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October 31, 2011

Halloween Post

Halloween and I, we have this love-hate relationship.
I love it because it's fun. Costumes, candy, pumpkins, friends...
I hate it because it can be over the top. Ultra-scandalous costumes, big parties, horror films...

Fall in Iowa is perfect. I'll say it again: fall in Iowa is perfect. Today the weather was just as it should be for trick-or-treating. Not freezing, not raining, and not snowing (Utah, I love you, but sometimes I don't agree with you).

Our Halloween Celebration? See below.

We each got a treat to devour. And I wore my Halloween shirt.
Scott wasn't pleased that I made him take a picture.

October 28, 2011

Our Pictures. I Love Them.

Here they are! Please tell me your favorites? I'm framing a couple to put up in our apartment, but I want to send out a Christmas card too. :)

My favorite.
The more classic photo I think.
I love this one as well. I really love the black and white one that I posted earlier.
I like this because it's just us. Real life. So good.

I love this. Also, Scott has his model face on.
Thanks again to our photographer Erica!

PineCone Research

I love to take online surveys. Don't ask me why, but I do! I especially like taking surveys when I get things in return. So, I am a member of a couple survey sites that I like. My favorite is PineCone Research, where I have been a member for quite a while. I usually get 1-2 surveys each month and get paid $3 for each survey. Not much, but I'll take it! They have some different payment methods and I love it.

Currently, I can send an invitation to anyone outside of my household to join the panel. I don't get anything for referring people, it's just difficult to get a spot sometimes so I thought I would share. If you want an invite, let me know so I can send you the email invite.

October 25, 2011

Pictures, Weather, Family, School & Work.

We got pictures taken! I love them. Love them. I'll post some of my favorites, then take votes for the People's Choice Award. We need a winner to occupy this year's Christmas card! It rained on our way to take the pictures, but all was well and I still love the photos. Erica did a great job, and so did Scott. :)

The weather has been really nice as of late, just as fall should be. I love fall (doesn't everyone?). The past week or so it has been a little more chilly, hovering in the 50 degree range. A few days ago we realized the landlord turned our heat on. I think it's a bit too early but better early than late, especially thinking back to last year. I'm ready for winter this time! I feel like maybe I know what to expect now? Heck, I'll probably still be surprised on those bitter days (which will seem to last an eternity).

Having a family member (and good friend) here last weekend was a great morale boost for both of us. Anyone who visits us here in Des Moines is definitely on our "Elite Friend List". :) Scott and Jeff had a good time together and it was really nice to have another person around. It definitely made me feel like home to look over and see them on the couch watching football. Home for us is Iowa now, right? My friend Nicole (whom I have known since 2nd grade) blogged about things she has become accustomed to since moving to Texas a year ago. I loved her post since it echoed a lot of my thoughts.

School is still going well for Scott. Last week he had two cardio exams back to back and this week he has his SPAL and last cardio exam. Our friends Brad and Erica are also here for DMU. Erica wrote a blog post that I can relate to as well. Here is an excerpt:

"Our life right now is so strange. Not sure which is most appropriate to our situation but I'll go with it. When people ask about. . .how medical school is and what it is actually like, I never know how to respond. How do you explain to someone that every day is the same? It is a long day, the longest, hardest day you've ever had. And it's like that day in and day out. He takes more than 2 exams on any given week. And I'm not talking about a 'quiz' or a 'chapter review'. In his classes, there may be only one exam, or there might be 2-3. But even with three exams, let's say, there is little room for error. Each week he is cramming, each exam is so hard."

It's seriously a little crazy. A lot of people don't realize how much is going on - even we didn't realize it wasn't just like undergrad! We knew it would be more difficult, but some weeks Scott doesn't even sleep much. Getting up at 4:00 am the day of the test, just to get more study time in.

As for me, life is good. :) Work is going well and I got a week off for Christmas, so family and friends, here we come! It feels like we were just home, but I know my feelings will change right around Thanksgiving and I'll be wishing for home. I'm keeping busy with Young Women's and such. Life is nice and busy! Today I had a few trigger point injections in my shoulder. Ouch. Hoping that will help the issues...we'll see how the next few weeks go!

Here is a preview of our photos. This one is my favorite. I LOVE it!

October 16, 2011

Scottie's First Marathon!

That's right, folks! Scott ran his first marathon today. I'm so proud! His awesome cousin Jeff came for the weekend to run as well (this was number nine for Jeff. Nine!) and it was great! This is kind of long, but there are pictures and a video at the bottom. The video is (in my opinion) a pretty awesome one of Scott and Jeff running the last 0.2 miles.

