Saturday, January 31, 2004
Mom, Grandma, Tracy, Landon, and I went to Park Avenue Cafe for lunch, then we dropped off our ballots at Pioneer Square, then went up to OHSU with Tracy to see the School of Nursing. Mom brought up a present for working hard in school. It was a coffee mug with birds on it, and a little framed picture of birds with a quote in it that stands up.

Afterwards, I came home and studied all afternoon. In the evening, we went over to Mike & Susan's for dinner. I was so tired after watching "Globe Trekker" with Mike & Susan after dinner, that Landon and I came home and went straight to bed.
Friday, January 30, 2004
Classes went by today pretty quickly. I had lunch at Park Avenue Cafe, then came home. I'm working tonight, so will start doing homework tomorrow morning and throughout the entire weekend.

Thursday, January 29, 2004
I read 26 pages of The Great Gatsby, then worked out, then went to bed. Luckily, I was able to get to sleep pretty easily.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Today I studied (or was in class) from 9am until 9pm. I had a midterm tonight, which I studied very hard for, only to have the professor make a true and false test in which all 50 of the questions were true. I was so mad, because he is the worst professor I have ever had, and makes a mockery out of education just so all the football players that are in his class (this is my theory) can pass. I'm not working this hard for a mid-term in this class again. If he is going to make a mockery out of it, then I'm going to make a mockery out of studying. Readers, if you have any more questions about this--ask me! There is a lot more to this story than I have time to type here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004
I fell asleep when reading this morning, and when I woke up, it was time to be at class in 30 minutes, so I had to rush out of the house without even taking a shower. I was super annoyed, because I hate not taking showers. After class, I rushed home and took a quick shower before I had to go to work, which was only 30 minutes from when I got home. After I got off of work, I read for three hours. I had insomnia, so only got four hours of sleep. Today was not a great day.

Aimeera--a girl at my work--had her baby today.
Monday, January 26, 2004
When I wasn't in classes today, I read non-stop. I even had to change my work schedule from tonight to Friday instead, because I have so much reading due this week. This week-end, I am going to be bombarded with homework for mid-terms.

I'm going out with Cindy for an hour or so after she gets off of work for her 29th birthday. I already cancelled once on her, but since I didn't work tonight, I should be okay to go out for an hour or so this evening.

Sunday, January 25, 2004
We got cell phones today! I haven't had a cell phone since 1999. My old cell phone was tossed in the donation bin by the clerk at Verizon, because it was outdated and they aren't hooking up outdated models anymore. I was sorry to see my old cell phone go. It was one of the top-models back in 1999, but I guess a lot changes in five years.

Later, we visited Miriam, Mark, and Sylvia. She sure is cute!

Saturday, January 24, 2004
"Time is the best teacher, unfortunately it kills all its students." (seen on a bumper sticker)

Today, Landon and I went looking for a coat rack, and were returned home unsuccessful. What is up with there being a lack of bed frames and coat racks??

We did get a couple gifts that I needed to get, as well as a new salt/pepper shaker set (our old salt shaker broke, so we chose to buy a whole new set).

We went to Washington Square to do this shopping, and didn't get home until 2pm. From 3-10pm I did nothing besides read, do laundry, read, do dishes, read, do laundry, read, do laundry, read, make corn-dog for dinner, read, do laundry, read, then type on blog. Earlier today Landon and I drove around again in the Garden Home area looking at houses. The lots are pretty big up there, and the houses seem reasonable. There is a house we found in SE that is 160K that is fairly nice, although on a busy street. I'm sure we'll buy a house by summertime.

Well, the end of another day.

Friday, January 23, 2004
Tonight, Landon and I are going to eat at Thai Orchid, and see "Lost in Translation" at the Fox Tower at 7:30. Until then, I'm going to get some reading done. I just got out of morning classes, and it is 1pm.

We watched 10 minutes of "Scar of Shame" today in my American Fiction class. It was made in 1927, and is a silent film. One of the quotes from that movie that I felt was really thought-provoking I typed below.

