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The Final Haul

Hanukkah is over, so I can officially give my final Hanukkah haul.  We left off at the glorious new iPad that I can’t stop using.  (So many apps, so little time.)  Since then, Jessica came home from Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, so we had to exchange gifts with her.  She bought me and Daniel two video games:  Halo 3: ODST and Arkham Asylum.  Daniel has been loving the Arkham Asylum, which is great. She also bought me a gift card to Starbucks (yes, another one).  Daniel bought me some crochet supplies, including a book with tons of patterns and different stitches, new hooks, and yarn.  I’m already half finished with an infinity scarf.  Pics to come when it’s all done.

Daniel also bought me the first 3 seasons of CSI: Miami.  I admit that I absolutely love that show.  I already had the 4th season because that was when I first started watching the show on tv.  Now we are starting a CSI: Miami marathon and I could not be more happy.  I’m easy to please, right?

For the last night, Daniel gave me Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii, which apparently got rave reviews and I’m so excited to play it.  First, I need to finish a few other games I’ve started, including Hey Ice King, Why’d You Steal Our Garbage for the Nintendo 3DS and Super Paper Mario for the Wii.

Oh, and I made Daniel stuffed shells on Friday!  It would have been a fantastic success had I not forgotten to put the spinach into the ricotta mixture.  I was completely bummed about that, and still kind of embarrassed that I forgot something so crucial, but the dish wasn’t all boring.  I did make a great red sauce with sausage mixed into it, and everything still tasted great.  We will be eating those leftovers for quite some time.


Happy Hanukkah!

I’m kind of bad about posting lately because things have been so hectic here.  There’ve been a lot of exciting things happening so this is probably going to be a long post. First, Happy Hanukkah! This post is coming to you from my new iPad, which is really exciting.  Daniel’s parents bought it for us which was very nice of them.  I can already tell I’m going to be using it a lot.

Let’s recap what’s happened during Hanukkah so far.  On the first night, which was Saturday evening, we went to Daniel’s parents’ house to open gifts.  Nicole bought me two bottles of nail polish and some eye makeup.  She knows me so well.  I also received my annual gift card to Starbucks from Adrienne.   We spent the majority of that night eating latkes and chatting with Wendy and Andy, who are good friends with Ken and Adrienne.

On Sunday night, Adrienne handed me a gigantic gift bag full of Doritos.  She knows me pretty well, too.  As one of Daniel’s gifts to me, he made me a delicious dinner consisting of chicken bacon roulades, green beans, and homemade bread courtesy of Ken.  It was amazing.  We’ve only had that dish once or twice before, so it was a nice surprise.  I had expected risotto or something like that, so I’m glad he surprised me.  I only guessed what it was after we went grocery shopping together earlier that day.  From me, he opened The Orange Box for the XBox 360, which has Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2.  He was very excited about it.  And I’m looking forward to playing through Portal again on an actual console.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner!  Thanks Daniel.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner! Thanks Daniel.

The full table shot.

The full table shot.

On Monday I opened a chocolate orange and a gift card to Target, both from Daniel’s parents.  Daniel gave me The Avengers on DVD which I was thrilled to see because I love that movie. (You can read all about that here.)

But Tuesday was the most exciting day. Daniel called me around noon to tell me that he had received a job that he only just interviewed for on Monday.  As you may know, he is currently working a temp position at Duke, but his new job will be a full-time position at Duke that will start the same week that his temp position ends.  How perfect!  Last night we celebrated by going to Bull McCabe’s for some drinks and good Irish fare.  And then…we went to his parents’ house where they gave us an iPad. Ohmygod.  I love it.  AND we also went to Best Buy to pick up our new TV, which was also a gift from Ken and Adrienne.  So right now we have a lot of new toys to keep us busy for a very long time.  I can’t even express how excited I am right now, about all of it.  Daniel will finally be able to sleep now that he has full-time work, and I am so proud of him.  I have a fancy new gadget that I can’t get enough of, and we’re only half through with Hanukkah.

Our new TV.  Daniel is playing Skyrim.  He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

Our new TV. Daniel is playing Skyrim. He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

The iPad.

The iPad.

If anybody reading this has any suggestions for cool or interesting apps, let me know.


Daniel and I made it to Durham, albeit late last night.  It was a long drive and we hit Washington, D.C. at 5:30pm.  It was not fun.  I had a very grumpy Daniel on my hands.

