half a cat

What's bloody and has two legs? Half a cat.

Friday, October 27, 2006


For the few of you who still occasionally check my blog, Jason was accepted into The Ohio State University for optometry school!! He still has one more interview in Memphis in two weeks, and then we'll make the big decision where to go. These are his top two schools, so either one will be GREAT!

For optometry school, applications are sent nearly a year early, so we won't be moving until August or September of next year. It's nice to know this far in advance so we have plenty of time to prepare for the move.

Just thought I'd update y'all!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Ohio State University

This summer has been a busy one, not necessarily for me, but for my husband. He has been preparing to take the OAT (Optometry Admissions Test) and apply to optometry schools.

I've been fortunate in that he has been very ambitious and proactive in getting ready for his application. He started the first optometry club at UVSC, took a Kaplan preparation course for the OAT, volunteers with a non-profit organization doing free eye screenings, and has made several contacts at optometry schools around the country. He's done all he can do to get ready for this point and, foruntately, it seems to be paying off.

I shouldn't boast, but I'm proud of him and his efforts. Before even taking the OAT, Ohio State called and scheduled an interview with him. Several months prior a representative from the admissions office explained that getting interviews before finishing all elements of the application is quite rare, unless, of course, they are extrememly interested in you as a candidate! Yay! He has now taken the OAT and did quite well on it, and (keep your fingers crossed for us) there shouldn't be any more obstacles in our way--unless his interview goes terribly for some reason.

Ohio State is our number one school, as it is only 4 hours away from my family in Michigan and is one of the top 3 optometry schools in the country. This would be ideal. The interview is in October, and we should know shortly after that if he is accepted. It would be wonderful to be able to plan the next year, knowing where we'll be and what we'll be doing. We're not putting all our eggs in one basket, of course, and will be applying to probably two more schools before his interview, just in case. Hopefully, though, we'll be moving to Ohio to within the year. (As a fan of University of Michigan I never thought I'd say that.) Just thought you'd all like to know what's been going on with us. We're both very very excited and I'll keep you updated!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Primary vs. Releif Society

Well, I've been released from Primary and called to Relief Society. Whoa.

I really wasn't expecting this, I thought I'd be the Primary President until I moved next August. I was gearing myself up for it, tyring to get pumped again, trying to get my second wind. It didn't come and it didn't come. Just another example of the Lord understanding our needs (our needs and our husband's--Jason really was getting tired of hearing about it).

I'm having mixed feelings about it, however. I will miss the kids terribly. I love them and they love me. It was wonderful knowing that I could go to primary and the kids would throw their arms around me and call me "Teacher Hair." I will also have a difficult time handing over the reins. Primary has been my baby and I've watched over it carefully. It was never far from my thoughts, and I spent a lot of time making sure everything was going well. But I am pleased to let someone else take over, and help the kids and leaders in ways I was unable.

When I was first called as the president, the bishop gave me one charge. He told me "to make every child feel welcome." There are many things I feel I'm leaving undone, many things I could have done better, but I'm leaving knowing I've accomplished at least that. We definitely have made every child who has walked through our doors, feel loved and welcome. And through that, I know they've felt Christ's love for them as well. And isn't that what it is all about?

Now, to Relief Society. They've called me as the first counselor, I'll be over the music and teachers and all RS instruction. I'm really excited to be back among the adults, to have adult lesons and conversation, but I honestly don't know anything about running RS. I haven't even been there in over 2 years! This will be another adventure, and one I'm really looking forward to. And, as an added bonus, I already love the RS president. She is from England, accent and all, and is spunky and says "aw, crumbs" when something disappoints her. This will be great, and I'm excited!

Well, a new season, a new change.

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Your Linguistic Profile:
65% General American English
20% Upper Midwestern
5% Midwestern
5% Yankee
0% Dixie
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?
I found this on Travis' blog and I thought it was interesting. How about you?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

i wish i was elsewhere

The title of this explodingdog picture is "i wish i was elsewhere" and it accurately describes how I feel most mornings at work. Like I felt yesterday, like I feel right now, like I will probably feel tomorrow.

I enjoy my job, when I'm busy. I enjoy my coworkers. I enjoy being able to afford rent and food and (just recently) savings. I am grateful for my job, but it doesn't change the fact that each and every morning, I wish I were elsewhere. "Where?" you ask. Well, let me tell you. (1) at the zoo (2) Europe (3) sleeping in my bed. You pick.

Friday, August 11, 2006

We all need lighter spirits

Friends, friends, everywhere! Thank you for not giving up on me, thank you for encouraging me to post, thank you for your well wishes and kicks in the butt!

There is so much sadness in the world, and it seems, especially lately, to be getting worse and plaguing people I care about. Amidst all of this, we need to find things that lighten our spirits and help lift our load. I would like to make this "Welcome Back" post a tribute to some of the things that do this for me.

