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Day 1: Thursday, June 30.
Work, TV, Red Lobster, airport.
Events of note:
Work was uneventful, aside from the baby shower. TV was the last two episodes of Game of Thrones, and was quite good. Red Lobster was meeting with Ari, C2, and Heather (and Brian) to celebrate my ten-iversary with H and C2. Airport was highly unsatisfactory, and has been detailed elsewhere.

Day 2. Friday, July 1.
Traveling.
Events of note:
I was amazed to discover that the McDonald's in O'Hare is pretty close in price to a regular McDonald's. My parents and I had simultaneous layovers in O'Hare, though in different terminals. Joyce met me, we got my luggage, and met my parents at the condo, after which my dad wanted to go to Denny's for some food. There was a Facebook post pointing out the surreal factor of being at a Denny's in Orlando with Joyce and my parents at 2am. Joyce experienced the first salvo of the week-long Check Wars. (Daddy won.) Then there was bed.

And then there were theme parks. )

Day 11: Sunday, July 10.
Parks: Sea World
Party members: Ginger and Joyce.
Rides/shows: Wild Arctic, beluga feeding time, active polar bear, ZOMG The Walrus, the Shark Encounter, and the Manta Aquarium.
Events of note:
My mom and dad headed out early for their flight, and Joyce and I packed up and went to Sea World for the morning. We went straight for Wild Arctic, enjoyed the ride, and then went in to see the animals. The belugas were doing feedings and tricks. The polar bear was in the tail end of her 13% of the day spent awake and was wandering around and posing. The walrus was, uh, pleasuring himself. With his face. I went "Joyce is he wait is he seriously holy crap Joyce what is that walrus doing." We snickered, and as we walked away and left him to it, we heard the inevitable "Mommy, what is he doing?"

We moseyed through a couple of other inside (read: air-conditioned) exhibits, then headed out to get lunch at Qdoba before Joyce dropped me at the airport at 2. My flight wasn't til almost 6, but she had to leave earlier.

My flight turned out to be delayed for crappy weather, but I still made my SFO connection. The landing at SFO scared the crap out of me, because I didn't know that the runway begins approximately two inches from the water, so I looked out to see the plane merrily skipping along above a vast expansion of WAVES and internally went "Wait, what? Aren't they supposed to tell us if we're landing in the water?" and then was very relieved to see the land start. Other than the delay and the water, the flights were uneventful, and I got back to my apartment and fell into bed around 1:45am.

And then I got up at 6am to get ready for work, which today encompasses 8-4 and 5-9. I think bedtime tonight might be earlyish. We'll see what happens.

(I leave on my next trip in 18 days. Definitely looking forward to it.)
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In Lansing. There is fuzzy cuteness all over the place (my sister has two cats in addition to my mom's two). Lina and I are up stupidly early to go to Grand Rapids and have brunch with Grandma.

After that, I realized I have to read an anthro chapter and write a 400 word essay on something about subcultures and the Amish, I forget the exact prompt off the top of my head, but it's due today.

Whee :)
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So there was a great deal of traveling, and I should probably update about it.

Pre-traveling: Dan left for Chicago on Sunday, 6/27, and I had the house to myself for several days. That hasn't happened since before we got engaged, for the record, which was in May 2005. I did massive organization and cleaning sprees on my desk, our bedroom and the linen closet. All three of the bedroom closet doors are accessible now. I don't have to have mountaineer's gear to get to my desk. This is awesome. I also saw a movie and attended several Rainbow functions, including an installation ceremony and reception, a ritual competition practice, a board meeting, and a planning meeting for Grand Assembly, as well as taking an evening to spend lounging around my house doing ... well, pretty much the same things I do when Dan's here.

Chicago: Thursday 7/2 to Monday morning 7/6 )

Michigan: Monday 7/6-Thursday 7/9 )

Grand Assembly, Friday 7/9 to Sunday 7/10: )

All in all, I had good travels, and now I'm glad to be home. Especially since I have ten days of company arriving TOMORROW NIGHT ZOMG. *rockin' booty dance*
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Oh my muffins.

It's supposed to be in the high 90s where my grandma lives this weekend. o.O

*packs shorts and LOTS of sunscreen*
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3-Day: Training is going spectacularly. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1715 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it the first Monday of each month (why, that would be today!). I did a 6.25-mile walk this weekend, with no breaks longer than waiting for a traffic light to change so I could cross the street, and had no problems with it. :)

Crafting: I ripped the summer Eris back, except for the cable yoke - I wasn't liking the way it was working out. I'll try again later, but I've got some other stuff I need to get done first. While I wait for my Knitpicks order, I started working on my Flirty Ruffles shawl again. Also, last night I put longer straps on one of my bags, and it's pretty darned near perfect for what I had in mind.

Exercise: Walking, dance, need to get my bike down.

