- Laura making friends with Grandma's neighbors
- Short sleeve weather!!!
- Oven turkey, pit-cooked turkey, deep-fried turkey, Dutch oven turkey
- Mom firing an assault rifle...what kind of training does she get at work?!?!
- Mashed potatoes
- Hiking to the wind cave(s) at Usury Park
- Staying up late watching action movies with Grandma
- Seeing the Lerches
- Spending time with the Dovers
- Listening to the Jim Reeves Christmas CD 3 times in the car...each way!
- Going to the Mesa temple
- Seeing the Christmas lights at the Mesa temple
- Dinner at Matta's
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
In the morning, we got up and had a pancake flipping contest. It was so fun! I am glad that we were able to "go camping" and forget everything for a night. I was also glad to spend time with my best friend.
Friday, November 16, 2007
A few years ago I got received a bottle of Acqua Di Gio as a Christmas gift (I think it was from Michele). It remains to this day my favorite cologne to wear. I decided not to take it on my mission, and it somehow got mixed in with Dad's colognes when they moved last summer.
Dad approached me a few days after I returned from my mission. He handed me the cologne and said, "Well, here's your cologne. I really like it, but I can't wear it because it's for poor homies." I was confused for a second, but when I looked at the bottle a little closer, it gave me a good laugh.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I can't begin to say how excited I am for the holidays! Not only for the much needed break for both of us, but for all of the joy and excitement that Thanksgiving and Christmas bring! The count down has already begun...forty days until we leave for Christmas break! Woohoo!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
At work right now, I am creating language learning materials with the overall goal of researching best practices for creating learning materials that are easily distributed and usable in a variety of contexts. We are currently working on an online Arabic language learning course. With over 500 pages of instruction and activities, maintaining and updating the code can be quite tedious.
I woke up Monday morning with a bright idea, and by the end of the day had a simple example to show my boss. I took a sample exercise, and instead of storing it in a web format (HTML), I stored it in a very generalizable format (XML). I then wrote up a set of general instructions for how the exercise should look and how the user should answer the questions.
If all of the activities in the course were stored in this way, they could all use the same set of instructions. That way, if there came a time that we wanted to change the way the user answers the questions, or change the way the pages look, we would only have to edit the one set of instructions, instead of the 500+ pages of instructional content.
So, in other words, I'm learning some awesome things at work and having a blast. Even though language learning has little to do with my major, the concepts will help me a lot in my career.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Ok, so maybe it doesn't look exactly like that. But get rid of the intake, the decals, and the body kit, and it's practically the same car!
We also had the chance of spending the night at Mom and Dad Standage's house last night. Dad left early this morning for a week of training, and mom unfortunately had to work today, so we're here so Laura can babysit us. There stake had stake conference today, and the visiting seventy gave a very good talk. He concluded his remarks with an experience that Elder Cecil O. Samuelson shared with him. It's probably too long to write here, but it was wonderful.
Well, we love you all. Hope you have a great week!