Monday, December 6, 2010

The Things of Late

Well, I haven't blogged in a while because we've been crazy busy! Thanksgiving was a blast and I loved spending time with Alex's family, the Seegmillers.
The biggest news, though, is that we are buying a house! WOOT! We should close in less than two weeks - Merry Christmas to us!
As soon as I have pictures I will get them up. We plan on basically redoing most of the house, so you will be blessed with many before and after pictures. Hopefully sooner than later.
Also, we won a tv over the weekend! We are basically the luckiest people I know right now.
So, after all that time I now realize that I don't have much to report on so I will steal this fun survey from Alex's cousin's blog :)


splurge... 42" TV and laptop. And one time I bought 3 little things of lip gloss for $15. Ya, $15 for lip gloss... what was I thinking?
impact on my life... My husband, my church and my family. Oh, and Big Bang Theory. BAZINGA!
life changing moment... My wedding day. In the most literal sense, I can't think of anything else that has changed my every day life more than that.
obsession... Crafts - I daydream of having all the money I could ever want just to spend at Michaels and Roberts. Mountain Dew - yeees. And wrapping paper! I LOVE wrapping paper!!
fear... Having Alex die... I have the worst imagination when it comes to this. I imagine myself in the shower, smelling his body wash after he's gone... living in the house by myself. It's weird. I have to stop myself.


accomplishment.... Landing a sexy, sensitive, funny, handsome, intelligent man to be mine forever. And making it out of Havasupai alive.
life advice... Choose to be happy. Choose every day and every moment.
part of my day... Getting home from work to a usually clean house, getting into my p.j.'s and deciding with my hubby how we will spend the night. Usually: make dinner together and watch Big Bang. What will we do when we run out of seasons?! I shutter.
beauty tip... I steal from Lauren: bangs are a great way to hide a huge forehead. And, always curl your eyelashes.
pair of jeans... Whatever I picked up at Kohl's that fits me at the moment. I usually only own 1-2 pairs at a time until I wear them out.


season... Spring! I love everything about it.
movie... Empire Records. ... open til midnight. MIDNIGHT!
vacation... As of now it is our trip to Acapulco, but ask me in March and it will be our cruise to the Mexican Riveria. Ya, baby!
movie star... Rachel McAdams or Matthew McConaughey. Or Will Smith. Or Eva Mendes. Or Joseph Gordon Leavitt. I guess I have a lot.
comfort food... Cliche or not, it's usually chocolate. Or anything that my mom made when I was young. Except that macaroni and cheese with real cheese. I never liked that.
quote... It's long, but it's so good. (and....that's what she said).
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-Marianne Williamson

....just TRY to tell me that quote doesn't give you chills. I dare you.

Dreams and Wishes...

dream vacation... Hard one. Choices are between a really fancy resort on a gorgeous island or at least 4 weeks traveling Europe. I'd most likely choose Europe.
one wish for life... To get to the end and have no regrets. To just live a happy life. No matter what happens.
one trait you wish you could change... The tingly feeling I get in my butt when I hear about other people getting hurt. ... is that a trait??
talent you wished you possessed... Drawring. Honestly, though, I have the ability to do a lot of things (cook, laugh, spell, organize, sing, dance, teach children, understand languages, love - all of which I consider to be talents) and so I don't feel bad that my stick figures look like they were drawn by a monkey.

Hope you enjoyed! Feel free to copy, paste and edit. I'd love to see your answers.
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Because We Are Pretty Hard Core

Ya, that's an M-16. It can empty a 100-round magazine in 7.2 seconds.

Don't mess with us, mk?

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Dialogue and a Story


Jaylyn:(to self) "What could I get Alex for Christmas?... Hmm. Jimmy Eat World = one of his very favesies of bands. I also thoroughly enjoy them. They just came out with a new album. Let's see if they're touring."
(Goes to Jimmy website)
Jaylyn:(still to self) " three months in Europe. Lame. I'll just leave the page and look at other bands. But wait! What is this I see? A show on October 30? Alas, that is Halloween, but I shall click on it anyway for fun."
Jaylyn:(out loud) "O-M-G!!!! " (then to self) "Tempe, AZ on October 30 and tickets are only $25?!?! Yes. Yeeees."
(Calls Alex, forsaking Christmas surprises in leiu of recent amazing news)
Jaylyn: "OMG! OMG! JIMMY!!"
(Impulse buys tickets)
Alex: ".......... did we just impulse buy a road trip?"
Jaylyn: "Yes, yes we did."

