Wednesday, September 23, 2009

100 Things...

I can't think of anything interesting to blog about lately...I think I have some blog anxiety actually, I know this is really just for me, but I worry about what I will write and if it will be interesting to anyone and then I don't! Yeah, kind of the opposite of why I started blogging in the first place!

OK, so I am going to attempt to write more, even if I don't have awesome pictures to post or fun vacations to report on, or amazing food or recipes that I've cooked, etc. So I thought one way to help me get over this is to post the infamous "100 Things About Me" list. Wish me luck!

1- I love Justin
2- I love spending time with my family
3- I love shopping, even when it's just to look
4- I like the thought of cooking and wish that I wanted to do it more often.
5- I really enjoy watching lots of different TV shows
6- I love going to movies, especially with Justin and/or Kellie
7- I keep in touch with friends for years and years. I'm still friends with Brandi since 5th grade.
8- I like to go on drives up the canyon or in the mountains, my mom's fault :)
9- I wish I was as talented as my parents- Mom paints, dad photographs, Susan sews and cooks
10- I love chocolate and prefer it over any candy
11- I love my nephews- Jeremy, Kris and Elias
12- I secretly wish I had been a nurse, paramedic or firefighter (except I only want to work 9-5)
13- I wanted to be a wedding dress designer when I was a kid and used to draw designs in notebooks that are long, long gone.
14- I'm very sentimental and have a hard time parting with things that remind me of good times, ticket stubs, programs, etc.
15- I love taking pictures
16- I want to go to Paris, Rome and London so, so, so, so bad
17- I pretty much want to go everywhere in the world, I want to see everything
18- I think people are so interesting and I'm fascinated by them
19- I would love to be a wife and mother one day
20- I would love to own a home and fix it up just the way I like it
21- I want to have a garden and pick vine ripened tomatoes
22- I wish I had someone who would do all my food prep and then I'd just cook it!
23- I wish I didn't have hypothyroidism
24- I wish I didn't have problems with my ears, but I know these challenges keep me humble, and hey...it could be worse!
25- I love my Church
26- I loved going on a mission and wish that everyone could have such an experience
27- I wish I was rich and could just be a philanthropist
28- I want to go to Malawi, Africa and see the 100,000 trees we've planted there
29- I wish that no one went hungry
30- I wish that people didn't abuse each other
31- I wish that we took better care of our Earth
32- I wish that we could prevent any other animals from becoming extinct
33- I love giraffes
34- I'm 5' 0, which is why I think I love giraffes, they are so tall!
35- I love cute babies and could play with them all day
36- I love looking at other people's photography web sites
37- I love reading people's blogs, I am constantly surprised at the depth, passion, love and beauty in everyone's lives.
38- I love Summer and warm weather
39- I'm trying to love Winter more
40- I can't ever give blood again because of a stupid false testing the Red Cross gave me one time, even though they admit it was their mistake!
41- I play the flute but don't have one anymore
42- I can twirl a giant flag and march at the same time
43- I love roller coasters and hope to go to Cedar Point one day!
44- I love fun surprises
45- I envy families that take big vacations all together
46- I have never been to Hawaii yet
47- I love going to the Sundance Film Festival every year
48- I've seen Brad Pitt in the flesh twice!
49- I've also seen Bruce Willis, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Aniston and I talked to Jack Black
50- I shook hands with Mikael Gorbechev, met the King and Queen of Sweden and the President of Finland. (The first in DC, the other at the 2002 Olympics)
51- Concerts I've been to- Tiffany, MC Hammer, Gun's N' Roses, R.E.M., Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, NickelCreek, The Fray, Damien Rice, Coldplay- I know there's more but my brain is forgetting now
52- I wish I could take a nap every day
53- I have a hard time going to sleep at night (as you can see)
54- I wish there was more time in the day for myself instead of for my job :)
55- I love reading
56- I used to be an Amway Distributor with my dad and went on super fun trips
57- I used to listen to motivational tapes a lot!
58- In high school my dad paid me to read: Man's Search for Meaning, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Richest Man in Babylon, and other good reads.
59- I love listening to CNN and The Morning Zoo on ZHT in the morning
60- I usually drink a chocolate SlimFast shake every morning and I never get sick of it!
61- I love when I'm consistent about working out
62- I ran my first half-marathon last month
63- I'm still deciding if I will ever run a full marathon
64- I love Asics running shoes
65- I admire Olympians
66- I used to want to be a US Ambassador
67- I think it would be fun to live in Washington DC, New York, or Boston for a while
68- I love almost all music
69- I love laughing so hard it hurts your belly
70- I love helping others and making their lives better
71- I think mother's and father's have a hard and amazing job
72- I miss my grandparents
73- I love going to our family's cabin in Ruby Valley, NV and fishing for bass
74- I love flowers and plants
75- I wish I could have a dog or cat
76- I love riding horses
77- I love sushi, especially the Vegas Roll from The Happy Sumo
78- I love the movie Pride & Prejudice and watch it over and over
79- I love getting massages, and would have one every day if I could
80- I love having my hair washed and blown out by a stylist
81- I love reading magazines
82- I daydream of laying on a beach by beautiful clear blue waters
83- I have a lot of perfume and usually wear a different scent every day
84- I also have a lot of makeup, but still probably need lessons in application!
85- I love snuggling with Justin and watching videos all night
86- I love cleaning and organizing things and that clean, fresh smell after cleaning!
87- I wish everyone was as clean as I am :)
88- I wish the war was over, but I am so grateful for our soldiers
89- I love America
90- I love patriotism
91- I really like cars and hope one day I can drive a Ferrari just one time!
92- I hope to inspire my primary kids- and hope that something I teach them they'll remember forever
93- I'm so grateful for Justin, Kellie, my parents, other sisters and brothers, friends and anyone else who touches my life for the good.
94- I hope to always prove my loyalty
95- I hope to be remembered by others as someone who cares...
96- I love the rain
97- I wish that I could sing the National Anthem at the opening of the World Series, but alas, I can't sing :)
98- I pray that in the next life I will be able to swim, surf, snorkel, and scuba dive- especially so I'll learn not to be afraid of the ocean any more.
99- I am so blessed.
100- I hope that everyone else's lives are as full and abundant as mine. :)

