we live for weekends like this.

Man, I love breaks. Since this is the only one this semester....we lived it up. We ate two Thanksgiving dinners and it was worth every bite. Spending time with my family was the greatest. I can't wait for Christmas break...it's even longer and I might even get a nephew out of it! Anyway, for those who care, here's a little summary. We didn't take any pictures but mental...apologies.

wednesday: homework, work, cooking/cleaning...(I made a frozen salad and fudge...later we made mac & cheese)....and a big dinner at my parents house. It was soo good. I love Thanksgiving dinner....sausage loaf, rolls, stuffing, turkey....fruit salads and pie....mmm!

Then we played a rousing game of "battle of the sexes". It was fun...even though the girls didn't do as well as we'd've liked. [we lost] Who knew my dad, husband and uncle knew so much about bras, booze and underwear?? However, we had some surprising victories, like knowing certain knots were for ties, the year playstation was released and some shoulda-gone-with-our-gut-reactions about sports.

However, on one question, I alone had the right answer and was rejected by my team...only to gloat unsatisfactorily because we lost that point. the house that RUTH built. (not babe). Anyway, we all learned some great who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire facts.

thursday: woke up bright and early and drove up to my grandparents. a delicious Thanksgiving lunch with alll the trimmings and then we settled into the black friday ads. we did a little cat napping, some homework...and had a lot of fun visiting with my family. I hadn't seen most of them since April, and it was great to be with family.

friday: woke up at 3:15 (now that's bright and early) to head over to logan around 4 am to hit up the stores. We didn't get anything too exciting, but we got some presents and some stuff just for us. I also got two 36.00 skirts for 14.00. They'll be perfect for my internship this summer (and...they were really cute).

This was my 7th year doing this with my family, so I knew just what to expect. Dave was so busy hanging onto consciouness he didn't want to bother finding anything for him.

You may think we're crazy...but it's a family tradition! Around 12 (which feels like 6pm), we ate at the delicious bluebird...their bluebird chicken is amazing. We felt much better after we were full. The evening was full of napping. laughing and food.

and ikea. I splurged on some fabric and got some wrapping paper for .99.

it was a great shopping day.

saturday: sleep, grocery shopping and THE GAME. woot woot. homework...boo...

We're not ready to return to school. bleh.

On the bright side, only 2 more weeks until freedom. On the down side, only 2 more weeks until finals.

bring it on.

screaming our lungs out.

The sun was out for most the game, and what a good game it was. Though the Utes scored first, we gained the lead (13 - 6) by half time and scored again, making it 20- 6 for a comfortable lead until the late forth quarter. The Utes, scoring mostly field goals, tied it up, and drove us to over time.

then we won. <--- see the play here.

and it was real, it was good, and it was really good. so intense.

much too close for comfort the whole game, but especially at 17-20, their possession, 2 minutes left. We were bundled up and screaming until we were hoarse. I love being in that stadium and feeling the energy from thousands of students and fans. I love it. I didn't really like the ute fans by us, or the cougar fans that kept reinforcing their stupid comments or saying the stupid comments. (reinforcing... = too much behavior change class). but, they shut up most the game when we took the lead and at the end when we WON. Take that uties. maxie hall did just fine, didn't he? And I believe we scored from YOUR QB's perfectly thrown interception.

Thank you very much.

gems from today from ute fans:

"we're here, b****es" [classy]

"all the cougars are leaving because they know they are losing" [at half time, when everyone, including ute fans, walk around the stadium and at a 13 - 6 lead]

"let's go face painters" [making fun of byu fans for painting their faces...uh, pretty sure your stupid commrades did it too. also, it makes no sense. (this was a comment certain byu fans kept reinforcing and it was annoying)]

"if you can touch it, you can catch it" [about a td catch we almost had, (and probably should have gotten) but lets face it, that was a very lame jeer, as it came right back to bite them in the butt their next drive. and, tell that to all the receivers in the football world. it sounds good in theory but...nobody catches everything...including the utes].

all in all, I know there were annoying and loud and rude fans on both sides...but it was a dang good game. but, only a game. (and a bit of satisfaction for the next year).


told ya.

"It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy?

How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.

But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

[What are we holding onto, Sam?]

That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for."

[samwise gamgee, end of two towers]

we're thankful that we know of the good in this world. we're grateful for the gospel, our marriage, our friends and family, and the many opportunities and blessings we have in our lives.

(and lord of the rings, of course. with gems like that, who doesn't get love it??)

happy thanksgiving!

suzy and corey, sitting in a tree...

