Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Chris and I either go all out or do nothing for Halloween. Since I was in charge of making a scene for my work for the local Pumpkin Walk, I wasn't really into planning a party or even thinking of a costume.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I LOVE watermelon and corn and with summer just around the corner, I get excited about farmers markets and fresh produce not trucked all the way from the other side of the globe. It just tastes better when is was picked that morning and then you eat it that afternoon.
If i had a patch of dirt of my own, i would totally grow tons of veggies. But alas, i am stuck with container gardening and that just doesn't satisfy me completely.
Anyway, the reason I'm telling you all this is because I've discovered a cool new way to get farm fresh produce. It's called click2pick.com and is a co-op of family farmers across California,Nevada and Utah. It's great because you can get fruits and veggies that are at the peak of freshness. It's a great deal too, usually about 40% off of what you'd pay at the grocery store. In my first basket i got:
2 lg avacados
4 baby zuccini
1 bunch spinach
1 head lettuce
1 bunch beets
1 bunch celery
1/2 pint strawberries
You should totally check out the website and see if they have a location in your area. They have the small basket - what i got - and a large basket that's supposed to feed 4-5 people for a week. So far i love it!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Easter was lots of fun. Chris and i dyed some eggs and made easter bowls for eachother because the store was out of baskets :) We stayed the night at my mom's house and watched conference with mom and dad on Sunday. Easter dinner was the traditional ham and funeral potatoes and i had a ton of laughs with my brothers.
This last week I've been in Seattle at a training conference for my Americorps position at USU's Center for the School of the Future. I had a great week learning all about Americorps, it's mission and what part of my role will be over the next year. A lot of people who join this program are at a crossroads in life. Students finishing their bachelors, seniors entering retirement and those people like me who are looking for experience to help them get from one job to another.
I met people from all over the country and it made me think. Israel requires all youth to enter into military service from the ages of 18 - 20 years of age. What if our country required enlistment in a service oriented force, dedicated to ending poverty, cleaning up our parks and neighborhoods, and educating the youth of this nation. How great would our country be? In reality there'd have to be some kind of constitutional amendment to actually have this happen, but i think it would make our country truely great.
Not only did i philosophize, i also got to visit my friends Cheryl and Dana who were great friends through college and i was friends with Cheryl in High School too. We went out to dinner at a super nice place called the Dahlia and the food was amazing!! We also stopped at a cupcake store and got a dozen interesting cupcakes. They had traditional stuff like chocolate and red velvet, but they also had pistachio and lavender. We tried some of all dozen we bought and boy did i feel sick after! I had a super great time though and it was great to see them.
Saturday was Baby Animal days at the American West Historical farm. I LOVE baby animals, especially petting, holding and cuddling them. I have learned to hang back a little and give the kids a chance first :)
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Aren't these two some good lookin' men? It's Chris with his Grandpa Nelson last saturday. We went down to Sandy to visit his grandparents who moved there a few months ago from St. George. We hadn't been able to see them for a while since they were living so far away, but now that they're in Sandy, we should be able to visit a lot more. YAY!
Monday, March 8, 2010
What the heck am i talking about? It's Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, starring Neal Patrick Harris(Doogie Houser/How I Met Your Mother) and Nathan Fillion (the movie Serenity is a favorite). It was created by Joss Wheadon(TV: Firefly, Angel) along with his bro Jed. It tells the tale of a potential evil genius as he tries to take over the world, while also working up the courage to talk to his dream girl.
If you have netflix, you can watch it all at once through their instant streaming service. If you don't, you have to watch it a chunk at a time on youtube. It's pretty short(45 mins) but packed with great music and a suprise ending. Also there may be a sequel in the works :)
Here's the first bit (6 mins-ish), then you'll have to go get the rest. So take a look and laugh your pants off!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
What I'll be doing is coordinating the things with the other VISTA(volunteers in service to america) people and their respective school administrators, helping to compile data on VISTA projects, presenting that information, talking to a lot of people and helping others at the office with whatever they need. It's a little all over the place, but I really like the people I'll be working with and I think I'll fit in well personality wise.
