Tuesday, January 27, 2009

{scene and heard}

Me: Hello?
Her: Hey, what's up?
Me: Nothin, working from home, watching episodes of the old 90120 on mute.
Her: Which one is it?
Me: I have no idea, it's weird cuz David, Steve, Kelly and Donna are in the desert or something, but they're really young and...
Her: (totally cutting me off) PALM SPRINGS! David cancels his Magic Mountain trip! It's the one in Palm Springs.
Me: Um...let me check. Yep. Palm Springs. You're freakin sick. I'll bet a thousand dollars you're standing up punching your hand into the air...
Her: Er...I gotta go.
Me: Yeah, let me know when you get to 2009.


You guys, it's cold. 12" of snow and a power outage later...yep, still cold. Oh and did you know that the power repeatedly going off and on all night causes your computer to delete everthing including the operating system? Goodness.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Good Things Utah, Easley Edition

If you're not from Utah, you won't get the reference. (Good Things Utah is a show on tv in the mornings here, which features a bunch of really thin, heavily make-up'd, jewelery adorned, boob jobbed women talking in thick Utah accents about things that are good. Kind of like Martha Stewart...Utah style)

Anyway, Mike and I are always on the lookout for things that we enjoy, things that go overlooked, things that don't make it onto the shelves of Vons or that get tons of traffic, things that are locally grown/made or imported. Mike used to drink coffee, his mom made it every morning, it was just part of life, and I will totally admit that coffee is one of my favorite flavors. While we both love it, we also have taken that "oath", and that means no coffee. A couple of years ago, while trying to find an alternative for him, I discovered Drinking Chocolates, and fell in love. While difficult to find, we still began to try different brands, most often buying them online. So the other night, while we were shopping in Sugarhouse, we found the most amazing thing... People. Honestly. Heaven in a cup. We make it with milk, but in a pinch, it can be made with water. We've even used soy milk, and it STILL tastes amazing. If you like dark chocolates, try the higher numbered additions, but we fell in love with (click!) Allegro's Organic Peruvian 68. Not too sweet, it smells just as good as it tastes, and while it is bold in it's real chocolate flavor, it's still subtle. IT's not thick, or dark, it's really light. Kind of weird because when you order hot chocolate from Starbucks or wherever, it's always thick and really syrupy sweet. This is light and nothing like that.

Anyway, we use about 2 Tbsp. for each 1 cup of hot milk, but if you want it stronger, you can use 1/2 the milk and it's almost like a chocolate espresso. You can order it online, but since it's now at Whole Foods, we can get it everytime we shop now! It retails for about $12 per box, but it lasts a loooong time. It kicks "Stephens" right square in the butt.

Another thing that I love is sugar cookies. I'm probably the most picky person when it comes to the right "recipe" and I think my sisters/cousins are the same way. I rarely find a store bought version that I like at all, as a matter of fact. Anyway, while shopping the other night, Harper grabbed a box of something he called "Princess Cookies"

and tossed them into the cart. It was 10:00 at night and I was just too dang tired to argue, so I purchased the pink, purple and white sugared hearts. We got home and unloaded our grocery bags and I popped one of these tiny cookies into my mouth and stopped in my tracks. Guys, we had to hide the box. Not because they were terrible, but because they were heartbreaking. I died. So. Effing. Good. K, so not only are they thick, but they are iced and then sprinkled with HUGE sugar granules. And the fact that they are pink and purple and white!, just makes me happy. Oh and they're organic/all natural. Sooooooooooo, I justify eating 5 of them because I pretend they're good for me. Go see all the yummy stuff they sell at the (click for the online store) online store (Gianna's!!!) or you can probably go into your Whole Foods and see if they carry them there. I bet they do! Oh and they're called Sweet Hearts. (how apropos, right?)

Now...I'm going to make myself a cup of chocolate and eat the last cookie before my people wake up and start the craziness of a typical "Sunday Morning".

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stolen from Kristen B!!!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:00
2. Have you brushed your hair yet today? um yes, it's night time
3. What is the name of the last song you listened to? Mykonos
4. Do you like to text? oh my heavens, constantly
5. Facebook or My Space? facebook, please.  Myspace is trash.
6. Where is your favorite place to go? Disneyland.  Duh.
7. Do you have a passport? NO!
8. Are you in love? heck yes I am
9. Have you ever had a broken heart? I think so.
10. When was the last time you "laughed your head off"? today.  Three words.  Wall. Of. Cats. (see these facebook photos for explanation)
11. When was the last time you cried? This morning
12. What is the best gift you have ever gotten? my husband.
13. What was the best day of your life? 6 way tie, the days that each of my kids and Mike came into my life.
14. What was the worst day of your life? When my dad had his heart attack.
15. Pepsi or Coke? Coke baby.
16. Are you wearing socks? Never
17. Did you like high school? Nyet.
18. Where is the last place you went out to eat? The Dodo
19. What is your biggest accomplishment in the past year? hmm...I'm still working on it but, I'd have to say battling health issues.
20. What is one random fact about you? I wish I had sextuplets that look like Harper, so basically, I wish I could adopt the Gosselin babies.

K, I tag Eliza, Kj, Kim, Karisa and Rachel

Saturday, January 10, 2009

{fancy hunnawear}

Look who's a big boy...

He got Buzz Lightyear underwear and some Cars, Incredibles etc. ones at the store, and he wanted to put them on today, and so far so good (it's 3 pm) Potty training is kind of a commitment, one I am reluctant to make, but diapers cost forty thousand dollars a day, so...he's 2.5 years old, and it's time.

By the way, he calls them "Harper's hunnaweah".  He's only 35" tall, so these underwear are about the size of a big apple.  TEENY!  They won't even fit on Mike's head.  When he's 18, he's going to love that I showed his naked self to the internet.  

Friday, January 9, 2009

{the definition of sick and tired}

Sick and tired: (sik n tīrd) adj. -

  1. when all of your kids are projectile vomiting
  2. when the mother who usually works and takes care of sick children is also vomiting
  3. when the mother who is vomiting also has a procedure done at the "girl" doctor to finally nip this 3 month problem in the butt (pardon the pun)

Good news!  It snowed again last night!  can you sense my sarcasm? It is beautiful outside, but we're freezing.  Are humans supposed to live where it snows?  In my world, everyone will live in San Diego.  

Also, I need new running shoes, anyone have any suggestions for someone with flat/wide feet? (other than "stop talking about your gross feet")

Monday, January 5, 2009

{hey there}

If you're still reading/checking, we're back.  We didn't really go private, we just turned our blog off for a few months.  Sometimes you just need a break from blogging, and Mike and I have been blogging since 2003.  It was about time.

Anyway, we're here, semi healthy and exhausted, but we're here.

Here's a video I put together of my most memorable moments of the last year or so that are related to family.  Music:  Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal and The Shins - Sleeping Lessons: