Thursday, April 30, 2009

Can you say hunka hunka burning love?

I hope so, because otherwise, you probably won't have any words to describe the above picture.

Today is Justin's birthday. There used to be a time when Justin didn't want anyone to know when his birthday was-- it took me like 4 months to get it out of him when we first met. But those days are mostly gone and I feel ok mentioning it given my relatively small readership out there.

Last night I surprised Justin early with a three-tier rice krispie cake (didn't want to make it today at home, with Justin there--not much of a surprise), which he loved. It turns out Justin loves rice krispie treats and I was oblivious to this, even after knowing him for more than 3 years now. I took a picture of the masterpiece, which I will have to post later. It turned out pretty awesome, especially for my first time making rice krispie treats (is that a sad statement or what?), not to mention definitely my first time making a three-tier krispie cake.

We started celebrating Justin's birthday this past weekend with the Wilsons, and we have continued through the week, with a cake and opening my parent's present yesterday. We plan to go out to dinner tonight and probably go bowling (Justin's feeling pretty confident after his 212 last time he played, and let's be honest, is there anything better than smoking your wife at bowling for your birthday? Probably not.), though I haven't gotten the final word from Justin on our plans. All in all, it's been a fun celebration (hopefully Justin agrees, though he never blogs, so I guess the world will only have my word to take on this one)!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The amazing tact of a 20-year old

My favorite quote from Brett's letter home from his mission this week:

"I pray for everyone everyday especially Erin and her quarter sized baby or however big it is! she looked fat in the last picture she sent! you know I'd say go hop on a bicycle its a good way to loose weight!, if I didnt know she was pregnant!"

Wow. Thank you, Brett! I couldn't stop laughing. At least pretty much everyone I know knows I'm pregnant and not just fat. Hopefully...

I guess I also need to keep him updated on baby's size (like I did the first few weeks, hence why he thinks our baby is the size of a quarter)... we're up to between like 8 and 10 inches at this point, so I really do have an excuse to be a little bigger, I swear!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Remember when I did this?

I am considering doing that again....

Pros:
- I am going to be gargantuan this summer and a short do might help me pretend I'm not as hot as I really am.
- I hate doing the same thing with my hair all the time and I need to get it cut. I am ready to mix it up a little and this would definitely qualify.
- Takes way less time to do hair, so I might not wear it in a pontail as frequently (also, what is the point of having long hair if it mostly ends up pulled back anyway because you don't want to take the time to do it?).

Cons:
- I just finished growing my bangs out. Bangs take a lot of maintenance and I like them when they're first cut but then I get headaches when they start to grow out and get too long and I have to shake them out of my eyes all the time.
- It took a long time to grow my hair out and I really fear that once I have have kids, I will join the ranks of most other moms who hack all their hair off, never to have long hair again. Part of me feels like I should enjoy it while it lasts.
- Short hair is harder to throw up in a cute ponytail when you are really dying of heat during the summer.
- Pretty sure the hubby likes the long hair even though he says he likes whatever I do.
- I like long hair when I take the time to do it nicely.

Oh, the hair battles. What to do, what to do?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fun weekend

This past weekend was pretty wild if I do say so myself. We had a blast, and here are the highlights.

- I got to take a half day on Friday and meet up with Sharon and Melissa and Craig Maughan in Ogden on Friday. We watched Melissa and Craig go indoor skydiving, which was awesome (just to watch even!) and then we bowled a couple games and went mini-golfing. Thank heavens all the stuff was inside because it was COLD and rainy.

- I started being able to feel our baby kicking on Friday! It was awesome and I tried to see if Justin could feel it, but he can't yet. Just a little more time, though. It's less than 2 weeks now til we find out if we're having a boy or girl!

- On Saturday, I got to sleep in and Justin reffed a bunch of soccer games. It SNOWED again (what the heck!?) and that was terrible. In between the games, we went SHOPPING! I think I have been shopping more times since being pregnant than I have in the rest of our 2 years of marriage combined! Outgrowing all your clothes is awesome.... But I got 2 new dresses and a swimsuit so I'm all set for my water aerobics class this summer : )

- Saturday evening, Justin's family came in to town to have some birthday festivities (Justin's birthday is this next week). We went out to dinner and then we all went swimming at the hotel where the Wilson's stayed. It was awesome to go swimming- we had a lot of fun, and were so tired after. It was great to not feel big for a little while (though I literally felt like 5 times heavier when I got out!). We finished the night off with some ice cream and then went home and crashed big time.

