What’s on “My List” This Week

This week is spring break for me at AAU, which means I don’t have to think about one thing that requires me to actually think.

To kick off the week, I went to lunch with my sister, Ang, and we ate and mostly talked for five and a half hours.  That is what I call good food and fun!

I have NOTHING on my schedule for the next few days, and by “nothing” I mean I’m going to start reading this book written by my friend Melanie:

(You can pick up your own copy here or you can get the kindle version here.)

David and I just started watching the TV series, “24” and we are ADDICTED.  We are completely sleep deprived . . . we just cannot turn the show off!

Yes.  I admit it!  You cannot just watch one episode,  you have to watch 10 or more in a row because you CANNOT quit once you start watching!  We keep asking ourselves why we didn’t watch this show when it was on TV?!  What the heck?  How did we miss this golden nugget of entertainment?

Thank you NETFLIX for making it so convenient to stream our favorite shows!  And that’s another thing . . . we just found out you can watch TV shows on NETFLIX, not just movies that come in the mail.  Why are we just now learning these things?

Any other good secrets we should know about?

No Longer Flying Under the Radar

It’s official.  I have been accepted into the blogging world.  After two years of blogging and over 225 posts, I have been tagged for the first time.  (I had no idea what that term meant for like a year.)

8 Favorite Books:

I have so many favorite books.  I’ll have to just pick a few.

Twilight Series (all four books)
Harry Potter series (all the books)
The Time Traveler’s wife
The Shopaholic Series
Good Night, Sleep Tight. (The Sleep Lady’s Gentle approach to get your kid to go to sleep, stay asleep, and wake up happy
Baby Proof (by Emily Giffin)
InStyle Getting Gorgeous (written  by the editors of InStyle)
Being Happy

    8 Things That Happened Yesterday:

    Yesterday is just so yesterday.  I’m petty sure I can’t recall eight things I did over 24 hours ago, so I’ll name eight things that happened today while my brain is still working:

    I showered
    I put on make-up
    I took my kids to The Festival of Trees
    Loaded the dishwasher
    Talked to my sister Jenn
    Edited photos
    Talked to Dave
    Changed EIGHT poopie diapers and cleaned up my dogs poop THREE times.

    8 Things to Look Forward to:

    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    My husband coming home after an eight week absence
    And some other stuff like: Dallin being 100% sleep trained, couples Christmas party, Family Christmas party, Christmas, Moving to Kansas, and a glorious reunion with my stuff in storage.

      8 Things on My Wish list:

      A Nikon D90 (with several different lenses)
      A MASSIVE computer monitor for photo editing.
      A powerful desktop computer (one where I can have several different programs running or applications open and it works lightning fast.  My laptop has four gigs of RAM, but I am so IMPATIENT. )
      A terabyte hard drive (What am I? Some kind of computer nerd?  My husband has brainwashed me!)
      A new SUV (not sure what kind yet)
      Invisalign, or veneers, or whatever it takes to get chicklet teeth. (Mary, you know I have teeth envy!)
      A trip to Saba.  (Yes my fellow Sabans, I want to go back for a visit!  But only during the winter months)

        8 Things I love About Winter:

        Actually, I hate winter.  Why do you think we moved away from Utah to Arizona, then to Texas, then to the Caribbean? Ewe, all the dry skin, chapped lips, and sickness that comes along with the cold weather.  This will be my first cold winter in seven years!  Let me think here . . .

        Stephens hot chocolate
        Carmel apple cider from Starbucks
        Snow on Christmas (but only on Christmas)
        Hmm . . . I’m still thinking . . .
        Wearing my cute winter mohair coats
        Wearing my sassy tall red leather boots (note to David, find them in storage and send them to me!)
        Um, yeah . . . I’m still thinking.  It certainly isn’t scraping ice off my car windows in sub-zero temperatures
        OK, I think that’s it

          8 people I tag:

          Good.  I’m done.  This tagging business is way too thought provoking.

          Melanie J (Write Stuff)
          Pam Nash
          Laura White
          Lacy Allphin
          Andrea Swenson
          Shannon Rolfe
          Sheri Jenkins
          Amber Bechtold

            Have fun ladies!  🙂

            Why This Book and Not Some Lame-o Other Book?

            I’m so bugged!  Why did someone have to leak the unfinished Midnight Sun manuscript by Stephenie Meyer?  I was SO LOOKING forward to reading the finished book!  UGH!

            David and I both (because lets be honest here, I’m not the only member of this family that loves the Twilight series) read the partial story this week.  I mean lets face it, the story is out there, and Stephenie has put finishing it on hold indefinitely . . . so like any other devoted reader . . . we downloaded the story from her site.

            It was good.  Really good.  And now we’re both sad.  Really sad.  You too can read a really good half written story at www.stepheniemeyer.com/midnightsun.html and then you can be sad just like us that you’ll probably never know what Edward was thinking when he took Bella to the meadow.  Sigh.

