Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Blog Stinks.

Apparently my blog stinks. This is true. I've been busy though!

First of all, this "100 books in 2010" thing is killing me. KILLING me. I spend all of my spare time reading instead of blogging...or talking to David....or my parents...or volunteering...or sleeping...or anything, really. It's disturbing. If you look over to the right though, you'll see that I've read 17 books so far this year, and I'll admit, I'm pretty proud of myself. I should be at 22 (11 weeks so far this year) but I started at the end of January, so I have some catching up to do. I also discovered that I can get books on CD and listen to them in my car (to everyone that I usually call while I'm driving around town - you're welcome!) to get through the list faster. I enjoy reading and always thought I did it more/better than most of America but 100 is going to be a challenge.

Ever since "My Sister's Keeper" I've been pretty obsessed with Jodi Picoult so I've read a lot of her stuff but it's getting old and I want more of a challenge, so I'm trying to get into things with more meaning* and the classics (Fail. I checked out The Jungle but read 4 pages and am planning to return it today). I have a bazillion books on hold at the library right now and four came in today, so I have a lot to read before they're all due back on April 20.

*by "more meaning," I mean stuff that Oprah likes. She's deep, right?

Besides reading, I've been working a lot. I'm babysitting these little monsters every morning before and after they go to school, and waking up at 6am makes my 9:00 days at Disney seem silly. It also means I have to go bed at like, 8 which makes me no fun at all.

So I know it's lame but in case anyone is wondering, here's an update on what's been going on:

We went to Jacksonville last weekend for a Peace Corps interview - have I officially "outed" that yet here? If not, yes, we applied to the Peace Corps. It seemed a little crazy at first - only tree huggers do that, right? But we really want to serve overseas and we really don't want to raise support. Plus, the Peace Corps will eventually pay for me to go back to school and I feel better about being with them overseas than I do with some of the rednecks I've talked to who head up mission organizations. It could be a really long time before we hear anything (and it may never work out), but we're excited about the possibility.

And, we had a great time in Jacksonville! Who knew it was such a great city? My mom put us up in a sweet suite (hardy har har) at the Crowne Plaza - we had a huge tempurpedic bed, a little sitting area and a great view of the city/river. We also ate dinner at a delicious little restaurant in their 5 points - Mossfire Grill. If you're ever in the area, you have to go try their salsa!

We also bought 8 (7 too many) cupcakes from Sivada's in Jacksonville. This was after my car got a flat tire on my way home and we spent an hour waiting in the lovely waiting room at Tire Kingdom. In suits. Don't worry, we ate barbeque, "lemonade" (sugar+water) and red velvet cake at a super ghetto restaurant too, because calories don't count when you have a flat tire.

In other news, I had pink eye last week. Who gets pink eye?! I woke up with my eyelids stuck together every morning, which is a delicious way to start the day. They're still a little gooey sometimes but for the most part, I think that is past me.

Finally, last weekend we went to the Everglades to go on an airboat tour. It's just one of those touristy things you have to do, and it was David's Christmas present to me but we haven't had a chance to get down there yet. It was beautiful out on Saturday so we took a lot of pictures and saw a lot of strange animals at their funky little tourist-trap zoo. Who keeps a racoon and wolves in a cage? Apparently the everglades tour people. They also had cougars and panthers and snakes and alligators (duh).

We finished off the day with an impromptu visit with my friend Melanie and her boyfriend, Jose. They're fabulous and they let us go to Maggie Moo's so we could get our chocolate better batter fix. Have you had that? AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing, I'd like to give Kansas a shout out for ruining my bracket. Thanks for nothing.


  1. thanks goodness for an update. amazing. P.S. I don't know how you're so skinny with all of your ice cream/cupcake adventures.

  2. welcome back to the blog world. I've missed you. And I miss you in the real world, too.