Monday, September 29, 2008

Procrastination: My Specialty

So when it comes to doing homework, I always get it done... it just usually takes me longer to get around to it than it does to actually DO it. And today I've been especially bad. I have a project due Thursday I don't even want to think about and all the other typical reading assignments and quizzes to look forward to for tomorrow. So... what do I do? Of course! I decide to bake cookies. And not just the break-apart-stick-in-oven kind! (That's my usual) No sir-- this time, I decide to take the long route. I found a recipe on google somewhere and then went at it. Flour, sugar, vanilla, eggs, butter, baking powder, salt! Mix mix mix. Chill at least an hour (I went for an hour and a half). Then- I rolled and floured until flat and used a plastic cup in place of a cookie cutter because I don't have any! Then about 5 batches later (about 8 minutes each in the 400 degree oven)-- voila! I have cookies. The sprinkle ones are easy, of course, but the frosting ones... of course those take more time. Cooling... mixing color into the frosting... decorating... humming as I go. Finally! A masterpiece.

Except one thing-- I wanted soft cookies and these are the pretty hard kinds that are quite flour-based. Well I guess that's what I get for having no idea how to make REAL cookies!

Darn it. Maybe my next recipe will be for a completely different genre of sugar cookie-- soft and sugary! :)

But I AM pretty proud of my ziploc bag squeeze drawings! I feel like I'm 7 years old again!

Okay... now to the homework... four hours later! :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

I Got Tagged! "Eight"

So these are in no particular order... I just thought of eight and didn't rank :)

8 T.V. Shows I love to watch:

1. Prison Break
2. The Office
3. Law and Order
4. What Not to Wear
5. Cold Case
6. The Simpsons
7. Seinfeld
8. Americas Next Top Model

8 of my favorite restaurants are:

1. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
2. Outback Steakhouse
3. Happy Sumo
4. Tucano's
5. Chili's
6. Cheesecake Factory
7. Los Hermanos
8. Kanki (Tepanyaki grill)

8 things that happened yesterday:

1. I went to class really early.
2. Ate lunch with a bunch of friends in the new Tanner Building Cafe.
3. Went to dance class and practiced Rumba
4. Attempted to read a book for school.
5. Watched a movie about the Cirque de Soleil in class.
6. Took a nap. :)
7. Worked all night!
8. Cuddled up to Trevor in bed.

8 things I am looking forward to:

1. Using my brand new latin shoes in dance class on Tuesday!
2. Haunted houses at Halloween!
3. The opening of Spark Lounge in Provo (go Blake!)
4. Being able to see my family again... it'll be a while... maybe next summer? :(
5. The flowers on my tomato plants turning into tomatoes!
6. Getting a project over with.
7. Having my pay go to base+commission at work!
8. Going to sleep in a few minutes.

8 things on my wish list:

1. To be done with wedding thank-you notes... ohhh dear :(
2. A brand new car!
3. More money to spend on clothes and everything else!
4. Sleeping in past 10 someday... :)
5. To go home for Christmas this year...... That's why it's a wish list.
6. To be at the beach right now and forever!
7. Get rid of any animosity I feel towards anyone.
8. How to be a better wife, generally

Now 8 people that I tag:

1. Jana
2. Meg H.
3. Mikey
4. Jenny
5. Liz W.
6. Becki U.
7. Heather
8. Julie S.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


So I'm running out of good ideas on what to cook. Not sure if it's due to being busy or lazy, but I need some quick recipes that are healthy and delicious, especially that I could throw in a crock pot or the oven! I have a big bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts and I'm getting bored of just throwing them on the George Foreman.

Any help?? Websites with good recipes? Let me know! Thanks!

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Work of Art... by My Fantastic Brother!

I just wanted to take a moment to highlight a story that my brother wrote for his college English class recently. I never knew that he had this talent in him. He has always been very creative, but I must admit, I am blown away by how imaginative he really is. As a kid, he would always imagine fake worlds or battle scenes going on between his green beans and carrots. He can always guess how a movie will end. He is a great improv actor and is our family's personal comedian. So enjoy this piece of his mind! As a warning, the end is a bit morbid. But don't worry, just sit back and enjoy!