- Sunday morning was Church and Justin got called as the second counselor in the Bishopric. Seriously, am I old enough to have my husband in the Bishopric? Anyway, we are excited, and don't know what will happen with the calling really since we are moving in August (out of the ward). Our entire ward got rearranged on Sunday-- both Elder's Quorums, the Relief Society, the Primary, the Bishopric, everything. It was so weird. I don't know who is in charge of anything anymore.

- After Church, we all (Justin & I, Merrill, LouJean, Andrea, Kalen & Jenell, and Brandon) had a tasty lunch and some ice cream cake (yum, coldstone!) and spent some time making fun of the list of items Bed, Bath & Beyond thinks you MUST have as a newlywed. It was a good time.

- After the Wilsons all left, Justin and I got to talk with my Mom and Lauren for a little (sorry we missed you, Dad and Jared!) and then we went to visit the Madsens briefly, before Justin went home teaching.

- After home teaching, we didn't do much except try to make up our own little sentences like that game "Mad Gab." You know, the things where you read "Hand hey car awful and" and try to figure out what it sounds like. Justin came up with about 3 times as many sentences as I did (it's hard!) and told me I am no fun to play games with because I always win : )

Anyway, I guess that was a long list of "highlights," but you get the picture. This week, Justin will finish all of the last of his little school projects and we will be done for the summah! Yahoo!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Lula

So today I was reminded of another favorite thing that my friend, Lula does.

At work, we use what is called a filepath at the ends of all our documents so we can tell where on the network drive they are saved. It looks something like this: C:\fjd\Ltr\nameofdocument.doc

Except for that in reality, it looks like this: C:\fjd\Ltr\nameofdocument.doc but even smaller.

This path is for our office reference only and just helps us know where stuff is saved in case we need to change things later.

Well sometimes clients call talking about some documents we sent them. If you are on top of your clients, you can know with minimal effort what they are talking about because you know the last thing you sent them. Even if you don't recognize the client, you should be able to find the document they are talking about by just asking for the name, since most of our documents are organized by attorney, then type of matter (agreement, pleading, divorce,etc.) and then by client name. So if you know the client name and the name of the document, you should be able to find what they are talking about.

Lula does not use this logical thinking. Lula does this [don't forget the deathly slow southern drawl when reading this to yourself!]: "Ok, now ma'am, you are going to want to look for the filepath on that document...yes, the filepath...well you're going to want to turn to the very last page of the document there and you are going to want to look at the bottom of the page... yes, the bottom of the page... there's a filepath there... [at this point, no client knows what they are looking for because "filepath" is not your average layman's term, and most of our clients are older than the computer generation anyway]...well I need you to read the filepath to me... it's right there at the bottom of the page...well it's going to have a C and then a colon...well it's in very small print... well I need you to read that to me... It should say "c:" and then some other letters..."

This proceeds to drag on forever-- sometimes like 5 minutes (literally! Do you know how long that is when you are on the phone?!?!). No one ever reads her the filepath because no one can see our microscopic print and no one knows what the heck they're looking for. But she refuses to try alternate strategies of determining which document they are talking about. Or to say, "Let me pull your file so I can look at it too." This is frustrating to listen to because I just want to yell," THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!! NO ONE KNOWS WHAT A FILEPATH IS!!! THIS LADY IS LIKE 80!"

One of these days I will give up, have a mental breakdown, and beg to be moved across the office where I won't hear her incessant blithering nonsense all.day.long. Until then, thank heavens I'm leaving early today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cuddly Robot

I came across this article today on Fox News. I will include a picture, just for grins.

