tuesdays with rebbekah.

sometimes i wonder how and why people become friends. i even wonder that about my own friendships. and more often than not, i have an interesting story as to how i became friends with the people in my life. my friendship with rebbekah starts with one of those interesting stories.

see, the thing is, rebbekah and i went to school together. she was in the grade before me, but we still went to the same schools and we knew the same people...but we weren't friends with the same people and thus, we weren't friends. it turns out that we wouldn't become friends while we were in school or really even acquaintances. we wouldn't become friends until i was working at the convenience store with the best diet coke in town and until rebbekah became a diet coke addict. who would have thought that minimum wage jobs and soda addictions would bring us together....but oh how it did. and now, i would consider her one of my best friends. i adore her. really, i do.

awhile back rebbekah and her family moved to kaysville and i stopped working at the "diet coke store," so we didn't get to see each other much. well, last week, rebbekah emailed me and asked me what i was doing tuesday and she said that she wanted to come to logan to hang out. luckily, tuesdays are my day off, so i was psyched. i talked to her on monday night and we made plans. we were going to hang out and get diet coke and go eat. good times.

so, bek came to my house around 10:30 bearing gifts. she brought me these:

i'm obsessed with "the office," so i was excited when she pulled these out of her pocket.

when she showed up, i was still getting ready. she sat on the toilet while i put on make-up (which was my favorite part) and gossiped, kinda like we probably would have done had we been friends in high school.

first things first, we went and got us some delicious diet coke at the convenience store with the best diet coke in the world. and i'm not exaggerating...just ask diet coke addicts around the world.

then we went to crumb brothers. you guys have no idea what you are missing out on if you aren't eating crumb brothers. de-lish-us. we had some quiche (out on the patio--with our diet cokes), we got some bread to go and of course, we got chocolate croissants for later.

this is bek offering me some of her yummy bread before she left.

after that, we had to run to providence to run an errand for one of her friends and she showed me her very cute first house. i wish i had a "first house." after errand running, we stopped to get some gas for the vehicle and some more diet coke (because we were thirsty--and we might be addicts).

i needed to make a run to sam's club and since i don't have a membership, i have to con people into going with me. luckily, bek has a membership and was willing to go with me. and don't worry, we did take our diet cokes with us. while we were at sam's, bek found some delicious hot chocolate and she shared some with me before she left. it's cinnamon hot chocolate. yum.

then we went and looked at some really cute houses in hyde park. one of them was bek's grandma's house. it has been remodeled and is so cute. then we talked about people who lived in hyde park. and other stuff.

and really, that was it. it was an awesome day and i loved every minute of "doing nothing." and like rebbekah said, that is the sign of a true friendship...being able to have a good time doing nothing.

man, i adore her. i am so glad we are friends. as random as it is, it is meant to be.


tag, you're it.

my dear friend, alesa, tagged me and since i am at work and a little (read extremely) bored, i thought i would do this.

what i was doing ten years ago: ten years ago, i was starting my junior year of college after a fantastic summer spent on the fuel dock at hall's crossing in lake powell with one of my best friends, mel. we were part of the church sorority, the alpha chapter, so we were doing that, too. man, those were the days--me, mel and alesa. love you guys!

what i was doing five years ago: i had started school, again, at utah state...this time with an idea of what i wanted to do. i had been back in utah after two years in boston. i had just started working at mooch's, too. the best job ever.

what i was doing one year ago: hmm...yeah well, it was quite a year. some of you may know what i was doing...others, not so much. but it was a good time. i learned a lot.

what i was doing yesterday: it was my day off and i spent a few hours with my friend, rebbekah. i seriously adore her. (more to come on our day together.) i also made a delicious dinner. spagetti with a beef mushroom sauce. i will share the recipe if you ask nicely.

five snacks i enjoy: raw almonds. string cheese. kit kat candy bars. boston baked beans. skittles. but really, in general, i enjoy all food and treats and snacks.

five thing i would do if i had one hundred million dollars: get out of debt. quit my job. buy some land and houses and cars and houses and stuff. help my family out. help out some friends. and of course, play hard.

five places i would love to run away to: italy. las vegas. phoenix. somewhere tropical. the mountains.

five tv shows i like: only five? hahaha. grey's anatomy. friday night lights. prison break. ugly betty. brothers and sisters.

five things i hate doing: cleaning the bathroom. telling other people to clean. cleaning up after other people. laundry. working graveyard shifts.

five biggest joys of the moment: my job. my family. my friends. being a college graduate. learning to cook better.

and now i have to tag five people: laurie. adriane. jodi p. jodi a. megan. and rebbekah (you should just start a blog like we talked about...and this can be your first post).



the challenge: so this week, i am going to give you the caption of your spt, all you have to do is go out and take the picture! easy enough, right? the caption is i've been meaning to do this for a long time. i'm so glad i finally got around to it!

i thought long and hard about what i wanted to post in this week's edition of spt because usually when i need or want to do something, i just do it. i guess that is the luxury of being single and childless. but i did just finish up a little "project" and i have to admit, i am pretty proud of myself for it and since i was going to post about said "project" anyway, i might as well kill two birds with one stone.

many of you know my living arrangements have changed drastically in the last couple of months and are now quite unusual. i live with five--yes, that's right--boys who are between the ages of 18 and 21. how did this happen, you ask? well, let me tell you.

a few months my parents "officially" relocated to las vegas, nevada. when they left logan, they sold our house to my grandma, who, in turn, sold the house to my aunt and uncle. well, they have a son who is 21 and attending school at utah state (go aggies!) and he is now living in the house along with three of his friends and my brother-in-law's brother. and melanie still lives with me, too.