The World's Fastest Man
By: Michael Hopkins

Jeffery Lenard collapsed. Tears came to his eyes. He could hear the roar. He knew what he had done. He laughed quietly to himself. He had done what no one thought was possible. He struggled to get up as a smirk creeped across his lips. He threw his arms in the air triumphantly, a victorious grin across his face. The crowd in the Olympic stadium in London roared again upon seeing his recovery. He had done it. He had run a 9.26 in the 100m, beating the previous world record by over a quarter of a second. He basked in the glory of the moment, after running what would later be regarded as Lenard’s Miracle. Around the world, people were staring at their television sets in shock as Jeffery Lenard, a no-name from a small town in upstate New York, ran the victory lap with the Stars and Bars draped across his shoulders.

Oliver Quinn stood stunned in the crowd, still in disbelief of what he had just witnessed. This man, this Jeffery Lenard, had just beaten his record. In 2011, at the Boston Indoor Games, Oliver had run an impressive 9.62, setting a new world record and gaining the respect and adoration of the country by bringing the record back to the United States. But now, after only one short year, he was disgraced. He was supposed to have run in the Olympics as well but, due to an ankle injury only weeks before, he couldn’t. He crumpled his program in disgust and began wading his way through the overjoyed crowd. He saw people taking pictures. He saw people waving American flags. Flags they waved for him not so long ago. He saw a man with his young son on his shoulders. As he passed, he heard the man exclaim, “You see that, Jeremy? You see that man? That’s Jeffery Lenard, the fastest man in the world!” The child’s eyes were wide with reverent awe. Oliver sneered in angst and pushed his way through the crowd.

“This cannot be” he said under his breath, “I am the fastest man in the world. ME.”

Jeffery Lenard was overwhelmed as his lawyer told him the money he would be making in sponsorships. “You’re going to be rolling in it, Jeff. I’m telling you man, they love this stuff!” His lawyer said “The Olympics are money. You don’t even need that medal, you practically are gold!” Jeffery held the medal like a mother holding her newborn. The beauty of it was something he never could have imagined. Growing up, he had always wanted to run. Watching Maurice Greene as a child, he always knew he would have the world record. It was his dream. Now his dream had come true, and he couldn’t have been happier. He shut his eyes and took in the moment. Nothing could top this.

Oliver’s eyes opened once more. The drone of the TV was keeping him awake; although he had turned it on to aid him in his attempt to go to sleep. It was nearly two in the morning, a month after he had left London and the Olympics. He rolled over and tried once more to find a comfortable spot on his aged mattress. Again, he was met without success. Exasperated, he arose and went to the kitchen of his modest apartment. Upon revision of the contents of his fridge, he sat in his easy chair with a glass of milk. His mother used to give him milk before bed when he was a child. My mother, he thought, she’s got nothing to be proud of anymore. No one cares to be the parent of the second fastest man alive. He sighed and took a swig of the milk. Somehow, it helped relax his nerves and put him somewhat at ease. He leaned back in the chair drowsily, thinking of some way he could make his mother proud again. She had always said he was the runt of the family, what with his sister going to Harvard and his brother becoming a successful Wall Street businessman. He had never been good enough. But then he broke the record. She was so proud when he broke the record. When he was the best. When he wasn’t the runt. When he was the world’s fastest man. He slowly drifted to sleep.

He was in a crowd. People were taking pictures and waving flags. He saw a man with a child on his shoulders.

The father exclaimed, “You see that, Jeremy? You see that man? That’s Jeffery Lenard, the fastest man in the world!”

The child pointed to Oliver and said, “Daddy! Who is that man?”

The father scoffed, saying “Him? He’s nothing, he’s just a runt”

Oliver protested in defensive anger, “No I’m not! I was the fastest man alive! Don’t you remember?!”

The father turned the child away from Oliver, “Don’t pay any attention to him Jer, he’s just a runt. A good-for-nothing runt.”

“No! I’m not! I’m not a runt! I’m not!” Oliver screamed, on the verge of tears, “I’ll show you! I’m not!”

Oliver snapped awake in a cold sweat, knocking the glass of milk to the floor. “I-I-I’m not a runt” He stammered nervously as he picked up the remote and turned off the television his hand trembling from the apparent reality of the dream. “I’ll show them. Y-y-yeah. I’ll show them.” He glanced at the clock. It was seven AM. Then suddenly, he knew what he would do. He would make his mother proud again. He went to his room and got dressed and left the house, leaving the milk to settle into the carpet.

