Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Andrewism #32

It's been a while. But Andrew got a jump-start for this one. My friend Katie texted me that her sister said,

"I always get the cold end of the turkey."

Which, in and of itself, is a terrific Andrewism. Love it.

I told Andrew about this one, we had a good laugh, and he said,

"Oh, like the butt end of the deal. Wait, I mean, the crap end of the stick."
Translation: Short end of the stick. Raw deal.
Best part: I already told you the best part.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Walter Mitty and the New Year

I just saw this movie with Katie, and I loved it so much. It had a little of everything, and I left feeling so happy! Definitely one of my new favorite movies. I am probably going to buy the soundtrack today (I own like 3 albums in iTunes, so that's actually a big deal for me).

I'm excited for 2014. I'm ready for a new year.

My song for the year is Sarah Bareilles's "Brave" (I also really love the video!)
I want to be able to handle all the situations I get so nervous about. I feel like during the last half of 2013 I made a lot of progress in this area, and I'd really like to see what I am capable of this year. I like this line from the song:

"Show me how big your brave is!"

My major personal goal for the year is to continue to improve my meal planning so that Andrew and I can eat healthy home-cooked meals.

My spiritual goal for the year is to improve my scripture study. I want to take time every day to read from the scriptures, but also find ways to deepen my study and improve my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I also want to finish reading the Book of Mormon again (I'm in 2nd Nephi so far). My dad is encouraging anyone and everyone to join in, and I'm hoping that my jump start will keep me going!

Here's to finding more things to love and enjoy this year.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Like It's Your Birthday

The data can't lie - I had the best birthday yet this year. It's a good idea to evaluate your self-worth based on people who write "Happy Birthday" on your Facebook wall, right?

Andrew knew that I really just craved time with him, so he planned a bunch of fun activities all weekend long!

Friday we went to the basketball game and then I got a milkshake at Coldstone. I also discovered I really wanted an ice cream cake for my birthday.

Saturday, after my dance class (already a fun day), Andrew took me to Einstein Bagels for breakfast. Then that afternoon, we had people over to watch the football game and eat pizza.

Saturday night we went to Old Towne Grill for dinner (with a coupon from Hayley and Jonathan, THANK YOU), then Andrew took me to a bed and breakfast. We went there last year for my birthday and had the best time, so we decided we should go again. It was so relaxing and charming. And breakfast Sunday was so good that we didn't even need to eat lunch that day.

Had enough yet?

Sunday night, Andrew surprised me with an ice cream cake! And he secretly invited a ton of people over to eat it with us. It was so fun and I felt so loved, so thanks to everyone who came by!

And it's still not my birthDAY.

MONDAY, the big day. Andrew made me breakfast in bed! (So if you're counting, that's three breakfasts!) I love him. He never gets enough sleep and he still woke up early to show me he loves me. (BTW we had bullseye eggs, which is a cute tradition we've had going since we started dating in 2006.)

Then, I went to work. And my lunch crew gave me the cutest present! Popcorn, hot chocolate, crystal light packets, perfect.

Then, Andrew took me to the movies that night (we had leftovers for dinner because hello, we had so much delicious food from the weekend!). We saw Ender's Game and had a great evening together (Andrew sacrificed a lot of study time to celebrate with me all weekend. It was the best present). And I opened my presents (thank you thank you, I feel so spoiled!).

I'm grateful for another great year ahead of us. We have been so blessed. I'm grateful for my husband and for all he does for our family. I'm glad my Heavenly Father cares so much about me that he will send me gentle reminders that I am loved. I know I need that to get through this dark, cold winter.

Here's to being in my late 20s!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Is Not My Favorite Season

True story.

I just got back from a trip to visit my brother and his fam on the East coast. Warm, slightly humid, wonderful. I didn't even have to put lotion on my hands every 5 minutes.

But I love Utah, too. I'm just not quite ready for the cold. And the DARK.

But I'm also excited to announce that we'll be living in DALLAS next summer! Andrew got a job at a firm there. I'm so happy for him and excited for our next adventure. (It's still up in the air on whether I will be there all summer. We have a while to figure it out.)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Andrewism #31

"What would you like to eat? A sleepy hotdog?"
Translation: Pigs in a blanket.
Best part: It's catchy. Come to our next party and try some sleepy hotdogs.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Andrewism #30

"We want to inherit your mom's china. Make sure she tells her executioner that we get the china."
Translation: Executor
Best Part: He was so confident when he said it, that I thought, "Huh, that word is weird. I'm sure there are many contexts in which its use is offensive." Then I thought, "Wait a minute. Wait."

