Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30: Today's To-Do List

- Skylar to work at 6
- Diareece to school at 7
- lawn replacement/landscaping estimate guy at 7:30
- work on monthly reports until...
- shopping with Rachelle at 10
- sushi at the Naked Fish with Vicki and the gals
- snowboarding with Rachelle 2:30-8:30? (or however long we can last)
- home before carpool drops off boys at 9:15
- midnight snacks
- bed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29: Favorite Foods

I love food. My #1 is easy.


I really love steak or burgers or hot dogs or anything than can be cooked outside.

But I really really love fruit. Berries or pineapple or apple slices or grapefruits. Just not mango.

I also enjoy a good salad bar. As long as I can have garbanzo beans, peas, and sunflower seeds I'm happy.

And also a Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law Mike - I'm sure he won't read this, but Steph will. Steph, please tell him.

What a great guy.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 27: Lessons Learned

- If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
- It's okay to say no.
- Children should be neither seen nor heard.
- Always take a phone charger.
- Practice being thrifty and frugal.
- You can do anything, but not everything.
- Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.


March 26: Books I'd like to read this year

I have no excuse for being late on my March 26th post.

- Pride and Prejudice (because I do every year)
- The Book of Mormon (because I don't every year)
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
- How Could You Do That?!: The Abdication of Character, Courage, and Conscience (Dr Laura)
- A Year Down Yonder (Richard Peck)
- The Magic of Ordinary Days (Ann Howard Creel)
- Cities of the Plain (Border Trilogy) (Cormac McCarthy)
- and this ... I plan on spending a lot of time in canyons in San Rafael this summer :)


Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25: things I'd rather be doing right now

-watching Jeopardy
-snowboarding (yahoo for late March snow!!)
-hanging out with my favorite kiddos

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 24: I make lists for ...

Everything. I love lists.

-shopping (grocery and otherwise)
-To Do
-a daily work list (court report for ______, close file for ______, new files for new kids, discharge summaries)
-actually I have 4 lists in my Journey binder just waiting to be completed...
-cleaning lists
-books to read and movies to watch
-projects to do

I love the satisfaction of being able to cross something off, especially if it's with a sharpie on a post-it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23: Guilty Pleasures

Weeds (the show), and probably any tv other than Jeopardy.
Afternoon naps.
Romance novels.
Real Dr. Pepper.
Yoga pants all day.
Double stuff Oreos.
Searching the boys room.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22: Today I Saw ...

Today I saw people of all shapes and sizes at the gym. It was a great session. I saw my visiting teachers, which was awesome. They're great. I saw some great deals at Costco, my favorite place. I saw a computer screen for a long time at work, court reports and weekly reports and discharge reports .... I saw 2 case managers and 2 moms and 2 therapists at 2 team meetings for 2 kids. Awful. I saw some great friends put down a lot of sushi at all-you-can-eat sushi night. And then I saw great scores from the kiddos after programming. It was great. Good day.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21: Things to do this SPRING

bike rides in Moab
tulip festival at Thanksgiving Point
run outside
spring cleaning
outside rock climbing
a lot of outdoor adventures
maybe a 5K?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20: Celebrity Crushes

Here are just a few...

And a couple of girl crushes ... can you tell I miss my boy haircut?

1. James Franco
2. Adrien Brody
3. Daniel Craig (I know he likes boys ... maybe I just have a crush on 007)
4. Brad. Doi.
5. Jude Law
6. Mark Ruffalo
7. Natalie Portman
8. Keira Knightley
9. Pink

(all photos courtesy of imdb)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

2 lists

March 18: Road Trip Must-haves

I just love road trips. My necessities are:

- ipod
- road trip mixes (usually courtesy of Julie, she makes the best mixes)
- snacks, usually from Costco
- books & magazines (I love that I can read in the car without getting sick)
- camera
- final destination

March 19: Recipes to Try

- chocolate layered pie
- the best frosting I've ever had
- parmesan zucchini crisps
- mushroom ragout
- zucchini and corn risotto
- pie in a jar
- irish wheaten bread

And here are some of my favorite cooking/recipe websites:

- Our Best Bites
- Tasty Kitchen
- Bakerella
- Scrumptious Sisters
- Tasty Pursuits

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For Japan With Love

Here's something:

I know I'm not a "blogger" or anything, but I'm going to observe the blogger day of silence tomorrow. You may look forward to 2 lists on Saturday.


