Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
On thanksgiving day things were overall pretty chill. We had all chipped in to prepare a lot of the food the night before, so all that was left was Mr. Turkey. I helped Chris get it ready and we put it in the roaster. That thing was inherited from Chris' great grandma or something, and was on the fritz a little, but after fixing the breaker and stuff the roaster worked long enough to get the turkey to the proper temperature.
The table was really pretty and Chris' mom collects salt cellars and little salt spoons so everyone got their own at each setting. I think some day I'll want to do that too- It looks super fancy. The food was all over the place, which was good because there were 11 family members and 2 sister missionaries to feed. The food was yummy and the leftovers fit into a few tupperware containers.
Friday we went back to Warren Old Town - TWICE. In the afternoon to see Transporter 3 (action packed if overall totally unrealistic) and that evening to see Madagascar 2 (funny, as good as the original). We PIGGED out at the movies, but it was our last supper i suppose :)
Saturday we got ready to head home and things started out ok. We made it to denver just fine. Sunday was another issue though. We his two Interstate closures, one in Ft. Collins, CO and the other in Cheyenne, WY. The road opened at Cheyenne, but the wind was blowing snow everywhere, so it took us 90 minutes to go 30 miles.
We made it home about 9 pm and i was pretty grateful to be back. Nothing feels as good as sleeping in your own bed. It was a great Thanksgiving and I can't wait for next year!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
When I started uttering the phrase that is the title of this rant in place of normal cussing Blaire thought I was paranoid and prejudiced. Now after being married for two years she has had enough practical experience with me to admit that I am a magnet for stupid people everywhere, and unfortunately I live close to the Idaho border.
Take my most recent, and by far my most memorable, experience so far. Driving home from Kansas we had decided in advance to stay the night in Denver. I happen to be driving when we arrived in Denver, and we arrived at rush hour. Remember, this was Denver, CO, and we were driving from Kansas to Utah.
Well, like I said, it was rush hour and the freeway was getting clogged, but still moving at a brisk pace. I was feeling good about this big city experience till up ahead I noticed a beat up truck, not in the right lane, but in the middle lane right in front of me, and I was approaching at an alarming rate. To a driver this means that the vehicle you're approaching is going slower than you. This truck was going WAY slower, at least 15mph below the speed limit. Well, with it being rush hour I couldn't swerve around it but had to brake and wait for an opening to appear. At this point my driver's rage was minimal as this had been a good trip so far, and even though the liklihood of a rear-end hit was increasing, I was handling this well enough. Then I noticed this truck had Idaho plates. There, in Colorado, while I was driving from Kansas, this inept driver from Idaho, managed to find me. What were the chances!
Have you ever had the experience of blowing all your neural synapses at once? I doubt anyone can say yes to this honestly since remembering such a thing would be difficult, but I think it happened to me. As the improbability, and yet the reality, of the situation I was facing began to sink in, the mantra of idaho...idaho...Idaho! started coming out of my mouth. Really I don't remember the next few moments. When reason began again to reassert itself I found myself having to apologize for waking the baby in the back (apparently Elliette doesn't sleep well to 'IDAHO!...IDAHO!'), and for a bit of raceway driving. I guess I was desperate to make my way as far as possible, as quickly as possible, from that nexus of unfortunate impossibility.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I've been in Kansas observing Thanksgiving with Chris' family. It's been great speding time with everyone since we only get to see them once or twice a year. A few events have passed and i've been impressed with my ability to cope with them.
I've helped take care of baby Elliette and whenever i feed her, she always falls asleep. I like that. She also smiles at me and giggles, it's so sweet to see. I used to think crying babies were annoying, but i've learned that there's only so much you can do to comfort them, but they just might need to cry it out.
The biggest thing though was a super fun episode with my nephew Elijah. His parents left to go to town to get something and I was keeping an eye on him. Next thing i know he comes out of the bathroon stark naked and says, i pooped. I thought he was looking for a "good job" but when i went in the bathroom there was poop all over the wall.
You see Eli is a little person, as in a dwarf, and it's hard for him to reach the potty. I think he got up on his stool to reach the potty, tripped and ended up pooping on the wall.
Well i switched into action mode, plunked him in the bath and attacked the poopy wall with paper towels and cleaner. I only gagged a little bit, so i'm calling it a success.
Maybe i'm not totally ready to be a mom, but i think i'm a little bit better prepared for it. I mean i still love the kid, so that's a good sign-right?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Elliette, Justin, Melissa, Chris, Blaire, Adam, Robin & Corban
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
"This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing -- Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.
