Tricks and Treats

So I have spent the last 5 hours doing the my new blog header. I've never done cartoon characters in Adobe Illustrator before, so even though these are pretty lame... I am kind of psyched about it!

Raise you hand if you don't have a cute Halloween costume to post about because you still have no friends in Plano! It is seriously good that Breck and I are best friends because he is the only person I hang out with. One day I will make a friend here! (I am realizing that I sound completely pathetic, so moving on...)

Even though I am not dressing up this year, I have been rooting from the sidelines! Here are my three favorite things about Halloween:

1. Pumpkin flavored everything! My favorite this year is Pumpkin Spice granola from Trader Joe's.
Put a handful of that over Honey Greek yougurt and that is all you need to eat for the rest of your life! I've had it for 8 meals this week.

2. Television is so awesome this time of year. How am I even supposed to keep up with all the shows?? I mean, just look at my 'to watch' list:
1. Revenge
2. The Walking Dead
3. Once Upon a Time (not impressed with this season)
4. Dexter
5. Gossip Girl (guilty pleasure!)
6. Survivor
7. Modern Family
8. Nashville (love!)
9. The Vampire Diaries (not proud of it)
10. ANTM
11. Saturday Night Live
Okay, obviously I have a problem (no friends, remember?) but they are all so good! Sue me.

3. COSTUMES! I love watching all my friends get so crafty! Here are some of my favorites that I've seen so far (sorry for stealing your pictures, friends!):
Sarah as Betty Boop
My second cousin and her friend as Peas in a Pod.
Miss Paisley as a cheerleader.
My niece as Thing 1 (Does this mean a Thing 2 is coming, Steve?)
Kate and her boo as the winners of The Biggest Loser.
This is awesome. Here is Karissa and her husband as a black & white Lucy and Ricky.
And my favorite. Jef Holm next to someone dressed up like Jef Holm.

Happy Halloween!


Peter Pan Syndrome

Today, I realized Sean Connery hasn't been in a movie for almost 10 years! I was raised watching all the old Bond movies, so that little factoid made me feel particularly old. To offset that, I built this awesome fort in my living room.
Breck is still at school... ummm surprise!

A friend contacted me about selling my custom shoes in a store he is opening in SLC! Right now, I'm making 6 display shoes to see how it goes. I finished my first pair earlier this week:
It's R2D2 from Star Wars if you can't tell. For variety, I'm planning on doing:
1. Sports team shoe
2. Super Mario Brothers
3. The Beatles
4. American themed
5. Harry Potter (duh!)
Whadya think? Is that is a good mix? I'm trying to attract a wide range of people in just six shoes, so it you can think of anything else, let me know!

Oh! I finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
I was told this was a book about building a church, so I was pleasantly surprised! It's an epic tale of saints and sinners that will leave you punching your pillow and then doing little jigs. I'll also say this, this book has one of the top three villains in any book I've ever read. Pretty much every time he is mentioned, you need to skip a few pages.

Last thing, but one that I need the most help with! I am sick of my make up. I feel like I am in a rut! I've been saving up, and my plan is to throw everything out and walk into Sephora/Dillard/Nordstroms/MAC and have one of the pro's just tell me what to do and buy! Here is my question... WHAT BRAND SHOULD I GO TO??? Any suggestion would be very appreciated!


Fun Fact

Today I learned something interesting. You know how old couples often look like brother and sister more than husband and wife?
It’s because they have been together for so long they begin to make the same faces, and the expressions carve similar creases into their skin. Precious!

Here is hoping that in 40 years, I have the good fortune to look a little more like this one!


Sassy Gay Friend

Let me set the stage for my lash out:
1) I am in Houston, staying in the kind of Hotel that if I turn off the light, bugs will congregate around my computer screen. Construction workers live in the rooms around me. I can't even go to breakfast without being undressed by some dirty man's eyes.
2) As much as I say I love working out, it is really just a way I trick myself into actually working out. It takes a very special set of circumstances to actually get me to the gym:
a. A TV show that I like must be on.
b. I must be in control of the TV
3) It has been a long day and I want to go to the gym to work off my pent off energy.

I walk into the hotel gym. There is a man sitting on the weight machine, not lifting anything, just sitting and watching the TV. Plus, he is watching Fox News, which in itself isn't the worst thing in the world, but:
b) As aforementioned, I prefer to pick my own shows, and Fox News is not The Colbert Report.

I don't let it phase me, I can work with Fox News, so I get on the treadmill and start my run. He (STILL not pumping that iron) gives me a dirty look for making noise and turns the volume up. It's whatever, I keep my pace.

Two minutes later, his phone rings and he picks it up and begins to chat. Initially he just puts a finger in his ear to block out the noise, but then he decides to mute the TV.

Um what? Am I not there? If you need to have a convo, go out to the lobby. Still, I give him the benefit of the doubt, thinking it might just be a short call.

No, not a short call.

Fifteen minutes later, I am seething. He is just chatting away while I am dropping all sorts of hints that I would like to be watching TV to distract me from how much I dislike running. How hard is it to walk the 5 steps to the door and have a private conversation?

But it's too late. My inner Sassy Gay Friend has arrived.

When he finally hangs up and I jump off the treadmill and approach him.
"Hey! Could I see the remote?" I asked friendly-like. He was suprised, but handed it over.
"Why?" he asked.
"Oh! I figured since you were so kind as to let me listen to your phone conversation for the last 20 minutes of my life, it's my turn to choose what we watch." Head tilt, sarcastic smile, turn on the spot, and BOOM.

