Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ah, This is the Life

It has been quite a weekend, instead of doing homework like a good college student I spent the holiday weekend wasting my precious studying time, enjoying my break
doing frivolous things like,
{I hit Novemberfest -the local blowout craft fair
- with my Little Monster and my Little Seester, we met up with my mom -
trolled around for a bit then grabbed lunch.
We hit the mall for a raid on Bath and Body works and that concluded me participating in black friday.
I didn't spend a dime!
It was great fun.}
{okay so technically dating implies more than one date
but if you count my biology study partner coming over to work on our homework
that counts as TWO dates right?}

and watching movies.

G.I Joe -which was okay not the greatest movie I have ever seen, the special effects were cool and Channing Tatum is nice to look at but the love story/subplot was AWFUL!

I laughed, I cried, I totally fell in Love with Poopie!
Its not as funny as
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
but its worth watching.

And to round out the weekend
my REAL date took me to see

And it was EVEN BETTER the second time!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


As my bountiful and blessed Thanksgiving draws to a close I am sitting in my mothers craft room watching her madly sew beautiful mittens together for the craft fair extravaganza that is Novemberfest -the steady hum of the sewing machine mixed with the whimsical sounds of my little monster and her grandfather watching The Wizard of Oz drifting down from upstairs - I am relaxed, reclining, and reflecting on just how blessed I am.

I mean really think about it folks. I am alive (which is no small feat) my little monster and I are both healthy and happy. We have a roof over our head as well as noisy upstairs neighbors that stay up till the wee hours of morn watching "The Office", giggling about boys and vaccuming but I digress. I am incredibly thankful this year that I have almost survived another semester meaning I am just that much closer to having my degree in .... well technically that is yet to be determined but as a super senior I am leaning towards History and Political Science.

I could go on and on and list everything and everyone I am thankful for but I know I would inevitably forget something or someone and I would hate to do that but I wanted all my friends, family and readers to know that I am thankful for them and all that they do for me and my Little Monster.

Thank You!

Friday, November 20, 2009

New and Improved

Can you tell which team am I rooting for?

{P.S. I just saw New Moon
and can I just say BRAVO
to the new director and screenwriters
this movie was so much better than the original
Bring on ECLIPSE!}

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Abundance - an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply

As I contemplate abundance I think of the many things in my life that I have an abundant supply of dirty diapers, temper tantrums and dust. However, I know that was not the point of this Wordful Wednesday.

I do have an abundance of blessings in my crazy life and I am abundantly grateful for my abundance of blessings.

Although more recently I have felt as though I have been in a friend drought because many of my friends have moved away, but I really do have an abundance of friends just look at my facebook page ;-)

I have an apartment which is HOME and although I wish a few things were different ( a dishwasher would be nice and bigger closets would be an added perk ) I love it! I have my own bedroom, My Little Monster has her own bedroom and we are comfortable here!

I have a full bookshelf, with books that I enjoy!

My pantry and freezers are full and although the things in there require actual cooking if push comes to shove or we are just hungry we can whip something up and be fed.

Music. I love music and whether I am listening to the radio, cd's or even youtube I always have good music on and I am grateful for the abundance of music that is available to me.

I had access to an abundance of produce this summer between my garden, my mother's garden and the gardens of friends I was well stocked in fresh fruits and veggies all summer long.

I have an an abundance of LOVE in my life. My Little Monster generally has a loves for me, a hug or a slobbery kiss she is there to remind me that she loves me, even when I won't give her the candy she wants. My family loves me even when I am not so friendly but they stick by me anyway.

I do have an abundance of wonderful people and things in my life. :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

10 Influential people

The challenge for Wordfull Wednesday this week is:

"Think about those who have had a significant influence in your life.

Besides the Savior, Heavenly Father, and your family, list ten of the most important and influential people in your life. Write the reasons why they are and have been so important to you. Some of these will be people you have known, but some might be people you have only heard of or read about." (Mary Ellen Edmunds, Peculiar in a Good Way, pg.23)

- Drumroll Please -

1. Margaret Obray- Mrs. Obray was my high school AP US History and AP Government teacher. She currently IS my Teaching History professor. She is one of two people that have inspired me to pursue History as my degree. Ah, someone to blame! She masterfully captured my imagination and lead me to see that history is not just something that is in the past but it comes to life if told the right way.

2. Misty Dawn Smith McKay- I find it hard to think of a time when Misty was not a part of my life. She came into my life when I was not in such a great place and showed me to look on the bright side even when all I can see is darkness. She is such a strong willed person and faith that I can only dream of having. She loves with all her heart and although she can be out there at times I am so lucky to call her my friend.

