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Working from home

Oh, the bounties of working from home…

Our VPN doesn’t work, so I can’t access a lot of things I need to access daily, so it’s not a good idea for me to work from home very often, but when I get to – oh, it’s wonderful.

Today I did Pilates during the time I normally would’ve been commuting. Then I checked my email, and as there was nothing to reply to, I went outside in my pajamas and scraped the snow off my car so I wouldn’t have to later. Then I checked email again, and as there was nothing to reply to, I showered.

The best thing about working from home is the new chair we got for me. Anyone who frequents Ikea knows the exact chair I’m talking about. Their trademark cheap, but not so cheap that it’s bad quality, chair. It rocks just a little bit, and it shapes my back into a comfortable C-curve (a regular, my back loves it so much, Pilates position). Whenever I worked from home before, it took days for my back to recover from the agony.

Ikea chairs! Working from home! Watching my cat chase its tail! Watching my cat leap onto my lap to sit betwixt my C-curve and my laptop! He has 7 toes on two of his paws!



Did anyone see Tracy Jordan on Larry King last night? Prepare for the thunderdome, people. That’s the law.

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A Little Taste of Australia

Long time readers may know of one of my most-missed Australian snacks. 

The Tim-Tam:

This cookie is Australia. The amount of chocolate varieties for the snack is seemingly endless there.

You literally cannot avoid eating a tray full of Tim Tams if you spend more than 3 days in the country. Natives begin to cram the cookies down your throat the moment they smell the lack of irresistible chocolate biscuit on your breath.

They are simply delicious, y’all. Two choco-cookies with creme inside, covered in a layer of chocolate. I don’t like cookies much, nor chocolate for that matter, but even I couldn’t get enough of this dietary staple (standard chocolate or caramel are my favorites).

When I came home, I figured I’d never eat another Tim Tam again.



So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across Arnott’s sister-company, Pepperidge Farm, selling Tim Tams in America!

Bah!!! aksdljfklsd. Australia’s Favorite Cookie!

Go to the Pirouette section of your local Target and see for yourselves. Buy a box even!

Since they’re in the gourmet cookie section, they’re a bit pricier ($3 to $4) than you’d find in Australia, but still less than you’d pay to have them shipped to you from down under. Which, I’ll admit, I’ve been tempted to do.



Now if Target can start stocking larger glass bottles of Nutella, Natural Confectionary Co. Gummies, and Nutri-Grain cereal, I can stop visiting online Australian grocers for good.

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Target Conversations

Yesterday I stopped in to Target to get some thigh high black socks, and as I was ringing up this conversation happened:

Target Employee:  Those are some long knee highs.

Target Employee:  Oh because they’re thigh highs.

Me:  Yep.  I need longer socks for when I wear skirts to cover the ol’ legs.

Target Employee:  (confused look)

Target Employee (accusing tone):  Are you that religion where you’re not allowed to show your skin?

Me:  No…I just don’t want to.

Target Employee:  I hear you there!

I’m not sure where to start commenting here.  Referring to a religion with an ever-specific “that” just must be forbidden somewhere in Target’s code of conduct.

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I made a bunch of genius playlists* a while back, but haven’t really listened to any of them until yesterday. I’m noticing a lot of the Bens poppin’ up: Kweller, Lee, Folds, and a couple songs they all did together on a small album several years ago.

I gotta tell you guys, I’m in a definite Ben Lee funk right now. The timing of this “funk” is strange. Here’s my Ben Lee timeline:

School year of 1999: I discover his existence through gossip magazines when I see that he is Claire Danes beau. She is quoted to like his music (what else is she gonna say about her boyfriend’s music?). My thought process went “Claire Danes is cool and beautiful. Ben Lee isn’t very beautiful. Ben Lee must be very cool.”

Spring of 2002: I download some of his music during an “I love Australians!,” plus “I love piano!” binge. It was good, and Cigarettes Will Kill You was an oft used song on many mix-tapes (err, CDs).

Spring of 2006: I buy his album Awake is the New Sleep and like it.

Fall of 2007:  Driving home from Ally’s wedding at 4 in the morning, I had one of those unforgettable moments set to the tune of the title track of the aforementioned album.  Can’t find a video of it:  sad face.

February 19th, 2009: I listen to “Catch My Disease” on the way to work, and give in:  I’m a fan. 

(I like to think of the “disease” as a disease of love and hugs.)

10 years in the making, Ben.  You and your music have finally won me over.

And for good measure, here’s another video:

 

*”Genius Playlists” are an application within itunes where you feed it one song, and it goes through your itunes catalog and picks 24 other songs it thinks you’d like to hear in addition to the one you chose. It does this by coding song correlations across lots of other people’s itunes libraries. You know, fancy schmancy song science.

