Thursday, October 30, 2008

Attack of the Leftovers

I really dislike leftovers and try to avoid them for as long as possible. But eventually they begin to take over my refrigerator and I am forced to make room (and save money) by reheating them. This is an example of what the typical calamity of leftovers looks like...

Aside from the fact that I have a slight cling-warp overuse problem, you may notice that last night's dinner consisted of salad, baked beans, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, green beans, spaghetti, and a pork chop (beginning to heat up in the oven). A more cunning person may have been able to combine these ingredients into a cohesive meal, but I don’t pretend that cooking is my strong point. The happy ending is that the adversary was conquered and no stomach was left unsatisfied.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I've got an interview!

Finally. After months of submitting resumes to libraries. I have an interview. This Thursday.

Just preparing for interview questions gets me excited about libraries. I really like them. So I'll let you know how it goes when I hear back in 2-3 weeks. In the meantime, I've got a lot of freedom to enjoy.

On an unrelated note, I basically adore this picture of Sam:

Monday, October 27, 2008


My dad’s father died when my dad was about eight years old. As a result, he lost touch with most of that side of the family. A few days ago one of my dad’s uncles passed away and the two sides of the family were brought together again.

The family bond is definitely a strange thing. When my sister and I were in high school, we could get in the worst fights in the 4 minutes is took to drive to school. We’d stomp into the building, charge toward our separate lockers, and as soon as we ran back into each other before the first bell we’d be whispering gossip and begging to borrow each other’s clothes as though I hadn’t just cursed her and she hadn’t just thrown her boot at me. Nope, non-related people just wouldn’t tolerate such behavior.

It’s been years since my dad has seen some of his family and decades since he’s seen others, but because they are family, everyone just picks up where they left off. I like to think that family gives us an identity and lets us belong to something. Our roots are tied to theirs. Even when we don’t like our family, we still love them. Unless you had a genuinely awful family. In that case, I’m sorry for your loss.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My favorite in-laws

We had a lovely time with Sam's parents for the past few days. It was so fun showing them the in's and out's of our new life. And they brought us kringle (a heavenly Danish pastry)!

Sam's family is definitely what we miss most about Colorado. But, as they say, you can't have the enchiladas without making a huge mess of your whole kitchen and cutting yourself on the lid in the process of opening the enchilada sauce can. Or is it that you can't have the whole enchilada without getting that pukey full feeling afterward?

Our decision to venture out has come at a price, but we're hoping it's a good investment.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Who would have guessed?

OMG! My life has order! Without me realizing it, a routine has slowly been seeping into my life.

I wanted some kind of schedule and rhythm from the moment we arrived in Ohio, but it seemed impossible. Too many people to take into account, too many unknowns in each day, and a lack of knowing what I really wanted to get out of each day all contributed to a general feeling of madness. But last night I was thinking back over the day, and then the week, and then the month…and suddenly I saw it. Shape and form and beauty! What happiness!

In other good news, I finished the GRE with a score I'm happy about and Sam's parents are coming to visit tomorrow. Life is just cruising along.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The best things I've found in far

The amazing variety of colors and shapes of the fall leaves. Brilliant!

Plus, how cool is this?! A heart shaped leaf! That's better than a four-leaf clover.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fun things to do in Cleveland in the fall:

- Ride a tractor-pulled wagon to the orchards and pick apples

- Drive out to the country to see the historic covered bridges

- Pick up fresh food for dinner from the West Side Market

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I think our big move is starting to work…I think we’re becoming world wise! Well, maybe it has less to do with moving and more to do with simply trying new things, but either way we’re marking a lot of things off the life to-do list.

Last weekend Sam went sailboat racing with a friend from work. He’s going again this weekend as the yacht club wraps up the season. Last night we attended our first waltz lesson. I must say, Sam’s got moves! And, because I work the least in our household (i.e., not at all), I’ve been cooking like crazy. So far every meal I’ve made has contained an entrĂ©e and at least one side. That’s major progress for me. Oh, and on a walk today I passed a house with a pear tree, so now I know what those look like!

What can I say? We’ve practically conquered the world.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Unlocking the secrets of the GRE

I happen to be studying for the GRE these days so that down the road I'll be able to get into graduate school...and quite frankly I'm a little shocked. So far I've learned that you must possess an exquisitely rare vocabulary to have the best chance of winning the verbal portion. If this vocabulary is beyond your grasp, you may be able to scrape by if you happen to know nearly every suffix, prefix, and root used in the English language. In my case, I'm just going to try to impress the test machine with my short-term memorization powers.

Now what goodies does the math review have in store for me?