3. Chantel Meghdadi- Chantel was my upstairs neighbor when I lived in Phoenix. She was the beautiful lady that was always sitting on the picnic table with a book in one hand and a glass of lemonade in the other we would say hello but it was her crazy cat, George, he attacked my living room screen window and would wander into my apartment whenever we left the door open. She invited me (and my then husband) up to her apartment to celebrate her birthday, we had salad and king crab legs, I had never had crab before it was such a unique experience and one I will not soon forget. We became fast friends and I realized that she wasn't just the lady with the crazy cat but a really amazing person. She and I would go out and eat cake for breakfast it was wonderful! We would watch random television shows together and she is the Brain to my Pinky.

4. Suzanne Barker- The woman that introduced me to Wizard of Oz and showed me that its okay to wonder what is over the rainbow.

5. Paula Deen- I aspire to be Paula Deen. I read her autobiography a few years ago and she had to overcome some incredibly rough circumstances to be where she is today but she always put her boys first and looked to her family for guidance. She strikes me as the type of woman whose heart and kitchen is always open to anyone that might need it.

6. (Insert Various Musicians here) be it my first crush ever Garth Brooks, or maybe it was *NSYNC, possibly even Keith Urban the music of these insanely gifted people has created the soundtrack to my life and their music is just as influential as the person singing it.

7. Gordon B. Hinckley- The prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he was the prophet that I grew up with. His focus was on the youth of the church while I was a youth and I felt like whenever he was speaking he was speaking to me. I felt that he cared about ME even though we had never met. His Be talk, is something that I think about and strive to BE on a daily basis.

8. Emmaline Katherine Stanton- I know this sounds like a very random person to list. I mean especailly since she is a person I have made up but 9 out of 10 times Emmaline Katherine Stanton plays the heroine in the stories I weave to keep me sane. She is able to speak her mind, follow her heart, she is clever, creative and funny. She can do everything i can't and yes she can even play the piano by ear! She's amazing she has qualities that I hope one day I can have I see myself in her but a better version of myself.

9. Rachel Anne Godfrey- She has been my best friend since I was 12 even though she moved away in 10th grade we have stayed close through snail mail, email and long distance phone calls. Rachel helped support her family while growing up, working almost full time most of the way through high school and then worked while attending San Diego Community College. She got her associates degree and became an X-Ray Technologist AND an Ultrasound Tech. She shows me that it is possible to achieve your goals even when life seems to be doing everything it can to keep you from reaching them.

10. James Otthello Adams- I fell in love with Brother Adams when I was in high school. The gap of nearly 65 years in our ages didn't matter. He was my ideal man. He served in WWII on the homefront, looked great in a uniform and he adored his wife. He was the reason I passed 3 of my history classes and he is the reason I am so fascinated with "The Greatest Generation" because I really think he was one of the greatest. He lead by example and was one of the greatest men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Bowl Full of ???

What do you see when you look at this? Just a bowl full of apples? Or is it something more?

My mother dropped by the other day and made the comment that she has rarely been to my home when there has not been a bowl or bag full of apples sitting out. That comment is actually what inspired this post.

Apples are a big part of who I am. I LOVE them. My mother has told me numerous times that apples were one of the things she craved while she was pregnant with me and apples are one of my favorite things to munch on, alway have been. There are so many different types, varieties and shades of apples but like most things in my life I like to stick with the basics.

Granny Smith's are my favorite, the brilliant almost neon green the tangy, tart, firm apples call to me in the grocery store whether they are in season or not the can be my downfall at the checkout line. I remember one instance where I paid more than $20 for a bag of apples! Apples are my ultimate comfort food even before potatoes!

The intoxicating aroma of apples and cinnamon baking is one of my all time favorite fragrances. its one of the aroma's that is on my What Heaven Smells Like list - as well as orange blossoms, fresh baked bread and my grandmother's clean laundry.

When I see the bowl of apples sitting out on my counter its not only asthetically pleasing but it also generates a feeling of safety, like having a full pantry... it also brings about a feeling of excitement. What am I going to do or create with these amazing apples? I see potential for an array of wonderful and delicious things! Maybe just a quick snack of sliced apples with a bit of nutella (Which by-the-way has got to be one of the greatest things on earth!) or perhaps I will whip up a dense apple cake with a carmel creme en glaze, an apple cobbler or crisp or my typical and favorite apple creation DEEP DISH APPLE PIE!

So you see this is not just a bowl full of apples, it is a bowl full of who I am and a bowl full of hope.

To the Park

Today is probably one of the last days we will get to hang out at the park before it is blanketed in a thick layer of that chilly blanket that is snow. She was content staying in last winter because she was not so mobile but now, she's all over the place and wants to get into everything! Does anyone have any stellar ideas as to where the little monster and I can play and get some exercise once the snow hits?