Monday, March 10, 2014
Well finally money from Progressive and picked up the new car with mom today. Gosh this has been such a frustrating experience. The guy at the used car lot told me that insurance companies always give you a bare bones total when they tell you how much they'll pay for your totaled car. Did not know that. He said they probably would have came up $1500. That would have been nice to know! So for anyone in the future who has a totaled car= don't take their first offer! My new car is pretty similar to the old one, but was not nearly as nice inside, just spent an hour cleaning gunk off the windows and dash. There is no traction control, I think a bit worse gas milege, and no floor mats. But the good part is it has a working CD player (my old one had just quit) and it has 36k less miles so should last awhile. And it is in decent shape. Worst case, come summer or when there are more cars on the market I could sell it and look for one more comparable to mine, but maybe this one will have grown on me by then. We'll see. I'm thankful I can stop bumming rides for awhile and for all mom and dad's help!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
No word from Progressive on my car yet, like my mom said, they may have low prices, but what really matters is how quick they are at helping you! Maybe should think about switching next time. So anyway, the ride sharing and sleeping at other people's houses continue. But I am thankful for people helping me! It also has been nice to see my parents more and spend some time at home with them. The other day I went home and Mom and I exercised to: I found this record at Goodwill like 10 years ago, then a few years later, I realized a book went with it (not just hopping around figuring out what she is describing), so I got that for my birthday one year. Pretty much you play this record while flipping pages detailing the exercises in the book and exercising along. But I love it! It's a good workout, I love the 70s music and I love Jane's encouraging voice. I really like her and she was the fitness queen of her day. Her book tells the backstory of her journey to health and I really like that too. Isn't she so cute and peppy in her little leotard?! I think she's like 40-something there, total fitness role model. Other good things, I found this favorite childhood movie at walmart Doug watched it with me and he bought me some icecream mmm... moose tracks... a true test of our relationship: can he handle me digging out all the chunks?? Passed. Or at least he didn't complain :) I think it helps he told me his favorite flavor is vanilla, perfect, since the chunk-less vanilla portion of the icecream I buy usually ends up in the disposal. Then I came back to the condo after several days I see a package for me, and it's this: The cookbook of my favorite blog girl cook! (Thanks Jochelle!!!) Flipping through it doesn't have a lot of my very favorite (which is fine because they already were printed and made it into my favorite recipes binder) but it does have a lot of new delicious looking things which I am excited to try! Also in my mail pile was this note Awww! I really do feel loved!
Monday, March 3, 2014
So Saturday I went up to my parents to have some quiet time and study, and Sunday morning I left to meet Doug at his church. It had snowed, but the roads were ok. I was not 3 miles from their house headed south when I could see one of the side roads and this SUV that was blowing thru his stop sign and headed right towards me not even hardly turning. I had a second to think about swerving, but there was really no shoulder, just a big snowy embankment, and then - WHAM he hit me. Next thing I knew I was tilted in my car, smelling some weird burning smell and saw that my side airbag went off. I got my phone off the floor and started to climb out when two arms were reaching over to help me climb out. There were these 2 young guys and he's apologizing to me and saying it was all his fault. What do you say to that, um, yes, it was. Thanks for not stopping at that stop sign. So I first texted Doug not to save me a seat at church and called the police. I felt fine, and the boys were ok, but I was worried about my exam the next day and worried about my car. The policeman came and could instantly tell what happened. He had me go sit in his warm car and when he came back, he asked me how many points I wanted the guy to get. I was surprised to hear that. I found out the guy was 20, so I didn't want his life to be ruined, but now a day later when I'm going through the headaches of endless calls with my insurance and being stranded and had to go get x-rays just to make sure ok so I don't get screwed later, I wish I would've been less nice about it. I mean, this all could have been avoided if he had just stopped. What the heck was he thinking?? I could have been really hurt. So then it turns out that the boy was the son of a family from my parents church, they didn't recognize me, but I knew the mom when she drove over. The cop was like 'oh no, not this lady' so he somehow knew her. Small world. Later my mom told me she checked that lady's facebook and she had posted "glad my son was safe from the accident early today... if that girl's car had been earlier or later... etc" and my mom commented "I'm glad they were ok too since that girl was my daughter". I wish she would have wrote the accident that HER SON CAUSED, instead of making it seem like it was my fault. That bothered me a lot. If I was a second earlier or later her dumb son wouldn't have hit me at all. OR if he stopped at stop signs, again, totally avoided. Irritating. Doug left church and came to get me. Here was what he saw when he drove up: There's my car way over on the embankment. The cop said there was no way the other guy hit me hard enough to push me way over there from a stopping position. And here's the damage: So yeah, now I'm stranded and my parents are carpooling to loan me a car to get to clinicals, and Doug's offering to take me to work 25+ miles out of his way, while this guy drove off in his parent's SUV and probably just got his xbox privileges taken away for a week. Well, and a 2 point ticket. So today I'm kind of bitter about it. BUT. I am healthy, a bit of a sore neck, but that's nothing compared to dying or being paralyzed. And in a few days I should know if they are going to fix it or total it, so all in all, it's not the end of the world. But very inconvenient, yes!!