit early for the day. All things considered, I did a lot that day anyway... So I went home and cleaned up the mess that was my life. Saturday I hung out with Sabrina, went shopping, essentially wore myself out. While we were in Walmart, there was a huge storm which knocked down some trees and a power line and street light a block over from Sab's. A huge tree also landed on a car. Bummer for them. Sunday I got up early and did laundry, cleaned Andy's room and packed and prepared for Blaze. Andy's dad and brothers got here about noon-ish. We had lunch then walked them around the campus greenspace to show them all the changes and then I left for work.
We left for Blaze training in Lincoln at 2:45 on Sunday afternoon... Sharona, Abby and I traveled to Lincoln and finally found our hall at UNL and parking and such and met all the other VISTA members of the Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education. We adjourned to dinner at Vincenzo's, a fantastic Italian restaurant in downtown Lincoln, Where we proceeded to eat like there was no tomorrow. We had appetizers of artichoke dip and calamari and some sort of mushroom thing using Portabellos. Soooo yummy! Salads, bread, Chianti and much laughter later, dinner arrived. I had the baked manicotti, which was amazing, but barely manageable after so much food already. I actually got sick, since I had no idea there were onion hidden in the apetizers until too late, but it was well worth it. The best thing about the training was that the Consortium paid for all the food.... WOW.
Monday we ate b-fast in the dining hall in our dorm, then had training, which was pretty fun, and lunch also in the hall, more training, then off to The Blue Orchid, an amazing Thai place. We ordered appetizers of skewed chicken satay and spring rolls... I had a Ginger Mojito, quite tasty, and the Rama Garden, which is grilled steak in a sweet, peanutty, Thai sauce served with sauteed vegetables. This time we planned ahead and remembered to save for dessert... We all sampled each other's desserts as well, so I had sliced mango with sticky rice with coconut sauce, as well as tastes of green tea cheesecake, and a mini-chocolate cake thingie, can't remember what it was called... but it was soooooo rich... and so tasty! Then we walked down O street for a while and then headed back to our dorm and struggled to use the internet (looooong story!)
Tuesday we had b-fast in the dorm, then checked out of the dorm and went to east campus for training. Got kinda lost, ended up late, but saw a guy dance like CRAZY on a streetcorner while waiting for a stoplight... soooooo wished for video of it... anyway, went to training, and then to Valentino's for lunch. Best pizza ever. I love Valentino's. After that we ventured home. Being overly exhausted, I fell asleep in the car, soooo totally not comfortable tho, got back around 4:30, where we witnessed downed trees and damage from a storm Sunday night. Sioux City had winds of over 75 mph, just straight winds. No tornado, nothing like that, just straight. weird.
So that was my 'weekend'.
After talking about all that food, I'm starving and it IS lunchtime... so I'm off to eat... more later...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Me!, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

Curled my hair for Blaze training in Lincoln Sunday... I really like it like this... Thinking about changing my hair, not sure yet tho... more to come...

The first gift from our registry!

Sabrina bought this as a birthday gift for my apartment... it came from our wedding registry tho! So excited to finish cleaning and move this stuff in and use it! Oh, and it's expandable! Look at the mini picture on the label!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Me in Cooke City, MT

Me in Cooke City, MT, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

The last day in the mountains, outside the hotel in Cooke City, MT. ...still snowing.... still June...

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

The last moment they didn't fight at Yellowstone... hahahahaha...
Dad tied mom's shoe so she wouldn't have to set her stuff down and some lady was like "That's so sweet!" Haha, if she only knew...

White Elk

White Elk, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

a very rare white elk


Stilts!, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

Stilts was the first moose I've ever seen, outside of TV. Soooo cute and friendly!

Swan Snacks

Swan Snacks, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

The swan at Bear World tried to eat dad's shoe.

Friendly Bird

Friendly Bird, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

This bird tried to follow me back into the car when we stopped at a lookout point on the way to Mammoth on Yellowstone.

Buffalo at Old Faithful

Buffalo at Old Faithful, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

Some pictures from vacation at Yellowstone... there goes the buffalo family... owning the trail...

Buffalo at Old Faithful

Buffalo at Old Faithful, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

Some pictures from vacation at Yellowstone... we were walking on the trail around Old Faithful when a buffalo comes out of the trees... followed by a baby!

Snack Time 2!

Snack Time 2!, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

Some more pictures from vacation at Yellowstone and Bear World...

Snack Time!

Snack Time!, originally uploaded by woodstocklsnoopy.

Some pictures from vacation at Yellowstone and Bear World... this is an elk licking me in the petting zoo in Bear World.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What to do, What to do....

It's been a while, huh? OK, so updatey things... I've worked in the VISTA office for almost 2 weeks now, I'm running surveys about service-learning, I'm supposed to get housing soon, if I get something good, I might get a pet, we'll see....
I'm signed up to go do disaster relief in Cedar Rapids (IA) at the end of the month, I'm supposed to go to Blaze training for Americorps in Lincoln in about 2 weeks... and I think I'm going to the Gulf coast for spring break this year, as a possible 'supervisor' for the Volunteers in Mission team here at M'side... and since it's a service project, it doesn't count as my vacation time...whoo hoo!
Wedding plans.... are a little bit at a standstill... I'm not really sure what to do at this point... Andy doesn't seem to be interested in anything except his computer and some game he and Russ have been playing for a couple months... I don't know... it seems like he has time to chase after every person going in and out of the apartment, especially when Russ grills, but he doesn't care if I go walking alone at midnight. We have watched a few movies lately, but it seems like he's choosing to watch movies because then he doesn't have to be actively involved with me... He has a lot of free time, especially while I'm at work, so I don't know why he can't play most of the day and then actually try to be WITH me when I'm home... I've also asked several times if he has done any work on our wedding website... he always says he's done something but won't show me because 'it's not ready yet' or he 'wants it to be perfect' when I see it... I don' t know... I don't know whether he has actually worked on anything, or if he just wants me to leave him alone. Sharon says the wedding is essentially a party for me and he just gets to show up and enjoy, but dammit... SOME help, SOME enthusiasm, ANYthing at all would be nice...
He also hasn't picked his best man yet... he knew groomsmen when he asked, he just couldn't decide which one would be best man... and he STILL doesn't know...
I sort of wonder if he still wants to get married... I mean, I still don't have the 'proper' ring... he says he's saving, and that he almost has enough, and that he has it narrowed down to 2 different rings... but I really don't know if he actually does, or if he just wants me to let it go... I don't know... today is 1 year, 2 months and 4 days until our wedding, according to Facebook's countdown application... and I don't have a ring, he hasn't picked a best man, our wedding site isn't up, I haven't seen our site, he hasn't made his side of the guest list, and he still hasn't even been out to Ponca to look at where we are booking our wedding... I guess he has decided he wants tuxes, not suits... so that's sorta progress... but idk... things aren't looking too hot at the moment...
I'm worried... but I guess I better get to work so that we can afford to rent the freaking wedding site... i quit.