Thursday, December 18, 2008

"hush, hush, peacefully now He slumbers"

it's almost christmas, and i keep wishing this season could last longer. it's such a magical time of year, full of goodness, cheer, and love. the christmas spirit is catching and inspiring, and not one of us immune.

matt & i spent a friday evening a few weeks ago buying christmas decorations for our apartment, including a real tree! we steered away from pine, since i'm allergic, but it turns out i'm allergic to whatever kind of fir tree we ended up purchasing. sniffle sniffle but who cares! it's christmas!we were quite proud of our design concept: bronze, gold, and chocolate colored ornaments, cinnamon-scented pine cones, and sprigs of red berries. it smells so wonderful in our apartment now, and we couldn't be happier!christmas music also fills out apartment these days, and matt has introduced me to the sufjan stevens' christmas albums, which i've fallen in love with. he does their wonderfully minimalistic versions of classic christmas songs that are filled with peace and this sense of wintery reverence. he even does a simple yet lovely rendition of "come thou fount of every blessing":

i've discovered songs i'd never heard before that he covers, including "lo how a rose e'er blooming" and "bring a torch, jeanette isabella". my favorite, however, is "the friendly beasts," which neither of us have heard elsewhere: 

"Jesus our brother, strong and good"...isn't that wonderful? if i could post mp3s on my blog, i'd totally be inundating you with a sufjan christmas, but alas, blogger has failed me. 

in other christmas news, the weather here has been up and down for the last week, reminding us that, yes, virginia, there is a winter in houston. or...somewhat of a winter. the snow last week was an incredibly surprise, and last night, we went & saw "the nutcracker" performed by the houston ballet, and as we left the theater and walked the few blocks to our car, it felt delightfully christmasy. it was chilly (but not too cold) and a dense fog was settling in, and matt remarked how it really felt like christmas. :) and hopefully, as we head north for christmas, we'll experience some downright, blistery cold and snow that wisconsin has to offer us. 

although it's been said many times, many ways
merry christmas to you

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

what the utah?

it's 31 degrees right now...

and it's starting to snow/sleet...

in houston!

merry christmas, indeed. :)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"have yourself a merry [and warm] little christmas"

it's officially the christmas season, and i couldn't be happier! well...actually i could be. we haven't decorated our apartment yet AND it's currently 67 degrees outside. but i did christmasify my computer this morning with everything from frank sinatra to motab to sufjan stevens. i just love christmas music! it's probably my favorite part of the season.

and speaking of "the season," (deep breath...here i go), i actually miss utah's coldness right now. matt & i and my parents spent thanksgiving in lubbock with my sister and her family, and when we were running around town all bundled up, it really felt like christmas. even in dallas it was cold enough to wear my new wool coat i bought on black friday (seriously, i love it). matt & i revelled in the coldness last week, really feeling like it was christmas. and now we're back in the tropics. and it just feels like...houston. bleh. i never, ever, ever thought i'd say/admit to this, but right now (at least), i do really miss utah and its winter and its beautiful snow. sigh i guess i just want it to feel like christmas around here. i feel like all i have sufjan stevens singing to me from my speakers to assure me that, yes, it's really christmas, nama. 

now i can't wait to deck our apartment out with christmas joy. matt's seriously like a 5-year-old around christmas, which is enchanting. i don't think i know of anybody else who loves christmas as much as he does. he just makes me want to wear flannel pjs, wrap myself in a blanket, watch it snow outside, and sip hot chocolate. without a care in the world...

Monday, November 24, 2008

a beginning, indeed

"19. do you think he will read this? yes, he does read my blogs. maybe he should blog, too..."

wow. i didn't think he'd actually do it...

the husband. look out world.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

tagg-ed

since life's kind of boring (and filled with the sickness lately), and i have nothing to blog about, i guess i should do the few tags i've been...tagged? 

whatever.

first, ruth's q&a about matt & i:

1. how long did you date before you got married? about 2 years. that's 8 times longer than the average provo couple. 

2. how long have you been married? almost 4 months now. my how time flies!

3. what does he do that surprises you? the compassion that he shows me at random times, like when i'm sick or just need a hug.