And look at some really cool photos that Julie found, right here.

March 17: words that are hard to spell

I think I'm a good speller. I feel like I always have been. I get really irritated, especially at work, when people misspell things. I get even more irritated when people use incorrect grammar (we was down to the park).
Here are some of my favorites:

-hors d'oeuvre

And Happy St Patricks Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 16: Places to See in Your Town

Orem, UT. Not the most exciting place. Not even the most exciting place in Utah County. So maybe I'll give you some highlights for the whole area....

: Guru's, Pizzaria 712, Los Hermanos, J-Dawgs, and Taco Amigo of course.

: Provo Canyon (south fork, Sundance, Heber), American Fork Canyon (best rock climbing in the world), Rock Canyon (more climbing, and BASE JUMPING), a million other canyons for hikes and bike rides and climbs, Timpanogos Cave, and Utah Lake is pretty cool also.

: 7 Peaks, The Alpine Loop, Thanksgiving Point, scenic lift rides at Sundance, and Young Living Lavender Farms.

and many many more ...

So there are a few things in Utah County ... we managed to have an adventure club dedicated to Utah County Adventures (UCAC). So it can't be that bad.

photo courtesy of

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15: My Shopping List

Target. Dusting spray, toilet paper, fabric softener. The boys need to get body wash, deodorant, and face wash.
Costco. Dog food, clementines, water softener salt and maybe some shoes or a book if I find something I love.
Nordstrom. This sweater, this skirt, and these shoes. And these.
I love errand running days.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 14: Things I Love About _________

They said I could choose anything I want to love. I just can't decide ...
After much deliberation, I went with loving the outside.
Today has been glorious. I love the springtime.

- I opened my windows and doors to air out the house, it's so refreshing!
- I can do a million things, especially in Utah:
*fires in the canyon
- The smells of outside, especially in the summer
*grass mowing
*cooking outside
- Eating and cooking outside, it's the best
- I love that babies and little kids are so intrigued by the outside... and my dog.
- I love reading outside, it reminds me of being a kid, we were always reading out on the tramp.

The list could go on forever ... I would rather be outside than in any day.

Here are some pictures from our most recent outdoor activity: The Graffiti Adventure (there are quite a few pictures ... sorry)

March 13: DIYs I want to try

-sewing (I know how, but I want to be like Julie...)
-soap making (Lucas does it, and it's awesome)
-candle making
-home improvement stuff (I love this blog)
-homemade greek yogurt

I don't know if it counts for DIY things ... but I really want to learn to be more self-sufficient. I want to learn:

-how to raise chickens
-how to make yummy bread (like my mom)
-how to make cheese from goat's milk (from my goat that I milked)
-bee keeping
-how to make compost for the garden
-organic farming
-and a million other things on our small farm that we will have someday ...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 12: weekly rituals

Mondays: clinicals from 8-noon, lunch with the QA girls.
Tuesdays: my longest work day - sending weekly reports to case managers
Wednesdays: Modern Family!
Thursday: ?
Friday: something fun with the boys after therapy (off the ground tag season is quickly approaching!)
Saturday: Bountiful Basket
Sunday: church, naps, Sunday dinner at mom's

Maybe I need a more solid schedule ... I don't really have one.

Friday, March 11, 2011

March 11: Date Night Ideas

My favorite dates:

-bonfire up the canyon
-movies, especially matinees
-jump on it (our first date)

-and Luke's favorite date is July 6th.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10: wishlist

I wish for ...

- the time and money to travel all over the world
- a baby
- new floors in my house
- a college degree
- shopping spree at anthro
- tickets to this
- for my mortgage to be paid off
- a farm
- xbox 360 with kinect
- this print in my kitchen
- a library in my house

And ... my new favorite baby: Sophia Kate Adams - congrats Caleb and Ellen! She couldn't have picked a better family :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9: Favorite Websites/Blogs

Well I kind of did this already (blogs at least). Here are a few of my favorite websites:


This list could go on forever. I have a lot of internet time at work ...

Carter would like me to add Disney , as it has the best games.