Fast forward two weeks.
On our way to Jimmy, rocking the Aviators.

(Silence in the car for a little while)
Alex: "Are we seriously driving 7 hours for a concert?"
Jaylyn: "Ya, we're a little crazy, eh? Hehe."

We tried to take pics at the concert, but this is really the only one that turned out (unfortunately) because the lights were still up.
I'm reeeaaaalllly excited. Can you tell?

I didn't include this one in the total count of pictures that turned out because...well, you can see. It's funny, though, so I wanted to include it anyway. It may look like a crazy-face game picture, but this was my reaction to the first flash, not realizing it hadn't taken the picture yet. Hehe.

Anyway, the concert absolutely rocked my socks off. And Alex's. It was so much fun, and they were SOOooo good live.

(Silence in the car on the way home)
Alex: "That was so worth it."
Jaylyn: "Ya, impulse road trips to see freakin rockin bands are awesome. Let's do it again sometime."
Alex: "Mmmkay, honey."

Birthdays and Such

I had such a spectacular birthday! Alex got me these AWESOME gifts!

I've been daydreaming about this chair from Pier 1 for over a month but was too afraid to splurge, so Alex did it for me. He is great.

YAY! A place for all my crafty stuffs!

YAY! A purse! And it's PURPLE! And perfect. I've been needing a new one for months and months. Poor Alex has had to listen to me complain about it the whole time. He is so sweet.

Look at these flowers. Aren't they beautiful? And are they full of all my favorite flowers that my husband knows off the top of his head? Yes, they are. I was the envy of all the girls at my work. Sshh, don't tell, but my husband is better than all of theirs.

We went to Gun Barrell with our couple besties, Dan and Stacy Telford. Love them.

Thanks to everyone for making it such a stupendous birthday, but especially to my superbly awesome hubby!

Don't want to put a damper on the super happy birthday post, but I have to mention how disappointed I am that Morgan Philpot didn't win. Way to go, Utah. Way. To. Go. Putting aside those of you who voted for Matheson, (because I do respect opinion, even if I don't agree with it), all of you who belong in the 66% of eligible voters who didn't vote should be so, so, SO ashamed of yourselves. It makes ME ashamed to be an American. 66%!? Ugh. I hold people who voted for Matheson in higher esteem than those who chose not to vote, and that's really saying something.

Great race, Morgan. You stood for what you believed in, even though it probably cost you the race in the end, and I respect you even more for it.
Matheson, I would say here that I'm going to hold you responsible for all the promises you made, but you (being the expert politician you are) didn't say anything that you could be held accountable for. Well done, indeed.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wee Hours of the Morning Rant

Whenever I hear/think about the song "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" I hear Karyn Stubbs in my head singing the solo from Trilogy and it makes me melt. We decided as a group once that her voice was like a giant marshmallow that had absorbed a cup of hot chocolate.

Anyway, this morning I am still on fire about the Jim Matheson/Morgan Philpot debate I had the great pleasure to attend yesterday. I LOVED the feeling as I walked out of there - power. It was power. We have power in our nation! What a blessing!! Favorite quote of the day (of course, by Morgan): "86% of Congress is up for re-election this year. We can literally take back America in ONE DAY!" AAH! How invigorating.

It has also come to my attention, mostly on Facebook, that people are "sick" of the political comments. Ummm... hold on a second while I try to breathe through this so I don't absolutely freak out. Are you kidding me!? Then you know what, YOU can move to a country where you will get SHOT for stating your opinion. Ugh. MOST of this country has no respect for the incredible freedoms we have. Please try to remember how many people have died, protecting those freedoms for you. Please try to remember how many millions of people around the world don't enjoy half of the freedoms that you do. We truly are blessed, and with blessings come responsibilities.

