May 29, 2009

Just in case you were wondering

Brett and I had our six month checkups at the dentist last night. After what happened last time, you can imagine how terrified I was. The appointment started with a cleaning, as usual, and me watching Twilight on the TV above my chair to take my mind off of things. This is something that I love about our dentist's office. They have a long list of movies to choose from, and there is a TV mounted on the ceiling above each chair. It's brilliant! After the dental assistant was done with my cleaning the dentist came in, I was so nervous that I couldn't focus on the movie. While he was poking at my teeth with the small metal hook in his hand I just kept waiting for him to call out numbers, like he did last time, to let the assistant know which of my teeth had cavities. To my surprise, and relief, he didn't say a word the whole time. Then when he was finished, and finally spoke, his words were like music to my ears. "You are cavity free."

After a few seconds of imagining myself jumping up and dancing around the room, I yelled into the next room where Brett was having his teeth cleaned:

"Did you hear that, Brett?" I asked

"No cavities?" he responded

"NO CAVITIES!!" I said back with pure happiness in my voice

Then it was Brett's turn to see the dentist. He started poking, and was again silent as he worked. When he finished examining Brett's teeth, he said with a smile "You are a cavity free family."

It made me want to drive straight to Coldstone {I didn't, but I wanted to.} and order a Gotta have it sized cake batter ice cream with extra cookie dough! Can't find more sugar anywhere.

May 25, 2009

Viva!

I love Las Vegas! This was such an amazing trip. We stayed at the Las Vegas Hilton, and really didn't leave much because everything we needed was right there in the hotel. I have to tell you, we ate the most amazing meal of our lives while we were there! It is a restaurant in the hotel called TJ's Steakhouse, and it was to die for. I have never eaten anything that tasted so good. Not only was the meal amazing, but I found my new favorite wine! I really hope they sell it at the liquor stores in Utah. If not, my heart may be broken.

The convention went really well, and it was a great experience. There was so much to see, and a lot of great SWAG was being handed out. The only let down was the booth with the baby Liger. You could get your picture taken with it for a donation, and the first two days we didn't have any cash on us, so we just planned on going back the third day, and I was so looking forward to it. But when we got to their booth that morning it was gone. Bummer.

We did make it over to the Bellagio so that I could see the fountain show, which was awesome! Then we went over to the Stratosphere to ride the Big Shot. It was scary, and fun all at the same time. I would definitely recommend it. Brett wanted to do the other two rides that hung you off of the side of the tower, but I was a chicken.

We had a ton of fun, and I can't wait to go back!

video

Oh, I almost forgot. The book that we listened to on the way down was hysterical. Anyone who is a fan of Chelsea Handler should go pick it up!

May 14, 2009

On the road again


We are headed back to fabulous Las Vegas! This time we are going for work though, so there will be less playing than last time, but it will still be a blast. We are leaving on Saturday morning, and will be gone for almost a week! Every year the company that I work for goes to Vegas for a convention, and this year is the first year that I get to join them. The best part about the whole thing is that Brett gets to come with me! We are driving down so that we can take all of the "stuff", and then everyone else will fly in on Sunday. I have heard the convention is an amazing experience, and I can't wait to see what it is all about.

I really love taking road trips with my husband! There is always something funny to see along the way, good music, lots of laughter, snacks, pit stops, but the best part of it all is just getting to spend quality time together. I am usually singing way to loud, and way off key, most times even using the wrong words, but that's why Brett loves me! This time we are bringing a book on tape with us, and I can't wait! It's going to be a good one. It's written by one of our favorite comedians, Chelsea Handler, it's called Are you there vodka? It's me Chelsea. I will tell you all about it when we get back.

Las Vegas here we come!! See you suckers in a week!

The pursuit of happiness - day 8



One thing that makes me happy today is the fact that I recently acquired this little beauty! It's not exactly what my bike looks like, but it is the same color and style, so you get the idea. Joeli won it at school for a fitness challenge a year or two ago, and decided recently that she didn't want it anymore. I have been wanting one, and it's in great shape. She only ever rode it once. So I worked out a deal with her for a purchase that had something to do with coloring her hair. It is going to be such a fun thing to have for the summer! I love it.

I am also happy today that I get to go home tonight and hang out with Brett. After all, he is my favorite person in the whole world! We don't have any plans, and that's just the way I like it!

Last night we took the longboards out on a cruise around the neighborhood. It was so much fun! I am still learning, but getting better each time. Who knows what adventure the evening will bring? A movie? maybe. Longboarding or bike riding? very likely! Delicious dinner of tortellini, and garlic Alfredo sauce with garlic bread? Most definitely!

What makes you happy today?

May 13, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 7

I am happy today because I finally got my hair colored. I needed it so bad! It has been like two months since the last time I had it done! It's pretty dark, but I love it. A special thank you to my hair stylist! You are the best{You know who you are}! Wadya think?

