Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Saturday, November 29, 2008
Like any young mother, my mom thought up a variety of ways to manipulate her daughters behavior. One of the methods she dreamed up was "The Elf." She bought a small christmas decoration, an elf, whose body was made with bendable wire. This elf appeared one day in our house one November with a note reading, "You better watch out, You better not Pout, because I'll be watching." My mother carefully left this note on our bed and then posed the elf as if he were perched on our bedpost. She brought my sister and I too the bedroom, whispering and sneaking quietly, to see the elf. "He's real" she said, "He is here to spy on you for Santa. And if you touch him he will tell and you will never get anything for Christmas for the rest of your lives."
The elf moved about the house every few hours, and always rested in different poses and positions. I have distinct memories of seeing him in the Christmas Tree, on the entertainment center, on the piano, and in the windowsill. Lacy swear she once saw him dash from the Christmas Tree to the kitchen.
I hated the elf. He had an uncanny way of appearing whenever I was being mean to Lacy. Lacy, of course, loved the elf. To this day she loves the elf and I despise all elves. I am not kidding...they creep me out. After all, it was an elf that was my first exposure to a big-brother type of scenario. I still will not let my mother put out the old elf she used for this as a christmas decoration...it scares me too much...I think I still half-believe he is real and out to get me. (She keeps the elf in her nightstand...which I also think is unhealthy.)
Trevor, thinks this story is charming, he laughs and laughs about it with my mother and my sister. He loves the lore of the whole sadistic thing so much that he has told me for the last three years that we will do the same thing to our children. I told him that we would then need to start a counseling fund along with their college funds. This year I found an elf for us to use...it is a happy looking elf. The one my mother used looks like an elf of Satan, I swear. I bought the elf on a Day-After-Thanksgiving sale, and Lacy got one too...even though I have assured her that she can have the old elf of Mother's. I certainly don't want it. I like this little elf, even though I am still kinda scared of him...(I do realize how crazy that sounds.)
The one thing is that he is some sort of fairy elf, he has wings...which I don't think Christmas elves have. the wings are just wire and can easily be clipped off. I am wondering what you all think? Wings or no wings? Which would scare the pants off you more as a kid? Let me know your opinion in the sidebar poll.
randparents all came down to our house for Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time with them. I betty-crockered it up and made a lot of the food...but everybody helped. Our menu was composed of spectacular and traditional dishes - turkey, stuffing, potatoes, parsnips, yams, green-jello-pineapple-salad, marshmallow rolls, regular rolls, cranberry sauce, green-bean casserole and a relish tray. I made pies the day before and FROM SCRATCH! I love to make pie, which is odd, because I don't particularly like to eat it. Very close to the top of my dream-job list would be "pie-maker." Making the crust is my favorite. I made an apple pie, two pumpkin pies (from a real pumpkin!) a pecan pie, and a chocolate cream pie. My grandpa surprised me and also brought a homemade pumpkin swirl cheesecake. He knows I don't love pie, and that I really love cheesecake.
We ate our first Thanksgiving dinner at the Bloomington Country Club, which is always fabulous. I literally ate so much I got sick. We ate our home-made dinner later that night, at six-thirty. The next morning we hit the shops and picked up a few black Friday steals.
All in all, it was a happy holiday. I hope all of you had a good thanksgiving too, and that you are as grateful for our friendship as we are for yours!
This is one of the little turkeys my grandma made, she makes a small, edible turkey every year to set at everyone's dinner place. Cute grandma.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thank you guys so much for thinking of me and keeping in touch. I love you.
Thanks again! You guys are great!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
After talking with the carpet man we decided to place the pool table on some carpet sliders and just push it from one end of the room to the other as we laid the carpet. To do so we would need some serious muscles. So we called around to some neighbors and arranged a time for this morning when everyone could get together and lift. One of the houses we called belongs to our friends and neighbors Casey and Sarah.
One of the reasons I love this couple is evident in the following events. About ten minutes after I called to ask if they would come help us move the table, they called back to ask if we could all play on the table first. This sort of friendship is the best for Trevor and I, totally spontaneous and always fun. Casey and Sarah came over and we shot pool for half the night. I am officially terrible. Sarah is only slightly better....Trevor and Casey on the other hand, have us wondering about the possibilities of misspent youthes...they are pretty good.
Here are some pictures. Thanks Casey and Sarah for the fun night...and for being here bright and early to lift that table!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I do not like chicken pot pie all that much, but I know Trevor loves it. Since I do all of the cooking at our place I think it is unfair that I always end up making only stuff I like and some of his favorite dishes fall by the wayside. Because he was being such a trooper about the garage I decided to be a trooper about dinner. I have a spectacular pie crust recipe, and a really good from-scratch pot pie formula-- thanks to my good friend Sarah. Even though I never really care for it, I love the way it looks. I think it is pretty food. And pretty food always tastes better.
After dinner I went out help in the garage. Trevor had been and was working soooooooo hard. I don't know that I was much help, but I had fun helping him. So much so that I asked, "Do you love doing projects with me? I love doing projects with you." To which Trevor very diplomatically replied, "You are helpful." I think that is husband-speak for "I actually wish my guy friends or my brother or my dad was here since they can work the power-tools that I am too worried to let you touch" but I am gonna pretend that he loves it and I am most helpful, even though I don't understand what he tells me to do half the time. Here are some pictures of our progress. And of our super-duper clean garage at the end.
