Friday, June 30, 2006

Home for the Weekend

So, Veng didn't end up being able to get Monday off from work, so no AX for us, so we're home all weekend. Which is probably for the best in the long run. We're going to "dessert club" in our ward tonight, which hopefully will be fun. I'm really trying hard to be able to meet people in the ward so I can make some friends so I don't end up sitting by myself in Relief Society every Sunday any more. I hate that. I suck at remembering people's names though, and I think it makes the girls in my ward uncomfortable when I can't remember their names.

Despite knowing yesterday morning that we wouldn't be able to go to AX, I still bought a bunch of costume supplies so that I will be prepared to cosplay next time we go to an anime convention. I have almost everything I need for three different costumes: Ryo from Princess Nine, Sakura (older version) from Naruto, and Hitomi (movie version) from Escaflowne. Oh, and I still have the clothes to do Kyo from Fruits Basket too. I need a couple of wigs though, sometime. I don't think I'm ready to buy any yet, until I know when the next time is that we'll be going to an anime convention. At least I have some fun sewing projects to work on now. In addition to all my other sewing projects that I haven't finished yet. It's really hard to finish the t-shirt quilt though without a mat and roller-cutter thing (you think I'd know the name of those by now, but I totally don't). It's also hard to want to work on a quilt (even a simple light one) when it's the middle of summer and you have no air-conditioning in your apartment.

I finally got my resume all done last night. I will be sending it off today. On Monday, hopefully, I'll be able to take Veng to class so I can have the car in the morning and go apply at a couple more places.

Veng made a deal with me this morning that if I would clean up all of my stuff around the apartment, he'll clean up all of his stuff when he gets home. That'll be nice, because I've been getting frustrated with how messy it's been (even though it's as much my fault as his). So, cleaning today. I also want to do a bit of sewing. And of course, apply for those jobs. I'm really hopeful that I can get one of them, because all three sound enjoyable, at the least. Even if they don't end up being enjoyable though, a job is a job. So, here's hoping. I really want to be able to attend classes this fall, too, so hopefully I'll be able to get one with a slightly flexible schedule (I need to be off by about 4:30 to be able to get to Salt Lake by 6 for class).

I'm sorry for not commenting on Xanga blogs recently. BYU has been in the process of blocking, then unblocking all of Xanga this week, and I'm not sure if it's going to end up blocked or not. Anyways, it's been hard to check them. I'm currently all caught up on reading them as it's unblocked today, but I don't know if that will last. Not much of an excuse for not any rate, all of my Xanga friends have my apologies.

Time to go get busy. Lots of stuff to do today.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Veng went back to class and work today. I got to stay home. Yay. I woke up to computer problems (Explorer and Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger kept taking turns crashing whenever I booted up) and didn't get them fixed until noon. Then I looked around at jobs listed online for a bit, and found one I'm interested in applying for. Which I seem to have managed to close. Dang. Gotta go find it again. There it is. Computer Technician Internship. I fixed a pair of Veng's pants that I'd promised him forever ago that I'd fix, and did some preliminary work on fixing some shirt hems for him (I would have finished them but I have no white thread and no car to go buy white thread with so it'll have to wait until he's home).

After all that, I made myself some sourdough pizza toast for an extremely late brunch. Which I just finished. Yummy. I'm still hungry, but at this point, I think I'm feeling lazy enough to just wait until Veng comes home for dinner (though I have no idea what we'll eat). I still need to exercise sometime today, do the dishes, do some laundry, go grocery shopping...

I made a goal to exercise 3 times this week, and fix Veng's shirts, and do some last cleaning/organizing of the apartment, and apply to seven (I think?) different jobs. If it all works out, and Veng gets all his goals for the week done as well, we're planning on going to AX this weekend. Still waiting to see if he can get work off on Monday so that it'd be worth going. At this point in time, we'll probably end up sleeping on the floor of the hotel room of our friends from AZ who are going, which is more affordable than getting our own hotel room. I think it'll be a fun little vacation if it works out. If not, oh well, we'll save several hundred dollars that we can spend later on things like rent. ;) So, we'll see how it goes.

Welp, the time has arrived to go exercise and clean. I hope everbody's doing well, more updates will come later.

