Monday, March 31, 2008

The last whole week before leaving...

Time's winding down quite quickly. We've packed as much as we can at this point and come tomorrow those boxes and furniture will be getting moved into storage then I'll be super busy again. We're aiming to get as much out as possible - our bed, entertainment unit, kitchen table etc... We have a little tv stand we'll use, the cordaroy will be our bed and our laps will be our table. That's pretty much all the big stuff.
There's a few things we're getting rid of. If anyone wants any of it they can come get it.
Armoire/Entertainment unity thing: can be used to house a tv or used as bedroom storage. It's got 2 drawers in the bottom of it and shelving in the top half that can be closed behind doors. We've also got a HiFi to get rid of and 2 chairs. That's all I can think of off the top of my head. We'll probably leave it outside to be claimed for a day before putting it in the DI pod.

Yesterday before church we went to find our storage unit. It was easier to find than expected so we came back and grabbed my camera and went to take pictures of the Temple.


Check out those mountains behind Stuart. That's what makes me feel so far away from home.


I've decided I'll never take a picture in black and white again because I can make them black and white after taking them but I can't turn a black and white picture into a coloured picture. I haven't edited any of these pictures yet - I think that was my point.



Today I hung out with the lovely Linzi for a bit. We decided to take a little roadtrip down to Utah to see Lauren who I haven't seen for about a year now - is it really a WHOLE year, Lauren? We're super-DUPER excited for our day trip. It's going to be my life saver trip - the one that'll give me a day to not be stressed. Maybe I'll live one day longer because of it? ;)

Friday, March 28, 2008

What is Snicker Salad?

Well, let me tell all you who have asked this very question...

5-6 apples, cored and cubed
1 lg. container Cool Whip
3-4 SNICKERS® candy bars, cut into sm. pieces

Mix all of the above ingredients and refrigerate.
Makes a real yummy salad
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I think it'd be good with bananas too if they didn't set my mouth on fire. I think when I make it I'll add some more stuff to it - perhaps some teeny marshmallow or something. We'll see... And you really will see - you know I like to take pictures of my food...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Slump? Who, me?

I'm coming out of the slump. By updating my blog I feel like I'm reconnecting with people - anyone with a blog will understand that. Blogging is a nice little short break from packing or cleaning anyway. I can sit down and still be productive. Yuss!

Just to clear up what I meant by "Time Out" in my last post: I feel like I've taken a time out from my blog and from posting and leaving comments on friends blogs even though I've been reading them before bed as a kind of wind down. I've just not had the pep to leave comments. During that time out I've been miserable and disconnected from everyone. It doesn't take long to write an entry so I'm going to get back to doing that.

I was able to chat to my dad today and he really lightened my spirits and reminded me that I'm not a horrible person and that he loves me. Sweet.
Anyway...

After my last post I decided to make a new recipe. That's on of my most favorite things to do and I haven't done it in a while. I made a meal my dad would be proud of. Seriously. Chinese Spare Ribs. Even though it snowed today it felt like summer with these babies.

The recipe I made up is written on that paper if you want to steal it. I added honey to it too but didn't write that down.

Emma, don't I look like dad here? I was disappointed I didn't actually have food particles stuck to my face to make me look more like him. Haha.



Does everyone know about Google Analytics and iGoogle? Google Analytics is a thing you set up and put the code onto your website. It tells you how many viewers you get, where they come from, how they got there, what pages they look at, how long they stay on your blog and everything. It's amazing. It tells you a lot. Check it out. I really like it.

iGoogle or Google Reader is the newer thing I've been using. You put in the addresses of the blogs you read and it tells you when there's new posts on them. It saves a load of time for me. It's pretty nifty.

Time Out.

It's time for me to take a break before I drive myself into an early grave.

I've had an awful lot of things on my mind recently. A lot of it is annoying because it's all restrictive. I want to do things!:

I've been thinking about turning my blog to private for a few days. I like to keep it open for all my family to have access to it. I'm still thinking about this one because I really don't want it to be private but it still makes some sense to change it.

I love to blog. I love having a place to vent and to report about my day but I've had no time or anything to write about these past few weeks other than my adventures with the Scumbuster and my back pains. I haven't cooked anything special or baked anything... Keeping the kitchen clean is important for now. I still love to blog though and won't stop, for my family and friends sake.