Last Friday was Suzy and Corey's wedding reception! It was a packed house! They had beautiful flowers, decoration and music. I loved it. It was great to see everyone and feel all fancy for an hour. :) Cheers!

bowen eleven! woot woot!

This was at Suzy's shower last weekend.


want some good food recipes and links? mosey on over to my other blog this week to check it out!

our italian set

Anyone who was with us when we opened our wedding presents knew we got a lot of "sets". It was great. We finally pulled one out a few Sunday's ago when we had Shanna and Evan over for dinner. We made focaccia bread (okay, it was a mix. but here's a recipe I found) and had pasta with italian sausage. Our set included four mini plates, an olive oil dispenser and a bread/loaf holder. We felt very fancy. And I, for one, loved the bread.


I'm famous!

For the second time, I graced the presence of our campus newspaper. Check it out!
My quote is at the end of the article (best for last, right?) about my work manager.
He's a great guy (as I said) and my friend Larissa did a great job writing it!

happy monday!

I'm a little bit happy it's Monday because I have one last class until next Monday. Wahoo! This weekend was the perfect ending to this week. On Friday we came home and watched some Twin Towers, had some quick and delicious little ceasar's pizza, went to Suzy's wedding reception (woot woot), and went to Dave's soccer game where they won 2 - 0 and are now in the FINAL FOUR.

Sweet, eh?

Saturday we slept in way too late, did a little bit of work, and went to the football game. It was very cold but still fun. We won, which was a great part of the day. We even got upgraded tickets (haha, thanks Michelle's family who left) and went from our almost nosebleed seats to row....10? It was pretty sweet. After we drank hot chocolate, did a little of nothing, finished Two Towers and went and saw "Invention of Lying" with a couple from our ward. It was a pretty good movie...some parts definitely need not be there. It was pretty good though.

We spent all day (well, 4.5 hours) watching Return of the King. I love those movies. soooo much.

We're going to Savior of the World on Tuesday (and in & out) and I'm super excited. I'm also excited it's break time....even if I'll still have a looming future ahead of me for the weeks before finals. Oh well.

Happy Monday, hope your weekend was great! All pictures from this weekend will be scheduled posts (my favorite feature) because I'll be too busy partying. :)

I'm sure I can't refrain all week but...

Something to think about

I'm taking a "technology in health promotion" class, and it rocks. Yesterday my teacher shared an article by Elder M. Russell Ballard entitled "Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet"

I found it to be a really inspiring article and I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes, but the whole article is really good.

This is the world of the future, with inventions undreamed of that will come in your lifetime as they have in mine. How will you use these marvelous inventions? More to the point, how will you use them to further the work of the Lord?

You have a great opportunity to be a powerful force for good in the Church and in the world. There is truth in the old adage that "the pen is mightier than the sword". In many cases, it is with words that you will accomplish the great things that you set out to do.

The Lord, over the centuries, has had a hand in inspiring people to invent tools that facilitate the spreading of the gospel...Satan is always quick to exploit the negative power of new inventions. Make sure that the choices you make in the use of new media are choices that expand your mind, increase your opportunities, and feed your soul.

There are conversations going on about the Church constantly. Those conversations will continue whether or not we choose to participate in them. But we cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the Church teaches. Perceptions of the Church are established one conversation at a time.

May I ask that you join the conversation...this, of course, requires that you understand the basic principles of the gospel. It is essential that you are able to offer a clear and correct witness of gospel truths. It is also important that you and the people to whom you testify understand that you do not speak for the Church as a whole. You speak as one member - but you testify of the truths you have come to know.

You could help overcome misconceptions through your own sphere of influence which ought to include the internet.

There is no need to argue or contend with others regarding our beliefs. There is no need to become defensive or belligerent. Our position is solid: the Church is true.


thanksgiving break is taunting me, a mere 3 class periods away.

also a test (still), studying for said test, group project meeting (bleh), still extra work, 10 cover letters to be written now til dec. 1 (a mere two weeks away, mind you)...

mostly taunting because I just realized how close finals are after break. AH.

all I want to do is for it to be time to watch two towers and return of the king as close together as possible and bask in the life giving gems of quotes from characters like samwise, pippin, gandalf....etc. (mmm...sounds like a post for next week)

because that's how cool I really am.

40 minutes

of ice cold air, intense screaming/yelling/cheering, prolonging my cough for a few more days....

all worth it for the most intense soccer game I've ever seen....

a header goal in the last 30 seconds....crowd goes wild because dave's inter mural team is in the


p.s. dave played awesome defense. I've never seen him play so well!

hey look, I'm angelina jolie!