I understand if you don't agree with my views and who I support, but most of my posts are all about just EDUCATING yourself. Do the research and then use your POWER, your RIGHT, your RESPONSIBILITY to vote!!

So many people would just rather sit on the sidelines and complain about what's going on in D.C. but can't even take the time to do the research and be an informed voter.
Rant over - please, please, please just take the time this political season and be an American. Exercise your right to be an American.

If you missed it and would like to see Matheson get whomped, here is a link to the video of the debate.

Monday, October 11, 2010

We are getting prepared... For what, we do not know.

That is our haul from last weekend. I won't tell you how much money we spent. But it was worth it!! Our friends, the Telfords, encourage us way to well to spend money :D But at least it's on good stuff.
We went to dinner with them on Friday and we came up with THE most brilliant idea. We may be rich soon. Stay tuned for me asking you for investment money.
We also played Halo Reach online and got 10 times in a row. I get really, really mad when I suck at stuff.

In other news, for the last few weeks I have been inexplicably exhausted and therefore quite cranky. Work has consistently been a drag. Today was much better and I'm not sure what to attribute that to. Wish I knew so I could keep doing it.

This weekend is our concealed weapons permit class and I'm stoked! As soon as I get it, though, I'm going to have to go out and buy a handgun. Darn.

Oh! We also bought an XBox. Crazy, I know. I have sworn for most of my life that I would never, EVER have a gaming system in my house. I do. And my husband is playing it right now. Funny what marriage does to you.

So....that's pretty much it for now. Wish I had some poetic and meaningful post....
I don't.

The end.

P.S. Does anyone have opinions on different blog domains? I'm not really liking mine... I feel like I can't do much, but maybe it's cuz I just don't know how. Opinions are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Jaylyn's got a gun.... Jaylyn's got a gun..."

It's purty.
And - we were going to buy the EXACT same gun at a store two days before we happened upon this beauty at a garage sale for HALF the price. WOOOOOOOOOOOT! Woot, I say.

Life is stupendous. We had a fantastic weekend.
Every conference weekend my family has an "adult night" - get your minds out of the gutters, please. It just means no kiddies! So on Friday we went to Mesquite and played Bingo! It was so much fun :)
We went to dinner at a cheap cafe before, and we had to sit at different tables so there's the other group... Splitters! (I will give you 4 gold stars if you can name that movie. Family members don't qualify).

Between sessions we got to spend some time with Alex's family, which was really fun. There was even a clown there

A scary clown, but dashingly handsome at the same time.

And then I was going to be the clown, but Alex kept telling me to back up and then I stepped on the box and fell down. Haha. I couldn't stop laughing.

We also got to go out to Tuacahn and see Al's little sister, Amy, perform in a group called !nverted (Inverted) and they were sooooo good. Don't ever pass up the opportunity to see them! They do entire songs with just their voices for instruments. Uh-Mazing.

So that's the update of our lives for now. Can't wait for more adventures!

Friday, October 1, 2010

"It's the end of the world as we know it..."

Do any of you locals remember when Planet 94.1 played the afore-mentioned song ALL day?? I do.

As I mentioned, Alex and I are on a serious "being prepared for the end of the world" kick.
I finished my book and am now even more convinced of the necessity of stockpiling everything we could possibly need in case of nuclear attack/EMP/war/asteroid/etc.
For your viewing/reading pleasure, I will list the items that we have come up with so far.

Cigarettes - for the first 60ish days after a disaster, you will be able to buy anything with cigarettes. After that it will be ammo.
Ammo - see above.
Alcohol - same reasons.
Bungee cords, tarps and lots of duct tape - no need to explain. Duct tape rules.
Preserved water or a water source.
Food, lots and lots of food. (I'm pretty interested in getting a supply of the freeze-dried stuff that lasts for 25 years so I don't have to think about it.)
Guns and ammo, lots and lots of ammo, otherwise whatever you have is useless because someone who does have a gun will come and take it.
Transportation other than a car.
Medicine - pain killers, antibiotics, and any other prescriptions you are reliant on.
Baby formula - if you are nursing and have to cut your calorie intake in half, your milk will probably dry up.
Extra contacts or glasses. This is the type of thing that you never even think about not being able to get more of. I never have more than one extra pair of contacts on hand. Good thing I have glasses.
Encyclopedias or printed material for reference, studying and entertainment.

