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Libraries, Cheesecake, and Chandler Bing

Our Christmas Tree. We received our amazing Yoda tree-topper for Christmas, but our tree is only a few feet tall. Next year we might have to upgrade to a bigger tree to better accommodate Master Yoda.

Life has a way of slipping by when my back is turned.  I can’t believe it’s 2013 already.  Sam wrapped up his first semester of teaching a few weeks ago, and he is happy for the break.  His first semester went well, though his coaching duties made it very busy.  I started my new job at the end of November, and I wrapped up the semester on December 21.  It feels like I hardly worked at all before Christmas break, and I haven’t gotten a paycheck yet, so I can’t really tell how work is going so far.  I enjoy my job, but it’s a little underwhelming.  I only work four hours a day and each of those four hours is spent either bending over a copy machine making sure staples don’t snag or migrating back and forth between my desk trying to look busy.  I work very quickly and there simply isn’t enough work to take up my time.  I work with great people and the work isn’t hard, so I’m not trying to complain or anything.  Maybe that’s the problem– the work isn’t challenging.  After slaving away for A+ grades in college, I feel underutilized running a copy machine.  It’s the same work I did in ninth grade working in the principal’s office for P.E. credit.

(Thank goodness they let awkward, nerdy girls like me get P.E. credit working in the office.  They saved me from a year of changing my clothes under my clothes and going to my next class all sweaty.  I did end up having to take a semester of P.E. in 10th grade, and I’m not kidding about this: my friend, Erika, and I would bring athletic pants to school in our backpacks and wear them over our jeans so we wouldn’t have to change for gym class.  Our P.E. teacher would always have some random activity planned, like volleyball or indoor soccer.  She even let us try archery– that lasted about twenty minutes until she realized giving a bunch of high schoolers bows and arrows and letting them go at it might not have been the best idea.  For those that didn’t want to participate in the activities, she let walk laps around the gym.  As long as we were constantly moving during class, we got credit.  That’s how Erika and I spent a semester walking laps around a gym wearing jeans and sweatpants at once.)

Anyway, I actually have an interview scheduled for Monday.  There’s an opening in the high school library for a library aide, and I really want it.  The position is full time and would be much more interesting work.  I’ve always loved libraries; I see them as a haven.  It’s where I always go when I need somewhere very quiet and safe. I don’t know if the job will work out because there are several other applicants who probably have a lot more experience than me, but I’m going to try anyway.  There’s also a full-time secretary position that I applied for, too.  I guess you could say I’m casting my nets far and wide.

Sam and I don’t really know what’s going to happen in the future… We don’t even know where he’ll be teaching next year.  That makes it hard for me to settle down and commit to things like this, but I’m learning to take everything one day at a time.  A few months of experience is better than no experience at all.  I know whatever works out will be the right thing.  I’m still very excited about the idea of trying a new  job soon… We’ll see what happens.

So much else happened last month!  December was very busy for us.  We celebrated our first anniversary on December 18!  Sam bought me a gorgeous necklace from James Avery that matches my wedding ring perfectly.  I was shocked… I didn’t even hint for it!  He picked it out all by himself and I absolutely love it.  He knows me so well.  We enjoyed a dinner at Carino’s Italian (that’s our go-to restaurant; not only is the food delicious, but it’s where we went on our first date, the night we got engaged, and the night we got married).  Then, we went and saw The Hobbit together, which I loved.

December 19 was our chinchilla Rigby’s first birthday.  We got him his favorite toy (a bundle of sticks he enjoys chewing to bits) and spoiled him with treats all day.  We love the little fuzzball.

On December 21, the world was supposed to end.  As a joke, Sam and I invited a bunch of our college friends to an “End of the World Afterparty” to celebrate, and they all showed up!  We ended up having eleven people in our tiny apartment, and most of them stayed the night.  It was a blast!  We ate a ton of food and played party games.

Sam and Ian were a little exhausted the day after the party. (Sam is the Korean on the right, Ian is the Korean on the left.)

The next day, we went antique shopping in downtown Waxahachie.  Then, Sam’s brother and his family arrived from Indiana on their way to Austin for Christmas with Sam’s family.  We joined them the next day and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Austin. I did a lot of baking for Christmas!  I made a Christmas Checkerboard Cake using the same technique I used for my original Checkerboard Cake.  I also made my first apple pie!

The family helped celebrate my birthday and my niece Lizzy’s birthday (mine was on the 26 and hers was on the 28) by making us a panda cake!  I was beyond excited when I first saw it.

