Friday, January 27, 2012

Legislative Day...

When the city asked me to stay on for the month of January and help take my youthins to Local Officials Days at the capital I didn't even hesitate to say - yes!  Such a life changing couple days for me, hoping it impacted them the same way.
We took 20 kids.  Through study and debate we performed a mock committee meeting in front of 250 other teenagers from throughout the state.  I learned as much as they did.
 Difficult to say good bye, but easier as I know they will all go separate ways in just a few months- fun to discuss college and future life changes.  Kathlene (below) has become a great friend.  Sweet memories of eating pie on Sunday afternoons at her home.
Keynote speaker - Liz Murray.  I still haven't wrapped my mind around all her comments.  Such an amazing story.  More to post on that later.
 Fancy lunch- we were all forks, but definitely on our best behavior.
 Twinner hair - but more impressed with her ability to look outside herself.  
LOD is a government funded day for kids to spend some time learning about the civic duties.  Listening to speakers, touring the capitol and basically teaching high schoolers how to impact the world for the better.  Not a doubt in my mind that this group will.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

One of these things is not like the other...

For the past week I have been producing a number of address labels for shipping containers from the father parentals warehouse.  Despite my excitement for the job, I have indeed learned a very important lesson, one in which I never knew.

Here it comes -  I have a favorite state abbreviation and it is IA - which in case you were wondering stands proudly and independently for Iowa the American Heartland. After much thought I have come to the conclusion that the one and only reason why Iowa wins for best state abbreviation is because of that dang "A" -it just comes out of nowhere, as if you say I-A-WHAT!?!

Close runners up for favorite abbreviation would be AR for Arkansas and AK for Alaska. For some reason, despite there not being even a semblance of an R sound in Alaska. I do believe these two should be switched, and when you have spent eight hours making address labels, a little challenge is like finding a $20 bill in your husbands pocket when washing his jeans - I have husband now I can say crap like that.
P.S. If you feel like you got dummer reading this post say I-A-WHAT!?!
P.S.S. See it's fun isn't it?

video

As if this post isn't ridiculous enough.  Here is proof that Chris and I have way too much fun together.  A movie he made of me.  Were going to take the stop motion world by storm. You just wait.

Monday, January 23, 2012

One really good thing about my husband...

He taught me how to add things to my favorites menu. I can even do it without the sticky note step by step instructions.  Pretty much I'm going crazy.  How did I never know about favorites until now? It's blowing my mind.

You know what else is blowing my mind?  That not only is my husb wearing a camo coat, but that I have a picture of him wearing a coat of camo.  I am unaware of his ownership of such a coat.  Especially since he calls things made of camo something like fatigue(s) in which I have to explain is more of a feeling than an actual outfit.  I think I better stop before I have to hear why he calls them fatigue(s) again.

P.S. I think I'll add this post to my favorites.
P.S.S. I think you should too.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Turquoise Rings...

I find myself attracted to turquoise rings.  Always pinning them or saving them to a folder on my desktop.  Through research, I found the Egyptians were the first to make the stone valuable and it was originally imported from modern day Iran.  Today the turquoise found in the southwestern United States competes.
There is a lot of imitation, but I'm usually drawn to the real deal. Which once again makes what my brother calls - wine taste on a beer budget.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Louis Vuitton...

I don't profess to know much about fashion.  In fact I had to google how to spell Louis Vuitton and then I realized it was on every single photo. Duh! However, when this blog posted photo's of the ad explaining the color process of the blonde's hair - I couldn't help but share.
Can't get enough of the colors. I'm a sucker for pink.
Is sucker and pink allowed in the same sentence?
The way I talk is probably why I don't know how to spell Louis or his Vuitton!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Bates Motel...

Now that things are put away, it's starting to feel less like somewhere I'm staying for a bit and more like home. Have I told anyone how nice it is living with a boy?  First off, I've always wanted a refrigerator with only one gallon of milk, and I love that all the food in the cupboards are free game. No ridiculous sharpie's labeling whose is whose or certain cupboards that are off limits.
Until we get our wedding pictures back it's full of engagements.  Can't wait to fill more frames with family and close friends.
The owls were a gift from my Youth Council tots. I told them once how ridiculous the owl kick was but I somehow find myself drawn to them.  I hardly ever purchase, so it was the perfect gift.
My sister made the shelf.  It's perfect for holding wedding treasurers.  The white walls seem to make it look more plain in these pictures.  I don't mind though, I've never been one for clutter. 
 Our apartment has ample storage, but it's nice to have special collectibles in the trunks.  I'm hoping for a scrapbook kick since all the photo's are at easy access.
 Our room isn't much to look at, but I have high hopes for it.  First by finding another spot for my map. 

"Funny thing about home.  It looks the same, smells the same, and things taste the same.  Then you wonder what's changed and you realize it's yourself."
- Benjamin Button


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Utah Lake...

It was time to get out of the house when the sun went down last night.  We rode to the lake and played like little kids.  Chris said, "I used to do stuff like this when I was little, we just did it in sewers.  No joke!"  I'm teaching him about the country and how to bush whack and play on huge ice burgs that might kill you if you fall. Except that I know nothing about huge ice burgs - so Chris freaked out the farther and farther I climbed. It was funny - he hated it.
Good news- we still really like each other.

Friday, January 13, 2012

#11 Eat Sushi...

