Apr 19, 2010

Marvelous Monday Update 4/19/2010

April 15th has come and gone. My office gives 1/2 day "holiday" for tax season being over. It was 81F that day, so I took advantage of the great weather and went to the park to study.

In my 2 1/2 hours at the park, I managed to finish writing my second paper due for class this week. See the little ball of fluff under the table? Yes, that's Celeste. She had a grand ole time barking at the intruders park-goers.

The beautiful weather we've been experiencing has caused the flowers to bloom like crazy. I love Spring and Summer, even though my allergies are kicking in full force!

After making marinaded chicken on the grill, I had enough left over to make chicken fried rice later in the week. Mmmm... mmmm.... good!

Can you believe that ONE person waited until the last day to take the online midterm exam? An hour before class I talked to the instructor and she told me one person still hadn't take the exam (and she wasn't grading them until everyone had). She had a guess as to which student it was, but hadn't checked for sure. Well, *that* student strolled into class really late. Why? Because he was taking the freaking exam!

I had an "issue" with figuring out how to "see" which questions I missed on the exam. I ended up emailing the instructor, who then sent out detailed instructions to everyone in the class. Our scores ranged from 60-102%. I read that and thought, "Who the H-E-double hockey sticks got 102?!" In my mind, it was my group partner who is all "international smart", LOL. So, there I am using the step-by-step instructions to view my graded exam. I missed one MC question that I misread (I actually knew the answer had I read it correctly!) and missed 3 points on one of the essay questions. I kept scrolling through the test only to find out..................................


How did I do it? One of the essay questions offered extra credit points if we named and defined all 8 components of culture.

A friend of mine took me out to dinner to celebrate the fantastic score I got on my test. We went to a sushi restaurant where he suggested insisted I try the sashimi combo meal. Keep in mind, he hates does *not* like sushi and had no idea what sashimi was. Moi? I thought it was a sashimi sushi combo meal. But noooo.... It was a plate full of raw fish! No rice. Just raw fish, seaweed salad, calamari salad, and radish salad. I was brave and ate most of it.

Yes, that's an actual shrimp with its head still attached to the right of the plate. Everything on the plate is what was left after I made a good attempt at eating. I took it home and cooked it the next day before eating it, lol.

A few minutes of stitching here and there, and I finished another row on ABC Lessons. I'm to the halfway point!!


Sadie said...

Congratulations on your test results Meari, that is fantastic! :-)
Food looks super yummer, esp the fried rice. not sure I would have been able to eat much of the fish. Great idea to take the leftovers home and cook them though.
Beautiful stitching, such pretty colours in this design.
Your flowers are very pretty :-)

Donna said...

I can't think of thing you haven't accomplished this week! Congrats on tax season being over and that SUPER grade on your test.
I am jealous of your flowers. They are quite beautiful!
And the ABC's are coming along very nicely.
About that sushi...Well, I don't think I could have eaten any of it. No raw for me!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the grade. That is fantastic.

Linda B

Rachel S said...

Great job on the test!

You are braver than me. I wouldn't have eaten any of it once I saw the headed shrimp. I will be brave with my sushi, but not that brave.

Kelly said...

What fabulous test results, congratulations!
Your stitching is really lovely.
Raw fish, yucky you's you's.........never in a million years lol would I eat that!

Anonymous said...

congratulations on your great result and those flowers are so lovely.

Anonymous said...

Meari, ABC Lessons looks really pretty. You had really pretty pics of the floweres. We don't have anything yet.

Virpi from Finland

Debra said...

Sounds like you had a great week. Love the flower pictures and congrats on your test.

Anonymous said...

Hi (Brain),
I was thrilled to learn you got a 102....good for you!

Celeste is so adorable... I could just hug that dog of yours.

Keep up the great work on ABC lessons. I will be showing progress on cats/birds soon... half stitches have inspired me to work... plus the sunny, but cold temps... bit too cool for me outside yet.

My son was stung by a wasp... Grandma put raw onion on it... (helped), but sucker clinched the deal... grandmas know the secrets.
Happy Stitching! Enjoy the blog!


Sunshine said...

WOW!!!Your Amarilas Look Beautiful! I Love the color! Congrats on your test grade. I know Celeste enjoyed keeping people at bay in the park while you did your work :) Your ABC's are coming along nicely. I hope you didn't get sick eating the raw fish.LOL!!! I couldn't eat it myself. Have a Great Week!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Meari! I got shivers looking at that plate of raw fish!! How could you eat that? You must be really adventureous!! Congratulations on your grade! I'll have to let my daughter know what you got to keep her going. She's struggling through the last few weeks of school. She's getting very antsy to get out for the summer and still has finals looming ahead. (She's taking International Business too.)


Vicki in CO said...