P.S. Had a great time playing DS and Karaoke and Nerts with people over the weekend, many thanks to everybody.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Fears unfounded

As expected, nothing drastic happened yesterday. We returned some more of the random wedding presents that we got from parents' friends, and used the money at the respective stores to get a tiny bit more kitchen stuff, and a couple new outfits for me (yay!). I finally have a shirt to wear with one of the skirts that Veng brought back for me from Spain, so I'm quite excited about that. Our apartment is looking pretty sweet, we have two more pieces of furniture to get rid of (my parents want them) and then our living room will be so incredibly clean and organized, it'll be great. And it looks pretty sweet too. So we'll have to have people over again.

I finally went and got the rest of the Fruits Basket anime (it was on sale, it was the only time I've *ever* seen it on sale, so we got it). I'm looking forward to showing it to Veng finally. We had a fun date night on Monday where he patiently waited at Borders for several hours while I got caught up on some of my manga reading, then we went and ate really quick at Hogi Yogi / Teriyaki Sticks (I quite enjoyed the chicken chipotle sandwich), and then we saw a late showing of Cars. Now, I was not at all impressed by the previews for this movie. At all. But then I read Th's blog post about how much he and his family enjoyed it, and so I figured it had to be pretty good. And it was. We enjoyed it quite a lot, lots of funny little parts. The clip at the end at the Drive-In was quite entertaining. And though the overall storyline/plot was very predictable, they still managed to do a good job of it and make it an entertaining movie.

In other news, I seem to have acquired a cold. And it continues to amaze me just how often we have to a) go food shopping, and b) do laundry. I am not a good enough cook yet to be able to say "we'll just buy a bunch of this ingredient in bulk, I have 30 different recipes I can use that in this month" so we're still making a list every week and going and buying stuff for the dinners we've got planned out. Which has been working well, but it's a bit more expensive than I was expecting. At least we're eating well. And laundry, laundry never ends. I look forward to the day when we live somewhere with a washer and dryer so we don't have to use public laundry facilities anymore. I'm looking forward to that much, much more than having a dishwasher again, since I really don't mind washing dishes by hand all that much.

I'm glad you're all still alive. Thanks. :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2006


I woke up this morning due to the uneasy sensation I felt after hearing, while asleep, someone loudly, hissingly whisper "sleeeep" to me. I do not know if it was part of a dream or not. I got dressed. I checked the apartment for robbers. I got on the computer and checked people's blogs. I closed the windows when they started hosing out the gutters from the roof so that things wouldn't get wet. I still have no idea why I needed to wake up so urgently, but I did. I still feel uneasy. And sleepy. And hungry. I should probably eat some breakfast and take a shower sometime soon.

Stay alive, please.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Home Again

Going on vacation is fun, but it's always so nice to come back home again. Our week in Arizona was an all-around interesting adventure.

First off, we had our reception on the 3rd. We spent all day setting things up both inside and outside. (The reception was outside.) I got a bit of heat exhaustion. I'm surprised I was the only one, since it was 112 degrees outside. It remained 110 for most of our reception, despite the fact that the sun had gone down. And my little sister accidentally turned off the air conditioning upstairs where Veng and I and my family were all sleeping, and nobody realized it, so I got to get dressed in my dress in an already-sweaty state. Definitely the hottest I've ever been. It was also my mother's birthday that day. I still need to get her a present. And my dad, since it was his birthday this last Saturday. Anyways, it turned out pretty well. On Sunday, my family drove back home so that my little brother could speak at Seminary Graduation or some such thing, and so they could be back home for the last week of high school. Trace is now graduated, which oddly, does not seem strange to me at all. I don't think he'll have any problems adjusting to college this fall. Veng and I stayed in Arizona for the week. We watched 12 movies while we were there. I haven't ever watched that many movies in a single week before. Walk the Line, King Kong, the end of Cinderella Man (we'd watched all but the end on our honeymoon), The Notebook, Matrix Revolutions (I liked it way better than the second Matrix movie), Star Wars Episode III, Return of the King, The Ring, Batman Begins, and some others that I apparently can't remember.

