Friday, July 22, 2005

Life has been good to me...

Another view of Iceland. I think the pictures are so pretty!! I'm not sure exactly where my research will be taking place but I'm sure it's going to be as beautiful as can be. My poor camera will go insane with all the pictures I'll be taking!! I leave tomorrow at 1:50 from Wilmington and I'm so excited I'm jumping up and down in my seat. I'm almost completely packed. Only thing I still have to get together is a few things in my backpack. I've decided not to take Harry Potter along with me...the book is heavy and takes up a lot of room in my backpack. So, I'm taking a trashy novel instead!

Good news with Lowes...they offered me a job and the pay is substantially higher than at Target so I'm going to take it. I'll start as soon as I get back.

I'm hoping to keep this blog going while I'm gone...keep your fingers crossed that I'll get internet access somewhere! Here are two of the places I'll be staying....

Off to do some last minute stuff,

Paleogirl Rene

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A day and a wake up....

And then I'm on my way to Iceland....OH YEA!! Last night it finally hit me that I am going to ICELAND and I have to tell you that I just got estatic! I do believe Richard thought I was half out of my mind...but we already knew that anyway...haha. I started packing today, finally (as Casey would say) and have gotten almost everything done. All that's left is my toiletries bag. The flight is a long one so I'm taking my Harry Potter book with me and I filled up my MP3 player with music. By the way, isn't the picture beautiful? That is Iceland...stole it from the official website...yep, yep.

I went out to Mayfaire yesterday and saw "Wedding Crashers". It was pretty good but I didn't laugh the way I thought I would. Don't you hate it when they put all the funny parts in the previews?

Got a new job at Target. I'll actually start once I get home. I've also been asked to come to Lowes Foods for an interview tomorrow. Who knows, maybe they'll pay better than Target.

I want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to Casey!! This morning she took the biology CLEP exam and passed...she, too, is now a Geologist....YAY YOU!!! About time you caught up with me girly...haha.

More tomorrow,
Paleogirl Rene

Monday, July 18, 2005

Johnny Depp....rOwr BABY!!!

Johnny Depp is perfect in the role of Willy Wonka...I bet he tastes just like candy! Lawdy, lawdy!! The movie was a definite departure from the original but was done well. It's not my favorite role for JD however.

This week is shaping up to be very busy. I have got to get packed sometime for Iceland! I leave on Saturday and am REALLY getting excited!! I don't usually pack until the last minute but I want to make sure I get everything. I keep worrying that I'll forget my passport or plane tickets...haha. I'm not sure if I'll be able to post to my blog while I'm there as the hotels don't mention that they have wireless access but I'm taking my computer just in case.

I also have a lot of studying to do for my exam that is coming up at the beginning of August (to see if I'm competent enough in geology to teach in the fall). And, let's not forget that I've got a whole Harry Potter book to read...YAY!!

Off to scrapbook for a bit...
Paleogirl Rene

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Hogwart's Bound!!

I'm catching the train at platform 9 3/4 and I'm on my way! I've got my magic wand and my glasses all ready for the to just find those wizard robes of mine...Richard says I am such a nerd...haha!

Got my new book last night...I was number 45 in line (actually I was 20 but they gave 25 tickets to the local radio stations and they gave them out as prizes...don't EVEN get me started on how I feel about that!!) My book receipt, which I will DEFINITELY scrapbook along with my wristband and magic wand, shows a sale time of 12:07am...YAY ME!!

Must go....I hear Hagrid calling my name....

The HP Nerd AKA Paleogirl René

Friday, July 15, 2005

It's Almost Here!! It's Almost Here!!!!

How excited am I, you ask? More excited than a witch with a brand new broom (my old one is getting kinda ratty!) Today is the day that I've been waiting for for 2 years...count 'em....1.....2 years!! Tonight at midnight the new Harry Potter book goes on sale and I'm going to be standing in line to get my copy. Yep, yep, I know, why is an adult waiting in the middle of the night with a bunch of snotty-nosed kids for a "childrens" book? Well, you see, I find that these books are just so very enjoyable to read. They're like, adventuresome, witty and they make me laugh!! I am also particulary fond of them because more than once I have been called a "witch", therefore, I conclude that Harry, Ron, Herminone (my favorite character) and I definitely have something in common! I'm also looking foward to making my own magic wand tonight. I am taking my camera so that I can get pictures of the whole event...including my own take on turning the muggle children that will be inhabiting the store and trying to get in my way into frogs...or toads...or leeches...or something equally gross and gag-inducing......

