Wednesday, December 17, 2008

(Warning, if you haven't read Twilight and plan to, this is probably a spoiler)

I finished reading Twilight the other day, and I must say it's no Harry Potter. It was entertaining enough, but nothing special. First of all, it's written in first person narrative and generally, I do not like books written in first person. Second, somehow J.K. Rowling was able to make Harry Potter somewhat believable, but I just didn't think Twilight was so much.

My last complaint is probably because I'm not a teenager. I can see how teenage girls would like the book - they are the same age as the characters, they know everything, and when you're a teenager, you think everything you want is what you really want and need. Because you don't realize how irrational your decisions are. So on that note, Bella wanting to become a vampire, really? Really? You're 17! You are most likely NOT in love with the love of your life. You're 17 and you make irrational decisions! I mean, come on. Once again, I can see why teenagers find this plausible, but I, at the ripe old age of 24 think that this is ridiculous.

Oh, so that wasn't my last complaint, this is - the climax of the book. It just wasn't good. Obviously Bella wasn't going to die - there are THREE more books! I thought the ending was poorly written and somewhat anticlimatic. All of a sudden she was dying, but then she was saved! Yay for Edward! And the bad guy is gone/dead and the readers did even get to read about what happened really, just the retelling of the story. No stand off between James and Edward, no dramatic fight scene. Just a recap after Bella almost died. Seriously, not the best ending.

Oh, another thing that bothered me about the book (this one is really the last one) - Edward laughed ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME. I swear, every other sentence was about him chuckling or snickering or another word for laughing. It got old after a while.

So even with all my problems with the book, I do plan on reading the rest of them. I'm just not running out right away to do so.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I'm a serious slacker when it comes to this thing lately. The semester is winding down. Today was our last day of classes, but both of mine were canceled so last Tuesday was actually my last day of classes. Yesterday was my last day of field until January and I spent three and a half hours of the day at a restaurant with my supervisor and task instructor doing my end of the semester evaluation. I'm sure our server just loved us being there that long. Now I'm just one paper and one grant proposal away from being done with the semester. I can't wait. I'm looking forward to the break.

We went to Texas for Thanksgiving. It was nice to see everyone - we had a great time. Jeremy and I went with my redneck nephews, sisters, and brother-in-law to Bass Pro Shop and Cabela's. I don't think we were quite as excited as the rest of the family, but it ended up being fun. We got a bottle of roasted blackberry chipotle sauce at Bass Pro Shop and Jeremy got a pair of non-redneck shoes at Cabela's. I am obsessed with the sauce and am eating it on everything. The break definitely went by too fast, although it was nice to come home and sleep in my own bed. For two nights. Now we're house and dog sitting for a week.

Yesterday Jeremy and I went to the memorial service for a friend, Lisa, from church. She was only 44 but had type II diabetes and a host of health problems. She was probably the strongest person I have ever met, and the happiest. She will be sorely missed by everyone at our church. She and her family moved here shortly after Jeremy and I did. She helped to start the Supper Clubs at our church, which is where families sign up, are divided into clubs of 3-4 family units, and then take turns meeting at each other's houses for dinner one night a week. Each family unit brings a dish and you just eat and talk. Jeremy and I were in her family's supper club, along with another couple. The supper clubs are a great way to get to know people better, outside of the church setting. We really enjoyed it. And we enjoyed getting to know Lisa and her family. This was the first memorial service/funeral I have ever been to where the person who died was not old. I think because of that it felt different than the other three I have been to. It was a bit sadder.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Last weekend Jeremy and I went to our first (and most likely last) Tennessee football game. We had been planning on going to a game once I was a student, but then they started charging for the tickets and we nixed that idea. We didn't care enough to spend money. Last Friday I was at my field placement at school when someone who works for the college of social work (CSW) walked into my office and offered me two free tickets to the game. I decided it was high time Jeremy and I went, since people keep telling us we need to "experience" a UT game because they're so awesome (according to Knoxville people). Oh, and we'd get to eat (free) dinner at the CSW tailgating tent before the game. Free tickets, free meal, we were in.

