Friday, July 25, 2008

trip booked!

Anthony and I have been trying to go on a vacation just the two of us for a while now. For my birthday Anthony said that we would go either to Seattle or San Francisco. We tried to plan a few long weekends to book a flight and hotel, but life and my limited time off available from work, kept getting in the way. Then - two weeks ago - Anthony told me he was working on a surprise trip for the two of us. Eventually he told me where we were going to go - because he wanted my input for our week long adventure.

Destination - Iceland!

From August 31st - September 7th - we have planned out our entire trip!

Day 1: Fly from Dulles to JFK to Keflaví, Iceland. - We will land very early and have the entire day to explore the city on our own. For the next two nights we will be staying at Guesthouse Sunna in a studio apartment (breakfast is included!)

Day 2: We are going to take the Golden Circle Super Jeep tour.

Day 3: We will pick up our rental car, and drive to southwest Iceland. We will explore and experience backward driving, see giant icebergs! and eventually spend the night at Country Hótel Anna.

Day 4: We will drive along ring road eastward to southeast Iceland, for more exploration and spend the next two nights at Fosshótel Skaftafell.

Day 5: There will be a lot to see and do this day including (but not limited to!) Jökuklsárlón, also known as the Glacier Lagoon and exploring the coast including animals and history!

Day 6: We will drive back west along ring road to the hot springs town of Hveragerði. We will spend the night at Guesthouse Frost and Fire.

Day 7: Is our last day and we have a flight home that evening. We will drive along the south coast and spend our last hours at the Blue Lagoon before boarding the plane and heading home to VA.

I am so excited for this trip, it's going to be so much fun! New foods and sights, lots of pictures! There is a lot that we need to do to prepare for the trip, and that also includes shopping! New backpack, watch, fleece, sneakers - and new DS games :P I haven't had a big trip in over two years, so I'm really looking forward to having an entire week away from work, and time away before getting pulled back into school.

And of course, a long awaited trip with boyfriend <3

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

grades are in!

I received an email from my professor letting the class know he has submitted our final grades for the summer semester.

Despite the long hours, the 14 books (2-300 pages in average) I read in 7 weeks, 25 pages of writing and leading a class discussion - while working full time and maintaining some sort of social life - I received an A

hell yes.

I celebrated last night by playing Wow with Leigh, and Harry Potter (xbox360) on Ants giant new tv. Tonight I will enjoy a peach lambic, that Anthony got for me from Belgium, roll around and probably play more video games. Maybe watch a movie - oh the things I can do now. I am very proud of myself, this semester was a real challenge, and I'm incredibly glad that it's done!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

kitchen update

Evan left work early yesterday to be home with the second plumber. Supposedly it's fixed, and we won't get flooded again.

We went to Safeway and bought massive amounts of bleach, chemicals and a mop (and also 2 bottles of wine - this was necessary for the job we were undertaking)

It was the grossest cleaning experience, and Evan actually did most of the work. He wins teh prize! We bleached everything and anything that was in the kitchen. Jonna came by and fed us cookies while we worked, hehe. They were delicious! Unfortunately, we thought we were finished but discovered that water seeps into everything. So we have a little bit more to clean up, and one more good bleach mopping of the floor and cabinets, and we should be good to go. It smells a lot better than before, and soon I'll gain the courage to use the kitchen sink.


ps. thank you Sarah for the handbook link! I will keep that on hand - Evan apparently had already referenced it (him learning to be a lawyer and all) but it's new to me :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

gross broken kitchen

The kitchen sink started flooding/leaking Saturday July 12th. While working on my paper I bailed out the sink multiple times and tried to clean up all the water on the floor. Eventually I gave up.

I called the realtor, ProMax, Monday morning and they had the plumbers call me. I called them again Tuesday and they FINALLY sent someone Wednesday. The plumber
went to the apt - never called me - made a huge mess tramping around in his muddy shoes but managed to fix the leak UNDER the sink. (note: the water has been turned off in the kitchen for over a week now) He wasn't able to figure out or fix where the water was coming from on the floor or figure out why my sink kept filling up with SEWAGE water.

oh yes.

So it seemed to be fixed, and the plumber wasn't able to find anything that may have been blocking the sink or causing it to fill up. Friday I get home from work - floor flooded and sink filled again. The floor isn't flooded from the sink which makes this even more interesting. The sink has never overflowed, just filled up to the very brim. I called the plumber and he basically laughed at me. He told me they had sent someone, I told him it wasn't fixed - and he told me to shove something down the sink so that the water would come up somewhere else - like my tub or something. Oh yes, that's a GREAT idea. Lets plug up the shower OR the toilet - we don't need to use those at all. He finally tells me "we'll try to send someone Monday". More bailing of the sink and cleaning of the floor. And did I mention it smells? It smells horribly. Saturday, this happens again. Evan and I call ProMax and leave a message as this has been going on too long and they should have sent someone Friday to fix it! (another note: this isn't the first time this has happened in our kitchen sink - and last time it was just as difficult to get resolved, but less time and less gross!)

My apt is AWFUL right now - I don't want to be there AT ALL. It smells awful and there is no way this can be healthy OR sanitary.

The realtor called me this morning at work. I'd rather Evan call them, as he would probably be better at yelling at them than I would, but this lady - she honestly terrifies me. She said she would call the plumbers and call me back - but that she would rip them a new one. She is just as pissed about it as I am (at least she made me feel that way).

So its been over a week, my apartment is disgusting and I'm waiting to hear back from someone. We did take pictures of the sink and the floor, and we're thinking of hiring a cleaning service and having the company pay for it. It's one of the grossest things I've ever had to deal with. They better fix it today, or they will feel my (and Evan's) wrath.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

freedom

PRINTED

I have JUST printed my final paper for my European History class.

This paper has dominated my life for the past week and a half. Every waking second (with the exception of Jill's bday line dancing/kareoke party - for obvious reasons) has been spent - researching and writing this paper.

Now all I have to do, is make it through tonight's last class!

Then I will come home and have WoW date with my boyfriend! - who, by the way - has been very helpful during the past few weeks. He offered much needed distractions and breaks, including cooking a delicious dinner last night, and wine.

I'm very excited to finally have free time and the ability to enjoy the summer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

skool

I am supposed to get my first paper back tonight for this semester. I only have one other paper to write before this semester ends. This week and weekend will be filled with research and writing, blah. BUT my last class is next Wednesday, and then I will have freedom for a whole month! (Before the Fall semester starts August 25th)

I hope I did well on my first paper.