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* I got my official acceptance to VCU as a grad student for Sociology.  I just kept getting this feeling that we weren't supposed to go to Baton Rouge.  The DAY BEFORE I was accepted to VCU, LSU made an announcement that due to budget cuts they were cutting funding for the Civil War Center (Matthew) and the Population Studies Center (me).  That's why we wanted to go to LSU!  That was nothing but a God thing, right there! 

*  My friend, Emily, called me and said she's pregnant.  She has 3 kids, separated, living with her boyfriend.  He was 1 child biologically and another that he considers his own kid.  Those kids come and go, randomly, based on their visitation schedule with their mom.  That's up to 5 kids in that house at any given time.  Luckily, she went to the doctor, and she her test came back negative.  Her health insurance doesn't cover birth control (WTF?), so she's going to save up money for an IUD. 

*  I've made a list of things that MUST be accomplished before my first day of classes.  This list is quite long (21 items) and daunting.  I'm starting to get paniced. 

* Our official moving date is Sunday, August 22.  That is 75 days from today. 
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Writer's Block: I'm off to see the wizard

Are there any movies that you absolutely loved when you were younger that you've watched again and found awful or ridiculous?

No one's going to like my answer:  "The Princess Bride".  Ok...before I get 234234 comments telling me how I'm wrong, hear me out.

The story line is great.  The movie has withstood it's time and is a real classic.  There are many great moments.

HOWEVER...I watched it again recently, and found that the set design is just ridiculous.  During the sword fight, you can see the mats underneath the dirt after they jump off the rocks and land.  The majority of the movie is so obviously blue screened.  I just have to laugh.
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Thought of the day:

I think I'd be a great stay-at-home mom.  I'd finally have a place to put my dictatorship skills to use.  
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I got out of work early today!  For some unknown reason, the power in the court complex went out at 1:05pm today.   Our whole building was down, the jail was down, the shopping center across the street was down, but the traffic light a block down worked.  Anyway, deputies were placed in each hallway, as we had no electricity for security cameras.  People were not allowed in the building, and those inside were kindly asked to hurry up and leave.  There were 1 or 2 trials going on at that time...not in the court where I work, but the other 2 courts.  I hadn't eaten breakfast this morning, and hadn't taken my lunch break yet.  Around 2pm, Dominion Power informed us that the power wouldn't be back on until at least 5pm.  In a "no duh" decision, the building was shut down, and everyone left around 2:30 today.  My lunch was in the refrigerator, and couldn't be heated up (couldn't use the microwave), so I stopped by Wendy's on the way home.  

DivorceCare for adults and kids (ages 6-10) is a 13 week program, but the Youth (11-17) is a 12 week program.  Last week, we had 4 kids, and had a pizza party and played "Apples to Apples" to break the ice with them, so they could get to know us better (and vice versa).  One is 10 and was in our program because his mom wanted to separate him from his 6 year old brother.  Well, this week, mom decided that the 6 year old would sit out this session and the 10 year old moved down to the kid program.  I'm kind of thankful because he's not a mature 10, but a really rowdy and hyperactive 10, which I think wouldn't allow the older kids to get to their deeper feelings.  Tonight is week 2 out of 13, and our first lesson.  We had 6 teenagers!  YAY!  A mom told me, privately, that she had bribed her kids to come.  Well, they seemed like they had a good time, so hopefully we'll see them back.  It's challenging to have siblings in the same group.  They're so used to interrupting each other, calling names, and teasing one another that it's difficult for them when Matthew and I tell them that what they're doing is inappropriate.  There's a difference between siblings ribbing each other and being rude.  I'm glad that we have a larger group, and look forward to seeing them grow as the weeks progress.  

Chrissy said that she wants another kid by the time Andrew is 3.  Cassidy and Andrew were born the same year, but Cassidy in January, and Andrew in November.  That will mean that I'll have 4 nieces and nephews who are ages 3 and under.  Crazy.  Better them than me!