After Jeff arrived on Friday night we drove most of the course (in the dark) so the boys could get a little feel for the inclines and such. Saturday we went to the Runner's Expo to pick up shirts and bibs and things, then went to Costco for some food. Fun side note, we bought toilet paper for the first time since getting married nearly four years ago (wow, that is coming up quick). I hope you don't misunderstand - we have used toilet paper, we just haven't been to ones to buy it. Usually it comes complimentary when the parents visit. :) Anyway, the rest of the day was spent carbo loading (kind of funny to watch) and football watching for the guys. I did some laundry and light cleaning, then did some computer stuff (cleaning up my email, playing games, pinning things on Pinterest, etc).

This morning we got up to head downtown for the marathon (it was the IMT Des Moines Marathon and the whole course was really close to home). I dropped the guys a block from the start and found a great parking spot so I could get back to the starting line to see them off. I didn't actually find them among the thousands of people around, so I filmed the entire start of the marathon (hoping to go back later and find them in the video) then jogged a few blocks to where the course wraps around at the first mile. I saw the Kenyan runners fly by (they are AMAZING) then caught a photo of Scott and Jeff as they ran by. I hustled back to the car and drove to two other checkpoints, but they were faster than me...a little embarrassing for me? Yeah.

After realizing I missed them, I decided not to do that again. I quickly made my way to my next planned viewing spot and saw the Kenyans run by (twice, since the course looped back down the other side of the street) then hung around until I could cheer for our guys. Then I raced them to the Drake Stadium. This time I won and got there a few minutes before they entered the track to make a loop. I saw them again just outside the stadium, and again back on the loop around street as well. Basically I stalked them for a few miles of the course.

For the second half I had a series of places planned out to spectate, but I didn't want to risk missing them somewhere and getting behind, so I went to wait at the last mile. For the marathon you could sign up to get text messages for when your runner crosses certain checkpoints. I was getting texts for both Jeff and Scott, so I kind of had an idea where they were.

The guys split up around mile 17 I think, so I was watching carefully for Jeff. He stopped to chat for a moment then took off to the finish line. I tried to shortcut and beat him there to take a photo but I was about 30 seconds behind him. Embarrassing moment #2 for me. Jeff had already run 26 miles and I couldn't keep up, even on a shortcut. Shooooot. I walked back to wait for Scott so I could run the last bit with him to the finish line. After a little while Jeff joined me. He had gotten water and snacks then walked back to meet Scott. Once Scott arrived, the three of us ran the last third of a mile together (way to go Jeff for going the "extra mile" to help Scott) then we broke off to the side and let Scott cross the finish.

As soon as Scott turned in his timing chip and got his medal he hobbled over to us and said, "Ok where's the car? I want a giant pizza and some Mountain Dew." Oh Scottie. :) I drove the guys home for their much deserved food fest. Now they're enjoying football and I'm looking through photos of the day. I didn't even run the marathon and I am beat. I can only imagine how they feel.

Mile one!
Mile something. Still happy!
Mile 12 ish on the Drake track. Still happy!
Still mile 12 ish outside the Drake Track.
Shortly after Scott crossed the finish line. He doesn't look happy, but he was.

Great job guys!!!

October 12, 2011

A Few Awesome Things

Many of you may know that I love facebook. Like I really love it. Lately, our relationship hasn't been at it's best. Why? Because I have found a new site that I love more. Pinterest. Honestly, it's better than I imagined.

Tonight I'm trying Sock Bun Curls, this weekend I'll learn to fold a fitted sheet, and sometime in the next month I'll make some awesome Christmas decorations. I found these all on Pinterest.

This week we have been watching The Wonder Years, and loving it! Last night I had a cross country movie party with the Miller sisters. We watched the same movie at the same time although we're in three different states. SO fun. Currently we are trying to catch the mouse (we're hopeful it's just the one, but I know it's doubtful) that likes to hang out in our apartment. We named him Jerry. This weekend, Scott's cousin Jeff will be here and they'll run the Des Moines Marathon.

Halloween is around the corner and I'm making plans for pumpkin carving with friends any buying candy for myself to eat (that's what the adults without kids do, right?)

Last but certainly not least, yesterday was my padre's birthday. That's right! I celebrated by eating Oreos. I know he appreciated the gesture, since all he had was some delicious ice cream cake and family over to visit. :)

Do you want to see some more shirts I love? I thought so.

The list grows every day.

October 3, 2011

Idaho. Iowa. Ohio.

With Scott being from Idaho we've got the potato thing down. When we decided to move to Iowa, just about everyone (including myself) kept thinking Ohio. This shirts sums up all of that stuff. Perfectly. I love it, I want it, I need it. And maybe a matching one for Scott. Hilarious!

A close up. The cities? They kill me.