Tuesday, May 31, 2011

While we are talking Italian....

Whenever my parents come to Happy Valley Carrabbas Italian Restaurant is where we always meet up.  Clearly, we have already determined I wish I were Italian... this restaurant is one of the main reasons why.  I will never forget Lars' first visit to the place.... it was so delicious we were almost delirious.... that meal perhaps was the best meal Lars or I had ever tasted.  
What I always get:
Grilled Salmon with a lemon caper butter sauce and zucchini 

My Mum, same thing but with zucchini and spinach
Chad with his Chicken Marsala.... I think that frown is because he didn't get the Salmon ;)
 
Del with the same Salmon... but he got pasta and zucchini.
I love my Mum

So does Craig

The Whole Gang
I heart Carrabbas.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Speaking of Italian....

In honor of Memorial Day, here are some pictures of my ONE Italian ancestor.  She was one amazing woman.  You can read more about her heritage here: The Italians  She joined the church in Italy and came across the plains.  Here is a painting my uncle, Leon did of her and her sister.

Margaret S. Barker 1850-1938
Whenever Aunt Raine and I find ourselves in a predicament where our Italian bold, opinionated personalities come out.... we have to thanks Grandma Margaret...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Tis the seasons...

for asparagus.

My new favorite creation.

Roasted Asparagus and tomatoes with fresh Parmesan. A drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar. With fresh basil.

Yes.... I wish I would have been born Italian.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Be Glad You Are Not My Student Today.

Today I am attending a funeral.  In my district we have unlimited sick days, why??? Because sub lesson plans are worse than ANY possible sickness.  My solution?  Here's my lesson plan for my sub.


Yes... 90 minutes of pure testing.  Happy Friday :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Please Understand Me Part II

A while back I wrote a post called Please Understand Me about a book I had recently read.  I wanted to write about it even though I felt like the majority of my audience would not appreciate the book the way I did.  I feel the same way about a movie that I recently saw, Something Borrowed.


I would not recommend this movie to many people although I laughed in it, I cried in it... I really enjoyed it.  I loved it so much that two of my friends and I are planning on going back to the theater to see it again.  I loved it so much that my friend let me borrow the book and I spent the last hour and a half on the stair master... 9 miles and 1,135 calories later... I am totally into the book!  (but I will warn with a few exceptions I like the movie way better than the book.)

Now why do I love this movie so much?  Probably because I tend to love movies I can relate to... whether it's Iris Simpkins unrequited love story in The Holiday, GiGi Phillips throwing herself at every possible love interest in He's Just Not That into You, or even Allie and Noah's passionate unapproved relationship in the Notebook... I just love being able to relate.  
(My lil brother is tasting a little bit of throw up with every movie I just named...)
    

So why do I love Something Borrowed?
It's the story of the crisis a recently turned 30 year old single girl has when she realized she hates her life.  She spent her entire twenties doing exactly what she thought she was supposed to do.  She worked hard in school, graduated from law school, established a career... but hates it all.  The story starts at her 30th birthday party where she tries to put on a happy face but really she is pretty sad about her existence.  And to top it all off, her best friend has a dream fiancĂ©e and is about to have the dream life.  

What I love about this story is twofold.  First I LOVE that so many aspects of Rachel's life that she hates so much are her own fault because of her own self-deprecation.   She's been in love with a boy she met in law school... but of course she thinks she doesn't stand a chance with him because he is so much more attractive, smarter, hipper, and wealthy than she is so although there were a few signs that he was possibly into her when her gorgeous blonde (Kate Hudson) best friend comes into the picture, Rachel practically throws her best friend at her crush.  

The second thing I LOVE about this movie is how rare it is for a boy and girl to be just friends.  And how naive we are to think we can be just friends.  I love it.  Sometimes I even shocked when I realize a guy friend that I think is just a friend finally makes his intentions known.  For instance yesterday I got a text from a "friend". He said, "When can we hang out this week?"  When I said, "Well I have plans tonight but I am free any other night this week?"  He responded with, "Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?"