4. what is his best feature? his eyes and lips...and pretty much his whole face. he's a keeper!

5. what is his best quality? his honesty that he has with himself and others. and his deep and passionate artistic side.

6. does he have a nickname for you? he'll hold his hand up to his mouth and "talk" like it's me, and he calls his "wifey voice." i think that's the closest thing to a nickname he has for me. wifey. 

7. what is his favorite color? shoot...i really don't know...red? blue? green? something along those lines...

8. what is his favorite animal? uhhh...why do i feel like i'm on a newlywed game? i would say dogs. and labs to be more exact. 

9. what is his favorite food? matt will eat just about anything. but if i have to narrow it down, i'd say pizza, specifically of the papa john's variety.

10. what is his favorite sport? matt's not really a sports guy, but he does really like to watch world championship poker. 

11. when and where did you first kiss? sometime in june of 2006 in my apartment after matt came home from a school trip in maryland. 

12. favorite thing to do as a couple? we're pretty chill people, and we will often on a weekend night get a pizza from papa john's and watch a movie. lately, we've been watching discs of "the office," which we have a lot of fun with. 

13. do you have any children? come on, we've only been married for (not even) 4 months! and no, i'm not pregnant, either. 

14. does he have a hidden talent? matt has quite the artistic side to him that you may not think exists given his field. but he's a wonderful musician with an incredible ear. he plays his cello and bass a lot at home and shares his talent with the neighbors.  

15. how old is he? 26. 

16. who said 'i love you' first? i think i did? but he didn't say it back...and i don't think it was said again until he said it to me.

17. what is his favorite music? he loves classical music and blue grass. and a lot of stuff in between, but those two are high on his list.

18. what do you admire the most? i admire his passion, which he shows in nearly every aspect of his life. 

19. do you think he will read this? yes, he does read my blogs. maybe he should blog, too...

now tagging time...well, since this can only be limited to married people (yes, i'm prejudice), i tag erika, jon, rachel, & alaina

and now, nessa's tag: my quirks.

here are the rules:

1. link the person who tagged you. see above
2. mention the rules on your blog. in progress...
3. tell about six quirks you have only 6! so many to choose from...
4. tag six fellow bloggers to do the same.
5. leave a comment to let them know.

quirk #1
i have many ocd tenancies, including where things go (in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc) and where they go in the room they go into. my closet is colored coded, and i have the same exact morning and night routine that i've done...for just about ever. having to adjust to living with someone has been...interesting. but matt is oh so forgiving, and i've trying to let go of some of my ocd ways. 

quirk #2
i love, love, love looking at wedding photos. i could spend hours looking at people's wedding pictures on facebook; people i know, people i don't know, anybody, really. i also have several photography blogs i check for wedding pictures (and just wonderful photography, too). here are a few of my favorites: three winks studio, camilla photography (she did our wedding pictures), blue lily photography, and kelli nicole photography. i swear i'm not a stalker. i just like pretty photos. of people. who i don't know. getting married

quirk #3
i really love to cook! i know this quirk has been recently seen on my blog, but i really do! i think getting married and having another mouth to feed has really brought out that passion inside of me. and also, to give him credit, it really helps having a husband who enjoys cooking, too, and gets just as exciting as i do sometimes about making something new. perhaps this quirk explains why i've gained some weight since i've gotten married, too....

quirk #4
i love to organize and do fairly boring and mind numbing tasks. for example, when i worked at a book store, there was this large section of books in the children's book area that would commonly and fairly often get very disorganized. this section included the pop-up books, books made to look like cars, books with buttons on them that talk/sing, etc. and all of these books were different sizes, which made them hard to shelf and keep organized. and all of this pretty much meant that the entire section needed reorganizing every few months. here's where i come in...they would schedule me to come in a few hours before opening on a given day so that i could take EVERY book of the shelf, reorganize the books, and put EVERY book back on the shelf. some might find this task maddening (most did, in fact), but not me. i relished in this task. and pretty much any task or activity that is repetitive, tedious, and detailed, i'm the girl to get her done.

