Thursday, October 30, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Ok, so I'm aware my header clashes heinously with my background right now, but I couldn't resist this background for halloween! Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays, so I thought this was pretty fun. Also, can you beat Halloween (awesome) on Friday (awesome) on PAYDAY (mind-blowingly awesome)? I submit that you can not.

Twilight Update

So I finished Twilight. Like anyone is surprised at the rate I was going. And tonight, I was surprised with a week early birthday present- the second book in the series, New Moon. Brandon and Chelsie are AWESOME. Also, they got me some really awesome scrapbooking paper and I can't wait to use it! Best surprise ever! Now to get back to reading....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Free

Ok, faithful readers. Remember my last post about how I try my best not to pay for anything and to just get everything for free? Yeah. Done. Check this out:


Can I now make a LOT of cards at no cost to me? Why yes. I can. Each of those card packages has 6 cards in it. The pink small cards package had 6 packages of 6 cards w/envelopes and inserts for a total of 36 cards. Plus the blue green long ones were the same way and so were the long light pink ones. 36+36+36=haven't ever had that many friends or family to send cards to. That green book with the white ribbon is a 9X9 scrapbook album. So cute! Thanks to Justin's aunt Kathleen who saved all of this brand new stuff from going in the garbage when someone moved!!! Free stuff is really the greatest.

Ok, now. I know I promised I would be posting some poems from Justin's younger days. However, Justin thought they were pretty good material and figured that two blogs in one day after a one and a half month hiatus were just not enough! So he claimed the material for his blog, and will be posting them there as soon as I hand this computer over. So check out Justin's blog for those.

I got... tagged?

So I've never been tagged before, and I usually wouldn't do it, except that the person who tagged me is Jess Madsen, and those of you who know her know I'm not lying when I say that if I didn't do it, she would probably get all mad and huffy and never talk to me again or something if I didn't do it. ........... ...
ok that's a complete lie because she is way too nice for that. So I'm doing it because I'm probably not a true blogger until I have done at least one of these things. Also, this will likely be incredibly long, and will have no pictures. So if you get too bored, you can look at one of the pictures on the side for a while, and then come back to reading.

What are the last three things you purchased?
- I try my absolute best to purchase NOTHING. I try to get everything for free.
- The 9.99 meal deal at Macey's (a 96 oz. lasagna, 1/2 gallon of ice cream, a bag of Dole Salad and a fresh french bread for only 9.99... yeah. AWESOME)
- A box of chex for Justin (he could pick anything in the store for me to buy for him (I know, I take you to a grocery store and let you pick out anything you want!!! Go crazy. Candy? Snacks? Ketchup? You name it, it's yours. Best. present. ever.) and he picked a box of Honey Nut Chex. He is ridiculously easy to please).

What are the last three songs you downloaded onto your ipod?
-I haven't ever had an ipod, but to my mp3 player... I think it was probably a bunch of 70s funk songs-- Tell Me Something Good (by "Rufus"), Brick House ("the Commodores"), and Jungle Boogie ("Kool & the Gang).

What are your three favorite movies?
-Get Smart and Horton Hears a Who were my two latest favorites. Oh, how could I almost forget?! LITTLE MANHATTAN!!!

What are three things you have not done yet?
-Today? wow... all I've done is get up, drive from West Jordan (welcome home, Kalen!) to Logan, and come to work. So there are a lot of things I haven't done. LIKE FINISH TWILIGHT (didn't even bring it to read over lunch because I'm an idiot, right Emma?)

What are your three favorite TV shows?
- The Office
- Seinfeld
- All those shows about how to redo everything in your house and make it look awesome for like $10 or whatever they are. Fortunately, our cable does not have the channel with all these shows on it. If it did, it is certain I would not ever leave the living room.

