Shenanigans and goings on...

So life has pretty much returned to normal since we've been back from our trip, and we are settling into more of a routine. I get up in the morning and basically just spend most of the day in the library researching the exciting, cutting edge field that is New Testament Biblical Studies. Right now I need to find a suitable topic for an 80,000 word PhD thesis... any ideas? I pitched an idea about muffin pans to my supervisor... he said it was a great idea but that I should probably direct my research in a less retarded direction... he's very gentle.

And just in case you're wondering what my life is like in the library all day... I've included a picture of my desk, which I lovingly call "Desk #52". It's long been said that some of the best theses in all of Cambridge have been written at #52, so I've decided that in the 'Acknowledgements' section of my thesis, I'm going to give a special shout out to "the one who bore the weight of my books through all the early mornings and late nights, my inspiration, Desk #52."

In other news, we have something very special to announce (no, it's not that and stop asking): we found a muffin pan! We were in TK Maxx the other day looking for decorative accessories for our living room, when we stumbled across a real treasure :)... now we can make awesome blueberry muffins without them turning into one big blob (with six paper muffin cups baked in somewhere).

And finally, Candice and I had the most amazing time last weekend with some new acquaintances at dinner. I was telling them a little bit about Oklahoma, and at some point in Oklahoma's history I mentioned that there was a land run and I told them that this is where the phrase "Boomer Sooner" comes from. A table of absolutely bewildered faces stared back at me. "What's a 'boomer whatsit'?" One of them asked, and a bit of hilarity ensued as I tried to explain where this comes from and what it is. Needless to say, I was relentlessly teased the rest of the night... "Oh this pudding is great... it's a real soonahboomah." "Oh, I'm sorry that happened to you today, what a soonahboomah." The best part about this, however, is that now, every time we see (or text) any of these people, they all throw in a nonsensical reference to a boomahsoonah, or a soonahboomah. I personally think we've started a trend, so if I hear the host on BBC Radio 2 say that tonight's football match promises to be quite a soonahboomah, I'll let you guys know it's become a national craze. Next time we have dinner with them, I think we might try to show everyone the Sic 'em Bears!

We love and miss you all... thanks for reading our blog and leaving comments. It's great to hear from people we love.


  1. 1) I'm often crafting my acknowledgments section in my head, even though I also do not even have a dissertation topic yet. But I have a three page long acknowledgement so.... priorities, I guess!

    2) I loved your announcement and you made me laugh with your caution to the readers that it was not THAT announcement. Maybe you should repost a picture of the fabled VW Van. It will shut people up when they realize upon seeing it, that it is either the awesome, rockin' van, or kidlets.

    3) soonahboomah. funny.

  2. I see two Gathers (obviously), one Bousset, and a Schilbeexkcks. That's a good gambling hand.

  3. Love the reference to your desk. I never thought about including a shout-out to the library lobby in my case study, but that would have been quite appropriate and totally awesome. :)

    Love hearing your updates. Candice, what are you up to? I keep meaning to Skype, but we are never on at the same time. :(

    Miss you guys. I keep expecting to run into you at McAlister's or something. :)

  4. By the way, was that really TK Maxx or TJ Maxx? If it was TJ Maxx, they have one in Sioux Falls. :) Random.

  5. I'm glad you all finally got a muffin pan!!! And I have no idea what your supervisor is talking about -- that is totally a relevant dissertation topic. I mean who wouldn't want to read 80,000 words on muffin pans and how they relate to the New Testament?

    Also, it's funny that you said that about crafting the acknowledgments... I've been thinking a lot about thesis next year, and I spent the other day in the Honors Office, reading the acknowledgments section of every thesis written by someone I remotely knew, lol. It was super fun!

    Miss you guys!

  6. Hey!
    Love reading about your adventures. If anyone could say that much about any type of food I think you could do it Collin!!
    Love and miss you!!


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