2.25.2008

LOST


So, it's official. I have jumped on the LOST bandwagon. And I love it. It's one of the best-written, most interesting shows I've ever watched, at least thus far. Austin and I borrowed Season One from my parents like two months ago. We finally got down to watching it two weeks ago, and we were instantly hooked. I resisted getting into it for years for several reasons. One of which is because I knew it was so popular. When things are that popular, I tend to be skeptical. Plus the whole concept sounded kinda weird and stupid. That is, until I watched it.

It's like watching a short movie every episode. The music and production are awesome. The dialogue is believable and smart. The actors really know their characters. Characters have proper motivations. And there's consistency! (Well at least the first season does. We just barely started Season Two so we'll see how the rest of the show fares.) What I love is the real emotion and intensity that is in every episode. The jarring (or moving) sound effects and score, the extreme closeups, the flashbacks-- I love it all! My favorite characters are Locke, Charlie, Jack, Sayid, Claire, and Hurley. In that order. Of course, that may change as I continue to watch the show. I also love how the show always asks more questions than it answers, keeping you always wanting more. I also like that nothing TOO out-of-the-blue happens. Yeah, weird crap happens, but when it does, it makes sense and is believable and follows the logic of the setting and the show that they've created.

So, now I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the show. I hope it doesn't disappoint. But I'll keep an open, but critical, mind. For the rest of you that already know LOST is awesome or to those of you that don't, NO SPOILERS!! This is actually the first time I've really NOT wanted to know what was going to happen. So, if you want to talk about it, you must talk about ONLY Season One for the time being. Those that spoil will be hunted down and hurt. Painfully.

(This isn't the humorous post. That's still to come. How humorous it will be I don't really know. I'm hoping it'll at least be amusing or chuckle-worthy. You'll just have to wait and see.)

2.22.2008

Trip Recap

Okay, so Austin is officially funnier and more interesting to me. You can read his account of our trip to Texas. I just wanted to say thank you to the Beckstrom family for flying us out there and for letting us spend time with you for an unfortunately brief visit.

Austin and I got home at two in the morning, exhausted from the many hours of travel. Unfortunately, I was denied permission to work from home. (I had asked a week before.) However, when I got into work I had nothing to do for most of the day. I was, of course, irked by this. I would've had to work till 8 at night had I not already had some extra hours from the week before, which means I wouldn't have been home 'til almost 9. Work has been very trying lately. I'll post about it later.

I will be posting a humorous post very soon. Stay tuned.

2.11.2008

Valentine Celebration

So I wanted to beat Austin to the punch and blog about our weekend. Since Austin and I will be traveling (Yay, Texas!) on Valentine's Day we decided we would celebrate early. So Austin bought me flowers, chocolate, and my Cosmo last week. (All for a much cheaper price!) They were very much appreciated.

Friday night was our ward V-day party. It was a dessert party. I had made Magic Bars for the occasion (though Austin and I ate most of them ourselves). Then unbeknown to us the drawing for the "raffle" was actually a way for the organizers to force people to play "The Newly Wed Game." Austin and I were picked. It was a lot of fun actually. We didn't win any of the prizes but we did really well. It was a good way for our ward to get to know us. (We still only know a handful of people in the ward.)

Saturday was the day we designated as our V-day. Austin went to school and I played The Sims 2. (Austin bought me some expansion packs as my v-day present; part of my v-day present for him was my 50th post entry.) Later that day we went to Chef's Table for dinner (which is the only 4-star restaurant in Utah Valley). It was very nice and elegant. Afterwards we went to see a series of short plays presented in the new Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. It was called "The Anthology of Love." Some of the short plays were better than the others, but overall Austin and I enjoyed ourselves. It was nice to get out of the house and do something different.

So Austin and I have decided that we will celebrate Valentine's Day a week early from now on. It was much nicer to not have to deal with the crowds and the overpricing of everything. It was just more relaxing that way. And now we'll just spend the real V-day home in our jammies watching a movie while cuddling on the couch.

The only bad part about the weekend is early Sunday morning (around 4 or so) I started feeling really sick and as a result couldn't sleep. I spent most of Sunday feeling queasy. Unfortunately it has continued to today. I had a hard time sleeping Sunday night and the queasiness still hasn't gone away. I think it may be due to something I ate over the weekend. I've also been really anxious lately about work. Anyway, I hope it all goes away soon.