UT was playing Alabama, so it was supposedly a big game. Older people think Alabama is UT's rival, younger people think Florida is. I don't think any team is UT's rival because how can rivals change all the time? I don't get it. Anyways, we dressed in layers and went to the game. UT's stadium is on campus. Campus is dry. Except football game days. It's still dry, but no one cares that everyone drinks out in the open. You just can't bring it into the stadium. I don't get it. We ate, went into the stadium, watched football, froze. The game wasn't very good and people were drunk and obnoxious. They're supposedly fans of UT, but they were pretty mean to their team. I don't get it. We left in the 3rd quarter because we were cold and didn't care about the game.

Overall, not a life changing experience. It was just another football game. I don't get why everyone here says you must "experience a UT game because there isn't anything like it." There is. It's called every other Division I team in the nation.... Yes, their stadium is huge, but it's still not much different than any other stadium. Plus, they don't have any crazy rituals like Texas A&M... Their games are WEIRD.

I took some pictures, but I can't find my camera cord so I can't post them. And I'm too lazy to really look.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Acorns

There are 3 large oak trees in my back yard. I mean large. This is a picture of two of them, and only 2/3 of the trees. I couldn't get far enough back to get the tops of the trees and we have a pretty big back yard.


There is another large oak tree in the back yard on the other side of the house. For about the past month, these trees have been dropping their acorns. Everywhere. Including on the roof. Including in the middle of the night. For the first couple weeks the sound of the acorns hitting the roof would scare me, but now we have finally gotten use to the noise, no longer thinking someone was trying to break in or something was happening. We moved into the house about this time last year, but we don't remember this happening. Someone told me that oak trees only drop their acorns every few years. I guess that would explain the lack of acorns last year because I'm pretty sure we'd remember it happening if it did happen last year.

This is a picture of our back patio, covered in acorns.




And here is what our yard looks like up close. They're everywhere!



We think they're finally letting up. Thank goodness. Anyone know what you're supposed to do with them?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I'm on a new kick/crusade right now: When you're feeding the masses, please give the people at least somewhat healthy food. For my field placement I'm helping with this reading festival event that a group is putting on for kids in Chattanooga. At the planning meeting a couple weeks ago people were talking about contacting vendors for food and drinks. They're going to contact Coke for some pop, a vendor for Little Debbie snacks, Mayfield for ice cream, and Frito-Lay for chips. Argh. All of those vendors have healthy, or relatively healthy, food but are we asking for those? No! Let's load all the kids up on sugar and processed carbs! That's real good for them...

The second event happened last week at a social justice retreat, also in Chattanooga. We had hotdogs, chips, watermelon, and pop for lunch. Gross. They did have veggie dogs for us vegetarians, but man, are those bad. I did my best and ate two bites, but I just couldn't do it. I gave up and only ate the bun. Seriously, you have a group of adults who are paying to go to this conference (albeit, a small fee) and you're going to feed them hotdogs and chips? I'm not a big hotdog fan (and I can't stand veggie dogs), I generally only eat tortilla chips, and I rarely drink pop. There was some bottled water, but it was gone by the time I got through the line. Altogether, a bad, and unhealthy, lunch.

This past weekend we went to Lutherock for the annual Applefest weekend. Much fun. And much better food that they fed us. There were plenty of fruits and veggies and even good, appetizing vegetarian options. Why can't more places offer nutrious food to the masses? Maybe giving grossly unhealthy food to large groups of people is a southern thing...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We're about three weeks into the semester now and I finally feel like I have a routine down. I have field on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-5. Tuesdays I have two classes, Evidence Based Resource Development Across Systems and Evidence Based Work with Families (or named something along those lines). Thursday I have Evidence Based Social and Economic Development Across Systems, which does not meet every week as sometimes we have an "online" class instead. I also try to fit in work around my Tuesday and Thursday classes. So far it's not too bad, but all the papers and projects haven't started yet. I'm really glad I graduate in May. I'm ready for it.

