Saturday, April 18, 2009

Occupational Imbalance

At school a couple of weeks ago we were filling out this balance wheel where we colored in how much of the time we spent in productive activities, sleep, self-care and play. I realized how unbalanced my life had become when there was almost no self-care or play involved in my daily activities.
But this imbalance only has to last for 2 more weeks. At 4:00 on Friday May 1st I will be finished with graduate school. (I'm counting on passing my comprehensive exam that's at 1:00 that day) But for the next 2 weeks I will continue to make the kitchen table my home because I've given up on my comfortable pod, the red couch. It's just too comfortable to be productive. And my desk is too buried under books and papers to even think about studying there. So the table it will be. If I suddenly go missing please come look for me under the mountains of books that surround me.

Random Shenanigans

A couple of weeks ago we decided that we were going to branch out of our little Westwood area and do something new. The new movie Monsters vs. Aliens had just come out and we decided to take a stroll down to the Howard Hughes Center and see it in IMAX 3D. Sara and Kristen obviously didn't get the memo that we were supposed to look cute in our 3D glasses (if that is possible).
After a midnight run to Ralph's to buy stuff for Sunday dinner we were driving home and randomly saw a large mattress in the middle of the street. So what did we do, stop the car, act like tourists and take pictures while Kristen jumped on it. I guess it's ok to jump on the bed when it's not in your house!
After General Conference we decided to get a little bit on sunshine and take a walk at the beach. It was a gorgeous day. When we pulled up to the parking attendant we decided to take a picture of the sign that said how much it was just so we would know for future reference. Now I know to go to the beach before 9:00 and after 4:00 to get the best deal. Too bad that is missing prime beach time, I guess that's why they do it!
Good thing we got a cute picture before Jessica, Josh and I got overtaken by a rogue wave. I was slightly cold after that.Honestly can it get better than this though. The weather was beautiful, the sunset divine. Maybe dealing with the traffic is worth it.

Pinewood Derby-NASCAR style

So I'm a little behind in the blogging world because of way too much time spent on school (posting about this to come). But several weeks ago we had a ward activity fashioned after the cub scout pinewood derby. But to put a little twist on it we decided to go NASCAR style. I'm not really sure I went along with the theme, but it was a fun activity anyway.

So a couple of days before the activity I came home and find Jessica, Sara and Jacob sitting on the floor in my living room with some wooden cars, sand paper, paint and other items needed to properly dress a pinewood derby car. After a LONG day at school this was just what I needed--an artistic outlet. I had originally decided to make a car with Tycen and Shana, but somehow that never materialized, so I hurried over to pick up a pinewood derby car and start on my masterpiece.

The hardest part (or so I thought before making the car) was deciding what to make. It had to be something original because who wants their car to look typical. So after looking at all sorts of pictures online I finally came to the best idea ever...a hearse. It's the last ride you'll ever take so it's gotta be a good one. Now that I had come up with an idea the real hard part began. I soon realized that making a pinewood derby car out of a rectangle block of wood without using any sort of power tools is rather interesting. But I went to work using my chisel and pocket knife. Let me tell you, it is quite a job to fashion a pinewood derby car by hand. Our living room turned into a workshop complete with wood shavings all over the floor! At one point in time I looked down to see that my hand had taken the brunt of the force from the chisel and was sporting a big red blister that had popped before I even knew I had it. But I couldn't give up, so blister or no blister I was going to finish that car. It took several days of working, sanding, painting, and drawing to complete my masterpiece, but Saturday afternoon it was ready for the race of a lifetime."The Black Widow"

We got to the church and I think there were 16 entries. We first raced to get our times and be seeded in the bracket. I was somewhere in the middle. I won my first race but then lost in the second race to The Red Army (the car the eventually won it all). I guess it was good way to go out. But despite only making it through one round I had a great time. There were lots of really creative cars. I must say I was partial to Sara's "da po-po" and Jessica's "Mean Bean". After consuming NASCAR style chicken wings and corn dogs we decided to call it a night. Very successful ward activity.

The crew (well some of them)