2.08.2008

Fiftieth Post!

I have finally reached my 50th post. After much deliberation on what I should write on for this momentous occasion I decided that I would use this post to gush about my husband, Austin.

I want everyone to know that I am the luckiest girl in the world. “Why?” you ask. The answer: I am married to my best friend. Before I met Austin I used to think and ponder (and occasionally pray) about the kind of man I wanted for my husband. I made lists of husband qualifications in Young Women’s and for various classes along the way. I even wrote a humorous essay one time on what I wanted in a man, “My Ideal Spouse.” All I can say is all these lists and dreaming and pondering did not prepare me for the man I was destined to marry. “Why?” you ask again. Because I never knew that the person I would marry would exceed all the lists I could ever write. I could never have hoped to find a person more practically perfect for me in every way than my dear beloved husband.

And to celebrate and shout to the world my love for Austin, I now share a new list: a list of reasons why Austin is so great and why he is my perfect match.

1. Austin treats me like a princess. He always makes me feel like I’m the most important person in the world.

2. Austin makes me feel like I can do anything. I have never felt so assured. Austin sky rockets my self-esteem past the stratosphere.

3. Austin makes me feel beautiful. It doesn’t matter that I’m not wearing makeup or I’ve gained weight, he loves me for me. (And he never makes me doubt his attraction to me.)

4. Austin is the funniest guy in the world. Seriously. No one has ever made me laugh harder or more frequently than him.

5. Austin makes me happy. I am now a more secure and emotionally balanced person than I ever thought was possible. We have the same dreams and he makes me feel like we can fulfill them together.

6. Austin completes me. When I’m with him I feel like I’ve found the missing piece of me I’ve always been looking for. I can talk to him about anything, no matter how weird, silly, or trivial the subject.

7. Austin is so much fun to be with. It doesn’t matter what we do; I always have more fun just because I’m with him. We have so many of the same interests that I know I will never get bored. We will always find something we can do together.

8. Austin is sweet. He’s kind to other people and does his best to make others feel better about themselves. He’s also a great example of charity. He serves other and he has a generous and compassionate heart.

9. Austin is a great uncle and brother. He is so great with kids and teenagers that I have no doubt he’ll make a wonderful father.

10. Austin is creative. I’ve always wanted to be with someone who thinks outside of the box and isn’t afraid to be silly or different. Austin is imaginative and innovative and is always surprising me.

11. Austin is a very talented writer. Sometimes I get jealous that he is so good, but I’m happy for him and want nothing more than for him to succeed. (And I know he will succeed.)

12. Austin is intelligent. I can’t tell you how many dates I’ve been on where I didn’t like the guy not because he wasn’t cute or nice or whatever but because he was boring. I needed someone who can match wits with me and can debate and converse on many a topic. Austin is this person. He can reason and he can use logic and he can make convincing arguments. He will always keep my mind sharp. He also likes to read which is important to me. I have literally lost interest in someone just because they told me they didn’t like to read. Saying that, in my opinion anyway, is like saying you don’t like to learn. And I needed someone who never wanted to stop learning, a person that every day was a new experience and a new adventure.

13. Austin is attractive. My husband is cute and sexy and downright handsome. He’s also a fantastic dancer.

14. Austin does little things for me. He buys me flowers just because. He brings me food and drinks when I’m lazy. He gets me chocolate when I need it. He massages me when I’m sore. He hugs me when I’m sad. He talks to me when I’m lonely. He warms my feet when they’re cold. He cheers me up when I’m down. He ties my shoes; he opens my door; he helps me clean the house; he pays the bills; he sings with me; he runs errands; he tells me “I love you”; he surprises me with gifts; he exercises with me; he makes me feel wanted and needed.

15. Austin is cuddly and snuggly. There are times that I never feel more content than when I am in his arms. He is comfortable. He is protective. And he’s a great kisser.

This list is only a mere mention of the wonderfulness that is Austin. I really am lucky that I found such an amazing man. I cherish that he is mine, for now and forever. I love him more deeply, more purely, and more passionately than I ever thought was possible. And my love for him continues to increase and grow with every passing day.

2.05.2008

Thanks: Three

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things. Of shoes of ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings!”