[there will be no picture for this post]

So my root canal took a grand total of 30 minutes, including new patient paperwork, small wait time, x-rays, waiting for the numbing (and the shot was the only pain...and it hurt!) and the five minutes it took to do the root canal.

I also invested in some expensive air, called laughing gas, which was sooo worth it. I mean, I'm laying there, appendages heavy, thinking "man, I'm a little worried. Should I be worried? Naaaahhhh. " They asked me if it was okay, and I told them I had nothing to compare it to. Then she asked if it was something I didn't like. "I'm fine. I'm just chillin' ". Then the doctor laughed. "That's what it's supposed to do". I couldn't believe the prodecure was so fast and I didn't feel a thing. Sure, it kind of smelled/tasted a bit horrible, but man, he's good!

Fastest money I ever spent.

And Dave is the nicest husband, letting me be a total bum. I secretly liked it because he didn't go back to school and stayed and watched LOTR: FOTR (lord of the rings for you non-nerds). Oh, we love it. I always forget how good those movies are until I watch it again.

A nice long nap, grilled cheese and no worries for the night. Hmm, maybe it wasn't so bad after all.

Now, like my aunt said, I just have to get my shopping legs back before black friday :)

i gotta get through this.

just have to make it through

one test
one root canal
a football game (though that should be fun...yet cold)
a few extra work shifts (which, with the holiday, make me break even with hours so...kinda lame)
start frantically thinking about a project I've of course put off all semester.
finalize my internship list and start writing ten individual cover letters (boo)
a wedding reception (yay! that's definitely not a "have to make it through") (but it's on the to-do)

can't be too bad, right? then it's five days of freedom. maybe not all the way, but I'll definitely take it. I cannot wait.

because then the list is: things I can't wait for and will go too quickly

excellent food
Savior of the world
shopping. (we're hard core: black friday).

yeah. then two weeks til christmas! haha!


This weekend I finished a couple projects. One was a purse I made for myself. I'm not too into purses...I think because I've never found one I really like. So I picked out fabric and a pattern that I really liked. It turns out it's not the perfect purse...and it sure doesn't look perfect. Once again, in the end I was frustrated with my impatience at measuring and the lack of tools to correctly to so...but...I practices some skills and used a more difficult pattern than I have thus far. So...win win. And I have a new purse. It could be worse.

and you can totally see my not-so-great top stitching job but...I hate unpicking more than I like perfection. I thought the pleats were cute. And that's a pretty bad picture. Sorry.

I still need to iron it a little better. Interfacing is a little annoying, even though it makes it nice and sturdy.

This is a sample of something else I made. it was on sale at hancock's and I had a hard time finding any that I really liked...but this one caught my eye and has definitely grown on me since. It's prety cool, I think.

what we did this morning:

I think that's one load of whites, about 3 loads of darks and two loads with sheets and towels plus a backpack. We did use a commercial washer/dryer for some of it, but...that was fun.

We can now start our week off when a replenished supply of
underwear, kitchen towels and shirts.

Ridiculous I know. Even more ridiculous [ly awesome] is how Dave folded it all by himself when I was at a bridal shower.

That is pretty cool.

did you know?

Utah was found to be the happiest state.


my (our) religion made it on the top ten failed doomsday predictions.

"Mormon Armageddon, 1891 or earlier

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, called a meeting of his church leaders in February 1835 to tell them that he had spoken to God recently, and during their conversation he learned that Jesus would return within the next 56 years, after which the End Times would begin promptly."

I don't know much about this, but I do believe it's not true? I mean, I'm pretty sure I would have heard about this somewhere if it were. I was very impressed at the rebuttals (I assume from LDS readers) that corrected the author, however. Here is one rebuttal that eases my confusion/curiosity WITH sources :

A correction regarding Joseph Smith and the Mormons. Smith never told his followers "that Jesus would return within the next 56 years, after which the End Times would begin promptly." He prayed to know when Christ would return and received a cryptic response:

"I was once praying very earnestly to know the time of the coming of the Son of Man, when I heard a voice repeat the following: Joseph, my son, if thou livest until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man; therefore let this suffice, and trouble me no more on this matter. I was left thus, without being able to decide whether this coming referred to the beginning of the millennium or to some previous appearing, or whether I should die and thus see his face" (Doctrine and Covenants 130:14-16).

This is considerably different from how Smith is represented in the sound bite above. Smith also explicitly taught that no one, including himself, would know the exact time:

"I also prophesy, in the name of the Lord, that Christ will not come in forty years; and if God ever spoke by my mouth, He will not come in that length of time. Brethren, when you go home, write this down, that it may be remembered. Jesus Christ never did reveal to any man the precise time that He would come. Go and read the scriptures, and you cannot find anything that specifies the exact hour He would come; and all that say so are false teachers," (Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 volumes, edited by Brigham H. Roberts, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1957], 6:254).

