Saturday, November 22, 2008

quirks are quirky.

Thanks to Ceri for tagging me. Although I am sure there are lots of things about me that are a little strange, it was hard to think of six things to write about!

Six quirks of mine...

1. I am obsessive about spelling. I nearly always notice if something is spelled wrong, and I correct people when they spell things wrong. Don't worry, I'm not judging you; I just notice and when I notice I have to point it out. I do, however, judge organizations that publish materials with poor spelling and grammar. It's not that hard to hire an editor or someone who can spell. Misspelling words or using blatantly incorrect grammar significantly reduces an organization's credibility, in my opinion.

2. I am very interested in the weather. I always remember hearing when I was growing up that the weather is a boring conversation topic, but it isn't boring to me. I actually do care if it's sunny or snowing or whatever, and if you want to talk about it, you can count on me to be interested.

3. I hate handwashing dishes. I would rather clean a toilet than handwash dishes. We have not had a dishwasher since we've been married, and it is for sure a requirement for whatever place we live next, because Peter usually doesn't have time to wash them, so I have to. :-(

4. I am really bad at multi-tasking, especially if it involves words coming from more than one source. I can't listen and talk, listen and read, listen and write, talk and write, etc. I get too distracted and lose track of whatever one I wanted to give more of my attention to.

5. A favorite food of mine (and my family's) is toast with butter and chocolate sprinkles. This is a Dutch tradition, the sprinkles are called hagelslag. Dutch chocolate sprinkles are actually made out of chocolate, not wax like American ones. If you ever have some high-quality chocolate sprinkles lying around, I recommend that you try it.

6. Apparently I have a distinctive way of walking. Several people have told me this, but obviously I can't watch myself walk. An old roommate of mine once recognized me from across a large plaza because of how I was walking. Maybe someone should secretly video me walking so I can see what is weird about it. For now, I just can't tell.

I tag: Sara, Kirsten, Rachel, and anyone else who wants to tell the world about their little oddities!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

An interesting article

Peter found this opinion column in the Wall Street Journal today, and we totally agree. If you're inclined to see what we think about the economic crisis, free-market economics, and national morality, read away! We'd be interested to know what you think, too.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What next?

Peter's internship in Ghana got delayed until May or June. Now we're not sure if we're even going at all. If he gets a better job, then he'll do that instead. He is kind of happy about this, I think, because it means he can retake some classes next semester and boost his GPA.

I am NOT happy about this. I do not want to take classes, do not want to work, do not want to do anything. (Only for a little while. I'm just burned out. I'm not really lazy.) Now I have to figure out something to do. It makes the most sense for me to sign up for classes and keep working at the museum, but I really don't want to. I desperately wanted to be done with school. So if you have suggestions of really easy non-boring classes that I could take, I'd love to hear them. Or if you have any other brilliant ideas of ways I can occupy my time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Livejournal anyone?

Today, for some reason, I remembered that I used to have a livejournal, and I wondered if it was still in existence. Turns out that they don't delete your account even when you don't update it for 5 years. It was interesting to reread it and see what sort of things I was into when I was 16. According to my livejournal, I was either really bored or really busy all of the time. And I was addicted to online quizzes that told you who you were. In case you're curious, you can access my livejournal here. I hope this blog is not nearly as boring and disjointed as my livejournal was. If any of you used to have livejournals that are still in existence, I would love to see them too!

Friday, November 7, 2008

I married a winner...

Peter's group won the case competition! I am so proud of them. All three of them did a really great job. Plus it doesn't hurt that winning means they get $1,000 to split between the three of them. Plus we got 2 pounds of BYU bookstore fudge. Plus I got to come to the award dinner tonight, which was nice because I didn't think I was going to. Great day overall. I am so proud of Peter!

You BYU students--look for a daily universe article about them in the next couple of days. I hope it's in there.

A crazy day of presentations!

This past week has been crazy. Peter is presenting today at BYU's Economic Self-Reliance Conference. He's been doing a lot of research with a professor and with people at the Center for Economic Self-Reliance, and so today they are presenting that research to the people at the conference. I think it's great that he gets the opportunity to present and to participate in the conference, especially because the conference provided dinner for both of us for the past two nights. :-)

Peter is also giving a presentation today for a private equity case competition, in Spanish. It just so happens that this case competition has also booked his entire day--they started at 8am, and it goes later than the ESR conference. So he is going to be jumping back and forth between the conference and the competition, and I get to be the chauffeur. Of course they couldn't schedule the two big events in the same location. That would make life too easy for us.

Last night, we were on campus until 3 in the morning so Peter and his group could finish their presentation. Why didn't I go home, you might ask. Well, I decided it would be a good time for me to catch up on all the American Heritage readings I have been skipping for the past two+ weeks. I have a midterm on Monday, and I thought last night was a good a time as any to do the reading. So I read American Heritage from 9-2, and Peter and his group worked on their slides for the presentation from 9-2, and then from 2-3 I was the audience while their group practiced the presentation.

Needless to say, we're tired today.

I really hope both presentations go awesome, and I hope they win their competition! We'll let you know how it goes.