Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Criminal Record.

Ok, Spydie and Jen. You inspired me. Go ahead and guess what's on my record.
I'll post the story later once I've had a good laugh at your answers...

The worst kind of pain.

A few summers ago we went to an outdoors ward activity. I wore no suntan lotion. When we got home Stuart noticed I had an obscure sunburn on my forehead. Ever since then if I get to hot it flares up. It happens almost everytime I take a shower and I hate it. Also if I get a zit on it it does not tickle... Cute, huh?
And, I didn't have my hand on my face. I was sitting out in the open with no shade.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Katz TAGGED me!

Here are the rules: A. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves that nobody knows.
B. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then go to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Random facts about Me:
1. I have some kind of OCD. I hate upside down things. If I open a bag of crisps upside down I can't eat them.

2. I hate having wrinkly wet hands. The feeling of it makes me want to barf. When I take a bath I keep my hands out of the water.

3. I've never tasted Dr. Pepper.

4. I can make a weird popping noise by stretching my top lip over my upper teeth but can't make the popping noise by using my finger in my cheek. Does that make sense?

5. I used to have pink dreadlocks.

6. I have a criminal record.

I'm going to tag Stuart, CTR, Dainon, Susan, Brent, Candace

Monday, November 26, 2007


Last week was great!
Stuart was so bored on Sunday after church that he went to bed at 6.30pm. It was pretty ridiculous. We should have headed down to Utah then.

Monday was my birthday. I'm now 23. Yuck. I got to speak to my mum for a while which is always nice. Some friends brought me some cinnamon rolls which were delicious. They were my birthday cake. Yum.

Tuesday morning we woke up and it had snowed a little overnight. So we had to wait a bit until the ice melted. Then we took off. The drive was good. That's the first time we've driven down there in day light. The only other time we've driven down to Utah was to pick up my Mum, Dad, Beki and Cameron from the airport a couple of years ago. Before we got to John and Kara's we stopped to meet one of my friends, Marnee. I wasn't too talkative because I was so tired from the drive and the fact I got up extra early just to watch ice melt...

On Wednesday Kara, Grandma Joyce and I went to Ikea. I didn't spend a penny! Actually, that makes me sound like I have self control but I was planning on stopping in on our way out on Friday with Stuart so he could help pick out some much needed kitchen storage. I've decided that when we're ready, we'll go down and buy baby furniture there. I love Ikea. John and Kara treated us to a movie on Wednesday - The Bee Movie which was quite good. It reminded me a lot of my dad, the beekeeper.

Thanksgiving dinner was super-good! Kara did a really great job on it. It was so nice to sit and enjoy one another's company. I felt like an adult. We played games and watched a lot of Seinfeld and some of The Office. It was discovered that I really like sweet potatoes and I need to get a recipe for the yummy salad that we had - Kara, you hear that?

We didn't see much of Kara on Friday. She was gone super early to catch the sales. I did a tiny bit of my shopping online. Most of my Friday was spent watching the men-folk play video games and such. I felt at home enough there that I was happy sitting and doing nothing but watching everyone else doing things. We had planned to come home on Friday but were having too much fun and so we stayed and left on Saturday afternoon - once Kara loaded me up with craft supplies.

Any homesickness I had since it was my birthday was cured by our trip.

Thanks, John and Kara. We're planning on visiting again - that's a big thing for Stuart, seriously.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I. am. excited.

Here's the deal.

Friday, Danielle and a friend come to stay over because on
Saturday we'll be taking them to the airport to fly home for Thanksgiving.
Monday is my birthday and also Heroes is on. (Did anyone watch last nights?!)
Tuesday we drive down to Lehi!
Thursday is Thanksgiving
Friday is my mum's birthday and the day we drive back home because on
Saturday we have to collect Danielle from the airport.

I would have really liked to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving - we really need a new digital camera - but my cheques have still not been issued and I kind of hurt my back on Sunday night when I was in the bath. It's not too bad but it had been feeling a lot better up until then.

On Sunday I started writing a story. It's going pretty well. I have idea's and strong character's. It's quite exciting to see where it's going. It's getting to the point where I can't write fast enough and when I go to bed I'm thinking things like "I wonder what's going to happen next." Stuart doesn't have time to help me by reading it and telling what he thinks about it so I have a good friend helping me

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Colour Test.

I did this today. The test didn't make much sense to me but the results are quite something.