PS I'm babysitting Steph's kids in Logan for a few days ... my favorite.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8: In My Bag

You might think I was preparing for the end of the world. In my bag I have:

-2 books: The Conscious Kitchen and The Sea Runners. I haven't read either of them yet.
-a post-it note book I got at Hobby Lobby, my favorite
-a couple of bills waiting to be thrown in the mail
-wallet and check book
-2 packs of gum
-2 boxes of Altoids (one small, one creme de menthe)
-a little hand sanitizer
-a little lotion
-2 bottles of fingernail polish
-USB cable (for charging my phone or plugging in a camera)
-FAXED stamp, white-out, sharpie, more post-its and a bunch of pens (office on the go?)
-2 chapsticks
-2 crystal light packets
-gloves (just little ones for driving)
-vitamins (or I would never take them...)
-a Baggu
-and 3 oranges (probably not necessary, but these oranges are SO good)

I guess what I'm saying is that I'll be cleaning out my bag today. Downsizing.

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7: Blog Goals

I kind of hate this list. I mostly only have a blog because my sister made me ... don't get me wrong, I love it. I love reading and looking at blog posts from the past and remembering the fun times. I love that our faraway family can see what we're doing. But we don't have any kids ... so many blogs revolve around kids, or something specific (cooking, sewing, etc). Mine has no special meaning.

So my blog goals are:
-display more projects (I'll have to do more)
-write more (or actually write in my journal)
-learn more html
-update at least twice weekly
-somehow make my blog more interesting (so more people will read it)

I'm open to suggestions!

And for fun, here are a few (okay, a lot) of blogs I enjoy. I only know a couple of these people in real life, but I really love their blogs.

Betty Mountain Girl
Blonde Canary
Finding My Niche
Jenn King
Oh Happy Day
Mr & Mrs Globe Trot
The Polished Pickle
Fish Hatchery

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March 6: Least Favorite Words

-anything ending with in' (dunkin' donuts)

I'm sure there are more, but I have a lot more favorite words than least favorite ...

Also, remember that book I love, Food Rules? Here is a little article about some of the rules that were submitted ... I love Michael Pollan.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 5: Weekend Goals

-clean the house!
-volunteer with the boys at Bountiful Baskets
-Andrea's baby shower :)
-see Rango

-bake in the morning (coffee cake?)
-church at 11
-probably a couple of discharge summaries ...

It will be a great weekend ...

Friday, March 4, 2011

March 4: Today's Playlist

I started out the morning with Bright Eyes on the way to work.

I got to work and pulled up my Grooveshark. I love Pandora, but I feel like this is way better ...

I put on some She and Him

Followed by a whole bunch of Eva Cassidy


I just love her. If you want to read about her, and maybe cry a little, read this.

And then more Bright Eyes to round out the afternoon ... they're my favorite.

Also, this whole BYU basketball star business is making me laugh. I don't care about college sports, but I love this. I love Heather Armstrong, even if she's a little inappropriate sometimes ...

AND, my sister-in-law Ellen had a baby girl this morning! Congrats Adams Fam! (pictures coming soon I hope)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March 3: things I'm looking forward to

This is an easy list for me ... hopefully all of these will come true:

-being pregnant
-going to Ireland
-planting a garden
-having new floors in my house
-The Young Dubliners!!
-watching the Modern Family episode I have on the DVR
-and a whole lot more ...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March 2: Things I'm Good At

-directions (maybe this is only in Utah where directions are easy)
-making cookies
-writing court reports
-spoiling nieces and nephews
-taking bubble baths
-making lists

And here are some photos from our recent weekend in Portland:

1. Amazing Race line (just a tiny part of it)
2. Luke and Andy waiting (for 16 hours, overnight, in the coldest week of the year)
3. Luke & Sadie
4. Luke & Jude
5. Sadie
6. Jude
7. Mt Hood

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

30 days of lists

I'm going to try something. In addition to my usual (sporadic) blogging, I'm going to make some lists. Like this, and this. Just for March, to see how I do. Hopefully it will work :)

March 1: A few things about yourself

I'm 27.
I'm a wife to a really really great guy.
I'm LDS.
I'm a proctor mom to 3 punk teenagers.
I'm a sister.
I have 2 dogs: Brok and Belle (Belle is a foster).
I love to hike and bike.
I can play the piano, but I don't very often (maybe I'll learn this one.)
I love to take pictures.
I drink too much Diet Coke.
I love giraffe prints, and also zebra.
I love my life.

PS I have 2 new favorites: SVPPLY and PINTEREST - follow me, you'll love it.