Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Midnight Show

I just found out that we'll be in Argentina when the newest HP comes out. So sad. I would have LOVED to see that at midnight. Midnight showing crowds are always the most fun.

So I know it is only Tuesday, but here's some more randomness.

Yesterday I made some DELICIOUS eggplant parmesan, sans frying pan. Here's how it went down.

Peel eggplants (depending how big they are, you could use 2-3) and cut them into 1/4 inch slices. Start layering them in an oiled (with Pam) pyrex casserole dish (the big kind). After the first layer of eggplant, spread with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella. Add another layer of eggplant, sauce, and mozzarella. I did a third layer, with a lot of cheese on top, but the eggplant on the top layer didn't get as cooked as I would have liked, so two may be enough. Be generous with the sauce! Parmesan (or in my case, asiago) is also delicious on top. Cook at 350-375 for a long time. I started with probably 30 minutes and then kept on checking every 5 minutes till the eggplant was sufficiently cooked (easily speared with a fork). Wait as long as you can endure before eating, it is hot! And so good.

Tonight we are having spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce. Mmmm. And maybe some casaba melon on the side.

We have a church Halloween party this Saturday. I'm trying to convince my parents to come and bring my hilarious niece and nephew. I think she wants to be a princess/kitty/dog (can't decide) and he wants to be Zeus. I saw a picture on Martha's site (Martha Stewart, that is) of a little girl dressed up as Mrs. Butterworth. Her brother was a waffle. Funniest thing I've ever seen.

I've been researching for the thesis I'll be writing next semester, and most lately read this article called "Mormon Pursuit of the Agrarian Ideal." It was fascinating. All you Mormons out there, the prophets have spoken: time to start gardening. Time to "be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth (soil)." Sort of refreshing to find an alternate interpretation of that biblical passage, and by the great grandson of Brigham Young.

Well, that's all, for now.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Check out Chelsea

My amazing friend Chelsea put together a little video of some of the outfits we brainstormed last Thursday. Check her out! She has so many cute clothes it was really a cinch, and so much fun.

sum of the parts.

Here's how my fall break went down. I'm thinking about it because I have some major homework issues to overcome this week that probably should have been done last week, but I really felt like I was busy the whole week!

Monday: Cleaned the house, and made dinner+3 for the freezer, and did some shopping.
Tuesday: Helped with cousin's wedding in Utah County practically all day.
Wednesday: Went to work and went visiting teaching.
Thursday: Did a wardrobe consultation and went to work and went visiting teaching.
Friday: Went to work.
Saturday: Went to my shop for the last time (sad) and then to a birthday party.
Sunday: Went to church, led choir practice, had home teachers over, napped (much-needed), did an airport pickup, met with dad about moving/A's school/our trip to Europe next spring, did some homework.

Does that not sound busy? I don't know why professors give homework over fall break.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday, like the daughter of the Adams Family.

It is Wednesday again, and you know what that means. More random updates.

  • I need new foundation, which has lead me to believe I need all new makeup. I want nice stuff (blush, red lipstick, foundation, concealer, and eyeshadow) like from a department store. I've never purchased nice stuff. Any suggestions?
  • It is fa-reezing! I bet my tomatoes are dying outside, it is that cold. Hello winter.
  • I may have cried a little watching the Chilean miners come out today.
  • Utah County is the Twilight Zone. Not even kidding.
  • For the second time, I managed to make it out of a thrift store with an amazing pair of vintage shoes that are a mismatched pair, on size 38 one size 39. Some of you may know that I have two different sized feet, but the sizing on the shoes is opposite of my own mismatched feet.
  • A found an earthworm in the middle of our living room earlier this week. I have not idea how it got in there, but it was gross, and bizarre.
  • I really want my family to go on a big trip to Disneyland next year or the year after. We would have so much fun, you know.
  • I haven't done any homework yet this break. I better get cracking.
  • I just saw on the news that Lady Gaga wore a meat dress. Really? That just sounds uncomfortable.
  • I'm thinking of dying my hair red. A thinks I should do it like the girl on G.I. Joe.
  • My shop is closing on Friday! Crazy.
  • A is working nights again, and now I stay up way too late. Like right now. I had better go, since tomorrow I'm doing a "wardrobe consultation" with one of my bffs.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

caroling caroling

I'm picking music for the Christmas Program again. There just happens to be some Alfred Burt Christmas music on my piano from last year, and that got me thinking.