I love family history. I can't just sit down for an hour to do it though. It's an all day thing and right now my brain is packed with other information about storage units, move out dates, white glove lists etc... When I'm in the Family History Zone I lose a lot of sleep because the names occupy my mind so much which is usually fine but right now I can't afford to lose any more sleep with hip pain and stress of moving.

I love to entertain. We're trying to get through the next couple weeks without buying much more groceries so we don't waste money. Having people over for dinner isn't an option anymore. I love to cook for people so that's making me pretty sad. When we invite people over I like to have a little treat for them but unless they like cream of chicken soup I can't cater to them anymore. Sad.

I've been realising how easily emotionally abused I can be. It's horrifying that at this age I'm still not over being so sensitive. I'm working on it though. I'm more aware that I've got enough Beki in me to make a difference. I can stand up for myself and I will - a little lesson learned through marriage too ;) Part of my emotional weakness comes from battling an eating disorder for years. When I get very stressed or upset I have urges from that past addiction to take charge and control myself in a way no-one else can. Realising that making myself sick is what controlled me is key but it's still a difficult urge to resist at times.

The lesson of "broken backs take longer to heal than broken hearts" is another thing I've been thinking about. September 2007 (not when the initial lesson was learned) was very hard for me and I might still be healing from that. Emma brought up a point about how almost all of my friends have kids and Stuart and I don't. That doesn't really upset me anymore. Stuart and I are really happy. We've been married for 4 years now and have been having fun from the get-go. We want children but can wait for when it's the right time. I like kids. I had fun babysitting for an hour last week and when the baby went home I wasn't depressed. I don't feel the pressure of having children just because I'm married anymore.

I have great friends. I'm blessed that they accept me for the shell of a girl I am right now. I'm thankful that I can pick up right where I left off with most of them and that they're so in tune with me that know what's going on. Thanks friends! I'll be back to my old self in almost no time at all - about 2 more weeks.

I'm also thankful that my parents/family fall into that 'friend' category as well. I talk to my parents once a month on the phone and that's fine. We're all happy with that. I'm glad I'm not one of those people that have to talk on the phone weekly with parents; can you say 'homesickness'? The time on the phone with my mum every month is perfect. And we have Eternity, right?

There you have it. From the brain of the emotionally drained.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

To My Friends,

Sorry if you feel like I've been neglecting you these past few weeks. It's been brought to my attention that I've been too busy to give some the attention they need. Things are crazy just now and whilst they may sound like excuses they're not, they're reasons and more of an explanation to why I've disappeared. I thought giving the explanation was polite but some have seen it as more of an excuse. I find excuses to be unattractive. Right now keeping my chin up is a chore in itself. Just too much going on.

I have a lot on my plate at the moment - packing and cleaning with a back injury isn't easy. Waiting to move things is really trying my patience. I'm also trying to work out a way to bring in an income from home, that takes time and work. I'm working on a few things that keep me away from the computer or too busy to respond to emails. I would love to have more time to spend on family history and my other hobbies but right now my brain is too full of other stuff.

For those of you with the patience, thank you. For those of you without the patience - I hope you don't find yourself in my shoes any time soon and if you do I'll be here to help you along.

Until next time, take care and don't forget me.

Love,
Laura

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tea Party!

Yesterday was our much anticipated Tea Party. Stuart has some friends here that he went to high school with so they all went away and played and let us wives play.

The day started on Friday for me. I cleaned hard core all day and rearranged furniture and packed some things away. The place was (and still is) spotless. I love waking up to a clean and tidy kitchen. It makes the day that much nicer.
Our walls are all naked, much to the disturbance of anyone who comes to visit :( It is pretty sad. I'm going to miss our apartment.

On Saturday morning as I was dashing about making and baking things the postman came and delivered two packages for us. One was packed with sweeties and the other had little Easter gifts. My favorite thing was this: All our other decorations are packed away and these little Spring blocks were perfect for our tea party. Thanks Beth!

We had a light lunch which was super yummy - devilled eggs, chicken salad croissants, chocolate croissants, snicker salad, cup cakes and poppy seed cake. I pulled out my lace table cloth specially.The boys were gone a while and we were able to chat and then someone had the brilliant idea to go to Porter's craft store and find a project for ourselves. We went and spent a while there. I came back with 5 wood blocks, white paint, sand paper and a piece of paper. Here's what I came up with:

I was inspired.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Word of The Week!

