Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow days!

On Monday evening it started snowing.....
...... and snowing...............

......and snowing........
......................and snowing................

............and snowing..............................

.... and snowing.....

...........and snowing.......

It snowed from Monday night until the wee hours of Wednesday morning! Oh, did I also mention, it snowed most of Sunday as well? Our back porch looked a little something like this:



School was cancled for Tuesday afternoon (a real pain in the butt for the law students, who had to have exams reschedueled) and school was also cancled for all day today (Wednesday). I was supposed to have an exam this morning, so I'm not exactly thrilled about it. Rob and Lisa, on the other hand, were both thrilled. As an undergrad, Lisa's finals don't start until next week, so all she had was canceld class. And Rob got out of work early on Tuesday and didn't have to be into work until noon today. As for me... sleeping in was nice... but lets face it, wouldn't YOU rather just get your finals over with, rather than drag out the impending doom??

Monday, November 30, 2009

Go Cougs!

Over Thanksgiving break, my dad managed to land tickets to the much anticipated BYU v. UofU game! My Cougs did me proud and won in overtime, 26-23!
More Thanksgiving pictures to come soon! ( :

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mamma and Padre Baker to visit!

I feel sort of like the discarded, cast-off eldest child. You know, like the new toy that suddenly isn't new anymore and gets thrown into the closet to collect dust. Or the puppy... yes, the puppy (my Dad's analogy) the puppy who is so delightful when small, but forgotten and neglected once it turns into a grown dog. This often happens when you're the oldest child... and other oldest children can surely attest to this trend. Here we are, the first of the baby birds to leave the nest, and the parents can't wait to get rid of us! (So much for the sad, teary-eyed mother, broken-hearted that her baby girl is moving so far away). Oh no, no such tears for us eldest children. For us, the parting is joyful... and possibly (dare I say...) anticipated?? But fear not, I actually have a theory as to why this happens... and that is, it's because we "broke them in" as parents, so they probably have many, many scarring memories they are trying to suppress, and the very sight or mention of reuniting with their eldest of children suddenly adds AT LEAST 10 grey hairs to their head. (Or maybe that's just me?!)

In any event, I've found that since my itsy baby sister Lisa moved out to live with us, there has been a sudden spike in phone calls from home, emails from home, letters from home, and (gasp!) even VISITS from home!! Its incredible! And as I sit here, reveling in the happiness that comes from being rediscovered (like that toy, or the dog in the backyard) and loved again, I try my darnedest to repress the truth that this spike in attention is only because my baby sister (who is--in case you hadn't caught on--NOT the oldest child in the family) is now living with me.

Sigh.

Okay, so I might be acting slightly factious... but, it IS true that my parents flew all the way out to Nebraska to see dear Lisa (and yes, I'm pretty sure the motivating factor WAS Lisa...), and so I like to play up the whole cast-off child act... its fun ( : Anyway, I'm being silly, because whether or not Lisa was their ulterior motive for visiting, honestly, it WAS really fun to have them out to visit! It was a really random, last minute decision to come, in which they spent a lot of money to get a last minute plane ticket and a lot of money for last minute tickets to the Nebraska/Oklahoma game (an amazing feat, in an of itself, given the level of obsessiveness that Nebraskans place on their football team, AND the fact that Oklahoma is a big rival). It was sort of a whirl wind visit for them, but it was great fun! My only complaint was the moron sitting behind me at the game with the really loud whistle... not to mention his buddy who's entire vocabulary was made up of the word F*** (you know the one I'm talking about).
But it was fun to have them here... and the best part is, they weren't here long enough to drive me crazy!! (Haha, kidding mom)

Here's a few pictures:


This is Lisa marching down to the staduim... you can't see her cause she's so short! Heehee.


This is what she looks like when she's not being covered up by tall people:


The Pride of all Nebraska!!


Julie and Robbie Baby! Rob and I both have this complex about wearing red to a football game... it just goes against our nature as true blue Cougar fans. Still, I swallowed my pride and wore a red Oxford jaket. As you can see, Rob, on the other hand, couldn't even do that!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Remember, remember...



Remember, Remember the 5th of November,


The gunpowder treason and plot,


I see no reason


Why the gun powder treason


Should ever be forgot.




Happy Bonfire Night, Londoners!





Friday, October 30, 2009

Gasp!! Where's the fire?!?!

