Friday, September 17, 2010

Amazing Cold Relief!!

I'm coming down with a massive cold. 2 days ago I had a bad sore throat that felt like strep during the night, so I scheduled a doctor appointment (I also had to refill a prescription... but that's besides the point). By the time I got to the doctor this morning, I had a runny nose and a bit of a cough, but no sore throat. I'd also been sneezing like mad during the night. I've been getting worse throughout the day and I finally asked to get out of tutoring lab tonight so I could go home and rest with tons of warm fluids, a blanket and my favorite person to cuddle with (I hope I don't get him sick).
Sometime after Christmas, I think, Josh started getting sick and was talking about this amazing tea that people in the Domincan Republic would serve him when he was getting sick. He said there was garlic, lemon and honey in it. Sounds gross, right? So I offered to look up a recipe and I made it for him. It smelled a little weird, as only the combo of lemon, honey and garlic would, but I agreed to try some too (He was probably giving me cooties anyway!). So I (bravely) swallowed a gulp... and it was actually really yummy!! Even Josh said so. He said only one family made it well and this recipe was exactly what it tasted like. So here it is, all you future cold sufferers!
Garlic Tea
3 cups water
3 cloves, halved or 1-1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
Put water and garlic into a saucepan and heat until boiling. Remove from heat and add lemon and honey (you may need to clean the honey off the measuring cup by stirring it in the tea). Strain.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Horseshoes, Hammers and 9/11

The Horseshoe Sandwich was a success!! (It also gave me a chance to make Josh cook something- the burgers!) Check it out!

Again, it's Texas Toast on the bottom (you can find it in the freezer section, we used Garlic flavor), a burger, fries (crinkle cut was a good idea, steak fries would work great too) and cheese sauce (we used Ragu double cheddar). It's yummy!!!
Started school yesterday. I have no idea how I'm going to get all this work done, but somehow I always manage. My Classical Mechanics teacher was actually pretty inspirational yesterday. He told us that, as physics students, if we've made it this far, we're not dumb! He said at this level of school, if a problem takes 20 minutes or less to solve, it's probably too easy. So we're not allowed to degrade ourselves in anyway from now on. I think I'm actually going to like his class (surprising, since I hated his 123 class)!
We inherited a set of shelves from my old roommate and they were absolute crap! The back was laminate and it was practically accordianing, not attached to the bottom or top of the shelves. The top shelf had fallen out and wouldn't stay up and the other shelves were pretty much useless until the top was on. So we fixed it!

Now we finally have a spot to put our movies where they won't fall out in the back!!
I finally took pictures of our bathroom. Enjoy!

As it is September 11, I just want to say a few things. First, I was 12 when it happened and I was the first in my family to find out about it. I think I woke up about 6:00 Pacific Time and the announcers said that the Trade Towers had been hit by planes. I was so shocked that I didn't even bother to do my morning routine. I just got into clothes and listened for any information I could get (appalled, by the way, that they would even joke about it. "Uh-oh, the Space Needle's next" is not an appropriate comment for the situation... though, I guess everyone was in shock and really didn't know how to act about this). As I listened, the 3rd plane hit the Pentagon and they thought a bomb had gone off. When Dad came to get me for breakfast, I came out yelling, "America's under attack!" I'm sure Dad thought I was just being dramatic, but I told him we needed to turn on the TV. As we ran downstairs, I quickly explained what was happening and I could barely believe the words were coming out of my mouth. We watched as both towers collapsed. Then, reluctantly, I ate a fast breakfast and went to my bus stop. Usually noisy, my stop was absolutely silent. When we got to school, we were told that we were not allowed to talk about what had happened. This was typical for the Puyallup school district, as we were not allowed to do anything that might offend someone. Christmas Break and Christmas Concert (where mostly Christmas music was played) were refered to as Winter break and Winter concert. We were not allowed on Halloween to dress up as witches, because "it offends the Wiccans" and other costumes were also banned (a boy I know was sent home in tears because they told him he couldn't dress up as a fairy because that was cross-dressing). I was angry that on such an important day in history, we weren't even allowed to talk about what was going on, how we felt, and ask why this had happened. We of course made a poster to send to Ground Zero, but besides that, it's like it never happened. It just makes me sad how some people can be patriotic when tradgedy strikes and a few days later go back to bashing the president and blaming him for everything.
Also, I'd just like to point out that today is not a day to be anti- Muslim (or any day, for that matter). Muslims didn't do this. They don't believe in terrorism. To say that they are responsible is like saying all Mormons practice polygamy. Those who commited these terrible acts are not true Muslims. Trust me, I know. Of my closest friends, 2 are Muslim and one I consider one of my best friends. They are more faithful to their religion than some Mormons I've met. To them, all I have to say is Happy Belated Eid and I'm sorry that most Americans are dumb enough to believe people as good as you could have done this. God Bless America.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The old married couple starts school....

