Sunday, June 27, 2010

School. Work. Life. Crazy!

Wow. So, honestly folks, I do have that photo tutorial half-done for you all. Honestly. Truly. And I have even more fun stuff on my external hard drive, except that the mini-usb hub just died on it.

Truth be told though, life has gotten just a wee bit more overwhelming than I was planning for the last couple of weeks. My two summer courses got turned from 10-week classes into 8-week classes. That doesn't seem like it would be a big deal, but really, what it means is that two of those 8 weeks, I do twice the work (you know, we wouldn't want a professor to actually have to rearrange their curriculum). And since I have two courses, it's looking like it will be four weeks of twice the work. Joy. At least they're not overlapping. Honestly, it could be worse.

I think I've found a job. Maybe. Possibly. If the owner-operator will return my phone call before the next month is over I'll be able to tell. Maybe. Possibly.

The housing situation has gotten a little... er... um... interesting. Yes. Interesting. Interesting is a very safe word.

We started dog training. Wow. That is really and truly unbelievably cool so far. We just had our first session on Friday, and if this works out, I will be shouting to the rooftops how awesome these people are. So far though, it's very cool. I'm hoping that it will cure my labby-australian-cattle-dog mix of her aggressivenss.

Anywho, long story short, my blog is not making it to the top of my list of priorities. I have about four-hundred pages of reading to do in my grammatical texts (which yes, I actually do enjoy), not to mention the final draft I just turned in of a memoir about the night that Carrick died. I'm not thrilled with it yet, there was a 2,000 word maximum on the paper, and I think it's definitely going to turn into at least twice that by the time I'm really done, but for now, it's a good start. It was very ... well, healing, I guess too. I'm a living cliche` at this point.

Life is good, in a weird sort of way. But I'll just keep plugging along for now. Honestly though, I do have some really, really fantastic ideas for this beautiful little widget that I call a blog. And if I'm really, really good, one day, I might even deserve all of you fantastic readers!

Ciao for now. ; )

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We're Back

Glad to be back with my kiddos, but I'm definitely missing the sunshine here folks. Hawaii is worlds apart from Eastern Seattle, let's just leave it at that. My washer is broken, my freezer has died, but (aha!), on the upside, I have a tutorial simmering on the back burner for all you good people out there. You might have to be kind, because it's my first lowly little tute, but we'll just have faith that it will all work out anyway.

I promise, I wouldn't totally harass you like this if it wasn't completely worthwhile.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


I am in glorious, sunny, blue-skyed Hawaii folks on the island of Oahu. I know, I know, you're completely and totally jealous, and rightfully so. The ocean is a gorgeous crystal blue, the sounds are beautiful, the breeze is warm and inviting, and everything is so nice. Anyway, have fun, but I'm not going to be doing a lot in the blogging arena until I have a nice tan.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Friends Are a Beautiful Thing

I am so grateful to have such beautiful spirits as part of my friends and family in this world.  I am grateful to know wonderful people who can help pull me up, inspire me to do more, and help me to see the best in myself when I can't see it myself.  I am grateful for a loving husband who really, really tries, even if he doesn't always get it right.  I am grateful to have two beautiful children still with me each and every day, and to be fortunate enough to have too many smiles to be able to count them all throughout the day.  I am grateful to have a warm, safe place to live, in a beautiful green country with flowers out my window.  I am grateful for the sun, and I am so grateful for the Gospel.  I gave a talk this past Sunday.  I think I'll share it with you, just for the heck of it. I liked this one, and it's kind of neat, because I've never been able to write one out in conversational style before, I have only ever been able to write outlines.  So here you go, my very first mostly filled-out talk.  Read it here.