Monthly Archives: November 2008

Flying West

We decided the best way to go West for the hollidays will be to building my own plane.  We will paint it purple and call it “The Janell.”  We decided against it however, considering the likely consequences depicted in the image on the left.  Janell is flying the plain and kicked me out for eating the last Oreo.

     We saw Twilight yesterday and both liked it.  Janell though the book was better, but she liked it anyway.  I thought it was a fun story and an exciting movie.  It had fairly few romance scenes for a “romance” film.  Maybe that’s why some twilight fans did not like the movie.

      I find it interesting that Bella wanted to be a vampire so she could be with her man forever.  Don’t they know you can acheive the same result in the temple, without the unearthly side effects.  Janell and I just went to the Nauvoo temple yesterday, which is a great reminder of how we, mere mortals, can be sealed together for time and all eternity.  Consequently, I strongly recomend temple marriage and promise that it is at least a little less painful than becoming a vampire.  Ouch! Janell, I was only Joking.  Anyway, three weeks till finals when I can breath again.  Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

For Thanksgiving we ate at our friends the Fifes’ apartment.  I played in an epic turkey bowl in the morning and am still walking funny 3 days later.

Me Love . . . COOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cookie Monster, some days I know exactly how you feel.  You are not a monster at all.  Anyway, we are preparing for our first Thanksgiving away from family.  It won’t be one of our worst Thanksgivings, however.  The Robinsons have had some pretty lame Thanksgivings over the years.  Like the time we returned from a two week trip to Denmark on thanksgiving afternoon.  We purchased a Thanksgiving dinner and set it all up, but were too tired to eat it, so we ate a few bites and then went to sleep.  At 3:00 in the morning, I arose and wandered to the kitchen to find everyone else eating the cold Thanksgiving dinner right where they left it.  We also moved twice over Thanksgiving, which was less than ideal.  This Thanksgiving will be much better for Janell and me.  We are eating at a friend’s house this year.  It will be great to have a little time off to spend together.

It was 12 degrees on Friday when Janell drove me to campus and the high that day was 31 degrees.  Of course, I did not mind because I spent all day in the cozy law building, but Janell had recess duty with the kids and froze.  It was no fun.  We have not had a big snow drop yet, but we know it is coming, since it typically rains every week or at least every other week here.  It’s funny; you don’t realize you have always lived in a desert until you move somewhere where they don’t use sprinklers to keep their lawns alive.

            We went together to donate plasma so we could afford a date this week. They pay well and always put the blood right back where they found it.  Your body replenishes its plasma every 24 hours, so it is really no big loss.  The worst part for Janell is that they pump cold saline fluid into your veins to replace the fluid you lose and it makes her shiver.  Speaking of pumping blood, we are excited to see Twilight this week.  Yay!  Or at least Janell is.  I will try not to make fun of it too much.

Have a Happy day!

Week in review

Janell has been hired perminently by one of the elementary schools in Iowa City.  Hoorah!!!  She is what they call a paraeducator.  This is especially good because the younger kids are the ones she wants to work with and she will have better hours and know where she is going day to day.  She probably does not mention this to anyone, but the school district loves her!  She has only been working for 2 months and she constantly has to turn down requests from teachers because it conflicts with another request from another school administrator.  She was supposed to start on Tuesday, but another school she is working at begged her to stay for another week, so she agreed.  That school even offered to talk to the principal of the school Janell will be working for just to have her for another week. 

Now for a funny story about Janell.  Today, excitedly began preparing some banana bars from a recipe she found online. (she gets really excited about these kinds things)  half way through the recipe Janell realised that banana bars were probably not the best recipe because we were all out of bananas.  Sad day!  She did not let it get her down though.  She finished the recipe and as I write this I am eating banana-free banana bars.  It is amazingly good!!!  She tells me she replaced the bananas with chocolate which i guess would explain it.