Your Existing Situation
Not only considers her demands minimal, but also regards them as imperative. Sticks to them stubbornly and will concede nothing.

Your Stress Sources
Has an unsatisfied need to ally herself with others whose standards are as high as her own, and to stand out from the herd. This desire for preeminence isolates her and inhibits her readiness to give herself freely. While she wants to surrender and let herself go, she regards this as a weakness which must be resisted. This self-restraint, she feels, will lift her above the rank and file and ensure recognition as a unique and distinctive personality.
Feels cut off and unhappy because of the difficulty in achieving the essential degree of cooperation and harmony which she desire

Your Restrained Characteristics
Willing to participate and to allow herself to become involved, but tries to fend off conflict and disturbance in order to reduce tension.
Feels cut off and unhappy because of the difficulty in achieving the essential degree of cooperation and harmony which she desires.

Your Desired Objective
Wants interesting and exciting things to happen. Able to make herself well-liked by her obvious interest and by the very openness of her charm. Over-imaginative and given to fantasy or day-dreaming.

Your Actual Problem
Greatly impressed by the unique, by originality, and by individuals of outstanding characteristics. Tries to emulate the characteristics she admires and to display originality in her own personality.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I demand we celebrate right now!

My 23rd birthday is on Monday the 19th of November. Danielle goes home for Thanksgiving the Saturday before that so we were going to celebrate on the Friday. That wasn't going to work so as the brilliant dictator that I am I commanded that we being to celebrate last night. By that I really meant that they give me presents! Now would be the appropriate time to explain that I absolutely loath surprises. They make me restless and sometimes they make me puke. I just can't stand losing sleep due to excitement. Yesterday 2 big boxes arrived from Grandma Rieck. If I see the surprise I have to have it then. I would have been fine if I hadn't been home when the boxes got here but I'm always home... On Wednesday a box arrived too and it's been driving me insane with excitment. Danielle and Stuart were kind enough to not make me hurt them and gave me my gifts.
I got a ton of stuff! Danielle got me a DVD (Roxanne) and a tote bag - not a white bunny, thank goodness. Grandma Rieck sent me some Hello Kitty pj's, slippers, nail polishes, eyeshadow, Christmas decorations, a beach bag, Thanksgiving ornament, tea towel, cosy wrap to match my slippers... I've probably forgotten something but I love it all!
My lovely mother-in-law got me a t-shirt, cami, Hello Kitty ornaments for our Christmas tree, a nifty hole punch, crafty tool kit and DVD's (Dirty Dancing, The Emporers New Groove and The Holiday clean flicked.) I made out like a bandit!

When Danielle and Stuart came in from getting Dani's gifts for me I was sitting on the lovesac by the door. They burst in with Stuart saying "Laura! Close your eyes!" That's the worst kind of surprise. I HATE closing my eyes and putting my hands out for a surprise! I tried my best. I kept my eyes closed really well but just couldn't get my hands out. For some reason I always think they're going to drop a fury animal into my hands. This time I thought it was going to be a rabbit. I really don't like animals which would make the surprise even worse. Stuart started getting annoyed at me because I was freaking out quite rediculously. Eventually Danielle had some compassion and put the gift on my hand/lap. Thank you Danielle for not torturing me as long as Stuart wanted to.

Tonight we're having Movie Night so I need to go get things tidied up. It's also Stake Conference weekend. We have a challenge in our way. I can't sit for that long in one spot and I don't want to distract people by going up and down like a fiddlers elbow. I want to go though... Stupid back. Oh, and Gallagher Basset still won't issue my workers compensation. Jerks. Our Christmas depends alot on those cheques they owe me. I think Jansport are pretty tired and miffed with the whole thing too. I call Jansport to try get them to get my cheques for me seeing as it's their company thats responsible for me but the company they're insured through (Gallagher Basset) don't give a toss if they're talking to the injured claimant or the Head of Human resources of the big company they insure. We've both been told that the cheques will/have been issued and then they don't do it.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The babies are home...

Scoot on over to Beki's blog to read about having the twins.
Leave her some love's too. She deserves it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Tracy-Interview.

