Friday, September 28, 2012

Out on the street in the pouring rain...

Today was a long list of mini disasters that added up to be one HUGE mess. At one point I locked myself out of our apartment and called a few people to get someone to drive me to campus where Gabe was studying for the two tests he has to take before tomorrow (and had an extra set of keys).

... Every single one of those people either answered, text or called back.

So, it was a crappy day. But at least I know I am loved.

Thank you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paint It Golden. . .

At the beginning of this summer I made a list of things I wanted to do, and one of them was paint our dresser. I have been reading blog's like this for ages and while I am nowhere near as skilled yet I knew I wanted to try it out.

So on the very last day of summer I set out to accomplish it. I forgot to take a before picture but this is basically what it looked like

I started with a primer by Valspar which I like but one can barely covered the part of the dresser I was painting so I am not sure I will use it again. We went to Lowe's and found their clearance paint. I got a gallon of this Valspar blue color for $5 (if anyone wants a mint-ish color to paint anything... I have plenty left over.)

Then I used a Minwax mahogany wood stain that I applied with those little sponge brushes you see in the floor in the above picture. As soon as I painted about a few lines I would wipe it off with a really rough rag (you can get maybe 20 of them at Walmart for about $3, white is best, other colors tend to fade onto your paint and you get to start over again...) and it gave me this amazing effect

I painted the hardware with an old can of cream colored spray paint that I had leftover from another project. The finish I used was absolutely horrible. If I wasn't so sick last week I probably would have sanded it all down and done it again... but I didn't. So if you're refinishing something Valspar is great for paint and for primer but not so much for finishing. Overall while there were plenty of little things that I wish I could redo I really love the overall effect.

Here it is (because I didn't post it on fb enough... )

(Don't you love how inconsistent the lighting on my phone camera is)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Because Hogwarts didn't accept me...

There are SO many things I want to do with my life... I suppose we do have forever... I will have plenty to keep me busy.

But right now, in this moment I am trying my best to make decisions for the next few years or so... and that is NOT something I enjoy.... eliminating the possibilities... one by one. That ladies and gentlemen is why I am still getting my undergrad. I pursued too many possibilities and ended up limiting myself anyways.

And the thing is, I don't want to do everything, I just want to do a few things and be really good at them. But those few things are time and monetarily very consuming. Then there is the whole idea of making sure I am supporting the husband in his dreams, helping him do what it is he wants to...

Decisions decisions. I am so grateful I get to make them and that I have a man standing next to me supporting me in them.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One day we won't remember...

Watching Sandlot with the husband while he does homework and I try not to die from whatever has decided to attack my body this time...

And somehow even though I feel oh so miserable I love nights like this...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Isn't It Nice to Know that [You're] Golden

My little brother came out to visit us a few weeks ago past. That kid is so fun and so kind. We really enjoyed having him here.

We celebrated the first BYU football game of the season

He played Smash Bros with the guys

We ate "BYU" pizza

and we showed John the largest ice cream cone he will ever eat

and he even let me take him shopping (apparently these are THE cool shoes to have right now)

We went to the BYU Museum of Art where there is a special Islamic exhibit, this is what John wrote in the guest book about it.

There were also plenty of fun things to do at the Andy Warhol exhibit

and then we visited the BYU Hall of Fame

Sunday we ate at my visiting teacher's house, my little brother has some pretty fantastic manners if I do say so myself.

Monday was Labor Day which meant a snowball fight (with ice cream) and our last day with John.

We then introduced him to In-n-Out

and made some Butterbeer

John found a bunch of change outside, and asked if he could have it. However, when we came home the day he left we found this:

He is such a sweet and amazing kid. It was a blast to have him around, hopefully it will happen again sooner than later.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

There are two lights now in place of the twin towers, to remind us, to honor those who lost their lives. But when I see those lights they remind me of something much more personal.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Two Bare Feet on the Dashboard. . .

After we came back from Texas Gabe and I made a summer bucket list... we realized that since we didn't have to work nearly as much there was so much more time on our hands.

