Monday, July 27, 2009

Good News

My awesome husband weldin' it up :)

AJ just called me and said "well I've done my part to get us a house, now it's up to you!"

For the first time since November my husband now has an official full-time job! We get health insurance again! Luckily he has been able to work pretty consistently, but nothing has really been secure. I am sooo happy for him. And I'm so lucky to be married to such a hard-workin' man, who is very resourceful. He can do anything.

After both of us losing jobs, it's time for some good news!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Made For Cache Giveaway!

Made For Cache is the name of our Etsy team, here in Cache Valley (get it?) We meet every month to talk about ways to promote our Etsy shops and our little businesses (Etsy.com is a place where you can sell your handmade items). So far we've got a blog up, a Twitter account, a Facebook group, a Google group...we're trying our best to get the word out.

Well a great way to promote our stuff, is to give it away! Right now on our blog we are hosting a giveaway where one lucky winner will receive handmade items from all of us. What I've contributed is a coordinating set of greeting cards. They are just cute and simple:

There are also some really talented knitters, sewers, jewelry makers, and photographers in our group, so there has to be something you will want to win.

All you have to do to enter, is to visit one our our Etsy shops (links to the shops are on the right side of the blog), and then leave a comment on the Made For Cache blog about any item your viewed. That's it! You are entered to win! So stop by, and if you like what you see, make sure to tell your friends so they can all get in on the action!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Perkins Party time

My dad posted on the Perkins family blog! It's been 2 years since anyone has posted on it, so I thought I'd better announce the news to the world :)

The Perkins Blog

Any of you cousins (or friends) should read it. Apparently there's a really sweet book about our heritage! Plus my dad just said some really nice things.

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This week I'm flying to Turlock to my parents' (yes "home" is finally starting to feel like it's "here" instead of "there", but lets be honest, they're both home.) My good friend Heather is getting married on Saturday, and I'm sooo excited for her and to see my friends. Remember last Summer? My friend Maren got married, and we all got to see eachother then. Since then Stef has been living in Missouri, and Maren in Arizona, and I just can't wait to see everyone again. By the way, if you look at that old post, that is SERIOUSLY the last time I had my hair cut. A year ago. My layers are so weird right now. Luckily my friend Natalie is going to give my hair a makeover when I see her in a few weeks for our half-marathon! Oh, and she just did Design Mom's hair! How awesome is that? K getting off topic..

So anyway...we are doing well. I'm just finishing a big project I've been working on for a few months, so that, you know, feels good. AJ has been working a lot, including 2 big side-jobs recently, and there's another company here in town that is noticing his hard work and talent. So basically we're feeling good about him having work in the future, whether it's with this current company or a different one.

If all our little dreams come true, we may even find a house here to buy. We've been casually looking at some, which has been fun. It's a challenge trying to find aaaalllll the stuff we want within our price range, but when the time comes I think we'll be able to find something. Plus...first-time home buyers...that's like 8 grand in our pockets. I would just love having a garden and painting walls and and all that other fun stuff.

In Grizzly news, he turns 9 months in 2 days and is 65 lbs. And he crawled onto my lap in the front seat of the car yesterday because the bass of AJ's music scared him. Ooof. Hehe.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run


On Saturday I ran my first 15k. 9.3 miles! It was in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, near Hyrum. I have to say, at every one of these running events I sign up for, I'm ALWAYS surprised at how many people actually show up! It's good, it's just funny. I guess I don't expect anyone else to get up that early, or to sign up for a crazy long run to begin with.

During my 10k (6 miles) several weeks ago I kept counting down the miles and constantly thought about how long it was. Plus I had a side ache the whole time. This run went really well. I learned how to breathe so I would have side pains, and I ran strong and consistent, at a good pace. It also felt great having the race be downhill most of the way. It was a beautiful run, and I felt good. And I wasn't counting down TOO bad so I was actually surprised that I wasn't "suffering" with the distance like before. It was either flat or downhill the whole time until the 7th mile, which was a huge incline for at least a quarter mile. But I was strong! I didn't have to walk (although I walked for a second since the water station was there–no drinking while running!) and passed some people, and I stayed ahead of this one lady I was trying to beat and/or run with for the last few miles. So after that we were in Hyrum, running down to the park. I had no idea where the finish line was, but I saw the 8 mile marker, so I started speeding up. I felt pretty good so just kept with a strong pace and passed lots of people. That one lady was on my tail, but I had a good lead. I was feelin pretty confident.

