Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I'm not kidding. I'm seriously grateful for the challenge I faced on Sunday: driving, white-knuckled, for hours in a snow storm just trying to get home. Number one, it gave me more confidence in my driving-in-the-snow abilities. Now I know I can drive, no problem, in any snow situation Utah hits me with. (I kinda felt that way already, but know I know I can do it!) Number two, it opened my eyes for the billionth time to how sweet and patient and gentle and calm my husband is. The whole time I was driving he was alert and would help me decide whether or not to pass people, etc. He also had his GPS out and would warn me every time the road was expected to curve up ahead. He's the best. PS - The road conditions and visibility were 10x worse than this picture:
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
We sat with Spurs fans on the left and Jazz fans on the right. There was this funny old couple sitting behind us. No joke, every time the Spurs were on offense, the lady would shout (in her high-pitched old lady voice) "De-fense, De-fense". Except she was never in sync with the crowd and her voice always sounded flat. The first time the Spurs scored and I clapped, the old man tapped me on the shoulder and told me I wasn't supposed to clap. And they kept making these random, off-the-wall comments, as old people do, like "You make a million dollars and you can't make a free-throw?" or, referring to Duncan as "cry baby" all night, "Cry some more, cry baby". Then I was taking a picture of Jed and the old man practically grabbed the camera out of my hand and motioned for us to get together for him to take the picture. My camera is just a point-and-click but apparently it was a little difficult for him to figure out. It only took about 8 tries to even push the button down. Luckily it was a decent picture the first time...
The game itself was intense!! It was neck-and-neck the entire time. Back and forth, back and forth. 3-pointers were being made right and left. But in the end, MY SPURS were triumphant! 106-100!! :D
Obviously I'm not a very good commentator... haha So here are two articles on the game, by people who get paid to write about sports:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Rules: Answer all with the first letter of your name.
1. What is your name: Ali
2. A four Letter Word: Akin
3. A boy's Name: Aaron
4. A girl's Name: Alisha
5. An occupation: Acrobat
6. A color: Ash
7. Something you wear: Ankle Socks
9. A food: Almond
10. Something found in the bathroom: Asprin
11. A place: Amazon
12. A reason for being late: Acupuncture
13. Something you shout: Ahoy!
14. A movie title: Amazing Grace
15. Something you drink: Acid/Apple juice
16. A musical group: Ataris
17. An animal: Antelope
Monday, January 26, 2009
On Saturday (our only full day there...) we woke up, had breakfast, and "Wii'ed it up"! It's so much fun to play the Wii with a bunch of people, especially family. After we were all showered and fed, we went to Tom's Farms and shopped around a little bit in the market. We couldn't ride the rides or visit the petting zoo because it was raining, but it was a cute place to go. Jed randomly found a fruit that he hadn't seen since he lived in Chile - a cherimoya.
We got In N Out for lunch, of course. Then Laurel, Mom, West and I went shopping for materials to make Laurel some curtains while the boys stayed home and played Guitar Hero. It was fun for them to have an equally good partner to play with (Laurel and I are not so good at that game...) and us girls had a great "outing". :) For dinner, we went to this Mexican restaurant that makes amazing tortillas - just like San Antonio! We hung out the rest of the night, and played with West a lot:
Jed and I had to leave around noon on Sunday, so we just bummed around in the morning and played Wii and hung out. Jed opened his special fruit for breakfast, but apparently it wasn't ripe because it was hard and tasted, to me, like ground pepper. :\ When we told Eli that we were leaving he told us that we didn't "need to go to Utah" and he was super sad that we were leaving him. That was cute.
Jed and I were making good time (I think mostly because I was driving) all the up to St. George (where we stopped for more In N Out) and then a little past that. But then we hit a storm. The worst part was the very beginning, when it was a white-out and I couldn't see the road or anything else more than a foot or two in front of the car. The scariest thing was when I started to hit those bumps just outside the lane (you know, the ones that make that really loud sound?) and I thought I was all the way to the right, but then I saw a mile-marker thing coming towards me from the left and realized I was on the opposite side of the road than I thought I was. It was awful! We were so close to driving off the road and in to a ditch, had we not seen that stick thing. So we eventually found a semi to follow and stayed behind larger vehicles the rest of the way home, and added about an hour and a half on to our trip. Jed was SO supportive and helpful while I was driving. I wasn't so much that way to him when the situation was reversed and he was driving home from Vegas in a storm. He is SO good to me, and sweet, and patient. I'm grateful that I have such a wonderful man to spend my life with.
Friday, January 23, 2009
These next few pictures are from the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Since then, I've watched the Les Mis movie a bunch of times and I've seen Aida twice -once in San Antonio when a friend was in the cast and once this past year at the Hale Center Theater. Well last night I dragged Jed to my first Thoroughly Modern Millie experience since that New York trip. We watched the BYU production. It was good, but it was no Broadway. I guess you can't really expect that good of a performance from a college production. I'm still glad we went; I like that musical. :)
() that I drink every morning for breakfast. :D And they have those awesome tortilla strips that are great for dipping (). I also got the Amex card. I think it'll help pay for the cost of membership.