Three things you can't live without?
- Something to look forward to
- Something to keep me busy (work works)
- can't think of anything else (apparently I could live in jail and be perfectly happy)

What are your three favorite dishes?
-Dare I say it, cold cereal? (I tell Justin every night that I can't wait until morning and I will be so excited to get up and be able to eat cold cereal. And I'm not lying either).
- Definitely pizza (Papa John's, though it's far too expensive to have on a regular basis. Or ever.)
- Four (five?) cheese ziti at the Olive Garden and those delicious frozen rasberry lemonades they have there

What are your three favorite desserts?
- Ice Cream
- Donuts
- Good carrot cake
- Grandma's chocolate chip cookies (yeah, I know that was 4 things. Those of you who read this know I really love dessert)

What three things would you buy if money were not an issue?
- A house with a bowling alley in it.
- An all inclusive vacation to Italy
- 3 more wishes for things I can get when money's not an issue.

If you could have three wishes what would they be?
- Is it strange that a lot of the same things as the question above come to mind? Apparently the only thing in the way of my dreams is money haha
- I would want winter to never come again and for the temperature to never drop below 55.
- I would own a home, but still have a landlord to take care of all the maintenance at no cost.
- I would stay young and spritely forever, but still experience all the things that come with age.

I tag...
Anyone who is not yet a true blogger because they haven't done one of these things yet.

Twilight

I finally started reading the series that every female I know is talking about. I read almost 400 pages in approximately 4 hours. It was intense. I have also given up all my responsibilities at home. If I can just get through the last 100 pages of this one and then the next 3 books too, I can have my life back.

Also, you'll want to stay tuned because Justin and I went through a bunch of his old school stuff yesterday night and there were some pretty awesome stories. My favorite was his small collection of poetry. Those are going to make it on as soon as I can get my hands on them again.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Halloween!

I know, I know! Two posts in a day! This hasn't happened since I was unemployed. Well, there have been a lot of exciting things going on lately! One of these is that I decorated our house for Halloween!!! Nothing too intense, but I think it's the first year that my holiday decorations haven't seemed entirely like a poor student's : ) Here are some pictures:

You'll see a lot of starch ghosts- LouJean and Chelsie and I made our firsts during the Priesthood session of Conference, but I kind of went a little nuts with them after. Hey, I needed decor and they're cheap!


This one's Justin's. Name that celebrity...


The entertainment center...


On top of our PIANO!



You'll notice behind the piano 4 of our 5 newly framed, Civil War-era, New York Times newspapers! There will be a post with the details of those tomorrow... so stay tuned, all you Civil War buffs (because I know there are many of those who are faithful readers of this blog!)

Trip to Provo

So this past weekend, Justin and I took a trip to Provo. Justin's old mission companion, Pfost was getting married and so we used that as an excuse to stay in Provo for 3 days haha. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to see the Maughans! Justin hasn't ever met Eric, which is nigh unto sin, honestly, so we finally resolved that. I also hadn't seen Eric since he'd gotten home from his mission in July (double sin), so it was extra nice to see them. Melissa was looking lovely as always, and we even got to see James (their dad) and Scott (their brother) who were both in town from New York. It was so fun. And now they have to come up to Logan (nah-nahnah nah-nah).

We also went to the wedding I mentioned, and we took the opportunity to have a little mini-family photo shoot until we felt like idiots for looking so conceited ("let's take more pictures of us!!!!!"). But here are some of those...
WHOA NELLY! What a hottie!


Oooh... slanty.

It was a blast of a trip and I really enjoyed seeing friends that we don't see a lot anymore! Thanks to everyone who made our weekend so fun!

Whoa

I think I just discovered I am double jointed in my left elbow. How could I have lived my whole life not knowing this?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My job

So now that I've been an employed, contributing member of society for a little over a month now, I decided I would write all the reasons that I enjoy working:
1. It saves me (and Justin) from ending up with a lot of useless and oft times bizarre crafts around the house;
2. We have money (which comes in handy);
3. The fridge at work is full of caffeine free diet coke (no points, baaaaaby!);
4. The cupboards at work are full of snacks and candy;
5. I like the work I do and usually stay pretty busy, making the day fly by;
6. The people I work with are pretty fun, except this certain secretary who is like a block of ice to me (haha);
7. The above number is half a joke (there are no mean people here. Everyone's lovely!);
8. The cupboard is full of candy and snacks;
9. I can eat candy and snacks all day for FREE;

and to make it an even 10:

