Friday, August 20, 2010


What a week! This past weekend, Chris and I spent a couple days in Mesquite. So lovely and HOT. We had a pool though, so all was not melted. To clarify, we had a 24-HOUR pool. Legen--wait for it----DARY! (Props to Barney) But going back, before we ever got to Mesquite we stopped in St. George for a temple visit. All of the temple I've been in thus far are newer(ish) ones, so it was interesting to be in one that was so much older. Things were set up a little differently,and I was afraid I might get lost, but of course I didn't. Too may people willing to be friendly! After we finished the session, we spent a little time shopping and spending the leftovers of our wedding gift cards. Then we headed to Mesquite for the rest of the day. We had found a great deal on a suite for only a tad more than a normal room, and we decided to go for it. Why not, right? Although I must admit, the room didn't get much good use until later, as my first reaction was to throw my clothes on the floor, put on my swimsuit and run right back out. I was so excited for the pool! It was very refreshing in the hot weather. I alternated between melting in the sun and shivering in the pool--I'm pretty sure it wasn't heated at all during the day, but it didn't need to be! Despite my shivering-slash-melting, I enjoyed it muchly. 

Chris is concentrating on getting the focus right....LOL
The next part of the evening was a wedding reception for some friends of ours (this is actually the reason we were in Mesquite). It was at the Falcon Ridge Golf Course, very pretty, very scenic. Although we were supposedly part of the wedding party (bridesmaid and best man), we had nothing to do and no responsibilities, so we spent the time trashing the couple's car and just catching up with other friends who showed up. And I sipped way more than my fair share of punch, I'm sure. After they drove off to newlywed bliss, a bunch of us drove to Jack-in-the-Box for a late-night snack. I've never been there before, but it was good! I am still relishing my raspberry smoothie. Then they headed home and we headed back to a good night's sleep in our suite. The next morning we hit up the continental breakfast and headed home for church. We thought we were on time until we realized Utah is an hour ahead of Nevada. Oops. Needless to say, we didn't quite make it. 

We had a normal day on Monday, working and such. Then Tuesday we drove up north for the Dave Matthews concert. Great concert! It was a little long for my taste, but there were some hardcore fans there who still wanted more after it was over. The fans were my second-favorite part...drunk people provide awesome entertainment. The only awkward part of that being when the entertainment comes too close. One guy had to use Chris to prop himself up for a bit. At least after falling onto him, the guy had the decency to apologize. After it ended it took us an hour just to make it out of the parking lot....guiltily, I admit I slept while Chris drove. And the next day, after some amazing all-you-can-eat soup and salad from Olive Garden and some family visiting, we drove home. I never realize how much I miss our super-amazingly-comfy bed until I'm back in it! 

Yesterday and today are once again, normal days, but on Saturday we are throwing a yard sale in the morning, and heading south to St. George again in the afternoon. We are meeting up with Chris's family for a cousin's homecoming (or it might be a farewell...I am currently suffering from getting up early). Either way, it will be a busy end to a busy week. A sort of "last hurrah" I suppose. 

Dang it. School is starting. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Its FINISHED....Almost.

Yesterday Chris stained and then attached the doors to the entertainment center! He built the entire thing by himself, because the one we had before didn't fit the interesting proportions in our living room. So this one was custom-fit. Ooo-la-la! There was a bit of trouble with the hinges...thankfully Chris has a sander-tool-thing (I'm so technical) so he was able to make them fit. 

What a man! 

All that's left now is to build the shelves on the inside of the doors. We wanted optimum DVD storage because we are all-time movie fanatics. We actually just received a new DVD from Amazon yesterday-- Elizabeth: The Golden Age. LOVE it. History + Coolness--you get two in one! 

So apparently I can't fill my own shoes...I need some help. I received too-big shoes that I am supposed to wear to a wedding on Saturday. Unfortunately, my size is unavailable, so re-ordering is not an option. The heels are a size 7.....and I wear a 6 1/2. I'd like to find some sort of permanent option to make them fit, because they're brand-new and getting rid of them seems a other thought was to make them fit just for the wedding, protect the soles, and then try and return them. Sneaky. 

The cats have updug my plant again. I know thats not a word, updug. It just sounds cool. So yes, they updug my plant. I don't know how to make them realize they are NOT allowed on the counter! We spray them with water every time we catch them, but so far it doesn't seem to have a lasting effect. I've heard spraying vinegar will help to teach pets...hmmm. And speaking of animals (this sort of bridges), my hummingbird feeder is a success! I put it near the window over the sink, so that we have a good view. And they've started coming consistently! They're so gotta wonder how they can be so mean to each other. Have you ever seen a hummingbird fight? 

But back to the cats. Skimble, the younger one, seems to have a thing for grocery bags. He just can't leave them alone! And yesterday, we procured this epic footage...

(Sorry, I can't figure out how to upload a video so that it works.)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Things I Would Like to Try...

I've been surfing the web a little, trying to find DIY home projects that aren't too expensive. As 2-month newlyweds, our apartment is still a little bare. The trick is to dress it up with things that won't be permanent fixtures, since as renters we are not allowed to paint or inflict hardcore damage to the walls. :) Here's a project I thought would be fun--- Alphabet pillows! You can find info at . I thought a nice big "D" for our last name would be cute...we don't have a sewing machine so a hand-stitched pillow would work nicely! But higher up on my list of decor to acquire is wall decor. Our walls could use some color (and in some spots...some covering up!). So I'm searching for things to do along those lines. I have a vague idea in my head of using fabric either inside frames or around them...if you have anything to suggest let me know!

Lately here we have been getting a LOT of rain! Me and Chris had some fun driving around and speeding through big puddles to throw up a splash. And from what it sounds like, we'll be getting more rain throughout the rest of the week. I actually don't mind, its a very nice break from the mascara-melting heat we've been having. And the lightning that comes along with some of the storms is amazing!

Yesterday Chris came to visit me at work with a surprise...tarts! Oh my WORD. So tasty! They sell them at the greenshows every night at 7pm. So far my favorite was the raspberry. Since the Shakespeare Festival has been going on, they have a bunch of things happening around town.We've been to several arts and crafts fairs--at one of them we bought my brother a birthday gift, the "hippie bag" he's been wanting for months. Don't ask me--his style makes no sense to me at all! We've seen some pretty cool things, there were some beautiful endtables that were made out of red cedar, quilts, jewelry, paintings, and these little figures below--aren't they just awesome??
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