I am also happy about this picture that Brett just sent me via text message:



This plant is outside in our walk out, and it's blooming! It's one of my favorite plants out there. It grows so fast, and always looks so green, and bright. I definitely cannot take any of the credit for how amazing our walk out looks, because all I did to help was plant a few {and by few I mean three. Out of like one hundred} of the initial plants in the beginning. The rest was all Brett & Kristi. They are the green thumbs in our house. I can't even keep a house plant alive for very long. I'm pretty sure this is a big part of why I should never have children.....

What are you happy about today?

May 12, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 6

I have been having a great time learning to play the piano. Tonight is my fifth lesson, and that is what makes me happy today. Every lesson is a little bit more challenging than the last, and I love the feeling of accomplishment that I get every time I go and show off what I learned the week before. I am really glad to be working towards the goal of crossing off one of my bucket list items!

What are you happy about today?

Turns out my piano lesson was canceled today, so instead we went and saw the new baby that lives with the miniature horses in our neighborhood. Then took Aimee to fly kites at the park around the corner. I couldn't take any pictures because I didn't grab the memory card for the camera, but I think that it ended up being a much more fun night than I thought it would. :) That makes me happy!

May 11, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 5

Yesterday was the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice. Brett and I haven't watched it yet, but it is on our DVR and we will be watching it tonight. This is the one reality show that we actually like. I am excited about this for a few reasons, but mostly just so that I can watch Annie Duke kick Joan Rivers' ass in the final challenge. Joan and Melissa Rivers were both on this season, which was a HUGE mistake. Did you hear that, Donald? They were on opposite teams towards the end, and it was painful to watch them trying to defend each other in the board room. Two weeks ago Melissa got fired. Hallelujah. Below is a video of the tantrum they threw after it happened. It is pretty pathetic. They are both ridiculous, and I wish they would've gone away sooner. I can't wait to see what happens!!

FYI - Joan Rivers won. I think it's bullshit.

May 10, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 4


I really thought that I would have a hard time finding something to be happy about today. This is, after all, my first mothers day without my mom. I am fighting with my emotions today, however, today was the day that we got to celebrate our anniversary tradition. Kite Flying. One month before our first anniversary Brett was in an accident. {Maybe I should post about that for those of you who haven't heard the story} Needless to say, by the time our anniversary came around there was no money for anything fancy. Brett's mobility was limited, and he wanted to do something fantastic. He conspired with his parents to surprise me with an afternoon of flying kites. It was so much fun! We decided that day that we would continue flying kites every year on our anniversary as a tradition. We don't always get around to it on the actual day of our anniversary, so sometimes we save it for the following weekend. It is something that I always look forward to!
What are you happy about today?

May 9, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 3

There are so many reasons to be happy today! First, and foremost {drumroll please} Chaz, Shay, Ashley, and Hunter are coming over tonight! Not only are they coming over, but we are going to dinner at our new favorite restaurant, The Hibachi House. Then we are going to play Rockband. I love Saturday's!!


What are you happy about today?

May 8, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 2

About 4 years ago I was given a pair of sandals that no longer fit my niece. Yes, it is true, I get hand me downs from children. She was 12 at the time and I was 20, so what. I have small feet, get over it. Anyway! They were my favorite shoes in the whole world, and I wore them everywhere. They were SO comfortable. At the beginning of 2007 we decided to sell our house, and right before we closed we took a 10 day road trip to California. Somewhere during the road trip or moving all of our stuff, I'm not sure which, I lost one of them. It was a very sad day for me, but I figured I would find it somewhere while we were unpacking. I never did. I never threw away the other one though, because I have kept the hope alive that I would someday find it. I have finally come to the realization that this is never going to happen.

I know, I bet you are wondering what this has to do with being happy, right? Well, last night I discovered that REI still carries them, and has them in stock!! I called the store to verify what the website said, and it was true. They are holding them for me, and Brett is going to pick them up while I am at work today! I am so HAPPY that I will have another pair. Who knew someone could be this excited about a pair of shoes? Aren't they lovely?

May 7, 2009

The pursuit of happiness - day 1

My friend Allison did this on her blog and it seems like fun, so I'm going to play along! For 8 days straight {without fail} I am going to post the thing{s} that makes me happy for that particular day.

Today I am happy about a few things. First things first! Today is the first day of the sixth year of my marriage. I am pretty stoked about that! Second thing is the fact that I got to ride into work with Brett today. He went out to Grantsville to ride four wheelers with his dad, and my office just so happens to be along the way. So there was really no point in driving separate. I love it when I get to ride in with him for three reasons:
1} I get to spend an extra 35 minutes with him before we have to say goodbye for the day
2} It makes my commute a lot less boring because I get to talk to him the whole way and
3} We get to use the carpool lane, and in turn we don't get stuck in those horrid pockets of traffic that suck you in at the same damn places every day along the whole route when you are driving alone.

It seriously made my day! The next best part about the whole thing is that he gets to come pick me up at work too!!

