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Friday, October 30, 2009

Booo

That's about as much Halloween excitement as you're going to get out of me. I have spent all week trying to care about this Halloween, but I just can't. There are too many reasons that make me not look forward to this holiday:

-The massive amounts of sugar/junk food. I don't need one more reason to justify pigging out... I have enough. :)

-Dressing up. This is fun when you have a brilliant idea and tons of money to spend on a costume, but for the rest of us, it's lame. I had the awesome idea this year to be a Deal or No Deal model, with a little case that had the $1,000,000 sign in it. But they all wear skanky outfits and I couldn't think of something that was modest but that would work. So here I am at work, dressed as a cowgirl. Hey-- at least I am participating.

-Scary stuff. I HATE scary stuff. I had a nightmare a few nights ago from a commercial for a scary movie. I definitely can't handle murder movies and spooky stories. No thank you.

-Dirty stuff. I can't tell you how many girls I saw at Wal-Mart last night who obviously use Halloween to dress as scantily as they want without consequences. Halloween doesn't need to be naughty!

As bad as this all sounds, there are a few good things about this holiday:

-Pumpkin with Oreo shakes at Arctic Circle. They only come around Halloween, and that is something I always look forward to.

-Carving pumpkins. We haven't yet this year-- they're still sitting on our porch right now, but rest assured they will be carved.

-Seeing people at work in a different situation. Today everyone is supposed to dress up... only one person other than me has so far, but I'm sure that more will! If not, I'll just give myself the $50 prize for best costume. HA.

Tyler's second round of tests is next week, so he'll be studying all weekend. Hopefully he can spare a few hours so we can do something fun... at least carve our pumpkins! If not, it will be a good chance to rest from this exhausting week. My throat is starting to hurt, and if I get swine flu, the 5 people at work who have had it so far are going down.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Vermont would be beautiful this time of year... with all that snow

It's snowing!! Right now! I turned around at my desk (there are huge windows across the whole front of AMP-- no walls really) and there it was. Immediately I started singing songs from White Christmas in my head (hence the White Christmas quote)!

I'm really sad that it will be cold all the time now, but the snow is too beautiful for me to be really upset. Plus, now I can pull out my coats! :) Hopefully it won't snow too much... poor Tyler's job on the BYU Grounds crew will get a lot harder once that starts.

*Update: Last night was my first night at Stevens-Henager College and it was great! They gave me a laptop to use, so that buttered me up real quick! :) I'm excited to get more involved there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Random

-I had a dream the other night that I had a baby and that the baby was sticky from something, so I went to change his diaper and clean him up. For some reason, I turned him over on his stomach (don't worry Mom, I really do know how to change a diaper) to get the diaper off. To my astonishment, the back of the baby was really a bottle of maple syrup, and it had a hole in the bottom. Hence the stickiness.

-I cleaned my house from head to toe in 1.5 hours. Dang it looks good!

-Tiffany and Tyler were in Utah this weekend, so I went to Pizza Factory with them on Saturday. Of course, we went there only because they had Cookie Monsters. Our favorite! It was so fun to see them.

-Babysat on Saturday night for some people I didn't know, but babysat with an old Young Women's leader. Got paid way too much and spent the rest of the night pigging out in celebration (Arctic Circle, of course) with Tyler and Annie.

-Finally finished baking the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough that has been sitting in my fridge for days. Anybody want one?

-Decided that with the money I got paid babysitting on Saturday, I'm going to switch Tyler's Gold's Gym pass into my name. He's not using it, so why shouldn't I? I'm dying to try a spinning class or something. Please get rid of my cottage cheese!

-Had the hardest time waking up this morning. When it's cold outside and warm under the covers, good luck getting me out.

-Said a prayer of gratitude this morning that I live where I live. Fall is beautiful! The leaves are now changed and starting to fall off the trees, and it's so fun to see families raking their yard. Or vacuuming them, in the case of one old man I passed. It is so beautiful here, and I am so happy.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sick, sick, sick

Why is everyone sick?! I don't like sick season. I feel like it has hit everyone I know, except-- cross your fingers-- me. There have been tons of people missing work because of sickness, and all the employees of the Walmart across the street are wearing gloves now. My niece and nephew have hand, foot, and mouth disease (whatever that is)! I hate it when people are sick. It means I can't and don't want to play with them, and it means I have more things to do at work. BOO for sickness. Hopefully neither Tyler nor I get sick.

