I even thought of a clever joke: "So, are the Jazz dancers still sponsored by NuSkin?" (Response: I'm not sure?) "Well, if they have a third eyeball, we'll know they are now sponsored by EnergySolutions." Ha! Admit it; that's funny.
Back to the game: I predicted Millsap to be the Sub of the Game, and sure enough he was. Although, Okur did have 31 points... Jazz win it 97 to 94... And, we definitely loved it, baby.
That was the initial purpose of this blog. I wanted to share
images that were inspiring.
With that said, I'll be posting more pictures, probably random pictures, that left me feeling inspired and happy:blissful.
The above image is Jeffrey finishing his largest piece to date. He previously created this same image on a much smaller scale, and thought he would create a much larger version of it.
I also really enjoyed this bedspread:West Elm's color schemes perfectly match the colors in our house... So, that must be why I want so many West Elm goodies!
The kids these days (including my nieces and nephew) love to scoot rather than skate. (They have scooters to rent rather than roller skates.)
But, as for me, I gladly slipped on the old-school, leather, orange-wheeled, stinky skates; they sure roll smooth.
Although I couldn't shoot-the-duck (nice, Breckie), or fancy up any turns, I still felt like I got my skate right on!
Since Jeffrey couldn't make the party, I had to sit out on the Snowball skate... But, I was able to save my best moves for Abba's 'Dancing Queen.'
We had such a fun night skating it up.
Happy birthday, Janer!
(Found on www.crateandbarrel.com)
(Found on www.target.com)
(Found at www.chiasso.com)
Also, my creative sister created a centerpiece with a large wine glass, filled with conversation hearts, and tied a bow around it... It turned out very cute. (Right, Polly?)
If any of you have any other suggestions, please don't by shy- let me know!
Orbit hasn't stopped there. At Target on Saturday, I picked up 2 new flavors: Raspberry Mint and Mint Mojito.
Raspberry Mint tastes a lot like the Koolerz brand. It's a good pick, if you're in need of something sweet.
Mint Mojito boosts an 'Exotic New Flavor' on the packaging, and it smells quite limey. The flavor is a collection of cilantro-like, mint, and lime tastes... It's not my favorite, but it's not bad. It tastes a lot like Orbit's Lemon-Lime.
With my new job, I'm trying hard to steer away from too many snacks. Hopefully these new treats will keep my sweet-tooth preoccupied! (With my habit, I should probably buy stock in gum... Is that an option?)
Unfortunately, I haven't seen too many of the films that have been nominated...
But, it would be fun to pretend to be Meryl Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada." The speech would go something like this:
"I have no one to thank but myself... You all wish you could be me. Don't you?"
What character would you slip into?
Not only do I think she's adorable, a great actress, she also seems to be super sweet in real life. (Just like her "Felicity" character.) "Waitress" was directed by another actress Adrienne Shelly who was killed after the movie was made... At the premiere of the movie, (as I read) Keri R. got super choked up when talking about the movie and the director... I don't know... of course you would get choked up, but I think Ms. Russell is an upright gal.
Not only does she seem sweet, but in real-life, you know just like our everyday life, she's pregnant...! (I have no idea why I'm so thrilled.)
Jeff asked if I wish she were my best friend... duh! of course.
If I were heading to the California dessert for this (fingers crossed), I'd be busy... So many fun artists to see:
the Jesus and Mary Chain, DJ Shadow (for Jeff), Rufus W., Nickel Creek, Gillian Welch, Tilly and the Wall.
the Decemberists (of course), LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead (can she really sound so angelic live?), the New Pornograhers, Regina Spektor, Sparklehorse, CocoRosie.
Air, Damien Rice (I adore his back-up singer.), Lily Allen, Amos Lee... Tickets are on sale Saturday.
Anyone want to rent an RV in April with me?
Today, I happily accepted an eCommerce Marketing Manager position with Franklin Covey, and I am thrilled.