quirk #5
i hate leaving voicemails. i always feel so awkward and fake. and like i'm talking to myself. which i am. but i'm suppose to act like i'm talking to this person. who isn't there. and who can't talk back to me. so i'm talking to a machine instead so that it can record my one-sided conversation for the person i pretended to talk to. yeah, awkward. 

quirk #6
i have never been able to sleep in socks, even in the dead of a utah winter. my feet always get hot during the night, and usually when i wake up, they're hanging out from under the comforter. 

wow that was a boring last quirk. i apologize and blame the yoga i did at lunch this afternoon that has relaxed me to the point of sleepiness.

and now i'm going to tag the following peeps: ruth, hacksaw, murgs, ann-marie, jon (now you really have to do it)...and any body else who wants to do it. just go ahead.

now, a post wouldn't be a post these days without a recipe, right? then let me introduce you to rosemary peasant bread from make and takes (see sidebar). matt and i fell in love with this bread, and it's super easy to make. it was just like the bread you overfeed on at macaroni grill, and with some olive oil & vinegar, it was perfect. and so delicious! try it. you won't be sorry.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

leftovers

so...i've been meaning to blog for literally several days now. but i just can't decide what to blog about. since my life is so exciting these days (not really), and i have too many thoughts and things to choose from...

last week, i became so frustrated at the "flood of national doomsday prophecies," as matt put it. i witnessed so many extreme and negative reactions to obama's presidential win last week that it just made me crazy with sick. i understand how one can disagree with his proposed policies, but how does one get from disagreement to a this-country's-in-trouble-i'm-scared-and-buying-guns-because-obama-is-evil-and-will-ruin-this-country mindset? are you people actually listening to yourselves? it's ridiculous to think that a man 52% of the country voted for is somehow bad enough of a person and candidate to make his win send us all into a state of frightened panic, and that mccain was
obviously the right answer. notice i said right answer, like there was a wrong answer. do you people realize that we live in a democracy, where leaders are elected, and a beautiful system of checks and balances is set up for the sake of this country's continued freedom? do you really think that 52% of us were duped into believing that obama might actually make a fantastic president? that he might actually be a good change for this country? just because i voted for him does not mean that i thought mccain was the wrong answer or that he was going to ruin this government because of his vileness. i voted for who i thought was the better candidate, and either way, i knew that who won the election would have made a fine president and lead this country well. i just thought one man was a better fit for the job. that's a democracy people. so get out of your bomb shelters, return all of those guns you bought, and stop this pedantic, inane, and extreme wave of negativity towards the man who was chosen to become our next president. 

also last week, i thought about blogging about matt & i's journey to perfect a chicago deep-dish pizza. we've made a few recipes and are still using trial and error to perfect this wonderful pizza. one thing we've figured out is that, even though the recipe says it makes one pizza, there's definitely too much dough, and after it rises in the oven, it becomes super crusty. seriously. like there's a good few inches of horizontal crush on this pizza. but what we did like about this last try was the addition of parmesan and black pepper in the dough! it was zesty and delicious! if anyone out there has a great chicago deep-dish dough recipe/story, let me know. this is definitely a work in process.

this weekend, i though about blogging about my first family ward relief society super saturday experience. i felt so...uncrafty. and all did was sit at the magnetic-making table, and make christmas magnets, including one that said "it's a festivus miracle!" needless to say, matt was impressed.

i also tried a fabulous recipe i got from
real simple for sunday dinner and thought about sharing it. so...i'm sharing it.


not-so-sloppy joes

ingredients

1 to 2 tablespoon olive oil (for frying)
1 small yellow onion, finely diced (seriously,1 small onion...i only used half of a good medium sized one.)
1 clove garlic, minced (if you do not know the beauty of mincing garlic, go the nearest ikea now and buy their garlic mincer. it's beautiful. no substitute will do.)
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 pound ground beef (we commonly use ground turkey in our home, because it's cheaper and healthier and tastes just like beef. who's the victim?)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (what? cinnamon in sloppy joes?! you heard me right, and you won't regret it.)
1 teaspoon salt
hamburger buns (depending on the size of your buns and how generous your servings are, anywhere from 4 to 6 buns.)
grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese (this will be a topping, so however much you want to load your delicious sandwich with cheese. i liked cheddar the best, and matt liked the mozz.)
sour cream (again, this will be a topping. i don't care for sour cream, but matt does. so, your choice and however much you want.)