Dear Siblings (for those of you who don't know, I have 5 of them, and they are all great singers):

Please come to Utah for Christmas this year. We can all gather around the piano at Mom and Dad's on Christmas Eve, and sing carols. I request we do some Alfred Burt, which you should all know from listening to the Singers Unlimited Christmas Album. This may be a big request, and it may not happen for a few years since some of you live in Australia at the moment, but this is my Christmas wish for someday.

Love,

Marta

Saturday, October 9, 2010

votes are in.

Thank you everyone for your input yesterday! Most of you seemed to chose number three, surprisingly!

I ended up going with number one for a couple reasons:
1-It was chilly yesterday, and the long sleeves were a welcome choice.
2- The five inch heels on the other options would have killed me (I stood for probably 4 hours).
3- I have been looking for an excuse to wear dress one since Mary gave it to me to "try on," and it is finally cool enough to do so!
4- It seemed the most "me." I know that is funny to say since all the dresses were mine, but it's true.

I actually got quite a few compliments on the dress, and felt pretty fantastic. I teased my hair and put it up in a bun, for a more retro look, and rocked some red lips. Also, most attendees were fairly casual. I don't think I saw any ties there, for example.

The other highlight of my night? Meeting someone else named Marta!

Friday, October 8, 2010

what should i wear?

So my work has a big fundraiser tonight (y'all should come). Some people dress way up, some don't. I'm trying to decide what to wear from my closet, and so far have come up with three options:

Option 1: Vintage dress, thrifted by my sister Mary. Polyester on top, awesome geometric wool on the bottom. This is probably the most "casual" but so far my favorite. I would pair this with my new boots, as pictured.Option 2: Swanky dress bought new a few years ago from Cache'. I've worn this to a few fancy events (on our cruise, our fancy Valentine's dinner at Spark, and when I had a singing gig on New Year's Eve at a Park City restaurant). I'd probably swap the opaque tights for some sheer ones for tonight.Option 3: 1980s vintage dress (thrifted when I was still in my early teens). I think this one is polyester, but I love the cross-wrap feature and always feel like it can be dressed way up or down. I love it with this elephant belt (no politics intended) but the only gold shoes I have that go are sandals, and I think it is now too cold to go bare-legged. Maybe I could switch to tights and the booties?


So what's your vote? You feeling the vintage wool with me?

(PS notice my clean ends? I love haircuts.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

wednesday update, and other randomness, part II.

  • Walking to work. See homeless guy. Smile at homeless guy (just because). Homeless guy says hello. Keep walking. Homeless guy says "You're kinda cute." (Really homeless guy? Really? Just kinda? I mean, you're homeless!)
  • A's birthday was yesterday. I told him he could choose any restaurant and I would go "no complaints." He chose Red Lobster and had all-you-can-eat shrimp. Happy Birthday A!
  • I knitted this over the weekend. Yup, something fancy, and finally used yarn A gave me for my birthday, pretty wool in a mossy green.
  • We hiked up to the hot pots in Diamond Fork Canyon with some friends last week. In the dark. It was so (so) fun. We laughed the whole way up and back, except in the car on the way home because I slept (it was really late and I'm a sucker for car sleeping). We wore swimming suits, in case you were wondering.
  • I get my hair cut tomorrow. I can't WAIT. It should just be a trim, but it may have to be a big trim because my ends are fried.
  • There's a moth in the house.
  • Did I mention that A and I are going to Argentina in November. Woot woot! Hopefully my professors will be cool about me being gone for a week (fingers crossed).
  • Anyone else loving "Raising Hope?"
  • I have a big fancy work event on Friday. What should I wear? I think I'll do a voting post about it tomorrow, so y'all better stay tuned and weigh in.
  • The shop (hipster thrifters) is closing in two weeks. After our best month EVER. How is that for irony (in the Alanis Morissette sense)? Maybe I should say, isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
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