Thursday, July 31, 2008

You Won't Believe It

OK, maybe you will. But two days ago Matt and I bought our first pairs of riding shorts....yes, padded butt riding shorts. Mine are spandex, there's no way around it. But Matt reassures me that I don't look bad. Maybe I really am losing weight.

And boy those shorts are comfortable :)

Jill shot down my theory yesterday. She has O+ blood. Darn. Oh, well, even with the best theories, there's always something. Right?

Oh, and I promised Jill I would blog about this, so I will...

I was talking to Jill yesterday, and we were having a good conversation. She told me about a neighbor who expressed disbelief that Jhericko liked to eat eggs. (!) She said "My people don't eat eggs." Well, Jill got to thinking about it, and realized that her mother-in-law always makes bacon and eggs in the morning for her and Demarko, and she eats them too. I said, well there goes that theory. Jill said, well, you know, Demarko's great grandmother was Cherokee. And I think in their language Cherokee means "egg eater." Ha ha. I couldn't stop laughing. She almost finished telling me that before she started laughing too. Jill has got to be my funniest sister. I think she should be a stand up comedienne. :)

Anyways, I guess I better get ready for school. I can't wait for this semester to be over. I think in my one week off, I'm going to crochet a quilt. And maybe this time it will be rectangular instead of mostly triangular.

Monday, July 28, 2008

With flowers in her hair....

Ok, so Matt and I rode our bikes this evening, and I guess I ran into a tree or something, because Matt just pulled 7 tiny flowers from my hair....hmmm...weird, huh.

So I'm trying out a new website. It is called gas free commute and I am going to keep track of miles I've ridden, and how many gallons of gas I save. Also, it tracks calories I've burned, which will be interesting.

Ok, in case I haven't talked to everyone about my theory, here it is.... is there a belief gene? And is it related to blood type? I don't know, but here's my theory. Consider that Mom has A+ blood, and Dad had O+ blood. Now, as far as I know, Mike, Peggy, Beth, and Kate each have A+ blood (I haven't heard from Jill yet). And so far, Pam, Penny, and probably Marie have O+ blood. (Matt doesn't know, and I haven't heard from Lani). I think you all can connect the dots.... :) It is all in fun. You know, Mike and I had were talking (via email) and he used to try to convince his high school biology teacher that red hair is not recessive. How could it be, when 6 out of 10 of us have red hair? Mike's teacher would respond that our family is purely anecdotal but hey, if it can't be seen in practice, right?
Anyways, the other part of my theory, which Mike debunked for me yesterday, was that this was all connected to hair color as well. Red hair is recessive, and O is a recessive blood type too. So, maybe the red heads inherited the O blood type. But since Mike turned out to be A+ (and a believer) then there goes that theory. It would be fun to see what Lani's, Jill's, and Matt's blood types are, just to wrap up the whole story, wouldn't it? (hint, hint)

So, I tried to stop in at Kate's today and pick up "Twilight" so Matt could start reading it tonight, but they weren't home. I guess they went out for FHE. Darn! I was hoping Matt could take the book with him to duty. :( Oh, well.

I'll write more later.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Disappearing Woman

OK, so I always knew that exercise is good for you. I mean, who doesn't? But I guess what I didn't know is that I could find something that I enjoy and that is challenging and that I could do with my husband. Bike riding has been amazing for me. As of today, after my 45 mile bike ride, I've lost 13 pounds this summer. Since I've started riding a lot. I couldn't believe it when I got on the scale today. Especially since it isn't really that difficult. Bike riding is easy! It is so much easier than running, although I've never been much of a runner, so maybe that's why I think it is hard. And you can go so far on a bike! Today, Matt and I decided to ride at least 43 miles. We wanted to try out some of the bike lanes and trails they have in Virgina Beach. Unfortunately, these lanes and trails aren't actually connected, but we managed. We ended up going really close to the mall, and stopped in to watch Dark Knight, which is an excellent movie, by the way. So we took just a couple hours to do 22.5 miles, and just a couple to ride back. Now, I won't say that the ride today was easy. And the 2.5 hour break for the movie was just a little too long. My muscles were stiff by the time we started back out again. But even though I didn't feel great, I was able to push through it and I made it back home. Now all I want to do is curl up in my pj's and watch some tv. Or maybe play some scramble. Either way, I'm going to relax. I deserve it.