            Utah, I’m Outta Here

            It’s a good thing I didn’t fly out on Friday like I was scheduled to. I would have missed the 97 cents sale at Old Navy! Hello! 97 cents? Yes! The whole store was on sale! Living on Saba, I have become so practical. I only bought exactly what I was looking for: shirts in white, brown, and black. Oh, and a very cute belt. I know, very boring. My total was only $14 for four shirts and a belt (which was a whopping $10). Now that is a steal!

            I rescheduled my flight to Dallas from Friday to Monday. There was a little mix up with my friends as to when I would be arriving and Lydia is out of town! That just leaves Daniel at home . . . and well, as much as Daniel is like brother to me . . . it would still be awkward all around. My parents are happy to have me for three more days, and I am happy to get a few more things done here before I head off.

            Shopping has taken on a life of its own. Imagine that you haven’t been shopping in almost a year and now you have to shop for anything you might need for the next year! It is a little crazy and overwhelming. Part of me doesn’t care to buy the things listed on my “to buy list” (things like sunglasses, shirts, Tigi Control Freak, tweezers, clothes and shoes for Hannah, baby back pack carrier, BBW coconut lotion, sprout seeds, Stephens Hot Chocolate to take home, etc), but the sane part of me knows that I will HATE myself if I don’t get the things on my list. It is frustrating to not have these items at my disposal on Saba. It is so simple there. Sometimes, you just learn to do without. However, I can’t do without my Tweezerman Tweezers, and the two pair I have on Saba are jacked up. So, that was non-negotiable!

            I will miss the simple pleasures of the States. You know, like FANTASTIC deals at Old Navy, going to the movies, finding everything you need at Walmart or Target, and going to the grocery store at midnight. My mom was complaining that milk went up in price this week from $1.69 a gallon to $3.oo a gallon. I sort of tuned her out when I realized the “expensive price” of milk was three times LESS than I pay for a gallon. Yes people, I shell out $12.oo for a gallon of milk! I also pay $5.00 a gallon for gas! I will certainly miss the grocery prices and the convenience the states has to offer. However, I am anxious to get back to Saba so I can take a vacation! The lifestyle here is so fast paced, and I want to do as many things and see as many people as possible, it has not felt like a vacation. Except for the time I have carved out to read eight novels and one self-help book . . . I will miss not having caretakers around so I can read whenever I want!

            It is interesting to see the United States through Hannah’s eyes and her smile. A lot of “firsts”have happened on this trip:

            • Hannah’s first ride in a Porsche.
            • My first time driving a Porsche.
            • Hannah seeing ceiling fans. They are very interesting you know.
            • Hannah watching the garage door open and close. Sort of scary!
            • Taking a bath in a tub. Poor little thing has to take a bath in a portable bath on my patio, for all the world to see!
            • Music in the car. Hannah was quite surprised to hear it when riding in her carseat. She was looking around to see where the music was coming from. She loves to dance in her seat!
            • Hannah was weighed on a real scale that computes to pounds not kilos. She is 24 pounds.
            • She got a stroller ride on a FLAT surface.
            • Hannah not only ate fries at McDonald’s, she got to play on the play set!
            • The park was especially designed for small kids. She was safe!
            • The park was also ONE level, no crazy hills, slants or fire ants!
            • My parents big screen TV is like a movie screen to her. Hello big screen Tele Tubbies! (SICK!)
            • Hannah saw snow.
            • Hannah got her first haircut.
            • Hannah went to her first funeral.  (Uncle Dee died)  She was very happy and said “HI!” to everyone!

            I am sure there are many more firsts, but you get the point that she is pretty sheltered on Saba. I will miss listening to the radio, and tuning into country! There are no radio stations to tune into on Saba . . . Yes, we are very remote out there!

            I have enjoyed seeing my friends: Katie T., Katie C., Sheri V., Sheri J., Beth (who had a baby six weeks ago and is now two pounds again) Teri, Kerri, and many others! I will miss you guys!

            Edward or Jacob?

            I am fully aware that I live on a tiny five square mile island. We don’t have a book store, or anything like unto it. Unless you count the Medical School Library, but seriously, when have you ever picked up a Medical textbook for recreational reading? Ya, me neither. I have been “dying” for a good read. I decided to pick up the “Twilight” series at the airport (it was the first chance I had to get to a book store) and I LOVED it! I couldn’t read it fast enough! I was flipping though the pages with no need for food, water, or sleep. How is it possible that this book has been out for two years and I am now just reading it?

            I have read all three books and am anxiously awaiting the release of the fourth book. My question is this; those of you who have read this book prior to September 2007, why have you not recommended this book to me? This was such a great find! To those of you who have not read this series, READ IT. Actually, stop what you are doing right now and drive to the closest Walmart (which is open 24 hours so there is no excuse) and BUY IT. READ IT. LOVE IT. Then, email me so we can talk about who you are in love with (besides your spouse!). Team Edward or team Jacob? Everyone is torn. I know! So hard to choose, but I think I am secretly in love with Edward. Don’t worry Dave, he is fictional. He only exists in this book. It’s a safe crush. Plus, he is already taken.

            What other good reads am I missing out on? I am in the states now, where I have access to picking up a few books. Speak now or forever hold your peace! Don’t hold out me! All you closet “Twilight” lovers, speak up!