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A beautifully miserable day [Feb. 1st, 2008|08:19 am]
Ah, the beauty of a miserable day.
I love to open all the shades on the windows and bask in the rainy, dark, gloom of a day like today.
It's the perfect day to snuggle up next to the window with a cup of tea and a book, periodically dwelling on the sound of the rain pattering, and glancing out the window to take it all in.
This is the weather I was raised on! People say that Oregonians have webbed toes from all the rain.

In other news, I made a minor score yesterday at a used book store. While browsing around, looking for books to use my store credit on, I imagined myself picking up a book and taking it home, and then discovering that it was signed by the author. I thought it would feel kind of cool, considering I didn't pay anything for the book, and presumably nobody really knew about it or it might have been set aside.
So I picked up an old copy of The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, because I remember reading I am the Cheese when I was little and thinking it was a really weird book. In a good way.
Tim shuffled through the books I got when he got home and noticed writing in it.
And wouldn't you know, it was signed
"To Mark,
My very best wishes to you. I hope you like the book. It's very special to me.
Robert Cormier"

Neat eh? So the funny part was when Tim looks the guy up on wikipedia and shouts "yes! He's dead! It could be worth something" Of course he was mostly kidding.
He also discovered that The Chocolate War is banned from some libraries and schools.

I'm in the middle of geeking out on a book series by Mary Stewart about Merlin. I love those historical fictions. Now that I have had some time off I've been back to reading.
Earlier this week I passed the written portion of the state board test. On the 11th I will be taking the practical portion of it and I'm terrified. Everyone says the written is the hard part but I don't believe them. In my opinion, failing publicly is far worse than failing in a room with a computer. The practical is something like 3 hours long and involved. Considering the feeling in my stomach before the written test, I don't even know what I'm going to feel like on the 11th!

I start work at the school on the 7th. Things will get interesting once I get my license, but until then I will be a kind of mentor to the students, helping them with things. Then once I get my license I will be the theory teacher and help students with services on the clinic floor.

I think it's time to read some more of my geek book
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Promises to make a comeback [Jan. 9th, 2008|04:45 pm]
So it's obvously been a while since I've said a word in here.
Life has taken over and sucked my time dry

However, I do have some extra time here and there now that I've.........

Finished hair school!

Yep. Officially done. Now seeking employment. I just had a meeting with the dean of the school about the possibility of working there as a teacher. There is also a salon across the street and down a little bit from our house that looks like it might be interesting.

I'll write a more detailed entry tomorrow, but let me just skim over the recent events quickly.

I graduated in time to enjoy Christmas without school looming over my head. The ceremony was pretty cool, and a relief after scrambling to get the preparations done in time. I collaborated with a teacher to put together a slide show/video presentation for all the graduates and it got done a couple of hours before the ceremony actually started. Seeing the hard copy of that thing come out of the dvd burner was almost as good as seeing my diploma.

We had a nice Virginia christmas. Tim got an xbox 360 since the old xbox was in poor health and vexed us to no end. The final straw was when it froze and pixelated during the climactic seen of a dvd we were watching. It was then that we headed out and looked for a 360. Merry Christmas Tim. I have no discovered a hidden talent as an assassin/killing machine in a new game we're playing right now called Half-Life. It brings be great joy to blow somebody away that has just shot at me or sent some sort of object to injure me. Maybe there is something to that whole theory about video games making people violent. Just as long as my assassin behaviors stay in the game and not in the world I'll be okay.

More to come tomorrow. For now I need to go freshen up before the man gets home and try on some new clothes from the gap courtesy of gift cards from my family.
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(no subject) [Jun. 4th, 2007|04:59 pm]
Elliot eating cake in a civilized manner at the graduation reception

Recent picture of Jonathan playing baseball. Needs to shorten his stride, be rotating his hips already and bring his hands down

Tim at Red Rocks last month. Obviously the cutest guy there

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iTunes U [Jun. 4th, 2007|04:53 pm]
I've discovered iTunes U today and I'm really excited. It's like college education for free. The tracks don't even cost anything! Basically colleges around the country have created their own iTunes listings for lectures based on the topic of the lecture and they are available as audio and video tracks.

I've hit up the Concordia Seminary section already and gotten a bunch of lectures on different things like apologetics, gnosticism, Christian views on current events, doctrine....

Next I've started up on the Seattle Pacific University page, which is actually where my sister went to college. I don't know when I'll have time to listen to all these things, but at least I've recently gotten an iPod!

Tim and I are knee deep into Spiderman comics right now and really enjoying it. Yep. I'm a geek. We've subscribed to the latest titles through Marvel and we're waiting for the first ones to come in the mail.

Jessica just graduated from high school so the Morgans and mom and dad Faul were here for that. It was nice seeing everyone even though it was a short visit. This morning I went out to breakfast with mom and dad (thanks guys!)

We just had a brief flash downpour here and I was flying around the house closing windows because rain was dumping into them. We're roughing the heat without AC right now so everything is hanging open right now.

