Thursday, May 26, 2011

I attempted to be productive, but failed

So morning sickness=the worst thing ever.  My mom never had it (not with 4 kids!) so I didn't expect to have it, so when it hit me on Sunday it was like a big fatty punch right in the gut.  Ouch.  Anyways.  It also has been severely limiting my ability to be productive, right during the time when I seeeeeriously need to be productive! So today I attempted to make up for it by emailing various people that I've been putting off emailing, and calling various people I've been putting off calling (which is really a bigger feat because I HATE calling people! yick!).  So anyways.  The emailing hasn't been so successful before and I suspect I will have to go speak to people in person (even worse!), hence why my productivity has failed today.  However, the speaking to people on the phone has made me come to the conclusion that when people put you on hold, there should be like a 3 second message right before the person comes back that says "attention, you're about to have to speak to a live person again" because I mean, sitting there in your jammies at the kitchen table next to the window (so you can have better reception) doodling on whatever piece of paper you had handy while listening to some chill Mozart that you played in your high school orchestra is AWESOME, but it is SO jarring to be all relaxed like that and then BAM! someone is talking in your ear again! And you're not expecting it so you mumble all over the place and have to get into the talking to people on the phone zone again.  Seriously.  Way too jarring.  A warning would be so nice!


Ok friends, this is what happens when I don't have work all day but Jesse does so I have no one to talk to! This is how it is going to be every day this fall....you have been warned.....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dear readers,

This is approximately how big our baby is this week. 



Yep, she's the size of a blueberry! Tiny, I know, but I have it from a reliable source that she'll continue to get bigger. And no, we don't actually know that it's a she, that'll have to wait for many more weeks...but we'd sure like it to be :) 

I haven't had my first doctor's appointment yet but judging by all the nausea, I'm thinking things are progressing well.  

Well, there we go! The secret's out! Hurrah hurrah! 

Psych and I aren't crazy after all

Remember this post? I found proof that maybe I got the phrase "snack cracker" from somewhere other than my own weird phraseology:



Thanks, Winco.  You're the best grocery store ever! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dear Aaron,

Happy Birthday not-so-little brother! 

You did it! You turned 16!

Aaron, I love you.  You are great.  You are the smartest, coolest, awesomest, cleverest person I know.  I've never met anyone who can match you in creativity (I mean, you build working suspension bridges out of popsicle sticks and acoustically correct amphitheaters out of legos, for heaven's sake!), but you're also kind and spiritual.  Sadly, I haven't been home for most of your formative years, so mostly I remember you like this:


aaand this:


and sometimes this: 


but mostly this:


In the back of my mind, though, I know that you've gone and growed up on me since I've been away, and now you're several inches taller than me, and you look like a MAN! 


And you're so handsome!! My goodness! 

Anyways....Aaron, I'm so proud of you--I'm proud of the man you're becoming, and I'm proud to call you my brother! I'm so glad we're part of the same family! 


I love you buddy!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dear mama,

Happy Mother's Day! 

Thank you for all the things you've done for me over the years--
thank you for teaching me to be silly,


for helping me not take things too seriously,


for teaching me by example how to have the faith in God I'd need to make it through this world,



for showing me what kind of woman I should be,

 

for always being there when I need someone to talk to,  



for always being supportive of me,



for loving me enough to carry me for 9 months inside of you, 



for putting up with my stubbornness,



for letting me go to college all the way across the country from you,



for letting me be my own person,



for always being proud of me, 



for being "really weird, but really cool,"



for being one of my very best friends,

and for being my mother! 

Love,
Catherine 

Saturday is a special day, it's the day we get ready for Sunday!


It's also the day we do enormous amounts of laundry that we've been putting off doing for forever.



(I look so happy because I love folding warm laundry. mmmmm :D)
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

something something something in French

First of all, watch this: 


I cannot stop watching it.  I am addicted. Watch it watch it watch it!!!




















Did you watch it?  

You didn't?  You're in a computer lab and can't turn the volume up cause you forgot your headphones? Well you had best bookmark it and cross your heart to listen to it later ok?



In other news....I am no longer losing my mind due to long lists of things to do! I am now only mostly losing my mind. Or, perhaps, only somewhat losing my mind. Well, I won't dilly-dally with the specifics.  I did, however, realize, that in all the insanity that has or hasn't been happening in my mind, I have failed to mention to all my loyal blog readers what we're doing this next year! I'm not sure who I've told what and when so now that we have pretty settled plans, here's the official update! 


Sometime not long after spring term classes end in mid-June we'll be packing up everything and moving across the country to North Carolina, where we'll stay for approximately 3 weeks before we jet off to Europe! We're headed to Russia first to see some of the places Jesse served on his mission, then to Austria for a few days, and then to Germany for the month of August where I'll get my last 6 credits of electives for my major at the University of Tübingen as part of their Sommerakademie.  After that adventure we'll return to NC, completely broke but very happy, where we'll look for employment to get us through the next year while Jesse applies to grad school!  

And that, my friends, is the plan! We're very sad to leave our friends and family here (more and more sad as the days go by...) but very excited to live near my family for a little while before we set out on our next big adventure!