December 31, 2010

merry christmas 2010

The holidays this year included a little bit of this and a little bit of that...




On our way to AZ for the holidays we stopped midway in VEGAS for some family fun. The car ride was quite entertaining with both of my brothers along for the ride. We listened to them practicing Who's On First until Luke and I both had it memorized as well. But my favorite part of the ride includes singer Enrique Iglesias. We listened to Do You Know SEVERAL times and it never got old. The song always reminds me of Rob and Big. The experience we had was quite similar to theirs. Although we did have B and G doing some harmony here and there with it from the backseat.









Merry Christmas! It is so nice to spend the holidays surrounded by family.

December 19, 2010

harry potter

In High School I read the first 3 books of Harry Potter, loved them, but stopped reading for whatever reasons.
Since then, I have not had the desire to read the rest of the books or see the Harry Potter movies.
Two of our friends from Logan invited us to the 10 p.m. showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
First of all, I was not caught up on what was going on in the story and Luke knew even less than I did.
Secondly, we all know that 10 p.m. is actually when I go to bed.
But, what the heck-we wanted to see 2 of our friends; so, we went.

Well, needless to say, after the movie all I wanted to do was read Harry Potter- all 7 books! You could have found me in the Juvenile- Fiction section in the 2 libraries near my house a few days after I saw that movie. I finally had to reserve the book online because everything was checked out. But, my wish came true and I finally picked up book #1 on a Saturday morning and had it finished by Sunday night. I know- NERD. I read Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets next, and now book #3 is reserved for me and I am waiting for my email confirmation that says I can pick it up (I may have checked my email 3 times today to see if it was ready). I have put all Jodi Picoult books on hold, which I have been reading one after the other for the past year.

December 6, 2010

oh, work

I love my job. I love the people I work with. This Monday morning was a good one; we had our nails done and went to lunch. Life is good.

November 29, 2010

friends

The saying goes that once you get married you practically fall off of the face of the earth for a year.

I think the saying should go more like, "once you get married people treat you like you have fallen off the face of the earth."

I'm not saying that this happens to everyone or that I feel it has happened to us in all instances, but I do think there is truth to it. Just saying.

Thank you to friends who still make the effort to be my friend and a part of my life even though a) I'm married and b) moved to Salt Lake. You are true friends.

November 27, 2010

good food

Classic ROKA Cheese Ball

I made my first cheese ball on Thursday; it was delicious.
1 pkg. (8 oz) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 jar (5 oz.) KRAFT ROKA Blue Spread
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries

MIX first 3 ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate 2 hours.
SHAPE into ball. Coat with remaining ingredients.
SERVE with RITZ Crackers.

(Next time I'll put in half the garlic- I'm a garlic wimp)

ALSO-this is the best pasta I've ever tasted. I haven't made it in forever and suddenly had the craving yesterday.
I'll share:

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken

1 pd. Dried penne
2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, sliced
¼ tsp. red pepper falkes
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
2 lemons, juiced
½ cup grated parmesan

Directions:
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high and add chicken. Grill until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate and slice.
Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to a sauté pan with 3 tbsp. of olive oil and saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and turn heat off. Mix all together.
Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the arm pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

November 21, 2010

1st snow day

I woke up this morning and couldn't find Luke anywhere! I finally found him outside shoveling the snow. What a guy. I helped too- my back hurts now :)

laundry

Well, this was about a month and a half ago, but we have our own washer and dryer now! And yes, we posed with them.

November 20, 2010

trans-siberian orchestra

Goal: Take Luke to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Check this one off!
We loved this concert. They sound great on the radio, but there is something about watching these guys rock out with their electric guitars while playing Christmas music (not to mention they put on a light show during their concert as well, hence the seizure-like video). Loved it, love them.



November 15, 2010

cheers to 6 months


Well, yesterday was our 6-month mark. We still love each other.
We have adopted the phrase used in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
...I love you, but I don't have to like you right now...
Luke is the best. I woke up Sunday morning to eggs and french toast, a breakfast favorite.
Something I have learned about myself since being married to Luke:
I am a lot more dramatic than I like to think. He puts up with me well; I think he may be the only person in this world who can put up with my dramaticness and not be too annoyed at me. I am working on acting more my age and being less whiney.

October 31, 2010

happy halloween


We had the best time at the family Halloween party! I had been hearing about their famous Halloween dinner, but it was better than expected- it blew me away! Here are some photos... their entire dining room was decorated! It was amazing!




