Dec 15, 2008
1. Matt has never changed a diaper. Boy is he in for a treat.
2. Matt hates using coupons or getting any kind of discount. He is extremely embarrassed by my little hobby.
3. He refuses to complain about poor service at restaurants or other businesses. That’s okay, though, because I do enough for both of us.
4. Matt thinks it’s gross to use the same bath towel for a week. Is it?
5. When we were dating, he would always go along with whatever I wanted to do, preferring to please me rather than get his way. I used to get mad at him and tell him to stick up for himself. Why, oh why did I do that?
6. Matt refuses to go to the doctor when he's sick. He’s been once, maybe twice, in the four years that I’ve known him.
1. I love coupons and sales. I am a master bargain shopper and getting a good deal brings me more joy than (almost) anything else.
2. I secretly played with Barbie dolls until I was probably 13 or 14. Cheri and I used to make up the most dramatic plot lines, like Barbie and Ken were shipwrecked and they had to fashion clothes out of the ship’s sails. We had great imaginations!
3. Mushrooms make me want to die. Once I unsuspectingly took a bite of what I thought was pureed beans. When I realized that it was actually a mushroom puree, I started violently dry heaving and almost tossed my cookies during the dinner prayer (Sorry about that, Jane. I’m sure it was really delicious).
4. I say the word “hate” way too much. It’s not like I really feel that strongly about everything. It’s just one of those things I say without thinking. Matt’s trying to help me stop because he’s worried about what I might teach our son.
5. I am a major procrastinator. Anything that can be put off til later, will be.
6. I consider myself an expert in many things though I am, in fact, an expert in nothing.
Nov 8, 2008
Oct 13, 2008
I also made my own applesauce! A couple weekends ago, I went with my family to pick apples at this cute little farm in Draper. We brought home 3 bushels of red and golden delicious apples for a really reasonable price, and the best part is that the farm doesn't spray with pesticide, so the applesauce is totally safe for my baby to eat (what's that you say? I still haven't blogged about the baby? Patience, little ones). We decided that last Saturday during conference would be the perfect time to cook, process, and bottle our creation. Bad idea, by the way. Never plan a large scale cooking or craft project during conference if you had planned on listening to it. Don't even worry, we also made that mistake during the Relief Society general meeting. Anyway, back to the story. So my mom and my sister and I gathered together and what we made was pure magic. It was so easy, you just have to have the right equipment- like a special strainer that separates the stem, seeds, and peel from the flesh of the apple. It was a bit messy, so hopefully my mom won't remember that next year when it's time to bottle applesauce again! I feel so domestic these days.
...And I won! I've been wanting to branch out and try new methods of cooking for a while, but have been a little skiddish. Until now. Matt bought this awesome cookbook for me that's all about braising, so I thought I'd give the pot roast recipe a try. Nothing like a 4 pound slab of slow-cooked beef to usher in the fall, right? Yummy! I didn't have all of the fancy cookware the recipe specified, like a Le Creuset enameled dutch oven, but I figured my good old stock pot would do the trick. I also had to make lots of substitutions, because I didn't have some of the ingredients (like beer), so by the time I put it in the oven I was pretty nervous about how it would turn out (especially since we were serving it to company). I spent the whole afternoon session of conference fretting about whether or not I should turn over the meat halfway through cooking, if I should baste it, and if it was going to be cooked all the way through in time for our guests' arrival. Well, worry no more my friends! That was the best hunk of meat I've had in a long time. It had a tomato based sauce, which was kind of different for a pot roast, but it was seriously so delicious. Perfectly tender and flavorful, not too much fat. If anybody wants a killer pot roast recipe, let me know. I'd make it for everybody if I could, but that sucker was expensive. It's going to have to be a special occasion thing, I think.
Sep 24, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
Aug 16, 2008
After a vacation, our house is usually a disaster. We have luggage, laundry, souvenirs, etc. laying out all over the house. Seriously, I am not exaggerating. We've been trying to get our home back in order slowly since we got back, but it's been hard because things have been really busy. So what did I come home to discover Tuesday night after a looong day at work? My darling husband had not only done (read: completed, as in washed, dried, and folded) several loads of laundry, but he had also done the dishes, vacuumed the house, and completely rearranged two rooms of furniture! I had mentioned in passing that I wanted to mix it up, but wasn't expecting to have it done the next day!!! I wish I had a "before" picture, but I don't. So try to imagine Matt moving the piano and the 400 pound bookcase all by himself. Thanks honey!
Aug 14, 2008
Jul 16, 2008
We will be launching the site soon, and will keep everyone posted!
May 10, 2008
Apr 21, 2008
So, I actually did have 100 things to say, but after an ordeal with copying and pasting I was left with only 70. Enjoy!
1. I always start things, like books, clubs, movies, magazines, jobs, classes, projects, etc. and I can't seem to finish them.
2. I am amazed and proud of myself for sticking with the most important things in my life, like Matt, college, church, friends and family!
3. I have the most incredible friends a gal could ask for.
4. I have been in four car accidents, but only one was my fault.
5. I have actually touched the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
6. My favorite cooking apparatus is the crock pot.
7. I am in love with reading, but I don’t do it often enough.
8. I have a list that started out as the 100 books that I wanted to read in my lifetime. That number has grown to about 139, I think.
9. I am in the middle of three books right now (Endurance by Alfred Lansing, by Luisa May Alcott, and The Peacegiver by James Farrell), and they’re all fantastic!
