What the ffffff.....

Ok, so I just saw how all of my tabs and buttons have decided to go up in arms against me. Not totally sure what's happening, but I'm working on it. If I can't figure it out it might be calls for a re-design this weekend. Sorry- you may have to deal with the second-hand embarrassment for a couple days.

Family is a Good Excuse, Right?

So, I'm a little behind of updating you about my life these past few days.  And it's mostly because I've been spending time with my family.  And you know how cool and time consuming they are.  We went up to my mom's house on Sunday for an Easter lunch.  It ended up being hobo dinners out in our fire pit, promptly followed by s'mores.

 our traditional Easter morning photo

and my Satan s'more.  Definitely not part of the diet, and definitely don't regret it.

And lucky me, my dad invited Landon and me back on Monday night to have pizza (yolo) and do some yard work with everyone before he and my brother leave for the summer.  I used to detest yard work.  But I had so much fun hanging out with everyone and the yard looked so nice when we were all done with it.  Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it, because pizza.

We didn't get home til late Monday night, hence why I didn't blog yesterday either.  But as I was climbing in bed, I photographed the current relationship between Shadow and Milo.  I'm hoping they get over it and become friends soon.  Because right now, Milo is guarding the stairs and Shadow is too scared to walk past him.  I think Milo likes the feeling of utter power.  Typical cat, right?

can't not laugh every time I look at this picture.

I'm glad I had such a fun weekend with everyone because work is kicking my BUTT so far this week.  But good news,  I get ANOTHER weekend with these fools because my mom is graduation on Friday and it's Brenden's birthday on Saturday.  AKA partying all weekend long.

Impulse Adoption

You guys.  On Tuesday a co-worker of mine came up to me and half-jokingly asked me if I wanted his cat.  Long story short, through a turn of events he needed to give up his cat he's had for a few years.  He said he was taking it to the Humane Society that day.  But I had heard about this cat a few years ago when Landon had been at his house.  He said it looked like a small leopard and how badly he wanted it.  So I told my co-worker if he could hold onto him for one more day I would go talk to Landon about seriously taking him.  And the next day, I had Milo the Bengal in the back of my truck headed home.

Now, as any adopted animal, he was a little stressed and a lot confused.  Even though I am really excited about having Milo a part of our family, these kind of situations are always a little sad at first.  No one wants to give away a loved pet, and no pet wants to be taken away from it's home to a foreign place with people it doesn't know.  Milo was no exception.

I took him into one of the rooms in the basement and closed the door to keep him as calm as possible.  He kind of wandered around and explored, but ended up curling up under a desk not wanting to come out.  I put his bed next to him under the desk and put some treats in it and he eventually came out and got in it.  I stayed there on the ground with him for hours, just petting him and talking to him softly.  He is the sweetest thing and even though I've only had him for like- twelve hours, I love him so so much.

I decided to give him a little space, so I shut the door and went for a run.  When I came back he was more willing to snuggle.  I decided to take him into our room and let him lay on the bed next to me.  He ended up cocooning into the sheets and snuggling up next to my legs.

This is a big transition for Milo.  I can tell he is sad and confused, but I'm hoping within the next few weeks he will be happy and feel at home with us.  And Shadow.  Because he doesn't totally love the idea of him yet. ha!

Things That Have Kept Me Laughing

Found this gem at Bed, Bath and Beyond on Friday.  You guys.  I was DY-YING.  I was there with some co-workers because we were buying more flavors for our Soda Stream and this was in the checkout lane.  I really just wanted to meet the person behind it to see if it was intentional or an oversight.  Or if perhaps, I'm just really immature.

This pin I found sometime last week.  I still giggle at it every time I see it in my humor board.  I love it when the message trying to be portrayed is lost in the unnecessary spacing of the words.  I get it, you're trying to be cute, but it's not totally working out for you.

And finally, this snap from my little sister had me in a fit of laughter.  She is such a weirdo.  Her face kills me, and this is especially funny because her boss is a psycho sometimes and I love that she photographed him unknowingly.

