Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy (almost) new year!

Dan and I have been traveling around Westerville, staying with each set of parents during the break. We spent some time with my dad's side of the family, and got to meet our adorable (step-) nephew, Aiden. Pictures will follow at some point, since i forgot to bring my camera cord with me.

We're currently staying with Dan's parents for the last leg of our trip. I can't believe how quickly break goes!

Finally, last night was our ONE YEAR anniversary. Can you believe it?? We went to The Melting Pot at Easton, and had a wonderful time. We pretty much stuffed our faces for a solid two hours, but who can blame you when they are serving scallops, lobster, and filet mignon? We were both really full by the end, but Dan was still forcing himself to shove food in his mouth: "I paid for this, so I will eat it!"

Happy New Year's Eve to all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Merry Christmas!

Love,
Dan, Kristi, and Sammie

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Beginning of Christmas Break

We made it to Ohio! No delays, no traffic, no snow...no problems. It was a perfect travel day. We've been staying at my mom's house for the first leg of our trip, and it has been great. My sister and stepbrothers (Julie, Kevin, and Chris) are all here as well. Here is a sampling of what we've been doing:

Playing lots and lots of Guitar Here with Chris. He got the game for Christmas and Dan has pretty much taken it over already. I'm proud to report both Dan and Chris have advanced to the "medium" skill level. (No comment on my own skill level - I'm more of a drums kind of girl.)


Here's Kevin, posing for the camera.


Here are the five of us in our gangsta poses. I'm not really sure why we were posing like this, but we were following Julie and Kevin's instructions on how to look cool. Also, Kevin informed us that every picture taken must have a penguin in it to be "mad gangsta." Who knew?


I hope you're all enjoying the holidays so far!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Almost Christmas!

We are almost packed and Sammie has been dropped off at camp. We are coming back to Ohio tomorrow! We are driving to Dallas in the morning, then flying out of DFW at 1:50 and getting in to Columbus at 5:05. We are really excited to see everyone and get to spend quality time with friends and family. We are a little sad that this year won't be quite as exciting as last year... but I won't lie, it will be so nice not to be completely stressed and frantic like we were last year right up until our wedding. And you know what else that means... we will be celebrating our 1st anniversary on December 30th! 

We decided to keep it low-key since we will be in Columbus, but we just made reservations for a spring break trip that we are going to call our anniversary present to ourselves. We're going to Fredericksburg!  We're going Monday through Thursday, the week of March 9th - we both have off of work and school for spring break. It's going to be awesome. Check out the website and look around at all the wineries, lavender fields, shops and restaurants there...everyone who goes absolutely loves it, so I have high hopes. 

Anyway, I hope everyone else traveling out there has a safe trip and makes it home without incident!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Day?

I awoke yesterday to the radio listing the school delays. Waco school district was delayed until 10:00am, most daycares and kindergartens were closed, etc etc etc. The radio DJs kept talking about the snow and ice outside.
What? I thought. Snow, in Texas? I jumped up and went outside to take a look. Keep in mind, this was 7:15am, so nothing had had time to warm up or melt yet.
This is what I saw:
Hmm, I thought. The parking lot looks okay. Maybe the street is just really snowy and icy. I walked out to the street and here's what I saw:
Do you see any reason for school to be closed? Am I the only one who thinks people in Texas get a little crazy when it's winter?

Monday, December 15, 2008

One More Week Til Christmas Break!

Guess what! I'm better. Thanks so much for all your well wishes. And here's the thing...I was sick enough that my statistics professor told me not to come to the final exam. The cumulative final over the whole semester. He said he will just average my other grades instead. This conversation happened the day before the final. I had studied approximately 10 minutes total because of being sick. Hence, it was maybe the best Christmas present I've gotten so far this year. (Besides my Clean House Clean Planet book, that is. And my bike.) Therefore, I'm not exactly regretting that I was sick. Ergo, maybe I need to get sick during finals week more often.

So now I'm done with classes for the semester! I still have work and research to do this week, but that's it. So my review of classes for the semester:

Developmental Psychopathology: I enjoyed this class a lot. I learned a ton and although we tried to cover way too much in one semester, I now have resources about lots of different childhood disorders. I think this class really has helped me shape my understanding of when and how a lot of psychopathology develops. When: during prenatal development and the first couple years of life. How: if anything goes wrong or anything that shouldn't be there exists during pregnancy or during birth; and the relationship with primary caregivers.

Statistical Methods: I was in way over my head in this class. I've realized I like math, but not so much statistics. It's way too much of an art for me - I prefer numbers and calculations to have exact answers, thankyouverymuch. But oh well. I made it through. And I may have learned something in the process.

