happy templeversary

I finally got a library card at the ann arbor library. There's a branch right down the street, and i really like the building- kind of perched on a hill, wood floors and wood ceilings, lots of really intelligent looking people on their macs. I brought home a stack of books a foot high.

I got asked about 6 times yesterday if me and aaron were planning to dress up for halloween. (that was 6 no's.) I suppose i could dress up- last time I was home I found my old gypsy costume from when I was like 8 or 9. It actually fits now. But i haven't washed it so it still smells like the basement storage. I also have a few of my mom's old dresses from the 70's that are really awesome and they fit, so i could be a disco queen. Plus i have my grandmother's wedding dress from the early 50's (it doesn't look like a wedding dress & it's blue) and an antique white apron so i could be a 50's housewife. But i think i'll wear normal things because it is cold outside.

In other exciting news, when we don't make it to the gym, i do this pilates dvd. It's mildly addicting. I love the instructor- she's very mellow, has lots of freckles, and doesn't say too many cheesy things. And only $7...if you'd like to master the art of muscle control, i'd recommend it. It does serious things to my abdominals, such as make them hurt for 3 days afterwards but no pain, no gain. that's what they say...

I can't believe it's almost november. did october even exist? muy extra├▒o.

I am super boring today...this blogging action is putting me to sleep. So i'm going to paz afuera. That's how my brother matt signs his emails...separately each word means 'peace' and 'out' but they don't actually make sense in espanol. but i think it's funny. Kind of reminds me of a joke..."que hora es cuando necesitas ir al dentista?" "dos y media!" jaja. It's an english joke that doesn't translate. what time is it when you need to go to the dentist? 2:30! (TOOTH HURTY!)

paz afuera. and happy halloween.


Saturday afternoon, or, post #87

This condo is really starting pull itself together. I think it's the plants. One of the things that i thought was funny and liked about aaron was his love of plants. He had the coolest plants in his apartment at byu and it reminded me of my dad, who also loves house plants. he tenderly waters them each saturday. And now that we have visited the home depot nursery and returned with 3 large plants, this place feels like a home. of course, home is a state of mind. i've found home in the most unlikely of places.

Wait a second, hold the phone, did I just hear the word "blessings"??


(general conference bingo that is)


It's rained a lot lately; i like lying in bed listening to the rain against the window. Now what would be good would be a massive thunder and lightning storm. i would like one.

This week i ate a lot of cake and guac. both homemade, so that's not as bad i hope. I had never made guacamole before but it was so freaking delicious. avocados, cilantro, garlic, onion, serrano chile, lime juice, orange juice, salt & pepper. I knew the basic ingredients and just kind of made it up as i went along, so it wasn't perfect but who needs perfect. And since it was mexican week, let me say that I love homemade tacos so much it is almost a sin. They are so healthy, so fresh, so abundant in flavor. The tortilla, some chicken, avocado, cilantro, onion, tomato, and lime. [with rice and black beans, por supuesto.]
Sweet sister lizzy sing me a sweet song of joy!

My brother is in this little village near the border in new mexico on his mission...it sounds so neat. nothing fancy about it, but neat all the same. i have a not-so-secret desire to live down in southern new mexico or arizona someday- have my own chile farm, or that sort of thing. Of course, i have a lot of not-so-secret desires so i'm curious to see where life leads.

Sometimes at work I think i am the only person there without career goals/passions. everyone is so very ambitious. (in fact, i may be one of only a couple people in the entire unit who has only one degree. I'll be talking to someone and then later look them up on the website and find, 'oh so they're a MD/PhD/MPH' (yes all three). People are crazy!! I mean, brilliant, but crazy. (it's like that country song, "god is great, beer is good, and people are crazy") I will forever be plagued by my 'type B' personality but it has its perks. I am really skilled at relaxing, for example.

Well, there's only so much to say in one post, so that is all. have a good day.