Prop 8, some thoughts

     Since everyone else is publicly mentioning something on the issue, I thought I would share some of my personal thoughts.  To Janell and I, marriage is something sacred.  Most religions feel the same.  Most religions that believe the Bible believe homosexuality is a sin and therefore homosexual marriage is inherently wrong.  It is really hard to get around Romans: 1 and Leviticus 18.  That being said, it is never appropriate to persecute anyone just because they commit sins because we all commit sins.  I believe as Christians we have a duty to be kind to all people including homosexuals.  We can’t however, vote to legally define something we find inherently wrong as the same as something inherently sacred.  We cannot call evil good or good evil.  When we do so, society falls apart.  Just ask Isaiah.  He said:Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ”

point#2 (Non-religious)

     Marriage is not a limitless right.  It never was.  Polygamist groups are keenly aware of this.  The US does not recognize every form of marriage.  We don’t let adults marry children.  We don’t allow polygamy.  we don’t allow brother and sister to marry.  We allow certain kinds of marriages, but not others.  usual it is because certain kinds of marriage are bad for society.  Most California voters think that Same sex marriage is a kind of marriage we should not allow.  I personally believe that such an allowance would be harmful to society.

      If we do decide to redefine marriage, we should at least do it to respect something constitutionally protected like Religion.  Many Muslims are prohibited from practicing poligamy by the traditional definition of marriage in the law.  I would much rather see the legal definition of marriage changed for a person’s constitutionally protected right to worship.  (I also think freedom of religion is sacred).

     Prop 8 excludes a type of marriage, irrespective of race, class, or sexuality.  Heterosexuals are equally barred from same sex marriages and homosexuals are allowed to pursue traditional marriages.  Prop 8 does not deprive Homosexuals of any rights that the rest of us have.  It is not a civil rights issue.  It is not like race.  The law should protect all races equally. The law should make not have a different law for different races (except for affirmative action laws for reasons I will not go into).  Likewise the law should not provide different laws for homosexuals and heterosexuals.  Homosexuality is not a race; it is a propensity, sometimes very strong, to act in a certain way.  Civil justice does not require that we change the laws to accomidate behaviors of a group of people who have a propensity to act a certain way.  Civil justice requires only that we make laws equal.  That is probably why 70% of African American voters in CA did not feel bad about voting for prop 8.

Our latest happenings

Nov
10
2008

Chocolate Bananas Cure Cancer

(From Janell)                       

Top News Headlines of the week……

Law Memo Melts Brain of Unexpecting Law Student…

Can Chocolate Bannanas make you smarter?

Iowa City Gas Prices Lowest in Nation.

Janell Preaches Fire and Brimstone To Ward.

Horse Comes Out of Woman’s Ear in Nauvoo IL

Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers.

That’s right….Darren’s brain is a pile of mush after he worked on his law memo  all day yesterday. Ok- so that might be a bit of an exageration but he has been working very hard and i am so proud of him. His second law memo is due right before Thanksgiving. He was at the law school all day on Saturday and by the end of the day his poor brain was about to explode. He has been working so hard and I am so proud of him for all the hours  of studying that he is putting in right now.

So if I were a scientist i would do a study on chocolate Bannanas because they are delicious. There has to be some great health bennifit….they cure cancer, right?  Right now we are eating chocolate covered bannanas and they are so yummy! Darren has chocolate all over his mouth and it looks like lipstick. hehehe

So my mom said that in Utah everyone was talking about how the lowest gas prices in the nation right now are in Iowa. Gas is currently 1.99$ which is great…the Nauvoo temple has been closed the last few weeks for cleaning but we can’t wait to take a road trip there when it reopens especially because of gas being so inexpensive!

Fire and Brimstone might be a bit of an exageration but last week I taught 3 nephi 16, 20-21 in Sunday School. I feel like the lesson went well but I still have alot to learn about being a good teacher and am just hoping I will get a little better every week. Darren is teaching his institute class this Wed, and he is  covering some chapters from Revelation ( Good luck- hun…..)hehehe He will be great. Darren has so many talents, I knew of many of them before we got married but the more time goes by I am more and more amazed at all the strengths and abilities that he has and to what extent he has them.

It has turned very cold this last week and I am still trying to get over being sick, because I go outside with kids at recess, it seems like it has been a slow road for my body to get better.

We were touring Nauvoo when a horse randomly exited Janell’s ear.  The picture speaks for its self. (Darren)

We went and voted on Nov 4th- it was surprisingly easy to register – Darren says so easy that we should have done it twice ( hahah) -We registered on the spot with out of state Drviers licenses and were in and out within 15 minutes. We are some of the few Republicans in our county but it sure is fun to be in a minority for once. 

In other news….Univeristy of Iowa beat number three Penn state yesterday by one point! The whole city was both very excited and very drunk yesterday. People sure love their beer here in Iowa….

