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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

fa la la la la

it's that time of year again. 
sooo thats what we did for f.h.e tonight.
i was really considering not going
because i just can't deal with the cold.
my body HATES it and gets angry when its cold.
but i went. with a hundred layers on.
and i'm glad i did.
and can i just say, i LOVE where i live. i just walked right down to the temple from my house. 
avoided all the parking shenanigans. 
i was sad to see that my favorite tree was not lit this year. 
the one on the right side of the south temple entrance
sad day. i heard it was to preserve the health of the tree or something. they are switching every year.
who knows.
and remember when they used to do the candy windows at ZCMI!!
i really miss that! 
i guess its time to let the christmas spirit in.
im actually looking more forward to getting my tree up now. 
and i turned my heater on in my apartment for the first time this year.
i guess it was due to end.of.the.world. blizzard v2.0
it finally got cold enough up here on the third floor that i gave in and turned it on. 
we sure did get alot of snow this weekend.
i think its enough to last all winter, so lets just have that be it!
no more! whose with me?

here are a few pics of the night at temple square

Sunday, November 28, 2010

it's snowing.

what the freak?
where was all the hullabaloo concerning THIS storm?!
in my personal opinion this is much worse than what we got with
all the uproar of the last storm.....
you know.....the end.of.the.world blizzard
and i didn't hear a word about it prior.
church got out early today. thats the first time i remember that happening in my ward
{not to say it hasn't happened to me before, i just don't recall}
i b.a.r.e.l.y made it up my driveway. b.a.r.e.l.y got out of the church parking lot.
all i have to say is, today,  i am sooo grateful for the remote start on my car. 
BEST invention ever.
i'm also grateful for the couple of people who scraped off the windows of my car. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Utah State Capital

i have lived in utah all my life.
so this building isn't new to me.
i have driven past it many many times. 
i took a tour of it back in elementary school.
i even had a highschool dance there.
and this past summer, attendended the weekly "movie under the stars" on the lawn of the capitol.
but until i moved to slc, i never really LOOKED at this building.
it is beautiful!
this is what i see when i stand outside on my balcony.
when i moved into my apartment downtown, this was the first thing i noticed about my location......
my (somewhat obstructed) view of the 
just last week, i was happy to find that they cut down the tree that was 'obstructing' my view of this beautiful building.
now its all i see!!
i LOVE it! 
who could as for a better view!?
 now, if i could just get a job there! i could walk to work and see my work from my apartment!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

tis the season

i recently mentioned in a blog post that i am a scrooge and have NO holiday spirit 
that's starting to change. but just a tiny bit.
i'm still in no mood for the hustle and bustle of the holidays...
but with our BIG utah blizzard the other night, thanksgiving today,
and watching these two movies with my sisters last night, its starting to come.

 is it weird that 3 of my top 6 favorite movies of all time
are christmas movies?
these being two of the three. the other, home alone of course. but only the very first one
these are classics!!
and full of great one liners!

"i'm singing.....i'm in a store..and i'm singing....i'm in a store and i'm SINGING!!"

"SANTA!!!! i know him!!"

"byyyye buddy....hope ya find yur dad"

"buddy the elf. whats your favorite color?"

"merry christmas. sh!tter was full"

"now that there's an R.V."





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Day

for the last three years, the family thanksgiving feast was planned and prepared by yours truly.....
this year...no such luck
now that i am renting an apartment, and not a house, 
i have no room for such a feat. 
we are going out to dinner for thanksgiving.
we have become THAT family.
you know, like the families that have an only child....or the empty nesters.
those people that have justifications for eating out on turkey day. 
i have always thought it was weird...but here we are.
Marie will be feeding my family this year...instead of ashlee 
i am just grateful to have a family on thanksgiving to eat with.
and i might secretively be just a tiny bit grateful that i don't have to deal with the undertakings of preparing a thanksgiving feast this year.



What does one do when you are sent home from work early, 
to beat the storm before it hits??
Gather the sisters for a birthday celebration at The Old Spaghetti Factory of course!
{that is, AFTER hitting up Target to stock up on batteries for the expected power outage. you know.. cause of the end.of.the.world utah blizzard}

Happy Birthday to Courtney!


i would just like to publicly thank the media for blowing this "blizzard" waaaay out of proportion.
it got me out of work 2 hrs early. and made for some good cozy sister time

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dear Carrie Underwood,

where were you when i needed you to tell me this all in person....
BEFORE he came along...
and BEFORE i realized you MUST have written this song about HIM personally....word for word!

