A Rebuttal About Books

August 22nd, 2008 . by Jason

For real book lovers check out: “Building Bookshelves”

I will not deny that you two definitely have more books than the average college student couple. I would; however, offer a rebuttal to your claims that your friends don’t have books. Mainly because I like the word rebuttal and in order to use the word rebuttal I must offer a rebuttal. I may even throw in a dash of grammar mistakes just for fun :) There always fun to right especially knowing Melissas embarrassment when she finds out I did this.

I like to read books and even made an unusual number of trips to the library when I was younger, you should have seen the excitement on my face when I got my first library card. While in college, and without an office, I would spend all of my time between classes in the library. On my mission I had one cardboard box full of clothes and another equally sized cardboard box full of books. During an unplanned stay at the Mission President’s house I read several books while the other missionaries did who knows what.

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Surprises

August 21st, 2008 . by Jason

We haven’t had carpet upstairs for the last month or so and it has been driving Melissa crazy. I on the other hand I kinda prefer it as it makes the upstairs feel more rugged or something like that. Anyways, I’ve been keeping a little secret from her the last week about the carpet. I failed to mention to her that it was being installed today. It has been rather fun to see her vent about how long it has been taking to get the carpet installed and me agreeing saying that I’ll have to let them have it.

I look forward to seeing her face when she gets home from work and sees the carpet. Or maybe she’ll read this online and let out a yell of disgust like when she was reading Breaking Dawn and found out that Jacob had imprinted on Bella’s daughter.

Mystery Stench…Revealed!

August 21st, 2008 . by Melissa

We’ve had a difficult time with our lovely, large and altogether nice-ish master bath. For whatever reason there is an odor that we can’t quite put our finger on (if you could touch odor), and we can’t seem to find the source of. At first we thought it was the walls of the bathroom. The people before us were heavy smokers and we had to work especially hard in the master bedroom to eliminate all of the nicotine smell from the walls. And while this smell had a different tang we thought we would try the same method of removal we used in the bedroom in the bathroom since we had such great success. We painted the walls with our special odor sealing primer. And then followed that up by a coat of Jujubi (I love paint color names, it’s a barnish red). I smelled the walls once they were completely dry and discovered a faint trace of the mystery stink.

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Exams and Me

August 20th, 2008 . by Jason

All summer long I have been dreading taking the Qualifying Exam. The Qualifying Exam is offered once a year and is considered to be the Iron Gates through which all EE graduate students must pass. The lucky make it through alive on their first attempt, while others succeed at their second. The rest, well, they are cast into the fiery furnaces of entering the workforce.

Technically speaking, you are only required to take the test after completing two academic school year semesters as a graduate student. Having entered in January I only had one under me, so taking the exam was not a requirement for me and realistically I am not even qualified to take the Qualifying Exam. Upon my arrival at Purdue everyone I talked to said that I should just try it anyways, as if taking a four hour exam is like a walk in the park. The exam consists of up to four questions from each of the eight areas of EE offered at Purdue. In the exam you need to answer two questions from your area of study and then pick any other two questions. My field of study, Fields and Optics, had only three questions so I easily decided to take those and then figured that I know enough about computer engineering to be able to answer a question from that set. I spent all summer studying for this exam and the dreaded day arrived.

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Daily Laughs

August 17th, 2008 . by Jason

In a lot of the online forums we read there are often hilarious pictures. The other day I found the source: www.failblog.org

Here is a random sampling:

Hair Today…Gone Tomorrow

August 13th, 2008 . by Melissa

Jason has become the next Paul Mitchell. For the past few months he has used his beard trimmer to buzz his hair and I’m not talking facial hair (that would be too practical), but rather his handsome, thick, bronze/gold hair-hair. (See pictures in the “Pictures” post below to witness his beautiful work.) In my opinion this takes a lot of talent, especially to get the back of the head and the nape of the neck. At first I was worried and shocked and tried to convince him to pay the $10 to Fantastic Sams. But, let’s face it, he was probably doing a better job than they would. Last night, as we were watching the Olympics, Jase decided it was time for a trim. He began by buzzing off the top part of his hair. He left it that way for a while which was quite humorous, he looked like he had an inverted mohawk or was faking a bald spot. Once the women’s gymnastics team finals were over I headed to bed and Jase headed back to the 1/2 bath to finish what he started. 10 minutes later, as I am flirting with sleep, I hear a loud cry come from downstairs. I immediately assumed he had cut himself or had mowed an eyebrow off on accident. He didn’t leave me in suspense for too long. He came running up the stairs. I looked at him; no blood, eyebrows intact. And then I looked closer. At the front of his head, near his slight widow’s peak was a small patch of skin much, MUCH, shorter than the rest of his already buzzed head. I couldn’t help but laugh, and then I became the loving wife by asking him how it happened. Apparently, inter-buzz he was playing with the various settings on his beard trimmer. While he thought he had returned back to his previous setting he had in fact selected one much shorter. We probably won’t go out much in public for the next few weeks. Stay posted, I hope to get a snap shot of the catastrophe tonight when he’s not looking.

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