Also, I am thankful that Jed and I get to go to Cali tomorrow to see Laurel and her cute family, and my mom! I can't wait to see my new nephew - he looks so cute in his pictures!
And I'm thankful that I have a Wii, because I love it. (Is that vain?) Well, I love my Wii Fit because it's an easy way to keep track of my weight [loss] and I can do fun activities on it.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Yep, I'm officially an aunt of FOUR nephews, no nieces. Westley Kai Lakey was born on Monday. (We'll call him West) 8 lbs 2 oz; 20 inches, I think? Jed and I are so fortunate to be able to drive to California on Friday to see Laurel's family (and my mom)!! Here's a picture I stole from Laurel's sister-in-law's blog:
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Anyways, when I was hired, it was because they were promoting the girl who did my job to a position that hadn't previously existed. The girl I replaced, who trained me to do everything I do, still works here, down the hall from me. That being said, our office "traffic" has slowed significantly and there isn't as much being done around here. My biggest fear is that, since this other girl already knows my job and has been here for years, they will bump me out and put her back in my position. I really have no upper hand or edge in this situation - she knows how to do my job in its entirety and she'd done it for years. I hope I don't get the axe, but I guess I could always go back to the temp agency who actually were the ones who got me this job. That is, if they have any work...
Friday, January 16, 2009
This is a very flamboyant guy dancing on the street for money. I thought he was sexy, but Jed wouldn't let me get his number to party with him later...
This guy was super cool!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yesterday was my 23rd birthday. Aside from having to go to school and class, and not having all of my family here, it was one of the best birthdays I've ever had!
While I was in class (where we just watched a movie the whole time), Jed took my car to get washed and baked a cake (chocolate with sprinkle frosting...yum!). He also shaved and put on the yummy cologne I got him for Christmas. :D After class, I got to go to dinner at Macaroni Grill with a bunch of my good friends. Ally Kirts, an old roommate who I love, and Sabrina McCain, a friend from home who I hadn't seen in years, were even able to make it! We had a fabulous dinner and I got a birthday cake from our waiter, who sang a great solo of Happy Birthday in Italian! Most of us went back to our apartment for cake and ice cream. And Jed's brother got to join us for that, which was nice.
Jed did an amazing job in the birthday department this year! I got jewelry, Bath & Body Works stuff that smells yummy, a dock for my camera so I can upload pictures at work, and a few things that will encourage me to work-out and get back into shape (but I won't embellish on those because I don't want to make everyone jealous - just know that my husband is fabulous and insanely thoughtful).
I had an incredible birthday, filled with lots of love and good times. Thank you so much to all of those who wished me happy birthday and joined in on our fun birthday festivities. I have the best friends money can't buy!! ;)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
If you guys didn't already know, today is Ali's birthday! My wonderful, cheerful, lovely wife just turned 23 today. If you haven't already, you should wish her a Happy Birthday in some way or another.
I decided to write down a list of some of the wonderful things I know and love about Ali:
She has the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen, with or without make-up.
She makes you feel good when she laughs.
She does thoughtful things for me.
We're very similar in our interests.
I like spending time with her.
I like to talk with her about everything.
She's an amazing cook.
She always smells good.
She's smarter than me.
She tries really hard to make me happy all the time.
She like to be goofy with me.
She has beautiful hair.
She's a great blogger.
She plans ahead.
She has a pretty smile.
She's very social and likes to be around people.
Monday, January 12, 2009
No-Stress Saturday!! I went out to lunch at Zupas with my good friend Meals. I had only been there once before, and that was years ago. The food is really good, but we agreed it was a little overpriced. Unless you get the "Take 2" meal and split it with someone else. It was good to catch up with Meals. I love our friend dates. :)
I went home and picked up my hubby and we went geocaching for the first time! Well, kind of. I've been wanting to do it for a while and we finally got around to it, but I think our GPS is a little off (it's pretty much a piece of junk)...AND we didn't feel like spending more time hiking in the deep snow near Bridal Veil Falls, so we decided to pick up that adventure later.
Jed had a surprise for me, which was going to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point. Apparently it’s the largest one in the world. It was interesting and Jed absolutely loved it. :) For dinner, we tried a new place (for us) in South Jordan called Gecko’s. The chips and salsa were super good, but the food itself was good, just not anything too special.
Sunday- After church, Jed and I were invited over to the Nielsens' house for dinner and games. Adam's sister and her little girl came too, and it was really fun. We played a card game called "Shanghai" which is a lot like Phase 10. Jed and I borrowed "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" from Amanda because I had never seen it before. It wasn't amazing. I don't understand why everyone loves that movie and thinks it's so funny... Maybe it was funnier when it came out. Generational humor?