My sister, Lisa is living with Rob and I right now. And you know what? Living with Lisa is just always an adventure. This is mostly because her life is so unpredictable. And she is unpredictable because she seems to attract accidents like a magnet. And I'm seriously not kidding! No one gets in as many accidents as Lisa. (I swear, she has a whole slew of guardian angels assigned to her and they're ALL working overtime!) You think I'm kidding? Let me demonstrate...

How 'bout the time she electrocuted herself while trying to fix her radio while it was still plugged into the wall... (lots of "green flashing light," some singed hair, and a couple of minus of unconsciousness and the radio worked again!)

...or the time she tripped while changing into her pajamas and smacked her head on a rusty bed frame while camping (15 stitches later and she still has a scar... who walks around while taking their shirt off anyway?!?!!)...

....then there was that time she ran into her friend's car WHILE IT WAS PARKED in a restaurant parking lot(just one of many car accidents for Lisa)...

...and did I mention that while on band tour last Christmas break she walked into a pole at Disney land? I seriously thought that only happened in movies! I didn't know people actually ran into poles in real life! Lisa+pole=broken sunglasses, black eye and 7ish stitches above her left eye....

....oh, and that same Christmas break she managed to land stitches above the other eye when the dog scratched her....

... and it'd be a shame if you forgot about the time she sewed her finger into the sewing machine (yes, the needle broke off into the tip of her finger)...

... and Lisa also has the perfect Frankenstein Halloween costume after she slipped on the ice at school, broke her finger, had to get pins surgically put into her finger. Now she has a scar that quite accurately resembles what I imagine a Frankenstein finger to look like....

(sigh) Never a dull moment with Lisa!

Her newest accident: burning the eggs at 6 in the morning.

Not a big deal, you say?? I woke up this morning to the fire alarm screaming above my head. I freakin' thought the apartment was on fire!! We jumped out of bed and opened the bedroom door to asses the damage. But no, no... no fire. It was just Lisa burning her eggs. Her face was so funny when Rob and I barreled out of our bedroom door. She was just grinning sheepishly and said, "Don't worry guys, it's just me."

Oh, right. I forgot. I have an accident magnet living under the same roof as me.

(Heaven help us!!)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Scarecrow Smackdown

This is hilarious!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Novel Bloggness

Hey friends!

Just thought I'd let everyone know that I now have a blog to log my progress on my novel publishing adventure! If you feel curious at all, the link to the blog is at the side of the page. Basically, it's just a compilation of some of my thoughts and progress updates on this one-of-a-kind roller coaster of a ride to a published product! At this current stage in the game, I'm working on my query letter/synopsis. Its a kind of cover letter and summary that is supposed to go to agents along with a sample section of the book to wet their interest in the full manuscript. As I move along in the process I'll be sure to keep you updated on all the rejections and hopefully small successes that I encounter along the way.

I would love all the comments and support you have to offer, and I hope you all have a chance to read the finished product someday! (fingers crossed!)Love you all!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Romantic Sunday Walks

Last night Rob and I went on a walk around our spiffy new apartment complex.

We found a bridge.

There was water running under the bridge.

Bridge and water inspired a spitting contest.

Gues who won....

I did. Hands down. Three to zilch. Rob didn't have a prayer... he wasn't even close enough to argue that it should have been a tie.

Were my best friends growing up guys? Oh yeah! You bet they were!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Steph's "The Host" to Become a Movie!

Sooooo excited!! Just read this article on the MTV website:

After the November release of "New Moon," there may be only three more movies (at most) to come from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" vampire saga, but it looks like the author will continue to be present on the big screen for a long time to come. Meyer's first adult novel, "The Host," is being adapted for a feature film, according to Variety.

Published in May 2008, "The Host" tells the story of how a species of compassionate aliens called "souls" have invaded Earth and assumed control of the minds of almost every human on the planet. A soul named Wanderer invades the body of woman named Melanie Stryder, who manages to make Wanderer share her body instead of taking it over entirely. They set off on a journey to locate Stryder's lost love, Jared, who is one of the last unaffected humans and remains in hiding.

Andrew Niccol has been tapped to write the script and direct. Niccol's writer/director credits include the Ethan Hawke sci-fi flick "Gattaca" and the Nicolas Cage action movie "Lord of War." Niccol also wrote the Jim Carrey-starring "The Truman Show." According to the Variety report, producers first began to consider Niccol after Meyer said her favorite sci-fi films were "Gattaca" and "Truman."

