Friday, November 21, 2008

i survived

Twilight...but just barely. I honestly don't know what I was thinking when I told my sisters to go ahead and get me a ticket to the midnight showing. I'm getting way to old for this type of stuff.

We had planned on going and getting in line at 10 pm. Two hours early. That is my limit, I just don't care that much about any movie for more. But around 7ish we heard reports that there were already lines and long ones at that. Apparently some peeps started to line up at 11 am. Hello? 13 hours before the show. Who are these people? My cousin Lexi and friend went down early and luckily they were able to find out that they were going to seat the theater at 9:30 pm. That's right, an entire 2 and a half hours before the show time. So we decided we better go down there. Luckily we didn't have too wait too long in line outside as it was cold. Here are the Arnett's waiting outside in the cold (Stacey and Mallory joined us a bit later).

Photo courtesy of Lindsay

So then we sat and waited for 2 and a half hours. What was I thinking? I wasn't even excited to see the movie because in my opinion (and I know most people feel very differently) the last book was not good and totally ruined the series for me. The many showings were probably 95% women. But lets just say some of them were super annoying. The amount of screaming and yelling and cheering and screaching in delight each time a new character came on screen was absurd. Seriously, I was almost embarrassed to be participating in the event with them by just being in the theater. To each their own.

I actually enjoyed the movie but I think that is because I had such low expectations for it. However, it did end up being one of the most uncomfortable movie watching experiences of my life. My back hurt so bad by the end of the movie. I was almost praying for someone to come along and snap it in half so I wouldn't feel the pain anymore. But I survived. I was in bed by 3 am and ended up having some of the most restful sleep I've had in a while. So maybe it was worth it after all.

Monday, November 17, 2008


I'm spending today making preparations for my trip to Utah for Thanksgiving. I'm finishing up laundry so Quinn can have clean clothes (and me too). I went to the supermarket to buy some skillet meals and cereal for Quinn so I know he won't starve while I'm gone. And P.S. while I was checking out, the checker, a young kid, asked me if I was feeling OK. OK, I have a cold but I didn't think I looked that bad.

And the rest of the day I am spending trying to get the mess that is our car straightened out. For those of you who don't know the clutch went out on the car. We took it in to get fixed. They fixed it but took it out for a test drive and bam! they got hit with all sorts of damage to the front part of the car. Let's just say that the repair shops insurance company moves at the speed of molasses. They accident was about 9 days ago and we just got the claim adjustment on Friday which means I was finally able to start the body shop process today. They are ordering parts which they say might take until Thursday and then once parts are in to count on another 5 days for repairs. Obviously, this will take us right into Thanksgiving with both of us out of town. I'm worried about having to fight the insurance company over having a rental car for that long. But really, they are the ones that have moved so slow. So we will just have to stand our ground on that one!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Here are my hopes and dreams for the babe's nursery.

I looked at ton of crib bedding that was either entirely too cheezy for my taste or just too expensive. So I then went the next route and convinced my mom to make it for me. Here is a sampling of the fabrics I picked out.

Main fabric

Coordinating fabric for accents

Plush fabric for underside of quilt

And I really like this crib and changing table/dresser from babies r us.

Walmart has a similar version but the changing table doesn't have drawers which makes me more inclined to like this one better.

And in other news, a couple weeks ago I was at Marshalls and found the following and couldn't resist...had to buy it...won't he look adorable in it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

because I wanted to

We had cheese fondue for dinner tonight. No, we weren't celebrating anything, I simply wanted it. I started to think about it last night and scoured the internet for recipes and for non-alcoholic renditions. Here is the recipe I ended up using. It was really good. Not too strong (which I sometimes think fondue can be).

Cloves of garlic, smashed
1 1/2 cups Gruyère cheese
1 1/2 cups Fontina cheese
1 cup white grape juice (substituted for the white wine)
1 T of lemon juice
2 T of cornstarch (or flour)
Pinch of Nutmeg

Grate cheese. Coat with cornstarch. Rub fondue pot with smashed garlic. Add grape and lemon juice and heat up. Add cheese and stir until melted. Add nutmeg.

I cut up french bread and steamed some mushrooms, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Voilà, dinner is served.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

things i'm excited to do

Okay, it probably should be called "Places I'm excited to eat at" when I go back to Utah. I'm getting excited for my trip back to Utah in a week or so. Of course I'm excited to see family and have a sleep over with my niece Sadie and all that jazz but I'm also excited to hit up a few spots that I have desperately been missing since moving to Texas on a permanent basis.

Kneaders. Throughout my whole pregnancy I have been craving their Turkey Bacon Avocado sandwich on foccacia of course. I have been on a constant lookout for a similar sandwich here in Texas but alas everyone uses deli meat and the bread is no where close.

Del Taco. Don't even get me started on how much I miss this place. I went into a serious mourning phase when I came to the realization that they didn't have Del Taco's in Texas. I've tried to embrace the other taco chains here, and Taco Bueno does in a pinch, but I can't wait to eat me a small red bean burrito. Yum.

Pizzeria 712. Quinn has never been here. I'm excited to introduce him to it. It opened after we moved to Texas but I got to know it during my stays last fall. It changed my life.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

no sticker

Quinn and I went early this morning to vote. We only had to wait about 30 minutes. This actually seemed like a long time to me because I can't remember a time that I ever had to wait in a line to vote. Everything went smoothly but apparently my precinct is lame, because they were not handing out the "I Voted" stickers. What is up with that? That is one of my favorite things about voting. I was very disappointed and seriously considered driving precinct to precinct until I secured a sticker for myself (ok, not really but you get the point).