January 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm (Fall 2009, knee surgery, Life, School, Spring 2010, Winter Break) (, , , , , , , )

Yeah…… so life got really busy……..

Last semester A, A, extension, extension

This semester I am finishing my internship (the two extensions from last semester), Firearms, Modern Disasters, CPR for Health Care Providers, Forensic Pathology: Advanced Death Investigations, and Advanced Photoshop.  Sounds like a fun semester to me.

My knee surgery is scheduled for Jan 29, at something crazy like 6am……..

Christmas was good, New Years was good, I will be writing more soon….

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January 19, 2009 at 7:41 pm (Fun Stuff, Life, Winter Break) (, , )

When I was younger, my grandma would make the absolute best snack.  And, for several weeks now I’ve been wanting some, but I won’t be at her house until April… So today I made some myself, and it is just as wonderful as I remembered.

  • 2 sticks real butter
  • 1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 reg. box Rice Chex cereal

Melt together first 3 ingredients and pour over Rice Chex into large bowl; stir (without mashing) until coated. Sift powdered sugar onto the chocolate coated mix and continue to stir until all the powdered sugar is mixed in.

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A Good Movie

January 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm (Fun Stuff, Winter Break) (, , )

I saw this movie about a year ago, and reccently remembered it.  It was good/funny/entertaining.  Here is the trailer, enjoy!


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So Much Fun

January 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm (Fun Stuff, Life, Winter Break) (, )

I love swimming.  In an outdoor.  At night.  In January.  And yes, I’m serious.

My mom and I are members at a local sports club which has a large outdoor saltwater pool.  In the winter, they put this huge bubble-tarp over the pool.  Its neat any time, but especially fun at night.  The only lighting comes from two underwater lights at opposite ends of the pool.  The pool is also heated during the winter, so the whole bubble fills with mist – thick enough that when combined with the limited lighting, you can’t see across the pool.  its a little spooky, but so much fun!

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The Fearsome Foursome

December 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm (Fun Stuff, Life, Winter Break) (, , , )

Growing up, my three closest friends and I were collectivelly known as the Fearsome Foursome.  Well, as times change, only two of us are still living in our home town (though strangely enough, 3/4ths of us have family in the Twin Cities – that would be Minnesota). One has ended up at UW-Madison and the other at Lewis and Clark College

Anyway, three of us (plus families) are having a christmas/hanukkah party (the fourth is in Minnesota this week…).  If past christmas/hanukkah parties are anything to judge by, it should be really fun.

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Happy Holidays

December 24, 2008 at 10:30 pm (Fun Stuff, Winter Break) (, )

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Santa Tracker

December 23, 2008 at 4:31 pm (Fun Stuff, Winter Break) (, , )

If you don’t know, every year, NORAD  (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has a bit of fun and tracks santa sightings around the world.

How We Track Santa

NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

Tracking Santa starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system consists of 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. On Christmas Eve, NORAD monitors the radar continuously for indications that Santa Claus has left the North Pole.

The moment that radar indicates Santa has lifted off, we use our second detection system. Satellites positioned in geo-synchronous orbit at 22,300 miles from the Earth’s surface are equipped with infrared sensors which enable them to detect heat. Amazingly, Rudolph’s bright red nose gives off an infrared signature which allow our satellites to detect Rudolph and Santa.

The third tracking system is the Santa Cam network. We began using it in 1998, which is the year we put our Santa Tracking program on the internet. Santa Cams are ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras that are pre-positioned at many locations around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year on Christmas Eve. The cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their journey around the world.

The fourth system is made up of fighter jets. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots flying the CF-18 intercept and welcome Santa to North America. In the United States, American NORAD fighter pilots in either the F-15 or the F-16 get the thrill of flying alongside Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph.

That, from their website.

Anyway, its fun, so check out their website.  The first sighting is expected in about 18 hours.

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To Do List

December 22, 2008 at 6:02 am (Life, Winter Break) ()

Maybe (hopefully) if I write down everything I need to do before going back to school I’ll get more of it done.  And, here seems as good a place as any…

  • Spend time with friends who are home from school (movie?)
  • Spend time with my boyfriend (try new recipe he will like)
  • Sort sock drawer
  • Organize a ton of paperwork
  • Go to local Christmas festivities
  • Get donations for fundraiser
  • Buy tickets for trip to Minnesota
  • Compile an end of year report of a program I’m involved in
  • Clean ferret cage
  • Clean gerbil cage
  • Hang up bird feeder
  • Confirm summer internship(s)
  • Go ice staking
  • Go swimming (indoor pool…)
  • Look at account stuff
  • Try to sell stuff on amazon/craigslist
  • Email pictures to family
  • Get picture of me and my boyfriend for my grandma
  • Look for any scholarships I should apply for

Thats all I can think of at the moment, but I’m sure there is way more to do…

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December 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm (Fall 2008, School, Winter Break) (, , , )

Today (or tomorrow, depending on when I turn in the last few assignments) is the last day of the semester (thank goodness!). Three of my classes are completely done, and the two online classes are just about done too. Overall, this semester has been fine. A little boring, really easy, but all necessary for graduation.
Anyway, but school has this wonderfully excessive winter break. December 12 through January 21. Yay! 6 wonderful weeks where I don’t have to write papers or do quizes, or anything! Though… why the semester begins on a Wednesday is beyond me…
Plus, its supposed to snow this weekend! Yay!

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