I always get upset/annoyed when people write things about religions without checking facts (like above). Does anyone remember the article TIME did about the Mormons? (back in like...2007?) When they started talking about baptizing dead in the tabernacles and other crazy things, I wrote a letter to someone. It probably never got to who wrote it, but I mean...I think it's irresponsible for people not to fact check. If you'd like to read some biased (not towards LDS) articles/stories, just search "Mormons" at time. I think they have some of the worse articles I've ever read. And on the one hand, who cares. On the other, a little respect please.

And, guess what! Sometimes people say things that aren't meant to be applicable to the whole world. I don't know...we actually talked about this today when we talked about the people during Y1K (1000 AD) and how sometimes people have had mislead/true at the time but people were unfaithful or unrighteous ideas/revelation/inspirations...and I don't know what else to say about that. It's not their fault, but the saints/population's?

Any one know anything more about it/have some thoughts?

I didn't mean for this to turn into a whole political-religious ranting post...but...there you go. Now I'm just shrugging it off.

Anyway, if you'd like a laugh, read the article here.


Oh hey. It's almost Friday. Besides the fact I have a test, I'm pretty excited. I think we want to go to the BYU basketball game and have some fun. Also, you probably guessed, I love weekends because I can sew until my hearts content (which is about 3 hours). Not looking forward to Monday because I'm getting a root canal. That should be great fun.

This week was pretty good. I didn't study for my test as much as I probably should....I think because I got a 97% on the last one (booyah) and I guess I think I just can retain this stuff. I mean, I still did study. I just feel guilty almost? One girl in my class said something that I liked...maybe because it hit close to home? I like feeling like I have a [mostly] well-rounded life.

I don't study as hard as I should, but no regrets.

building bridges

For our [stupid] history of creativity test project, we had to build an arch like the Romans and it had to hold a hymn book. I felt quite disadvantaged being in a manufacturing class...but luckily I have a nice husband who pointed me in the right direction. It wasn't too intense of a project, but it is what tipped our apartment into the great abyss. Mine is the black one and Dave's is the rainbow one. They don't look all that lovely, but they did hold a hymn book (forgot to take a picture of that) and incidentally, they don't hold a human.

pretty embarrassing to show, but whose house hasn't looked like that?? Huh?

25/25. boo yah.

second project::

I did this awhile ago but it took a few weeks to get it to it's receiver. My sister in law is having a baby in January so I thought I'd make her a nursing cover. I used this tutorial and I learned some new things. So...hopefully it doesn't look like I used it as a practice board and I probably didn't trim all the threads, but...I think it turned out pretty well for my second big project.

I'm not a nursing mother but I hear they're all the rage these days...no just kidding...I have no idea. If it doesn't work, she can always trim off the top and use it as a blanket. :)

(sorry this isn't rotated)

I used d-rings to do the straps. I also put corset boning in it so there is a little window.
I thought the ships were pretty cute for tank.
I finished one of our stockings (and I'm not sure when I'll get the motivation to do the other) and one Christmas present. I'm kinda bummed I can't post those yet because it would obviously give things away. For this present, she doesn't read my blog so it probably wouldn't matter (and I'm most proud of this project) but I guess it can wait.

I'm getting pretty gung-ho about making things for Christmas:
gifts, ornaments, decorations, stockings...

where will it stop?

cause you left me with no love to my name.

This song has obviously nothing to do with my personal life, but I find the chorus of breakeven by the script very very good. I've never heard of them and I just heard this song on the radio. The chorus is vaguely sounds like Maroon 5 or Gavin Degraw. (not sure how similar they are). Maybe I coulda used this one upon a time. ;)

They say bad things happen for a reason
But no wise words gonna stop the bleeding
'Cause she's moved on while I'm still grieving
And when a heart breaks no it don't break even, even no.

What am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you?
What am I supposed to say when I'm all choked up and you're okay?
I'm falling to pieces, yeah

my tooth died.

and I was so optimistic when the antibiotics cleared up the infection.

I guess that is just on the outside.

happy holidays, eh?

(and, to boot, I have to go to a specialist, which is double the price).

anyone remember when I took a blow to the teeth? apparently that's what it's from. or a trauma. or orthodontics (dang). or, it just happens.

of course it does.

we bleed blue.

if you're interested, you should read this article on poor byu sportsmanship. I like the article and agree with it's message:

it's just a game. get over it already. no need to egg the coach's car.

what do you think??

the disrespect and rudeness made us sick. while you're at it, watch this video of byu vs new mexico soccer...the new mexico girl makes me sick as well.

anyway...go cougars!

whew, we made it.

