Monday, September 29, 2008

Oh, TLC... How You Disappoint Me

I loved Trading Spaces when it came out, and I still enjoy watching it whenever I happen upon it. What Not to Wear has been one of my top favorite shows of all time for a while now. 10 Years Younger isn't as good, but it's still fun to watch. Basically, it used to be that I could watch just about anything on TLC and like it.

However... this is no longer the case. Little People, Big World is pretty much the abomination of my life. I've never liked A Baby Story or Jon & Kate Plus 8, and I think Rock the Reception and Say Yes to the Dress are two of the most annoying show titles/premises ever.

But now I think TLC has finally gone too far, and here is my proof:

17 Kids and Counting

Ok. Like Jon & Kate Plus 8 wasn't enough? We need more shows about families with ridiculous numbers of children? It's getting ridiculous! Also, is it weird that I find this couple annoying without ever having seen the show? The dad's name is Jim Bob, which is sad, but don't worry, it gets worse. Here are the names of their kids--and they all start with "J." All seventeen of them. Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa,
Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and baby Jennifer.

Ugh. TLC, this is not okay. Your shows are becoming crappier by the season. Please stop it immediately.


The Debate

We watched the presidential debate tonight and I just wanted to put a placeholder in here right now for the comments that I will post tomorrow. I know you're all on the edge of your seats. :)

Ok, kids, here we go. And first I would just like to say that I don't know why I've never watched these debates before, because they are fascinating. In case you didn't get to watch, here is a basic overview of how the debate went (and I promise you this is not a biased account. I have strong opinions, but I am very good at checking if my reactions are based on what I feel or what I'm actually seeing):

Obama: answers his questions, sometimes agreeing with McCain and sometimes disagreeing. when he does agree with McCain, says "John is absolutely right" and acknowledges that they agree.

McCain: manages to argue with Obama even when they're actually agreeing, and almost every answer begins with "what Senator Obama doesn't quite understand..." or includes something about how many years he's been in politics or how he's been to the country in question.

It's true, and if you watched it you know what I'm talking about. It really isn't smart on McCain's part, by the way. He's running for president of the entire United States, not just the Republicans. By acknowledging that he agrees with a lot of what McCain says, Obama appeals to the independents and the people who are in the middle. McCain, by trying to make Obama sound completely incompetent regardless of what he says, alienates anyone except for his own staunch Republican supporters. Not a good tactic, to say the least, and not smart.

There were a couple things that I really liked in McCain's answers. For example, I love his attitude about reducing government spending. Obama also says he wants to reduce it, but has a less enthusiastic approach; and while I don't think it's a good idea to put a complete freeze on spending except for veterans' affairs, the defense department, and entitlement programs (leave it to McCain to cut out everything but the military and the elderly), I really appreciate how big a priority that is to him.

There was a little graph along the bottom of the screen that showed audience approval ratings while they were talking, and there were three little lines, one for Republican, one for Democrat, and one for Independent. Obviously the Republicans' approval was higher while McCain was talking and vice versa for Obama, but the part we were watching was the Independents, because they're not automatically attached to one candidate or the other. It was pretty even for the first half of the debate, if I remember right, but during the second half... well, almost every time it switched from Obama to McCain, their little green line went down and stayed there. Usually about halfway through McCain's comments he would start getting higher approval ratings, and here is why I think that was: for the first twenty or thirty seconds of his responses, McCain would talk about how Obama doesn't know what he's talking about--and then, when he finally got around to answering the question, he would say something that agreed very closely with Obama. Kind of annoying, but I must admit, very entertaining to watch. :)

So the general impression I was left with was Obama as the clear victor, in both policies and campaign intelligence. My steadily increasing feeling about McCain is that while he does have more experience, all of it is related to the military--and he seems to think that everything about being president is, too. Since it is clearly not, his extra experience no longer holds a lot of weight against Obama, and in fact appears to be quite a hindrance in his understanding of things unmilitary.

Anyway, there you go. I am super excited for the vice-presidential debate this week. In closing, here are some amazing SNL videos. My favorite is the one with McCain, followed closely by the one with Palin and Clinton. Hi-freakin-larious.

The end.

