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School Update

Posted on September 24, 2003 by under School.    

This semester has really been a blast.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed going to school — except for the waking up at the butt-crack of dawn part.  Other than the early hours, I have no complaints.  I am kicking ass and so far my prediction will be all As this semester.  Hooray for me!

Brian has been on vacation all of this week and, the wonderful husband that he is, he took me to school and hung out with me on campus yesterday.  I have Accounting from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM and I’ve got this long break until my next class which is Macroeconomics at 11:00 AM (for those of you who don’t know my history with the university, I went from Computer Science to Computer Engineering back to Computer Science only to end up as a Business major — pretty sad but that’s life).  During my break we went and ate breakfast at Copperfields and then shot some pool in the basement.  It was a lot of fun.  I really enjoyed having him here.  I wish that it would have been warmer so we could have taken some photos.  Perhaps next time.

By the way, since Brian has been home (with him being on vacation and all) I’ve been leaving the webcam on 24/7.  Has anyone seen anything interesting lately?

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Underworld

Posted on September 21, 2003 by under Movies.    

Underworld was ten times better than I ever imagined it would be.  The movie thoroughly exceeded my expectations but I totally dug it.  Brian has always been the one fixated on vampire films.  We both thought the movie would be great because, simply put, it was like Blade but with Matrix flair.  We were wrong.  It was so much more than that.  I enjoyed it immensely and I didn’t get bogged down with the usual loopholes that I find in most films.  There were none.  They did a great job with the story line.  It was a Romeo and Juliet story that touched on the racial stuggles that may not be as prevalent today but still exist in certain cultures.  The message I came away with was, by uniting together we can be better, stronger people.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a preachy movie.  Neither did it try to force the moral down your throat.  Brian didn’t even notice the profundity of the movie until it was brought to his attention.  It’s action from beginning to end.  The effects were great.  On the surface, it is an awesome film.  Digging deeper only makes it better.  I have nothing bad to say about this movie.  If we were able to pre-order our DVD copy now, I would.  Yes, it’s that good.

If Underworld isn’t enough to get your lazy ass out of your easy chair, then how about bonus time at Clinique?  They’re offering a fabulous free gift offer just for making a purchase of $19.50 or more.  That’s one of the best deals I’ve seen of late.  So go to your nearest Clinique counter before supplies are depleted!

While you’re out, stop by On the Border and pick up a Kahlua ice cream pie and some of their yummy empanadas.  That’s what we had for dinner tonight.  Carry out — it’s a good thing!  

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Our Weekend

Posted on September 20, 2003 by under Life, Movies.    

Brian and I didn’t get up and start getting ready until about two o’clock in the afternoon today but we were still pretty productive. It didn’t dawn on me that it was late until we were at KFC. The last couple of times we’ve dined there, we were there during the lunch rush (after school and before going to work) so they’re always busy. Today it was just the two of us and one other patron.

“This is weird,” I told Brian. “They’re usually busier than this during lunch time. Where’s everyone at?” When I looked at my watch, I realized that it’s after three already!

After lunch we stopped by T-Mobile to give Brian’s team lead Jennifer $20 for the Entertainment 2004 coupon book that he purchased from her thru her son’s school fundraiser. Then we were off to Shoe Carnival to buy Brian a pair of hiking boots. We actually did pretty well. For a little over a hundred bucks we got Brian a pair of comfortable and sturdy Columbia hiking boots and I got me two pairs of boots. They were the same kind but I always get multiple colors of stuff that I like so I got a pair in black and a pair in dark brown. Brian didn’t think that he would find any shoes that he would like there but I made him a deal that if his shoes were $40 or less I would buy them for him. His shoes came out to $49 and some change but the difference was only $10 so I went ahead and bought them. They match his A&F camos (I was going to link to them but I can’t find them on the website, we got them for $79 at the Towne East store) that I got for him a couple of months ago. He was just teasing me about having expensive taste in clothing too but I told him, “I’m not the one with an $80 pair of pants!” Actually I’ve got some that were that much or more but I’ve usually purchased them on sale for half price. That doesn’t count, though.