Those are the things that top our list, and I'm sure we'll think of more. Alex and I went shooting for our date night on Wednesday (I looove our date nights!) and we shot a .22 and a 12 gauge shotgun. My shoulder still kills from the shotgun, but the .22 I loved. For a fun double date with the Telfords last night we went to look at guns, and TRIED to impulse buy one, but apparently you can't get a background check after 7pm. Impulse thwarted.
So now we're going to wait until we get our concealed weapons permit, cuz they do a bc check there so then we're all set for gun-buying. Won't it be so weird to carry around a gun, just because I can?! I'm pretty excited to pack heat, I won't lie.
Don't mess.

Weekend: $2.99 breakfast for dinner in Mesquite, then bingo with the family!
Bountiful Basket, garage sale-ing, watching Amy perform, general conference, more Telfords, more conference, more family.
It's going to be FANTASTIC!! I freaking love my life. Everything about it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Summer Reading List

The votes came in (yay!) and it seems like you would like to hear about my summer reading list, so here goes!
P.S. I'm pretty sure I'm missing two, I just can't remember what they are... so maybe we'll have a reading list # 2 blog later on...

Catcher In The Rye
Amazing that I have never read this before now. I actually remember starting it a few years back but couldn't finish it. It's not at all what I expected, having heard about the conspiracies surrounding it. Once I realized that it is just a book-long rant from a teenage boy I was able to enjoy it for the classic it is. It was difficult for me to swallow the insane amounts of negativity about everything in the main character's life, until I realized that it was such an accurate and insightful look in to the average teenager's life. Don't you remember hating everything? Haha! I thought it was a brilliantly written, run-on sketch of the average teenager's rite of passage and journey into realizing that the world, just possibly, does not revolve around you.

Brave New World
Such an interesting story! 1984 is one of my top 5 for sure, so I figured I would enjoy this, and I did, but I was impressed at what a different story it is. Alex and I talked about this for weeks after I finished because I was SO intrigued at how the author took a seemingly complete dystopia and made all of it's inhabitants completely satisfied and HAPPY with their existence in it. Of course it looks like a dystopia to us, with choice few having complete control over every aspect of each individual's life, but to these people it was all they had known, and they loved it. Even the lower ranks of society were literally trained to WANT to be that way, and to despise the thought of ever being anyone else but who they were designed to be. So how could they know not be happy? And even when they were exposed to the so-called "savages" who live as they want (albeit, locked in a certain area of the world) the "civilized" do not want such a life, they like being prisoners of this dystopia. Would we all be this way if we were raised in such a society? Is the desire for freedom, for individuality an innate characteristic or is it learned?
Man... I could go on and on about this book. A must-read for sure.

I don't even remember why I chose this book to read, but I really liked it. It was a story about mistakes, betrayal, and spending a lifetime trying to atone for those. I loved the ending - it wasn't a happy one, but I love how it was written. I'm a sucker for the war-time periods, and this was a great sketch of WWII England. I don't want to give too much away, but I just loved the concept of writing your own story when reality is too much to take.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I admit that I gave into the book club suggestions for this book at the beginning of the summer because I couldn't think of anything else to get, and I was feeling very novel-y. (New favorite word). I absolutely loved this book, from start to finish. I devoured the fantastic character development and was immediately deeply emotionally attached to all of them. I cried... a lot. The author superbly made me believe in the fictional training of the Sawtelle dogs and the human-like relationships between them and their owners. I found myself wishing I could get me a Sawtelle dog. At times I felt it was a little disconnected and at other times a bit too lengthy describing things that were not pertinent to the story, but overall I loved the writing because it kept me riveted the entire time. I could not wait to turn the page - on every page. And not because it was a thriller or a suspense novel, but because I loved the characters and was emotionally involved in what would happen to them next, even if it was just a romp out in the field to play with the dogs. And THAT is what qualifies Wroblewski as a superb author in my eyes. I can't wait for his next book.

