My new thing at work is to put on classes for 8-10 people. I just started up a 6 week ski and snowboard strength and conditioning class called Power for Powder. Check out my flier on Facebook. I know, it sounds pretty hard core right? I never pictured my self doing anything like this but hey, I'm jumping into it with both feet and hopefully I'll land upright. I was always such an advocate that as an Athletic Trainer I can't help you get fit but I can help you if you get injured. Well I guess technically I can take my education and try to do both. So the first day of my class was today. I was a little worried that I would not have a lot of people show up but the class is full and I even have a waiting list! We started with some dynamic stretching and then did some fast pace circuit training and then a little section of the class I like to call "last run endurance". Every one at work kept asking me if I was nervous which is weird because you would think I would be but I never really was. I kept it cool all during the class and hopefully I was motivating and positive and gave every one a good work out. The only thing is, now that I am home, I am totally freaking out about the class. Did every one like it? Will they show up for next weeks class? Did I explain things well enough or did I go through everything too fast? Oh man. And yes, now I am nervous that I have to do it all over next week. What is wrong with me?!
I should have taken a clue from the first deep cleaning I did of our house when I found a long line of dead ants in the carpet under the window. Wow, I thought, they must of had a big ant problem before we moved in. Good thing they took care of that. Little did I know that was just a hint of what was to come. I quickly learned that we could not leave cookies on the counter uncovered over night. We woke up the next morning and they were swarming with ants. Next it was the medicine cabinet. Apparently ants have a thing for cough drops as well. This week has been particularly bad. One night I was making dinner and I suddenly realized there was a thick black moving line leading along the cupboard into my baking goods shelf. I was so overwhelmed with how many there were that I interrupted Sean from studying and asked him to help me. After taking everything outside, killing the ants and then making sure each item we brought in was ant free, needless to to say, dinner was very late. The very next day I was still letting my cupboard air out from all the chemicals I sprayed in them. I decided to read my scriptures. I took out my Book or Mormon and went to the couch with out thinking about it. The next thing I knew I was covered in ants! I ran out side jumping up and down and swatting the little things off me. I probably looked like a fool. I was so frustrated that I yelled I HATE ANTS! Just so Sean could hear me up in his study and so he would know that we had been struck again. This didn't turn out to be the best picture but see if you can play I spy and find the line of ants going into my scripture bad. Really?! My Scripture bag?! Where will they hit next?! I don't know how much more I can take of this before we have to call in a real exterminator and get the whole place fumigated or something.
I stayed up way too late last night finishing Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It is a super good book. As much as I love reading, it is not often that I can stay awake longer then a few hours without getting up and doing something. This book had me hooked though so I thought it deserved a little plug on my blog. It is actually the third book in the trilogy. The first is Hunger Games then Catching Fire and then Mockingjay. If you're looking for a good book I would definitely recommend them all. Plus, Hunger Games is being made into a movie so you should jump on the band wagon before it is overflowing with fans :)
Just to remind you, here is a before shot. And here are a few pictures of this afternoon's work. Yeah! I have flowers now! Can you believe it is the end of September and I just planted a garden?! I love California!
