Monday, October 15, 2012

October in Omaha

It's Fall Break! Sadly, I'm not home for the break this year. I have a lot of catching-up to do in school and at work, so I'm sticking around Omaha. Regardless, it's been nice. It was nice to watch football on Saturday without accompanying guilt that I should be studying. It was nice to open a book (that was not required) and start reading, even though I probably won't finish it any time soon. It was also nice to wake up without an alarm this morning, stay in PJs, and make my own plan for the day. Part of that plan is updating the blog, so here I am!

Despite the craziness of this semester, I've managed to enjoy Omaha quite a bit.

I got a new straightener. It was on sale and one of the best purchases I've ever made.

 I went to the symphony. It was Beethoven's 1, 2, and 3 and it was incredible.

 I've fallen in love with brunch. There's a place in the Old Market called WheatFields, and it's a new favorite. 

It's really fall! The best (and worst) thing about Omaha is the weather. We really get to experience all four seasons. The hot is hot and the cold is COLD, but we also get the beautiful in-between. I've loved watching the leaves change gradually, matching the weather. 

I saw Legally Blonde put on by the Community Playhouse here. I was very impressed with the quality of the show. It also really made me miss choreographing for The Empress. 

The Women's Law Student Association at Creighton has struggled in recent years. Creighton has an embarrassingly low female population that hovers around 35% (the national average is above 50%). I feel lucky to be on the WLSA board again this year, this time along with some of my best friends. Amy (center) is our Vice President and has worked miracles to implement a mentoring program, matching up female law students with female practicing attorneys. We kicked off the program this month, and we're excited to see where it goes. We fully anticipate making WLSA and this mentor program something that sets Creighton apart and encourages more female applicants in the future. As you can probably tell from my long-windedness, I'm really excited about this group. (P.S. You should follow us on Twitter)

In other news...

We received our problem for the regional negotiations competition. Sadly, we will not be going to Boston. Instead, we'll be rocking it in Milwaukee the weekend before Thanksgiving. 

David is coming! He'll fly in for the Penn State-Nebraska game next month. SO EXCITED.

I miss my family. (Probably doesn't count as news, does it?)

Shockingly, I have not yet won $1 million playing McDonald's Monopoly. My medium Dr. Pepper and I will try again today. 

I'm not ready for the election. Everyone keeps saying how they can't wait for the campaigning to end, but I'm not ready for that. For the first time in my life, I can't figure out who I want to vote for. It's weird and unsettling. I hate the political chatter on Facebook and Twitter as much as anyone, but I could stand to be annoyed just a little while longer. 

Zipsie is anxiously counting down the days until her 3rd birthday. Less than two months!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Some things never change

I'm reading in my dad's journal (he gave a copy of one of his journals to all of us kids). I came across an entry from February 9, 1986, putting me at 1 month and 1 day old. I marvel at the fact that he could have just as easily been writing about my 26-year-old self:

"Wendy is really a very special baby--our only complaint is that she sleeps most of the day & prefers to be awake from midnite to about 5am. Wendy almost never throws up; is very good around the noisy children, doesn't mind being poked & played with; smiles often (especially for Cindy); has a hearty appetite; sleeps so soundly that she even snores; is everything we thought she would be."