Friday, February 26, 2010

Right Now.

No matter what our circumstance it is always possible to find something to complain about. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

It is easy for me to think about the future and past and be so excited about those moments that I want to be there...right now, instead of the present.

Despite that tendency of mine, let me tell you what. I am loving life right now. Nothing's perfect, except for maybe Austin, <3 but I've got flowers on the table that I got for free, a hardworking husband who is taking a well deserved nap, attendance at Brigham Young University with financial help from our government, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I'm happy folks, really happy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tender Mercy

I'm taking this amazing landscape design class. We are slowly working on a project through out the semester, the teaches us the different stages of a design. So, today our functional floor plan was due. Last night, like a good little student I plopped down on my tummy in the middle of the living room, spread my papers all over and with a bowl of veggies, got crackin'. Today, an hour before class, I printed of the technical write up.

Now for a little background on the story. I took Nader (out Geo Prism) today and Austin took the KIA (yet to be named suggestions welcome,) because schedules were weird today. So I parked up by the Marriot center with him, only to realize later that my last class was on the far south side of campus in the Cluff building.

I finished printing out my assignment gathered everything in my folder and decided it would be smarter to walk up to the car, drive it down, and then go to class. That way, when my class was over and it was scary dark outside I'd be close. this story is getting really drawn out, if you're still reading you must love me.....

So I zoomed into the perfect parking spot and reached for my folder. IT WAS GONE!! I searched under seats, in my bag, even the ash tray was searched in my desperation. Nothin'.

My first instinct was to walk back up to the computer lab and look. However, a distinct thought interrupted mine and told me to go back to the Marriott Center parking lot. Sure enough my papers were flying all over the asphalt. For anyone sitting on the edge of their chair at this point, never fear, I retrieved them all, made it back to class on time, and even re-snagged my excellent parking spot. Tender Mercy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Lord of the Rings

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many path and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

I'm a firm believer that books are always better than movies, but I have to say my imagination was pretty close this time. Austin and I finally watched the first two movies and the third is on the calendar for Friday. Austin wasn't a huge fan the first time he saw them and actually never finished the second movie, but he has admitted to liking them this time, and I really enjoyed them both. Aragorn is by far our favorite character. :) I think it makes a difference having read the books to understand what the relationships and backgrounds are.

There is nothing like a good book.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The VQ

It wasn't until I was twelve that I realized that the Valentine Queen doesn't come to everyone. She had been coming to my family and my mom's family for as long as I can remember though. During the month of February we decorate a big cardboard box with hearts, lace, kisses, etc. and put a big slit in the top. Then throughout the month we put valentines for each other into the box. They can be quick little compliments on lined paper, or elaborate poems cutesied up with glitter and lipstick. Then on the night before Valentines Day the Valentine Queen comes! (fondly known as the VQ) She fills the empty space left in the box with treats and messages and things that mom never buys for us: mini cereal boxes, pudding cups, fruit roll ups, etc. all those things that the cool kids would have in their home lunches when we were stuck with homemade bread, raisins, and carrot sticks.

Tori went to Sweethearts with Christopher, so naturally we had a girl party in her room and made her up and did her hair.

Ta da!!!


Austin and mom were in cahoots to make the best Valentine's dinner ever. Starr was our official waitress, and brought our four course meal. Then we watched Romeo and Juliet. Tragic, but very romantic.

Mom decided to pull out her wedding dress just to see if it fit anyone. It did! (just barely) ;)

Friday, February 12, 2010


So my one Friday class was canceled today. I finished babysitting early. Now I have the house to myself all day long... so what is the first thing to do? Look up I Love Lucy episodes on youtube and then scold myself for wasting time. I thought: I know a shower, that will kick start my day and I'll be super productive. Yeah, well I sat dripping wet talking to my mom. Productive, but not kickin'. So I made a list. Hooray! It worked! I've always loved lists. Lists of food, things to love, and best of all to do lists! Sticky notes are my best friend and I love finding them hanging on to my notebook pages with a stack of things that need to be checked off. So I'm off and running! Who needs coffee when you've got a to do list! ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Most Like an Arch This Marriage

by John Ciardi

Most like an arch—an entrance which upholds
and shores the stone-crush up the air like lace.
Mass made idea, and idea held in place.
A lock in time. Inside half-heaven unfolds.

Most like an arch—two weaknesses that lean
into a strength. Two fallings become firm.
Two joined abeyances become a term
naming the fact that teaches fact to mean.

Not quite that? Not much less. World as it is,
what’s strong and separate falters. All I do
at piling stone on stone apart from you
is roofless around nothing. Till we kiss

I am no more than upright and unset.
It is by falling in and in we make
the all-bearing point, for one another’s sake,
in faultless failing, raised by our own weight.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Food: match making

Peanut Butter and Jelly
White Mushrooms and Mozzarella Cheese
Gram Crackers and Milk
Frito's and White Chocolate
Hummus and Wheat Thins
Bagels and Cream Cheese
Apples and Peanut Butter
Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese
Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cold Milk
Cheerios and Peanut Butter
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Strawberries and Chocolate
Toast and Cinnamon
Radish and Cheddar
Peanut Butter and Chocolate

I guess I just really like Peanut Butter, Cheese, and Chocolate...

We bought a HAPPY car!

Here she is!! Silver 2006 Kia Spectra, is all ours. After Austin had gone to look at it I asked, "is it a happy car?" He looked at me sideways as though I had lost my marbles completely and said, "huh?" I had to explain that along with a car comes a face. I mean come on, they even have cute side mirror ears. I just wanted to know if it was happy or not. In all the check ups he had done, he had failed to check the mood of our car... ;) What do you know, she turned out to be a happy one.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shopping-Tikla Style

So D.I. is awesome. I'll never quite recover from the preteen memories I have of dad holding up an atrocious pair of high waisted "peg legs" that would have fit him and asking "What about these ones?" However, the awesomeness has overwhelmed the reminiscence.

Yesterday I had some time to kill before picking Austin up from work, so I popped in to dig for treasure. I tried to squeeze my cinderella's-step-sister-sized feet into an adordorable pair of princess shoes, but no luck. I wonder what the store workers would have said if I'd asked, "um, do you carry these in a size bigger?" :)

Then, happy day, I found a huge bag of cards. Birthday, Christmas, Valentines, just because, hope your dog is feeling better, etc. All that goodness for $2, and I don't even have to justify it to Austin because I used my "fun money."

Then today after the relief society activity there was a rumage sale-all proceeds to Haiti- going on. There Cinderella found her much needed, practical slippers and two tops for $3.

So reality check...Am I white trash???