Thanksgiving Point

Everyone can shout for hooray. Why? Tracie is posting pics on her blog! Yay!

Anyway, these are the photos from our trip to the gardens at Thanksgiving Point. You can all Ooo and Ah over them. Pictures include those of flowers, trees, water, and the various themed gardens, such as "The Rose Garden." There are also many pictures of water lilies. It was the first time that I had seen water lilies, and I found them to be absolutely gorgeous. If you ever have an opportunity to go, I highly recommend it. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and serene. Thanks Mom & Dad B. for making it possible for us to go!



10 years ago I was...
a geeky teenager in junior high spending all of my free time with Heidi

5 years ago I was...
living on my own for the very first time, waiting for Steve to go on his mission, and about to meet Jonathan and go through that whole disaster.

1 year ago I was...
living in Provo and taking summer classes and nannying the boys. I miss them :(

Yesterday I was... (at the time I started this)
Working from home (woo-hoo!) and visiting Austin's family

5 favorite snacks...
Anything and everything chocolate
Apples & other fruit
Fro-Yo (best frozen yogurt EVER!)
Western Family string cheese

5 favorite books...
The Princess Bride
The Death & Life of Superman
Harry Potter 1-7
Tale of Two Cities

5 Favorite movies...
The Princess Bride
Ferris Bueller's Day Off/Better Off Dead
The Little Mermaid
Ever After
10th Kingdom (technically a miniseries)

Honorable Mentions:
Star Wars Original Trilogy, When Harry Met Sally, Almost Heroes, Liar Liar, Moulin Rouge, Never Been Kissed

5 favorite places to runaway to...
My parent's house
My bed with a good book
The bathtub
Austin's arms

5 bad habits...
Biting my nails
Nagging Austin
Having poor self-control when it comes to sweets

5 things I would never wear...
Leather pants
Shoulder pads
Ridiculously oversized bags/purses
Really high stiletto heels

5 pet peeves...
Judgmental/self righteous people
Being accused of something I didn't do
People who don't watch or take care of their kids
Snoring/loud noises

5 things I enjoy...
Sims 2/WOW

5 favorite TV shows...
Arrested Development
American Idol
Lois & Clark
Classics: (Simpsons, Friends, Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Frasier, etc.)
Others: What Not to Wear, Iron Chef, Good Eats (back when we still had TV)

5 people I would like to meet...

Dead (or not on the earth, currently):
George Washington
Martin Luther King Jr.
President Hinckley (never got to meet him)

Stephen King
Members of Barenaked Ladies
Dean Cain
George W. Bush


Daily Exercise

(3 posts in a day!)

I’ve recently made the decision that I was going to work out every day. No matter what. No excuses. Every.single.day. It doesn’t matter how long I exercise or what exercise I do. The main thing I wanted to focus on was to create a habit of exercise in my life. Though I do want to lose weight, that is no longer my objective. My objective is to become healthier just by incorporating daily exercise into my life. So far, I’m doing pretty good. Fourteen days in a row now. Some days have been longer or more vigorous sessions. Some have been just a walk around the block. But I have done it, every day, for the past 14 days. Though I haven’t lost any weight yet (I’ve actually gained a pound), I can definitely feel changes. My body is getting stronger and firmer. My endurance is increasing. I feel better. I’m sleeping a little better as well. And the only thing I’ve changed is incorporating at least 10 minutes of daily exercise. Though I’m trying to eat better, I’m not really focusing on it right now. I’m going to keep doing this for a few weeks and then I’m going to start working on my diet. It’s always been too hard I think to start off consistently exercising and eating well. I’ve almost always given up after a few weeks because it’s too many changes at once. Or, I’ve gotten frustrated by not seeing any weight come off. Thus, the new plan: Work on one thing at a time. Make exercise a habit and then start focusing on diet. Also, instead of just focusing on losing weight (though I would still like to), I’ve found it much more positive to focus on becoming healthy. Maybe 10 minutes of exercise this day and 20 minutes another day won’t make me lose weight right away but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything or that it isn’t doing anything for me. I believe that any exercise at any time is good for your body. What’s even better is when the exercise is consistent. These are the thoughts that have led me on a quest for every day exercise. Who wants to join me?