I don't think this one's AS funny as the rest, but still funny.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Job Update

I interviewed for a job on Wednesday that was going to be pretty perfect for what I need right now--it was temporary, which is the biggest factor, because I will be leaving in December and don't want to leave someone in the dirt. It was full-time and $10 an hour, so it would have been a lot of money in a short amount of time. It was data entry, which is something I am highly overqualified for, and it was on Center St in Orem, so it was really close by.

However. They called today and I didn't get it. I had a really good interview on Wednesday, so I have no idea why. For a job that only requires you to type things in for eight hours a day, it seems like someone who types 100 wpm and is a nice person should be ideal.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Something I Want.

...And I mean really, REALLY want. I actually had a typewriter when I was younger; I found it at a garage sale in our neighborhood and my parents bought it for me, and it was amazing. However, it was crap and I don't think it even worked. But I have been wanting one for a looooong time, particularly recently.

Here's the thing. I've always loved writing, but I never do it very much. I have a hard time with handwriting because I can't write fast enough for my brain (and also because when I handwrite I grip the pen really hard and get really bad cramps in my hand). However, typing on my laptop is no good either. It doesn't feel glamorous enough. This is the solution, my friends! Especially because this one is red. My goodness. I found it on ebay and I wish I could get it right now. Someday I will though! Someday.

P.S. I don't know much about typewriters right now but the one distinguishing factor between ones I like and ones I don't is the keys. They have to be on those little pegs--I don't like the ones that look like modern keyboards. That essentially defeats the purpose. Example of a stupid typewriter:
Yes. Well, then. I suppose that is all.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Big News

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things... Such as our big news.

If you will remember, last Tuesday I wrote a very whiny post about how I was feeling crappy. In that post I mentioned a thing that I'd been really hoping we'd get to do around Christmas this year, but I didn't think we were going to be able to do it. Well, we've talked about it more, and some things have changed (such as Mike getting a job), and now it turns out that we are going to be able to do it.

And so we have decided. This December, the weekend before Christmas, Mike and I are moving to Texas.

We've been discussing it for about a month now, so--while it is only three months away--it's not quite as hasty a decision as it seems. The original plan was that we would do Thanksgiving here and Christmas in Texas this year. Then one day I was talking to my mom and she mentioned that if we just came for Christmas and stayed, we would save the money we would've spent flying down there (which is not an insignificant amount--plane tickets when I last looked were $400 each). Since we don't have an apartment contract, there's nothing to actually hold us here, so it makes a lot of sense for us to go now.

Obviously this is a bittersweet decision for everyone (except my family). We're going to miss Mike's family a LOT, and of course our friends here. (The timing couldn't be worse, for example, to coordinate with Lindsey's move; depending on when she comes, we could miss each other completely, and that would be very sad.) Finding out that Candice is going to have a baby was a pretty big setback, too, because of course we want to be here for that. Leaving the kids in general is going to be incredibly difficult, because we have loved being around while they grow up. Mike is really liking UVU, so he's sad about leaving that just as he's getting into it. And of course there's always the fact that we generally hate moving. So all around, it was a pretty tough decision.

However. There are a ridiculous number of pros to the plan, too. One, I'll get to be by my family again. I've been away from home for over five years now, and I am really excited to go back. Two, (as anyone who reads our blogs knows,) we are so tired of struggling with the Utah Valley job market. There are more jobs available in the Dallas area and, more importantly, they pay so much better. I can't even tell you how excited we are for that. We are also excited for the housing situation, which is infinitely better because landlords have to actually care about keeping their tenants. Gas is cheaper (well, when they're done recovering from the hurricane it will be), winter is warmer, and apartments are nicer (but not necessarily more expensive).

Anyway. So that's our news. We will miss everyone terribly, but this is a big step for us, and we feel like it's the right one for now. In any case, it's an exciting/slightly scary time for us, and we can't wait to see what happens!

Flossing with angel hair pasta

Hmm. I am discovering more issues with Chrome and they make me sad because I've become attached to it now. Turns out the problem I've been having where pictures don't come through in my email is Chrome's fault... if I open my email in Firefox, the pictures are fine. Grr.