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Questionnaire from Katie

One of my best friends moved away this summer (You can have more than one? "Best Friend is a tier, Danny"), and it was really sad. I was rereading her blog, and I remembered that she tagged me forever ago in this cute blogger questionnaire. I'm not good at tagging people, but I want to fill it out still to help jump start my blog participation again.

Also, stay tuned, I have 2 more Andrewisms waiting in the wings.

Questions from Katie

  1. What do you love most about summer? Being able to go OUTSIDE. And I LOVE summer nights. Your day is soo much longer in the summer than in the winter. And the sunsets in Utah are amazing.
  2. What is your favorite TV show? You meant showS, right? The Mindy Project, Suits, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, everything else... My favorite "oldies" are The West Wing and Gilmore Girls. (Even though I still haven't seen the last season. I'm in denial)
  3. Where is your dream place to live? Um, we are trying to figure that out right now. I just need a place with nice people, a solid community, a good place to raise my future kids, lots of job opportunities, and maybe it has a beach? Or at least lots of pools.
  4. What was your best vacation? I always love vacation. One favorite was when we went to TN last year for a family reunion. That was such a blast that I threw a tantrum and didn't want to go home, so we extended our trip! (Also I lost my job the week before, so that was why I was so tantrum-y)
  5. What is one of your biggest fears? Finding a dead body. Seriously. I hate parking garages and basements and saunas because of it.
  6. Coke or Pepsi? Dr. Pepper. It's the only soda I always like. 
  7. Favorite scent at Bath and Body Works? Anything citrus-y, and they don't have many of those flavors lately! Coconut Mango and Orange Sapphire are the ones I own right now.
  8. What’s a beauty tip you want to share with the world? Oh geeze, I'm NOT the person to ask. I have a four-step makeup routine that never varies and I rarely do my hair. I did just learn that if you spray your perfume on the back of your neck, your hair will whisk the scent around all day, so it feels nice and fresh all day. But maybe everyone already knew that.
  9. How do you motivate yourself to be healthy? About a year ago, I decided to stop gaining weight ha. I haven't lost a ton, but I'm on the right track these days. I don't have STRONG motivation, but one thing that worked for me was to give up a lot of junky stuff for a while. Once you train your tastebuds to like healthier stuff, it's harder to eat junk. Now I get sick off of just a little bit of ice cream, so it's a lot easier to choose fro yo or a homemade smoothie instead. And I have an exercise counselor ;) My first forever friend, Brittany, will check up on me and remind me to exercise and give me ideas for how to do it. I hate telling her that I didn't do anything, so that's a helpful tool to at least get up off the couch some days!
  10. What is your favorite website? Oh, I have a billion that I like. I love catching up on friend's blogs. Those are the only ones where I always read the text. I also love Katy at No Big Dill; she's so artistic and takes such beautiful pictures. I also like what she writes. 
  11. Would you rather be in your sweats or get dressed up? I love getting dressed up. My husband is really good at telling me if I look good, so that helps. (Really all I have to do is put in earrings and he can't stop talking about how pretty I look haha) I used to love sweats but I tend to feel like I need to shower all the time when I'm in sweats. So that's a bummer.

11 Facts about Me

  1. I hate getting my hair cut. I cry every time. I have a really sensitive head and those combs...yikes. Luckily I just found a friend who is awesome at hair cuts, and she didn't make me cry! I'm thrilled about it. I kind of want to go get my haircut in 1 month instead of in 1 year.
  2. I have 26 nieces and nephews. I love them so much. I will probably talk your ear off about them. 
  3. I love TV. 
  4. I still like to think of myself as a ballerina, but I'm not. But I miss it a lot.
  5. I really like my job. It's in my field, it's not too stressful, I work with awesome people, and I'm home by 3:30 every day. 
  6. I have a lot of extra time to myself because my husband is in law school. I fill that time with learning how to craft: quilting, sewing, knit, crochet, etc. That's why I have a crafternoon section on my blog. It's a bit sad, really. But I enjoy my new hobbies.
  7. I mostly wear skirts. I have 2 pairs of pants that actually fit me, and I wear them alternate Fridays.
  8. I've owned my favorite pair of flip-flops since 2005. They survived Australia, college, and a trip down river in Thailand. They are Havaianas, and I highly recommend that brand.
  9. Andrew and I make dang good Thai food. And we love to make it, so come over and eat with us.
  10. My favorite food is fried chicken, but I'm pretty picky about what kind is good enough. Publix is still my favorite.
  11. I'm actually really excited for football season this year. Andrew has taught me well. Go Cougars!