Saturday, May 24, 2008

To Go or Not to Go.....To Disneyland

Shanna and I have been playing with the idea of going to Disneyland now for about 3 or 4 months. Originally Shanna was going to get everything organized and bought and then surprise me with the tickets, but she wasn't able to keep that secret very well and we talked ourselves out of it for a few reasons. But seeing as how we both have some pretty boring jobs to keep us occupied this summer, we're already begging for a break. So this week we brought up the idea of going to Disneyland and the California beach again.
We want to do something right before school starts so that we don't need to beg our bosses for time off in the middle of the summer. So, what better week to go than the week of our anniversary?...And what better way to justify spending that much money? Now the only question was how much will it cost?
So we were looking at hotel rooms around the park for a few days and trying to figure out where we can stay for the cheapest. There were some pretty good deals and we were thinking about whether we would really go this time, and then something caught Shanna's eye. If we reserve hotels on by Friday the 23rd, we can get 50 dollars of free gas for the trip. What better reason to drop 800-900 dollars on a trip than 50 dollars of free gas? So we sped up our thinking process last night and decided we really would go. So we reserved a hotel room and we're headed for California. We've still got to get some details straightened out, like how to get our wedding cake there frozen...but we think it will all work out.
I'm trying to get Shanna to let us go to muscle beach (Venice Beach) and the Price is Right show. The only trouble is, Drew Carey stinks as host. It just wouldn't be the same...
On a side note, we saw the new Indiana Jones movie this week thanks to Rob and Lindsey. Rob's work had the theater rented and we got to go with him. I thought that it was pretty good, but really weird. It was Shanna's first Indiana Jones experience, but I think she enjoyed it. I know she didn't like the fighting scenes, or the ant scene, or the burning scenes, but I think she likes the treasure hunting part. There is a review of this movie on Evan's blog if you would like to read it.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Weekend

Evan and I received our little economic stimulus payment the other day. Originally we decided to not stimulate the economy and just put it in savings, but Evan's gear shifter on his bike broke recently so we decided to buy new bikes. Both of ours are hand-me-downs that my parents bought years ago at a garage sale. Even back then they were old. Now they are just ancient.

Buying new bikes seems to be a little harder than we originally thought. With a somewhat small budget ($540 for two bikes), it almost necessitates buying used bikes. We've been looking around and everything appears to be a little more than we want to pay. Plus, we both want road bikes, which narrows the selection down a bit.

In other news, we hiked the Y on Friday night. When we got to the top, we heard turkeys gobbling, but they must have been hiding on the scrub oak because we couldn't see them. The coolest part of the hike were the native evening primrose. When we hiked up the Y, it was still very light outside and none of the primrose were open, but on the way down the sun was setting and all the evening primrose were open. It was really cool!

Another funny thing happened on the way down the Y. Evan suggested that we should have invited another couple to go with us to have a bit of company. Then, when we were about halfway down, we ran into one of Evan's old roommates and his wife. We talked to them for a while and proceeded down the mountain. When we got to the parking lot, we saw one of my old roommates and her husband. They had some pizza and shared it with us. What fun!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A New Garden

Today was my day off of work for the week and so guess what I did? Planted some plants! I had a whole list of things to clean in our house, but I didn't do any of them except the laundry. After a trip to several stores, I came home with several new plants. I pulled some of my house plants out of their pots and added them to the mix. Here is what I did with them:

This is my pink and purple pot. There are some begonias in there that should fill the middle section.

My new hydrangea plant with variegated leaves. It is big! And it was only about 5 dollars.

My New Guinea impatient and my fuchsia are in this one. That big leaf in the center is a caladium that Evan has claimed as his.

And here's the rest of the plants that are still growing inside:

I also got some flowers for our house today. They smell good.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The lilacs are in bloom and love is in the air

Evan and I have been talking about exercising together for a long time. We have both noticed that as our love increases, so do our love handles. Now you may think this is a direct result of being in love, but I think it is more a direct result of too many Pringles and overly generous helpings of ice cream.

You also may think that love handles would be useful to someone who is in love because they could grab their handled-lover more easily to sup rise them with a hug or kiss. However, love handles are pretty difficult to grab onto and are uncomfortable when grabbed. They have virtually no benefit and they make the top of your pants look like a mushroom.

(This is not a picture of Evan or me.)

In order to remove the mushrooms at the tops of our pants (and to find something to do with our homework-free hours), Evan and I went for a run today. We ran through a neighborhood near Wymount, admiring the blooming lilacs and columbines. We eventually completed the long trek to Kiwanis Park where we played on the swings. We ended up walking back because my knee bummed out on me, but it was fun anyway. I got to look at the plants and flowers and Evan got to get out of the house and hang out with me. And we got a little bit of exercise.


Monday, May 12, 2008

A tip: Don't eat yellow snow

I work at a small plant nursery. I am a retail sales person, which means I almost always work Saturdays and I deal primarily with people who ask a billion questions about plants (and usually never buy any).

Saturday was a particularly busy day at the nursery because the weather was good and Mother's Day was the next day. One man came in with an empty pot and told me he wanted to pot it up for his wife for the next day. I showed him a mix of plants that would be good: some purple and white verbena, some pink petunias, and a mix of pink and white impatiens. The colors and textures looked great together. I got him some potting soil and planted his plants for him while we chatted about BYU and the weather. It was a fairly pleasant experience. When he got to the register to pay for it, I charged him, and after paying me with his credit card, he took a five dollar bill from his wallet and handed it to me saying, "This is for you."

Cool! It was nice to feel appreciated at my job that day.

My mom told me I will need to declare that tip on my taxes.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A week full of firsts

This week has been pretty surprising and we have experienced a few firsts...I will list a few of them below:

1. Today Shanna made a mess in the kitchen by spilling thousands of little round candy sprinkles from circus cookies all over the floor. Then she just left them there for me to step in. That's a first.

2. For the first time, I cleaned up after Shanna.(excluding me having to flush her loogies down the toilet) I swept up the kitchen mess.

3. For the first time, I admitted that I like something with Miracle Whip more than Mayonnaise. I correct the previous post and clarify that as of tonight, I only enjoy eating deviled eggs more with Miracle Whip. All other foods still taste better with Mayonnaise.

4. For the first time I am posting on this blog.

That's all for now.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Evan: "I like them a lot better with Miracle Whip"

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Only 3/4 cup sugar? I should have known...

Today I tried making applesauce oatmeal bread. Big mistake. I found the recipe on an internet site and I should have been a little more suspicious when it only called for 3/4 cup sugar. Luckily, I added a brown sugar topping so at least the top of the bread tastes good. The rest tastes like oatmeal. Next time, I am going to get a recipe that uses way more sugar.