I'm really excited to get started and as a bonus - at least I think it is - I'll get to go to a couple day training seminar "somewhere in the western US" but i won't know until April. That should be lots of fun, although i do miss Chris when i'm gone :)
So more on this as it develops, but for now I'm really happy and excited and I know i wouldn't have this opportunity without divine intervention.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This is an update on my weight loss progress and I'm happy to say I've lost 12 pounds since January 1st! Who'd have thought those crazy dieticians and doctors would be right when they said you need to watch both diet AND exercise. How wacky is that? I also have to give mad props to Weight Watchers Online. It's helped me stay on track without having to go to a meeting every week - YAY!
Only 8 more lbs to go and i'll reach my target weight, which is close to what i weighed when i got married. I wouldn't say i'll be running around in a bikini anytime soon, but i definately feel healthier and i have more energy.
In other news, I finally got a job interview for tomorrow. Eventhough Februrary is the shortest month, as far as the job hunt has gone, it feels like the longest. I really, really, really, really want to get this position because it sounds like a great challenge, but also fun and interesting. I'll give more deets if i get it.
Lastly, I finally made my etsy shop pay off. I used the proceeds from the last year and a half to buy myself a Cricut machine! YAY!!!!!! You can get brand new ones for a steal on ebay and the same goes for cartriges too. I'm still waiting to get my font cartridge, but when i do, it'll be scrabook city!
Did you know they are making a Critcut machine for cake decorating? There's a demo online and it blew my mind :) If people get a hold of this machine, professional cake makers will be out of business for sure. It's that cool :)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I looked at some reviews before i went to see what the critics had thought. Usually i read what they say and dismiss it entirely. Most of my favorite movies have been hated by critics. In this case, they were right! Don't worry, this post has no spoilers :)
If you have read The Lightning Thief, you will HATE the movie. I understand that usually the book is better than the movie, but in this case the movie was NOTHING like the book. Everything that was clever, interesting, funny, or historical has been completely stripped out. They even changed the story line and relationship between ALL the characters. All the fun tools the protagonists use to deal with the bad guys have been taken away. I mean, did they consult the author at all when writing the screenplay? We left the theatre kinda mad actually.
If you haven't read the book, you will probably think it's an ok movie. The acting is average, the special effects are ok, and the action sequences are pretty good. It might be too scary for kids under the age of 8 or 9 though. Purely from a cinematic standpoint, i'd wait to see it until it goes to the cheap theatre or on DVD.
Chris said he would be willing to see the next one if the director is changed and i am willing to give the franchise another chance too if they change just about everyone who worked on this film. Hopefully the studio will listen to all the bad reviews out there and make some changes so the next one can be awesome :)
If you go and see it, let me know what you think. It's possible I'm wrong, but not likely :)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Anyway, my super fun birthday started out on Sunday. Chris and I went to my parent's house and had a birthday/valentines/superbowl party. We had lots of yummy snacks and ice cream cake and it was great to spent time with the family.
On Tuesday, my actual b-day, Chris took the day off and we had a fun time together. For breakfast we went to IHOP. I haven't had pancakes in a long time, and man were they delicious! That afternoon we went to the Sherlock Holmes movie which was super fun - it's so nice to go to a movie in the middle of the day when no one else can :) That night we went to dinner at Kamin, a Thai restaurant and pigged out. Dumplings, springrolls and curry - oh my! And then to top it off we got a box full of treats from Sweetly Divine, which is a great pastry shop. When we got home we put candles in an eclair and that's what i made my wish on. Hooray for birthdays!!!!
I am having a hard time dealing with the fallout though. Since i've been on weight watchers I've lost 10 pounds and have been eating a healthier diet. So today i felt a little sick from all that rich food, but i must say, totally WORTH IT :) I just love having one day a year where it's all about me, and Chris is so good to indulge me.
