August 30, 2011


Sometimes I wonder if John notices when I screw up a recipe.  But then I think of times like this morning, when he ate three scrambled eggs AND a giant bowl of cereal.  That's more breakfast food than I consume in a month.  He's just a growing boy, I guess.

Sometimes I wonder how I ever made it through college with this "Sesame Street" attention span I've got.  And this GRE thing I'm doing tomorrow has got me pretty worried.  I should have been studying the dictionary for the past year.  [Don't tell my mom I said that.]

Sometimes my brain is really motivated to do things - like organize the kitchen drawers or finish the baby blanket for the Moseley's little man - and then I look over and see how lonely the couch is...

Sometimes I have a point when I start to say something but by the time it comes around to the end of the sentence I've forgotten what exactly I meant to say.

August 28, 2011

lazy summer.

Oh man.  We are sooo lazy!  We do a whole lot of nothing all day, everyday.  And twice on Sunday.

In other news, I made some deeeee-licious strawberry pancakes this morning late afternoon.  FROM SCRATCH.  Which I realize isn't that impressive since they're basically just flour and milk... but the mess in my kitchen begs to differ.

We also got a new windshield for my car!  It's nice and crack-free.  Which means I can drive comfortably since the crack in the old one crossed straight through my line of sight  :( 

Yesterday we drove down to Idaho Falls to check out the For Your Basket craft market.  It was kind of a bust.  Although one of the booths did have a pretty sweet shelf.  It was tall and skinny with little file-cabinet labels.  I loved looking at all the cute crafts - but since most of the things were for little baby-nuggets I didn't think buying anything would be very useful.  And John turned down the owl-head beanie I offered to get him.

Sometimes, since we do absolutely nothing all day long it takes us a long time to get to sleep at night.  So the other day we were both just laying there, trying to sleep but not doing a very good job, and I had an idea!  I sent John to Jack in the Box for some tacos and jalapeno poppers and I got to work building a FORT.  Yep, I said it.  We blew up the air-mattress and piled on the pillows, set up some chairs and draped a blanket across them, and then snuggled down for a midnight snack and watched Star Trek.  One day we might grow up and develop normal sleeping patterns - but then we'll have babies and it will all start all over again  :/

pretty cool, huh?
This week I'm taking the GRE in Pocatello.  Hopefully I haven't forgotten everything I learned in college.  Keep your fingers crossed that I don't totally bomb it, please?!

August 22, 2011

food for thought.

Taking pictures of recipes in magazines is genius.  I should spend more time in doctor's offices...  Parenting magazines have deeelicious-looking food.

I probably should have snapped a shot of the picture too  :/
I really need to figure out some new ways to do my hair... but isn't it sooo pretty?!!  I love my little Meg for doing the best perm-job ever  :)
long and wavy  :)
Red Cross worker:  "What's your full name, age, and gender?"
John:  "John Michael Orr, 23, male."
Red Cross worker:  "Are you pregnant?"
[awkward pause]
John:  "No."
Nope, no baby bump there!!
Arby's is the best way to life your spirits after sitting around for an hour to donate blood.  I mean, how can you be grumpy when you're sippin' a nice cold Pepsi out of this??
and the curly fries... YUM!
Freezer jam is easy.  A lot easier than trying to scrub all the stuck-on strawberry particles from the food processor after it's been sitting there for 24 hours. 
Maybe more sugar next time, though.
If you're going to Walmart for twenty-dollars in cash and some snacks for the movie - DO NOT walk down the fish aisle.  Otherwise you'll come home with a tank, some fake plants, a tiki head, one fish and one little crab.  Only to wake-up the next morning to a weird smell and a couple floaters.
but the tank glows, so that's cool.
Some recipes look so great on the website, and they sound so fun to make, and you're pretty sure it's going to be the most delicious and attractive thing you've ever placed on the dinner table.  And then it takes you over an hour to just assemble the dang things.  But they did taste pretty good...
I call them lasagna towers.  The recipe is great, but maybe just a boring flat-version next time!
John and I love to eat.  And we are trying to be better about not getting so much fast-food.  I've been looking up quick and healthy recipes for dinner and lunch.  Hopefully we'll be able to stick to it!  We do love those Jack in the Box tacos  :)

August 19, 2011

painting the town.

