March has come and so has Spring, I hope…The definition of Spring, in the dictionary of Tanner, is a period of the year when Sunday walks are both possible and enjoyable. Today fits that description perfectly, but so did two weeks ago and then we got a lot of snow so fingers are crossed that this weather has come to stay.
Update: If my life were a novel (which maybe it is), above would be a prime example of Dramatic Irony. As I type, a frozen white blanket descends on our valley home. Dash it all!!
Monday-Thursday = School. I’ll not bore you with the minutiae but I will note that I had the interesting and ultimately fulfilling experience this week of filing a formal complaint against one of my professors. The class is out of control. I decided that far be it from me to allow one crazed PhD the opportunity to run rampant in the classroom and ruin what have been four very positive years. Thankfully the department chair and head of advisement were quite sympathetic and it’ll be interesting to see what action is taken to remedy the situation this week.
Friday afternoon, after emerging bleary-eyed from a 3 ½ hour Economics test, AnneMarie and I did date night right. We used a gift card to treat ourselves to some Chili’s, complete with an appetizer of Fried Pickles (two thumbs up!). We had fun using the new pay at your table touch screens instead of getting our check from the waiter. Hadn’t seen those before.
Saturday morning, I woke up early to participate in an Elders Quorum service project. We were planting a sugar maple in one member’s yard. I loved learning about the proper way to plant a tree and just the simple experience of getting back into the soil after too much time away from it.
Saturday night we also partied at the home of my MTC companion’s parents, the Cummings. Lots of normal party fun was had but we also did something that is rarely done at parties: we made our own wooden pens! Bro. Cummings has his own wood shop so we selected our own wood (I chose Makassar Ebony and AnneMarie used Purple Heart wood), picked out silver or gold pen parts, and fashioned the coolest writing implements around. Most of the work was done on the lathe where we shaped the body of the pen, sanded it, and applied different polishes. I’ll attach some pictures so you can get a sense of the finished products. Coolest party ever. Plus, we played a round of exploding kittens, among other games, which, if you haven’t played it yet, needs to be on your list STAT. One of the most entertaining games around, basically a suspense-filled strategy game something akin to Russian Roulette, but with exploding kittens…You get the idea.
Tonight we got our weekly dose of Baby Emerson, though it obviously wasn’t enough. That’s one cute kid they’ve got there at the Pace home! Matt and Joanna were super sweet and had us over for dinner, desserts, and games (Bang! Dice version) and that’s both the right way to end one week, begin another, and finish off this letter.
Much love to our missionaries. You’re doing great. Keep on keeping on. Treat people like gymnasts, the right way, and everything will work out fine.
All our Love,
Tanner and AnneMarie