October 24, 2012

first world problems. part eighty-two.

We all know I'm a complainer.  And that I'm pretty spoiled.  And sometimes kind of bratty.  So, let's talk about my issues with the Taco Bell drive-thru.

First, I hate going to a drive-thru by myself.  I always feel like a fatty.  Probably because I'm an order-by-picture kind of person, and those menus are ALL PICTURES.  It's just too tempting to order my food and fourteen other things that also look delicious.  So, anyway, I made John come with me tonight on my I'm-hungry-and-I-don't-want-to-microwave-anything Taco Bell run.  We got there, he ordered his tacos, and then I took another five minutes to decide what I wanted.  [I'm pretty sure the guy thought we left.]

The best thing about Taco Bell, in my personal opinion, is that in Rexburg the drive-thru exits directly on to Main Street, so I have never EVER been asked to pull into a parking spot to wait for my food to be ready.   Unfortunately, today the silly boy in the window forget to ask John if we wanted any mild sauce.  Worst.thing.ever.  I really like to drown my tacos in mild sauce.  So we always need a handful of those little packets.  And we didn't get ANY!!

I should have just gotten over it, gone home, and eaten my dry, flavorless tacos in peace, right??  WRONG.  I pouted.  In true Sydney fashion.

And my wonderful, amazing, nice, cute, awesome, fantastic, thoughtful husband made an illegal left turn/u-turn/awkward maneuver back into the Taco Bell parking lot, ran inside, and brought back an impressively large handful of mild sauce packets.  He's the best.

The moral of the story is:  If you work the drive-thru at Taco Bell never forget to ask me if I would like any extra sauces.  Honestly, you'll be doing the world a favor by decreasing the number of silly things I have to complain about.

impressive.

Sometimes I see something on the internet [ie. Pinterest] and think to myself  I could totally make that!! 

Most of the time it's a total flop.  Like the pallet-wood headboard that I spent all of fifteen minutes trying to do before giving up.

Other times it's totally awesome.  Like this basket I wove out of craft paper yesterday.



Pretty cool, right??  The whole time I was working on it John kept asking where I learned to do that, and how I figured it out.  All I ever gave him as an answer was "the internet."  Needless to say, homeboy's pretty impressed by my sweet skills.

Now all I need are some delicious strawberries [or cherries] to fill it with, like the original version.


Basically I just want you all to  think  know how awesome I am.
[Although, I could definitely afford to learn a thing or two about my photography from the internet...]

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time to impress John with my Olympian-level napping skills.

October 20, 2012

law school update.

I've decided that it's officially time we start talking about our law school plans.  My theory is that if I talk about it here, it will all seem a little less scary.  Hopefully.

John takes the LSAT at the beginning of December.  As in the FIRST of December.  It's creeping up on us  :-/  So while John studies his cute little bum off, I'm just over here stressing about where the heck we're going to live next fall.  Would you like to see some of our top choices?!

Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University has somehow snuck it's way to the top of our list.  I'm not sure how.  But it's starting to grow on me. 

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston University and Boston College are both on John's list.  We would love to live here.  I'm not 100% sure where that love came from, but it's there.

Baltimore, Maryland
Here's where we'll be if we end up at University of Maryland.  Even though Baltimore is the eighth most dangerous place to live  :-/

Cambridge, Massachusetts
 Ahhh... Harvard.  We like to dream big here in the Orr household. 

OK, you caught me.  Those are MY top choices.  There are about seven other places on the list, but they're mostly lame.  And on the wrong side of the country.  [read: too far west.]  I've decided that if we're going to spend three years somewhere for law school then it's going to be somewhere new and exciting and fun and that we've never been before.  Plus, statistics show that you generally end up working the first few years in the same region that you go to school.  I just really, really want to move somewhere different.  You know, branch out.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.


October 16, 2012

hair, cars, and pictures.

1]  I tried to dye my hair.  The key word here is tried.  My natural hair color is about half a shade lighter than black, so trying to lighten it is pretty much impossible without bleach.  Sad day.  Anyway, this is what it looked like the next day...  [I'm not sure what my other hand is doing... just ignore it.]


2]  John's car wouldn't start yesterday.  He had to walk to school.  And he was pretty sure it was the starter that had finally given out.  False.  Just a dirty battery.  But we did learn a good lesson from the experience:  Never call a tow truck in Rexburg.  You're better off just pushing the car the two miles to the mechanic.

3]  We need to have some new pictures taken for this year's Christmas card and I need some cute/clever/funnny ideas.  Pinterest has all but failed me.  I will also be needing a new outfit for said pictures... donations and shopping sprees are welcome.


Oh! Remember that chevron blanket I made?  Well, check it out on my friend Meg's blog post... it looks SO MUCH CUTER with a baby :)


October 14, 2012

accidents happen.

It's three o'clock in the morning.  We are wide awake.

A four hour nap will do that to a person.

We accidentally fell asleep on the couch.  And then we accidentally woke up and relocated to the bed.  Unfortunately, that has resulted in our current predicament.  Sitting on the bed, watching Prison Break, and blogging.

Also, let me tell you a little story about Prison Break.  It's EVERYWHERE.  Seriously.  And I don't just mean that we know a lot of people who watch it and talk to John about it.  It's on the TV, the iMac, John's laptop, and [currently] John's playing it on his phone.  Technology is truly a blessing.  Well, at least, headphones are a blessing.

I dyed my own hair tonight for the first time.  Tomorrow we'll see if that was an accident, too. 

October 12, 2012

apartment life.

Remember that time I cleaned my kitchen?  Well, it turns out I shouldn't have spent any time mopping the floors.  A measly two days later the whole thing flooded.  :(

That's right.  Let me tell you a story... oh, and this is the long version, btw.