Father's Day

In honor of Father’s Day, (yes, I know it was yesterday, but better late than never.) I have decided to write a list of the TOP TEN reasons why my dad is so great/why I love him so much:
10. He gives good hugs and is always quick to give me one when I need it.
9. He’s taught me to be a hard worker and to be the very best I can be.
8. He’s the most persistent, resilient, ambitious person I’ve ever known. He doesn’t let anything stop him or get in the way of what he wants to accomplish. When obstacles or challenges come his way, he just finds a way around them.
7. If I need help with something, he’ll “make it happen.”
6. He loves my mom.
5. He’s a great example of charity and service, always willing to step in and help others when he can.
4. His family is the most important thing in the world to him and he’d do anything for us.
3. He’s a man of integrity.
2. He loves the gospel and listens to and follows the spirit.
1. He loves me!
I love you, Fajha. Happy Fajha’s Day!

Work News, Dinner, College Reunion, Summerfest, & More

This weekend was quite the whirlwind for Austin and me. (Yes, this is correct usage. See CACCAAA for more information. I will soon write an entry on this subject.) Anyway, quite the whirlwind. First of all, good news! I found out on Friday that I’m going to be a work-from-home editor! I will be working a few days here at the office, but I believe the majority of my time will be spent working from home. I am quite excited about this for a number of reasons. I will be saving a lot of money on gas (with me currently having to fill up every 4 work days and gas being about $50 to fill up now). I will be saving lots of time (with the average commute being around 2 hours daily). I will be able to get more sleep on a regular basis as I won’t have to drive into work. It also works out great with our current plans. We also won’t have to move anymore, which we were both dreading. Now, on to the rest of the weekend!
Charity and James came over for dinner Friday night. I made Tomato & Basil Margherita Pizza and a side green salad. Charity brought over a yummy fruit salad. Dinner was delicious. The company was superb. :)
Saturday was the day of Austin’s SVU Reunion, which was up in Centerville. Austin got to see a lot of old friends and reminisce. We then stopped over briefly in Riverton to see Austin’s family, who are in town for a short time. Then, we went to go pick up my friend Brittnee in Salt Lake. We drove down to Provo where we met Matt (Brittnee’s fiancĂ©) at Guru’s. We all had delicious dinner there together. (I absolutely LOVED my Southwest Wrap. Yummy!) We then went back to our place briefly where I awkwardly worked out in front of Matt & Brittnee. (See other entry on this subject.)
The four of us then headed over to Orem Summerfest. It was crazy! There were SO many people there. I couldn’t believe it. We looked at the few booths and then fought the crowds to get to Smiths so we could get some cash as none of us had cash and the booths weren’t taking cards. (Seriously, who carries cash anymore these days?) With the newly gotten cash I was able to get amaretto ice cream from Subzero, which was really cool. They literally make the ice cream in front of you using liquid nitrogen. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. My ice cream was really good too, so I’m going to have to go there again. We also got some yummy kettle corn.
We then headed off to the field to claim a spot for the fireworks and eat our munchies. I broke out my glowsticks that I got for my birthday from Brett & Charlotte (Thanks guys!). We played around with the glowsticks until the fireworks started. I love glowsticks. They’re so much fun. They totally remind me of being a kid and begging my dad every year to buy me one at Summerfest. I had saved the ones I got from B&C just for this event. I still have more to use for the Fourth of July. So, we watched the fireworks and we had a totally awesome view so that was nice. Heidi and Aaron were going to meet up with us for fireworks, but alas, they couldn’t find us until after the fireworks were over. But we did meet up and talk for a while, despite the bike cop that was telling us to immediately leave the park as it was closed. It was pretty funny. The cop couldn’t have been that much older than us and he was treating us like we were kids instead of the fully grown up adults that we are. So after our chatter we walked back to the car and Brittnee and Matt stayed and chatted with us for a while. Thanks for hanging out with us, Brittnee and Matt. We really enjoyed our time with you.
Sunday was another busy day. We drove up to Riverton again to visit with Austin’s family. We played Wizard and enjoyed truffles and saltwater taffy. Then we drove to Pleasant Grove to go to the McNeil Annual Father’s Day Potluck. I ate WAY too much food, but it was so good and I was so hungry at the time. Sack races were held, and I tried my hips at hula-hooping, only to be bested by both Aunt Sharon and Nicole, my younger cousin. Austin and I then went home where I attempted to clean our house somewhat as we hadn’t had time all weekend. I washed a few loads of laundry and baked a loaf of banana bread. And that’s our weekend in a nutshell. I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful Father’s Day!


