Thursday, April 30, 2009
I woke up at 5:30 to go to the airport. We had to leave by 5:40. As soon as the alarm went off I was up like a spring. I went right out to the couch were Jeff was sleeping and he was shocked that I was up and dressed and it was 5:42. We made it to the airport with plenty of time. The only bummer was that I had made us breakfast to eat (one bagel with cream cheese for me and one with pb for Jeff). I went to open it up and I had grabbed the wrong bag so I had bagels with nothing on them. I was very disappointed. Oh well, we bought some supplementary food. We boarded the plane 15 minutes late which was concerning because we only had a half an hour layover. However, I fell asleep before we even were off the ground so I didn’t worry about it. Apparently we were taxing and waiting for a long time. Jeff was sure we were going to miss our connecting flight. When we arrived we it was 9:47 and our flight departed at 9:55. Jeff had talked to the flight attendant and gotten our gate number and they let us move to the front of the plane so we could get off first. We sprinted off the plane to our new plane. The flight attendant was saying “hurry hurry! We are closing the door!” We got on just in time to sit down before the plane was rolling back…FEW!! On the plane we watched the movie Yes Man. It was pretty hilarious. It made the time go by fast. When we got in my mom picked us up and we went home. We had a good lunch and Jeff and I went to the park to play Tennis. The score ended up being 3-6 (me with the 3) We had some great plays though. The weather was beautiful. We then went thome and changed into running clothes and ran around Seward Park and up in the trails. It was sooo great to run something besides the Chicago Lakefront! We went back and showered and hung out with my mom for a few minutes. My dad had a work meeting so my Mom, Jeff, and I went out to dinner at a little African restaurant on Rainier Ave. It was very interesting. There was some sort of party going on with everyone dressed in traditional African outfits. The service was slow but the food was great. We ate family style. There was a chicken dish with rice and cabbage, a lamb dish with couscous, and a vegetable dish with a peanut sauce. My favorite was the couscous. It had a mustard sauce that I really liked. The chicken was very moist also. I love going to places that I can try new flavors. We went home and caught up with the family a bit and planned the next day. We found out the bridge to the Dungenous Spit was closed so our previous plans were impossible. We decided to go to Northwest Trek instead. We had some pie and ice cream with my dad. Ahh…feels good to be home.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
While I was at the race Mark gave me a 300 dollar check for prize money from the Shamrock Shuffle. I didn’t have pockets and my bag looked the same as everyone else (says Fleet Feet Racing on it) so I thought I would stuff it in my shorts to keep it safe. Then Holly and I went home with a girl that goes to our church to change for church and then she was going to drive us to church. I went to the bathroom to change into pants. When we arrived at church I went to my bag and realized I didn’t have my check!! I felt sick to my stomach. I thought back and thought- hopefully it fell out when I changed and I didn’t notice. I asked the girl that drove me to church if she could call back and check with her husband (not church goer) to see if it was in the bathroom. She came back laughing. I said what is it. “Well the good news is that your check was in the bathroom. The bad news is that it was in the toilet. The worse news is that my husband thought it was junk (it was in an envelope) and didn’t want to get it out so he though he would pee on it to make it sink and then try to flush it down. However, even after peeing on it, it did not go down. So he figured that he would wait for his me (his wife) to get it out.” So now I have a soggy, peed on-check!!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I went home and ate a ton of food so then I had to go grocery shopping to get more for the week. After I got groceries I went to Ace Hardware and bought a pot. Our Aloe Plants at work are getting to big for their small pot. When I got back I decided to decorate the planter….how else than with my works logo!
I talked to Jeff some. He took the boards today. He was chilling at home and going to have dinner with his family. It was good to hear that everything went okay and now he has that big test behind him. I will get to see him really soon!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
1 cup coffee
1 cup chopped dates
1tsp baking soda
1 T butter
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
Preheat oven to 325. Mix hot coffee, dates, and baking soda. Let this soak while preparing rest of muffins (but do not let it soak for more than 10 minutes
In separate bowl, mix the remaining ingreadients. Fold in coffee/date mixture. Pour into muffin tins. Cook for about 35 min.
So delicious! very moist. The recipe actually called for a cup of sugar but I didn't put it in and it was plenty sweet because the dates are very sweet.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
After Church we stayed around to talk to some people. I don’t know if I trust Jeff’s old Sunday school teacher who said he was always so obedient (he strikes me as the type of little kid that would always be getting himself in trouble but then charming the teacher out of getting in trouble).
We left Church and went to Jeff’s parents. There we sat and talked and I learned some funny things. Like how Jeff and his sister Caitlyn used to compare leg hair lengths. Haha. We were waiting on the boys who were in Sunday school. Jeff’s dad was teaching Scotts class.
When they got home we took some pictures and then changed into normal clothes. It was a nice day so we played basketball and baseball.
We also had an Easter egg hunt. There were different things hidden with our names on them. I got shirt from gap, some socks, and a big bag of peanut M&M’s (along with some other little candies).
