Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our Weekend in DC

So, Matt had to take pictures in DC for a couple that was getting married in the temple. We went up a day early, and went for a bike ride. It was amazing. I couldn't believe how far we went!(The pictures are in the blog below. We didn't take many pics. Sorry!) It was hard, cold, challenging, and very, very, fun! That was the farthest we had gone ever, and on our loaded bikes, boy was it crazy! We got back to our bikes at around 6pm, went to find our hotel, stopped in at McD's for dinner (we were starving, and that was our only choice.) Oddly enough, the service at that McD's was great! Our food was delivered fast and hot. Quite a different story from our last fast food experience at Sonic. I'm not sure if I've told you about that one, but we got Sonic one day, and the food was ICE COLD. It was ridiculous. So Matt complained to a manager, who told him, "Sir, that is how it is sometimes. We don't make the food fresh every time." !! What do you mean? So our food was refrigerated? Finally she offered to give us a refund or make the food again, but we just left. And called the company to complain. They sent us a coupon for a free sandwich, which we will probably never use.
So, back to our story, we slept soundly, as you can imagine. After a nice hot bath, that is. And then we went to the temple for early morning pictures before the couple came out. Matt got some excellent shots, which I'm pretty proud of. After the couple finally emerged (they were late for their session, so they didn't get out until after noon. Matt did some family shots, then couple shots, around the temple grounds. It is amazing what good pictures he can get when he has the time, not just 15 or 20 minutes between the ceremony and the reception. After he got enough pics, we took off and found a Chipotle's for a yummy burrito. Then we drove home. It was so much fun, a super quick weekend, and he spend all day Sunday processing pictures.

So, I just dropped him off at the airport. He's off to London to take pictures at a wedding. I'm really, really jealous; I wanted to go so bad. But he'll have a great time. I actually was able to walk up to the gate with him. The ticket agent asked me if I wanted to walk him to the gate and hang out since there was a couple hours until his flight. I said "Sure!" So he printed me up a gate pass, and I was able to hang out for an extra hour. It was so cool! I didn't know you could do that, but Matt said the ticket agent hooked me up.

Anyways, I have a pretty tough week coming up...lots of projects, papers, and tests. So, speaking of, I need to get to work. I'll keep you up to date on Matt's visit to London. He and Mom are supposed to hang out at least one of the days he is there.


Monday, October 20, 2008

W & OD Trail

Guess which couple rode 52 miles in one day with fully loaded bikes? Yup that is Matt and Pam =) We visited the Washington & Old Dominion bicycle path. It is an amazing 45 mile long multi-use path (MUP) that runs from Washington DC to a town outside of it, and it's not flat it's rolling hills. We meant to try to complete a 100km (62miles) but we were dead tired and had to turn around a little early, but I'd still say we did awesome =)


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Two posts, same day

Ha, beat that! Just wanted to these pictures from our trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I'll post a video later.

Our bikes, standing on their own. Who said you need a kickstand?

World's smallest Post Office. So cute!

Its been a few days...