The week has flown by and I almost completely forgot!

Word: Choc-a-bloc
Definition: crowded or packed.

"Ah could hardly move up the High Street. It wuz choc-a-bloc wie *neds!"
(I could hardly move in the town centre. It was packed with young hooligans.)




*Neds are a very specific type of young hooligan. I've not seen any in America. Thank goodness.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bizarre bazaar?

Saturday was fun. Hilary and I headed out to Idaho Falls to find the Bazaar - and we did. I was expecting the prices to be extortionate but they weren't, they were quite reasonable. It's a good thing we're moving out of here in a few weeks. I didn't buy a thing though they had tons of little bits and pieces I'd have loved. I kept saying things like "someday when I have my own house..." Seriously. When I do have my own house I'm going to have to hit one of those places up. They had lots of those wooden signs you see everywhere and some vinyl quotes which the American in me loves. They also have a lot of seasonal decorations which is something that's quite grown on me through the last 4 years. Basically it's a mormon woman boutique complete with baby bows and hooter hiders.

The word 'Bazaar' is Persian and means "The place of prices"... makes sense! And I think I heard 'bazaar' in the Aladdin song or somewhere...


Easter Sunday we're planning on having a Pot Luck dinner. If anyone's interested in that let me know. We'll have it around 6pm and it'll be picnic food style (potato salad, devilled eggs, chicken salad etc.) - handy if you're getting ready to move out and need to get rid of some food ;) Hopefully we'll be able to have a couple of bbq's before we leave. I miss seeing people and nothing brings them out like a bbq ;)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Death of a blog?

No, it's just a little coma.

These past 2 weeks have been quite busy. I started packing last week. This week I really went to town. The walls are all nearly naked, photos and ornaments are all packed away. The kitchen is almost spotlessly clean. The bathroom is almost all packed away, the tub was scrubbed with the Scumbuster my mother-in-law sent me. Thank heavens for that. The bathroom wasn't that dirty but with my sore back it made it a lot easier to clean up.

Megan was here last weekend for a flying visit. It was really nice to spend time with just her. I wish she could have stayed to help me pack. We played with our little lights...

We're set to leave here April 10th. Hopefully we'll have the storage unit by the end of the month. Our boxes are starting to build up already.

Yesterday I got a parcel from my mum. It was my Robert Burns / Easter / Christmas package. It had a tin of haggis and oaties in it, slippers and Easter sweeties. Mmmm...

The snow finally started clearing up and then it snowed yesterday and it's been on and off today. I'm confident it's coming to an end though.

Today I'm going into Idaho Falls to go to a craft bazar (?) I'm not really sure what that means but I'm pretty excited to go...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Word of The Week:

Fankle.

Definition: an entanglement.

"Hen, can ye help me? Ma wool's aw in a fankle."
(Lassie, can you help me? My yarns all tangled.)

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The cutest.

Here's a new picture of Daisy and Willow.

I just think they're the cutest little girls ever. I'm going to have my mum take some more pictures so we can compare how much Daisy looks like Beki when she was wee. It's insane.

Recipes.

For the blackened chicken alfredo recipe go to Stu's blog.

And for the Thai Red Curry go here.

Friday, March 7, 2008

I stand all amazed, yo!





Today has been one of those days - the kind that only seems to happen once in a life time. Atleast it's the first time it's ever happened to me.

First of all, our package arrived from Beki. I was stunned by her sweetness. She sent me one of her hoodies which to me is like a Beki Hug except she's not touching my bum. Ha! It smells like her and that seems to trigger my homesickness every time. The smell. I love it but it makes me sad at the same time. She sent a little something for me and a little something for Stuie. We love it. She sent some money too that I'm going to have trouble spending because it's a lot of money and from Beki, it's an awful lot... Don't rob us. So that was the first amazement of the day. It filled my heart.

Second - and this is just making my already full heart pour right over. It's insane. Stuart made some really yummy burgers for dinner and we sat down together to eat and snuggle on the lovesac to watch Harry Potter. Just as I'd finished munching the door bell rang. Stu got up to answer it. When he opened the door he just stood there and didn't talk - kind of like when he answers the phone. Silence. He steps out the door and bends down. Weird. He picks something big up and comes back in. All the while I'm thinking he just standing there having a staring contest with whoever's at the door.