On a happy note, it's Friday! I'm glad to have a break from work. I'm in trouble this morning for sending out a letter that apparently should not have been sent... my handwriting is on the envelope so apparently I'm the one at fault? I don't know why... I just send mail when people tell me to. Why not punish the customer service rep who told me to send it?!? I still don't even know what it was that I sent. Oh well. This weekend is the Homecoming game for BYU... go Cougs! I doubt I'll get to go, but I'll at least watch it on TV. Tyler and I want to go to the temple tomorrow, but other than that, I think I'll be flyin' solo all day. Ty's got a ton of homework/studying to do. He works so hard! Amazing. I start my other job at Stevens-Henager on Monday... finally. The guy who hired me has been gone for a while since his wife had a baby, but now he's really ready to start. We'll see how this goes! Happy weekend.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I have a confession

I've never been a huge TV person, but I do like my shows. Recently, however, I turn on the TV whenever I'm doing anything that doesn't require my full attention. Which, let's be honest, is anytime after I get home from work. I fold laundry, write thank-you cards, cook dinner, do dishes, make tomorrow's lunch, and clean with my shows on... and I've come to love a few shows. Here are some of my favorites, in order of favoritism:

-The Biggest Loser (it's on tonight!! So excited)

-The Office (I think I love this show the same as Biggest Loser, but I've always loved it, so I'm not as excited about it as I currently am with Biggest Loser)

-30 Rock. Why do I find this show so amusing?

-Community and Parks and Recreation. They are both on sometime before the Office, and since I can never remember when the office is, I always end up watching one or both of these haha

-Dancing with the Stars. I never watch the results show because it's not as exciting, but I love to watch ballroom dance!

-America's Next Top Model. Okay, I'll admit that this is the stupidest show. EVER. It's just so fascinating to me to see what everyone thinks beauty is, and I like looking at the crazy pictures they take. So sue me!

-Glee. This is definitely my other guilty pleasure show. I don't follow it religiously the way I do Biggest Loser or Office, but I'm never disappointed when my Wednesday nights are free.

And there you have it. This is what I entertain myself with as Tyler does homework and I do stuff around the house... but don't go thinking that I am a couch potato. The cleaning, cooking, writing, and everything else definitely gets done! Plus, I've been reading a lot recently. I finally finished "God Wants a More Powerful People" by Sheri Dew (I definitely recommend it) and I read "Animal Farm" over the weekend. So no, my brain is not turning to mush! But I may or may not be getting fat and out of shape... don't tell. I was thinking today and trying to calculate how much a Rec Center membership would cost. I'd love to take a Zumba class, or a spinning class, or something to keep me in shape... we'll see.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Our whirlwind of a weekend

We went down to Houston this past weekend for our Open House and it was a blast! We flew down Friday afternoon and were on the same flight with Aunt Sheila and cousin Adam. I was determined to read Animal Farm (after many unsuccessful tries-- it just never captured my interest) so I read the whole plane ride, and Tyler did homework. Wow, aren't we exciting? Gretchen picked us up from the airport and we went straight to the Lobos football game! It was so fun to see Garrett and Mitchell play. They had an awesome game, and one touchdown each. My family came to the game as well, so it was just a big party! We had a great time. After the game we were all hungry, so we went to Willie's and had burgers. Oh YUM. We all stayed up late talking and watching "Glee" and planning Saturday. We love being with family!