But I digress.. I really went there to look for some tall lace up boots to wear with my skye pleated mini (shown below) but I couldn’t find any that would work so I’ll just have to check out what Journeys has to offer. Incidentally, Brian absolutely hates that store because there is this one guy who thinks he knows Brian and he is always overly chatty. I don’t think it’s the fact that he knows Brian, I think it’s just because they make money on commission so they have to be overly assertive — not as aggressive as those Jamaicans outside Dunn River Falls though, that’s another experience altogether!
 Skye Plaid Mini
By contrast Shoe Carnival is more laid back. Plus it’s the most fun shoe store ever! I got to play basketball (like the ones at the arcade) while Brian was looking for his shoes and I didn’t even have to use any quarters! They also have trivia questions and then they give you prizes if you guess correctly. And then there’s the money wheel for discounts off your purchase. You get to spin it if you buy socks but I didn’t find out until we were checking out and I couldn’t find socks quick enough. Next time, you better believe I’m spinning the money wheel!

Brian wanted to get some DVDs because he’s going to be off work the rest of the week with nothing to do so Hollywood Videos was our next stop. We rented Malibu’s Most Wanted, Cowboy Bebop the Movie, Anger Management, The Core, Identity and The Debut. I wanted to rent Deliver Us from Eva too but I really didn’t know when I would find the time to watch it so I didn’t force the issue. I was just really relieved that Brian agreed to rent The Debut, a Filipino movie that I first heard of on Trinnah’s site. Eddie Garcia, Tirso Cruz III and Gina Alajar (these are some old-school Pinoy actors, if you don’t know them) are all in it. Mom, if you’re reading this you can find it on Amazon. It’s not a bad movie.

After the movie, we went to Sumo for some sushi (our every other week routine). We had California Rolls, Shrimp Tempura, Chicken Yakitori and rice. I had some Kampai (a yummy frozen concoction) and didn’t get carded so that was nice. I hate having to whip out my driver’s license every single time. I took it as a sign of familiarity, which is always good. I hope someday we’ll reach the same level of familiarity there that we’ve reached at Felipe’s Jr. — except now that Felipe’s has expanded, there are more people that don’t know us now.

 remnants of the day's adventures

Anyway, I still have photos from our trip to Topeka last week. We have some pictures from the National Guard Museum at Forbes Field. I posted some highlights on Fotolog but I haven’t really had the opportunity to process any of the pictures for posting here. It should be up in the next few days. Stay tuned!

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Newspaper Sightings

Posted on September 15, 2003 by under Family.    

My father-in-law was in the Wichita Eagle yesterday, by the way.  The link is to the article.  His story is at the halfway point.  They published this huge picture of him on the back of the Arts & Leisure section.  Sadly, that was cut from the website version.  I’m scanning it and posting it here though, so you’ll get a chance to see it.    

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Donna’s Birthday

Posted on September 14, 2003 by under Family, Games.    

My apologies for not having had any recent updates to Golden Sushi, The Repository, Just Some Pics Fotolog and all the other sites that I maintain. I’ve been way behind in posting pictures here too. It’s been really difficult lately, with work and school and sleep consuming every bit of time I have. I haven’t even had a chance to log in some hours on UB and spend some quality time playing Rise of Nations, my new favorite pc game. I’m so behind, that I just now noticed some neat new Blogger features. You now have the ability to upload files and change the date/time stamp on messages. Both features were not available before. Anyway, enough about how behind I am.. Here are some pictures from Donna’s birthday brunch at Legend (this is the second year in a row that we’ve celebrated her birthday there), located inside the Airport Hilton. The event was last Sunday, September 7, although her birthday is actually on September 9. Yes, I know. I’m behind! No need to remind me!

P.S. On the upside, I’ve been doing a really great job of remembering to leave my webcam on 24-hours a day. So even though nothing else is getting updated, you can pretty much rely on a fresh camgrab.

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