So although Something Borrowed only got a 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.... I for one, L.O.V.E.D. it.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Honest Shabby Apple Review

So I had been drooling over many dresses on Shabby Apple for months now.  And I finally broke down and got 3.  Here are my thoughts.  I hate buying clothes online, especially dresses.  If there was a Shabby Apple store or even if I could hand deliver my unwanted dresses to the Murray address my feelings would be different.  But for me, I am not super impressed.  So I got three dresses.  First off, I got mediums in all three  when I should have gotten smalls. (I am not a small people)  Second, for the pricetag, I don't feel the material was a very good quality.  The fabric of all three items feel like cotton my mom would have purchased from the local fabric store for a dress she made me when I was 8... not a $100 dress...  

White Ruffled Scoop Neck Dress with Brown Pencil Skirt
This dress I think is very very cute.  If it would have cost $60 I would have been very pleased.  

Spring and summer call for sailor stripes, and the Lost At Sea skirt delivers a darling dose.  A row of crisp white buttons drops from the high, fitted waistline of this bold blue-and-white number to just below the knee with a hint of flare for a flouncy summer shape. The skirt if finished with roomy pockets perfect for keeping your shoreline finds of seashells and sea glass tucked safely away.  Doll it up with a daring scoop neck cami and pearls, or pull a comfy lightweight sweater over it for cooler nights.
I love this skirt but it's too big, but not too big enough to make it worth the effort to send it back and get a new size.  (I have clips hold back all the excess material)  I would have felt better about this skirt if I would have paid.... $35-45 rather than $65.
Embrace your inner 50's hostess in the Overboard dress.  Piped with perfect details, this blue and white gingham doll of a shirtdress will have you serving up trays of lobster rolls and summer punch and charming the masses in no time. The full a-line skirt falls just to the knee from the defined waistline, and a row of oversized buttons rises up the shirt front with bright white piping keeping them in line. Slip it on and set sail for the perfect summer getup.
The third dress I got, was the dress I was most excited about.  It was huge and didn't come with the cute red belt although it doesn't say that in the picture!  Total bummer.  So I will be sending it back.



I really want to support a local business that is providing modest clothes, but the bottom line is I feel I could go to JCrew, Banana, Ann Taylor, or even Anthropology and find a modest dress made with much better fabric for $100 and not have to worry about buying online.

(Yes, I did try these dress on and get ready at like 11 pm.... my roommates might think I'm a little nuts... have I mentioned that I can't sleep lately?)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Latest Purchase

So my super hip lil brother has been wearing Sperry's for years.... at least four.  He's worn through numerous pairs.  I always thought they were super cool looking on him... but never even considered them for myself. They are pretty unfeminine... Until I saw a pair a few months ago... I haven't been able to get my mind of them!  Now I recognize that they are pretty extreme. They might remind you a lot of this guy....

3-CPO
I tried to resist.  But I couldn't!  Especially once I put them on.  It's like walking on clouds... I wore them to this Festival:
Living Tradition Festival



As I was sitting with my friend Mandy on a park bench enjoying the lovely day, I couldn't help but look down at my obnoxious 3-CPO shoes and smile.....
Now I just need a sail boat...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Break Ups

I don't even know how to start this blog post or what I want to write for that matter.  I just keep staring at the text cursor blink... it's kind of comforting, just staring at it appear and disappear.  Last night as the rain was pouring down I met up with a boy in the dark corner of a park.  Why?  Honestly I have no idea.  I had thought I was totally done with that boy.  I had completely moved on.  Until I got an email from him that started like this: (I'm sure he would be ticked if he knew that I posted this for the whole world wide web to read... but he told me he wasn't going to read my blog anymore, so if he does reads it, serves him right, right? :)

A boy and his honesty
A couple of months ago a boy walked into a lodge full of his friends.  He saw a friend sitting with someone that he didn’t recognize, but at the same time thought she was attractive. After introductions the two began to talk starting off he could tell she wasn’t impressed and didn’t want to be bothered by another would-be suitor. This didn’t stop the boy from putting on his irresistible charm and knowing how she was feeling he trudged on pushing through all the “getting to know you formalities”. They were deep in conversation when they stumbled upon a nugget of similar interest. They began to reminisce over music they had both fallen in love with many years before. The time shared together was bliss, and that evening she was invited over to his house to watch a movie. Even though they had exchanged numbers it was debatable as to whether or not she’d make the arduous journey up to his house. She was convinced by her friends, and they all attended the movie gala. However; the movie gala never happened for these two, instead they spent hours delving through an iTunes account that miraculously both seemed to admire similar musical tastes.


