Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lauren Conrad Strikes Again

Remember this post? Where I took in a picture of a beautiful haircut and came out with something...else?
 Well, I waited 3 months to let my hair grow out before going back to the stylist (this time I went to a different place, for obvious reasons). I think that my hair's grown out long enough to try for the Lauren Conrad hairdo again. So what do I do? Bring in the same picture of LC and expect that the new stylist will be able to capture my vision.

The stylist was a pro - she was quick and knowledgeable. She told me that since my hair wasn't long enough to do the exact length, but the cut would be the same, just a little shorter. No biggie, I was expecting that to some extent. What I did not expect was to walk out of there with the "1990's Rachel Green look".

Sigh. It's big, it's round, it's unruly. The bangs are the only redeeming part of my hair at this point. Lots of ponytails and half-up do's for the next few weeks...

Now, I have learned my lesson.
I, Ali Goodell, do solemnly swear to NEVER take a picture of Lauren Conrad to a hair stylist again.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

101 in 1001 Monthly Update

I've done quite a bit this month!!

1. Make a wreath for my front door
2. Go to the Texas State Fair - 10/4/10
3. Eat a meal from a food truck
4. Go to the symphony
5. Go 1 week without watching TV
6. Finally buy wedding pictures...
7. Hang wedding pictures
8. Go to the ballet with Jed - 11/27/10
9. Go to The Sixth Floor Museum
10. Finish my T-shirt quilt I started 2 years ago
11. Go to the Ft. Worth Zoo - 10/2/10
12. Lose 20 pounds!! - 11/3/10
13. Lose 20 more pounds
14. Go snorkeling again
15. Catch up on 30 Rock
16. Eat vegetarian for a week
17. Go to a Rangers game
18. Do a ropes course
19. Write in my journal every day for 1 month
20. Go rock climbing again
21. Go back to school
22. Take a picture each day for 3 months
23. Ride a train
24. Bear my testimony in church
25. Get my picture taken by a professional (good thing I know some great ones)
26. Get our family photo taken by a professional
27. Swim 10 continuous laps
28. Get a dog
29. Visit NASA
30. Family prayer and scripture study every day for 1 month
31. Visit San Antonio during a holiday
32. Join a choir - 10/10/10
33. Make a sourdough starter
34. Go white water rafting again
35. Pick up the violin again
36. Go to a rodeo
37. Buy cowboy boots or hats - 11/6/10
38. Get in the car and drive 2 hours in one direction with the windows down and the radio blasting
39. Visit all great-grandparents' grave sites
40. Go to the Dallas Temple
41. Take Jed to a jazz bar
42. Fly a kite
43. Go to a haunted house with Jed - 10/25/10
44. Complete Couch to 5K Challenge
45. Do a 5K
46. Get my palm read or fortune told
47. Go on another cruise with Jed
48. Help build a Habitat for Humanity house
49. Make Mom's cinnamon rolls - 10/30/10
50. Make Theresa's cinnamon rolls
51. Go to Schlitterbahn with Jed
52. Buy a homeless person lunch
53. Have a baby
54. Watch the Zombie Walk - 10/16/10
55. Pay off Jed's car!! - 10/19/10
56. Go fishing with Jed
57. Be 100% debt-free
58. Ride horses
59. Go to a Cowboys game
60. Dance to a vinyl record
61. Take a cooking class
62. Get an SLR camera
63. Skydive
64. Visit Gettysburg
65. Make out in the rain
66. Go to Six Flags
67. File my own taxes without calling Daddy
68. Make a hole-in-one
69. Take a hot-air balloon ride
70. Change my own oil
71. Go to NYC or San Francisco with Jed
72. Take an art class
73. Jump around in a mosh pit again
74. Go to a circus - 10/14/10
75. Deep clean my bathroom
76. Visit Laurel in California
77. Ride a motorcycle
78. Get a TX driver's license again - 9/29/10
79. Go one week without carbs
80. Dance barefoot
81. Get all dressed up and go to a fancy dinner
82. Get on a bike again
83. Buy myself flowers for no reason
84. Go camping in Texas with Jed
85. Go camping on the beach
86. Go to the beach with Jed
87. Donate blood again
88. Spend a night with the lights off, watching a lightning storm - 11/15/10
89. Go to the Grand Canyon with Jed
90. Have a meaningful conversation with a beggar
91. Paint pottery again
92. Join a bowling or softball league
93. Watch a movie at a drive-in
94. Grow and eat my own vegetables
95. Sing karaoke again
96. Take the Riverwalk boat tour - 11/6/10
97. Don't eat out for 1 month
98. Go to the batting cages with Jed
99. Donate plasma
100. Eat fried green tomatoes - 11/6/10
101. Do 1 correct push-up

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for modern medicine.
I am thankful for urgent care clinics so that we don't have to go to the ER every time we get hurt.
I am thankful for health insurance.
I am thankful for Jed - he's amazing.
I am thankful that we were able to visit San Antonio recently.
I am thankful for Jed's job.
I am thankful for my jobs.
I am thankful that we were able to see Jesse this week before he entered the MTC.
I am thankful that the holidays are near.
I am thankful that I get to see my family soon.
I am thankful.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful that I am down 20 pounds from my heaviest this week!!!
I am thankful for anesthesia.
I am thankful for good friends.
I am thankful that we get to go out of town this weekend.
I am thankful for a "free" gym at our apartment complex.
I am thankful that the weather is getting cooler.
I am thankful that I found my camera that had been missing for a week.
I am thankful for phones, internet, and all of the other ways that I am able to keep in contact with loved ones who live far away.
I am thankful for inspiring people and for their stories.
I am thankful.

Monday, November 1, 2010

But You Don't Have To Take My Word For It

I am not a reader. But I'm trying to be. I mean, I have all the time in the world, so I might as well expand my brain, right?

I just finished an incredible book. It was recommended to me by one of my sisters and I would highly recommend it to any married woman out there. It's called The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands and it was written by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. You may have heard her talk show on the radio. She is a "take no crap from nobody" kind of lady and she is really good at what she does (Marriage and Family Therapy).

Anyway, the book is about how to get what you want out of your husbands (not in the usual manipulative way...) and how to find ultimate happiness in your marriage. It was a huge eye-opener to me and I would recommend it to all wives.