Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Haus am See - Peter Fox

In the typical pattern of discovering things way after they're cool, this is one of my new favorite songs. :)

(Peter Fox - Haus am See (official video))

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Terms of Referral: The Bad and Ok.

None-offensive words that I do not like being referred to by anyone other than my significant other (and sparingly there):


(Other exceptions: familiar terms that my family uses, when any of them are used very clearly ironically.)

Words I don't mind:

-Lady ("Hey, lady! How's it going?")
-Woman ("This woman I work with loves to read") (Not, "Hey, woman!")
-Friend ("Hey friend, how's it going?")
-Person ("This person I work with loves to read.")

I know they aren't as "cool" sounding, but they're a lot more respectful sounding, even when I know you're not trying to be disrespectful.

When in doubt, just call me by my name. :) That always works.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another Afternoon in Logan

This past weekend we made another trip up to Logan. It's a bit of a drive (a little less than 90 minutes - less when Brandon is driving ;) ), but we like it up there.

Among our errands we did the following things:

-Stopped at Gossner's in Logan and got flavored milk, Swiss cheese, and egg nog. Brandon had had the milk before, we sampled the cheese and knew it was good, but the kicker was the egg nog. We opened one of the containers yesterday (sealed so they don't need to be refrigerated until opened) and it was delicious! Brandon's comment, "Should we just skip Halloween and go straight to Christmas?" So, next time we're up there, more of that for us. We'll just stock up. It's good until April 2015.

-Stopped at Aggie Ice Cream and got Aggie Blue Mint ice cream. Brandon couldn't remember whether he liked it. He does. So do I. It's delicious.

-Picked up some Guarana Antarctica from Macey's (they probably have this in SLC, but I don't know where).

-Had breakfast for lunch at Angie's in Logan. Good memories for Brandon from his time at USU. Basically a more local equivalent of IHOP.

-Met up with my Aunt Kimberly (and her mom) at Angie's and caught up a little. She was in town this weekend visiting my cousin Ashleigh who goes to USU.

-Was spotted by Charity while she was out jogging (Charity it the wife of Ben. Ben is the oldest Call son, a fantastic family who we met when we moved to Batesville and have been good friends with since). I love the random "Someone thought they saw you - were you here yesterday?" kind of messages.

-Went to a Halloween costume shop and brain stormed ideas for a simple costume for our West Coast Halloween party.

Not a bad afternoon!

Monday, October 13, 2014

True Aggie Night!

This past Friday Brandon and switching things up a bit and drove up to Logan.

The main incentive for going up there was to go to Le Nonne, a fantastic little Italian restaurant that Brandon's cousins own and run. We went there a few years ago and the food was a little disappointing. This time, however, as his cousin was back in the kitchen leaving his expertise on every dish, it was absolutely delicious. We'd planned on going to dinner and then doing the gallery walk, but by the time we finished eating and talking with Pier, we had about ten minutes of the gallery walk left. So we briefly stopped in at one place before they closed.

We'd then planned on going to see Dracula: Untold, but not quite remembering that it was opening weekend, and running a little late, by the time we got to the theater (just a few minutes before the movie started), there were four seats left in the theater and none of them were together. So, we decided to pass on the movie. However, we'd meant to use the movie to kill some time, so we were left a little footloose and fancy free for a little longer than we'd have preferred. Why were we waiting around? True Aggie Night!

There are two occasions where a person can kiss someone on top of the "A" pedestal and become a True Aggie. If they're kissing someone who is already a True Aggie, then they can do it at midnight on any full moon. If both participants aren't True Aggies yet, then it has to be at midnight during Homecoming. Though Brandon is already a True Aggie, Homecoming weekend happened to coincide with the gallery walk, so we decided to do both the same weekend.

As we had some time to kill, we drove around Logan for awhile, visiting various places, and took a brief nap nearing the midnight hour. But we finally were close enough to midnight that we wandered up the hill to the "A" pedestal where a ton of people were standing around in a huge crowd. We found the end of the line to the "A" (with perhaps 400 people in front of us), and once the clock struck 12:00, waited for our turn. We probably waited about thirty minutes, but it was quite entertaining just to see and experience everything. Although we both felt out of place, we both look young enough that I doubt anyone would have guessed we weren't students. There were also four or five proposals in the line ahead of us. You'd think after the first one that the other four would have left the rings in their pockets and waited for a more private/personal moment, but no, there it was.

The drive home was late, but we were awake enough after our thirty minutes in line for it to not be too bad.

Not a bad way to spend a Friday night! We made up for it by doing almost nothing on Saturday. The only thing we did of some significance, was for me and my roommates to clean out our freezer. This may sound like a nothing thing, but understand that because of the highly varied schedule that we all follow, having us all in the kitchen at the same time almost never happens. And this has (apparently) been the case for several years. The disgusting freezer was gutted, cleaned, and more than half the content was unclaimed and disposed of. I can put things in the freezer now! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Rather Exciting Weekend

Happy Monday!

This weekend was particularly exciting for me as, (after I'd finished mowing the lawn and washing my sheets) as I was vacuuming my room on Friday evening, I slightly shifted my bed and noticed some black and white spots on the rug beneath it. Mold! Gross, gross, gross! I moved my bed to discover that there was quite a bit of it. Ugh.

After freaking out a bit (what caused the mold, what needed to be done about it, where was I going to stay, how long would it take to fix the problem, how big of a problem was it?!), I texted my landlord and he said he'd stop by first thing on Saturday morning and take a look at it. To counteract the smell of mold I'd sprayed the rug with cleaner and the combining effect was an awful stench (thank goodness for my running mask/air filter!). I tidied my room up, packed a change of clothes and a few things, and headed over to Brandon's house. Thank goodness Brandon only lives a few blocks away and has a spare bedroom.

Saturday morning my landlord came over, looked at the rug/carpet, at the walls, and guessed that the most likely source of the problems was either a.) runoff from the sprinklers or b.) the large quantity of rain we'd had in the past several weeks. Either way, the carpets needed to either be treated or completely replaced. Additionally, gutters needed to be added to the house (why we don't already have gutters, I don't know) to try and the sprinklers could be turned off for the winter. To be clear, he guessed that the ground water was somehow accumulating from those sources and seeping down through the wall, making the carpet damp, and causing the mold.

So, he helped me roll up the rug and took that to dispose of it, taking the worst of the mold, and then turned off the sprinklers and helped me move a few of the large items that were ready to be moved at that moment. And he later texted me and let me know that they were for sure just planning on replacing the carpet.

Sunday evening (yesterday), I went back and packed all of my stuff out of my room (for the record, I have a ton of books) into the laundry space just outside my room. Brandon helped me move the bigger furniture items. It felt pretty identical to moving, but with none of the purpose that goes behind moving.

So, today they should be coming and ripping out my old carpet. They'll then let it air out and dry for a few days (my fan will be pulling double duty!) and then put down the new carpet. And we should have gutters soon.

It's a pain. A significant pain. But I think everything will be taken care of.