Sunday, February 27, 2011

C.L.Pitts

I truly believe that I am the luckiest woman alive. I love my husband. He is such a wonderful, Godly man who. He works hard balancing school, work, teaching, and everything else that he does. I can't imagine what it would be like to not have him as my partner through everything, and I don't want to imagine it. I really appreciate how he is always working to do right by God and by me in taking care of us.

I love you, sweetie. Thanks for all that you do.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Isn't it funny how things don't work?

First, let me just say that I know I have recently written, and I know that I have nothing interesting to add now. However, I am writing partially to avoid doing what I know I need to do. You see, Copper and Gizmo both need to be let outside, but it is particularly cold tonight. Also, I have a test I need to be studying for, but that requires deep concentration. So, I am writing an update.
Isn't it sad how easy it is to get into "Pity Party" mode? Ridiculously easy. Shamefully easy. This semester, I was, and have kind of been in, "Pity Party" mode. It seemed like nothing really was going my way (which, naturally, is the right way). For starters, I applied for a job in an health clinic, doing things that actually RELATE to my field and not dealing with angry, under-caffeinated customers who might possibly rip my head off if I accidentally do two scoops of milk chocolate and one scoop of white chocolate in their drink (instead of the opposite). So, as you can imagine, I was quite excited at the opportunity...but didn't get the job. Second, I applied for an internship doing a research type of position in Omaha, Nebraska. Is it far away? Yes, but with Chris working on the night schedule now, I don't really see him for 4 days in a row anyway and we'd have flight benefits. Did I get the paid internship? No. Ok.. so, now I'm wondering, "God, are you even paying attention right now?" Which is ridiculous, because of course God is paying attention, and he knows me better than I know me. I am just throwing myself a Pity Party. It's fun. You are welcome to attend. Next, I do poorly on a test, because for 4 days in a row I had 12-hour days with work, school and everything else, which is not actually conducive to studying. Also, it made me dislike my job more...because then I was working at a job that I didn't like, worrying about my job all of the time, and doing worse in my classes. Awesome. But, I have had just about enough of "Pity Party" mode. Why should I get everything I want exactly when I want it? What does that teach me?
Long story short, I am going to try to give things over to God. Really, really give them over to God. Knowing that He is in control is going to put me at ease, knowing that He cares about what happens in my life is going to allow me to rest in His sovereignty. As Jesus says in Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I love ears! And hate coffee.

That should be obvious :) I am going to school to be an audiologist; if I didn't like ears, we would have a problem. This year at school has been particularly interesting. My class started the Student Academy of Audiology at the U of M this year, which is pretty exciting. It's a slow movement across campuses nationwide, and we brought it to Minnesota! Our first act as a group is to send some of the group members to the AAA conference, AudiologyNOW!, in Chicago this year. Believe it or not, it is not easy to raise money for five students to go to a professional conference in a different city. I know; crazy. However, we got some exciting news yesterday - we were awarded a $1000 grant from an application that I had filled out recently. I couldn't believe it! That basically pays for the conference fees for us to go down there, which was actually our biggest expense. Pretty cool. I am definitely looking forward to road-tripping down to Chicago this year!

On the flip side, work is only getting more and more difficult. I am looking for a solution, and praying that one comes through for me soon. I work at a coffee shop, and it seems as though my boss sometimes has something out for me. He is a very nice guy, and I like working for him, but he is absolutely the worst at scheduling. I have been left off the schedule completely for the one coming up in two weeks. I am just at a loss... I feel like every single time a new schedule goes up, there is something wrong. I am scheduled on a day I can't work, I am scheduled when I don't have availability, I have too many hours, I don't have enough hours, I am working the entire weekend, I am working only on school days... it is so frustrating sometimes. I just would like a little consistency. I am praying for options!

Anyway... it is about time for me to go to bed. I open tomorrow morning.. Sunday... when I don't have any availability (but was scheduled anyway).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Here we go again...

Unfortunately, this is not a cute song that comes with a music video on treadmills. "Here we go again" refers more to my school starting back up, Chris' work schedule changing, and once again having life be quite busy.
I started school in the end of January, and since then there has been nothing but eating, sleeping, breathing audiology. I and a couple of my classmates started up a local student chapter of a national audiology organization (American Academy of Audiology), and that has occupied quite a bit of my time as we are trying to fundraise enough money to go to Chicago in April (any ideas???). I am taking more classes than I have before, and can feel the load. In a couple of weeks I have had 5 exams/quizzes and a number of assignments due. Mynd you (...moose bytes kan be pretti nasti), I am not saying this as a complaint; when I am not busy, I tend to be bored and unhappy. I am thoroughly enjoying this semester. On top of the school work, I am praying for the opportunity to be involved in some type of research. I may have been given the opportunity (thank God! He knows my desires) but am waiting to hear back before the final decision. It would give me the opportunity to quit my job, which would be a blessing all on its own because work has only been more stressful this semester than ever before.
Chris started his first night on the new rotations last night. He now works a schedule that is overnights from 5:30 P.M. to 5:30 A.M., four days on, and four days off. I thought the schedule seemed a like a good idea, as did Chris, because the four days off sounds like a good thing...but after spending last night alone, I was beginning to think maybe we hadn't made the right decision. But this is just day 1, and I am sure it will take some getting used to. Unfortunately, Chris is not feeling well right now which will probably make working nights seem much worse, because he will be tired AND sick. He seems to like is so far though, which is great! He is working on a class right now, and is planning on taking another one for the spring quarter.
It was nice to take a break a couple of weeks ago and hit up Orlando. DisneyWorld is just our second home now :) We had nachos in Mexico, fish 'n' chips in England, and visited Aerosmith in Hollywood. It was a much-enjoyed break by the both of us.
Valentine's Day was also quite exciting! I was surprised by flowers at school (I really had no idea!) and when I got home, I had the first season of Whose Line Is It Anyway? waiting for me (LOVE that show!) I made homemade chocolates with marzipan filling for Chris in the shapes of hearts and roses, and made a chocolate bouquet out of them. We had a good evening, filled with a dash of studying (as with most evenings).
Copper is still a joy. One very positive thing about Chris' schedule is that now there is almost always somebody home with Copper. He likes it, that's for sure. He also has his wild and crazy side, he is definitely still a puppy. The other day he chewed a hole THROUGH THE CARPET (I was so mad I couldn't even talk) and then he chewed up some of Chris' Bible (luckily, he only got ahold of the commentary and didn't actually chew any of the scriptures). He is a work in progress...but fun for the most part!
I hope I have not forgotten anything important. Will post pictures later; I am on my way into my hearing aids class. Test next week... :)