Oh, by the way, I have received blood types from the following: Beth, Peggy, Marie (?), Kate, Penny. So I still need Mike's, Matt's, Lani's, and Jill's. If you don't want the whole world to know (although I don't see why not *shrug*), just email me. That's cool too.

Love you all.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lil_Green Patch

I'm just trying this out.

Oh, well, I can't get it to do anything more than give me a syntax error.

Our Mother

So, I talked to Mom today. I finally got through. It was so great to talk to her and hear her voice. I guess it has been almost a year since I have talked to her. I think she is having a great time over there, doing her work and learning a lot about herself. She sounds really happy, which makes me happy. She was thinking that I wanted to talk to her because I was pregnant (which I'm not) so I think she was doubly disappointed when what I had to tell her was that I wasn't going to be able to make it to London in October. I'm really bummed out about it, and I didn't want to just email her. I know she's disappointed, but I'm not sure which one she's more disappointed about-that I'm not pregnant, or that I'm not going to go visit her. :)

I just took another test today, on Virginia History. I'm glad I'm in Virginia, because even though I need to take this state's history classes to get certified to teach, Virginia history is so entrenched with US history that they go together nicely. Also, I have taken African-American history (2 semesters) and that history also goes hand in hand with VA history. I also took a VA government and politics class, and learned a lot about the history that way. I think I'm learning a lot, maybe not specifics, but generally how history unfolds and past mistakes our nation has made (and the state of VA). It is funny, because I feel like I know a lot about the history of Idaho, how the different counties came to be, at least from a SE Idahoans perspective. I also know pretty much where all the counties in Idaho are, and what the general layout is. I know that VA has so many more people than ID, and more counties, but there are people in my class that have lived here their whole lives and don't know where a county is that is within 90 miles of them! If it isn't in Hampton Roads, it isn't important to them. (Hampton Roads is the generally agreed upon name for the area I live in. It includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk.) It just seems so close minded. Everyone in the state is affected by everyone else. You should have a general idea of where at least the counties are in the state! Anyways, that's my beef for the day. I am absent a husband tonight, he's on duty. So I need to get the house cleaned up. It is so much easier when he's not here. When he's here, I just want to spend time with him, not clean up. I'm sure you all know what I mean.

Oh, before I forget. I am just curious. Peggy and I were talking about blood type. Could each of my siblings post a comment, or send me an email, and let me know what your blood type is? Thanks. If you don't have an account, just post under "anonymous" and sign your name. Thanks guys. Love you. Pam

Monday, July 21, 2008

Some People

Ok, so I got into a couple of interesting discussions with some guys today. Before my history class, I was talking to some classmates. I don't know how we got on the subject, but we started talking about parking. This is a normal subject that normally comes up with students. So, my classmate doesn't think that anyone should have to pay for parking. (!) So when he kept getting parking tickets, he refused to pay them. Finally, just last week, he got so fed up that he went into the parking ticket place and cursed them out, telling them what nonsense the bureaucracy is and how he didn't think he should have to pay, etc. Well, $300 later, he still doesn't think he should have to pay. (On a side note, he was shocked to find that I have not paid for a parking pass since my first semester, and that I just park off campus and walk a little ways. It is totally worth it; I get exercise, it is free, and I don't fight with people over spaces.) So then we got to talking about riding bikes to school, which isn't possible for him, but he could bring his bike in his car and park off campus and ride from there. He said he had a problem with crossing the street, he just doesn't like to do it. I told him that bikes are marginally more visible than pedestrians, depending on what you're wearing, and you could always get the big bright vest. Well, he didn't like that idea, he said that he refuses to do things like that, wear bright clothing, or helmets or wear a seatbelt. He said that he is a believer in civil liberties and he thinks that if you buy a car with your own money you should be able to do what you want in it. That means if you don't want to wear your seatbelt that is your right. I had to disagree with him. I am a believer in civil liberties. I just don't think that making seat belts mandatory is infringing on those liberties. Sure, when YOUR car is parked in YOUR driveway that YOU bought with YOUR money, you can do what you want. But once you take it out onto public roads, that taxpayers (including yourself, but not just you) have paid for, then that is a different story. Then you have to follow the rules put in place by the system that you participate in. The people who make the rules have been elected by the people, and their rules should be followed by the people. I guess when it comes right down to it, yes, you are at liberty to do what you want. Don't wear a seatbelt, but don't complain when the cop gives you a ticket for it.

