Friday, January 26, 2007

I Love School

I started school this week and I love it. This is my first semester where I have a full schedule of only Literature classes and it's so nice. I still have to spend all day is class but all the things we're talking about are things I want to talk about. Everything discussed is something I'm interested in and I'm really enjoying it. The rest of my life is SOOO crazy right now between work and the wedding that it's almost like school is a nice reprieve because I'm forced to sit down for two full days a week and just focus on something interesting instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off. (That aweful run on sentence is evidence of my current attitude.) It's so refreshing. I feel much more centered now.
The wedding plans are coming along great. I have five weeks to go and everything seems to be falling into place. I wish I had more money but that seems to be the story of all our lives. I'm just counting my blessings where I find them. For instance, last night Gabe and I went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner becaue it was his birthday and the 2 year anniversary of our first date. We ordered key lime pie for desert and mentioned to the waitress that we wanted to serve the pie at our wedding. We told her we couldn't find a key lime pie anywhere for under $35 so it was turning out to be really expensive. The head chef was working last night and she sent him out to our table. He told us he'll just order us some pies with his order before the wedding and we can have them at cost, which is $12 a pie. I was so excited. That saved me like $300! That guy was so nice; what a stark contrast from crazy ranger man a couple weeks ago.
Part of going to school so much this semester is I have to work on Saturdays now. That should give me more time to update my blog since Saturdays are slow in here. I'll try to do better at keeping in touch with everyone. I just keep repeating my mantra, "This will all be over in..." Right now the ending of that is 5 weeks. Once the wedding is done I get to have a nice vacation and chill for a while. FREEDOM! I can see the finish line of the race I'm running and it looks good!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Park Ranger From Hell

On Saturday morning, we went to the Point Loma light house to have our engagement pictures taken. There are som fantastic tide pools there and the scenery is really pretty. We brought the dog with us because we wanted some pictures with her too. We were standing up by the light house when a ranger walked by and told us that dogs aren't allowed at the light house, only down by the tide pools. We apolagized and headed down to the more dog friendly area of the park. On the way down, another ranger in a pick up truck came speeding in our direction, cramming his hat on his head as he approached. Gabe, who's New Year's resolution is to be more patient with the public, murmured, "Oh no. Here we go."
The ranger walked up to us and said, "I'm sure you're already aware of it but we don't allow pets here." We apolagized and said it was an accident and that we were already headed to the car. The ranger said, "NO PETS doesn't mean hurry in here, do whatever you want and then try to leave before you get caught." We again explained that we didn't know she wasn't allowed and it was an accident. He said, "Look, what else do I have to do to get the point across to you people? We posted a 6 foot sign that says no dogs at the light house. Can't you read?" At this point the dog started growling a little and I could feel Gabe tensing up. The ranger continued on, "I'm so sick of people like you coming in here like you own the place and don't have to answer to anyone...." It was at this point that all of us (Me, Gabe, the Photographer, her two children and the dog) somehow unanimously, silently decided it was time to split. We all turned our backs on that guy mid sentence and headed down the hill with him shouting at us not to walk away from him.
Seriously, what is wrong with this man? He gets to spend all day in a beautiful place helping friendly tourists. Even if people are occasionally grumpy with him, I'm pretty sure this guy has a great job. We were really apolagetic too and he was completely unforgiving. What is he, the light house god? Sometimes I meet people and I really wonder how they ended up so unhappy. I thought about reporting him to his supervisor but I think a more productive thing would be to find him and offer to refer him to a good therapist.
Aside from crazy ranger man we had a really nice day. It was beautiful and so nice to spend an afternoon just concentrating on each other and being productive while snuggling at the same time.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! How was everyone's holidays? Mine were pretty fantastic. I saw my family a lot and spent some time with my in-laws. I was sick the whole time with a nasty cold so I really just stuck close to home and slept a lot but it was so nice to see everyone and have a little break.
Now it's back to work. This semester I will be working full time, taking 15 credits in school and getting married. It's a lot at once but all of those things are important to me and I can't afford to slack off in any area. I feel like that little chick in the picture. I'm facing this huge, wonderful obstacle and it's really overwhelming. I'm not afraid though, I can handle it. Being really busy actually makes me feel good because I have this great sense of accomplishment. I think this is gonna be a good year.