directions
  1. heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. add the onion, garlic, and red pepper. saute until fragrant. if you're wondering what that means (i was), trust me, you'll know when your eyes are burning and tearing up from the strong aroma of these items cooking together. (about 3 minutes)
  2. brown the meat. now, you can either do this in the same pan with the vegetables OR you can brown it in a second frying pan so that it's easier to drain the fat. i personally wanted the fat drained out of my meat, because...that's just gross to think about the sauce thickening from...fat. ew! the trick is, though, that once the beef and vegetables are combined, you still want some of that olive oil kicking around. so, you're choice. just...make sure you brown the meat.
  3. once the meat is browned and it's all combined with the onions, garlic, and red pepper, add the tomato paste and all the spices. (don't make me list them all.) let's that simmer for about 10 minutes, and be sure to mix it well so that it thickens. i kept stirring it so that it wouldn't burn, either. 
  4. while the simmering is going on, toast your hamburger buns. then, spoon this lovely mixture onto your bun, sprinkle with the cheese and top with sour cream. (this dish is perfect with french fries, by the way.)
so...all the blogs in my head in one. oh, and one last note. while i'm happy it's fall here and not snowing like my old friend utah, i wish these trees would change colors already! everything looks the same as it did 3 months ago when we moved here! i want some fall colorage. now. 

Friday, October 31, 2008

"h-a-double-l-o-w-double-e-n spells halloween!"

who doesn't love a holiday where the main purpose is to dress up, eat candy, and sculpt pumpkins? 

seriously
maybe the commies...but they don't like anything.

matt & i started a brand new family halloween tradition this week: carving awesome pumpkins while watching "the office." good ol'e family fun. that's the way we roll. and our pumpkins were a-mazing, which sets the bar high for this new tradition. we'll only accept excellence from here on out.
meet mario & jack skellington in their vegetable forms.
and since matt's mario took him 3 and 1/2 hours, instead of going to bed, i made pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese filling, which were both delicious and beautiful! and before you get too impressed with my baking skills, i used canned pumpkin, not the real stuff. either way, you should still be impressed.
we also got to attend our first trunk or treat in ages this week. we bought some good candy, decked out our trunk, and either complimented or criticized the trick or treaters on their candy choices. only excellence!
matt was a geeky professor (his tweed blazer has elbow pads), and i was a smarmy/sexy librarian. we're so hot. 

and then, running with my love of "the office," i made this costume when i got to work today:
three-hole punch nama. no fuss, no muss.

be the kid you are deep down inside today. dress up, eat candy, and bake these delicious muffins. you won't regret it.

pumpkin muffins with cream cheese filling
ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cups pecan, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cup solid-packed pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

directions
  1. lightly coat one 12-cup standard muffin pan with oil or muffin tins. set aside.
  2. in a small bowl, mix cream cheese, 1 egg, and 3 tablespoons sugar. (You may want to soften the cream cheese in the microwave first to get it to mix easier.) set aside.
  3. in another small bowl, mix 5 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup flour, pecans, butter, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. set aside.
  4. in a large bowl, combine remaining flour (2 cups), remaining sugar (2 cups), salt, baking soda, baking powder, and remaining cinnamon (2 teaspoons). set aside.
  5. in another large bowl (this is where a stand mixer comes into play), lightly beat the remaining eggs (2), pumpkin, oil, and vanilla together until well mixed. now pour in the flour mixture and mix well.
  6. assemble all these bowls: batter, then cream cheese, and finally the pecan mixture. start by pouring batter into each muffin cup, filling it almost half way. then place about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese mix into each cup. (i was left with extra of this mixture, so feel free to pour more...that can only have delicious consequences.) fill the rest of the cup with the batter. don't be afraid to fill it up the top so that when it rises, it creates a nice muffin top. finally, sprinkle as much of the pecan mix over the top of each muffin as you want.
  7. bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. check to be sure a toothpick comes out clean before you take them out. that's how you know they're ready to be eaten. they're best when warm!
who knew halloween tasted so good...enjoy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

on irish rap & cooking

as a music lover, i embrace many different styles of music. and it wasn't until recently that i was introduced to my new favorite genre: irish rap.

