Saturday, February 27, 2010

Earthquake in Chile

We saw the news this morning on the earthquake. Crazy stuff to realize that we were there about 2 months ago. We were about 17 hours north though of where the epicenter was. We have been in contact with some of our Chilean and American friends and all is well with them. In Copiapo they felt it for sure but there was no damage. In Santiago our friends there describe it as "minor" damage. Its apparently worse farther down south in Concepcion...which is a BIG city. We don't really know anyone there. We do know of one family who lives on a farm out there and they are probably there for the summer (that was the family that we went down south with during our winter break and Jason got sick...and then we stayed on our 5 star hotel with the extra money we saved...hahahaha) Anyways, we haven't heard anything from them but since they are out in the country I'd imagine that they are ok. Hopefully. We are praying for them none the less.

What a contrast to see the difference between Chile and Haiti. I believe that Haiti was a low 7 earthquake...Chile an 8.8! It just goes to show the difference in infrastructure and preparation (and money!). Jason and I experienced small little tremors the whole time we were there. We went through one that shook us pretty good but nothing like what they just experienced. Crazy. About 8 months before we arrived they had a pretty good earthquake too. The government is very, very aware of how likely earthquakes are there and prepare themselves appropriately with building standards and the such. The fact that there are a bit over 100 deaths is heart breaking and almost feel like, "Really? That's it?" Maybe it's just because it is seen in contrast to Haiti....and probably always will be even though an 8.8 is one of the largest earthquakes on record. Still we are praying for that country and the families that HAVE lost those that they love!

So, that's a little update! Thanks! :)

***Update/Edit: The death count is climbing and thus...there are probably still more to be found. I just didn't want to play down the value of each of these lost lives. Be praying.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's Been a While, eh?

Well, it's been a little while since my last post. We are busy peeps lately...which certainly isn't a bad thing. Between that and having NO Internet at our house...there just hasn't been much bloggin! Apparently our house that we are renting comes with Internet...sort of. It's actually the Internet of the lady that lives in the other part of the house but we are free to "hack" into her wireless whenever we want. Well, she has a code that is locking her wireless. haha. And she has no idea what it is. That would mean we would have to call the wireless company and blah blah blah. Not worth it. Originally Jason and I were planning on not having Internet in our house. We both feel that for the most part Internet is a big fat waste of time. haha. I mean, believe me, we really love internet. But...we don't have self-control and thus, waste a lot of time on the web. Between that and the trash that's everywhere...pop-ups, side bar ads, etc. that's not good for the man trying to stay's just no bueno.

So, we are rolling with it. We both have wireless laptops and have been going on some Saturdays to the coffee shop to use their wireless and grab a cup of joe. So fun! Internet is such a TREAT when you don't have it at your fingertips! So, that's that!


Life is good. Jason has been at MB High school for about two weeks...minus the PAID holiday he enjoyed on Monday. How nice is that!?! I'm working away at my job and doing the commute thing. I think that I'm going to try out the RTA bus route. The local buses that go into SLO are super affordable. I think I'm also going to start cycling into SLO on Mon. and Wed. mornings since I don't have to be to work till 9am. I can take the bus home then and stick my bike on the rack! I just haven't been able to get the exercise in that I want. It's driving me nuts. There are some days that I go to work with no daylight and come home with no daylight. It's definitely not an "exercise friendly" schedule. So, might as well incorporate the exercise into getting to work. haha. Jason and his dad, when they worked together at the MB powerplant, used to ride to and from work on some days. So, it's my turn to give it a whirl! :)

Other than that...not much is happening. Jason just turned in his third application for his masters degree. (One more to go!) Crazy stuff. I'm starting to think that the most stressful part of getting your masters degree is turning in the applications. haha. Gosh. Some of the things that they ask for are crazy. Gathering it all together and getting it out on time is definitely a little nuts...granted we didn't have much time since we arrived from Chile a little late in the game. What can you do?!?

Welp, that's all for now. Time for me to go look up some recipes and find out when low tide is in MDO. We want to go play in the tide pools! :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


So, has anyone noticed that there are words through out your previous blog posts that are underlined (of which you did NOT underline)??? When you hover over them with an arrow an advertisement shows up. I definitely didn't approve these ads and it really bothers me. Mostly because I don't ENDORSE these dumb products. If I could choose what they were it would be one thing but um, yeah. LAME!


Not a fan.

Makes me want to not use the blog anymore...

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Here's to ONE YEAR with the smartest, greatest, funniest, most handsome man in the world. Am I slightly biased...why yes, I may be. But, I believe it to be true none the less.

This last year has been amazing. I can only call it an "adventure".

Here's to many many MANY more adventures with the man that I love.

I love you Jas!

Happy One Year!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I've Got a Smarty on My Hands...

Well, a little update on the GRE. Basically, when you take the GRE there are three parts. The "Verbal Part", the "Quantitative Part", and the "Essays". The first two parts are multiple choice and the third, an essay, well, two essays. At the end of the test you find out immediately how you did on the first two parts. The essay score you have to wait a week on...or so.

Anyways, I'm here to tell you that Jason did pretty good on the "Quantitative". It's kind of like the math section. What he was really wanting to do well on though is the "Verbal" which is like the language part (which is what his schools will be looking at). And...He rocked! He did well above average...well above! We did some research and found out that his verbal score is higher than the scores that they are wanting at Harvard and almost all Ivy Leagues in the U.S. (not that we are going for any of those, haha). What a smarty though. I'm sure that he did great on his essays and it looks like his GRE score will in no way inhibit him from getting into any colleges. Maybe USC will be knocking on his door after all (it's a school in the running for us)! hehe. We'll see. It's in the Lord's hands.

For studying for ONE MONTH though he did a GREAT job and I'm quite proud! :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

There is WaAaAAy too much...


So, first, do you ever read people's blog posts and then feel really stupid about what you were originally planning on writing after you caught up on everyone else's. You realize that wow, some people are going through a lot...and well, I'm not really. And now I just feel stupid blogging about something so frivolous. hmmm. That's what I just experienced.

I guess that being said...I just feel really busy...and there are a lot of things that are happening this week. I'm working full time, Jason has his GRE tomorrow, a friend from out of town is coming and I'm hanging out with her tonight, it's also my dad's birthday tomorrow, we need to move, it's our ONE YEAR anniversary on Sunday, and Jason could quite possibly be starting HIS job on Thur. Phew. A lot is happening and I'm not entirely sure how it's all going to fall into place.

So, I guess one thing at a time...

If you DO think about mentioned, Jason will be taking the GRE for grad school tomorrow morning at 8am. He has studied A LOT! We're talking there are a lot of days where he put in 8 hours (so driven!). Anyways, feel free to shoot up a prayer for him! We/He would greatly appreciate it!!! Gracias! :)