Thursday, May 31, 2007


JESSICA AND I GOT APPROVED FOR OUR APARTMENT!!!!! I have to call tomorrow to set up a time to sign the lease and pick up the keys, but then we're moving out of the house and into our own place! Happy dance!!!!!! Eek, now I actually have to deal with all my junk! Oh well, I'm moving into my own apartment!!


p.s. This blog has a lot of exclamation points--guess I'm just happy!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Clothes Shopping and Makeup

Tonight Jessica and I went shopping for outfits for Friday night when we're going to go see Les Mis. She got a cute black-and-white polka dot dress with red sash, and a pair of red ballet flats--it's REALLY cute. I didn't find anything yet, but I'll look some more tomorrow.

Katie has her 9th grade dance tomorrow, and she got a cute dress, but needed a pair of shoes. While we were at the mall, Jess and I went into a shoe store and found a cute pair of brown satin ballet flats that I think will be very cute. This shoe store was awesome, though; I think I could blow my whole pay check there!

I also ordered a free sample of the mineral powder makeup. I had heard some good things about it, so I though I'd try some, but I wasn't very impressed. It felt like a heavy powder and didn't blend very well--it just kind of stuck to my skin when I first touched the brush to it. I don't think I'll be buying any of their stuff. Well, none of their foundations. They had a concealer powder that I kind of liked, and wouldn't mind experimenting with some more.

Anyway, I'll post some pictures of everyone dressed up for Les Mis so you can see the cute new outfits. Oh, and Jessica and I turned in our applications for an apartment and we should know in a day or two if we meet their rental requirements--so fingers crossed and knock on wood, we could be in our own place very soon!

Monday, May 28, 2007


I finally went to Ikea today, and I mostly had fun. There was a lot of cool stuff there that I'd eventually like to get, but today was more about exploring rather than purchasing. Plus, Jessica and I aren't exactly sure what apartment we'll be moving into, so we'd better figure that out before buying a lot of furniture--oh, and there's the money issue too, as in not having a whole lot.

So we wandered around loving almost everything we saw, jotted down a couple of items for our wish-list, and then did make a few minor purchases (I didn't want to leave completely empty-handed!). I bought some magazine boxes that are really cute; a shower curtain that we loved and want no matter where we're moving into; and finally, we bought some Swedish candies and cookies from their imported goods section. All in all not a bad spending day. I think that I will wait a while before I go back, though. I'll let the novely wear off so there aren't so many people. I mean, highway patrol and city police were everywhere directing traffic, and the crowds were quite suffocating! It was fine for an afternoon of exploring, but I don't feel like repeating that shopping experience any time soon.

After we got home, Jess and I went to a sister's house in our ward. Her daughter just moved back in with her and so they had a lot of extra stuff--extra t.v., extra pots and pans, etc. etc. They offered to let us go through it and pick out what we wanted for our apartment, and we got some pretty decent stuff. Adding this stuff to all the things my parents say they're going to give us, Jessica and I probably have most of the apartment furnished--now if we could just find one and move into it!


p.s. My body hurts.
p.p.s. I should say that my Dad went to Ikea with us too, and we had fun with him. He explored with us a bit, then went out to the car to get some work done on his laptop. Afterwards, we went and got Chinese, and it was nice just spending a little time with him.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday is a Special Day

I spent the vast majority of my day pouring concrete. It was so much fun.

We're working on a cement path on the side of our house and today we poured two slabs. Usually we just do one because it's so exhausting, but that's taking too long. I don't know if my hands will ever work properly again. They feel stiff and twitchy.

The neighborhood kids decided to stop by while we were pouring the concrete. One of the kids actually wanted to help--and did--but the others just got in the way. It's not a lot of fun trying to mix cement while worrying about wacking a three year old in the head with your garden hoe. Then they got into a water fight with our garden hose and their squirt guns. Again, more fun.

John Perry and I were watching Rosemary and Thyme just a little bit ago. It's a show about two British women who solve murders while creating beautiful gardens. Sometimes it's a little bit cheesy and far-fetched, but I forgive that because the two women are so funny. Case in point. In tonight's episode the bad guy shoots through a window at one of the women to "scare them off the case." She runs to the front door, throws it open, then yells into the night: "What the hell were you thinking?! You've broken the bloody window!" The other woman grabs her and throws her back into the house, then promptly fills her with liquor since she's obviously in shock. John and I had a good laugh anyway!

