Dec 28, 2010
merry christmas to everyone! we threw our christmas tree out the window last night, we're referring to it as "the defenestration of the tree". and then i blew a fuse while running the space heater, vacuum cleaner, washing machine, TV, and stereo at the same time (i was asking for it).
i think we're spending new years listening to blue grass at one of our favorite local venues. happy holidays to everyone, and i hope my new york friends are staying cozy in their 2 feet of snow drifts!
Dec 21, 2010
brooklyn kept me entertained most of the trip. and she is a hand holder, which makes me infinitely happy.
TH did have his mouse ears but refused to wear them on friday on account of all the roller coaster riding. and don't worry, he had the boy mouse ears.
and we all pretty much felt like this by the end of the week.
lastly, i cannot express how happy giggly girls and fireworks make me. lizzie and brooklyn playing with bubbles before the fireworks show.
Dec 14, 2010
but one things for sure - if i don't reupholster the settee that we have, i'll probably just burn it when we move. so first things first, i guess.
send good renters wishes our way! i know we still have plenty of time, but the not-knowing part of it all is really getting to me.
Dec 13, 2010
White Elephant exchange with the Capitol Hill friends on Friday at Matt and Christina's beautiful home (we have been thinking about that grey couch all weekend!). Saturday was our ward christmas party that we were in charge of throwing, and then Sunday was Cristy's first (annual?) sing-a-long christmas dinner with the gang.
We really loved every bit of this weekend, and seeing all the friends we love. My favorite part of the weekend was when Eli, the 4-year old wunderkind in the ward, begged to sing jingle bells in front of the ward at the christmas party. If you ask me, he totally made the party! Nothing says Merry Christmas like a 4 year standing at the pulpit, shouting the one-note jingle bells into the microphone, complete with fist-pumping and "Hey"!
Second favorite part of the weekend was when TH was explaining how the weight of molecules is owed to their elemental weight, and then ripped open his snap-button shirt to reveal a tshirt with the periodic table. Super-scientist to the rescue!
But TH really did save me from going crazy this weekend. And so I worked on his Christmas stocking, knitting him a little scottie dog for his stocking. Pictures soon, I promise.
What did you do this weekend?
Dec 9, 2010
i am also trying out new salad dressings in an effort to like salad that isn't $7.50 at sweetgreen. so i feel that is worthwhile, don't you think?
Dec 8, 2010
good, because i don't know what i would do if i couldn't look for apartments all day. i'm not joking at all about that.
in other news, we have the apartment if we want it. apparently the owner wants to have a "sit-down" meeting with us before we sign the lease, which worries me since we are signing the lease through a management company. doesn't that seem weird? and the management company also told us this morning before we signed the lease, we should know that the owner (he lives upstairs) gets up really, like really early (3-4AM!) and the kitchen is right above our bedroom. so i can't figure out what he is doing in the kitchen that would wake us up in the morning, but apparently that is a huge concern of his. this is all just weird information that you usually just deal with after you move into a place. so now we have to consider if the good apartment, location and price is worth a potentially crazy neighbor.
do you have any sage wisdom for us?
Dec 7, 2010
1. we looked through wedding pictures and video. yay for our new family!*
2. we drove to target and talked to our families on the way (and my brother was ALSO at target, but in utah. we tend to think alike).
3. purchased christmas decorations and hung them on the tree with care.
4. grocery shopping!
5. we filled out applications for a new apartment and just crossing everything that we get it. it's exactly what we want and the bedroom is a log cabin bedroom, it's so cozy and hilarious. please let me sleep in a lodge bedroom.
6. cuddling and watching Friday Night Lights - we are on the 3rd season and can't get enough. i love that show.
anyway, i feel like we had some great together time for our little family. me, mark, and the christmas tree. we're just all so happy together.
* yesterday marked 9 months that we've been married. i seriously cannot believe this.
Dec 6, 2010
Dec 3, 2010
we're all going to Disneyworld to celebrate.
no really, he's taking all his kids (and grandkids) to celebrate in Disneyworld for Christmas. what a kook. i love my dad!
Dec 2, 2010
and maybe once a week or so i look up airfare to iceland. and maybe today i sent mark an apartment listing in Reykjavik. i can't be the only one who does this - where is your dream place?