Jeffery Lenard woke peacefully. He sat up and stretched his arms as far as they could reach, yawning as he did. He smiled as his eyes adjusted to the light and his gold medal came in to view, hanging in a case he had bought for it. He got out of bed and went into the bathroom to shower. A few minutes later, he emerged from the steam, refreshed and energized. Wrapped in his towel, he went to the kitchen of his lavish condo and decided it was a bacon and eggs kind of morning. He threw some meat on the skillet and retrieved the egg tray from the fridge. As the bacon cooked, he went back to his room and put on some clothes to lounge around in. As he fumbled around to find his watch, he heard the phone ring. Slightly startled, he laughed at himself for being so jumpy. He walked over to the telephone and picked up.


“Hello, is this, Jeffery Lenard?” Jeffery walked over to the kitchen table and sat down, looking at yesterday’s paper. “Yep, you got him.”

“Wow, it’s really you!?”

Jeffery smiled. Fans were always calling. Every now and then, somehow, his number would get leaked to the public and he’d get a call like this. “It’s really me.”

“You’re the fastest man alive, right?”



Jeffery froze. “Excuse…”

There was a resonating bang as Jeffery’s head snapped backwards, and his body fell over, along with the chair from the force of the bullet that had torn trough the newspaper, just between the forecast for St. Paul and Green Bay. The front door to the extravagant condo opened and a man walked in and stood above the lifeless body of Jeffery Lenard. Oliver Quinn glanced at the hole his weapon had left in the window and then down at the man who had stripped him of his pride. He sneered.

“Not even the fastest man in the world can outrun a bullet.”

He left the house, removing his gloves as he did. An acrid smell filled the air as, on the stove, the bacon began to burn.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I'm so excited!! After about 4 months of planting, watering, staking, and making sure they didn't get too much sun, my tomato plants are FINALLY starting to grow buds! And you know what that means! We'll be getting some tomatoes in a few weeks! And to think my dad said it was impossible to grow tomato plants from seeds! Well, they are officially about two feet tall and they now smell like tomato plants and they are furry as well! :) Here are a couple pictures!! Sorry this first one is kind of weird. I took it with a flash and the shadow makes it look fuzzy!This picture is SO neat! If you look in the middle there, you can see the little flower buds that will soon make flowers and then fruit! :) Nature really is amazing! (P.S. - if you click on the picture it will get big and you can really see all the amazing detail!)
I've been waiting for this for a while now. The plants have been growing really fast because they love our new porch where they get more sunlight (but not too much!). I can't wait to see what happens next!! :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Rug I Want

So Trevor and I realize we really need a rug for our living room, not only for decoration but also to cover up the not-so-pretty stained carpet. So I went hunting online and typed "contemporary rugs" into Google and clicked on the first link that popped up. Right there on the front page I found this rug:I think the colors are great and so is the pattern! It's a 4 foot by 5.5 foot rug, which (I measured) and it'll fit perfectly into the space we need it. I'm in love :) Well, it's on sale for about $81 with $19 dollars shipping, so we're looking at $100 for the rug. What do you think? Is that a good deal? Should we do it? Do you like it? Give me feedback! Thanks :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Trev's New "-Do"

This past Saturday was Trevor's dad's birthday! Happy Birthday Russell! So, to celebrate we went to his parents' house for dessert and to visit. While we were there, Trevor got the haircut that he was so DESPERATELY in need of. This first picture is the before picture. Trev's holding our cute niece Scarlett.This second picture is SO funny! Trev's mom was right in the middle of cutting his hair and it looked like the most AWFUL bowl-cut in existence, so I had to take a picture. So Trevor is embarrassed and Jill is loving it!
Still working on him...
And the finished product! Much better! I like my men clean-cut! :) Or rather, my MAN!
Thank goodness for Mom's free haircuts! I have a feeling I'm going to need to learn one of these days, so I pay attention when she's cutting, but Trevor doesn't really trust me so much with the scissors. So I'll just send him off to Great Clips or something! :)

Some Random Updates

So I had to update you on a couple things that I promised I would. First of all, I just thought I'd show you how well our bonsai is growing as of late. Right after my post about our plants, we decided to give the tree new soil and we made sure to water it every day. Soon, a TON of new little buds started popping out and now they've all started to grow into branches full of leaves! It looks SO much better than it did:My second update is to show you our new sofas that got delivered about a week ago. They are microfiber and very squishy and soft. We LOVE them! :) However, since our place is quite small, I was worried about them fitting in the room or even fitting through the door. But they fit! And we are so happy!
And here's a second shot so you can see it in relation to the TV and stuff.
We're so excited to have finally finished most of the decorating! Our place is finally OUR home! :)