Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A minor mystery solved

So the past couple of mornings in the fairly early but still getting light time of day (i.e. still very asleep) we have been experiencing a strange phenomenon. Namely: we are hearing these horrendous squawking bird noises, wing flappings, and then large bird fluttering up and hitting our window (what I imagine said bird is doing is what I have seen starlings and magpies doing- holding onto the top of the window and fluttering to keep in place while doing something to something above the window. Nest building? I dunno.) We assumed this was an extremely large and annoying magpie. But this morning we were able to see it was not.
It was a pheasant. A large, male pheasant. After the hitting-the-window thing I finally got out of bed today, marched to the window and was astonished to see this guy sitting calmly in the tree outside. Huge! And vibrantly colored to boot! So our early morning visitor, while still annoying, is now much cooler. And here is an example picture (we have not yet captured this guy on film):

Monday, May 19, 2008


As promised, here are some pictures of scrapbook pages. Actually, just one. The blog lets me post only so many in one go. So here is the page and some details from the football game I attended here at WSU. Go cougs!
...I almost can't believe I just wrote that...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Quick update

I am just popping online to proudly report that as my one year anniversary approaches I am back on the thank you card train. In the past two days I have sent one note and written 4 more. Glee!

Also I plan on starting to post my scrapbooking efforts on this blog in hopes of getting feedback on them from the many people who read it (hi mom!).

And here is a link to the trip report of the last hiking trip we had:

Friday, May 2, 2008

Finals update

DONE!!! After a marathon bout of finals, I am done with the first year! And also reasonably sure that I passed all my classes and will therefore move on to second year! Huzzah!

Now time for a retrospective...
I learned a lot about myself this past year of vet school. I am intimately familiar with my own procrastination tendancies as never before. I managed to figure out some studying techniques- usually (and unhelpfully) the day or two before a test is when I hit on the perfect strategy. So I anticipate next year will be better for me on those fronts. For instance, the key to good studying is to get myself out of the house. But in any case, enough perspective. Time to clean our hideously messy apartment...