Today was a pretty relaxing day.  Daniel, Nicole, and I went to Northgate Mall so I could get an oil change and pick up some (free) panties from Victoria’s Secret.  Daniel bought a Nintendo 3Ds.  It’s pretty cool.  We tried one in a store last week and the 3D actually made me a little dizzy.  But when you are playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 3D, it looks amazing.  I’ve never played any of the Zelda games, but Daniel said this one was worth it.  So I’ve begun playing and I like it.

This afternoon, Daniel’s aunt, uncle, cousins, and their friends arrived at the airport.  It’s always a pleasure to see all of them.

It’s been a long day.  I’m exhausted, despite taking a brief nap this afternoon.  Tomorrow, we leave for the ferry to Bald Head Island.

A Disgruntled Daniel.


Today I started playing Portal on Steam for Mac.  Daniel has been trying to get me to play it for a while.  I’m really enjoying it, although I typically avoid those types of puzzle games where a large dose of physics is involved.  Unfortunately my computer seemed to struggle with the audio a little bit, and I missed a few comments from GLaDOS.  I hope that works itself out soon.

Currently I’m in the fifteenth test chamber.  It was the first one that actually made me take a break from game because it was taking me too long to figure it out.  Perhaps I will try again this afternoon.  I slept on it, I think I figured out what I need to do.

Now if I could just get my hands on a real portal gun…

This was for sale in Unadilla. It is not a portal gun.

I’m making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

Since I’ve started working in a lab doing science-y things, Daniel has started singing the Portal end credits song to me.  It’s pretty catchy.  Here is a video with the lyrics:

It helps convince me that the monotonous, repetitive tasks I do are much more important than they actually are.  For a while, I tried to convince myself that I was working on Super Soldier Serum.  It’s a bit more difficult to tell myself that I’m developing a sweet portal gun.  Oh well.

Still Alive.

This Post Comes To You A Few Hours Late…

About that “Most Embarassing Songs” list: I’ve decided to let Daniel have a guest post, since he would know better than I what is most embarrassing in my iTunes.  It will be good to know how he perceives my taste.  Of course, I will be given the opportunity to defend myself, but for some of my songs, it’s probably pointless.  There is no justifying The Backstreet Boys’ “The Call”.

I’m a little late updating today because instead of writing a post last night, I discovered an unusual online game called Alchemy.  If you do a basic google search with the word “alchemy”, dozens of games show up.  Last night I was just on StumbleUpon and found this one.  Daniel and I sat next to each other on our respective computers trying figure out all 150 elements.  Currently, we only have 69/150, and played it for almost two hours.  These “elements” include Frankenstein, which is made by combining electricity and corpse.  It’s a strange game, and you only start out with the basic four elements: water, fire, earth, and air, and eventually work your way up to life forms like plants, trees, plankton, man, et cetera.  It’s a fun game but be warned, it’s a time suck.

I’m off to enjoy the weather!

Posing! With Messy Hair!

Finally, The Weekend

Rochester is starting to warm up, even if it’s not sunny.  Daniel and I were able to walk to Dogtown for lunch this afternoon.  It’s delicious, filling, and inexpensive.  I’m sure as the weather gets warmer Daniel and I will be making more trips for weekend lunches, etc.

Before we went to Dogtown, Daniel had to go to a meeting on campus.  First, he made me trek to the post office with him.  He didn’t tell me that he had to pick up a package.  After he had said package, he turned to me and said “It’s for you”.   I was confused, but I love surprises.  I opened it up and it was Paper Mario 64.  Some people may recall that Daniel pulled a similar stunt with the game Glover.  I was ecstatic, and he really wanted to watch me play it/wanted to nap while I played.  I’ve had a crazy week, so it was a welcomed gift.  It really caught me by surprise, but it really made me happy.  He’s too good to me.

My sister has a copy of Paper Mario 64, but refuses to share it, even though she doesn’t have much time to play it anymore.  Knowing this, he bought me my own copy.  It’s a fun game, albeit not very difficult anymore.  I’ve played through it at least three times now, but I’m glad that he likes to watch me play it, and I hope he starts his own game because I know he would enjoy it.  The object of the game is to rescue the seven Star Spirits that Bowser has hidden around the Mushroom Kingdom.  As you rescue more spirits, they will give you new abilities and more strength.  Along the way, you pick up new sidekicks, including (but not limited to) a Bob-omb, a Boo and a Cheep-cheep.  Eventually, as in all Mario games, you will have to defeat Bowser and reclaim the Star Rod to save the princess and her kingdom, and restore power to the seven Star Spirits.

It’s a fun game that I am always happy to play through again.  I’m so happy Daniel bought it for me.


Thank you Daniel!