WHY did he take the time to write a detailed description of our first meeting?  And more importantly for me, why the heck did he send it to me? I guess that's why I wanted to meet up with him.  As another ex boyfriend said in a similar conversation, "I guess this letter is my way of clawing at thin air trying to find meaning and closure."  Last night as the sky grew dark I remember just staring at the droplets of rain on his car window.... I hate break ups.  


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wedding Day

Well I didn't go to my best friend's wedding in San Diego because I was a brides maid for my roommate and great friend's wedding yesterday.  It was a glorious day for a wedding.  Sometimes I am almost embarrassed at how much I. Love. Weddings!
Of course a tulip picture....

Waiting...... weddings are a lot of waiting.....

Ashley and Matt

This Dress was AMAZING!!!!

At the Temple
  The Reception and Ring Ceremony (yes I got to walk down an aisle!) were up Provo Canyon at the Deer Creek Resort.  It was absolutely GORGEOUS!
The View

Sadly, I don't have any pictures from the Ceremony... cuz I was in it but it was pretty spectacular.  26 people in the wedding party! With the view of Timp and Deer Creek in the background.



A Harp player. 

Love these girls.
It was a gorgeous day and it was wonderful seeing my great friend marry such an amazing man.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Great Wall of Chocolate.

And this my friends.... is why I have to have cardio days......

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cardio Day

Ran 7.5 miles while watching Rocky IV..........................879 calories

.5 hour of step aerobics.................................................388 calories

6 miles on the stairmaster...............................................625 calories
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Total Calories Burnt Today.............................1892 calories





California on my brain.... nothing gonna to stop me now!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I finally broke down...

Shabby Apple
I bought not one, not two, but three dresses.

It's kinda pricey I know.... but I'm in desperate need of new dresses and they are just so cute!
Embrace your inner 50's hostess in the Overboard dress.  Piped with perfect details, this blue and white gingham doll of a shirtdress will have you serving up trays of lobster rolls and summer punch and charming the masses in no time. The full a-line skirt falls just to the knee from the defined waistline, and a row of oversized buttons rises up the shirt front with bright white piping keeping them in line. Slip it on and set sail for the perfect summer getup.White Ruffled Scoop Neck Dress with Brown Pencil SkirtSpring and summer call for sailor stripes, and the Lost At Sea skirt delivers a darling dose.  A row of crisp white buttons drops from the high, fitted waistline of this bold blue-and-white number to just below the knee with a hint of flare for a flouncy summer shape. The skirt if finished with roomy pockets perfect for keeping your shoreline finds of seashells and sea glass tucked safely away.  Doll it up with a daring scoop neck cami and pearls, or pull a comfy lightweight sweater over it for cooler nights.
I have no idea if I will like them, or if they will fit. But I figure I might as well support a couple of Mormon girls and their venture to make modest dresses.













And let's be honest, they had me with the sail boats........ I am such a sucker for sail boats.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sometimes you wanna go Where everybody knows your name


I hope everybody has a place where as soon as they walk in, they feel like a million bucks. A place of refuge. A place of laughter. A place of peace. A place of.... heaven. Over the last 4 years some of my fondest experiences have taken place with these two. We all have examples in our lives, and I know for many people, these two are some of our greatest examples of want we hope for in a marriage and how to live our lives. They make living righteous cool. He is naturally quiet, shy and gets embarrassed so easily. She could talk and talk and talk til the cows come home. He loves to snowmobile and water ski. She loves to decorate and garden. And for me, they are just awesome.

We had a bbq last night at their house. I tried to capture it because like every thing else, sooner or later things will change enough that it won't be the same. Here is a pictures with all the girls at the BBQ.
(Notice that we ate dinner probably an hour previous, and Karen talked so much she still hadn't eaten her!)



One glimpse of the decorations. I wish you could even comprehend how much this lady loves to decorate. I was going to describe each season but I can't do it justice! It's just insanely cute.

And here are some pictures of the people there.

Dave.... love this picture!
I might have learned my lesson.... when I want other people to take pictures, I need to just bring my point and shoot... or else the focus is on the lovely lilacs and not us.
The Engaged...


Thanks for everything!!!!