It was short and sweet but would ensure at least a few fun days
-skydiving (indoors)
-mini golf (Gabe is a little obsessed)

On the way back from Kansas late one night I got an email from Groupon that was less for more than half off indoor skydiving. I somehow convinced Gabe it was a good idea and he let me buy it on the spot. I was soo excited. I have been planning to go skydiving with Gabe before we were even entertaining the idea of getting married but I knew it would take lots of convincing. Indoor skydiving seemed like the best gateway to actual skydiving and it turned out I was right. We had so much fun in the wind tunnel where we twisted and turned falling at over 60 miles per hour.

Mini golf is one of Gabe's favorite date nights and so when we got two Pass of All Passes (such a great investment) it was easy to go a few times throughout this summer.

It was the last week of summer and we had yet to go hiking or to Moab when our friend Jordan text us asking if we wanted to head down to Moab to go hiking the last Saturday before school started.

It was a fabulous way to end the summer. We ate lunch at a local brewery and then headed up to the Double Arches for a hike. On the three hour ride home it stormed as we soaked in our last few hours of summer

The drive into MOAB

A dinosaur and fossil store

Gabe about halfway through the hike

The Double Arch

The storm

And I stretched out in the back seat

Psych you out in the end...

Psych is one of our favorite TV shows, one of those we can have playing in the background while doing schoolwork or sometimes we will watch an episode or two on the weekends before we go to bed. I know some people find the show extremely annoying, but we love it.

The show is set in Santa Barbara and while the show is shot mostly in Canada there are panoramic views of the city throughout the show. Gabe and I are big enough nerds that we were fairly excited to see the actual Santa Barbara Police Department

Gabe's Psych pose

Gabe is innately afraid of getting in trouble or arrested while traveling (which balances out my lackadaisical attitude about the whole thing) so it was a little funny that while we were taking this picture the chief of police walked over to see what it was we were doing and asked if we would like to pose with him... so we did

And for good measure we got a shot of us in front of the sign

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Final California Post

Sunday morning after packing our bags we went to a random ward and headed to visit some of our favorite Kansas friends who are stationed in California with the Marines. They have two adorable little boys and we stayed much longer than anticipated. But we enjoyed it a lot and wouldn't have spent that time doing anything else.

Then we headed to Simi Valley to visit the amazing Binghams.

 They are fantastic people and I loved meeting them and getting to know them a little more after all the stories from Gabe's mission. The family is from Great Britain and I was mesmerized by their accents and the stories they told, and their cute little rescue dogs who were so sweet. Oh and Sister Bingham makes a mean baked good, a really really mean baked good. I am not a huge sweets sort of girl and when I do eat them it is usually in small amounts... I ate half the cookies she gave us on the way to the hotel. Soo good.

We once again left far too late.. and ended up at The Glenn Tavern Inn that is rumored to be haunted. When we walked in it was a little creepy, there was no attendant at the desk and the lights were all turned down low. I have read way too many scary books and my imagination tends to run, especially at night. So I was a little more than freaked out when we walked upstairs (the desk had a note that said to go to room 224 if you have any questions... not creepy at all) and there is Jack Nicholson with his creepy smile from The Shining on a giant poster.

But, the room was amazing and well worth it. During the day it wasn't nearly as creepy.

The next few days we toured around, watched some Shark Week and visited some of Gabe's favorite places.

The Santa Barbara Court House, it is gorgeous there
Sushi on the shore
You are what you eat... Gabe is eating the "sexy beast" roll

 Downtown Santa Barbara, reminded me of Harry Potter

 The amazing view from the top of the bell tower

 Dewar's Candy and Soda Shoppe
 The clock at the bell tower
 We get awkward in pictures
 Even the tile at the courthouse was amazing

 California fashion at The Habit
 Amazing food at The Habit: halibut for me and a double burger for Husband
 Gabe showing me one of his mission apartments
 More of Dewar's deliciousness
 A random stop on the way home
 The sky was so blue

 Late night excursions to the sea
 Chocolate made with honey

 I have become a little addicted to gyros as of late, this was a local favorite of Gabe's

 It was nice to not have a schedule or set time as to when we wanted to be home. Our actual anniversary was spent driving home. Road trips are one of my favorite things to do with Gabe and this one was no exception.