We're alive, don't worry. This week was busier than most, with some other issues going on that made it all the worse. I think for Dave it was a normal week, but it was busier than most for me.

in summary: class. work. class. test. work. class. paper. work. test. paper. project. class. review. work. 10 hour days on campus. beginning of slight sickness and weird infection on my gums...eventually causing plenty of pain, little sleep, and feeling like the walking dead...grumpy, irritable and disaster of an apartment. suspect possibility of root canal. dentist called, full paranoia ensues, swearing off candy (that was monday, and lasted approximately until I found a fun size reeses in my pocket. but besides that, I've been good).

positive note: we got EVERYTHING done we needed to and it was beautiful weather.

Which brings us to today...I left work early to go to urgent care for an antibiotic prescription. we didn't have to wait too long and much to my delight (ha) the doctor thought it was more a skin infection/cyst than a tooth root problem. ie it just happens to be next to my tooth. hopefully it will go away. it also results in a lopsided smile. :)

then we went to the creamery for some delicious bacon cheeseburgers and fries. as we've done our budget the last few months, there is one area we think we should spend more money (or at least the allotted amount) on...and that's dates! we've been total slackers in dating the last few months. so we celebrated our eight month anniversary in style. I was in a much better mood (I suspect a placebo-type affect that because I did something about the problem, I feel better already) and took my MONDO pill with our food. Which, by the way, I plan on taking for the duration of the prescription.

Then superhusband (dave) cleaned our apartment in a record hour, while I laid on the couch being a slight sicky. I really wasn't too sick but he was amazing and did the 2908 dishes and cleaned AND vacuumed our living room. What a guy! Then we watched our new favorite t.v. show (behind the office, of course) and didn't want to watch a movie so our exciting night ends with dave working on homework while I fell asleep on the couch and woke up extremely hot and sweaty (leather couch).

and, in case you're wondering, the amoxicillan worked wonders. only two doses so far, too. I mean, it's not gone (and I won't describe what happened)...but I feel drastically better AND my tooth doesn't hurt so I am thinking it was just a coincidence it hurt while I had a weird infection.

Anyway...I know, I know. You're thinking "dude, I'm a ____ major. Every week is like this." "try having __ kids". "try working full time".

Whatever you say, it was a crazy week. I suspect it's a shadow of the things to come for the duration of the semester. Anyway, I'm sooo glad it's the weekend and sooo glad thanksgiving break is almost here, and I'm sooo grateful for Sir Andrew Flemming and...yep. Looking forward to a nice weekend.

Hope you have a great one too!


I have strong reason to believe I am only months away from becoming a hypochondriac.

candy corn cookies

I made these candy corn cookies for our treat day at work. I used this recipe from Betty Crocker. I just used normal food coloring to make orange and used some yellow. I don't have a loaf pan so I did it a little differently. I rolled three logs of the colors and putting wax paper under/above them, rolled it out. Then I used a knife to make the shapes. I also didn't refrigerate them. They were pretty quick to make and I love sugar cookies!

While you're at it, check out all the other cute Halloween (now past, I know) or fall treats they have!

want to be inspired?

Click here to go to BYU's online television site and watch the forum from last week. It's Greg Mortenson, who wrote Three Cups of Tea (which I haven't read, but it's next on my list). You can also click here to see when it will be rebroadcast (November 3rd) on BYU TV

It's definitely worth forty minutes of your time. I truly think after listening to him that if everyone was more like him, our world would be a better place. Have any of you read the book? I can't wait to read it...let me know what you thought!

just in case you're not looking...

Bored? Curious about what's going on in the health world?
Need some new recipes, tips and/or ideas?

Visit my other blog for posts on just that! Enjoy!

is it thanksgiving break yet?

On Friday Dave and I used our once-a-year free bowling in the Wilk (student center) and it was fun. He totally won. After we played some free pool and he also won best of three. But when I won, I won. After we went home and had some ice cream. My sister came over and we hung out for a while. Mostly, the weekend was avoiding a paper I had to send to my T.A. by Sunday at midnight. I did a great job. On Saturday Dave had a soccer game and then we went to the fabric store and did some cleaning and went to my parents house for the evening. We got lots of candy, some laughs and it was fun. I really want a break from school, though. I can't wait for thanksgiving break!

as you can see in this charming and attractive picture, I had a costume during work.

i was the popular social networking site known as bookface.

(if you didn't not know to what I was refering, shame on you and watch the link)