She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.
And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.
At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.
When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.
When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.
She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.
A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time -- to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth -- that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:
Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America."
I am an optimist in every way and I hope that the country can come together in this difficult time and that our new president can make the adjustments needed to help our country, it's government and it's citizens. I pray that the Lord's inspiration with be with him and Congress as they make choices that will lead us in a new and better direction. For me Obama's message of hope, no matter how naive it may seem, brings me some comfort for the future because sometimes all we can do is hope for a better tomorrow.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
And here we are with our finished work of art! Hooray for Halloween - BOO!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
To help me decide who will do the best job, i found a really great comparison of the candidates policies, their voting records and whether or not analysts think their plans will work or not. I really like how i got the whole picture about each topic/plan and what the ramifications of each would be. If you have some time, take a look and decide for yourself at http://elections.msn.com/WhereTheyStand.aspx
Whatever you do, make sure you get out and vote on November 4th!
Monday, October 6, 2008
It took 6 tries before I passed that stupid test btw.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I had training this week and I also had the most horrible flu in recorded history. I won't give you all the lovely details, but i will say that Chris took very good care of me thorugh the chills and the fever and even the yucky things. He is soooo good to me and now I get to take care of him becasue he has a cold :) Good thing it's conference weekend so we can recuperate together.
Friday, September 26, 2008
My friend Hilary Frisby is the total shiz for helping me with the design and template. She's an awesome designer and a totally rad friend. I never would have been able to make it as cool as it is without her help.
So check it out. I've got a new feature called Learn to Make Mondays so there'll be a fun new project posted on the Elliette site along with all the new merchandise I come up with.
For some reason the comments are disabled on the elliette site, so you'll have to tell me what you think about it here. If you know how to turn the comments back on, please let me know :)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I've also created a new system for baby boys to wear a tie or bowtie to church. I added a collar to a onesie and then made a tie and bowtie that attach with hooks under the collar so the tie doesn't have to go around the neck, which could be a choking hazard. I've got a showcase spot coming up this Saturday, so hopefully I'll get some new sales with these new products.
If you want to take a quick look, scroll down to my etsy mini shop in the right sidebar. If you know anyone who would like one of my items, send them to my shop or buy it for them :)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So now I'm looking for a new job and I tell you what, the pickings are slim. Don't get me wrong, I could always work at Gossners making cheese, or Icon making treadmills, or any of the plethora of manufacturing jobs in Cache Valley, but I went that route once and since I was able to use my PR degree at Digital Slant(my former job)I'd kind of like to stick with that.
So i'll apply for a few secretarial positions this week and hopefully I can find the right mix of hours and benefits. On the upside, if I only get part time work I'll have more time to work on my Etsy shop. Mabe that's the route i should take. I'm not sure, but I'm going to the temple today, so hopefully that will help me figure it out.
So i guess if anyone knows of a good PR job around Logan, or even around wherever you are, let me know. I'm open to anything at this point.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The rest of the time it was just great to hang out with the family. Chris' mom, dad, sister Jill and her son Elijah were in town and it was great to spend time with them since we only get to see them once or twice a year. I'm so blessed to have great in-laws and extended family members. We always have a great time together.
Friday, August 22, 2008
More people have been discovering my shop and I hope that more sales aren't too far behind!!
So if you haven't checked out my store yet, you should :)
Also, i got a bunch of vintage fabric from my Grandma Perkins yesterday, so cool new stuff should be available in my shop soon!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This reaction is similar to how I reacted when I found out that some people linked immunizations with autism. Actually, that's not the stupid part. The stupid part is that a large group of people actually decided not to immunize their children.
Most recently I've had deal with the retard division of CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything). As most of you know I kill mosquitoes, and that entails fogging, i.e. put a chemical in the air to kill the adult mosquitoes. A very surreal experience, but all too common for me, was when I had a conversation with a lady that insisted that West Nile was made up, cancer and any disease can be avoided/cured via a healthy diet, and that salmonella/e. coli was a conspiracy by the government to take control of the national food supply (where did all the tomatoes go?). Or how about the guy that claims that I made him dumber even though I never came within a block of his house, or the people that claim I'm responsible for their lackadaisical pet coughing blood when I haven't even been on that side of city.
