Sunday, May 9, 2010

Oh, the end of it all

I am officially 15 sentences away from being completely and utterly finished with my undergraduate education. How ironic is it that the last paper I will ever write is about NAGPRA and Native American's rights? I successfully avoided courses on the topic since I know a lot about NAs already....but sure enough, I got tricked into this paper because of the curation course of which I am a part. So it goes.

I've given it some thought and made a list of things I would like to accomplish this summer. Being that I begin my full-time job Monday (!) I guess there is not definite beginning or end to summer for me. So I will now set an arbitrary date by which to accomplish the goals mentioned below: August 31st.

*Read at least the first three chapters in the Bible
*Finish The Count of Monte Cristo
*Curl 50 lbs

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The end of college

 Today I enjoyed a free tasting at Noodles & Company, which I won for myself and up to six others. In the interest of enjoying free food, I opted to use it with for the sales meeting which we have weekly, and once a month at a restaurant. I had one dish of everything from each "region" - Asian, Mediterranean, and America. Like John said, we began our journey in America and also ended our journey there. I have nine boxes of Noodles in the fridge and some very grateful roommates :)

I also received my hard-earned leadership certificate today! It is really nice and in a red leather folder, like the one I will receive at graduation, or so I have been told. I also got a gold and red cord to wear during the graduation ceremony! I'll post pictures when I get a chance - I used an old school disposable camera. It is kind of a big deal and took a lot of work to complete, so I feel very proud of this accomplishment.

It's hard to believe that after four years of being a college student, that time in my life is coming to an end. It has been a crazy four years that will take more than just one blog post to summarize, so I'll do a little bit here and there when I get a chance.

Also, I am in the market for a westie, and am fairly confident that I will name him Charlie. I can't wait to get him :) I've contacted a few breeders in the Midwest about their pups and litters expected for August - so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Things to do - Summer 2010

Always adventurous, I love planning out exciting things to do that I have not yet done! Below find a list of just a few things I'd love to do this summer:

-Go to a Brewers' Game
-Visit the Jelly Belly Factory
-Go to Mt. Olympus theme park (WI Dells)
-Bike 20 miles at once
-Win a prize
-Create a piece of art
-Go on a hike through the arboretum

More will be added later, as I find time to update this list.

This is going to be the busiest week of my life, so forgive me for being hasty.

Monday, March 22, 2010

...A little more than a month later

Sometimes I think about writing in my blog and then I realize that I should be working on 32341208 other things. Well, I've neglected it for more than a month, but here's what's goin' on.

I have almost officially lost 10 lbs! I have been working really hard and eating really well - so pretty soon I will be able to reward myself with the tanning I have been on my way toward earning for myself. In other news, I just found out that I won a $50 bank card! I also won a free 3 month furniture rental from CORT (they rent furniture out). I'll use it for a mini-model at Mirabel - which will be wonderful!
I will be leaving for San Francisco on Saturday at 6am - only 5 days! I am PUMPED!!
Ronnie's phone was chomped by Thor, so we can now only text each other or I can try and call him before 10ish on his house phone. :( At least I will see him for a bit on Friday!!
As soon as I get back from SF, I will be trying on bridesmaid dresses for Kate's wedding in August. I feel really honored to be a part of it! Plus, we're all going to a girly lunch afterward!

Also, here is a plug for Kabir's video for a 5 Hour Energy video contest: Vote!

Finally, here are some items I would like to add to my bucket list:
-Be in the audience for a taping of Judge Judy
-Go on a cruise
-Go to a drive-in movie
-Subscribe to the Gameshow Network
-Subscribe to Nat Geo and at least three other worthy magazines (suggestions welcome)

That's it for now!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Woof! Woof!

I've decided that next year I would like to have a dog. Being that Liz and Katie will be at school and have homework, etc, in the afternoons and at night, I would like to have something that will want to snuggle me after a long day at work. Thus, a little baby dog is just what I need!

These are the desirable qualities in a potential puppy:
  • Baby-sized (or small to medium-sized)
  • Doesn't shed much
  • Gets along meow-cats
  • Light enough to be put in the bathtub
  • Will get along with Thor (Ronnie's boxer puppy) and children
  • Isn't on aggressive breeds lists
Here are some of the breeds I am considering:

American Eskimo Dog - Ranges from 9" to 19" tall. Great with other dogs and kids. Sheds more than I would like, but is a cutie dog anyway. 

West Highland Terrier - This is the Caesar dogfood dog! He is about 10 to 11" tall and weighs 14 to 22 lbs. Sheds a bit. May not get along with cats.

