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  • Emilily 1:44 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Weird places… 

    These two pictures were taken from my car (obviously) while driving through some town in Pennsylvania. Previously, I did not know anything about Pennsylvania, except that 1) there are Dutch people there, and 2) it inspired one of my favorite shows, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Now I know a bit more, thanks to one of the people in my OCS class and a dinner in Steubenville. Steubenville is a small coal-mining town in Western Pennsylvania, whose economy clearly has not seen any new developments since dynamite and railroads were introduced to the coal mining industry. I try not to watch horror movies because they scare the living crap out of me, but I am pretty sure Steubenville could be the setting for many a crazed-ax-murder scene. After my mom and I had dinner in Steubenville, we were both so impressed by the weirdness that she sent me an article of some crazy news story that had recently happened in Steubenville. (I don’t remember what it was, but it was bizarre.)

    The other thing about Pennsylvania…my drill instructor always likes to insult people by guessing where they are from, and then implying that every negative stereotype of that place is a direct result of their existence. One of the guys in my class is from Western Pennsylvania, and his nickname is now “Western Penn,” said in a tone of voice that suggests this guy could only be the product of multiple generations of cousins marrying cousins.

    I didn’t start this post with the intention of just bashing on Pennsylvania. I guess my point was that, when I started the road trip, I thought Ohio was backwards and Pennsylvania was relatively urban. However, now I think Ohio is lovely, and the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania makes those little towns way out in the woods in Humboldt County look like thoroughly modern centers of civilization. Anytime my perceptions are changed, I feel like I have learned something, and that is always good. Sorry Pennsylvania.

    And, finally, unrelated but also new and weird – small hamburgers from the middle of the country.

     

     
  • Emilily 12:37 pm on November 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Old Stuff 

    So…it’s Thanksgiving, everything’s closed, and I’m sitting here with coffee and cookies and I figured I should catch up on my blog posts. I know you are also doing something creative today, on a far grander scale, and I wish I was there helping out! But for now, here are some pictures of where I am…

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    This is a picture of the back yard of the B&B my mom and I stayed in when we were in…the city before Indiana…I think it was Springfield, Missouri. It was very eclectic-Victorian, in a nice part of town, right across the street from a University. It was cute and comfortable, but I liked the place we stayed the next night, in Terre Haute Indiana, much better. It was called Sycamore Farms, although this barn (below left) was the only farm-ish thing I could find. Most notable – the breakfast was AMAZING.

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    Next we have some leaves, in a park in somewhere…

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    And at the bottom, a picture of the side of the road in Ohio. I should say something for Ohio here…it was, unexpectedly, one of the most beautiful parts of the entire road trip. Some of it was just flat cornfields, but once we entered the Eastern part of the state, it was all rolling hills and streams and fall leaves.

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    There was this town, called Winterset, that looked like something out of a storybook. I thought that surely I would find a ton of great pictures of it online, but alas, this was all I could find – one image of a covered bridge. And we didn’t even see this bridge. I am seriously considering driving the 15 hours back to Ohio and taking some more pictures.

     

     

     
  • Carmen 6:32 pm on November 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A letter from Emily 

     

     
  • Emilily 6:03 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Crap…I don’t remember what comes after Oklahoma…

    What are you doing? Specifically, I mean, what are you doing besides looking at the blog and posting witty replies to my posts?!

     
    • Carmen 10:58 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink

      I’m way behind on the witty replies to your pretty posts. I’m currently trying to learn how to be a good Project Manager. Its hard! My brain is learning new things, new concepts. During all that time I worked at my dead end job my brain was like ‘hheeerrrrpppderp’ and it never felt good because it was half dead all the time. Now its like my days are wonderful and perfect but I need to get my brain in good working order. Its in progress. And now that I’m in charge of my schedule I have to learn better self discipline. I was thinking of writing up a specific day schedule like: 7am – Wake, 9am – work… etc. But what are the consequences if I don’t stick to it? What are the rewards if I do stick to it – you know? I was thinking a reward could be chocolate but that could turn out bad. I don’t know what do you think?

      So are you going to do a post on why you are driving across the country? I think our readers want to know! Oh whats that? we have no readers? well, for posterity then.