I think my least favorite part of all this is having to go to bed and get up so early everyday. I really appreciated my job before since there were only certain days I had to be somewhere at a certain time. I could sleep in sometimes! It was wonderful. I like my sleep.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

I'm now finished with my first (partial) week of school. I had field on Wednesday and Friday and one class on Thursday. I have two more classes on Tuesday so the first day for them will be this coming week. My field placement is working with a prof at UT on a research project she's doing in Chattanooga called the Environmental Health and Justice Collaborative. I spend my time in Knoxville on campus working on whatever they want me to work on. Yesterday I did a lot of data entry. Basically, between field, my job, and class, I live in the social work building. Oh, and my field instructor is the professor for two of my classes so we'll be seeing a lot of each other.

I'm still not sure how this semester will be yet since I haven't had two of my classes. I don't think it should be too bad though. I'm kinda looking forward to it. It will be nice to have stuff to do again, since I've been bored out of my mind this past month and a half with nothing to do.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I just love the Olympics. I'm not sure why, I just do. Maybe because it's the only time I really get a chance to watch events like platform diving and rhythmic gymnastics. The winter Olympics are great too because, well, curling is an Olympic sport and who DOESN'T like watching curling? I guess it's just nice to watch sports that aren't football or basketball.

Another reason to love the Olympics: last night we went to watch my friend's husband's band play at a bar downtown. When else but during the Olympics will you see a bunch of guys around the TV at a bar excited about a swimming race? They were going nuts. It cracked me up.

I'm pleasantly surprised at how many of the top men's tennis players are playing in Beijing. Usually most snub the Olympics. I just hope, like I usually do, that Federer doesn't win.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

So by now the church shooting that happened here in Knoxville last Sunday is pretty much old news. It's been all over the media. It is weird to read the Washington Post and see articles about Knoxville. I knew some people who go to the church it happened at, but they were not there Sunday, luckily. Sad that it takes something as atrocious as this to bring the different faith communities of Knoxville together, but there has been much support for TVUUC since the shooting and that is nice to see.

Also weird to read about the U.P. being in the news for killings. I suppose they technically happened across the river in Wisconsin, or at least some of them, but the guy was from da U.P., in fact, only about an hour from where I lived. We used to play Norway, Kingsford, and Iron Mountain in tennis. Things like that just don't happen up there. Or at least, they didn't while I lived there.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I've been on a cooking kick the past couple of weeks. I think it's mainly because I've been really bored since I'm only taking one credit this session and I have a lot of free time. I've been trying out a lot of new recipes and so far, I think I've liked most. My favorite as of now is probably the spicy peanut noodles I made last week. Jeremy's has been, hands down, the salmon clubs. He told me I can make them whenever I want.

Yesterday I made swordfish because Fresh Market was having a huge sale on it. To go along with it I made a beet and feta cheese salad and roasted red potatoes. The beets, also from Fresh Market, came with great beet leaves that you normally don't see in grocery stores so today I had to make beet leaf halubtsi. It turned out pretty well for my first time. We took it, along with the leftover beets and potatoes, on our picnic this evening. Not exactly normal picnic food, but it was good.

The best thing about cooking all the time is having leftovers for lunch the next day. I don't always like to make my lunch for work, probably because it ends up being the same food all the time, so I like having food in the fridge I can just throw in a container and heat up later.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Wedding Pictures

Hello to everyone from the newlyweds! We had a great trip to Portland, Oregon where we got to relax and have fun, and see the greate northwest. We stayed at Mcmenamin's Edgefield, where we got to try various beers and wines they make on site, as well as play at the par-3 golf course (we are not golfers). We also took a trip out to the coast one day, where it was cold and windy and rainy (go figure), and a short drive up to Mt St Helens (where it was even colder, windier, and snowy). We also got to see the Portland Zoo, the Art Museum, Powell's City of Books, and ate a LOT of really good food.