This weekend I was able to fly up to Calgary for my mom and Les's sealing. I can't believe that Les has been baptized for a year! My mom and Les had 40 friends and family join them at the Cardston Temple yesterday. We all did a session and then went strait to the sealing room where my mom and Les were sealed for eternity. I have never seen my mom so happy. She was glowing! I am so glad I was able to be there to support her and Les. It was also great to see some familiar faces who have helped out our family so much along the way :)
Yesterday I had a whole day off work. I was so excited. You think, like any normal person, I would have a nice relaxing day and watch some TV and sleep in and all that good stuff. Well, apparently not. I must of been bit by the ambition bug because I suddenly decided to put in a path in our front yard. Hmm. What was I thinking?! Who does that?! Well, off I went to our local Home Depot and I stocked up with supplies and got to work. Here are a few before pictures. After clearing all the red wood chips I started with the edging. Little did I know how skinkin hard the soil is here. Hammering in the stake was so hard that I quickly began to think: what in the world have I got myself into! It didn't take too long before I got a big old blister. Of course, being a rugged Canadian, this did not stop me. I just kept on hammering, even when it popped and leaked blister fluid all over the hammer. I did however stop enough to take a sad face picture. At first there were a few stakes that I just could not get in all the way that I was going to leave them for Sean to hammer in for me but our local handy man heard all the hammering and stopped by to check out what was going on. He was very impressed and actually offered me a job! He said that he gets asked quite a bit to do landscaping but he never knows what to do. He said that he would pay me to come up with ideas for landscaping. That was pretty cool. On top of offering me a job, he also offered me a heavier hammer. After breaking the first stake completely in half with the new hammer I finally got the hang of it and was able to hammer in all the other stakes. Then came my round vs square corner freak out. For some reason I did one corner round and then one corner square and I couldn't decide if it looked right. After consulting with my mother and my mother-in-law, they both confirmed that it looked good. With their confidence behind me, I pushed on. Next came the soil. I punched through the hard clay soil and mixed it in with some nice top soil. After that I placed the stepping stones and planted the ground cover and whalaa! A path! I'm actually pretty proud at how it turned out. I feel like a professional! I also have more big plans for this area so this is officially phase 1. First I have to recover from this ambitious undertaking. This morning I woke up with the blister, a cut on my hand, a few slivers and some very sore muscles. I guess I didn't do too bad but now I plan on taking the weekend off and head up to Canada!
Yesterday we had our carpets cleaned in the morning which left us with a very wet house that we couldn't really be in. Sean decided that this would probably be a good day to take off from his studies and do some sight seeing. Since the floors were wet we wanted to do something with Bella to get her out of the house so she didn't get dirty paw prints on our nice clean carpet. Why not go see the Red Woods at Muir Woods and do some hiking! Great idea right? Well, maybe not. As we got stuck in traffic on the way there we quickly learned that the long weekend may not be the best time to go to see the hot tourist destinations. Still we drove there to see what all the fuss was about. After not being able to find parking within a few miles of the park's entrance we also learned that there were no dogs allowed! Who knew!? With all the crowds and having to leave Bella in the car we decided that we would save this adventure for another day. Besides, without as much traffic as we faced yesterday, we are only half an hour away. We did get to see some great views of the bay though. The day was still young so we decided to go to our back up plan which was to go to Golden Gate Park. We didn't really know what Golden Gate Park was but I have heard it on the radio quite a bit so I thought it might be a fun place to check out. It was also very appropriate that we got to see and drive across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time on our way to the Golden Gate Park. Once we got to the park we were amazed that had not heard more about it! It is huge! I just looked it up on line and it is 1017 acres! It is like Central Park but, get this, it is 20% LARGER! There were tons of gardens, tennis courts, soccer fields, hand ball courts, a museum, a concert hall, 3 lakes, a Bison paddock and tons more. Like I said, it is HUGE! Once we found a parking spot the first things Sean saw a sign for were the Japanese Gardens and this is what he was set on seeing while we were there. It was quite a walk but we were able to do some exploring on the way and we eventually found them. As we went to enter the gate, what did we see... A big old NO DOGS ALLOWED sign. Of course. Well, we'll add that one to our list of places that we need to come back to. So we decided that maybe just the plain old botanical gardens would be dog friendly. Nope. Again: NO DOGS ALLOWED. Even the Shakespeare Gardens did not allow dogs! I don't think Shakespeare would approve of all this discrimination. Bella was sure not impressed. Oh well, at least we got to see some of the area and make a list of places that we definitely want to come back to. Since we were in San Francisco we decided that we may as well get some dinner in China Town. This time we just left Bella in the car. There are tons of restaurants in China Town but we learned last night that not all of them are good. I guess we need to do a bit more research the next time we decide we want to do some sight seeing. Even though we did not get to see everything we set out to see we really did still have a great day. It is always fun when Sean decides to take a break from his studies and I get him all to myself! It is funny how we can turn situations that could be disappointing into still having fun just because we are together. I sure do love my man... and my dog :)
Ok, I know I have a lot to update every one so here it goes.... California: We are now official residents of Point Richmond California.I have quickly learned not to say Richmond because apparently Richmond is known as a pretty shady (dangerous) place. I still haven't actually driven Sean around Richmond but I have told him that if he ever takes the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), he cannot take it from the Richmond station. Have no fear though, Point Richmond is a whole other world on the other side of the freeway and rail road tracks and right on the bay. We are loving life in California. There is so much sun and there is always something to do and see here. It is amazing!