The famous dinner I had been hearing about was rad (I have been using this word a lot during the Halloween festivities because I don't know how else to describe it).
Here is was the menu for this year:
Appetizers: Cancerous witches' moles and severed rat heads in blood
Beverage: Distilled sewer water
Soup: Autopsied cadaver stomach contents
Salad: Poisonous swamp ferns dressed with troll spittle
Entree: Free range sea-slugs with seared breaded ogre buttocks and herniated discs slathered in thickened vampire phlegm
accompanied by broken leg bones
Dessert: Cube o'cannibal with scoop of rendered zombie fat topped with pureed hag liver drippings
Gross huh? Everything was delicious and so creative....like I said, it was rad.
Cheers

For Halloween Luke was...something...I am not sure what to call it- but he was sure funny in his outfit! I was asked how I was able to get him into those shorts... I guess with most couples it's the girl begging her husband/boyfriend to dress up with her, but no, not in this relationship. I just had to ask him to please make sure he didn't make them too short! My favorite part was his teeth and of course the accent that he kept ALL night long.

We had fun making caramel apples and playing "ghost" bingo with Luke's parents and brother's family


I spent some time with my old roomies painting pumpkins...

Happy Halloween everybody!

October 22, 2010

park city, ut

We took a little weekend vacation here last Friday. Oh, how I looked forward to this. We stayed at an older resort, but it was so cozy. Luke and I laughed so hard when we walked in. There were bears everywhere- it was how the place was decorated. There was even a picture of a bear with the caption, "Life is a Bear." Here is a taste of the place:

Denim comforter and pillows:


Wow. Of course it was gorgeous because of the trees and the fall colors. The weather was amazing as well (just what I was hoping for)!

I have only been to Park City once, and it was years ago, so I only remember shopping at Claire's and the fun Alpine Slide. Friday night we walked around the town. It looked like it was out of a movie. We ate at a place called Butcher's- the food was so good.



In the morning we burned our bagels that we brought for breakfast...we made up for it by eating lots of Coldstone. We went shopping at the outlets, goofed around, took a LONG gondola ride, and tried out the Alpine slide.


This is the Alpine Slide:

Here is Luke, carrying our sleds? I don't know what to call them.

I told him the one thing about the Alpine slide that is out of your control is getting stuck behind someone really slow. I told him that it would really stink if that happened to him since we only paid for one ride. Well, to my dismay- I was the slow one! Luke zoomed right pass me on the other course. I kept trying to go faster, but was afraid I'd slide right off of the course. I heard one guy coming up behind me and felt so bad. I tried to go faster- but I am blaming my slowness on a defect in my sled thing. When we got to the bottom of the course, Luke was standing there waiting for me for who knows how long. I said sorry to the guy behind me, only to realize that there was a second guy as well! I had backed up 2 people! The second guy looked really annoyed, so I just grabbed Luke's hand and said, "Let's go." All that matters is that we had fun, right?

We also went to the Utah Olympic Park. We toured a small museum and got to see a few places where athletes come to train.






Anyway- it was a great vacation.

October 10, 2010

car safety

I am amazed at how many people think it is okay to text and drive. It is called distracted driving. I constantly see people looking down into their laps-at their phones, rather than looking straight ahead at the road. Friday as I was coming home from work I started getting really irritated. The girl driving behind me only looked up at the road once every ten seconds, I swear. As a fellow driver, I did not appreciate this. I drove home from work with her behind me almost the entire time. We were driving on the interstate, in rush hour traffic, plus there were police lights straight ahead and traffic had slowed because someone's tire had blown out all over the road. Oh, how I love people and their common sense. We may as well install TV and video games into our cars so that we can watch our favorite shows and play our favorite games while driving too. This would be good.

While I am on the subject of driving, here is a video advocating wearing your seatbelt that was sent to me by my grandpa and by Luke's mom. I like it.

October 1, 2010

why i love this month


• Halloween!
• Caramel apples
• Sweaters
• Boots
• The colors
• Perfect running weather
• Looking forward to the upcoming holidays
• Apple cider
• The end of having to mow the lawn, even though Luke does this
• Scarecrows and hayrides
• Haunted houses
• Candy
• Cute scarves
• Groovin’ to the Monster Mash and Thriller
• Decorated yards
• Fall weather