  • www.explodingdog.com This website is the baby of creative genius Sam Brown. Viewers email him "titles" and he creates pictures from what they send. I encourage you to check it out. He updates it several times a week and I LOVE it. Some of his pictures are gross, with blood and knives and busted open heads, but many are sweet, witty, and down-right hilarious. The one shown is called " i wish i could fly." My computer desktop always has one of his pictures on it, the flavor of the week. I realize it takes a person with a certain sense of humor to enjoy it, and I am one of them! In fact, if you are aching to buy me a gift and can't think of anything, buy one of his picture books! I would lovelovelove it! This website definitely lightens my load.

  • NBC's "The Office" If you haven't seen this show, or have and didn't enjoy yourself, stop by my apartment on Thursday night and get ready for the best 1/2 hour of the day! Jason and I can't get enough of Dwight, Pam, Jim, Michael, Kevin, Stanley, and the rest of them.

  • Riding a bike I really enjoy riding my bike. It's not a great bike, and I don't do it nearly as much as I should, but it's wonderful to just be outside, zooming (well, sort of zooming) around, and waving to other bikers on my way by. I wish I had a better bike, and a helmet might be nice, but for the time being, what I have will do. I just need to get out there and do it more often!
  • Singing along It's not a secret that I love to sing. I love to sing almost anything that I know the words to, especially musicals. "Take Me Back to the Black Hills," "A Lovely Night," "Before the Parade Passes By," "One Boy," and all the rest. I find so much joy in beautifully sung harmonies. Let's face it, I also find joy in Barbra Streisand. Singing along with her lifts my spirits instantly!

And now, the last on today's list of load lighteners...

  • JOURNAL WRITING There is nothing quite as relaxing and thought-provoking as opening my journal and writing down all my fears, anxieties, annoyances, dreams, and triumphs. I used to be much better at writing then I have been the last year or so, but these last two weeks have been a step in the right direction. Evaluating myself to myself is the one way I've found to keep tabs on my progression--spiritual and physical, the one way I've found to vent without hurting feelings, the one way I've found to show my future children the kind of person I really am--probably not unlike the kind of people they will be. Journal writing makes it to the top of my list.

I hope I've given you some ideas. If not, I hope you've started a mental list of the things in your life that bring you joy. As you make an effort to find little things to lift you up, you will better be able to help others as well!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

the big CHOP

On Friday I cut my hair, and I mean really cut it. I cut off 11 inches! I was fortunate to have enough to donate to Locks of Love, and the stylist said my hair was so thick I was donating about 1.5 times the normal amount. And, to top off the deal, because I donated my hair the cut was free.

Fortunately, and surprisingly, Jason loves it. He was nervous about me cutting it because, as we all know, men generally prefer longer hair. Well, Jason enjoys the fact that he can run his fingers through it without it getting caught along the way. I enjoy it, too, I might add!

The best part of this entire adventure was when the stylist chopped off my hair in a big pony tail and stuck the wet mass of hair on the counter. It looked exactly like a sick, dead rat. Was I ever grateful to get that nasty animal off of my head!

My hair is now right at chin length, the shortest I've ever had it that I can remember. I should post some before and after pictures, it's quite the change! I was even introduced in a work meeting today as Jana Short-Hair. How nice.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I'm still here

It's amazing that while you're in the moment, time can crawl slower than a snail, but when you look at your blog and you see it's already been nearly a month since you've posted--you're shocked that the time has really flown by!

I went to Michigan two weeks ago and enjoyed a much-deserved rendevouz with my family. I learned to play cribbage with my mom, ate Guernsey ice cream with my dad, sang in church with my brother, and ate meals that I didn't have to prepare. It was wonderful. It was the first time I had ever gone on vacation without my husband and I really enjoyed myself! I spent time with some of my highschool friends (some good experiences, some bad) and was just able to be alone. As much as my crazy husband and I love spending time together, I know he enjoyed the time apart as well. But five days was enough, and it was wonderful to come back home.

I've had a lot on my mind lately, mostly about the people in my life that I care about and how else I can reach out and help them. It's difficult being in situations when you know certain things and can't divulge them to others, I function so much better sorting things out with friends. While it's flattering to be trusted, it's scary to hold another's confidence--to be soley responsible for a "secret." This is one reason why I have been extremely grateful for my relationship with Heavenly Father, especially lately. He is the One I can confide in, without fear, and the One that is best able to listen and help resolve. I've also learned that I can not be shy about this relationship and this knowledge, that these friends in difficult situations would also benefit by learning about how to establish the relationship that I have with God. Isn't that beautiful? That we can have a relationship, a two-way interaction, with diety? Ok, quite the tangent...

Well, I just wanted to write that I am still here, still happy, still striving to do better and still open for conversation. Thanks for waiting.