  • Emilily 5:11 pm on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Oklahoma 

    We didn’t stay in Oklahoma – we just drove through – but we stopped for lunch so it probably deserves a short post. Overall, not a bad impression of Oklahoma City, but I can still say the best thing about Oklahoma is that the speed limit is 10 mph faster than Texas, which was an annoyingly sluggish 65.

    We used Yelp to find a good place to eat, and ended up at Sage Marketplace Cafe. Sounds pretty good, right? Like they might have smoothies and salads and maybe a take-out deli, or something to that effect, that would have prompted them to call themselves a “marketplace.” Well, that was not the case; it was a smallish lunch place with a full bar and no market to speak of.  Maybe Marketplace was just Sage’s last name? Regardless, Mom and I both had the slider trio, and they were delicious. After lunch, we went to get cupcakes at this place recommended by one of the local “marketplace” patrons, called SaraSara Cupcakes. Yum!

     

     
  • Emilily 6:33 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Texas again 

      And two more of Texas…since it is photogenic in the same way that those shots of grotesquely obese people shopping at Walmart in their camouflage skinny jeans and mullets make us look, and look again…

    This is a junkyard for old cars, and by old, I mean they were probably abandoned here when route 66 was the only way through town. I wanted to get closer to get a better shot, but I felt like this was prime junkyard-dog territory and I am just not that much of a car buff.

     

     
  • Emilily 6:22 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Texas 

     So…this is Texas. I believe this shot captures the true essence of Texas, and there is really not much else to say.

    Except I should probably explain what is going on in this picture. I was experimenting with Hipstamatic lenses, and unfortunately, you cannot read the sign out front, on the left side of the shot, but it says “amusement. open.” I believe it is referring to this wooden shack with boarded up windows. Also difficult to see, but there is a giant iron hook of some sort, maybe a type of winch, hanging from some solid looking rope over the door. I think they must be using the word “amusement”rather loosely.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In case you were skeptical…

     
  • Emilily 5:44 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    New Mexico 

    This is a shot of the inside of a Día de los Muertos store that we went into in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We spent a few hours window shopping and sightseeing here before continuing on to Texas. There’s not much else to say about it…it is hot, and the speed limit is 75 mph.

    Since this post was about to be really short and boring, I looked up Day of the Dead for some more content…

    The Day of the Dead celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, which corresponds with the Catholic All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2.) The holiday dates back to the Aztec culture and festivities to honor the “Lady of the Dead,” who has evolved into today’s Catrina doll.

    In the Guatemalan celebration of Día de los Muertos, they prepare fiambre. Fiambre started out from the tradition of taking to the cemeteries the favorite dishes of dead family members. As all different families brought food to the celebrations, they became mixed, eventually mixing them together to this all-encompassing salad. Ingredients usually include numerous sausages and cold cuts, pickled baby-corn and onion, beets, pacaya flower, different cheeses, olives, chicken, and sometimes even brussels sprouts or shrimp. Something about that is very intriguing, I think next time I have a kitchen, I will find some fiambre recipes.

     
  • Emilily 5:16 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    More Arizona… 

    …………and more hipstamatic fun!

    The picture on the left was taken in Williams, after we left our hotel. As a follow up on the last post, we did follow the pig tracks to breakfast, then immediately declined that option, and went to the Greek-Italian cafe across the street. After eating, we stopped at a gas station to fill up (more later about the gas prices here!) and I took a picture of this train. The train is significant because, apparently, much of the middle portion of the country exists only to support the train tracks that move stuff from one side to the other. I also thought it was funny that there was a school bus parked in an empty lot…on a Monday morning. In Arizona, they don’t go to school on Mondays; once they removed science and biology from the curriculum, there really wasn’t a need for five whole days of education.

    The picture on the right is where the aliens landed. No, not really…it is a meteor crater, from a 80 ft wide meteor that landed outside Flagstaff about 20,000 to 50,000 years ago. (By the way, I am not impressed with this date range. I really thought we could carbon date stuff better than a 30,000 year window.) Anyhow…the aliens shot this asteroid at us, and it made a hole 4,000 ft in diameter and 570 ft deep. In the 60′s, NASA used it to train astronauts how to collect samples of moon rock…and hunt aliens.