as matt & i spent many hours in a car driving through ireland on our honeymoon, we decided to listen to irish radio to really immerse ourselves in the culture and to feel connected to the irish men & women out there. and we heard this gem many, many times:

and you thought eminem was insightful? oh no, my friends. the streets say it all. and pay no attention to how the video premise has little to do with the song's message. just remember, everything is just borrowed.

on a fun marriage note, now that i am married, i've become quite the cook. i've heard people say things like this before, that since they've gotten married, they've started to cook more, and now i'm proving it. i cook a lot. and matt cook's too. (i can't leave him out of the picture...we cook a lot.) and one of my new favorite past times is looking for recipes online for delicious dishes that i want to try. so, here's my favorite recipe of the week:

spiced pumpkin waffles

ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1 cups pumpkin purée
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

directions:

1. p
reheat a waffle iron. combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl and set aside.
2. whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin puree (i used canned pumpkin, which was just fine.), brown sugar, butter, and vanilla in another large bowl until smooth. while whisking, add the flour mixture and blend until smooth. (one more reason to love our kitchen aid.)
3. generously coat the waffle iron with vegetable oil or a non-stick spray. cook the batter as recommended by the instructions for your waffle iron. (what a fabulous wedding gift!)

we whipped up some fresh cream for the topping, and they were delicious! i was suspicious that matt wouldn't enjoy them because he doesn't care for pumpkin, but he loved them! success! 

enjoy the taste of fall! 

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

"i want to ride my bicycle, i want to ride it where i like"

many moons ago when i was a spunky, awkward pre-teen, i had a bicycle. it was blue, had a banana seat, and i remember steamers of some kind on the handles. it rocked my 10-year-old world. and wearing stirrup pants, different colored scrunch socks, and some neon-colored, garish shirt, i'd ride the heck out of that thing around my neighborhood. ah, the early 90s. those were good times.

well, that was then. and now, 15 years later, i hopped onto a bicycle for the first time since those awkward and fashionably awesome days of my youth. and a month later, i've become michael bluth, riding my bicycle to and from work. everyday. 

it's true that you never forget how to ride a bike, but that doesn't mean that i stopped being awkward. the first bike i got was an 18-speed, and it turned out to be too complicated for me. ("speed 11? what's speed 11?! what do i do?!?" craaaash) so we picked up a simple commuter bike on craigslist (also where we picked up most of our furniture...i should blog about that fun adventure someday...) and i've been getting a lot better. still awkward. but better awkward. seriously. i'm like a double hawk. but then, i hit a snag this morning. i hadn't really given too much thought to the fact that, while riding a bicycle, there's no covering on the bike. the elements are free to reign onto you. and that's exactly what happened this morning. it rained. and rained. and rained some more. and since i had no idea that it was suppose to rain, i actually did my hair this morning and wore a white shirt. it was only sprinkling when i left, and i pleaded with the rain gods that they'd hold off until i got to work. and that's when the those darn rain gods conspired against me...it immediately started getting worse, and it rained harder, and harder, and harder until i was biking in a downpour. in a white shirt. 

next on my list of bike-related things to do(besides gaining more confidence in my awkward bike riding skills) is to invest in a pancho.

and maybe upgrade to a stair car.

Monday, September 29, 2008

i (dis)like ike

so after about 6 lovely (and humid) (and hot) weeks in houston, we got our first (and probably worst) hurricane experience. talk about timing. prior to the hurricane, we asked several houstonians about the occurance of hurricanes and how bad they were. everyone reassured us that hurricanes rarely hit houston straight on, and usually all we got were some pretty spectacular thunderstorms.

well...we all know how this story ends (or continues). hurricane ike blew straight through houston about 2 weeks ago. first, i'll start out by saying that matt & i were extremely blessed. we live fairly far inland, so the devestating storm surges that happened on the coast did not affect us. while our area did experience category 1 to 2 strength winds, only minor damage was done. and we were only without electricity for a short period of time. we felt incredibly blessed to be safe and only minorly inconvenienced compared to others who suffered more and lost everything. please still keep those who saw catastrophic damage in your prayers.

