Tree Skirt

December 28th, 2008 . by Melissa

It was Jason’s idea to make our own tree skirt this year. We couldn’t really find one in the stores that we liked, although we didn’t try very hard. So, we decided to DIY this festive tree skirt.

Stay tuned for the final product!

Where I Live

December 20th, 2008 . by Jason

For at least 8 hours of my waking hours every day I live not in my house, but at school. I figure it is about time that I posted some pictures of where I live.

View from my building of the fountain

View from my building of the fountain

Front View of the EE building

Front View of the EE building

Side of EE Building

Side of EE Building

If you live somewhere cold you gotta have walkways between buildings

If you live somewhere cold you gotta have walkways between buildings

Musique!

December 20th, 2008 . by Melissa

My very perceptive husband kept track of my small, insignificant complaints about not ever having any new music to listen to and bought me $50 worth of Itunes music for my birthday. It took me awhile to sit down and determine what music interests me these days and which was actually worth a dollar. After a little searching here and there, some thieving from artsy commercials and favorite TV shows; I comprised a truly-me playlist worth $50. Here are a few of my new favorites that I highly recommend:

 Turn My Camera On by Spoon

I Turn My Camera On by Spoon

Song Beneath the Song by Maria Taylor

Song Beneath the Song by Maria Taylor

Don’t Let Me Fall by Lenka

Don’t Let Me Fall by Lenka

Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson

Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson

Comes and Goes (In Waves) by Greg Laswel

Comes and Goes (In Waves) by Greg Laswell

Float On (Yes, the Modest Mouse song) by Ben Lee

Float On (Yes, the Modest Mouse song) by Ben Lee

Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine

Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine

Hands Open by Snow Patrol

Hands Open by Snow Patrol

Your Ex-Lover is Dead by Stars

Your Ex-Lover is Dead by Stars

Prelude by Raining Jane

Prelude by Raining Jane

9 Crimes by Damien Rice

9 Crimes by Damien Rice

Breakable by Ingrid Michaelson

Breakable by Ingrid Michaelson

Black Friday

December 16th, 2008 . by Melissa

Alright, so enough with the Routan babies already. I know you guys are getting sick of staring at them, although I do believe Emma (named by the wonderful Diane) is ridiculously cute.

Not much has happened this past month in the Newman household. We spent Thanksgiving down in Southern Indiana with my dad and mom. It was great to see all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins on my Mother’s side. Thanksgiving is just not Thanksgiving without partaking of the Black Friday events. Jason and I woke up at 4 a.m. and drove straight to the Evansville North Side Target. When we arrrived, approximately 4:30 a.m. we were about the 20th in line. My dad equipped us with a small blow up mattress and 5 old blankets. We were very cozy as we waited for the clock to strike 6 a.m. While we weren’t overly friendly at such an early hour it was nice to hear our fellow super shoppers discuss what they were sacrificing sleep and body temperature for. The two men behind us were there for very different reasons, although the came together. One was planning to nab a Baby Alive peeing doll for his mother in law to give to his little girl. His friend was there to collect a pot and pan set for his wife. We sighed relief that neither were their for OUR treasure. We wanted the 26″ HDTV. At 5 a.m. the store manager came around with a shopping card filled with tickets for the top 4 items. We asked for a TV ticket immediately, and then Jason was betwixt when he saw the shiny new digital camera for only $80. We decided to grab a ticket for it too, just in case. At 6 a.m. the once small line that barely made it past the store façade was now wrapped around 1/2 of the strip mall’s mostly filled parking lot. We entered single file through the only door that was to be unlocked. We headed peacfully to the designated TV area, gave up our ticket and made our way to electronics for the camera. While the TV area had the bustle of a small country town, the electronics section was more like New York City. Jason stood back as I slid my way through the crowd. We made it to the check out with absolutely no wait. As soon as the TV and camera were on the checkout counter our cart was snatched from behind! It looked like we would be carrying our products to the car. We made it out just before the savages really got vicious. Mission accomplished.

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