Wake Up & Smell the Overbearing Perfume

I hate flowery perfume. What I hate even more are women who wear flowery perfume so strongly the smell persists even if they have vacated the room. Ever worse than that is women who wear said perfume in an attempt to cover up the smell of cigarettes. Then I have to deal with overly strong perfume AND smoke. Wonderful. Today’s experience reminded me of my English Honors class in 11th grade with Mrs. Bestor. I would dread every single day that I had the class, and not just because Mrs. Bestor was kind of a jerk. The smell of perfume in her classroom was so strong that it leached out the closed door into the hallway. But that wasn’t the worst part, oh no. Besides the perfume that was so thick you could see the fumes, Mrs. Bestor had to have the temperature stifling hot every day of the year, which made for a toxic combination: extreme heat and overbearing perfume. It was like a torture chamber of the worst kind. I would get headaches and struggle to stay awake, knowing if I fell asleep the punishment would be worse than a reprimand from the teacher. No, falling asleep would result in a perfume-induced coma from which no one could hope to recover.


Today at work I got tired of sitting on my butt, so I walked down all 16 flights of stairs and took a minute to walk around outside. It was glorious there. It was warm (unlike the often subarctic temperatures inside) and sunny with a gentle breezing carrying the scent of what I like to call “the great outdoors.” I then bemoaned the fact that I spend much of my life inside during the wonderful daylight hours. How I mourn for my lost youth. I miss having a summer: no school, no work besides maybe 2 or 3 hours, and all the free time in the world to spend outside. I can’t wait until I can be a stay-at-home mom if nothing other than the fact that I will be able to take my kids outside several times a week so they and I can enjoy one of God’s greatest gifts.

(p.s. I do understand that being a mom is time-consuming, entails hard work, and requires lots of patience. My desires to be a mom go beyond my simple desire to quit my 40-hour work week plus 2-hour daily commute job.)


Friday Night

For once, Austin's giving me a chance to tell everyone what's going on. For all of you who have been complaining that I haven't been posting as regularly, blame Austin. It's no fun to write about stuff he's already written about. So, the other day I found randomly a list of events going on in Utah county. One of them was at the Museum of People & Cultures on BYU campus. The activity was called "Culture-Me-Mine." It was a date night activity consisting of looking at the museum's exhibit, a clay sculpting competition, a scavenger hunt, and couple's feud. (It also consisted of eating yummy brownies and cookies.) All for the low, low price of $5 a person. It was a pretty fun night. Austin and I had the chance to do something different for a date, and it was cheap! What more could you ask for? (Well, I guess you could ask for more, but I won't.)

You can see the "Man on a Couch" sculpture that Austin and I made together. It was pretty fun. And we won best couple entry. :) Free ice cream at the BYU Creamery for us. Woo-hoo! Since the activity was taking place at BYU, it's not that difficult to conceive that most of the people there were BYU students. It was really fun during the sculpting part because Austin and I weren't talking at all. We were really focusing on our sculpture since we only had a limited time. The people around us were asking such questions as "How many in your family? Where you from? I'd guess you're the middle child. etc." It's so funny how you just don't talk as much when you're married and it's perfectly okay. I didn't feel awkward or anything that Austin and I weren't making small talk. We're perfectly comfortable with each other.

It was so interesting to watch all the different couples and tell their "status" just by watching them. The first or second daters with all their small talk questions and trying to make each other laugh. The boyfriend/girlfriend people who were a little more comfortable. The engaged couple draped over each other the entire time. And the married couples barely communicating. After the sculpting contest we did a scavenger hunt where we tried to find objects and information from the museum. Alas, Austin and I lost this one. If only I had paid more attention when we were first given the opportunity to peruse the gallery. The couple's feud consisted of our guide asking questions about the information she had given us on a short tour of the museum and random questions. When Austin and I were up, the question we received was "What is your date's last name?" I snatched the marker first and thus was rewarded by being the one to answer the question. Of course, it was supremely easy as it is my last name too. I mentioned to the rest of the people that we were married and all had a good laugh.

After our time at the museum ended, we decided to walk around the neighborhood since we hadn't gotten our exercise in yet for the day. (Austin and I have made a vow to work out every day doing some form of exercise no matter how long or short it is. We started Monday and haven't missed a day yet.) The walk was nice. It was a nicer neighborhood to walk around then ours. We then came home and I played Diablo while Austin watched YouTube stuff and Arrested Development online. And that was our Friday night. How was yours?