Our Home: We love our home! Our front door is right in the middle of the above picture. Our little piece of home goes from the chimney on the right to the chimney on the left and yes, we do have a wood burning fire place that goes with that chimney. In case you have not seen pictures on Sean's facebook here is just a little peak at the views. Our front yard with a white picket fence and a purple tree/bush and everything! Living room Master bedroom Sean's study View right out Sean's window. I don't know how he is going to get any studying done :)
We have marina views from every window! We walk right out our front door and we are on a path that goes around the bay. I cannot even tell you how nice it is to come home and take Bella for a walk. It is like we live in a vacation home. There will be more pictures to follow when we are fully unpacked any settled.
Sean's School: From what I hear, Sean is definitely loving Berkley Law School. He is enjoying the professors and the classes but most importantly the on campus interviews. Now is the time that he interviews for summer internships which basically end up turning into a full time job once he graduates. He has had about 15 interviews a week for the last two weeks. He has had a few call backs which we are very excited. More to come on that front when we know more.
My Work: I cannot believe how blessed I have been with my job. It is so nice to be an athletic trainer again. I am working at Sports and Orthopedic Leaders Physical Therapy Clinic. I am learning a lot about the whole rehab side of injuries and I am loving it. Probably one of my favorite parts is just being able to interact with patients and hopefully have a direct hand in helping them get better.
It is so fun to see how things are working out for us here in California. It is like we were meant to be here or something. Now that I have done the big bulk of the catch up I'll try to keep up with the fun little stories more. It seems like I am always thinking about something to write about but I haven't felt like I could until I got this all behind me. Check that one off my list of things to do!
Well, that's right boys and girls, it is official. We are moving! Where you might ask. To Berkeley! Who knew I would ever be a California girl? I am still holding strong to the fact that I will always be a rugged Canadian but I guess this rugged Canadian will now be living for the next few years in sunny California. The idea is growing on me. My last day of work was on Wednesday and now I am slowly trying to get our house all packed up. Sean is staying very busy in the library and in his study as he is working on writing on to the journal at Berkeley. It is a pretty daunting task for him right now but I know he will do great. While he gets to stay locked up working hard in the library, Sean's mom and I are going to to Berkeley on Monday to look for our next home. I also have an interview next week for an Athletic Training position in Oakland. I am very excited. It looks like things are falling into place. California here we come!
Well we still have no idea what we will be doing or where we will be going next month but I thought I would update everyone on where we stand. The most recent update is that Sean got a phone call from the Dean of Berkeley letting him know that he has been accepted! Although we were so excited about Georgetown, Berkeley has some benefits. First of all, it is ranked higher then Georgetown. Secondly, if we want to end up on the West coast then Berkeley would definitely set us up to do that where as Georgetown would establish us more to be on the East coast. The good thing about being on the West coast is that we are still driving distance to Sean's family and, although it would be a long one, driving to see my family would still be doable. Sorry Chelsea, it looks like we are passing up Georgetown. We are still waiting to hear back from New York University, Columbia, Harvard and Chicago though. On my end of things, I have been applying for athletic training positions all over. I was lucky enough to be able to do some interviews while I was in Philadelphia for the Athletic Training Convention and I have received a call back for one in New York. Sean calls it my dream job on steroids. It is working part time in a clinic and full time at a high school. The pay and benefits are super good. They would like me to fly out at the end of the month for an on site interview. Only one problem... Sean hasn't even technically been accepted to any schools in New York. Plus New York? Do we really want to live in New York? I know it sounds exciting and all but it kind of scares me at the same time. I feel like we are trying to make a decision when technically we don't really know what the options are yet. It's so frustrating! We have turned in our notice for our apartment and I have officially given my two weeks notice at work. Sean just brought home a ton of boxes tonight so we can start packing. It looks like we only have one thing left to figure out. WHERE ARE WE GOING?!?!