"One half the world doesn't know how the other half lives."


P.S. Thanks for the encouraging comments on my blog, Mom!
Thursday, January 22, 2004
I had a very sleepless night last night. This morning, Landon made me a hash-brown. I read from 7:30am until 11am, then got ready and bused to school. I was in classes from 12-4pm. Landon is going to stop by Trader Joe's on his way home from work to get something for us for dinner. I have to read all night tonight--just like last night, I cancelled evening plans because of huge homework loads I'm getting at this point in the quarter.

I'm tired of reading, cell phones going off during lectures in classes, and smelling cigarettes as I'm walking between classes, but happy to have Landon be so helpful to pick up groceries on his way home from a long day in the office. This is going to be a long weekend full of reading and writing.

I was also very unhappy to see someone cheat on an exam today, only to have them try to come off like they thought it was "open-book." The professor told the class to never assume that a test is open-book (duh!), then she let the girl get away with it. It just makes me mad, because this girl obviously didn't do the reading, but will get the same letter grade on the test as all of us in the class who read the material. Whatever!
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Today was a long day full of homework and classes. I did not stop once today until 12am, then tossed and turned all night due to some coffee I drank at 5pm to keep me awake so I could do homework, only to keep me awake all night to my detriment.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
I was SO busy today. I read from 8am-11am, went to class from 12-4pm, worked from 5-8:30pm, and now when I get home from work I will be reading from 9-12am. Gotta love this whole taking 20 credits thing.
Monday, January 19, 2004
Today I studied with Tracy for four hours at Park Avenue Cafe, then I went to work.

I wish I knew which direction I should take next year.
Sunday, January 18, 2004
We slept in a little more than usual today, but by 9:30am, I got up, took a shower, and then left to meet Sharla after she got out of first service at her church for coffee. We went to Starbucks, then went next door to Pizzacato for lunch. I didn't get home until almost 2pm. I brought Landon a piece of pizza from Pizzacato with me. I had lots of reading to do, so decided to start with "The Hobbit." I read, read, read, read, then fell asleep. I woke up at like 4:30pm, and we decided we needed to run to Trader Joe's to get a few things for dinner, and for the week's lunches. We got home by 6pm, and Landon made dinner (soy corn dogs and salad), while I continued reading. I got about 100 pages read before I finally fell asleep at 10:30pm. I just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore!

Saturday, January 17, 2004
Landon and I slept in a little longer than usual since we were out so late the night before. Landon had the idea that we should get dressed and walk downtown, so we did. We bundled up, walked downtown, and went to Starbucks. Then, we walked around Pioneer Place before going to see "Big Fish." After the movie (it was okay--not that great) we went to Border's Books. It was almost 5pm, so we started walking around looking for a place to eat. We finally came across NY Burritos, and decided to try them out. The burritos were delicious! We also had chips and salsa with our burritos, and the salsa was very good.

When we got home, I called Bob Gluckman, because we had made prior arrangments to hang out with him. In fact, before we even left to go downtown, I called him and left him a message to say that we were still planning on going out with him that evening. It was funny, because an hour later after walking downtown, we ran into him at Pioneer Place in front of The Gap. I told him then that we would call him when we got home. When I called him, we decided to go to The Bitter End, because it was closeby. Luckily, there was a folk band playing, so the music was right up our alley! We hung out there until about 11:30pm, then took Bob home.
All in all, today was a very nice day.

Friday, January 16, 2004
After school today, I cleaned the apartment. I had Landon's parents and Janssen over for tacos, then we watched "The Swimming Pool." Afterwards, Landon, Janssen, and I went to Mike Beglan's pub for the session. I brought some short stories I was assigned to read for American Fiction and read those while Landon played. We didn't end up leaving until 1am, so it was a long night. We got there at about 10pm. Mikey came over and talked to me for awhile and bought me a drink. At least I wasn't sitting there for the whole three hours all by myself!