Meyer had previously rejected bids to adapt "Host," but eventually gave the OK after producers made a substantial offer and a displayed a willingness to collaborate with her on the project.

"We wanted Stephenie to be involved in the adaptation and have her endorse and be part of the creative decisions," Nick Wechsler, one of the producers, said. "['Twilight'] has proven she knows more about what works than most."

Wechsler, along with Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, used their own funds to acquire the rights to "The Host." All three receive producer credits on "The Road," the upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Back in April 2008, Meyer told MTV News what her dream cast for "The Host" would be. "With 'The Host,' I think the actors could be really big names," she said. "That would be cool. I'd love to see Robert Redford put on a beard and be Jeb; he would be amazing. ... Matt Damon has some very Jared-esque qualities, and then [I'd love to see] Casey Affleck as Ian and Ben Affleck as Kyle. Imagine the interplay."

Dude.... where's my band??

Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate scored the winning touchdown in Saturday's victory over Michigan State, but what has everyone talking about Tate three days later isn't the score itself, it's the way he celebrated afterward: Tate did a flying leap into the Michigan State band.

Tate explained that as he launched himself into mid-air, he was thinking it was the Notre Dame band he was going to celebrate with:

"I thought the people were going to catch me, but I forgot that was Michigan State's band," Tate said. "And, like, I jumped up and they scattered real quick and there was the ground hitting me hard."

Heehee...whoops! Blonde moment!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Miracle Crashes

In the 1980 Holiday Bowl, where BYU was matched up against SMU, BYU was spiralling down out of control. For all the effort they were putting into the game, it seemed as though BYU's defense just couldn't handle the strength of the SMU offense. Down by three touchdowns in the 4th quarter, with only 4 minutes left in the game, there were many a stalwart Cougar fans leaving the stadium, convinced that the game was about to end in another crushing bowl defeat.

But the game wasn't over, not for Jim McMahon, that is. Furious at the lack of support from the BYU crowd, McMahon screamed at the fans that the game was not over yet. It was when LaVell Edwards was about to kick the ball off at a 4th down that McMahon decided to take matters into his own hands. "How am I supposed to win the game, coach, if you kick off right here and don't allow us to convert to a first down?" (This was the story relayed to me by my dad... if there are any indescrepancies, take it up with Papa Bear). "Alright Jim," I can just hear coach LaVell Edwards saying, "go ahead and get us a first!"

And he did!

Again, and again and again. With the future NFL quarter back, Jim McMahon, leading the way, the Cougar offense scored two 2 more touchdowns, putting them at 45-39 with the SMU defense, less than a touchdown away from victory. With 13 seconds left in the game, the Cougar offense took over at the 41 yard line. After two incomplete passes, and as the clock expired, McMahon threw a Hail Mary into the end zone. Smothered by SMU defenders, BYU tight end Clay Brown somehow managed to leap up and haul in the football, scoring one of the most miraculous touch downs in college football history!! With the score tied, BYU's Kurt Gunther kicked for the extra point, giving BYU a 46-45 victory over the Mustangs.

This spectacular 4th quarter come-back game was appropriately labeled the "Miracle Bowl."

Wearing our Cougar Bule on Saturday, thoroughly defeated and depressed, and upon contemplating why BYU didn't have any more of those "Miracle Bowls" left in them, my sister Lisa pipped up from the back seat, "Well, at least they have Miracle Crashes!"

Truer words have never been spoken! Looking at BYU's past losses, its amazing--and, dare I say "Miraculous"?--that when they lose, they don't JUST "lose." They TANK! And I'm not just talking about their spectacular 28-54 loss against Florida State on Saturday. Take last season, for example. After passing most of the season with flying colors, winning finally got the best of our beloved Cougars, when they were slaughtered by TCU, 7-32. And then lets not forget that painful Utah game, in which we lost, 24-48. The bowl game, while slightly better for ware, was still lost by a good touch down and a half lead by Arizona, ending the game at 21-31.

So as I sit here looking for the bright side in this sad turn of events for the 2009 Cougar football season, I'm forced to admit that although my Cougars might lose a game or two, at least they lose spectacularly!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rise and Shout!!!

BYU: 14.... Oklahoma: 13
Sorry, I couldn't resist a post.... it's a great day to be a Cougar fan!! Good job to the boys in blue!! They played great tonight!! RISE AND SHOUT COUGAR FANS!!! WHOOOOOO!!! Rob and I in Cougar Blue, out tailgating and watching the game!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Catching Fire

I hate to bother you all with yet again ANOTHER book reccomendation, but I have just finished the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Last year I read the Hunger Games (or maybe it was early this year?? I can't remember) and reccomended it on my blog. Seriously... this is not a reccommendation to ignore!! These books are fabulous! Absolutely, 100% fabulous! They will keep you up late at night mulling over every little plot line twist and turn and wondering if things could have turned out differently. You'll get lost in the characters and the complicated world of Panem. But most of all, they will leave you salivating, hanging on the edge of your seat for the thrid and final installment!! (That being said, if you don't like to be left waiting... maybe its best to wait til all three are out so you can just go through them all at once!) Take my advice, clear you weekend when you start them... The Hunger Games are every bit as addicting as Twilight and HP (for all you Twihards and HP fans!)

Happy reading!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Another Good Read...

I know I just barely recomended a book, but I have another one for you to read! This one is called "Water for Elephants" by Sara GruenIts a fabulous book if anyone is still looking for a good "end-of-the-summer" read!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This one time, at Band Camp...

Its crazy how sometimes you can be so busy and yet feel like nothing has happened at all. This is how I feel at the moment. Although it is quite clear that I've been a big fat blogger-slacker lately, despite the fact that I've been ridiculously busy, I don't feel like I have anything to write about! This is obviously untrue... if I was really THAT busy, I would have lots of things to write about. So here is my pathetic attempt to come up with something worthwhile to say....

First thing is first... after a dramatic exit from Pocatello, ID (you'll have to ask her the whole story sometimes) my sister Lisa came to live with Rob and I. She has since settled into Lincoln quite nicely... and has just barely become a member of the UNL marching band! Sorry BYU fans, Lisa is going to be a Big Red fan. She now gets to experience the joys of college marching band--including all the practices and ridiculously long game days! I'm so proud my little sissy is going to be a college band nerd like me!! Here she is at her opening performance:By the way, did I mention that about 10,000 plus people show up to this band performance?? Yeah... crazy! That's what I thought too! My sissy poo is so cute! I'm sad she's not going to be a BYU fan like Rob and I, but it's still so fun to see her doing college band! Go Lisa!

Other than that, school has started again. I say "started again," but really, it's just that I've gotten more classes. Since I've been doing summer school all summer, it's not much of a change, other than I have more credits on my plate. This semester I'm taking education law, con law I, entertainment law, advanced legal research and law and medicine. Should be some good times! I'm most excited about entertainment law! It'll be a fun class!

Rob also celebrated his 26th birthday! He's officially sounding old to me... yikes! What is scary is that I'm going to be 26 in only 3 short years... oh dear... okay, I don't really want to think about that right now. Scary.

Oh yeah, since Lisa has moved in, we're moving to a different--MUCH NICER--apartment in a month. Yay! I'm seriously counting down the days til we get out of this dump...

Also, during my blogging hiatis, I read a really great book. You might have heard of it because there is a movie that just came out about it. The book is called, "My Sister's Keeper," but Jodi Picoult:I haven't seen the movie yet, but the book was FABULOUS!! I highly reccommend it to anyone who needs a good read... and even though its kind of a girly book, I'll probably even reccomend it to my football stud brother, Paul. ( :

Anyway, that's all I have to write about right now. I'll try to do better with keeping everyone updated now that I've sort of settled into a routine!!

Cheers!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cockroaches the size of house cats!

Last week I mentioned to my mom (who is absolutely revolted by roaches) that Rob and I hadn't even seen a cockroach in our Lincoln apartment. Lots of crickets--yes.... lots of spiders--yes, but no roaches. There wasn't any wood available, so I couldn't knock on it. But I should have.

Yesterday, Rob and I were watching a movie on our couch. The movie had just ended and I was snuggling up to Rob all comfortable like. Then all the sudden I glance up and I see this HUGE blob of shadow scuttling across the back of our couch. Poor Rob. I think I might have busted his ear drum with my shriek. I jumped up and flipped on the lights as fast as I could. To my horror, there was a HUGE cockroach on the back of our couch.