Saturday was such a fun day. Tyler did some homework while I set up his new iTouch... those things are so dang cool! Tyler continued to do homework while I went with Gretchen, Aunt Sheila, and Grammy to watch Heidi teach a dance lesson at the YMCA. It was so fun to watch her teach! Such talented people... if only I had moves like that! :) We came home, ate lunch, and finished getting everything ready for the party. I finally showered and got ready, and we all went over there a little before 6. We had so much fun taking pictures and looking at everything that had been set up! There was a typewriter to write notes to us, a photo booth for people to take pictures in, napkins that said "Love, set, match" (tennis was a running theme of the decor), and the cultural hall looked beautiful! I'd never seen a church reception so beautiful. Pretty soon people started trickling in, and then it was packed! We didn't do a line, which was fun. People just came and mingled and it was great! The food was apparently amazing (we were talking to people and I didn't get more than one cookie and some lemonade) and tons of people took pictures in the photo booth. We were all exhausted by the end though! We loaded up the gifts in the back of the car and drove home after a long night of partying and cleaning up. My feet were definitely not happy with me that night! :) We all stayed up and opened presents til about 1:30 am (thanks to everyone for helping us sort through all that!) and had Blue Bell ice cream. It was tough sorting through everything, deciding what to return and re-buy, what to take up with us, and what to store at the Juergens' house until we are done with school, etc. We flew, so we had a very limited amount of space. It was such a fun night though! We loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones from both of our wards.

Sunday we rolled out just in time for 9:00 Sacrament meeting. Garrett and Mitchell sang in a Nana-led youth choir and did a great job! We loved watching Garrett be the chorister for the day too. After the meetings we came home and had Cafe Rio-style pork for lunch. It was delicious! I've got to make that again soon-- best stuff ever. After eating we ran over to my family's house for a couple of hours and spent the whole time laughing. Seriously, when did my family get so comical? They've all become nuts since only having 3 kids at home. I finally got back my cowgirl boots (thanks to Laura for hiding them from me) and we took some snacks for the plane. Unfortunately, we had to turn around once we got on the highway to retrieve my phone, which I left at the house. How much dumber can I get, seriously? Luckily Laura was nice enough to meet me at the exit and bring it to me. We made it back to the Juergens' a little later than planned, but we still made the plane on time! I finished Animal Farm (*Note: not a great book. I mean, it's a funny book, but it's the "makes me snort because it's ridiculous"-type book. I read it just to say I read it, but probably won't ever again) and Tyler did homework again. This time, Heidi was on our flight, so after I'd finished the book, she showed me some of her new favorite songs. I definitely need to expand my music horizons! It was fun. We saw Ryan and Cari on the shuttle on the way to the parking lot too! They were on their way back from New York, and we chatted with them about their trip and ours. It's funny all the places you find family, isn't it? We met a friend on the plane and gave him a ride home, and had so much fun playing Ink Pink and Name that Movie.

I hate coming home from fun trips! I get in this mentality that wherever I went wasn't just a trip, it's permanent, and then unpacking is heart-breaking for me. We loved seeing our families and friends, but we're so glad to be back as well. Our little apartment truly feels like home now, and we're hoping to catch up on some missed sleep. :) Oh, and do laundry, and start on this new round of thank-you cards-- almost the bane of my existence. Thank you, reality.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ooops

I made gooey cake on Sunday... and it's almost gone on Tuesday morning.

Tyler: 2.5 pieces
Heidi: 1 piece + 1 piece to take home
Camille: You do the math...

How embarrassing for me.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Like my new blog look?

Tyler helped me do it today. What a sweetheart. I'm so glad I married someone who knows WAY more about computers than I do. We've had a great weekend, and I'm so sad it's almost over. BUT-- I'm really looking forward to this week. There's so much fun ahead! Here are a few pictures of our recent adventures...
Bowling with Kyla and DJ:

Shopping with gift cards is the best! Yesterday we bought a curling iron, a huge jewelry box, three movies, and the new Michael Buble CD (which is amazing, by the way) with gift cards. So nice.
Tyler's really excited about... driving the car?