I put eat sushi on my 25 Things list because cool people eat sushi, and I'll I care about in life is being cool.  Also because Chris talks about Sushi Monster 17 times a week, and I felt like it might be a good idea if I support my husband in his ambitions to be cool.  Therefore, we attended the Sushi Monster with Chris's mom and sister and well umm....
I guess I thought it was Ok.  If I had to choose between this and Hamburger Helper I'd probably help myself to the hamburger.  Especially since Chris told me to eat that little white fluff supposedly called Ginger, which you might make the same mistake I did and think your husband just washed your mouth out with soap.
 Is it ironic to anyone else that Yoshimasa makes the glass case that houses the Sushi.  If I had to name someone to who made Sushi cases I would name them Yoshi Masa- Oh and hey that's what were naming our second child.  Right after Billy. 
For the record I didn't officially hate seaweed salad.  Except that I still can't wait to find out if the seaweed at the beach tastes the same.  If so I will probs just save the money and eat soap and beach seaweed at home. 

Lightroom 3...

For Christmas the husb got me Lightroom 3 from Adobe.  As I've been learning more about photography, I realize much of the work is done post production.  I originally wanted Photoshop, but as I researched I found Lightroom was more than enough to appease my hobby.  Since I'm limited on time I love that you can mass edit photo's.  Excuse me if things look over edited or fake the next little while.  I'm just enjoying the learning curve.

BEFORE
AFTER
Chris actually edited these.  I doubt I would have chosen one of myself, but I like how he toned down the noise in the background it looks less pixely.

P.S. I'm pretty sure "pixely" is the proper photography term.
 I've got a ways to go. 

Just in case you like sheep farms named after your husband...

I promised I'd show the sheep.  Check out these billy goats.  Turns out Chris and I kept missing the main road into Midway from our hotel.  Which, for those of you who have been to Midway, realize that's pretty amazing seeing as how there are only like two roads in the whole town. The result was numerous visits to these two furr balls.  The first being at night when we didn't realize where the goats lived.
A daylight detour showed us the quaint farm.
As we moved closer we saw "CB" which might only be funny if you just married a city boy, and happened upon a billy goat farm full of shaggy sheep with your new husbands initials all over them. We will most likely name our first born "Billy," but only because naming your kid "Goat" is just mean.
The goats were a good time, but imagine our surprise when we were window shopping on Park City Main and saw Conan O' Brian.  Chris is a late night fan- mostly because he stays up late. I can never stay awake.  I could see Conan but couldn't recall his name to alert Chris- just as Conan jumped in his SUV, Chris got a quick glimpse.  Turns out I was probs happier about the CB sheep farm, but it's always fun to be star struck.
This is all for honeymoon posts.  Hope you're as happy about that as I am.
Bam!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Show Goes On...

Chris loves music.  The thing is I have never heard of anything he listens too.  He's one of those people who say things like - "I liked them before they were famous." Which is probably the dumbest statement ever because how else do people get famous?  Chris would always send me video links in Cedar of different music.  I didn't listen to a one.  Except one time I did and it was this guy- Lupe Fiasco.  When I first heard him I was 100% sure it wasn't my thing.  Somehow all summer this song was on repeat.  It has not one lovey dovey aspect, but it will always be the song of our summer. Turns out this single sold over two million copies.  For the record I only know that statistic because of my husband.

What I'm really trying to say - I liked this song before it went big.  Which is probably the dumbest statement ever because how else did it get famous?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wedding Lei's...

We still have no wedding photo's. I love a tag on facebook or blogs of those who have attended.  This was stolen from Lins blog - she gave us quite the shout out.  With so much hype since, it's fun to remember the small acts of kindness of those in attendance.  For years the Iketau's have worked for my dad - I enjoy their stories of growing up in Tonga.  In honor of our day they shipped in fresh lei's from Hawaii.  Salote asked me prior if I'd want to wear them at the temple.  I agreed almost instantly - the lei traditionally stood as an offer of affection and symbolizes such feelings, it has now been popularized by tourism -yet still appropriate after making such covenants.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Honeymooning It...

For our wedding we were gifted a stay at the Zermatt Lodge in Midway.  We both had never been, but pretty much only think about going back.  As part of our gift we received a Penthouse Suite and gift cards for all the food we could eat.  I think it's fair to say that Chris nor I had ever stayed in such luxury. 
 Like what the heck is this? Oh yeah it's the elevator we had to take to our room. What the?
 This was the sign in front of our room.  I took this pictures for two reasons.  1.)  That plaque is nicer than anything I've ever won at a rodeo and 2.) If Chris or I ever win the lottery we want to go back and stay in the same spot.  Hopefully by then I will be able to properly pronounce this name La Mon-Tag-Ne??? That's what I'm going with.
 Chris and I were beat after such a long week.  However, we couldn't not take up swimming in a natural spring in a Crater.  We headed down to a hole in the earth.  Seriously, look at the door. We jumped right in.  It was such a nice swim, but the hot water and the lazy float made us both sleep for a couple hours.
 The view at night.  Chris could be found on the balcony at all times.  The weather was unusually warm for December we couldn't help but take advantage of such nice fresh air.  
 Perhaps the only picture I could find inside our room.  We didn't bother with much photography- just enjoyed the experience.  I will say this about honeymoons.  They are more delightful than anyone ever describes.  I wish I hadn't been so so....terrified.  Seriously all jokes aside leaving your reception to live with a man can be quite nerve racking.  In fact at one point I don't think I even wanted to go. That being said, I don't recall a better trip in my time, and excuse me but I've been on quite a few trips. Living, sleeping and being with Chris longer than a few hours and not having to say good night is the best thing that's ever happened to me. 
After all this I'm pretty much 100% going to be a anniversary person.  I'm already trying to think of places we could go and stay next year.  I realize I'm a nut for travel, but seriously what a special few days.  We couldn't be more grateful for such a fun gift.
 
 
P.S. The cool part about this post is that I didn't even write about the sheep farm yet. You just wait.