Nothing says that summer must be on its way more then our new BBQ! We have wanted a BBQ for such a long time. Now that we have a beautiful porch to put one on we finally just sucked it up and bought the cheapest one we could find. Sean is officially our family's BBQer and he has proved himself as a natural. Our first official BBQ meal which we commemorated with these pictures was lime chicken nachos. Mmmm. Delicious!
I know it is shocking, but yes, Sean does take study breaks. True, they are rare and only for about two minutes or just to eat or use the restroom but here is what happens during that time. It was a quite night with Bella and I relaxing on the couch enjoying a nice evening together. I was indulging is some wonderful ice cream and reading my book when all of the sudden it happened. Bella was hit by the sticky tab assassin! To the sticky tab assassin's surprise (aka Sean), our poor puppy did not react as perhaps a cat might of, jumping around swatting and biting at the foreign objects stuck to her fur. Instead little Bella went and hid in her cage and would not come out until I took all the sticky tabs off. Awww. Poor Bella. I think she is just as excited as me for Sean's finals to be over. Only 5 more days until I get my husband back for the summer!
We have recently had some very interesting choices placed before us. As many of you know Sean has done very well in law school. He has been at the library for many long nights and when he is not in the library he is hard at work in our study at home. All this work has resulted in him being ranked in the top 5% of his class after the first semester of law school. In the last few months he has started to think about the options that these grades could open up for him. One option that we have been considering is transferring schools. Having a big name school behind your degree can never hurt and Sean is excited at the opportunity to study in an atmosphere with great law scholars. He has applied to both Georgetown Law in Washington DC and to Chicago University. We weren't too sure about his chances of actually getting in but thought it may be worth giving it a shot. Well last week we heard back from Georgetown. This picture says it all... That's right! He got in! We are still waiting to hear back from Chicago and it required a commitment that if he is accepted he will attend. Obviously we are going to wait to make our decision until we hear back from Chicago but this first acceptance sure opens up some possibilities for our future. Who knows, this time next year we could be in Chicago or Washington DC. How crazy is that?!
So I'm trying something a little new. I know I am a horrible blogger as it is but I am now starting up a second blog. The address is: www.bestmealoftheweek.blogspot.com . As most of you know I love to cook and I make it a point to make sure we have a good sit down meal together every night. I am always trying out new recipes and then loosing track of the ones that we really liked. I also tell people what I make for dinner and they ask for recipes which I end up never getting around to giving to them. So I guess my new web site serves two purposes in that I can share all my best meals with friends and family and who ever else ends up running into my web site and I can keep track of them myself. Good idea right? I guess we'll see how it goes. If you're ever in the need for a good meal idea check it out :)
This weekend was great! What a wonderful husband I have! I have to admit, Saturday did not start off too great. I went to a wrestling tournament where I once again got shut down on any job prospects as an Athletic Trainer here in Eugene. It is IMPOSSIBLE to do anything Athletic Training here without being a University of Oregon grad student. There is just such a tight connection there that if anyone knows about a job opening or even a weekend event that needs covered they call up their buddy in grad school. I have finally come to the bitter realization that really, Athletic Training was just the means to my ultimate goal of being a mom someday. I am basically just having to take a different road to my ultimate goal.
Any ways, after bawling my eyes out, my loving husband took me in his arms and helped me calm down and put things in perspective and continue on to have a wonderful weekend. On Saturday night we discovered an amazing sushi restaurant. Even though I am probably the most embarrassing person to eat sushi with due to the fact that I simply cannot fit the whole thing in my mouth in one bight, Sean puts up with me and we had a great dinner.
