Tuesday, June 26, 2012
*I still haven't recovered from our crazy wedding weekend--probably because I've only gotten about 9 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours, I'm carrying around three extra pounds, and my feet still have blisters from walking around so much in heels. It was totally worth it though.
*You may (or may not) be wondering why I've only gotten 9 hours of sleep in the past two nights. Well, it's because of a little misfortune with our swamp cooler. You see, it broke last summer. And, when we told our landlords about it, they said they would have someone come and look at it (last summer). No one ever came. So this summer, we kept bugging them until someone finally looked at it, and it turns out that it's too 70's ghetto to fix. We have since been informed that since our managers don't have the moolah to fix it, we are just out of luck. Something you may not know about me: I have a VERY difficult time sleeping when it's hot inside (how I ever slept on my mission is beyond me). So, as a result of our apartment being about 80-85 degrees upstairs at any given moment, my body has decided to cease sleeping until it gets its way when it comes to ambient temperature. Picky body.
*Oh, and the fact that I had a super creepy nightmare that still has me a little wigged out also didn't help. I blame the fact that we were all telling real-life creepy experiences at Matt's family party on Sunday.
*After a little too much decadent eating over the weekend, I am finally back on the health wagon: I didn't touch any sugar yesterday (a minor miracle), I finally did some real cooking (Matt was probably so glad it wasn't mac and cheese and hot dogs again), and I actually summoned up enough energy to go to a yoga class at the rec center. I'm rather proud of myself over it, actually. Especially since I'd actually gained 5 pounds over the weekend, but not I'm down to just 3. Boo-yah.
*Funny story about my yoga class last night: so I always have this random fear that I'm going to pass gas during some of the poses (since some of them just tend to push the air down, ya know?). Well, last night, not just one, but TWO people totally farted right in the middle of two of the more strenuous poses. And, due to the silence of a yoga class, everyone could hear it. I felt so proud of myself for not giggling.
*Have I mentioned that our laptop hasn't been working for a couple weeks? So, as a result, I've been doing all my blogging at the USU library (that's one reason why I haven't done quite as many posts as usual). The reason I tell you this is because TODAY is finally the day that we can take the laptop in to be fixed (since we've been waiting all this time for a replacement part to come in the mail). The day has come, friends. The day has come.
*I can't believe it's already going to be the 4th of July next week. Where is this summer going? And what on earth do I have to show for the last month and a half besides three extra pounds and tired eyes? I've got to step it up.
*Last night while Matt was at class, I popped in the movie Julie & Julia (which I'd picked up from the library--yay for free movies!). You wanna know what's weird? I thought the book was a huge disappointment, but I really quite loved the movie. Isn't it supposed to be opposite?
*Speaking of movies, I really can't wait to see Brave. Have you seen it? How was it? Is it worth all the hype I've been generating about it?
*I am almost 1,000 pages into Count of Monte Cristo. Just throwing that out there to semi-justify that I have been doing something productive with my days.
*Speaking of books, I really loved the comments and conversations from my post on the 100 Most-Recommended classics. It has me all sorts of reinvigorated to get going on that life goal again.
*On a closing note, my sympathies go out to the Montgomery family for the loss of their beautiful mother. Lisa was a stalwart, strong, and exemplary model of faith and fortitude, and my life has been forever touched by her testimony and her endurance in the face of hardship. Our prayers are with their family.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Oh man--you know what's almost as great as you getting married yourself? Your best friend getting married.
I'm just so happy for my best friend Kayla that I could almost pop.
Plus I feel like Sam fits right in with our little group of friends, which is important because it means that now that she's married, she won't disappear off the face of the planet.
And their reception was super cute (but I knew it would be because our friend Petrice was in charge of the food display and Kayla's sisters have all been on Pinterest for months).
My favorite thing?
The little "picture walk" made from clothesline and clothes-pins.
And do you see those two little bride-and-groom strawberries below?
Yeah, Matt totally made the groom one (after Petrice showed him how).
I'm telling you, my man has serious culinary talent.
And, since I didn't get to give a speech at the wedding luncheon, I just want to say this:
You are the best friend a girl could ask for. You have been there for me through thick and thin, through good and bad, through late nights and early mornings and boys and school and teaching and everything--and it has meant so much to me. I'm so happy that you have found Sam, and that he is worthy of you in every way. I was so glad that we could be a part of your big day, and I'm even more glad that we'll continue to be a part of your life together. I love you so much, and I'm so proud of everything you have become. May your marriage be full of joy and triumph, growth and love--
Your best friend forever,
Welcome to the weekend-of-weddings recap! The lovely couple you see above is Matt's best friend Mike (who will heretofore be referred to as Mikey) and his beautiful bride Ashtin.
(Funny story--because I have only recently begun to really get to know Mikey, I always had all these crazy ideas in my head about him. Every time I would say something like, "Oh, I bet Mikey is like this," Matt would just roll his eyes and tell me that I had it dead wrong. Moral of the story: don't judge someone by their behavior on one double date several years back. And Mikey, if you're reading this--I think you're awesome. I really do. And we will have to do a double disc golf date sometime soon, so that I can prove to you that I don't hate the sport.)
Anyway, we're super happy for these two--and we're especially happy because they had an ice cream bar at their reception like we did (so obviously they've got great taste). And a cheesecake wedding cake?
My favorite part of the reception? The fact that not only did they have a photo booth, but they provided lots of accessories for you to put on before you went in. If I had a scanner, I would totally scan in our little photo strip, but I guess you will have to wait to see that little wonder.
All the happiness to you both, Mikey and Ashtin!
Thanks for having us!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
When I was a high school senior, my AP Lit teacher gave us several book lists at the beginning of the year to help us become more well-read. I set a goal then and there that I was going to read every single work listed on the "100 Most-Often-Recommended" list (list taken from here). I wish that I were creating this post to tell you, "Hey, guess what? I read all 100 works!"
But I'm not.
I'm creating this post because I want to share the wealth...and compare books.
The ones I've read in their entirety are in red.
Those which I've read excerpts from are in blue.
Which ones have you read? Any that I haven't, and that I should start right away?
Any that you hated? (Like Heart of Darkness, maybe?)
Let's talk books.
P.S. Yes, the reason that I've read more from the beginning of the list is because I just started to go through and do the thing in order. Shebam.
***Note: list updated with my latest reads February 2016