Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Twilight.. The Movie

I decided I had to Netflix the movie to see if I hated it as much as the book.

I'm watching it as I type, so my opinion isn't completely formed yet...

But, the guy who plays Edward looks so much like Graham it's making me laugh. He makes faces just like Graham's, so I can't even take this movie seriously.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


So, after Graham bought me this cookbook and this baking cookbook for Christmas, I told him my cookbook buying days were over.

I have all of the cookbooks I need, I said. No more for me.

But, I just can't help but wonder, what else is out there?

So, I just bought "The Best Make Ahead Recipe" cookbook.

I have altered my shopping obsession from designer jeans to designer cookbooks and kitchen equipment.

I'm becoming way too domesticated.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


So, I taught a nutrition lesson for an "enrichment" activity for my ward. I couldn't get out of it (hehe), so I went into all gung-ho and planned an all-out lesson on healthy habits.

I planned a lesson to span all kinds of topics: the food pyramid, healthy foods within each food group, healthy portions, physical activity, etc.

I got through about 1/4 of what I'd planned. Looks like I was a little too excited to teach nutrition. Plus, I like sweated gallons while I taught because I was so nervous.

I brought a couple of my "favorite things", or things that I called "dietitian secrets" to inspire the ladies to add more healthy foods into their diet. I brought flaxseed meal, Barilla Plus pasta, King Arthur Flour "white whole wheat" flour as some examples.

The next day, I received 2 emails that that those 2 ladies had each gone out and bought flax. 2 days after, another chick in Relief Society told me she bought flaxseed meal, and had even added it into her cescent rolls she brought to the ward chili cook-off that night. On Sunday, another lady from church came up and told me how great a book was that I'd recommended for people to read.

So, was my nutrition class a success?

Absolutely.. Mission accomplished.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One of my all-time faves

I hate musical movies. Everyone's all singing and dancing.. and being very annoying.

On our honeymoon in San Francisco, Graham and I went to see "Sweeney Todd". Unbeknownst to us, it was a musical. After 10 minutes of "what the hell--when are they going to stop singing", it finally dawned on us that this movie was a musical. We quickly left and got a refund.

But, there is an exception...

"Moulin Rouge". It isn't annoying and all happy. It's different.. kind of dark and sad.

I loooooove the music.

I wanted to watch it this Sunday after singing a hymn in church that had the lyrics "come what may".. my favorite song in the movie. I love the reprise of that song at the end when they're actually performing the play on stage. It's so moving to me. Anyways, I know it's totally girly, but "Moulin Rouge" is definitely one of my top movies. Just thought you'd like to know.

Friday, April 10, 2009


So, our internet-sharing neighbor moved away, so we're finally getting our own internet service at home. This means I might blog a little bit more than I have been lately, but might not.

Anyways, life is changing quickly. I start working 5 8-hour shifts in a couple of weeks, as well as 2 weekends per month. But, I still have a job.

Graham is still looking for a job, but our bishop just offered him a part-time job where he does clerical work for him. I think he's a financial advisor or something.. but the details aren't totally clear to me. The money will be good, though.. allowing us to pay off our debts a lot faster.

Graham also got called as the Young Men's president in our ward. I got released as the assistant to the secretary in the Relief Society presidency. No calling as of yet.. but I sure hope it's NOT in Primary.

We're also selling my 2003 Nissan XTerra. It has low mileage (65,000 miles) and is in great running condition with new tires. Know anybody who's interested?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Longest Road Trip EVER

Longest blog EVER...

I don't do road trips. The longest I've ever driven is from Sacramento to Utah... about 10 hours. I'm a flyer.. or I used to be when my parents paid for my flights.

Now, I'm a driver. We're too cheap to pay for flights.

So anyways, Graham's aunt invited us a couple of months ago to drive down with them to Folsom because she was taking her daughters down there to visit some boys they had met at EFY. I was like, sweet.. a free trip to CA!

So, we drove down to Portland last week to meet them at their house, and everything was ok. We got up at 3 AM for the drive, packed the car, and Graham's cousin had a seizure just when we were getting into the car. She had fallen onto the grass and was shaking and moving her arms and legs. Probably one of the scariest things I've seen. I had no idea what to do!

Long story short.. They ended up not going, so Graham and I drove down to California ourselves. Wasn't too bad of a drive, although I couldn't sleep. So, we then met my parents for lunch in Folsom, and my dad showed us around his busy tax office. (Ugh.. April is the worst month.) Then, we went and played with my brother Craig's kids at their house. I love those kids! Maren, Braden, and Emma. Graham is like Maren's favorite toy. Braden is still a little rascal, but he says hi, bye, and I love you. Really a big change. And Emma is like the cutest baby ever!

We went out to Dos Coyotes for dinner and then to "Aliens vs Monsters" for the kids. LAME! Seriously did not enjoy that movie. I desperately wanted to fall asleep in that movie, but I couldn't. So yeah, that was our Friday.

Oh, and did I mention the weather? Sunny, no clouds, 65-75 degrees! I missed CA so much in that moment. However, I was dressed like a pasty Northwestener.. turtleneck, NorthFace jacket, and Ugg boots. I was hotter than ... in my outfit.

So Saturday.. Graham mowed my parents lawn, I helped my mom clean out her closet full of old clothes, and watched ducks play in my parents' pool. We tried to go for a walk over the new bridge in Folsom, but there was no parking, so we were like, screw this. We went to the Folsom outlets instead. Not a fan of the outlets, but they do have better shops now (i.e. BCBG). We then really went shopping at the Rosevilla Galleria, where I got some desperately needed shirts from Banana Republic.. where they were conveniently on sale/clearance. I'm wearing one today actually. I was also able to get my disgusting wedding rings cleaned for the first time in like a year. We got BBQ for dinner at Lucille's in Rocklin, which was delicious, and we went to see "Haunting in Connecticut". It was an ok movie.. and it scared us all. Graham was so funny.. He was like, "I don't know why I picked this movie--I hate scary movies!"

On Sunday, we went to church, and hung out with my family. Emma is such a funny baby. Her word for help/look/see/whatever is "mom". She'll hold things out for you to take from her, but then she'll take them right back. Indian giver..

We drove a long 12 hours on the way home to Brem Brem. We stopped in Medford, OR on the way home to see the temple. We had a hard time finding it because the steeple is literally two stories tall. You can't even see it from the freeway. Also, my sister-in-law, Ali, had her baby on Saturday, so we were able to see little Loralei (spelling?) on the way home. She was a little tiny thing with dark hair! Eventually I'm sure she'll look like her parents.. instead of her uncle Jon.

Anyways, long drive, long blog. Looking forward to driving down to CA again in June!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Embarrassingly Enough

I'm reading the book Twilight.

It was a weak moment.

Graham and I were at my parents' house in Folsom, and I needed something to read at home.

The worst thing is.. (and I know you Twilight lovers will hate me)

The book is written for 10 year-old girls. It's THAT easy to read. Ugh. I keep reading it because I can't just stop reading a book in the middle, but I don't want to read it.

I thought it would be one of those books I couldn't put down, but it's not the case.

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