Thursday, January 15, 2004
Today wasn't much better than yesterday as far as the weather goes; at least it wasn't raining as much.

I enjoyed Tolkien today. The professor went into some of the celtic and norse mythology from which Tolkien derived material for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It was pretty interesting.

From there, I went to Starbucks, then went to American Literature, where we spent 2 hours discussing John Smith (17th century explorer). It was pretty boring material, but the professor does a pretty good job of trying to make it interesting.

I was feeling overwhelmed by the time I got home from school, so when Landon got home from work, we went out for Thai food. It was nice to get out of some homework for an hour or so. After dinner, we went to Fred Meyer's to pick up some dishwashing soap and pencil lead for my mechanical pencils, and now we are home. I have some reading to do before going to bed, so I better go start on that now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004
This is a rainy, overcast, gloomy day here in the NW. My clothes feel constantly damp from walking around campus.

Nothing else going on today, except for I start my Intro to Social Work class tonight, and it runs from 5:30-9:10pm. It's going to be a long night.

If only the sun were shining, the day wouldn't seem so glum.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004
I started two of my classes today that I missed last week due to the snow storm: Tolkien and American Literature. Both classes I'm excited about, and I think I will like a lot.

Other than that, I had to get up really early this morning to take my car to the shop with Landon. Since I didn't have a car, I had to bus and max to work, which was no problem. Luckily, my car only needed an oil change, which was a financial sigh of relief to Landon and I since we invested so much money into his car in late 2003.

Now I am at work, and the day is almost over. I plan to go home, drink a glass of wine, and watch the second half of the PBS special on "Reconstruction." I taped the first half last night, and am going to watch the second half tonight. It is interesting to me, because it is the time frame we are studying in my American Fiction class right now.


P.S. I'm not sure who the person is who left me a comment yeserday, but will the mysterious "L" person please reveal his/her name? Could it possibly be Landon?
Monday, January 12, 2004
I'm at work right now.

Landon arrived home safe and sound from San Diego.

The snow is black and depressing from all the gravel the drivers dumped on the roads. At this point, I wish it would just melt away, because it is very unattractive, and makes the city look dirty.

Sunday, January 11, 2004
I am really sad, because Landon just left for San Diego. I went to Hawthorne and bought a toffee nut latte after he left to try to make myself feel better, but it didn't work, and I'm still really sad that he left. I know he will only be gone for two days, but I still feel sad, and I wish he didn't have to go.

Saturday, January 10, 2004
Today we went and looked at the Garden Home neighborhood for potential houses. It looks like a promising neighborhood. We were able to get around just fine in my car with the slush/snow.

Tonight, we went out to dinner with my family at Olive Garden. I got a bookend wine-rack from my mom, as well as elephant shaped coasters. Tracy got me a microfiber down blanket, Shelly got me some wine glasses, and Kristi & Zac got me a 20.00 gift certificate to Clackamas Town Center. The dinner was pretty good overall, and we had a good time.

Landon and I got home by 9:30pm, and pretty much went straight to bed, although I did watch the Critic's Choice Awards on E! for awhile, as well as the 10 o'clock news.

Friday, January 09, 2004
I worked all day today from 9:30-6pm. I picked up Cindy on the way to work, and dropped her off on my way to Landon's parents tonight for dinner after work. The roads are still bad in parts, but my car seems to be doing okay--I'm just really careful! We had a very difficult time getting Landon's car out this morning. Two other guys had to help him push, and I was behind the wheel. Once we got him off of the hill, it was fine, because many of the main roads are clear, but it is the side streets that still have deep snow and ice, although it continues to melt with temperatures above freezing.

We had pizza and watched a movie at Mike & Susan's. It was a good way to end an otherwise stressful day of driving in snow, pushing cars out of snow, and working a full day.

