Friday, December 26, 2008


Hi, we hope all of you had a Merry Christmas! Ours was great, but interesting. It was our first year trying to figure out how to fit in both families! But it turned out great and we were able to spend time with both sides of the family. We spent Christmas Eve with the Wittwers. That is probably my favorite event of the whole year I love it! Then we woke up at six am to go open our presents from each other. Then we needed to be to my mom and dad's at seven. We got all of our presents loaded into Ashton's truck and were all buckled in ready to go when we noticed that the truck was a little.... crooked. We got out to see what was wrong and the tire was completely flat! Merry Christmas to us. We joked that Ashton must have been really bad this year so Santa slashed his tire :) After opening presents at my parent's we went over to Ashton's parents to see them and open presents. After that we went home because Ashton wasn't feeling well and he was so sick he had to stay in bed ALL day. I had to leave him for a few hours to go eat dinner with my mom's side of the family. That was fun too. I felt so bad for Ashton. He is still really sick and I've never seen him this bad so I hope he gets feeling better! Altogether it was still a good Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008


This is what very excited geeky biology dixie state graduate looks like!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Top 50 Things I Learned at Dixie

Now that I am a college grad (woo hoo!!!!!!) let me share a bit of the useful knowledge that I gained while at Dixie! I also want to add that I am very grateful that I was able to finish my education while I am young and don't have any kids! It's been so much fun! I am also way thankful that I didn't have to pay for any of it :) I just want to end by saying college ROCKS and I recommend for everyone to go. and go to DIXIE I LOVED everything second of it and don't have one complaint!

And now for the top fifty things I learned at Dixie.....

50. School is fun!!!

49. My urine has an unusually high specific gravity....

48. The more I study, the worse I do. Studying just jumbles my brain.

47. Don't go to Vegas for final exams and expect to get any studying done.

46. Girls are smarter than Boys

45. Don't start reading the Twilight series in the middle of a semester. It can affect your grades.

44. Plant reproductive cycles are SOOO boring

43. Global Warming is not real.

42. Global Warming is real

41. if you continuously increase the temperature of the water a beta fish is in its fins will fall off

40. there is such thing as studying too hard

39. organic chemistry can literally cause nightmares

38. organic chemistry is the worst class EVERRRRRR

37. giving presentations in class really is not that scary

36. if you squeeze the cecum of a fetal pig, poop will come out. and it does stink

35. it is possible to dissect a pregnant cat without crying

34. the insides of a frog look eerily similar to a humans

33. evolution is REAL. so get over it

32. if you squeeze a shark's cloaca white..... stuff.... will come out

31. the lens of a sheep eyeball bounces. just like a bouncy ball

30. dr. allen isn't scary. she is really cool

29. the biology department has the coolest teachers EVER

28. don't buy a 70,000$ fish tank that costs 1,000$/month to maintain unless you are sure the budget is stable

27. don't take organic chemistry and plan a wedding at the same time

26. study groups are not a good idea for me

25. getting the highest score in a class full of future doctors gives a huge feeling of accomplishment

24. you can go the whole semester of calculus having no clue what's going on... and still get an A... and the highest grade in the class!

23. you CAN get paid to go to school

22. being the only girl in your classes is awesome!

21. 7 am class is NEVER a good idea

20. neither is 8 am class

19. the theory of relativity if possibly the coolest concept ever! but still really boring

18. summer class is the way to go

17. genetics is NOT my favorite biology genre, as i thought it was in high school

16. baby rat pups don't bite, and they aren't scary

15. beer goggles + CVP lab = an amazing time

14. gigantic vibrators + CVP lab = an even better time

13. don't buy all the books the teachers tell you you need

12. dissecting a human is possibly the coolest thing one can ever do

11. and building an elk and dog skeleton is the second

10. catching lizards with fishing pools and painting them with fingernail polish is really fun, and it's my new hobby

9. taking microbiology and infectious disease REALLY CAN cause an abnormal OCD fear of microbes

8. dissecting microscopes are really cool, and the second I come across any money i'm buying one.

7. i love desert tortoises. i don't care what you say about them

6. Labs are sometimes really long

5. decide what you want to do with your degree BEFORE you graduate

4. if you flirt with the guys in charge of the fitness center you can get an A without ever working out

3. you don't have to be black to be african american

2. college is WAY better than high school in so many ways.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

'Tis the Season

There is a house in St. George that you must see. We call it the Griswald's because it's as decked out as Clark Griswald's house in Christmas Vacation. It's great! Also me, Ashton, Darin, and Robin made gingerbread houses the other night. Here are some pics of it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What to do?

So this is my venting blog. I am so confused right now. I am done with school in a week, and I'm so sad. As a lot of you know I didn't get this Biology Degree with a particular plan in mind and now it's coming back to bite me in the butt. I got this degree because a love school and LOVE Biology a lot! I'm a science geek to the core. With me graduating in a week and still jobless I'm starting for freak out. I have a lot of options, all of which have pros and cons. Do I want to continue my education since I love it so much and it's not hard for me while the economy is bad anyway? (but I can't move away from St. George and my family I'd be so sad) Do I want to get a job at a doctor's office so I can apply for PA school? (Kids would be out of the question for three more years and Ashton is getting old :) Do I want to do two more semesters of education classes and be a teacher so I can talk about science everyday for the rest of my life? (One problem is that I can't stand high school and middle school aged kids blah). I would LOVE to work outside for the BLM or Forest Service, but currently the economy is causing people to be laid off from those. Do I wait two years for Dixie to get a Medical Technologist program??? I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO. I have self-diagnosed decision making anxiety, and I've been that way my whole life! I've talked to a thousand different people including a lady high up at the BLM, the supervisor over the hospital labs, I'm going to meet with the lady in charge of the whole hospital and a man from the forest service, and so far no luck! I did not go to school for five years to work at freakin Village Inn, I cry every morning that I have to wake up 4:30 am to go in there. Sorry I just needed to get this out of my head! Thanks for listening :) Advice would be appreciated!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

love my tree
eric autumn aspen

saw 'er down

nope, not strong enough

together with our tree

the one

all decorated

decorated at night

We went to cut down our tree the Saturday before Thanksgiving. A little early I know! But I was just too excited. Plus that was about the only time we could do it. We took a journey off into the woods and had to go a long way before we found one. Then we found these cool rocks that I just had to have so between the four of us we were loading 2 Christmas trees, 3 HEAVY rocks, a heavy electric saw, the perfectly intact fibia of a deer, and a baby! It was quite the adventure. Once we got all loaded into the truck and headed home we drove past a patch of PERFECT Christmas trees right off the side of the road! Oh well, I liked our adventure better :)