so, needless to say, the house isn't staying as clean as it used to, especially with all the boys. this being the case, a job chart was definitely in order and i lucked out and was put in charge of making it. and after several weeks of trying to decide the best way to go about the task (and some serious procrastination), i figured it out and just did it. and i really am proud of myself. so here it is...

i've been meaning to do this for a long time. i'm so glad i finally got around to it!

this is the job wheel.
it took me a minute to figure out how to do it on the computer...and i think it turned out great.

and just to make it a little easier for everyone, i made a sheet for each job so that everyone would know what is expected.
i stole that idea from a girl's home i used to work for last year. i'm sure they won't mind.


to laurie.

my dearest laurie,

because i know you love herb just a little more than the rest of the world, i thought i would share him with everyone.

much love.
your favorite sister.



the challenge: september 16th to the 22nd is national clean hands week. my original intent was to post an spt featuring you extolling the virtues of keeping hands clean. so that might be an spt of you...showcasing a place where it might be important to wash your hands etc, etc.

i am a bit of a "clean freak" and clean hands are right on the top of my list. i do wash my hands several times a day. when i get ready in the morning, i wash them at least four times. that is once every twelve minutes. i like clean hands. i can't have anything on them.

so the one thing that i swear by is anti-bacterial hand cleaner, specifically the smell-good kind from bath & body works.

and so-in the spirit of public service announcements-friends, wash your hands. and if you have to fake it, use anti-bacterial something or another. thank you.



tonight was dinner group and i was reminded at tonight's dinner that we actually named our group. because there were seven of us, we named ourselves "nanatsu," which is japanese for seven. granted, tonight there were only four of us (and a guest--and sara had "take-out"), but we are still nanatsu. (we are currently accepting applications and hosting auditions. we need two new members because we lost two. boo.)

anyway, tonight jenni made a delicious meal for our enjoyment.

this is jenni. she is adorable.

we had fried chicken, (breasts with no bones--loved it), mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans. and for dessert we had chocolate ice cream. jenni really out-did herself with the fried chicken. it was delicious. of course, in the words of sara, "holy hell, this chicken is good."

(the picture of food was an afterthought, so this is just what was left.)

and as always, our conversation was delightful. tonight we discussed plastic surgery, namely nose jobs and boob jobs, our 72-hour kits (because we are mormons and it was monday night), what we are going to have next time and unclean roommates.

also, at one point, there was moth in the house and i deemed myself capable of capturing said moth and releasing it in out of doors. while on the stool, i lost the moth, but later found it...on the floor. the moth is safe (maybe) and living outside (or not living, but it is outside).

that's me, looking for the moth.

that's the moth, right before i captured it.

yeah, so our dinner group is random, but man, is it fun. truly, it really is. i love these guys. (plus sara, who wasn't with us and jenni, pictured previously)

ether, me and melanie.


good day.

today, my baby sister and my baby jake came to logan. julie (that would be my baby sister) needed to get her hair cut and since her stylist-extraordinaire is here in logan, she came to visit. and when she comes for the haircuts, i get to hang out with my nephew, jake. he is hilarious, as i have previously mentioned.

when they got to my house this morning, i was asleep (of course). i woke up and julie left and i asked jake what he wanted to do. i asked him if he wanted to watch tv and he said he wanted to watch "shrek." so, i pulled out the dvd and we watched "shrek."

i was doing other stuff (burning cds) while we were watching the movie, so i missed the fact that jake had an "accident." luckily, julie had packed some extra underwear for this reason. unfortunately, there were no extra shorts/pants.

(note the shoes on the wrong feet. i don't know why that annoys me so much, but it does.)

julie and i had planned to go to lunch after her haircut, so i felt bad that jake's pants got "wet." we still wanted to go to lunch, so we went to old navy for some new pants/shorts.

(this is my baby sister, julie.)
jake and i sat in the car, for obvious reasons, while julie went in and found some pants.and i kept us entertained with the camera. what else would we have done? hahaha.

and then for lunch we went to the best pizza joint in the valley--fredrico's.

again, an absolutely fabulous way to spend the day. i adore them both, so much.


day trip.

my sister, kristen, came to logan today to get her hair did and she brought with her my lillie-girl and malcolm (my favorite nephew--but, shhh, don't tell anyone.)

while she was getting her hair done, i got to hang out with the kiddies. so here is some of what we did.

malcolm got a haircut.

and this is what cut his hair.

we hung out in my room and ate treats...well, he ate treats. it's how i make him not cry. diet mt. dew and treats, does the trick every time. one day i won't have to bribe him...one day.

we played music on the computer and danced. and we took pictures of ourselves. why do i look so freaky in this picture? hmmm.

and then he modeled lillie's new bows. and he even kinda cried when we took it off. maybe one day he will hate me for this picture, but until then, enjoy.

in the meantime, my lillie-girl was sleeping.

and while we were dancing, she was sleeping.

and we were bored by her sleepiness, so we woke her using all means necessary.

and then there was the bow fashion show.

and an even bigger bow.

and once she was wide, wide awake....

i sent them all on their way.

it was a very lovely way to spend my day, to say the least.


i missed my era.

i should have been a teenager in the 1970s. i know, random, but it's true. i am obsessed with the music of the era. and seeing as how i love music so much, i should have been able to enjoy my favorite music "live." but since i wasn't a teenager in the seventies, i can just pretend through movies and tv shows. particularly this movie (one of my all-time favorites) and this scene.

granted, i would have to "give-up" quite a bit to be able to live my dream, but it is just a dream. and a girl can dream.



here she is.
in all her glory.
isn't she adorable?
her parents have no idea what they are in for.
miss lillie is going to rule their world.
and i love it.


happy happy joy joy.

good news.

i have a new baby niece as of today.
her name is lillie lorraine.
i cannot wait to meet her.
pictures coming soon!