The movies, of course, were not really the adventurous part. On Tuesday we went out to "the lake" and went jet-skiing with Veng's parents. It was my second time ever going, and I think I did pretty well, though I did not enjoy the ride back to the pier at all, as it was very choppy and in addition to making me slightly motion-sick, it gave me a sore bottom.

On Wednesday, feeling only slightly recovered from Tuesday, we went with Veng's parents and his older brother to go 4-wheeling/quadding/whatever you want to call it. I choose to call it scary. I will openly admit that those vehicles scare me. Veng's parents also own a souped-up golf cart thing, which has been modified for off-roading of a sort. Very bumpy ride, but not especially terrifying. But it did scare me, so I was very nervous about trying out the quads. So I spent most of the morning (did I mention that we got up at the insane hour of 5:30 to beat the heat? I was very tired) watching Veng and Menace (his brother) ride around on them. Menace is slightly crazy when it comes to those things, and was going crazy fast and doing huge jumps and other things. Veng was being much more sane, and was only taking the things he thought he could handle, and was going at a reasonable speed. So I wasn't too horribly worried. Menace got low on gas so went back towards the Tahoe to fill up his quad, and we went with Veng over to a different area of desert so he could try out some new hills (the entire place has been ripped up horribly by off-roaders, so there's all sorts of trails going up hills that have been worn down so that there's now 2-6 foot cliffs going upwards on either side of the trail). Veng did some figure-eights for a while on a circly sandy part, then went to tackle one of the hills which looked pretty small to me (much smaller than the hill named Widow-maker which he'd been riding up and down minutes before with no problems).

Do you feel the sense of impending doom yet? I didn't at the time.

We were maybe 50 feet away, watching him from the side as he went up this hill rather slowly. He passed behind a bush, and the engine started sounding funny...we saw him emerge from behind the bush, then the engine cut out, he started rolling backwards, and then suddenly, the second-most terrifying sight of my life, the quad tipped backwards and he and it disappeared behind the bush, and the definitely-most-terrifying sound of my life, we heard him scream. I could not take the time to think things through and go back to the golf-cart and drive over there rationally. I could not take the time to think at all. My adrenaline carried me sprinting over there as fast as I could run over the sandy dirt until I got around the bush and saw the most terrifying sight of my life. He was on his back, legs in the air, head and arm bent and pinned under the handlebars of the quad. He saw me and his father running towards him and yelled that he was alright. I couldn't lift it off him until his dad got there. He was, rather miraculously, alright. A few scratches, no broken bones, no paralysis, no cracked skull many thanks to the helmet. I, of course, remained terrified. The quad also was miraculously unbroken.

I said we were done for the day. Veng's mom agreed. His parents took the golf-cart back. His brother took the other quad back (he had arrived at the crash scene moments after we had, and was able to flip the quad back right-side up). Veng and I were left with the task of getting the quad-of-doom back. Veng offered to drive, but I couldn't let him drive it again, I was entirely too terrified for that. So I drove. I took the monster, and I drove it at a grand pace of approximately 5mph for the endlessly long trip back to the trailer, and even at that slow speed, I still almost crashed while we were going up the one small hill because I over-reacted, and Veng had to reach around me and help me steer up the rest of the hill. I drove, and I was terrified, and the only thing that kept me from sobbing the whole way was that he was safe, and he was right behind me, holding on to me, reassuring me with words and kisses on my shoulder that he was okay. We finally made it back to the Tahoe and the trailer, and I washed off his wounds as best I could without ripping his skin more, and took pictures of each of them with my camera-phone so that they could be documented. I do not know if I will ever be not-scared enough to go quadding again. I think I'll eventually get over it. As long as I never have to see something that scary again for the rest of my life, I will be satisfied with my blessings, and thankful to have a husband who is safe next to me. Before we left the desert-quadding-place, I acquired some cool future-sculpture loot in the form of an abandoned clutch disk, and an abandoned fatty heavy rim. There's a lot of crap that people have dumped out there...little do they know what cool things I can make out of it. Just need some welding equipment...