Organic food SUCKS! (yes please, I love bugs with my veggies)
Flouridated water will NOT cause you to become susceptible to mind control
If mosquito fog can't kill anything bigger than a mosquito, then it isn't going to hurt you.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
But before he did, I asked him to let me have a little fun with potential facial hair that he'll probably never grow. . .ever. Take a look and vote in the poll for the one you like best.
First up is Cowboy or Biker Chris. Either way you slice it, he's rough, he's tough and he won't take crap from anybody. Can you say, "Hasta La Vista Baby!"
This is 1970's Salesman Chris. Add a fat tie and a snazzy plaid polyester suit and he'll be giving you Saturday Night fever!
This is Artsy Chris. Add a beret, paint pallet and perhaps a black turtleneck and you've got the epitome of classical artistic sophistication. Oui, Oui!
Hey Dudes and Dude-ettes! I'm surfer Chris, come catch a wave with me, it'll be totally radical!
This is Everyday Totally Awesome Chris. My personal favorite :)
So vote for the one you like best and maybe he'll grow it. No promises though.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
We got started Friday night with a midnight showing of Batman: The Dark Knight. Despite the late hour the 400 seat theatre was sold out and we had to fight a gang of skater boys for two seats on the front row. The movie was great and we got to bed about 2:45 am - boy do we know how to live it up!
On saturday we slept in late and headed off to Salt Lake about noon. Our check in time at the hotel wasn't until 3 so we had a fun lunch at The Training Table. We think Logan could use a franchise . . .
Chris got us a room at the Anniversary Inn at the Salt City Jail. We stayed in the Italian Gondola Suite which came complete with a huge boat bed. From the bench seat you could watch movies on the big screen TV or cuddle with your honey :)
For dinner we went to The Melting pot, which is the same restaurant Chris took me to for our first Valentine's day. We had a very filling meal and then went to a play at the Hale Center Theatre.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I can't say things are taking off, but it's a move in the right direction. I hope that a full time Elliette career isn't in the too distant future :)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
In commemoration of Independance Day, here is a link to a sample of questions from the newly revamped United States citizenship test. You have to get at least 85% correct, or they won't let you in. Do you have what it takes?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
King crab is HUGE. When choosing what crab to eat it's important to remember that size isn't everything. There may be more meat with King crab, but it has a fishy taste. I hate fish. If you like fish (salmon, trout, halibut, it doesn't matter), then King could be for you. King also isn't tender, and can be chewy.
Snow and Dungeness are much smaller, but are very tender and have a buttery taste. Snow is our favorite. Dungeness tastes the same, but in short, is UGLY and looks nasty.
Next up is how to actually get the insides out. When you order crab you will get a couple basic tools (if you don't, ask for them). First is a nutcracker. The only other tool you might need is the tiny fork. I love the tiny fork. It makes me feel even bigger than I am, but when I eat mashed potatoes with it I end up eating very little which in turn makes me feel smaller :)
IMPORTANT! The tiny fork is NOT for getting meat out of the shell. You will end up destroying the meat and end up with nothing. Crab meat won't hold up to alot of grabbing, pulling, cutting, or piercing.
Ok, here we go, actually eating the crab. Remember, the goal when eating crab is to eat each piece as whole as possible. When served crab you'll get at least one arm and some legs. The legs we'll get to last since they are the easiest to eat. The arm is the only part that you'll need the nut cracker for. DISCLAIMER: King crabs need a nutcracker for most of the meal. They are hard and spiny and no fun at all to eat. Anyway, start with the claw. Take hold of the claw with one hand and the next segment with the other and bend and pull to separate the two. Then grab the moveable 'finger' and bend it backwards and pull out. Both of these actions should remove the cartilage from inside the claw. Then use the cracker to crack open the claw. Use the fork or fingers to pull apart the shell and grab the meat inside (which should still be intact).
For all other parts repeat the grabbing/pulling to remove the inner cartilage. Now, DON'T use the cracker for the other parts. Simply grab a segment with both hands and crack in two. Be gentle though. If done right you should end up with meat hanging out of one end. Easy. Sometimes the meat will be hiding inside one end. In that case you use the tiny fork like a can opener and open the soft side of the shell.
Crab eating can be fun, like eating ribs (but with less sauce), if you let yourself. Blaire and I got really messy at Joe's (I was eating potatoes and sausage without a fork :P). If you don't get messy, then you did it wrong.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tell your friends, family members, and anyone you think might care :) I'll be creating new things all the time and hopefully the world will like Elliette as much as I do.
Monday, June 23, 2008
We got a $5 gift card for our next visit and they took our picture and posted it on their website.