She's a genius and I'll treasure this forever.

Another Weekend for the Books

1: Girl's night.  We went rock climbing at the Quarry in Provo.  It kicked out butts.
2: Tried bouldering after climbing, didn't succeed.  Only succeeded in get a picture pretending to boulder.  None the less, we want monthly passes and to go all the time so that one day maybe we'll be able to do more than pose in front of the bouldering wall.
3: Saturday morning's run entertainment was courtesy of Landon and Shadow.  The wrestled and played for roughly 2.5 miles.
4: After we were all worn out from exercising and playing, Landon let me spend too much money on make up and then took me to get Sushi.  Maybe tempura isn't exactly part of the diet, but I only had one roll and I don't regret it.
5. I should have been less obnoxious to Landon after he willing handed over his wallet for my beauty supplies.  But I wasn't.
6: I didn't stop being annoying the next morning when I braided his hair in church.  He got all embarrassed when he realized what I was doing.  I tried to make him feel more manly by telling him it was "corn rows."
7. We bought Shadow a cheap frisbee to play with.  It was destroyed in a matter of 10 minutes or so.  But he was still radiating pure joy so we had to snap a few photos of his heart melting smile.
8. *see above*

all in all a pretty great weekend.

Never Taking Another Bubble Bath Again.

I was whining at work yesterday about how sore I am from a killer leg workout we did a few days ago.  And I know that I could take an ice bath to help with the ache, but I don't hate myself so I don't want to do that.  Then my new co-worker suggested Epsom salts.  He said his mom says it helps with sore muscles.  I was intrigued.  So when I got home, I did a little more research on Epsom salts.  Turns out there is TONS of benefits to soaking in a bath with that wonderful stuff.  I got one that was the salts PLUS lavender.  I LOVE lavender.  I filled the tub up with warm water, had the salts dissolve and I turned out the jets only to be transported to the most heavenly state of mind I've been in for who knows how long.

I got out, and I was soooo soothed and relaxed.  And while it didn't make me feel like I hadn't done the butt-buster from HELL two days prior, the soreness was noticeably less.

And I was reading that regular Epsom salt baths can do all kinds of things for your body.  I swear, I'm not being sponsored to say this, but look at what it can do:

  • -Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • -Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • -Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • -Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • -Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
  • -Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • -Improved oxygen use.
  • -Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • -Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • -Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.

I know that I've only had one bath so far, but I'm excited to be able to do this more after working out and have it help with the soreness.  I'll keep you posted on how I'm feeling.  But in the mean time, if you guys want to try it out, I just bought a bag at Wal Mart for five bucks.  I'm sure there is nicer stuff out there, I'll have to do some research, but that worked for me. And I smell like lavender still. bonus.

Tell Us About Yourself(ie)

(this was stolen from Alissa, who got it from here.)

What’s your wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?

The home screen is of Landon and me, of course.  The lock screen? Maybe it's a picture of Tom Hiddleston with a sweet quote from him...and maybe it's not... 

When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?
Wings. Duh.
What’s the one word you are guilty of using too often?
literally. or dammit.

What is the last thing you searched for on Google?
"How many tablespoons in a cup?" there's 16 in case you're wondering.

Who is the last person that called or texted you?

the last person to call was my dad.  The last person to text was my BFF.  And I didn't answer her question about baked sweet potato fries.... I better go do that right now.

What one thing drives you absolutely crazy?
When people say things that are just unnecessarily rude.  I hate that.

What’s the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
I was using a foam roller before crossfit to try to stretch out and I rolled off it and slammed into my friend.

What is one TV show you think everyone should be watching?
I don't know that I'm qualified to answer this question seeing in how I don't watch TV very much.  I'm still trying to find a second to catch up on HIMYM.

What is your favorite reality show guilty pleasure?

You all know this.  It's the Bachelor/ette.

What makes you laugh the most?
Comedy Sportz.  And Shadow.  And my mom.