Rexburg is just a liiiitttttlllle bit slow in the summer.  Which means that John and I have been out and about WAY more than usual.  It might also have something to do with having absolutely nothing else going on...  And so - here's a recap of our week:

 - sleep in until 10:30am... or noon.
 - wander aimlessly around the apartment.
 - think of a reason to go to Walmart.
 - shower and dig some clothes out of the closet.
 - wander aimlessly around Walmart for about thirty minutes.
 - go back home and take a nap.
 - wake up and stare at the computer and/or television.
 - eat a strange meal.
 - go to a movie at the dollar theater [which is really $3... false advertising].
 - go back home and snuggle before falling into deep oblivious sleep.
 - lather, rinse, repeat.

Ok, so it wasn't like that every day.  But it was pretty close.  Monday I had to fill out some paperwork at the plasma center and take a drug test.  Wednesday was our trip to IF - did I mention that I walked from JoAnn's to Barnes and Noble?!  Exercise for the week - check!!  Thursday we rented bikes from the ORC on campus.  I lasted all of twenty minutes.  The gears were being retarded.  And my back had started hurting again the night before.  I'm a complainer, have you noticed?  Today John donated blood and we had the oil changed in my car.  We also got some snow-cones  :)  Love me some saturated sugar!!

Also - for future reference - the Paramount 5 has two-dollar-Tuesdays, and free popcorn on Wednesdays! 

John has recently started using his tomahawk to turn the light on and off in our bedroom... he even taped a wooden spoon to the end of it so he doesn't have to stretch at all.  It would be funny if I didn't actually need that wooden spoon to cook his fave mac&cheese...

We've also decided that we're not going to get a puppy.  At least not until we're living somewhere a little more permanent.  So now I'm lobbying for a ferret, guinea pig, or chinchilla.  :)

I'd love to stay and keep spilling out random little tidbits - but we both know you're bored already.

August 17, 2011

camel back.

Did you know that if you leave a partially filled camel-back water bottle in the car during the day, it will magically transform into a water gun??!

I'm sure there's a simple scientific explanation for why it happens... But John and I had an epic battle on the drive back from IF today. It was awesome.
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August 15, 2011

my hubby is awesome.

John's amazing.  For real.  And I'm not just saying that because I married him.  Here are just a few reasons that he's so great:

1 - he folded all the laundry from our vacation AND put it away last night [he didn't get home from work until around midnight, I might add!]

2 - on Saturday night he left the hotel room to go get me some tylenol pm because I had a really bad headache and couldn't get to sleep.

3 - he only grumbled a little when we were packing up all the stuff I accidentally left at my parent's house after the wedding and I kept remembering other stuff to add to the pile.

4 - he let me put off grocery shopping for one more day!!  [which also means we got to eat Jimmy Johns for lunch and order pizza for dinner!]

5 - he left the gym and brought me his water bottle while I was stuck at the doctor's office for a drug test and their drinking fountain didn't work.

6 - he let me take a nap  :)

7 - he went to the grocery store with me to pick out some icecream, and then he scooped it out when we got home.

8 - every time we went swimming at my parent's house he let me lay on the raft and pushed me around the pool for a more even "tan".

9 - he borrowed the Insanity workout dvd's from his friend and isn't going to make me do them if I don't want to!!

10 - just now, he put the movie I want to watch in the dvd player so I wouldn't have to get up.

11 - oh, and he drove the ENTIRE way from Rexburg to San Diego, then from San Diego to Las Vegas, and from Las Vegas back to Rexburg.

Was that enough reasons for you?!  It's pretty obvious that I got the sweet end of this deal! If only he'd known beforehand what marrying me would entail... haha!

I love every single thing about this man.  
I'm such a lucky girl to have him forever!

I love you Johnny Monster!!

August 14, 2011


Aaaahhh... it feels SO good to be back home. 

We had a really great time on vacation!  Don't get me wrong. 

We just really needed to be back in our apartment with all our stuff.  It's a comfort kind of thing.  And a wishing-I-had-packed-more-clothing-options kind of thing. 

We loved spending time with my family in Vegas.  It was fun and relaxing and there's even a hint of a tan line on my back from those few hours of floating in the pool!!

August 11, 2011

more vacation... with pictures!