Dec 1, 2010
it was 62 degrees this morning and now my thermometer tells me it is 42 and dropping. eeks! at times like these, it's fun to reflect on how you get from 62 to 42 in a matter of hours.
it was 62 degrees when i left my house this morning.
right as i came out of the metro, the wind picked up and i honestly could not walk forward for a few steps. i had to drag my umbrella like a heavy dog into a starbucks just to escape the wind. it was madness, i tell you.
i hid out for a few minutes waiting for the wind to die down, then swung the door back open for round two. now i was only a block and a half from my office.
just then, the wind picked back up so i just trudged forward with my umbrella closed unTIL the heavens opened up and the rain started pouring the heaviest rain of my life. WITH the wind still blowing.
I couldn't put up my umbrella so i just ran to work holding the closed umbrella in front of my face (i'm sure i looked like a goon).
i reached my office, and took a look in the mirrored door and saw a lady that looked like a poor little drowned rat with a bad haircut.
what a way to start the day.
hello december, welcome to my life. now if you can just turn that rain into snow, we can start talking business.
Nov 29, 2010
Funny story about this tree, it took a while to walk it 10 blocks and we got a lot of funny looks, what with TH carrying a tree and me carrying a bench. Not to mention we were trying to hide from any church neighbors since we bought all this on Sunday. Hahaha.
Nov 23, 2010
i hate the cat. i love lizzie, but she drains the energy right out of me. honestly, i've never worked so hard. right now she's "asking" me "could you get me another cookie?" and now "i told you, get me another cookie". the girl doesn't quit.
Nov 19, 2010
2. norse myths, influenced by greek tragedy
3. lord of the rings
4. public radio
5. getting the chills
then please please PLEASE, listen to this podcast. i've now added "see the ring cycle" to my list of things to do before i die. amazing.
highlights from the trip:
1. the atlanta aquarium: home to whale sharks and the largest saltwater aquarium in the WORLD. and the coolest jellys that make an awesome wallpaper on my iphone.
2. apple cider: i swear it was a little spiked, because then this happened:3. the day i discovered baja fresh was right around the corner from our hotel
4. downloading netflix to my iphone
5. my 2nd trip to the atlanta aquarium
yeah i really liked the aquarium, and if you ever go to atlanta, you should drop everything and GO.
and now just finishing up this day and then i have a week off from work. and i get to hang out with this little munchkin while her parents skip town for a bit. we have so many fun things planned for our 4 days together! she called me last week to ask if we could sing her favorite song together and left a voicemail with her singing. my ovaries exploded and i melted into a puddle of motherly desire.
Nov 12, 2010
hotlanta, here i come.
heading to atlanta for a conference. its one of our big ones, and i'm excited to see all my work friends. while i'm down there, hoping to check out the coca cola factory, the aquarium, and the dali exhibition at the high museum of art.
if i'm still alive at the end of next week, please send me a good pat on the back for making it through. these meetings are always pure crazy.
Nov 11, 2010
i used to push things off for a week or so, maybe a month, but with my hectic schedule and newly married life, i have failed in so many departments. and i think i can chalk it up to some major procrastination.
we have been in our apartment for 9 months. it never really reached its potential because i am much more indecisive about decorating than i thought i'd be. so it just doesn't get done and i sit around every night wondering what i should do about it.
result: our lease is almost up and i think we'll be moving in february, so now there's not really a point in decorating and buying the perfect ottoman.
which is why i'm terribly happy that christmas is coming so i can just decorate our place with christmasy things until we move. problem solved.
on the way home from queens, where abby and travis had their reception (at the gorgeous metropolitan building), we saw this picture in the long island city subway. omgah i just laughed and marveled at the humor and brazen boldness of other people like me. they are just like me, except they have the genius idea to draw moustache on a poster that will make people smile for a few weeks.
i'm glad for people like that who improve our public spaces with art, or humor, or life. whatever it might be. it makes me so very happy to feel connected in a strange way to other humans.
Nov 10, 2010
We went to see Jónsi on Monday at the 9:30 club. Jónsi is the genius behind Sigur Ros, and has now branched out on his own to continue along the same route as the Icelandic band, Sigur Ros. Amazing theatrical and extremely emotive masterpiece. I've been putting this post off for the last couple of days because I'm still processing what I experienced.
Jónsi has the ability to channel your emotions and bring an entire room of people to tears and silence of the "hearing a pin drop" type. Plus, he is perfect for our generation of ADD music listeners. You see, I get bored at most concerts and so I must be carefully entertained by the artist. Jonsi holds your hand with his haunting melodies and pairs it with moving animation in the background.
