Mike and I went to Fort Lauderdale last weekend for a company trade show. What a great weekend! I didn't even have to go to the show beyond a little schmoozing and getting free plants at the end of the show. While my new friend, Carl, was not free, he is a beautiful orchid that I got for the amazing price of ten dollars. Hopefully my mom can keep him alive until I have a porch of my own to keep him on.
This is the side of my dad that his clients needed to see! These pictures were taken with Mike's new phone by the way, a Samsung Blackjack.
On the way down we dropped Sophie off at my uncle's house, and I think my cousins wore her out. She got her tissue box pillow in place and snored allll the way home! Except when mommy was bothering her with daddy's new phone, of course.
We still have Fred, and he's finally discovered that our apartment extends beyond the cat tree. I hadn't seen him go past the office, then on the day after we got back, I woke up to him sleeping on the edge of the bed! It has quickly become his new favorite place. We can leave with him on the bed and come back several hours later to find him in the exact same position. The question is, with THREE animals fighting to get on the bed, HOW are we going to get any sleep?!?
Fred and Sophie really seem to have hit it off. They're nap buddies :) They both enjoy embroiling themselves in the covers and refusing to get off the bed when I want to make it in the morning!
Oh, classes, classes....classes. My last semester of classes won't be so bad, if I can ever get my schedule worked out. Here's a breakdown of the saga that is school:
First, I felt like I'd run out of psychology classes to take. I've taken pretty much every class UF offers, except for the way boring neurological ones that nobody wants to take. So I discovered that I could get credit for volunteering, and I tried to get the psych department to let me volunteer at the Humane Society, since the boys I watch like to go there with me, but no dice. I ended up picking Baby Gator, the day care on campus. Since you're working with kids, they make you jump through every imaginable hoop to qualify: background checks, references, a statement of good moral character...holy cow!! I had to make a statement saying that (among other things) I had never engaged in "behavior involving forensic patients." I'll let you figure out what that means. Anyhoo, I had orientation for there today, and I'm excited about working there. I get to work with the 2 and 3 years olds on Tuesdays, and 4-5 years on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Now for the real dramatic stuff. I thought I needed a higher-level elective, so I originally signed up for an education course called Teaching Reading for the Primary Grades. My first class was last Thrusday, and it...was...a disaster. I was stuck in a classroom full of freshmen who had all their classes together, and I kept hearing, "You're NOT an education major?!?" like it was a bad thing. I can take that, but the clincher for me was that the teacher taught the students other classes as well, so she kept referring back to material she had covered in other classes, making it hard for me to follow along. I don't care what they say, being a psychology major is wonderful preparation for being a teacher, and I personally think that education majors don't get enough psychology training. So as soon as I got back from that class, I dropped it. After looking for another class I could take at the right time, I discovered that the only class available was one that happens to be taught by my employer, who is a geologist at UF. I called her, and thankfully she was okay with it, so she added me into her class, and I went to it on Friday. Then, it occurred to me that my distance learning class might count as the elective that I needed. So today I went to see an advisor, and learning that it does indeed. That meant that Ellen went to the trouble of putting me into her class for nothing. However, it also means that I can take a cakewalk class, namely, Introduction to Recreation. It's as easy as it sounds. And I feel good about that. I start at Baby Gator tomorrow, and this is looking to be a pretty good LAST semester!
This scarf is for one of my former youth directors who wife just had baby #2. If it looks the same as the last one, that's because it is. If baby Olive and baby Cade ever run into each other and they both happen to be wearing their scarves, they can both know they have a two-of-a-kind original.
Fred was more than happy to model for me. This is about as excited as he gets. I swear, he's about as even as Nebraska. Mike made a sudden noise today that sent Brooklyn into a tizzy, running into the next room. Fred blinked.
We got a new foster cat today from the Humane Society. We had noticed him before when we were trimming nails, and he was a huge mushpot. He's the most easygoing cat I've ever seen, and by huge, I mean....pretty big! He's not particularly fat, he's just a big boy. And a sweet boy.
To keep the animal theme going, here's our baby bearded dragons. We still haven't named them because we haven't thought of anything we like, but they're eating like pigs, and we just moved them to the big tank. The piece of driftwood they're sitting on was a gift to Mike from me. Yes, I got him a piece of wood for Christmas, and he loved it!
This is my second knitting project, a baby scarf for a distant relative of mine whose wife gave birth on Christmas morning. I have been trying and trying to figure out a stitch other than the regular stockinette one, but to no avail yet. This baby will just have to put up with a curled scarf!Sophie was glad to model for me this time! Brooklyn didn't know what to think...
I loved working with this yarn; it was a little harder, but so soft! Perfect for a baby. It seems like everyone is having babies all the sudden, so I'll have another opportunity to practice a fancy stitch soon.
I got a Pocket Knitter from my mom for Christmas, and this scarf was my first completed project!! I did just a simple stockinette stitch, so it curls at the edges, as you can see in the second picture.
Sophie was more than thrilled to model for me! Now, if only it would get cold so I can wear my new scarf and collect compliments!!
Today Mike, Sophie and I went to Devil's Milhopper for a picnic lunch and some exploration. We've always meant to go, but never got around to it. I think it would be a little more impressive-looking in the summer, but we enjoyed the nature trail and our picnic lunch.
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year! Mike and I went out with our lifegroup from church. We went to Harry's for dinner, then listened to a local band. When it came closer to midnight, some of us went to Dragonfly, which is normally a sushi restaurant. After 11:00, they turned it into a club-like atmosphere. They had drinks and desserts circulating, LOUD techno music, and scantily clad women. It was fun, but it wasn't something I'd want to do every weekend. We're not exactly party animals!!
Danielle and Ben, who are moving to Atlanta <sniff>
I couldn't decide which of these two pictures to post, so I decided to share both of them with you. Which do you like better? :)
Scott and Jen
They passed out noisemakers 20 minutes before the big ball droppped, which for everyone except Ben, was about 18 minutes too early. I'm pretty sure Daniellle is saying something like, "Ben, put DOWN the noisemaker until midnight!!"