Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring Conferences

I survived my school's last parent-teacher conference night of the school year! I must say, it feels great to have those done for a while.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Week Review

I cannot believe it's been over a week since I've blogged! It's crazy how quickly time has been passing lately.

Last week was the first Easter I didn't spend with my family. It was different, a little sad, but it was also nice to be able to stay here with my husband instead of leaving him alone on yet another holiday.

Thursday was my school's first installment of spring conferences. There were very few parents - I don't think I even had 10 - and none of them made me cry. The parents that upset me this fall did actually come in to apologize and even thanked me for making things better with their daughter. Hopefully tomorrow night's conferences go just as well.

This weekend, my husband and I enjoyed the fruits of his labor. He 'cashed in' some Coke points and purchased a ticket for two free video rentals, a free tub of popcorn, and two free drinks. It was our fun little at-home date night. It doesn't take much to please us and I must say that is one of my favorite things about our relationship.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Apparently Mother Nature didn't get the memo that spring has arrived. Instead of showering us with sunshine and blue skies these past few days, she decided to dump more snow and color the sky the most ugly shade of gray.

Spring is going to make it here, isn't it?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Daffodil Days

Our school recently had
'Daffodil Days' in which the student council sold daffodils to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Every teacher received a vase of daffodils from the student council yesterday and today they were in full bloom. I've never received daffodils before so I had no idea what pretty flowers they are.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Eating Like Kings

My husband and I ate like kings tonight. Yes, that's right - we had TV dinners. My choice was the fish sticks, macaroni and cheese, chocolate pudding dinner. I must say it was a good choice - it was quite delicious (although I realize it may not look that appetizing). My husband and I did class it up a bit, though - we baked the dinners instead of microwaving them.

What cheap, crappy food do you enjoy eating? Please don't tell me I'm the only one!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hockey, Round 3

My husband and I enjoyed another fun evening of hockey tonight. UND won
2-1, so that was pretty exciting for everyone. In less exciting news, I actually helped my husband collect a few Coke caps after the game. I figured it was the least I could do for all he does for me.

It's been a very fun weekend and I'm sad to see it come to an end. Tomorrow morning is going to come way too fast.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Hockey, Round 2

Tonight's hockey game was a lot of fun. It was more aggressive and faster paced than last night's, which made it more exciting.

With five seconds to go in the game, Michigan Tech scored their second goal, tying up the game. Within the first two minutes of overtime, they scored another goal, winning tonight's game. Although my husband and I are from North Dakota we were rooting for Michigan tonight so we could get one more game in this weekend. Yes, we're horrible! Tomorrow night we'll root for UND!

Have I ever told you my husband is a little crazy? Well, if I haven't, now you know. I honestly don't think I've ever seen him embarrassed in all the time that I've known him and after tonight I'm thinking I never will.

After the game tonight, my dear hubby spent about twenty minutes walking around the stadium collecting Coke caps. In total, he collected 63 caps (which will give him 189 points to enter in My Coke Rewards). Unfortunately for him, he has a wife that embarrasses easily, so she didn't help him out on his quest. She did, however, get a couple of good pictures to show everyone how special he is.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Hockey, Round 1

Today was one of our spring breaks (we have two, one-day breaks instead of one, two-day break), which everyone knows means no school! I've had three short weeks in a row now and two more coming up! Can we say spoiled? Yes, but I'm going with "we deserve it."

Today was a great day off. I was very productive during the day and then I got to play this evening. Tonight my husband and I attended a University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey game. Hockey is one of my favorite sports to watch, so it was a wonderful time. UND played Michigan Tech and they won 2 to 0. Tomorrow night (and possibly Sunday) we will be enjoying more hockey! I can't wait!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Honeymoon Days 7 & 8

I'm a little behind - okay, a lot behind. For some reason, I never finished up my honeymoon posts, so here is the last one (only two months after my husband and I got back!).

On our last day in Honolulu, my husband and I had to be checked-out of our hotel by noon. Our flight didn't leave until 10:00 that night, so we decided to rent a car in order to have somewhere to store our bags and the ability to leave the Waikiki area for a few hours if we so desired. While waiting for the rental car to be delivered, I decided to take some photos of the view from our hotel room. Our last day on the island was the only sunny day we had so I had to document it!

Our hotel was a three-minute walk from Waikiki Beach.

The cluster of trees is where the Honolulu Zoo is located.

Our hotel's pool, only open until 6:00 pm!

Our rental car was to be dropped off around 11:00 but the car never showed up. My husband called the rental company and was told that they didn't have a car for us, that the man he had spoken to the previous night (the one who told us there was a car) must have been confused. Needless to say we were a little upset. Calls to other rental companies left us with nothing as well. This meant we had no home for our bags. This meant we had to go to the airport early. So, after eating some lunch, my husband and I hopped on the city bus and rode for an hour to the airport. It was an interesting trip, to say the least - lots of 'unique' people and less-than-desirable locations.

