Wednesday, November 26, 2008

100 Things About Me

A long time ago my good friend Alisa did this tag on her blog about 100 things about her. I loved it and wanted to do it to. But I didn't have the dedication to do it right away, so I put it on my to do list. Now half a year later I have finally gotten around to it. This was really challenging but enjoyable. I hope that everyone would try to come up with 100 (or at least 25) things about
themselves and put it on their blog!

100 things you might not know about me:

1. I love being tall, and I love wearing tall shoes, therefore I am grateful that Anthony is taller than me even in my highest heels.
2. I think I was blessed with nice looking hands.
3. Anything (pictures, video ect.) put to inspiring music makes me cry.
4. I love family and love being around them.
5. Secret professional aspiration I have always wanted to pursue: a photographer, author, artist, beauty stylist, chef.
6. Secret athletic aspirations I have always wanted to pursue: Gymnast, Ballerina, Cheerleader (the good kind that go to nationals), Swimmer, Cyclist, Triathalon-ist ( pretty much anything you can think of actually).
7. Secret musical aspirations I have always wanted to pursue: guitar/singer/songwriter, Opera singer, Piano, Oh and don’t forget American Idol.
8. I like to highlight things. So I don’t even go there in my textbooks, or it would be one solid block of color.
9. I can palm a men’s basketball.
10. I am co-president and founder of Club-blade, a rollerblading club for cool people. This is how Anthony and I met.
11. Music makes me feel cool: When I workout, when I drive, when I walk.
12. I love Anthony’s deodorant and the way it smells on him, so yes I sniff his armpits.
13. I love manual cars.
14. I have taken over 155 tests in the BYU testing center and still have five months left.
15. There is nothing better than a sharp knife in the kitchen.
16. I tend to not like people the first time I meet them (but after that I usually love them!).
17. I wish that I knew as much about politics as Anthony.
18. When we have our first child, I hope that it is a boy.
19. I love surprises (good ones).
20. My current struggle: Get my masters degree in speech pathology after I graduate vs. start a family.
21. I set a school high jump record in high school.
22. I tore my ACL and MCL in a soccer game during my sophomore year in high school.
23. I get really excited in late spring when I start to get a flip flop tan line.
24. My favorite color is brown.
25. I think farts are really funny. Every time I hear one (from whomever) I can’t help but laugh and laugh and laugh, until I smell it, then of course the fun and games are over.
26. I like to get cheesy emails, my favorites: emails that talk about how blessed we are, emails that are long story jokes, and emails that have funny pictures.
27. I love the food network, and dream about having my own show.
28. I can’t wait until I have the property to plant a fabulous garden.
29. I love to color; it is one of the most relaxing things in the world.
30. I think that I am in heaven when Anthony gives me a foot massage.
31. I wish that I could have the body that I had in high school.
32. My life is emotion. Good and bad.
33. I was the Student Body President of my high school.
34. I wish the weekend was four days long.
35. My favorite holiday is 4th of July.
36. I still get butterflies when I hear Anthony pull into the garage (ok so its not a garage, but our apartment is right by our parking lot and I hear him pull in)
37. I get road rage.
38. I have never been a big accessory person (purses, necklaces, earrings, sunglasses) but I have always wanted to be. It’s just really hard for me to spend money on them, but I am starting to get a good little collection.
39. I HATE studying for tests, but I think it is fun to take them and kind of look forward to it.
40. Someday I want to travel the world with Anthony
41. I like reality TV (the more fake the better!)
42. I miss the old Martha Stewart and her show.
43. I have always been a morning person, until I married Anthony. I still try, but it is hard because we are complete opposites in that sense.
44. Recently I have learned to live life in the present, not always waiting for the future to happen.
45. It will be a miracle if I come up with 100 of these things.
46. I hate it when the plastic things come off the ends of shoelaces.
47. I don’t like wearing make-up.
48. I hate long nails.
49. I can’t wait until we have enough money to buy a Mac computer.
50. My favorite number is 12.
51. I like to mow the lawn and plan on doing it in the future. (Anthony doesn’t know this yet)
52. If my knees would allow, I would love to become a marathoner and do 5 or 6 a year.
53. I find it absolutely delightful that my whole family is on Facebook.
54. I get teary eyed during certain country music videos and old church endorsed commercials (“Family: isn’t it about…time?”)
55. I have serious considerations to go to culinary/pastry school or become a cycling instructor.
56. I look forward to the day that we will have a big comfy couch (a 3 seater) so that Anthony and I could snuggle while we watch movies.
57. Speaking of movies, I think Anthony and I are addicted to the art of picking out and watching movies Redbox and Blockbuster style.
58. I love to laugh.
59. I’m not a very touchy-feely person when I am around people. I love hugging my family and my husband, but with friends and such I feel awkward, consequently it is that awkwardness that causes me to hug them because I don’t know what to do.
60. I think awkward should be spelled differently, like this: aqward.
61. That is probably because I have never been good at spelling. Some words I still have trouble with to this day: whether (this is more of a grammar problem), weird, thought, collage, calendar, grateful, counselor, schedule, chocolate, piece, and tongue.
62. I hate talking on the phone unless it is with my mom.
63. My ideal vacation scene would be spend two months in China and two months in Africa with Anthony, exploring as much as we can, using unlimited funds for travel, souvenirs and food. (Add souvenirs to the list of words I can’t spell, thank goodness for spell-check!)
64.Warm sunlight is the best medicine for feeling down. My future home will have many windows to let the sunlight in!
65. I believe knowledge is one of the best things that we as humans can possess.
66. Being a primary teacher has truly added to my testimony.
67. I hope to be an influence in the world, even if it is just in my own home.
68. I am thankful for the influence that Anthony has had in my life, he has developed and cultivated in me a love and tolerance for other religions, cultures, and people.
69. If I could be any other race I would choose to be Latin American of some sort preferably Brazilian.
70. I doodle and re-trace my notes when I talk on the phone.
71. My favorite celebrity is Bobby Flay. I love his culinary style and hope to one day go to Mesa Grill in Las Vegas!
72. I love the smells and colors in Fall, the holidays in Winter, the feeling of anticipation in the Spring, and the warmth in the Summer.
73. Each season brings a new palate of food, I love this cycle, and enjoying each item in its season.
74. If I had to choose between a family of all girls (max 4!) or a family of all boys, I would choose all boys.
75. I look forward to the joys, blessings and trials of motherhood.
76. If I start my day with a workout, it goes 10 times better.
77. I loved being in high school.
78. I don’t touch things it public bathrooms unless I have a barrier of paper towel between my hand and the object. Thanks mom!
79. I like to make people laugh.
80. Sometimes you just need a cheesy Lifetime movie.
81. I want to learn French.
82. I do my best work when I have procrastinated and am crunched for time.
83. I believe selfless service and unlimited outward expression of love is the key to a happy marriage.
84. I was a dancer when I was younger and sometimes wish I would have stuck with it. I think I would enjoy the extreme demand of ballet.
85. I absolutely HATE putting away folded laundry.
86. I go though phases where I don’t care what people think of me, I wish I could live my whole life like this. (to a healthy degree of course)
87. I like random holidays that people make up. At work we used to have one on the calendar for every day of the week and would really celebrate them.
88. I feel that I have a very deep and unique relationship with my dad.
89. I hope to one day live in Idaho. I love Idaho!
90. I wish I could be a better friend.
91. It is weird to imagine life when Anthony and I will graduate in the spring. All we have known for the last three years is being in school and part time jobs.
92. If someone sneezes in the car, a window must be rolled down immediately. I have a fear a sneeze clouds.
93. I hope newspapers never become obsolete.
94. I had a near perfect childhood with wonderful parents and a wonderful home life. I can only hope to come close to creating this life for my children.
95. I painted for a school district for four summers (buildings and stuff). I still have cravings to paint things, and I am always analyzing peoples paint jobs to see how well they were able to edge.
96. I wish Lauren Hill would come back and do her thing.
97. If I could be an author of any book I would choose a cookbook
98. Anthony is the greatest thing in my life
99. I loved our wedding day, some days I wish I could go back and do it all over again!
100. I am truly thankful that Anthony will be mine forever.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Little Updates; Big Deals

