Monday, January 29, 2007

And so it begins

At the insanely early moment of 5:16 this morning, I got a phone call. My first offer of a substituting position. I turned it down, because I have a nasty icky cold and can't deal with second graders while my nose is running and I'm coughing so much (besides, I feel it would be somehow inherently unethical of me to go substitute while sick). A few minutes later, I declined a first grade substituting job. And a few minutes later, Mike's phone rang. And he, being the go-getter that he is, is out and about now, preparing for substituting a second grade class for the first time ever. Yay, Mike! And then I got another call for another substituting job that I didn't even listen to the details for because gosh darnit, I'm tired. I have the feeling that Mondays will always be this way, with at least several substituting jobs available. Yay for work. Boo for being sick. I feel unprepared anyway...need to get some supplies and things so I will have stuff to do with the childrens. And I just got another call for a 1st grade position. Bleh. So many calls. So little sleep. At least I know there's work available. I'm eager to hear how Mike's day went when he gets home. In the meantime, I should probably go back to sleep for awhile, wake up again, get ready for the day, prepare a meal plan for the week, go grocery shopping, clean the house, etc whatever. Is it weird that my husband's first day substituting has me almost as nervous as the thought of my own first day substituting?

Friday, January 26, 2007

It's gonna be a bright (Bright!), bright, bright sunshiny day

It's really warm out again now (thank goodness). It snowed last week! For the first time in the valley in ten years! Ridiculous. But the high today was 66, so it's all good. I forgive you, fickle Arizona weather that betrayed my hopes and dreams last week, because you're making it all up to me now.

I am now a certified numberfied ready-to-go substitute teacher (so is Veng). We figured out that if, between the two of us, we work eighteen days a month, it should cover our basic expenses (hopefully...we're still getting health insurance figured out). We want to work more than that, of course, so we will have money to cover basic expenses during the summer when there will be no substituting work. Anyways, it ought to make it easy to take vacations, which I'm excited about.

Veng got himself one of those Wave-board things (a Wave is to a skateboard as rollerblades are to rollerskates). It has two wheels, and a flexible middle, so if you sway your hips a bit while you ride it you can propel yourself forward (unless you're trying to go up a really steep hill). He's been teaching me how to ride it, and I finally got to the point today where I can a) ride it by myself without holding onto him for balance, and b) make it from one end of our parking lot to the other on a single ride. Hooray for me!

We're almost done with 24 season 5. I must go finish watching it now, as Veng is getting a little impatient for me to come downstairs. ttfn

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Oh, and by the way

I have a new phone number. My old cell number won't work anymore if you try to call it. If you want my new number, email me or something and I'll get it to you.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Hey howdy

So I've finally set up my computer again. Mike is gone, getting set up for substitute teaching (his transcript arrived finally, mine hasn't yet). So the laptop is gone too. Therefore, I had incentive to set up my computer. I've gotten so used to the Mac and its little quirks. I find myself triple-clicking on things to highlight them, and going for the apple-key when I want to right-click and open something in a new tab. I think the differences between the laptop and my computer wouldn't be so noticeable if I had a better monitor for my computer. The resolution on the one I've got is not great, and it's big and clunky and slightly fuzzy-looking. Time to save up for an LCD monitor, I suppose.

Mike got me the original Karaoke Revolution Playstation game the other day (used, from GameStop, woo). I think I've unlocked all the unlockables in it already, but I'm not quite sure.

It's been raining most of the day today, and is cold. Very cold. One problem with here is that when it's cold outside, it's also generally cold inside (we've got a lot of windows). This results in me being cold. I extremely dislike being cold. Hopefully Mike will be home in not too long and he can sit on my toes for me to warm them up. Or, you know, I could put socks on, but that seems like too much of a bother. ;) It really wouldn't be a problem except most of my socks are still dirty (yes, I still haven't caught up on my laundry-doing).

One nice thing about having my computer set up is that it, unlike the laptop, has all my music on it. Mmm. So I can listen to Assemblage 23 and Metallica and all sorts of lovely musics.

I started reading a book about Square-Foot Gardening. It doesn't seem to have much in the way of revolutionary concepts in it, to me, at least (maybe I'm more used to herb gardens than to big huge row-gardens), but it's got lots of good tips for beginner gardeners, so I'm excited to go spend some more moneys and get a little garden going on our patio. It'll have to wait a little bit though, until we start getting paychecks.

SuperGALS! Season 2 should be arriving soon. I'm excited to watch it.

That's all I can think of for now. Until later,



Monday, January 08, 2007

I stole Mike's hoody today, again

So, our ward is pretty good, I think. I don't really know anybody yet, and it's mostly people my grandparents' ages, but there's some women who aren't too much older than me, with only a few kids, so I think I might be able to make some friends, hopefully. Our ward just changed meeting times with the New Year, so they meet at 2pm now, which is nice, I think, on every Sunday but Fast Sunday. Normally, 2 o'clock church gives me plenty of time to shower and get ready, make a big lunch, do some reading, and enjoy my morning (plus sleep in a bit). But on Fast Sunday, I generally get to feeling, come 2pm, like I'm about to pass out from lack of blood sugar (and almost have a couple of times, so I usually end up eating some candies to keep the sugar up while consuming as little actual food as possible). And then I always eat too much for dinner.