10. Snacks and candy.

Being a working woman is fantastic.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Thank heaven for not being superstitious


Two years ago yesterday, Justin and I got engaged. Though my ring got remade I think twice since this picture (thanks to our terrible jeweler), and has an entirely different set of diamonds, it still looks roughly the same and it's the only picture I have. Anyway, Justin proposed to me in the middle of the woods after a dinner served by dear old Riley in a suit with a towel over his arm. It was all my favorite foods and of course, Martinellis. Justin ran off because he had to, I believe the polite thing to say is "relieve his waters" and left me sitting alone at our table in the middle of the woods for roughly 10 or 15 minutes while it became progressively darker. When he returned from what I thought must have been a near life-ending struggle with his bowels, it turned out that he had not been watering the plants after all, but rather changing into a tux and grabbing more roses and a ring. It was incredibly romantic and I still love so much how he went all out to try and make it a night to remember. He is the sweetest.

Also, on a side note, we got engaged on Friday, the 13th in the spookiest month of the year, hence the title of this post.


This is us two days before we got engaged at the wedding of our friends, Justin and Jessica Madsen (happy anniversary on Saturday, guys!). Justin's hoarded all the pictures from our engagement day on his computer for the last two years, so I'll post them when I get them hopefully later today.

Worst feeling ever

Knowing that there is nothing you can do to escape the wretched misery of winter. These pictures were taken this morning right outside my apartment.



Folks, it is October 13. I am staring down the dark tunnel of 5 months of winter. That is almost half the year. I am really having a hard time finding any joy in this situation whatsoever.

Help. me.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Boo.

That title is not in honor of Halloween (though the holiday is one of the best of the year).

When I got in my car this morning, it was 33 degrees. My car (kindly) warned me that if it was wet, the roads would be ICY by blinking those 3 letters at me my whole drive in. This will probably continue for the next 5 or so months. Almost half the year. Depressing.

Winter is the absolute pits.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

My life is flying by




I generally feel pretty young and spritely, but I'm pretty sure that moving to Logan has advanced my "driving age" (similar to "brain age," but for driving) to approximately 90 years old.

The other day I was driving Justin to a baseball game and kindly, I heard Justin say from the other seat, "I think the speed limit on this road is 25."

Friends, I wasn't even going 20.

It wasn't like I just turned a corner and hadn't accelerated to the limit yet, I was cruising at like 17 miles per hour. And man, were the cars stacking up behind me.

The funny thing is, no one seemed to really mind. Yeah, I had a 20-car trail going, but no one seemed mad. They weren't swerving or trying to pass or tailgating. They were just cruising at 17 mph with me. In fact, almost every time I look down at my speedometer now, I'm going at least 3 or 4 miles under the speed limit, but when I look in the rear view mirror, no one is ever tailgating me. I have, on more than one occassion, seen a car choose to merge into my lane and follow my royal slowness. In Provo, man, if you are not 5 over, cars are jamming up your rear bumper swerving to the extreme left of the lane trying to see if they can get around you, maybe even honking. Here, everyone is content to drive just as slow as you are.

Maybe it's because I have so little stress in my life right now. I work a consistent 8:30-5:30 with no overtime, virtually no deadlines, I'm not in school and I get to spend the entire night after 5:45pm with Justin every night because he's always finished his homework already. I just don't feel rushed to do anything. Maybe that's why older people drive so slow- they're in no rush to do anything, and the faster they go, the faster death comes I guess. So why hurry up?

I'm sure I'll eventually return to my crazed, regular-person driving, but for now, I'm enjoying being entirely relaxed on the road (In fact, I watched mythbusters last night and according to them, I should be getting way better gas mileage now than I did as my previous stressed-out self.).

However, I will try to quit the 10-20 mph zone for the rest of your sakes. 25mph, here I come.