Over the past 2 months, I have been on a tedious search to find the best job for me. I have scoured job advertisements, (www.craigslist.org and Yahoo's Hot Jobs are my favorite) emailed cover letters/resumes, (I have over 20 different types Cover Letters/Resumes depending on the position.), taken grammar and personality tests (On average, a personality test can take at least 90 minutes.). And last, but certainly not least, sit with strangers to try and convince them that I would be the right employee for them. (I have 3 interview-ready outfits. One of which (J-Crew gray, wool turtle neck with dark gray, wool pants, black boots, and my good-luck charm: my great-grandma's locket necklace.) always brought me luck.
Over the course of the past 2 months, I've had job offers, which I declined. Something about the possible job didn't feel right in my gut. But, once I declined, I'd have to stumble past an array of questions that popped in my head: "Now, why did I not take the job?","What if I don't receive another job offer?" or, "I suppose the commute wouldn't be that bad."
There was also a hand-full of interviews, which I walked out of feeling confident and optimistic (which is a rarity for me) that the interviewees really liked me. Really. But, then I'd receive an email, letter, or phone call 2 weeks later indicating they found another candidate that better fit the position. And, the entire process would start all over again.
On the other hand, I was able to spend my days however I liked. I didn't have to be anywhere at a specific time, didn't have to answer to a manager... My days were wide open for lunch dates with my mom and sisters. I had plenty of time to practice the piano. And, I finally was able to organize the kitchen cupboards, as I liked. But, it took me awhile to adjust to my newfound freedoms. And, there's only so many cupboards left to clean...
So, I am very excited that this long-winded, seem-to-never-end journey is over. Finally.
I will confess; I've definitely been humbled. I realized it's okay to ask for help: fasting and praying are a necessity. And, I, again, realized how patient my sweet husband is. Whenever I'd see a job advertisement at Village Inn or McDonalds I'd jokingly say, "Maybe they'll hire me." But, Jeffrey never thought it was very funny... I suppose he knew there was something much better out there for me.
And, I must give a special shout-out to my friend Brad; he's the one that networked my resume at Franklin Covey... without him, I don't know if I would've gotten an interview. Thanks so much Brad!
Yay for jobs! Yay for sweet husbands! Yay for supporting parents and siblings! Yay for friends! And, Yay! my search is over. Finally.
Show debuts Wednesday, January 31st. Hosted by Todd Oldham.
So, I thought back to my 19-20 year old self and realized that I can still do what I did then-- now. I went on many road-trips with fun friends- (The Moab trip featured on the left is still one of my favorites.) And, I was discovering hot indie acts at live shows.
This hobby went on for some time… I even went to shows by my lonesome self at Kilby Court (where I met Ben Gibbard, I might add), and Salt Air. (Adam Duritz was singing directly to me; I just know it.)
After seeing Bonnie “Prince” Billy a few months ago, I realized how much I enjoy live music. I also realized, how youthful I felt being there... Plus, there’s still many good bands to discover and experience again, so if you want to feel like a 19 year old again, hop in a car full of friends, drive to Moab, OR see these shows:
**The Shins at In the Venue February 16th.
**Joshua Radin for any of you hopeless romantics at The Urban Lounge February 8th.
**Badly Drawn Boy Okay- in years past, this was one of my favorite shows... at the Urban Lounge March 19th.
**Aqueduct at the Urban Lounge April 25th.
And, there you go... I just don't want to have that awful haircut I did at 19... But, I would like to be my 19 year old self, just one more time.
1. I love to see my husband dance. 2. My twin sister is 30 minutes older than me.
3. I want my 15 minutes of fame. 4. I regret that I wasn't in the high school Jazz Band.
5. I can eat a King Size box of Jr. Mints in 1 sitting.
6. I still crave my Mom's cooking. 7. I'm a sucker for a good, clean Romance novel.
8. I bought the movie "13 Going on 30" the day it came out on DVD.
9. I always glance at the clock when it's 9:11. 10. I love shows like "The Amazing Race" and Real World/ Road Rule challenges, because I could do the challenges and win!