EEEEEeeeeeeeek!!!!!!!!!!

GROSS! This thing was the size of a small mouse!!! Rob chivalrously killed it (with my binder, no less... now I have cockroach guts all over it) and then spent the next couple minutes trying to identify what kind of roach it was. I finally had to tell him to give it up and throw it away before he pulled out a microscope to examine it further.

Boys *eye roll*.

Moral of the story? Always knock on wood....



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Monday, July 6, 2009

The only thing worse than a broken air conditioner on a road trip...

... is when you've just BARELY paid $400 bucks to repalce it. Yes that's right. Remember when I told you that we were planning on getting our AC fixed for the road trip?

Well we did.

Fix it, that is.

The problem is, that Tam the mechanic conviniently forgot to clean out the water tubes connected to the AC. Without the water tubes being cleaned out, it wouldn't matter that the AC was fixed because there was still gunk clogging the water tubes. Which essentially means that whoever is sitting in the passenger side seat will be resting their feet in two inches of water. This little forgetfullness on the part of Tam is frustrating in and of itself, because Rob's conversation with Tam went a little something like this:

Rob: Tam, can you make sure to clean out the tubes too so we don't get water on the floor?

Tam: Sure, sure. No problem.

Later that day after picking up the car...

Rob: Tam, did you clean out the tubes?

Tam: Oh yeah, tubes cleaned. No problem.

The next day, half way to Utah we start getting water pooling ALL OVER the passenger side of the car (which happened to be MY side of the car at the time). Rob called Tam.

Rob: TAM, YOU MORON!! I THOUGT YOU CLEANED OUT THE TUBES?

Tam: What? No, cleaned out filter but not tubes.

Rob: TAM!!! I HATE YOU!!!

Tam: So sorry. Bring it in right now. I fix.

Rob: TAM! I'M HALF WAY TO UTAH!! I CAN'T BRING IT IN!!!

Tam: Car still under warranty. Bring in when you get back.

Okay, so Rob wasn't really that mean to Tam. That's actually what I was thinking--that AND a long list of profanties which I'm probably not going to mention in a blog. Rob might have been a little bit more nice. He usually is. I don't remember though, because I was kind of distracted mopping water up from around my feet.

Fortunately the AC still worked, we just had to deal with water soaking the carpet of the passenger side the whole trip.

Other than that, our trip to Utah was very fun! We got to see my family and Rob's family... although I wasn't exactly thrilled about the "seeing Rob's family" part (long story short: I don't get along with my inlaws), it was still as enjoyable as it could be.

On Thursday we went up to Layton to see my friend Crystal who has been kind of under the weather lately because of a bug she picked up in some third world country. It was SO fun to see her! She made me swear that this pic wouldn't end up on facebook... but I figure she didn't say antying about a blog, so....This is Crystal, my partner in crime since 6th grade. We are truly kindered spirits (as you can see). Life is never dull when we're together schemeing and planning on how to take over the world!

We also got to meet sweet little Joshua Monson on Thursday! Isn't he precious?! So tiny and such a little joy to Nat and Steve! Congrats, you guys!

Also, on a side note, I forgot my camera. Hence the crapy quality of the pictures, due to the fact that I was using the camera on my phone.

On Friday we visited with my family. Due to the many, many delays that naturally follow around a family of 12, we didn't actually get to spend as much time with them as we wanted. We met them at a family reunion in Heber, UT. It was fun to see them for a couple of hours, but like I said, not enough time!! I love this pic of me and Natalie! She's so cute! She was a bursting bundle of energy... I have no clue where she gets in from. I wish I could harness it and sell it in bottles on eBay. ( : Heehee. I finally got her to calm down a little bit by taking pictures of us on my phone. That seemed to distract her from destroying things for about five minutes!

On Saturday we visited with Rob's brother down in Springville, Ut. He's got four kids--three boys and one girl! The last two are twins: Sophoie and Johnathan. They're SO cute! We had fun eating yummy food, lighting things on fire and playing with toys (big kids never get to play with enough toys!) Rob especially enjoyed the swords and the play house that the Make A Wish Foundation built for the oldest boy, Skyler. Oh, and did I mention? I also earned 20 bucks from Rob's crazy sister, Sara. She didn't think I could launch a ball all the way across the baseball field and over the fence with a water ballon launcher. Thirty seconds later I was twenty bucks richer as my ball bounced cleanly over the fence--securing the title for the farthest launch.