We only have one disc left of Season 3 of 24. We should finish it pretty easily tomorrow, after which we'll only have two seasons left before we're all caught up. We can do it, right? That's only 36 hours of our week, right? I don't know if it'll happen or not, we'll see.

I really hope we get our mail key tomorrow (the last tenants didn't return the key ever, so the post office has to come out and change the lock and then we have to go to the post office to get the new key from them).

I need to figure out some healthy eating strategies, and start spending some more time outside, taking walks and such, get myself back in shape physically and mentally, get some sunshine and stuff, maybe meet some of our neighbors, see where our ward boundaries are, etc.

Speaking of healthier habits, I need to get off to bed. Goodnight, all my friends who are far away from me now, whether or not you still read this. I hope you all sleep well tonight, and have pleasant dreams, and wake up happily. I miss all of you. Update your blogs so I can know how your lives are going, eh? I still suck at commenting, but I'm keeping up on the reading pretty well. Hugs and well wishes.

Thursday, January 04, 2007


Note that the above subject is a verb, rather than an adjective. It is, in fact, the word which I use to describe my actions when putting together a puzzle. Amazing, I know. So, for the past several days, during which I have not been unpacking, if somebody were to ask me what I was up to (as my husband did, several times), I would have responded (and did, in fact, respond) that I was puzzling. One 1,000 piece puzzle now sits completed on our coffee table. It's been a long time since I put together a puzzle, and it was nice to find that it is still as enjoyable as ever (though next time I need one where the photo was taken in higher resolution so it's not all fuzzy...or I need one of those crazy-hard puzzles that are a circle full of cow spots or something like that). Veng doesn't really understand the enjoyment I take in doing puzzles. There's something satisfying, I guess, in having one specific spot for every piece to go, and figuring out that spot based on visual clues, such as general piece shape, logical clues, such as this is the only piece left, it has to go in this spot, and pure process of elimination (move a piece of a certain color around to every single place that a piece of its shape could possibly fit, until you find the one it fits in, which is how I deal with puzzles when my brain has stopped wanting to actually think about where the pieces should go, or when I get stuck and can't see where the pieces should go anymore).

I also read, over the past several days, Rick Bragg's memoir, It's All Over But The Shouting. It was quite enjoyable. I'd never heard of it before, but I got it for Christmas, which is how I've received most of my books the past several years (excluding the ones I simply took from my parents' house, and the ones I bought for classes). At any rate, I recommend the book. It made me want to write my own memoirs (though, at the age of 23, I don't think I really have that much to write about yet).

I need to try actually reviewing books sometime. Dissect why I like them and why I don't. Not now, though. For right now, I am hungry, which is distracting me, and the need to shower is more important than the need to review (I put off my shower for today until after I was done with the puzzle, which has in fact been done for a while, but it's nice to sit around in my pajamas sometimes).

Happy New Year to everybody, by the way. I have so far made no progress on any of my goals for the year. But I did finish my Christmas book, and a puzzle, so it's all good, right? I also got to play Wii Sports at my brother-in-law's house. Best I've ever bowled in my life, best tennis match I've ever played, best I've ever done at boxing (only time I've ever even pretended to box), and baseball was about the same as always...I hit a lot of fouls. We got to celebrate the New Year, in part, by having our car backed into by Veng's dad. It won't be a problem, really, everything still works, only one door got smooshed, and everything is well on its way to being fixed and paid for by the insurance, but it's still kind of sad having a brand new car get smooshed. Our windshield is horribly cracked due to smooshing-unrelated rocks, so that needs to be replaced too. Poor car. We named it Eloise. It has a cool fighter-dude name, too, but we can't remember what it is right now.

Yoko's is a fabulous fast-ish food restaurant here, there's really nothing comparable to it in Utah, though Teriyaki Stix is vaguely close. They have fantastic food, mostly Japanese, a bit of influence from other Asian nations though. I really like their yakisoba, and they've got miso soup which is also good, and sushi, which is not bad, and lots of other food. Very tasty. Very, very tasty. We have yet to go to the infamous Filiberto's (like Beto's, but more authentically Mexican, with very different tortillas), because I am not sure my digestive system can take it just at the moment. It's very tasty too, though, so we will undoubtedly have some soon. We had McDonald's the other day and it reaffirmed to me that we must never go to McDonald's again (or Burger King). There's really no need to, anyway, with Wendy's and Jack-in-the-Box, both of which I prefer immensely. Plus, McDonald's food seems to be shrinking, slowly, and the Happy Meal toys are lame.

We've watched up through episode 38 of Yakitate Japan! and may watch more tonight. Still entertaining. It's so much better if you watch it while you have some fresh bread to eat (we made white bread in our bread-maker yesterday, and ate the loaf plain (it was that good) while watching it, with some nice tall glasses of milk to drink, and it was all-around so perfect that we forgot to eat any actual dinner). We're hoping to get three more seasons of 24 soon which we will be able to burn through before the new season starts (next week?). Then we'll have that, as well as Lost, to watch. Fun times.

And I think we're going to go watch more anime with friends tonight, so off I go!