Anyway. Yesterday I was sitting in the left turn lane at a light and this car pulled up behind me at the exact same time that the exact same car made a left turn directly across from me. It was quite bizarre--for a minute I wasn't sure what I was seeing.

It's not really that good a story, but there was no one with me at the time, so I just felt like I needed to share.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Jurassic Park

I finally saw Jurassic Park today, for the first time ever. Mike's been badgering me about it for a while, but I kept successfully evading the issue. (I have never wanted to see it because it looks terrifying.) However! In a very sneaky turn of events, Mike asked his mom to bring it home from the library so it was just sitting around in our room, and of course he kept bugging me about it, and then today I finally couldn't put it off anymore. SO. I have now seen Jurassic Park.

As I expected, it was one of the more terrifying two hours of my life, and this is not a joke. But I think I can say I liked it (now that I've had a little while to recover). It was kinda cool to see all the dinosaurs walkin' around and stuff, and that was a really beautiful island. (OH--for the record, I would just like to inform everyone that
as soon as they all got to the island, I totally called that the lawyer was going to be the first one to die. I should probably make movies, because clearly I have an excellent understanding of the elements of quality cinematic construction.)

So anyway. Pretty good movie. Very, very scary. But all around a good time. P.S. I freakin' love this guy. ---->

About five seconds after the movie ended, Mike started asking his mom to bring home the second one, and don't you worry--I cut him off RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of THAT sentence. Yes I will probably watch it, but come on man, I've been putting this off for 15 years! You gotta give me at least a couple days in between. Geez.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mike Got a Job!

He finally found one and he starts Monday. It's for the Alpine School District, which he has worked for before, and the position is head sweeper. Yes that is essentially a janitorial job, and it pays $10 an hour so neither of us is complaining! Also it's in Lindon, not American Fork, which is where he worked the last time he worked for the school district, so that is much nicer. Also I applied for a job and got an email today saying they'd already filled it but they had an office job available, so I sent them my resume for that and we'll see what happens. If that doesn't work out, I've already applied to just about every retail place in the area, so when they start doing their Christmas hiring I'm sure I'll hear from at least a few of those. MORE good news--we got a delayed paycheck today from when Mike worked at the UVU bookstore, which we'd completely forgotten about, so that was a nice surprise!

Other good things:
--We had a $5 off coupon for Good Earth which we used today, and also because we spent more than $20 we got one of those nifty little environmentally-friendly shopping bags.
--We've both lost weight. :) I have my own little exercise regimen, and also I've discovered a couple of Mike's mom's walking videos that I really like. (Don't be deceived by my calling them walking videos--the one I've been doing the most is mucho intense. That's kinda why I like it, it's fun.) But anyway. The moral of that story is, we're both feeling good. :)
--I am going to buy some Cheetos in celebration of the new job. I've been trying to eat them less because, let's be honest, they're not the healthiest of treats, but tonight I shall splurge.
--My parents finally joined our family blog! I invited them three times before they got around to figuring it out. Good job, guys. :)
--I invited Megan to join our book club and she probably is going to! At any rate she's looking for a book to read for this month's genre, so that'll be fun.
--Lindsey is moving back to Provo! This is very recent news, and very exciting.

K I think that's all for now. This didn't start out as a "good things" post, but I guess there were just so many good things that they all started to come out as soon as I mentioned one. Hey--call me crazy, but I'm not going to complain about having too many good things to write about. These posts are way better than the kind I wrote last!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I am feeling crappy.

This is not helped by the fact that I know Mike is feeling crappy too.

There's something that I was really, really hoping we would get to do around Christmas this year. We've been talking about it for a few weeks now and it was never 100% for sure that we could, for various reasons, but in my head I always thought we would end up doing it. Now I'm less optimistic and I'm pretty depressed about the idea of not getting to do it.

Also, the reason we wouldn't get to do it is money, which would be stressful even if there wasn't this other thing. Mike and I are both unemployed now and job hunting, which we hate. We have money to hold us over for another few months, if we need to, but that money was supposed to go to the thing that I really wanted to do, and if we use it up there won't be any chance of doing it.

$450 a month is a ridiculous amount to ask students to pay, and you'd think college advisers would know that.