Samoyed - Another beautiful dog! About 21 to 23" and weighs the most yet at 45-65 lbs. This dog sheds a lot. Likes pulling things because it used to be a sled dog :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Ronnieless Valentine's Day

Today ended up being a pretty good day, even though for another year in a row Ronnie and I were separated by 90 miles. Katie and I spent our second annual February 14th together and we began the day by volunteering for a local senior citizens' dinner (at 12:30pm!) from 11-2 and then going to a showing of "Valentine's Day" sponsored by Mirabel from 3-5:30. We then went to Old Chicago for drinks and a delicious dessert (the cheesecake lollipop thing). It was a lot of fun and I always love being able to hang out with Katie.

Speaking of spending time with "my closest roommate", we spent nearly the entirety of yesterday together as well. We went to Kohl's, Dick's, and Flattop Grill where I made a delicious combination of noodles, peas, potatoes, celery, and spinach. Then, Lauren (Katie's 9 year-old sister) and I went to Chuck E. Cheese. Word to the wise: rip your tickets in half the long way and the machine will count each half as one ticket! I freakin' love Chuck's because it's an arcade with easy-to-win games. The things I did not like about this particular visit: It was crowded (well, it was a Saturday...) and we didn't get seated for 10 minutes so we had to stand there holding our tokens and cups until we were finally given a table. Then, the table behind us was piled high with food and plates to be bussed, and during the time we were there - 7:30pm to 9:30pm, it was never touched. Disgusting. Also, four of these little kids kept asking me and Lauren for our coins to use! I don't think so!! Finally, I hadn't realized that it was a hangout for pre-pubescent teens looking to drop the f-bomb every five seconds. I'm not sure that I would go back to the Chuck E. Cheese's on Grand Canyon Dr. Not that it's much better than the one in the ghetto near Milwaukee....

I should not have allowed my tv to be put in the living room. The Winter Olympics (of which I am no fan) beat out my wanting to watch either the Amazing Race or Undercover Boss. I'm sorry, but I look forward to watching certain programs and it's annoying that since my tv was moved I can't watch them now. Poor choice on my part!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Bucket List

Pet a buffalo
Go to all 50 states

Eat a hamburger
Marry the love of my life
Have two or three beautiful children
Write a book
Have a 4.0 semester  Fall 2009
Be on a gameshow
Go on a girls' weekend to New York
Own a home
Swim with dolphins
Participate in Habitat for Humanity
Go to Disneyworld Spring 2005
Go to Disneyland
Meet a US President (current or former)
Go on a vacation to somewhere foreign and warm (Cancun, Bahamas, etc) March 2011 - Costa Rica!
Learn German
Learn to play the trumpet
Learn to play the harp
Learn to play violin or cello
Own a cactus
Run a mile in under 8 minutes
Beat Super Mario 64 (Get ALL the stars!) November 2010
See Muse in concert March 2010, October 2010 :)
Catch a walleye
Try Asian food   I'm going to say that rice and stir-fry count! Summer 2010
Read the Bible
Go on a trek through the Amazon
Go on a road trip with my friends and boyfriend
Find treasure
Run Crazylegs New!
Do another triathlon New!
Curl 50 lbs New!
See Mamma Mia! live January 2011 with mom :)

More to come

Super Bowl Sunday

Well, it's that time of year again when months of extravagant planning come together to create the best Super Bowl Parties around. For me, this means I can go to the library and there will be plenty of places to sit and check out the textbook I decided not to buy (it was $225...nuff said). I also need to review my resume so that I can turn it in for class tomorrow.

I have created a twitter account. I have never really had an interest in one, but it was a requirement for Marketing 635. Apparently if you are good at sales, you will end up with over 150 followers. I have 4 so far :) My name is AnArchaeologist (which I discovered looks like anarchy(ae)ologist. No, I do not support anarchy. I haven't since I was a confused 8th grade punk rock girl. Interestingly, some of the worst names ever were already taken: Stinkybutt and A**hole were among the names that when entered into the blank, showed up as taken.

I wish I could go with Amy to Europe this summer. If only I had the time (the money is not an issue as Amy has explained that the cost includes hotel stays for every city, certain admissions, and round-trip airfare. She was told to estimate between $4000 and $5000 for the whole 30 day city-hopping adventure). Un dia voy a regresar a Grecia. Un dia con Ronnie :)

I hope that Steph is enjoying her time in Chile. I really hope she gets to visit some of the ancient sites I learned about in my Power & Religion of the Pre-Columbian Andes course. I did not realize until after the course had finished exactly how much I have been able to take away.

Well, I have decided to start a bucketlist for fun, so I will post it separately. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I made Spring Break plans, Ronnie is on his way to visit, Katie asked me to be a bridesmaid....I couldn't be happier!

The past few days have seemed incredibly busy at work with tons of showings and trying to catch up on the zillions of Craigslist ads I previously posted and change them to reflect the changes in our rent specials!

