Saturday, August 14, 2010

It's been...forever?!

Wow, so it's been a while, like really a LONG while. Because last post, I was engaged. We're now married. Have been for over 2 months. Yeah, a long while.

I'm easing myself back into blogging. Especially since nothing really exciting has been happening.

But I leave with you with this song by Jon Foreman. I've been getting the music together for our wedding video. I absolutely love this.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Trivia Nights

For the past 5 weeks, we've been playing Trivia on Wednesday nights. They cover movies, tv shows, music, and sports. And we're highly encouraged to cheat with our cell phones and laptops. It's a lot of fun. We're currently in first place and shooting for a spot in regionals where we can win $1,000. We'll see how these next 5 weeks go!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My new favorite picture. Pretty much sums up Iowa well.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Happy Birthday to ME! Today was my 26th birthday and a pretty good one at that! My parents arrived from Ohio on Friday to help celebrate my birthday weekend. And the weather couldn't have been better to spend sometime outside.

We've had cake, birthday dinner with friends, and presents. Very low key, but lots of fun. And it doesn't stop here. I'll be celebrating with friends that are out of town now throughout the month. And the cheery on top is Anthony bought us tickets to the Iowa vs. Minnesota game. Let's hope the Hawks can keep up there unbeaten season until that game!


Just under the wire! I'm participating in NaBloPoMo for National Blog Posting Month. Basically post at least one thing every day for the month of November. It can be anything and get started in the next....oh 15 minutes!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Catching Up

So obviously I’ve been busy…really, really busy. Much has happened over last few months, so I’ll briefly fill you in. But now that things have slowed down, I’ll be updating more regularly. Promise.


The highlight was traveling to Germany for 10 days to attend a scientific conference (and some travel on the side). We had a great time! The conference was really interesting. Who doesn't love the peripheral nerve? ;) Now for the best part, pictures!

We flew into the Frankfurt airport (9 hours on a plane!) and met up with another professor from Kansas. It took us a while to figure out the train system, but eventually we bought our tickets. We hopped on a train that we nearly had to chase down and we were on our way. We grabbed a few open seats only to find out was actually reserved when everyone loaded on at the Frankfurt HBF. Awesome. We stood in the restaurant care for the 1.5 hour ride to Wurzburg.

Wurzburg is a small college town that is really quite pretty.

They have a large winery on the side of a large hill (beautiful view from my hotel room). We took a tour of the fields and a wine house. Now, I actually can say I hate wine. Italy, Greece, California...none have won me over to say I actually enjoy it. In fact, I make a horribly ugly face every time I try it. I didn't expect German wine to make a difference, but boy did it. I LOVED it and I'm pretty sure I drank my body weight over the week we were that. Well...and beer.

We found ourselves a local Beer Garden (at a semi-permanent fair). The Germans were wild! Singing, shouting, and standing on tables for hours. It was awesome. We ended up there quite a few nights with some of the labs we're friends with. Lots of fun. And it is now a fact I can hold a liter of beer using only suction.

After the conference, we traveled down to Munich. I was really impressed with the train system in Germany. Very clean and efficient. Munich was very different than Wurzburg. It was much larger with more hussle and bussle. I really liked it. We didn't do much sight seeing, but did get some pictures around the main part of the city that is mostly only accessible by foot.

While we were in Munich, we traveled to see the concentration camp, Dachau. What a moving experience. I've always been fascinated with the history behind Nazi Germany and always thought it a duty to remember the atrocities that were committed, as do the German people. Each year, German school children are required to tour a concentration camp to hopefully ensure the younger generation would recognize signs earlier and speak out if this were to occur again. I'm glad we took the time to visit and it will definitely be one of my most memorable experiences.

After Munich, we traveled back to Frankfurt for an afternoon before we flew out. Frankfurt seemed to be a mix of very modern and very historic buildings. We ate lunch and walked around the city, but by that time, we were very tired and ready to go home. After a long, long flight (where I was stuck with two people I didn't know on either side of me and one who decided to sit on my leg, no joke), we were back in the US. Germany was very fun and I'd love to go back and spend some significant time sight-seeing.

After getting back from the conference, I got busy very, very quickly. I met with my PhD committee to introduce my project and set a timeline for the preparation of my comprehensive exam. I began writing my 40+ page proposal about my project and studying for the oral comprehensive examination. I've finished all that (to be blogged about later), but I can say it was quite stressful and took a lot of work. I basically fell off the planet for three months. However, I did get a two week break at the beginning of August to go home and spend some time with my family. And that will be tomorrows blog!