We got our Internet back!!!
Today was the first day of school! I didn't have class, but I went anyway. I'm super excited, though. I'm taking 4 classes: Money Management, History and Philosophy of Science, Classical Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. I'm really starting to get into the hard-core stuff in my major and it looks like it's going to be lots of fun!!
Josh went to class today. I'm pretty sure he went to Old Testament, Medical Law and Ethics, and Medical Terminology. He was so excited when he came out of Medical Terminology, he was going on and on about how fun it was going to be to actually start learning things that are going to help him in his career. I don't blame him AT ALL!! I'm excited for him too! Tomorrow he has Spanish, a class on managing provider organizations (whatever that is...), and Healthcare Strategy. He has also applied for a job at Madison Memorial as a receiving clerk and we're both hoping that he gets it, because, as he says, there's only so much you can learn about administrating a hospital in class. It would be great if he could get the job so 1) he doesn't have to go back to Western Wats (which he hates) and 2) so he can get some street cred, so to speak, in his field.
Spent an awesome day yesterday with my best friend who just got off his mission and his brother. We showed him around campus and then fed the ducks in Nature Park. Here are some pictures:

My two favorite guys in the whole world!!

Look at those studly men!!

This is Nate, my best friend. Him, me and our other friend Kiersten were the Three Musketeers of the Oshkosh Ward since we were about 16. When we were 19, he went to Uruguay to serve a 2-year mission for the church and Kiersten and I went to BYU-Idaho. Now Kiersten's on a mission in Spokane, WA, I'm married and Nate's starting his freshman year.
Now take another look at the guy. He's pretty good-looking (and I'm saying this honestly and as a friend (I think Josh looks better, but I may be biased)), so I knew the girls were going to be all over him. Freshman Orientation was going to be bad because, let's face it: Freshman girls at BYU-Idaho have the same idea. Meet a guy, get engaged before Christmas break, and married after April. I know, I used to be one. It's bad. No sooner do we get on campus with Nate and his brother than we walk past 2 freshman girls who both in earshatteringly shrill voices holler "Hi Nate!!" in unison. Now I'm sure they're both really nice girls, but can you be more obvious?! A few steps away, he shutters and says, "yeah, I have stalkers." The whole attitude of freshman girls up here is scaring him and he claims that he will spend most of his time in his room whenever girls come out.
Enough about the freshman... I've found there's always something about the whole population that you will find annoying, even in college. But I have known some really nice freshman, so I'm not totally bashing on the whole group.
I just realized I hadn't put my groceries away and when I went to open the freezer, the box of donuts I got fell off the top of the fridge and hit me before dropping a maple-frosted donut frosting-side-down onto the floor. Scared the bejeepers off my dear husband in the other room. ATTACK OF THE KILLER DONUTS!!!
We saw this good looking sandwich on the Travel channel show "Man Vs Food" called a horseshoe sandwich. It's from Springfield, Illinois and apparently is only found there. It's an openfaced sandwich made of (from bottom to top) Texas Toast, hamburger patty, (or whatever meat you want, some one on the show had a buffalo chicken one!) French fries and cheese sauce. So we're going to try it tonight and we'll see how it works.
Looks like the sun's trying to come out on this cold, rainy day. Maybe I better start cookin!