And we didn't even get into who pays for the doctor's bills when someone gets into an accident, but that is a different story....

Later, in class, we were discussing transportation. This is not a new subject, in fact, Virginians have been debating it since Virginia was brand new. It is the same old story: who should pay for the roads? One of my classmates is pretty vocal about the subject. He seems to think that Virginians pay too many taxes: the gas tax is too high, the personal property tax is too high, it is all too high for him. What he doesn't realize is that VA has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country. This is what the problem is. We don't have money to pay for the roads that everyone is driving on. So what's the solution? Tolls? No, he thinks that tolls are also a bad idea. But when asked what the solution is, he threw up his hands and said, "I don't know. I'm not a politician." These kinds of people frustrate me. Where do they think money comes from? How can we pay for the things we take for granted every day. We all use the roads, someone has to pay for them. Tolls seem like the ultimate answer; make the people that use the roads pay for the use. But then, I don't think that is the entire answer. Go down to your local Food Lion, or Old Navy, and those goods in the stores had to come from somewhere. How do you account for that? Does the company have to pay a toll to use the roads? Or should some sort of tax be placed on the goods themselves? Oh, wait. I forgot. Taxes are bad, too. I guess there is no easy answer.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


So, something happened to me today, and I really wanted to blog about it, just go off and say what I was really feeling. But I think that some of the people who read my blog would get offended, so I decided not to. If anyone is really interested, you should call me! I'll give you the scoop.

Ok, Matt and I are going to go to bed early tonight. We've been staying up way too late the last week, and we need to get used to hitting the sack early. So, off to bed.

I'll blog more later, maybe. I guess that's the thing with a public blog. Either you care about the people who read it or you don't. I care. So I won't go off. :)

Love you all.

PS. My hand hurts! I hurt it on the beach on Friday, and it still hasn't healed. Ugh, nothing worse than a sore on your right palm. Do you realize how much you use your right hand?

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Ok, I have a confession to make. I'm reading the Twilight series, and I like it. It's funny, because I didn't think I would. So many others like it, and I just thought I would think it was ok. But I think it's really good. I don't know what it is about the series. It isn't even written that well. The plot is ok. But something just draws you in and makes you want to know more. Maybe because it takes place in a small town. I can relate to that. But it is more than that. Maybe there's a small part of me that just wants to be Bella, and have the most gorgeous guy in the world fall in love with her (me). Well maybe that already did happen. I have my Edward. And he'll love me forever, just as I'll love him.

On a side note, I was looking at a friend's webpage, and was looking at some pictures she took at Shi Shi Beach, in Washington. Well, I googled it, and Shi Shi is just north of La Push, actually I think it's part of the reservation. Here's a picture:

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I don't think my friend has read the books yet, but I'll definitely have to get her into them, don't you think? (For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, well, you'll just have to read the Twilight books, too. They aren't tough to read, and they are surprisingly fun.)

Anyways, I made it through the week, thank goodness. It was a slightly stressful week, but this semester is almost over (FINALLY) and then a short break. It's been fun to have Matt home this week. Maybe that is why I haven't really blogged; he keeps me too busy. :) Cleaning the house, that is. :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Would you be my Girlfriend?

So, today I was on my way to class, crossing the street. I heard someone say "Excuse me!" so I turned around. There was a gentleman in a car, and he said, "Will you be my girlfriend?" I didn't know what to say. So I said the first thing that came to my head. "Maybe later." I smiled, and walked on. I'm not sure what he thought I would say. I'm sure he didn't actually expect to get a girlfriend that way (at least I hope he didn't.) But I was very flattered. Maybe it's the new hair.... :)

So, it's kind of weird with company in the house. Maura, Emily, and Peggy all stayed the night here last night. This is the first time this summer that Maura came over to my house. It just kind of ended up that way. My whole schedule is different with people here. I forgot to take my pills this morning, which is a big no-no for me. It isn't that I don't like having people here. In fact, I love company. I just have to remind myself to do the things I need to, which is harder with people here. I like to visit! I find myself talking a lot. And Peggy likes to talk, too, which has contributed to my staying up late two nights in a row.