I finally got around to e-mailing all the pictures on my cell phone to myself.  Don't worry... there's only thirteen  :)

san diego!
this is Elvira.  she is teeny-tiny.  but awesome.
go Padres!
this is the place to go for lunch between las vegas and san diego.  they have fried pickles and all their sandwiches are named after old movie stars  :)  and did i mention the giant dinosaur sculptures?!
sooo much traffic heading to California.  zero traffic to Nevada.  that's the way i like it.
las vegas!
chicken salad.  i love when Momma H buys dinner  :)
Shelby and Julian - freshly married!!
pretty cakes are my favorite when they taste delicious too.  like this one!
this is Zoey.  cute, huh?  we've been playing with her all week :)

Now that we're all caught up with pictures, here's what we've been doing since Sunday...

I'm going to go ahead and say we went to the mall on Monday.  I have no real memory of this week's time-line.  We went to the Fashion Show mall and got a couple new shirts for John.  I tried to shop for myself but apparently the mall didn't get the memo and didn't put anything good on sale for me.

Was our FOUR-MONTH-IVERSARY!!  To celebrate this great milestone we started the day off with some delicious In-N-Out and a little shopping at Ross.  Then we floated around in my parent's pool for an hour or so to try and soak up a little bit of sun.  For the big date we had some burgers and fries and Steak & Shake and then saw The Rise of the Planet of the Apes in XD.  We're not exactly sure what XD means... but we liked the movie.  Oh, between dinner and the movie we killed a little time at the arcade.  I kicked John's butt at the racing game  :)

We went shopping!  Um... again.  And we did some other stuff.  I think.  It was a pretty lazy day.

Today we went to HOOVER DAM!  haha.  We went on a dam tour, with a dam tour guide, got some dam refreshments, took some dam pictures... I could go on like this all day.  It was fun going with John, since he'd never been there.  Granted the last time I went was with my fourth grade class...

these are the Nevada-side turbines.  only 25% of the power goes to Las Vegas though.  the rest is for SoCal.  lame.
my souvenir cup!!  my dad was soooo jealous.

Tomorrow we've got another lazy day planned.  Probably some last-ditch efforts at tanning our skin and a little raid-party of my mom's homeless home decor.  Then all that's left is fitting everything into my car and heading back to the Burg!!

Also, John would like everyone to know that he finished reading Brave New World on schedule.  Whilst I added six new movies to our Netflix queue  :)

August 7, 2011

party every day.

We are having a GREAT time on vacation!!  Here's a quick wrap-up... mostly just so I don't forget  :)

14 hours in the car.  Never doing that again.

We were in San Diego to see John's family.  It was so much fun!  We had lunch with his grandma in Ocean Beach, then we had dinner with his parents and two brothers before heading to the Padre's game!!  Baseball games are so much fun - hotdogs, cotton candy, John screaming in my ear - what could be better?!

More driving - but just four hours this time - to Las Vegas!!  We stopped at Peggy Sue's diner for some FRIED PICKLES! mmmmmm... my favorite.

I did some craft shopping with my momma.  Poor John was left all alone at my house.  We're also babysitting Teri's little dog for the week [and her house] so we spent some time hanging out with Zoey so she could get used to us. Thursday night we went to a session at the temple with my mom and then had Applebee's for dinner. 

We tried to go swimming on Friday at my house - but it was a teensy bit breezy and too cold for tanning.  I know, I know... how could it ever be too cold in Las Vegas in August?!  But I'm a wimp.  When my mom came home from work, she and I went to develop the wedding pictures and get a few more crafting supplies.  John stayed home because, frankly, craft stores make him sick.  Haha.  We also did a little shopping at Ross and Marshalls where I got another long skirt and some fun decorating stuff for the apartment.  I also got a phone call about a JOB OFFER!!!  That's right.  I finally have a job.  John and I are so excited about it!  And maybe a little nervous about how often we'll get to see each other... we've been spoiled so far being able to spend basically all day together.  This will be a fun semester  :)

My friend Julian got married!!  I've known Jul since I was about two.  We lived across the street and his little sister and I were attached at the hip!!  Him and Tyler were the same way... and the four of us pretty much terrorized that neighborhood.  Good times.  Jul married the gorgeous Shelby and it was so great to be there at the sealing!  I'm so happy for them and excited for their new life together.

John and I slept in a little bit late - but we still made it to church with my mom!  Afterward, we went back to my parent's house for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  We wanted to swim but my dad mowed the lawn and all the grass blew into the pool  :(  So we watched some Nascar instead!  Ha!  My mom made a deeelicious dinner and I baked some "knock you naked brownies" for too long - there were crunchy!  Oops! 

So far we've had a great vacation!  I love spending time with my family.  Even stinky Tyler.  I'll be sad to leave next weekend, but not so sad to get away from this heat!!