Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My voter registration status:


This last summer I was walking down Main Street and a woman at a table asked if I was registered to vote. So I told her not yet in Utah. She handed me a form to fill out and mail in. Wasn't that nice of her to volunteer and get people to register to vote?

So I took the form home. I filled it out. I mailed it in. In fact, I registered to vote in the state of Utah before we registered our car in the state of Utah. Wasn't that nice of me to be a responsible American?

Well, this last month I've wondered if I need my registration card to vote, and why I didn't get one. But AJ never got one when he registered at the DMV, so I figured we were safe. But I was a little worried so I told AJ about it. He went online and found this site where you put in your name and it tells you if you're registered. Well HE is, and I'm NOT. What?!

I called the county clerk today, just to make sure. The lady was very nice and really tried to help me see if I was registered, but she couldn't find anything.

Yeah, so I guess I'm not registered to vote, and it's way past the deadline. LAME! And I was actually trying to make an educated decision this whole time...what a waste.

So AJ takes this opportunity to tease me (surprised?). I'm annoyed at the situation so of course he has to push that "button" and remind over and over how un-American I am. Then he told his brother Matt, and Matt sent him this video for me to watch:

This one right here

It's hilarious. Of course I'm the most gullible person in the world and the whole thing scared me for about .5 seconds. (then I got teased again)

So since I won't be voting, hopefully you will all make the right choice for me. Vote for someone that will help me get a job, k? And may the best man win...


how smart is your right foot?

Got this e-mail from my parents today. I've done this before, but I forgot how crazy it is! :

You have to try this, it takes 2 seconds. This will boggle your mind and you will keep you trying over and over again to see if you can outsmart your foot, but, you can't. It's preprogrammed in your brain!

1. Without anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY.......) and while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so!!! And there's nothing you can do about it! You and I both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done so.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crazy 8's

8 things I'm passionate about:
1. trying to be being a decent person
2. trying to be being a better member of my church
3. trying to be a good wife
4. trying to be a better designer
5. my marriage
6. eating
7. nature
8. sleep

8 words/phrases I use often:
1. Hey baby
2. love you
3. whaddya wanna eat?
4. haha (typed)
5. how come you're so cute
6. I'm moving to the SLC area soon
7. I'm interested in your design position
8. Hope to hear from you soon

8 things I want to do before I die:
1. Have chillens (only cute ones or they're going back)
2. See AJ have a successful and rewarding business
3. Live in my dream house
4. be a super good cook
5. be a good runner again
6. do something I'm afraid of
7. travel travel travel
8. grow out my hair again

8 things I've learned in the past:
1. Patience is a gift that you have to work hard for
2. Don't try to change the other person, just try to love them
3. How to drive a manual transmission
4. I'm happier when I'm not trying to be something else
5. Women have a lot more in common than they give each other credit for
6. How to make a website
7. That I like reading more than I thought
8. How to make jewelry

8 things I currently want/need:
1. A JOB (a good one preferably)
2. A house
3. A dog
4. AJ to be in school
5. a shop for AJ
6. to clean
7. to figure out what's for dinner
8. to be in shape

8 places I want to see/visit:
1. Alaska
2. Italy
3. Hawaii
4. Ireland
5. New Zealand
6. Egypt
7. Africa
8. Jerusalem

8 favorite restaurants:
1. Blackstone
2. Olive Garden
3. Black Pearl
4. El Rosal
5. In-N-Out Burger
6. Chevy's
7. Bubba Gump
8. Grandma Holley's House :)

8 TV shows I can't live without (for the record I'm sure my life would still be intact without these):
1. The Office
2. Lost
3. Desperate Housewives
4. America's Next Top Model
5. Arrested Development
6. Flight of the Conchords
7. Project Runway
8. Seinfeld

8 people I tag (wow that's a LOT):
Natalie Olsen

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sleepy Hollow

In the Halloween spirit, my book club has decided to read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Fortunately, it's super short so I'm done early. In fact, I just found it online and read it in about an hour.

I'm surprised I've never actually read it before. There's some lingo from ancient times that wasn't too clear but I got the gist of it. It's a pretty cool little story. Because of my little vocab speed-bumps I wanted to watch a video of it (kind of to make sure I read it right). I remembered Disney did an animated version of it, and once I found it online, I realized I don't think I've seen that whole thing either. Where have I been? It was adorable. I love how Bing Crosby narrates it, and all those little Disney songs really brought me back to the good ol' early days of Disney cartoons (you know, because I watched them back in '58). Also, the cartoon was the exact same story that I read.

Can't say the same for Sleepy Hollow the movie, starring Johnny Depp. It's haaardly the same story at all. Again, where have I been and why haven't I seen this movie until now? Well, I'm literally watching it as I type this. This movie is gruesome. This movie is dark. This movie is pretty awesome. Can't wait for the ending, but things are slowing down due to my internet connection and the Chinese (?) site it's playing from. Yep, third time I found the Legend for free online.

This has been my life the last two evenings, so I figured I'd share. Better get back to the film!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Yearbook Yourself

My friend Natalie posted pics of she and her husband yearbook-ized, and naturally, I had to do it. It was just too funny.

Yes, I know there's twice as many photos of me versus AJ, but they give you so many, and it didn't work as well with AJ's photo. Hmm, maybe it was the beard (ps-that's his passport photo..hehe). Plus, I had to include the ones where I'm a little "ethnic". Ha! I just couldn't pick a favorite...or even 6 favorites (to make it even).

So when I uploaded them, it turned them more brown, but hey it works. Personally, I think the 50's were a nice flattering decade. 80's and 90's were horrible. I looked pretty amazing in '76. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pastor Rick and the Candidates

Thanks to my buddy Keegan, I came across this video. You should watch it.

