Thursday, July 26, 2012

Night Hike

On Monday, I was super bored at the gym so I convinced Woody that we should go on a hike. We've never been to R Mountain in Rexburg before(which isn't really a mountain by Colorado standards), so we decided to go. If I had answered my phone the first time he had ever called me, we would have gone on a date here, so I guess it wasn't meant to be!

Amazing sunset. These pictures don't do it justice. Obviously. 

Trying to be artistic. and failing

We love each other. And we match(gym shirts)

"I'm ready to go!" while flailing arms like a 5 year old. Love him.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I used to stay up late reading every night. Since going to college, that changed. The only books I've read purely for pleasure in the last few years are the Hunger Games. My goal is to catch up on my reading, especially the classics. I realized that there are a lot I haven't read, and it makes me feel like less of a person. This is BBC's top 100 book list. I'm checking off what I have read so I know what I still need to read!

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
100. Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie

So...embarrassingly enough, I've only read 15 out of 100. I promise that I read real literature. My goal is to read the rest of these by the time I am 30! So that gives me just over 9.5 years. 

The good news is that I can get a lot of these for free through the Kindle app on my phone. Starting now!

Friday, July 20, 2012


The last two weeks have been crazy. Tomorrow is the official last day of school. 

Pretty much this means that the last two weeks have gone like this: 
*Lots of eating out
*Lots of going to the gym(aka no weight gain from the eating out. Score.)
*Too lazy to cook, too lazy to clean 
*Constant battle with the Snooze button on our alarms 
*Naps when we can get them 
*Lack of motivation 
*Desire for a vacation

It's been great. In other news, here is some pictures from the last few weeks. 

I got a 3000%. It was extra credit, but still really cool. A few days later, I got 5000% on another extra credit assignment. I also obviously got a 40% on something too, but just ignore that one. 

We went to Chik-fil-a to eat more chicken. If you dressed like a cow, then you got free food. I really do love Chik-fil-a. 

Brian, Blake & Britty. 

Blake's adorable toes in his cute little flip flops. I love love love baby toes. 

This nice girl at Orange Leaf let me hold her chihuahua puppy. She is lucky that I didn't steal it. I fell in love. 

This guy is a jerk and needs to learn how to park. 

We went to Target and Hannah found try on. She didn't get it.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cake in the Face

I have this thing about cake in the face at weddings. I think it is so tacky. Here you are in probably the most expensive outfit you will ever wear and you want to get cake smashed in your face? I wouldn't even want cake smashed in my face on any other day. If that is your thing, that's cool, but it is totally not mine. 

I told Woody before our wedding that if he smashed cake in my face, I would be livid.

I was not going to have our wedding day ruined by having frosting up my nose. 

Luckily, he loves me so we kept it nice and classy.
I love him.

Friday, July 13, 2012


Today we went to a drive-thru for lunch. Please don't judge us.
When we pulled up to the window, I handed the guy my card and he said, "Thank you'am."

Excuse me?

I handed him the card with my left hand, clearly adorned with my diamond wedding ring. I also was wearing a leopard print cardigan. I'm not sure what kind of "sirs" he hangs out with, but I most certainly am a ma'am.

After we got our food, I said "Thank you ma'am." And pulled away.

That being said, I will now hit you with the update.

I stopped blogging on this blog because I was mostly posting on the other one, but now I'm not feeling that one anymore, so I'm back.

I transferred all of the posts about us from my other blog, but there is still a lot missing, so that is the point of this post. :)

November/December 2011
A lot of stuff happened, and we realized we needed to make other plans for winter semester. We both started looking for internships/jobs and talking to people. Woody applied for an internship in CA, and it sounded pretty promising. The guy always took forever to email him back(which we later found out was because HR wouldn't get back to him) so we didn't know what we were doing for a really long time.

Finally, about two weeks before Christmas and right at the end of the semester, Woody got an email basically saying it was 95% likely he had the internship. We sold our apartment contract, packed up and moved two days after Christmas.

On Christmas, we had pretty much everything packed up except our TV, bed and Christmas stuff, but it was still special. For a full recap, read here!

On the way to CA, we stopped in UT for my cousin Rachel's wedding. Everyone on my mom's side was there, so that was really fun. We got to be there for their sealing, so that was really special,too. It was also my mom's birthday, so I was glad we could be with her. It was great to spend a few days with them!

Once we got to CA, Woody found out he did get the internship.

January 2012
We got to celebrate New Year's with Woody's family.

Woody's internship was at a water treatment plant in Lake Elsinore, which is about an hour from El Segundo. Initially, we were planning on finding a place there to stay, but it was cheaper to stay with Craig & Meri(&Marisa, Angela, Megan, Madi & Chad).

Until I found a job, I explored El Segundo, went to the library, looked for jobs, took pictures and went to the beach. Near the end of January, I got hired at Coldstone in El Segundo. It was really convenient because I could walk there.

I usually worked 11-3 or 4, so I would sleep in, eat breakfast, walk to work, then come home and bother Meri. Sometimes we got lunch and watched Castle or CSI.

Woody left each morning at 6ish and didn't get back til 7:30ish at night. If you can imagine, I became a very clingy wife.

February-April 2012
We had a blast while in CA.
We celebrated our first Valentine's Day together(last year Woody was in CA).
We took lots of beachy sunset shots.
We tried exotic foods.
We ate at In-n-Out, C&O Cucina, North End Caffe, and lots of sushi.
We went to the Farmer's Market.
We went on a day trip to Venice/Malibu.
We went to a Pirate Dinner Adventure.
We went to the LA temple.