Cowboy Casanova

You better take it from me
That boy is like a disease
You're running
You're trying
You're trying to hide
And you're wondering why you can't get free
He's like a curse
He's like a drug

You get addicted to his love
You wanna get out
But he's holding you down
'Cause you can't live without one more touch

He's a good-time cowboy casanova
Leaning up against the record machine
He looks like a cool drink of water
But he's candy-coated misery
He's the devil in disguise
A snake with blue eyes
And he only comes out at night
Gives you feelings that you don't want to fight
You better run for your life

I see that look on your face
You ain't hearin' what I say
So I'll say it again
'Cause I've been where you've been
And I know how it ends
You can't get away-ay
Don't even look in his eyes
He'll tell you nothin' but lies
And you wanna believe
If you listen to me
And take my advice

He's a good-time cowboy casanova
Leaning up against the record machine
He looks like a cool drink of water
But he's candy-coated misery
He's the devil in disguise
A snake with blue eyes
And he only comes out at night
Gives you feelings that you don't want to fight
You better run for your life

Run run away
Don't let him mess with your mind
He'll tell you anything you want to hear
He'll break your heart
It's just a matter of time
But just remember

He's a good-time cowboy casanova
Leaning up against the record machine
He looks like a cool drink of water
But he's candy-coated misery
He's the devil in disguise
A snake with blue eyes
And he only comes out at night
Gives you feelings that you don't want to fight
You better run for your life

Oh you better run for your life

Oh you better run for your life

just thinking

its been a while since i did a post about my random thoughts. so here they are....
in no particular order:

  •  best extra curricular activity: people watching
  •  i have been a total scrooge this year. i didn't dress up for halloween. i am not making thanksgiving dinner, instead we are going out (weird i know) but i dont want to deal this year. i got bugged today when someone said merry christmas to another person at the post office. i can't even get myself to listen to the christmas music stations, usually i am one of the ones that start listening on nov 1. (don't judge)  & i think i will have to force myself to put up a tree this year. what is WRONG with me!?!
  • got a call a couple days ago from a friend of the fam telling me that she found my husband and asked if she could give him my number. UMM hello! YES!! and hurry please!! i've waited 26 years for him. i'm READY
  • i hate the thought of being replaced (or faded out. this has happened more than i would like as of late)
  • gained 10 lbs. fml
  • whats with everything closing at 10? if i want cafe rio at 10 at night i should be able to get it. especially living downtown. 
  • brickbreaker. new obsession. i need to beat my stupid high score.  
  • its been 7 months since i have been out of the state.....its time again. get me outta here.
  • i heard its supposed to snow all weekend.  i guess that means that winter is officially here. if you need me, i will be in my warm bed for the next few months. 
  • ryan reynolds made the sexiest man alive this year. shocker. he will undoubtedly make my 2010 grownup christmas list once again.
  • i need a blog makeover. 
  •  i can't believe how FAST time flies. my lease is already up next month! what the..!
  • i am pretty sure that my electricity bill is going to be about 10 bucks next month. beat that!
  • i don't like using punctuation. end of sentence punctuation is fine { !?. } but using { ' }...i'd rather not. i only do it so that i don't look like i'm an uneducated dummy. but sometimes allota times i won't. i'll just say your instead of using the correct you're, just to avoid the punctuation. i'm lazy. sames goes with capatalizing first letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  • moroni 7:33


Friday, November 19, 2010

recent randoms

michelle, me, meleea, ashley marie
our new presidency! =) love these girls!

me and brooke at the corn maze

erin, cohen, eliza, holly, taylin, brigham, ashley, remi, me
the highschool besties! 
we had a baby shower for holly, who is expecting twins!
i can't believe there is going to be 7 kids between the 4 of us
none of which are mine  

Keys on Main for Halloween.
sooo SO much fun!
me, aubry and brooke got pulled up on stage by this piano player 
thats right, you don't HAVE to be drunk at a bar to be entertaining. 
we are proof!

first 100 miles put on my new car!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Color Code

I just took the color code test

I'm a WHITE:

WHITES are motivated by peace. They seek independence and require kindness. They resist confrontation at all costs. To them, feeling good is more important than being good. They are typically quiet by nature, and process things very deeply and objectively with great clarity. Of all of the colors, WHITES are the best listeners. They respect people who are direct but recoil from perceived hostility or verbal battle. WHITES need their "alone time" and refuse to be controlled by others. They want to do things in their own way and their own time. They ask little of others and resent others demanding much of them. WHITES are much stronger than people perceive, but are not often seen for their strength because they don't easily reveal their feelings. WHITES are even-tempered, diplomatic and the voice of reason. They can be indecisive, unexpressive and silently stubborn. When you deal with a WHITE, be kind, accept and support their individuality and look for Non-verbal clues to their feelings. 