I had a great time last night. Kate was able to come out to dinner with us, and we went to Cheesecake Factory. That is mine and Matt's all time favorite place to go to eat. We don't get out often, but if we have a choice, we love to go to Cheesecake. And speaking of cheesecake, nothing is better than a slice of cheesecake for breakfast in the morning. :)

I've been talking a lot to Penny lately. It's been good. We have our moments, sometimes we're closer, sometimes we're further apart. I think we're going in a good direction.

Ok, so this post was really random. I just wanted everyone to know that we're all ok, still hanging in there, and everything.

Oh, wish me luck. Tonight is my final practical for my Biology class. I'm not too terribly worried, but I haven't even begun to study, and so I'm just a teensy bit nervous.

All right. Off to study. Talk to everyone later!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

40 Miles

Ok, so I can't believe we did it, but we did. We rode 40 miles today. I haven't been feeling well all week, but I decided I wanted to not be a wimp and just do it. So Matt and I rode our bikes to Sandbridge. (!) Seriously, we did. Our plan was to go to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, but by the time we got to Sandbridge beach, we had gone 20 miles, and we decided not to add another 10 to our journey.

We ate lunch on the beach, watched the surfers (yes, the waves were decent) and then rode back. I won't lie; I had trouble on the way back. My illness has made me very weak. But with only a few stops along the way, we made it back home. Now I can't move, but that is ok. I don't have much to do this afternoon anyways.

On a side note, we're looking forward to having Peggy for a little bit. She's driving down from Ohio either tomorrow or Tuesday. It should be a fun visit. She'll be staying at my house, but I bet most of her time will be spent with Kate. School just keeps me too busy.

Oh, and another thing. How did my husband neglect to tell me he's on leave this week? He swears that he sent me an email telling me about it, but when did he send it, in January? Not that I'm mad, or anything. In fact, I'm ridiculously happy. I love it when he's home. He took leave so he could work on the photos he took at a wedding on Saturday. So far, the pics are looking great. Of course. Not that I would expect anything different.

My hair is short. I know no one is surprised, but sometimes I forget and run my fingers through my hair, and then I realize--it's gone. :( But I do like it. It's really cute, and easy to manage, and I don't even really have to comb it if I don't want to. I'm sure I'll get tired of it and grow it out again. But that's ok. That's me.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My Nephew, Future Mountain Climber

Check this out, guys. I couldn't believe it. And he's only 2 and a half. Imagine what he can do when he's bigger?

We went to a friend's birthday party, and this playground was right there. So of course we spent most of the time playing there. We all had a good time. I wasn't sure Parker could climb up there; it was the only way to go down the big slide. I think the rock wall was there to keep really little kids from climbing. But Parker saw the bigger kids climbing up and he said "Parker go up there" so I helped him the first time. Then he wanted to do it by himself. And he did!

Friday, July 11, 2008

I Did It!!


I don't know why, but I'm really nervous to get my hair cut. I know Nancy will do a great job, that's not the problem. I think it may be because Matt is skeptical. He knows how much I hated short hair after boot camp. What he doesn't realize is that it was such a horrible haircut that I got in Boot Camp that I couldn't wait to grow it out. And it took so long to grow out. But I gotta get ready. I think Maura's going to get her hair cut too, so I have to pick her up. I'll update you guys later today.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Right now I feel really guilty. I have only ridden (is that the right word?) my bike 11.5 miles this week. I rode on Tuesday, but I can't ride on Monday or Wednesday, because I don't have enough time. And Thursday rolled around, and I felt really ill this morning and actually missed my first class (not missing much, trust me). But I was able to go to my afternoon class. I still don't feel 100%, but I'm a little better. I had to drive the truck, again, though. That's why I feel so guilty. I've been driving that thing more this week than I have in several weeks. And it's such a gas hog that I can't stand it. I love my truck, don't get me wrong, but I feel guilty driving it so much. *sigh* What can I do? I can't help being sick, I suppose. I guess Kate's kids have been sick for a while, but I haven't even SEEN them since the 4th, so I don't think we have the same thing. I'm just hoping I can keep it together tonight. I have a 3 page paper to write (haven't started. Such a procrastinator!) and a test to study for.

Oh, guess what! Guess what! I'm doing something crazy tomorrow! I'm cutting my hair! Short! It is ridiculously long, and I have wanted to cut it all summer. Matt finally gave me the go-ahead. So Nancy, Kate's friend (She did my hair for my wedding, and she did a spectacular job), is going to cut it. I'm going to donate it to Locks of Love. Or that is the plan, anyways. I'll be sure to post pictures. I'm nervous, but extremely excited, as well.

