Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thankfully, this morning I actually had three hours of uninterrupted homework time. I did a lot of research and have been thinking about it all day, so hopefully the paper will get written at some point this weekend. I found someone in my ward to watch Little Dude one morning a week for me while I do homework. He seemed to enjoy his visit to a friend's house and I managed to have self-control and actually do things. It also started raining. This is mostly impressive because for the last three months since we moved here it's been mostly sunny and hot. It was actually starting to bother me a little because every day was the same. I'm enjoying the rain and the cold. Not only that, but Mr. Fob's paycheck debacle finally got straightened out and I just received the first installment of my graduate stipend. November feels like it's going to be a good month.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
S-Boogie lost her first tooth the other day. It was earlier than I had expected, but thankfully it was quick and painless. I put pictures on the kids' blog.
S-Boogie is also adjusting well to her new morning kindergarten class at the Spanish Immersion school. It's been a little hard getting her out the door in the morning, but we're all doing OK.
Despite the fact that October is nearly over, Mr. Fob's paycheck is still in limbo (yes it's been a few weeks). We have determined that we did nothing wrong, but no one has yet been able to figure out why the bank cannot cash the check. Thankfully we actually put most of our expenses on our credit card and pay it off every month, but unfortunately most of our large, credit-ruining expenses like our rent and car payment need to come out of the bank account. We are fairly confident that at some point most of the fees will be erased because this looks like bank error, but it's still very frustrating.
Last but not least, my mom is going to be on Who Wants to be a Millionaire this week. She'll be on Wednesday and Thursday; the show usually airs in the afternoon in most areas, you can check this website for your station and time.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The managers gave us some glue traps and we set them up in a few places. We decided to put some animal crackers and peanut butter in them in hopes of luring the creature out. After a few days nothing happened and I assumed the mouse had gone on his merry way. Then Saturday morning we were woken up by a commotion in the dining room. Apparently Little Dude noticed a mouse stuck in the trap and pulled it out of its hiding place. I'm glad he didn't get bitten. Unfortunately we weren't sure what to do with it after that. I felt terrible because the mouse was obviously terrified and trying to free himself from the trap, but we really couldn't have him in our house. I finally decided to just throw it in the dumpster, and I said a prayer that he would die a quick death. I still feel bad for the poor little mouse, but we really can't have animals in our home. I hope we never have to do that again.
Friday, October 10, 2008
PS--I did attend a nice meeting this afternoon where I got free cake, a free pen, and a nice pat on the back for being one of 5 students (out of 60 candidates) chosen for my special fellowship. I do have to help plan a symposium, but at least once a month I get free cake!
Friday, October 03, 2008
Children of the Promise by Dean Hughes
I've read this series (5 books) a few times now, but it's one I like to pull out every now and then for some "comfort reading". Even though I consider it "light" reading, it really isn't all that "light" in content or quality. I love historical fiction and I really like these books because they deal with the past just as easily as they deal with our normal human emotions and impulses. The characters and their conflicts manage to seem relevant to today even though they are placed in the past.
Hearts of the Children by Dean Hughes
The follow-up to the first series, this one follows some of the second generation through the issues of the 1960s. In this series I really admire Hughes' ability to tackle tough issues like Vietnam and the civil rights movement and still get published by Deseret Book. These books are surprisingly intense and complicated. My only complaint with this series is that sometimes the books feel a little dialogue heavy, especially the last few. Also, you really have to read them all in order to get a sense of what's going on (and there were some annoying typos in the last few books). Other than that, I highly recommend this series for some thoughtful, enjoyable reading. I especially like the storyline about LDS members in East Germany because that is a time and place I know little about.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
I've heard such wonderful things about this book from a number of people that I'm afraid I could only be disappointed by it. It was a decent read, but fell short of my expectations. I also have read very few crime novels, so the tone and characterization was not what I was expecting. It was a good book, but I don't think it's really my style.
I've seen this a few times already, but after watching Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight we decided that we wanted to see it again. And then we remembered that it's really, really sad. It's a good movie, just don't expect a happy ending.
This movie was better than I thought it would be (sometimes Will Farrell bugs me too much). The post-modern premise actually worked and we really enjoyed it.American Dreamz
I actually enjoyed this one up until the ending. Hugh Grant is surprisingly acerbic, and the rest of the actors do a good job too. Several reviews I read talked about the fact that it doesn't quite work as satire, and I agree, but there are some funny moments in this movie.