Hunger Games Series
I was very wary of the third book as I had heard mostly bad reviews from it - mostly just that it was poorly written, bad ending, not as good as the other ones... etc. But I was not disappointed at all, and maybe it was thanks to my low expectations, but I'm glad either way. I got tired of how whiny Katniss was the whole time, but it was indeed realistic in that sense. She was only 17, and (refer to the first review) still believed the world to revolve around her. I did think the writing quality was lacking, but I think that is because this novel was different from the other two, and we had not seen Collins have to write a story without action every chapter. This was more of a deliberate, calculating time in the story, and Collins is not as brilliant at this as she is at writing an action-packed Hunger Games story. I liked how it ended a lot - I felt complete closure and I like that at the end of a series. Overall, a thrilling, exciting, albeit somewhat juvenile read.

Revolutionary Road
This was an extremely depressing but riveting story to me. Being newlywed it was fascinating to me to see this married couple's relationship disintegrate into nothingness. It was a pretty riveting study on how being selfish in your relationship makes everything suck.
I bawled like a little girl at the end. It was just plain depressing. Good read, though.

This book was recommended to me by Sara Staheli Hanks, who knows that I am very interested in midwifery and doula-ship-ness :) Hehe.
I totally loved the book, eating up all the "granola" characters. It is based in the south in the '80s and tells the story of a midwife who performs a c-section on a woman who, at the time, she is sure is dead. She is sued by the family, and of course the state gets involved, citing the pure evil of delivering babies at home. My blood was boiling more than once during this book, for sure. But really, the end of the book was the most infuriating. Honestly, it's been months since I've read this and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. You can't just take the reader, get them all attached and sure of the story, and then change it.
Someone else needs to read this so they can vent with me.

Peace Like a River
I read this book for a book club that Al and I are in with a couple friend of ours, and I LOVED it. Loved it. Alex couldn't get past the first 5 chapters. He hates slow-moving books, and this is definitely one of those. It has a little action in it, but it is more just a character study of some really awesome people who I feel are totally real. I loved all the characters in this book. More importantly, this man's writing... wow. Just, wow. There were COUNTLESS times when I found myself chuckling, smiling, crying at his incredible imagery. He paints a complete, vivid picture in just one sentence. This author is incredible at relating to his reader and communicating in a way that I don't think I've ever experienced through a book. Pure genius. And honestly, the book is not even that exciting. I just couldn't put it down because I wanted to turn the page and find the next little nugget of absolute genius in his writing. Not to go on and on about this book... but you HAVE to read it. Even if you speed read through the entire book, there is this one chapter towards the end that moved me in a way that a book never has before. This man is genius. I cried so freakin hard, it's not even funny. Ok, it was a little funny. But seriously, read it. Seriously.

Current read: One Second After
To put it in the words of my cousin, Nate, who saw me reading it at the family reunion: "That book scared the shit out of me." Hehe. I love him.
This tells the story of a small "up in the mountains" town after an EMP has hit the entire nation. I'll tell you what, Alex and I are thinking a lot more about getting food storage, getting some guns and learning how to refrigerate things in terra cotta pots. (Alex couldn't sleep last night, and that's what he learned to do during his insomnia. I love my husband.) Super interesting read that makes you think about all the things that you don't even think twice about having now.

Yay for reading!! I love, love reading and would love any and all suggestions on other books to read. I have a list on my computer from all the suggestions I've gotten and it's very helpful when I'm trying to choose what to read next.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lifey Life

Fail. Again.
I will try to do better, that's all I can say about that.

Life is A M A Z I N G.
Where can I begin? Over the last several weeks Alex and I have been able to hang out with awesome friends, buy new toys, play with family, connect with old friends, craft up a storm (okay, mostly me on that one) and love each other like crazy!

During the last week of August and into the first of September I was SO busy at work, I thought I might die. I was working 11-12 hour days continually and couldn't have been more grateful for Labor Day and the extra (paid!) day off work. We were able to have lunch with one of Alex's mission companions and his cute wife. Isn't re-connecting so much fun? I always come away from fun times with friends and family so grateful for relationships, and feeling so blessed at how we have the opportunity to nourish those relationships.