Trevor building shelves.
Moi, sweeping down spider webs.
We could eat off of this floor!!!
Here is Trevor and the clean garage. My favorite part of the garage now is that we hung all of Trevor's boy-scout stuff and pictures up in it. It makes it a personal space for him. The picture on the far left is a puzzle of a Scout Camp scene I put together and glued together for him while we were dating, the blue frame in the middle is a collage of him scouting that we had up at our wedding, the big photo in the middle is Trev's favorite. It is a huge poster-size print of a "hot tub" he and some others made one year at Cedar Badge. They had a big metal drum and built a fire underneath it....anyone else picture boiled scouts? The little pictures are some other Scout placards and things, and the white board with hooks is a coat hanger that says "On My Honor" that I made him when we were engaged.
We worked until 1:00 AM to finish the garage project. Poor Ripsi kept looking at us as if to say "Get out of my bedroom! And stop all that pounding and hammering! Don't you know Dogs sleep around here?" She finally laid down on her bed and refused to get up for anything. Trevor tucked her in like a little cocoon, and she was so cranky and tired at us she didn't even move. We took her clue, called it a night and went to bed ourselves.
Here is our parting shot from the clean garage. Cut me some slack....I look awful, it was late. We are so happy to check this project off of our list! Hooray for us.
6 Quirks About Yourself
- I love NERDS candy - only I have to sort and eat them by color. I do this same thing with any artificially colored candy, skittle, smarties, MMs, etc. But NERDS are my favorite.
- I eat only one thing off of my dinner plate at a time during meals. And I do this clockwise, beginning at 6:00, literally turning my plate so that the food item I want to eat first is in that position.
- I HATE the sound that the wind in the car makes when only one window in the backseat is rolled down...that thumping, thrumming, hum sort of sound. (Trevor knows this and will do it when he is driving, just to drive me nuts).
- I can sing every lyric to every CHER song ever recorded.
- I no longer allow Trevor to put away his own laundry, because I like everything in our closets to be sorted by sleeve length and color, and he always fouls up the system.
- I still totally sleep with a stuffed animal...can't believe I just admitted this online.
So - there is is...sure you still want to be friends with me? I might be the oddest person you know. Then again, if birds of a feather truly do flock together I have a sneaking suspicion that there are some of you out there equally as strange as me. So, to find out for sure, I tag Stacey, Lacy, Katy C., Nicole, Cyn, Celese and Kylie.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Isn't it odd that things can exist in you mind in the last state where you left them? My Logan has been suspended in an eternal Summer season, with flowers lining neighbor's homes and the USU campus all but empty for the summer session. The Logan I spent the last few days in has seemingly suddenly fast-forwarded to cool autumn, with winter beginning to seep into the valley and the campus that was once so familiar felt entirely foreign. I suppose if you can't ever really go home again you can also not really ever return to Graduate School. It was odd...and in some ways sad for me...good, but a little sad.
I did spend a significant amount of time with my spectacular little sister in law, mostly because I forced her to hang out with me and used her parking place in the Aggie Terrace to do all my dashing around and avoid parking tickets. Stacey is one of the most darling girls I know, she is brilliant and funny. I love spending time with her, she may be one of the biggest benefits of marrying my husband!
Thursday after I did all the thesis + paper work buisness I could do Stacey and I grabbed Thai food at Kamin - one place I desperately miss about Logan, the best Thai food I have ever had- Stacey had never been before, so we had a good time and I ate way too many crystal noodles.
After Stacey rolled me and my stuffed belly out of Kamin we hopped in the car and headed to SLC to hit up a play, Into the Woods, that I had tickets for. My Thai food wore off by Brigham City (I am a bottomless pit) and we stopped to get milkshakes to celebrate an end to dating...or at least an end to dating scuzzy guys...Stacey because she just called things off with a lying sneak (who desperately wants to be back with her, but she is holding out and moving on, Good girl!) and me because I already have a fabulous husband who will still climb into bed with me at night when I am wearing a green face-mask, a flannel nightgown, and curlers. Ahh, marriage.
We then made our way to SLC. We had a bit of time to kill before the play began and we ended up at the strangest mall I have ever been to. Nicole, I know you are a west-side girl, so you will have to tell me where we were at, (the mall kiddi-corner from the E-Center?) It had the strangest little shops, but we had a blast. We found some cute and cheap earings (are there really any other kind?) and the best T-Shirts for 2.99. Stacey saw the shirt first, but I loved it so we decided I could have one too, we just can't ever pack them when we go on vaccation together...or, as I suggested, we could just start a band and where them all the time. Here are our fabulous selves:
Any suggestions for our band name? I am thinking a modern-day Bengals sort of theme...we could call ourselves the Peacocks, but it just doesn't have the same ring.