He comes in with a laundry basket with a blanket in it and puts it down; puzzled. We sat and stared at it for a bit. I was scared to open it incase there was an angry cat in it or worse, a white rabbit - I'm really scared of white rabbits. I told Stuart to open it and he told me to open it. Me, being brave began to open it. Right as I was pulling the blanket open I had the scariest thought that there would be a baby in it. Someone left a baby on our doorstep! Stuart later told me he was worried there was a baby in it too. It was the perfect size.

I opened it up to be stunned. It was really funny too.
I opened the card on the Scottish Doritos and recognised the handwriting right away. Let me just say that I might as well die right now, how can today be topped? I have the best little sister and the best friends in the world. I promptly went to phone her... Stunned. I very almost cried.

I had been feeling homesick since smelling Beki and just wanting to hug her for being so sweet. Then I was brought back to up from my homesick slump but these wonderful friends.

You guys know who you are. I love you and I'm really going to miss you when you leave me. And it finally dawned on me that you're so obsessed with my Scottishness that you named your son after the Patron Saint of Scotland. I'm flattered.

Thank you sister and practically sister. I love you both to bits.

Look how Scottish my fridge looks:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

For Alison, my cousin.


I'm starting a new blog for my digital scrapbooking stuff, don't worry. The posts will be getting back to normal soon enough ;)

Curry. Delicious.

Last week my older sister, Emma gave me a recipe for Thai Red Curry and I decided to make it on Sunday - actually, Stuart begged for it. I was only planning on making it for our anniversary dinner yesterday. I made it on Sunday though and HOLY COW. Delicious. I made it again last night and I'm not eating the left overs. Mmmm... Stuart's jealous. I love Jasmine Rice.
On Saturday we had a coupon for Papa Murphy's. Danielle came over so it was a good idea.
Monday, Stuart used some left over chicken and made it into sour cream chicken enchilada's... It's been quite the foodie week. Mac and cheese isn't going to cut it tonight.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Word of the Week!

I can't believe it's Wednesday already - almost Thursday! Madness.

Anyway, here's this weeks word for you:

Bowfin
definition: disgusting, smelly.
pronounced: bow-fin. 'bow' as in to bow down, not as in to tie a bow.


"Ocht! That's pure bowfin! I think someone pumped!"
(Oh! That's totally gross. I think someone passed wind!) (If I say
fart my mum'll give me into trouble.)






4 years.

Today was our 4 year wedding anniversary. It's pretty exciting. It blows my mind to think we're working on year 5 now! Madness! It's only going to be more mind blowing with the more years we have under our belts but for now I can't even imagine that.

I love being married to Stuart. He's a hard worker and amazes me with his determination and ability to get good grades - hell, it amazes me that he's going to school and plans to go on for another 4 at dental school. I'm not disciplined enough for school. He's brilliant.

He makes me so happy. He's great.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Digital Scrapbooking How-To:

Keep in mind I only started this yesterday. Here's how I got started:

Got a free 30 day trial of adobe photoshop. I love it! (We're on day 3 and I'm completely addicted.)

Google search "free digital scrapbooking" and download papers and embellishments til your heart's content. Remember to extract the files so you can use them.

Go to ShabbyPrincess.com for a video tutorial on how to create your first digital layout. I had tried other tutorials but this one got me all the way through and seeing it makes it easier for me. I went through it twice.

Easy!




Why I love digital scrapbooking:

I can kick out a layout in a matter of minutes.
I don't have to clean up afterwards.
No searching for your scissors.
You don't have to organise your mess so much.
If you make a mistake no worries...
It's Free!
You can use the same picture a billion times and you don't have to get it reprinted.
It looks crisper and makes a really cute gift. ie. Mother's Day card etc...


Let me know if you try it. I want to see your pictures.

I'm going to miss My Jackson's...

This one's for you lovely, Sarah.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Saturday, March 1, 2008

I'm no thief...

so go check out Beki's blog for new twin pictures and an update on the unborn. (Leave her comments and I'll be your best friend and so will she.)...
I spiffied up her page for her and she hasn't seen it yet. It's very pretty.

The story behind "chindren" is that one day Cameron was asking Beki which of her "chindren" she thought was the smelliest. Since then they've been saying "chindren" instead of "children".