The Byron Clan

The Byron Clan

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dear Winter,

...Usually your presence makes me happy, but I vaguely remember the last time I lived in Indiana.There were several days of below 0 and freezing rain...

Please take pity on us. My husband has not experienced an Indiana winter and he'll have to walk to the bus stop two days a week.

Also please remember that I have to drive 1.5 hours to and from Indy on Tuesdays and Thursdays next semester. So, if you could hold off on the ice and snow on those days, that'd be great.

Thanks in advance,

Dear Cypress Square Apartments,

Thank you for having the foresight to include fireplaces in your apartments. Genius idea.

Your loyal tenants in 312,
The Utah winter wussies

Friday, November 14, 2008


After two grueling months of interviews we've finally made a decision on the summer internship. Chad will be working for Procter & Gamble for the summer months of 2009. We're very excited! I'm so proud of him for all of his hard work; it's nice to know that it really does pay off in the end.
Here's some facts about P & G:
  • It started as an oils and fats company. Their first two products were candles and soaps.
  • 3 billion times a day, P & G products touch the lives of people in 180 countries. Some of our favorites include: Crest, Tide, Puffs, Pringles, Cascade, Covergirl and Gillette. See http://http// for a complete list of all the products.
  • In 2007, P & G made Fortune's top ten most admired companies list. (Other companies included General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, and Apple).
  • Their world headquarters is in Cincinnati and some call the main buildings the Dolly Parton Towers due to anatomical reasons that need not be explained:

About Cincinnati:

  • Is home to more Fortune 500 companies than Boston. P & G is number 23 on the Fortune 500 list. Cincy is also home to General Electric Aviation which is number 6 (crossing our fingers and praying that our friends go to work here), as well as Kroger, which is number 26.
  • Cost of living is lower than the national average. (glorious)
  • Home of the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, and Mighty Ducks.
  • Was part of the Underground Railroad and home of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin)

Chad said, "That picture makes it look like we're moving to the big city...but I guess when you're moving from Lafayette, Indiana, it is the big city."

Friday, November 7, 2008

Too Bad...

...McCain and Palin didn't win. I really could have used a few more years of this:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Things I'm Grateful For...

70 degree weather in November... (These pictures were taken on Tuesday)

Beautiful leaves...

Indiana trails...

Friends who get me out of the house!... (Michelle and cute Miya)

A husband who can see out of both eyes!

This looks ugly...but we're expecting a full recovery and an eye that looks virtually normal in a couple of weeks (minus eyelashes on the bottom lid, but who really needs 'em anyway). Hallelujah. It's been a long haul these past couple of months but I think we've both learned how grateful we are for the little things, like warm weather, Indiana in the fall, and sight =)

Monday, November 3, 2008


Chad is in the midst of interviewing for internships for this upcoming summer. He just received an offer from Dow Chemical which is located in Midland, Michigan. He really wanted to check it out before any decisions were made, so we decided to make a trip of it. After I got home from class on Thursday evening we took off for my sister's house in Belleville, MI. Chad was visiting Dow for most of Friday morning and afternoon, so I stayed at my sister's house for the Halloween festivities. The kids carved pumpkins after they got home from a 1/2 day of school. Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite Halloween activities. Alexa carved a spider, Michael carved a witch brewing in her cauldron, Gregory carved a scary lookin' guy, and Zachary carved (well, Jen carved...) Thomas the Tank Engine. Jen had already picked out a simple scary face for her and Zach to carve, but he really wanted to carve Thomas. I think the pumpkins turned out great!

Zach loved his pumpkin so much he gave it a hug. =)

Chad got home for chili dinner (which was delectable) and then the kids got ready to go trick-or-treating.

Pretty Lexa was Cleopatra, the twins were mimes, and Zach was of course...Thomas. He was so funny. There was another little kid in the neighborhood that had the same costume and when Zach saw he went running over shouting, "Thomas! Come on!" Absolutely hilarious. The twins had a whole routine down for when poeple answered their doors. Everyone thought it was so great they gave them extra candy. Check out the loot:

We had a great Halloween weekend with family! It's fun to be so close.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I should be doing homework. Instead, I blog...

Nashville was incredible. I seriously fell in love with this place. If Chad ever got a job somewhere close to Nashville, I think we'd take it in a heartbeat.

We were there because Chad was part of the Purdue team that was invited to participate at a case competition. The competition took place at Vanderbilt on Friday and went until Saturday afternoon. Purdue came in third and won 500 bones for each team member. It basically paid for our vacation and who doesn't love paid vacation.
So, here's the breakdown. On Friday I hung out at the hotel and worked on some homework while the team went to present their case. When they came back I went with Chad to the little get together that they were throwing at a place on Music Row called Rippy's. (Music Row is a bunch of bars where country singers who want to make their break come and perform...very cool.) We had an incredible dinner of ribs, flapjacks, and baked beans.

When the case competition was finished on Saturday afternoon Chad and I checked into Hotel Indigo. This hotel was awesome...

We took a walk up to Vanderbilt campus, which was gorgeous:

We had dinner and then headed to the Grand Ole Opry. If you're ever in Nashville, you must go. There are many entertainers and many different styles of Country. We really enjoyed it:

Sunday morning we ate at the Pancake Pantry. Some Vanderbilt students told us that we had to go while in Nashville and they told us that the line would move really fast, so don't worry. We got there and the line was seriously out the door. But it was totally worth it. I have never eaten anything so glorious in my life. I ordered the chocolate chip pancakes (more chocolate than pancake) and Chad got the originial buttermilk pancakes:

We then went to the Parthenon replica. I'd remembered learning about this in my Humanities classes. A hundred + years ago they decided to build this temporary replica. When it came time to destroy the replica, the citizens of Nashville pitched a fit. It is now a permanent Nashville landmark:

After the Parthenon we went to Belle Meade, which was an old Plantation:

On our drive we found the house we will purchase when we move to Nashville: =)

After a delicious dinner of smoked chicken and brisket at Jacks, we went to the Stage and Tootsie (two famous Country bars):

The guy in this last picture just got signed by John Rich, from Big & Rich. He was the only "star" we saw.

Overall, we had an awesome time and can't wait to go back again next year!