Friday, December 11, 2009

Final Week before Finals

I noticed that I haven't updated in some time. Sorry about that, life has been a bit busy this week I had 3 papers due, 2 Quizzes, and 1 Exam, and that is just school life. This week we also had Enrichment (or whatever it is technically called) for Relief Society it went well no major problems except the one major task I had fell through, well only one of my five people showed up mostly because of illness, but it still worked out. Phil had to wake up at 5am everyday this week to finish papers for school and scholarships. Oh also look for Phil to be on the Ball State Website soon.(That is where he thinks it is going to be, he doesn't remember what the guy said and he didn't ask) He has been interviewed that last few weeks for a class that he is in to the point where he had to go to photo services for a photo shoot. What a smart cookie I have...Speaking of cookies... I baked 385 on Thursday. I just wonder how many calories that is, sick. I baked them for the Ward Christmas Party. It has been a fairly relaxing process since I love baking. The cleanup wasn't very fun, but it is nice to have a clean kitchen again. It is really helping with limiting cookie intake, I have eaten 2 cookies so far and after today I don't think I will want to look at a cookie for some time! Phil on the other hand ate a whole plate full! I told him he wasn't allowed to eat any until the party (insert big pout here), and then I made quite a few mistakes, dropping them, breaking them while clearing off the sheet and then the chocolate chip cookies from the bottom of the mixer where there are no chocolate chips. He enjoyed it, maybe if we keep up this trend we will balance the weight difference between us...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Some Nifty Nice Things I Like:

Having a husband who is way into Philanthropy makes it so that you find out different fun things that you can do to help out different organizations and people. I have a few favorites, mostly websites that are easy to use and if I don't put up Phil's favorite he might cry (and we don't want that).
1. GoodSearch
This wonderful website lets you pick your favorite charity (or school) and they make money for searching for things you would search for anyway. It is powered by yahoo so they are decent searches and unlike google they don't store all of your searches for forever. I always use my searches for Free the Slaves which is an organization that we have a campus chapter of so we like them (in case you are looking for someone to help out).
2. Kiva
This is Phil's favorite website and his favorite Christmas present (in case anyone was wondering). They give out micro-loans to people in 3rd world countries that are trying to improve themselves. You make donations in 25 dollar increments and then you choose who it goes to and once that person pays back your loan you get to give it to someone else. Right now Phil is loaning money to a lady in Guatemala who is starting a weaving business. It is really fun to choose who to help out and keep giving the money out without actually giving your own money again. Here is some more information about microloans in general, click here.
3. Plus 3 Network
This is one that I really like because it helps me out as well as others. This one my mom found in Prevention Magazine for me. It is a free social networking site that hooks sponsors up with organizations. The sponsors give money to the organizations based on how much to walk, bike, run, swim, lift weights, even yoga! They get money for the miles or for the time involved. It also helps you track your workouts. There is a calendar that lists how many miles you did every day of the month or week. I started the other day and have so far raised $1.75, not much but hey it is something. I am working out for World Bicycle Relief and being sponsored by Sram. There are a load of sponsors and organizations to choose from but I thought the relief fund sounded pretty cool and I like the idea behind it because it helps in so many different ways. Phil chose to workout for Project Rwanda and being sponsored by Syncros. I know a lot of you out there workout a ton so go workout to help someone else out too.