I'm excited about listening to my iTunes U so bye!
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I'm sorry! [May. 1st, 2007|07:06 pm]
Okay, so I've been very busy and haven't had a chance to update in a while. My day off usually consists of me trying to clean some area of the house and get some groceries.

Most recently Tim and I went to see the Killers in concert, which was very good. Although there were college students gone wild next to us as the concert was at George Mason's Patriot Center

Of course I was in the Paul Mitchell fashion show, which went well. Meaning I managed to walk across the stage without falling over. Tim was at the beginning of the runway with the video camera which made me even more nervous that I already was.

Tim got to get his first taste of being the only one in the house when I went to visit my sister in LA. She took me to a concert, the Getty museum, and clubbing at the Viper room and the Standard. Good times....good times. Tim stayed home and declared himself "useless" and unmotivated to do anything. He greeted me at the airport with flowers

On a trip to Baltimore for a cutting class I noticed that my car was leaking something. After a few frantic text messages to Tim and some helpful intervention by a guy from my school it was determined that my radiator was leaking and Tim would take my car into the mechanics when I - if I got home. The ride home was long and hot what with the heater being on during a heat wave but I made it. Tim took it into Merchants who told us it would be a thousand to fix it. We didn't know what else to do so we fixed it.

We have been renting the Office on DVD lately from netflix and looooove it. Dwight Schrute is such a hunk.

Tim is still the same handsome devil he was the last time I updated. He's sporting a fresh haircut courtesy of Tara Faul from the Paul Mitchell salon in Tysons corner. Yes, I actually make him come in and pay 12$ to get his hair cut from me there because it's so nice having a shampoo bowl and a chair. That and he's a treat to show off to all the girls (and guys?) at school. He's one of the more friendly other-half's that comes in so all the girls like to come over and say hi to him. Yep, that's my man.

What else?

I have some recent pictures so if anybody doesn't already have a link to my most recent albums through google pictures email me or Tim and I'll send you an invite. That's the easiest way to keep up with us - my photo albums.

Here's a couple recent ones

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I have no time to update!! [Mar. 28th, 2007|07:01 pm]
Well, life is a bit crazy. Between being at school all day and keeping the house and the hubby in running order I have very little time for blogging...which must be obvious by now.

But I pause between a taco for dinner and American Idol and my nightly couching with Tim to let everyone know that we are both doing wonderfully. Tim is busy at work being useful and saving people's butts. I'm going great in school. So far on the floor I've done quite a few things. I've done hilights and lowlights, womens and men's cuts, and one crazy color experience on one of my classmates. Lots of high fives from the teachers and staff there. They all think I'm going to be a good one.

Although I'm a little oversaturated with doing hair right now I still love it and am glad I chose this route for school.

We're already talking of a graduation vacation since I don't get any sort of vacation in school. Denver anyone??

In April I'll be going to LA to visit my sister for a couple of days. She's taking me to a concert and we're going to spend some time together.

Two days before that I'll be walking the runway in a charity fashion show in DC at the 1223 club. Pretty soon I'll be very....very blonde.

Okay, that's enough blogging excitement for me right now. Hope everyone is doing well!

I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from our exciting St. Paddy's day party...at home. Haha. My dad made an insightful comment about Tim's amazing ability to be falling over drunk before the bottle had been opened. Way to go dad.

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My first client [Mar. 14th, 2007|06:25 pm]
My first client in the salon today loved her new haircut and the teachers all seemed really impressed with it. I didn't tell the client until she was about to go that she was my first. She said she couldn't tell.

It was a great day! My first day on the floor had no mishaps or "discoveries" and my client looked great!
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Just another quick update [Mar. 3rd, 2007|06:26 am]
While I eat my cheerios before school I'll update everyone on my progress in school. Yesterday I took the physical floor test to officially get me out of core class and into the school salon. Everybody was freaking out that morning, including me, but I decided not to pronounce doom on myself and say that I was going to fail. Instead, all morning I just told myself that I was going to pass by a long shot. Well, it worked! I tied for the highest score in the class. I missed one point out of 500 for skipping the spiral curl test. We had to marcell iron curls into our models and mine had the thickest, curliest, densest, coarsest hair on the planet. She literally had too much hair to fit around the tiny marcell iron they gave us. It was towards the end and I had already been testing for about 4 hours. So I got mad and just skipped it. But I passed. Yay! Today I take the written exam which I haven't really studied for but plan on doing right before the test....

But that's okay

I'm going to pass by a long shot right?

Tim plans on being manly and fixing the garage door and the house heating system with Chris while I'm passing my test today. Our heater broke down again and needs a new part. At least it waited to break down when the temperature went above freezing! I miss hanging out with Tim on Saturdays, but at least he has video game time.
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Quick Update about school [Feb. 28th, 2007|06:39 pm]
Today I had my first day on the floor at school. I worked with an advanced student and experienced my first hilights on a real person. They turned out fantastic and she loved it so it was a great thing to be a part of on my first day. Vince, the student who I worked with was really nice and unintimidating. He had me do almost half her hilights until we were in each other's way. Then he took over.

Hopefully tomorrow will be as good as today!
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Valentines Day picture [Feb. 16th, 2007|07:30 am]
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