I'm really tired today. The past month has been really stressful and it is starting to wear on both of us. I applied at Buckle, although I'm not really sure why--they called and asked to set up an interview, but I'm not sure I want to go. I applied there once a few years ago, and here's how the interview process went: the manager took me to the back of the store, right behind the registers, and we just stood there while he interviewed me, and then told me right after that I wasn't what they were looking for. So basically I'm not sure I want to interview there again if what I'm going to get is rejection straight to my face and in the middle of the store.

Hahahaha I just looked over at Mike's computer and saw a really funny picture. I hope he's going to post it on his blog so you can all see it.

On the bright side, my hair is getting pretty long. On another bright side, I would really like to have Sami cut it again in December (which is when she cut it last year), and maybe perm it again. I liked the perm a lot. :)

I guess there are still bright sides to life. I just have to look a little harder to find them right now.

Also, my shift key is being stupid. It randomly doesn't work sometimes, and I find myself having to go back and capitalize letters that should've already been capitalized. Jerk shift.

I like getting to talk to my sisters online. Talia works at a computer so she's on every day, and Dafni used to get on and talk to us before she got a job. She works 8-5 at a day care now, though, so she's pretty much never on. That is sad. I don't talk to my family as much as I'd like to because whenever I talk to my mom it's usually a 2+ hour conversation, and sometimes that's hard to fit into a schedule. Logically, you might say it'd be better to call her more often because then the conversations would be shorter--you'd think this would be the case, wouldn't you? To be fair, it does sometimes work that way, but not usually. My mom and I can talk for a really long time. If you know her (or me) you will believe this.

Mike is bugging me to look at his blog. You should go look, I'm assuming it will be something funny.

Hahaha I was right. Mike is hilarious. (It was the picture of the squirrel that I saw earlier and it made me laugh. Chipmunk? Squirrel? I don't remember which it is. You'll know what I mean.)

Speaking of hilarious things, I shall post some funny comics to make me feel better.


cheap GPS

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ohhhh Wow.

I got an email today with a link to a video called "Obama makes fun of the Bible." The link in the email didn't work, so I did a Google search for it myself and watched it. I found one that wasn't edited and cut up into a bunch of pieces (because I wanted to hear what Obama actually said), but it did have some text put over the video, and WOW. Watch the video so you know what I'm talking about--it's the 5 minute one called "Barack Obama antichristian speech", third from the top.

First of all, the text in that video is absolutely absurd! Whoever the ridiculous person is who posted it, he is either retarded or just good at twisting words. Obama said NONE of the things that that person said he did.

Second, I frankly do not see why anyone is upset about this speech. What I heard--and what he actually said--was that America is not a 100% Christian country, and therefore it cannot be governed 100% by Christian principles. This is true. It would not be right for the government to make laws forcing Christian beliefs on people who don't believe in them. This does not mean that Obama is a "closet Muslim," a "Christian-hater," or any of the other ridiculous things I saw while I was looking this up. It means that 1) he understands other people's agency, whether or not he agrees with their choices, 2) he understands that the government is responsible for all Americans, not just the Christian ones.

And for the record, I didn't see what he did as making fun of the Bible in any way. I wouldn't have said what he did about the Sermon on the Mount, but if you think about it, the principles taught in that sermon are radical in that they teach us to go against human nature. Regardless of whether or not I think he should have said it in a speech that way, I have to admit that it's true. And the things he said about Leviticus and Deuteronomy weren't making fun of the Bible--he was emphasizing the point that we can't take everything in the Bible literally in applying it to ourselves, especially not to national government, and that if we were to try and make Christianity the official American religion, we wouldn't even be able to decide which Christianity to teach. It's all true, and he was speaking to a Christian group when he said it, to people who should already know these things.

I have to be honest, things like this make me want to give him my support. The only legitimate complaints about Barack Obama are in reference to his policies and political experience--everything else is complete bull. But it's the "everything else" that's getting passed around, and what all the "Republicans" and "Christians" are harping about and using against him. They're calling him the anti-Christ because his father was Muslim? Is that really fair? And he doesn't believe in forcing Christian values on the entire country just because they're what he believes, so that makes him a horrible person--and also not a real Christian? His ancestors were slave owners and he's not really even black, so he's "the white liberals' Christ" and "phony savior"? I just don't understand how so many otherwise intelligent, kind Christian people are prejudiced against him based on such ridiculous claims. It really is amazing to me.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Something I Probably Should've Warned You About Before I Did It.

