Friday, September 19, 2008

Banking in the Midwest

"This is gonna sound weird but..."

Dan and I had just finished up some banking at our local Bank of America. Our very nice personal banker associate, David had helped us consolidate some credit cards and change my name on our new accounts, etc. The last time we had come to the bank, David had offered us some Cardinals tickets. Unfortunately, they were for the Friday night my parents are coming to town to visit us, and we had to refuse. This time, David had no cardinals tickets for us. Instead:

"This is gonna sound weird but... do you guys like cucumbers?"

"Sure," said the Smiths.

It was nearing 6 o'clock closing time, and apparently someone had brought home-grown cucumbers to work that day and one really huge one had gone untaken. David returned with not only the cucumber, but some dog treats wrapped in a money envelope for our dog, Lucy.

Is this weird to anyone else? I have NEVER gone to the bank and left with anything but cash in my pocket. But here in Missouri they apparently give gifts to you when you come to the bank. Cucumbers, dog treats and cardinals tickets.

Upon handing us the dog treats, David said, "Here ya go, a late wedding present, if you will."

One other thing to note is that I am applying to work at this Bank of America location. They really are ridiculously nice there. Both David and his boss Richard said they would call the Bank of America recruiters and recommend me for the teller job that is posted. And I had already seen a notification of their referral when I got home tonight. So maybe I will get to work there and 1. get lots of free dog treats/produce 2. Get the scoop on why they give away fun free stuff so much...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Comin Right Up

I haven't blogged in a week or so because, well because I'm BUSY THANK YOU VERY MUCH. That and I've been cooking. A lot. I've realized that when you cook a meal everyday for not jut yourself you are little more conscious of providing a complete meal that has a variety of foods and seems somewhat balanced. No just eating mac and cheese for your whole dinner. (3 nights in a row)

I'm also a lot more excited about meals. They are challenging and I want to impress Dan with something good (I'm sure this will fade). And when the plates are on the table, I end up making him wait so I can take pictures to show you people.

First we have tonight's meal:
Ribeye steaks marinated in soy sauce, EVOO and steak seasoning
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Blood Orange Juice and Tequila (for me)
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September 16:
Salmon with Tequila Cream Sauce
Blanched Asparagus
Sliced Avocado
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September 12
Ceviche with Shrimp, Tilapia, Sweet Potatoes, and Avocado
Modelo Especial
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I think this was by far the worst meal we've had. The raw fish just didn't taste good. And I like sushi. So I'm not really sure what went wrong.
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Finally, on another topic, Lucy is really excited about Halloween. She tried on a cotume possibility recently:
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Some Wedding Photos

We got our wedding photos in the mail! Here are a few of my favorites:

Getting ready. The AC was only just starting to work properly when we arrived at the church.

My wonderful bridesmaids!









Tuesday, September 2, 2008

This video goes out to my brother the day after his birthday

Last night our friends the Lathans came over to grill some yummy chicken and corn and bratwursts. Sara and I were messing around on the computer for awhile, checking out sites like Fail Blog and Engrish and Cute Overload. We found the above video and laughed so hard we cried.

Dan is back at school today. I am taking a class with him on Monday nights, Spiritual Ministry Formations. That starts next week. Other than that I'm just at home getting house-type stuff done. And avoiding the huge task of writing thank-you notes. I will probably start some of that this afternoon.

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