Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Going Right

Three things in life that are going pretty right:

  1. I'm into a groove with school. During the summer BYU breaks the summer semester into two terms that are only 6 weeks long. The students and the teachers are more relaxed, but the short time makes it so that as soon as you are comfortable with your schedule suddenly it is time to think about finals again.  It's crazy to think that just a month ago I took finals, and I take them again in a little over 2 weeks.
  2. Work has become less stressful. Over the last 9-10 months I changed positions from a part time receptionist to an as-many-hours-as-you-aren't-in-school recruiting specialist. The past several weeks I have been pushing 30 hours of work while taking the equivalent of 18 credits, so I was running a little thin. The good news is that my boss just hired another girl that is also taking classes and we are going to be able to each work 20 hours instead of me working 30 and not finishing everything. It is amazing to see that 10 hours of work go away and be able to accomplish so much more at home and school. 
  3. Drinking lots of water and exercising. I am planning on talking more about this in about a month when we all hit our halfway mark on New Year Resolutions. For now lets just say that it is making a huge difference in my mental well being. Also, the human body is amazing. I am in no ways back in the kind of shape that I used to be, but watching the progress is motivating. 
Picture by Kirsten and more found here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Good Week

I was feeling a little stressed and anxious the other day when Brett cam home with some pink roses. When I woke up this morning they we too large and beautiful to not try to take a picture. I am in no ways a photographer, but I still think it looks okay.

Other than beautiful flowers there have been other good things for us as well. We went to an early showing for Star Trek (which was awesome by the way), spent some time with friends eating ice cream, and now its raining peacefully. Falling asleep with the rain is one of our favorite things, especially Brett's since he grew up in the Northwest where it rains 8 months of the year. Last night we just stood outside the door for a minute and smelled the rain. And yes, rain has a smell, and its amazing.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

When Books Become Movies

I have a confession. I love books. If I could spend all my time on a porch or in a hammock with crystal light and a book I would be a happy girl. Maybe not all my time, but each opportunity I get to do this I get so relaxed and feel so much happier in general.

This love of books is so intense that I have an entire Pinterest Board dedicated to libraries, book lists, and quotes about reading. The following shows perfectly how I feel with each book I read.

For this reason I am always torn inside when one of my favorite books becomes a movie. I am excited to see a story I love so much become shown through people in a way that I could enjoy in only a couple of hours. On the other hand, I am worried that because it is only a couple hours it will not be enough time to do the story justice. I am also afraid of having my imagination shattered by having the movie show different images than I have imagined for years

These are all the thoughts going through my head as I watch the trailer for Ender's Game. This has been one of my favorite books since I was really young, and there has been talk of turning it into a movie for years. Secretly, I have always been okay with the fact that there wasn't a movie because it let me think of it myself. That is going to change. I am really excited to see how they do it and how it compares to what I see in my mind. Also, Brett and I do love Harrison Ford, who plays a major role, so that is exciting.

If anyone wants to read only one book I ever recommend, please read this one, especially before you watch the movie in November.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Best Bites in Coeur d'Alene

Back in December we went to restaurant we saw on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. That time it was a specialty sandwich shop and it was delicious. This time we went to Capone's Pub and Grill near downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We were up in Idaho visiting my family and had to take the opportunity to go out for lunch while we were there.

My mom and sister came with us, and it was a great afternoon. What else were we supposed to do while the younger siblings were in school and dad was at work? Going out for some good food and driving past the lake was perfect. 

Of course, the food was fantastic! Brook and I got the cheeseburger with the bun toasted to perfection. Mom got the biggest chicken sandwich I have ever seen and Brett got a garlic pizza all to himself. When the waitress took our order she went to him first. He said that the two of us were on the same ticket and that he wanted the medium pizza. Assuming that we would then be sharing, she initially skipped over me. Twenty minutes later all the food was gone. Brett's pizza, my burger, and all my fries were demolished. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Filling Time

During graduation weekend we had a few hours to kill. Since this weekend was about Brett, he got to pick what we did...and he chose mini-golf. It had been quite a while since either of us had been so it was a good time. 

Brett's mom, little brother, and grandma also came with us. Nanny was perfectly happy to sit at a table and read a book while the four of us discovered just how bad we were at mini-golf. Although we all had some holes where we were extremely over par (example: at one hole it took me eight tries. This blog is a no judgement zone) the overall spread of points was only eleven from first to last. 

Also, Brett really wanted a picture of him being a rebel standing on the other side of the fence. So here it is just for him!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Big Day for Brett

Its spring and another semester ended, so graduation festivities were upon us. Brett was able to participate in the ceremony, although he technically is still finishing one class that he should have done in the next month or so. No matter the technicalities, he is (basically) done with this part of his education.

Brett's parents, grandma and two of his siblings came to watch him walk across the stage and congratulate him. He is one of those guys who never likes it when a fuss is made over him, but I made him stand still for some pictures of him in his robe.

After everything was over his parents took us out to lunch at Famous Dave's. Brett has been craving some Famous Dave's bbq since we went there with my parents a little less than a year ago. It was delicious and totally worth the wait. 

For the next few months Brett will be enjoying his first break from school in two years. Working full time, although still work, feels like a vacation when there isn't homework to do as well. He is looking forward to having his evenings to read some books and learn the guitar. Sadly, I will be working and taking summer classes, so he is on his own in his hobbies.

Next step, graduate school in the fall. Come September he will be going full speed in the MPA program here at BYU and he won't have the luxury of catching up on some books!