And speaking of TV shows, I'm going to go watch Dr. Who. It's the new series with Christopher Eccleston as The Dr. and I really like it. It's quirky and weird and cheesy, but so funny. Eccleston is a hoot, and I'm sad he didn't stay for more than one series. Oh, and I just found out that he's playing The Rider in a new movie called The Dark is Rising. It's based on one of my favorite books of the same title, and he's the bad guy. I'm nervous about this movie because I love love love the book--but anyway, I'm going now.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Just Ramblin'

--Katie went to see Pirates of the Caribbean last night with her friends at 11:50 p.m. She didn't get home until almost 3:30 a.m. Then she got up at 7:30 a.m. to go to school, and fell asleep when she got home. It's almost 11:00 p.m., and she just got up an hour ago. Reminds me of my younger days when I went to see Star Wars: Phantom Menace at the midnight showing. She said Pirates was very confusing, and from everything she said, I think the movie sounds like crap and I refuse to spend my hard earned money to see it. I think I'll just stick to the first one, thanks very much. That's when Pirates was exciting, and funny, and unique.

--I spent the evening doing a little yard work with my parents. I mowed and watered the lawn, dead-headed and trimmed my snapdragons, then attacked some of the aspen shoots that have popped up all over the yard. I am worn out, but in a good way, and feel quite satisfied with my work. ;) I also smell like sage because the aspen shoots were in the middle of our Russian sage bush.

--Cupcake went to the new Ikea today and I am jealous. In revenge, I plan to go down there myself sometime this weekend. Don't ask me why that's revenge, it just is.

--This last Thursday was weird because it was the first Thursday after The Office finale, and the beginning of the summer break. I felt a little lost.

--A small crack in the sprinkler pipe caused the flood in my basement. We have now turned off the water to the sprinklers.

--My random thoughts are getting shorter and shorter.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Rains Came Down and the Floods Came Up!

Another chapter in the ongoing saga of my basement flooding! With the rain we've had the last couple of days the window well in my old bedroom filled up again. This is the same bedroom that is now a storage room because the carpet and drywall got soaked a couple of floods ago.

Well, to make matters worse our sump pump for that window has decided to stop working. In fact, when it tries to turn on, something happens and it shorts out the electricity! So there I was at 11 o'clock at night, in the window well, standing in water (and who knows what other muck) above my ankles, bailing that water out with a bucket. When the water level got down low enough I had to squat and reach down into the sump hole with a plastic cup, and fill the bucket that way.

John Perry was helping me with everything, but of course he had to throw in some teasing. He told me there was probably some horrible creature, like a giant water spider, living in the sump pump, and was going to eat me. I suddenly had visions of the head of some alien creature rising to the surface of the water, hissing and snarling, and trying to bite my hand off. What are brothers for, right?

With the back problems I've been having all this bailing was not a good move. I could feel my back protesting each time I lifted a bucket-ful and threw it out into the backyard. My back is already stiff and starting to spasm, and my body is shaking with weakness. I'm afraid to go lie down because trying to stretch my back out seems to make it tense up even more. I've taken an Alieve, eaten some pickles, and will hope for the best. (The pickles have nothing to do with my back, I just like to eat them.)

OK, I think that's enough of a pity party. I think I'm going to go scrub my feet and hope I don't get any rashes from that yucky, yucky water! Oh, and there were no evil water creatures, so happy day.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Office Finale

So the finale is finally over. I'm still taking it in, so I'll be watching it over and over and over again. I'm going to go home and buy it on iTunes. This will have to last me all summer until the Season 3 DVDs come out. Then I will wear those out, and then I will have to wait until Season 4 starts. I don't know if I can do it. I felt this way at the end of Season 2, and survived, but I might not this time. OK, time to go home!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Office Season 3 Finale

OK, so the season finale starts in two hours and seven minutes ... six minutes ... ok, I'll stop. Anyway, I'm ridiculously nervous and excited right now. A tv show shouldn't do this much damage to your psyche!

There are so many rumors and so much speculation going on right now, and it's driving me crazy! I should stop reading all that stuff, but I just can't help myself. It needs to be 7 pm right now. Actually, 8 pm would be better, because then my anxiety would be over, and I would now what's going on!

OK, I'm going to go and try to hold on to my sanity while I wait for two more hours and three minutes ... two minutes ...

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

California Dreamin'

I hurt my back a couple of weeks ago, but thought I was starting to get better. Well, not so: the last couple of days it's been getting worse, and now today I'm home from work popping ibuprofin and putting hot packs on it. Stupid back muscles.

I need a vacation. We've talked about a family vacation for this summer, but nobody seems to be able to decide where they want to go. Well, that's not entirely true. We just can't decide between California and Oregon. The last two days I've been looking up info on hotels and airfare and such for both places, just to get the ball rolling. We'll see where we end up--just as long as we go somewhere!!

I hear the dogs in the kitchen getting into to stuff, so I better go and take care of them.