10. I am so in love with my husband!
11. We have so much fun when we’re together.
12. Sometimes I feel guilty for being so happy.
13. He is always the first one to apologize-even when I’m wrong.
14. He majorly outshines me in all things artistic and beautiful. It’s shameful, really.
15. I don’t tell him often enough how much I appreciate him.
16. In my eyes, I am a great gourmet chef. I am not sure if this is an illusion or reality.
17. Cooking, collecting recipes and cookbooks, and watching cooking shows are some of my very favorite pastimes.
18. I am quite thrifty, but sometimes I forget myself and spend money like it’s going out of style.
19. I really, really love my job and my coworkers. I have never felt better about myself or the work I’m doing!
20. My degree is actually very useful. Not only do I need it for my job, but I use little tidbits that I learned in school all the time to understand people and relationships better.
21. I aspire to be a Marriage & Family Counselor or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Or a restaurateur.
22. Most of the things that I want to do professionally require post-graduate education. And I really don’t want to go back to school right now.
23. I was beautiful as a little girl, and I modeled for some local company that I can’t remember.
24. I was not so beautiful once I hit junior high and high school.
25. I had braces until I was 19.
26. I love that I can reinvent myself a little bit every time I start a new job or make new friends. I like to think that I become a better version of myself each time.
27. I usually pride myself on never getting sick. This year, however, I have been severely ill at least six times. I think I’m dying!
28. I didn’t get a real honeymoon, so for my first anniversary Matt and I took a five-day vacation to New York City . On day two, we both got the flu and didn’t leave the hotel room until we had to go to the airport.
29. Traveling is another of my favorite things. I have been to 16 foreign countries.
30. Before Matt and I got married in February of 2006, we had initially set the date for December of 2005. We changed the wedding date, but we already had a Hawaii vacation planned with his family, so we went anyway. Matt and I had to share a family suite (with two separate bedrooms, and doors that LOCK!) while his parents took the room that would have been ours. Don’t worry, we got married in the temple, but sharing a room unsupervised for a week, while unmarried, is NOT easy.
31. I broke up with Matt three or four times before we got married, and he likes to remind me of this fact often.
32. I am definitely the clingy one now.
33. I was pregnant and had a miscarriage last year.
34. Being pregnant is not very comfortable.
35. Having a miscarriage feels even worse.
36. I have a nine month old nephew, and a ten year old half-niece-in-law.
37. I am pretty much always tired. I never get enough sleep.
38. I can be really disgusting at times. Like today, I ate a rotisserie chicken with my hands, because it was easier than using a fork and knife, and because nobody was watching.
39. I have a puppy. He’s a beagle, and he’s crazy, but he’s probably the cutest dog in the whole country, if not the continent.
40. When I was younger, I wanted to be a history teacher. Nevermind that history is not my best subject.
41. I also wanted to be an astronaut.
42. Or a flutist in the symphony.
43. Or a mathematician.
44. Or a chef (well, I still dream about that).
45. Or a lawyer.
46. Or an Olympic gymnast.
47. I dream big!
48. I have a really cool sister. She knows everything about everything. If I want to get an answer to a random question fast, then I call her.
49. I was extremely shy when I was little.
50. My first apartment was known as the Boo Shack, and I lived there with Shannon and Megan, the best roomies ever! It was 0.4 miles away from my parent’s house, but I loved it!
51. Some of the best times of my young adult life happened there. It’s where I first kissed my husband.
52. My next apartment was a cute townhouse in Cottonwood Heights . It was three miles from my parent’s house.
53. Those were not the best times, but I dearly love my roommates from that place.
54. One of my pet peeves is when people take food out of the microwave before the time is up, and they don’t clear the remaining minutes off the clock. It haunts me.
55. I hate running, but I ran the ½ marathon a couple of years ago, and I’m going to try again this year.
56. I always imagined that I’d marry a short, dark-haired man. Instead, my hubby is blonde and 6’3”, and I love every inch of him! (sorry if that sounded gross…it wasn’t meant to be!)
57. I’ve always felt more mature than my age, and yet I still can’t believe how old I am and that I’m married. It’s so weird! Sometimes I miss being a kid.
58. I love music. My favorite artists right now are , Corrine Bailey Rae, Yael Naim, , , , and . Ask me next week and I guarantee it will be completely different!
59.Traditions are really important to me. I absolutely have to do things like making a gingerbread house for. Or making heart-shaped cookies on .
60. I really love watching basketball. No, I mean I really, really, love it. My first date with Matt was a Jazz game, and we have gone to almost every home game this season. We even went to a basketball game once while we were in .
61. I become a different person when I’m watching basketball. It’s kind of scary how into it I get.
62. I am so uncoordinated. I could not hit, bounce, or throw a ball if my life depended on it.
63. I always said that I wouldn’t be one of those girls that “let themselves go” when I got married.
64. I think I have gained about twenty pounds since I got married. Poor Matt.
65.I have never used a lawn mower in my WHOLE life. Does that make me lazy?
66. I am certain that I was destined to be a nursery leader. I love those little people!
67. I love going on walks, especially when it’s nice and warm.
68. When I get scared, or nervous, or surprised, I feel a stinging sensation in my armpits, and I start sweating.
69. I have a *tiny* crush on the pharmacist at my neighborhood Harmons. I told my husband about it once, and he always brings it up when we go there.
70. I started this list two weeks ago, and it’s taken me this long to find 70 somewhat interesting things to say about myself.