I changed my blog address from to, for obvious reasons, and also because I just discovered that I could without messing anything up. So if you could change those on your blogs, that'd be great. :)

Tin Foil Dinners... Do It.

Last night Mike and I made tin foil dinners and they were amazing! Our original plan was to go up in the canyon and cook them there, but by the time we were ready it was dark and we didn't want to try and deal with that, so we decided to cook them in the oven. They worked out great and then we went in the backyard to eat them and it was so fun! I highly recommend it.

Friday, September 12, 2008


I got on here to do something but now I can't remember what. Grr.

It's really weird that I don't identify myself with the Republicans in this election. I don't even know that I'm going to vote for Obama, I really don't, but I do know that I'm not voting for McCain and I don't like his campaign.

Along those lines, read Ellen Goodman and Thomas Friedman in the Deseret News today. Both articles are fantastic.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Ok kids. Looks like we're doing the "followers" thing now, so if you follow my blog, feel free to add yourself. The link is below my blog lists and just above Amelie.

Also, to everyone whose blogs I follow--which is basically everyone who reads mine--if you could do me a favor and add the followers gadget to your page, that'd be great, so I don't have to remember all of your blog addresses to add you. If you add the gadget I can just click on it on your page. :)

Dashboard Confessional is Not My Friend at 6 AM

Apparently Anna couldn't sleep last night and ended up on the couch upstairs (asleep sitting upright, I might add), leaving her phone plugged in by her bed. And apparently Anna has an alarm go off at 6:00 in the morning, because that alarm woke us up. Very, very loudly. Also, apparently Anna's alarm will not turn itself off. It went for about fifteen minutes, and then finally Mike got up to make it stop, and it stopped before he left the room, so he got back in bed. Then it started again a few minutes later. Darn snooze. So we listened to a clip of Hands Down for probably twenty minutes this morning, and then it took me until around 7:00 to fall back asleep again. The moral of the story is, a song can get ruined for you very easily if it wakes you up at 6 in the morning for no reason. Exhibit B: Mike's alarm ringtone is Love Song by Sara Bareilles. I don't like it anymore.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


We finally saw Hancock last night, and I have to say, I don't understand how it's been out this long and I'd heard not one thing about the strange twisted plot-switch in the middle of the movie. (Sorry if that spoils it for anyone, but I'm thinking anyone who hasn't seen it by now probably doesn't care.) How did no one ever mention that? I'd heard lots of people say they didn't like it very much, and I was surprised because based on the trailers it seemed like a decent plotline, and Will Smith is usually pretty solid. No one said anything about not liking it because there's a completely different cheesy and incredibly unlikely plotline for the second half of the movie.
So Charlize Theron. First things first--when she shows up as the superhero in all black with the smoky eye makeup and the dark sunglasses. Give me a break. Why does the girl always have to suddenly sport some sexy makeup when she goes all hardcore? Is it a requirement for being hardcore? They've cast Charlize Theron as a superhero/god/angel with superhuman strength and powers, but that isn't enough unless she's got the sexy eye makeup and black outfit. Laaaaaame.
Anyway. The plot was lame and I think they would have done way better to stick with the one they started out with; I was liking it, I thought Jason Bateman was really good as that character and I was really liking the lighthearted funny thing they had going. The dramatic philosophical junk at the end was dumb.

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In other news, my sister-in-law Candice is pregnant again. We're not supposed to tell people yet because she hasn't told the girls yet, but I don't think anyone who reads my blog knows my nieces... but just in case you run into them somewhere, don't tell them, mmk? :P

Also I've been sick... it's not awesome.

But anyway. So that's all. I'm going to Walmart now to get some granola bars. The end.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Two Down, Three to Go!

