Monday, August 25, 2008

Brain dump

My friend Shauna periodically does brain dumps that I always love to read so I decided to write one. Here's what's bouncing around my brain right now.

My new favorite cereal is wild harvest maple pecan flakes and clusters. It's practically perfect.

I rocked a girl faux hawk all day today. Never worn one in real life, I've only tried them when I go to the pool or don't shower. Not sure if I love it because it makes me a real Utahn (no offense natives) but it sure was easy.
I like it when people post fake letters to just about anyone like Tara did today. I almost always laugh reading them. I just don't think I'm creative enough to write one to myself, or anyone else really, but I think all of you should write one and post it on your blog so I can have good laugh.

I'm a little worried a major change/trial/decision is coming in my life. Not sure what it could be because this year has already had more than its fair share of "I can't figure this out myself and have to rely entirely on the Lord moments" but in my gut I know it's coming.

I really, really want to see Mama Mia while it's still in theatres. I generally wish my life was a musical so any time I get to see a musical on the big screen (or stage) I take it. If you live in Utah Valley and would like to go with me this week please let me know. If you don't live in the valley and are willing to travel I'm sure we could work something out.

There was a fire on a mountain in Draper today. We saw the smoke all the way down in Provo. It was a little too intense for my liking even though no one was hurt (I don't think). Natural disasters can stay away from me.

A) Why are my posts so much easier to edit in HTML? I'm not a programmer, "compose" view should be easier for me. B) Why did I just now notice the "preview" link?

Like Shauna, I sleep with a fan blowing on my face every single night. Fun fact about me: I've had the same fan blowing on me every single night I've slept in my house for 11 years. I did the math and if I assume that I used it 50 weeks out of the year for an average of 8 hours a night (and let's be honest, I often sleep more than 8 hours a night) this thing has blown air for more than 26,400 hours. How's that for a good product?

*Notice the pile of books? I buy nearly every book recommended to me so these are all over my room. Buy a bigger bookcase you say? Why? I'd have nothing to hold up my fan!

I'm sad the Olympics are over. I actually didn't watch very much of them but like Alicia commented to me today, there's something comforting about knowing that any time you turn on the tv you'll have something good to watch. Even if it's trampoline and your motherland isn't competing.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Balloons for NieNie

Es, Liv, Scott, Becca and I went to the Provo balloon launch for Stephanie and Christian on Saturday. When we got there I was a little shy because I've never met Stephanie or Christian and I didn't know anyone but my discomfort was short lived as I realized that everyone was there for one cause and didn't matter who I did or did not know. The Clark family sure knows how to throw a party - there were banners, balloons for sale and lots of food and people. The whole thing felt a little weird because we were on the lookout for internet celebrities the entire time (as I said before, the internet does funny things to human relationships) but it really was a good time. Stephanie's brother (of the jolly porter) said a few things and then we launched the balloons. It was beautiful and very touching - tears stung my eyes the entire time.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Reunited at last

Today I drove my car for the first time in 5 weeks and 3 days. The reunion was sweet to say the least.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Nielsons

For those of you that did not heed my advice and start reading nienie when I suggested it a couple of months ago, you may not know that Stephanie and her husband Christian were in a terrible plane crash on Saturday that killed their pilot/flight instructor.

The blogging world is an interesting one in that it creates relationships between strangers without anyone (sometimes including the strangers) knowing it's happening. Today I shed tears over Stephanie's situation and had a long conversation with Liv (a diehard nienie fan like myself) about the ache in our hearts for the 4 darling children that now have severely burned parents that are fighting for their lives. Stephanie is burned over 80% of her body and Christian is burned over 1/3 of his - recovery is going to be a long painful process which is why I'm posting.

If you have room in your prayers I ask you to pray for my friends the Nielsons. I haven't ever met them, and maybe you haven't ever met me, but they are greatly in need of the help of our Heavenly Father and if just a few more prayers make it to heaven on their behalf I know they will feel the love of the support network created by the world wide web.

Details on the accident can be found here and here and Stephanie's sister, of cjane enjoy it (another one of my all time favorite blogs), is posting updates on their situation.

If you're interested in sending wellwishes you can mail them to:
c/o Stephanie and Christian Nielson
Maricopa County Hospital
2601 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

If a financial contribution is more your thing you can do the following:
Visit a Bank of America and donate to the "Christian and Stephanie Nielson Rehab Fund" or visit a Wells Fargo and donate to the "Stephanie Nielson Fund."


After I left Seattle I flew to southern California to meet with a company AP* works closely with. I met up with 2 girls I work with and we had a great time visiting our printing friends and seeing a few sights. Here are a few highlights:

We rented a convertible Mustang and drove around with the top down all day.