What’s the first CD you bought?
Backstreet Boys Millenium

Pick one: Kittens or puppies?

New York or Los Angeles?

NY.  For obvious reasons. (Alissa, Kelsey, Mills and DiBella's)

Comedy or drama?

Bacon or Nutella?
Nutella.  I hate bacon, remember?

’80s or ’90s?
90's.  Unless it's 80's night at Area 51 in Salt Lake.  

Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?

Lizzie McGuire.

And finally: tell us a secret.
I plan on stealing Shadow when we move out.  My mother in law is always saying we better take him, but I know she isn't serious.  I, however, am.  And I'm never giving him back.

Don't Worry, Beards Grow Back

You guys.  I had such a blast this weekend.  It was conference weekend here in Utah where all the LDS church leaders get together and broadcast this five different meetings.  It's pretty cool- a lot of insightful things are said and it's pretty refreshing.  Anyway, the Fridays before there are usually missionary reunions.  The entire time I've known Landon, we have never been to one of his reunions.  Mostly because I don't think there has been many organized.  Well, this year his mission president came all the way up from Argentina for conference so they planned a big reunion.  It was so fun to go with him and meet all these people I've heard him talk about for years and be able to be there when he saw his mission president for the first time in six years.  And especially to hear him talk in Spanish.  He did shave his beard though.  He figured no one would recognize him underneath that thing.

On Saturday in between conference sessions, Landon was feeling pretty homesick for Argentina and we had heard about this restaurant up by my mom's house so we decided to go.  We had Mariah and Brenden come with their dates too.  Especially because Mariah will be reporting to the Missionary Training Center in Argentina, so Landon wanted to give her a taste of what she's headed for.  You should have seen her face when the brought out the "beef tongue" as the complimentary appetizer. haha!  We all tried it though.  And it tasted pretty good actually, but we struggled with the fact that it was tongue.  Well, the girls did.  They boys ate theirs AND ours. haha

(Yes.  I broke my diet for this. #yolo)
Sunday, we were able to score some tickets to the afternoon session of conference, Brenden fell ill so he wasn't able to make it.  But Landon, Mariah, my mom and I braved the crowds (and the protesters HA) to go listen.  It was a really nice day, it had rained a little, but it was pretty warm still.

This picture reminds me why I shouldn't wear heels around my mom and Mariah. haha Oh! and that's Landon right there, in case you didn't recognize him without his beard.  Here is the last photo I got of him with it.  A little dark, but a lot adorable. And don't worry, the beard is already on it's way back.

You Got Dreams? Here's How to Make Them a Reality.

So just over a month ago my dad gave a talk at a TEDx event at Weber State University where he is a professor.  I wanted to go watch him so bad, but there was limited seating so I wasn't able to attend.  So since February 20th, I've been checking and checking to see if the video of him was posted.  I finally was able to watch it yesterday.  I loved it.  I've heard my dad speak countless times, but I still seem to grasp something new whenever I listen to him.  And this talk particularly appealed to my whole new life style change I'm going through right now.  I've got a vision of where I want to be health and fitness wise here in the next few months as well as the rest of my life.  But sometimes it's hard, you know?  Getting off work and I'm just tired.  It's hard to walk past your comfy bed to change into work out clothes and go sweat a gallon instead of wrapping yourself up in a blanket burrito to watch youtube for hours.

My dad gives the audience a challenge. He says that if you write down at least one thing a day you did that is worthy your dream, you are basically guaranteed to achieve it and quicker too.  I've been keeping track of my eating and exercise on an app on my phone, but I think I need to be writing down how it is making me feel, and my thoughts on my progress as well.  And not just with working out, but with my life all together.

I told you all when the video was up, I would post it on my blog.  So here it is.  I truly urge you to watch it.  He shares a great message that makes you want to chase your dreams and have an attitude that makes it possible to achieve them.  Plus, he's funny and he does magic. :)

It's in Our Genes

I taught my mom how to dog beard over the weekend.  It's a little sad how hard we were laughing at it.

Can you tell we're related?

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