Like this song, where he had a storm raging on the screen behind him that kept building and building through the song until it was a full blown tornado with branches blowing all around on the screen, with crazy flashing lights that seemed like lightning. And it WORKED. I didn't even know the song was called tornado, but I found myself feeling really sad and broken for people who experience devastation from natural weather events. Does that even make sense?:
I love Jonsi. He makes me want to wear an Indian head dress as a fashion statement, which is really saying something for his convincing powers.
i went on a shoe rampage last night. added 3 more pairs of shoes to the pair i bought on saturday. i am in LOVE with these. for a recovering shoe addict, i've been really well behaved for the past year or two. not a lot of shoes i wanted to spend money on or take the time to break in.
well, i don't know what got into me last night, but i purchased 2 new pair of flats and a some black boots. my favorite are the kate spade knockoffs that i will wear EVERYWHERE in the next couple of months. just wait.
Nov 9, 2010
we created a budget - no scratch that - I created a budget that we started on November 1st. It was fine and great and everything was going swell. Then TH decided he needed to improve it by adding subcategories and sub-subcategories, and well that was all fine and everything until he spent EIGHT ever-loving hours on his laptop all day sunday working on the new budget.
so i am mad at the budget. the budget and i are not on speaking terms right now. it took my husband away from me on one of our only Sundays at home in a long time. so guess what i did in retaliation? i went out and blew all of our food category on cheese, canned pumpkin, icelandic butter, and a fall-inspired wreath. HA! teach you to mess with me, budget.
...and if you think it's a problem that all i have to eat is cheese, pumpkin, and butter, then we should probably get to know each other better.*
*yes, this means i am OFF the cleanse. hello again sugar! i missed you.
Nov 8, 2010
i will probably never stop missing it, with its beautiful neighborhoods*, its ridiculous food**, its bagels spilling out of every bakery, its pizza making schools...its cobblestoned...wait - did i just PIZZA MAKING SCHOOL?
Pizza a Casa. For $150 bucks you can spend 4 hours with the pizza expert, learning how to make the best dough, working with a regular oven to get the best crust, tomato sauce, etc. I cannot think of a better way to spend 4 hours, unless maybe we're talking about eating cinnamon rolls while shopping. cause i like that too, quite a bit.
Who wants to make pizza!?
*our hotel was so beautiful!:
the andaz in wall street. priceline for $120!!
**this trips new york eats:
the doughnut plant
baked by melissa
wall and water
best pizza near penn station - arome
Nov 4, 2010
willpower is the name of this game and i'm just proud of myself for getting almost halfway through this. and i'm learning it's not about cleansing, necessarily - this is also teaching me how to cook new things, how to eat healthy, and how to be creative with food. it's tough sometimes to find time to cook and teach yourself the hard things, like how to make good beans, how to make a soup, how to steam Kale just perfectly.
so, i'm heading to NYC this weekend for a wedding, and I might have to cheat the cleanse a little. shhh...don't tell. but you try to go to NYC and not eat a bagel or a sweet.
Nov 3, 2010
Setting: Lizzie and I are playing Guess Who.
Lizzie: Are you wearing earrings?
Me: No, Lizzie, ask something like "Are you a woman?"
Lizzie: Are you a woman?
Me: No. Are you a man?
Lizzie: Which ones are the womans? The boys or the girls!?
Nov 2, 2010
Nov 1, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
things that are back in style:
*bows in hair.
*the saxophone (*wink* TH plays the saxomaphone).
*throwing huge parties.
*crimped hair, although i think that already went back out, and perhaps was only "in style" in logan utah college dorms for a few semesters.
things that have not come back in vogue, and hopefully will not:
*dangly earrings for men.
*dorky laughing to make fun of someone.
*80's hair (think glamour shots with a crimper).
*demi moore's party girl character.
Oct 28, 2010
but cleanse, i want these, this, and these! i am holding onto my willpower with all i've got.
you know what's going to be really really tough? when i spend next weekend in nyc and cannot have a bagel or black and white cookie! (i might have to break the cleanse for a day...)
let's talk about being a morning person vs. night owl. i have always always been a night owl, even when i was young i would stay up all night with my flashlight, reading books late into the night. so i really want to turn that around and start getting up early. do you have any tips for this night owl?