Dafni just texted me to say she got the day care job! She starts on Monday! That's two down--Liz got a job at Lakeridge Junior High a week or so ago. That just leaves me, Mike, and my dad. And Anna, kind of, except she's not actively looking. So three and a half. :) Everyone keep crossing those fingers!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Double Standards, Anyone?

I just have something to say about Sarah Palin. I have to admit, I was a little bit impressed when I heard she was McCain's pick, and I actually kinda like her. Not love--I mean come on, she named her kid Track; and the NRA membership doesn't do a whole lot for me either--but like. And here's what bugs me about the whole situation. It's not her lack of experience. That doesn't bug me about Obama, and it doesn't bug me about her. What I can't understand is the hypocrisy of McCain's picking her, after all that business of trashing Obama. I mean... really? The way I see it, the Republicans just asked for this one.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I Have to Brag. I Just Have To!

First, I'm using the new Google browser, Google Chrome. I like it a lot so far. I haven't had a chance to see if there's anything I don't like about it, but I have seen some things I do like--it's super speedy, for one, and that is very nice. Anyway, you should check it out. One thing that's a little bit bizarre; my touchpad has a scrolly thing on the side and for some reason since I've downloaded this browser the scrolling up isn't working, just the scrolling down. Kinda weird. But the browser is so fast I think it makes up for it, good criminy. Google searches are like... instantaneous. Amazing.

Second, today was, like, the most productive day ever. I woke up at 7:30 and took Mike to school at 8. Then I came home and read for three hours. It was amazing. I picked up a couple books at the library last night on impulse--Jesus the Very Thought of Thee, one of those thought-a-day

books about the New Testament, and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, which I've always wanted to read. So I read today's thought (which was really interesting; I'd recommend reading that book, and if you're not going
to, when I get home I'll look it up and post it on here for you), and then I read four or five chapters in Mere Christianity, which I really like. Then I picked up the book that I'm actually reading right now, the seventh book in the Wheel of Time series, and read until 11:00. That in itself made me feel really productive.

Then I went to the computer and 1) talked to Talia online, 2) printed off my mom's letter to Daniel so I could get it same-day-MTC-delivered for her, 3) printed off Talia's letter to him to do the same thing, 4) wrote him my own letter, 5) found Mike's textbooks online for

$280 cheaper than they would have been in the bookstore, and 6) did a little bit of job hunting. I did some crunches, showered, got dressed, and then Mike and I went to run errands. We mailed Daniel's letters, went to the bookstore and got the textbooks we couldn't get online and Mike's new iPod, went home and got something to eat, went to the bank and withdrew the money that we're putting into savings, and went to Beat the Bookstore (by Walmart) and bought a $120 book for $40. We ate a really healthy/yummy dinner at home, and now we're hanging out with Dan and Candice after getting to see the kids before they went to bed. It's been a good day.

THIRD. We got Mike's Stafford loan money today, and organized it to pieces. We used it to buy the things that Mike needed for school (including his books), and then we divided it up into savings for a few different things that we need--1) going to Texas for Christmas, 2) Christmas presents, 3) a new apartment, 4) car payments when we get a new one/my student loans when we have to start paying them back in a couple months/general emergencies. I am so proud of us I can't even stand it.

Haha ok, well, that's about all. I am just in a really good mood right now and needed to brag about the amazingness of our day. Taking a page from Lindsey's book, I give ten cool points to you if you've finished the whole thing. :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ok, ok...

Haha here you go Lindsey, a new post to get the pictures off the top of the page.

I don't have much to write though... except my contact is suddenly spazzing out in my eye, it really hurts. This is not awesome.

Also Benjamin flipped my dad's truck last night while he was driving home from a friend's house... Good times, huh? There seems to be no end of adventures for my family this year. Talia sent me a picture in my email but this computer is really weird about saving pictures and I can't quite figure out how to do it, so I'll try and get it up later when I'm on my own computer.

Speaking of my own computer, man do I miss it. I can't wait until Mike's parents get a wireless network here.

Anna's home sick right now and she's watching Ocean's 13, which I have to say is a pretty great movie. I love the style of the Oceans movies... like in this one, where they all start winning everything and it shows the numbers above the people's heads, how much they won. It's pretty cool.

Anyway, like I said, I don't really have much to say. Sooo Lindsey, here you go.