Over the next few weeks work slowed back down again for me (thankfully and discouragingly) and Alex continued on at the school, some of his kids getting a lot harder to handle. He is not enjoying his job as much this year and we have been considering other options at this point.

This last weekend was a super fun one! While Alex worked his tail off for the Census all summer long, we just let the money he was making pile up in an account because we didn't need it to pay bills. What a surprise to get to the end of the summer and realize how much extra money we had! So we thought and thought about something we could treat ourselves with and decided on a laptop, since the computer (that doesn't even belong to us) in our place is literally a dinosaur. Sometimes it sprouts claws and breathes fire when we try to run any sort of program. It doesn't even have Word. We have basically been living in the stone age: no computer, no IPod, no flashy cell phones with Internet, no big TV, and so on. We didn't mind at all, especially considering that Obama couldn't watch us from our 1990-something TV :) JK.
But seriously.
So anyway, we ordered this laptop online:

It is super cute and we added all the extra stuff to make it purely awesome.
This laptop is like a super sleek, fast and extra cool dinosaur that will probably mutilate our old computer for pure enjoyment.

The next day we went to Wal-Mart to get some food and walked out with a 42" TV. Hehe. We really are not impulse buyers, or people who squander all their money, but this was so much fun. We love our pretty tv!

We came home, set up our tv, re-arranged our whole house, and put up some Halloween decorations.
I am pretty much obsessed with Halloween (a new-found obsession this year, actually) and have been literally dreaming about all the crafts I want to make for weeks. I worked on a few over the weekend:

Mod-Podged block letters

And the second shot without the flash so you can see how eerily spooky they look with my awesome light shining from the bottom!

I love this because it was purely my idea - I didn't get it online like I do almost all my other crafts.

This is the Halloween tree that we did for craft night this last week.

Close-up of some of the ornaments. So fun!

I am shamelessly getting together with my cousin and sister tonight to do more Halloween crafts! I'm so glad I still have a whole month to do more.
(Yes, I may be a teensy bit insane).

Alex and I will be going to my Palmer family reunion this weekend and I'm super excited since a lot of my family haven't even met Alex. It will be satisfying to show him off :)

Please cast your votes on what blog should be next:
(Seriously, comment, or I might cry thinking about no one reading my blog...)
-Reviews on books I read over the summer
-Rant about Obama and current events
-Date nights with Alex
-My new credit card
Note: these last two may be combined together for a random-themed blog.
-Deep thoughts on life

Until next time! Which will hopefully be within a week instead of over a month...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lameness, Not Lameness and Random Rants

Man! I am so lame. When I started my blog I swore I would not be one of those people that pooped out and got bored with it.
Sorry! I need to implement cute/inspiring themes like some of my friends do, whose blogs I am obsessed with, but then I would feel like I'm totally ripping them off.
We'll see.

Anyhoo! Let's give an update of the last month, shall we? Well, you can't answer because you are cyberspace that I hope will turn in to real people reading this, but alas, for now you are inanimate.
So I will answer with resounding fervor - yes!

July was a wee bit more relaxed for us, we didn't have something going on every weekend! The highlight of the month was for sure our trip to California with our best friend, Dan. At least I hope he is still our best friend after an entire week spent with us. Here are a few highlights from the trip.

This is us with Thelma and Johnnie Johnson - the cutest, sweetest, spunkiest couple you could ever meet! I want to be like them when I grow up.

They had these hideous sunglasses all over San Francisco! If you can't see, mine have Michael Jackson and Alex's have Obama. HAHAHAHAHA!

What would a photo album be without the funny face game? (For those of you uncultured swine (jk -that's from Toy Story) the funny face game is when you make a continuously changing crazy face and you snap the picture in the middle of it. Classic).

We stayed on this gorgeous beach with cute flowers everywhere.

And the last night we were there I threw up a few vital organs, so this is a shot of the morning on the way home. I didn't think I looked that bad! And this was after I felt a million times better.