I will quote from the original article:
"Probo the robot has a touchscreen on its stomach which is intended to explain operations to children. The robot also makes facial expressions intended to show how medical procedures will make the child feel."
Now hear me out. First of all, this supposedly "cuddly robot" sort of creeps me out just looking at it. Is that a green elephant? Or worse, a green aardvark? No way I'm "cuddling" with that thing.
Secondly, I don't really think I would want this thing (or even a doctor) making facial expressions to show me "how medical procedures will make [me] feel." What is it going to do? Open it's mouth wide like it's screaming "OW!" or make a pouty face that says "I am sad when I have to get cut open with a knife." For some reason, this doesn't really sound that great to me.
Now I'm not a kid anymore, nor am I a child psychologist, so maybe this is an awesome idea and I'm just braindead. This is not out of the question (if the majority vote says "braindead" I am blaming pregnancy). Read the article. What do you think of our new friend, Probo (which name sounds like a first cousin to the word "Probe" which is certainly not comforting.)?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It's official.

I look pregnant.

When I was at lunch today, someone called me an "expectant mother" without any queues from me indicating that would be the case.

I suppose I am wearing a shirt that is more maternity-esque (but still awesomely cute--thanks, Mom!), and I had just finished a meal, which always seems to double my size (real baby + food baby= a lot of baby in there), but I still don't know that if I had seen me, I would have been gutsy enough to guess pregnant. I don't know, maybe I should check out a mirror before I say too much.

I suppose it was bound to happen one of these days (though I was relying on the unwritten rule of "never guess a lady is pregnant, ever, ever, ever."), so I might as well embrace it.

World, I'm having a baby! You can deal with it!

Monday, April 20, 2009

For posterity... and my own amusement later

So I have this coworker. I have written about her before. She is quite possibly the most amusing, baffling, frustrating, and annoying coworker that has ever existed, all combined into one mind-blowing enigma. She is like no one I have ever met, and I, honestly, hope to never meet anyone like her again. She is from the South, so I will call her Lula Mae for all future references made to her on this blog.

I have recently had the desire to start documenting some of the best Lula Mae ("Lula" for short) stories for posterity. I think you will find this humorous, and hopefully, I will find it therapeutic when I feel like my head is about to explode with frustration after a day of dealing with dear Lula.

I like to share my Lula Mae stories with Justin. It often sparks jokes which we will laugh about for days. The most recent one I shared was this. Lula told me that she uses the words "fax" and "e-mail" interchangeably and expressed her confusion over how no one seems to understand what she is talking about. This was completely baffling to her. I have even heard her call clients to ask if they "received my fax... no... a fax... no, no, the fax on the computer."

I know, from all my past experiences with Lula, that there is no way I could ever hope to explain to her that a "fax" and an "e-mail" are two entirely different things and are not in any way terms that can be used interchangeably. The funny thing is, she knows they are completely different too, but still insists on referring to them however she pleases.

This has led Justin and I to start joking about other words that "we just like to use interchangeably." This morning, Justin wrote me a note telling me that he hoped I could "Frosted Sugar Cookie [Lula Mae] today," and then wrote that he just uses "Frosted Sugar Cookie" and "handle" interchangeably.

And on a completely unrelated topic, here's another thing that cracked me up. Last night, Justin and I were chatting while I was eating some of what was left of my chocolate soft serve cone from the day before (soft serve freezes GREAT for those who don't already know). Out of nowhere, Justin says, "My gosh, I just can't believe how many emoticons there are in this world!" I did not think this was possible, but I think chocolate ice cream almost came out my nose. Justin was baffled.

When I asked him from whence in this green earth he came up with that, he just pointed at my cup.

Sure enough, my ice cream cup was covered (no seriously, covered) subtly in emoticons.


Also, (last thing I swear) I bit my lip rather badly yesterday while chewing a laffy taffy. I have since bitten that same spot approximately a bajillion times. I am thoroughly annoyed.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Chivalrous-ness...

So the other day, I was at a store.

This store had a double set of doors to enter the store, with some cool bargain items between the sets of doors.

After purchasing my items inside the store, I left through the first set of doors, just as a gentleman about the age of 28 or so walked into the store through the same set of doors.

I paused between the two sets of doors to look at aforementioned cool bargain items.

About a minute later, while I was still perusing the bargain items, the gentleman with whom I had crossed paths on my way out of (and his way into) the store poked his head through the set of doors we had just simultaneously passed through and said,

"Hey, I just wanted to apologize. I didn't hold the door for you before-- I just walked through and I'm sorry about that."

I must have looked totally confused, but I think I managed a smile and a "Oh, thanks. It's no problem," or something along those lines.