experiencing the storm was not too bad. the day before the storm hit, matt & i asked several people what to do, if we should be worried, etc. the advice we got was to just be prepared and we should be fine. obviously, the storm turned out worse than most expected, but we prepared with water and food and even an old school radio walkman we bought at cvs/pharmacy for $15, complete with tape player! i'm not going to lie, but we were kind of excited. we both love storms, and having lived in utah for many years, good thunderstorms are few and far between. we were actually looking foward to some pretty sweet storms. the night of, we stayed up, not wanting to sleep in case things did get bad, but by 1 a.m. or so, we were falling asleep. we decided to lay down for a bit, and hopefully wake up after a short nap. the next thing i know, howling winds that sounded like a train plowing through our walkway woke me up, and then the electricty went out. i think living in the age where there is always a light on somewhere nearby, you forget how dark darkness is. it's penetrating and quite nerve-wracking to try to walk around in without a light. we got our flashlight, our radio, and layed down for the night in the hallway (after a failed attempt of sleeping in our tiny bathroom, the only room in our apartment without windows). after the worst of the storm passed, we fell asleep nicely, and awoke to see the damage down around our area. it really wasn't bad compared to everywhere near the coast. lots of trees were down, signals out and falling/fallen from the wires, some powerlines down or dangling...all in all, minor damage is all we saw. 
this tree fell down outside of our apartment, blocking the road to get out onto the main road. lots of trees this big were uprooted all over the place. i even saw a tree larger than this that had been completely uprooted and had taken the concrete sidewalk with it when it fell onto a house. quite impressive. 

well, that's our hurricane ike experience. overall, we feel somewhat cool for having experienced a fairly major hurricane, but mostly blessed tremendously for the safety and comfort we experienced.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

"here comes the story of the hurricane"

dear nama,

welcome to houston.

hugs & kisses,
ike

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

caught up

well hello there.

remember me?

well...i know i haven't posted in a long while. but i've been busy doing things like...getting married......moving to texas...and traveling. a lot. to places like ireland...those are good excuses, right? well, to make up for it, here are a bunch more pictures of our wedding day & of our amazing trip to ireland. enjoy!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

july is for...gah!

getting married. moving to texas. getting married. finding a new job in a new place. getting married. selling my car...

and did i mention that i'm getting married?

gah!

p.s. seriously, i really am selling my car. if you know of anyone looking to buy a civic hybrid, let me know. i need to sell it really soon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

telluride

what do you get when you throw a bunch of pot-smoking hippies, amazing bluegrass music, & expensive merchandise all together at 9,000 feet?

the telluride bluegrass festival!yep, that's where i was this past weekend. and i really can't find the words to describe it's awesomness. i think it was pretty close to a life-changing experience...and matt & i both got to meet bela fleck! and we both made him chuckle!
the town itself was absolutely beautiful, as you can see, and it sits in a 3-sided valley that's only escapeable by the road you came in on or by gondola over the mountain. your choice.
some of the highlights included seeing chris thile wickedly play some bach, basking in the awesomeness that is bela fleck during two workshops, and seeing edgar meyer play his double bass like it was nothing. it was just plain amazing. no words.
and now, you must change your life. look up these artists. trust me, you won't regret it:

  • bela fleck & edgar meyer - "music for two"
  • anything else bela fleck you can find (who knew the banjo was so cool & versitile!)
  • abagail washburn
  • the sparrow quartet, with bela fleck & abagail washburn
  • uncle earl
  • cadillac sky
  • chris thile
also watching & listening to matt play his cello in his bluegrass band is pretty life changing. he totally wasted most of his bow one night and then incredibly broke a string. but it was worth it, all in the name of bluegrass!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

indiana jones & the commies, round 1

so i've been meaning to share my thoughts regarding the highly anticipated movie of the spring/summer, "white chicks 2."

no! wait...that will have to wait until next year. sigh.

but seriously, how about "indiana jones & the kingdom of the crystal skull"? it's what i've been waiting for just about all of my life...
bottom line: loved it

corny title: yes.