It's from August so I guess this is old news, but I'm usually pretty disconnected from political stuff anyway. I know we have some big issues in our country, so I figured I'd try to pay attention to the candidates' debates and speeches and stuff (once it was narrowed down to only 2 of them of course).

It's been frustrating. A question will be asked in a debate, and not only will the candidates not even answer the question, but they'll attack each other for things that I'll find out later were stretches of the truth anyway. So here I am, trying to make an educated decision about these two men, and I get nuthin'. I want facts, honesty, and explaining.

I think this video has been the best for me to watch so far. Pastor Rick Warren interviews both Obama and McCain, one at a time separately, and he asks them the exact same questions. It was good to see each of them respond like real people, and both being Christian, it was nice to see them speak to a Christian audience.

Visit Keegan's blog
...he introduces the interviews a little more clearly.

Each interview is about an hour, so it takes some time, but it was worth it to me. You will enjoy it.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The finished quilts!

I finally finished my first and second quilts ever.

I had started them in June! It was really all about devoting a day here and there to do it, and it took like 4 days...spread over 4 months.

The pattern is here but I did mine a little differently. I think that's the point of the pattern. I made a greenish one and a blueish one.

I made them for my neighbor Rosa who is just a couple weeks away from having her twin boys. We took them to her last night and she's on bed rest and all miserable. Poor thing.

Although I was sad to see Summer go so quickly, I have to admit I am in love with Fall. I don't have a lot of money to blow on decorations, so I tried to focus on what would be festive but not over the top or too Halloween-y (say that out loud). I mean, I love Halloween, but after thinking of all the fun ways I could decorate my house and lawn, I decided I can't trust the little neighbor kids enough to put them outside.

I went to Hobby Lobby and they had cool wreaths for like 40 bucks (no way), so I thought maybe I'd make my own, but all the materials for that would have been pricey too. Then I saw these wreaths they had made from dried grape vines for around $4. Then all I needed were a couple decorative thingys from the wreath aisle, and ta DA! A cute wreath for around $7. I'm awesome.

I'm a little sad though...because just as I was starting to love Fall, Winter has been poking it's evil head into my life. It has snowed a tiny bit the last couple days, and then today a full-on big heavy snowflake party for about an hour.

Luckily none of it has stuck. But I'm afraid my tomatoes are done this year.

Picture tag

This is kind of a funny tag...thanks Amy! AJ was like, why are you taking a picture of the closet? It may have been weird on my end, but I know I like seeing other people's houses and stuff. So I hope you all enjoy this glimpse into our awesome little townhome here in Logan.

Here's the rules... I had to take pictures of the following:

1. kitchen sink
2. my favorite room
3. my fridge
4. closet
5. laundry room
6. self
7. kids
8. dream vacation
9. favorite shoes
10. bathroom

With NO Cleaning!

*note: I didn't noticed the no cleaning line, so some things maaay have been tidied up a bit first.

The sink with some junk soaking. Don't you love that wallpaper border?

Our living room is my favorite because it's the most open and most furnished spot in the house! Plus, we lounge around here the most. Like the bikes in our kitchen?

I didn't know which closet, so my bedroom closet was the easiest to photograph. It's also the most abused spot in the house, so I thought you'd like the incredible mess. AJ and I have to share this!

My lil fridge. It's never very full.

Laundry/Utility/storage/broom closet room. Oh oh! And my dryer is up and running now! It's only took 9 months! No more hanging up socks to dry!

OH, you better believe I took like 10 to choose from..

We haven't reproduced's my "kid" catching me a delicious bass. He had me believing he caught 2 really big ones that day. He went on and on about it, and then showed me this picture and started cracking up. I'm so gullible.

Vacation? What's that? I really don't have any certain place in mind, just make sure it's out of the continental US (never done that) with fun stuff to do.

I decided on this one pair. Red shoes make feel all confident, and I love that these are open on the inside...AND they were $15. Sorry for the bright glare :)

This was the best angle I could get. My back is to the shower.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More "awesome" news -or- deja vu

Now when you read "awesome", picture me making two really big quotation marks with my hands.

The crappy economy has touched us yet again up here in Logan. The company AJ works for just laid off everyone today. Except for him. But it's really not that amazing, considering AJ saw it all coming, and now he has to do not only all the welding, but all the pointless jobs of guys that used to take up space there. And he knows that the company is going to be dead soon anyway, so who knows how long he'll have this job, or how long it will be full-time. The mother/umbrella company (whatever you wanna call it) has offered him a full-time job there, but you know what? He's already worked almost a year for these people who have promised him multiple raises and gave nothing, and I don't think he's feeling any desire to be loyal.

So I say, Logan, it's been fun, but we must be moving along. I just feel itchy to get out of here.

AJ and his friend are going down to Weber on Friday to check out the shop etc. for the welding engineering program there. Maybe we can get headed in the right direction after all. I just wish AJ's wife had a better job to support him with all this chaos. Argh.

Couldn't have been "better" timing.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I learned something

Well, I finally taught myself (err taught me) how to use Dreamweaver and make a stinkin' website. I've known bits and pieces of how to make/program/design a website, but I've never been able to do it all myself. I'm sooo glad I've had this time at home to learn more software, because people and jobs expect us designers to know more than just bits and pieces these days.

Luckily AJ's metal fabrication company has allowed me the privilege of using it as a guinea pig. Now, this is only version 1, and it's the first site I've ever done, so some design has been sacrificed. V. 2 will be way better! Well, here she is:

I made little buttons!