Sunday, January 26, 2014


Some people dream of vacations by the water.  Some dream of a mansion on a hill.  The Mister and I dream of a cow.  This cow.  A Scottish Highland.  We'd like a cow, a pig, a few chickens and a piece of property that gets less than twenty inches of snow a year.  Seems reasonable, doesn't it?

Yeah, We Don't Get Why It Needs a Sign...

We saw a bunch of these while driving home from northern Michigan over break.  I thought the message was inherently obvious, but apparently those northerners need specific instructions.

A Happy Husband

The Mister was pretty excited about getting another tool cabinet for the garage!  Now, if it would just warm up enough to actually work out there...

What Moms Do When Their Kids Are Gone

Flash left his room(s) unattended for ten days over break.  I seized the moment and CLEANED!!

Ahh, what a nice change!  While you might be wishing for "before" pictures, trust me when I say you don't want to know!

Not Sure How Accurate "AccuWeather" Really Is...

I don't know what's up in Kalamazoo, but it sure is the hot spot - literally!!

Hi.  My name is Eliza.  It has been 26 days since my last post. 


I am so sorry.  The holidays have passed; our one year anniversary has passed; nearly all of January has passed and I have no blogs to show for it! 

Here's my recap:

The holidays were wonderful.  It was amazing to have a family of three altogether celebrating Christmas together!  The Mister got me an amazing new camera (I know, I KNOW, there should surely be PICTURES then, shouldn't there?!?), I got him a new tool chest for the garage.  We bought Flash a fridge and microwave for his dorm room (yikes) as well as some computer parts he wanted.  (Side note: within an hour of the last package being opened, Flash had completely assembled his own computer from scratch. Amazing!)

Celebrating our first anniversary was wonderful, too.  In true martial fashion, we originally planned on a night away and dinner out, but downsized the celebration so we could put the funds into our vacation account for the summer.  Welcome to married life!!  :)  The Mister sent me the most beautiful arrangement of flowers and cooked us all New York strip steaks for dinner.  I got him...a card.  Yeah, I know.  But the first anniversary is paper, right?!? 

Last weekend was a huge moment in all our lives...FLASH GOT ACCEPTED TO COLLEGE!!  He submitted his application in the middle of October to State and just finally heard last Saturday that he was accepted there.  He's still waiting on news from two other schools, but at least has the relief that he has somewhere to go in the fall.  (We assured him he was going SOMEWHERE...)

The real reason I am completely AWOL from life lately is grad school.  In a word, grad school is a bitch.  I hate it.  I hate everything about it and everything I have to do for it.  I hate that it's not something I want to do, it's something I have to do to keep my teaching license.  UGH!  In any case, I'm almost halfway through the program and the next couple of months are really the most intense, so hopefully I will survive. 

If grad school wasn't making me cranky, the weather sure would be.  We have had four snow days already and still the potential for more this week with temps significantly below zero.  If you're reading this from Minnesota, or any location north of Michigan, my hat is off to you.  I have no idea how you stay sane.  The Mister and I spend all our time talking about moving to Kentucky (not too hot, far less cold, still mountains and hills to see...) We would leave today if either of us had employment there. 

So that's my recap.  It's not exciting, but I didn't want to look back years from now and wonder what the void was all about.  Grad school people.  Avoid it at all cost.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


We talked over dinner last night, about our resolutions for the New Year.  Here' sweat we came up with:

Eliza resolves to:
  - start each day by waking up.
  - not watch baseball (in the off-season).
  - not consume any illegal substances
  - not commit any felonies
  - remain a non-smoker
  - not watch any WWE events on pay-per-view
  - refrain from eating road kill
  - not become an arsonist, a vegan or Hindu

The mister resolves to:
  - not cheer for the Yankees
  - hate Ohio State
  - not eat quinoa
  - end each day by sleeping
  - not buy any curtains, throw pillows or bath towels
  - retain possession of his Man Card
  - not become a referee for water polo, a fashion consultant or a spelling bee judge
  - not throw rocks at airplanes

Flash resolves to:
  - not get arrested
  - drink large quantities of Mt. Dew
  - avoid physical exertion including outside chores, team sports and exercise
  - listen to music, text friends and play video games daily
  - study and do homework only when absolutely necessary and required
  - remain skeptical about all plans and intentions initiated by Mom.
  - not grow a handlebar mustache

We think these are pretty good goals, don't you?