Thursday, April 30

sometimes i choose to wear wet jeans

...and I regret it.

We put the darks in the dryer last night before we went to bed, but they weren't quite dry this morning. I'd say about 65%. But I didn't want to take the time to create an Outfit Option B, so I just pulled out my 65% dry pair of jeans and put them on anyway.

I think I was under the impression they would dry in the car on the way here or something (I even put the heat on--I really gave it a shot). But it's almost lunch time, and I'm still sitting here in wet jeans.


Monday, April 27


We were up in DC this weekend, so we decided to visit Arlington Cemetery.

Neither of us had been there before, and we were impressed. With war veterans walking beside you, memorials to so many great men and women, and over 600 acres of gravestones and monuments, it's hard to not be touched. I couldn't believe all the perfectly lined rows, and we both really liked the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I also don't think I go many places outside of church where I'm expected to be reverent and respectful, and I really liked that people were quiet and reserved. It really added to the experience.

I'm glad we went. Places like that just make a girl feel grateful. And weepy.

Sunday, April 26

i warned you

See, you never know where they'll turn up...

(Us at a white trash BBQ. All of these articles of clothing are things we really wear--just not usually together--is that bad?!)

Thursday, April 23

real men paint in cut-off jeans

Doug rotates a few pairs of work jeans. Last summer whilst helping build his parents' deck, the holes in the knees of his favorite pair reached a point of no return. As a joke (I thought?), he tore them off and created some modestly HOT cut-off shorts.

I kinda forgot about said cut-offs until last Saturday when he went outside to change the oil in our car right in front of our apartment... and he was sporting the shorts. He thought he was pretty funny, especially when people kept coming by as his cut-off-wearing-legs were sticking out from under the car. Oh baby.

And when we decided to paint the walls of our family room this week, I wasn't surprised to see he felt it was another good time to bring out the shorts. Wow.

I just hope he's not surprised that I took a picture of him painting in them.

So stay tuned for more adventures with the cut-off jean shorts. You just never know where they'll turn up next.

When Cyd was here she motivated us to finally add some paint to the family room--we went for a gray (Wet Cement, to be exact), and it came out darker than we expected. But now that it's been up a few days, I think I really really like it!

Monday, April 20

camping with pocahontas

The camping trip was a success. We stayed in Pocahontas State Park, there was a great turn-out, and I earned my husband's respect when I built a fire using one match. We loved seeing a plethora of stars (I really forget that's possible sometimes), helping cook breakfast for 200 people, and enjoying a seriously beautiful area.

The only hitch would be the 7 hours of torture in the middle where we tried to sleep. No pads + no air mattress + insufficient blankets + chilly temperatures = one loooong night. But other than that, we had a great time!

PS- Thanks for all the vertigo sympathy. Several of you even offered some great cures, and I'm excited to look into them. I must admit, however, that I may have found my own remedy: roasted marshmallows. All I know is that I felt dizzy on Friday, I caved under the weight of my marshmallow weakness and ate who KNOWS how many Friday night, and I woke up Saturday feeling dizzy-free. It's a theory I'm willing to test again.

Friday, April 17


Ever since an unfortunate incident that I like to call The Vertigo Puking Expo of Pioneer Day Weekend 2005 (or TVPEOPDW05) I've been hit with bouts of vertigo from time to time. Before TVPEOPDW05, I had little appreciation for the seriousness of severe dizziness. In fact, I had no idea it was possible to get spontaneously dizzy from turning your head, moving your limbs, or even blinking weird, and then to suddenly have to throw up not matter where you or what you're doing.

While this is a bummer of a deal no matter where you are, to complicate things TVPEOPDW05 hit me whilst visiting the family of a guy I was dating. I managed to vomit in every toilet in their home my first full day there. Classy. (I’m sure his parents were relieved when we later broke up.) In fact, I didn’t stop throwing up until a full day later when a doctor recommended I try Benadryl. Apparently an ear infection had caused the vertigo, so Benadryl did the trick—the vomiting stopped, but the vertigo didn’t for a good week after.

Ever since TVPEOPDW05, I get a bit of vertigo every few months. Sometimes it hits after I’ve had a cold and my ears are messed up, other times it comes out of nowhere just for kicks.

Last night as I got out of the car after work, the world suddenly flipped and I felt super dizzy. It was very Lucille 2-ish. It's still going strong today. And while I have yet to lose my lunch, I’m being cautious and not turning my head fast or making any sudden movements. (You should see my drive a car—it’s really safe.) And just to spice things up, we're heading to a ward campout tonight. I've always wanted to puke outdoors, and this just may be my big chance.

So in the words of U2:
Hello, Hello (¡Hola!)
I'm at a place called Vertigo (¿Dónde está?)
It's everything I wish I didn't know
Except you give me something I can feel,

Lucille 2 and I agree, Bono.

Wednesday, April 15

easter weekend

We had an egg-stra (like that?) good Easter this year because my sister Cydney and her family were in town! They let us drag them all over Richmond, and we loved playing, eating, and laughing with them. It was perfecto.

At Maymont Park
Love these gardens!

Yes, they're dancing.

Can you believe this girl?!

Easter Sunday
Love those cute Easter faces!

Chasing Easter eggs!

The kids make this picture one of my favs.

Checking out Doug's School

Belle Isle
The rapids were raging and we spent forever playing on the rocks.
Someone may have fallen in the James River.

Thursday, April 9

a dream come true

One of my lifelong dreams is to be walking along the street and suddenly—BAM!—there's music and everyone knows the same dance and we're all doing it perfectly in sync.

I have yet to witness such a thing, but stunts like this give me hope:

Wednesday, April 8

could be worse

A guy I work with was broken up with via a note and a box of homemade cookies.

Sure I have a stain on my shirt and I have to work on our state income taxes tonight, but man--things could be worse.

Monday, April 6

the online laugh

I’m fascinated by online laughter. I think it's pretty hilarious that the ambiguity of texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging requires us to point out when things are funny. (See this? That's a joke.)

Some of my personal online laughter favorites are
  • hahahahaha: Used for legitimate funniness. It implies long, steady laughter. Put it in all caps and people know that you’re really having a good time.
  • LOL: Laugh out loud. Popular with 14-year-olds, but I’m not above using this classic abbreviation. It's ideal for those of us that are cursed with an ugly, open-mouthed mostly-silent laugh.
  • HA!: A surprised laugh that sounds just like it looks: uncomfortably loud yet sincere.
  • Ja ja ja: Regular laughter en Espanol.
  • JK: Just kidding. A great way to get away with saying whatever you want (“You really do drive me nuts—jk!”)
With all this in mind, I wonder what to make of an email I got from my husband today. I sent him something that I thought was legitimately funny, and he responded with:
Yeah, "ha"
“ha”? That’s a new one. Is that how you show fake laughter? Is it a half-hearted laugh? Or was he laughing but having fun with quotation marks at the same time?

I'd like to be optimistic, but I have a feeling he may have been mocking me.


Friday, April 3


Love this.

I'm ready for another Conference weekend.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is an Apostle of our church. The Prophet, Apostles, and the other men and women that lead our church speak twice a year to the entire church membership via satellite and Internet broadcasts. No matter how remote the area, a taping or written transcript of the conference can reach every person that wants it. Each speaker that’s assigned to talk selects their own topic, and we believe the Lord guides them as they share their messages of inspiration and guidance.

Wednesday, April 1

april fool's day

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