Thanks, Tracy for the questions. I tried to make up a limerick to show you my thankfulness but your name really doesn't rhymn with words that made sense to me ;)

1-You have your Green Card. Do you have plans to become U.S. Citizen? Why or why not. I'm not planning on becoming a citizen. It took so long to get the green card that I don't want to have to deal with immigration for a loooong time. And I'm just too dang proud of my British passport. Someday we might want to go back to Scotland for a while and it'd be easier if I still had my British passport. 2- What do you miss most about Scotland? What do you miss the least? What do you like most about the U.S.? What do you like the least?
Other than my family I really miss pork and chive sausages,

Warburtons bread,
bacon, and banana milk - I wonder how many other things I miss start with 'B' - BekiI also miss the National Health Service. Being able to have a doctor come to the house or making an emergency appointment without having to pay for it just seems right to me. Can you tell that I'm sick right now and have no health insurance?
Scottish countryside is something that can't quite be imitated. There's too much history in the hills. I miss seeing castle remains dotted along the road and "heilan coo's" (Highland cows)...
All of those things can be pictured but sometimes I just want to chatter in my normal accent at my normal tempo. Sometimes it's hard to replace Scottish words so people can understand what I'm talking about.

What do I miss the least?... Hmmm... Probably being unemployed and feeling like a waster for being so. There isn't much in the way of employment back home and not everyone goes on to further education after high school. Here it seems that you earn more you'd expect to earn doing a mediocre job which is nice. I'm glad I was taught the importance of hard work but I'm looking forward to seeing Stuart work hard and still be able to take time off.

Things I really like about the US are Italian Soda. (YUMP!) One of my all-time favorite things ever, since as far back as I can remember is seeing new places. America (9,450,000
sq mi), is huge compared to Scotland (30,414 mi²
) and that means there's a lot to see! Washington state can comfortable fit 2 Scotland's in it... Way of life seems more family orientated instead of dog-eat-dog than I'm used to. I like learning new traditions and hearing how other people grew up. It's all quite new to me :)

Least favorite things would be things that make me homesick, like how the toilet flushes differently and gets plugged and dirty. Toilets back home never gets blocked and don't get grimy as fast as they do here.
Most people are very friendly but once in a while there'll be one that pops up as an arrogant prat (look that one up) who feels the need to educate me about my own country which to them is actually a State blah blah blah. To them I say "Shut yer dish, lavy heid!".. I also hate being asked to speak in an American accent. I get that one a lot.

3- Do you have any plans to visit Scotland now that the twins are here? (Cute babies by the way)

We're hoping to get back next Christmas to meet the wee yins. Cameron was 2 months old by the time I actually decided to hold him. So I'm not missing out on too much just now. I'm not a fan of the floppy baby.

4- What do you love best about your hubby? What do you love best about yourself?

Stuart and I seem to be opposites. He's a worry-wart and I was voted "Most Laid-back Female" in my high school. It tends to be the way things go with us. He's more likely to get stressed out way before me and he'll also take things more seriously than I do. We balance eachother. He's kind and very loyal (that's why if he was an animal he'd be a sheep-dog with one blue eye and one brown eye) and doesn't like to socialise but once he makes a friend it's a friend for life. He's not very organised which is ok because I can remember or find his wallet and keys a million times faster than he can. He's quirky. Sometimes he puts his clothes on inside out and backwards without noticing. I like to think he does it just to make me laugh. He knows what he believes and is a strong example to me. I'm high maintenance when it comes to fun and he'd prefer to just chill out at home but he'll take me out to find fun and he won't complain about it.
When he's being cheeky to me he uses a weird fake scottish accent that cracks me up. I love that he loves my family and still wanted me after finding out that Beki would come as part of the Laura-package. He's perfect for me.

What do I love about myself?... Hm... Uuuum... Well... I'm well in tune with other people's feelings and enjoy making people laugh. I actually think I'm quite funny. I love the weird colour of my eyes and that I can keep a clean, tidy house. I love that I'm a lot like my mum, less freckly but still. I love the relationship I have with my little sister, Beki. That's a big part of me. Beki and I are a two-for-one deal. I love that I'm dependable and able to rely on myself - Stuart thinks I'm too independant. I think I'm extremely patient but Stuart sees it as stubborness. Either way, I don't loose my temper too often. I have a really good memory and am good at time managment...

5-What is your favorite book or books? Why? What is your favorite movie and why? Finally what is your favorite music? Why?
Books: Right now I'm digging the Twilight series. I also quite enjoy mysteries - Mary Higgins Clark - but I catch on really quick so it has to be really good if I don't know the ending by the middle of the story. I'm a C.S Lewis fan and LOVE 'The Screwtape Letters'... Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors. He wrote 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Witches', 'George's Marvelous Medicine', 'Matilda' and "Danny The Champion of The World".