We watched the sunset from the beach.

Both feet in the ocean! Notice my one pedicured foot...

We were given beautiful tapestries by the wonderful people we visited. Scissors shown to indicate scale - it's huge!

We visited the bakery that makes the baklava I blogged about here. If you live in southern California check out Ara's Pastry at 2227 West Ball Rd. in Anaheim and try one of everything!

One of the highlights of the trip was dinner at Javier's, a Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach. We were told that it was something we just had to see...which it was. The food was great (I had the scallops) but the ambiance was amazing. I stole the pictures below from the world wide web but they don't do it justice - you can see many more at the restaurant's official website. We went to the Crystal Cove location and if you live in (or visit) southern California any time soon this is a great place to eat.


My trip to Seattle for Steph's wedding was lots of fun, not only because I got to see her and Rob get sealed and go to their fun reception but also because I got to spend a lot of time with Alicia. She has long been one of the anchors in my life and it was so fun to talk about the deep things of life as we laid in bed, drove around town and worked alongside each other. Leaving her is always hard but I'm so glad that I get to see her next month!

All the juicy details

Ok, so the details aren't juicy but here are the pictures you've all been waiting for. I considered making a collage but since so many of you know Steph I thought this would be more fun. Enjoy!

Update on the foot

I'm sure some of you are sick of the foot updates but because my mother lives out of state and I get questions from near strangers about my healing progress I thought I'd provide one final series of pictures so that everyone is up to speed.

The foot is healing nicely. I went to the doctor a week ago and he took an x-ray which showed bones that are all lined up and almost healed. I go to the doctor again on Thursday for my final post-op visit - he should give the go ahead for me to walk bootless and drive on Tuesday (exactly 6 weeks from the date of surgery).

And because I would like a summary of my foot's progress, I'm providing pictures. Most of them you've seen before so this is more for my posterity and Tara than my other readers.
Pre-surgery foot

6 days after surgery

2 weeks after surgery - day stitches came out

1 month after surgery - day pin came out

Today, 5 weeks after surgery

Monday, August 18, 2008

They did it!

More pictures coming soon!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Last night I cried

Mary and I went to Tara's last night to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. What a lovely evening it was...we ate, visited, read gossip magazines, looked at diamonds and watched the world come together. Tara, thanks for hosting us. I can't wait until I'm out of this blasted boot and can drive to see you any time I feel like it.

A couple of comments related to the opening ceremonies:

1) The U.S. delegation looked very dapper. I liked the outfits but they were so east coast it was almost too much.
2) Why were all the dignitaries placed in what appeared to be traditional stadium seating? NBC showed President Bush and President Putin talking during the ceremonies - I bet they were complaining about their bums hurting. 3) The Chinese sure know how to put on a good show. I was blown away by the 15,000 performers, the giant LCD? screen, and the attention to detail.

4) The Olympics make me feel such joy in my heart. A major part of this is due to the way the media presents the stories of the athletes and the hosting country so I can't pretend the joy is not caused by some measure of manipulation but regardless, I laughed and cried last night. My happiest tears were triggered by the story of this small boy. Lin Hao survived the earthquake in the Sichuan province earlier this year and rescued 2 children from the rubble of their destroyed school. When asked why he returned to the school to save his friends he responded that he is a hall monitor and so it was his responsiblity to help them (or something like was late). I wish all of us could take our stewardship over our fellow men so seriously.

5) I'm going to London for the 2012 Olympics. If you'd like to come let me know.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I promised I wouldn't but now I am

For the Breaking Dawn premiere we dressed in matching shirts, went early and joined in the festivities. I was shy to post pictures of the event because I was on some level ashamed that I had become like every other Twilight obsessed girl in Utah county. But you know what? That's ok. I like teenage vmapire romances. So sue me.

Monday, August 4, 2008

I'm done...are you?

I finished Breaking Dawn last night at 11:30. I know I read it ridiculously fast but I won't have time this week to read so I went through it quickly. Overall I liked the book but unlike the other 3 I felt like this story was incredibly rushed and I was left wanting more. It's really too bad since this is the last book of the series, but since technically the big items that I wanted to be resolved were I can't complain too much. Is anyone else done yet? Do you feel like you were left wanting more?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Breaking Dawn

I'm on page 200 and think I might burst. This book is different but has still captured my attention with its crack-filled pages. How many of you are where I am or farther? Announce yourselves so we can discuss this stuff. Over email, of course. Wouldn't want to ruin it for those not so dedicated readers.

Friday, August 1, 2008

B's new music video

I'm so glad I know this guy.