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I may be just about done with one of my blog girl's recipes. The pictures are always amazing and so convincing, but then the product, meh. I saw this apparently irresistable bowl of soup and wanted to make it so bad that I bought these: I have a hate relationship with fish in a can (well, besides tuna) after I bought a can of salmon and inside I saw an entire vertebrae. And when I went to pick it out, it went ppfftt between my fingers and disintegrated. SOOO disgusting. I could see the anchovies in the jar and it looked like they were de-spined, so I bought a can. Anyway, when I opened it up, I could see something that looked like little white hairs, and they were teeny rib bones. Added calcium apparently. Finest quality, really? By then the other stuff was already cooking in the pan so I forged ahead. But it was not a good experience, they smelled like cat food, and there were bits of scales and grey skin. Ew. Anyway, my soup didn't ever get as thick as hers, and I was afraid to try it, so trusty guinea pigs Doug and Jill tried it. It pretty much tasted just like bean soup, but a bit of a fishy taste every other bite. Will not be making again. I just don't know if I should give up on this blog girl or not, this is like the 6th time of trying something that always asks for exotic ingredients of some sort, and then to have it not be mind-blowing, is frustrating. And of course when I went on there again today to get the soup link, I see something else that reels me in. So maybe one more try! After dinner Doug and I went to our first Krav Maga class. I got him a groupon for Christmas, and then bought one for myself too thinking it'd be something fun we could do together. We get there and next thing I know I'm doing a "warm up" of minute after minute of high knees and burpees. I was really wishing I hadn't already exercised for the day! I guess it's not really going to be something we do together though, Doug said he doesn't really want to be punching and attacking me, haha. So next we paired off and got into some grappling. Which is apparently a person you just met 5 minutes ago pretends they're going to rape and choke you, and is straddled over you while you lay helplessly on your back. Then you wrap your legs around their body and thrust up your hips to get them off your neck, and bar their arms, twist your legs around till their head is like right by your butt, and then you break their elbow joint. "It was nice to meet you!" Very awkward, but pretty cool too, it actually works. Another very awkward part is when your back makes a fart noise on the ground and you have to explain it to your partner- not like I would know or anything- like it wasn't already uncomfortable enough with all the straddling! So Doug was off practicing with some guy and he told me on the way home that the guy was asking him who he came with, and he says 'my girlfriend' and points me out, and he said the guy was like 'good job'. So we were joking around about that response, and then he made some joke about pointing me out to the guy, 'my girlfriend's the one over there... farting with her back'. Lol, he's so funny. But it was pretty cool and I'm excited for our next class!
Monday, February 24, 2014
It was a busy weekend. After school thursday I mixed up these burgers my sister recommended and took them over to Doug's house for dinner and to spend some time with him I didn't try them with the sauce they recommended, and they were pretty tasty, but I still love my favorite veggie burgers most of all. Friday Jill and I had friends over for our friend Josh's welcome back to the USA/birthday/and you're leaving again soon party. Jill made tacos with all the delicious fixings, I made chocolate cupcakes with pb frosting. We ate, talked, and played Catchphrase. The girls won 2 in a row. I got 2 tricky words, mosey and flotsam. The girls guessed mosey from me saying "I'm just gonna ___ on down the street", but no one remembered that Flotsam was the other little eel pet of Ursula the Sea Witch. So for anyone's future reference, should you find yourself staring at it in a game of Catchphrase, the real definitions are: mosey - verb - to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter. flotsam - noun - 1. the part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water. 2. material or refuse floating on water. 3. useless or unimportant items; odds and ends. 4. a vagrant, penniless population: the flotsam of the city slums in medieval Europe. (I like that definition) and 5. Ursula the Sea Witch's pet eel. Just kidding. Saturday I worked. But the good part of working on Saturday is one nice doctor always brings the nurses cookies and grapes. Mmmmm. I was crying at work because this old woman fell on the ice, she had been living completely independently a few days ago and one fall and she broke her knee and shoulder, is confused, and now she'll probably die of sepsis. It's terrible. Her daughter was with her and she was crying and singing to her and I just could not take it! I hope my parents live a long time!!! Saturday evening Doug and I went to his friend's baby shower. We had a good time and the food was tasty. His friend had bought too much extra stuff but she didn't want to return it so Doug was filling bags with stuff to take home. What he needs 5lbs of croutons for I do not know! I made him share some of the boxes of Ritz crackers with other people, he was trying to take 3 boxes, haha. Sunday I took my