I was worried about living with the in-laws because I didn't want to hate them. I was actually surprised by how well we got along. There were a few times when I got annoyed and I'm sure lots of times when they did, but I'm glad that we got the chance to live with them because I feel a lot closer to them now.

Craig and I are both fish lovers, so we got to try lots of fun fishes while I was there. I think we are both having withdrawals. Meri and I spent time shopping, eating tasty foods, perusing all of the Home Goods stores near El Segundo and talking about how we like to be in control. I was definitely ready to leave when we moved out, but I still miss them.

April 2012
We couldn't move into our apartment until about a week after Woody was done with his internship, so we decided to take the long way back to Rexburg and stay in San Francisco for a few days. This was perfect because our 1 year anniversary was on the 9th. We had a good time in San Francisco, but it wasn't a very relaxing trip.

The hotel we stayed in was clean, but not very comfortable. We walked everywhere(which is the only way to do SanFran!) and it rained one of the days, so we were soaked. It was still really fun though. I tried my first macaroon, and I'm still dying for another. We got a caricature done, ate some fun foods and saw a lot of homeless people. We also went to the Jelly Belly factory which was a blast. It was a really interesting tour, and we bought bags of assorted jelly bellys at the end.

It is crazy to me how fast the first year flew by. (Now for the mushy part) When we got married, I thought I could never love anyone more than I loved Woody, but I have been so surprised at how much that love has grown. I love everything about him. He is so incredibly patient with me. He's so compassionate. He does the dishes, laundry and cleans when I am too busy/lazy to and even when I'm not. He motivates me to be better and loves me constantly. I feel so lucky to have him for eternity.

After we left San Francisco, we spent a night in Reno, but that is not noteworthy. Britty had Zoe right before we got back, so we got to see Craig and Meri again only a few days after leaving their house. Zoe is precious and we loved seeing Blake again. (and Britty&Brian, of course). Craig helped us move in (which was great because when we moved out, it was just us two) so that was a big help. We started school and work again on April 17th.

May 2012-Now
We spent the last few months just going to school and working. I've also been doing an internship this semester which has been a great experience. (I'm actually at my internship right now-last day!).

We went to CO in May for my sister's high school graduation. It was really fun to see my family, my grandparents, my dogs, and some of my high school friends. I miss Fort Collins. I was worried it was going to burn to the ground, but luckily the amazing firefighters and the big man upstairs got that under control. It was great to spend some time with my family, especially since we hadn't been there since Thanksgiving.

 Our last day of school is next Friday! We are so excited. I'm spending the summer working 40 hours a week and Woody doesn't know what he's doing yet for work. He is planning on studying for the GRE and searching out which grad schools he wants to apply to. Next July, we will both graduate. I only have 20 credits left, but I decided to space it out so I can still work at my on-campus job.

My sister is coming up to school in Rexburg in the fall and I am really excited. I am also really excited because my mommy is coming up with her for a few days. I miss my family a lot!

Phew! That was long. Congrats if you made it all the way through! We feel really blessed with all of the things we have been able to do in the last year. We are so thankful that Woody's internship worked out and that I was able to find a job in CA and that we could spend time with Woody's family. We have been blessed in so many ways. We are so grateful that we've been able to spend time with both of our families in the last year. We are also thankful we've been able to go to school and have jobs. Such a blessing!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I don't know if anyone actually follows this blog, but in case anyone does, sorry for all the posts! I just transferred a ton of posts from my other blog to this one.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Step Into Womanhood

I wrote this for a class, and it was a hit. Hope you enjoy it ;)

I located the correct aisle from the overhead signs. Aisle 15. I approached the aisle and turned left. I saw what I was looking for on the shelves to my left. The entire stretch of the wall was colored pink, yellow, purple and white.
Feminine products.
I took a deep breath and stepped closer so that I could read the labels. A woman turned down the aisle, so I quickly turned my focus to the diapers next to the feminine products, because an 18-year-old single childless female looking at those was less awkward.
Once she left, I turned back to the feminine products. I scanned the brands and the styles. I knew that I didn’t like cardboard applicators because they were uncomfortable. I knew I didn’t like the off brand because they were generally dry and scratchy. I knew that I didn’t like scented tampons, so I steered clear from those. 

            Finally, I found what I was looking for. I picked them up and then grabbed a box of hair dye in the next aisle to hide the other box I was holding. I walked with my hand down low, stiffly grazing my hip, so that those dreaded items in my hand were out of sight.

I neared the cash registers and searched for an older woman, thinking that that would be the least awkward. All I found was a younger woman, so I decided that would have to do. My face turned a dark shade of pink as I placed my “items for purchase,” up on the rotating belt.
The cashier looked me square in the eye and asked, “Did you find everything alright?”
My pink face quickly turned into a bright red as I responded, “Yes.”
I quickly paid for my items and walked out of the store. As I headed home, I felt an enormous sense of embarrassment. I couldn’t wait to call my mom and tell her how much I appreciated her for buying my pads and tampons for me, and to fill her in on the awkward experience I had just had.
Along with that feeling came a different feeling, too. With every step I took, the feeling grew stronger. I realized suddenly that I had just taken a major step into womanhood. I bought my own feminine products! Next time I had to go through this ritual, it would be so easy. I could stand in the aisle and look without changing my focus if someone walked by. I could walk through the store, holding those tampons high above my head and not feel embarrassed. I could go to any cashier I wanted, even an attractive boy. 
I was a woman now.