corny parts: yeah, unfortunately.

mixed/made up archaeological history of meso and south america: check.

classic indy sarcasm: you betcha.

great indy action scenes: awesome.

great indy action scene where he just shoots the guy: negative.

ark of the covenant shot: there, and i'm still alive to tell the tale.

people dissolving/burning/being eaten by ants: holy crap! i had no idea ants could be that aggressive!

nazis: gone.

commies: everywhere.

some lovin': who couldn't love that man?!

help from exotic creatures who know their way through the jungle: always necessary.

indy line that sums up the whole move at the end but actually doesn't make any sense when you think about it: check.

overall message: all nature hates communists.

recommendation: definitely worth your money and time, but don't bring snakes. indy hates snakes.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

june is for joy

there was an awesome rainbow that formed right up against the mountains last night, & for some reason, it really took me back to my childhood &, more specifically, all of the fire flies that would fly around the yard all summer. we'd try to catch them in our hands & put them into jars, but at the end of the night, those suckers were hard to catch & hold on to. but we tried anyways.

i spent a long time, perhaps too long some might say, chasing a dream, and, well...all i can say is that it was well worth it, more worth it than i thought it was ever going to be. and that, my friends, is joy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

i'm verklempt!

life is hard sometimes, and, as my best friend would always tell me, when life hands you crap, make a crap sandwich.

how about making that crap into a crème brulée? that sounds way better.

i woke up this morning feeling crapped out & thinking to myself, "life's hard." and i prayed that today, instead of focusing on the stresses of life, i'd focus on my blessings, the many, many things i can be grateful for. and as i was checking my email at work this morning, i came across this story:

Limbless boy says 'anything's possible'

i read it, felt inspired, and then i watched the video and flat out cried. now if that's not making crap into crème brulée, i don't know what is. i feel realigned now, grateful, ashamed, and determined to try to turn my own crap (which, let's my honest, is absolutely nothing compared to this boy's challenges) into...well, let's start out with a subway sandwich. and i'll work my way up to crème brulée.

thanks, nick, for being my hero today.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

it's a festivus miracle!

it's thursday morning, and staff reports were done yesterday and mailed off. now i can miss out on all of the fun of having to stay at work until 7 p.m. & mailing them at the post office myself. oh, darn.

matt's parents very very kindly donated thousands of frequent flyer miles to our honeymoon cause, saving us over 2 grand on plane tickets to ireland...we're going to ireland!

despite the awful humidity, i'm actually excited about moving to houston now that we have a quaint little place to live in instead of our car.

i'm walking! mostly...but my foot still hurts...& i can't walk longer than a block or two before i limp and become slightly lame. baby steps...

the weather, well...you were so good this weekend! look at what you've done now! here's to hoping for summer to finally make it's way to utah so kat & i can fulfill our true life calling by lounging at/in the pool & having pizza delivered pool-side. not quite the miracle yet.

happy festivus for the rest of us!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

so easy, a caveman can do it...

dear friends,


i just saved 15% by switching to geico. woot.

and i'm getting married.

love,
nama

Monday, May 12, 2008

shud blooger

so, i think i'm starting to have blood sugar issues. if i go too long without eating anything, i start to feel all crazy & shaky. and i'm struggling to know what to do! all i know is that food is good, and no food is no good. and peanut butter sandwiches make excellent snacks.

so, for the first third of my 26th year, i have been infected with the sinus infection from hell, have bruised a bone in my foot that is still healing, have had a range of colds/sinus issues since spring hit, and not my body freaks out when i don't eat.

i know people who've joked about turning 25 and officially being "old," but i sure do feel that way. my body hates being 25. and it's not missing any opportunity to tell me so.

i wonder what's in store next year? liver spots? cataracts? kidney failure? oh the possibilities...

Thursday, May 01, 2008

may is for miracles

i wish the weather would calm down & warm up & stay beautiful.

i wish my foot would heal already so i could function normally.

i wish for a special miracle to finally happen in the next week or two.

i wish this doughnut i'm eating was way better.if this next month passes without any of these wishes being fulfilled, it's death by meterorite. best. wish. ever.

this moving message brought to you by my despair.com calendar.