Actually it’s just time for Tracie to update. I’m continuing the last part of the thank yous. And without any further adieu, and in no particular order, here they are:

Thanks Heidi for being my best friend. Thanks for the many years of friendship, laughter, joy, heartache, gossip, grapes, road trips, and clothing we’ve shared. Thanks for being my “story” partner. Thanks for knowing me so well and for always making me laugh. Thanks for always giving me advice even though chances are I won’t take it. Thanks for always being someone to rant, rave, gripe, and complain to. I will miss you when you’re gone.

Thanks AJ for being my friend. Thanks for always being a positive and supportive person to talk to. Thanks for always being a good example and a good influence. Thanks for taking the time to plan out activities for the three of us to share. I look forward to spending more time with you in the future.

Thanks Amanda for being someone who always makes me feel good about myself. Thanks for being my friend growing up, at church and at school. Thanks for your bright spirit, happy presence, and warm personality. I’m glad that we’ve gotten back in touch again.

Thanks Steven for being one of my best friends. Thank you for each letter you wrote me on your mission. Those letters were sometimes the only good thing in my life at the time. Thank you for the growing and learning experiences I had with you. Thank you for your sense of humor and for your support. I’m grateful that we remain friends and I look forward to spending more time with you and your wife.

Thank you Brittnee for being such a good friend. Thank you for being one of the nicest and sweetest girls I’ve ever known. Thanks for all the fun times we’ve shared together. Thank you for all the support you’ve shown me. Thanks for the random texts and phone calls. Thanks for always being someone I can hang out with. Thanks for being my friend no matter how much time has passed since we last spoke. I hope to continue spending with you.

Thank you Justin for being such a good friend to Austin. Thank you also for being my friend and for accepting me and for making me laugh. Austin and I still miss you.

Thank you Anina for being my friend and helping me survive iArchives. Thank you for supporting my relationship with Austin. Thank you for the many times of laughter and fun I’ve had with you. Thanks for listening to my stories and being someone so easy to talk to. Thank you for your kindness and sweet spirit.

Thank you Kim for also being my survival mate at iArchives. Thank you for loving Austin and I. Thank you for your craziness and for your fantastic stories. Thanks for making me laugh and for always being someone fun to hang out with.

Thank you Carolina for being such a sweet person. Thank you for being a good friend and for supporting Austin and me.

Thank you DJ for your friendship. Thank you for all your help with my sign language classes. Thanks for being a fun person to chill with.

Thank you Tracy Ann for being one of my close friends growing up. Thank you for all the blind dates and opportunities you provided me with. Thank you for all the fun times and memories.

Thank you to my childhood friends: Meghan, Allie, Kristen, Jessi, Emily, Lara, Breann, Kara, Jenny Jo, and Michelle. Thank you for making my childhood a good one and for filling it with many, many memories of fun times.

Thank you to my childhood ward friends: Tiffany, Lydia, Christie, Alyssa, and Brittany. Thank you for being such good friends to me and for all the time we spent having wonderful times together. You are such wonderful people. I wish you the best things in life.

Thanks to HayLee’s friends who were treated me like a friend: McKenzie, Danielle, and Emily.

Thank you to my coworkers that were also friends at my various jobs: Miranda, Lauren, Jenny, Brady, Evan, Holly, Brent, Dave, and many others. Thank you for making the work environment a better and more fun place to be. Thanks for listening to my silly stories and jokes and for the advice.

I’d like to say thanks to The Judds. They are all such wonderful people and I think of them as family. They have always supported me and my family. Thank you for your friendship over the years. Thank you to each of you as you have all been a part of my life in one way or at one time or another.

Thank you Hatches for being another second family. You are all such great examples to me and my family. Thank you all for being so great.

Thank you Phillips for your support and friendship with me and my family. Thank you so much for all your work that made my reception possible.

I’d like to thank all my Primary, Sunday School, and Young Women teachers and advisors. You all made a difference in my life.

Thank you Mr. Downs for being the single most influential teacher I’ve ever had. I learned so much about English, writing, and character from you. You were a great example to me and made me feel like I really could be extraordinary.

Thank you to all my teachers who helped mold and teach me. Specific mention goes to Mrs. Mac who nurtured in me my creativity and taught me to express myself through writing, to Steele who helped me learn how to drive and was an example of hard work, integrity, and compassion, and to Mel who prepared and taught me how to be an editor.

This is now the end of my thank you posts. Thank you to everyone that has touched my life in some way, great or small.