Lizzy even made me a Hello Kitty panda on the Hello Kitty dress-up app I downloaded onto my iPhone for her.  She accidentally upgraded it to the full version for $1.99 because I was dumb enough to let a kid who can’t read yet play with my phone.  Oh well, at least I got this:

We drove to Abilene to see my extended family.  We ended up playing games and I found time to see Les Miserables, which I also loved.  We made it home in time for Sam’s brother to pass back through on the way back to Indiana.  For New Year’s Eve, our friends Ben, Camille, and Anthony came over to celebrate.  We watched the ball drop online and I made my first cheesecake.  I tried a recipe from Betty Crocker for chocolate covered cherry cheesecake and it turned out delicious!  Everyone liked it.

Our house has finally started to quiet down. It’s a wreck and I have a ton of cleaning to do, but it was worth it to see so many people we love.  Now, I’m relaxing and watching Friends.  I actually saw my first episode of Friends during Thanksgiving when my older sister, Taylor, was watching one of the Thanksgiving episodes as a re-run on TV.  I know, I know– I’m about a decade late to the party, but I absolutely love this show.  I’ve been watching low-quality episodes online, and the box set is definitely going on my Christmas list next year.  The show is just so well written and the acting is great.  I’ve become emotionally invested in the characters.  I cried when Chandler proposed to Monica; it was just so sweet.

That brings me to my final point: Chandler Bing is one of the best men in television history, hands down.  He’s definitely my favorite character on the show.  He has such a kind heart and he’s hilarious.  He’s been through a lot of difficult circumstances, but he manages to laugh about it.  He’s good at making people feel better or calming people down when they’re stressed or scared.  He’s goofy and cute.  He reminds me a lot of Sam, which is probably why I like him so much.

So, happy 2013!  Watch this clip of funny Chandler moments, and let yourself laugh.  :)

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Rigby’s Decision-Making Tree

My two favorites.

Recently, a graphic has been floating around the internet discussing a cat’s decision making. I love this graphic because it shows cats’ complete disregard for anything important to humans.  Continuing the theme from yesterday, Rigby (our faithfully cute chinchilla) not only shares traits with dogs, but also with cats… and maybe parrots, according to the above picture.

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Chinchilla Shaming

Set aside the next hour or so, because dog-shaming.com is so funny you won’t be able to stop reading the posts!

On this site, people submit pictures of their dogs being “shamed” by something they’ve done.  They write their dogs’ mistakes on notecards with the dogs in the background.  Most of them are very cute and relatable.

Well, we don’t have a dog… But we do have a chinchilla named Rigby who can be very mischievous sometimes.  I think if there was a Chinchilla Shaming website, he could easily have the first entry.

It’s a good thing he’s so adorable.  :)

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Rigby Havin’ a Ball

I introduced our pet chinchilla, Rigby, in a previous post.  I think everyone needs an animal around, someone to talk to, someone happy to see you after a long day.  Animals, to me, are God’s gift to us.  Some are inspirational (like pandas), some are tasty (like cows… sorry to all the vegetarians out there, I just really love steak), and some are terrific companions (like Rigby).  He’s the one who didn’t care when I spent two hours listening to “Some Nights” by Fun on repeat and singing at the top of my lungs.  He watches Say Yes to the Dress with me when Sam is at work.  He doesn’t judge me when I burn dinner and have to open the windows for a while.  He’s a great listener.

That’s why his fur is so fluffy. It’s full of secrets.

A few months ago, Rigby got stuck behind our washing machine and Sam and I went out and bought him an exercise ball.  I must say, we were mostly inspired by Rhino the Hamster from the Disney movie, Bolt.

We pulled it out tonight because Rigby has developed a bad habit of chewing on the wires behind our fridge.  We haven’t figured out how to block the gap between the fridge and the counter yet, so into the ball he goes.

Please enjoy this video of him having fun in his ball, and hug your pet.  :)

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Fuzzy Buddy

Meet Rigby. Last Spring, Sam and I decided to buy a pet because I was getting lonely during the day and wanted some company around the house. He was student teaching at the time, and his supervising teacher had a chinchilla named Oscar in her classroom. Sam came home talking about how cute he was, and the next thing I knew I was sending an email to a breeder in Midland.

Two months later, Rigby was ready to come home. He was so tiny and fluffy! I fell in love right away. The first time I lost him in the house sent me into tears for hours. He’s sneaky and ornery and completely adorable.

Right now he’s learning simple commands for treats. He’s pretty darn smart for a little fluffball. As far as pets go, he’s great. We love him even though he loves chewing on Xbox controllers (something Sam loves) and old books (something I love). That says a lot right there.

Also, chinchillas are the closest you can get to actually owning a Pokemon, so there’s that, too. :)

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