Yesterday marked the first time Liz, Cait, Katie, and I were all here! We went over to Steph's place and watched the Bachelor (big surprise, lol) with Ashley H, Amy, April, and Mitch. It was a lot of fun and we ordered pizza for cheap! For those who don't know, you can sign up to receive online coupons from Toppers and immediately you'll get a $5 coupon, applicable to other discounts. So Katie, Cait, and I ordered a large cheese pizza and triple order of Toppers' Sticks on sale for $15, and with the $5 coupon, we only paid $10! Love it!

Thursday is our Board Game Night at Mirabel...I think it will be a huge hit since we are also buying pizza and refreshments for everyone! Ronnie will be able to come, which will be fun since I now know that he loves playing games (even though I'm not sure he's a huge fan of Clue or Monopoly like I am).

On to the more exciting news...

I am officially going to San Francisco for Spring Break! Of course, Mark lives out there and Beth will be visiting him and then leaving only days before I arrive! So it goes. I will be visiting Lauren, who I met while in Pylos, Greece. Hopefully her, Kelli, Amira, and I will be able to get together - but at this point it's just me heading out. I already bought my plane ticket, and was shocked that it was almost $100 cheaper to fly out of Milwaukee than Chicago. It set me back only $219, but it would have been $368 out of O'Hare! No thank you. She promised that we could do all of the touristy things as well as go out and have fun. She already warned me that the beaches would be a little cold, but they really couldn't be any colder than the beaches here! I am SUPER excited to go - this is the first time I have ever made Spring Break plans...ever!

Ronnie is coming out sometime today! He will be spending a majority of his time studying for the CPA Exam during the day while I'm working, but gosh, it will be so nice to see him!! He is such a wonderful person and I miss his company. There may even be a possibility of a double- or triple-date with Cait and Alex or Liz and Josh. Fun! I am sooo very excited to see him!

Also, I am very honored to be a part of Katie K's wedding! Her and Chris will be married August 14th at the Botanical Gardens - it will be be beautiful, but also very hot! As far as I know, Heather, Erica, and Chris's cousin will also be bridesmaids. Not having been in a wedding before, I am grateful to have Emily Post's Etiquette which Ronnie bought me for my birthday! I will have to work the next morning because August 14th and 15th, as an Madison student will tell you, are extremely busy days due to turnover. On the 15th I will need to be checking-in new residents and handling situations that arise. It will be nice to see the whole JSM staff in one place, but again, it will be extremely busy and EARLY!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I love my job!

I have never regretted taking this position at JSM (rather than applying for a job elsewhere once I graduate). Yesterday was the best day I've had yet!

We have been really pushing one of our properties because it had more vacants than we were comfortable with, and after many ads on craigslist and 4 unsuccessful applications, we finally got three that were accepted! I am so happy! These folks will love living with us :) Steve told Lisa and I to go have lunch on the company! So we went to Panera and enjoyed a nice break from the office. What a great day!

Liz and I then met at Dave and Bridgette's house where Katie was taking care of Wyatt and Finn. It was so good to see her and the boys. I wish that there was a way for her to live with Liz and I next year since she is such a great friend. I think I will ask at work whether or not this is an option. At the least, she is moving in this weekend before school starts :)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

How busy life seems!

I can't help but feel a bit more busy now that I am beginning my real-life job tomorrow! I just finished bringing all of my things from home inside, and have spent the last half hour or so reorganizing my food in the pantry. Ha this is proving to be a very exciting night! Here are the things I hope to get done this week:
  1. Take out garbage
  2. Throw out things I don't use
  3. Take keyboard tray off of desk
  4. Vacuum room
  5. Send books out to Kelli
  6. Bring binder back to downtown office
  7. Bring books back to professor
  8. Return library books
  9. Buy black shoes for work
  10. Send card to Beth
  11. Buy address book
  12. Put holiday decorations away
  13. Pick up prescription
I cannot wait until tomorrow! I have my outfit picked out already. I feel very lucky to work with Lisa - she is amazing! I have to admit though, sitting here by myself, I really miss Katie E. and Cait a lot! We were fortunate enough to have Katie stop by for a bit, but I haven't seen Keke since August. Beth is gone too, having graduated last month, but I know for sure that I will be seeing her in March (when I go to the MUSE concert!). I thought Liz would be home tonight, but I guess I'll have to see her and Allison sometime tomorrow.

Last night I was invited to Erica's 22nd birthday party, and I am really glad I went! It was nice to see her, Erika, Dianah, and Jenny in a non-awkward situation. I say that because the last few times we have gotten together, I haven't been able to feel comfortable. It is too bad that Katie doesn't get along with Jenny, because last night was a ton of fun and relaxed - I didn't feel like an outsider and spent the whole time dancing, laughing, and having a few drinks with some old friends. I had to bring an old school camera last night so the pictures will have to be taken in and put on a CD before I can upload them. :) Ronnie was a sweetheart and picked me up so that I wouldn't have to drive home. Whenever I return to Madison, I realize how much I miss having him around. He is so wonderful - I love him and always look forward to the next time we can see each other.