The rest of the week was not nearly so exciting. Like I said, we watched a lot of movies. We went out to eat with Veng's family several times. I had a really good baked yam with caramel sauce and melty marshmallows on top at the Texas Roadhouse. On Saturday, I attended my first LAN party. I got to meet some more of Veng's LANning friends, and play BattleField 2, Midtown Madness 2, and SWAT 4 with them. The last 2 games could be played over the network with hacks and cracks. BF2, however, had to be played over the internet, and so, I now own a copy of it. It's the first computer game that I, myself, have owned. Too bad I won't be playing it much. :/ The LAN was fun though, and I enjoyed it. I'm getting so that I'm not too bad at playing Midtown Madness. I still crash a lot, but I can take turns at high speeds now, as long as I'm using my wireless gaming controller we bought. I'm still no good at gaming with the keyboard and mouse (I did get about 3 kills in BF2 though, and a couple in SWAT 4, so I'm slowly improving). On Sunday we drove home, and yesterday we unpacked our gifts and luggage and went and spent some more gift-cards at Target, and had FHE with my brother and his wife.

Today's been good. We've been to Target twice (ridiculous, I know). I tried out my new laundry cart this morning, and the caster wheels broke within 5 minutes of putting it together. So we took it back, and I got this sweet little cart with big wheels on it that folds up really little while you're not using it. Though it may not hold much laundry (I'll finally actually have to do laundry frequently) it goes up and down the stairs well, is easy to maneuver, and works well also for hauling groceries from the truck to the apartment (once again, up the stairs). So, we discovered how sweet my cart was, and Veng decided he wanted one for his swords. So we put together a grocery list, and went back to Target and bought another cart and some food for the week. Yay, food. And sweet carts. The carts are really easy to assemble too, and not horribly expensive. Cheaper than most of the not uber-ugly trashcans they had. I need to find somewhere else to shop for trashcans. We also got a cool little file-holder cart thing for me (I've needed somewhere that I can file important papers for ages now, it'll be super-nice to finally have one). And we got a bunch of those sticky 3M clips so we can hopefully soon hang things on our walls (since we're only allowed 4 nails per room and there's already two in each).

Alrighty. That's enough updating for right now. I ought to be back on a normal update schedule soon.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Hello, June

So, you know, I figured, hey, why not update again? It's been awhile, and I'm always complaining to myself in my head about other people not updating frequently enough (mainly because I am still jobless).

It's been almost a month since the big W-day now, and things are still going quite well. Poor Veng has had to endure a couple days of me being depressed and overall hard to deal with but he's handled it pretty well. I'm getting used to falling asleep with the fan on at night (not too hard since there's no air conditioning in the apartment) and he seems to be getting used to me getting out of bed early (for some bizarre unknown reason I've been waking up before 7 or 7:30 every morning lately). We beat FF7 together, and watched Advent Children. We watched more SuperGALS!, we've hung out with friends a couple times, have met all the leadership people in our ward, went and saw X-Men III: The Last Stand, and have both learned how to roll over at night without whacking each other or stealing the blankets. Veng has caught up on a lot of StrongBad emails and RealLife Comics, while I finished reading Monster and got more than halfway through Ranma 1/2. I've been practicing cooking dinners, which have all turned out pretty good so far. Veng is a sweetheart and makes me food when I'm not feeling well. I finally found my passport and my wall-hangings from China today, after dreaming about them last night and finally convincing Vengance that we really ought to go up to Salt Lake for a little bit today so I could look for them so now I no longer have to stress about having lost them anymore. I'm all packed for our reception this weekend in Arizona (we're driving down tomorrow), and Veng is working on the slideshow until he feels like packing his stuff. We have two eggs, one glass of milk, and an entire salad's worth of vegetables to eat before we leave tomorrow to keep them from spoiling. I made my first batch of cookies as a married woman today: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. They're not bad (apple cinnamon flavored instant oatmeal features as a key ingredient...I might put more normal rolled oats in next time though to balance out the flavor a bit).

In summation, life has been pretty good for the past month. I still need to get my name changed on all those pesky important legal documents, and we need to figure out where to bank at, and I still need a job once we return from AZ (we'll be there for a week, oh lovely 110 degree weather in Mesa, I think I will melt). But, you know, life is easier to handle when you've got a companion to help with the load.