Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Favorite Things

It's been far too long since I've made a blog post, but honestly, I've had nothing to post about. Really. No pictures, no incredible happenings, nothing fantastic outside of normal life and getting ready for the holidays.

So, I've decided to be like Oprah and have a "My Favorite Things" list. Haha. We'll see how this goes and I'll try to provide pictures as aids to my list.

1. My new favorite music of all time: OWL CITY! The group (or really just a guy named Adam Young) came out with a new album lately called Ocean Eyes. My favorite song is "Fireflies". You may have heard it on the radio. Or maybe not. But I highly recommend it!2. These adorable Naughty Monkey boots that I got for my birthday from Trevor. They are quite possible the cutest and most comfy boots I've ever owned. They make me feel like a rock star when I wear them with black leggings and a sweater dress! :) And it's kind of hard to tell in the picture, but the little wedge heels are black.3. Special moments with Trevor. Seriously, sometimes I just feel so blessed when we're just sitting there cuddling and laughing for a few minutes. This usually happens when Trevor's trying to put off work or homework, and just wants a minute to be with me. It seriously makes my heart smile. I am glad that we have more of these happy moments than unhappy ones :) Today, Trevor texted me that he loved me and I texted back that I loved him too. He then replied "Hooray! We still love each other after 18 months of marriage!" to which I replied "We're doing it! We're really doing it!". It's so exciting to look back and see that, despite many odds, our love has grown tremendously for each other over the last year and a half of marriage. I look forward to the next 18 months and eternity as well.

4. Feeling like I really accomplished something that I didn't expect I could do. Like finally get the water heater fixed at one of the apartments I manage. I walked into Lowe's and managed (with a lot of help!) to walk out with this burner assembly:That fits perfectly in here:Fortunately, I had a guy who actually put it together for me. But I learned far more than I ever thought I would about hot water heaters. And I have now decided that there are at least two things I'll always someone else fix for me: 1. Hot water heaters and 2. Cars. Yowzers! These things just have too many little parts that have to work together perfectly in order to work right. I'm not touchin' them! :)

5. Baking. Yep. I'm not a huge huge fan of cooking, but I really do love to bake. I guess it's because I can do it, and I'm usually pretty good at it! Speaking of, I have about 1403927 frozen bananas in my freezer that I need to make into delicious bread. My favorite recipe can be found here. And here's the picture:I've made this recipe about 4 or 5 times now and I LOVE it! :) So, go check it out and let me know. In addition, I've seen some fantastic looking holiday cakes that I'm tempted to make this season. However, this means I'll have to get a cake stand. There's nothing to make a cake look pretty like a beautiful stand! I'm particular to the glass varieties:6. Well. This one is obvious but YOGA is still one of my favorite things. And good news - I'm still planning on certifying to become an instructor! Certification begins on February 22nd, 2010 and lasts four weeks. I am SO excited for February! :)

7. And to end my current list of favorite things, I'd have to say FOX television. No no no... not the NEWS. Garsh. The NETWORK! :) And two shows in particular...

I highly recommend dedicating two hours on both Tuesday and Wednesday night to these shows. They truly are awesome :)

Well, I think that about ends my list for now. Of course, chocolate definitely is one of my favorite things but it's so normal that I didn't feel it deserved to make the list. My other favorite thing in the WORLD is sleeping. I am so good at it and it always makes me feel so wonderful!!!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my list. Maybe you'll even be reminded of some of YOUR favorite things!! :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009: Murder Mystery!

For Halloween night, Trevor and I attended a Murder Mystery dinner hosted by Shawn and Jana Porter and planned by Dave and Heidi Kimball. All of our friends were there: 5 couples!! The best part about a pre-planned party is that we were assigned our costumes based on the roles we were going to play. It was so nice not having to think of what I wanted to dress up as! Here we are as Madame Aretha Garlique (fortune teller/vampire/Queen of the Undead Mafia) and Asthmadeus, Prince of Dimness (Younger brother of the Devil, gambler, and royal PANSY haha)!!For the next picture: From L to R are Asthmadeus, Hannibal Schecter, Lizzie Bordeaux, Glumda the Wicked Witch of Depressed, (oh no! I can't remember Cole's - something about the Rogers and Hammerstein monster), and Angela Deth, DDS.
And here's a terrible shot of the gorgeous table the Porters had set up for us (with gorgeous china!!) so we could enjoy our sparkling cider and fondue! You may be able to spot the fondue pots on the table :)
And these next three were my attempt of getting a good picture of Trevor in character. Although the lighting was terrrrrible on this first one, I still think the grainyness adds a cool effect. I guess this is his "scary sexy devil face". And yes, he DOES have eyeliner on - to give his eyes the creepy evil look. Everyone kept saying how pretty his eyes were! If my girls end up looking more like their Dad than their Mom, I don't think I'll have reason to complain! :) Haha
Trying to get a "blue steel" shot, but he cracked up laughing right as I took the picture! I love his squinty-eyed laugh!
And, we achieved the blue steel lips! Again. Notice the eyes! And those cheekbones! Haha oh dear.
Well, Halloween ended up being REALLY fun! The fondue was great, the friends were fantastic, the game was pretty interesting, and my belly was STUFFED by the end of the night!

When we arrived home we had no candy left in the bowl we sat out for the trick-or-treaters. We later found out at church that our neighbors had protected one group of kids from taking it all... but we're pretty sure some teenage boy finished the whole bowl off for us when no one was looking. Grrr. Well - at least I saved a bag of Kit Kats in my house for us to eat for a couple days. I guess it's better NOT to have a lot of leftover candy. Let the stinkin' teenager have rotting teeth and a bellyache! Who needs that?!?! :)

Happy Halloween 2009!~!~!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Freaky Forests and Peculiar Pumpkins

Last Saturday, October 24th, Trevor and I went to the Haunted Forest in American Fork with Dave and Heidi. We all admitted it was pretty fun, although we must be getting "old" because we were all a little tired by the end of it! This picture was taken by timer with the camera sitting on the back of Trevor's car in the pitch black. I'd say we aimed pretty good! (Although I cropped out a lot of empty blackness from the top right haha):
On Halloween, Trevor and I had a lot of fun! We found time to finally carve our pumpkins! Here's the before:
And the afters:
And Ours:
And, of course, I wanted to take a picture with both of us with our Halloween pumpkins, so we tried to get creative with the timer. The floor on top of a book:On the window ledge facing the living room:
More to come about our fantastically fun Halloween night in the next post! :) Stay tuned.

Oh - and Trevor calls his pumpkin a Picasso pumkin because it's just not like your normal jack-o-lanterns! Apparently he was going to add a bunch more teeth, but got irritated after the first two took so long that he just chopped a giant hole for the pumpkin's mouth. Haha... oh sweetie! Patience is a virtue! But I still really like the way it turned out :)