Sunday, November 23, 2008

Photo Tag

So, here's the rules:

1) Go to your pictures
2) Go to the 4th folder
3) Post the fourth picture in that folder
4) Tell about it & tag 4 people

I went to Arizona to visit my sister and her husband, Jonathan in March last year. The purpose of the visit was the Ostrich Festival, but that's a whole other story. The first night Jonathan thought it would be a great idea to make smoothies. So, like a gentleman, he started the preparations and proceeded to break the blender. This is his "Oops, I broke it" face.

I tag:

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bridal Shower

Last week my girlfriends from the ward threw me a bridal shower. There were about 20people there and we had a great time laughing, talking, eating A LOT of food and enjoying each other.

My good friend Ciera organized it and had a fun surprise--a video of Bobby talking about our relationship. One day I'll have to chronicle the beginnings of our dating, because we've both fessed up to the fact that after our first date, neither of us would have pursued this relationship under normal circumstances. But, thank goodness for fate, inspiration or whatever you'd call it, because neither of us listened to ourselves but decided we needed to give it a try.

I received some wonderful gifts from the ladies, some wonderful words of advice and some great memories. I'm going to miss my friends from the ward when I move; they've offered a lot of love, support and great times together.

Monday, November 17, 2008

One year already?

So I have a confession to make...I completely forgot that it was our one year anniversary. Not that I don't love Bobby or regret that first date at all, but I've been busy! I've been in Cincinnati the last few days helping set up a new Crate & Barrel and store openings are exhausting! We're talking 12 hour days, maybe 7 hours of horrible sleep in a hotel bed and general pooped-outness.

So Bobby texted me on my drive home and said, "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!" and my heart totally dropped because I utterly forgot, but then I smiled a huge goofy grin because I love this man of mine. And I can't believe it's already been a year that we've known eachother because in some ways it feels like we've been friends forever and I can't imagine NOT knowing him. And then sometimes I look back at the time and think how fast it's flown, and it's gone by so fast since it's been so much fun!

Baby, I love you so much and am so thankful for all you are and the joy you bring to my life!

Just One Year Ago

I can barely believe that it has been a full year since I first met Maggie. There she was, riding the escaltor down from the second story of Barnes and Noble looking like an Angel. I just thought to myself,"Gosh, she sure is cute--thank goodness." It is our one year anniversary today and I just want the world to know how thankful I am to Heavenly Father that He has given me the opporunity to know this AMAZING person. Not only that but I am going to marry this girl!!! I am so excited that I can barely stand it any longer. She is such a special, loving, caring, funny, spiritual, and beautiful woman. I have to admit something to all those people who view this blog.... my life has been truly blessed by Maggie's love. She really makes me happy and I hope that I can help her feel the same way for all of Eternity. Happy anniversary!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Slaving over a hot stove

On Sunday, per Bobby's request, I made Chicken Cordon Bleu (he has very fond memories of the Chicken Cordon Bleu from the BYU dorms and the MTC, though he did admit that mine beat out those paltry contenders). As a side I wanted to make pumpkin risotto. Way back in January I made him a butternut squash risotto that he went gaga over, and upon eating it he lost his heart forever. So he asked if I could make it again and of course I said yes, but we made it with pumpkin instead.

Anyway, I put Bobby to work on the risotto so that I could get down to business with the chicken (I love it when he helps in the kitchen!) If you haven't made risotto before, it's a very simple but fairly time consuming process of stirring a hot liquid (stock, water, etc.) into arborio rice. You have to stir the whole time so that it gets rich and creamy, and while the end result is nothing short of amazing, one does happen to get tired of standing and stirring for so long.

So Bobby got lazy, and couldn't stand any longer.

I guess if you're going to slave over a hot stove, you might as well do it comfortably.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Bob's Quirks

I thought I was in the clear and wouldn't have to write about my quirks, but alas here I am typing about what some people might label as quirks.

1. Much like Maggie and her need to point out furniture, I zone in on.....yes, that's right, right on the mouth. Its so funny to study about teeth and then see all these little things you learn applied in real life.

2. I definitely have a need to be right, which is a hoot because my dear Maggie has the same need. We have found that google is the best source of resolving our "points of view" on whatever subject we might think we are right on. I have kept a rigorous tally and I am happy to say that I am ahead :)-->I'm gonna pay for that comment.

3. I am a huge foodie! This comes from having two parents who are both amazing cooks and showed their love through doing things for their children; we always had "good eats!"

4. My grammer really stinks and my handwriting is atrocious, but I don't care enough to ever do anything about it.

5. I pick up pennies because they bring great luck and because its one step closer to a million dollars. I have an area of change for found coins and one for spare change from my pocket, these can never get mixed because found coins are sacred.