But the kicker? I turned it to MSNBC. (Fox News arch nemesis)

He left and Sassy Gay Friend prevailed again! Oh, despicable me.

If you haven't seen Sassy Gay Friend videos, I got you, start here:


Happy Joy 2

So my friend created a blog that compiles all her WORST dating experiences and that of her friends. Fun idea, right? You should check it out because my story may or may not be featured in the latest post! Click here to visit How To Lose A Girl in 10 Days.

So it's been a VERY strange week. Something kind of big/annoying happened... but I'll wait to tell you until it has a happy ending! Stories aren't fun until they end well right? (Can you tell I still read Young Adult Fiction?)

But great things happened too!
1. Breck made me Tilapia with Garlic Sauce and Pasta for dinner:
(I so married up!)

2. I finally got around to destroying my advertising site. It was a mess! I ripped it down and am starting fresh. First step, new name design... what do you think?

3. I bought every season of The West Wing! A little obsessive seeing as I've only seen through season 4, but this show is the real deal. I could watch the whole thing and then start from the beginning and watch it again over and over. Plus... the whole pack looks so official right?!

4. I saved $320 because I complained on twitter. Yay for social media!!! (And thank you communications degree for teaching me how to work the system)

5. Bresck started work with the Dallas Mavericks today! I like the idea of him working, but I hate when he actually has to be gone. On the upside, I am currently watching a movie, and not ESPN.

Off to Houston tomorrow for work! P.S. EGG NOG IS OFFICIALLY IN GROCERY STORES!


The Utah Curse

Today Breck had a big test. He wanted to get to get to school early, but couldn't find his truck keys. He looked in the normal places, like the key bowl and his pockets, and then the not-so-normal places, like the refrigerator and the bathroom.

Flummoxed, he retraced his steps... yesterday was Sunday so he hadn't left the house (that was me letting my mom know that we totally keep the Sabbath day holy), that meant the Saturday grocery trip was the last time he had driven anywhere. (Every time we bring our groceries in, it's the same routine; I load up with as many bags as I can, take the keys, and get up the stairs to open the door for him.) Breck opened the door, and jingle, jingle there hung the keys, right were I left them! We must have honest neighbors. Or no one wanted the truck with the Jabba the Hut hole punched in the side.
It's official! Utah has cast it's curse. Let me explain.
Qualities of our first apartment in Utah:
1. It was in Provo, UT, AKA Mormon headquarters, USA.
2. It was always freezing no matter what the thermostat claimed.
3. It smelled weird so we had candles going 24/7.
4. It had no washer/dryer hook-up so we had go to the laundromat.
5. Something was wrong with the toilet so if you didn't flush it exactly right it would run.
6. Half the electrical outlets didn't work, so I always had to blow dry my hair in the kitchen.

Things that happened in our apartment just this weekend:
1. It was General Conference, so we felt super Mormony.
2. It dropped a good 20 degrees overnight while all our windows were open.
3. Something died somewhere and made our apartment smell awful, so we had a trip to BBB for some Yankee Candle Company goodness (Someone explain to me how our wedding gift card to that place STILL has money on it!) 4. The heating unit in out dryer broke so we had to go to the laundromat.
5. Our toilet handle broke off (WHAT?) and so if you don't lift and press at the right time, it just runs.
6. The top outlets in our room stopped working.

All in ONE weekend. Utah is flipping me off so hard right now.

___________________________________________________________ Also, I just finished a book called Room.
It's a story told from the point of view of Jack, a 5-year-old who has spent his entire life in an 11 X 11 room, never once seeing the outside world. His mother was kidnapped and kept in this room for 2 years before she became pregnant and had her captors child. It is nuts. I recommend it, but don't listen to the audio tape, the person that reads it does it as if they were a 5-year-old. Not so desirable.



This week I won a 10 month long battle. Breck let me "groom" his eyebrows. Yes I might of been on a timer and only accomplished half of what needed to be done... but I WON! Right after I finished, Breck grabbed a handful of napkins and pressed them to forehead. He really thought he was bleeding! And girls can't take pain... psh.

You know what I love? Waking up everyday and remembering I don't have homework! Ever again! That fact never gets less awesome.

So with my free evenings, I've caught up on Gossip Girl:
Chuck and Blair FOREVER!!!

Been on rainy runs with my man:
Our 5K in Arkansas is in a month. If we can both finish in our goal times, we get to buy new running shoes. I thinking about these babies:

I've been working on my handwriting:

And making yummy midnight snacks like this Reeses Banana Bread:
And Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls!
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
1 pack of active dry yeast
1 cup of warm milk (105 to 110 F)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup margarine, softened
8 Tbsp margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
2. Add the sugar, margarine, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix well. Knead the dough into a large bowl (I added another 1/2 cup of flour because it was too sticky) Put in a bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.
3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll flat until it is approximately 21 inches long and 16 inches wide.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread 1/3 cup softened margarine evenly over the surface of the dough and then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top.
6. Roll up the dough tightly and then cut the rolled dough into 1 3/4 inch slices.
7. Place on a slightly greased pan 2 inches apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown on top.
8. While the rolls are baking, combine the icing ingredients. Beat 8 Tbsp margarine. powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract and salt well with a mixer until fluffy.
9. When rolls come out of the oven , coat each generously with the icing.