Monday, October 18, 2010

The Continuing Adventures of Non-Reving

Well, we had another exciting adventure this weekend! Chris and I purchased DisneyWorld season tickets earlier this year for our "vacation". We figured that since we could fly for free, we might as well just get the tickets and pop down to Florida whenever we can. However, we are also non-revenue flyers, so we fly standby, which makes "popping" to anywhere nearly impossible. Take this weekend, for instance. We left for the airport on Saturday morning, and missed our flight (there were 20 or so other non-rev people in front of us), and managed to get into LaGuardia (in New York). And, even though we thought we were being creative, the family of 3 who beat us in priority also were on the flight to LaGuardia. Dang. However, we managed to make it out of there to Orlando safely, which made for an interesting day. Breakfast in Minnesota, Lunch in New York, Dinner in Florida.

Disney World was particularly interesting on this trip because it was the 15th annual Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT. Very cool. They had all these booths set up with more than 25 different countries and had small portions of ethnic food for about $3-$5...we had all sorts of interesting things: lobster roll, pierogis, spanikopita, cheese soup, fondu, charcuterie with smoked meats (including duck), a brazilian shrimp stew... really very cool.

We just landed home, after a fairly uneventful flight back. (Uneventful meaning we made the flight...) Oh, the magic of Disney!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Limbaugh Letter

I have come to the conclusion that I am a 40-year-old in a 22-year old body. If I am listening to the radio, typically I am listening to talk radio, and I especially like to make sure I catch Rush Limbaugh. I also subscribe to the Limbaugh Letter (Christmas present from hubby!) In the most recent issue of the Limbaugh Letter, Rush Limbaugh had an interview with his brother, David Limbaugh. I just wanted to share an excerpt from that article.

"But here is what's interesting. Throughout the book [Crimes Against Liberty] I chronicle this. Obama never argues the issues. Well, he does superficially. He adopts this Alinsky tactic in every issues. Instead of discussing health care, for example, he will demonize insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, and doctors, using outrageously slanderous claims, which allows him to avoid dealing with the issues. Because he can't win in a substantiv, factual debate. So the debate degenerates into "us versus them": the evil insurance companies who are making excessive profits for "fat-cat bankers" - his unpresidential term. He is such a thug. Insurance companies make obscene profits, he said, when they wren't making obscene profits. He said he is going to keep his boot on the throat of BP.

In every policy agenda item, he targets a certain group of people and demonizes them and focuses it on "us versus them" - and this is after claiming he would be postpartisan, bipartisan, and conciliatory. He is just the opposite. He is a bully who won't fight fair."

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Friday, October 8, 2010


For whatever reason, it seems that I have the most trouble sleeping at night when I am sick, though I seem to be able to sleep just fine during the day (I could possibly take several naps a day with the way I have been feeling the last few days). I fell asleep probably 2 hours ago, which would've been good, except that now I am wide awake, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and have to be at work at 5 a.m. Ugh. I am going to fill out a questionnaire until I hopefully fall asleep :)

Is there anybody you just wish would fall off the planet?
There have been at various points throughout my life. Not currently, no.

How do you flush the toilet in public?
With my shoe.

Do you wear your seatbelt in the car?
Every single time. I make Chris wear his, too.

Do you have a crush on someone?
My hubby

Name one thing you worry about running out of.
Toilet paper. Wouldn't that be awful??

What famous person do you (or other people) think you resemble?
I have been told Natalie Portman...I don't think I see it though.

What is your favorite pizza topping?
Buffalo chicken and jalapenos (or banana peppers!)

Do you crack your knuckles?
I try not to...and I am not very good at it..

What song do you hate the most
Oh boy. Where to begin? Apologize, I kissed a girl, Yellow Submarine...I have quite a list but my head is a little too stuffed up to think of them.

Did just mentioning that song make it get stuck in your head?
Unfortunately, yes, now I have Apologize going through my head.

What are your super powers?
I wish my super powers were flying. But alas, I cannot fly.