This is my official post about little meaningless things but somehow create a big deal in my world. Perhaps a few of you can relate.

1. Little Thing: Spiders.

Lately we have been finding a few more of these friends around our apartment than we would like. A couple months back for about two weeks in a row, I killed a spider every morning. I actually got used to it and got to the point where I didn't scream, and I didn't think that the spider would jump up and bite me before I got to it, and I didn't think that it would attack me through my shoe. (OK fess up ladies, I know some of you have had these thoughts before doing the unspeakable) I even was able to get used to the crunch that it made, though it still made me gag. That was before this little guy came along, and two other family members in the following days.

Why it is a Big Deal:

DO YOU SEE THIS! Just be thankful you don't have this guy crawling around in your house. If you haven't noticed, it is red. If you put this guy on a quarter, his legs would extend past the edges.

2. Little Thing: Caramel Apples

Fall is my favorite month for food. I love the warmth and spice of the dishes. One of my favorite things to make and eat are caramel apples.

Why it is a Big Deal:

When you have an apple pie caramel apple recipe that is super easy and tastes amazing, caramel apples turn into big deals.

For those who care:
Crush up vanilla wafers, add some cinnamon and white sugar, roll onto your favorite caramel dipped apple and drizzle with white chocolate. So easy but it tastes just like apple pie!

3. Little Thing: Twilight

I am reading Twilight for the first time. It took me about 50 pages before I was completely hooked. I never thought this could happen to me.

Why it is a Big Deal:

Some already know this, but for those of you who don't, I severely made fun of and let readers of this series know how much I hated everything about it, even though I knew nothing. So for me reading this book and admitting my addiction is a REALLY BIG DEAL. Who knows, next it may be Harry Potter. I do not know what changed that made me want to read it, maybe it is perhaps the movie that came out, and the feeling that I have to read it in order to see the movie. All I know is that I saw the paper back at Costco for $6 and I thought I would give it a shot. It's easy mindless entertainment and who isn't a fan of that right? My only regret about not reading it earlier is that the book I bought was honoring the movie so it shows all the characters on the cover. This disables my ability to create my own characters because I am forced to use the characters from the movie, and anyone who enjoys reading knows that the best part is how you paint it in your mind!