Snowy driving

It’s winter break here, and for once Oregon is actually acting like it’s winter. 

Today Mom and I had an adventure driving home from doctor appointments in the snow. It wasn’t the snow that was the problem, it was all the silly people trying to drive home that were completely unprepared and all decided to leave work at the same time. Thankfully, we made it home in 3 hours. I think many people took 4-5 hours, so we were doing good! The trickiest part was weaving through all of the stuck cars and trucks (one semi was putting on chains right in the middle of the freeway!) on I-5 where it went up a slight grade.

But we made it home eventually and after eating a cozy dinner, taking a walk to enjoy the snow, and tucking the animals in for the night, I’m now drinking hot chocolate and watching The Marx Brothers.

Finally Fall

Fall has been teasing us in the Northwest. It has been so warm. In fact, this week we had record highs. I’m so thankful to be well enough to enjoy it!

Getting up early has its perks! This was taken right after sunrise. I’m enjoying seeing the sun rise and thankful that daylight savings is finally over so that I’m driving to school in the daylight.

Had a cozy time visiting with friends yesterday afternoon. There was much to catch up on and the fire was delightful. Also, finishing a 12 page lab report right before made the afternoon even better!

Long month

Well, I’ve titled this post Long month which is a fitting follow-up to my previous post at the beginning of the month titled Long day. The nasty cold and cough I mentioned then continued to get worse and about halfway through the month it turned into bronchitis, so I gave up and got antibiotics. I don’t start antibiotics without feeling like I absolutely have too, but I was desperate. It was rather a relief to admit to myself how crummy I felt.

But that’s not the only drama this month. A couple weekends ago a tree fell on our house. Yes, that’s right, a tree. Our 100 foot tall Oak tree split in half and crashed into a corner of the house . . . so there’s also been that. More on that forthcoming!

Anyways, I’m looking forward to sharing on this space again as I miss sharing photos and tidbits from my day.

Long day

Today’s been a bit of a long day. I still have this nasty cold/cough. Thankfully it mostly exists as a cough, but it keeps threatening an attack on my throat and sinuses so I’m still downing immune supplements. There’s other stuff going on that isn’t really blog-worthy and isn’t super dramatic or interesting, but at times I feel it and tonight just happens to be one of those nights.

To cheer me up, I thought I would write a list of all the things I am thankful for today. So here it goes:

Being able to do yoga first thing the morning while I listen to the Bible. (Praying this is the beginning of a trend.) My cold isn’t worse. I started a knitting project during one of my boring lectures. I wore a new shirt. I remembered to bring a hot drink with me to class. Both times. I got to eat lunch at home. We played with chemistry equipment in lab. I came home to a delicious dinner, not cooked by me! Whee! I cleaned up my room – yay! – while finally checking out Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing. Listening to Renee Fleming talk about her work certainly made cleaning up my room faster. And now I’m hopefully going to bed at a very decent time. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

Wowser, that was a lot more than I thought I would come up with. Today wasn’t such a long day after all.

On Saturday most of us went to a football game – Azusa vs. Western. My brothers’ friend has two brothers that play for Azusa, so it was a blast to cheer them on! It was only the second football game I’ve been too, the first being a high school football game when I was probably 12. It was fun to not be yelling at the TV for once, lol.

Getting our picture on the field with some brothers and friends. We also got one with the whole group, but it’s not showing up on my phone correctly. 🙁

This afternoon, Eddie was entertained for hours by a trickle of running water and Elizabeth making dinner. It’s amazing the power of water and its entertainment value!

Broken Cords

Today for Biology lab we were comparing magazines with research journals (stupid, I know) and I came across this interesting article about mapping the brain. The article was several years old, so I’m curious to research this more and see how it’s changed.

After meeting up with some friends for tacos, I dropped in to visit another friend and her adorable baby, then took a short walk around her neighborhood and was awed by these impressive Dahlias. Then I came home and took a blissful nap! Now I’m looking at my schedule realizing that everything I wanted to fit in the next few days isn’t going to work. Especially with the homework I realized I have due. So bummers.


On our walk this afternoon, I spied this bush. I haven’t figured out what plant it is, but it sure was pretty!

Our neighbor’s meadow looked especially beautiful and serene. I’m not sure if a meadow is ever mowed, but this looks small enough to qualify as a meadow to me. So I’m calling it a meadow.

Talking of serene, or rather the opposite of serene, I sliced my knuckle cutting chicken today. It wasn’t horrible, but I can’t move the joint, so it’s now firmly secured with bright pink vet wrap. To be honest, vet wrap is one of my favorite things. It’s so clever and handy, and it comes in a rainbow of colors. I bought more vet wrap today, since I quickly discovered we were out when I had to have Dad tape a piece of gauze over my wound. I couldn’t resist the colors so I bought white for weddings, black for formal (and funerals, as my Mom pointed out), pink for parties and green for nature. I think there should be a whole Project Runway episode devoted to designing with vet wrap!

First day

Today was the first day of fall term. I celebrated by playing with paper hole punch-outs that got caught in the syllabus handouts. I also had my first official day of math tutoring. Which consisted of sitting for two hours and doing my homework. I was kind of surprised they scheduled us to work the first day, but hey, it was good to sit down and knock stuff of my to-do list!

Also, this evening my voice seems to have taken a turn for the better, so that’s a relief. Now I just have to get rid of my cough!

My new voice

Well, while I was in Seattle I slowly started coming down with some sort of laryngitis/cough combination. At first, I thought it was just allergies as it was so mild. But it slowly progressed and followed me back to Oregon, so I was left to conclude that I was sick. And I still am sick. So, blech. I will, however, take a cough over sneezing any time, so I’m not complaining too much. It does mean that I haven’t been doing much the past few days as I will myself to get better, especially with school starting Monday. Eeeps!

I did take time to go for a walk this afternoon. I was about 3/4 of the way back when my Mom called me wanting to know where I was. When I told her, she was surprised. She thought we were going to take a walk together (it was a mutual miscommunication), so I told her that we could just meet at the bottom of the driveway and I’d walk with her down the road again. I think the dog was a bit confused when we abruptly turned around to do the walk again. But at least we don’t live in a neighborhood where people get suspicious easily because I was quite conspicuous with my bright pink sweater!

The day ended with watching Dudley Do-Right. This silly movie was a childhood favorite of mine and it was good to have some belly laughs after what had been a rather humdrum day.

Seattle and the Shore

I wrote this post last night, but somehow it got deleted… Or else it was a very detailed dream. Ha!

I’m in Seattle for part of the week visiting a best friend and it’s been lovely. Yesterday I went to the shore for a bit and then later in the afternoon learned how to play backgammon. Today saw us making a rare and successful trip to the mall. Neither Rebekah nor I are shoppers, and we have more minimal wardrobes, so the fact that we both found and bought stuff (my mother would be proud) was almost a miracle. Plus, we had lunch out and I had the most amazing salad ever. Along with garlic fries. I may or may not go back there tomorrow.