Friday, February 26, 2010


I finally found a job! Yay! I'm happy and very relieved. I am working at Family First Credit Union. Grant worked there for a few years before he left for Kentucky and enjoyed it so I'm excited. I interviewed for it on the 12th (two weeks ago.) They were very excited to find out I was Grant's sister-in-law and everyone commented on how much I look like Taryn. (Old picture but it is one where you can see us both well.)
I thought it went really well so it was just a waiting game. It was a three day weekend so I wasn't expecting to hear anything for a few days. Then on Tuesday morning they called. At first I thought it was a no based in tone of voice but I was wrong! I was so excited! They asked if I could start that day. So there it is. I have been doing training the past week and a half and I will be doing it for three more days and then I'm on my own. So far I am really liking it. So that is the job update for now. Also, I was inspired by Taryn and started making a dinner schedule and shopping on Saturday for the next week. It has only been two weeks but I love it. No more running to the store 3 or 4 times a week and we have cut back on eating out because we can't decide what to make. It has been helpful when I work in the afternoon so I can just plan for leftovers that night.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sports: Olympics to Pick Up Games

I have decided that sports either bring out the best or the worst in people. Whether it be in the Olympics, a college game, intramurals or a pick up game. I really started thinking about this as Jonny was playing basketball with some guys today. He always gets so excited to play and it puts him in a good mood. There was a guy in this game though who was ridiculous. He was acting very childish and if someone asked him to stop he freaked out at them. When someone accidently fouled him he yelled the f-word and complained for the next half hour. I have noticed the same thing in intramural games. I think those games cause people to do things they would never do in normal situations. (Funny story found here.) Or take college sports. There was a football game this year where one of the players who rarely played got a touchdown. He was so happy and he and the rest of the team celebrated together. On the other side you have this girl. (Crazy video here. If you haven't seen it I recommend watching.)
Is winning the game really that important? I have also seen it in the Olympics. You have people like Lindsey Jacobellis who has missed out on gold twice now and still remains positive.
Then you have athletes like Plushenko who publicly complain about the results and insult the skills of the winner. Saying "You can't be considered a true men's champion without a quad." (Full article found here.) Now I agree that Lysacek should be doing a quad but when it comes down to it he executed every jump far better than Plushenko. I hate responses like this because it takes the focus away from the winner who deserves to be celebrated. I must say that Lysacek has handled everything very well. He makes it known that he thinks he deserved the gold without being rude to Plushenko. Compare that to Shani Davis who went up and congratulated and hugged the guy who unexpectedly beat him. Finally, I love the passion people in the Olympics have for their sports. I think this is sports bringing out the best. Take Lindsey Vonn. She always has injuries and set backs but she has never let that stop her. When she won gold I was so happy for her.
I actually teared up when she was celebrating with her husband. I love to see the dedication that these people have. I love it even more when their sport brings out the best in them and they enjoy celebrating and competing with those who share their love.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

We celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday since it was actually on Sunday. You could argue we started on Friday evening when we went to see the movie Valentine's Day. It was good but not exactly what I expected. Then on Saturday morning I woke up at 6:45 to surprise Jonny. We went and got Krispy Kremes and then went to watch the sunrise. Sadly the clouds decided to move in on Saturday morning so the sunrise was a fail. But Jonny got his doughnuts so he was ok with it.
Our "sunrise."
Cute morning look.
We did some homework and hanging out during the day. Then exchanged presents. I gave him a T-shirt and a Bumblebee (as in the Transformer) kite and he gave me a very cute light jacket. We went out to Olive Garden to eat.
Full and happy. We are both wearing our Valentine's gifts.
Then we went and saw The Princess and the Frog at the dollar theater. We both liked it a lot. I didn't really have a great desire to see it but figured I should. I'm so happy we did! The music was awesome. I miss the Disney movies with music! Then on Sunday we went to church, both dressed very Valentiney! Jonny wore a red shirt and the tie I made him last year. It is a white tie with red lipstick kisses. (Sadly you can't see it.) And I wore a red skirt with a pink sweater and pink shoes, Valentine's day is really the only day you can get away with that color combo!
Then Ashley had a bunch of people over for dinner. Now we are just relaxing and watching the Olympics and being happy he doesn't have school tomorrow!
Our cheesy Valentine's Day picture.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I have always loved to read, and since I graduated and I am currently looking for employment I have more time to read. My current read is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. (I have been wanting to read it since I saw the movie.)
I am almost done and I am kind of sad. I hate finishing a good book. I know that sounds weird but I do, because then it is over. I love when I find a book that I really enjoy and I can't wait to read. Every night before I go to bed, I read a "few" pages and I just get engrossed in it and end up reading for half an hour (or more.) This also sounds weird, but I feel like I appreciate things more when I'm reading a lot. It's like I try to think about things how an author would describe them. What can I say, I love reading! The question is what book do I read next? If any one has suggestions please let me know! Also, if you haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife I would recommend it. There is some strong language and sexual references but it is still great.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl!

I love Super Bowl Sunday. All the food, the commercials and the game. I have come to appreciate the game more as I have gotten older. I didn't know who to cheer for this year so about 2 minutes before the game I decided to support Austin Collie (being a former Cougar.) Guess I picked wrong. This year we were having a big group of people so we made lots of food. Karleigh brought her roommate and friend. Kirstin brought a bunch of friends. And Katie came.

I made two platters of 7-layer dip, a buffalo chicken dip, chili/cream cheese dip, pigs in a blanket, and cake pops (of course!) Then Karleigh brought a dip and Katie brought fruit pizza. I bought 6 pounds of chips and Kirstin brought 4 bags of Fritos. People didn't eat very much this year so we will pretty much be eating chips and dip for the next month or two!
Karleigh, Kirstin and I made these cake pops the day before the game. I think they turned out awesome. I am seriously addicted to making them!
Now the question is what cake pops do I make next?

Saturday, February 6, 2010


I saw this place on my friend's blog and decided I wanted to try it. The Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe. It just opened in Provo, I think it has been open in Rexburg for awhile. Jonny and I went for a Friday night date.
I got the Chocolate Cream Cheese Marble Cupcake.
I'm not sure what Jonny's was called. It was kind of like a Snickers made into a cupcake.
They were both very good. I couldn't finish mine (I'll finish it later) it so rich. I definitely want to go back and try more kinds. Those of you in Provo I would recommend stopping by. It is a fun little place!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I want

I want this...
and this...
and this.
But according to weather reports I can expect this...

and this (minus the blue sky).
Maybe I should move away from here
and move here.
Who wants to come?