playing catch-up

I haven't had much time lately to get on here and blog daily about the things that
I am grateful for, but it is still a daily thought.
so here are a few to catch up...

my good health
I am so so lucky to have such a healthy body.
I don't have any major health issues
besides my stupid headaches & migraines
but i'll take that over all the other things that people suffer from!

this beautiful fall weather
i love the fall
not as much as summer though--for the record
other than the fact that winter follows, it is so pretty and enjoyable.
it's a great time of year.
perfect for soup and hoodies and cuddle buddies.

my testimony/knowledge of the Gospel
my knowledge of the gospel isn't very vast, but i have a very strong testimony of the Church.
it gives me so much comfort in situations on a daily basis

my siblings
we have all been through alot together
i'm just glad they are there for me
i love them all

this is kinda a weird one, but i am grateful for blogging.
i love to blog
even though i suck at it and am NOT consistent but its a great release and my own little corner of the world wide web
i also love it cause i can keep up with the lives of my
friends who have moved away and have babies and husbands and lives of their own

which leads me to my next thing....

spell check
i suck at spelling.
not much else needs to be said about this one!

my job
this is an obvious one.
who isn't grateful for a steady income right?

my ward
i'm so grateful for my ward and all the friends that
i have made there. we have an amazing bishopric that i love dearly.
their wives are also awesome and sacrifice so much for our ward

without it, i would be a depressed person.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 4

Today I am grateful for

i'm headed there in about 30 minutes for the sisters birthday, so maybe its just the
fact that its on my mind,
and i'm starving ,
but i just LOVE it.
so so yumm.
when the age old question is asked,
"whats your favorite restaurant?"
"Olive Garden" is always my reply.
i'm certain i could live off their salad alone.
i can't get enough.
it hits the spot every time.

here's a funny for you

Need a laugh?
this gave me one.
{check it}
Thanks liz!

Happy Friday Everyone!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Day 3

Today I am thankful for technology
where would we be without it?
technology is amazing.
i have recently read a blog of a relative of a friend of mine who has many health problems.
his life is being sustained by machines.
a sweet little 4 year old boy whose little body is failing him.
but we have so many amazing technologies that are keeping him and millions of people alive.
there are MANY many problems and negative things that come from the use of technology, but when used properly, and within reason, it truly is amazing.
i mean really, where would we be without it!?
its a bit of a scary thought.
its blessed me and all of us in many ways and made so much possible

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 2

Day two of things I am grateful for:

my church calling.

this year upon joining a new ward, i got called as the second councilor in the
relief society presidency.
well this sunday our presidency got re-organized.
so i got a call sunday morning for an appt with the bishopric.
i figured this was what was happening and didn't really think much past that till i got into the office and sat down.
brother castleberry proceeded to tell me that they were reorganizing the presidency and that they were going to release me.
my heart immediately sank.
my hands started sweating, and a million and one thoughts started rushing through my head.
in what felt like WAY too long, seconds passed and he then continued to tell me that i was being called as the first councilor.
i knew i loved my calling, but until that moment, when i actually thought i was done,
i didn't realize just how much.
the thought alone of being released brought immediate emotion. unexpected emotion.
but luckily they aren't through with me just yet!
thank heavens!
i told brother casltleberry how rude it was of him to tell me i was getting released (with a pause) BEFORE telling me that i was being called. ha! he gets way too much joy out of giving me a hard time!
i am so excited to work with the new sisters in the presidency and get to know them.
i couldn't ask for a better president to work with
michelle is an amazing woman, friend and servers in her calling always giving 110%
i feel that i am right where i am supposed to be

Monday, November 1, 2010

well here we are a month later and i am just
getting around to blogging.
yep i suck.
setting goals is useless.
but i am going to try to be better,
AND catch up on my blogging material.

but before i catch up, i'm going to copy an idea from Amy

i LOVE this idea so my first post back into the bl
ogging world is going to be day
one of
things i am grateful for.


!i got a new car a couple weeks ago.
this was MUCH needed, as mine was on the outs, headed towards car heaven very quickly.
i had my previous car for about 8 years. it was a good car, until it started being a crappy car!
i started having problems with it, and was DREADING winter coming up. My car wasn't safe, or reliable and with my 50+ mile commute everyday, my car was my biggest worry with winter fastly approaching.
i am blessed beyond measure. i am in no place to purchase a car right now.
all i can say is that i am being watched over and looked after, and prayers ARE answered.
i couldn't be happier. i would have been grateful for a used car that would get me by, but a NEW car straight off the lot with 8 miles on it!!! HELLO! I am very blessed.
so today i am grateful for my new, safe, reliable car.