Beautiful flowers. I love spring! Congrats on the 102%---leave it to you! Glad YOU got all the raw fish. Beeeuck!!! I don't do very good with cooked fish! Another excitement-filled week at your house (as usual)!

Debbie Jo said...

Wow! What the week you had. Park sounds lovely as are the pictures of the flowers. Congrats on the test scores!! Time for a break now. Your stiching is coming along very nice. Ahh you can keep the sashimi,,I am not even crazy about sushi. I'll have mine cooked as well.

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulations Meari! You are amazing. I love the flowers and studying in the park and stitching stuff. It looks like life is good!

valerie said...

Congrats on tax season being over and the great grade! I *love* sashimi! Ok, maybe minus the shrimp head but sashimi and rice is my favorite thing at a sushi place...that and hamachi kama (which is cooked). :)

Mel said...

So glad you got to enjoy that lovely afternoon! And congrats on that mark! :) Can't ask for more than 100%.

I am loving ABC's.
And very jealous of the flowers. Here's hoping your allergies don't bring you down too much because of them.

Stitching instead of cleaning said...

I too am glad tax season is over, it was a rough season this year! Congrats on your test score. You should post the recipe for the chicken fried rice dish, it looked wonderful!

Elaine said...

Congrats on your test score!
Those flowers look beautiful and your wip is coming along nicely.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 102% score!!!! Your WIP is coming along great. Your garden is going to be gorgeous!!!

Betty in AZ

Anonymous said...

Wow, Meari! I've never heard of anyone getting 102% on a test before - well done!!!

Your LK SAL is coming along great. I am definitel waaaaay behind!!


Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on getting 102%, that's insane!

Your stitchy piece is looking lovely!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Meari! Way to go! (And I completely understand the 'reading the question too much' and psyching yourself out of the correct answer )

Happy stitching and God bless--
Patricia Cecilia (aka Dr. P in NC)

Shelleen said...

congrats on getting a 102. that is awesome. I love sushi but I don't think I could have eaten what you did.

Sue said...

WOW! Great score! You go girl!

Lizzie Kate is looking fantastic....you are wayyyyyyyyy ahed of me, but I will get there....I will persevere to the very end! LOL

Sushi! YUK!!!!!! You can have it.....can't even think about eating raw fish............YIKES!

I am happy you and Celeste enjoyed your day in the park!


Julie M said...

Oh Meari, Congratulations on your test result!! You ARE just like my Amy!! She does the same thing. What am I going to do with the 2 of you??

A big YUCK on the raw fish. Cooked fish is bad enough but a plate full of raw, blech!!

Great progress on your LK piece! How you find the time to study and stitch is beyond me.

congrats again!

Anonymous said...

Meari, I loved your blog update and as well as I like seafood it has to be cooked. I wanted to ask you about your hens and chickens, the ones that are the pretty colors, what kind are they? I have the other kind but have never seen the colored ones.

Kathy B in Ohio

mbroider said...

Congratulations on your score of 102!! That is great, and you deserved a treat...

Carolyn NC said...

Wowser - busy week - taxes done and a super fantastic grade - congrats! And you are brave; I promise you not one bite would have gone in my mouth!

Anonymous said...

Hey you 102 girl. Congratulations to you! Nice to see it was you with the high score I bet. Did you happy dance right there in the classroom??? lol


Carol said...

Oh, you brainiac, you!! Great job, Meari--you are doing such an amazing job with your classes this semester.

So glad you survived tax season--hopefully you'll have a bit more free time now?

Your stitching is beautiful :)

silentsgirl said...

Congrats on your 102%, and the stitching is beautiful - halfway home!

Katrien said...

ABC is looking good.
CONGRATS on your grade!

Mylene said...

Beautiful flower pictures. Congrats on the test score.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Congratulations on the test grade!! Ick on the sushi! You are much braver than I am! Your stitching looks great! :o)

Pam K. :o)

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

Wow! We will have to give you the nickname: Smartypants!! LOL Just kidding...Congratulations! And your flowers are beautiful!!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Congratulations on the test!! I just LOVE Celeste - amazing how pets never let you know. I couldn't, just couldn't eat raw fish. No way. Never. My fish has to be baked/steamed/otherways cooked!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the 102! :)


Anonymous said...

Lovely flowers and congratulations on your test.


Kristin said...

Huge congrats on your test results, your beautiful stitching, and your gorgeous flowers.

Nancy M said...

Great job once again in class. I did my taxes at 8pm on the 15th. That's the latest I have ever waited. It was nice that your work gives you a 1/2 day off AND that it was so nice out to actually enjoy it! Glad to see someone is still doing some stitching. I just haven't seen much lately around here. Is your work still cutting your hours?

Shelley said...

Congrats on the highest test score! You surprise yourself sometimes :)

The flower pics are beautiful.

The sashimi leaves a lot to be desired. We invented fire for a reason, lol!!