After dinner we discovered Trader Joes. Trader Joes is a mostly organic and pretty expensive grocery store but while we were there we discovered the greatest thing ever. Pain au Chocolate! Pain au chocolate is a delicious French pastry that is basically a croissant with chocolate in the middle. It is amazing. We loved them while we were in London and France and now we have discovered that our love affair can continue here on the American continent! Mmmm..
We then continued our night by getting Dutch Brother smoothies for dessert (the apple smoothie is my favorite!) and going regular grocery shopping at Walmart. It has been so long since we have been grocery shopping together and I forgot how fun it could be! Being with Sean just makes everything fun!
Sunday was a great day for being in love too. For breakfast we had our freshly baked pain au chocolate which starts any day off right. Sean did a great job on getting me the perfect Valentines Day present. He got me the box set collection of all the Jane Austin classic movies. Don't worry though, I told him that I would not make him watch them with me :) For dinner we had Alaskan King Crab legs, twice baked potatoes, salad and bread with oil and balsamic vinegar. Alaskan King Crab is amazing! I have never eaten crab where you get such a big chunk of meat from the shell that you actually have to cut it to eat it. Mmmm good. We then finished off our romantic evening by piling blankets on the floor, starting up our fire and watching a movie. So wonderful. How lucky am I to be married for ever with my best friend and the one person in the world that still makes me giddy just by being with him. I LOVE YOU SEAN! Thanks for making my Valentines weekend the best weekend EVER!
Sean and I have always wondered what Bella does at home alone all day. Some days we come home and one of my shoes is on the couch or all her toys are piled right by the door. It makes us wonder. Today we had another little insight into her day. She had taken all our shoes and put them in pairs all around the house! She's such a little organizer! At least she does not chew them, just moves them. It's pretty funny :)
Ok, I figure since it has now been well over month since my last post it is probably time for another one. So here is one of those classic catch up posts. First of all, for Christmas break we went to Canada this year. I feel like I have been up there quite a bit on my own in 2009 but it was nice to have Sean there with me for a full week. It was super fun to visit family, even if I still was still recovering from the Swine flu and exhausted all the time.
When we got back to Eugene after Canada our vacation wasn't over yet. We left the same night we arrived to drive down for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. It was a super long drive but the time always goes a little faster now that so many cars have TVs in them. We watched the whole first season of Heroes on the drive there and home. Here is Sean and I enjoying the view of California from a look out point we stopped at for to stretch our legs.
This stop also served as a potty break for the boys which we also ended up with pictures of but I figured I would spare my brother-in-laws the humiliation of posting pictures of them frolicking in the parking lot in their boxers.
The day of the big game finally arrived. The first adventure of the day started with parking. With the top carrier still on the vehicle underground parking was a little tricky. The only thing that saved us was how much six of us being in the vehicle weighed it down. Once we got into our tiny parking spot and we all got out the car popped right up and hit the ceiling beam. At least we knew no one was going to steal our car without six people there to weigh it down.
This is me getting pumped for the game by putting on my scary Maori face. Very scary...
We took a train to Pasadena to avoid the crazy traffic close to the stadium. This is us waiting for the train.
Here we are on the train! Hard core brothers. We made it! Here are all the cars that payed big bucks so they could have tail gate parties with the Rose Bowl Stadium in the back ground. This is me, shocked at the prices of the food outside the stadium. They first made us stand in line to pay for tickets and then pay for the food with the tickets. When we got to our seats we were shocked to find that we had tickets for the second row! Here we are with our hopes still high. Go Ducks!Unfortunately the University of Oregon just couldn't pull it off. This was an unhappy moment when the confetti started to fly and it was not for the team we came there to cheer for.
Going to the Rose Bowl was still a pretty fun family trip and we did get to go to Six Flags Magic Mountain the next day before we went home to Oregon. Plus, when it really comes down to it, we are still true blue through and through BYU Cougar fans. We were very excited that they came out on top even if our new school couldn't pull it off. GO COUGARS! :)