Sunday, March 30, 2008


I hope no one gets so boared they fall asleep.

WYOMING!!! HOME!!! WHOO HOO!!! (this may be boring, sorry)

I had the chance to go home over Easter Weekend! I had not been there since September, and was homesick for the mountains, family and friends!
Sooo... in an effort to make my blog more interesting when I came home I tried something new while I was there, mostly for giggles for everyone that Read's this. Hope you enjoy! (Yes, Brother Read I am finally updating my part of the blog! Hope you enjoy.)
Thursday - So I was supposed to leave Omaha about 12:00 and that would put me pulling up to my brother Jared's house between 8 and 9 on Thursday night. Work was crazy and I did not leave until after 12:00, then I had to drive to Missouri, 2 hours away, to pick up my Nephew John. I got there at about 3 because I was not ready to leave yet and ran around throwing things in bags and rushed out the door about 1:30.
John and I left my parents house about 4:15, which is 3:15 in Wyoming. That should have put me there at 12am. However, I did not get to my brother's house till 4am! AHHHHH, what a long drive, especially since the whole time my nephew slept next to me for 7 hours of it. When he was awake all he did was bug me about stopping for food. 19 year old boys are crazy!
Friday - Anyway, I woke up around 7:30 - 8. Played with my nieces and nephew, gave them their Easter gifts, cause I could not wait, and colored with them. As a side note Crayola Color Explosion Books are AWESOME! I had so much fun with the kids and theirs that I bought some for me and my roommates. If you want to try give me a call, you can come over, or I will mail you one!
We went to Saratoga, Wy that evening to swim in the Hot Pools. (for those of you who don't know it is a natural hot spring that the community has built into a pool.) Everyone swam around, we went down to the river and my brother and nieces walked in and out immediately. The river had ice and snow floating in it, and they froze their feet. I teased them that they had blocks of ice on their feet when they came out. Then we went to dinner at "Stumpy's" in Saratoga.
"Stumpy's" is where the trying new things comes in... My brother talked me into eating Rocky Mountain Oysters. If you don't know what that is I am sorry, but I am not going to try and explain that in a blog... Believe it or not they are not bad... you should try them some time... just don't think about what they are while you are eating them and you should be ok... I talked my sister-in-law Mandy into trying them, for $5. My 7 year old niece ate one, but about died when she found out what they were, then made us all promise we would not tell anyone that she ate that part of a bulls anatomy. The crazy things we do for amusement! Thank heaven for toothbrushes and toothpaste!
Saturday - Met my Best Friend Cindy and her family for lunch. Met my friend Erin, her roommate and my friend Shala and hung out for a few hours catching up, laughing and reminiscing about the old days. Then back to my brothers where we built a fire in the the backyard, with a few feet of snow around us and roasted marshmallows and made smores. Cold, but very FUN!!! Then we had dinner from my FAVORITE Restaurant "Su Casa" (thanks Jared and Mandy!). Then I went with my brother to clean the oil refinery, his second, or third job, I lost track.
Sunday - Church in the morning, and then on my way about 1pm. Picked up John at his mothers house in Burns, WY and got on our way... about 3:30 (4:30 NE time). 1am again, if all things would go well... but I was on a road trip and that usually does not happen. I ended up needing to take my nephew back to my parents that night (who again slept most of the day). We got to my parents around 2:30am - and headed home. Got to Omaha about 4am, took a shower and went to bed... then was up at 6 for work. Monday was long, and difficult, but it ended.
Now back to the grind stone.
I will add some pictures later...
P.S. "Believe it or Not" by Joey Scarbury is a great driving song.

I'm a bad, bad blogger

Okay...first, this is Pyper...second, I've been utterly chastised for my lack of blogging this month. But honestly, there isn't much that is okay to blog about that's happened lately. I guess I could have blogged to say that my laptop is now known as "Benedetto"...Trevor was a great vampire, but I have more history with Benedetto.
Otherwise, the only thing I've got is my ridiculous inability to say 'no' to people...any of you reading this must solemnly promise not to reveal this little weakness to anyone that may be shady, shifty, or otherwise undesirable.
Ummm...I did get to tour Husker Stadium yesterday...but the highlight of the tour was holding hands with Jordan (oh, and Aaron)...don't get too excited, it was simultaneous hand holding and I only interdigitated with one of them.

That's all I got (unless you want stories from my Crime Scenes Techniques class...we did bodily fluids and hair evidence last week)...let me know if you want more details.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I am officially a killer...

but honestly it was an accident. At the time I had no intention of snuffing out the life of the fuzzy, though incredibly ugly, creature...but it happened all the same.
I was on my way home from Institute (of all places) and had taken a detour for dinner at Wendy's. As I drove down the road, contemplating the disgusting taste and texture of my fries (having worked in fast food I know that fries have a hold time of 5minutes...these had been under the heat lamp for a good 10-15...disgusting) and periodically rolling down the window to dispose of the more soggy ones...a fairly large, whitish grey, four legged creature scuttled across the street. I braked (and being the kind of student I am...I remembered being told in drivers ed that a lot of accidents are avoidable if people would quit swerving to miss animals on the road) but did not swerve (and really I would have swerved to my left and it wouldn't have done much good). And then I heard it...Thu-Thump. It was dark outside so I was unable to see my handy work, but I'm pretty sure that possum was flat as a pancake. I take comfort in the idea that perhaps this possum was the very one that had held Dawn (Amy's sister) hostage in her car while it sat atop our garbage can, leering at her. Or maybe it was really old and its family had banished it because it just couldn't keep up any more. And now ashamed of its useless existence it decided to play in traffic to tempt fate.
In any event...I have never before killed a creature (stunned a bird or two on my way to church once) and now my car is sullied with possum blood.
I'm sure to have nightmares tonight!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


After much thought and consideration (and at the prompting of our friend Aaron) I have decided to name my new laptop...and determined that Strongbad was a fabulous source. And although I had my heart set on "Trevor the vampire" I am torn between that, Fireburt, Bennideto, CleverDan, Fhqwhgads and Sibbie....check out the following links and let me know what you think.