And no, niether Sara OR Rob made it over the fence with their launches.

Sohpie's 4th of July outfit! So cute! I also made a crown for Sophie out of flowers. She mostly enjoyed destroying whatever progress I made and most definitely did NOT like wearing it once I finally finished it. But I managed to snap one pictures of her with it on! Rob and Johnathan.Skyler's Make a Wish play house. It's sweet!

Anyway, we had a good time visiting with friends and family! It was good to get out of Nebraska and back to Utah for a while.

Until next time!!

Couldn't put it down...

I can't help it... I have another recommendation for all of you! This book,Warbreaker, is by Brandon Sanderson. Sanderson actually works at BYU as a creative writing professor. I'm kicking myself for not having discovered him before I graduated because he's quite possibly one of my new favorite authors... okay forget "new," he's been one of my favorites for a while now! If you'll think back to January, I posted another reccomendation for the series called Mistborn. This is the same author. He is fabulously original and his works are like a breath of fresh air to the science fantasy world. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who needs a good summer read. I couldn't put it down!

ENJOY!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June Updates!

I feel like I've neglected my poor little blog long enough, so its probably time for an update!

So this week, Nebraska has finally decided to embrace summer. I'm trying to decide if that is a good thing or not. Up til this week it pretty much rained EVERY SINGLE DAY... non stop. Not like the tiny little baby rainstorms that we see occasionally in Idaho and Utah. No, no! These are the "pouring-a-bucket-of-water-over-your-head-would-get-you-less-wet-than-these-rain-storms" kind of rain. It's ridiculous! I was starting to get a little gloomy over the weather, but then this week the rain suddenly broke and we got sun!! But wait! That's not such a good thing now, cause now instead of being soaked by sheets of pouring rain, I'm being soaked to the skin by my own sweat! Ahhhh!! Where's the dry heat?! I hate humidity!! Anyway... lets just say I'm excited to go to UT for the 4th so I can escape from the miserable heat of Nebraska summer.

But the heat brings me to another point... our AC is out in our car. Yeah. Figures. So if we can't get it fixed before next week, we're going to be driving with all 4 windows down at 60 miles an hour all the way to UT! Sounding like a fun trip yet? Oh yeah!! Cross your fingers for that AC getting fixed thing...

Other than duitfully bearing the heat, all I've really got going on at the moment is summer classes. I took a Constitutional Law class that focused on first amendment rights and now I'm taking an Education Law class. Linned up for the rest of the summer (assuming I still can't get a job) is an Advanced Torts and Advanced Crim Law class. Whoot, whoot. I can't wait. (Note sarcasm) I have a few out-of-school projects that I'm working on outside of school, but other than that I really have no life!

Rob is still love his job. His company just finished working with Papsi and are now tackling some projects for Union Pacific RR and Office Max. He just loves his job. Yay for him! That always makes going to work a little easier!

On Friday we went to this ethnic festival called Celebrate Lincoln. Its where a whole bunch of different ethnicities in Lincoln get together and throw a mini-state fair type kind of thing. There are booths with cultral food, clothing, music, etc. where you can experience all the different cultures in Lincoln. I have to admit, I was surprised to discover that Lincoln was hope to so many different cultures! Some of the more noteable booths were Greek, Irish, Arabian, African, Indian and Greenland. Sadly, I didn't see any booths for England, but oh well!! Here's a picture of us at the event... we're supposed to be standing in front of this string of flags, but you can't see the flags, only our heads ( : And what's a fair without cotton candy? (Allie... "Where's the cotton candy?!?!") We had a good time!

Also this weekend Rob had a softball tournament. It went on FOREVER!!! 3 games in one day! Sorry babe, I love ya, but that is a LOT of games to sit through! My butt and the bleechers were fighting by the time it was over. And unfortunately, Rob's team didn't do as well as they would have liked. When it was over Rob and I were so hot and exahusted and wanted nothing more than to sleep. But guess what? We couldn't go home. Why couldn't we go home? Because our car wouldn't start! AHHHHHH!!! The key wouldn't turn in the egnition and everything was all locked up. We ended up having to get it towed and it wasn't actually fixed until Monday. (No, the AC was not fixed, just the lock cylindar).