Things are finally staring to settle down now, the house is slowly getting back in order from the many gifts we had to find places for. We finally got our wedding pictures back the other day, and I've gone through and upload the good ones to here. Use the username "wedding" and the password "photos" to get access to them. Sorry for the password, but I had to keep google from stealing the pictures.

My birthday was yesterday, so we had a little party with a few friends over. I swear we had more food after everyone left than we started with... I dont know how that works. Golda has started the masters program in Socal Work at UT now, so other than classes, not much else to report.

(posted by Jeremy)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Now that I'm back in school, I've remembered how much I like to listen to music while I write papers or procrastinate doing schoolwork. However, I have a new computer and while I could copy my music from my old computer over to this one or listen to my ipod or CDs, I have instead decided to rediscover my love for downloading music. Except this time I'm perfectly legal. I recently remembered that UT students can use Ruckus for free and I have fully taken advantage of this deal. For the past two and a half years I haven't downloaded any music, which makes it hard to discover new artists I like. I certainly do not want to buy a whole CD if I don't know if I like it, plus BMG doesn't carry a lot of artists I want. Also, I by no means want me pay to download songs on itunes because, well, that costs money and I'm cheap. I would greatly appreciate musical suggestions from people. What do I need to hear?

Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I'm not exactly sure why, maybe because I always had such a good time with my friends in Michigan on the Fourth. Every year I'm not in Michigan for the Fourth just seems strange. No never-ending-parade in Gladstone to go to, no fireworks in Ludington park, no Norm's Fries. It's just odd. This year's Fourth turned out to be decent, probably won't break into my top 5 list, but it was alright. We ended up hanging out with some of Meredith's friends from her speech path program. They had a pool party at one girl's apartment complex and it was pretty fun. We just swam and chilled by the pool all day, drinking and eating. The pool has a really good view of the firework display in Knoxville so we watched from there also. Somehow I managed not to get sunburned, a pretty good feat for me.

It's weird to think it's July already. Time is just flying by. Probably because I'm now in school again and have a lot to do once again. This coming session I'm only taking one credit hour - a neuroscience seminar. Even though I had to take neuroscience in undergrad, I can't get out of this seminar. Oh well, it actually sounds pretty interesting since it's geared towards implications for social work and my class was just a general intro to neuroscience course.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

This past weekend was pretty for us. First of all, we've been house/dog sitting since Tuesday, which is always fun. It's kind of like a mini vacation. Friday the missionary our church sponsors came to visit us. We had a potluck (of course) and he gave a presentation about his work in Mexico City. He works at a Lutheran seminary, training new leaders. It was all actually really interesting. The seminary consists of at least four different denominations (Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist) and they share classes.

Saturday we went to a wedding of a friend of ours. It was the first wedding at a Catholic church I've ever been to. Now I'm wondering if I'll get to sit during Allie's wedding. Standing in food line at the reception I met a guy who went to college with Bush. Like, was actually in classes with him all the way through. The guy now teaches economics at a nearby school. He had some fascinating stories about our president. I also learned from him that our friend getting married, her father was president of Haiti for about 6 months in the late 1980's. I knew he was an important guy there, but I didn't realize he was THAT important. Very interesting.

Today was our pastor's last day on the job. He announced in April that he was resigning, but he's not sure what he's going to do now. From the sounds of it today, it looks like he is taking some time off and then maybe looking to pastor another church or do something else. He was at Peace for 9 years. He is a great guy and will be sorely missed by all of us. Not only him, but the entire family. They are still going to be in Knoxville, but according to the ECLA guidelines, we're not supposed to have contact with them for something like 2-3 years. In a way I can see why that is necessary, but it's also hard for people. Especially those who were pretty close to the family. We had a really good service today at least. Then we had a farewell program for the family, which was really more of a roast for the pastor. It was actually pretty hilarious. Who knew we had so many funny people at church? That was followed by another potluck, because that's how we roll. Now we enter the "transitional phase" and start looking for a new pastor. Should be intersting, but hopefully in the end it will all work out for the best for everyone.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jeremy and I bought a picnic tote from Bed Bath & Beyond with our gift cards. I tried to find a picture of it on their website, but I guess they don't sell it anymore because I couldn't find it. The tote is great. It's insulated and came with four plates, cups, sets of silverware, and has enough room for plenty of food (and even a bottle of wine on the side). For the past two weeks on Sunday evenings we've picnicked in a park down by the river not far from our house. It's been a nice break from schoolwork, especially since the weather has been so beautiful.

