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Summer 2013

Posted by: Frances

August 18th, 2013 >> Educational, Travel

Well… Since our 1 year anniversary trip in April, I have been quite busy.  Matt and I took a trip to Americus, GA for a Hang Gliding Competition, that was totally fun! 

Then, the studying began for one of four exams for becoming a CPA.  The first exam I am studying for is the Financial section.  It is supposed to be the hardest of them all. 

At the end of July, I was at home (Austin, TX)  taking a break from travel assignments, and spend a few weeks with my family.  I was so incredibly busy, but I was able to at least see some of the most important people to me.  It felt so good to be there!!! My mom took me to Zumba with her and my sister.  I had never tried Zumba and it was fun for sure.  I was also able to go up to Big Spring, TX to watch Matt fly for the last few days of his Hang Gliding Competition.  It was very different not driving for him and made it a very different experience for me.  I was able to hang out with my cousin Jon Mikus for 3 days at his restaurant Red Mesa.  Then, Matt and I headed back to Austin for a fun filled evening dinner with all the family and the dogs. 

Back to studying!  I am taking my test soon and I am determined to pass.  I want this really bad, but I must admit this is very difficult.  I am not confident in my practice test results, but I do think I understand the concepts in the questions.  Keeping my head up and positive.  I can and will do this!

My last contract with Kaiser is completed and I am no longer at that facility.  It is such a relief and I am ready to travel to a different facility for a new assignment.  I am excited! 


Certified Fraud Exams and More…

Posted by: Frances

July 14th, 2013 >> Educational

I have not posted in awhile due to several exams I have been studying for.  In the last 7 months I have successfully passed all the Certified Fraud Exams and I am currently studying for the CPA (Certified Public Accounting License).  It has been very challenging for me and taking up almost all of my time. 

December 4, 2012 GRADUATION! Christmas tree decorating!

Posted by: Frances

December 15th, 2012 >> Educational, Holidays

I am officially a Summa Cum Laude (4.0) Graduate of a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Kaplan University!!! I am finished and so incredibly excited!  Now, I am studying for the CPA exam and the CFE exam.  Not too much longer before I start my journey in a new career.

Today, we also took a great photo after decorating our Christmas tree:

April 18, 2012 My mom and dad come to California with me

Posted by: Frances

August 9th, 2012 >> Educational, Outdoor Activities, Travel

My parents came to California to visit and we went to the Reagan Library and the Huntington Library.  The Reagan Library is one of the neatest places I have been.  We spent hours there and I learned so many things about politics and Reagan I didn’t know about it.  I highly recommend visiting!!!  It also has one of the most spectacular views of the mountains in California.  We got to see Air Force One as well as many other really neat things.  I really enjoyed reading the love letters he wrote to his wife!  They were short, sweet, and romantic.


Then, we went to the Huntington Library where they have an original Gutenberg Bible and Canterbury Tales Book.  This place is so beautiful!  The diversity of there gardens and outdoor trails are so relaxing.  This is a great place to just go and unwind.  How light bulbs evolved over time was my favorite.  They had different exhibits such as anatomy and space that were extremely interesting.


January 2012: The New Year

Posted by: Frances

February 3rd, 2012 >> Educational, Outdoor Activities, Travel

Well on New Years Eve, Matt and I were so exhausted from the previous days activities, we didn’t even make it to 9:30pm.  I can’t believe it is 2012 already!  In the last year, I have traveled to several different places, moved into a new residence, started my Master’s Degree in Accounting, and got engaged!  This year I will be getting married, traveling to many more places, graduating with my Master’s in Accounting from Kaplan University in December (with a 4.0 I hope), and working to start a position in the Accounting world.  It will be a year full of many new doors for me and I can’t wait.  More news to come….

Bonk by Mary Roach

Posted by: Frances

July 18th, 2011 >> Educational

bonkSo I finished ready Bonk.  I absolutely loved it.  Very interesting book and well written.  If you want to know some random history about sex, orgasms, and science, then this is the book to read.  A few things I read, I am still completely shocked people do that or even tried it.  You will have to read it if you want to know what I am talking about.  It is a fast and easy read.  I promise you will learn a thing or two.


Now, I am reading  Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.  So far it is quite eye opening.  We will see…

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Posted by: Frances

April 29th, 2011 >> Educational

So, I finished reading Spook, by Mary Roach.  It is about her researching the soul, reincarnation, ghosts, and much more.  After reading her book, I am not sure if I believe there is an afterlife.  If you are interested in finding out the research and evidence behind this and more you should definitely read this book.  I personally did not like this book even half as much as I enjoyed Stiff.  At the end of this book she as Mary says, it is all just what you choose to believe in evidence or not.


Now I am reading her third book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.  So far this one is pretty interesting.  I am reading about the selection of astronauts and the building of the space shuttles.


Trip to Austin & then Santa Barbara for Hang Gliding Lessons

Posted by: Frances

April 9th, 2011 >> Educational, Hang Gliding, Outdoor Activities, Travel

I went home to Austin, TX this last weekend.  I had a great time seeing everyone as usual.  I wish I had more time to see the LC Rocks crew, but maybe next time.  On Saturday night when I flew in, I went to Amanda’s Baccalaureate Party, needless to say it was quite eventful for myself.  Then, Sunday I spent the day with great friends and family over breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Monday was a short day, but lunch with mom and dad which was really nice.  I miss everyone so much.

On Tuesday, after being back in California, I drove to Santa Barbara to Elings Park training hill to complete my Hang Gliding Lessons FINALLY with Zac Majors.  His website is: and he is one of the top Hang Glider Pilots in the United States.  He does lessons and tandems.  So we went out to the hill and did about 20 flights off the hill between a 1/4 and 1/2 way up the 200ft hill.  Wednesday we went back out and I did another 20 flights or so off the hill between 1/4 and 1/2 way up the 200ft hill.  Then, to top the day off, I did 3 flights from the top at 200ft.  My first and third flights were pretty good, but my second one was good until the landing.  I wacked and my nose went landed right in the nose of the glider.  I have a nice purple bruise on my nose to show for it.  (Just a little bruise and soar, but no blood THANK GOODNESS!)  I passed my Hang 1 Pilot test and the written part of the Hang 2 Pilot test.  Hopefully next week I will complete the flying part for the Hang 2!  (At least that is the goal!)

See my video on facebook


Elings Park Training Hill: What I get to see as I launch from the hill!  GORGEOUS!


Elings 200ft Training Hill

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Posted by: Frances

April 9th, 2011 >> Educational

I was told by a friend to read the Book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  Come to find out, my sister read this book and another one of her four books.  I thought the book was very educational and interesting.  I sure did catch my attention and make me rethink some things.  I think it is worth while to read, but beware there are some gruesome parts.  I am glad I read this book and I am excited about reading her other three books.

Just to give you a little background about Mary Roach…  She is just an average civilian like you and I that was curious about some really random things.  She did extensive research about the topics she was curious about and wrote these books about her discoveries along the way.  Interesting perspective and eye opening.


Her other books include:

1. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

2. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

3. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Graduate School

Posted by: Frances

March 24th, 2011 >> Educational

So this week I was accepted into Kaplan University’s Graduate School for a Master’s in Accounting with an emphasis in forensics.  I am really excited and start school April 20!  I can’t believe it.  I am very nervous and hope that I can get through it.  This should be exciting…

The application process has been a nightmare!  I have spent countless hours on the phone trying to get everything taken care of to the point where I just want to pull my hair out!  Hopefully all this will pay off!