Thursday, January 31, 2008

Influenza

After sitting and waiting with a 102 temperature for two days, Mr. Howard finally went to Urgent Care tonight (with a temperature of 103). And it's official! He has tested positive for Influenza, more commonly known as the flu. I don't know why, but I always thought the flu was just a cold - a cold that they could protect you against - but a cold none-the-less. No one ever told me that the flu is a serious disease. Had I known that, I wouldn't have ignored the 200 emails I receive every year from my employer giving me times and locations of places I could get vaccinations. While the doctor did tell us that no one has ever died from the flu (that, at least, is encouraging), she did say that some people feel like they're going to die (a confirmation that Mr. Howard was not, in fact, crazy).


The funny thing (and arguably this is the ONLY funny thing about Mr. Howard's experience) is that once the test results came back positive for Influenza, they treated us like we had to be quarantined. We were not allowed in the waiting room (they even brought the credit card machine in the patient room) AND they made us go out a SPECIAL exit, so as not to contaminate the other patients. LUCKY ME: I got to ride in the enclosed car with him. Too bad, I don't have a special door my sick hubby can go through so as not to contaminate me. :-)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

And I'm supposed to be the BIG sister...

Mr. Howard has gone down to Southern California to visit his best friend Casey. Casey, being the fabulous friend that he is, got the two of them tickets to the SOLD-OUT Garth Brooks concert tomorrow night and my hubby joyfully ditched his wife for the weekend. ;-)

Unfortunately, because of my recent television obsession with "Paranormal Investigators," an incredibly scary television show - I am unable to stay in the house by myself at night. Happily, however, this means that my wonderful sister has agreed to stay with her scaredy-cat big sister for the next two nights. Perhaps I can even convince her to go to work with me for part of the day tomorrow!! Regardless, I will at the very least have her in bed with me in the event that a ghost realizes that my husband is no longer in the house and decides to take up residence in my bed.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Finally I'm A Little Tech-Savy

I figured out how to put a little of our honeymoon swimming with the dolphins video up. Sorry about the quality! I can't figure out how to make it better.

The first video is where we held onto the dolphins and had them pull us.



The second one was by far the highlight of the experience...The dolphins pushed our feet!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As a fifth grade teacher and thereby a teacher of US history, I am constantly talking about civil rights with my children. As I talk to my kids about tolerance and what is "fair" and just, Dr. King is never very far from my thoughts. I know, however, most people go through their days without giving him a second thought.

Perhaps tomorrow, we can take some time to reflect on all that he did for us and remember how blessed we are to live in a country where one person can make such a big difference.

I think we also need to celebrate the fact that for the first time in the history of the United States, we have an African American and a woman running for President. Finally we are practicing what we preach!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I finished my Wedding Scrapbook!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

So Very Excited!

As I was laying in bed last night, I suddenly realized that I have not yet blogged about something very exciting in my life!

Our wonderful friends Jen and Brett recently got engaged in November (see this blog). We were both so excited for them and couldn't have been more elated to attend their wedding in August. Then, over the Christmas holiday, I received a beautiful shadow box frame with pictures of Jen and me on my wedding day, with a beautiful note that read: "It was an honor to be your bridesmaid! Now it's time to return the favor! Will you be my Matron of Honor?" Of course, I was beyond excited to even be a part of her wedding, let alone to be asked to be her Matron of Honor.

I could blog all about how wonderful a friend Jen is and how much I love her (or you can read this). Since I have already shared with everyone how special she is to me, I thought I would instead write about Jen and Brett.

Let's start at the beginning. Jen and Brett met during their senior year at UC Irvine. While they both had been involved in their respective fraternities (Jen, a Tri Delta and Brett, a Sigma Pi), they hadn't really crossed paths in a significant way until Halloween of their senior years. They endured many life changes during their relationship: graduating college, beginning full-time work, Jen starting and completing a master's program, moving from Irvine to Long Beach and then finally to Hermosa Beach. And through all their significant life changes, their relationship strengthened and grew. It is obvious from anyone who is around them, how incredibly much they love each other and it seemed only fitting that Brett proposed to her five years later, to the day, on Halloween Night.

Mr. Howard and I couldn't be more excited to share their special day with them and of course, I feel blessed to be a part of their wedding.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Decision Has Finally Been Reached

We have finally decided that we will be going on vacation from July 11 - 21st. Despite protests and pleas from us, we are not going to Australia. :-( We did, however, win on the Egypt front. Thankfully, my dad came to his senses and agreed that Egypt might not be the best place to visit (considering its close proximity to the Middle East). Our plan is to visit the following countries: Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. We are doubly excited because we will celebrate our One Year Wedding Anniversary in Europe. How spectacular is that? I actually think it might top my 16th birthday in Italy!

Obviously, we are thrilled! If anyone has suggestions of where to visit in any of those three countries, let us know!

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Ramblings of a Bride of Six-Months

I can't believe it's been 11 days since last I wrote. It seems like we have been so busy and yet, as I sit here trying to think of a single event that might be note-worthy, not a thing comes to mind.

Surprisingly on January 14th, we will have been married for six months! That feels like so long and yet, it's funny how we went from a 7 year anniversary to a 6 month one. When I went to the doctor the other day, she asked me how long my husband and I had been married. "Six months," I responded, then immediately felt like I needed to qualify my response: "but we've been together for 7 YEARS," I told her. Why do I care? Does it really matter if she thinks we've been together for five minutes? And yet, on the other hand, why is it that we don't count any of those years in our anniversaries? They weren't any less hard or special or rewarding! Why is it that a piece of paper means more than the 7 years before it? And yet again, why is it that I'm clarifying the status of my relationship to someone I see once or twice a year?

I guess it's just that I pride myself on the fact that we've been together for 7 years. It hasn't been easy. I would never judge a relationship that has endured less than that, but knowing how many relationships end in break-ups and divorce, I just feel proud of how long we've stood by each other. I know it isn't 25 years or even the 30 years my parents have been together...but it's something. I've had to learn to compromise and stand by him even when all I've wanted to do is throw something at him. :-) He's also had to learn to compromise and love me even when I'm being neurotic and obsessive. :-) And I'm proud of that! I'm proud that we've fought and loved each other through the fights. I'm proud that we haven't had a perfect relationship (what two imperfect people could have a perfect relationship?) and that we've stuck through it with each other. And regardless of how many months it's been since we signed a piece of paper, it's still important to celebrate. I just think we need to remember what we're celebrating: loving each other, listening, practicing patience, and continuing to communicate regardless of what hurdles we encounter.



So, Happy Almost 6 Month Anniversary to us!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

P.S. I Love You

I don't normally advertise movies, because I rarely feel that strongly about them, but I feel compelled this time around. We actually went to go see it, thinking it would be a cute, but very corny movie. Perhaps because I went into it thinking that it was going to be just okay, I was absolutely blown away by the power of this love story.

It is common for me to cry during movies (you know, a few glistening tears running down my cheeks), but very rare for me to sob during movies (you know, Oprah calls it the ugly cry). In fact, I can count the number of times on three fingers that I have ever had to stiffle my sobs in a movie theatre. Being a young newlywed and having met my husband at a really young age...this movie just struck a powerful cord with me about love and loss and moving on. But what I think is so powerful about this movie is that it transcends age groups, marital statuses, and even gender (it wasn't just a chick flick). I think everyone can empathize with loss (even, if not, to that degree) and can understand the questions that come along with any type of tragedy. The big theme I took from this movie is that ever cliche line: it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

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