Thursday, January 08, 2004
I might has well cut and paste the post from yesterday, because it looks like this day is going to be a repeat of yesterday. PSU has decided to close the campus for a third day in a row. I e-mailed a few of my professors to see if there is reading I should get started on. For my Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday classes, the entire first week is now going to be cut from the syllabi. They are now saying that this snow isn't going to be going anywhere until Saturday. I am seeing some dripping from the roof, though, so hopefully the roads will clear off somewhat. If they cancel morning classes tomorrow, I won't be going to class tomorrow, either, because both of my classes are in the morning hours. I don't mind this extra time at home; I'm trying to get some things done around the apartment, as well as do some reading for the two classes I went to on Monday that I have syllabi for. Landon bused to work again today, and it only took him an hour and a half (yesterday it took 3 hours), so he plans to work until 4:30pm, then head home on the bus. We're going to have to go get some quarters in case he has to bus again tomorrow, because he's pretty much wiped out my dime/nickel/quarter reserve in the past few days of riding the bus. Tonight, we might bus downtown again for dinner. Grocery stores are actually running out of food, because trucks are unable to make it into the city, and the airport is still shut down. Anyway, we are out of pretty much everything. All we have is stuff to make sandwiches, and we also have salad we can eat. This ice storm must really like our city, because it sure has overstayed its welcome! Well, I still welcome it, because I like all these cancelled school days (less stress for me!), but many people here in the Metropolitan area are ready to have it gone, so they can return to life as normal. In a lot of ways, the snow is like being on vacation, where nothing in life is quite like it is at home. The funny thing is that we are at home, but in a lot of ways feel like we are not at home, because life is disrupted and is not functioning like normal. I like this aspect about the "winter blast," but many do not!

Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Another day of snow and ice. Driving conditions are pretty dangerous out there. Landon bused to work, and it took him three hours. He's still at work right now, and has to bus back at some point. He was the only one from his office who went in today. He should have stayed home, but I guess he is getting a lot of work done. Classes were cancelled for the second day today, so I've been doing assigned reading for the two classes I attended on Monday. By the looks of it, I'm assuming classes are going to be cancelled tomorrow (Thursday) morning, and possibly afternoon classes, also. The "winter's wrath" just won't leave!
The snow hasn't left us! The reporters are saying that drivers out there aren't "respecting the snow." I think all of us were hit by surprise today to see the snow hasn't melted at all, even though they forecasted that it would. PSU cancelled morning classes, and I'm still waiting to hear an update on what the story will be for afternoon/evening classes. I do have an evening class on Wednesday nights, so I need to keep checking throughout the day. This time off from school will definitely help me to get a head start on some of this reading.

Other than that, I hope to stay warm today!

Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Happy 27th Birthday to me!

We woke up on my birthday to the "winter blast." Because the conditions are so bad, and the wind is "punishing" (as KPTV refers to it), I get to have a "snow day" on my birthday! No school, no work--just staying home!

If we go anywhere tonight, it will be to walk to Caro Amico's, a little Italian restaurant at the bottom of View Point Terrace, to eat a good Italian dinner for my birthday. They might be closed, but we'll see.


We called Caro Amico's, as well as about 10 other restaurants, but most were closed due to "winter blast." Finally, we called a restaurant that was open: Typhoon! It is a Thai restaurant on Broadway downtown. Landon and I walked to the bottom of the hill, boarded a bus, and rode to Broadway. Downtown Portland literally looked like a ghost town; hardly anyone was out. It was very fun--almost like an adventure busing downtown for dinner. I really liked the restaurant a lot, and the staff there were very nice to us. We ordered Salad Rolls, Fried Wontons, Tom Kha Gai, and King's Noodles. For dessert, we had creme brulee. It was SO good!
Landon gave me a Fossil watch for my birthday. It was SO cold out, and the snow isn't going anywhere. The freezing rain (or ice pellets) were coming down the whole time, and it made the snow look sparkly. It was a very pretty night to celebrate my birthday.