Family: I go to visit my grandma in a couple weeks, and it turns out that she and her whatever-he-is-these-days are going to be coming through Seattle at the end of June for a cruise to Alaska, at the same time that Dan's family is coming into town for a visit. Joyce and Jeff are coming in mid-June, and I'm going to visit Jill at the end of May as well.

Gaming: Kedria's L30 now. Other than that, not much.

New Years' Goal: 9 out of the last 10 weeks have been 100%. I've lost 15 pounds roughly since I started this whole schtick - 5-10 more to go.

Reading: I'm reading a couple of books right now that I....totally can't remember the names or authors of. *facepalm*

School: Doing well. Everything's on track. :)

Watching: I watched Robin Hood: Men in Tights and What A Girl Wants the other night. I've been lax on my movie-watching, because I've been a bit lax on the knitting.

Wedding: We have a full wedding party now, and less than a year til the wedding. Dan vetoed my wedding cupcakes idea. Time to start rolling on the planning. :)

Work: Pretty light. We're in my downtime half of the year, but I've got some non-urgent stuff I've been working on.
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3-Day: Training is going spectacularly. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1715 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it the first Monday of each month. I've found several good paths in my neighborhood for training walks: one 3-mile loop, one 4-mile loop, and one 4.5 mile loop. Annoyingly, I'm getting into a part that involves 5-mile walks. :P Oh well - six works just as well, or I can fake it :)

Crafting: I've got the summer Eris still on needles (need to finish the hem cabling and the sleeves), plus three more projects I need to order the yarn for. I've been toying with ideas to make an organizer pouch for a bag, and also a summer dress or two.

Exercise: I started a new belly-dance session last night - it's a shorter session though due to the holidays at the end of May. It's nice enough that I'm going to start riding my bicycle for my cross-training, I think.

Family: Dan and I loved our trip to Vegas. I'm going to visit my grandmother in a couple of weeks, and Joyce and Jeff are coming to visit in June. Yay!

Gaming: Nephari waived her DNR order and let Orithoc resurrect her after being slain by a Death Slaad, after the boys pointed out that without Nephari, they can't go on through the dungeon, since she's the only melee character. I do, however, intend to start putting together my moose druid character. Karrec has the first 3 pieces of her Dungeon 2 set and is working on getting the next 3. Kedria hit L29 and is well on her way to 30.

New Years' Goal: I ended my streak of 100% by forgetting to eat fruit or veggies on one day, but then started up another one the very next week.

Reading: I've been chowing through books on the e-reader. I read a series of four trashy romance novels while we were coming to and from Vegas, and I've been reading the first book in the Abhorsen series (I forget if that's the actual name of it, but whatever) by Garth Nix.

School: So far, I'm on schedule. Though I need to work the vocab-only classes into the schedule too, they've fallen by the wayside so far as they don't have any in-class-required components.

Watching: Armageddon. That's........yeah, that's about it. And I re-watched Rent the other night. Ari and I are going to watch some B5 tonight :D

Work: Pretty light. We're in my downtime half of the year, but I've got some non-urgent stuff I've been working on.
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3-Day: Training is going well. The weather is getting to the point where I prefer to walk outside rather than in, as long as it's not raining. I've found that if I make a loop from my house to Crossroads by one road and back by another, it's about 3.25 miles - the last couple of days, I've been walking to do errands like returning movies to Blockbuster and books to the library to get my walking done. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1595 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it the first Monday of each month (namely, tomorrow). I've made some discoveries about things I've been doing unconsciously that have been causing pain, and working to implement possible solutions.

Crafting: I have about an inch and a half, plus toe shaping, left to go on a sock I've been working on for months :P (I put it down and procrastinated about picking it up again - but it's sock #2, so I'm trying to power through it.) I'm on the hem parts of the summer Eris, with 1 cable corner of 4 done and the second one in progress - after that, just the sleeves will be left. I finally found the duster pattern I had that I've been looking for, and I need to pick a good kid's sweater pattern.

Family: Dan did not tell his parents I was pregnant for April Fool's this year. *whew* I have plane tickets to go visit my grandmother in Arizona in May, and I'm looking forward to that. I need to find out the dates of Dan's family's visit this summer, because there's a training camp I'd like to go to if the two don't overlap.

New Years' Goal: Stellar. Not only have I been meeting my goals at 100% for six weeks straight, that means I got a 100% for the month of March.

Reading: I have a hyoooge pile of library books. I finished "And the Dead Will Rise" and started "The Lady and the Unicorn."

School: Quarter starts tomorrow. I'll be taking 2 anatomy/terminology classes, patient scheduling, front office basics, Coding 1, and....I'm totally drawing a blank on the last one. Feh. (Edit: The last one is Medical Records and Correspondence.) For winter quarter, I got an overall 3.75 GPA, bringing my cumulative GPA to 3.83.

Watching: I watched "Memoirs of a Geisha" this weekend, and liked the movie much better than I remember liking the book. That said, I haven't read the book since it came out. I may reread it. I've also been watching Ice Princess and The 4400 - cute and interesting, respectively.

