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Sickie Sick McSickerson

We successfully moved to the townhouse last Monday. I promised to take and post pictures but I had so much going on that I didn’t get a chance (and I promise to do that asap! I put in a preview for you).
Then on Tuesday I flew up to NJ to help my Dad with some stuff. My flight was originally at 3:05 from Charlotte. I opted for Charlotte because the price difference between there and Charleston was about $200. It took me 3 hours to drive to Charlotte airport, then 30 minutes to get to the terminal, then 20 minutes to get through security and I was still 2 hours early. Then I found out that all flights to Newark were suspended. My flight didn’t board until 4:45. Then, we didn’t take off until 6:00. Yes, I spent an hour and 15 minutes just sitting in my seat stairing at the runway. My flight was originally supposed to land at 5:07, but instead we landed around 8:15. Then my ride went to the wrong terminal to pick me up so I didn’t actually get in the car until 8:30. I think I travelled for 13 hours on Tuesday, which is ridiculous because I could have DRIVEN there in 13 hours.
Anyway, then I was in NJ helping out my Dad and seeing some friends from Tuesday to Sunday.
Sunday was my flight home. All of that went smoothly except for the actually flight. I pulled in the driveway around 6:30 Sunday night.
Josh can tell you, when I got home, my voice was scratchy and sounded like a 12 year old with puberty. The next day I woke up feeling like I was going to die. I was very hot, congested, feverish, and could barely breathe.
The past two days have been a little better, but not by much. To make it worse, I had an interview today. I forced myself through that pretty well, but about halfway through I felt like I was going to have a huge coughing fit and had to ask for water. It felt very unprofessional.
So anyway, I’m trying my best to keep Josh from getting sick. Let me tell you, it’s difficult. He keeps saying “I don’t care! Give me a kiss!” And it is HARD to tell that face “No.”

Haha.. anyway, I promise I will update with some photos of the new place this week.

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Going shooting… Strangely similar to bowling.

I know I know I know. This post is late and overdue. But! Its here, finally.

Josh and I went to a shooting range with some Navy buddies. We both shot some cool but scary rifles, fun handguns, and watched one of our friends shoot an insanely powerful revolver that could take down an ELEPHANT.

We were invited by Nick and Juan, two cool guys in Josh’s class. It was up in Summerville, which is about 25 minutes away from our place. We had been drinking the night before so we stopped to get some coffee and a sandwich from Dunkin Donuts on the way. We eventually got there, found our friends, and registered ourselves to be able to shoot. Also, the range was across the street from a roller rink. With skating, and music, and doing the hokey-pokey on roller-skates. Like where they have kids birthday parties. Anyway, it was interesting because you basically rent a lane… just like when you go bowling. You even rent guns, just like how you rent shoes… when you go bowling. One of the other guys who was there brought his own guns, kind of like people who bring their own shoes or balls… when they go bowling. The only thing that was really unlike bowling, is there’s no “scoring” system. You just kind of say “Hey I’m going to aim for that groundhog’s face” and keep an eye out for new holes in the target.

It took us a while to get used to how to aim correctly and start actually hitting targets. I didn’t hit much until I got a tutorial on better aiming and using the “sights”. After that, I got a couple really good shots (and a few stray ones)! In the beginning I would aim for the targets head and hit the bottom of the left arm. After Nick gave me the run-down, I started hitting the shoulder area. Then, right before we left, I hit a handful right in his neck! Take that Paper Silhouette Target Guy!

Josh took a long time to get himself situated with each gun. Example: I was trying to get a video of Josh shooting one of the bigger rifles we shot. I would start the video, then wait 20 seconds, then stop it so you didn’t have to wait so long to see him shoot it. Start another video, wait 20 seconds, start over. It took me doing this 8 times to finally get a video of him shooting the thing! It’s a cool video though! You can check it out on our Flickroll.