Also, I've been trying to be more conscious of what I eat, and get off my arse more often.  On my pedometer, I'm up to 8500 steps a day (suggested is 10K for those trying to lose weight, but Rome wasn't built in a day, and all that jazz....).  I admit, I'm not logging what I eat.  I should.  However, I make a big effort to cut the carbs and eat more greens.  Since mid-March, I've lost about 15 lbs.  So, yay for that.  When I first started wearing the pedometer, I wore it just to see how many steps on average I took, which was 3500-4K a day.  I challenged myself to walk 5K steps a day.  That was exhausting, and I hated it.  Now that I'm up to 8500, I find myself invigorated, and continually want to do more.  Two weeks ago, I went to an outlet store (Lee's) and bought jeans.  I bought them in a smaller size than what I normally wear.  Tonight, I'm wearing them with a belt.  I get more and more excited about the non-scale victories than I do watching the numbers (slowly) come down.  

That's about all for now!
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Dear inconsiderate co-workers:

Heating your left-over fish in the microwave is rude.  If you'd like to stink up your own house, fine.  However, using communal property to heat up the most pungent of foods, is uncalled for.  Now, my lunch smells like fish.  If I weren't about to gnaw my arm off, having forgot my morning snack at home, I probably wouldn't eat my lunch.  I like my chicken to smell of chicken, not fish.  Stop being gross.

No <3,

Rachel
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The Redneck Engineer Challenge


 We are sick and tired of hearing about how dumb people are
 in the South, so we challenge any so-called
"smart" ass Yankee to take this exam:


 1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a persimmon tree
 that will support a 10-pound possum.


 2. Which of these cars will rust out the quickest when
 placed on blocks in your front yard?

(A) '65 Ford Fairlane

 (B) '69 Chevrolet Chevelle

 (C) '64 Pontiac GTO


 3. If your uncle builds a still which operates at a
 capacity of 20 gallons
 of shine produced per hour, how many car radiators are
 required to condense the product?


 4. A woodcutter has a chainsaw which operates at 2700 rpm.
 The density of the pine trees in the plot to be harvested is
 470 per acre. The plot is 2.3 acres in size. The average
 tree diameter is 14
 inches. How many Budweisers will be drank before the trees
 are cut down?


 5. A front porch is constructed of 2x8 pine on 24-inch
 centers with a field rock foundation. The span is 8 feet and
 the porch length is 16 feet. The porch floor is 1-inch rough
 sawn pine. When the porch collapses, how many dogs will be
 killed?


 6. A man owns a Georgia house and 3.7 acres of land in a
 hollow with an average slope of 15%. The man has five
 children. Can each of his grown children place a mobile home
 on the man's land and still have enough property for
 their electric appliances to sit out front?


 7. A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 900 yards
down a steep slope on a secondary road at 45 MPH. The brakes
fail. Given average traffic conditions on secondary roads,
 what is the probability that it will strike a vehicle with a
 muffler?


 8. With a gene pool reduction of 7.5% per generation, how
 long will it take a town which
 has been bypassed by the Interstate to breed a
 country-western singer?
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The first school that I heard back from, in early February, was BGSU and was accepted.

The second school, FSU, was in mid-February and was rejected.

I didn't hear back from LSU until March 16.  No email, but a letter in the mail.  I thought, for sure, it was a rejection letter.  Boy, was I surprised.  Admittingly, I had already filed my FAFSA and placed a hold on a Penske truck to move to Ohio.  


Matthew: God keeps trying to teach you patience, and hopefully, one day you'll learn.
Rachel: But, God doesn't work FAST ENOUGH!  LOL

Matthew said that the decision was mine, but it really affects both of our lives.

We chose LSU because:
1.  It costs $2000 less/semester.  
2.  The unemployment rate is a lot lower.  
3.  More job opportunities for Matthew (and me for summer or maybe part-time)    
4.  It's a straight to Ph.D. program...so in 5 years I'll have my Doctorate's rather than having to go through another application process in 2 years.  


YAY!  Post more later, my lunch break's over.