Monday, January 05, 2004
Today was my first day back to school. I had Bible as Literature and American Fiction today, and both classes seem like they will be pretty good. I already started reading Maggie: Girl of the Streets due by Wednesday; luckily, it is only 82 pages long, but still quite a bit of reading to have done by Wednesday. The professor in American Fiction is young; he looks like he is a new Ph.D.

The "winter blast" coverage on channel 12 is getting a little over-dramatic. They refer to this approaching storm as though it is an army that will attack our city. It is out of control, if you ask me!

I was a little sad tonight when I realized I would only be 26 for a few more hours. Tomorrow is my twenty-seventh birthday, and I really can't believe I went from 18 to 27 in what seems like a whirlwind. Oh, well--I guess everyone is in the same boat and feels the same way about how fast the years fly by.

Sunday, January 04, 2004
I went out to E-San Thai downtown for my birthday tonight with Mike, Susan, Landon, and Janssen. It was pretty fun, and the food was pretty good--at least it was as good as Thai Thai, which is where we usually go. It was fun to try a new Thai restaurant, and I actually liked the atmosphere better there than at Thai Thai.

Other than that, we're still on "storm watch," and so far we've been watching two days too long, because the predicted snow hasn't shown up yet. We'll see what happens tomorrow!

I bought Kristi her 24th birthday present today. We're going to celebrate our birthdays next Saturday, January 10th. I'm going to pick out the restaurant this year, because she picked out Red Lobster last year. I think I might choose Olive Garden, even though that isn't a restaurant I would choose if I wasn't trying to make sure that 10+ people would all like it!

Tomorrow I start school; I think I'm ready to go back, even though I'd rather be on break a little longer!

Saturday, January 03, 2004
Today we basically stayed home and took it easy. Landon made us breakfast bagels, which is something we rarely eat, because they are high in carbs, and the cream cheese is high in fat!

Later in the afternoon, we went over to Mike & Susan's, and Landon made homemade pasta. We then watched a movie I had rented a couple of days prior called "The In-Laws." I did not like this movie at all; I thought it was really boring and depressing--and to think I thought it was a comedy!!

Friday, January 02, 2004
I had some friends over last night (Sharla, Jen, Colleen, Danny, and Barbara), to celebrate my 27th birthday. At first, I wasn't going to do it because of the forecasted snow, but when the roads remained clear Thursday night, I decided to go ahead and have it. Landon made a vegie tray and 7-layer dip, and I made some butterscotch cookies. Danny, Barbara, and Landon played Irish music, and Colleen, Jen, Sharla, and I sat around and talked. It was a lot of fun!

Colleen bought me a little purse, and coincidently, Sharla bought me a purse, also! Jen gave me a scarf and some mittens. Sharla also brought her Christmas present for me, which was Griffin & Sabine cards, which I really liked back when we lived together at 1935.

Thursday, January 01, 2004
Happy first day of 2004!!!!

We woke up this morning to 6" of snow! When we drove home last night, it was 3am, and the streets were bare, and there wasn't any snow falling at all. So, you can imagine our surprise to wake up to 6"!! We got ready, then bused to Starbucks, Blockbuster, and Fred Meyer (they are all three in one strip mall). It is only about a 3 minute bus ride, so it wasn't very far. I was amazed to feel even the bus sliding around. Wow! The snow is starting to really come down again. This Christmas break is turning into a real adventure!

Landon is making home-made bread right now. Other than that, we're stuck inside the apartment for the day (and possibly for the weekend).

We woke up this morning to 6" of snow! When we drove home last night, it was 3am, and the streets were bare, and there wasn't any snow falling at all. So, you can imagine our surprise to wake up to 6"!! We got ready, then bused to Starbucks, Blockbuster, and Fred Meyer (they are all three in one strip mall). It is only about a 3 minute bus ride, so it wasn't very far. I was amazed to feel even the bus sliding around. Wow! The snow is starting to really come down again. This Christmas break is turning into a real adventure!

Landon is making home-made bread right now. Other than that, we're stuck inside the apartment for the day (and possibly for the weekend).

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