Here's where you come in. I want to challenge 8 of my friends to participate in the 8 days of happiness. So the lucky 8 of you are:

Brandie - Chelsie - Day - Gwen - Janese - Jessica - Kathleen - Taylee

What makes you happy today?

May 6, 2009

Warning! Sappy love post ahead.....

Our big day! May 6, 2004
Today marks our fifth year of marriage. Did you hear me? I said fifth! That's a long time, people. It doesn't seem like it though, that's for sure. It seems like our wedding was just yesterday. I have had so much fun over the past five years of being married to this man! We have been through a lot together, and I can't imagine my life without him in it. He always knows how to make me smile when I am sad, he is an amazing cook, lets me sleep in on the weekends, makes me want to be a better person, can make me laugh at any given moment, prefers to buy me flowers 'just because' instead of on holidays, supports my hobbies, watches chick flicks with me, teaches me new things, tells me I'm beautiful even when I'm not feeling it, takes me new places, spoils me rotten, cuddles with me, plays games whenever I want him to, and makes me feel loved. I could go on and on, but you get the idea!

Happy Anniversary Honey!! You are my favorite!!

Must've been bad

So this morning on my way to work I saw the most hilarious thing written on the back window of a ladies car! I wish I had a picture to show you, but I couldn't get a good shot before she got off the next exit. This is no joke! It said:
Just Divorced!!
(finally)
I could not stop laughing!! Her husband must have been a huge dick for her to want to announce it to the whole world {at least everyone in the commute, anyway}. But really, who does that?

May 5, 2009

The Serpent Tide

Rating: 3 Stars

The one word I would use to sum up this book: Entertaining

This book was a gift from Chaz and Shay for my birthday last year, and I just recently got around to reading it. {sorry guys!} All in all this was a really good book! It is written by a woman named K.L. Fogg who is from Utah. I would tell you my version, but I would hate to spoil it, so here is a brief overview from the website:

Wesley Vandergrift wonders why he isn't like the other boys in his coastal South Carolina town. It's not easy being the son of an eccentric billionaire mother. His life consists of big secrets in a big mansion and only one friend. Overprotected and insulated from the rest of the world, Wesley yearns for the kind of exciting outdoor adventures he sees on "The Snake Stalker"-his favorite TV program, starring the charming Jack Mackey. Now through a twist of fate, Wesley meets someone who knows his hero Jack Mackey-a real-live relative. And soon Wesley finds himself in more of an adventure than he bargained for. Dare to take the plunge with Wesley on an exciting journey of shipwrecks, venomous snakes, and kidnappers. The legendary curse of the Serpent Tide will forever change Wesley's life-and, perhaps, yours.

It was definitely a good book. I liked the action, and it kept me interested the whole time. Thanks Chaz and Shay!!

There are two more books to the series that I plan to read. The second is titled Widow's Revenge, and the third is titled Diamondback Cave.

Have you read The Serpent Tide? What did you think?

May 4, 2009

The Color Purple


Title: The Color Purple

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Color Purple is a film adaptation of Alice Walker's novel of the same name. I read the book about six years ago, and loved it! So naturally I was up for the challenge when Psonya presented me with the idea to watch and review this movie, {it's her favorite!} in exchange for her to do the same with my favorite movie.

To be completely honest with you, I have to say that I was not that impressed with the film version of the story. I think that the book was wonderful, and I was pretty disappointed after I watched the movie. Part of the problem when making a book into a movie is always the fact that you can't cram all of the story into two hours. So naturally there were pieces missing. The cast for the film had a LOT of big named actors/actresses: Oprah, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Laurence Fishburne are just a few. I think that with the cast in mind I expected the movie to be much better than it turned out to be. I do however, think that Oprah gave an amazing performance. Most of the time I forgot that it was even her that I was watching. She really did a great job of playing Sophie. With that said, I really don't think that any of the other actors/actresses gave it their all. It could've been done much better, in my opinion.

I also think that one of the things that made it hard to watch was the pace. It was so slow. I think that the story works well for a book because it is something that you read a few chapters here and there, then put it down for a while, which helps to break it up a little. But watching the whole movie at once I found myself bored.

I am really bummed that I didn't like the movie. I was really hoping that it would be as good as the book. I do find that most times the movie is never as good as the book to me though, so maybe I am just a sucker for turning pages. I also have to say that I usually tend to like movies that are a little more fast paced, and not so sad. This is truly a depressing story, and maybe that's why I think it is better for me to read it. Then I can put it down and give my brain a rest from all of the sadness.

The movie that I picked for Psonya is very different. Who knows, maybe she won't like it and it will all come down to the fact that we just have different taste in movies. We'll see! She's posting her review today, too. So CLICK HERE to see what she thinks of Green Street Hooligan's.

Sorry Psonya!!

Have you seen The Color Purple? What did you think?

May 2, 2009

Here you go Chaz!


Chaz is always bitching that I don't update the blog enough, and in turn he has nothing to do at work. So Chaz, this is for you!!
Isn't he pretty?