     

     

     
  • Emilily 9:16 pm on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Arizona 

    So here is Day 1 on our way out to Rhode Island, otherwise known as gas station in The Middle of Nowhere, AZ. (This Hipstamatic is pretty cool, it really captured the heat and grittiness of this parking lot!)

     

    Right now we’re in Williams, Arizona, at a B&B called Canyon County Inn. There’s live country music across the street, and in the morning we follow the “pig tracks” to the place where they serve breakfast. Weird.

     

    Kinda tired now, going to bed. I’ll post again tomorrow, from Amarillo, Texas!


     
    • Carmen 12:39 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink

      looks exactly how I pictured Arizona to look! Following pig tracks out to where you eat sounds a bit creepy, its like following the pig out to the slaughter house so you can have bacon for breakfast.

  • Emilily 3:03 pm on September 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    The zoo at night! 

    So, here I am at Starbucks JUST to do a blog post on what I did last night, since it was pretty cool. Chris and I went to the San Diego Zoo’s Food and Wine Celebration. They open parts of the zoo at night and there are a bunch of vendors serving samples of wine and food and wine, and wine. We also saw part of a presentation by Joan Embery about sloths, which are quite cute, and probably should have been given a nicer name than “sloth.” I mean, sloth is one of the seven deadly sins, and implies a degree of laziness that should be punished by burning in hell, which seems a little extreme. After all, sloths aren’t any slower than turtles, and no one was rude enough to name them “lazies” or “couch potatoes.”

    Here are some interesting facts about sloths. 1: they eat lettuce, 2: they move 4 to 5 meters an hour, and 3: on a scale of 2 to 10, their sense of touch, sight and hearing rate a 2.  Their sense of smell rates a 3, which means they could probably smell an approaching threat approximately 1.2 seconds before they became said threat’s dinner. With such a poor perception of the world around them, what’s the point of moving any faster? It’s not like it would do them any good. They do have one natural defense; their fur is home to an algae that turns brown in the dry season and green in the wet season, allowing them to camoflage with the foliage they live in. It also explains this picture of what appears to be a happy swamp creature crawling across the road.

    Okay, I guess the algae is not that unfortunate, since the giant claws are already a pretty effective snuggling deterrent.

     
    • Carmen 2:20 pm on September 26, 2011 Permalink

      I was just thinking about sloths – truly! Maybe we are telepathically linked and when you were at the zoo I could see sloths in my head! I bet that happened. Anyways, what I was thinking is – how the hell have they survived all this time? They have a couple defense mechanisms – they are slightly camouflaged…. uh I think thats their only defense. Sure they have these super awesome claws but if they went to gouge your eyes out you could just move out of the way, they’re that slow. Another defense could be that they look scary and cute at the same time, thus confusing you too much to want to eat them. Also, I think its possible that they taste really bad and other animals have just learned that over time. Its probably a fact that if it wasn’t for the sloth sanctuaries around the world that they would be extinct by now. Humans are their ultimate defense mechanism.

  • Carmen 9:34 am on September 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Dinner 

    I tried to make this:

    and this is how it turned out:

    What do you think? Which one looks better?  I think mine looks like a pile of meat which I don’t mind. It was delicious, steak with mushrooms and red wine reduction sauce. Boringest post Evar! (I’m out of practice)

     
    • Emilily 2:11 pm on September 25, 2011 Permalink

      Yours looks WAY better. The one in the picture looks like it has something going on besides just meat, like maybe there are some vegetables hiding out under there….also, it is a funny shade of magenta.

  • Emilily 5:33 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Dinner 

    Here is a picture of my first official dinner at the new apartment. Previously, I had been too lazy/busy to do any real grocery shopping, aside from bread, cheese and eggs, which I could live on quite happily, but don’t make much of a meal. This is a Filipino dish (I cannot pronounce the name, not even phonetically) with ground beef, eggs, tomatoes, shrimp, onions, garlic and bitter melon. I don’t know if you have ever had bitter melon (Briana once had a pleasant experience with a bitter melon, you should ask her about it) but it tastes exactly like it sounds. However, the bitterness wears off once you cook it down, and it adds a nice layer of flavor to cut the heaviness of the beef.