This week, I brought a bunch of food that I could eat with my new mustard that I bought this weekend. It's blueberry mustard! And it's pretty good - you can definitely taste both the mustard flavor and the blueberries. We went to the Secret City Festival over in Oak Ridge and I bought it from a vendor there. We also got raspberry honey jelly from another vendor. Anyways, the mustard was pretty sweet, but really good with cheddar cheese and ritz crackers. It may become my new food obsession.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm a week and a half into the first summer school session now. I must say, I've been rather busy. I was always pretty busy in undergrad, especially junior and senior year, but then I graduated and got a job. It was weird when I moved here and had so much free time. At first I didn't know what to do with myself, but I quickly became accustomed to it. Even though I worked mainly from home, I still had work time and non-work time. It was pretty nice. I kind of like being busy too, to an extent. But man, it's pretty exhausting. How did I do this in undergrad? Although next session will be better. I'm taking 5 hours this month but only 1 next month. Why they divided it up like that, I don't know. Doesn't make much sense to me.

So far I'm enjoying my classes, for the most part. I'm taking Psychopathology, a Leadership/Management class, and an Evidence Based Practice/Research-ish type class. I'm enjoying the Psychopathology class much more than I expected. I'm not going into clinical social work so I didn't think I'd really like it, but it's pretty interesting. We're learning how to diagnose people with mental illnesses. Our prof told us not to diagnose our friends or they will no longer be our friends.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Post Wedding Stuff

The wedding is over without any major hitches. The only minor thing that went wrong was the cake - it was supposed to be white chocolate raspberry but the flighty cake girl made white cake with white icing. It was still good, just not what we had agreed on. Guess that's what happens when you find someone on Craig's List... Since I had to return the cake stand to her I mentioned the flavor mishap to her. She ended up making me and Jeremy a 6 inch white chocolate raspberry cake for our one year anniversary. We decided, however, to go ahead and eat it now since we have the white cake for our anniversary and we'd rather eat the good cake when it's still good and not frozen and a year old.

It's. very. good. I'm a little disappointed we couldn't have had it at the wedding. But I guess since no one knows how good it is but us, they don't know what they're missing. Plus, Jeremy made a good point - had we had it at the wedding we would have only eaten one slice apiece. But, since she screwed up, we get the six inch cake to ourselves! More than a slice apiece!

Yesterday we went to spend all the gift cards we got for Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, where we were registered. After the wedding we get 10% off our registry, but it's a one time deal only. We made lists of the stuff we really wanted and set out to shop. Target was easy. We printed the registry, it said whether or not the items were in the store, and what aisles everything was in. We were in and out pretty quickly.

Bed Bath and Beyond, however, was a different story. We set out to buy 6 things. Because of a poor registry system and incompetent staff it took us much longer there than at Target where we easily bought 5 times as many items. I would highly recommend shopping and/or registering at Target over Bed Bath and Beyond any day.

Tomorrow I start back in the academic world. I had a completely pointless orientation Friday. We learned out to check our email! And use blackboard! Woohoo! It looks like I'll be pretty busy this month, though. Not sure how I feel about that yet.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I'm starting grad school very soon - June 2nd. I've been having mixed feelings about this because I'm not quite ready to go back to writing papers yet. However, I did find out some pretty great news yesterday when my bill for summer classes came. Turns out that since I'm still employed part time at the university I do not have to pay tuition! This will save me a good $2000 so I'm pretty excited. Now the trick is to get some of my fall tuition paid for. We don't find out about scholarships until June, which would also help.