Note From Darren: Janell has quite the flair for melow drama.  I wish our life was really that interesting.  I guess as a reporter you have to make boring stories sound interesting.  It would also help it you wrote in the comments box about how interesting you think our lives are our lives are.  Humor us please.  Anyway, Janell is big sweetheart and is super nice to me.  She thinks I am handsome even though my hair is so long and mangy at this point I look like a shaggy bear.   She is so supportive I can’t even believe it.  I don’t know how other law students handle it without their own personal Janell.  Here is a headliner for you:

Iowa City Woman Wins Nobel Prize for Outstanding Excellence in Wifology.

(10 million clever blogging points to me.)

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Oct
26
2008

Law School 101

From Janell: Darren’s birthday is on friday!!! I think I am more excited then he is about it though….So Darren and I went to the Law School’s, “Family and Friends Day” yesterday morning and got some yummy food as well as some sound advice on , “what I can do to help my law student get through the next few years.” 

My favorite line from the whole event was when the student panel said that in the program “the first year they scare you to death, the second year they work you to death and the third year they bore you to death”. Ha…. ha…..that is quite the desciption if I ever heard one. 

After going to things like this or just talking to others who have been through the law school experience I can’t help but feel blessed as I have been very spoiled with time from Darren. I am not sure if things are just clicking faster for him or what but I get to see and spend alot more time with him than I originally thought I was going to – mind you we haven’t reached finals time yet, and I am sure that time will be a whole other experience but for now I feel very blessed to get to see and spend time with my best friend every day.

So we are pretty tight right now financially and so we have been trying to cut corners and be as frugal as we can with things- so many of our dates consist of running to the public library and checking out movies- the cool thing is that they get new releases in about a week after they come out so we get to watch those for free! wa hoo! Speaking of running- we ran two days last week  ( one of the days I jogged 5 miles- I was very proud of myself), we are trying to be better about this but it is getting pretty cold outside which only makes it harder.  I have been sick for the lats few days which has been a bummer- I always get sick…but Darren never does- where is the justice?! 

Today was our stake conference and so we got to drive to the building that is right down the street from us- ya! It is too bad that our stake building is closer than our ward one but that is how it goes sometimes. They focused some on missionary work and setting our priorities in line (referenced Elder Oaks’, “Good, Better, Best” talk), but the main theme of the morning was on the importance of lifting the youth in the stake. They talked about how important it is no matter what your calling to get to know the names of the youth in your ward and get involved in their lives. (Go attend their games, performances..exc….)  

Friday is Darren’s birthday and he will be 25- so now he can rent cars without an additional fee, a-h-h-h lifes little joys.  Another little joy….Gas is gone down to  2.34 a gallon in Iowa City! This is great news, as hopefully food will start to go down a little bit too. Well- I will sign off for now. 

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Oct
06
2008

Week in review

Skies are blue in Iowa City!  It is such a beautiful day today.  Yesterday we even watched part of a session of conference outside (on my computer at the law school).  A mechanic told us that the engine in our van will likely blow at any moment.  Luckily we were able to find a good car within our budget and trade it in before the dismal event occurred.  It’s a beautiful baby Buick and we are naming her Bella.

The car is so roomy and the seats are huge.  I can see why old people like Buicks so much. 

Janell:  Darren thinks he is so cool, but he is not.  Darren:  No I don’t.  Janell: I have proof, look.

See!  Darren:  I guess you are right.  I really don’t remember saying that though.

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Sep
29
2008

AAAAAAA, The server crashed!!!

In case anyone checks this site, I lost all my databases when the server randomly crashed.  Unfortunately I have no time to rebuild at the moment so it will have to happen gradually.  Our happenings will be on this page at the moment.  The tech support said that it was the only time when such a crash has ever happened to the.  It’s my fault anyway, for not backing them up.  Darrenandjanell.com/darren is still there, but all that does is point to databases.  Oh well.  My hosting company is a non profit so  I will let it slide.  Anyway, Janell has decided to work for the school district as a substitute teacher.  We like it because it is flexible and pays better than the Marriot.  We found a 4 inch centipede in our bathroom this morning, which really woke us up to say the least. I’m starting to worry that we will run into a bug so large, my size 13 shoe won’t squash it.  Anyway, check back regularly.  I will restore the other pages soon.  Poor kessia. I finally got Kessia to write in her blog and the server went down right after.  Any way, thanks for stopping in!!!!!!!

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