Monday, October 29, 2007

They DO exist

The other day I was quite bored and messing around on the internet. I, somehow, stumbled across this flower site. It sells, Golda Roses! I never knew such a thing existed! How very exciting. Or, at least it is for someone named Golda Rose.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I'm taking the GRE tomorrow morning, but it's been entirely too long since I have been asked to properly use the left side of my brain, which leaves me a little worried about the quantitative section. I took calculus 1 my freshman year at Baylor (fall '02) and then switched my major to social work, at which time that half of my brain promptly shut down. Also, I'm not too good at all this vocab stuff so the verbal section isn't looking too great either. I'm a little bitter because MOST graduate social work programs do not require the GRE for admittance into the program. Why must UT require it then? Argh, not fair! The sad thing is, I suspect my score really will not matter a whole lot anyways. I will most likely get in no matter what I get. So why do I feel like I need to study and do well? Pride I guess. Stinkin' pride. I wish I could just be one of those people who says "It doesn't even matter what I get so I don't care how well I do!" and then just go in, blindly, and take it. But, alas, I cannot. I just want to do well enough that I'm not completely horrified by my score because once upon a time, back in my test-taking prime (high school), I was a rather good standardized test-taker, but then again, it mattered back then. To an extent. Now, not so much so I don't care as much. But I do. But I don't. I'm just looking forward to it being over and done with I guess.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

If I lived in South Carolina, I would so vote for Stephen Colbert for president. He officially announced his candidacy for president last night on his show, but he is only running in his home state. For now.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lutherock!

Jeremy and I went to Lutherock, a Lutheran camp, this past weekend for their annual Apple Festival. I must say, I good time was had by all. A friend from our church invited us - she goes every year. We met up with some of her friends from back in grad school and some of their friends. I swear, not only did everyone there have a PhD, but everyone had a PhD in a math or science field and either is a professor or doing post-doc work. Jeremy is working on his PhD and doing research so he fit right in. I, on the other hand, was like "hi, um, I'm a social worker..." However, since I'm working on a research project at UT, I felt a little more included. Another lady there was also a social worker - she works part time at a university's counseling center. I counted that in just the small group of people I talked with, we worked at six different universities in the Kentucky/Tennessee/North and South Carolina area.

The weekend was a lot of fun. The camp is up in the mountains in North Carolina and the leaves were all beginning to change so it was absolutely beautiful. We went for a short hike Saturday to the top of a mountain, but unfortunately I didn't have my camera. One of my new friends is supposed to be sending me some of the pictures she took from the hike though. Besides the hike, we pretty much just relaxed, went on a hayless hayride, ate s'mores, and played board games at night. Never knew Lutherans were such board game people! The lobby area in the lodge at night was full of groups and families playing games. We got addicted to Blokus. Seriously, it's so much fun. And intense. And a perfect game for a group of brainy PhD people + Golda. Actually, I was quite relieved that I was enough of a nerd to hang with all of them and think things like math jokes are hilarious. Because come on, they are.

"You know you're at a nerdy get together when, on a hayless hay ride, a ten year old starts rattling off values of sines and cosines and then we asked him if he knew values of tangents and he didn't so we explained tangent to him. He got very excited about dividing by zero and how it's undefined." - one of my new friends

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

The actual "Lutherock" and Cross Rock, where we hiked

The view from the lodge we stayed at the second night.
Us on the back deck of the cabin we stayed at the first night.


Sitting in the rocking chairs on the back deck at the lodge.

The view from the cabin.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Plans

Okay, so we're not doing that much as far as "planning" goes, but we DO have the place (our church - Peace Lutheran), the pastor, and now the reception site (the Elk's Lodge)! We're still trying to find a caterer, baby steps. I figure we have the "big things" taken care of so I'm not really stressed or worried about the rest. Over Thanksgiving weekend when my sisters come to visit I'll hopefully find my dress and the bridesmaids' dresses. Speaking of the wedding party, here it is:

Bridesmaids:

Allie, (my sister- maid of honor)

Cecilia (high school friend/comrade)

Erin (high school friend/comrade)

Groomsmen:

Chris (college friend/roommate - best man)

Jon (Jeremy's brother)

Mike (college friend/roomate)

Little people:

Logan (my nephew)

Brielle (Jeremy's cousin's daughter)
I can't believe I didn't know about this until just now. HAPPY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN DAY!!