parents to the airport. Then came back to their house, did laundry, studied and raided their fridge. I found Dad's leftover waffles in the freezer, mmmm My grandpa posted this pic of them on facebook, they went to Florida for a month but are coming home soon and I hope to visit them soon. I used to live with them, and I miss seeing them! She fell last Christmas and broke her hip, and has lost a lot of memory over the past few years, but otherwise they are doing good. Pretty dang good actually for 92. I love seeing my grandpa take care of her, in several of the pictures of them, they were holding hands. awwwwww! Today I had class and made these for meals this week. My other favorite, black bean butternut squash burritos. So good every time. I was sent a new credit card in the mail today because of that Target hack thing. Good thing they are protecting me, but I had to waste 40 minutes updating the automatic things and trying to remember all these different rarely used log ins and passwords. So now, a little time to study and then off to bookclub! This month we read Gone Girl, it was an intense read and I'm very interested to hear what my girl's have to say about it!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I wish I had more time for blogging, I like it. And now all my posts just turn into randomness instead of a nice theme... oh well. Last week I went to Doug's church, he's been to mine several times so it was time. He'd warned me that they are a little more 'expressive', but I totally loved it. The singing worship part was almost an hour long, and if you're like me, that's a good thing. It reminded me of InterVarsity days where we would just sing and feel how the Spirit led and not be on a strict time crunch. Songs that I've heard and sung before, but that morning it really struck me and I cried at least two different times. We sang Your Love Never Fails and these words mean so much to me now after the last few years I've been through "There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning", "And when the oceans rage, I don't have to be afraid, because I know that You love me, Your love never fails", "You make, all things, work together for my good." I just found myself crying in thankfulness and awe about how good God has been to me, and after a year and more of painful days and nights, I can truly see that He has worked all things together for my good and I feel joy once again. Next we sang this song that I completely love for like 20 minutes, haha. It has such great words too, and I cried again singing these words "My God is Awesome, He can move mountains, Keep me in the valley, Hide me from the rain. My God is Awesome, Heals me when I'm broken, Strength where I've been weakened, Praise His Holy Name." Once again I just felt so humbled by how good God is, He hid me in the shadow of His wings, and He healed my broken heart. I'm so thankful. So yeah, it was really good. After church we went up to my parents for lunch and sledding. I'll spare you the picture of Doug's nosehair-sicles, haha. And even under mom's tutalage, I failed yet again trying to start an IV :( Monday I watched the Bachelor with my friend Liz and she made me a super good stirfry. I made my own later in the week, not like Liz's, but the sauce was actually pretty good, I was proud of myself. So then I've been getting ready for today's exam. I was cursing myself because here I was home alone in a quiet house and instead of studying I kept reading blogs and, of course, baking cookies I keep making this recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies, which somehow I'm telling myself are 'healthy', but they still have sugar, white flour and oil. So I don't know what I'm thinking. But they are tasty. Then I finally got down to studying It must have been enough because I got 94%, but I just need to be more efficient with my time. And, a heating update: I called the landlord guy that day, he came and said the valve thing was sticking but he could see it was working. So for 2 days it was back to an appropriate temperature and no creaks! But then the heat started creeping back up. So I called again and he said he was going to get the guy out here to replace the pipe/valve in the basement, and today I see And now the heat is set at 70 and it is 70 in here! And hopefully the creaks will be a thing of the past.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Valentine's morning I woke up and went out to my car early to go to work, and I saw this: awww... so I ran back into the house to put them into water and continued on my way to work. But apparently the cold start to their day was too much for them because when I came home: awww :( but I couldn't stop laughing when I saw them. So I told Doug thank you for the sweet thoughts and the good laugh :) During my day at work I sent him funny valentines every hour on the hour, some of my favorites were: I had a fun time finding these Valentines and sending them to him. For real Valentine's day I had plans with Jill. We made dinner and took it over to her church friend's house and decorated cookies And watched Despicable Me, I thought there were some funny parts, but not sure what all the fuss is about. I don't think I would even let my kids watch that movie with those minions always hitting each other. Bad examples! Anyway, Jill gave me a nice card and nailpolish and I got a bag of goodies from my mom. The next day after work I celebrated Valentine's day with Doug. I had no idea what we were going to do, he likes to surprise me. Every day all week long he had been mailing me Valentines, so by the end of the week I had a huge pile He wrote something on everyone, this one made me laugh He brought me more flowers and candy, mmmm We got dressed up a bit and he took me to Andiamos and then to the theatre. actually this was pretty cool, they were showing Casablanca for free! This guy was playing the organ during intermission, that was cool Happy first Valentine's day to us!