Oh, and I guess it's already been revealed, but here's the new haircut:
Last night was our first session of Stake Conference. Elder Foster of the Seventy was our visiting General Authority and he was amazing. I loved his talk last night. The session today was really good as well... just a bit harder to focus. I love the Provo Tabernacle, but they should seriously consider padding those benches! They're so uncomfortable sometimes. It was a great session, and we both feel motivated to be better people.
We discovered how to make your computer say things that you type. Needless to say we've had a lot of fun with that one! It's hilarious the way that the computer says things-- sounds like a robot. Again, those are benefits of having a genius husband. I am so dang lucky.
Some exciting things coming up: DINNER. In fact, it's almost done. I made chicken and twice baked potatoes for dinner, and gooey cake for dessert. I know, I'm awesome. :) Just kidding, but we have been looking forward to this meal for a while. Also, we're so excited to go to Houston this weekend! It will be so fun to see our families and go back to the place where we met and started dating. Besides, I've never flown with Tyler before! We've taken many a road trip together (understatement), but we've never flown together, so this will be fun. Now, it's off to dinner. Oh yum!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A week and change later

Not really sure why I haven't blogged in so long. It just happens sometimes! But I've got quite a bit of spare time this morning, because Tyler took the car today, putting me at work 1.5 hours early. Since I already have overtime this week, I figured I would just not work until it's actually time. There is so much to do though-- I'm tempted to work off the clock. Last week was our big end-of-the-year banquet, where they handed out what are called back-end checks. It's exciting for those getting the checks, but not exciting for those printing the checks. Anyway, now my job is to mail out all the checks to the people who weren't at the party. No biggie-- there's only about 300. I have spent all week calling every person with a check to find out where they want it sent. Everyone is moving home from their summer offices, so their addresses are different than what we have in the system. Anyway, enough complaining. The rush will be over soon, hopefully.

In other news, I cut my hair! I did it yesterday, without telling Tyler. :) I went quite a bit shorter, stacked in the back, and, drumroll please... bangs. Full-on bangs. No turning back. Kim said that she was going to start calling me "Millie" again. :) It's a big change, but I think I like it. I went and cut it during my lunch break yesterday, so everyone freaked out when I came back to the office. It was really funny-- "Wait, did I miss that you got a haircut this morning? I'd feel so bad if I didn't notice it until now." Today it's a little funky. You know how it is after you get a new haircut, especially a new style. It takes a few days to figure out how to make it look like my hairstylist did. But I'm glad I got it cut now.

I. Love. Fall. The mountains are absolutely gorgeous, and I love how crisp the air is. We're getting to the point where we have to scrape ice off of the car every morning, but I don't mind. It's so nice to get out my boots and sweaters too!

We loved General Conference. My dad, Tim, Steph, and her kids were here in town, so we had a great time. Tyler and the boys went to SL for the Priesthood Session, so Kim, Steph (with her kids), and I went to Cafe Rio and did some shopping. Yay for girls' night out! I loved spending time with my sisters. If only all of them could have been with us! We went to the Sunday afternoon session with Kyla and DJ. DJ's dad works for the Church, so we went and had lunch at the employee's cafeteria beforehand. Wow-- best food ever. We went last conference too, and I am convinced that the Church has the best food around. It was amazing. We sat on the fifth row on the floor for the session too, which was so cool. We could have thrown a piece of candy to Pres. Monson easily. But we didn't. :)

The one downer of Conference was that I was sick! Tyler had been sick a few days before, and I guess I caught it. Friday night after work my throat was hurting, and then we made the mistake of going to the BYU football game (mistake in more ways than one-- they weren't so good that night). Saturday morning I woke up feeling like my throat was going to close off it was swollen so badly. Ty was so sweet to me and made me breakfast and went to the store to get me some medicine. He even did a load of laundry! He takes such good care of me.

Speaking of my sweet husband, he is amazing. He is being such a rockstar in the accounting program at BYU! I'm so proud of him. His first round of tests was last week, so that was a busy one. Not that this week and every other week isn't for him... poor guy. I wouldn't be able to stand it, but Tyler loves what he's learning and is so cheerful and helpful all the time. Amazing.

Exciting things coming up: trip to Park City (hopefully Saturday). I'm so looking forward to that! I've been craving a good shop. :) Also, our Open House in Houston is next weekend. We're so excited to see our families. And, let's be honest, celebrate us. Again.