Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Welcome home Bootzie!!

Bootzie came home yesterday, and we are sooooo happy to have her! I made a video blog post for this so you can all see her in all her cuteness!



Enjoy!

-Nikki

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Running

I've never been an athletic person. Never. I mean sure, I played soccer when I was 7 and did ballet when I was 8 or so, but honestly gym has always been my worst subject. Ask anyone who took a gym class with me. I was always chosen last, but I honestly didn't care. It was a necessary evil that I had to put up. Even WPI required me to take some gym classes and I took the easier ones- RAD (rape defense), Leisure activity, Wellness, and Walking for Fitness.

So why now, when I'm done with college and away from mandatory exercise requirements, would I possibly want to start a running routine? Honestly, it's because I'm bored, I'm angry, and I'm getting depressed about the fact that I sit at home all day. I even started studying my old textbooks and doing problems out of them to relieve my boredom.

So I was looking online for some training plans, where you can start from being a total couch potato (or computer chair potato in my case) and be able to run. I found one here at Running World: http://www.runningplanet.com/training/beginning-runner-program.html

And I figured, why not? So I started today with the first day, 30 minutes of walking at an easy pace.

Let's hope this is something I can keep up with and maybe it will help me become more optimistic about life.

-Nikki

Monday, August 9, 2010

A New Journey

A lot has been happening lately... a lot has been going on around me.

And the more I think about it, the more I realize that I have just ended a journey that I began when I was 5 years old- I am no longer a student. I am no longer a child, no longer a teenager, but I am an educated adult.

That doesn't seem to mean much to people looking at my resume, but it has taken me 17 years to get where I am today.

Now I start my life AS an educated adult. There's no more class to go to. No more parties, no more weird apartments, no more exams.

And now I have to figure out what I want to do with my education. I've been thinking a lot lately, I mean seriously, what else do I have to do but think? And I think I've decided that I want to go into alternative energy. I'm constantly thinking about efficiency, how to make things work more efficiently and the bigger picture of how my actions are affecting the environment. And alternative, or renewable energy is really hot right now. So far I haven't found any jobs, but I'm looking.

I really want to make the world better, and I think I've found a way that I can use my engineering degree to seriously help people. I'm excited about it, now I just have to find a place for me.

Maybe this discovery will give me some motivation.

Friday, August 6, 2010

New keyboard and new puppy!

Now I can blog from my desktop in total comfort! I got a beautiful backlit keyboard and let me tell you, it is sexy!

So now I can talk about my boring life.

But actually, I have an announcement! As of August 16th, we will have our very own....

PUPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm excited, can't you tell!

I mean, seriously, how can you not look at this face and say SQUEE!!!!

She's a Shih Tzu, and we're naming her Bootz (probably to be pronounced "Bootsie" like, Boot-Z, get it? we're dorks.) She's still a bit too small to leave yet, she's 7 weeks but because she was born small the breeder is holding onto her until she's 9.

And before anyone lectures me on getting a dog from a breeder, let me explain.

Allergies run rampant in my family. We have to be very careful in getting a dog as to not bother anyone's allergies, so we have to get a dog that we know the breed of, and that we know won't cause allergy problems. My mom had a Shih Tzu named Muffy so she's familiar with the breed. We looked in all sorts of Shih Tzu rescues but it's really hard to find a puppy in those.

So yeah.. she's totally adorable and we can't wait to make her ours! We got all sorts of stuff yesterday including a bed, a carrier, and some toys!

Trust me, there will be video blogs when we bring her home!

-Nikki

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A story in emoticons

So last night I was talking to John on Skype about him finishing his project (his last bit of work). I decided to tell a story in Skype emoticons. The only thing I sent him was the emoticons, the rest was me telling the story.

He was getting stressed, so I told him to have a beer.


Then I said that when he's done, we'll have cake.


He can have beer with his cake:





Or a cocktail if he prefers:


And the sun will be shining:


And we'll play music!


And there will be dancing:


And... ninjas:


And he'll get a gold star on his project!


And a thumbs up from his professor:


His professor will be rolling on the ground he'll be so happy he finished:


And I'll give him a kiss


And we'll have a big party with all his friends!


And I'll give him a bear hug:
Because I love him so much:


And I'll make a movie about his life!


Then he'll wave to everyone:


And he'll shake hands as he gets his degree:


He'll put on his sunglasses because he's a cool dude


But for now, he has to sweat it out and try not to cry:




The End!