For about a week out garbage disposal had been acting weird.  We thought maybe there was something stuck in it.  Nope.  Then we thought maybe it needed to be reset.  Nope.  So we called the apartment maintenance to come take a look and what do ya know... it worked perfectly the whole time he was here!  Seriously.  The next morning?  Nothing.  Not even a grinding whirrr-clunk-clunk from that thing!  But whatever.  John's in charge of doing the dishes.  Let him figure it out.

Fast-forward to Monday [post kitchen cleaning].  I woke up earlier than I normally would for an 11 o'clock shift and decided to run the dishwasher.  I was so proud of myself, thinking I'm so clever to do this and I'm such a good little house wife.  Um, yeah.  No.  An hour later I decide I want some toast before heading to work and there's at least an inch of water in my kitchen.  [Thankfully, no chunks of slimy food.]  So I do a little bit of a crazy panic dance, trying to mop up a dishwasher's worth of water with two little rags.

Five full-size towels later...  the floor was relatively dry.  There was probably some still behind the stove and maybe the fridge, but I can't move those.  So I call the apartment office.  Tell them my kitchen is trying to drive me crazy, and can they please take a look at my most-likely-clogged-dishwasher, oh, and by the way our garbage disposal seems to have given up on life.

All is well, right?  Nope.  Monday night I tried to turn on the hall light and failed.  I tried changing the light bulbs.  Nothing.  The light in the laundry closet won't work either.  So I can't do laundry, obviously.  Want to know how long it took me to finally drag my butt over to the breaker box and flip the switch.  Four days.  It would have been longer if we'd had more clean underwear.

The moral of the story is this:  Living in an apartment is great when everything you touch starts falling apart.  All the horrible, mean, resentful feelings I've had about this place were turned a lighter shade of black.  Apartment living definitely has its perks.

Don't get me wrong.  It's still my dream to be on pretty much any house-buying show on HGTV.  [Property Brothers is our #1 pick!!]

October 9, 2012

one point five.

Years, that is.  Or eighteen months.  Or five-hundred forty-seven days.  Or 13,128 hours.

I don't think I can do any more math... But you get the point.

Love this boy.  For time and all eternity.

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October 7, 2012

crafturday.

This weekend is the LDS General Conference.  You can learn more, watch it, or read any of the talks here.  As members of the Church, John and I always look forward to the semi-annual event.  Sometimes it seems like a big sacrifice to spend the better part of Saturday and Sunday watching and listening to the disciples of Christ, but it is always ALWAYS worth it in the end. 

All that being said, I'm kind of bad at just sitting and just watching Conference.  So this year I decided that I would work on a craft.  [The 40% off coupon to the craft store might have attributed a little bit to that decision.]

I found this adorable tree-shaped advent calendar just begging to come home with me.  My mom always has several advent calendars out during the holidays and they are so much fun!  I really want to continue that tradition in my own home, so this was the perfect "Conference craft" for me  :)


First, I painted the whole thing green, like a tree.  And then I painted all the little drawers different shades of red and green, and all the knobs a metallic gold to look like ornaments.  I ran into a little bit of a problem after painting them.  Not all the drawers fit easily into all of the spaces.  First I was SO frustrated, because I had a specific pattern that I wanted the colors to go in.  But now I am so happy it didn't work out, because the random mix-and-match look that I ended up with is so much better!


I finished all the painting and sanding on Saturday and saved the last step for the Sunday sessions of Conference.  We had planned to go out to dinner with some friends after the boys got home from the Priesthood session last night, and then come back to our apartment to play games so I needed to clean.  [Needed is kind of an understatement.]  Just for the sake of documenting my effort, here's a picture of my freshly cleaned kitchen.


I also found John's wedding ring while I cleaned!  It had been missing for about a month.  Which tells you how often we completely clear off the counters.  Just being honest over here.

OK, back to crafting.  This morning I pulled out the drawers [one by one so I'd know exactly where they would fit] and added numbers from scrapbooking paper and stickers to complete the advent calendar look.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  It is so funky and mix-and-matchy.  I'm beyond impressed with myself.  Normally when I do crafts like this I try to control too many aspects of them and they just and up looking like I'm trying too hard.  Which I am, but that's beside the point.


Here it is!  It looks better in person.  And without a video game in the background.  I'm so excited to fill each little drawer with candy and messages for John each day leading up to Christmas.  I'm thinking some will be just little love notes, and some will be holiday-related activities, and just some scriptures and uplifting messages to remind us what the season is really all about.  Except for the 22nd.  That day is all about me :)  [And John's brother Dan and his fiancĂ©e who are getting married that day!]


October 5, 2012

my feet hurt.

[that title has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of this post.]

A few weeks ago my lovely friend Meg had a beautiful baby girl  :)  Little Amelia is absolutely precious.  And she needed an equally as adorable birthday present.  Cue the chevron!


This was my first official attempt at piecing a quilt.  It took a while to cut all the triangles and then decide how I wanted the stripes to go, but it was really pretty fast once I got started.  I love how it turned out!!  [sorry the colors are funky... phone-camera plus night-time equal bad news.]

Here's a closer view with one of the embroidered hearts.  I didn't want to really "quilt" the blanket because there's not any batting between the layers so I embroidered hearts like this all over the blanket to keep everything lined up.


I love the way this blanket turned out!!  I almost didn't even want to send it to Millie!!  I wanted to keep it for myself  :)

But I sent it off to Chicago to snuggle that little sweet pea since I can't do it myself.  [what am I gonna do with a baby blanket, anyway?!]