11. I wasn't a good cheerleader in high school. 12. I love to kiss my husband.
13. I'm always scared of getting in trouble. 14. I lived in London when I was 20.
15. I've always, always wanted to be in a band- still do. 16. I am not a good cook.
17. My husband's an amazing painter and cook. 18. TV shows like "Gilmore Girls" and "Grey's Anatomy" (even "Oprah") can get me to cry. 19. I love to make people laugh.
20. I love to hear my little sister sing. 21. I wish I were a Runner.
22. I like to push myself. 23. I've written poetry since the fourth grade.
24. I love instrumental music. 25. I hate kitties.
26. I always forget how to spell tomorrow. 27. I'm very competitive. (Especially with Jeffrey.) 28. I, still, miss "Felicity." 29. I love to be with my entire family on Sunday.
30. I love to take naps with Jeff. 31. I don't think I'll ever eat meat again.
32. I collect magnets. 33. I secretly drink Dr. Pepper.
34. Jeff and I own 4 iPods. 35. I like my wrists.
36. I miss my Junior High best friends. 37. I wish my hair grew faster.
38. I think Camie is hilarious. 39. I wish I still took piano lessons from my
old piano teacher. 40. I love the smell of my parent's coat closet.
41. I want to have a baby soon, so they'll know my grandparents.
42. I sleep with a blanket my mom made me. 43. I love hearing Jeffrey sing Belle & Sebastian songs. 44. I'm taller than most of my close friends.
45. I wish I had my sister, Kyra's, profile. 46. I have the cutest, sweetest,
smartest nieces and nephews. 47. I absolutely cannot cook.
48. I love wearing glasses. 49. I love writing reminders on Post-its.
50. I love bookstores. 51. I love cute Thank U cards.
52. I wish I designed jewelry. 53. My dream job? Producing/Creating soundtracks.
54. I love that my parents still want to take care of me. 55. Together, Jeff and I
have bought over 360 iTunes songs. 56. I'm currently reading a 1100 paged book.
57. I'm so happy I went to Hillcrest High School. 58. I'm my Ward's primary pianist and choir pianist. 59. My cousin Annelise is living in S. Korea, and I wish I were too.
60. In my life, I've struggled to be me. 61. I think I'm dyslexic.
62. I wish I knew my neighbors. 63. I get cold-sores.
64. My sisters are my bestest friends. 65. I love to clean.
66. Favorite vacation spot so far? Lake Havasupai and Switzerland.
67. I miss my brothers teasing me. 68. My husband spoils me.
69. I hate the number 69. 70. I like to people-watch, especially at airports.
71. My dad has a beautiful singing voice. 72. I want to run a marathon someday.
73. I've torn my ACL. 74. I like to go to Costco.
75. I love to buy music: sheet music, CDs, iTune songs. 76. My wedding ring was my grandma's ring. 77. I love a warm, bubbly bath.
78. I wish I could sew, knit, and quilt like my mom. 79. I hate being cold.
80. I wear patterned socks, a lot. 81. I wish I traveled more.
82. I do not miss my old job as much as I thought I would.
83. I love my car. 84. I have secrets.
85. I don't like my feet. 86. I love to escape into a good book.
87. I like MTV's show "The Hills." (Premieres tonight.) 88. I hate Victoria's Secret.
89. I had Mono in 9th grade- I was very sick. 90. I wish I were a good Tennis Player.
91. I love accessories, especially rings. 92. I'm always wearing slippers.
93. I love Roller Coasters. 94. I found myself in London.
95. I enjoy a weekend trip to St. George. 96. I'm adventurous.
97. I with I were a better baker. 98. I love, love my piano. 99. I love watching Jeffrey sleep.
100. I’m so glad I’ve reached 100.
Sure, there's always the soundtrack to look forward to- but, even then- disappointing! (C'mon- a Coldplay song for the musical montage during a down-pour for the scene of regret?)
