Thursday, May 31, 2007
A note about the picture. Mallory took that lovely picture of herself on my camera. I've been eagerly anticipating today when I would finally have a reason to post it.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
(Please excuse my hair but when it rains in Texas there is no reason to waste time drying and flat ironing my hair so this is my wash n' go look.)
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I finished reading “The Glass Castle” this weekend. This is a memoir by Jeannette Walls. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she writes the “Scoop” column for msnbc.com. Perhaps, it is said that that is how I know her, but it is true nonetheless. But I just have to say, I loved this book. Mainly because it was so terrifying that people could live the way her family lived. But in the end, it is a tale of triumph. Jeannette Walls and her 3 siblings were born to a mother who didn’t want to be a mother and a father who was a drunk. To feed themselves the kids would steal food out of the dumpster. She tells of a time when she was 3 when she was left alone to boil hotdogs and then she caught on fire. Her father then “stole” her out of the hospital because he didn’t believe in hospitals or the doctors who worked in them. Another time when they were moving, they loaded all of the kids and put them in the back of a uHaul (newborn baby included) and drove like that for hours. The kids had no heat, windows, etc…Those two instances don’t even begin to do justice to the horror that these children endured. And for all the Arnett’s, the family even took a turn living in Blythe. Perhaps, you guys even crossed paths.
I meant to mention this on the blog when it happened, but somehow it must have slipped my mind. But yesterday during primary I was reminded of it again. We spend the last 10 or so minutes coloring during class. Usually we try to keep it related to the lesson. Two weeks ago when we were teaching the kids about bodies and how they should be grateful for them, we asked them to draw a picture of themselves. One little girl, Keziah was very proud of her picture. She brought it over to me and showed me. She proceeds to tell me that it is a picture of Tristen, another little girl in the class. I asked her what Tristen was doing in the picture to which she replied “She is tumbling down the mountain.” Quinn and I couldn’t contain our laughter. Kids say the darndest things.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Turns out this guy who called me is from Salt Lake and was on vacation in Jamaica. He overheard Sarah speaking Spanish. He went on to tell me that he too speaks Spanish because he served a mission in PR. I guess it caught his attention because Sara looks very very Dutch. Anyway, he says they got to talking and she found out that he was LDS and from Utah. She went on to tell him that she use to have a friend that was Mormon that she use to go to church with from time to time and that I was from Utah as well. I'm still fuzzy on some of the details but I guess he volunteered to try and track me down when he got back to Utah. Sarah had given him my name and he tracked down my parent's house and then was forwarded on to me. He got my email and was going to forward it on to Sarah.
It was in a bit of shock after I hung up the phone. 14 years later. It is just crazy to think about it. I can't wait to hear from her. The guy knew that she had just recently moved to Jamaica with her husband who is apparently the Executive Chef at the Ritz Carlton down there.
What a small world full of crazy coincidences. I thankful for the man taking the time to look me up and helping to bring two old friends back together again.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Many of you may not be aware that today is a holiday. Or at least it is to Quinn. Today is the release of Halo 3 Beta. It gives everyone the opportunity to play the highly anticipated game and offer feedback before the game is released worldwide on September 25th. Quinn has been preparing for the game for the release. It started a few months ago when we went out and bought a game merely because if you buy that game then a free invitation to the Beta comes along with it. Quinn had planned to wake up this morning at 6 am so that he could be showered and dressed by 7 when the beta was released. So when he got out of bed this morning I groggily inquired if it was 6 already. He told me that it wasn’t. That he just couldn’t sleep anymore. He was like a little kid at Christmas. So cute. Anyway, he was up and at ‘em way before my 6:30 alarm went off. Tonight he and a friend I’m sure will be up late playing Halo 3, but I made it very clear that they had to turn it off for at least 1 hour so I could watch “Lost”. Anyway, here is wishing you all a Happy Halo 3 Beta Day.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Many of you know of my affinity for Del Taco. I have been touting Del Taco for some time. I remember way back during my Penn days how I would talk about it to anyone who would listen. I’ve just always liked it better than Taco Bell. For one, they use real cheddar cheese and I’m not sure what that stuff is that Taco Bell uses. And two, their mild sauce is amazing. I use to live off of the bean burritos. It was a ridiculously cheap lunch. So you can all imagine my despair upon realizing that there are no Del Tacos here in
Well, today I spent most of my lunch at Michael’s picking up stuff for Sunday when I spied a Taco Bell across the street. So I went. I tried their new 7-layer Crunch Wrap. Beans, cheese, guacamole, mild sauce, tomatoes, sour cream and tortilla strips wrapped in a tortilla and grilled—good to go. I have to say, it was quite tasty. I called Quinn immediately to tell him because he always tries to get me to go to Taco Bell and I always refuse. This new development might have just changed my life. Or at least made tolerating the years I spend in
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
And in a "Lost" moment...Locke rocks!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Yesterday Quinn and I marked the 1 year anniversary of our marriage. What a year it has been. So much has happened—not just to us, but to all of those around us that we love so much. It seems like the past year has been filled with engagements, weddings, babies, graduations, moves etc... It is definitely an exciting time for us and our friends and families.
