Friday, December 31, 2010

On the mend...

The last few weeks have been interesting at my house. Let's rewind to final exam week, shall we? I had 3 exams on Wednesday of that week. Yes, that's clearly unfair, but I played the hand I was dealt. Like all good MBA students, I was frantically trying to cram the last pieces of information about Finance into my brain that night. I was at a coffeeshop with a classmate preparing for the next day's exam. If you read my last post, you'll know that this is the day after my car got attacked by deer while I was driving to a Finance review session. I'm sensing a theme here. Anyway, I received a call from my dear husband around 10 pm. He was on his way home from playing basketball. He had rolled his ankle and couldn't walk on it. I packed up my study stuff and headed to one of our many local CVS stores. I bought pain medicine, an ankle wrap, and some crutches. When I got home, I was unprepared for the huge orange-sized knot on the side of my husband's ankle. Of course he wouldn't go to the doctor, so we did our best to treat the patient at home. For the next week, we had to ice his ankle round the clock and keep it elevated. This meant that he could not walk much. That, of course, meant that I got to play nurse. Thank God for Christmas break! It gave my husband a chance to rest and heal. Two weeks later, he can walk on his own without the crutches and we can leave the house a lot more frequently.
Looking back on it, I'm so glad that the damage was not worse. Let's hope that the Finance Curse of 2010 doesn't follow us into 2011.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bambi Strikes Back!

I will forewarn you that this story seems too embellished to be true. As with almost every story I tell, there are some embellishments. For the most part, the story is true. We'll just say it is true from my point of view.

Last week was final exam week for me. I had 3 finals in one day (which should be outlawed in Bloomington, IN). I planned to be a good MBA student and attend the review session led by my Finance professor. The review session began at 6:30 p.m. I live about 15 minutes away from school and there were remnants of snow on the ground. Taking all of this into account, I decided to leave my house at 6:00 p.m. to make sure that I would be on time.

Everything went as planned until I pulled out of my subdivision. Between this turn and the stoplight, there is less than 1/4 mile of dark road (no lights, lots of trees). I have warned people to be careful because it seems like a place where deer would choose to cross the street. I took my own advice, of course. I drove slowly through there (mostly because I thought there would be ice, but that is beside the point).

Alas, my attempts at safety proved to be futile. Almost as soon as I turned onto this road, I saw a (huge) deer! I've always heard that I should expect more to follow, so I hit my brakes. My anti-lock brake kicked in as soon as I saw another deer right in front of  my car. I did what all good drivers do: closed my eyes and held onto the steering wheel for dear (deer?) life. I realized that I did not hit that particular deer. Once my car came to a full stop, I heard a loud bumping noise on the front left side of my car. That's right, folks...another deer ran into my car. Essentially, I was attacked by a deer. It ran away and two more ran across the road.

I was really shaken up by this! At the time, I thought that I had run over a deer. I drove on to school and went to the review session. I couldn't open the door on the driver's side of my car, so I had to crawl out of the passenger's side. I thought my car would be covered in deer carcass, so I refused to look at it. Once inside the classroom, I contacted my husband. He (being the super-husband that he is) came to school and looked at my car while I was in the classroom. He let me know that he did not find any deer guts on the car, but he did see some dents.

Whew! Hopefully no deer was killed in this terrible accident. My car door is a small price to pay to keep those sweet animals safe. As you'll see from the next post, however, this event was only the first in a string of unfortunate events last week...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Post-Thanksgiving Post

Happy December! We got our first few real inches of snow last night. I hate winter, but I loved watching my dog romp in the snow this morning.

Did you have a happy Thanksgiving? I surely did. My family and I traveled to lovely Las Vegas to celebrate the holiday. We ate so much that I could barely eat when I got back home. There were many buffets involved on that trip. We ate Thanksgiving dinner at my cousin's house with his family. His wife made an awesome spread! It was good to have some home-cooked food. Besides that, we went shopping and toured a lot of different casinos. We had a great time, but got very little rest.

One of my favorite parts of the trip was watching The Lion King (musical). I have only seen parts of the movie (Mufasa's death was more than I could bear). The musical was much better. It focused much more on the African setting than the movie did. The dancers were almost unreal. Their costumes were not blatant, but suggested the animals they portrayed. I loved the music! Mufasa was my favorite character. Overall, I give it a 10. This musical rivals Wicked, which is my all-time favorite so far. I've seen Wicked 3 times (once on Broadway), so maybe I'm getting tired of it. I highly suggest checking out The Lion King if you live near good theater. It's a great show for kids and adults (my 6-year-old niece loved it, too). I will definitely try to see it again.

If you're a Hoosier, enjoy the snow. Everyone else: I hope you get to enjoy sunshine and a beach today instead of cold weather.