Beware my little pretties........

Thursday, July 14, 2005

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What day is it?

The most difficult part of not working is trying to remember what day it is. I was sitting here today in my office and scrapbooking and I had a really difficult time trying to figure out what day it was. Once I get back into school that will all change but for now it's quite a dilemma!

I've been spending my time looking at scrapbooking websites and trying to gain some inspiration from others. Once I get started on pages of my own I can usually keep up a pretty good pace, usually knocking out at least 2-3 two page layouts. I am now almost caught up again with my New Orleans pictures and will have to print out my field camp pictures soon. They will be scrapbooked in an album of their own as I feel it was a life-changing experience and it worthy of it's own book.

At tomorrow's crop at Michael's I'm going to take my UNC-Wilmington stuff and see if I can get some of it scrapbooked in the 5 hours. I also have so many ideas for my Book of Me that I want to get done also.

Off to look at some more ideas....
Paleogirl Rene

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I am terribly busy and important....

Things have been very interesting since returning home from field camp. The best part has been having some time to spend with my friends. I've also had the opportunity to scrapbook some layouts and have acually submitted them to Creating Keepsakes Magazine. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect to get published BUT if I never try then it certainly won't ever happen. I am really looking forward to Friday though...for two reasons...

1. I get to go to a crop at Michael's with my friends....
2. I'm going to Barnes & Noble for the Harry Potter Party!!

Yes, I admit it, I am a Harry Potter fan. I don't dress up like him or anything but I do love the books. Today I found this little test online...what Harry Potter character are you:

[i'm ernie macmillan]
...and which lesser Harry Potter character are you?

Mine said: Congrats! You're Hufflepuff fourth-year Ernie Macmillan! **UM...who is he?**
Maybe you don't mean to gossip. Maybe you do. Either way, it's been known to happen with you around. You're so fiercely loyal to your friends that you'll talk about anyone who stands against them, regardless of who they are. But you seem to realize this - that's why you always make a point of apologizing when you're wrong. (Your moment of glory came in Chamber of Secrets when you accused Harry Potter of being Slytherin's heir, then relented when Hermione Granger was attacked.)

Will close for now as I have some important things to do....once I think of what they are....

Paleogirl Rene

Monday, July 11, 2005

Welcome Home at Starbucks!!

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The whole gang was there! Deborah, Sandee, Rhonda, Miranda, Carol and myself. Had a great time and think we should do this more once a month!! Also made plans to go to the crop on friday night at Michael's. Can't wait!!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Hello Everyone!!! Well, the geologist has returned home from her grueling 6 week ordeal in the wilds of Wyoming and I can't WAIT to see you all!!! Deborah (her gracious self) has set it up for us to have coffee at STARBUCKS at MAYFAIR TOWNE CENTER on SUNDAY, July10th at about 7:00pm. I would so, SO love to see you there!! Thanks for all the cheers and support while I was gone. See you soon!!

Paleogirl Rene

Monday, July 04, 2005

Home Sweet Home...

Hello Everyone!!

I made it home safe and sound last night. The airlines lost our luggage but thankfully returned it to us today. It was a long flight home; the time just seemed to creep by as we waited for the next flight (3 in all). But, we are both safely home now. It was wonderful to crash in my own bed last night and wear clothes today that don't smell like Wyoming! Showering alone was pretty darn exciting too!! I've had about 4 cups of coffee today so I'm pretty happy.

Will close for now and go sit on the couch and mindlessly watch television for awhile. Tomorrow is a full day for to get my hair store....manicure/pedicure (a treat for myself) the Nook to see about my work schedule...."War of the Worlds" in the afternoon....and then who knows?!?! But I can assure you it's something better than being in Wyoming....

The ever-so-happy Paleogirl Rene

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Safe in Omaha!

Hi All,

Well, it's the last leg of our journey and we have made it safe and sound to the hotel in Omaha. We're going to try to get a bit of sleep as we only had about 3 hours last night (campground next to the freeway coupled with everyone wanting to get up at 4am to get home). I think we're going to try to head to the Omaha Zoo today and then into the old Marketplace tonight for dinner. We'll be staying away from the Czech place, that's for sure! We also have to repack our suitcases as it's just a big mess right now.

Our flight arrives in Wilmington tomorrow night at 10:40pm and I know both Casey and I are really looking forward to being home. It's been a long 6 weeks indeed!

Will close for now, watch a couple of minutes of tv (we didn't have tv in camp) and sleep for a couple of hours. Can't wait to see you all soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paleogirl Rene