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    • Carmen 7:12 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink

      Well that looks pretty delicious and I’m a big fan of Filipino food so I would probably like this. Although I can’t say I’ve had any experiences with bitter lemon. I did accidentally smell a durian once and I had an automatic gut reaction that I thought the building was going to blow up because to me it smelled like propane gas. I was urging everyone to leave the building and call PG&E. They were like “calm down whitey round eye, its just durian”.

    • Briana 9:44 am on September 20, 2011 Permalink

      As I recall, you shoved it in mouth while I had a line full of customers and it was one of the worst experiences of my life! It instantly sapped all the liquid from my mouth and all it left behind was the inability to swallow and a horrifically bitter flavor. Definitely a story to remember and one I still tell to this day! ;)

  • Carmen 10:39 am on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    did i hear you correctly? 

    Whats that you say?  You have money burning a hole in your pocket and you would like to buy some new shoes? Well have I got a deal for you!

    Made by Iris Scieferstein

     
    • Emilily 1:19 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink

      Wow. I didn’t even notice the little gun on the back of those shoes at first glance. I was pretty focused on the gold hoofs and realistic ankle-bone styling, and then bam! there’s a gun for a heel. I mean, I had to completely revise my opinion; initially I thought they were shoes for people who love goats, but clearly, they are for people who hate goats and want to shoot them. Or maybe they are shoes for people who love goats, but hate sidewalks…?

      But it does give me a good idea….what about shoes with little mace canisters on the heels, so when you ran away from a potential mugger, or maybe just an annoying date, they could spew little clouds of pepper spray in your wake. I am not sure what the rest of the shoe would look like…I guess if anti-goat shoes look like goats, anti-asshole shoes would have to look like little assholes? I am not sure I want to walk around with a pair of little assholes on my feet.

      Did we ever decide if we were going to use swear words on this blog?

    • Carmen 7:09 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink

      I think we should now decide yes, emphatically yes, we can swear on this blog. Nobody reads it but us anyways! And I like swearing doggonit!

      So, I think these shoes are for the devil and I would totally wear them cause they look super comfy.

  • Emilily 2:42 pm on September 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Blogging from the phone 

    This is an experiment to see if posting from my phone will work. I am at the doctor’s office with my dad, hanging out in the waiting room.

    Okay, well, problem #1, there is no page scrolling on the screen. So you type a few lines, then everything you are typing goes down below the screen and you can’t see it. You can still type, but it is invisible, forcing you to blindly trust the apple spell checker, which often likes to replace what I have typed with phrases like “what the duck.”

    I think my dad is coming out now. I’ll upload a quick pic!

    p.s. I saw you started a post on shoes. You should definitely finish it, since I am like a 7-month fashion time warp and have no idea what shoes I need to buy with this wad of cash burning a hole in my pocket!

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  • Carmen 1:39 pm on September 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    a beautiful day… 

    I kind of want to just pick this up where we left off and not even mention the quiet year and a half of no blog posting.  It was such a momentous year and a half though.  It would be difficult to ignore all that has changed so I will let the details unfold naturally.  I AM SO HAPPY YOU’RE BACK!  I know that starting the blog up again might be difficult for you since you still have to drive your ship out in the ocean for months at a time but I think we can do it.  And at this point I’ll take anything.

     

     
  • Emilily 8:41 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    We’re baaaaaack…. 

    Well, I am not even sure I remember how to do a post anymore, and according to the dashboard notices, I am using an outdated version of Safari and am not enjoying the full WordPress experience, but I should be able to limp through this one…I’ll warn you right off the bat, I am not feeling very funny or inspired, but I’ll do the best I can.

    I have just conducted some research on the Pajama Jean for you. It seems that many people have been lured into this sordid fashion disaster! I imagine these people also own snuggies.

