Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Happy Halloween (and my first post)!

Bryan and I got in a festive mood this last Sunday and carved two spook-tacular pumpkins while watching Casper. Bryan’s not much for watching horror movies because he gets too scared, so we decided to carve extra scary pumpkins to compensate for his lack of bravery :).

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stanford


We love our new home! It's even better than advertised.

The weather is perfect, the people are kind, and the campus is gorgeous! We were both surprised at how fantastic it is. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I find out Stanford has an on-campus and extremely ritzy ($200 + membership fees for 18 holes) golf course that is only $20 for students!

We haven't been able to explore much because I've been interviewing all week and Afton's been busy studying. Nevertheless, we already have some camping trips planned with some Ward members, including one to Yosemite. We can't wait!

Everybody's very happy here, and we believe it's because of the weather. It's always sunny with a cool breeze. What else could anyone want?!

If we would have known it was so great here, we maybe would have interviewed with some local offices. Despite our love of the area, however, we doubt we could EVER afford a home here. The loveliness of the area is well-reflected in the real estate pricing:).

Anyway, we have nothing but positive things to say. We're going to add some years to our education so that we can stay just a bit longer!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

St. John

On Saturday Afton and I boarded a ferry to see the neighboring island of St. John. We didn't really know what to expect, but we sure weren't disappointed!

As a matter of fact, it's now our favorite place ever, and we plan on spending the rest of our vacation there! After our 20 minute ferry ride, we had to hike for about 35 minutes until we arrived at Solomon's Beach. We were so impressed that we've decided never to return to Chicago and be beach bums on St. John for the rest of our lives:).

The only downer was the flippin' stingray that kept coming around and spooking us out of the water. I know we're overly skiddish, but every time I see one I think of the Crocodile Hunter, and if a stringray was able to bring him down, we'd be toast.

On the way home, Afton took me out for ice cream, but the guy running the ice cream stand was high and bothersome that we scarfed our ice cream and left. I have to admit, though, that for being high, he sure could make tasty ice cream!

Just when I thought the island couldn't get any better, we found out that Kenny Chesney (my favorite--though not Afton's favorite...yet) country singer of all time! Now I got the name of the place where he hangs out, I'm going to stalk him until I get a picture with him.

As always when we go to the beach, we look like lobsters. We so look forward to the day when we go to the beach and don't get burnt to a crisp. Afton's getting quite the nice tan already!

More to come...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Reporting from the Virgin Islands!

Wow! The Virgin Islands is everything we hoped it would be!

We live right on the beach in a neat little studio condo (the picture on the upper left is from our deck). At nights, after I return from work, we go down to the beach and snorkel. On the weekends and holidays, we are able to go to other beaches n' stuff.

The fish are outstanding! As soon as I am able to develop the film, we will scan them and put them on the blog.

As for the quality of life on the islands, we're just glad we live in a touristy (a.k.a. safe) area. There is quite a bit of drugs and violence. Transportation is cheap, as you can catch the "Safari" for only $1 (although they'll sometimes try and rip you off if you're a tourist). The food is good (but expensive), we have good friends, the sand is white, and the water is clear and warm. In short, we love this place.

We hope to take more pictures soon and post them...in the meantime, enjoy your summers!



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Finished!


Finally! No more studying until 11 o' clock every night! No more stressful Torts, Legislation, or Civil Procedure case law and examinations! I'm free! (and utterly exhausted:)

Most importantly, Afton gets her husband back! She's been wonderfully understanding and patient. I couldn't be a luckier guy.

As for the celebration, I think sleep will suffice.

By the way, I hope these image I downloaded aren't copyrighted... You need to beware of these things, you know...:)

You'll be happy to know that the first year of law school is everything they say it is! We didn't get a Christmas Break, Spring Break, any holidays, or even Saturdays off (of course, we didn't have classes, but we had homework). Good thing summer's here (and the Virgin Islands is right around the corner!!!!!).

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Our summer in the Virgin Islands!


Well, we've accepted a job offer from the US Attorney in the Virgin Islands this summer. It will only be for seven weeks, and then we'll have to come back to Chicago for interviews. We're so excited!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chicago News!!!


Hello, everyone!

Updating our blog isn't our specialty, but rest assured that when we do, it's worth your while!

We've done all sorts of fun things since arriving here. Last week Afton and I attended Wicked, a Broadway musical currently held at Ford Theater (as if you needed an introduction). I'm not much for musicals myself, but this was awesome. The special effects and acting were something else. I highly recommend.

We've also seen the circus, the zoo, crazy Halloween stuff, etc. We have yet to see a Cubs game or go ice skating in Millennium Park, however... Primarily, though, I must confess, we do nothing but study. All day. Every day.

Married life is amazing, by the way. Heck, if I'd a known it were this good, I would have married Afton much earlier...:)

We live a block from Obama (who is revered as borderline deity in these parts) and are sad he's leaving for Washington, D.C. (and not only because he's going to be the President :) Now that all of his security personnel left our neighborhood, all the criminals are coming back! Bummer.

Forgive my abbreviated update; I'll try and prod Afton into updating it more often (it's not easy, though:). Life is grand, and as soon as these -30 degree windchills let up, we'll be even better!

Chow Chow, amigoes!!!