Ok, off to homework. Matt's cooking dinner, which is a rare treat for me. So I can focus on my schoolwork. I'm glad we finally heard from Mom. I was getting worried. :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Has Anyone?

Has anyone heard from Mom lately? It seems like it has been a long time since she's sent out an email. Maybe I'm just not getting them.

So, yesterday I rode my bike to school, and I was getting ready to ride home. The clouds looked pretty ominous, but the wind was going to be at my back, and I thought I could maybe make it home before it got too bad. But Matt called and said he was picking me up. He was a little worried about the storm. I still think I could have made it, but I'm glad he came anyways. I was still sore from the 35 miler that we rode on Sunday. It gave me almost an extra hour at home yesterday. Which is always nice. Did I take advantage of the extra time and get house work done? Homework? Nope. I played games on Facebook. I keep playing Scramble, Word Twist, and Path Words. But my new found guilty pleasure is Sudoku. Matt and I were playing against each other. I beat him by 3 points.

Ok, well, let me go get ready for school. I'm driving today, which I hate, but I'll get over it. I just don't have enough time to ride. And today is supposed to be one of the hottest days in the year. *sigh* I suppose I'll stay in the A/C. I need to make a lunch.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Tornados and Hurricanes

Check out this picture that my Aunt Stormy sent. This is taken from my cousin Stephanie's house in Slidell, LA. That is the Lake Ponchartrain bridge. It's pretty crazy, isn't it? Its a good picture.

Here's the email she sent, explaining the photo:

Look at this tornado!!! This picture was taken from Stefanie's back
yard. The tornado was right by the twin span of I-10 that crosses Lake
Ponchartrain from New Orleans to Slidell. As close as it looks here, it
is actually about 1and 1/2 miles closer to my apartment. Right after
this picture was taken another tornado formed right next to this one.
We raced to pick up all the lawn furniture and potted plants. Mike and
Chris went down to the bottom of the yard to tie up Mike's jet ski and
make it more secure. They just had a little dock built on the water so
that we could fish and dock the jet skis and Randy's boat down there.

Fortunately, the two tornadoes evaporated before hitting that
bridge....and there were cars being driven on the interstate when that
tornado was there.

Just another exciting day out here in little ole Slidell. By the way,
Phil (my brother) caughter a 48 lb drum fish on the dock on July
4th...that was exciting too!!!!

Love, Stormy

Ok, so I hope everyone else is enjoying better weather where ever you are. As for myself, with the news of a "hurricane bertha" in the Atlantic, I really ought to get my hurricane preparedness kit in order. Hmm...maybe I'll get right to that. :)

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Total miles for last week:


Total-90 miles

Today, Matt and I decided to go on a REAL bike ride. We thought it would be ironic to ride our bikes to First Landing State Park (ironic because we just bought a parking annual pass for the park, and now we're riding our bikes there...)So we took off at 9 am, and rode, and rode, and before we knew it, we were at the park. Our goal was to ride 30 miles, which is 8 more miles than I usually do in a day. So we took the Cape Henry Trail, which is partially dirt (mud) and when we got to the other side, we decided to see where along the ocean front we were. We came out at 64th street! We couldn't resist riding to the boardwalk and riding the whole length. This added a few extra miles, about 2.5 each way, and our total ride ended up a little over 35 miles. We're both pretty exhausted. We had to take a nap this afternoon. But we got home around 1, so it only took us 4 hours. But we did stop several times to stretch, and just enjoy the fact that we RODE OUR BIKES down to the oceanfront. Unfortunately, we didn't end up saving much money, b/c we decided to get Subway on the way back so we could save ourselves some time cooking lunch. But was a great ride overall. And the weather cooperated. It was overcast and gloomy, but we didn't get rained on. I think we're well on our way to being ready for the great ride across the country.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


So, for those of you who have not looked at Kate's blog yet...DON'T READ ON! Go to her blog. Then come back here :) Everyone else, read on...