We arrived at the airport around 3:00, which left us with 7 hours before our flight! The time actually went quite quickly, but I was definitely ready for bed by the time we got on the plane. Sleep was not in the cards for me, however, as we were seated a row across and behind a young man with the flu. I got to enjoy the sounds of vomiting through the majority of the flight. I did thank my lucky stars, though, that my only problem was no sleep. A plane is definitely not some place I'd want to be with the flu.

Six hours later, our plane landed in Las Vegas. We enjoyed a three hour layover - my highlight was the Cinnabon and my husband's was the slot machine.

From Las Vegas, we flew into Denver. We had another three hour layover here, but there were no 'highlights.' Fifteen minutes before our plane was supposed to leave, they made an announcement that our flight had been cancelled due to mechanical problems. Well, the waterworks started with this girl - I was exhausted (we missed one night of sleep with the crazy flight times and time changes) and I just wanted to get back home (we were only an hour and a half away!). The airline put us up in a hotel for the night and rescheduled our flight for the next morning.

The next morning, our flight left on time and we arrived back home. Despite the cold temperatures, it was great to be back in North Dakota. While I love vacations, it's always nice to be back home.

The sunset on our last night in Honolulu.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Selenium Update

Back in November, I read a magazine article that said Selenium could help with chronic fatigue by regulating the thyroid hormone. Being the crazy daredevil I am, I decided to give it a whirl.

The article recommended trying the supplement for 90 days. Here I am, more than 90 days later, still swallowing those urine-tasting pills. My husband swears that the pills have made a big difference and I must say that I do feel more energetic. As for all of the other issues I have - I think I'm stuck with them. There you have my two cents on Selenium.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Books and a Birthday

My husband and I headed back home this weekend and, like usual, I have nothing but good times to report. I feel like a broken record when I share the events from our weekends home, but we always have so much fun. My husband and I are very lucky to have such wonderful families and families who enjoy spending time together.

On Saturday afternoon, my husband and parents went to the local library's used book sale. During the last half hour of the sale, anything you could fit in a grocery bag was a $1.00. Being a bookworm, this was an extremely fun event for me! I could not get over the number and variety of books (or the price)! Altogether, I got 14 books and my dad got 2. For those math nerds like myself, that is $0.0625 a book. It doesn't get any better than six cents a book! And the best part? I found an old Pre-Algebra textbook! I could hardly contain my excitement over that find! Yes, I know I'm crazy - my husband informs me on a daily basis.

Saturday night was spent with my family and my husband's family, celebrating my mother-in-law's 50th birthday. We had a delicious dinner (some had too much wine) and played two new games.
The fathers decided to dress alike for the event and I told them I would show it off on my blog. I couldn't go back on my word, so here is their lovely photo. You've got to love a daughter/daughter-in-law that takes obnoxious photos and then posts them online for the world to see.

My mother-in-law, the birthday girl!

The Boy Team for game night. Since this is my blog, I'm going to say that the men really blew it and lost every game that was played that night. Good try, Boys!

The Girl Team for game night. Like I said, this is my blog, so I'm going to say that the women won every game that was played that night. Great job, Girls!

As always, the weekend went way too fast and I'm already looking forward to our next trip home.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother-in-law! I hope you have a great day! We're looking forward to celebrating with you this weekend.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

99 Balloons

My mother-in-law sent me an email yesterday with a link to a short video entitled "99 Balloons." If you haven't seen it already, check it out - it's absolutely beautiful.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Trip Stats

I am back in my hometown for a conference I have today and tomorrow. Here are some "fun" stats from my trip yesterday.

Distance travelled: 275 miles

Distance travelled on snow and ice: 195 miles

Normal travel time: 3.5 hours

Yesterday's travel time: 4.75 hours

Number of emotional breakdowns: 1

Posted speed limit: 75 mph

Lowest speed driven: 25 mph

Miles travelled using cruise control: 0

Average wind speed: 35-40 mph

Number of cars seen in ditch: 14

Let's just say it was an interesting trip.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

So Long, Snowmen

While my Christmas decorations usually stay out until mid-January (okay, the end!), my snowmen always get to stay out until March or so. The apartment is just too empty without some kind of seasonal cheer! Plus, it's hard to pack up these adorable little guys into their tub. I have, however, caught spring fever this past week which means that it's time for this group to retire until I need them again in December. Now it's time to get out my decorations from before the holidays!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Hello, March!

I am extremely happy to see February go. While nothing particularly bad happened, nothing particularly good seemed to happen either. I spent most of the month in a lethargic, irritable mood and many around me seemed to be in a similar state.

Needless to say, I am extremely happy to see March arrive. March means warm sun and melting snow, longer days and the return of chirping birds. I don't know about you, but I am more than ready for all those things. I feel a good month coming on.

"Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush."
~Doug Larson~