I'm trying to see the finish line past all the runners and trees, when I noticed the 9 mile marker. Yes! .3 miles to go! I'm awesome! Then someone shot me in the ribs. Okay, not really, but seriously, out of no where I had the sharpest side pain ever and I had to stop running completely. Oh, and NOW I can see the finish line, GREAT! It was SOOO horrible!!! So all the people I had passed are now passing me and saying "you can do it! Don't give up! Almost there!" I seriously couldn't move. Finally I could barely walk, and I managed to slowly jog through the finish line, but I felt so defeated. It was awful. And AJ was there for me at the finish thank goodness because I needed to cry for .7 seconds about the whole thing. He just kept telling me how I did it and finished...I was so mad though. Still am. 9 freaking miles with no pain, and then BAM!

Then I got on AJ's motorcycle (I was wearing shorts and his big jacket so basically it looked like I had no pants on) and he drove me back to my car at the starting line. That was a long drive! I couldn't believe I ran that far. So anyway, overall I did well. My time was 1 hour 23 minutes, which is better than I thought I'd do time-wise.

So that's the latest on my running progress. My next run is the half-marathon! AHHH!!! 13.1 miles at a super high elevation in Denver. I'm pretty darn excited. August 8th! And even though the side-pain thing is really frustrating, I'm starting to feel like 13 miles is definitely doable now!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Freebies

Okay, this post might sound highly inappropriate, but it is sooo unlikely that anything like this would ever actually happen. So let's just have fun with it, shall we?

Here's the question: If one certain celebrity were to cross paths with you, and you could break your marriage vows with only this one "freebie" person, who would it be? (by now you should know which vow I'm talking about)

My sweet husband and I were discussing this a few days ago after watching The Italian Job. Somewhere between mentioning Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg the question came up. And I should add, it's a fun conversation to have because a) these aren't "real" people so you can talk about them without any jealous feelings, 2) sometimes you have nothing to talk about these days, so why not? and c) by the end of it you'll feel lucky you have a super hot spouse all to yourself.

On with the names...

A.J. says he gets 2 ( so, so do I, neener neener). Sandra Bullock. Charlize Theron. I guess he's always had a thing for Sandra, and I'm thinking Charlize was somewhat an impulsive choice, but whatever. She's GORgeous.


(sorry, AJ, I just had the HARDEST time finding some good pictures of these 2! I guess you'll just have to look at MY pictures when you come to our blog to be reminded of real hotness. You didn't think I'd let them steal my thunder did you?)

Mine. Brad Pitt (don't yawn yet) and Johnny Depp. I know Brad is soo many girls' choice, but listen. What if I don't meet him until I'm 60? You KNOW he's still going to be hott (2 t's). That handsome devil ages so well (and I saw Benjamin Button but I think he'll be hotter than that). Johnny Depp is more of a runner-up because for me, it really depends on his hair situation ie. head hair and facial hair. It makes a difference. And for the record, pirate dreads work for me.

Mmm armpit
I decided to post this now, because A.J. just texted me that he's seeing the new Johnny Depp movie at the moment, and that made me decide NOW that Johnny's my #2. (He's out of town working, the only way he'd see that without me).

Okay, so who's your FREEBIE??? Don't be shy. We know you really wouldn't do it anyway.

Baby Eva!

I try not to post about our dog very much, because let's face it, you guys don't think he's as cute as we do. BUT you cannot argue that this wittle baby puppy is adooorrrrrrable!

We have a friend named Sarah who we met because she saw us walking Griz one day. She had to stop and talk to us about our Airedale, since she's always wanted one. She only lives a few blocks away, and several weeks ago she told me she got a puppy! Well she finally got to pick up her puppy Eva, and she let me watch her yesterday while she was at work. It was so fun!

Eva is sooo little. I don't think Griz was ever that tiny! And although they are completely different in size, they totally act the same. Cuz they are both puppies!

I took some pictures of their cuteness, so I'll just let those speak for themselves.

saying "hi"
Eva was almost hiding under the ottoman!
thanks for sharing your toys, Eva! They pretty much swapped for eachother's all day.

she's as big as his head!

check out her little curly piggy tail!