So that was our fun, much-needed vacation. There was a lot more to it than those few pictures, but I won't bore you.
What I will do now is bore you with my rants on current events/politics.

Prop 8. I can't even tell you how much I hate how much animosity towards the church has been cultivated because of this. Why does everyone blame it on this single entity? The state of California VOTED. They voted. 50% of California is NOT made up entirely of Mormons. Do the simple research - scores of other organizations and religions supported this proposition just as valiantly as the LDS church did. AND - again, do the simple research - those opposed spent just as much money on their campaigning as did the proponents.
Also - who the heck does this judge think he is to OVERTURN a majority vote?! The people voted - they voted you in to office, mister! Who are you to sit on your high horse and decide what is "really" the right thing to do? Ugh.
Lastly, I don't care what the issue is, LEAVE ME TO MY BELIEFS and I WILL LEAVE YOU TO YOURS. Don't ostracize me and tell me that I am a horrible person because I believe what I do. We don't walk around vandalizing people who support animal rights. We don't spit on people who support organizations for the needy. But don't you realize that by protecting animals those people are denying the rights of people to beat their dogs?! GASP!
Listen, I realize this is different - but do you see the correlation I'm trying to illustrate? I believe one thing, you believe another. This does not make us bad people. Either one of us. I'm sorry that you didn't get what you wanted, but guess what? Obama is in the white house, I don't like any of the Supreme Court Justices, abortion is still legal, the ACLU is up in my grill ALL the freaking time telling me what I CAN'T do. That's life. That's America. It's called democracy. That means you don't always get what you want, but keep on voting and maybe it will come to pass.
Deal with it and don't freak out on me just because of what church I belong to.

Monday, June 21, 2010

"Your Voice is Giving Me Mono!"

Whoa, sorry about the hiatus.

Here are some highlights of the last few weeks:

- Making cards. I'm pretty much addicted. (The first one is a wedding present. I just had to get the whole package in the picture because it's so cute.)

This is my Father-in-Law's Father's Day card. He plays guitar :)

- Making a delicious pie! Look how pretty it is!!

- Crafting.

- Saying goodbye to Grandpa Seegmiller. He was such a sweet and amazing man. His legacy has blessed my life and will continue to do so.

- Sealings! We haven't been to one or done any for the dead since we've been married, and we did both in the last few weeks. Congratulations to Kortni and Jonathan! They are such a cute couple.

- 5-year highschool reunion. It was a lot of fun, but the 100+ people who said they would come ended up being under 50 so the planners had to fork over $50 each to pay for the extra food we ordered. Nice, people. Reaaaal nice.

- Ward pot luck. We have some pretty awesome and funny people in our ward. New discovery of an awesome made-up word: "Bumclock" - the ring you get around your butt when you've been on the toilet for too long.

- Singing. A lot. We sang a surprisingly pretty arrangement of "Home on the Range" at Grandpa's funeral and then sang "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" in church yesterday.

- Awesome dinner with the soon-to-be Hanleys... well, one already is a Hanley, but the other one is soon-to-be... Glad to have some more couple friends :D And another awesome dinner with the Abbotts and their really cute kid. I made a freaking delicious roast. Who knew I could do that?

- CHOIR CAMP!! So much fun. I absolutely love being around those incredibly talented kids, they are so special! It's also been really fun to see the vision that Brent and Andrea have for the camp and look forward to years and years of impacting the community for good. I love being a part of something so important and valuable.

- Reading. We're both pretty reading-happy right now. He's reading some historical fiction and I'm reading Brave New World... and Up From Slavery :)

That's pretty much all I can think of. Other than those things we have been working, letting our house get dirty, spending time with family and awesome friends and not getting any hiking in there. So much for our Every-Hike-In-Zion goal before the end of the summer.... We're just so darned busy! And this weekend we are going up to Provo for a wedding and Lagoon! Woot! I'm way excited for that. But, alas, there will be no hiking and my tummy and thighs are suffering from the lack thereof. I wish I had a work out buddy!! Someone other than my husband, because it's way too easy to say no to him :)