Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I have neglected the blog for so long that it's difficult to start back up.  We have been caught in the mundane cycle of work, school, and too-short weekends. 

Mike has made great progress in the hall.  It is frustrating that it's taken a year to do such a small space, but I haven't been available to help so I can't be too upset.  Mike's still running.  He finished his second half-marathon a few weeks ago, but he tweaked his leg so he's resting it now.  He's lost around 15-20 pounds this year because of the running, and he looks thinner and younger.  In fact, one of my friends at school says I "robbed the cradle."  I tell her that I need to start running because he's two years older than I am!

As for me, I'm just trying to finish the semester.  There are only two weeks left, but they are, of course, the ones filled with homework assignments, presentations, and massive papers.  My major ESL responsibilities are over except the tutoring, which is also slowing down since school is almost done.  I have been struggling all semester to get everything in order to start my thesis.  Since I'm interviewing people and recording it, I had to complete the process to get my IRB.  It's a time-consuming process for such a simple task, but they have to make sure that I won't hurt anyone.  If all goes well, I'll start interviewing in December.

It's not a particularly exciting picture of our life, is it?  Well, it can't all be fun.  Just makes vacations that much better.  On a more exciting note, on Friday we will be hosting our 2nd Annual International Thanksgiving.  I'll try to post pictures.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hail State!

We have just been working steady here with very little to report, so I'll just take this time to say:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Update on the hall

Though I haven't had time to post about it, Mike has been working on the hall.  The ceiling and walls have been painted, the new lights and doors are up, and the wainscotting started going up today.
Dirty light

It wouldn't be our project if there wasn't a problem.  The closet doors are too big.  Maybe you can see in the photo that they won't close?  Mike will have to cut the edges so it will fit. 

All in all, Mike's making progress.  And he still managed to run 10 miles this morning.  Scary.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I'm gonna have to get Mike to start posting.  My time is almost nonexistent unless I have insomnia (like tonight). 

Two weeks ago Mike ran in the half marathon in our area.  Just in case someone doesn't know how far that is, it's a little over THIRTEEN miles! 

He finished in around 2 hours and 15 minutes.  That sounds like two hours of torture to me, but all his hard work is paying off.  He's lost 15 pounds so far.  He brought me lunch this week at the University, and two of the college girls wanted to know if he was my boyfriend.  I said that he was my husband, and they said, "He's cute!  We thought you were robbing the craddle."  My response, "I think I need to start running."  *sigh*

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Little time for blogging

Oh my!  It's been a long time between posts.  Of course, school has started, and I have a rather busier schedule than before.  I am taking two classes, auditing one, and working about 20 hours on campus.  I did manage to submit my thesis proposal to my committee finally. I hope to hear from them next week because I have to submit paperwork for an IRB (Institutional Review Board) since I am studying humans.  Actually, I'm just studying language, but I still need an IRB. I'm afraid I won't have much time for blogging this semester.

We do have a little news.  We adopted a sweet 13 year-old Himalayan.  Her owner passed away, and she was adopted by someone else.  However, that owner wished to get rid of her because she was scratching the furniture.  I was very nervous about it, but we took the plung.  Little Cinnamon hasn't done much clawing at all, and she's getting along very well with Mittens and Popeye.  

Mike has been trying to finish our hallway before our big Thanksgiving party.  I know it's tough for him to do it alone, but he's been doing a great job.

I think that's it for news.  I'll try to post from time to time, and, with any luck, I'll have more time after the first week of December.