Thursday, January 22, 2009
Yesterday we were so excited to meet a fellow graduate student from Bountiful. At that time I was feeling a little homesick and then we met Christian who told us about himself and his wife. Christian and his wife are members of the church and he raved about the wonderful ward and people they have met while they have lived here. I loved the instant connection we felt with him as he told us about the town, his mission, the ward and the area. I am so grateful to be a member of the church and to find an instant friend in even the most remote areas. Christian and his wife Molly are taking us to lunch with the other graduate students this afternoon. I will definitely press Molly for all of the details about moving away from family, etc.
Well for those of you near Nadie kiss her often for me. Love you all.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Every year around my birthday (January 20th) Riley and I do all that we can to take some time off from school and work to enjoy a birthday vacation. Those few days usually include eating, relaxing, romance, shopping, and just having fun together. Our plans this year were tweeked just slightly. My birthday vacation somehow morphed into a college visit for Riley's graduate school. However, I'm pretty easy going (in some ways) and I had no problem with that I was just happy to get out of town and spend five days of one on one time with Riley. Even with that said I was a wreck early Tuesday morning when we dropped Kennady off at Laurie's house, this picture gives you an idea of what Riley had to deal with that day,
I had packed snacks, books on tape, music, movies, portable DVD player and my laptop for some fun digital scrapbooking on this 13 hour (one way) drive. I was determined to be entertained the whole trip. After listening to the inaugural address Riley and I thought we'd jump right into a book on tape so I put the cd into the portable DVD player which I had borrowed from my aunt but unfortunately our car is too loud and the DVD speakers were too soft so we couldn't hear a thing. It's alright though because we had our laptop so we listened to the book on tape using our laptop until the battery ran out.
So as the vacation progresses we stop for gas and Riley comes out of the station with a car adapter,
it was my birthday yesterday so he said it was an early birthday present. I was just thrilled because now we would be able to hear our book on tape through the car speakers. I just knew that would help the hours fly by so I was excited to get back on the road again to start our book one more time. Well I plugged the adapter into the DVD player and to my surprise the DVD player no longer worked. We were shocked and totally bummed because now that we had the ability to hear the book the DVD player wouldn't even work. To make matters worse I had promised my aunt that we would replace it if we broke it so of course we had to brake it.
However, I knew that wouldn't help the situation so I followed their instructions. They promised that the problem could be resolved if we could get our hands on a screwdriver,
That's why I wasn't too surprised when Riley's foot became a big hunk of lead and he began driving 90 mph in a 70 mph area. I really can't blame him though we were all alone with no access to music or books on tape and now with our portable DVD player and our broken computer I couldn't even scrapbook. We had nothing to do but eat sour patch kids and drive fast at least until,
good old Wyatt from the Kansas Highway Patrol surprised Riley with a $160 welcome to the state. We were of course thrilled. Well anyway we recovered from that set back and arrived at the beautiful campus
For those of you who know Riley know that he is a lover of Chinese so we were thrilled especially when Dr. Finck said this was the best Chinese in town. Well let's just say the chicken tasted very similar to
I can be a picky eater at times but I knew it wasn't just me when Riley whispered to me after the meal if I had liked it...I could tell in his eyes he felt the same way. Well it looks like on our itinerary we have plans in seven minutes....