Just in the last year Quinn altered the direction of schooling and found a great program that will help him do what he loves. We moved to a
I’ve learned so much this past year. I’ve learned how hard marriage is and how much joy it can bring. I’ve learned that Quinn and I have two very different ways of thinking for the most part. Sometimes his way baffles me and leaves me speechless and I’m sure I do the same thing to him. I’ve learned a lot about compromise and a lot about forgiveness. Most importantly, I’ve learned so much about selflessness, love and gratitude. I love Quinn very much and I’m so grateful for this year we have been able to spend together and I eagerly await the many years to come.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Someone in my new office apparently thinks my name is Avery. I never understood that one. I get it all the time. I mean come on, people, my name doesn’t even start with an A. So to mistakenly call someone a name that begins with a sound that is not even close to the sound it actually begins with is just ridiculous. I almost corrected him, but then I thought it would be more fun for him to come to the realization on his own when he hears everyone else in the office calling me by the correct name (because no one else seems to have a problem with it). Plus, I’m just never quite sure how to correct someone when they call you by the wrong name straight to your face. I guess I need to figure out a way to do this since I run into this problem all the time. Once when I was in the 9th grade, my Earth Science teacher called me DeVry (as in the University) the entire year. It was pretty funny.
I finished reading Twilight last night. Every lunch this week has been dedicated to reading it and last night I was determined to finish it up. So I did nothing but read with a 30 minute break to watch The Office. I really enjoyed it. A fun, entertaining read. I loved the hero and the villain of the story. The heroine annoyed at times. But I eagerly await getting my hands on the sequel A New Moon.
Additionally, I need ideas for Mother’s Day. I’m in need of a fairly simple activity/craft project for the Sunbeams to do in class so that they have something to give to their mothers. Any ideas? I was thinking of maybe some sort of candy flower that they can assemble…I’m still brainstorming. But since crafts aren’t exactly my thing, I thought I would put it out there for any suggestions.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
PS (I had to edit this post because another shocking discovery has been made thanks to "Dancing with the Stars"
Quinn also has no idea who Meatloaf is. I even did my best performance of "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and he still had nothing. Clearly I need to make a CD of old 80's music for him to listen to.
I thought I would finally post a bit of an update. I am now gainfully employed once again. It is nice to have a purpose again. Although, I will say that I see Quinn much less now. Before, I would get to see him when he came home for lunch and after five for a bit and then I would usually try to stay up until he came home or at least have him wake me up when he got home. But now that I have somewhere to be early every morning, I prefer if he just lets me sleep. But we will get use to it I’m sure.
My new challenge is having the energy to go to work, brave traffic, come home, make dinner, and clean etc…So far, I have let the clean etc. slide, but I’m hoping to make strides in getting it under control again this week and once again having a nice balanced life.
All of the sudden it is HOT in
In other news, I finally got around to getting the newest book that has discussed a lot in the blogosphere. I went over to the B&N today during lunch and picked up Twilight. I only got through the first chapter before I had to get back to work, but I’m eagerly awaiting getting home and cracking it open. I have been dying to find out what this Vampire love obsession is about. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.