    If you google “pajama jeans” you will find a lot of sites selling them, like HSN, the Pajama Jean parent company (PajamaGram, of course) and the website associated with the infomercial, PajamaJeans.com. (Be very careful going to this website; there is noise, and someone nearby might think you are actually purchasing these!) But you will also find a number of “style” blogs celebrating them, and even a few “fan” websites posing transparently as impartial reviewers. They often have comments from other customers saying things like “Pajama jeans are seriously my new found love! I can pair these jeans with a sexy top and wear it out at the club to get my drink on and then come home and pass out in them!” Like, who doesn’t want that? Maybe they could have a version with a built-in diaper so you didn’t have to wake up from your drunken stupor to use the bathroom. Another one of the reviews said “Sadly, the smooth butt-lifting design is not available in men’s sizes.” Interesting…I was not aware “butt-lifting” was a feature desired in men’s jeans.

    Perhaps the most fascinating thing about PajamaJeans is what pops up when you Google search for images of them. Mainly, you get all kinds of pictures of people who have been let loose in public their real pajamas, or even worse, people who would have been better off if they had just left their pajamas on that day…

     

    For anyone seriously considering the Pajama Jean, I have one piece of advice: go to Target and use your $39.95+ shipping & handling to purchase one pair of real jeans AND one pair of sweatpants, and then trouble yourself to change into the appropriate pair when you leave the house. If that sounds like too much work, by all means, wear whatever you want while you wallow lazily in your slothiness. (I invented that word. I guess PajamaJeans have inspired me after all!)

    Also, since we haven’t blogged in about a year, we have probably all but disappeared from the blogosphere, so here’s a shameless plug: these people are funny…check out heir blog The Steel Closet.

     

    And I’ll leave you with one final thought…what does one wear under pajama jeans?


     

     

     

     

     
    • Carmen 10:22 pm on September 11, 2011 Permalink

      I cannot even express how thrilled I am in this moment.

    • Pajama Jeans 12:09 am on December 24, 2011 Permalink

      The picture of the tight denim shorts is hilarious. I’d love to buy my boyfriend some as a gag gift!

  • Carmen 8:24 am on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    San Francisco Twilight 

     
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  • Emilily 9:12 pm on November 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    So. I tried to check out the blog from my office on the ship, and while I could see the pictures, I couldn’t see anything else. All of the buttons and links were replaced with the letter “R” and some weird little rectangle icon; it took me about 17 tries to find the “R” that corresponded to Reply, and once I had typed my reply, of course, there was no “R” for post. So, mostly a fail.

    Instead, I thought I’d do a post, and in keeping with the theme, I’ve included a picture of the sky. Boy, do I miss you…oh, and you too, Blog.

     
  • Carmen 5:36 pm on November 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Storm coming… 

     
  • Carmen 11:20 am on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    November 14, 2010 

     
  • Carmen 8:34 am on November 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Another sunset 

     
    • Susan 5:40 pm on November 5, 2010 Permalink

      Thank you for sharing these beautiful skies and what a wonderful blog. Love you, Susan

  • Carmen 5:27 pm on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Sunset 

     
  • Carmen 10:02 am on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Sunrise 

    Our blog is on haitus since Emily joined the Navy. So now I’m just going to post pictures of the sky.

     
  • Emilily 4:36 pm on March 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Now that I am one (small) step closer to life as I knew it… 

    Guess what?! We can take the counter down! Because as much as I love the concept, I am not crazy how it says “…she returns in 0 days.

     
    • Victor 1:13 pm on April 1, 2010 Permalink

      Hi M
      Can I call you a squid now lol
      Glad you made it through boot camp (wasn’t it so much fun??)
      Anyways just wanted to congratulate you on a job well done.
      I bet you can’t wait to get on a Navy carrier and be on the ocean for months at a time huh? :)

      Vic

    • Carmen 1:18 pm on April 1, 2010 Permalink

      Yeah, good point, Ok, I took it down.

  • Emilily 1:57 pm on March 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Back…sort of 

    One tag goes around your neck, the other on your boot - that's how they know who to return the feet to.

    So here I am in A-School! I could complain about the middle-of-nowhereness of Meridian, Mississippi, but I am really just thrilled to be anywhere besides bootcamp. The highlight of my week was watching a DVD and eating M&Ms until I was (almost) sick of chocolate – it sounds boring, but it was wonderful. Seriously.

    I start classes next week, and shortly after that should receive my next orders, so I’ll know where I’ll be spending the next ~3 years very soon!