Friday, March 7, 2008

When all your girlfriends get engaged...

you buy lingerie...I hope no one reading this gets too embarrassed, but really I love shopping for little dainties for other people. Especially when they aren't remotely the 'little dainty' wearing kind of girls. Without getting too detailed (cuz that would just be inappropriate) I am now best friends with Fredericks and Vickies. I think I should get a frequent shopper discount.
Amy is now incredibly shocked at my choice of blog topic this evening...and for that I give a wicked laugh...MwaHaHa
I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons we are such good friends.

Experiment Gone Bad

My last blog was an utter failure in the color department. Please for give me, just highlight it to read it without difficulty.


Shenanigan's huh? I don't know if Pyper knows what she is talking about most of the time. I think she just likes to spread vicious rumors about me in hopes that people will finally like her more than me. (he he) As to shenanigan's, I would call giving 3 people slight aneurysms when a call was made, by my wonderful roommate to say she was an hour away from Greeley in Cheyenne, Wyoming. We rushed to leave the store we were perusing - ditching our cart in the isle and everything we were purchasing to go and meet her. The real tragedy is that the items I left in the store might just have brought me some eternal bliss. She denied me the chance to find happiness in material possessions.
As for my activities during Pyper's brief departure to Colorado Springs they are simple, and maybe slightly boring to the outside world. After a fabulous breakfast, prepared by my dear friend Chuck, we sat around and chatted for a while. Shala, one of my best friends from my questionable youth, and her husband Chuck and I decided to go shopping. We went to look for new blinds We did not find them but we did find 2 obnoxious phone salesmen. The type who have no idea how to take no for an answer...they caused some brief contention in our little group of friends. We had lunch at a great Mexican restaurant, since they are non existent in Omaha. Then off to Bed Bath and Beyond, where they have fun toys, like screaming monkey's, clucking chickens, and oinking pigs. You will have to go to understand our great enjoyment in them. (If anyone is interested I am willing to tag along and see if they are available here.) We laughed at a $180.00 trash can, that opens when you place your foot in the sensor path, can you believe it?!? What is our world coming to?!? Sadly this is an item that my sister and future brother-in-law have registered for for their wedding. We were then called away rudely at our last stop by a conniving Pyper. Shortly there after we were on our merry way back to Omaha. HOME SWEET HOME! author's note: (All things that might make someone question my love of my dear roommate Pyper, rest assured she is tops in my book!)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Magic Eggs and A Million State Troopers

Friday afternoon Amy and I embarked on a new and exciting adventure…aka a roadtrip from our current town of residence to Colorado Springs. We were uncharacteristically on time as we packed up the car and headed out of town. The drive was pretty uneventful-we talked, giggled and plotted. Then Amy had the brilliant idea to put a dvd in my sweet new laptop. We were so grateful for “I see your Swartz is as big as mine” and “No, sir, I didn’t see you playing with your dolls.” And who can forget “Only one man dares to give me the raspberries.” It made the trip go by so fast. More plotting commenced after Lonestar and Vespa made space tracks. We talked about possibly heading to see her brother once my tour was over and after a little discussion I exclaimed “That’s it…my made is mind up!” and it was settled. After I toured campus I would pick Amy up and we would head north. The rest of the drive was spent counting the number of State Troopers and vehicles from Minnesota.
We spent the night at one of Amy’s friends houses and after a tasty breakfast the next morning I headed off to Colorado Springs, leaving Amy to fend for herself (there is not enough time or room to describe the shinanigans she was involved in, and since I wasn’t there I can’t even get into it…I’ll leave that to her). It was a beautiful day and the drive through Colorado was fantastic…even the unfamiliar roads and crazy drivers did not deter from the experience.
Well, I got to the campus a little bit late and missed my tour group…never fear, I gave myself a tour. The campus was lovely and after walking the length and breadth (which only took about 20minutes) I settled down on a nice slab of concrete and read for about 30minutes…it was just too nice outside to just get into the car and drive back. Alas, I could not read the day away and if we were going to snag the ‘best Mexican’ Amy has ever tasted I needed to get back in the car. The drive back seemed to take so much longer…and I put the time to good use. About 2 minutes from our ‘lodgings’ I texted her…’if I’m 10miles from Cheyene have I missed my exit’. Needless to say I got a great reaction…she called 4times (and I didn’t pick up) before I pulled in front of the house…but they weren’t there!!
The drive home was pretty uneventful-since we didn’t leave on time, we decided that while my made was mind up the day before, it would be crazy if we tried (we weren’t going to get home until after midnight as it was…so adding another 4-5hours was nuts). More movies got us through the long drive, with Amy declaring her love for ‘magic eggs’-and no, they aren’t that kind of magic-she was referring to Cadbury Mini-Eggs. Combined with the several trailers sporting “Dollies and Pads” we thoroughly enjoyed the drive…but found ourselves anxious to get home (we got really excited as we spotted ‘50miles’). We pulled into our driveway just after 1am and we nearly crawled from the car into our respective rooms and crashed until the next morning.