Needless to say, I was pretty impressed with that guy, whoever you are. Sort of different that you made the effort to go out of your way minutes later and apologize for not holding the door, but it is valient of you to be making an honest effort to be the chivalrous guy.

So thanks random guy, for wishing you had held the door open for me. That was very nice of you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New look

Let me just start by saying I am pretty proud of my mad illustrator skills.

I can't take credit for the background (yet... though that is going to be my next project), but that header's all mine baaaaaby.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Picture Post

Ok, so here are the promised Easter pictures. I figured it was easier to just make a new post than to try and go back and insert them in the other one. They're not in order, but I've done that to you before, and you seem to have forgiven me, so I think I'll test my limits.

Justin and I on Monday night (April 13th) after our Easter basket stuffing and egg hunting.


The Easter Bunny brought Justin a little surprise in his basket (they're sponges for his Aerogarden). Notice the Easter Bunny's five-toed signature. I bet you didn't know he had five toes. I didn't either, until apparently the "Easter Bunny" got a little carried away drawing his signature.


Justin with our Easter basket brimming with goodies (yes, there is a bag of Cheetos in there. Thank you pregnancy, for reminding me how much I love Cheetos).

After discovering that we did not, in fact, have any Easter baskets, Justin took it upon himself to remedy that situation. "Never fear, my love. You shall have your Easter basket, if it's the last thing I do!" he yelled, as he feverishly cut this awesome one out of a Maceys paper grocery bag. He is pretty handy with a pair of scissors if I do say so myself!


Me and my pregnant belly looking for Easter eggs. I swear I don't just wear random white t-shirts all the time (even though that's both of the pregnancy pictures that have graced this blog now...). I actually had a cute cardigan on earlier, but we went on a walk and I got hot (which means I owe a big thank you to merciful springtime for finally deciding to show up!)


One of my top 3 Easter eggs. The only one I made that made the cut. Though I managed to take a picture of the bad crayon job.


Justin's artwork (I can't even hardly call it an Easter egg).


Justin's other egg treasure. Is he good with a crayon or what?!

All our little eggies.


THE END.

Secular Lessons from Easter

This year, Justin and I celebrated Easter solo. I can't quite remember, but this may be the first time either one of us has not had Easter with extended family. Usually, our other more learned and experienced family members shield us from the secular mistakes of Easter that are so easy to make. This year, we had no defense. So here are some lessons I learned:

1. You should probably start thinking of how you want to decorate your Easter Eggs at least 1 day in advance, rather than getting everything out, grabbing your first egg and thinking, "uhhh..." for like 10 minutes until you come up with something mediocre. You should also not be disappointed when your husband's eggs look way more awesome than yours. He is getting an advanced degree in an artistic field. It's basically his job to be good at Easter eggs.

2. Always make sure to double check the yield on that sugar cookie recipe you're making. It may not look like a lot in the kitchenaid bowl, but remember, your cookies are going to be about 1/8" thick, and like 3 inches across, and there are ONLY 2 PEOPLE EATING THEM. 6 dozen cookies might be fun for a family of 6 (a dozen each, wahoo!), but 3 dozen cookies a piece is not as awesome.

3. Having Easter Enchiladas is a completely acceptable Easter Dinner. Especially if you need to use a tub of sour cream before it goes bad. Everyone will still like it, even if it's not traditional, and it will make great leftovers for Monday lunch.

4. It is ok to buy your Easter candy the day after Easter and do baskets the next day. It is a lot cheaper, too. But don't think you'll be all smart and beat everyone to the good prices by going to the grocery store at 6:30 in the morning. Apparently, they don't have stuff marked down yet, even if they're open 24 hours, and even if they were open on Sunday! They don't mark things down til like 9 or 10am (or 10 or 11am if you're Macey's). Luckily, we got one of the Smith's workers to discount everything at the register for us. Thanks, Smiths!

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter and that you got a chance to reflect on the real meaning of the day. Justin and I found ourselvse laughing and laughing all day at nothing really. It was just a fun day and we enjoyed being together. We also enjoyed talking to my family who is on vacation in Kirtland, OH (probably in Dayton, OH at the Air Force museum by now, though).

A few pictures of our Easter events on this post will follow later this evening.

Friday, April 10, 2009

When I'm rich and famous...