This post is getting to long- we had a good meal- I left for Chicago- The end.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The trip went really well and I got into Ann Arbor 30 minutes early! Jeff picked me up in the Vibe and I had forgotten that he had a Boards Beard. I was so shocked because it was so red. He really is more of a strawberry blond than I realized. Anyways that was a side note. Jeff pulls the beard look off quite well. We went straight to Mama’ Rosa’s. We found this great little Pizza place with our friends Chris and Andrea post rock climbing and pre bird watching (that was another great day). I had found a coupon for a 6 dollar large pizza. It always tastes even better when you get a good deal. We got spinach and roasted red peppers as our topping but they ran out of red peps so we ordered hot peppers ( I felt like weak sauce because Jeff handled the spice better than I did. I usually pride myself on a good tolerance to spice and a Midwesterner beat me :). We went down to the river and popped the hatch back and sat in the trunk and ate our pizza as we watched the sun go down. It was so nice to be with each other after 5 weeks apart. Jeff, as usual made friends with at least 5 strangers who were also at the river. One particularly weird one was a man who took his cat on bike rides (ya I know- Jeff and I are still mystified at exactly how the cat stays on the bike). Some old ladies told us that there was a house near where we were eating that was part of under ground railroad. We went back to Jeff’s and had some ice cream. It was a great day.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
After that I went to work. It was a typical work day except that I had a lunch training meeting from 11-1.
I left work at 5PM was home by 5:20 and left for a run at 5:30. I ran into my friend Line (pronounced Lina) so we ran together. She is from Norway but is studying at UIC. She leaves in a couple months and I will miss her. It is really fun to learn how the US is different than Norway and to get her perspectives on things. The school system is really different over there. There are no sports teams for schools. Everyone runs for Companies. People run at any age for the companies so you have 12 year olds and 40 year olds on the same team. (that was just one of the many things I learned)
Anyway, when I got back I quick showered and started cooking. Mel Vandenberg was coming over for dinner. We had a nice time catching up over dinner. I learned more about genetic counseling. Sounds like an interesting occupation. Mel left around 9 and then I cleaned up and read in bed until about 10:15. I was exhausted but had to wait until my 12 your non-drowsy pseudoephed wore off in order to go to sleep. (I have a bad cold)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
After church I decided to go shopping and try to find something for Easter. I went to Ann Taylor, Express, Gap, Forever 21, and JCrew. Three hours later with no shopping bags I defeated-ly started to walk back. Then I decided to take a peak into Urban Outfitters (which is usually really expensive.) I found a dress that I liked a liked and it was on sale. I am going to start shopping there more often because it fits well and it is my style of stuff. Then I went back and talked to Jeff for a few hours. It was good to catch up as the poor kid has been studying 24-7. Well, actually I should share that Jeff did a bike race before church today. He called me as he was taking care of his injures. Yep-injures. They go around in this little track and then when it is the last lap (it lasts about 30 minutes) they all sprint as hard as they can to win. This one idiot tried to pass people in the middle of the pack (you are supposed to go on the outside). The guy caught someone else and they both fell. That was right in front of Jeff so Jeff ran over the guy and then fell himself. His hip and arm are pretty beat up. He is lucky he didn’t break something! I am glad he is okay. This was his first track bike race but I have a feeling it will not be his last :)
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Today was a busy day. I left at 10AM to find Toney to run with her for some of her Ultra Marathon. They do 3 sets of 10 miles. Holly was going to run with her from mile 10-20 and I was going to run with her for mile 15-25. The route was changed so I had a hard time finding her but I did end up finding her and ran with Toney until the finish. Toney got first place! She did great. She averaged right under 8 minute miles for 30 miles! I don’t know how she did it! Afterwards, Holly and I went to get something to eat and then I headed home…by this time it was 1PM.
Tyler and Jenny arrived for the Sushi/MarchMadness/ and Settler’s party at 4:45. The basketball game started at 5 so Tyler wanted to make sure he saw the start. There was a moment of panic when it appeared that I didn’t have the channel. Thank goodness we found it because Tyler was about to head across the street to a sports bar :) Lisa, Tyler, Jesse, Paul, and Mark arrived shortly after. The Michigan State game was a close game so it was fun to watch.
Everyone enjoyed the sushi making. I got a big kick out of the guys because they insisted on making “Man Sushi”. These Sushi’s were about the size of a big Burrito! They weren’t the prettiest but I guess they work well for big appetites haha. People were less interested in the second basket ball game so we played settlers at the same time. We enjoyed rootbeer floats for dessert. Competitive spirits really flared during this board game. It ended up with Jesse taking the victory.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I did some preparations for my sushi making party…lots of chopping! So far I have, crab, tuna, cucumber, avocado, carrots, and hard boiled eggs for sushi filling.
Then I watched Larry King Live and hit the sack. I didn’t know it was such a big deal to touch the Queen. I wonder how many things I would get in trouble for if I was a first lady! That’s a scary thought.
Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Good news is that I am having the bible study group over for Sushi Making on Saturday so I will get to see some of them. :)