So this weekend was filled with ups as well as downs, but overall Rob and I are happy and are excited to be going home for a short visit next week! More updates on that soon to come, I'm sure!! ( :

Saturday, May 30, 2009

My WICKED birthday post!

Rob is pretty good with surprises. As Allie and Co. know well... at one point he even flew to Paris to surprise me with a proposal. But Rob is also really good with presents. I feel like such a schmuck because his birthday presents to me are always SO good, and mine to him suck in comparison! This year was, once again, no different!

So Rob has been giving me these hints for the past month now on what my birthday present was. I knew it came by mail... it topped the other presents spectacularly... it yellow and blue (or a combo of the two--as I figured out later)... and he gave me the words "ancho via" in Spanish to chew on for a while. To be honest, I had no earthly clue what he was talking about.

But the morning of my birthday came and Rob made me breakfast--blackberry waffles, yum!--and then we opened presents. They were all awesome... a yoga mat, smell goods (lotion, candles, etc.) but nothing that even closely resembled any of the clues he gave me. So I cornered him on it. He got this big goofy "Rob grin" on his face and said that there was a mess up in the mail and so I would have to wait til our anniversary to get that present. I begged him to tell me (I had been waiting for SO long that I wanted to know at this point!) but he just kept grinning with that silly "Rob grin" and didn't say anything.

Well later that day I was supposed to meet Rob in Omaha. He had to work there that day and I was going to meet him there for dinner. During dinner he was still acting so weird and I also couldn't figure out why the restaraunt we went to was overcrowded with people. I mean, come on, it was a Wednesday night! What's the occasion?! When I asked Rob if he had any ideas he just smiled that big goofy "Rob grin" and shrugged. Well, after dinner, Rob suggested we go for a walk and see if there was anything else we wanted to do in Omaha before we left. I pretty much figured he had something up his sleeve by this point, cause he was grinning like a fool and acting all weird. So I told him I thought he had something planned already and he just grinned and said "Really? you think?" Oh yeah... something was DEFINITELY up.

Anyway, we're walking down the street and all the sudden we're passing one of Omaha's big theatres. There are all these posters for future productions and I start naming them all off "Cats.... Stomp..." etc. trying to figure out if it was a show we were going to be going to, when all the sudden I spotted it: the Wicked poster!!!

I knew that was what Rob had planned as soon as I saw the poster! I started squealing and I'm pretty sure there might have been some dancing up and down going on. Rob told me to open my purse, and inside there was two Wicked tickets!!! I was so surprised! I didn't even know Wicked was playing in Omaha!! Anyway, needless to say, Rob was tickled that he surprised me like that again, and we BOTH quite thoroughly enjoyed the production! (Okay, I won't lie, I LOVED it!)

Sine we got back so late, we had birthday cake the next day... ...so it was almost like having TWO birthdays! ( : Haha. Anyway, it was amazing! The best birfday EVER!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

23 Things...

So it was my birthday this week! On Tuesday May 27, 1986 at approximately 8:45 am I entered the world (probably kicking and screaming) to grace everyone with my presence!! (Haha!) And so the nightmare of raising me began for my parents! And since it is my 23rd birthday (I'm starting to like what age I'm at... is there any way to slow this aging thing down?!???) I thought it would be fun to list 23 things I like/love/am thankful for.

So, in no particular order... 23 Things...

(1) Lemon Oatmeal cookies from the Cookie Comapny in Lincoln
(2) Good Books (its impossible for me to pick out just one, so I'm just going to geneeralize by saying I love ALL good books!)
(3) MomDadMarkLisaPaulSylviSuzyDavidLyndseyScottandNatalie = My fam!
(4) Foot rubs
(5) Hot, hot, HOT bath water
(6) Mountains
(7) Good friends
(8) And Family
(9) Cheese! (Rob hates cheese... it's been quite a burden being married to him when he doesn't like it!!)
(10) Flip flops
(11) Winter and LOTS of snow
(12) Lap tops, cell phones, running water, electricity, etc... modern technology in general!
(13) Talented actors/actresses and writers in the entertainment industry that keep me--as they are paid to do--entertained!
(14) London
(15) Schwarmas
(16) The United States of America and the rule of law
(17) Music that gives me goose bumps
(18) Pianos
(19) Mini Coopers
(20) Dancing
(21) Paris
(22) Marching band and BYU football!

And last but FAR from least...

(23) Robbie Baby!