Monday, October 25, 2010

I want to go to there

It's been raining here for the past few days, which means I've watched my favorite rainy day movies. What are they, you might ask?: Tied for first place are Casablanca and The Philadelphia Story.  Speaking of weather, we've already had our first frost.  It was supposed to snow 3-5 inches Wednesday night, although I'm sad to say we didn't see any of it.  Jens says he expects snow to be in full force within the next two weeks.  So pumped! 

Earlier Wednesday morning I went on a hike with Devin to Clark's reservation.  We were walking on the prettiest rock formations I've ever seen.  The trail took us down to the edge of a lake, which was even more beautiful with the trees dressed in their autumn colors. (I took a picture with my phone, but it really doesn't do it justice.)  Anyone who comes to visit will be taken here.  Get used to it, folks.  It's even open in the winter.

I'm currently taking the week-long Medical Administration class at the CNYDSO (Central New York Developmental Services Office) which, upon passing, will certify me to administer meds.  Among all of the really interesting and important information that I'm learning about current prescriptions etc., I've also gained a much bigger respect for all the nurses of the world, for they are the people that will always be (and have always been) blamed.

Oooh- we have 3 Halloween costume parties this week.  Good thing I really like my costume:  I'm Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, which means I wear converses (her "work shoes"), jeans, a blazer and black rimmed glasses. So easy, and way less involved than some of the other costumes going on around here.  (a cop, a sheriff, a snow angel, phantom of the opera, little red riding hood, inigo montoya, fairies, etc).  Oh, and I get to say things like "blurgh", "I want to go to there", "I'm going to go talk to food about that", and "Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, ack!".  I may even sing about night cheese.

Fun fact of the week:  I walked into the family room Thursday night, and Mike said "Hi, friend" when he saw me come in.  So happy.

Ohh, I have one more story to share.  It's about a girl who met this cute boy on a dock in St. Mary's county.  On the 29th, it'll be 5 years that we've been together.  Sooo happy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

foolish grace

Anne Lamott once wrote, "Grace is having a committment to- or at least an acceptance of- being ineffective and foolish."  I was particuarly graceful making dinner Friday night.  The predetermined main course for dinner was steak (something that neither of us assistants were familiar with cooking).  Faced with this daunting task, we turned to google for help, and chose the sear-then-broil option.  Just sear the steak, then stick it in the oven to broil! 

Long story short, searing a steak produces a lot of smoke.  A LOT. Enough to trigger the fire alarm.  Perhaps I subconsciously wanted a chance to see the evacuation plan come to life.  But let me tell you, this house is a well-oiled machine.  We all evacuated the house very calmy into the rain, and ended up laughing about it all in the end.  The guys even said the steak was delicious.

On an unrelated note I went shopping today, and I paid with money I'd earned.  I haven't had that feeling for a while.  It felt good.

Other highlights of the week:
It was Peter's birthday on Thursday! 
I got many letters and packages!  Thanks to all!
My webcam is now working, so if you want to make a date, let me know.
I got paid for the first time.
I signed up with the Onondaga Free Library.  (!)
I got a key to the house.
I'm loving every minute I spend with the core members.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A week in pictures


(they forgot the f in my name, but it's the thought that counts)

My little slice of home.  Full of pictures, music, candles, and as many blankets as possible. 
It already feels and smells like winter here.

The view from my room onto the small backyard.

But beyond the fence is our big backyard.

 Number 1 at the Syracuse Community Walk.


 Feedin' ducks at the duck pond.

You'd be surprised what you learn about people over a plate of delicious veggies.