I'd also like to give a shout out to my birthday partner in crime - Janelle in Pampa, TX. Happy b-day on the 12th!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
New years day was a great day for shopping :) Chris and I have been talking for a long time about upgrading our TV. The one we had was HUGE as in it weighed a ton and was 2 ft thick. We had to balance out tv stand so the tv wouldn't tip it over. So we went out looking and found a super deal on a new Hi-Def Plasma screen tv. I didn't think it would be much of an improvement, but it is!
My new year's resolution was of course to drop some weight. So I joined Weight Watchers on January 1st. I realized that i gained 30 pounds since i've been married and I haven't really liked the way i look or feel. Since I've tried wacky diets and also trying to follow what my idea of a good regime would be and failed on both accounts- it was time to get "professional" help.
I'm trying to lose 20 lbs by June 30 and so far things are going pretty well. I've lost 6 lbs so far and i can feel my tastes change towards more healthy things. I don't crave fatty or sugary foods as much, but if i need a little, i have the flexibility to go for it :)
So far , so good. I've lost 6 pounds this month and hopefully the rest will go just as good :) It hasn't been diet alone, Chris and I have been working out 4 mornings each week since October.
The next big item has been that i was sent to Paul's Valley, Oklahoma to do product training for Covercraft Industries. Covercraft bought Global Accessories, which was the company i was laid off from last April. I was in OK for a week all by myself and had to be a big girl - rented my own car and drove myself around - it was kinda wierd. Thank goodness for GPS, cuz i got lost a ton :)
This trip was also my last days of work. I have been laid off again. Oh goody. They're giving me a sort of severance package which will help a lot until i find a job. The downside is that i checked out the job board today and it wasn't looking so hot :) I'm sure i'll find something, but man i hate looking for work!
And on the 21st, Chris and I were married for 3 1/2 years! Yay!! It goes by so fast, I'm sure i'll wake up one day and think - sheesh, where has the last 30 years gone :)
So if you're not doing anything during the day and you want to hang out, i am available. Also if you know of any job openings, send those my way too!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Chris and I started Christmas off early. We opened our presents the sunday before we left on our trip. We did stockings before church and the rest of the presents after. Chris was really happy to get his PS3, I love to see that youthfuk joy on his face when he gets presents like that! He got me clothes and some sewing books I was hoping for. Someday i will post my latest fashio creation - or something like that :)
For the real Christmas, Chris and I went to Kansas to spend about 10 days with his family. It was cool that we were first to get there and the last to leave. We got to have some quality time with Chris' mom and dad, which was really nice.
While we were there we went to see Avatar in 3-D at Warren's Old Town Theatre. If you haven't heard me sing the praises of this theatre before, email me and I'll give you all the details. Suffice it to say, you order your awesome food from your theatre seat and eat it during the movie - it's AWESOME!! We also saw Sherlock Holmes on Christmas day, which was really good too :)
For Christmas Eve, the sister missionaries came over for dinner and we had a German dinner of sausage, potato pancakes, and a cabbage dish called schmokole (it's spelled phonetically - sorry). It was really good and my favorite Christmas quote of 2009 came from Justin(my bro-in-law) as we were passing the food around the table. He said, " Are you prepared to recieve the schmokole?" Which i though was hilarious :)
After dinner we dashed around the house for scarves, towels and sheets to make our costumes for the nativity. Justin, Melissa and baby Camryn, a girl, played Joseph, Mary and Jesus and the sister missionaries were shepherds. My niece Elliette was a sheep and nephew Elijah was a donkey complete with "he-haw" sound effects :) It was the first time I'd ever acted out the nativity, but it was really fun and also funny - eventhough it wasn't supposed to be :)
The day after Christmas we had a baby blessing for Camryn and took our family photo. We did a nice one and a silly one. I guess you can tell which one I liked the best.
We came back on the 29th and only had to work two days before new years. After all that time off, I thought it would be nice to get back to work. Now I just want to be off again :) Hope ya'll had a great Christmas and a happy New Year!
Here's a show of the holidays!