Wednesday, July 19, 2006

I passed!!!!

I am very proud to say that tonight I passed my math placement test!!! So now for a little bit of background on this for those of you who don't know.....

Being that I'm a nerd who loves school, I've decided to take some night classes at the local community college. Because I didn't take math in university, I had to take their math placement test. So after nearly 10 years of not even glancing at a math textbook I went in and wrote the placement test a couple of months ago. I did pretty good for walking in blind considering it was an algerbra test that was a lot harder than I expected! However, with my score I was going to have to take Math 98 and Math 99 before I could take the classes that I wanted. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! I didn't even want to take Math 99. So I got the textbook and started studying pre-calculus.

Slowly, but surely it started coming back to me. It was kind of hard to study since I only had a list of topics but didn't really know much else about the test. I went in to write it tonight and the test administrator had me a bit scared saying how hard it was. Thankfully it was a multiple choice exam and I passed! I can now go straight into the classes that I want!

In other news, Phil is working on his last few papers because he graduates in a month!!! Not too much else is new.

Chat to you all later!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Spring, Marathon and Summer is here!

Well, again it has been far too long so I apologize. If anyone is still checking this thing then I am shocked, but I do appreciate it. I really will try to update more often....we'll see how that goes!

So, here is a recap of our lives for the past several months. In March I turned 25 and had about 6 different celebrations that weekend with various family and friends. We went to a restaurant in Fairhaven (the part of Bellingham that I work in) called the Big Fat Fish Co. Very good food and I even did a post about it on my work blog.

March and April passed in a flurry as Phil and I both prepared for the Vancouver Half Marathon. We have some great running spots around our house and tried to go as often as possible. On one of Phil's runs, a dog came out of a yard and bit him for no reason! The bite was pretty nasty with several puncture marks from the dogs tooth. Phil reported it to the police and it ends up that it was the third complaint against that dog. The police said they have had a lot of problems with it. Since it was the third complaint, the owners could either pay a huge fine, have a huge bond on the dog and always keep a muzzle on it or put it down. The latter happened which although it is sad, I think that it was very necessary.

Sunday May 7 came very quickly! We met our friends at their hotel downtown at 5 :45am (Phil and I stayed at home and just drove in in the morning). It was pouring rain!!! All of us were a bit uncertain since we had never done anything like this excep for Nick who had run a full marathon before and is the one that got us all into it. So there we are at 6:30 am, huddle under the sky train tracks wearing trash bags just trying to keep a little bit dry!

The race was amazing and we had so much fun! Since there was nobody in our group at the same pace as me I ran it by myself. My longest practice run had been 7.5 miles and I didn't think that I would be able to run the whole 13.1 miles. So my plan was to run to thte 8 mile mark which was the start of the biggest hill and from there I just wanted to finish in under 3 hours. I got to the 8 mile mark and was feeling ok so I just kept going. By the time I hit the 10 I was exhausted but sheer will power and the desire to be able to say that I ran the entire thing drove me on and I finished having run the entire race! My final time was 2 hours and 36 minutes so well below my goal. Phil did very good as well finishing in 1 hour and 52 minutes!! Everyone in our group did great and we were all very proud of ourselves. We went out to lunch after and of course the sun came out!

May consisted of A LOT of studying for Phil!! It was a very hard quarter with lots of work, but he made it through with straight A s again.

We became a full house at the begining of June: my old roommate Carissa and Phil's little brother Peter both moved in for the summer. It's fun having more people around the house and I enjoy having more people to cook for. Grocery shopping has become quite the event for me as it tends to fill up my car!

On Saturday June 10, Phil and I celebrated our first anniversary. It's hard to believe that it has been a year already! We took off to the Okanagan for a couple of days and stayed with some family friends in the Osoyoos. The Ashes have a gorgeous place overlooking the lake. They just planted 5 acres of vineyards and are doing up the house to be a Bed & Breakfast. We got to stay in the B&B suite and it was quite the treat! Dark mahogony hard wood floors, an equisite king size bed, a soaker tub and our own private patio! It was amazing!!! We relaxed a lot, ate lots of good food, drank tons of phenomenal wine, visited some wineries and just had a great time being with the Ashes. Brent let us try some of his own wine straight out of the oak barrel!

Summer has finally arrived and we are starting to do a lot of work in our yard again. It's been quite hot getting over 90 degrees several times (about 33 celcius - I'm still trying to get used to their degrees down here. I think that celcius just makes way more sense!!!!). So far in the yard we have fenced off the back corner of our lot as a compost area and trimmed the trees in the back. Phil has staked off where the deck is going to go and our next project is to design it and figure out lumber.

That brings us up to the present. For all the Canadians reading this, Happy Canada Day!!! For all the Americans, Happy 4th of July!

Would love to hear from all of you. Take care and God Bless!