In other news, the weather has been really nice lately so Jeremy and I have been able to ride his motorcycle a lot. We went on a benefit ride for autism a couple weekends ago that was a lot of fun. Neither of us have ever been on a ride before so it was quite the experience. We had, by far, the least amount of leather, tattoos, and slightly offensive patches. Also, before the ride we we wondering about what would happen when we came to a red light. Turns out that one of the bikers in the front blocks cross traffic and all 200ish of us just drive on through. Good times. The ride ended at a biker bar where they had a band and door prizes. We ended up winning a $50 and a $100 gift certificate to two different bike stores. Not bad for a $30 donation...

I really like riding on the motorcycle in the spring here. Your senses are just so much more heightened when on it. And the flowers smell so good.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Visitor

Last night, around 12:15, I was in bed reading about to go to sleep and Jeremy was in the office working when we heard a pounding on the front door. I got up and grabbed my phone and tennis racket while we were deciding whether or not to open the door. There have been a few incidents in Knoxville lately where someone knocks on the door in the middle of the night and then injures/kills/robs the people at the home. While we were deliberating the person knocked again, this time quietly. Jeremy turned on the porch light and looked through the blinds and finally opened the door a crack. I stood behind him wielding my racket and had my phone open, ready to call 911. The guy, who looked to be about 40 and fairly clean cut, started telling us this bogus story that jumped from one place to another. The gist of it was that he and his wife were our neighbors, locked out of their house, and his wife was at the gas station down the street. Okay, we thought, he needs to borrow the phone to call pop-a-lock. But then he kept going on and on and adding in all these crazy details that didn't pertain to the story, and finally he said his wife needed to pay for the gas she pumped and can he have $17? He'll pay us back tonight or in the morning if we prefer. Umm, no he could not. Several things seemed wrong about this story:

1. He had his car, meaning, he had his keys and probably wasn't locked out of the house.
2. His wife had her car, also meaning she had her keys.
3. We didn't recognize him. Granted we don't really know our neighbors, but we know the ones around us by sight at least.
4. The gas station at the end of the road is pre-pay only. I know this for a fact because we filled up Jeremy's bike on Friday and I was making fun of the sign on the pump because it said "Please 'pre-pay' for gas." I thought it was funny that pre-pay was in quotations. His wife couldn't have pumped her gas without paying for it first.
5. Do they not have debit/credit cards that they can use to pay for the gas?
6. Surely he could have asked one of the relatives he mentioned in the story for the money.
7. It was after midnight. Nothing good happens after midnight.


Jeremy yelled at the guy for coming to the door after midnight to ask for $17 and told him to go away. He didn't even try to defend his story, he just left. We watched to make sure he didn't go to our neighbors before calling the police non-emergency number to alert them.

Seriously, did he really think we were stupid enough to give him money? Besides, this is a cashless society, we don't carry money.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I keep meaning to write something, but then I never get around to it. I've actually been somewhat busy this past month. The data collection part of the research study I work for is ending March 31st, which means as of then I will no longer be employed (full time, more on that later). We've been in crunch mode trying to get all the follow-up interviews done that we can. I've also been helping one of my co-workers with hers since she has a lot more cases than I do. In addition, I help another co-worker by typing up her data for her since it takes me about a quarter of the time to do it as it would for her. And, she also has a lot more cases to get done than I do.

Which leads me to my part time job that will be starting soon. Since I've been going in twice a week to type data for a couple hours, and I'm not a complete idiot with a computer, I've been asked to stay on and help with data entry and whatever else they want me to do after this job ends March 31st. It will only be 16 hours a week, but hey, money is money, and since I have nothing else to do before grad school starts June 2nd, why not? Depending on my school schedule this summer, I am hoping to keep working for the Center while taking classes.

