Thursday, June 21, 2007

declicious and nutricious

This is what I had for dinner last night. (Yes, dinner.) It was wonderful. What did you have for dinner last night?

Godiva Cheesecake

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

cheap shots

You know, I'm not a huge fan of cheap shots in commercials. I think marketers should be creative enough to push their own product without having to explicitely knock their competition. Of course, there are always exceptions. That said, the following is probably one of my all-time favorite commercials. In your face, Lexus.

good idea / bad idea #3: showering at work

Good idea: Deciding (for the first time in months) to ride my bike all the way to work and shower at work.

Bad idea: Forgetting that the hot water was turned off in my building for TODAY ONLY. Brrrrr!

Monday, June 18, 2007

three years and counting

Four years ago this week, Christian and I finally listened to our friends and went on a date. Three years ago today, we were sealed in the Oakland Temple.

Christian and I met through our wonderful friends in the Monta Vista Ward. I knew he was quality, because he was already friends with my friends. I thought he was cute, but what really confirmed my crush on him were his shoes.

The first time we hung out just the two of us was a 15-minute trip to In-N-Out. We had nothing to say to each other. Then, thanks to Jayme and her parents, we went on a date to the San Benito County Rodeo. Yee-haw! From that day on, we have not gone one day without talking and have spent all our free time together.

Love You, Lover...

smooth as a baby's butt

My skin is about as smooth as a piece of 60-grit sand paper.


I'm forever jealous of Christian's baby-smooth skin. If you haven't done so, you should feel his skin. You have my permission. You might want to ask for his permission, too, though.

I rarely use lotion. I'm not against lotion at all. I have just been waiting all my life for the right lotion. I always feel clammy when I put on lotion. And not just right after I put it on--I feel clammy all day. And it bothers me. Makes me feel like I need to take a shower. Trust me--I've tried a lot of different lotions and it's usually the same old story.

And then I went to Utah. And the little shampoo/conditioner/lotions at the hotel were the Aromatherapy Orange Ginger line from Bath and Body Works. I fell in love. The lotion smells wonderful, makes my skin super soft, and leaves my skin dry, not clammy. So this morning I called the closest Bath and Body Works and they have 4 bottles on hold for me (Almost everything there is buy 2 get 2 free right now...). I can't wait to try the other scents in their aromatherapy line.

Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Orange Ginger lotion

Watch out Christian (and babies' butts). I've found my lotion.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

deep thoughts from utah


You know, there's nothing more awkward than elevator rides. Inevitably you get in the elevator with one other person (or multiple people who don't know each other) and you don't say a word to each other. At least in Grey's Anatomy they know each other and there's a relationship-related reason for the ever-present, awkward-silence elevator scenes. But in real life it's just good old awkward-ness. I'm in Utah for a work conference (and seriously having the time of my life). The conference is at my hotel and I swear I've been in the elevator an average of 10 times each day. That's a lot of awkward silence if I do say so myself.

Nice Hotels

This is nice. I'm staying at the Marriot. And I've decided I could handle staying in nice hotels all the time. Except that then I'd have to pay for it. I can definitely handle having my bed made every day. Big decorative pillows. New Bath and Body Works products every day. Free internet. 2 queen beds all to myself. A huge shower and tub. An in-house gym. And room service (ok, I didn't order room service, but just the option is nice). And this place isn't even luxury compared to some. But to this country bumpkin, it's pretty nice...


I've had way too much food. The conference fed us. I've gone out to dinner. I've gone out to dessert. I've eaten so much in the past 3 days. Mmmmm. Raspberry Choclate Truffle at the Salt Lake Roasting Company. Mmmmm.


The conference I attended was amazing. I could handle doing something like this every couple months. It was so motivating. All people in the same boat trying to implement the same program and excited about the same things--but all from different medical colleges. We shared ideas, we shared complaints, and we all left eager to make a change in our respective schools. And to think I was worried it might be boring...


Sunday I hung out with my wonderful friend, Ryan. We laughed. We cried. Ok, we just laughed. And we watched snippets of our old high school plays and air jams. Way too fun.

