Fun with Darts

Our friend Jeff brought his Canon 7D along the other evening while we played darts with a group of pals. Here is what transpired:


We are moving.

I'll begin by stating the simple fact, and then I will further explain: Jacob and I are moving to Lawrence, Kansas this summer.

Last year Jacob decided to apply for graduate school to pursue a PhD in Biological Anthropology. So, he signed up for a Kaplan GRE test preparation course. For six weeks Jacob submerged himself in the preparation for the GRE, and at the end of it all, he took the exam and did quite well. Next we chose schools, nine of them, and began the application process. Getting letters of recommendation from professors was a beating, as was watching our checking account balance dwindle as we invested our money in the pursuit of graduate school. And finally, after an entire year of nail biting, the decision has been made: the University of Kansas.

This is a Jayhawk. They are indigenous to Lawrence, KS. They are a rare bird, and apparently they wear pilgrim shoes and cannot close their mouths.

Jacob will receive a Masters in Anthropology over the course of the next two years. We are very excited to be embarking on this new journey, though we will hate saying goodbye to DFW, which has been our home the entirety of our married life. We will especially miss the friends we have made (though the friendships themselves will NOT end, not being able to see and visit with some of our favorite people as regularly as we do now is going to sting).

My final day at work will be steadily approaching as the days go by (the end of May is when we and our workplaces have decided as our transition to non-employment), and as we near the end of our stay in Dallas we will be packing boxes and getting things squared away in anticipation of moving a couple of states up on the map.

Wish us luck and wisdom! We are going to need it!


Love Is Waiting

Our friends Aaron and Heather Hale have begun the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia! Follow their story here.



This week Jacob and I arrived back from vacation. My pops and the two of us traveled to New Mexico for 4 nights, staying in Santa Fe for two nights and Taos for two nights. We ate so much good food (with a newfound obsession with green chiles) and I learned how to ski (Jacob was already a ski pro). And now I'm obsessed with the thought of the mountains and wishing I could ski every day.

We didn't take many photos, I was too focused on relaxing. But, we did go out and take a few photos in the winter storm that occurred in DFW yesterday. You would almost assume that these photos were taken in a typically wintry region of the United States, but you'd be wrong...they were taken in Dallas, Texas...

**you will notice that Jacob has a difficult time with being serious in a photo

These photos were taken by our friend and work associate Jeff Arnold of JA Film.


The perfect birthday gift...

The new Apple iPad. Just released today. Sigh...

Whether or not I actually ever own one is up in the air, but I do believe this technology is so cool, and is revolutionizing the way we watch movies, read books and magazines, etc.

Only $499? They're practically giving them away!

Watch the video. It explains it all.



Jake's birthday

Jacob Boyd celebrated his 23rd birthday last Thursday. We ventured out into Dallas and had a pleasant, rainy day. AND we found a new favorite restaurant:

It is (most obviously) called Kathleen's Sky Diner and it is located at 4424 East Lovers Lane. If you go in search of this place, do NOT go to 4424 WEST Lovers Lane, because you will be disappointed to find nothing but a vacant building. This mistake we made, so you do not have to. I say this as if Kathleen's isn't well known already; according to their website, Kathleen's opened in 1988, and in every way this place shows itself to be a happily known staple near the Inwood theater. The food was superb: I orderd the fish tacos and Jacob had the grilled meatloaf sandwich. Both were excellent. And for dessert, we ordered the peppermint chocolate cake, and they even put a little candle in the ice cream for Jacob's birthday:

The rest of the day we putzed around town. Bookstores, the mall, a comedy club. And for the grand finale...

We went to the Mavs game on Friday night (with a couple of our friends). Thankfully, the home team won. And Jacob successfully made it another year!



I don't think I could put it better than this...

A friend recently posted a blog which responded quite well to the disaster in Haiti. He included links to several ways in which people are able to help. I think I'll let his response speak for me, as I often find words hard to come by in the event of large-scale disasters.
Click the photo above, or here.