Last week was UT's spring break. I didn't get it off, but I took the Friday before off to visit Whitney in Nashville on her spring break. Then I took Monday and Tuesday off to go camping and hiking. I was surprised at how many people were camping so early in the season. Luckily the weather was really nice and didn't rain until Wednesday, after we were gone. The university was closed on Good Friday for "Spring Recess" and it also happened to be the opening day of Dollywood so Jeremy and I decided to use our brand-spanking-new season passes. It was a nice and sunny day, but didn't get above about 70 so the water rides were a no-go. It was still a lot of fun though. I hadn't ridden a roller coaster since the summer after I graduated high school. I have to say, it may have been because it was the opening day, but Dollywood was one of the cleaner amusement parks I've been too. And they have really good food.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Jeremy, being the great fiance that he is, got me a massage for my birthday. I've never had an actual massage before, so I wasn't too sure what to expect when I went in for it Tuesday afternoon. Weirdest. experience. of. my. life. Now it felt great, that's for sure, but all in all, it was strange. The masseuse was this old (60+) man who had on a pair of slacks, polo shirt, and a necklace consisting of a black leather strand with a red crystal on it. I'm sure it had some sort of healing powers but I didn't ask what those were. He leads me into the room and asks what I want to change about my body in the next hour. I was like "uhh, I don't know" and thinking to myself (change? I just want a massage!). When we get started I'm laying on my back on the table and he starts the "soothing music" and then proceeds to shut his eyes and it looks like he's meditating or channeling something while standing over me. The massage feels fine mostly and he tells me to tell him when something hurts and when I do, he responds in a soothing voice and says "thank you." It was a little weird, but whatever, the massage feels good. Finally when it ends he says he's going to leave the room so I can get dressed and as he leaves the room he plays these chimes that are by the door. I have no idea why, I'm sure there is a reason, but I didn't ask.

He kinda reminded me of Phoebe from Friends, but an old, slightly overweight, balding, man.

Now if this wasn't all weird enough for my first time to the masseuse, I get a card in the mail yesterday from him thanking me for "believing in massage." Weird.

Friday, February 08, 2008

This explains so much about Tennessee:


Jeremy and I looked around at other states, not all, but a lot, and so far we've found that you can only marry your cousins in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. Contrary to popular belief, you can't in Arkansas OR Kentucky!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Since Jeremy is in a computer science grad program, there are many international students he works with. The best part of this (for me) is going out to eat with them at ethnic restaurants. So far we've gone to a Chinese and an Indian restaurant with some of his Chinese and Indian colleagues. This is great because not only do they know the best food, but they even order food NOT on the menu. Plus, we always eat family style so we get to try everything. Also, it's interesting to see a bunch of comp sci geeks interact with each other in a non-classroom setting.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

We made the Daily Press!

(Thanks to Betsy, aka, my "Wedding Coordinator")

Less than four months to the wedding, I'm starting to get a bit stressed, only because I don't like things like planning. But things must get done.

Jeremy and I went to St. Louis for a wedding of a college friend this past weekend. It was a lot of fun to see people from Baylor I haven't seen since graduation. The wedding was interesting (too much about submitting to the husband in the sermon for my taste, but I enjoyed the rest of it. Good music.) The reception was a lot of fun. The DJ played good music, always a plus. And there were lots of people dancing, Jeremy even danced with me for more than two songs! However, being at the wedding made me more stressed than I already was because it made me realize how much stuff I have to get done.

It was nice to get away for a weekend though, even if two days were spent driving. We stayed with Jeremy's cousin, Shaun, who is going to chiropractic school in St. Louis. I had met him once before and it was nice to see him again (and nice to have a free place to crash!)

Monday, January 21, 2008

I read the four Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books last week, and I have to say, they are much better than the movie. The movie is based off the first book only, but changes quite a bit. Also, the books are the closest to what it is like to be a girl ages 15-19ish. I have to say, between the four different characters, Ann Brashares nails adolescent teenage/early college girl life. I was very impressed and I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading the books. Young Adult literature is one of my favorite genres, how did I miss out on this series for so long?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Hotel Accommodations

For those people who are traveling from out of town, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Knoxville. There are normal rooms and suites that include a separate living room and bedroom and a little mini kitchen area with a mini fridge and microwave.

The phone number for the hotel is 865-531-1900. Ask for the rooms set aside for the Waselovich/Jay wedding in order to get the discount.