So we are driving to Dallas, then flying from there to Columbus this Sunday, the 21st. Dan and I both work this whole week so we will be packing and getting all ready to go on Saturday. This Thursday, we have our Bible Study Christmas party, but besides that, it's a light week. Hopefully it will go somewhat quickly because we are both excited to get back to the Buckeye state!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Some Savings Tips

As we get closer to Christmas, I know a lot of people are feeling the pinch right now. I have a few new really easy ways I've been saving money recently so I thought I'd share them.

1. Count the number of prescriptions that you have and need to fill before January 10th, 2009. Follow this link and print out the coupon that number of times. The coupon is a Walgreens coupon for a $25 giftcard if you transfer a prescription to Walgreens. (It expires Jan. 10th, so you have plenty of time even if you don't need any refills right now.) I've done it twice in the past week and it worked perfectly both times. I just went in, told them I wanted to transfer a prescription from Walmart to there, came back in 45 minutes, gave them the coupon when I paid for my prescription, and voila! a $25 giftcard. I got two, giving me $50 at Walgreens, which I spent on things such as deoderant, contact juice, and hair gel. I ended up paying about $4 for $54 worth of items. It was seriously the easiest $5o ever.

By the way, our CVS has a sign up that says "We accept all competitor's prescription transfer coupons." I have no idea if that is true everywhere, but pay attention! You could probably use this coupon at the drugstore of your choice.

2. I got the book Clean House, Clean Planet as an early Christmas present from Grandma Ann. This book is amazing. It gives you really easy recipes using baking soda, vinegar, and other cheap and non-toxic ingredients to clean everything in your whole house or apartment. I've already used her solutions to clean the tub, mirrors, and kitchen floors and they've worked great! The best part is that you probably have a lot of these things already around your house. And even if you don't, it's still cheaper to buy them (and far better for your breathing) than to buy the pre-made cleaners. I love this book and it will totally help you save money, plus keep a healthier living space.

I'll just leave you with both of those for now, but as always, feel free to add any new money saving tips you've discovered!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sicko (not the Michael Moore version)

Here's what I have been doing the past 3 days:

1. Watched the Bravo marathon of "Shear Genius"

2. Watched the Bravo marathon of the first season of Top Chef (Katie Lee Joel hosted this season! She went to Miami!)

3. Watched Juno (which was even funnier the second time around).

4. Slept 12 hours each night, plus naps during the day.

"But wait!" You say. "Kristi, isn't this finals week? Don't you have studying to do? Don't you have to go to work? And what about supervision, and the research meeting, and heck, going to the grocery store?!"

Yeah...not happening. I have been sick with some sort of nasty stomach virus since Tuesday...I'll spare you the details even though I know you're all curious. Let's just say this is the first day I've even been able to manage getting on the computer and checking my email. I've spent the last two days completely zoned out on the couch.

Luckily, it seems like it's a pretty standard bug, and I'm feeling much better today. I still get a little dizzy when I stand up, but I've been able to eat a piece of toast and cup of chicken noodle soup, as well as take Sammie out when she rang her bell. Trust me - huge improvements over yesterday!

Dan and Sammie have both been rock stars the last few days. Dan got me tons of Sprite and soup, and he has been at my service with anything I could need. He hasn't complained about eating Wendy's and pizza for dinner. And so far, he's feeling fine. Sammie has been a little Mini-Me the past few days. She sleeps with me in my bed, then comes and sits on the floor with me in the bathroom, then comes and sleeps with me on the couch. I think she's been a little concerned about what's going on because she won't lay anywhere she's not touching me. This means she was laying her head on my face as I was talking to Dad on the phone; she was laying on my head as I was watching Juno; and currently I have my laptop precariously balanced on her as she sleeps on my lap.

The best part of all of this is how much of a break I've been able to take. I can't believe the world hasn't shut down just because I'm sick...and none of my bosses, supervisors, or professors got mad that I've taken off work and cancelled everything on my schedule! They all just tell me to "get some rest and feel better." Sounds like a plan to me. I'm not gonna lie, if it weren't for the whole being sick part, being sick would be pretty cool.

"But wait!" You say. "Shear Genius? Seriously, Kristi?! You couldn't find anything better on TV than that?" Oh come on! I'm sick!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm In Graduate School...?

Irony:

When I'm trying to write my final about attention, and the section I'm currently working on is all about the decreases in attention that come from having distracting things in the environment

AND

I'm watching the Top Chef marathon on Bravo.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving Recap

Whoa! It's been a week since I posted. Sorry to my faithful readers....all three of you.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we had a great time. Julie was the designated picture-taker, so I have to wait for her to e-mail me some pictures, but I'll give you a little preview of what the weekend included:

 - several episodes of Flight of the Conchords
 - a polo shirt and a parka...puppy sized!
 - food...lots of food...
 - sangria in a box!

It was tons of fun and Dan, Sammie, and I were very sad to see everyone go home. 

But it's my last week of class! Then two weeks of finals and work...and then Dan finishes school...and we come back to Ohio!