Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Finally! "Clear" Sidewalks!

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Yep, the kid finally came back. At 3:30. And then I spent an hour and a half making this 45 second clip from 134 pictures. Obviously, I haven't had much to do today. :)

Why I'm not going to pick up my payroll today.

These photos were taken 10:30 AM this morning. I messed with the colors a bit to make enough of a contrast so that the craziness can be somewhat understood.

First off, this is the view from my front door. We live on the third floor. That balcony is halfway between the second and third floor. At the edges it's about nine inches deep in show.

This shot was taken from the balcony previously pictured; it is the original.

Here is something that I tweaked with.

And this is the "shadow" effect that my software automatically does. It makes it look like the pictures are being taken at night, but it shows the texture of the snow a lot better. So this is how most of the pictures will look. Notice please, the tracks along where the "sidewalk" should be . . . Notice that they stop at the bottom of the picture? That is because the 4-wheeler that tried plowing through it this morning got stuck.

Here is the view at the second floor balcony. The ridge in that first snowbank? It's up to my waist.

Here we see the massive snow-plowed snowbank directly beside, and behind, our truck

I'm standing about 15 feet directly behind our truck, at the edge of the massive snowbank. There SHOULD be another parking space to the left of the truck, but it's become a sledding hill.

Here is another shot from the same spot, just angled differently

This is the other side of the snowbank, facing the drivers side of the truck. Yeah, you can't see the truck, because the snowbank is eight feet tall.

This is taken about eight feet from the last picture. Notice the nice slope in the snowbank? Rob and I sledded down it last night. :) Also, notice how the plow marks stop? Yeah, the snow is about 2.5 feet deep there.

This is looking at the stairs from the truck's driver side door. Notice how the snowdrift is as tall as the stairs handrail?

And this was taken from the bottom stair, looking toward the truck and all it's snowed-in majesty.

So why don't I just take some time and dig my way out so I can pick up my payroll, you ask? Because Rob took our snow shovel with him to work, that's why. He had to dig himself out of the parking lot this morning, along with me pushing the car. Yesterday, the roads in Idaho Falls had not been plowed all day, and he was basically high-centered all day. He even went through a snow drift that was about two feet tall. He took the shovel to prevent himself from getting stuck.

Living in Idaho is for the birds! Hannah, come get yourself some snow!

Addition as of 1:16 PM--there is a kid outside right now with a snow blower--he gave up trying to "blow the snow" off of the side walk in front of my building at the same place the 4-wheeler got stuck this morning.

I watched him turn around and start walking the other way, then went for my camera . . .

Dangit! I hope he comes back!!

Otherwise, the sidewalk will just look like this. Oh, how I'm SO GLAD we're getting out of Rexburg tomorrow!

BTW--I totally feel like a spy--zooming in on the snow blower kid from my third floor apartment . . .

Monday, December 22, 2008

Things I've done

Things I've Done. To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen an eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

48 outta 99. Sweet.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Somehow I did it!


After worrying about it all week, it looks like I pulled it off! That's two in a row! My second ever! YEAH!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Four, Four, Four, Four...

Those that frequent my blog know that I've been a little lacking in the posts lately. What can I say, I'm one day away from the end of a semester. I felt like a little post today though, because I've just got one (rather daunting) final left, and it's not for another 24 hours--I've got plenty of time.

I got this email from two of my sisters yesterday, and refused to open it until I had some time to reply. So here it is Susie and Teri. :)

(A) Four places that I go to over and over
Campus, grocery shopping, Wal-Mart, home.

(B) Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
As of late, Facebook, Lisa, LeMira, and Tiffany.

(C) Four of my favorite places to eat:
Hard Hat Cafe, The Backyard, Javiers, Tin Pan Galley

(D) Four places I would rather be right now:
Virginia, The Manor, somewhere warm, in the LoveSac nuggling Rob

(E) Four TV Shows I watch:
The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Mythbusters, Heroes


There ya's go. Now I've just got the Genus and species names of 83 houseplants to learn, be tested on, and I'll be done with school. YAY!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Our Cute Little Christmas

We're getting ready for Christmas!

Our presents are all wrapped up neatly for opening . . .

Our stockings are hung with care . . .

"Mistletoe," CHECK!

Last Saturday, Rob and I went over to DI to see what goodies we could find.

Thankfully we happened upon a cute little Christmas Tree for three dollars, and an assortment of ornaments for five dollars.

We picked up these cute little guys for our new ornaments this year.

And then created a fun topper out of floral wire and popcorn!

Along with some pink lights that we had lying around the house, a couple of our own ornaments, and a white pillowcase, we created our cute, pink tree.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Oh Goodness.

Yes, it's true. It's been awhile since my last post, and my blog is lacking. So, here's the most recent update of random tidbits for the month:

First off, gas in Rexburg is $1.52. I'm can't believe it! I can't remember it being this low since 2002!

(I actually started this post on November 24th. It's kinda been a crazy few weeks)

Because my school schedule has gotten slightly more crazy, I've been driving the truck to school in the morning instead of Rob dropping me off. The humorous thing though, is because the truck is much taller than the car, I have to use a step-stool to scrape the frost off the windows in the morning. I wonder what my neighbors think, "There's that silly girl again with her step-stool de-icing her windows again. HAHA! What a sight!"

I've figured out how to get Rob to pose for pictures . . . All I need to say is, "It's for school," and it's a done deal! For example:





My friend Tiffany and I were doing a "photo shoot" for our Interiorscaping class. With these pictures I made handmade ornaments for our Christmas tree--the theme? Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

With our adorable ornaments and mad skills, we made this awesome wreath:

And decorated our little tree. It was so fun!


We did "High Style" designs in Flower Center a few weeks back. Here is one of my beauties:

I got my hair cut again, and I'm SO happy that I went nice and short again.

I love the pixie look . . .

Finals are driving me crazy! Only three more days of school and I'm out for the semester! Hurrah!

We got a new camera. It's a DSLR Nikon D60.

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My brother-in-law, Matt, helped me find a killer deal, and Rob and I are liking the results.

Rob grew out his beard for a week. I think it was way hot and wanted him to continue. Unfortunately, he decided to get a new drivers license this week, and shaved it off. :(

The new camera is lots of fun. I took this picture--not bad for a self-shot. I only wish I was wearing mascara though . . . well, that's enough for this post.