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Lesson Planning

My husband is student teaching right now, so he’s spending a large portion of his life lesson planning.

This morning I was looking through our El Salvador pictures and found one that Ryan took while Rob and I were lesson planning, i.e. the most stressful event of 2008. 

It gave me a renewed respect for how Jim is going to spend the rest of his working-life.

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Wedding photos!

They’re online!

They can be found here, and the password is the location of the wedding, (the word between “the” and “center”).  If Jodi says it’s okay, I’ll just post the password straight up, but I didn’t want to risk ruining her privacy.  You guys can figure it out, anyway

She did such a great job!  We love them!  Thanks, Jooooddddddiiiii!

Update: The password is “landmark”

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BLOG TIME

Hey everybody!  It’s Friday lunch time, the economy is down, I just bit off one of my finger nails, and it’s time to blog.

If only I had thoughts going through my head right now to share…

Okay, here’s something.  So as my new friend Tone has blogged today, the newest thing to hit Facebook is the “Here’s 25 things you may or may not know about me” note. I’ll be honest, it’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve only been able to read a couple of the notes that I was tagged in. I plan on reading them all though because they’ve all been interesting people so far, and I like lists.

Seems hypocritical of me to make my list without reading all the others first, but don’t hate.  Procreate.  

 

But don’t procreate unless the time is right for you to procreate.  Okay?  That’s my advice.

My list:

  1. Because of my job, I can work my way around Excel pretty well.  But not better than Ted or Jodi.
  2. I eat 5 servings of fruits or vegetables a day.
  3. I drink 2 liters of water a day.
  4. I naturally get a little OCD about things, but I try not to let myself get obsessed with things that are not beneficial (like the above two items, for example, are okay).
  5. I love Pilates.  I think it’s great.
  6. I grew an inch this last year.  Because Pilates made my spine longer.
  7. I like almost all music that incorporates piano.
  8. In coffee, I prefer milk to half and half or sweetened condensed milk.
  9. Absolutely no one has ever called me Maurice.
  10. I find it impossible to drum up creativity if I don’t first hear someone else’s ideas.  This is true at work, when blogging, and at Rock TV writing meetings.
  11. I am introverted, but I’m trying not to let it be an excuse to love less.
  12. I am not comfortable with silence in groups and subconciously feel it’s my job to fill the silence whenever it happens.
  13. I want to be better at listening, remembering, and asking questions.
  14. I’m married.
  15. My last name is Schofield.  That’s pronounced SKO-FIELD.
  16. Jim and I waited a long time to say “I love you” to each other.  The first time was while watching Little Monsters.  I responded with a quote from Battlestar Galactica.
  17. Before we said “I love you,” we would sing “You are my Sunshine” to each other, except to avoid proclaiming our love, we would sing: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.  When you’re not happy, my skies are blue.  You’ll never know dear how much I mmhumm.  Please don’t take my sunshine awaaaaay.”
  18. This blog is called “Christineone” because I have a good friend whose name is also Christine.  We used to work in the laundry department at the YMCA of the Rockies – to avoid confusion, people called me “Christine1” and her “Christine2.”
  19. Jim and I love Taco Bell.  We have a goal to try everything on the menu at least once.
  20. Believe it or not, I used to have only one real female friend.  When I realized I needed more, I cried out in prayer that God would provide.  Almost immediately:  Lane, Maren, and Sarah came into mi vida.  Years later, I now have more female friends than I can count, and so many are of such a high caliber of character that it makes me tear up thinking about how abundantly God has blessed my life.  I believe He is continuing to answer that prayer, as the amount of women in my life seems to be growing exponentially.
  21. Lately, it has been much easier for me to read God’s Word than to pray.  I’ve had to incorporate a lot of reminders and “appointments” in my day to pray so that I can grow.
  22. I used to be so frightened of people and their opinions, especially concerning my faith, that I clammed up and almost ridded myself of all authenticity when interacting with people.  Praying out loud with other people made me sweat – every prayer seemed pre-scripted.
  23. I now find it’s easier and more natural to pray with people than to pray alone.   There is no denying God is forming me into a new person, right?  He has changed me in this area by giving me a serious love for the people in my church and a deep desire to pray with them regularly.  (As you can tell, prayer has been on my mind lately)
  24. I am so deeply thankful for my relationship with Christ.  This is the most important relationship I have or will ever have.  I am humbled by His love for me.
  25. Knowing what my heart was years ago, I see very clearly the change God made in my life when I gave my life to Him.  Because my story isn’t as dramatic as others (drug addict turned clean, rebellious runaway returned home, etc.), I wonder if the greatest change in my life was even evident to the people around me.

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