Wedding: Same old. I am not a bridezilla.

Work: I got a raise effective April 1 :)
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Hee. I have plane tickets now to go visit my grandma from Friday 5/12 through Tuesday 5/16. :D
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3-Day: Training is going well. This morning, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] pixelwench and [livejournal.com profile] wankle (and miscellaneous other people) to do an 8K walk for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. I adore my little camelback - very handy. On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1585 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it at the beginning of each month. I had a physical on Monday, at which I had blood drawn for the first time ever (it's strangely fascinating, in kind of a squicky sort of way), and I have low cholesterol and no danger of developing diabetes any time soon. All looks well, and my doctor is impressed with my goals.

Crafting: I finished the box-lace scarf woo! I'm currently on the body of the summer Eris, which is going kind of slowly, as I'm on row 29 of 58 rows of straight-up stockinette - BORING. I want to dig out the lace duster pattern I have, as well as making myself a summer dress or two, since I can never find ones that I like in stores. I also ordered a recently released pattern book of cable-y things (Anjela - it's the one that was rec'ed the other day by the Yarn Harlot, if you want to take a look at it - it should be delivered Tuesday.)

Family: Pending confirmation from my boss, I'll be visiting my grandmother in Arizona from May 11-15th. She is apparently no longer dating the alcoholic, which pleases me. In further boggle, her best friends, who I've grown up calling Aunt and Uncle, apparently finalized their divorce in February. I find it only marginally disturbing that my grandmother and her social circle (all in their mid-80s) have more variance in their dating lives than I or most of my friends do.

New Years' Goal: I've made all my sub-goals for the fifth week in a row. My overall goal was to lose the 25 pounds I gained upon getting a car; to date I've lost approximately 12 of them. I've been slowly expanding my cookbook selection, as the part I always have the hardest time with is hitting the "dinners-at-home" goal.

Reading: Finished Cell (by Stephen King) and Helter Skelter, currently reading Reading Lolita in Tehran (which I put down a while ago and haven't picked up again yet, for no particular reason), and The Dead Will Rise (a true-crime-ish book about the lynching of Leo Frank in 1913 - going slowly, it's my nightstand book which means I read it about 15 minutes at a time twice a week or so). I have a huge stack of library books on my desk, and another on my PDA, but haven't started any of those yet.

School: Spring quarter starts a week from tomorrow.

Watching: Ari and I saw The Inside Man this afternoon - not a good movie. The only likeable character in it was the bank robber. Other than that, Dan and I have been working through DS9, a bit of Buffy (season 4), and I ordered the first season of Babylon-5 from Deep Discount DVD, which shipped Friday.

Wedding: Nothing new.

Work: Same old.
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3-Day: I've done the first week of the official training (insofar as I rearranged the days a bit, but it's still the same amount of stuff). On the fundraising front, my little thermometer is currently sitting at $1310 of $2200. The fundraising link is on the sidebar of my journal page, and I'll repost it at the beginning of each month. The physical I thought I was supposed to have on Thursday was rescheduled for today, because the scheduling folks told me the wrong day and I actually ended up missing my appointment, which was supposed to have been Wednesday.

Crafting: I've got 16 repeats done on the box lace scarf, and blocked and measured the first half - it's about halfway done. Another 16-17 repeats should do it. I need to hurry up and finish the darned thing. The summer Eris is past the sleeve divisions and into the body-only parts (it's done from the top down).

Family: I haven't talked to my parents this week. My grandmother expressed an interest in me coming to visit her in May, which is a distinct possibility. Dan and I bought our plane tickets and hotel reservation for a trip to Las Vegas next month for our third anniversary. Grant and Anjela have been out of town this weekend, and I took pictures of Ari on his motorcycle for him.

New Years' Goal: Good. I made all my goals last week, fourth time in a row. I'll be posting my weekly recap when I get home.

Reading: Finished Imajica, currently reading Cell by Stephen King (I'll finish it today for sure - and I'm liking it, for a change), Reading Lolita in Tehran (which I put down last week and haven't picked up again yet, for no particular reason), Helter Skelter, and The Dead Will Rise (a true-crime-ish book about the lynching of Leo Frank in 1913 - going slowly, it's my nightstand book which means I read it about 15 minutes at a time twice a week or so).

School: Took my finals last week. Spring quarter starts two weeks from tonight. I think I'll be taking
*AMA 124: Introduction to Medical Transcription
*AMA 121: Patient Scheduling
*AMA 120: Front Office Basics
*AMA 172: A&P/Terminology - Digestive System

Watching: Joycie sent me my Christmas box, which included The Sword and the Rose, one of my favorite movies when I was a kid, and the prequel and season premiere movies for Babylon-5 :D So I've been watching the B5 on the treadmill. Dan and I have been watching Season 7 of DS9 still, and started the first season of Highlander yesterday.

Wedding: Nothing new.

Work: Same old.

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