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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
New Year's Eve travel:
1) Flew from Christchurch to Auckland (Air New Zealand domestic)
2) 6-hour layover at Auckland International
3) Flew from Auckland to Nadi, Fiji (Air Pacific international)
4) 7-hour layover in Nadi
5) Flew from Nadi to Los Angeles (Air Pacific international) - 10 hours!
6) Taxi home from LAX
Posted at 3:32 PM, 1 Comments

Saturday, December 27, 2008
Seen in New Zealand so far:
1) "Weathertop" in Port Waikaito
2) Waitomo Caves and their resident glowworms
3) Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Ngauruhoe ("Mount Doom")
4) "Mordor" on the Whakapapa ski fields
5) Finish line of the Tongariro Crossing (phew!)
6) Cook Strait in daylight
7) Whales off the coast of Kaikoura
8) "Edoras" on the Canterbury Plain
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Thursday, December 18, 2008
I went from zero to crazy when I left work today. After my aerobics class I went back in to work to book my January business trip. I couldn't get a direct flight for less than $1000 so I have to make connections in Las Vegas (on the way to DC) and Chicago (on the way back from DC), but at least I got United Economy Plus seats because of my Premier flyer status. When I left work I had to pick up my prescription at the pharmacy and then buy a few things at Target. I knew Target would be a madhouse (which it was), but it figured it would be even worse if I tried to go tomorrow or Saturday. At least I got everything I needed. As soon as I got home I started making banana bread and cranberry bread for a potluck at work tomorrow. I just took the banana bread loaves out of the oven and they smell great. The cranberry bread is still baking. I hope the breads taste OK so I won't be embarrassed to serve them for breakfast in the morning. After accomplishing quite a lot already this evening, my goal for the rest of the night is to get the house picked up, wash some clothes, and finish getting ready for Christmas. I can't believe Dan and I are leaving for New Zealand on Sunday!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Today I found out that I am flying to DC again on January 5th. Not too bad. Then I found out that I'm scheduled to be working during the National Championship Game on January 8th. Not good. And then I found out that I am going to spend my 30th birthday on an airplane on January 9th. Very bad. At least I'll be flying home! And I'm going to talk to my boss about the whole working-during-the-football-game thing. He's from Oklahoma so he understands.
Posted at 7:24 PM, 1 Comments

Monday, December 15, 2008
I don't know how I screwed up the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House chocolate chips, but somehow I pulled it off. My only consolation is that one of my co-workers tried the same recipe and got exactly the same results. So when I repeated the attempt again today I made bars instead of individual cookies. They're easier to make and the results are much better (i.e., edible). I've been baking up a storm the past two days in preparation for mailing holiday gifts to family this week. So far, besides the chocolate chip cookies (to which I added dried cranberries), I've made gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, and the classic criss-cross peanut butter cookies. And right now I've got the first batch of pumpkin cookies in the oven. As with most of my favorite recipes, I've made a small adjustment to improve the results - I added butterscotch chips as well as chocoate chips and it made the cookies fantsatic! The best part is that I'm just about done with the Christmas care packages so I can mail them tomorrow. Checking something off the to do list is a great feeling.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I went to see Twilight tonight. Since Dan is still in DC I figured I was running out of chances to go before he gets home on Friday. And what better way to end the day than seeing a teenage vampire love story? I am a big fan of the books which I started reading just before they started flying off the shelves. The reason I like the books so much is because they have fantastic characters. I've always believed that a story with a good plot is nothing without great characters to fill the roles. Character development, which Twilight has in spades, is more interesting to me than plot development. That being said, the movie is faithful enough to the book to make me happy. I actually liked it a lot! And even though Robert Pattinson as Edward is a bit too 50's greaser for my tastes, I think he got the vampire's emotions spot on. I was afraid the movie would be terribly cheesy (which wouldn't have bothered me one bit), but to my surprise it wasn't. It was a still basically a chick flick, but I would definitely recommend Twilight to anyone who is at all interested.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
BCS National Championship Game
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Florida
January 8, 2009
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