Sorry about that. I was talking to Jill today, telling her how glad I am that she is blogging, and she said "I just don't have much to talk about." I realized that I'm not setting a good example by not blogging, so I should just buckle down and let everyone know how my week has been.
Matt was off work all week. It was so much fun to have him around. We got a lot of stuff done, and did a lot of stuff together. We went to the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Friday, with the idea of maybe going camping. We brought our bikes and played it by ear. We rode almost 40 miles, with our bikes fully loaded. That was difficult, let me tell you, but I can see how it is possible. It really feels like we are going to be doing our trip! It seems real. We didn't end up camping out, just because it cost $12 to go across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel each way, but there's a discount if you cross w/in 24 hours, so we rode back to our car and drove home. We hung out Friday night, then we got an early start Saturday...shopping! I am (was) in dire need of some professional looking clothing. Well, several hundred dollars later, I have some clothes. Five years ago, I had set aside some money for this purpose, and it is nice to be able to have the money when I need it. (Although, with the interest rates going down, I should use the money as fast as I can. My money market is getting HAMMERED!)
Well, Sunday Matt had duty, and I studied for a Biology test. I took the test on Monday, and Matt and I went bike riding after. It was a good ride, until I got bit by an unknown bug. It kept biting me on my stomach. It HURT! So we had to cut the ride short, got home, cooked some dinner, watched a little TV, and went to bed early. I had to wake up early this morning to go to class. ODU classes are canceled for Fall Break, but TCC (the community college) still has classes. I swear that TCC gets the short end of the deal when it comes to semester hours you have to complete. TCC doesn't get out for anything, and their semester started before ODU and ends after. After class today, I went over to Kate's and played with the boys on their new playset. Hopefully Kate will post some pictures. That thing is AWESOME! It has swings and a slide. It was so much fun! Then I had to do some grocery shopping, and by the time that was done, it was almost 2. I started making some desserts for the week, beginning with JELLO. I had some cantelope that we had bought a while ago and that needed to be used up. So, I cut it up and put it in some JELLO. Yum. THen, while I was talking to Jill, I made some mini Jello no-bake cherry cheesecake bites. I just made the cheesecake and put it in muffin cups instead of the pie tin. THis way, Matt can take a bite sized cheesecake for lunch to work. When he got home this afternoon, the first thing he did was eat two of them. They are yummy. I also bought the makings for chocolate chip cookies, so I'll do that probably this weekend. I don't have any more time today....
Well, speaking of, I need to get dinner started. I'm making Chicken Cesar Salad, but with Ranch Peppercorn dressing, b/c I forgot to pick up the Cesar and I don't want to go back to the store. So, we'll make do with what we have. It should still be good. I need to cook the chicken.

I'll talk to you guys later.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Can you believe it?


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Monday, October 6, 2008

mmmm...smells like pepper

Ok, HILARIOUS!! Matt just emailed this link to me. :)



Our busy weekend and week

So, I thought I would catch you up to date on what's going on with us. Saturday, Matt took pictures at a wedding. We had a great time, and it was a lot of fun. It was a small ceremony in their backyard, but I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Then, yesterday Matt took engagement photos for a couple that he's going to do their wedding in England later this month. That was also exciting. We took pictures at First Landing State Park, beginning at the woods side and making our way to the bay side to take pics of the sunset. Tomorrow, Matt is going to take photos of another couple. I hope I get to tag along, but I have school, so we'll see how that works out. And next Saturday Matt is going to go up to D.C. to take wedding photos of a couple who are getting married in the temple. (She's on his ship.) And of course, later this month is the big trip to England for Matt to take wedding photos. I am so jealous, and I really wish I could go. But Matt is planning on seeing Mom, and hopefully they can hang out for a while.

Anyways, that's about it. We ride our bikes as often as we can. Matt is on leave this week (he has to process a bunch of photos) so we are going to try to ride every day. Yesterday we did a pleasant 17 miler, which was really nice. The weather is gorgeous. I love this time of year. The temperature starts to drop off, but it isn't too cold still. Then today we took our comfort bikes out for a little 5 mile ride. It might have been longer, but my knee started to hurt, so we cut it short. It was fun riding a bike with shocks and a comfy seat again. But there aren't as many hand positions, so it is a little different.

Ok, that's about it. Talk to you guys later.


PS. I just want to say thank you to Jill, DeMarko, Beth, and Matt. You know what you did, and I'm grateful. I wish I could have been there too!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Look at this dog!

Check out this video. Holy cow!

I thought to myself, that has to be fake, right?


Friday, October 3, 2008

I write like a ....Man!

According to Gender Genie, I write like a man. I submitted portion of the a text from the recent paper I received a 99% on, and this is what came up:

Words: 515

Female Score: 477
Male Score: 856

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

LOL! Maybe that's why I score so high on my papers? :)

On a side note, I enjoyed watching the VP debate last night. I wish we had more of them to watch! At one point I had to leave the room; I couldn't listen any more. I'm not going to give away my thoughts on who won and who tanked, so if you want to know, call me and I'll talk your ear off, I promise.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pictures of Me

Matt had a vision, and I think these pictures speak for themselves.