Movies: One of my favorite's is "13 Going on 30". I like the music. I also love Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe movies. I'm not too picky when it comes to films. I do like to watch them once or twice and then never again. Stuart's the opposite. He likes to watch them over and over.

Music: I like a lot of different stuff. I was raised on The Osmond's and The Carpenters, so those always bring back good memories. There's always a good memory attached to music I like. I like things I can dance about to. Whenever I hear Nsync I think of Beki and getting ready for youth dances. MC Hammer, The Pixies, The Smiths, Teenage Fanclub, Vanilla ice - all remind me of my oldest brother, Scott.
Foo Fighters, Greenday, Sublime, Jack Johnson, Cake - remind me of my older brother, Andrew.
I've always like Greenday. They were the first band I ever went to see. I was 13.
I just love music.

6- What traditions did you have in Scotland at Christmastime that you have incorporated into your Christmases here with your hubby? If money were no object what would you buy you or someone else for Christmas?

Christmas day back home goes like this -
7am - My dad starts shouting "He's been! He's been!" Then we all roll out of bed and stand at the top of the stairs until we're ushered down, usually by my dad practically peeing his pants with excitement. Haha!
We go into the livingroom where our gifts are all stacked in our own spot and then we tear into them. My mum and dad wait til we're all done and then they open theirs.
Then I'd go help my mum in the kitchen getting dinner ready. It's the only meal we eat that day and pretty much for the rest of the year.
Usually there's an arguement at the dinner table - I won't mention names but once there was an actual physical assault. The fork was the weapon. Another time someone threw a glass of water over my dad. It's a fun time.
We pull Christmas crackers too.

But to answer the actual question *ahem* I make the Christmas dinner I'm used to - Turkey and all the trimmings. We don't open any gifts before Christmas - no jammies on Christmas eve or the likes. Ofcourse, we've only had one Christmas together so the other ones have been enjoyed with his family and their traditions. This year though we'll work out a few more traditions of our own.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The babies...

Here's some more pictures of the babies and Cameron. The update is that they'll be moved from the big hospital in Dundee to the little infirmiry in our hometown on Wednesday. They aren't being tube fed anymore but boob fed...

Stuart and Laura 2003 -

Friday, November 2, 2007

Football, our not quite favorite thing.

Today has been a planned 'fun day'. To begin with I went to Stuart's religion class with him then we went to get a pizza for lunch/dinner from Tomassito's.We came home and I started writing my article for an Immigration publication that's due at the end of the week. I started and wasn't sure how I'd get it to sound good. I'm still working on it. Then we went to get Danielle and stopped at the super market to get some doughnuts because I'd been craving them for a week. I wanted doughnut holes but Stuart said doughnut chunks are just as good and when you bite a doughnut you get a chunk... or something. We picked up a couple of cheapo travel cups to take a hot drink/banana milk with us to the football game. This picture is payback for all those terrible pictures of me that Danielle keeps putting on her blog...
We got in for the start of the national anthem which really excited me. I suppose I'm still learning how to be American because I couldn't work out what/where everyone was looking during the song. Danielle and Stuart both very kindly/mockingly pointed out the little American flag afterwards.
They don't do kick-off's here because apparently people get hurt (?) It's football but... people... get hurt... I don't get it. I was a little disappointed because I actually like seeing people get hurt whilst playing sports. I think I was expecting it to be more like rugby. I think American football is perhaps a little sissy-ish. Disagree with me and I'll punch you in the throat. :oD
Stuart was good at explaining it all to me but for a long time I didn't understand who was throwing the banana's... it was actually the referee's yellow card thingy. It started bugging me after a bit and I actually asked Stuart why they didn't stop the banana throwing.
I was cheering for the Hurricane's because I like orange juice and Stuart was cheering for the Titan's because they've hardly lost a game. I bet you can guess who was winning 20-6 when we left in the third quarter? Oh yes, my beloved Oranges!

There wasn't a marching band so we made our own. Actually we did leave early and so help me there better not be a marching band! That was something I was REALLY looking forward to. On owr way out we made our own. I was playing trumpbone because I actually used to really play it and Danielle, bless her was playing something that I couldn't guess what it was from the sounds she was making...