I found these crib sheet sets today. Why oh why are they each almost $500?



...Does anyone really love sewing?

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

What a GREAT day.

Well, today ended up being awesome, I'm not going to lie. In fact, I'm going to blog about it (obviously). Sorry there aren't any pictures, and that it's probably not nearly as exciting to you guys, but hey, this kind of day is rare enough to merit its own blog post.

Today was our second doctor's visit, and everything seems to be going great. The baby's little heart was wooshing right along at about 150 bpm, which apparently means we are having a girl, if you listen to the "old wives." But we did get to hear it for the first time, which was awesome, and we set up our next ultrasound to find out if it's a boy or girl and make sure it's developing ok for May 8th, so that's the next big day!

The doctor visit was awesome. Firstly, I really like my doctor (Tandy Olsen, if anyone is looking for one in Logan), and secondly I got loads of great, helpful information from our little questions we had, including a couple things which I will share with you here.

First, I have been having an uncomfortable time sleeping, because you're not supposed to sleep on your back in your second trimester or beyond. Well, I am not loving that (my sides get worn out). So today I asked if there was any angle at which I could prop myself up to make it ok to sleep on my back sometimes. And he was like, "As long as you're not flat on your back, you're fine." Thinking to myself that that sounded too good to be true, I asked if I slept with two pillows propping me up if I would be ok. The miraculous answer: Yes, I would be fine. WAHOO!!! No more leaning tower of babel to sleep on!!! I have been thinking that I basically needed to be sitting up to be ok, so I've had at least 3 if not 4 or 5 pillows I've been leaning on every night when I roll onto my back. Nevermore my friends. I can't wait to go to bed tonight.

Anyway, we also got more, and even BETTER good news. I CAN EAT HOT DOGS! I have no idea how I got it into my head that I couldn't, because you just can't eat an uncooked hot dog (who does that anyway?!). But I have been really wanting some proccessed meat parts (aka hot dogs) lately, and I was pretty sad I couldn't have them. So today I mentioned it to my doctor and asked if I could have bratwurst instead and he kind of laughed and said I could have either one as long as they were cooked. What a beautiful day! So what did I get for lunch? A corn dog from Macey's. It was fab.

I got lab work done today (when they tested last time, they said I had a different blood type than we got told I had at birth, so they needed to retest), which would normally be a bad thing as I usually get stuck at least twice before they get enough blood (last time, it was 3 times and one didn't bruise, one left a two-week bruise, and one left a three-week bruise. It felt amazing.). But not so today. They mercifully only needed one small vial, and while they did have to suck it out of me with a syringe, they got all they needed in one draw! THANK YOU!

And you wouldn't believe this other thing. Justin has been wanting a monitor to hook into his laptop so he can have a little bigger screen. Well, they're kind of expensive, so we hadn't been looking too seriously. Today was the day they cleaned up the lab, and they had one they were going to throw out, which Justin was then able to snag and it works great! What a find!

Also, I have been looking for someone to sing the second part of a duet I'm accompanying on Sunday and couldn't find anyone. Well today, someone just up and volunteered to accompany which left me free to cover the second part. It was very kind and quite the stress reliever.

And THEN, Justin got a 212 in bowling?! What the heck! That is amazing!

So all in all, today rocked. And we're having breakfast for dinner, so it's only going to get better. I can't wait to see what I dream about tonight, since I'm sure it will be incredible.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Some things I have been thinking about

So every day, I usually think about the same couple topics to blog about, and then I never do it. So here they are.

1. I think I have developed more self control over my physical body in recent weeks than I have ever been able to have before. This has come from brushing my teeth. Every time I brush, it literally takes all my concentration to not ralph all over our bathroom. I am generally feeling really good these days, besides the heartburn (which I'm even getting used to), but brushing my teeth is enough to push me right to that edge every time.



2. Next thing. Mother Nature, since April Fools day is now past, you can end what has been a two week long April Fools Joke and let us have spring weather. I do not want to scrape my car every morning anymore. Also, yesterday, when I went to get out of the car and all the snow had shifted on top of the car and dropped all over my head and into the hood of my coat and soaked my skirt and feet just as I opened the door? Yeah. I only let that slide because it was April Fools. Next time, it will be you and me behind the dumpster after school.