6. I am pretty darned nostalgic!! I keep things because I love to go through boxes and remember the feeling I had when I used that item. Some might call this a hoarder, but I call it a collector of memories.

I added two extra because I have way too many quirks and I couldn't stop with just 6...

7. I might be random on some things but much of my life is pretty regimented. I have to do certain things each day or that day cannot be complete.

8. My views are pretty black and white, very few grays. This saves me a lot of confusion about topics and time wondering about the externalities. So far this approach leads to quirk number two :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Walk in the Woods

So a few weeks ago my little brother Xax was away for a military weekend and left me in charge of his dog Meech. She and I decided that it would be a great idea if we went for a big long walk in the woods. She is a licker, and so you will see in this first picture me trying to avoid her 9 inch tongue.

Our walk lasted about an hour and so it was about time to go but the Furyan in her had different ideas (if you understand this statement please place two cool points on your character :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008


So, my sister, Annie, quirky tagged me from her blog. Now, I put these blog tags in the same category as chain emailing--I hate them, I stubbornly refuse to ever do them, even if it means I'm going to have bad luck for the rest of my life plus the hereafter. But I'll do this because it made me laugh a little reading my sister's and it'll probably give someone else a smile reading mine. The rules: mention the rules on your blog, tell about six quirks of yours, and tag six fellow bloggers to do the same.

1. I'm a picker...a really bad picker. If there's any sort of object on your body that should or should not come off, it's my duty in life to remove it. This falls into the realm of gross, why are you sharing it, but there it is. A peeling sunburn, scab, you name it, I'm going to pick.

2. I always lock every door the minute I'm inside. That includes my apartment, my car, anywhere. I don't think it's an innate fear that someone will break in but that something terribly wrong could happen. In my car I have this notion that if the door's not locked it might fly open and I'll fall out.

3. I look for Crate & Barrel product everywhere. You don't realize it but it's in every magazine, tv show and movie. And then I'll point it out to whoever is nearby...usually to someone who doesn't care, but whatever, they don't need to care.

4. I'm horribly nosy. I have to know what's going on with everyone, all the time. I'll eavesdrop on any conversation and add my two cents if there's incorrect information going around. I have to pry into everything to find out every secret anyone has. Bobby has stopped giving my hints about surprises and things he's planning because he knows I won't let it rest until I know everything.

5. I love science fiction and fantasy. Lord of the Rings is my favorite book, and like Annie, I find it terribly annoying when anyone refers to it as three is not three books, it's one book divided into three parts. Star Trek is awesome (we're talking Next Generation here, not Deep Space Nine or Voyager or any of that other silliness that came later), and I can't wait for the new movie. Battlestar Galactica is the best show on tv and I'm going to be sad when it's over. If it is a book or a movie that involves space ships, elves or dragons, I'm probably going to like it. Yes, I'm a geek and I'm proud of it.

6. In church, I cringe everytime I hear someone announce what hymn we're going to sing and they say, "We'll sing the hymn on page number...." Come on! Everyone knows the hymns are what's numbered in the hymnbook, not the pages! Argh!

I tag Jonathan, Lilly, Abby, Linda, Katie and Amber!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lunch Date

So Bobby has officially claimed the title of Best Fiancee Ever. I knew he was close before, but Tuesday cinched the deal. Classes were cancelled on Tuesday because of the election and so I assumed that he would be spending the day cleaning his house (who am I kidding?), studying (nope, he's rejoicing after getting a 90% and an 86% on his tests--way to go, baby!), and working out. Instead, as I am walking out the door of Crate & Barrel to go to lunch, who pops in but Bobby! With a bouquet of red roses in hand!

And here's the kicker....he drove three hours just to meet me FOR LUNCH. Not for the afternoon or the rest of the day, but just for lunch. We ate food and walked around for an hour before he got right back in his car and drove three hours home. He made me feel so special, so loved and like the most important person in the world.

I'm so excited to marry this man I think my eyeballs might pop out of my head!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Studying and studying and studying...

I completely think that anyone who decides that dental school is going to be their activity of choice is either a) entirely determined, motivated and passionate about life or b) certifiably insane.

Now take this specimen for instance:

This dental student has made it abundantly clear on many an occasion that he LOVES dental school, it's what he's always wanted to do in life, he enjoys learning and is having FUN (yes, that is the actual word used) in school.

Now, this specimen has a fiancee who has seen what dental school can do to a person...including buggy eyes, incoherent speech, memory lapse and general dishevelment. And while he may swear that he loves dental school, his fiancee may tend to think at times that his brain has indeed gone a little nutty. But she still thinks he's going to make one cute dentist.