So, Kate's going to have a little girl. I'm so happy for her. I guess now that she's officially out of the closet about her pregnancy (it's about time) we can all talk about it. I'm kinda excited for this one. I don't know about anyone else, but it seems like yesterday she was telling me that she was pregnant. (I know for some of you it WAS yesterday ;) And now the baby's going to be here soon. Almost too soon. We're going to have a lot to do before the time comes. (Honestly, THEY are going to have a lot to do before the time comes, but I'll be right down the road if they need anything.) I can't believe she's kept it a secret this long. There are people at her church that don't even know that she's pregnant. Come on, people. She's not fat! What, do they think she's overeating because she is stressed out? Seriously?

Anyways, this blog is not supposed to be about Kate. It is supposed to be about me. I honestly almost cried when I watched the video on her blog. Almost. It is kind of exciting.

OK, so to switch gears, Matt ordered me some pepper spray for my bike yesterday. Evidently you can't get the (good) stuff in stores. And he was doing some research, and found out what the really good stuff is. Pepper spray potency is measured in SHUs, or Scoville Heat Units. This is a measurement of how "hot" the peppers are. To give you a good idea, green peppers rate 0 on the SHU scale, and habanero chilies rate 350,000 SHUs. The pepper spray Matt bought for me is rated at something like 5.3 million SHUs. There are some videos on YouTube that show stupid guys (why is it always guys who do these stupid things?) getting sprayed with the stuff. Usually there is some sort of bucket or hose that they start to stick their head in or under, and after about an hour and a half, the burning subsides. I think I'm going to feel very safe with this stuff. Look out, all you would-be crooks! You can't take my bike, not without a considerable amount of pain, that is.

Well, I got up early today....yeah, so that I could finish up the first book of the Twilight series. I was skeptical, but I must admit that it is a pretty good book. Not the best book ever, but really good. It kept me wanting to know more, and it was suspenseful. I liked it, especially since it took me about 24 hours to read it. Total. I like quick reads like that. Then I did some yoga, and now I'm going to get ready to ride my bike to school. I have to take some books over to Kate's; Maura is liking the Ender's Game series, so I'm going to bring over Ender's Shadow, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Hegemon. I don't have Shadow of the Giant, yet. That's the last in the series, and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. Ok, I need to take a shower, even though I'm going to get ridiculously sweaty on my ride to school. But it is WORTH IT! $6 a day adds up!

Ok, hope everyone is having a most excellent 4th of July Eve.

Love you all!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Another Tuesday

Ok, so why is it that every time I look at Marie's blog, I get that "It's My Life," by Bon Jovi song in my head. It's now or never. And I ain't gonna live forever....

Anyways, that is beside the point. So, I rode my bike to school today. It was the second day of classes for the second half of the semester. My two new classes are Math 335- Discrete Math, and Hist 346- Virginia History. The math class is so ridiculously easy right now I'm kicking myself for not considering CLEP-ping out of it. Oh, well, too late for that. I'll just try to stay awake. But the VA History class...well, the prof is awesome. He's this old guy who you just know knows a lot. I know I'm going to learn a lot from his class. There's a bunch of kids in the class who fall asleep in class and are already complaining about the course-load. Wimps. I'm not afraid of a couple papers. This session is going to go by really quickly. I think it's only 6 or 7 weeks long. :) I just found out (actually it was written on the syllabus, so I don't know why I didn't see it) but my biology class ends in 2 more weeks. Yeah!!! I thought it went into August, for some reason. So that means no more Monday/Wednesday night lab classes. I actually despise night classes. They are the worst. Especially in downtown Norfolk, when I have to walk back to my car late at night past all the creepy people standing around asking for cigarettes. I always try to go in a group, and if I can't, to keep at least a sidewalk's distance between me and anyone else. You can never be too careful. Along those same lines, I am thinking of getting a can of mace for my bike. Today, as I was riding home, a kid yelled at me "Hey! Let me have your bike!" As if I would just give it to him right there, or something. I don't get some people. But, just in case...I haven't been too concerned about the neighborhoods I ride through before this, because the troublemakers usually don't get up before noon. But now that my class ends at 320, all the hoodlums are up and ready to make trouble. I keep my eyes open.

Well, I think Matt already went to bed, so I think that is my cue. I need to get a good night's rest; with all the smoke in the air my allergies are running haywire and driving me crazy.

I'll talk to you guys more later.


PS. Does everyone know that Penny got a dog????? I'm so jealous. It is even an English Springer Spaniel. How unfair! (I'm actually really happy for her.)