After our spectacular peacock-inspired find we jumped back in the car to head over the the Hale Center Theater. However there was also an event at the E-Center that night, so it took us over an hour to move our car a block and a half. I parked at the first spot I saw and we made a mad dash in our heels to get to the Will-Call window. An effort that was wasted when the theater host explained that some of the actors were caught in traffic as well. The show started late but was completely worth it. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great hit. Enjoy some images, not from the production we saw, but instead ripped off from a Google Image search:
Friday I spent most of the day wrapping up thesis stuff, finally getting it all done and saying goodbye to USU. I drove back immediately, because I had to host book club Saturday afternoon (which went well). It was a fast trip, but I got a lot done so that makes it worth it.
In Book club this month we are reading Hearts In Hiding by Betsey Brannon Green - it is a book that I would never pick up on my own, just judging by what I have heard about it so far, but that is the point of a book club right? Anyone who wants to read along, feel free.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In all actuality, we really do read quite a bit. But we certainly go through different phases where we devour books and others where we slowly plod through one or two novels. We are currently in a devouring phase.
And perhaps, it is just because I have reading on my mind lately, but I seem to be having many more conversations with friends about what books I am reading. And, since I have nothing else to blog about today I thought I would share our literary interests with you people.
Thus, see the right-hand column of my blog and ooh and ahh over my new Shelfari. A shelfari is a book shelf widget, and its appearance on my blog is the love-child inspiration of two dear friend's blogs, Nicole and Kylie. My friend Nicole has a Shelfari on her blog that showcases her favorite books. My friend Kylie has a widget on her blog that lists the current books she and her husband are reading individually and together. I loved both concepts, and so my Shelfari was born.
On my shelfari you will find the books Trevor and I are reading on our own, as well as the ones we are reading together. You can also find the book I am currently reading for book club, and the past book club books as well. I will try to update this each time we begin a new book.
If you move your mouse over the books on my shelf you can see our reviews for each of the books. I am finishing up Land of 100 Wonders tonight, which then, of course, begs the question from all of you....anyone have any good book recommendations?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
When I returned from work around 12:00 Trevor surprised me by telling me that my birthday gift from him was a shopping spree! What girl would not love this? We headed to the local outlet mall, where Trevor spoiled me rotten by buying me one new skirt, a new shirt, a new set of earings and an entire outfit of a skirt, tank, shirt, vest and scarf. Here are my fashionista shots:
Trevor saw this outfit on a display and loved it. I think it is fun and am excited to wear it off to work tomorrow. I love scarf weather.
I love this bright bohemian skirt. It is just a happy piece of clothing.
After shopping and getting spoiled rotten, we went to the grocery store where we picked out my favorite foods for dinner tonight. But before we cooked dinner Trevor said we could do one more thing, I choose to go to the dog park with Ripsi, because it is pretty much my favorite place in the world. I am a dog nerd. We had so much fun. These are just a few of my favorite pictures from the park.
Aren't you glad that we shake hands instead of sniff each other?
After the dog park outing we came home where Trevor made a spectacular dinner. it was amazing. There was so much food! He made me French Onion Soup, grilled Steak, Shrimp, Mashed potatoes, green beans, chocolate pudding and we had chocolate cake too. He is incredible. Dinner was so good I just kept eating...I am pretty sure I gained a lot of weight tonight. But hey, you are only 24 once.
After dinner we curled up on the family room floor and watched a movie. Thank you to everyone that made this a really spectacular birthday. I loved all the cards, gifts, phone calls, emails, texts, and birthday blog comments. Thank you again!
My birthday was one of the happiest. I just really enjoyed being with Trevor. The entire day I told him I felt like I didn't have a care in the world, we laughed and played and simply had a wonderful day. My husband is amazing, he is such a good man, and just knowing he will always be there when I get home, birthday or no, is the best gift a girl could get.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Well the day has finally come, it is Chelsi's 24 birthday she has been anxiously awaiting this birthday because it marks her last official year of rounding down to 20.
As part of my official birthday post/wish I would like to tell her, on her blog the easiest way to get in touch with my wife, that I love and appreciate all she does for me, and I hope she has the happiest 24 a girl could have.
I have a special day planned for her tomorrow so we'll be sure to take some pictures and post more later. But be sure to wish her a happy day in your own special way. Hopefully we'll get some "good" birthday wishes for her to enjoy.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
There are so many precious memories I have of my time in Russia, and of the people who I lived and worked with there, Jamie certainly among them. I have lost contact with nearly everyone else, so I was thrilled when Jamie emailed to say she and her husband were making a trip to St. George and wanted to get together. We met them for lunch at the Olive Garden and spent the afternoon talking and eating, but mostly talking. Seriously - we were at the restaurant for 2 1/2 hours (the longest I have ever sat in an Olive Garden in one day...except maybe for the time after Ryan and Amy's wedding...but that is another story).
It was so good to see Jamie and reminisce. It is funny that I ended up marrying Trevor and she ended up marrying her husband (Nate) because we both remembered each other talking and telling stories about these men back when they were just love interests and dating dramas. It all made for a good laugh and a fun trip down memory lane.
Thanks Nate and Jamie so much! We hope to make it down your way soon! (Let us know when you have/bless the newest member of the Webster family!)