Sunday, November 30, 2008


I am thankful for family that knows how to cook. We went to two dinners again this Thanksgiving, both were delicious. Luckily my family let us take some leftovers since we went there second. A's family provided a fantastic traditional dinner, complete with brussel sprouts and pecan pie. My family went the non-trad route, with bbq turkey, pulled pork, spicy mac and cheese, and Cajun stuffing. Yum. I've been enjoying cold pie for breakfast, which is always my favorite. This year I made pumpkin cheesecake with some controversial whipped cream. It was delicious, and technically had less alcohol content than if I had used the same amount of vanilla.
Friday, A and I went shopping in the spirit of black Friday. A got up at 4:45, and went to Pep Boys to get a gift certificate. When he came back, I got up with him and we headed to the mall. I got two shirts for about $7 each at JC Penny, and A got a present for me there. We then wandered that mall and another looking for some boots for me. I almost bought these for only $80 or so, but ended up with these because they seemed to be of a higher quality.
After shopping, we put up our tree and decorated it with the various vintage glass balls my mom has given us, red and silver. Someday I hope we have more variety, but for now our two Santas, few candy canes, and several little wooden birds will have to do.
We rounded off the night at Wingers, and then saw Ghost Town at the dollar theater. I laughed and then cried, and overall it was very good.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bite Me

I'm going to see the vampire movie tonight. Call me crazy, but I'm excited. Previews look a little buffy, and I know it's not the greatest story in the world, but I think it will be fun. I did hear one NPR review talking about the actor playing Edward, the main vampire that is supposed to be especially hot, as having a horse face with six inches of hair sticking up on top of six inches of forehead. Ha, that made me laugh.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

pink water and bob

I got my hair done yesterday.I may have turned my white turtleneck, white pillowcase, and white towell pink in some places. My new hair is very vibrant, almost purple it is so burgandy-red. The water in the shower was pink the whole way through this morning.
Cut-wise, it's a bob, not unlike Catherine Zeta Jones' hair in the movie Chicago. Bob means not a-line, short all the way around. It is cut very blunt, and looks very clean on the edges. This is good, since before I had bad split ends. It's a little shorter than I'd hoped for, but overall I like it. The color is fun, and I really like having a do I've never had before.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

That's my latest library pick, along with more Sufjan.
So, I think I failed to mention that A bought a Wii a few weeks ago. Monday he bought Mario Party 8, which is only fun with more than one person, so I've been playing with him. Hence, we've been staying up too late and so I'm awfully tired.
Last night we went to Arctic Circle, which is usually so delicious, but let's just say that it' not so great the next day. Unfortunately, I took last week off to volunteer at the APAU (American Planning Association Utah chapter) conference, so I really have to go today, even though I'd rather be in bed. Maybe it was the courtesy cone that did it...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mary Kay

So, lately I've been to two MK classes, first color then skin care. I have to say, I'm not sold on the makeup, but the microdermabrasion was pretty nice. The sales rep is really so nice, and also really trying to get me to sell. I was seriously considering it, because of course I can do "3 hours a week" and afford to make "a few extra hundreds" every month. A was even encouraging, thinking that income would be nice. My sis-in-law just emailed me these links, one titled Can you make money with Mary Kay? and the other Pink Truth. Wow, I can't imagine anyone still wants to sell MK after looking at those sites. Meanwhile, I'm watching the dermabrasion on ebay, step one is at $1.04 and step two is going for $.99 with 3 days left.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

want one

I want a puppy. I'm driven to think about this because I'm home alone right now. I was supposed to go to work today, but it is snowing and work is far away on scary roads, especially since I'm in A's truck today which has no back weight. It's cold at home during the day, since usually the house is empty. Anyway, back to the puppy. I was looking up breeds on Wikipedia, and this picture made me laugh out loud. Right now, we could afford a puppy, and Christmas break is coming up, so we'd have time to train it too. Our house already even has a doggy door. Here's the holdup: A needs to go back to school, and if he does, we'll have to move in with parents. Probably his parents, since mine already have a full house. His parents already have a dog, and his mom would not love to be responsible for another one. Plus we would live in the basement where their dog is not allowed to go, and there is new carpet. If we did live with my parents, there is no way they would let us have a dog. No way. So for now, the answer is no. That is sad. I hope you all feel bad for me. Here are my top choices of puppies:
a bug
a basset hound
a doxi
a pug


I got some Christmas cds from the library. Sufjan Stevens presents Songs for Christmas is among them, as is Nat King Cole The Christmas Song. TO celebrate the first snow in SLC, turn on some Christmas music today.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Today I'm Google Images searching for short hair that I like, I'm feeling tempted again. (Last time I couldn't go through with it, who knows what will happen this time!) I've searched words like pixie, and just searched twiggy for inspiration. I came accross this and was shocked. "Because no one looks good in anything if they're fat."
Watch this. I can't figure out how to do videos, so you'll have to make the effort to click on the link.
I don't really care who you're voting fore, but please, just vote. It's important. I voted last week, early. I was a little disappointed to not get a sticker that proves it, and in my haste to get out the door into the rain I forgot to grab my Obama '08 pin. It's okay though, I voted, and you should too.

almost famous

This is my family. Some of you may already know that I have two gay brothers, a lot of people probably didn't know before the news. In high school, most people didn't know. I would be at lunch or somewhere and hear some derogatory joke or comment, and do my best to stand up against it. I just goes to show that you don't always know what someone else is going through, what their circumstances are, and sometimes the things you say can be alienating and hurtful to those people. My family, being the way that it is, has made me a better person. I feel like I am more sensitive of other people, more accepting, more understanding. Family isn't always easy, for anyone, but I love mine and wouldn't change it for the world.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I can feel it

Am I the only one who already wants to listen to Christmas music? I'm aching for the Singers Unlimited and the Cambridge Singers. Something about the time change, the harvest foods, the almost-bare trees, it feels like time. More than the food and presents and spirit of the season, the music is really my favorite part of this time of year. Ironically, I almost always get a cold and miss out on it. If you are looking for a good Christmas concert, there is one coming up in less than a month. The Salt Lake Children's Choir will be holding their annual concert at the Cathedral of the Madeline, free to all those over six years old on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th. This concert promises angelic music, cute kiddos, and some fantastic audience-participation carols in a magnificent setting. (It just so happens that I was in the choir for six years, and now my nephew is in it.)
Other random stuff? A and I have been getting movies and TV shows from the library. Here's what we've watched so far: Arrested Development, Hotel Rwanda, Bring It On, (I meant to get Drop Dead Gorgeous, but we watched it anyway to be funny)and Ugly Betty. We're on a waiting list for Pushing Daisies season 1.
Also, my car failed emissions, and A finished his truck. I'm making apple-pear crisp. Yum. In the past two months I've made peach, pear and now apple-pear crisp. I use my sister's recipe, cut in half to fit a 9x9 pan. We then eat it for breakfast for a week, and it's even good without icecream.
The primary program is next Sunday. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a full meeting of solos by me. Pretty much all of A's family is coming, and possibly my parents too, not to mention a member of the General Primary Presidency! That's just a little intimidating.
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