The trip was pretty interesting all together. The people that were at the range were… Southern? Is that the way I should put that? You know, a bunch of guys wearing plaid jackets, bringing in their own guns, chewing tobacco, and talking about the hot chick at the strip club the other night. There was one Dad who was there with his 8 year old son, who was in a wheelchair, who was wearing a “Buck Fush” shirt. The kid was like “Dad, can we shoot the revolver today?”. I was in shock.

Side note: I will never own a gun.

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Eating Guides for Regular People

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These books have become manuals for our shopping and eating out. In a few words: They are awesome! They are made for regular people who shop brand name at the grocery store or eat out occasionally. Josh bought “Eat This Not That!: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution!”, by David Zinczenko, a few weeks ago. It is chock-full of popular chain restaurants like Subway and menu “decoders” for everything from Italian to Chinese restaurants. We don’t eat out often, but when we do now we know exactly what to avoid. I added some pictures on the flickroll of our favorite pages, like Outback Steakhouse, and Josh’s new found pick, Smoothie King.

Today we were in Barnes and Noble and stumbled across another version called “Eat This Not That!: Supermarket Survival Guide”. It includes everything from packaged goods like ramen and macaroni and cheese, to candy bars like Reese’s. Its perfect for people who try to eat healthy, stick to a budget, and go to a regular grocery store (not for people who can afford to shop at Whole Foods). It includes brand names that people recognize like Uncle Ben’s rice and Jell-O brand pudding. We are so excited about the supermarket guide that we are planning on making a brand name friendly shopping list tonight for our Sunday shopping tomorrow. Writing down “tuna” and “pasta” on our grocery list will be fine once we know what brands to choose from.

I don’t mean to be gushing over a healthy food guide, but it really is a great look at what we buy. It’s not geared toward any specific diet by only picking out lower-calorie items or fat-free products. It gives you great hints on why one is better for you than the other. A great example is the recommendation to buy Polander All Fruit Spread, Apricot (40 cals, 0g fat, 8g sugar) over Smuckers Organic Apricot Preserves (50 cals, 0g fat, 12g sugar). Look at the nutritional value difference! Not much! But guess what, the main ingredient in Smucker’s organic preserves is organic sugar, which spikes your blood sugar just as quickly as a regular non-organic sugar! It reminds you about “common-sense” buying that we overlook or forget so that we can buy a brand we’re used to. Example: A good rule to follow is to buy only fruit spreads that have real fruit as the first ingredient. Skip the stuff with unpronounceable chemicals! Duh, right?

I would definitely recommend the “Eat This Not That!” series to anyone who is looking to eat healthier or cut down on calories without killing yourself (and your wallet) by thinking you have to shop at organic, gluten-free, vegan, very pricey food-marts (not that there is anything wrong with people who can afford to).

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New Years Eve in Charleston

We weren’t sure what we were going to do for New Years since we don’t know Charleston very well and Josh’s Navy friends were all out of town. So we called up a friend we met a few months ago that we hadn’t seen in a while, Michael! He said that he was going downtown with some of his friends and said we should meet up! So we did. After calling for a cab and waiting about an hour for it to get here, we headed down to Wild Wings Cafe on North Market St. It was pretty cold out so I finally got to wear my pea coat! Before we left Josh had suggested getting cash but I insisted that we’d be fine with just cards. So we got out of the cab at Wild Wings and went to the door and there was a $5 cover. No big deal! Except.. no cash. Har har fine, you were right Josh. So we trotted down to the nearest ATM in the very cold weather to grab some cash. Finally got back and went in and found our friends at a table. From then on the night was very fun and eventful! We kind of relaxed, had a few drinks and chatted, then once we all had a few in us really started enjoying the night! I asked our server for some party favors and he hooked us up with some hats and “serpentine” streamers. At first we had NO idea what to do with them, but eventually we figured them out! The night was full of beer, car bombs, jager bombs, and champagne! I was really grateful to Michael and his friends for having us there with them! It was a great time! We hope you enjoy the pictures on the flickroll. Also, check out the video of Josh here trying to take a picture of us before we left, but alas the camera was set to video. Check out his face at 0:03! Haha 🙂

Happy New Year 2009!

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