Peppermint or spearmint?
Spearmint, hands down.

Where are your car keys?
In my purse.

Where did you last go on vacation?
I went to Phoenix, AZ for my cousin's wedding!

What CD is closest to you right now?
Is this like an emotional question or a physical question? I don't know; I haven't listened to CDs in years, they are all in the closet in a box right now.

What 3 things can always be found in your refrigerator?
Mustard, dill pickles, pepsi

What color are your bed sheets?
White. Very boring.

Would you rather be a fish or a bird?

Do you talk on your cell phone when you drive?
Yes. That is sometimes my best talking time because I spend a lot of time in the car (or on a bus)

What are your favorite sayings?
Who of you by worrying will add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27); Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it (Chuck Swindoll); People are as happy as they make up their minds to be (Abraham Lincoln)

What song(s) do you sing most often in the shower?
Probably country songs, and probably ones by Martina McBride or Carrie Underwood

If you could go back or forward in time,where would you go?
Forward, to the end of this semester because I think some of my clsases are particularly challenging

What is your favorite Harrison Ford movie?
Probably Star Wars 4, 5, or 6. I love the old ones.

How many kids do you plan on having?
Haha, Chris will tell you that it changes daily. Sometimes 2, sometimes 4, depends

What do you do when no one is watching?
Watch movies that I can cry to :) or sing and dance

If they made a movie about your life, what actor/actress would be you?
Jennifer Garner. I like her.

Would you rather die in a blaze of glory or peacefully in your sleep?
Peacefully in my sleep

Coffee or Tea
Tea!! Iced or hot, anytime

Favorite musician(s)/bands you've seen in concert?
Ha. Well, I have only seen Weird Al Yankovich and Toby Keith in concert. Take your pick.

Have you ever been in love?
I currently am in love

Do you talk to yourself?
Yes. Not too often, but if I am stressed out or rushing I tend to talk to myself more.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Stop Worrying...geez.

I have got to admit that in recent weeks, I have been a little overly anxious and nervous, which tends to affect everything around me. For example, I typically write everything down in my planner as soon as I learn that I have to be at an event or an assignment is due (etc.) and then just check my planner. Lately, it seems as though my schedule has been done in chunks of two or three weeks at a time. So that means, that I write down whatever it is I have to do, but then in my own mind it gets very confused... "Was I supposed to go to that speech screening today? Or is that a week from today?" "Am I opening at work this Friday or NEXT Friday?" "Is the lab from last week due?" So, as you can see, my own mind needs to just slow down and read my planner. However, what typically happens is I go..."I have that speech screening today, don't I? Crap... I am not anywhere NEAR the city I am supposed to be at. How am I going to get there? Who should I call? Maybe I should text that girl that is going too, and see if she responds. But if she doesn't respond, does that mean she is there doing the screening that I am currently missing.." (on and on and on). And as my mind goes crazy, my heart starts racing, I get myself into a frenzy, and the next thing I know my entire day feels rushed and frantic, all because I had a moment of forgetfulness. By the way, I did not miss the screening. I should have just checked my planner.

I tend to think that this frantic attitude comes from being a bit too busy. I feel like I have no extra time to practice my labs for my practical exam, because in my time that I am not at school, I have obligations that I cannot just decide to cancel on a whim.

Not only that, but there are bigger picture items (as always). Next summer, will Chris and I be here? Will Chris be in Tennessee? Will I be in Rochester? Am I capable of successfully interviewing for a Mayo internship? Is the Student Academy of Audiology going to take off and be a successful group or just a flop?

But I find that when I am racing a hundred miles an hour (mentally), that if I just take a moment to stop and remember Who is in control of my life then those worries decrease 10-fold. Matthew 6:27 states "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Oh yeah. Not me. Ok. Well, I guess I will just continue to take this all one day at a time. Work and volunteering and church tomorrow, clinic and work on Thursday, work and meetings all day Friday... But God is in control.