There you have it! Maybe I'll try to do this at least once and year now and see how it changes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Oh the love...

I just wanted to remember my Justin today, and the lovely things he did for me.

I started to get sick last Tuesday after my weekend trip to Elko, but somehow with all the vitamins I took I was able to supress it through the week... (Which believe me, I needed to do!) ...my boss was out of town all week, I had several looming deadlines, and a weekend event to work at!

I even managed to make it through teaching my primary class yesterday (I am Thankful for Food and Clothes- and I really am) with some fun games and a substitute teacher. We looked at all kinds of plants and animals and decided if we would eat them or not...apples-yes, spiders- no!, cows-yes, horses-um, no! We also played a little dress up with my clothes while we talked about where the different materials came from, and about how there are lots of children in the world that don't have enough clothes or food. And when little Samuel said the closing prayer he thanked Heavenly Father for chicken nuggets and our shirts...I had to dry a little tear about that one!

Okay, back to my original story, so after Church I started to feel the sickness beginning to brew again in my lungs...that's literally how it feels. I don't have a sore throat or a cough or any congestion or sinus problems, yet, but I just have this awful heavy, tingly feeling in my chest along with some swollen glands going up to my ears. Needless to say, not well!

So this morning I decided to try and suck it up, since I don't even sound or look like I'm sick, and make it though the work day. Well, I did, and it was good I did because there were some critical things I had to do. But just as the day was wrapping up, I felt the poison start to rumble inside me again. I had a sudden craving for some orange juice, herbal tea and some hot sauce. (I thought maybe if I ate some hot sauce it would burn away the infection maybe huh? It could work right?)

That's when I decided to call my sweetie, because he's always so kind to offer help when I need it, and I just felt like I did. He said he'd bring me some groceries and I asked if he could give me a blessing too. But, he not only brought me some groceries, he cooked them up into the most delicious chicken and vegetable dish with a side of steamed asparagus that I've ever had, all while I laid on the couch and vegged myself. He gave me a beautiful blessing with the help of a kind neighbor friend and then he sat with me and talked for a while. He had even picked up some cacao for an after dinner snack! Then when I felt sufficiently cuddled, he headed back into the kitchen, did ALL the dishes in the sink, packed away all the yummy leftovers for my dining pleasure tomorrow, and told me how much he loved me.

**Sigh** Sometimes being sick isn't all bad. :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The last few weeks...

Well, I have been busy! Work has been overwhelming, Justin's dealing with a new job and starting at BYU, spent some time with friends and family, etc., etc.! It's amazing how easily you can let yourself get overwhelmed with everything, even other people's problems. I need to try and take it a little more easy I guess!

So, here's some pics from my latest adventures...


This is me and my oldest cousin Tracy...we grew up together and have always been great friends. She lives in Idaho with her husband Charles, who is doing his Residency, and their gorgeous son Colton (see below).

Charles showing Colton videos of himself on his sweet iphone!

Colton- aren't his eyes beautiful?

So, Kellie and I went to Elko for my cousin Samantha's wedding, but it was also Tracy's brother, Eric's daughter, Melody's birthday. You've got that all straight right?



So her's Melody...I think she likes the toys she already has, better!

Jeremy actually looked at the camera for me for one second!


My lovely sister Megan, cousin Heather and other lovely sister Kellie at the party.


The bride right before the wedding!


Dani still preggers with Everett...he was born on Monday, Labor Day!

The happy couple, Mike and Samantha McConnell


Mom presenting her gift, a painting of an Elk for the couple...they are avid hunters!


My Aunts and Mom from the left...Lisa, Peggy, Mom and Jaci (the Bride's mother)


This was on Sunday at my Aunt and Uncle's house where Mike and Sam opened presents...we decided to wrap up Everett too! That's Dani's mom, Aunt Lisa on the floor.


My Jer with his Mommy Megan


My last morning there, Jer and I played his favorite game, Monopoly!


And, for those of you who have seen the FABULOUS movie Julie & Julia, this is the yummy bruchetta grilled bread, topped with tomatoes, yellow peppers, basil and Italian dressing that Julie makes for her and her husband as they are discussing what she could write a blog about. It was SO YUMMY! My sis Meg made it for me. I definitely am going to branch out and try some more of the recipes she does in the movie too. I really do actually enjoy cooking, I just wish I felt like doing it more often! Anyway...I highly recommend this movie!

OH, and I just have to give a quick shout out to BYU for beating Oklahoma this past weekend too! Yippeee! Goooooo Cougs!