I don't know what I was thinking... Jeff went off to have game night, so I'd stay home with a movie he would never watch. I am a sucker for a good chick flick... But, this one, t.e.r.r.i.b.l.e!
The storyline was pointless-- Men feeling like they have made the wrong choices, and then trying to live with the consequences. Or, for Zach Braff's character- being terrified that he will never again experience another surprise for the rest of his life... Never experience another first kiss... Oh brother! Get over it! And the women in this movie- they were portrayed as high-maintenanced, emotional baggage that men have to try and get accustomed to. Puke. That's right- puke.
And the acting: wow, the leading lady kept slipping in and out of an English/British accent. And, I just don't see Zach Braff as a dramatic actor. He'll always be Newbie to me. (His 'Scrubs' character.)
So, again, don't let this movie be your Last Kiss, it'll simply leave a bad taste in your mouth. Seriously.
It's a great dessert for any pudding-chocolate lover (and who isn't?), but it does need to refrigerate for 24 hours... Trust me, after 3 servings (Yeah, I had the left-over treat today, so I'm definitely not meeting my New Year's Resoultion.) this dessert will be a yummy hit!
Outside of Junior High, have any of you re-read To Kill a Mockingbird? Well, if this newly designed cover doesn't convince you to, maybe this entry can.
I rediscovered one of my favorite novels last summer when Jeff and I re-read this book. We even rented the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck; we couldn't get enough of the story. (As usual, the movie did not live up to the novel.)
My favorite character of all time? Scout Finch... so endearing, lovable, and inspiring. I had to re-read the ending twice; the first time my tears got in the way.
I love Harper Lee's writing style... there are many scenes that leave you breathless, smiling, and, as mentioned above, aching.
I know. I know. This is a classic, so many of you already know what an amazing book it is. But after my cousin Annelise mentioned that she hadn't yet read it, I remembered my adore for this book.
And, with the newly designed cover, which I love, it's all the more reason to learn more about Scout, Jem, Dill, Atticus, and, of course, Boo...
So, here's a fabulous book recommendation for YOU to read this year...
(If only Jeff loved the name Scout as much as I do, there would be a Scout Pappas in the family... someday.)
Really? This show's trying to categorize a group of women as beauties and men as geeks? So, are they trying to exploit people who love Star Trek and have a Master's degree in Linguistics, and then pair them up with Playboy models and Beer spokesmodels and really see how they interact-- entertaining? Absolutely.
They call it a 'social experiment.' Experiment or not, it's hilarious to see how the men (or, geeks if you prefer) go about the tasks- social tasks of course: competing to see who can collect the most phone numbers, picking out an outfit for their partner, or studying pop culture. Then, the girls (or beauties) are challenged to geography tests, learning how to build a rocket, or reading a book to later be quized on.
So, they're teamed up in pairs and compete against each other. Slowly, the couples are kicked off the show until there's only 1 couple left.
I find myself laughing outloud on how the men react to the women and how the women react to their challenges... Honestly though, the entertaining part is seeing how they interact with each other, because they slowly learn to appreciate one another.
Hesitant? I don't blame you... But, I suggest you check out 1 episode, and then decide if you can handle what they call 'Beauty and the Geek.' (In this show, I, not surprisingly, relate more with the so called geeks than those beauties.)
But, with a nice Christmas Bonus from his work, and a gift from his parents for Christmas, Jeffrey was able to get his own Xbox. And... I will never see my husband again- jk. I love that he has something he enjoys so much. (Not to mention the group of boys he plays with. They love to give each other high-fives, and yell outloud during the soccer game they play... it's actually quite a funny sight to see. Just the other night, they played for almost 5 hours!)
So, all my ladies out there: should I invest in a little Dance, Dance Revolution?