Monday night I went to dinner with Meredith and Baptiste. We literally laughed for about 3 hours straight. They are too funny.

(Go visit

Tuesday I went to Ogden to visit Veronica, Josh, and Savannah (not to mention Jack who now refers to me as Aunt Molly). It was great getting together. I miss them so much and wish they were still in California, but I know they're doing what they should.

Then I drove back to Salt Lake and had dessert with Ryan, Bonnie, and Jonathan. Another hour and a half of laughing. I have the most amazing friends.

Now my belly is full, my brain is full, my heart is full (cheesy!), and I'm ready to go home.

Friday, June 8, 2007

time after time

I wasted 17 hours of my life this week. We had a HUGE project to do at work. So a co-worker and I spent 8 hours finishing it on Monday. On Tuesday morning we learned that our lawyers wanted it a different way (why in the world the lawyers weren't consulted BEFORE we were directed to do the project is beyond me). So Tuesday we sat on our butts all day waiting for the "go ahead" to re-do the project. I can't explain how many times I heard "It will just be about another hour." Needless to say, 9 hours later I went home without doing anything. What a waste of my time. What a waste of 10 percent of my week.

So it got me thinking about where my time really goes. So being the procrastinator that I am (and loving numbers and spreadsheets), I set aside my work and made a pie chart of my time:

I spend 15% of my week with Christian (but that's overlapping time spent watching TV, doing home projects, blogging, driving, and grocery shopping). That's better than a lot of couples I know. But, really--15 percent?? That's not very much.

What's sad is that working and sleeping make up almost 60 percent of my life, while seeing friends and family makes up only 2 percent. And that's when I'm not in school.

And what's up with me wasting 8 hours a week on the internet (and probably more than that)? I fully attribute that to procrastinating at work.

What do you spend your time doing?

lazy good for nothing

I'll run a marathon, but I'm too lazy to make two trips from the car.

the bread that ruined my sandwich

I couldn't find my favorite bread at the grocery store last time I went. So I tried to choose a close substitute. Not a good idea.Be warned, the bread I chose is ONLY even remotely good as toast with lots of butter. Don't eat it with a sandwich. Don't eat it with peanut butter on it. Don't eat it plain. In fact, my advice would be just don't eat it at all. This bread ruined my sandwich:

So last night I went to the store again. It's good to have you back:

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

good idea / bad idea: groceries

Good Idea: Strapping groceries to the back of your bike.

Bad Idea: Racing over speed bumps with groceries strapped to the back of your bike.

Monday, June 4, 2007


So Julia and Maren brought this fun little game to my attention. I'm sure veteral bloggers think this is old news, but I found it pretty amusing. I googled "Molly needs" and "Christian needs" and this is what turned up. I always knew Molly was a popular animal name (I've known more animals named Molly than people), but never expected this many animal responses. I screened out most of them:

1) Molly needs a slogan for 3rd grade council.
2) Molly needs a special surgery called a bulla osteotomy for her nasopharyngeal (about a "a scrawny, sickly little gray and white kitten who was so ugly she was adorable")
3) Molly needs your help to identify a variety of farm animals
4) Molly needs a little help prioritising (You think??)
5) Molly needs a clean up
(And my personal favorite: "Who Needs Breasts, Anyway? by Molly." How appropriate.)

As for Christian, I had to screen out probably 100 "What a good Christian needs" sentences before I found these:

1) Christian needs room for rent.
2) Christian Needs A Home (about a cat who is incontinent and has to wear diapers)
3) Christian needs to get out
4) Christian needs a boat
5) Christian needs to go to summer school

Not so far off if I do say so myself... Happy Googling!

Friday, June 1, 2007

good idea / bad idea: bruises

Good Idea: Taking your bike on the train.

Bad Idea: Hitting yourself in the face with your bike while taking your bike on the train.

D to the E to the L - I - C - I - O - U - S

Yep--Fergie said it best.

Last night I went to a wonderful baby shower. That was almost 17 hours ago. And all I can do is think about how good the cake was. No joke. It was a good thing I served myself a small piece, because I could have eaten the entire thing. I'm still thinking about it.