    Okay, enough about all that. Not that I have any other news…oh, and sorry for the short iPhone post – I did go to the computer center this afternoon, but had to spend the whole hour catching up on The Sartorialist.

    Will write more soon!

     
  • Carmen 10:51 am on March 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Ahhh, sweet freedom… 

    Well, she made it.  Emily is now in Mississippi but I received her last letter from boot camp only yesterday.  For your entertainment…

     
    • Briana 1:26 pm on March 23, 2010 Permalink

      I laughed so hard I started crying!! Hilarious! Is this the whole letter or is some missing? It seems to have stopped rather abruptly. (ps. I’m so glad those weren’t Emily’s lips! That would’ve been hilarious though! :0 )

    • Stella 1:30 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink

      We (Em’s mom, dad,and brother) just got back from her graduation. Really, her hair looked cute, not as scruffy as she thinks. She looks great in her dress uniform, which is black wool, and had to be worn where ever she went with us. During the grad. ceremony they had to stand for over an hour, ramrod straight, clad in wool. A few fainted, it was so hot for them. Emily and another girl had to reach out and grab a girl as she started to go over. They managed to keep her upright as she came to, and that brave girl stayed in formation for the rest of the ceremony. Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend much time with her, just Friday day (we went into Chicago to the Field Museum of Natural History, and a walk downtown) and 3 hours Sat. morning as she waited to fly out to her “A” school. At this new place she has more freedom, and is living in semi-apartments, and right next door to her is a friend she made in bootcamp, another young woman in her early thirties. She’s ready to study hard and pass all her tests with flying colors. In about 2 weeks we should know where she will go next!

  • Carmen 12:10 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    A thank you… 

     
    • Carmen 12:10 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink

      Apparently my countdown is off by 2 days…

    • Briana 7:45 pm on March 14, 2010 Permalink

      Apparently she hadn’t received my letter yet! ={0 That’s what I get for being such a lagger! LOVE YOU EMILY!!

    • Candace 11:34 am on March 16, 2010 Permalink

      Guess she hadn’t gotten mine either – I sent one as soon as I got hers too!!! At least we know they’ll keep making her smile :) And of course I’m slack in sending a birthday card that would arrive on time so in advance…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY! Hope it’s the beginning of your “end of bootcamp” celebrations!!! Congrats on all your hard work and smarts! We all knew ya had it in ya!!!

      LOTS to catch you up on ;) ;) ;)
      We love you!
      C & E

    • Mia 9:37 am on March 18, 2010 Permalink

      Happy Birthday Emily. Not sure what you’re doing today at the end of this experience but I hope someone there is celebrating you! Wonder if you got all the letters and card from the Synectics crew… but at least you got one of them. Probably the one that just involved 3 sheets of typed paper. I’m guessing the one with the little ziplock of shavings from your favorite Lush massage bar didn’t make it through. In hindsight that probably looked a bit suspicious. Oh well, the thought was there. Perhaps they also didn’t want to let the Hoops and YoYo audio card through. Not good to get a card that talks right? Can’t wait to hear from you when you get out. Miss You!!!

    • Aunt Nancy 7:01 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink

      Happy B-day and almost “end of boot camp day” to you! Hope you have a grand celebration with all who come to honor you! Keep in touch and send the new address when you get to your next destination.

    • Briana 8:38 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!!! Love you and miss you and can’t wait to see you!

    • Emilily 4:24 pm on March 31, 2010 Permalink

      Aw, you guys are awesome.

      Mia – the Lush bar shavings did make it through, and I secretly rubbed it into my feet at night after the lights were out! Nice work smuggling it in – if I ever go to prison, I pick you to send me the cake (chocolate) with the file in it.

      Candace – I just got your birthday card last night – they re-routed it all the way to Mississippi for me :)

      Briana – I got your letter, too, and I’m calling you soon (I have limited phone hours and locations, but stand by!)

  • Carmen 2:46 pm on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    23 days to go… 

     
    • olga 3:52 am on March 3, 2010 Permalink

      How exciting! To think… we are friends with the smartest person in the camp! We always knew she was smart though… after all, she hangs out with Carmen. 22 days to go, WOW, that still seems a long way away. I really enjoy reading the letters! Thanks for posting them.

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