My Flowers on Valentine's Day!






Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Travels

Don't you love the word "Break"? Like, "Winter Break", "Spring Break"... I feel as though it's just too ironic, and that usually I need a break from the break. However, I did have a wonderful Christmas break, despite the absolute exhaustion.

Chris and I went to Utah for Christmas. It was wonderful to spend time with my Mom's side of the family. I can't tell you how much I love all of those people...my favorite thing to do is go down to Arizona and spend time with my family. We went skiing, saw a movie together, and spent time taking care of Kendal's bitty baby, baby Jessica. (Apparently, Chris and I are poor caretakers, as Kendal had to lecture us and teach us how to take care of the doll properly). My sister, Colleen, did not come out of her room (but what did I expect) except for dinners. She also has taken up smoking, and decided to light-up in my parents house like some foolish child trying to show how "adult" she is. It was kind of ridiculous. However, the rest of the time with my relatives was quite enjoyable.

The next week after I got back, I traveled to Phoenix for my best friend Kara's wedding to Zach Bloomer. It was a wonderful wedding. The reception was in somebody's beautiful backyard, and the setup was absolutely magical. Kara looked stunning, as a bride should, and the whole night was really just so much fun. Something that we did that I thought was absolutely brilliant (and plan to do for every bride from here on out) was make a "bridal basket". We got a fancy basket, make it look nice with tissue paper and little candies, and proceeded to fill it with necessities for the hotel room that night... condoms, KY, some sparking cider and champagne glasses, Listerine, lingerie, candles, and a lighter. The bachelorette party was quite fun too... first we played "Kiss the Stud", which is quite like pin the tail on the donkey, only you are kissing a poster of a man! :) Then we went out to Applebee's for virgin strawberry daiquiris, sang "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" karaoke, and wore mustaches the entire night. (Pictures to be posted later). I did wake up on the day after the wedding with the flu :( the fever, chills, body aches, the whole works. Quite miserable. But still I traveled home and just spent the next couple of days in bed drinking Smartwater and eating bland foods. Another added bonus of being in Arizona was the time spent with my family. Andrew joined the Navy and is off to OCS as of this past Saturday. I know he will do well, and I am so proud of him. However, I am going to miss him. While I was in Arizona we went rock climbing, running, and watched some movies and Korean pop videos. I also was able to celebrate Justin's birthday with him (13! Makes me feel so old!).

Anyway, that is the short version of my life for the last month. I'll post some pictures, and hopefully will get the pictures of Kara's party and wedding soon. Below are some pictures of Andrew and I when we were kids.










Satire

Once again I have failed to keep up the blog on a regular basis, but such is life. I wanted to add a piece here that Chris wrote. It is a satirical piece, quite suited for The Onion. :)

FBI Raids Handover Residence After Tip On Salt

By JULIANA ROBENSCY, Associated Press – 1 hr 34 mins ago

HANDOVER, Fla. – A Handover-area neighborhood is still stunned by Monday’s events where federal agents raided a local home after learning the residents were creating dehydrated onion soup mix containing roughly 3,500 milligrams of salt for circulation on the black market.

According to dietary guidelines released from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1), individuals should not consume more than a teaspoon of salt a day — which is roughly 2,300 milligrams. Prior to government enforcement of the policy dehydrated onion soup mix was a notorious culprit in the fight against salt consumption, previously containing more than 3,132 milligrams of salt (2).

On Monday federal agents raided the home of Bernice and Donald Sodiua based on the tip of a local U.S. Food and Drug Administration employee. Agents discovered approximately 500 kilos of salt along with other ingredients needed to create the dehydrated onion soup mix.

An FBI agent close to the case, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AP that the FDA employee began to grow suspicious upon eating an unusually “tasty” cup of onion soup in a Handover diner. The FBI became involved and soon detected an abnormal amount of Morton Iodized Salt being purchased among various grocery stores. It did not take long before the FBI had identified the basement of the Sodiua residence as the dehydrated-onion-soup-mix lab.

1) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110131/ap_on_re_us/us_dietary_guidelines_salt_6

2) http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,190914,00.html